Around the minors 7.15.10

GWINNETT 8, BUFFALO 7 (10 INNINGS): After erasing a five-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth, the Buffalo Bisons failed to finish off the comeback. Gwinnett reclaimed the lead in the 10th and won. Starting pitcher Ramon Ortiz had a quality start, going six innings while allowing four hits and one run. He left the game with the score knotted up at 1. After Ortiz left the game, he was replaced by Mike O'Connor in the seventh. O'Connor got through the inning with relative ease and kept the game tied. Right fielder Fernando Martinez then hit his second home run of the game in the bottom half of the seventh. He also had a longball to lead off the fifth. Martinez’s latter shot gave the Herd the lead in the seventh. It was his ninth homer of the season. Adam Pettyjohn relieved O'Connor and struggled in the appearance. He failed to record an out while giving up two hits and three runs (two earned). Brian Bruney followed Pettyjohn, but a throwing error from first baseman Mike Jacobs allowed the inning to continue. Braves right fielder Jordan Schafer hit a soft grounder down the first-base line with the bases loaded. Jacobs scooped it routinely and made the throw to home in an attempt to get the force. But when the throw missed catcher J.R. House, two runs scored and the Braves kept rolling. The Braves ultimately scored six runs in the eighth to take a 7-2 lead. The Herd would not go quietly, however. House hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Valentino Pascucci pinch hit and hit a solo home run to trim the deficit to a single run. House and Pascucci became the first pair of Bisons teammates to hit back-to-back home runs since Jesus Feliciano and Jacobs did it on April 25 against Pawtucket. The Bisons then loaded the bases with a Jacobs walk. Third baseman Mike Cervenak then drew the fourth walk of the inning to send home second baseman Justin Turner, erasing the Braves’ five-run lead and sending the game into extra innings. Gwinnett wasted no time. Braves third baseman Joe Thurston hit a leadoff triple and was driven home by a Schafer double. 2009 Bisons MVP Jesus Feliciano returned to the Herd's lineup after spending 21 games in the majors. Feliciano went 1-for-5, but still has a .380 batting average with the Bisons this season. Ryota Igarashi also was promoted from Class A St. Lucie. Boxscore

BINGHAMTON 5, NEW HAMPSHIRE 1: Mike Antonini produced his fourth consecutive quality start and was rewarded with a win as the B-Mets raced past New Hampshire in the late innings. The southpaw worked 6 2/3 innings and allowed an unearned run on six hits to pick up his sixth win. Antonini and Fisher Cats starter Rey Gonzalez dueled to a scoreless deadlock entering the sixth. Michael Fisher then led off with a single and advanced to third when Sean Ratliff lined a single. With one out, Marshall Hubbard hit a slow roller over the head of Gonzalez that was gloved by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria on the second-base side of the bag. Hechavarria managed to force Ratliff, but Hubbard beat the relay to first, allowing Fisher to score the game’s first run. Binghamton (49-43) extended its lead in the seventh. Raul Reyes singled to open the frame. Salomon Manriquez followed and sacrificed the runner ahead to second. Gonzalez proceeded to walk Jose Coronado, leading to Brahiam Maldonado. The right-hander quickly got ahead of the left fielder, 1-2, before hanging a slider that Maldonado tattooed for a three-run homer, his sixth homer of the year, upping the lead to 4-0. Ratliff put the finishing touches on the inning with an RBI double off reliever Danny Farquhar, plating the B-Mets’ fifth run. Gonzalez was charged with all five runs over 6 1/3 innings and was tagged with the loss. Antonini worked into the seventh as well. Shawn Bowman reached starting the stanza on a botched fly ball in center that dropped in between Maldonado and Ratliff. Ratliff, the center fielder, was charged with the error, allowing Bowman to reach second. Eric Thames pushed the runner up to third with a single to right and Antonini allowed the lone New Hampshire run to score on a wild pitch. Thames led all hitters with a 4-for-4 performance, including a double. John Lujan replaced the starter with two outs in the seventh and struck out Jonathan Diaz looking following a walk to Matt Liuzza to end the threat. Lujan worked 1 1/3 innings scoreless innings. He was followed by Edgar Ramirez, who tossed a scoreless ninth. Fisher had two hits and scored two runs out of the leadoff spot. Ratliff led the B-Mets with a 3-for-5 showing. Boxscore

ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 2: Luis Castillo went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He played seven innings at second base and had three assists and one putout. After St. Lucie starter Brandon Moore retired the side 1-2-3 in the first inning, the Blue Jays got to the right-hander the following frame when Moore hit Justin McClanahan with the bases loaded to force in the game’s first run. Moore would settle down and allow only four more base runners the rest of the game. Trailing 1-0, the Mets got things rolling in the fourth inning. Juan Lagares tied the score, blasting a solo home run well beyond the left-field fence. Lagares struck again in the fifth inning, singling in two more runs. Wilmer Flores added an insurance run, driving in Rafael Fernandez in the seventh inning, making it 4-1. That would be all the run support Moore needed. Moore tossed eight innings, allowing the one run (unearned) on five hits while striking out eight batters to record his second Florida State League win in four starts. Erik Turgeon came on for the ninth inning. A leadoff walk followed by a single gave the Blue Jays hope, but Turgeon snuffed out the rally, retiring the final three batters. Lagares led the Mets with two hits, including his first home run as a St. Lucie Met, three RBIs and a run scored. Fernandez had a hit and scored twice. All but one of starter had a hit on the evening. Boxscore

SAVANNAH 3, GREENVILLE 2: The Sand Gnats snapped a three-game losing streak as all nine players had at least one hit, pitcher Taylor Whitenton won his second straight start and the bullpen held Greenville to one run over the final four innings. After the Drive evened the score at 1 in the top of the second, the Gnats took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half. Savannah second baseman Alonzo Harris singled, stole second and scored when shortstop Wilfredo Tovar dropped a single into shallow right-center. Tovar, who was 2-for-4, was the only Gnat with more than one hit. The Gnats made it 3-1 in the fifth inning. With two outs, right fielder Cesar Puello ripped a double inside the chalk along the left-field line. Third baseman Jefry Marte followed with a drive deep to right that Drive right fielder Ronald Bermudez never saw. The ball landed in front of the warning track, scoring Puello from second. Marte, hustling all the way, picked up a triple, his fourth of the season. Whitenton worked around runners in every inning except the first, but held the Drive to one run in five innings. The Gnats bullpen of Sammy Martinez, Guillaume Leduc and Michael Powers combined to give up one run in the final four innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Powers earned his 12th save. Boxscore


BROOKLYN 7, MAHONING VALLEY 4: The Cyclones beat the Mahoning Valley Scrappers thanks in part to a four-run sixth inning. The win puts Brooklyn two games ahead of Staten Island in first place in the McNamara Division. The offense was led by third baseman Brian Harrison, who went 3-for-4 with his second home run of the season and six RBIs in the game. Three of Harrison's RBIs came in the sixth inning, when he came up with bases loaded and two out and laced a double down the left-field line. First baseman Jeff Flagg registered the Cyclones only other RBI during a 1-for-2 effort, while lifting his average to .311. Second baseman J.B. Brown went 2-for-3, scoring twice and walking once. Shortstop Rylan Sandoval, center fielder Darrell Ceciliani, right fielder Cory Vaughn and DH Joe Bonfe each had one hit apiece. Ceciliani swiped his team-leading 10th stolen base. Left-hander Chris Hilliard tossed 4 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits with one strikeout. Right-hander Samuel Tavares came on in the fifth inning and went 1 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out one without allowing a hit to earn his first win of the season. Left-hander Adam Kolarek was given the ball for the seventh inning, and pitched 1 2/3 innings of hitless baseball with two strikeouts. Right-hander Johan Figuereo relieved Kolarek in the eighth inning and went 1 1/3 innings to earn his sixth save of the season. He allowed one hit while striking out two. Boxscore

GCL METS 3, GCL ASTROS 0: Boxscore

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