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Monday, April 30, 2012
Around the minors 4.30.12

By Adam Rubin

ROCHESTER at BUFFALO (ppd.): The rainout will be made up during Rochester's Aug. 25-28 visit to Buffalo. Box

AKRON 3, BINGHAMTON 2: A groundball to third base in the bottom of the eighth started a chain of events that gave the Akron Aeros the lead for good. With the game knotted at 1 and two men aboard, Aeros second baseman Ryan Rohlinger sent a chopper to Jefry Marte at third base. The ball took an awkward hop, bounced past Marte and rolled into left field, allowing Chun Chen to score from second. Left fielder Pedro Zapata missed the cutoff man with his throw to home, enticing pinch runner Ben Copeland to try for third. Catcher Juan Centeno’s throw to the bag was on time, but Marte muffed it, allowing the ball to roll into left again. Copeland scampered home, giving Akron a two-run lead. The Aeros held off a late rally by the B-Mets in the ninth.

The game had started as a duel as Darin Gorski and Steven Wright matched zeroes for four innings. In the fifth, Binghamton's Travis Ozga led off by doubling. Matt den Dekker pushed him to third with a single. Josh Rodriguez brought Ozga home with a sacrifice fly. The lead was short-lived. Facing the bottom third of the batting order, Gorski allowed the first three batters to reach on two walks and a single. With the bases loaded, Tim Fedroff tied the score with a groundout to first base. Gorski escaped any further damage. Wright put up a scoreless sixth before seeing his night end in the seventh. After Lagares walked to start the inning and was bunted to second, Wright was replaced by Rob Bryson. With the potential go-ahead run on base, the righty got out of the inning by inducing Ozga to fly out and Zapata to ground out. Gorski allowed two runners in the sixth, but put up a scoreless inning to end his outing. The southpaw allowed one run on six hits and struck out three over six innings in the no-decision.

After tossing a scoreless seventh, reliever Edgar Ramirez allowed the first two batters to reach to set the table for the decisive play in the eighth. The final run proved vital for Akron as Binghamton put up a rally in the ninth against Bryson. Lagares scorched a two-out single. He moved to third on an infield single by Centeno and throwing error by Rohlinger at second. Ozga cut the deficit to one with a single. Rafael Fernandez was called upon to pinch hit for Zapata, but stranded the tying run at third by striking out to end the game. Although only one run was earned, Ramirez (0-1) suffered his first loss. The B-Mets (12-11) continue their series Tuesday as right-hander Greg Peavey opposes left-hander T.J. House, who makes his Double-A debut. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 1: Blake Forsythe delivered the tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning as St. Lucie won its fifth straight. Rehabbing D.J. Carrasco opened the game with a scoreless inning. Adam Kolarek picked up a six-out save without allowing a hit. Box

SAVANNAH 10, LEXINGTON 9 (12 innings): Travis Taijeron doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the 12th for the decisive run. Taijeron also homered twice and drove in five runs. T.J. Rivera, who was named South Atlantic League Player of the Week on Monday, as well as Cam Maron and Brian Harrison also produced long balls. Box

Compiled from team reports