Around the minors 6.28.11

LEHIGH VALLEY 6, BUFFALO 3: Nick Evans extended his hitting streak to 18 games, but the Lehigh Valley IronPigs snapped the Bisons' four-game winning streak. Evans had a first-inning single and solo homer in the fourth. "I'm just trying to have good at-bats and be productive. If the hits come, they come," Evans said. "I'd rather go 0-for-4 with four RBIs than get a hit and extend a streak." Down 6-2 with two outs in bottom of the ninth, an error, walk and a pinch-hit RBI single by Bubba Bell brought the would-be tying run, Luis Figueroa, to the plate. However reliever Michael Schwimer entered and struck out Figueroa looking to save the game. Ryan Feieraband struck out seven in six innings in his sixth win. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits with one walk. The IronPigs (46-32) built a 3-0 lead after two innings. Rich Thompson scored from third on a Jack Egbert wild pitch before a two-run homer by Tagg Bozied in the second. Bozied added a third RBI, singling in one of two ninth-inning IronPigs runs. Brandon Moss singled against Mike O'Connor in the sixth, moving John Mayberry, Jr. from second to third. As the Bisons caught Moss in a rundown off first base, Mayberry sneaked home just before second baseman Luis Hernandez's throw and catcher Mike Nickeas' tag. Plate umpire Gerard Ascani ejected manager Tim Teufel after a lengthy argument over the play at the plate. "Gerard made a good call," Teufel said. "From the bench, from our angle, we saw something different. We argued it and I guess when you point to the area of where you think the tag was being displayed, that's when you get tossed." Egbert left his second start as a Bison after five innings. Jon Malo -- in his first game in Buffalo since May 19 -- pinch hit and walked in the bottom of the inning. In 81 pitches, Egbert (0-2, 5.79) allowed three earned runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout. "Jack didn't have his slider or his curveball early on, spiking it a little in the front. And then he settled down," Teufel said. "He ended up going five innings and kept us in the game." With Malo on first and Nickeas on second, Figueroa singled to score Nickeas, but Malo was thrown out at home trying to tie the score. Evans is 33-for-68 with three homers, 10 doubles, 15 runs scored and 15 RBIs over the streak. Malo was called up from Double-A Binghamton before the game to replace Zach Lutz, who went on the disabled list with a concussion. The IronPigs lead the season series, 6-3. Box


ERIE 4, BINGHAMTON 2: Raul Reyes fueled the Game 1 victory with a 3-for-3 showing, including his fifth homer. Binghamton (28-48) scored in the first inning. Jordany Valdespin dropped a perfect bunt down the third-base line to reach against starter Jay Voss. Josh Satin followed with a gapper to left-center that plated Valdespin from first. It was Satin’s team-leading 22nd double. Robert Carson aided the SeaWolves in tying the score in the second. With the bases loaded and two outs, Carson walked Jamie Johnson to force in the tying run. The B-Mets got that run back in the third inning. Matt den Dekker led off with a triple off the right-field wall. Two batters later, Satin plated him with an RBI single past the drawn-in infield, making it 2-1. Voss’ struggles continued in the fourth. Allan Dykstra, Salomon Manriquez and Reyes all reached on singles to load the bases with one out. Jose Coronado then singled to score Dykstra, which upped the lead to two runs. After den Dekker struck out, Valdespin hit a routine groundball to third, but Francisco Martinez misfired with his throw to first, which allowed two more runs to score. That put the B-Mets comfortably in front, 5-1. Erie (38-39) got to Carson in the fourth and knocked the southpaw from the game. After the first two hitters reached on singles, Carson got Johnson to pop out to short. However, Gustavo Nunez singled to load the bases and Martinez doubled to right, which brought the SeaWolves within 5-3. Carson struck out Deik Scram looking before exiting in favor of Erik Turgeon. Turgeon got Rawley Bishop to fly out to right, which stranded the tying runs on base. Carson struggled through 3 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits and walked three. Where Carson lacked, Turgeon did not. The righty fired the final 3 1/3 innings in scoreless fashion to secure his fourth win. Reyes provided the final 6-3 margin with his homer leading off the sixth. He smoked a first-pitch fastball from Rob Waite to right-center. The B-Mets jumped ahead early in the second game as well. Dykstra stroked a solo homer off lefty Ramon Garcia in the second inning to put Binghamton on top 1-0. The SeaWolves answered in the bottom of the second and would not look back. With one out, Bishop knocked an 0-2 fastball from starter Ricky Brooks over the wall in right to tie the score. With two outs, Justin Henry reached on a fielding error by newly promoted first baseman Travis Ozga. That extended the inning for Brandon Douglas, who doubled Henry home to put the SeaWolves ahead for good. Jeff Kunkel rounded out the three-run outburst with an RBI single to left-center, making it 3-1. Brooks suffered the loss. He allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits over a season-high four innings. Garcia fell an out short of qualifying for the win. The southpaw allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings. Austin Wood followed him and picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of relief. Chance Ruffin fired the final inning in scoreless fashion for his 10th save. Binghamton wraps up its road trip with the finale of the four-game set with Erie Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. Right-hander Collin McHugh (1-1, 3.60) gets the call for the B-Mets opposite right-hander Mark Sorenson (6-5, 6.06). Box 1, Box 2

