Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Around the minors 5.7.12
By Adam Rubin
BUFFALO 4, GWINNETT 3: Rob Johnson's two-run single with two outs in the top of the eighth gave the Bisons the victory. The win was Buffalo's 12th comeback triumph already this season, accounting for two-thirds of the club's 18 wins overall. In the latest edition, the Bisons trailed 3-1 thanks to solid work from 2011 International League's Most Valuable Pitcher Julio Teheran. Buffalo was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and in danger of wasting Dustin Martin's one-out single in the eighth inning. Josh Satin drew a two-out walk and Matt Tuiasosopo battled back from down 0-2 in the count to earn another free pass from Gwinnett reliever Jaye Chapman. Fred Lewis had an easier time drawing his walk, watching four pitches sail outside the zone to force in a run. Down 3-2, Johnson gave the Bisons their only lead with a single through the left side of the infield. Buffalo's only hit with runners in scoring position gave the Herd a 4-3 advantage. Fernando Cabrera nailed down Elvin Ramirez's first Triple-A win with his seventh save. Ramirez came on with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and struck out Josh Wilson. Chris Schwinden started for Buffalo in his first game since a two-start stint with the Mets. He struck out eight batters but left after five innings with a 2-1 deficit. Buffalo scored their first run of the game in the third inning on Martin's sacrifice fly. Box
NEW BRITAIN at BINGHAMTON (ppd.): The contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader at NYSEG Stadium on Aug. 7 at 5:35 p.m. The B-Mets (14-15) will start their rain-shortened series against the Rock Cats on Tuesday. Left-hander Mark Cohoon takes the mound for Binghamton against left-hander Andrew Albers.
ST. LUCIE 5, DUNEDIN 4: Francisco Pena delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly as the Mets rallied with a two-run eighth inning. St. Lucie (25-6) trailed 4-3 entering the bottom of the eighth. Wilmer Flores then hit a leadoff solo homer. Richard Lucas followed with a double down the left-field line and reached third on a sacrifice bunt by Cesar Puello. Pena then lined a pitch into left. Lucas tagged up from third and was able to beat the throw at home to give the Mets a 5-4 lead. The Blue Jays put together a comeback bid in the ninth as Ryan Schimpf doubled with one out to put runners at second and third against Adam Kolarek. Adrian Rosario issued an intentional walk to the next batter to load the bases. Rosario was able to induce a shallow flyball out for the second out. Rosario then induced a grounder to retire Michael Crouse to close the game as Danny Muno flipped to Robbie Shields at second for the force. Rosario earned his eighth save. Taylor Whitenton (2-1) picked up the victory in relief. He tossed 2 1/3 innings and allowed one hit and had one strikeout. Yohan Almonte received a no-decision. He allowed four runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts. Almonte allowed four consecutive hits in the first inning as the Blue Jays jumped to a 3-0 lead. But he was able to settle down and retired 13 straight. The Mets responded with a three-run first to even the score. Richard Lucas reached on an error that allowed Shields and Flores to score. Puello delivered an RBI single to plate Lucas with the third run. Flores went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Erik Goeddel opens a series at Brevard County on the mound Tuesday. Box
SAVANNAH 5, LAKEWOOD 0: Savannah pitching faced one batter over the minimum, retiring 27 of 28 Lakewood batters. The Gnats (19-12) have won five of the first six games on their seven-game homestand. Jacob deGrom made his Savannah debut and was perfect into the fifth inning. With two outs in that frame, he gave up a double to Maikel Franco, who was the only runner of the night for Lakewood (10-19). DeGrom, the Mets’ ninth-round pick in the 2010 draft out of Stetson, retired 20 of 21 before departing with his pitch count approaching 80. The Gnats scored the game’s first runs in the seventh. With one out, BlueClaws starter Ethan Stewart walked three batters to load the bases. Lakewood then called on reliever Gabriel Arias. Albert Cordero swung at the first pitch from Arias, sending a sharp groundball inside the first-base bag and down the line for a two-run double. Luis Nieves followed with a bloop single, plating two more runs for a 4-0 lead. Nieves finished 3-for-3 with three singles. Reliever Carlos Vazquez, who entered for deGrom for the final out in the top of the seventh, retired all seven batters he faced to earn his third win. He struck out two. In the eighth, Brian Harrison doubled, driving in Travis Taijeron to cap the scoring. Box
Compiled from team reports