New York Mets: Chris Grayson

Around the minors 4.22.12

April, 22, 2012
Two of the International League's closest rivals split a twinbill as Buffalo took the first game on the strength of a three-hit performance from Omar Quintanilla, then Corey Brown's fourth-inning homer accounted for the only scoring in the nightcap. In both games, the Bisons got solid starting pitching. Jeurys Familia (2-1) earned his second Triple-A win with eight strikeouts in five innings in the opener. In Game 2, Chris Schwinden (2-2) was the hard-luck loser with the team's first complete game of the season. Schwinden allowed one run on three hits and no walks. In the opener, Zach Lutz hit a no-doubt two-run homer to give the Herd a second-inning lead. Josh Satin singled home Jordany Valdespin in the third for a 3-1 advantage. Quintanilla's third hit of the game was a bases-loaded double in the sixth. The lone damage against Familia came on Bryce Harper's first Triple-A homer. Jack Egbert was also solid on the mound, pitching two scoreless innings in relief of Familia. The Bisons had just three hits in Game 2, two by Matt Tuiasosopo, but had their chances to score. Buffalo put the first two men on base in the fifth inning, but Vinny Rottino was thrown out at third on a double steal. Raul Reyes walked to lead off the sixth and reached third base with one out. Chiefs starter Tanner Roark then retired Satin and Lutz to escape that jam. In the seventh, Rottino walked and Tuiasosopo singled to lead off the frame. But a failed bunt attempt by Lucas May and a double play off the bat of Quintanilla ended the contest. Still, combined with the Bisons' win on Friday night, the club picked up its first series win of 2012. Now at 9-9, the Herd will travel to Lehigh Valley for Monday's start to a three-game series. Game 1, Game 2

BINGHAMTON 7, PORTLAND 2: Rylan Sandoval had four RBIs and Collin McHugh fired six strong innings as Binghamton swept the four-game series. It marked the third time in the series and fifth time in the last eight games the B-Mets have collected 10 or more hits. Juan Lagares started the onslaught in the second with a single off Portland starter Brock Huntzinger. Juan Centeno added a single and Joe Bonfe walked to load the bases. Sandoval then doubled off the right-center fence. The hit cleared the bases and gave Binghamton a 3-0 lead. Matt den Dekker doubled Sandoval home. From there, McHugh cruised to his third straight victory, tying him for the Eastern League lead. He racked up six strikeouts for the third straight game and allowed one unearned run on two hits. After putting up four scoreless innings, Portland finally scratched out a run in the fifth. Ronald Bermudez reached on a throwing error by Oswaldo Navarro at third. He moved to second on a wild pitch and scored two batters later when Jeremy Hazelbaker dumped a ball into left field. McHugh escaped the inning with no further damage and posted a perfect sixth to cap his day. The B-Mets added to their lead in the fourth. Pedro Zapata bunted his way aboard and stole second. After gaining third on a wild pitch, he scored when Sandoval tripled -- his second three-bagger as a B-Met. Den Dekker made it 6-1 with a sacrifice fly. Huntzinger was pulled after surrendering a single to Josh Rodriguez. Binghamton plated its final run on an RBI single by Rodriguez in the sixth. He became the first B-Met to collect four hits in a game since Brahiam Maldonado in August 2011. Armando Rodriguez took the mound and worked around a leadoff single to post a scoreless seventh. He then needed 12 pitches to work a perfect eighth. Edgar Ramirez surrendered a run in the ninth before retiring Hazelbaker on a groundout to first to end the game. The B-Mets (9-7) enjoy an off day on Monday before kicking off a three-game series against New Hampshire on Tuesday at NYSEG Stadium. Zack Wheeler takes the ball for Binghamton. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, FORT MYERS 8: Danny Muno's double scored Wilfredo Tovar in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off win. St. Lucie overcame a 6-0 deficit. Muno had a two-run homer in a five-run fifth that pulled the Mets within a run. Robbie Shields and Muno had three hits apiece, while Tovar scored three times. Box

HICKORY 1, SAVANNAH 0 (5 innings): Hickory won in a game that was called after five innings due to wet grounds at Historic Grayson Stadium. The Crawdads (12-5) swept the four-game series from the Gnats (10-8). Savannah is off on Monday. It begins a seven-game road trip in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday. The Crawdads scored the game’s only run in the third. With one out, Chris Grayson doubled. Ensuing batter Hanser Alberto lined a ball up the middle. Gnats pitcher Michael Fulmer snared the liner on a fly and threw to second base to attempt to complete a double play. However, second base was unoccupied, and the throw went into center field. Grayson headed to third, and scored when center fielder Tillman Pugh’s throw to third bounced away from Savannah third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez and went out of play. Fulmer worked one 1-2-3 inning in the fifth, but took his second loss of 2012 despite allowing only the unearned run. Box

