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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Around the minors 5.8.12

By Adam Rubin

BUFFALO 3, GWINNETT 0: Matt Harvey tossed six scoreless innings in the latest in a string of solid starts for the 2010 first-round pick. Coupled with a Pawtucket loss in Rochester, the Bisons are now a half-game back of first place in the International League North Division. Harvey allowed four singles and a double. He walked three, but balanced those out with five strikeouts and a pair of double plays. He also had two wild pitches. Gwinnett failed to push a runner to third base until the seventh inning, after Harvey's outing was complete. With his third win in four starts, Harvey has now posted a 1.96 ERA since April 20. He had a no-decision in the other outing because of a rain delay after four innings of work. Over the four-game span, Harvey has allowed 16 hits in 23 innings. The Bisons gave Harvey early run support as Zach Lutz singled home Fred Lewis in the first. Omar Quintanilla hit his fifth home run in the second for a 2-0 Bisons lead. Buffalo scored a third run the next inning on a fielding error by Braves second baseman Drew Sutton. That lead held up for the Bisons' second shutout of the season. Jack Egbert tossed a pair of scoreless innings and Fernando Cabrera set the Braves down 1-2-3 in the ninth for his International League-leading eighth save. Before the game, the Mets selected the contract of Bisons catcher Rob Johnson. Oswaldo Navarro was promoted from Binghamton. He made his Bisons debut as a defensive replacement at third base in the ninth. Quintanilla's five homers are second on the team to Valentino Pascucci's six. Box

NEW BRITAIN 4, BINGHAMTON 3: The Rock Cats scored three runs with two outs in the top of the ninth, highlighted by Nate Hanson’s pinch-hit, two-run double, to defeat the B-Mets. Binghamton committed two costly errors in the game, resulting in all four runs being unearned. With a 3-1 lead, reliever Robert Carson took the mound in the ninth looking for his first career save. He walked Chris Colabello to start the inning before inducing Aaron Hicks to fly out. Deibinson Romero then sent a slow chopper to third and reached safely when Jefry Marte’s throw to first pulled Eric Campbell off the bag. The error proved costly for Binghamton. Following a popout, Estarlin De Los Santos blooped an RBI single to right, just out of Juan Lagares' reach. With the tying run at third, Hanson shot a sinking line drive to left. Pedro Zapata could not make the difficult catch, allowing two runs to score.

The loss was Binghamton’s second of the season when leading after eight innings. The shaky defense overshadowed a strong pitching performance from starter Mark Cohoon. The southpaw allowed one unearned run and four hits over six innings. Binghamton owned a three-run lead after three innings by pounding Rock Cats starter Andrew Albers for a career-high nine hits. Lagares led off the second by doubling. He scored two batters later on Rylan Sandoval’s single. The B-Mets added two more in the third. Matt den Dekker started with a bunt single, advanced on a wild pitch, scampered to third on a flyout and scored on a passed ball by Chris Herrmann. Reese Havens doubled later in the inning and came home three batters later on Lagares' single. New Britain’s first run came in the sixth thanks to a B-Mets error. With a runner on first and one out, Herrmann rolled a potential double-play ball to Havens. The second baseman fielded it cleanly, but bobbled the transfer to his throwing hand, allowing all runners to reach safely. Chris Colabello cashed in with an RBI single. After amassing a three-run lead off Albers, the B-Mets went quietly against the New Britain bullpen. In all, the B-Mets mustered one hit against three relievers.

While all three runs on his tab were unearned, Carson (0-1) suffered his first career blown save. Brad Holt allowed one hit over two scoreless innings in his return to Binghamton after pitching in six games with Buffalo. The B-Mets (14-16) complete their rain-shortened series with New Britain on Wednesday. Right-hander Collin McHugh opposes right-hander Steve Hirschfeld. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 and drove in both runs -- his 21st and 22nd RBIs of the season -- in the loss. Starter Erik Goeddel allowed three runs in five innings. Randy Fontanez contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

SAVANNAH 6, LAKEWOOD 1: The Gnats finished their seven-game homestand with a 6-1 record while the teams’ pitching allowed 10 runs over the span. The Gnats (20-12) jumped ahead with a four-run second. After DH Travis Taijeron singled and Brian Harrison doubled, Luis Nieves, Tillman Pugh and Brandon Brown all contributed RBI singles. Cam Maron completed the inning’s scoring with a groundout to first. Taijeron, the reigning South Atlantic League Player of the Week, reached base in all four of his plate appearances. He went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored. The BlueClaws (10-20) scored their only run in the fourth, against Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis. Panteliodis, who was not involved in the decision, finished four innings, yielding a run on five hits and two walks while striking out five. Relievers Jeff Walters, Jack Leathersich and Estarlin Morel combined on five scoreless, hitless innings behind Panteliodis. Walters earned the win, his second of the season, for working the fifth and sixth innings. Harrison launched a two-run homer, his second long ball, in the eighth to complete the scoring. The Gnats are off Wednesday. They then begin a seven-game trip to Hickory and Southern Division-leading Charleston. Box

Compiled from team reports