Around the minors 7.21.11

July, 21, 2011
7/21/11
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BUFFALO 5, SYRACUSE 2: Pat Misch held the Chiefs to two runs in 6 2/3 innings as Buffalo avoided a sweep. Valentino Pascucci and Luis Hernandez continued to be the top run producers. Pascucci added to his team-high RBI total in the first inning, smacking a double into center field to score newly returned Ruben Tejada and Luis Figueroa. Pascucci now has 65 RBIs. Hernandez singled to score Pascucci in the first. Then, in the sixth inning, Hernandez singled into left field to score Figueroa. Hernandez added a solo homer in the eighth. He has 13 RBIs since returning from the All-Star break. All three of Hernandez’s RBIs came with two out. Dale Thayer closed out the game with his team-leading 10th save by recording seven outs. Misch earned his fifth win, moving to .500. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, READING 1: The B-Mets set season highs with six homers and 11 runs. Jordany Valdespin accounted for two of the long balls during a 3-for-4 performance. The B-Mets jumped all over Long Island native Joe Esposito in the first inning. Matt den Dekker led off with a solo homer – the 2010 fifth-round pick’s third homer in his past four at-bats. Two batters later, Josh Satin ripped a one-out double down the left-field line. Allan Dykstra followed with his second homer in two games to put Binghamton ahead, 3-0. Valdespin added to the lead in the third with the first of his two solo homers. Meanwhile, Collin McHugh faced the minimum through three innings. In the fourth, Freddy Galvis led off with a double. Two batters later, Matt Rizzotti drove in the R-Phils’ only run with a single, cutting the deficit to three. Binghamton (40-59) answered in the fifth and knocked Esposito from the game. The starter exited after walking den Dekker to start the inning. Chris Kissock replaced him and promptly hit Valdespin with a pitch. Satin followed with an RBI single to push the lead back four. McHugh allowed a run on four hits and struck out four in five innings for his third Double-A win. The B-Mets added two more runs in the sixth thanks to an RBI single from McHugh and a throwing error by Galvis. Reading (51-47) was also hapless against reliever Jack Egbert. The right-hander, who was making his Binghamton debut after arriving from Triple-A Buffalo, finished the game with four innings of one-hit relief for the save. Binghamton produced three homers in the ninth off southpaw Derrick Loop. Valdespin jumped on the first pitch he saw and sent it over the wall in right-center for his 13th homer. Satin followed with a single. After Dykstra fouled out to left, Dusty Ryan poked a two-run blast to left. Brahiam Maldonado rounded out the scoring with a two-out shot, his 17th homer. Binghamton pounded out 15 hits for the second straight game and has now produced 55 hits in its last four games. The B-Mets continue their four-game set against the R-Phils Friday. Right-hander Tobi Stoner (4-3, 5.24) starts opposite right-hander B.J. Rosenberg (3-4, 4.62). Box

ST. LUCIE 14, BREVARD COUNTY 3: Juan Lagares went 3-for-6 with a homer and two RBIs and Stefan Welch also had three hits. Michael Powers and Brandon Sage combined for 3 1/3 no-hit relief innings. Box

SAVANNAH 3, WEST VIRGINIA 2: The Sand Gnats scored the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on a throwing error by West Virginia Power third baseman Eric Avila. The Gnats (16-11/55-41) snapped a four-game losing streak. Savannah catcher Blake Forsythe led off the frame by muscling a single into shallow left field. He advanced to second on DH Albert Cordero’s bunt and to third on a passed ball. With two outs, first baseman Joe Bonfe bounced a ball to Avila at third. With Bonfe running hard to first, Avila’s throw was high, pulling first baseman Chase Lyles off the base allowing Bonfe to slide in safely and Forsythe to score from third with the winning run. Forsythe finished 3-for-4 -- his first three-hit game of 2011. The Gnats had taken a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Forsythe doubled with one out. Third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez then blasted a homer off Power starter Jameson Taillon, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top pitching prospect, for his 12th homer. The Power (10-17/45-50) evened the score at 2 with a pair of runs in the fifth off Savannah starter Angel Cuan. Rogelio Noris and Kevin Mort each doubled to produce the first run. After Avila singled to put runners at the corners, a fielder’s choice and throwing error on Savannah shortstop Wilfredo Tovar allowed the second run to score. Savannah reliever Adam Kolarek allowed just a walk in the final three innings while facing the minimum nine batters to earn his fourth win. Cuan completed six innings for the fifth straight start. For the fourth time in those five games, he allowed two earned runs or fewer. Taillon fanned six and walked one in his five innings, yielding two runs on four hits. The Gnats finish their three-game series Friday night by handing the ball to right-hander Yohan Almonte (3-5, 3.82) against Power right-hander Tyler Waldron (6-5, 4.87). Box

KINGSPORT 7, JOHNSON CITY 6: Kingsport produced a walk-off on a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth by Nestor Moreno, which scored Greg Pron and Julio Concepcion. Box

BROOKLYN 13, ABERDEEN 0: Behind a season-high 20-hit attack, the Cyclones kept Aberdeen winless at Coney Island since June 2009. The hit total fell two shy of matching Brooklyn’s all-time high (22 versus Tri-City on July 13, 2007). Brooklyn began the scoring by putting up two in the second off IronBirds starter Matt Hobgood (0-1). Richard Lucas, who entered the night hitting .406 (13-for-32) over the past 10 games, led off with a single. He advanced to third on a ground-rule double by Charley Thurber. A wild pitch scored Lucas. Xorge Carillo drove home the second run with a single. IronBirds reliever Ryan Berry replaced Hobgood in the fifth, but only added to the damage by surrendering three more runs to put Aberdeen in a 5-0 hole. With one out and the bases loaded, a sacrifice fly by Brian Harrison plated the third run before Travis Taijeron and Carrillo brought home the fourth and fifth with singles. Danny Muno, who had cooled down after a torrid start to the season, broke a 3-for-18 slide by launching a homer inside the right-field foul pole off Berry in the sixth. Thurber prolonged the inning by adding a two-run double for an 8-0 lead. After Orlando Alfonso replaced Berry, Taijeron provided the second long ball of the frame with a three-run blast. Brooklyn added runs in the seventh and eighth innings to round out the scoring. Jeffrey Walters (2-2) entered the day with an earned-run average of 4.26 but delivered his best performance of the season, striking out three and allowing three baserunners in six scoreless innings. Steven Winnick, who relieved Walters in the seventh, combined with Eric Beaulac to toss three scoreless relief innings. Over the previous five games, the relievers compiled a 1.53 ERA in 29 1/3 innings. Lucas tied a season-high hit total for a Cyclone, going 5-for-6 with an RBI and four runs scored. Brandon Brown had five hits July 3 versus Staten Island. Taijeron fell a triple shy of the cycle, finishing 4-for-4 with five RBIs. The shutout was the third this season and second against Aberdeen. The Cyclones close out their two-game series with the IronBirds on Friday. Randy Fontanez (0-0, 4.15 ERA) makes his second start of the season. He opposes Mike Wright (1-0, 3.27 ERA). 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

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
11 3.85 125 161
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .297
HRL. Duda 22
RBIL. Duda 66
RD. Murphy 69
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 145