Around the minors 8.1.10

BUFFALO 2, LEHIGH VALLEY 1 (10 INNINGS): It may have taken extra innings and a close play at the plate, but the Bisons got their third straight win thanks to Nick Evans’ single in the bottom of the 10th. After the first two batters struck out, Jorge Padilla singled to extend the inning. Valentino Pascucci drew a four-pitch walk to bring up Evans, who already was 2-for-4 with a double before the plate appearance. Evans ripped a liner to left field off Iron Pigs pitcher Michael Schwimmer. Padilla, who was on second base, got a good jump and looked like he would easily score. Rounding third base, however, Padilla stumbled on the bag, making the play at the plate a lot closer. Padilla recovered and beat the throw from left fielder Chris Aguila to give the Bisons the walk-off win. The Herd would not have taken the game to extra innings if it had not been for Fernando Martinez. With the Bisons trailing 1-0 in the seventh, Martinez produced his 12th homer -- accounting for the lone run in 7 2/3 innings against Iron Pigs starting pitcher Vance Worley. For the Herd, starting pitcher Fernando Nieve gave Buffalo 3 2/3 innings. Nieve was a reliever with the Mets and needs to be stretched out, thus his short outing. In his 65-pitch outing, Nieve surrendered two hits and the lone run Lehigh Valley scored on the night. The bullpen for the Herd absorbed the extra workload. After getting a good deal of rest when Ramon Ortiz went the distance Friday night and Pat Misch got through eight innings Saturday night, the pen mowed down Lehigh Valley’s bats. Jose De La Torre, Mike O'Connor, Chad Cordero and Ryota Igarashi allowed three hits and no runs over 6 1/3 relief innings. Boxscore

BINGHAMTON 8, ERIE 3: Zach Lutz blasted a pair of homers and drove in half of the B-Mets’ runs as Binghamton salvaged the final game of a four-game set. Josh Stinson picked up his ninth win after hurling 6 2/3 innings of two-run work. The B-Mets are now 12-0 in games started by Stinson. Binghamton (54-55) climbed on top in the third. Jon Malo singled off Brayan Villarreal to start the frame. Jose Coronado advanced Malo to second with a sacrifice. Two batters later, Kirk Nieuwenhuis plated Malo with an RBI double to left. Lutz upped the lead to two runs in the fourth with his 12th homer, a solo shot to left on a hanging 2-2 slider from Villarreal. After four scoreless innings, Erie (45-64) managed a run off Stinson in the fifth. Kody Kaiser and Deik Scram reached on back-to-back singles with one out. With two down, Alden Carrithers lined a single to right, plating Kaiser to cut the lead to 2-1. Villarreal exited after six innings on the hook, despite limiting Binghamton to two runs on five hits. Luis Marte took over and got in trouble, loading the bases with two outs after issuing consecutive walks. Marshall Hubbard worked the count full before drawing a third straight walk from the reliever, pushing Binghamton’s third run across. The SeaWolves knocked Stinson out of the game in the seventh. After recording the first two outs, the right-hander walked Bryan Pounds. Jeff Kunkel followed and hit a tough comebacker to the mound, which Stinson bobbled but flipped to first. However, Hubbard dropped the toss, allowing Kunkel to reach. Manuel Alvarez replaced the starter and gave up a single to Carrithers, bringing Erie back within a run. Stinson allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and was credited with his team-leading ninth win. The B-Mets put the game out of reach in the eighth with a five-run outburst against Marte and Jose Ortega. Brahiam Maldonado led off the inning with a mammoth blast to center, his eighth shot of the season. Marte then walked Malo. Coronado again bunted Malo to second. Josh Satin plated Malo with a single to center, pushing the lead to 5-2. Marte exited in favor of Ortega after issuing a walk to Nieuwenhuis. Ortega struck out Sean Ratliff for the second out, but then served up Lutz’s second longball, a three-run homer, making it 8-2. Andy Dirks added his 11th homer leading off the eighth. Alvarez struck out a season-high five over 2 1/3 innings to notch his fifth save in five chances. Satin went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Coronado and Ratliff saw their hitting streaks end at six games apiece with hitless days. Boxscore

LAKELAND 7, ST. LUCIE 5: The St. Lucie Mets could not pull off a come-from-behind. Jeurys Familia got the start for the Mets and struggled early. The Flying Tigers jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Familia then had to get out of a two-on, one-out jam in the second inning. The Mets evened the score in the bottom of the second when Hector Pellot scored on a fielding error. After a smooth third and fourth innings, the Flying Tigers got to Familia for four runs. Familia departed after the fifth with the Mets trailing, 5-1. After Lakeland extended its lead to five runs, the Mets stormed back in the eighth. Wilmer Flores drove in Michael Moras to make it 6-2. An RBI double by Jordany Valdespin then cut the deficit to three runs. Stefan Welch pulled the Mets to within 6-5 with a two-run homer, but the comeback stalled there. The Flying Tigers tacked on a run in the ninth and the Mets stranded two runners on base in the bottom half. Familia took the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits with five strikeouts in five innings. The Mets managed only six hits. Rafael Fernandez had two hits while Valdespin, Pellot, Welch and Ryan Mollica accounted for the others. Lakeland starter Mark Sorensen held the Mets in check through six innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits while striking out six. Boxscore

SAVANNAH 2, AUGUSTA 1: Nick Santomauro doubled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and preserved Savannah’s win with his glove. The Gnats (15-21/57-49) earned a split of their four-game series with the GreenJackets (18-17/59-46) before departing on a nine-game trip. In a 1-1 game in the seventh, right fielder Cesar Puello led off with a bunt base hit along the third-base line. Puello, who finished 3-for-4, has now hit safely in 11 straight games and 19 of his last 20 contests. In his last 11 games, Puello is hitting .465 (20-for-43). Puello advanced to second on a groundout and then stole third. He was still at third with two outs when Santomauro sliced a double just inside the left-field line to score the go-ahead run. With the Gnats ahead 2-1 in the top of the eighth, reliever Brandon Sage faced GreenJackets right fielder Daniel Cook with runners at first and second and one out. Cook lined a shot to left, but Santomauro, on the dead run, reached up and made the catch. He then wheeled and fired to second to double off the runner and preserve Savannah’s one-run advantage. Michael Powers worked around a pair of runners in the ninth for his 14th save. Guillaume Leduc held the GreenJackets scoreless over 2 1/3 innings in relief of starter Jimmy Fuller to earn his first Savannah win. Gnats pitchers did not record a 1-2-3 inning, but kept the GreenJackets to one run. Boxscore




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