Around the minors 4.14.12

April, 14, 2012
4/14/12
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PAWTUCKET 9, BUFFALO 6: Given new life in the fifth inning, the Red Sox scored five unearned runs to hand Buffalo its third straight loss and fifth in six games. The Herd was nursing a 2-1 advantage until Pawtucket loaded the bases with walks to Alex Hassan and Daniel Nava and an intentional free pass to Ryan Lavarnway. Two batters later, Lars Anderson hit a sharp grounder that made it through Herd first baseman Zach Lutz. The error allowed two runners to score as Pawtucket regained the lead. Two pitches later, top Red Sox prospect Will Middlebrook made the miscue really hurt with a three-run homer off reliever Jeff Stevens. After the Bisons cut the PawSox lead to 6-4, Pawtucket pulled away with three seventh-inning runs. All four hits in that rally were grounders that found their way through the infield. In defeat, Bobby Scales collected four hits for Buffalo and finished a triple away from the cycle. The veteran had a two-run homer in the seventh, during a failed comeback bid. Scales now leads all International League hitters with a .567 on-base percentage. Garrett Olson, who suffered the loss, was charged with four runs (one earned) in 4 1/3 innings. The Bisons bullpen allowed five runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Prior to the game, the Bisons activated catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere. Buffalo had a roster spot as infielder Josh Satin was placed on the Mets' 24-hour taxi-squad list. New in 2012, major league teams can place minor league players on a taxi squad for 24 hours as part of consideration for a promotion. That way, minor league teams can replace that player and play their game at full strength. Chuck James threw two scoreless relief innings to increase his season total to five scoreless frames spanning four appearances. Box

PORTLAND 5, BINGHAMTON 3: The Sea Dogs took advantage of seven walks -- three in the decisive sixth inning, during which Portland scored three runs and broke a tie. B-Mets starter Darin Gorski cruised through three innings. However, the southpaw ran into trouble in the fourth. Following a leadoff walk to Juan Carlos Linares and a wild pitch, Bryce Brentz laced an RBI double. Brentz scored on Oscar Tejeda’s double, giving Portland a 2-0 lead. Binghamton answered against Portland starter Billy Buckner in the fifth. Buckner walked Josh Rodriguez and Juan Centeno singled. Sean Kazmar then lined a two-run double off the left-center wall. The B-Mets nearly cracked a half-inning later. After Heiker Meneses was hit by Gorski, Derrik Gibson pushed a bunt up the third-base line. Gorski cleanly fielded the roller, but his throw to first tailed toward the runner. Gibson ran into Allan Dykstra’s left arm and the ball rolled down the line. When the dust settled, Portland had runners at second and third, Dykstra was pulled from the game and Gorski’s day was done. The southpaw struck out five while allowing two runs over four innings in a no-decision. Kevin Mulvey entered and escaped unscathed. After recording a strikeout, he walked Linares intentionally to load the bases. The gamble paid off when Brentz flied out and Reynaldo Rodriguez grounded out to end the inning. Binghamton threatened in the top of the sixth, but failed to come through against reliever Will Latimer. The lefty allowed the first two batters to reach, and move to second and third, but Latimer battled back to strand both. Mulvey (0-1) then walked the first three batters he faced on 14 pitches to load the bases in the bottom of the sixth. Edgar Ramirez entered and allowed a two-run double to Gibson to break the tie game. In the eighth, Juan Lagares greeted Josh Fields with a double and scored on Oswaldo Navarro’s single to cut Portland’s lead to two. The B-Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Fields caught Eric Campbell looking to end the game. The B-Mets (3-5) look for the series split Sunday. Greg Peavey gets the nod for Binghamton against right-hander Chris Balcom-Miller. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, PALM BEACH 1: Yohan Almonte limited Palm Beach to one run in 5 1/3 innings, while relievers Taylor Whitenton and Jeffrey Kaplan combined to strike out six and yield one hit the rest of the way. Wilmer Flores' sacrifice fly in the fifth broke a 1-all tie. Box

SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 0: Domingo Tapia tossed seven scoreless innings and Marcos Camarena had two no-hit relief innings as the Gnats shut out Augusta for the second straight day. Savannah had a six-run fourth inning that included a two-run triple by T.J. Rivera as well as five walks, a passed ball and two wild pitches. 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
.295 8 42 62
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 19
RBIL. Duda 60
RD. Murphy 62
OPSL. Duda .864
WB. Colon 10
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 125