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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Around the minors 8.23.11

By Adam Rubin

COLUMBUS 5, BUFFALO 0: A homer barrage and seven scoreless innings from spot starter Paulo Espino helped the Clippers avoid a four-game sweep. Buffalo mustered two hits, although Jordany Valdespin continued his hot streak with a third-inning double, his fifth with Buffalo. In the series, Valdespin hit (.333) 6-for-18 with four runs, seven RBIs, a homer and two doubles. Pat Misch (7-9) pitched into the seventh with a 2-0 deficit, but a two-run homer by Cord Phelps took away Misch's bid for an 11th quality start. Misch allowed four earned runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings, with four walks and three strikeouts. Espino started in place of scheduled starter Zach McAllister, whom Cleveland promoted before the game for his second major league start. Espino allowed Buffalo's only two hits on the night, with no runs over seven complete innings. Jared Goedert homered for the second consecutive day and third time in the series, giving the Clippers a first-inning 1-0 lead. A second solo shot, by Jerad Head, doubled the Columbus lead in the fourth. Perfect innings by relievers Luke Hagadone and Josh Judy sealed the Columbus win. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, ERIE 4: Reese Havens launched a three-run homer to help erase a four-run deficit as Binghamton won its season-high sixth straight. The B-Mets lead the Eastern League with 14 August wins. The SeaWolves struck first against Brandon Moore. Brandon Douglas extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning triple. Justin Henry followed with a sac fly. Erie tacked on two more in the third. Jamie Johnson led off with a double and Henry reached on a walk. Both moved up on Kai Gronauer’s seventh passed ball of the year. Bryan Pounds drove both home with a double. The B-Mets failed to generate any offense against Erie starter Brooks Brown. The righty made it through five innings while allowing just one single. He walked four, but escaped harm via two double plays. The SeaWolves kept the offense going in the sixth. Pounds collected his third hit, ripping a ground-rule double to open the inning. He moved to third on Rawley Bishop’s groundout and came home on Bryan Holaday’s single. Down by four, Binghamton put things together in the sixth. Matt den Dekker led off by walking after an eight-pitch at-bat. Juan Lagares roped a single to up his hitting streak to 13 games. Havens was the next batter and dug in for a game-changing at-bat. The second baseman worked the count full and fouled off two more pitches before blasting a three-run shot over the right-field fence to put Binghamton on the board and cut the deficit to one run. It was Havens’ fourth homer. After the long ball, Ryan Robowski took the mound in relief of Brown. Brahiam Maldonado greeted him by dribbling a grounder up the first-base line. Holaday, the catcher, barehanded the grounder cleanly, but his throw sailed over Bishop’s head. Maldonado moved to second on the error. Allan Dykstra tied the score with a double. After Michael Fisher grounded out, Eric Campbell gave Binghamton the lead for good by lining another double. The hit capped the B-Mets’ five-hit, five-run inning. The offensive outburst put Moore in line for the win. The righty allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out six over six innings. Erik Turgeon took over in the seventh and posted a perfect inning. Den Dekker gave the B-Mets more breathing room by squeaking a solo homer over the left-field fence in the seventh. Turgeon worked around a lead-off walk to put up a scoreless eighth. He retired the side in order in the ninth to collect his team-leading seventh save. Moore earned his 10th win. Left-hander Robert Carson (3-11, 5.03) opposes left-hander Casey Crosby (8-5, 3.57) Wednesday. Box

FORT MYERS 2, ST. LUCIE 1 (5 innings)
ST. LUCIE at FORT MYERS (ppd.): 
In a game continued from July 1, play resumed in the top of the second inning at Hammond Stadium. Fort Myers earned a rain-shortened victory. The Miracle took a 2-0 lead in the fourth, with Aaron Hicks igniting the offense with a one-out single off Mets pitcher Greg Peavey. Hicks then stole second with Oswaldo Arcia at the plate. Arcia smacked the next pitch into center field for a hit. Charging the ball in the outfield, Gilbert Gomez misplayed the bounce, allowing Hicks to score. Danny Rams added a two-out RBI single to push the lead to a pair of runs. Working quickly in the top of the fifth, Miracle pitcher Alex Wimmers retired the first two Mets batters before giving up a solo homer to Gomez. Wimmers then induced a groundout from Francisco Pena to make the game official. After a nearby lightning strike, plate umpire John Bailey cleared the field with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and play never resumed. Wimmers (1-2) earned his first win of the season after four innings. He allowed two hits and struck out six. Jhon Garcia started the game on July 1 and pitched an inning with hit given up. Greg Peavey (2-1) was tagged with the loss after 3 2/3 innings in relief of July 1 starter Scott Moviel. Peavey allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with two strikeouts. Tuesday’s regularly scheduled game was rained out The Miracle (55-69, 21-33) will play a pair on Wednesday against St. Lucie (66-59, 28-27) at Hammond Stadium. Box 1

ROME 6, SAVANNAH 2: Willie Kempf limited Savannah to two runs over 6 1/3 innings. Edward Salcedo got things started for the Braves in the second with a leadoff single against Savannah starter Yohan Almonte (7-7). After David Rohm roped a single of his own to put runners on the corners, Matt Weaver poked a single to right to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning with two outs and runners once again on the corners, Matt Lipka laced a ball to left-center that kicked off Darrell Cecilliani’s glove on his diving attempt to rob Lipka. David Rohm scored easily from third and the speedy Tony Mueller raced all the way home from first to score on a close play at the plate to extend Rome’s lead to 3-0. In the fifth, Lipka struck again, this time with a leadoff double. Evan Gattis would bring Lipka home later in the inning after lining an RBI single off the left-field wall. Savannah would not score until the top of the seventh when Blake Forsythe blasted a two-run homer. After Joe Bonfe led off the inning with an infield single, Forsythe cut Rome’s lead to 4-2 with the two-run shot. Chasen Shreve would relieve Kempf. He worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam to hold the lead as Wilfredo Tovar lined out and Rafael Fernandez grounded out. Box

DANVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 5: Starter Juan Urbina allowed six runs in the fourth inning. Juan Carlos Gamboa had a two-run homer in the loss. Box

TRI-CITY 7, BROOKLYN 4: Eduardo Aldama suffered the loss for the Cyclones, allowing six runs on five hits while walking four and striking out four in four innings. Despite the loss, the Cyclones gained ground on Williamsport, who were swept in a doubleheader by Batavia. Brooklyn now trails by one game in the wild-card race. The ValleyCats took advantage of wildness from Aldama (3-4) to jump to an early lead. Aldama walked three and had a costly wild pitch in the first inning that put Brooklyn in a 4-0 hole. Brooklyn cut the lead in half in the second thanks to an RBI double from T.J. Rivera and a run-scoring single from Xorge Carrillo. But an inning later, Tri-City responded. Matthew Duffy singled scored on Zach Johnson’s two-run homer that pushed the ValleyCats’ lead to 6-2. The lead would balloon to five runs in the fifth thanks to a two-out RBI single from Justin Gominsky. Richard Lucas tried to jumpstart the Brooklyn offense with a solo blast in the eighth. The Cyclones continued to claw back in the ninth thanks to an RBI single from Chase Green that made it 7-4 and brought the tying run to the plate with nobody out. But Danny Muno, Charley Thurber and Brandon Brown couldn’t keep the rally going as Ryan Cole came out of the Tri-City pen and retired the trio in order to end the game. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL CARDINALS 2: 15th-round pick Phillip Evans went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in his professional debut. Top pick Brandon Nimmo was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Box

Compiled from team reports