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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Around the minors 4.10.12

By Adam Rubin

ROCHESTER 5, BUFFALO 3: Matt Harvey started for the Bisons and allowed two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four in a 92-pitch effort spanning five innings. Brian Dinkelman's three-run homer in the sixth capped the scoring. The second consecutive loss dropped Buffalo's record to 3-3 on their season-opening trip. The Bisons now head to Coca-Cola Field for Wednesday's home opener against the Yankees. In the sixth, Rochester placed a couple runners on base without the benefit of a hit as Matt Carson reached on third baseman Zach Lutz's throwing error and Ray Chang drew a two-out walk. Dinkelman followed with the three-run blast to right field off former Cub Jeff Stevens (0-1) for the game-deciding hit. The Bisons did their own share of two-out damage early in the game. Valentino Pascucci put the Herd up 2-0 in the first inning with a gigantic home run to center that hit halfway up Frontier Field's batter's eye. Omar Quintanilla's double off the glove of center fielder Joe Benson added a run in the second inning. Pascucci's home run was his third of the season and 41st as a Bison. He is now tied with Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Clark in the modern era. Box

ERIE 6, BINGHAMTON 1: With a persistent, heavy mist battering NYSEG Stadium, the B-Mets were held to three hits, none after the third inning. The B-Mets threatened early against Erie starter James Avery, but failed to break through with a hit with runners aboard. Avery allowed a single and walked a batter in each of the first three innings, but escaped each frame unharmed. Binghamton stranded six runners through the first three innings. The game remained scoreless until the fourth, when the SeaWolves solved B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon. With one on and one out, Bryan Pounds launched a homer through the rain and wind. Avery settled down after his initial bumpy three innings and retired the final seven he faced. He departed after the fifth. The SeaWolves added to their lead in the sixth against Edgar Ramirez. John Murrian reached on fielder’s choice, advanced two bases on consecutive Erie singles, and scored on Corey Jones’ sacrifice fly. Binghamton’s only run came without the benefit of a hit. Leading 3-0, Erie reliever Jared Gayhart took over in the sixth and loaded the bases on three walks. Juan Centeno’s groundout then brought home Allan Dykstra. Pounds added another homer in the eighth, taking Robert Carson deep. Brad Holt allowed three hits and two runs in the ninth. Three SeaWolves relievers combined to retire the final 10 Binghamton batters. Cohoon suffered his first loss. The B-Mets (2-3) wrap up their season-opening homestand and three-game series with Erie on Wednesday night. Right-hander Collin McHugh gets the ball for Binghamton opposite left-hander Jay Voss. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 2: Left-hander Angel Cuan pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed  two hits, and the Mets used a four-run eighth  to pull away. Cuan struck out four while walking one in his first start with St. Lucie to help the Mets win their fourth straight. The Mets(4-1) had a four-run eighth, highlighted by left fielder Cory Vaughn’s RBI double. Vaughn went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Richard Lucas added an RBI single in the eighth. Third baseman Wilmer Flores had his first multi-hit game of the season, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored. Danny Muno went 1-for-3 with a run scored. The Mets jumped ahead, 1-0, in the second as Alonzo Harris Jr. ripped a double to straightaway center to score Flores. The Mets pushed across a run in the fifth as Robbie Shields tripled to score Harris. The Stone Crabs (3-2) threatened in the eighth after picking up their first run, off reliever Taylor Whitenton. With runners on first and second, Whitenton responded by striking out a pair of batters to end the threat. Whitenton struck out the side in the eighth and worked around two hits and a walk. Adrian Rosario pitched the ninth inning and allowed one run and one walk while striking out one. The Stone Crabs loaded the bases with no outs, before Rosario battled back to close the game. Box

ROME 3, SAVANNAH 1: The Braves scored the game’s first two runs in the top of the fifth inning against Savannah starter Michael Fulmer. Chase Larsson and Felix Marte began the inning with back-to-back doubles, with Marte’s chasing home Larsson. Two outs later, Elmer Reyes singled to score Marte and put the Braves up 2-0, chasing Fulmer from the game. Fulmer, the Mets' supplemental first-round pick in the 2011 draft, finished his Savannah debut with four strikeouts and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. He did not allow a hit for the first four innings. The Gnats picked up a run in the seventh. With Gregory Pron at third base and Travis Taijeron at first, the Gnats executed a double steal. The Gnats eventually loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh while trailing 2-1, but could not find the game-tying hit. Savannah also put the tying run at third base in the eighth, but Larsson reeled in Taijeron’s drive to the warning track to end the threat. The Gnats complete their season-opening seven-game homestand Wednesday. The Gnats will send right-hander Logan Verrett (0-0, 0.00) to the mound against right-hander David Filak (0-1, 1.50). Box

Compiled from team reports