Around the minors 7.29.12

July, 29, 2012
7/29/12
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BUFFALO 3, INDIANAPOLIS 2: Lucas May drove in all three runs as the Bisons won despite mustering only four hits. May ripped a two-out, two-run double to left field in the second inning as Buffalo overcame an early deficit. With the Bisons still leading 2-1 in the seventh, May then came up with another big hit. After Matt den Dekker led off with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch, May plated him with a single. Chris Schwinden allowed one run on three hits and a walk in seven innings. Fernando Cabrera surrendered an eighth-inning run, but recently promoted Robert Carson earned his first Triple-A save. Carson entered with two outs in the eighth and retired four of the five batters he faced. Carson struck out ex-Met Anderson Hernandez to end the game with the tying run on first base. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 2: The B-Mets used eight walks and a half-dozen hits to defeat Portland. Portland starter Stolmy Pimentel struggled from the get-go, walking Juan Lagares to open the game. He issued four free passes to the first five batters, forcing in a run with a walk to Jefry Marte. The righty plunked Dustin Martin to force in another run and surrendered a two-run single to Juan Centeno. Pimentel was pulled having recording only one out. Sean Kazmar added to Binghamton’s lead with a long homer off Caleb Clay in the second. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon took the five-run lead and breezed through five innings, allowing one hit. Portland’s biggest threat came in the sixth, when Jackie Bradley Jr. launched a solo homer. Cohoon bounced back by recording two outs, but could not close out the frame. The southpaw surrendered a pair of doubles, which cut Binghamton’s lead to three runs. A walk to Dan Butler and an infield single by Peter Hissey loaded the bases and ended Cohoon’s day. With the tying run on first, Adrian Rosario entered and struck out Derrik Gibson on three pitches to end the inning. Frank Francisco made his third rehab appearance and worked around a bunt single in a scoreless seventh. Facing reliever Will Latimer a half-inning later, the B-Mets took advantage of two more walks. Martin capped a terrific series with an RBI single. In four games against Portland, Martin went 7-for-11 with six RBIs. Ryan Fraser posted a scoreless eighth and returned for the ninth. He hit Gibson to start the inning and struck out Ryan Dent before being lifted for C.J. Nitkowski. The southpaw struck out both lefties he faced on three pitches apiece to end the game. Cohoon (6-7) earned his third straight win. He allowed two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. The B-Mets (51-56) enjoy a day off before starting a three-game series against Harrisburg on Tuesday with Zack Wheeler scheduled to pitch. Box

LAKELAND 6, ST. LUCIE 4: T.J. Rivera went 1-for-5 with two RBIs, but Lakeland rallied in the final two innings to avoid a sweep. The Mets were limited to two hits and broke up a no-hit bid by the Flying Tigers with two outs in the seventh on a double by Alonzo Harris Jr. The Mets trailed 2-1 entering the seventh, but rallied with three runs with two outs. Richard Lucas scored on a wild pitch to even the score. Rivera then singled to plate Travis Taijeron and Harris and give the Mets a 4-2 lead. The Flying Tigers scored two runs in the eighth to tie the score. Hamilton Bennett issued two walks and allowed two runs. Lakeland jumped ahead with two runs in the ninth off Jeff Walters, who allowed five hits in 1 2/3 innings. Logan Verrett made his St. Lucie debut and received a no-decision. He allowed two runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out four and walking none. The Mets were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and were unable to take advantage of seven walks. Box

ROME 6, SAVANNAH 2: Starter Marcos Camarena allowed five runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings, including a pair of homers. Charlie Thurber drove in both runs for the Gnats. Box

JOHNSON CITY 6, KINGSPORT 2: Chris Flexen suffered the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings. Johnson City opened a four-run lead with a three-run seventh against reliever Robert Gsellman. Box

BROOKLYN 10, MAHONING VALLEY 5: Brandon Nimmo led the Cyclones, going 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Beck Wheeler earned his first win, tossing three scoreless innings while walking two and striking out six. The Cyclones scored three times in the first. Nimmo began the game with a single and Jeff Reynolds walked. Phillip Evans then produced a three-run homer, his fourth long ball of the season. Mahoning Valley starter Ryan Merritt retired the next two Brooklyn batters before being replaced by Josh Martin. A groundout by Stefan Sabol ended the inning, but the Cyclones scored twice against Martin in the second. After retiring Alex Sanchez and Edward Rohan, Martin allowed consecutive homers to Julio Concepcion and Nimmo to give Brooklyn a 5-0 advantage. Brooklyn starter Julian Hilario's night ended after three innings. He surrendered two earned runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts. In the fifth, the Cyclones struck again. Back-to-back singles by Reynolds and Evans and a walk to Kevin Plawecki loaded the bases. Jayce Boyd then hit a sacrifice fly. After the run scored, James Stokes entered and struck out Sabol, but then surrendered a single to Sanchez, which brought home Evans and gave Brooklyn a five-run cushion. The following inning, Concepcion singled and advanced to second on a throwing error by catcher Charlie Valerio. A double by Nimmo plated Concepcion. Consecutive singles by Reynolds and Evans later scored Nimmo to make it 9-2. 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