Around the minors 8.3.10

LEHIGH VALLEY 6, BUFFALO 1: Lehigh Valley snapped an eight-game losing streak at Buffalo’s expense. The loss for the Bisons halted Buffalo's four-game winning streak and kept the Herd from its first four-game sweep since 2007. The IronPigs struck first in the top of the first inning on Melvin Dorta’s hit, which score Rich Thompson, who had led off the frame with a double. However, the Bisons responded in the fourth inning to tie it at 1 when Valentino Pascucci stung a ball into left-center to score Lucas Duda. With runners on the corners and one out in the fifth, the IronPigs retook the lead. Chris Aguila hit a base hit up the middle, scoring Dorta and putting Lehigh Valley on top, 2-1. Lehigh Valley added two runs apiece in the sixth and eighth innings. Bisons starter Tobi Stoner dropped to 5-10. He surrendered four runs on 10 hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. Justin Turner went 0-for-4 to snap a 10-game hitting streak. Pascucci and Jorge Padilla each had three hits among the Bisons eight hits. Luis Hernandez has gone hitless in his last 17 at-bats. Boxscore

HARRISBURG 8, BINGHAMTON 6: Mark Cohoon worked 5 2/3 innings and left with a chance to win, but the bullpen struggled. The B-Mets have now lost five of their last six games. Harrisburg (57-53) pounced on Cohoon in the second inning for a pair of runs. Jesus Valdez and Adam Fox singled to start the frame. Edgardo Baez hit a swinging bunt to first that advanced the runners into scoring position. Jhonatan Solano followed and plated both runs with a single to center. Binghamton (54-56) responded in the fourth, as the first two hitters of the frame reached on singles, putting runners at the corners against starter Brad Peacock. Zach Lutz followed with a double-play groundout, bringing the B-Mets within a run. Raul Reyes led off the fifth with a double. However, he was erased on a poor bunt from Cohoon, allowing the hurler to reach on a fielder’s choice. Jose Coronado followed with a single, putting two on with one out. After Josh Satin struck out, Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled to right, scoring Cohoon. Coronado followed Cohoon home when Josh Johnson mishandled the relay, which put Binghamton ahead, 3-2. Peacock elected to intentionally walk Sean Ratliff to pitch to the right-handed hitting Lutz. The decision backfired as Lutz smoked a double into the left-field corner, upping the lead to three runs. The Senators responded in the sixth courtesy of a pair of Binghamton errors. Chris Marrero led off with a double off Cohoon. Valdez followed with a groundball to the right of Coronado at shortstop. In an attempt to backhand the ball, it slipped under Coronado’s glove, permitting Valdez to reach and Marrero to advance to third. After Fox hit into a fielder’s choice to third, the lefty struck out Edgardo Baez for the second out. He was pulled in favor of right-hander Dylan Owen to face Solano, who already had two hits off Cohoon. Solano burned Owen with a double to right, plating both runners to move Harrisburg within 5-4. Peacock was pulled for a pinch hitter after the double. Tim Pahuta stepped in for the starter and struck out on a breaking ball in the dirt. Mike Nickeas picked up the ball and fired to first, but the throw was errant, allowing Pahuta to reach base and Solano to advance to third. Owen then walked Danny Espinosa to load the bases. Johnson followed with a ground-rule double to left-center, vaulting the Senators into the lead, 6-5. All four runs were unearned due to the two errors. Cohoon was charged with four runs (two earned) on seven hits in his finest outing with Binghamton. Owen was charged with the blown save and the loss, his second of the season. New arrival Carlos Muniz allowed a pair of runs in the seventh to advance the Harrisburg lead to 8-5. Coronado and Satin ripped back-to-back doubles off left-hander Jack Spradlin in the eighth to get the B-Mets within two runs, but that was as close as Binghamton would come. Satin’s two-bagger extended his hitting streak to eight games. Cole Kimball came out of the pen in the eighth and shut down Binghamton over the final two innings, holding the B-Mets hitless with three strikeouts for his second save. Nieuwenhuis and Coronado managed two hits each in the losing effort. Boxscore

LAKELAND 9, ST. LUCIE 5: Boxscore

ROME 7, SAVANNAH 4: Rome took a 3-1 lead in the first inning. Phil Gosselin led off with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch by Savannah starter Taylor Whitenton. He would move to third when Chris Curley reached first on a failed fielder’s choice, putting runners on first and third. Joe Leonard followed with an RBI single to score Gosselin. Curley would be tagged out at third when Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg grounded into a forceout. Back-to-back RBI singles from Christian Bethancourt and Matt Weaver would plate Leonard and Spanjer-Furstenburg for the 3-0 lead. The Braves added a run in the second when Curley singled, then scored as Leonard reached on a throwing error by Travis Ozga. Savannah put a run on the scoreboard in the third inning when R.J. Harris tripled and scored on an RBI single by Robbie Shields. The Sand Gnats scored again in the fourth after Ozga led off the inning with a doubled, then crossed home on Jet Butler’s single. Rome scored twice in the fifth to extend its lead to 6-2. Jake Hanson walked and reached second on Bobby Rauh’s single. Gosselin singled to plate Hanson. Curley then was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A sacrifice fly from Leonard would score Rauh for the second run. Savannah answered with two runs in the sixth to make it a 6-4 score. Butler walked and advanced to second on a single by Juan Torres. Nick Santomauro doubled to plate Butler. After Andrew Wilson replaced Rome starter Chris Masters, Torres scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Gregory. The Braves would score again in the eighth on doubles from Leonard and Spanjer-Furstenburg. Rome’s pitching would hold the rest of the way. Masters (3-5) won for Rome, while Whitenton (5-6) suffered the loss. David Francis earned the save. Boxscore



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