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Around the minors 7.1.11

7/2/2011

LEHIGH VALLEY 2, BUFFALO 0: After eight innings of scoreless baseball, two Bisons throwing errors cost the Herd two runs. After Michael O'Connor retired Lehigh Valley in order in the eighth, he walked the leadoff batter in the final frame. Ryota Igarashi entered and attempted to pick off Pete Orr, but first baseman Valentino Pascucci lost the throw and it sailed down the right-field line, allowing Orr to scramble to third. "In Igarashi's case he's got a base stealer on first and one that warrants a throw, and that's part of his assignment," manager Tim Teufel said. "This one got away from him a bit got to the inside and I think hit off Pascucci and went off into the outfield." Igarashi got the next batter to line out to Luis Hernandez, and then walked Tagg Bozied to set up a potential double-play ball. But Delwyn Young smacked a groundball just under Pascucci's glove and into right field, scoring the first run. Lehigh Valley added a second run after catcher Raul Chavez had a pickoff throw to first base sail wide of the bag and into right field. Young moved from first to third and Bozied scored to give the IronPigs a 2-0 lead. "We didn't execute at the right time," Teufel said. "A leadoff walk always hurts, and especially late in the game, and then you compound that with a bad pickoff at first and you put the defense and everybody else in a bad position." Michael Schwimer worked the final two innings for the IronPigs. Bisons starter Chris Schwinden showed why he is the lone Buffalo All-Star. He got the IronPigs to swing at breaking balls in the dirt and whiff on high fastballs. He retired the first 10 batters before giving up a ground-rule double in the third. "I tell you what, Schwinden continues to look good,” Teufel said. “He did his job and really pitched a great game and had good stuff, had a lot of swing and misses. Can't say enough about the job he did." Schwinden escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth. "Me and Chavez were working well together -- cutter was working well, curveball, getting them off speed with the changeup and curveball," Schwinden said. After escaping the fifth inning, Schwinden retired the next six IronPigs. He got three consecutive batters on strikeouts, and two of the three on called third strikes. Schwinden worked seven innings, gave up four hits and posted eight strikeouts -- one strikeout shy of matching his season high. Lehigh Valley starter Brian Bass matched Schwinden's effort, using a heavy sinker to retire 13 of the first 16 batters he faced with groundball outs. Not until the final out of the sixth inning did Bass get a fly-ball out. The Herd threatened Bass in the first inning but couldn't put a run across after getting two runners on. Pascucci grounded out and Jesus Feliciano struck out. Since giving up a first-inning homer on June 26, Schwinden has pitched 12 scoreless innings. A day after going 0-for-4 to snap his 19-game hitting streak, Nick Evans went 2-for-3 with a walk. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, BOWIE 3: Raul Reyes came off the bench and supplied a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth. It was Reyes’ second walk-off hit of the season. With the score tied at 3, Jean Luc Blaquiere led off the ninth with a line drive up the middle against reliever Pat Egan. Reyes, the Eastern League’s top-hitter last month with a .376 June average, got the call to pinch hit for Eric Campbell. Reyes split the outfielders by lifting the second pitch to deep left-center. As the ball rolled to the fence, Blaquiere raced around the bases and came home to give Binghamton their second walk-off win of the year. 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey took the no-decision in his first career start at NYSEG Stadium and second Double-A outing. He allowed two runs on five hits and struck out five over five innings. He was eligible for the win after Binghamton took a 3-2 lead on Jordany Valdespin’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. Harvey lost the chance to earn his first Eastern League win after Bowie left fielder L.J. Hoes singled home a run off reliever Jeffrey Kaplan in the seventh. In his first game as a B-Met after a promotion from St. Lucie, Kaplan allowed three hits and the game-tying run in two innings. Josh Stinson allowed one hit and struck out two in a pair of scoreless innings and was rewarded with his second win. Bowie starter Mike Ballard went seven innings and allowed three runs but did not factor into the decision. The B-Mets (29-50) continue their series against Bowie on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Brandon Moore (5-6, 4.44) squares off against right-hander Tim Bascom (3-2, 3.51). Box

ST. LUCIE at FORT MYERS (suspended): The game was suspended after one scoreless inning. Box

SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 2: The Savannah Sand Gnats broke a 2-all tie in the seventh inning at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Wilfredo Tovar’s RBI single to right field off Ryan Bradley (0-1). The Gnats have defeated the GreenJackets in 10 of the 12 meetings this season. Savannah had scored twice in the second inning off Augusta starter Taylor Rogers, on three straight one-out singles. The third of those hits -- Joe Bonfe’s comebacker to the mound -- deflected toward the first-base line. Rogers fielded the ball and rushed a throw to first that went past Josh Mazzola and down the right-field line, allowing a run to score. Alonzo Harris’ RBI groundout brought the inning’s second run home. In the fourth, the GreenJackets sliced Savannah’s lead to a run on Chris Lofton’s RBI groundout. They tied the score in the sixth against reliever Todd Weldon. Rafael Rodriguez led off by reaching on an error by shortstop Luis Nieves and moved to third after back-to-back two-out walks. With the bases full, Adam Duvall was hit by a pitch to bring home the tying run, before the Sand Gnats reclaimed the lead in the following half-inning. Ryan Lollis struck out with the bases loaded to end the sixth. The GreenJackets stranded the bases full twice as part of a night where they left 12 men on the bases and went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Rogers took just his second no-decision of the season, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out four. Savannah starter Taylor Whitenton also did not figure in the decision. He allowed an unearned run on four hits while surviving four walks in five innings. Weldon (3-1) allowed an unearned run on two walks in the sixth and was credited with the win. Ronny Morla struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his sixth save. The GreenJackets send Mike Kickham (1-4, 3.83) to the mound Saturday to face Savannah’s Gonzalez Germen (5-3, 4.22). Box

KINGSPORT 15, ELIZABETHTON 10: Dustin Lawley had five RBIs and Tillman Pugh homered. Box

BROOKLYN 3, HUDSON VALLEY 1: Steve Winnick (1-0) collected the win in relief, needing only two pitches to work out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth. Brian Harrison was the only Cyclone with multiple hits. His RBI single in the first inning proved to be the difference in the game. It looked like the Brooklyn bats would pick up where they left off the previous game when they came to bat in the first inning. Jonathan Clark and Brandon Brown each reached base to start the game and were in scoring position after Javier Rodriguez moved them along with a sacrifice bunt. Luke Stewart opened the scoring with an RBI groundout and Harrison’s RBI single pushed across another run to make it 2-0. Hudson Valley trimmed the lead in half, scoring a run by way of a Jeff Malm RBI single in the fourth. The Cyclones pushed their lead back to a pair thanks to a tremendous at-bat from Rodriguez in the fifth. With Brown on first base and two outs, Rodriguez fouled off eight straight pitches before connecting on his team-leading eighth double. In the bottom half of the inning it looked like the Renegades would claw back once again, loading the bases off of starter Marco Camarena with one out. But when Winnick entered, Juniel Querecuto smashed a liner to third base that Harrison snagged. He then stepped on third for the inning’s final out. Randy Fontanez, Hunter Carnevale and Jeremy Gould combined to pitch the final four innings of the game, allowing a combined three hits while striking out five. Gould struck out the side in the ninth to collect his third save. Brooklyn will begin a four-game series against the rival Staten Island Yankees on Saturday night and returns to MCU Park on Sunday. Box

Compiled from team reports