Around the minors 5.4.12

May, 5, 2012
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BUFFALO 9, SYRACUSE 0: Starter Jeremy Hefner pitched a great game as he led Buffalo to the shutout win. He gave up a leadoff single but did not allow another hit until the seventh, striking out three. Hefner said he avoids trying to pitch to the corners, so that he keeps from walking too many batters. By pitching to contact, he kept his pitch count down, and the defense did the rest. Third baseman Matt Tuiasosopo went 4-for-4, cranking two solo homers and scoring three runs. The major offensive explosion from the Bisons came in the second. A Fred Lewis single drove in the game's first run and the Bisons added four more runs in the inning to take a 5-0 lead after two. With the win, the Bisons finished their seven-game homestand at 6-1.The team now embarks on a 10-game road trip to Rochester, Gwinnett and Charlotte. D. J. Carrasco, on rehab assignment from the Mets, relieved Hefner in the eighth to pitch two shutout innings of relief.

"Hef, what did he give up, two hits today?" Bisons manager Wally Backman said. "He got a little taste of the big leagues, and he knows what he has to do to try to get back to the big leagues. He's a very determined young man." Box

HARRISBURG 7, BINGHAMTON 4: Harrisburg scored five runs in the second inning and held off a late comeback to defeat Binghamton (13-14) Friday night. Gonzalez Germen (0-1) made the start in place of Zack Wheeler, who was placed on the disabled list with a right middle fingernail avulsion. The Senators pounded out six hits in the scond, including three doubles, and took advantage of three wild pitches to take a five-run edge. Germen retired 14 of the final 15 Senators he faced, and tied a team-high with nine strikeouts. Raul Reyes and Juan Lagares drove in runs to cut it to 5-3, but Harrisburg answered right back with two runs in the seventh. Binghamton continues its series against the Senators Saturday afternoon at 1:05 PM. Lefty Darin Gorski is on the hill. Box

SAVANNAH 10, DELMARVA 0 The Sand Gnats (17-11) defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 10-0 Friday night, sweeping the three-game series from the Shorebirds (13-14). They have now won five in a row. The Gnats scored four runs in the first. Left fielder Dustin Lawley ripped a double up the left-center field gap to plate the first two runs. Center fielder Travis Taijeron (3-for-4, 2 RBIs) and right fielder Charley Thurber each drove in runs in the first. The Gnats also scored in the third, sixth and eighth. Tyler Pill (3-1) tossed six shutout innings, giving up eight hits and striking out a season-high eight hitters. Reliever Jack Leathersich threw two scoreless innings in relief and the Gnats begin a four-game series against Lakewood staring tomorrow at home. Box

Compiled from team reports

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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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