Around the minors 5.21.11

May, 21, 2011
5/21/11
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CHARLOTTE 6, BUFFALO 3: Chris Schwinden blanked Charlotte for four innings, but a five-run fifth inning, including a grand slam by Jim Gallagher, gave the Knights all the offense they needed. Schwinden left after six complete innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits with six strikeouts, two walks and a hit batter. His record fell to 3-2. Buffalo's fielding twice victimized Charlotte's Tyler Flowers for inning-ending double plays. In the first, Flowers flew out to right fielder Bubba Bell and Bell nailed Gallagher with a spot-on throw to third. Flowers also grounded into a double play to short. However, an errant throw on a double-play opportunity by second baseman Michael Fisher gave Charlotte its first run in the fifth, setting up Gallagher. "It was a double-play grounder a couple steps to his left," manager Tim Teufel said. "If he had to do it all over again he probably would've made a good throw, but he just hooked it a little bit and it got away from [shortstop Chin-Lung] Hu. And next thing you know it opened up the inning." Fisher blamed himself for the loss, but praised Schwinden. "That definitely was a very untimely thing and I pretty much take full responsibility for this game," Fisher said. "That was a routine double play and unfortunately I just didn't make it and Schwinden pitched great." Fisher picked up his sixth RBI, and fifth in four games, driving in Valentino Pascucci with a double. "Fish has been swinging well," Teufel said. "He's hitting over .400 (.412), which is outstanding for him coming up from Double-A." Pascucci increased his team-leading RBI total to 20 with a sixth-inning single that scored Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Charlotte starter Freddy Dolsi picked up the win, giving up three runs (all earned) on four hits over six innings. Brian Bruney closed out the ninth, shutting down a rally attempt with two men on base for the save. Bruney appeared in eight games as a Bison last season. Hu and left fielder Jason Botts made their Bisons debuts after joining the team Friday. Bell and Luis Figueroa played their first games at Coca Cola Field after joining the team at the start of its eight-game road trip. Charlotte pitchers hit three Buffalo batters, including pinch-hitter Luis Hernandez, who took a ball off the helmet from Bruney. Box

HARRISBURG 7, BINGHAMTON 2: Binghamton matched a season-high with four errors and watched its losing streak hit five games. The first inning proved ominous as Jordany Valdespin's throwing error allowed Josh Johnson to reach base safely. The Senators' shortstop was almost retired for the second time when he was seemingly picked off first by B-Mets starter Robert Carson. With only one means of escape, Johnson broke for second and slid in safely as second baseman Josh Satin muffed the throw from Allan Dykstra. Archie Gilbert made Binghamton pay for the errors by lining a single to score Johnson with the game's first run. In the second, catcher Devin Ivany stroked the first of two leadoff home runs in the game off Carson. Johnson would follow suit with his first homer of the season in the fifth. Poor defensive work led to another unearned run in the fourth as Gilbert reached on Eric Campbell's eighth error. Gilbert moved to third on a double play and came home on Jonathan Tucker's single. Following Johnson's leadoff shot in the fifth, Harrisburg scratched out one final run off Carson as Ivany came through with a single to center to plate Gilbert, giving Harrisburg a 5-1 lead. Ivany would be Carson's final batter. Roy Merritt entered in relief, allowed two baserunners, but bounced back to strike out Brad Peacock to leave the bases loaded. Merritt logged two innings, allowing five hits and two runs. Peacock, who entered with the fifth best ERA in the league, lived up to the hype. The right-hander struck out 10 and allowed one run in six innings. His lone blemish came in the second inning when he allowed a solo home run to Dykstra. The B-Mets scratched out another run on a bases-loaded fielder's choice from Lorenzo Scott in the eighth, but were shut down in the ninth by Matt Chico as Carlos Guzman bounced into a game-ending double play. Peacock's effort vaulted him to the league lead in several categories, with six wins, 66 strikeouts and a 0.83 WHIP. The B-Mets (13-25) look to get back to the winning side as they wrap up their rain-shortened series against the Senators (18-19) Sunday, with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Jeurys Familia (0-0, 0.64) will face off against right-hander Tanner Roark (0-1, 13.50). Box

ST. LUCIE 12, TAMPA 7: Pedro Zapata went 5-for-6 with a homer and drove in three runs. 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings. Harvey surrendered two homers. Angel Pagan, in what may be his final Class A rehab appearance before relocating to Buffalo, went 3-for-4 and walked and was hit by a pitch. Box

SAVANNAH 5, GREENVILLE 3: The Savannah Sand Gnats scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 3-all tie at Historic Grayson Stadium. Shortstop Robbie Shields was 1-for-3 with a run scored to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest by a Gnat this season. With the win, the Gnats (20-22) moved back within a half-game of the first-place Greenville Drive (21-22). In a tie game in the eighth, Drive reliever Garrett Rau helped the Gnats load the bases with three walks. Second baseman Wilfredo Tovar then lifted a sacrifice fly along the right field-line to bring home third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez with the go-ahead run. DH Luis Nieves followed with a smash off the glove of Greenville third baseman David Renfroe, scoring catcher Blake Forsythe with an insurance run. Nieves, who has hit safely in each of his last five games, finished 2-for-3 with a walk. The Gnats scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score at 3. Singles from Shields and right fielder Cory Vaughn put two runners aboard for Rodriguez, who pounded a two-run triple off the base of the center-field wall. Rodriguez then scored the tying run on left fielder Rafael Fernandez’s groundout to second base. The Gnats brought in closer Josh Edgin with the score tied at 3 in the top of the seventh. Edgin tossed three scoreless innings with four strikeouts to earn his first win. Savannah starter Taylor Whitenton struck out a personal season-high eight batters in his 4 1/3 innings. With a win Sunday, the Gnats have a chance to move into first place. They will hand the ball to right-hander Ryan Fraser (2-3, 3.05) against Greenville right-hander Brandon Workman (0-3, 4.68). Box

Compiled from team reports
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
12 4.01 132 172
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .301
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .824
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.45
SOZ. Wheeler 163