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Around the minors 4.29.12

April, 29, 2012
4/29/12
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BUFFALO 8, ROCHESTER 2: In his second start since entering the rotation, Dylan Owen dominated as Buffalo won its fourth straight and ninth in its past 12 games. Owen needed 78 pitches to complete seven innings. He retired the first seven batters he faced and 11 straight from the fourth inning into his final frame. Owen required only six pitches to retire the Red Wings in the second inning. In the sixth, he struck out former Mets farmhand Drew Butera looking on three pitches, fanned Ben Revere swinging on three pitches and induced Darin Mastroianni into a weak pop out on four pitches. Owen reached a three-ball count only twice. In the seventh inning, the Red Wings finally got a run when Aaron Bates followed Joe Benson's two-out triple with a single. Owen then retired Rene Rivera on a popout to end his outing. Overall, Owen allowed four hits without issuing a walk. He lowered his season ERA from 4.02 to 3.18. The top of the Bisons batting order did the heavy lifting. Bobby Scales, Vinny Rottino and Valentino Pascucci combined to go 8-for-15 with four doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored. Rottino and Pascucci got aboard in the fourth inning to set up RBI hits from Matt Tuiasosopo and Brad Emaus. Scales and Rottino drove in two more runs for a 4-0 lead in the fifth. Pascucci hit a two-rocket off the wall in center field to drive in two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Omar Quintanilla added his third homer in four games with a solo shot in the eighth. Emaus, signed last week, went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a walk in his Bisons debut. Pascucci (13 games), Rottino (11 games), Scales (7 games) and Josh Satin (6 games) all extended their season-high hitting streaks. The Bisons will go for the four-game sweep Monday. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, ERIE 1: In his first game this season, Reese Havens collected three hits, including a two-run home run. The B-Mets pounded out 10 hits, five for extra bases, to make a winner of Zack Wheeler (1-2) for the first time in his Double-A career. Binghamton jumped on Erie starter Mark Sorensen in the first. Matt den Dekker started the attack with a double. Havens, activated from the disabled list before the game, ripped a two-run homer to right field on his first swing of the season. Havens launched six home runs in 58 games with Binghamton last year. An inning later, Pedro Zapata dumped a single to center and was quickly brought home when den Dekker tripled. Rodriguez followed by with a walk to put runners at the corners. With Havens at the plate, Rodriguez forced himself into a rundown and stayed alive long enough for den Dekker to score. Sorensen could not reach the third. Patrick Cooper took over and put up a scoreless frame before allowing a leadoff triple to Zapata in the fourth. The speedy outfielder scored one batter later on den Dekker’s sac fly. Cooper allowed two more runs in the fifth. Eric Campbell singled and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches. Travis Ozga brought him home with a single. Juan Centeno scored later in the frame when Zapata beat out a potential double play. The offensive support was long overdue for Wheeler. In his first four starts, the B-Mets had scored a total of four runs. Eventually working with a seven-run cushion, Wheeler did not allow a hit until the fourth. He surrendered two over his 5 2/3 innings. In the sixth, Wheeler allowed a double to Brandon Douglas before inducing Rob Brantly to fly out. With two outs, manager Pedro Lopez replaced Wheeler with Jeff Kaplan. Wheeler finished with six strikeouts. Jordan Lennerton greeted Kaplan by pounding an RBI double, with the run charged to Wheeler. Kaplan then forced Ben Guez to ground out to end the inning. He worked around a two-out single to put up a scoreless seventh. Armando Rodriguez followed with two scoreless innings. The B-Mets (12-10) head to Akron to start a four-game series Monday. Left-hander Darin Gorski opposes right-hander Steven Wright. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, FORT MYERS 1: Gonzalez Germen limited the Miracle to one run in seven innings. Adrian Rosario entered with two runners on base in the ninth and secured his fifth save by producing a strikeout, then inducing a double play. Cory Vaughn and Juan Torres homered for St. Lucie. Torres was playing his first game this season with St. Lucie. Box

SAVANNAH 9, LEXINGTON 3: Marcos Camarena tossed five scoreless innings to improve to 2-0. Dustin Lawley went 3-for-3 with two walks. Brandon Brown and Aderlin Rodriguez drove in two runs apiece. Box

