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SYRACUSE 5, BUFFALO 4
BUFFALO 4, SYRACUSE 3: In Game 1, Zack Wheeler allowed two runs and struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings in his Triple-A debut, but had to settle for a no-decision. The Mets’ top prospect gave up three hits, walked four and hit a batter, throwing 61 of his 101 pitches for strikes. His fastball was clocked regularly at 93-96 mph. Wheeler left the game leading 3-2 behind back-to-back third-inning homers from Josh Rodriguez and Lucas Duda. But Syracuse scored three sixth-inning runs off Justin Hampson and recently signed Scott Patterson to take the victory in the first game of the doubleheader. In Game 2, Matt den Dekker connected for a second-inning grand slam, providing the Bisons with all the runs they’ would need for a split. Jenrry Mejia pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits. Pedro Beato earned the victory in relief despite giving up a pair of runs in two innings. C.J. Nitkowski, recently promoted to Triple-A, notched the save. Box 1 Box 2
ST. LUCIE: Richard Lucas was named Florida State League Player of the Week after producing a .435 batting average, two homers and four RBIs in six games from July 30 through Sunday.
ASHEVILLE 3, SAVANNAH 2: Michael Fulmer scattered 10 hits and two runs over seven innings, but Brian Humphries’ sac fly in the ninth allowed Asheville to come away with a walk-off win. Box
PRINCETON 9, KINGSPORT 1: Andrew Massie fell to 0-2 after surrendering seven runs on nine hits in four innings. Yeixon Ruiz was the lone offensive standout for Kingsport, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Box
BROOKLYN 3, AUBURN 1: The Cyclones completed a three-game sweep as Rainy Lara struggled in the first inning, then took control and earned his league-leading sixth win. Logan Taylor, Beck Wheeler and David Wynn combined to throw three innings of hitless relief. The Doubledays scored the first run of the game, thanks to a bases-loaded groundout in the first by Estarlin Martinez. After the first, Lara settled in over the next five innings and surrendered only two additional two hits. The Cyclones put two runs across in the fourth inning thanks to back-to-back homers by Kevin Plawecki and Stefan Sabol. In the fifth, Dimas Ponce was hit by a pitch, and Richie Rodriguez and Eudy Pina singled to load the bases with none out. Phillip Evans' sacrifice fly opened a two-run lead. Box
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SYRACUSE 5, BUFFALO 4BUFFALO 4, SYRACUSE 3: In Game 1, Zack Wheeler allowed two runs and struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings in his Triple-A debut, but had to settle for a no-decision.