Around the minors 7.4.10

July, 4, 2010
7/04/10
10:22
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BUFFALO 10, SYRACUSE 2: Syracuse opened the game with a run in the bottom of the first inning, only to see that lead overtaken by the Herd behind a three-run second. Second baseman Justin Turner singled to center to drive in right fielder Fernando Martinez and catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere. Turner was 2-for-5 on the day. Buffalo then opened up the game in the fifth inning when it scored four more runs. Martinez hit his sixth home run, this one to deep right field off of Chiefs starting pitcher Erik Arnesen. Martinez’s two-run shot would prove to be the last pitch the Chiefs starter would throw on the day. He was replaced by reliever Collin Balester. The Bisons did the majority of the damage in Arnesen's 4 1/3 innings. Buffalo got to the right-hander for seven hits and seven earned runs. Buffalo starter Dillon Gee (8-5) went seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs. He struck out six. Gee matched Pat Misch for the team lead in wins. The Herd improved to 44-40. The Bisons have been streaking as of late, winning five of their last six games after losing four of their previous five games. First baseman Mike Jacobs also homered, giving him 10 in Triple-A this season. Boxscore

BINGHAMTON 10, PORTLAND 8: Binghamton trailed for six innings until a five-run outburst in the seventh pushed the B-Mets over the top. Kirk Nieuwenhuis supplied the game-winning blow with a two-out, two-run double off reliever Mitch Herold. The B-Mets have won six consecutive series dating back to the middle of June. The rally began after Herold struck out D.J. Wabick to open the seventh inning. Josh Satin worked a walk and was joined on base by Raul Reyes, who singled to center. Mike Nickeas filled the bases with a clean single to left, his third hit of the night. With the bases loaded, Jose Coronado dropped a bloop single into center, plating Satin. Jon Malo followed and hit a grounder to shortstop, which looked to be a double-play ball. However, Malo beat the throw to first, allowing Reyes to score. It was then that Nieuwenhuis dealt the crippling blow with a screaming double over the head of Che Hsuan-Lin in center, pushing Nickeas and Malo across to give Binghamton (44-39) a 9-8 lead. Sean Ratliff finished the frame off with an RBI hit to center, bringing home Nieuwenhuis. Portland (41-41) had jumped on Eric Niesen in the first inning, reaching with its first four hitters. Lin singled to start the game. Niesen walked the next two hitters to load them up for Luis Exposito, who doubled to the gap in right-center, plating a pair of runs. Ryan Khoury drove in the final run of the frame with a sacrifice fly, giving the Sea Dogs a 3-0 lead. Nate Spears upped the lead to four runs with a sacrifice fly in the second, driving home Matt Sheely, who had led off the inning with a single. Niesen exited after issuing a two-out walk to Yamaico Navarro. The southpaw failed to make it out of the second inning for the third time this season. He was charged for four runs over 1 2/3 innings. Eddie Kunz came on in relief and stranded the bases loaded to clean up after Niesen. Binghamton then fought back. A half-inning later, Wabick reached on an error by starter Stephen Fife, who dropped a feed from first baseman Anthony Rizzo on a routine groundball to first. Reyes followed with a single. With two on and one out, Nickeas doubled to right-center, scoring Wabick. Coronado completed the scoring with an RBI groundout, cutting the score to 4-2. After the Sea Dogs pushed the lead back to four run in the third with three doubles off Kunz, the B-Mets responded with three runs. Nieuwenhuis led off with a double. With one out, Fife walked Nick Evans and allowed a single to Wabick to load the bases. Satin drove in the first run with a single. The final two runs came across on a botched play at first on a Nickeas grounder. Rizzo threw wide of Fife, who was racing to the bag to force Nickeas, allowing Wabick and Satin to score and narrowing the score to 6-5. The Sea Dogs stretched their margin to three in the sixth as Kunz loaded the bases with a walk, a hit by pitch and a single. With one out, Roy Merritt replaced the sinkerballer and gave up an RBI single to Chih-Hsien Chiang and a run-scoring fielder’s choice to Sheely. Kunz went 3 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Merritt notched the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Portland got the tying runs on base in the ninth with a pair of singles off lefty Derrick Ellison. However, Edgar Ramirez bailed out the veteran southpaw by inducing a game-ending double play off the bat of Navarro to nail down his first save. Nieuwenhuis ripped three hits, highlighted by a pair of doubles, and scored two runs to pace the B-Mets’ 14-hit attack. Ratliff and Nickeas also managed three-hit performances. Binghamton takes to the road for a four-game set at Altoona beginning Monday. Left-hander Mike Antonini (5-6, 4.05 ERA) will oppose rehabbing major leaguer Zach Duke. Boxscore

