Around the minors 7.6.11

July, 7, 2011
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BUFFALO 7, SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 5: After falling behind, 4-3, in the third inning, the Bisons roared back in the sixth with back-to-back homers. Zach Lutz led off the inning by slamming his fifth long ball of the season to tie the score at 4. Jesus Feliciano followed Lutz with his first homer of the season. The Herd added another run in the inning after Mike Nickeas worked a one-out walk and moved to second on Luis Figueroa's single. Michael Fisher grounded into a fielder's choice that left him on first and Nickeas on third. Nick Evans drove in Nickeas with his third hit of the game, giving the Bisons a 6-4 lead. The Yankees got a solo homer from Greg Golson in the seventh, but the Bisons answered. Luis Figueroa worked a two-out walk in the eighth, then stole second and scored on Fisher's second hit. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had jumped to a lead in the first inning after Chris Schwinden gave up an infield single and a walk that would come around to score. The Bisons scored three runs in the second inning. Schwinden had to battle through six innings to get the win. After giving up the lead in the third, Schwinden retired the next 11 batters he faced, keeping the Yankees dormant while the Herd reclaimed the lead. Dale Thayer closed out the ninth inning for his team-leading seventh save. Evans had another multi-hit game, going 3-for-5 and to extend his team-leading multi-hit game total to 28. He upped his batting average to .330. Fernando Martinez returned to the Bisons after his second stint with the Mets and went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Schwinden earned his team-high sixth win. Box

PORTLAND 7, BINGHAMTON 0 (7 innings): In his third Double-A appearance, Futures Game-bound Matt Harvey was tagged for seven runs on six hits, including two homers, in three innings of a rain-shortened loss to Portland. The Sea Dogs wasted little time jumping on the seventh overall pick in last year’s draft. Jeremy Hazelbaker led off the game by rolling a groundball to that shortstop Jordany Valdespin played into an infield single. Hazelbaker moved into scoring position on his team-leading 15th steal and scored on Chih-Hsien Chiang’s 27th double and 59th RBI. Three batters later, Reynaldo Rodriguez kicked the lead to four on a three-run homer. Rodriguez also contributed a two-run homer off Harvey to cap a three-run third inning for Portland. The B-Mets could not solve Sea Dogs starter Brock Huntzinger. Making his second start against the B-Mets, the right-hander tossed five scoreless innings and allowed two hits. He racked up eight strikeouts, one shy of his career high, en route to his fifth win. Binghamton’s only bright spot came from reliever John Lujan. Back from a two-month stint with Triple-A Buffalo, Lujan allowed one hit over three scoreless innings. As the rain fell in the sixth, Cesar Cabral worked around a two-out double from Salomon Manriquez to keep the B-Mets off the board. After Raul Reyes struck out to end the frame, the tarp was pulled on the field. After a 78-minute delay, the contest was called. The B-Mets (30-55) finish their five-game series against the Sea Dogs on Thursday afternoon. Right-hander Brandon Moore (5-7, 4.32) will toe the rubber against right-hander Stolmy Pimentel (0-8, 9.00). Box

FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 2 (11 innings): Mets starter Greg Peavey allowed a run in the first inning then settled down to complete seven innings with no additional damage, but four errors were St. Lucie’s undoing. Dock Doyle tied the score for the Mets in the second inning, driving in Cory Vaughn. The Mets took the lead in the seventh on an RBI double by Juan Lagares. Two errors in the top of the eighth by third baseman Jefry Marte allowed the tying run to score. The teams exchanged zeroes through the ninth and 10th innings, but two more defensive miscues in the top half of the 11th proved to be the Mets undoing -- by shortstop Wilmer Flores and Vaughn in the outfield. Vaughn led off the bottom of the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Doyle, Vaughn would be stranded at second as Francisco Pena flied out and Rylan Sandoval struck out. Brandon Sage took the hard-luck loss with the unearned run in the 11th. Pedro Zapata led the Mets with three hits and a run scored. Vaughn and Doyle both had two hits, with Doyle driving in a run and Vaughn scoring once. The Mets close out their four-game series with Fort Myers on Thursday at Digital Domain Park. Darin Gorski gets the start with hopes of salvaging a series split. Gorski has been the Florida State League’s top pitcher with a 1.56 ERA, nearly a full run better than the league’s second-best mark. Gorski is 7-0 and has 92 strikeouts, second best in the FSL. He has walked 18 batters while holding opposing hitters to a .214 batting average in 17 appearances (11 starts) spanning 80 2/3 innings. Box

