Around the minors 8.7.11

August, 7, 2011
8/07/11
10:40
PM ET
BUFFALO at PAWTUCKET (ppd.)

BINGHAMTON 7, READING 4: Ozzie Chavez struck Jeurys Familia’s second pitch of the game for a leadoff single and scored on Steve Singleton’s double. Singleton was gunned down by Raul Reyes at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple. The play loomed large when ensuing batter Derrick Mitchell launched his 17th homer into the rail yard. The R-Phils added two more hits in the inning, but stranded both. Tyson Brummett matched Familia’s first-inning struggles. The first three batters reached safely on back-to-back hits and a walk. Mike Fisher’s fielder’s choice scored Jordany Valdespin to put Binghamton on the board. After Allan Dykstra walked to reload the bases, Dusty Ryan gave the B-Mets the lead on a two-run single. Ryan was transferred from the Bisons to the B-Mets before the game. Familia put up two scoreless innings before giving up the lead in the fourth. Chris Lubanski’s first homer as an R-Phil opened that half-inning. Familia made it through the frame, but watched his day come to an end when Eric Campbell pinch-hit for him in the fourth. The right-hander took the no-decision, allowing a season-high eight hits. Brummett settled down and retired eight straight B-Mets before unraveling in the fourth. The right-hander could not handle the B-Mets offense or the rain, which intensified in the bottom half of the inning. After the first two batters reached, Matt den Dekker advanced both on a sac bunt. Campbell sent a grounder to short and Chavez came up throwing home. He gunned down Ryan at the plate. The next batter, Valdespin, gave the B-Mets the lead for good with an RBI single. Juan Lagares added two more runs on another single. B.J. Rosenberg took over for Brummett after a walk to Reese Havens and induced Fisher to pop out to end the inning. The rain storm let up in the top of the fifth as Erik Turgeon worked around a two-out triple by Derrick Mitchell to toss a scoreless inning. Jack Egbert took over in the sixth and tossed three strong frames to earn his first win as a B-Met. He allowed one run on two hits, both coming in the eighth. Binghamton added a run against reliever Mike Cisco in the eighth. Jon Malo walked as a pinch-hitter and advanced to second on a sac bunt. The R-Phils intentionally walked Valdespin with two outs and paid for it. Lagares then dropped a single into shallow left-center to score Malo and give Binghamton a 7-4 lead. It was Lagares’ first multi-RBI night as a B-Met. Josh Stinson took the mound for the ninth and had his save opportunity start off on the wrong foot. John Suomi’s roller to first was fielded cleanly by Dykstra, but his flip to Stinson covering the base was too high. Suomi reached second on the error, but advanced no farther. Stinson retired the next three he faced to nail down his second save. Binghamton (47-68) has a day off Monday before opening a three-game series at Trenton with Collin McHugh (4-2, 3.75) opposing right-hander Graham Stoneburner (1-1, 1.86). Box

ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 2: Zack Wheeler tossed six scoreless innings and earned the win in his second start since joining the organization from San Francisco in a trade for Carlos Beltran. The 21-year-old right-hander limited Charlotte to four hits while striking out seven. For the second straight outing, Wheeler did not walk a batter. He had reverted to his high school mechanics before his final two starts with the Giants organization in an attempt to increase his comfort level and improve his control. Wheeler allowed four runs in four innings at Dunedin in his Mets debut last Monday. Eric Niesen allowed two runs in the eighth on Sunday afternoon, in his second inning of relief, but Josh Edgin tossed a scoreless ninth for his sixth Florida State League save. Francisco Pena went 2-for-4 with two RBis. Box

