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Sunday, May 27, 2012
Around the minors 5.28.12

By Matt Ehalt

SCRANTON WILKES-BARRE 1, BUFFALO 0: Steve Pearce's 6th-inning solo homer provided the only scoring, and Scranton left Buffalo with a 1-0 victory. The clubs split the 4-game set at two games apiece in a unique series where the Yankees batted last as the home team. Pearce hit his moon shot off Bisons' starter Chris Schwinden. Although Pearce was able to muscle the ball out of the park, Bisons manager Wally Backman didn't think it was the result of a bad pitch. Schwinden suffered the loss and falls to 3-4. The lack of run support is becoming a growing trend in Schwinden's starts, and Sunday saw the right-hander's second 1-0 loss of the season. Going into Sunday, the Bisons averaged 3.1 runs per game when Schwinden took the mound. Schwinden kept Scranton hitters off-balance, inducing a fairly even mix of groundouts, fly outs, and strikeouts in his 5.2 innings of work. Aside from Pearce's homer, Schwinden allowed only one other extra-base hit on the day. After Schwinden was relieved, the Bisons bullpen was able to lock down Yankees hitters for the rest of the game. A trio of relievers combined to hold Scranton without a hit for the remaining 2.1 innings. But offensive struggles with runners in scoring position kept the Bisons from turning the pitching force's effort into a victory. The Herd went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position Sunday, failing to take advantage of potential scoring opportunities. One of these opportunities came in the 6th inning, after Fred Lewis hit a hard line drive into the right-field corner for a 1-out double. Josh Satin was up next, and he hit a grounder to shortstop, close to Lewis. Instead of holding up at second base, Lewis ran and found himself trapped between second and third. The Yankees put Lewis out, ending the speedster's threat to score. Lewis may have been caught off guard by Yankees shortstop Ramiro Pena's ability to keep the ball in the infield on the play, Backman said. On a more positive note, Lewis continued his string of extra-base offensive production Sunday. Lewis complemented his Friday and Saturday home runs (his first two of the season) with two doubles. Despite Lewis' performance -- as well as the sound all-around pitching effort -- the Herd was unable to secure the win Sunday. The Bisons had their fair share of hits -- 9, compared to Scranton's 4 -- but couldn't manage to send runners across the plate. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 1: Mark Cohoon allowed one run over seven innings to lead the B-Mets past the New Hampshire Fisher Cats by a 6-1 score Sunday night at NYSEG Stadium. The B-Mets compiled two three-run innings and went 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position to snap a three-game losing streak. After three scoreless innings, the Fisher Cats scratched out their only run of the game in the top of the fourth. Sean Ochinko doubled to left to start the inning and scored on Brian Bocock's single to center. It was the only blemish for Cohoon on the night. The B-Mets had a quick rebuttal and took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth, pounding out three consecutive singles against spot starter Fernando Hernandez. Raul Reyes, on base after a fielder's choice, scored Binghamton's first run on a single from Travis Ozga. Juan Lagares plated another run with a single to the right side. Reese Havens capped the three-run inning with a sac fly to center. Binghamton tacked on three more in the sixth against reliever Sam Dyson. Jefry Marte reached to start the frame on a fielding error by second baseman Ryan Goins. Following a walk to Ozga, Lagares ripped an RBI single to right and Havens singled to load the bases. After Juan Centeno bounced into a run-scoring double play, Pedro Zapata legged out an infield single to plate a run, giving the B-Mets a 6-1 lead. The cushion was more than enough for Cohoon (3-5) to earn his first win in the month of May. After allowing a run in the fourth, the lefty tossed three scoreless innings to cap his night. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out two while matching a season-high with seven innings. Robert Carson worked around a hit and two walks to post two scoreless innings to cap the win. Hernandez (0-2) suffered his second loss. The B-Mets (23-25) complete their Memorial Day Weekend series against the Fisher Cats tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 PM. RHP Collin McHugh takes the ball against RHP Deck McGuire. Box

SAVANNAH 5, AUGUSTA 4: Savannah plated two runs in the ninth for a thrilling 5-4 win at Augusta on Sunday. Savannah trailed 4-3 with just three outs left before tallying the tying and game-winning runs. Savannah got it started in the first when Travis Taijeron doubled in a run, and Aderlin Rodriguez's fielder's choice made it 2-0. Augusta rallied for three in the next three innings against Jacob DeGrom. In the seventh, Rodriguez singled in another run to tie it, but Augusta went ahead in the eighth against reliever Chasen Bradford. In the 9th, Albert Cordero singled to tie the game, and Gregory Pron's single tallied the game-winning run. Bradford picked up the win to improve to 2-0 and T.J. Chism recorded his eighth save. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, CHARLOTTE 1: Joe Bonfe delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning as the Mets won their fifth straight game with a 2-1 victory over the Charlotte Stone Crabs on Sunday.The Mets (39-11) completed a three-game sweep and have won all nine meetings against the Stone Crabs. In the sixth, Francisco Pena drew a two-out walk and advanced to third on a Juan Torres double to left. Bonfe followed with a base hit to center to plate Pena and Torres to give the Mets the lead. Hamilton Bennett (5-0) pitched two scoreless innings and allowed two hits with one walk to earn the victory in relief. Erik Goeddel received a no-decision and allowed one run on four hits in five innings with four walks and four strikeouts. Adam Kolarek tossed two scoreless innings and struck out three to earn his seventh save of the season. The Mets will look for their sixth straight win on Tuesday as they visit the Palm Beach Cardinals at 6:35 p.m. Cory Mazzoni is the scheduled starter. Box

Compiled from team reports