Around the minors 5.25.10

LEHIGH VALLEY 2, BUFFALO 1: The Herd lost its second straight game against the IronPigs and has not won a series in five tries at Lehigh Valley since the IronPigs debuted in 2008. The Bisons won the first two games of the four-game weekend series. Buffalo could only muster one run in the finale. Mike Hessman's two-out single in the first inning plated newcomer Daniel Murphy for the game's first run. For Hessman, the knock gave him his league-leading 49th RBI. Lehigh Valley answered quickly in the bottom of the first on John Mayberry's RBI single. In the fourth, the IronPigs pushed across a second run on Melvin Dorta's two-out hit into center off Herd starter Pat Misch. That proved to be the game winner. Drew Carpenter and two IronPigs relievers held the Bisons to just six hits in the loss. Misch suffered his first defeat of the season for Buffalo to fall to 4-1. The southpaw allowed just runs in six innings. In his first action since his month-long stay with the Mets, Manny Acosta threw two scoreless innings for Buffalo. Murphy's action was just his second career Triple-A game. He played one game with New Orleans in August 2008 and was promoted to New York for his major league debut a day later. He finished Tuesday's game 1-for-4 with a run scored. Mike Cervenak was 1-for-4 and has now hit safely in each of his three games since being activated from the disabled list. Misch picked up his first hit of the season with a fifth-inning single. Boxscore

BINGHAMTON 10, RICHMOND 0: Eddie Kunz and Clint Everts combined on a five-hit shutout and Eric Campbell drove in four runs with three hits. Kunz tossed a career-high 7 2/3 innings, allowed just four hits and struck out five to earn his fourth win. The B-Mets pounded out 12 hits and outhit their opponent for the first time in their last 10 games. Binghamton (21-23) got to Flying Squirrels starter Craig Clark early. The soft-throwing lefty gave up a single to Kirk Nieuwenhuis to lead off the first. Luis Hernandez and Nick Evans joined Nieuwenhuis on base thanks to walks from Clark. With the bases loaded, Campbell singled up the middle to score a pair of runs. Darren Ford misplayed the ball in center, allowing Evans to advance to third and Campbell to reach second. Mike Nickeas came next and grounded out to third, scoring Evans. Clark’s outing came to an end in the fourth. After Carlos Guzman walked to lead off the inning, Hector Pellot flied out and Kunz sacrificed the runner up to second. Nieuwenhuis then worked the count full before connecting on a hanging breaking ball from the southpaw that soared over the right-center wall for his sixth homer, upping the lead to 5-0. Clark departed. He was charged with five runs -- four earned -- on five hits over 3 2/3 innings and was tagged with his third loss. The B-Mets biggest inning was the sixth, when they doubled their lead with a five-run outburst. Pellot contributed an RBI single, Hernandez drove in two with a double and Campbell capped the scoring with a two-run double over the head of left fielder Thomas Neal. Left-hander Andy Sisco was the only effective pitcher for Richmond. The former major leaguer produced a season-best three scoreless innings and struck out five. Everts tossed the final 1 1/3 innings in scoreless fashion to secure Binghamton’s second shutout. The other came against the on April 13 at NYSEG Stadium, in a 2-0 win. Nieuwenhuis scored a game-high three runs on three hits to up his Eastern League-leading run total to 39. Hernandez drove in a pair of runs and scored twice courtesy of a 2-for-4 performance, which pushed his average to .305. Boxscore

ST. LUCIE 1, JUPITER 0: Right-hander Wesley Wrenn tossed six scoreless innings in his St. Lucie debut. He was a 35th-round pick in 2009 from The Citadel. Boxscore


KANNAPOLIS 2, SAVANNAH 1: After the Sand Gnats beat the Kannapolis in the bottom of the 13th inning on Jefry Marte’s single that scored Alonzo Harris in the completion of Monday’s suspended game, the Intimidators stopped Savannah in the regularly scheduled contest. Savannah starter Taylor Whitenton tossed a 1-2-3 first inning before running into trouble in the second inning. He gave up a leadoff single to Ian Gac. Then, in the big at-bat of the game, Kannapolis right fielder Nick Ciolli pounded a triple off the base of the center field wall, scoring Gac. Ciolli scored on center fielder Trace Thompson’s RBI groundout to make the score 2-0 Kannapolis. Whitenton walked the next two hitters but recovered after a visit from pitching coach Marc Valdes to induce a pair of harmless fly balls to end the frame. The Gnats scored their only run in the fifth. Right fielder Cesar Puello led off with a single and second baseman Luis Rivera doubled to put runners at second and third. After left fielder Rafael Fernandez’s walk, Savannah had the bases loaded with no out. The next batter, center fielder Juan Lagares, drilled a liner directly to Gac, the Kannapolis first baseman, who made the catch reaching to his left. Shortstop Wilmer Flores then brought home Puello with a sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 2-1. Marte followed by drilling a line drive to third, right at Kannapolis third baseman Jake Oester, who barely moved his glove to make the catch. Whitenton was the tough-luck loser for Savannah, despite holding the Intimidators to two runs in six innings. Left-hander Darin Gorski was sensational for the Gnats, firing three perfect innings of relief with five strikeouts. He did not allow a ball out of the infield. Boxscores 1 and 2