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Around the minors 6.26.11

6/26/2011

BUFFALO 5, NORFOLK 3: Valentino Pascucci broke a 3-all tie in the seventh inning with a towering two-run blast over the left-field screen and out of Coca Cola Field. "Once I hit that one, I knew it was gone," Pascucci said. "I think a few people did." Starter Chris Schwinden ran into early trouble with a leadoff walk to Matt Angle, a Tyler Henson single and a line-drive blast over the left-field wall by Jake Fox, giving Norfolk a quick 3-0 lead. However Tides starter Chris George fared no better in the bottom half, allowing three runs on five hits, including Nick Evans' 12th Triple-A double of the season and a two-run double by Fernando Martinez. "That's the sign that you're looking for as a team to bounce back from that first inning," Pascucci said. Evans extended his Bisons hit streak to 16 games, the third Buffalo batter to hit that mark this season. Going 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs, Evans has 12 multi-hit games during the streak. Schwinden rebounded from the Fox home run, retiring 17 straight batters with perfect second through sixth innings. He topped his own mark for most consecutive outs by a Herd pitcher -- 16 at Louisville on May 16. "Certainly today was a day where he had to make adjustments early in the game and he made those adjustments,” manager Tim Teufel said. Schwinden allowed three earned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. He earned his fifth International League win. While Schwinden shut down the Tides, George also tossed scoreless second through sixth innings, stranding five over that stretch. George exited with the score still tied. He allowed three earned runs on 10 hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Taylor Tankersley threw a perfect eighth. Dale Thayer's scoreless ninth resulted in his team-high fifth save. With Brandon Snyder on first, Martinez caught a fly ball from Josh Bell on the right-field warning track just short of a game-tying home run. The win clinched the second home series win of the season for the Bisons. Pascucci tied Lucas Duda for the team lead with 10 home runs on the season. Pascucci also leads the Herd with 49 RBIs. Left-hander Mark Cohoon pitches for the Bisons on Monday, in a game that will be televised by SNY. Box

BOWIE 6, BINGHAMTON 4: Matt Harvey finished on the losing end of his Double-A debut after allowing four runs over 4 2/3 innings. The defeat ended Binghamton’s season-high four-game winning streak. However, the B-Mets took their third straight series, two games to one. The Baysox jumped on top early against Harvey. Buck Britton tripled with one out in the first and came around to score on a sacrifice fly to right from L.J. Hoes. Bowie (37-36) was back at it in the third. Britton keyed the offense again with a one-out single to right. Britton was on the move when Hoes grounded out to short, putting him in scoring position. Joe Mahoney followed and plated Britton with a double into the left-field corner, which put the Baysox ahead, 2-0. Binghamton (27-46) took advantage of a Bowie error in the fourth to get on the scoreboard. Left-hander Mike Ballard, who entered in relief in the third inning, hit the first two batters of the inning and fired a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third with no outs. After retiring the next two, Ballard appeared to get Eric Campbell to hit into an inning-ending groundout to second, but Greg Miclat booted the ball. Brahiam Maldonado scored on the play to cut the deficit in half. Harvey righted the ship in the fourth by facing the minimum, but he would not make it out of the fifth inning. Pedro Florimon led off the fifth with a single to center. Xavier Avery sacrificed him to second. Harvey then walked Britton to get to Hoes, who punished him with an RBI single to right-center. The Mets’ 2010 first-rounder allowed the next two to reach as well and departed with the bases loaded and two outs. Erik Turgeon replaced him and uncorked a wild pitch, which scored Hoes, before getting Steve Lerud to hit a comebacker to the mound that ended the inning. Trailing 4-1, the B-Mets made a game of it with a pair of runs in the sixth. Maldonado led off the frame with a triple. Allan Dykstra plated him with a groundout to second. After Ballard retired Jean Luc Blaquiere on strikes, Raul Reyes clubbed a double off the right-field wall. Campbell made it count with an RBI single to right, which trimmed the Baysox lead to 4-3. Brad Holt entered in the sixth and surrendered a pair of runs over 1 1/3 innings to stretch the Bowie lead to three. Maldonado drew the B-Mets back within two in the eighth. Pedro Viola served up a solo homer to the Binghamton designated hitter, Maldonado’s 14th of the season. Viola would get out of the eighth without further damage and passed the ball to Armando Gabino, who fired the ninth in 1-2-3 fashion to secure his third save. Ballard was credited with the win. He followed Alfredo Simon, who tossed two scoreless innings in a rehab outing. The southpaw fired five innings of three-run ball. Bowie hammered out a season-high 15 hits en route to the win. Mahoney and Florimon each had three hits. Binghamton pounded out eight hits, led by Maldonado, who went 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Binghamton continues its road trip with the first game of a four-game set at Erie on Monday. Right-hander Brandon Moore (5-5, 3.97) gets the call opposite left-hander Casey Crosby (4-2, 3.32). Box

