SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE AT BUFFALO (PPD.): Friday’s game between the Buffalo Bisons and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at Coca-Cola Field was postponed due to wet and unsafe playing conditions. The teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 1.
NEW HAMPSHIRE 10, BINGHAMTON 2: Kyle Drabek worked six scoreless innings and limited the B-Mets to five hits. The loss ended a three-game winning streak. The Fisher Cats pounced on starter Eric Niesen in the first inning. Darin Mastroianni led off with a single and moved to second when Niesen walked Jonathan Diaz. With Travis Snider at the plate, Mastroianni and Diaz executed a double-steal. An errant throw from catcher Mike Nickeas pushed Mastroianni across the plate to give New Hampshire a 1-0 lead. Diaz advanced to third on the throw. After Snider struck out, former B-Mets third baseman Shawn Bowman laced a single, plating Diaz and upping the lead to two runs. Niesen got himself into trouble again in the second, loading the bases to start the inning courtesy of a pair of singles and walk. However, the southpaw responded by retiring the next three to strand the bases full without permitting a run. Meanwhile, Drabek cruised into the fifth having faced three over the minimum. But Drabek allowed the first two B-Mets to reach in his fifth inning of work. Jose Coronado attempted to bunt the runners up, but Drabek fielded the bunt and fired to third to force the lead runner, stunting the rally. The right-hander emerged unscathed, thwarting Binghamton’s best scoring threat against him. New Hampshire (53-35) broke the game open in the sixth with a seven-run rally off reliever Scott Shaw. Brian Jeroloman tallied the first two runs with a two-run shot down the line in right. Shaw allowed the next three to reach, loading the bases for Snider, who roped a sacrifice fly. Bowman struck for the biggest blow next with a three-run homer down the line to left that crept over the wall for his 16th homer of the season. The Fisher Cats added another run after Shaw departed to take a 9-0 lead. Shaw was charged with seven earned runs over 2/3 of an inning. Binghamton (47-41) tallied both its runs in the seventh after Drabek departed. Adrian Martin replaced him and walked Raul Reyes to start his outing. D.J. Wabick followed with a double down the first-base line, plating Reyes from first to break up the shutout bid. Wabick would score three batters later on Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ sacrifice fly, closing the gap to 9-2. Wabick led all B-Mets hitters with a 3-for-4 performance, including two doubles. The Fisher Cats rounded out their scoring in the eighth. Eric Thames tripled with one out off Emary Frederick. Matt Liuzza followed with an RBI groundout to second. Niesen worked 4 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on five hits while issuing four walks to suffer his fourth loss. The win for Drabek was his ninth. Nieuwenhuis extended his hitting streak to a season-high seven games with a 2-for-5 showing, highlighted by a third-inning double. Boxscore
FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 1: Carlos Beltran went 0-for-4. He played nine innings in center field and had two putouts. With the exception of a few scattered walks, Brandon Moore was lights out over the first four innings. The Miracle got on the board in the fifth inning. After a leadoff single, the Miracle sacrificed the runner over to second base. Two batters later, Estarlin De Los Santos singled in Nick Romero, giving the Miracle a 1-0 lead. Moore would exit after the sixth inning, trailing 1-0. Elvin Ramirez came on in relief and yielded a run in the seventh inning, putting the Mets in a 2-0 hole. That would be all the run support the Miracle would need. After Fort Myers tacked on a third run, the Mets were finally able to get on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning on a solo home run by Hector Pellot. Moore got the loss, but was solid on the mound, tossing six innings and allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts. The Mets managed only four hits on the night, two of which were by Wilmer Flores, who continues to swing a hot bat. Flores upped his average to .437 since being promoted from Savannah. Boxscore
SAVANNAH 6, ASHEVILLE 2: Boxscore
BRISTOL 3, KINGSPORT 2: Boxscore
BROOKLYN 4, STATE COLLEGE 2: The Cyclones held off a late-inning rally to defeat the State College Spikes in what began as a pitchers' duel. The win was the second in a row for Brooklyn, and improves the team's record to 12-9, and 8-2 at MCU Park. Right-hander Yohan Almonte (3-2) tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out five batters without issuing a walk. In the seventh inning, Nick Carr relieved Almonte with the tying run on second base and got a key strikeout to end the inning. Johan Figuereo tossed a scoreless eighth before allowing two runs in the ninth on one hit and three walks. Daniel Carela came on in the ninth to record the final two outs and earn his first save. The Cyclones’ offense laid dormant early in the game, and did not record a hit until the fifth inning. However, the team finished the night with four runs on eight hits. Second baseman J.B. Brown put the Cyclones on the board with an RBI in the fifth. Shortstop Rylan Sandoval continued his success at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. DH Joe Bonfe went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lift his season average to .361. Third baseman James Schroeder, catcher Juan Centeno and right fielder Cory Vaughn rounded out the offense with one hit apiece. Vaughn added his 17th RBI. Center fielder Darrell Ceciliani did not have a hit in the game, but reached on a walk and stole his team-leading eighth base. Boxscore
Compiled from team reports