Around the minors 7.27.12

July, 28, 2012
7/28/12
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LOUISVILLE 3, BUFFALO 1: Mike Baxter went 1-for-4 and played nine innings in left field. Neftali Soto delivered a tiebreaking two-run homer against Dylan Owen after a two-hour, five-minute rain delay. Before the stoppage, Lucas Duda singled to lead off the fifth and advanced to second on Valentino Pascucci's walk. Bats starter Tim Gustafson then threw away Matt Tuiasosopo's bunt attempt, allowing Duda to score. Owen suffered the defeat, allowing two runs in two innings. Newly promoted Robert Carson made his Triple-A debut with two innings of scoreless relief. Starter Garrett Olson allowed an unearned run in four innings, but departed with the delay. Mike Nickeas went 0-for-3 in his first game with the Bisons this season. He is the only player to have appeared in a game in all four years of the club's affiliation with the Mets. Duda went 1-for-4 in his second game with the club this year. Before the game, right-hander Gonzalez Germen was returned to Binghamton and catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere was placed on the disabled list. Box

BINGHAMTON 2, PORTLAND 1
BINGHAMTON 3, PORTLAND 1:
Dustin Martin launched a three-run homer in the sixth to cap a five-hit day and secure Binghamton’s doubleheader sweep. In the opener, Binghamton grabbed the lead in the third against Portland starter Drake Britton (2-4). Juan Lagares tripled and scored when Reese Havens singled past third baseman Marquez Smith. In the fourth, Jefry Marte doubled and scored when Martin threaded a bouncer up the middle. Pitching for the first time since returning from the DL, B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni (4-3) put together six solid innings, allowing one run on four singles while striking out five and walking two. Mazzoni walked two in the sixth, but ended the threat and capped his night by inducing Peter Hissey to pop out. Frank Francisco took over in the seventh in his second rehab appearance with Binghamton. He allowed a double to Ronald Bermudez to start the inning, but retired three straight to secure the save. B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin that Francisco will remain with the Eastern League club for one more rehab appearance Saturday. Through the first five innings of the nightcap, the B-Mets collected six hits and walked six times against starter Mike MacDonald but failed to score. Binghamton bounced into three double plays and had two players thrown out attempting steals. Meanwhile, the Sea Dogs scored their lone run against Darin Gorski (6-5) on Bryce Brentz's second-inning homer. Gorski retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced. With two on base in the sixth, reliever Chris Balcom-Miller entered and recorded two outs before falling behind in the count to Martin with two balls. Martin blasted the next offering inside the right-field pole for his second Double-A homer. Ryan Fraser took over for Gorski in the ninth and worked around a walk and single to earn his first B-Mets save. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 5: T.J. Rivera had three hits and three RBIs and Aderlin Rodriguez hit his second Florida State League homer. A three-run second staked St. Lucie to a 3-2 lead as Kai Gronauer and Rivera had RBI doubles and Cory Vaughn followed with a run-scoring single. Rodriguez ripped a solo homer in the fifth to give the Mets a 4-3 advantage. With the score tied in the sixth, Rivera singled to plate Gronauer and Robbie Shields and give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Jack Leathersich earned his first St. Lucie save. He retired James Robbins on a groundout to first with the tying run at second base in the ninth. Leathersich gave up one run on two hits in two innings and walked two. Angel Cuan tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Taylor Whitenton picked up the victory in relief. He tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Box

ROME 13, SAVANNAH 3: Gnats starter Jim Fuller surrendered 11 runs (nine earned) in three innings. Box

BRISTOL 3, KINGSPORT 1: Eric Grabe and Juan Ramirez produced their first homers of the Appalachian League season to break a 1-all tie and hand reliever Andrew Massie the loss. K-Mets starter John Gant, who entered with a 7.94 ERA, allowed one run while scattering six hits and three walks over five innings. Grabe broke the tie in the eighth, taking a 1-0 offering from Massie over the left-field wall. The K-Mets scored their lone run in the first inning, when Gavin Cecchini's triple off the right-field wall plated Branden Kaupe. Bristol held the K-Mets hitless for the final six frames. The K-Mets sent outfielder Julio Concepcion to Brooklyn before the game and activated Bradley Marquez from the disabled list. Box

BATAVIA 2, BROOKLYN 0: Luis Cessa allowed one run on six hits in five innings in a hard-luck loss. The Cyclones mustered only three hits and walked twice. Batavia's Alex Mejia opened the game with a single and scored on a one-out double by Garrett Wittels. Tyler Vanderheiden entered in the eighth, trying to hold the deficit at 1-0. After Wittels grounded out to first baseman Jayce Boyd, Patrick Wilson reached on an infield single to third baseman Jeff Reynolds. Vanderheiden then struck out Jesus Montero for the second out. David Washington followed with a double, scoring Wilson. It was the first run Vanderheiden surrendered this season. 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

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 83
RD. Murphy 75
OPSL. Duda .827
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173