Around the minors 7.3.11

SYRACUSE 10, BUFFALO 4: Each of the first six Syracuse batters in the seventh inning scored as the Chiefs batted around and pulled away at Coca-Cola Field. Corey Brown cleared the loaded bases with a double before pinch-hitter Jeff Frazier brought him in with a two-run homer against reliever Taylor Tankersley. A crowd of 17,454 took in the game before a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert and fireworks show. "It was a great crowd tonight -- a lot of enthusiasm," right fielder Bubba Bell said. "It's always easier to get up for a game when there's a crowd like that in the house." Jack Egbert left his third Buffalo start with the score tied, bases loaded and two outs in the third after 65 pitches. Egbert returned to Triple-A in June following Tommy John surgery. Reliever Mike O'Connor worked out of Egbert’s jam, coaxing a Corey Brown groundout. Syracuse starter Craig Stammen (8-3, 4.19) earned the win, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. In the first, Michael Fisher sliced a 2-0 lead in half with a double that scored Luis Figueroa. Bell tied the score with a homer, his first as a Bison, the next inning. "It's always nice to get that first one under your belt (with) sporadic at-bats," Bell said. "It's really hard to see this time of day. When the game started there's a lot of sun in the background, and it's all shadows from the mound to home, so I was really just thinking, ‘stay soft and in the middle.'" Figueroa, who went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, pulled the Herd temporarily ahead with a two-out single in the fourth. O'Connor shut out the Chiefs in the fourth and fifth, but took the loss. He allowed the tying and go-ahead runs in the sixth on three hits, including Steve Lombardozzi's second double of the game. "For a couple innings, he looked good out there," manager Tim Teufel said of O'Connor. "He couldn't finish his outing. Overall, we just didn't hit our spots tonight." Over three innings, O'Connor struck out three before Tankersley took over to finish the sixth. Fisher went 2-for-4, his 13th multi-hit game of the season. Box

BOWIE 4, BINGHAMTON 3: The Binghamton Mets were caught stealing three times and Jordany Valdespin ended the game by being thrown at second attempting to stretch a single into a double. The woes on the basepaths started early for the B-Mets. Valdespin stroked a one-out double down the first-base line in the first inning, but was thrown out trying to steal third base. In the second, Eric Campbell reached base with a one-out single but was picked off by Bowie starter Rick Zagone for a caught stealing. The Baysox jumped to a 3-0 lead with a run in the second and two more in the third against Binghamton starter Robert Carson. The left-hander settled down after that to post three scoreless innings. Binghamton got on the board with a three-hit third. Jean Luc Blaquiere led off with a double off the left-field wall, moved to third on Matt den Dekker’s single, and came home on Valdespin’s single. Binghamton tied things up with a pair of runs in the fourth on three hits and a lucky bounce. Campbell’s leadoff double was followed by back-to-back singles from Travis Ozga and Blaquiere. Campbell came home on the final hit. After a bunt from Jose Coronado went for a fielder’s choice, den Dekker sent a grounder to first. Brandon Waring threw to second for one out, but Pedro Florimon’s return throw to first bounced off Coronado’s helmet and into right field. With the ball loose, Blaquiere scampered home with the tying run. With the score still tied, Carson gave way to Ricky Brooks in the seventh. The right-hander put up one scoreless frame before things took a turn for the worse in the eighth. L.J. Hoes led off with a double and advanced to third on Waring’s sacrifice bunt. Caleb Joseph brought Hoes home for the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly. Reliever Eddie Gamboa took the ball from Zagone in the sixth and made it to the finish line, tossing four scoreless innings en route to his second win. With two outs in the ninth, Valdespin ripped a bouncer into right field. The shortstop tried to stretch the hit into a double, but was thrown out by Ronnie Welty to end the game. The B-Mets (29-52) start a five-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs Monday at 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Jeurys Familia (0-2, 3.35), who missed nearly two full turns through the rotation, returns to face right-hander Chris Balcom-Miller (1-3, 3.58). Box

