Around the minors 8.3.11

August, 3, 2011
8/03/11
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ALTOONA 4, BINGHAMTON 3: Tobi Stoner allowed two hits over seven innings, but the bullpen blew a late lead. Stoner allowed an unearned run and struck out four. Curve starter Jeff Locke faced the minimum through the three innings. Altoona (48-61) pushed across its only run against Stoner in the third. Starling Marte reached on a leadoff single to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. After Brock Holt flied out, Josh Rodriguez hit a roller to third that Mike Fisher charged. The ball hopped over Fisher’s glove and down the left-field line, which allowed Marte to reach third and Rodriquez second. Stoner loaded the bases by hitting Andrew Lambo with a two-strike pitch. Then, while facing Tony Sanchez, Stoner dropped down sidearm and fired a slider to the backstop for a wild pitch, allowing Marte to score. Binghamton (44-67) got the run back in the seventh. Eric Campbell broke up Locke’s shutout bid with a two-out solo homer. Campell’s third homer of the season ended his 0-for-13 skid. The B-Mets rallied to take the lead against the Curve bullpen in the eighth. Jon Malo pinch-hit for Stoner and reached on an infield single against lefty Aaron Thompson. Jordany Valdespin sacrificed the Malo into scoring position. Reese Havens then came through with a bloop RBI single, which gave the B-Mets their first lead. The Curve answered in the bottom half, however, against Josh Stinson. Stinson retired the first two hitters before Lambo and Sanchez consecutively reached on singles to put runners at the corners. Stinson then walked Matt Curry to load the bases for Quincy Latimore, who delivered a three-run double. Facing Noah Krol in the ninth, Campbell reached on a one-out infield single. With two outs, Matt den Dekker swung at a two-strike pitch in the dirt. The ball got away from Sanchez, which allowed den Dekker to reach on a wild pitch and Campbell to take third. Raul Reyes followed with an RBI single, pulling Binghamton within a run. Krol, however, retired Valdespin on a groundout to secure his 17th save. Valdespin’s hitting streak ended at 10 games. Stinson was tagged with the loss and his first blown save. Right-hander Matt Harvey (0-3, 5.76) starts opposite Curve right-hander Michael Colla (4-8, 4.00) Thursday. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, JUPITER 1
JUPITER 1, ST. LUCIE 0 (SUSPENDED):
Greg Peavey tossed a seven-inning complete game in the opener, allowing four hits while striking out six and walking one. Pedro Zapata opened the game with a homer. Wilmer Flores and Rylan Sandoval had two RBIs apiece. Game 2 was suspended in the third inning. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 2, AUGUSTA 0: Savannah starter Ryan Fraser and reliever Michael Hebert combined on a four-hit shutout. The Gnats (25-14/64-44) tied a season high by moving 20 games over .500 for the second time in the 2011 season. Fraser held the GreenJackets (20-18/51-57) off the scoreboard for the first five innings, yielding just three hits. He struck out five and walked two and evened his record at 7-7 with a 3.44 ERA. Hebert struck out four batters in his four innings to earn his first save. After allowing a single to the first batter he faced in the sixth, he set down 10 GreenJackets in a row. The Gnats scored the evening’s first run in the second inning. Back-to-back singles from Blake Forsythe and Albert Cordero set up the inning for Joe Bonfe, who brought home Forsythe with an RBI groundout. Cordero, the only Gnat with two hits in the game, finished 2-for-3, and is now hitting .325 in 123 at-bats in the second half. The Gnats took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. Aderlin Rodriguez doubled and Bonfe singled to put runners at the corners. Reserve infielder Jet Butler, who started at second base Wednesday, singled cleanly into center field to score Rodriguez. The Gnats finish their four-game series against the GreenJackets on Thursday. Right-hander Taylor Whitenton (4-2, 2.61) takes on ’Jackets right-hander Taylor Rogers (7-9, 3.20). Box

ELIZABETHTON 6, KINGSPORT 5: Elizabethton scored the decisive run in the top of the ninth against Dawrin Frias. Dustin Lawley went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs for Kingsport. Box

BROOKLYN 3, WILLIAMSPORT 2: Javier Rodriguez plated the winning run in the bottom of the ninth with a sacrifice fly. Orlando Tovar (3-1) pitched four relief innings for the victory. Brian Harrison started a second-inning rally for Brooklyn with a single. He scored on Travis Taijeron’s triple. Taijeron leads the New York-Penn League in slugging percentage, with 21 of his 40 hits for extra bases. Later in the frame, Nelfi Zapata singled off the left-field wall to score Taijeron for a 2-0 lead. Brooklyn starter Marco Camarena ran into trouble in the fourth. Brock Stassi started Williamsport’s rally with a double and score on Harold Martinez’s single. Up 2-1, the Cyclones loaded the bases with two out in the fifth, but Richard Lucas grounded out. A half-inning later, with Tovar taking over for Camarena, Aaron Altherr led off with a game-tying homer. In the ninth, after Tovar pitched his fourth inning in relief, the Cyclones were finally able to break through. Chase Greene reached on a fielder’s choice before Danny Muno singled and Ismael Tijerina walked to load the bases. Rodriguez took advantage of the scoring chance with the sacrifice fly to left field, which scored Greene and gave Brooklyn a 3-2 win. The Cyclones will take on the Crosscutters in the rubber game Thursday. Right-hander Eduardo Aldama (2-2, 4.05) opposes left-hander Lino Martinez (4-2, 3.09). Box

GCL CARDINALS 5, GCL METS 4 (14 innings): Box

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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
.287 7 37 57
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 15
RBIL. Duda 50
RD. Murphy 57
OPSL. Duda .841
WB. Colon 8
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 112