CHARLOTTE 6, ST. LUCIE 0 (SUSPENDED): Carlos Beltran went 1-for-2 with a walk and played center field. The game was suspended due to electrical malfunctions. It will resume where it left off on Monday at 11 a.m. as part of a doubleheader. The game was suspended with the Stone Crabs leading, 6-0, in the top half of the eighth inning, with two outs and a runner on first base. Game 2 will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener and will be a nine-inning contest. Boxscore

SAVANNAH 1, ROME 0: John Church has made an effective transition from bullpen to the front of the rotation very quickly for the Savannah Sand Gnats. Church tossed seven scoreless innings in his second career start to lead the Gnats past the Rome Braves in front of a big crowd of 3,376 on July 4th at Historic Grayson Stadium. Church had made 22 relief appearances for Savannah this season before making his first start on Tuesday in Greenville. He blanked the Drive for four innings that night. Now, in his 11 innings as a starter, Church has given up five hits and two walks, struck out five and has not allowed a single run. With the win Sunday night, he improved to 4-0 with a 1.14 ERA. Church and relievers Brandon Sage and Michael Powers combined on the four-hitter and did not allow a runner past second base. The Gnats scored the game’s lone run in the second inning. First baseman Travis Ozga led off the frame with a double into the right-field corner and scored on third baseman Jet Butler’s RBI double into left-center. Ozga has now hit safely in six straight games. The July 4th crowd of 3,376 was the second best of the Gnats’ season, behind only opening night’s 3,539 paid attendance. The crowd enjoyed a postgame fireworks spectacular and the debut of Land Shark Landing, the new three-level deck along the right-field line. Boxscore

KINGSPORT 4, GREENEVILLE 0: Boxscore

JAMESTOWN 13, BROOKLYN 12: The Fourth of July fireworks happened on the field as the Cyclones and Jammers combined for 25 runs on 30 hits. Brooklyn squandered a 10-run lead and was on the wrong side of the offensive outburst, though. The Cyclones scored a run in the first inning, and then plated 11 more in the next five frames to take a 12-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth. Starting pitcher Chris Hilliard, who had given up two runs in the first inning, settled in nicely to keep the Jammers off the board for the next four innings. Hilliard then surrendered three runs in the sixth. Daniel Carela pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, but Hunter Carnevale surrendered five runs without recording an out in the eighth. Jonathan Kountis gave up one run and Hamilton Bennett gave up two more, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth. Nelson Figuereo actually surrendered the walk-off hit, but the inherited runner belonged to Bennett, who took his first loss. One night after being stifled, Brooklyn's bats came alive. Darrell Ceciliani, Cory Vaughn and Jeff Flagg each had three hits and scored three times. Ceciliani had a double and a triple, Vaughn had two doubles and Flagg had a triple and three RBIs. Rylan Sandoval, Will Cherry and Juan Centeno had two hits apiece. J.B. Brown and Kurt Steinhauer also recorded hits for Brooklyn. The Cyclones return home Thursday to take on the State College Spikes at 7 p.m. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a "Cyclones '86 Backman" jersey. Boxscore

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
11 3.85 125 161
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .299
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
SOZ. Wheeler 148