ST. LUCIE 8, BRADENTON 1 (5 innings): Kyle Allen was credited with a complete game in the shortened affair. Wilmer Flores (3-for-3) and Dock Doyle drove in two runs apiece. Pedro Zapata scored three times. Box

SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 1: Savannah earned its second three-game sweep of the GreenJackets this season. The Gnats are now 12-2 against Augusta in 2011. Justin Schumer was roughed up early and often -- victimized by four GreenJackets errors within the game’s first three innings. After Schumer walked the bases full with one out in the first, he induced a grounder to Carlos Willoughby at second. Willoughby lost the ball trying to tag the runner in motion from first to second, allowing two runs to score and giving Savannah a 2-0 edge. The Gnats doubled the lead to 4-0 later in the inning on Sam Honeck’s two-run double. The struggles for Schumer continued in the second as the Sand Gnats sent eight hitters to the plate for the second inning in a row. Back-to-back singles opened the inning. With runners at second and third, Raynor Campbell’s throwing error allowed two to score as Savannah jumped to a six-run lead. With runners at the corners and two outs, Aderlin Rodriguez hit a grounder to third that Adam Duvall scooped and fired to second. Willoughby dropped the throw to allow the Gnats to score their seventh run. Schumer then departed. Schumer (3-4) allowed seven runs (two earned) in his shortest start of the year. He tossed 1 2/3 innings. Angel Cuan was solid for Savannah in his six-inning stint, retiring 12 of the first 13 hitters he faced. The lone run he surrendered came in the sixth, on Duvall’s sacrifice fly. Cuan (6-1) got his first win as a starter. In his six innings of one-run ball, he allowed six hits and struck out a season-high seven. Adam Kolarek retired nine of the 11 hitters he faced over the final three innings, striking out two while earning his first save. Box

KINGSPORT 7, JOHNSON CITY 6 (13 innings): In the top of the 13th, Cam Maron delivered a two-out single and scored the go-ahead run on Yucarybert De La Cruz's triple. De La Cruz then scored on a single by Chad Zurcher. Kingsport withstood a run in the bottom half charged to Mark Picca, who nonetheless picked up his first save when he struck out Matthew Williams to strand Tyler Rahmatulla at third base. Chasen Bradford and Dustin Emmons tossed three scoreless relief innings apiece. Box

STATEN ISLAND 3, BROOKLYN 2: For the second night in a row, Staten Island rallied late as Brooklyn fell. The Yankees extended their winning streak to a franchise-best 13 games. The Cyclones put two on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Hot-hitting Ismael Tijerina, who entered the day batting .351, began the frame with a double on a line drive to right field before Luke Stewart deposited a 1-1 offering well into the right-field bleachers for a two-run lead off of Baby Bombers starter Bryan Mitchell. The Yankees narrowed the deficit to a run in the third, which was the first time starter Carlos Vazquez had given up a run before the fifth inning in his four starts. Bobby Rinard doubled with one out to left field before Mason Williams doubled in a run on a line drive just in front of Charley Thurber. With a runner on second and one out in the fifth, Cito Culver chased Vazquez with a line-drive double to left, scoring Williams, who had doubled to start the rally. Vazquez finished with five strikeouts and a walk with seven hits before being replaced by Steven Winnick with one out in the fourth. Second-round pick Cory Mazzoni out of N.C. State made his Cyclones debut by throwing an inning of scoreless relief in the seventh. He walked one and struck out two. Staten Island scored the deciding run in the ninth after Rinard began the frame by reaching on a fielding error by Tijerina at shortstop. Williams placed a bunt down the third-base line that Richard Lucas fielded cleanly. But on the play Rinard was able to make it all the way to third as the Cyclones left the base unattended. Culver brought home the go-ahead run on bloop that landed just out of the reach of a pair of Cyclones. In the ninth, Brandon Pinder retired the Cyclones in order for his league-leading fifth save. The series continues Monday as Jeff Walters (0-1, 2.70 ERA) battles William Oliver (1-0, 3.29 ERA). Brooklyn returns home for a three-game series with the Vermont Lake Monsters beginning Wednesday. Box


Compiled from team reports