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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Around the minors 5.25.12

By Matt Ehalt

SCRANTON 8, BUFFALO 7: Jack Cust cranked a solo homer off Bisons reliever Edgar Ramirez to give Scranton the 8-7 victory. Cust has had some major-league success in the past, and his game-winning effort came as no surprise to the Herd. Facing a 3-0 count, Cust saw a pitch he liked and took advantage. The Herd needed to support its pitching staff with offensive production to stay competitive in the game. Making his 10th start of the year, Jeurys Familia found early trouble, hitting Scranton leadoff hitter Kevin Russo on his second pitch. Things would not improve for Familia, as he allowed 4 runs over just 2 innings of work. The outing added to a series of shaky performances for Familia, who is playing his first season of Triple-A ball. Wally Backman saw inconsistency in Familia's throwing motion, contributing in the decision to relieve the right-hander after two innings. Despite Familia's struggles, offensive production kept the Herd from ever trailing in regulation. The Bisons got off to a very quick start, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first. Leadoff man Corey Wimberly was hit by a pitch, and Fred Lewis followed by singling on a looping fly ball to left-center field that fell between the Yankees defenders. Yankees starter Dellin Betances then sent the Bisons baserunners to second and third on a balk. Josh Satin came to the plate next, and his sharp grounder toward second base scored Wimberly to give the Herd the early lead. Betances then walked three consecutive Bisons batters, allowing two more runners to score. But the Bisons would ultimately go only 1-for-16 on the game with runners in scoring position, leaving 12 men on base. The Bisons failed to make the most of their chances throughout the game, and it proved costly in the end. With the Bisons leading 6-5 after six innings, a Fred Lewis solo homer in the 7th gave the Herd a little breathing room heading into the 7th-inning stretch. But in accordance with the trend of the night, Scranton quickly responded. With two outs and a runner on second, Pedro Beato -- on rehabilitation assignment from the Mets -- came in to finish the inning for the Herd. But Scranton's Ronnier Mustelier had other plans, blasting a two-run shot to deep left field that tied the game. Mustelier's shot served as the set-up, and Cust came through in the 10th to finish the job. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 9, BINGHAMTON 3: The New Hampshire Fisher Cats pounded out 14 hits, including seven extra-base hits, to defeat the Binghamton Mets 9-3 Friday night at NYSEG Stadium. Brad Glenn and Brian Van Kirk provided home runs to power the Fisher Cats offense. For the third time this season, the Fisher Cats bats were alive against B-Mets starter Darin Gorski. They grabbed the lead against the lefty in the second with an RBI single from Brad McElroy. The B-Mets briefly tied the game in the third against New Hampshire starter Joel Carreno. Kai Gronauer ripped a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence for his first home run of the season. It was the only blemish for Carreno (1-1) in his third start with the Fisher Cats since being optioned from the Toronto Blue Jays earlier in the month. The righty struck out seven and allowed just two hits over five innings in the win. Brad Glenn countered for the Fisher Cats with a solo home run of his own in the fourth. Brian Van Kirk added a two-run shot against Gorski in the fifth. It was the second time in as many games that Gorski has allowed two home runs. A double by Brian Bocock chased the southpaw from the game. Gorski (2-3) was tagged for four runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings in the losing effort. After the Fisher Cats extended their lead to 5-1 with a run against Kevin Mulvey in the sixth, Jefry Marte supplied an RBI groundout in the bottom of the inning against reliever Scott Gracey. Yet again, New Hampshire responded with a run as Glenn provided a sacrifice fly against Armando Rodriguez in the top of the seventh. Josh Rodriguez singled home Matt den Dekker in the eighth to cut the deficit to three, but it was as close as the B-Mets would get. The Fisher Cats scored three runs on four hits in the ninth against Brad Holt to put the game out of reach. Aaron Loup worked around a lead-off single to post a scoreless ninth to cap the win. Box

AUGUSTA 2, SAVANNAH 1: Savannah plated the winning run in the sixth to down Savannah. Savannah took a 1-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly by T.J. Rivera that scored Gilbert Gomez. That would be the extent of Savannah's production. Augusta scored one in the fourth against starter Michael Fulmer, and then plated the winning run against Marcos Camarena. Fulmer threw four innings of five-hit ball, giving up one run. Camarena gave up one run over four. Savannah had nine hits in the loss. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, CHARLOTTE 3: Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores homered and Robbie Shields had three hits and two RBIs as the Mets won their third straight game with an 8-3 victory over the Charlotte Stone Crabs on Friday. The Mets have won the first seven meetings between the two teams this season. Flores ripped a two-run home run to left in the first inning to give the Mets a 2-0 advantage. Juan Torres and Wilfredo Tovar each had RBI singles in a three-run second inning as the Mets opened up a 5-0 lead Shields delivered an RBI single in the fourth inning to extend the Mets lead to 6-2. Alonzo Harris added an RBI triple to center in the eighth inning to plate Tovar to make it 7-3. Shields followed with an RBI infield single to score Harris. Chris Young earned his first win of the season as he pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits with one strikeout. Taylor Whitenton tossed a scoreless inning in relief, working around two hits and a walk. Adam Kolarek picked up his sixth save as he tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings while walking two batters and recording a pair of strikeouts. Darrell Ceciliani went 1-for-4 in his return from the disabled list. Tovar finished with two hits, a run scored, and an RBI. Box

Compiled from team reports