Around the minors 8.20.11

August, 20, 2011
8/20/11
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BUFFALO 15, COLUMBUS 3: The Bisons’ youth came through as Jordany Valdespin smashed a three-run homer and Raul Reyes hit two doubles, drove in two runs and scored once. Down two runs and with two outs in the sixth, the Bisons mounted a five-run rally, beginning with Luis Hernandez’s solo homer and capped by the three-run shot from Valdespin. Reyes' two runs were the first he has produced since a promotion from Binghamton. Valdespin’s homer was his first in Triple-A. Reyes had 50 RBIs with the B-Mets. Valdespin had 15 long balls for Binghamton before being called up. Hernandez added an RBI in the seventh, extending the Bisons’ lead. Zach Lutz and Josh Satin got in on the action in the ninth inning to add three more runs. Valentino Pascucci drove in Satin and Lutz to bring his RBI total to 87. Satin walked twice and singled. He extended his hitting streak to eight games. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 4 (11 innings): At Fenway Park, the B-Mets plated four runs in the 11th inning and beat the Sea Dogs. B-Mets infielder Eric Campbell broke a tie with an RBI single against reliever Chris Martin in the final frame. The hit capped Campbell’s second straight three-hit game. Kai Gronauer added breathing room by blasting a three-run home run over the Green Monster. The offense started late for both teams. B-Mets starter Collin McHugh and Portland hurler Charlie Haeger kept the game scoreless through six innings. Binghamton had a hit in each of the first six innings, but could not plate a run off the knuckleball. On the big stage, McHugh posted his fifth straight quality start. He allowed four hits and struck out six over six scoreless innings. The Atlanta native has held opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his last eight appearances. Binghamton made him eligible for the win when things unraveled for Haegar in the seventh. Haeger walked Brahiam Maldonado and Allan Dykstra before uncorking a wild pitch with Gronauer at the plate. Each runner scampered up a base. Maldonado scored when catcher Dan Butler’s throw to second sailed into center field. After a walk to Gronauer, Jon Malo doubled the lead on a single. Given the two-run advantage, Ricky Brooks worked around an error by Campbell at third to post a scoreless seventh. An inning later, Brooks walked leadoff hitter Ryan Khoury on four pitches. Alex Hassan then crushed a pitch off the camera canopy beyond the center-field fence to tie the score. Binghamton had a chance in the ninth, but could not come through against reliever Josh Fields. Dykstra walked and Oscar Tejeda booted a potential double-play ball to move the go-ahead run to second. Jean Luc Blaquiere pinch-ran for Dykstra, but moved nowhere when Gronauer bounced into an inning-ending double play. After Rhiner Cruz took over in the ninth and retired the Sea Dogs in order, Malo led off the 10th with a double off Chris Martin. He moved to third on a sac bunt, but was stranded when Michael Fisher flied out and Reese Havens grounded out. Cruz capped off his strong outing with a scoreless 10th. In the 11th, Juan Lagares reached on a bunt single up the third-base line to start the inning, extending his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest for any B-Met this season. Niuman Romero followed with a single and Campbell broke the tie by shooting a single past Jon Hee at third base. Gronauer followed with a three-run shot off the light tower beyond the Green Monster. It was the catcher’s first home run since he ripped a dinger off the Erie SeaWolves on April 11. Things did not end easily for Binghamton. Erik Turgeon started the bottom half and allowed the first two he faced to reach. Hee drove in both runners on a single, but stymied the rally when he was thrown out at second trying to advance on the throw home. Josh Stinson got the call from the pen and struck out Mitch Dening to rack up his fourth save and secure Binghamton’s fifth straight series win. Cruz earned his third win, allowing just one hit over two scoreless innings. Binghamton (55-71) and Portland meet for the final time this season back at Hadlock Field on Sunday. Right-hander Tobi Stoner (4-5, 5.06) opposes Brock Huntzinger (5-11, 6.60). Box

BRADENTON at ST. LUCIE (ppd.)

SAVANNAH 2, GREENVILLE 0: Starter Taylor Whitenton tossed four scoreless innings and combined with Brandon Sage (2-0) and Hamilton Bennett (13th save) on the six-hit shutout. The Gnats got on the board in the second inning when Albert Cordero singled and Aderlin Rodriguez doubled to place two runners in scoring position with none out and Blake Forsythe contributed an RBI groundout. In the ninth, Savannah took a two-run lead as Joe Bonfe walked with two out and scored from first base on Jet Butler's single. Box

KINGSPORT 17, BURLINGTON 14: Dustin Lawley homered and had four RBIs. Cam Maron went 3-for-5 with a double, triple, two RBIs and scored three times. Greg Pron, Yucarybert De La Cruz and Juan Carlos Gamboa also had two RBIs apiece. Box

TRI-CITY 3, BROOKLYN 0: Tri-City starter Nick Tropeano held the Cyclones hitless into the seventh, when T.J. Rivera ended the suspense with one out with a single to right. It was the lone hit for Brooklyn. Tri-City took a 1-0 lead against Cyclones starter Jeff Walters (2-6) in the first after the right-hander issued a leadoff walk to Neiko Johnson. Johnson stole second and Justin Gominsky advanced him to third with a sacrifice. A sacrifice fly by Rafael Venezuela then drove in Johnson on a bang-bang play at the plate. With one out in the sixth, the ValleyCats put consecutive runners on base, then plated their second run on Miles Hamblin’s single. With one out in the seventh inning, Johnson reached second base on a throwing error by Rivera and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Tri-City padded its lead with an RBI single by Valenzuela. ValleyCats reliever Ryan Cole retired the side in order in the ninth for the save. Despite the loss, Brooklyn remains 2 games behind first-place Staten Island in the McNamara Division. Chris Hilliard (3-1, 3.60) opposes Jamaine Cotton (2-0, 2.70) Sunday. 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
.299 9 52 70
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
WB. Colon 11
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
SOZ. Wheeler 148