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LOUISVILLE 11, BUFFALO 0: The Bisons dropped their second straight game at the hands of Louisville. The offensive explosion during the last week continued for the Bats, who collected 16 hits. Catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere starred in his Triple-A debut for Buffalo. He went 2-for-4 with two doubles and threw out the Bats’ leading stealer, Chris Burke, in the third inning. Bisons starter Bobby Livingston gave up six runs (four earned) over four innings. Livingston fell to 1-4. The Bats buried the Bisons with two big innings, plating five in the fourth and three in the sixth. With a single in the fifth, Jason Pridie extended his hitting streak to seven games. D.J. Wabick and Tony Maccani made their Bisons debuts. Buffalo has combined to go just 12-for-65 (.185) with runners in scoring position during the first six games of its road trip.
PORTLAND 7, BINGHAMTON 2: Portland shortstop Jose Iglesias drove in a career-best five runs and Stephen Fife fired six scoreless innings. Scott Shaw suffered his first loss after allowing seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. The loss ends the B-Mets’ three-game winning streak and drops them into a tie for second with Portland, a game back of New Hampshire in the Eastern League East. Binghamton (19-13) plated its only runs in the eighth inning off reliever Eammon Portice. Kirk Nieuwenhuis walked with one out. Nick Evans followed a double down the third-base line to advance Nieuwenhuis to third. Lucas Duda then grounded out to second, plating Nieuwenhuis for Duda’s Eastern League-leading 31st RBI. Evans raced in to score the second run of the inning on a wild pitch. The B-Mets loaded the bases with two out in the ninth against reliever Jason Rice, but failed to score when Nieuwenhuis struck out swinging to end the game. Portland (18-12) struck first. In the first inning, after loading the bases with three singles off Shaw, Anthony Rizzo, in his Double-A debut, hit a sacrifice fly. After Shaw walked Yamaico Navarro to reload the bases, Iglesias tripled to clear the bases, upping the Sea Dogs’ lead to 4-0. In the fifth, Kalish smashed a 1-0 fastball from Shaw over the right-center wall leading off the frame for his team-leading fifth homer. It was the league-leading seventh homer served up by Shaw. With one out, Shaw walked Rizzo and gave up a single to Navarro, who promptly stole second to put two men in scoring position for Iglesias. Once again, the Cuban defector beat the B-Mets with a two-run single up the middle past the drawn-in infield to make it 7-0. Fife scattered seven hits over six scoreless innings and struck out a season-high six en route to his third win. In contrast to Shaw’s tough outing, the bullpen produced a couple nice performances. Edgar Ramirez hurled 2 2/3 scoreless innings and Derrick Ellison fired a scoreless eighth with a pair of strikeouts to get back on track. Evans, Duda and catcher Mike Nickeas produced two-hit games for Binghamton, which as a team smacked 10 hits, raising its league-leading team average to .275.
BREVARD COUNTY 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Manuel Alvarez committed an error and surrendered two unearned runs in the eighth innings. The blown save, Alvarez’s first of the season, snapped his 21 1/3 innings scoreless streak to open the season, although the 24-year-old right-hander’s ERA remains 0.00. Chris Schwinden limited Brevard County to one run and five hits in six innings. Josh Satin and Stefan Welch had two hits apiece.
Compiled from team reports
St. Lucie closer Manuel Alvarez’s lost a season-opening 21 1/3-innings scoreless streak.