Around the minors 6.11.11

COLUMBUS 7, BUFFALO 6: The Bisons erased a pair of two-run leads with consecutive three-run innings, but the Columbus Clippers struck back. Chad Huffman scored the go-ahead run from third on catcher Raul Chavez’s passed ball in the eighth after back-and-forth fifth, sixth and seventh innings. "That's a tough passed ball," manager Tim Teufel said. "[Chavez] didn't even get glove on it. It just went straight to the mask of the umpire. So it's just one of those pitches that's hard to give a passed ball, it's hard to give a wild pitch to, because the guy swung." Justin Hampson took the loss after leaving Huffman on for fellow reliever Ryota Igarashi. Teufel attributed the defeat to poor fielding, marked by errors by third baseman Michael Fisher and left fielder Jason Botts. "When you're giving away outs and opportunities, those are the things that hurt you in a game," Teufel said. "Once you start giving away runs it's hard keep coming back like that." Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, a Luis Figueroa single and walks to Fisher and Fernando Martinez brought Valentino Pascucci to the plate with the bases loaded and two out. The Herd's RBI leader delivered with a double to knot the score at 2. A wild pitch by Columbus starter Corey Kluber then brought Martinez in for a one-run Bisons lead. After a walk to Zach Lutz, Kluber left with runners on the corners and two down for reliever Nick Hagadone, who escaped the inning with a walk and then Luis Hernandez’s flyout. Over 4 2/3 innings, Kluber allowed three runs on five hits and five walks with five strikeouts. However, the Clippers struck back on a bloop single by Phillips with the bases loaded, scoring two runs, with an error by Botts bringing in a third run and moving Phillips to second. Chris Schwinden left the start after the big hit. He allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. A sixth-inning Fisher double with two Bisons on evened the score at 5. Newly inserted reliever Joe Martinez walked Pascucci to load the bases again before Lutz gave the Herd a 6-5 lead on a sharp single. Martinez salvaged the inning with a double-play ball off the bat of Jesus Feliciano to keep the lead at one. Jason Kipnis then tied the score with a solo home run on the first pitch of the seventh inning, off Hampson. Figueroa and Fisher, the first two hitters in the Herd lineup, each reached base three times, both hitting 1-for-3 with two walks. Chavez and Lutz both recorded two hits. Ex-Mets farmhand Ezequiel Carrera, traded to Seattle in the J.J. Putz deal, stole his International League-leading 20th and 21st bases, the latter setting up the Clippers' first run. Martinez earned the win, while Josh Judy closed out the ninth inning for the save. Carrera's 21 steals top Buffalo's team total by one. Lutz is now 4-for-8 with a double, RBI and walk since returning from the disabled list for a broken ring finger on his non-throwing hand. A crowd of 13,583 took in the “Star Wars Night” game filled with light-saber battles and a pyrotechnics show after the game. Pascucci raised his Buffalo-best RBI count to 41. The Bisons turned four double plays, three against Lonnie Chisenhall. Box

TRENTON 4, BINGHAMTON 2: Jose Pirela’s double off Roy Merritt in the sixth inning broke a tie and helped the Trenton Thunder defeat the B-Mets. In his first inning of relief, Merritt allowed the first three batters he faced to reach safely. Jose Gil led off the frame with a single. DeAngelo Mack followed with a walk. Pirela brought both home and broke a 2-all tie with his sixth double. For the second straight night, Binghamton had struck first. Brahiam Maldonado started the fourth inning with a drive over the right-field fence against starter Manny Banuelos. It was Maldonado’s second homer of the series and 12th of the season. The Thunder responded with an unconventional homer off B-Mets starter Collin McHugh in the fourth. With one out and the bases empty, Gil lifted a fly ball to left field. Maldonado dived for it, failed to make the catch, and was shaken up on the play. While Maldonado remained on the ground, Gil raced around the bases. By the time the ball returned to the infield, Gil had crossed home with an inside-the-park homer. After the Thunder took a 2-1 lead on Bradley Suttle’s RBI single in the fifth, the B-Mets answered in the sixth. Salomon Manriquez greeted reliever Fernando Hernandez with a single to bring home Maldonado. It would prove to be the final run the B-Mets would score. After Trenton took the lead in the bottom of the sixth, Naoya Okamoto took over in the seventh. The Japanese left-hander faced one over the minimum in three scoreless relief innings en route to his second save. The B-Mets (19-41) and Thunder wrap up their series at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Right-hander Jeurys Familia (0-2, 3.00) will take the mound against left-hander Kei Igawa (2-2, 3.83). Box

ST. LUCIE 7, JUPITER 3: St. Lucie bounced back to defeat the visiting Jupiter Hammerheads, putting the Mets at 32-30 and one game ahead of the Fort Myers Miracle for first place in the Florida State League’s South Division. Eight games remain in the first half. The Mets jumped in front early. Stefan Welch scored on an RBI single by Francisco Pena in the second inning. St. Lucie tacked on two more runs in the third inning, on RBI singles from Wilmer Flores and Cesar Puello, to give the Mets a 3-0 advantage. Three St. Lucie errors -- by Welch, Jefry Marte and Rylan Sandoval -- allowed Jupiter to even the score at 3 against Jack Egbert without an earned run. Puello would break the tie in the seventh with a sacrifice fly. Mike Powers got the win, tossing two innings of relief and allowing only two baserunners. Nick Carr closed the game out by striking out three over the final two innings to notch his fifth save. The Mets pounded out 12 hits, with every St. Lucie starter reaching base. Marte had three hits. Puello drove in a pair. Matt den Dekker scored twice, while Juan Lagares and Flores each had a pair of hits. The Mets continue their three-game series with Jupiter on Sunday afternoon at Digital Domain Park. Left-hander Darin Gorski gets the start for the Mets. He is 4-0 with the league’s best ERA at 1.62, while racking up 73 strikeouts and 14 walks in 55 2/3 innings. Box

SAVANNAH 4, AUGUSTA 2: Darrell Ceciliani ripped a two-run eighth-inning double into the right-field corner to put the Gnats ahead in a dramatic comeback. The Gnats (35-26), who swept the three-game series from the GreenJackets (26-36), welcome the Rome Braves to Savannah for four games beginning Sunday. Rome held on to beat the Greenville Drive, 6-5, on Saturday, so Savannah now has a 4½-game lead over the Drive with eight games to play in the first half. The Gnats’ magic number to clinch their second straight first-half title is four. Down 2-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, the Gnats rallied for three runs. With one out, Albert Cordero was hit by a pitch. Second baseman Wilfredo Tovar then singled up the middle, chasing Augusta starter Shawn Sanford. With two aboard, Ceciliani greeted reliever Drew Bowlin by lining a two-run double for a 3-2 lead. Ceciliani moved to third on a wild pitch. He scored on shortstop Robbie Shields’ sacrifice fly. Savannah scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the sixth. Ceciliani blooped a single along the left-field line, and Shields brought him home by drilling a double to the base of the left-field wall. Augusta evened the score with a run in the seventh, and took a 2-1 lead with a run off reliever Hamilton Bennett in the eighth. Bennett earned his second win once the Gnats scored three times in the eighth. Josh Edgin worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 14th save. Edgin has not allowed an earned run since April 26, a span of 16 appearances. Savannah starter Taylor Whitenton worked around four walks to keep the GreenJackets off the scoreboard for the first five innings. The Gnats will send right-hander Yohan Almonte (2-2, 3.21) to the mound against Rome right-hander Caleb Brewer (4-2, 3.04) Sunday. Box

Compiled from team reports