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Sunday, June 3, 2012
Around the minors 6.2.12

By Mike Mazzeo

TOLEDO 3, BUFFALO 2: In the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday, Brent Dlugach came to the plate with the chance to be the hero. The game was tied at 2, and Dlugach could end the game with one swing of the bat.

With a 1-1 count, Dlugach did just that. Batting against Bisons closer Fernando Cabrera, the Toledo shortstop took the swing and blasted the ball out of the park.

Game, set, match.

With Dlugach's heroics, the Mud Hens walked off with a 3-2 win over the Bisons. Toledo has now won the first two of a four-game set with Buffalo, and the Bisons have now lost three straight.

Playing in front of a home crowd of 11,000, Toledo got off to a quick start with two runs in the first. With the bases loaded and two outs, Ben Guez ripped an RBI single that scored two.

After Guez's efforts, the Bisons pitching staff was able to hold the Toledo offense in check until Dlugach came to the plate in the 9th.

Despite the early deficit, the Herd battled back to make things interesting in the later innings. In the top of the 6th, Matt Tuiasosopo ripped an RBI double that scored Valentino Pascucci, cutting the Toledo lead to 2-1.

BINGHAMTON 5 AKRON 4: The B-Mets scored four runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a two-run triple by Rylan Sandoval, and held on to defeat the Akron Aeros 5-4 Saturday night at NYSEG Stadium. B-Mets starter Darin Gorski went a season-high 6 1/3 innings to collect his first win since April 19.
 
Leading by one, Reese Havens started the big rally by walking against Akron starter Paolo Espino. Juan Lagares followed with a single to right and Travis Ozga doubled Binghamton’s lead with a double down the left-field line. Juan Centeno kept the hit parade going with an RBI single. Sandoval capped the rally by stroking a two-run triple to the right field alley, giving the B-Mets a 5-0 advantage.
 
Binghamton drew first blood in the game thanks to Matt den Dekker in the third. The B-Mets center fielder crushed a 2-0 pitch from Espino over the right-field fence for his team-leading eighth homer of the season. Espino (0-2) allowed five runs over five innings in his second loss.

The support was enough for Gorski (3-3) to collect his third win of the season and snap a six-start winless streak. The lefty retired 12 of the first 13 he faced to start the game. The Aeros finally scratched out a run in the fifth inning on a double by Matt Lawson.

SAVANNAH 2, GREENSBORO 1: Two runs has been the magic number each of the last three nights at Historic Grayson Stadium. Saturday, the Savannah Sand Gnats defeated the Greensboro Grasshoppers 2-1 in front of 2,639 fans in the third straight game in the series that the winning team has scored two runs.
 
The Gnats (33-22) took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh when catcher Cam Maron drove a single up the middle off the glove of ‘Hoppers second baseman Austin Barnes, to chase home second baseman Brandon Brown with the go-ahead run. The single extended Maron’s season-best hitting streak to six straight games.
 
Savannah scored the first run of the game when third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez crushed a solo home run, his ninth of the year, to left-field in the sixth inning. Greensboro (39-17) evened the game in the top of the seventh on a solo home run by first baseman Ryan Rieger off reliever Marcos Camarena.
 
Savannah starter Jacob deGrom threw six shutout innings with five strikeouts and one walk to lower his ERA to 1.48 in 30 1/3 innings with the Gnats. He has thrown at least six innings in four of his five Savannah starts.

ST. LUICE 2, TAMPA 0
ST. LUICE 6, TAMPA 5
: The St. Lucie Mets clinched the Florida State League First Half South Division Championship with a 2-0 victory over the Tampa Yankees in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday at Digital Domain Park.

The Mets (43-12) completed a sweep of the doubleheader by rallying with a 6-5 walk-off victory over the Yankees in game two.

Left-hander Angel Cuan tossed six shutout innings to help the Mets secure the First Half South Division Championship in game one. Cuan allowed just three hits and struck out four.

Compiled from team reports.