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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Around the minors 6.13.12

By Adam Rubin

READING 3, BINGHAMTON 1
READING 1, BINGHAMTON 0:
Binghamton starter Mark Cohoon cruised through six innings and the B-Mets had a 1-0 lead before things unraveled in the final frame. Brandon Tripp and Jiwan James started the rally with one-out singles. Pinch hitter Jeremy Barnes sent a chopper to shortstop that had double-play potential. After some hesitation, Josh Rodriguez’s flip to Reese Havens at second was late and Binghamton failed to get an out. Miguel Abreu capitalized and tied the score with a sac fly. With runners at second and third, Adrian Rosario entered and surrendered a two-run single to Cesar Hernadez. Justin Friend took over in the seventh for Reading and worked around a leadoff walk to collect his 12th save. The B-Mets had scored their only run in the first inning off R-Phils starter Jonathan Pettibone. Rodriguez singled and scored when Jefry Marte doubled. Cohoon (3-6) allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. In the night cap, the B-Mets were held to six hits. Reading scratched out the game’s only run in the fourth off starter Collin McHugh. Hernandez started the inning by tripling. Darin Ruf brought him home on a sac fly. McHugh (5-5) allowed one run on five hits and struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings. The B-Mets (29-32) will look to avoid their first three-game sweep of the season Thursday at 10:35 a.m. Zack Wheeler opposes right-hander Austin Hyatt. Box 1, Box 2

PALM BEACH 6, ST. LUCIE 1: Robbie Shields had two hits and drove in a run, but St. Lucie was limited to only four other hits. The Cardinals took the lead with a two-run third inning and scored three times in the seventh. Yohan Almonte was dealt the loss for the first time this season. Almonte allowed two runs on three hits and struck one in three innings. After  a 79-minute rain delay, Jack Leathersich entered for the fourth inning with the Mets trailing 2-1 and tossed two scoreless innings. Hamilton Bennett gave up three runs and six hits while striking out three over two innings. Taylor Whitenton surrendered a run on hits in two innings while walking three and striking out four. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Shields delivered an RBI double to score Rafael Fernandez. Box

SAVANNAH 3, CHARLESTON 1
SAVANNAH 3, CHARLESTON 2:
After failing to complete a game since Saturday, the Gnats finished two Wednesday, taking the conclusion of a suspended game from Sunday as well as the seven-inning nightcap. Game 1, which began three days ago in Charleston, resumed with the Gnats leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth. After the RiverDogs (38-25) evened the score with a run in the fourth, the Gnats snapped the tie with two runs in the seventh. T.J. Rivera singled and scored the go-ahead run on Travis Taijeron’s booming triple. Taijeron scored the Gnats’ third run on Brian Harrison’s single. Gnats reliever Randy Fontanez permitted an inherited runner to score in the fourth, but did not allow another run in his 3 2/3 innings to earn his first win as a Gnat. Jeffrey Walters worked around a hit in the ninth to collect his second save. In Game 2, the Gnats built a 2-0 lead. In the first, Rivera doubled home Cam Maron. In the second, Charley Thurber tripled to plate Harrison. The Gnats added a run in the fifth on Maron's RBI single. Charleston twice closed to within a run, at 2-1 and 3-2, but starter Logan Verrett and reliever T.J. Chism kept the Dogs from pulling even. Verrett struck out eight batter in 5 2/3 innings. Rivera was 3-for-5 in Game 1 and 3-for-3 in Game 2, with a double and RBI. Maron was 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored in Game 2 to extend his hitting streak to 11 straight games. The Gnats finish the first half in Rome, Ga. Box 1, Box 2

Compiled from team reports