Around the minors 7.6.10


SYRACUSE 5, BUFFALO 4: A seesaw battle saw the Bisons on the losing end. The Bisons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, but the Chiefs came right back to tie it in the bottom half against Bobby Livingston, who made the start in place of Raul Valdes, who was recalled by New York. Syracause took a 3-1 lead in the home half of the third, before the Bisons came right back and scored three in the very next half-inning to go on top 4-3. However, the final swing was the way of the Chiefs, when they plated two in the sixth off reliever John Lujan. With men on second and third, Pedro Lopez hit a two-run double to right-center to put Syracuse up 5-4. The Bisons threatened in the ninth. With the bases loaded and one out, Valentino Pascucci struck out, followed by a groundout to end the game and strand the tying run at third base. Lucas Duda continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. The brings his RBI total to 22 in his time with Buffalo. Boxscore

BINGHAMTON 11, ALTOONA 6: Binghamton scored the game’s first eight runs and ripped 17 hits en route to a wire-to-wire victory. Kirk Nieuwenhuis led the way with a 4-for-4 showing with three RBIs and three runs scored. The B-Mets tallied a run in the first inning for the second straight night as Nieuwenhuis led off the game with a double off starter Tim Alderson. Three batters later, Marshall Hubbard plated him with a single to center. Binghamton (45-40) used the longball to stretch the lead of five runs the next inning. After Salomon Manriquez singled and Nieuwenhuis walked, Sean Ratliff drove an Alderson fastball out of the yard for his seventh homer. Nick Evans followed with a solo homer to left, his 14th longball, to up the lead five runs. It was just the second time this season that the B-Mets have hit back-to-back homers. Meanwhile, B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon faced the minimum over the first three innings and started the fourth inning at the plate against Alderson. Cohoon surprised the Curve with a double over the head of left fielder Yung Chi-Chen. Nieuwenhuis singled to advance the hurler to third, and Ratliff plated Cohoon with an infield single, which forced the Altoona starter from the game. Alderson was charged with the loss after allowing a season-high eight runs over three-plus innings. Hubbard put the finishing touches on the fourth inning with a double off reliever Tony Watson, plating Nieuwenhuis and Ratliff, to increase the lead to 8-0. The Curve finally got to Cohoon in the home half of the fourth. Chase d’Arnaud worked a leadoff walk and was joined on base when Josh Harrison singled through the left side with one out. Hector Gimenez got Altoona on the board with an RBI single to left, scoring d’Arnaud. Ratliff bobbled the ball in left, allowing Harrison to advance to third. He then scored on Jordy Mercer’s sacrifice fly, which cut the Binghamton lead to 8-2. Cohoon left after four innings and gave way to Dylan Owen, who worked a scoreless fifth before allowing the first four batters to face him in the sixth to reach. The Curve brought four runs across against Owen and Edgar Ramirez in the frame, all four of which were charged to Owen, bringing the game into reach for Altoona at 9-6. Ramirez, however, settled in and worked a 1-2-3 seventh to quell the charging Curve. He was named the winner after tossing two innings of one-hit relief. Derrick Ellison put the game on ice with two hitless innings of relief for his second save. Nieuwenhuis topped off his perfect night at the plate with a bases-loaded, two-run single in the ninth off Anthony Claggett. His first-inning double tied him for the Eastern League-lead with 24. Ratliff finished with three hits and four RBIs. Josh Satin and Manriquez also ripped three hits each in the slugfest. Boxscore

ST. LUCIE 8, CHARLOTTE 5: Oliver Perez allowed two runs on two hits, three walks and a hit batter in 5 2/3 innings in his second rehab appearance with St. Lucie. He struck out seven. Center fielder Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with a double and walk. The Mets opened the scoring in the first inning when Wilmer Flores and Stefan Welch scored on a throwing error by shortstop Tim Beckham. St. Lucie plated five runs in the third inning, keyed by a two-run single by Flores and an RBI double by Welch, which made it 7-0. Perez ran into trouble in the sixth inning. After walking the leadoff batter, Perez surrendered a two-out RBI single, giving the Stone Crabs their first run. Perez was lifted from the game with two outs and a runner on first in the top half of the sixth. The Stone Crabs would make the game interesting, clawing back into it with three runs in the eighth to close within 7-5. The Mets tacked on a run in the bottom half, and Rhiner Cruz retired three of the four batters in the ninth to earn his third save. Flores went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Boxscore

ROME 7, SAVANNAH 6: For the second night in a row, the Rome Braves scored with two outs in the eighth inning to come from behind and beat the Sand Gnats. DH Edward Salcedo’s two-run triple off the glove of right fielder Nick Santomauro capping a five-run eighth inning to lift the Braves. Monday, Rome scored twice in the eighth on its way to a 5-4 win. Gnats starter Collin McHugh was at his very best Tuesday, striking out a season-high nine batters over six innings. He gave up two runs on five hits and a walk to hand the bullpen a 5-2 lead after six innings. In the seventh, Gnats reliever Luis Rojas touched 97 mph on the stadium radar gun while striking out two Braves. In the bottom of the inning, second baseman Alonzo Harris singled to drive in third baseman Jefry Marte and give Savannah a 6-2 advantage. The Braves began the eighth inning with a single and a walk sandwiched around a force-out against Rojas to put runners at first and second with one out. First baseman Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg then singled into left-center to make it 6-3 with runners at the corners. The Gnats brought left-hander Brandon Sage in to face center fielder Todd Cunningham. He bounced a ball to Marte at third. Marte charged and threw home, where his throw hit the sliding runner, who scored to make it 6-4. Sage then struck out catcher Christian Bethancourt for the second out. That brought up Salcedo with two outs and the tying runs at first and second. With the count full and the runners moving, Salcedo drilled a ball to the warning track in right that Santomauro couldn’t hold after a long run. Salcedo slid into third with a game-tying triple. He headed home on the play when the relay throw to third skipped past Marte. Savannah had built a 4-0 lead after three innings, aided by a solo home run from first baseman Travis Ozga, RBI singles from DH Cesar Puello and shortstop Wilfedo Tovar and a double-steal of second and home executed by Harris and center fielder Pedro Zapata. Boxscore




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