Around the minors 5.19.12

May, 20, 2012
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BUFFALO 11, INDIANAPOLIS 6: Vinny Rottino blasted three homers and Valentino Pascucci, Jordany Valdespin and Matt Tuiasosopo also went deep. The long-ball barrage gives Buffalo an International League-leading 47 homers, passing Pawtucket (42). The six homers are the most in a game by the Bisons since July 2, 2004. In the third, Rottino and Pascucci crushed back-to-back homers off Indians starter Justin Wilson to push the lead to 4-1. Pascucci's homer was his third in the past two games and 49th in his Bisons career, tying him with ex-Bison Jason Cooper for seventh all time on the Buffalo modern-era home run list. With the score tied at 4 in the sixth, Valdespin -- who began the day in the Mets clubhouse in Toronto -- clobbered a solo homer. Later in the inning, Corey Wimberly and Brad Emaus had consecutive singles, but Emaus would get picked off at first by Indians pitcher Bryan Morris. With Wimberly at second, Rottino produced a two-run blast for a 7-4 lead. Rottino homered again in the eighth with Wimberly on base. More power would follow Rottino's blast. Lucas May singled and Tuiasosopo delivered a two-run homer to increase the Bisons' lead to 11-4. Justin Hampson and Josh Edgin combined to log 4 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Jeurys Familia. Familia was charged with four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out three in 3 2/3 innings. He required 87 pitches despite the modest length. Jack Egbert is scheduled to start in Sunday afternoon's game in place of the promoted Jeremy Hefner. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 5 (10 innings): Pedro Zapata hammered a two-out solo homer over the Maine Monster in the 10th. Zapata’s blast, his first this season, capped a game that saw 10 total runs scored over the final three innings. Trailing 1-0 in the eighth, the B-Mets put up five runs against two Portland relievers to take their first lead of the series. Binghamton sent 10 men to the plate and compiled six hits, highlighted by a two-run homer by Raul Reyes. Portland wasted little time to cut into the deficit. Darin Gorski, in his fifth inning piggybacking Jenrry Mejia's start, allowed back-to-back homers the following half-inning, cutting Binghamton’s lead to one. Reynaldo Rodriguez ripped a two-run shot over the Maine Monster and Bryce Brentz followed with a solo homer. Brad Holt ended the threat by recording two outs, but could not half the Portland comeback in the ninth. Derrik Gibson started the inning with a single and scored two batters later on a sac fly from Jeremy Hazelbaker. After allowing five hits in his first two innings of relief, Will Latimer returned for the 10th and recorded two quick outs before Zapata launched a 1-2 offering over the fence in left field. Adrian Rosario, promoted from St. Lucie on Friday, tossed a perfect 10th inning to collect his first Eastern League save. Mejia navigated the opening three innings in his first start with the B-Mets since August 2010. He allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in every frame and surrendered six hits overall. He struck out three and did not issue any walks. Gorski went 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision, allowing three runs on three hits. Holt (2-0) collected the win after blowing his first save. It was Binghamton’s first win in 18 games this year when trailing after seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, LAKELAND 3: Pedro Beato and Kyle Allen combined for four no-hit, scoreless relief innings. Blake Forsythe produced two RBIs off the bench after replacing Rafael Fernandez in left field. It was Forsythe's first professional appearance in the outfield. Francisco Pena also drove in two runs. Alonzo Harris Jr. is 5-for-10 in two games since taking over the leadoff spot. Box

SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 4: The Gnats overcame a 4-0 first-inning deficit as Brian Harrison reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances, He went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs. In his last 11 games, Harrison is hitting .425 (17-for-40) with five doubles, a triple, a homer and 12 RBIs. Savannah starter Michael Fulmer walked the game's opening batter, who then scored on Fulmer’s own throwing error. After a pair of singles, cleanup hitter Mark Minicozzi’s three-run homer gave the 'Jackets a 4-0 lead before Fulmer had recorded an out. The 29-year-old Minicozzi is 10 years older than the 19-year-old Fulmer. The Gnats (25-16) answered with three runs in the bottom half. After two walks, Aderlin Rodriguez brought home the first run with a double. Harrison followed with a two-run single. Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to seven games. Savannah took a 5-4 lead in the fourth against Kyle Crick. With runners at second and third and two out, Luis Nieves tripled over the head of right fielder Michael Mergenthaler. The Gnats scored in the seventh on Harrison’s two-run double. Fulmer lasted two innings, his shortest outing in seven starts as a Gnat. However, relievers Carlos Vazquez, Chasen Bradford and T.J. Chism combined for seven scoreless, one-hit innings. Vazquez earned the win with four innings of relief work. 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
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187