Sunday, May 13, 2012
Around the minors 5.13.12
By Adam Rubin
BUFFALO 7, CHARLOTTE 6: When Josh Edgin replaced Fernando Cabrera in the bottom of the ninth, his task was simple: Get one out and the Bisons' three-game losing streak would be over. Easier said than done, but Edgin ultimately was up to the challenge. Charlotte's Dan Johnson popped out to shortstop Omar Quintanilla. The Bisons had not made it easy on themselves. With his club down 7-4 entering the bottom of the ninth, Charlotte's Jim Gallagher singled to start things off. Ray Olmedo then walked. Cabrera rebounded to strike out two, but Drew Garcia then ripped a two-run double. Herd manager Wally Backman inserted Edgin at that point for his first Triple-A save. Trailing 4-2, the Herd produced a five-run eighth. Lucas May opened the inning with a single, and Fred Lewis reached with one out on a throwing error that sent May to second. Vinny Rottino then provided a double that scored May, at which point the Knights made a pitching change with a 4-3 lead. The change proved ineffective, as the Herd scored four more runs. After Valentino Pascucci struck out, Matt Tuiasosopo came through with a single that scored Lewis and Rottino for a 5-4 lead. Josh Satin and Dustin Martin then produced consecutive RBI doubles. Matt Harvey got the start for the Herd and did not factor in the decision. He allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings. He threw 91 pitches (63 strikes) and surrendered a solo homer to Tyler Kuhn. Elvin Ramirez (2-0) relieved Harvey and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. Box
BINGHAMTON 7, NEW HAMPSHIRE 6: The B-Mets belted three homers to match a season high, including a go-ahead blast by Jefry Marte in the seventh. The seesaw battle saw Binghamton grab its first lead using a two-out rally against starter Randy Boone in the third. Rylan Sandoval started the charge with a double and Pedro Zapata followed by reaching on third baseman Mark Sobolewski’s throwing error. Matt den Dekker extended his hitting streak to nine games with a two-run double. The Fisher Cats answered the following half-inning. With two outs and a runner on, Sobolewski hammered his league-leading eighth homer to tie the score. After a hit batsman and a single, Brian Van Kirk delivered a two-run double. The B-Mets answered with a pair of long balls in the fifth. Sean Kazmar ripped a homer and den Dekker tied the score with a shot off the batter’s eye. Kazmar’s homer was his first since July 2011. New Hampshire took the lead right back with another two-out hit the next half-inning. Brian Van Kirk laced a run-scoring single to plate Sobolewski, giving the Fisher Cats a 5-4 advantage. It was the final inning for Greg Peavey, who allowed five runs on seven hits over five frames.
Trailing by one with two men aboard in the sixth, Travis Ozga delivered. After going hitless in his first 16 at bats against the Fisher Cats in 2012, Ozga dumped an RBI single to right against reliever Danny Farquhar to score Eric Campbell and knot the game at 5. In the seventh against reliever Aaron Loup with two outs, Juan Lagares reached on another throwing error by Sobolewski. Marte immediately launched a two-run homer to give Binghamton a 7-5 lead. It was Marte’s first home run with the B-Mets. After Armando Rodriguez tossed a scoreless sixth and seventh, the Fisher Cats threatened in the eighth by putting two men aboard with one out against Jeff Kaplan. After falling behind Brian Jeroloman 1-0, Kaplan was replaced by Robert Carson. Fisher Cats manager Sal Fasano countered by pinch-hitting for Jeroloman with A.J. Jimenez. Jimenez popped out in foul territory and Justin Jackson flied out to end the threat. It did not get any easier for Carson in the ninth after two singles and a wild pitch put runners at second and third with one out. Mike McDade cut the deficit to one with a sac fly, but Brad Glenn stranded the tying run at second by striking out on three pitches. Rodriguez (2-0) has not allowed a run in more than 13 innings on the hill. Carson collected his first career save. The B-Mets (17-18) enjoy a day off Monday. Box
SAVANNAH at HICKORY (ppd): Box
Compiled from team reports