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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Around the minors 4.11.12

By Adam Rubin

BUFFALO 12, SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 3: Buffalo blasted four long home runs -- three in a seven-run fourth inning -- on the 25th Opening Day at Coca-Cola Field. The run total set a new modern-era record for the team's first home game of a season. Zach Lutz hit two of the homers, with both clearing the 40-foot netting in left field. His first long ball of the season led off a two-run second that gave Buffalo the lead. Lutz homered again in the fourth as the Bisons made quick work of a 3-2 deficit. Jordany Valdespin got the Bisons rolling with a two-run homer off Yankees starter Dellin Betances. After Josh Satin's RBI single, Valentino Pascucci hit a laser into the netting in left field for a 7-3 Bisons lead. Pascucci's homer was his 42nd in his Bisons career. He moves into a tie with Tom Prince and Russ Morman for ninth in the team's modern era. Betances' day was done after he walked the next batter, Vinny Rottino. Lutz then greeted Scranton/Wilkes-Barre reliever Jason Bulger with his second home run onto Oak Street. Lutz finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. He also reached on an error and scored in the sixth. Valdespin scored from second base in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Satin. The previous record for runs scored in a home opener was 10 in a win over Pawtucket on April 3, 2003. Bisons starter Jeurys Familia (1-0) earned the win while displaying overpowering stuff. He struck out eight and allowed three runs on four hits in five innings. After he allowed a three-run homer to Dewayne Wise in the third inning, Familia retired seven of the final eight batters he faced. He struck out two batters in each inning from the second through the fifth. The trio of Justin Hampson, Chuck James and Fernando Cabrera closed out the win with four combined scoreless innings. Box

ERIE at BINGHAMTON (ppd): Postponed due to inclement weather, the game will be made up as part of a doubleheader at NYSEG Stadium on July 13 at 5:35 p. The B-Mets (2-3) now have a week-long trip, to Portland and New Hampshire. Their four-game set with the Sea Dogs begins Thursday with right-hander Collin McHugh (0-1, 3.60) opposing right-hander Brock Huntzinger (0-1, 12.00).

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 4: Outfielder Sean Ratliff played in his first regular-season game since 2010, before being struck in the eye with a foul ball, and third baseman Wilmer Flores drove in three runs as the Mets won their fifth straight. The Mets (5-1) swept Charlotte as starting pitcher Cory Mazzoni earned his first victory. Mazzoni allowed single runs in the first and second innings before settling down. He pitched six innings and allowed two runs and six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. The Mets trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the fourth. Flores then hit a game-tying RBI single, which scored Cory Vaughn. The Mets used a three-run sixth to jump ahead. Robbie Shields (3-for-4) doubled to open the half-inning. Flores hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly to plate Shields. After a wild pitch scored Vaughn, catcher Blake Forsythe delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Richard Lucas and extend the lead to 5-2. In the eighth, the Mets pushed across a run on a sacrifice fly by Flores. The Stone Crabs (3-3) picked up two runs in the ninth against Jeff Kaplan, who allowed four hits. Charlotte had runners at second and third with two outs before reliever Adam Kolarek earned a one-out save by striking out Derek Dietrich. Vaughn went 1-for-3 with three runs scored. Alonzo Harris Jr. finished 2-for-3. Ryan Fraser tossed two scoreless relief innings and allowed one hit. Box

SAVANNAH 10, ROME 5: Carlos Vazquez and Tyson Seng combined for four scoreless innings in relief of Logan Verrett, who was charged with five runs (three earned) on seven hits -- including two homers -- in five innings. Verrett struck out 10 and walked none. Leadoff hitter T.J. Rivera went 4-for-4 with a walk. Travis Taijeron went 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored. Cam Maron and Dustin Lawley also had two RBIs apiece. Aderlin Rodriguez drove in his 10th run of the season, but also committed his sixth error at third base. Box

Compiled from team reports