SAVANNAH 7, CHARLESTON 3: Albert Cordero and Rafael Fernandez smacked two-run homers as Savannah knocked off Charleston. The Gnats struck in the first against Charleston’s Nathan Forer, getting consecutive two-out RBI singles from Blake Forsythe and Cordero. Cordero increased that lead to 4-0 for the Gnats, knocking a two-run homer off the top of the left-field scoreboard and out of the park for his sixth homer. Wilfredo Tovar contributed a sacrifice fly in Savannah’s half of the fourth, making it 5-0. Forer (1-5) lasted three-plus innings in his first start off the DL, allowing five runs on eight hits. Mike Recchia relieved Forer and retired the first 10 hitters he faced, but ran into trouble in the seventh, when Fernandez cranked a two-run homer for a 7-0 lead. Erik Goeddel – who had been out with a shoulder strain -- stifled the RiverDogs bats over the first four innings in his first South Atlantic League outing since May 23. He gave way to Yohan Almonte, who set down the first seven batters he faced until Charleston broke through for three runs. Anderson Feliz singled, Garrison Lassiter doubled and Jose Toussen brought them both in with a two-run triple. Toussen scored one batter later on Shane Brown’s RBI groundout. Almonte (6-6) settled down to pitch four innings out of Savannah’s bullpen and notched the victory. South Carolina native Hamilton Bennett worked the ninth to finish the affair. Monday’s series finale features Charleston right-hander Manny Barreda (4-2, 4.45 ERA) opposing Savannah right-hander Ryan Fraser (7-7, 3.44 ERA). Box

KINGSPORT 10, BURLINGTON 3: Miller Diaz picked up his first win this season by limiting Burlington to one run on two hits and three walks in five innings. Juan Carlos Gamboa and Luke Stewart produced two-run homers. Box

BROOKLYN 10, STATEN ISLAND 2: In his Cyclones debut, starter Brett Mitchell tossed 4 2/3 innings and yielded one run, but did not factor into the decision. Left-hander Orlando Tovar (4-1, 4.10 ERA) picked up the win in relief, after allowing one runner in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Brooklyn had to play catch-up after Staten Island struck first. Mason Williams jumpstarted the Yankees offense again, leading off the bottom of the first with a single. The New York-Penn league’s batting average leader advanced to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball and scored on a groundout by 2010 first-round pick Cito Culver. Mitchell, however, induced a strikeout and a flyout to end the frame. Williams was a catalyst once again in the third, drawing a walk to lead off. However, he was removed from the basepaths after he tested the arm of center fielder Chase Greene. Williams looked to go from first to third on Benjamin Gamel’s single, but Greene fired in time to record the out. Gamel then stole second. He scored on Cody Grice’s single, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Blanked for three innings, the Cyclones got on the board in a five-run fourth. Xorge Carrillo and Greene ignited the rally with a walk and single to give the Cyclones runners on the corners with one out. NYPL on-base-percentage leader Danny Muno then doubled to tie the score at 2. Ismael Tijerina singled to move Muno to third. Homerless for 28 games, Javier Rodriguez then put the Cyclones up, 5-2, with a three-run shot. Brooklyn added two more runs in the fifth. With one out and the bases empty, Carrillo singled and Greene followed with a double to put two runners in scoring position. Two batters later, the Cyclones were up 7-2. A groundball to shortstop scored Carrillo and moved Greene to third. Tijerina then doubled to plate Greene. With a five-run lead to protect, Tovar shut down the Baby Bombers in the sixth and seventh innings. The ‘Clones padded their lead with a two-run eighth. Brian Harrison drove in the team’s eighth run on a sacrifice fly. NYPL slugging percentage leader Travis Taijeron followed up with a RBI single to give Brooklyn a 9-2 lead. Right-hander Tyler Pill, in his second appearance with the Cyclones, tossed a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts. For the third time, Carrillo and Greene jumpstarted another rally, leading off the top of the ninth with back-to-back walks. After a third consecutive free pass loaded the bases, Carrillo was driven in on a sacrifice fly by Rodriguez. Todd Weldon tossed a scoreless ninth to lower his ERA to 0.98. Box

GCL MARLINS 4, GCL METS 3 (11 innings): 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
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187