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Around the minors 4.19.12

April, 20, 2012
LEHIGH VALLEY 8, BUFFALO 4: The series finale between the division rivals was a run-of-the-mill 2-2 game until a crazy top of the eighth. That's when a force out that wasn't opened the floodgates to a five-run rally for the IronPigs. The inning started when Valentino Pascucci bobbled a grounder to first base from Hector Luna. Cody Overbeck followed with a bunt to third base, but Josh Satin had no one to throw to after he fielded it. After a successful sacrifice and an intentional walk to Joe Thurston, the IronPigs were set up with the bases loaded and one out. Erik Kratz followed with a fly ball that dropped into shallow right. Matt Tuiasosopo came up throwing and sent a missile to home plate, where Rob Johnson missed the tag on Luna. However, no tag was needed as it was a force play. It was ruled that Luna beat the throw, and the umpire stood by his call even after Herd manager Wally Backman argued the play. Lehigh Valley's 3-2 lead quickly grew as Scott Podsednik singled home two runs on the next pitch. The IronPigs increased their lead to 7-2 with an RBI groundout from Andres Blanco and throwing error from Johnson. The Bisons scored two in the eighth in a rally that came up short, with Tuiasosopo and Satin driving in runs. Buffalo had already came back from 2-0 down with home runs from Pascucci and Jordany Valdespin. The loss for Buffalo was charged to Jack Egbert (0-1). He pitched the decisive eighth inning, giving up his first runs of the season. Bobby Scales reached base twice, with singles in the third and fifth innings. He has reached base at least twice in all 12 games he has started. Vinny Rottino and Zach Lutz did not start for the first time this season. However, both were used as pinch hitters in the contest. Pascucci's home run was his 43rd as a Bison. He is now in sole possession of ninth in the team's modern era. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 0: Darin Gorski allowed one hit over six shutout innings and the B-Mets racked up 11 hits. Three B-Mets pitchers limited the Sea Dogs to three hits in their second shutout win of the season. Gorski, in his third B-Mets start, navigated his only threat in the second. With two outs, Gorski plunked Reynaldo Rodriguez and gave up a single to Ronald Bermudez. He escaped the jam by inducing Dan Butler to ground out. It was the only time Portland had a runner reach second against Gorski. The southpaw fired four perfect innings and capped his night by retiring Oscar Tejeda to end the sixth. It was the second time this season Gorski has given up one hit and tossed six scoreless innings. The B-Mets tagged starting pitcher Billy Buckner for six hits over five innings. Eric Campbell started the attack with a two-out, run-scoring single in the third. Travis Ozga (3-for-4) led off the fourth by launching the first pitch over the right-field fence, giving Binghamton a 2-0 lead. The drive was Ozga’s second long ball of the season, putting him in the team lead. Campbell added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Michael Lee took over in the sixth and allowed the first five batters to reach. Josh Rodriguez laced an RBI single up the middle and Pedro Zapata drove home a pair with a bouncer to center. By the time Lee recorded his first out, the B-Mets held a six-run lead. Elvin Ramirez worked around a walk and an error to post a scoreless seventh. He then side-stepped a two-out double in the eighth. Ramirez has three consecutive appearances with four strikeouts. Armando Rodriguez shut the door with a scoreless ninth. The B-Mets (6-7) continue their four-game series against the Sea Dogs on Friday night. Greg Peavey, the reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, opposes Chris Balcom-Miller. Box

ST. LUCIE 1, PALM BEACH 0 (six innings): St. Lucie Mets left-hander Chase Huchingson tossed five shutout innings and shortstop Wilfredo Tovar hit a go-ahead RBI single in the fifth as the Mets won a rain-shortened six-inning game. The Mets won their sixth consecutive game. Huchingson improved to 3-0 and has not allowed a run in 17 2/3 innings this season. He allowed four hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Tovar finished 2-for-2. In a scoreless game in the fifth, Richard Lucas reached second on a throwing error by Cardinals shortstop Ronny Gil. With Lucas at third and two outs, Tovar lined a single to right field off the glove of second baseman Starlin Rodriguez. Taylor Whitenton tossed a scoreless sixth, working around a hit and walk. The game was delayed due to rain after the third inning. Huchingson came back strong in the fourth and fifth innings to keep the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Danny Muno, Cory Vaughn and Wilmer Flores each recorded a hit for the Mets. Box

HICKORY 7, SAVANNAH 1: The Crawdads used three triples to snap the Sand Gnats’ six-game winning streak. Hickory (9-5) scored in three of the first four innings to take a 4-0 lead. In the first inning, Hanser Alberto tripled and scored, and in the second Chris Grayson did the same to put Hickory up 2-0. The Crawdads doubled their advantage with two unearned runs in the fourth against starter Alex Panteliodis. The Gnats (10-5) pushed across their only run in the bottom of the fourth. Brian Harrison singled and advanced around the bases on a balk, a groundout and an RBI groundout by Charley Thurber. Savannah had the bases loaded down 5-1 in the fifth, but could not find the hit to draw closer as Harrison and Aderlin Rodriguez consecutively struck out. Hickory out-hit Savannah 13-2. Panteliodis was charged with four runs, only one of which was earned, in four innings to take his first loss of the year. Hickory reliever Santo Perez shut down the Gnats over the final four innings to pick up his first save. The Gnats and Crawdads resume their four-game series Friday. Savannah right-hander Domingo Tapia (1-0, 2.25) opposes left-hander Will Lamb (0-1, 2.00). Box

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Daniel Murphy
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HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187