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Around the minors 4.28.12

April, 28, 2012
4/28/12
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BUFFALO 4, ROCHESTER 3: Vinny Rottino's RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning drove home Omar Quintanilla with the winning run. Buffalo (13-10) has now won three straight and eight of its past 11 games. The Herd is a season-best three games over .500. Rottino brought a nine-game hitting streak into the contest, but was staring at an 0-for-4 day before getting his chance in the ninth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, he drove an offering from Rochester reliever Esmerling Vasquez back through the middle. Just as Quintanilla crossed the plate, the rest of the Bisons mobbed Rottino at first base. The Bisons loaded the bases for Rottino without hitting the ball out of the infield. Quintanilla was hit by Vasquez to lead off the inning and then sacrificed to second by Andres Torres. Rochester intentionally walked Bobby Scales and unintentionally issued a free pass to Valentino Pascucci to load the bases. Buffalo had built a 3-0 advantage through the first three innings. In his first game against his former team, Dustin Martin hit a solo homer to deep left-center in the second inning. Martin, who signed with the Mets on Wednesday, played 392 games over the past three seasons with Rochester. The Bisons added two runs in the third inning. Red Wings third baseman Ray Chang hit Torres in the back on an attempted force play at home. Matt Tuiasosopo followed with a sacrifice fly. Rochester scored two in the fifth, on Joe Benson's homer, and once in the sixth on Brian Dozier's RBI single. Jeremy Hefner started for Buffalo and worked a Bisons season-best 7 2/3 innings. The righty did not issue a walk and struck out five in his first game since being optioned back from the Mets. Pascucci singled in the seventh inning to increase his hitting streak to 12 games. The stretch is the second-longest active streak in the International League. Torres went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his second game with the Herd. He is expected to travel to Houston on Sunday and be activated from the DL for Monday's series opener. Box

ERIE 3, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets left nine men on base, including the potential tying run at second in the ninth. B-Mets starter Collin McHugh battled low temperatures and command issues in the first two innings, walking four and reaching a full count against five batters. In spite of the difficulties, he managed to escape unharmed with two scoreless innings. After working quick innings in the third and fourth, McHugh ran into a roadblock in the fifth. He allowed his first hit with one out, on an infield single to short by Niuman Romero. After Brandon Douglas sneaked a bunt single to third, both runners moved up an additional base when Jefry Marte uncorked a wild throw to first. Rob Brantly gave Erie the lead by lacing a two-run, opposite-field double. The hit ended McHugh’s day after 4 1/3 innings. He walked a season-high four and struck out four. Kevin Mulvey entered and surrendered an RBI single to Ben Guez, giving the SeaWolves a three-run edge. Binghamton finally plated a run without the benefit of a hit in the seventh. After cruising through six frames, Avery pitched himself out of the game by walking Travis Ozga and Rafael Fernandez. Reliever Michael Morrison replaced him and walked Kai Gronauer and uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Ozga to score Binghamton’s first run. Pedro Zapata flied out to end the inning. The walks continued in the eighth. Morrison was pulled after putting the first three on base, all via base on balls. Marte greeted reliever Kenny Faulk with a bloop single, scoring Matt den Dekker. The single by Marte was Binghamton’s first hit with a runner in scoring position in more than 29 innings. Faulk retired the next three he faced to preserve the one-run lead. Binghamton pushed the tying run to second in the ninth against Faulk, but failed to come through with the big hit. Zapata reached on an infield single and swiped second base with two outs. He was stranded when Oswaldo Navarro struck out. McHugh (3-2) had his three-game winning streak snapped. Zack Wheeler opposes right-hander Mark Sorensen on Sunday. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, FORT MYERS 0: Cory Mazzoni tossed five scoreless innings and combined with relievers Ryan Fraser, Taylor Whitenton and Adam Kolarek on the shutout. Cory Vaughn produced his fourth homer, a solo shot in the fourth inning that opened the scoring. Alonzo Harris went 3-for-4 with a double and scored twice. Box

LEXINGTON 5, SAVANNAH 4 (11 innings): T.J. Chism surrendered a walk-off homer to Drew Muren to lead off the bottom of the 11th. T.J. Rivera belted a three-run homer and drove in all four runs in the loss. Box

Compiled from team reports

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BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187