BRANDENTON 11, ST. LUCIE 3 (8 innings): The St. Lucie Mets had their six-game winning streak snapped by the Bradenton Marauders in a rain-shortened game. The loss dropped the Mets to 2-1 in the second half and 40-33 overall. Mets starter Scott Moviel allowed two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and left with a 3-2 lead after five innings. The Mets’ bullpen could not hold off the Marauders offense late in the game. Brandon Sage allowed back-to-back homers in the seventh, putting the Mets in a 5-3 hole. The Marauders put the game well out of reach, plating six runs in the top of the eighth inning before play was called due to rain. Cory Vaughn (.556 in three games) continued his impressive start to his Florida State League career with an RBI double that opened the Mets scoring. Juan Centeno and Juan Lagares each delivered two hits in the loss. Lagares’ 2-for-4 day increased his league-leading batting average to .347. Stefan Welch scored and drove in a run. The bullpen did not fare well, combining to allow nine runs over the final 2 2/3 innings. Sage, Eric Niesen and John Church were charged with three runs apiece. The Mets look to bounce back Monday night at Digital Domain Park. Darin Gorski gets the start against the Marauders. The left-handed Gorski is 5-0 with an FSL-leading 1.57 ERA in 15 appearances (nine starts). Gorski has racked up 82 strikeouts and 15 walks while holding opposing batters to a .212 batting average in 68 2/3 innings. Box

SAVANNAH 2, AUGUSTA 0: Taylor Whitenton and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout. The shutout was the eighth of the seasons for Gnats pitching, tying Hagerstown and West Virginia for the most in the South Atlantic League. The Gnats (3-1/42-31) used two of the seven walks issued by Augusta pitching to score their two runs. In the sixth, second baseman Luis Nieves walked, advanced to third on center fielder Rafael Fernandez’s single and scored on a groundball double play for a 1-0 lead. In the eighth, Fernandez drew a leadoff walk and scored when right fielder Joe Bonfe dropped a double along the right-field line. Fernandez went 2-for-3 with a walk and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games. Gnats pitching did not allow a single runner to third base. Whitenton held the GreenJackets (1-3/32-42) to four hits and a walk through six innings, fanning three to earn the win to improve to 4-1. Reliever Gabriel Zavala struck out three batters in two perfect innings of relief and Hamilton Bennett worked around a two-out single to nail down his sixth save and his second of the series. The Gnats begin a seven-game road trip in Rome on Monday night. Right-hander Gonzalez Germen (5-3, 3.75) will take on right-hander Gary Moran in the opening game of the four-game series. Box

KINGSPORT 10, BRISTOL 3: Chasen Bradford and Ernesto Yanez tossed two scoreless relief innings apiece. Dustin Lawley and Julio Concepcion had two RBIs apiece. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 1: Marcos Camaerna limited Aberdeen to an unearned run in six innings, while Randy Fontanez and Tyson Seng combined for three scoreless relief innings. Brandon Brown had a solo homer, a day after going deep twice. Brian Harrison drove in two runs. Box

Compiled from team reports