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Monday, April 25, 2011
Around the minors 4.25.11

By Adam Rubin

BUFFALO 5, LEHIGH VALLEY 3 (9 innings): A steady rain shortened Monday's game and helped the Herd hold off the IronPigs. The game was called with one out in the ninth inning as Lehigh Valley mounted what could have been a game-changing rally. The rain started in downtown Buffalo at about the third inning and picked up in intensity around the seventh. The teams played through the drops, with the Herd taking a 5-0 lead into the ninth inning. But Manny Acosta allowed a leadoff single to Jeff Frandsen and walked Jeff Larish and ex-Met Cory Sullivan to load the bases. Matt Miller cashed in a pair of runs with a single before Acosta issued two more walks to force in a third run. Bisons manager Tim Teufel went to the bullpen and Jose De La Torre entered. But before the reliever could face a batter, the umpires called for the tarp, much to the dismay of IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg. The game was then called after a 102-minute delay. By International League rules, an umpire may call a game finished after a weather delay as long as the visiting team did not tie the score or take the lead. If the IronPigs had tied the score, the game would have been suspended because the home team must be given the same amount of outs to win the game. Buffalo built the 5-0 lead thanks to Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ first-inning home run and a four-run  rally in the sixth. Herd starter Dylan Owen threw a gem on the mound, retiring 14 in a row as part of six scoreless innings. Nieuwenhuis' hit streak is now at an International League-best 15 games. Ruben Tejada now leads the Bisons with 12 RBIs on the season. Ronny Paulino went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his fourth game with the team. He also threw out Miller trying to steal second in the third inning. Paulino will remain with Buffalo for Tuesday’s game at Rochester, then may be activated from the DL by the Mets. The Bisons have now split all four series they have played at Coca-Cola Field this season. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 3: Brandon Moore mustered five innings of work to earn his first win and Mike Fisher plated a pair of runs with a pivotal fifth-inning double to send Binghamton past Portland at Hadlock Field. The B-Mets have now won all three meetings with the Sea Dogs in 2011. Binghamton (6-8) climbed on top out of the gate with a run in the first inning. Three of the first four hitters to the plate against starter Stephen Fife reached, filling the bases with one out. Brahiam Maldonado laced a sacrifice fly to left to put the B-Mets on top 1-0. Moore threw up zeroes until the fourth, when he ran into two-out trouble. Oscar Tejeda and Mitch Dening hit back-to-back singles with two out. Ryan Dent evened the score with a third straight single before Moore got out of the inning. The B-Mets responded immediately with a crooked number in the fifth. Allan Dykstra doubled to left off Fife to start the rally. Jordany Valdespin followed with an infield single and Jesus Feliciano loaded the bases with a single of his own. Fife struck out reigning Eastern League Player of the Week Josh Satin for the first out, but hit Eric Campbell with a pitch to force in the go-ahead run. The starter exited in favor of lefty Tommy Hottovy. Fisher greeted him rudely with a double off the Maine Monster in left to up the advantage to 4-1. Portland (5-9) came back in the bottom of the fifth with a run off Moore. Tim Federowicz lined a double off the Monster with one out. Jorge Padron converted it into an RBI with a single to left-center, cutting the lead to two. Moore exited after the fifth. He allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out three for his first win of the season. Fife was not as fortunate. The Sea Dogs’ starter allowed four runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss. Binghamton added to its lead in the eighth with two runs. The first was provided by Maldonado, who hammered a solo homer over the Monster off reliever Seth Garrison. It was Maldonado’s team-leading fifth home run of the season. Valdespin rounded out the B-Mets’ scoring with a two-out RBI single. The Sea Dogs mustered a run in the ninth off reliever Erik Turgeon with the help of an error, but the righty nailed down the game to end the B-Mets’ two-game losing streak. Turgeon struck out three over two solid innings. He was preceded by Eric Niesen and Ricky Brooks, both of whom tossed scoreless innings. Binghamton ripped 10 hits en route to the win. Fisher led the way with a 2-for-4 night and two RBIs. Feliciano, Dykstra and Valdespin also had two-hit showings. The second game of the four-game set is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. Left-hander Mark Cohoon (1-0, 0.47) will go for Binghamton opposite right-hander Michael Lee (0-1, 8.10) for the Sea Dogs. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, JUPITER 2
ST. LUCIE 2, JUPITER 1:
Right-hander Scott Moviel tossed a seven-inning complete game in the opener to improve to 3-0. Catcher Francisco Pena went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs. First baseman Stefan Welch went 4-for-4. In Game 2, Jefry Marte produced a two-run homer in the first inning. Michael Powers limited Jupiter to one run and three hits in five innings and picked up his first win. Jeffrey Kaplan notched his seventh save. St. Lucie improved to 17-2, including 11-0 on the road. Box 1, Box 2

DELMARVA 7, SAVANNAH 3: The Delmarva Shorebirds scored five times in the second inning on their way to a victory at Arthur Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md., in the first game of Savannah’s nine-game road trip. Since reaching the .500 mark, the Gnats have lost three games in a row. Down 6-0 after two innings, the Gnats (7-10) fought back with the long ball. Center fielder Rafael Fernandez lifted a two-run home run in the third inning to make it 6-2. Aderlin Rodriguez’s second home run in two games brought the Gnats within three runs. Rodriguez, who homered Saturday night, became the first Gnat to hit home runs in back-to-back games in 2011. After Rodriguez’s fourth-inning home run, only one Gnat reached base -- second baseman Wilfredo Tovar, who singled twice. Tovar has hit safely in four straight games, going 8-for-12 with two doubles. That raised his season batting line to .278/.339/.370 (AVG/OBP/SLG). The Shorebirds (9-9) used a pair of home runs of their own to build a 6-0 lead. Center fielder Steven Bumbry hit a solo home run in the first and shortstop Manny Machado smacked a three-run home run off Gnats starter Ryan Fraser in the second inning. The 18-year old Machado was the Orioles’ first round pick (third overall) in the 2010 draft. Savannah will send right-hander Yohan Almonte (2-1, 3.50) to the hill Tuesday night against left-hander Jacob Pettit (2-0, 3.12) for Delmarva. Box

Compiled from team reports