BRADENTON 8, ST. LUCIE 1: Kyle Allen surrendered five fourth-inning runs. Eric Niesen allowed two runs in two relief innings. Robbie Shields had two of St. Lucie's four hits. The Mets' lone run came in the third inning when Shields' ground-rule double scored Cesar Puello. Box

SAVANNAH 5, ROME 3: Rome took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second after Evan Gattis sent the first pitch of the inning over the left-field wall for a solo homer off Angel Cuan. The Braves would add to their lead in the bottom of the sixth after Robert Hefflinger had an RBI single that plated Edward Salcedo. Later in the inning Gattis scored on a safety squeeze by Jakob Dalfonso, pushing Rome’s lead to 3-0. Savannah would not get on the board until the top of the seventh, when the Gnats capitalized on back-to-back two-out walks. Darrell Ceciliani, who returned to the lineup after an illness, laced a double to center and brought home both runners, cutting Rome’s lead to 3-2. Savannah took the lead in the ninth with thee runs off of Rome reliever Kyle Mertins. Two Rome errors would put runners into scoring position for the Sand Gnats and Alonzo Harris and Luis Nieves would both have RBI singles to put Savannah ahead for good 5-3. Adam Kolarek (3-0) earned the win for Savannah with three no-hit relief innings. Kyle Mertins (1-3) suffered the loss for Rome. Box

KINGSPORT 8, GREENEVILLE 6 (10 innings): Nestor Moreno had the go-ahead RBI in the 10th and Greg Pron rounded out the scoring by stealing home on a double-steal in which Moreno took second base. Box

BROOKLYN 1, ABERDEEN 0: The Cyclones mustered only one run on five hits, but that was all the offense they needed as Carlos Vazquez (1-2) and three Cyclones relievers kept the IronBirds off the scoreboard. With the victory, the Cyclones improved to 8-4 and won their third series in four tries this season. Through his first two starts of the season, Vazquez has been Brooklyn's own Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In innings one through four, he has been nearly perfect -- allowing only four hits and one walk while striking out 10 and not surrendering a run. The fifth inning, however, has been his undoing -- allowing seven hits and five runs. But Tuesday night, Vazquez made a big leap in his development. After once again cruising through the first four innings without allowing a hit, he was once again faced with adversity in the fifth, but this time he fought his way through. With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Connor Narron singled and Wynston Sawyer doubled to put runners on second and third with one out. Vazquez, faced with his first baserunners of the evening, quickly extinguished the threat. He struck out the next two batters, his only Ks of the evening, to maintain a 1-0 lead. The Cyclones scored that lone run in the second inning thanks to a pair of doubles. Richard Lucas laced a two-bagger to right field to collect the first hit of the game for Brooklyn and put a runner in scoring position. That set the stage for Charley Thurber's two-out double, which plated Lucas. With offense at a premium, it was the Cyclones bullpen that once again played a pivotal role. Orlando Tovar pitched a scoreless sixth, followed by Hunter Carnevale, who tossed 2 2/3 near-perfect innings before giving way to T.J. Chism. The southpaw worked his way in and out of trouble, recording the final out of the game with the tying and game-winning runs on base, to collect his third save. Brooklyn returns to MCU Park on Wednesday night to open a three-game series against the Hudson Valley Renegades. Box

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Compiled from team reports