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Saturday, April 21, 2012
Around the minors 4.21.12

By Matt Ehalt

BUFFALO at SYRACUSE (postponed): The teams will play two games on Sunday, starting at noon.

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 1: Binghamton (8-7) has won three straight after defeating Portland behind seven strong innings from starter Mark Cohoon. Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Pedro Zapata tied the game at 1-1 on a double play. In the sixth, Josh Rodriguez's RBI single gave the team a 2-1 lead and Travis Ozga boosted the lead to 3-1. Rodriguez went on to steal home to increase the edge to 4-1. Juan Centeno and Matt den Dekker drove in the remaining runs. Cohoon (1-2) threw seven innings of seven-hit ball, the longest outing by any Binghamton player this year. The team will go for the sweep tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. when Colin McHugh takes the hill. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, PALM BEACH 7 (GAME 1): St. Lucie (13-2) scored three runs in the seventh to break open a tie game and get the victory. Cesar Puello's double gave St. Lucie a 5-4 lead and Cory Vaughn boosted it to 6-4 when he doubled in Puello. Wilmer Flores' single made it 7-4 after seven. In the eighth, Wilfredo Tovar and Danny Muno each drove in runs that helped St. Lucie pad its lead. Jeffery Kaplan improved to 2-0 on the year despite giving up three runs and five hits over two innings.  Adam Kolarek pitched one out for the save, his second. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, PALM BEACH 1 (GAME 2): St. Lucie (14-2) swept the doubleheader with a 6-1 win in the nightcap. The Mets scored three in the second and three in the fifth to back starter Angel Cuan (2-0), who gave up one run over five innings. In the second, Alonzo Harris tied the game at 1-1 on a groundout and Wilfredo Tovar and Daniel Muno followed with RBI singles to make it 3-1. In the fifth, Wilmer Flores, Tovar and Muno each had RBIs to make it 6-1. The Mets also received two innings out of the pen from Adrian Rosario, who gave up just one hit. St. Lucie has won nine in a row and will go for No. 10 vs. Fort Myers at 4 p.m. Sunday. Box

SAVANNAH 6, HICKORY 1: Savannah (11-7) was the only Mets minor league team to lose Saturday as it lost for the third straight time when it fell to Hickory, 6-1. Hickory led 5-0 before Savannah plated a run in the eighth. Starter Tyler Pill (1-1) struggled, giving up five hits and three earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out five but walked two and yielded one home run. Marcos Camarena gave up two runs and three hits in 3 2/3 innings of relief and Jack Leathersich gave up one run over the final two innings. Savannah's lone run came on a home run by Tilman Pugh, who hit his first of the year.  Savanah looks to avoid a four-game sweep when it hosts Hickory at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday. Box