ROME 5, SAVANNAH 3: The Rome Braves scored five unanswered late runs for a comeback win, snapping Savannah’s 11-game winning streak. The Gnats (12-2/51-32) still hold the best record in the South Atlantic League. The Gnats’ now-finished streak matches the franchise’s best since the beginning of the 1993 season. Savannah won 11 games in a row in 1993 as the Savannah Cardinals and in 2000 as the Sand Gnats. In a 3-all game, Rome DH Chris Garcia led off the eighth with a solo homer to give the Braves (3-11/28-56) their first lead. Rome tacked on a second run in the inning off reliever Luis Rojas to establish the final margin. The Gnats built a 3-0 lead by scoring a run in each of the first three innings. In the first, shortstop Wilfredo Tovar walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on catcher Blake Forsythe’s infield single along the third-base line. In the second, second baseman Luis Nieves ripped a double down the right-field line, bringing home Sam Honeck, who had drawn a leadoff walk. In the third, right fielder Rafael Fernandez stole two bases and scored on catcher Ryan Delgado’s throwing error. Rome began its rally against Gnats starter Taylor Whitenton in the sixth. Second baseman Tommy La Stella led off the frame with a solo homer to make the score 3-1. Whitenton finished the sixth, yielding just one run on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts. After two walks and a double, the Braves tied the score in the seventh against Rojas on La Stella’s groundout to second. Rojas (1-5) was charged with the loss. Braves starter Caleb Brewer retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced to finish seven innings and earn his fifth win. Reliever Chris Schlosser struck out three in the final two innings to record his first professional save. The Gnats will begin a four-game series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers Thursday. Gnats right-hander Gonzalez Germen (6-3, 3.95) will take on ’Hoppers right-hander Robert Morey (3-6, 6.89). Box

ELIZABETHTON 9, KINGSPORT 3: Starter Brian Valenzuela allowed eight runs (six earned) in three innings. Hansel Robles tossed 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out seven. Julio Concepcion went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Box

VERMONT 5, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Marco Camarena (1-1) tossed five innings and yielded one earned run, but was tagged with his first 2011 loss. Jose Macias (2-2) picked up the win for Vermont. Charley Thurber collected his third consecutive multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Travis Taijeron doubled twice, giving him three doubles in his past two games. The Lake Monsters threatened in the first, loading the bases with one out. Vermont brought one runner around to score on a line drive to right field, but Camarena gathered himself, inducing a flyout and a strikeout to avoid further damage. Vermont doubled its lead in the fourth on a fielding error in the outfield. After the leadoff batter bunted his way onto first base, he came around to score on a line drive that was misplayed by Taijeron in left field. Down 2-0 in the bottom half of the frame, the Cyclones strung together two singles and a walk to load the bases with two outs, but could not plate a run as Nelfi Zapata grounded out. The Lake Monsters loaded the bases again in the sixth inning, but reliever Randy Fontanez was able to work out of the jam. After allowing two walks and a single, the right-hander recorded the final out of the inning on a strikeout. In the following inning, the Lake Monsters extended their lead to five runs off of the Cyclones bullpen. Vermont collected four singles and took advantage of a Brooklyn error by Fontanez on a pickoff attempt and wild pitch en route to taking a 5-0 lead. Zapata, the catcher, gunned down a would-be base stealer at second to record the final out of the inning. With runners on first and second in the bottom of the frame, Zapata smoked a one-hopper to the left side that the third baseman could not field cleanly. The ensuing throw was off line, allowing all Brooklyn baserunners to reach safely. With the bases loaded, Carlos Leyva hit into what appeared to be a groundball double play, but the grounder was misfielded by the second baseman and Vermont had to settle for a forceout at second. As a result, Thurber came around to score, cutting the Lake Monsters’ lead to four runs. Entering the bottom of the eighth inning trailing 5-1, Javier Rodriguez led off with a single up the middle, but Vermont recorded three outs in a row to retire Brooklyn. The Cyclones offense would not go down quietly. Taijeron mashed his second double of the game and advanced to third on Leyva’s infield single, giving Brooklyn runners on the corners. With two outs, Jonathan Clark worked himself into a 1-2 count. He fouled off three pitches before singling to right field to drive in Taijeron and keep the Cyclones’ hopes alive. The next batter, Ismael Tijerina, smoked a line drive, but directly at the third baseman for the final out of the game. Brooklyn will return to action against Vermont on Thursday. Eduardo Aldama (1-1) opposes Kurt Wunderlich (0-2). Box

Compiled from team reports
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187