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Around the minors 5.18.12

May, 19, 2012
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BUFFALO 5, GWINNETT 3: Slugger Valentino Pascucci and 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey fueled the Bisons' win. Harvey got off to a shaky start, allowing back-to-back homers to Stefan Gartrell and Ernesto Mejia for a 2-0 first-inning deficit. Harvey then began a rally with his bat. In the third, he singled and Corey Wimberly walked. Fred Lewis then also singled to load the bases. A double-play groundout by Vinny Rottino forced in a run. Pascucci then homered off Braves starter Yohan Flande to give the Bisons a 3-2 lead. Rottino went 0-for-5 to lose a 20-game hitting streak. Harvey is now 4-for-10 at the plate this season. In the fifth, with the scored even at 3, Pascucci repeated his impressive strength with a two-run shot. Harvey settled down the rest of the game to strike out a season-high 11 batters. "Striking out batters is definitely a strength for Matt," manager Wally Backman said. The last time a Bisons starter struck out 11 was former Bisons and current Mets pitcher Dillon Gee on Aug. 28, 2010. Pascucci's two homers give him 48 as a Bison, putting him in sole possession of seventh place on the Herd's all-time home run list, passing Ernie Young. Box

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets stranded 10 runners, went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and were shut out for the fifth time this season. Portland starter Billy Buckner worked out of trouble in his first three innings. Binghamton put two aboard in the first, but failed to score when Juan Lagares fanned to end the inning. Lagares stranded two more in the third when he popped out to second. Portland cracked the scoreboard in the fifth against Gonzalez Germen. Jefry Marte opened the door by booting a groundball by Ronald Bermudez to start the inning. After a walk to Derrik Gibson and a sac bunt, Jeremy Hazelbaker bounced a two-run double over the third-base bag. Germen walked two more to load the bases, but escaped further harm by fanning Bryce Brentz. Germen (1-2) made it through six innings before handing off to Armando Rodriguez. Germen gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and struck out six. In the seventh, the Sea Dogs put together three consecutive two-out hits against Rodriguez. Juan Carlos Linares supplied an RBI double and Reynaldo Rodriguez added a run-scoring triple. It was the first time this season Rodriguez has allowed more than one hit in a relief appearance. The B-Mets (19-20) continue their three-game series Saturday as Jenrry Mejia moves from St. Lucie to the B-Mets for the start. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, LAKELAND 2: Starter Chase Huchingson limited Lakeland to one run in five innings and Taylor Whitenton contributed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Alonzo Harris had three hits in the leadoff spot. Rafael Fernandez and Francisco Pena drove in two runs apiece. Box

AUGUSTA 4, SAVANNAH 3: For the second straight night, the Gnats stranded the tying run on second base in the ninth. The Gnats were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Down 4-2 heading to the bottom of the ninth, the Gnats (24-16) rallied. Charley Thurber led off with a triple and scored on Gregory Pron’s RBI groundout. A single from Brandon Brown and a walk to Cam Maron put the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first with one out. However, GreenJackets closer Cody Hall rebounded to strike out T.J. Rivera and Dustin Lawley to end the game. Augusta took a 2-0 lead against Savannah starter Tyler Pill in the second inning on three singles, an error, a sacrifice and an RBI groundout. Augusta added a run in the sixth for a 3-0 lead on a single, a stolen base and an RBI single. Pill allowed three runs, all earned, in six innings with no walks and five strikeouts. All eight hits against him were singles. The Gnats made it a one-run game with single runs in the sixth and eighth innings. In the sixth, Travis Taijeron walked and came home on Brian Harrison’s double . In the eighth, Aderlin Rodriguez, who was 2-for-4, crushed a solo homer. Rodriguez has hit safely in six straight games. Augusta added an insurance run in the top of the ninth that scored on a throwing error by Brown at second base. Box

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Around the minors 4.6.12

April, 6, 2012
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BUFFALO 2, PAWTUCKET 1: Omar Quintanilla's ninth-inning RBI followed some solid bullpen work, giving the Herd a split of its two-game opening series. Quintanilla's first hit as a Bison came with two outs in the top of the ninth after it looked like PawSox reliever Tony Pena Jr. was going to wiggle out of trouble. Zach Lutz and newly promoted Raul Reyes collected back-to-back one-out singles, but pinch runner Bobby Scales was thrown out at home on a grounder from catcher Rob Johnson. With two outs, Quintanilla worked Pena Jr. to a 2-2 count before lining the fifth pitch into right field for the game-deciding run. Trailing 1-0 since the first inning, the Herd got the game-tying run in the fifth when Lutz singled home Vinny Rottino. The win for Buffalo went to Dylan Owen (1-0), who was very sharp in relief of Triple-A rookie Jeurys Familia. Owen put up 3 1/3 scoreless frames, allowing two hits. Familia worked the first 4 2/3 innings and allowed one run, five hits and three walks. The 22-year-old Familia struck out four and threw 95 pitches in his Bisons debut. Fernando Cabrera pitched the ninth for his first save. It was Cabrera's first appearance with the team since pitching in 78 games for Buffalo in 2004-2006. Cabrera saved 44 games with Pawtucket during the 2009 and '10 seasons. The Bisons' road trip continues Saturday at Rochester. Reyes was in the lineup after being promoted from Double-A Binghamton to replace Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Nieuwenhuis is on his way to New York for his major league debut. Incidentally, Quintanilla is the first Bisons player with a last name to begin with Q since outfielder Carlos Quintana played 39 games with the Herd in 1954. Box

AKRON 2, BINGHAMTON 1: In his first start as a Binghamton Met, Zack Wheeler allowed two runs and four hits while walking three and hitting a batter in a 71-pitch effort over three innings. Wheeler, who struck out four, was tagged with the loss. Regarded as the top prospect in the New York Mets system, Wheeler kicked off his Double-A career by striking out Tim Fedroff to start the game. He escaped unscathed after walking a pair in the inning by inducing Ryan Rohlinger to bounce into a double play. After fanning two in a scoreless second, the righty from Georgia ran into trouble in the third. Michel Hernandez lined a single up the middle and Fedroff reached on an infield single to third. With runners on first and second, Juan Diaz dumped a double just inside the left-field line. The hit brought home Akron’s only runs of the game. T.J. McFarland made the start for Akron and tossed three scoreless innings before allowing the B-Mets to crack the scoreboard in the fourth. Allan Dykstra led off the frame by looping a double to right. He scored two batters later when Jefry Marte one-hopped a double against the right-center wall. It would be the only offense supplied by the B-Mets. McFarland worked around a double by Pedro Zapata to post a scoreless fifth and handed things off to the bullpen. After firing seven scoreless innings Thursday night, the Aeros pen came through agai. Three relievers combined to hurl four scoreless frames. After Eric Campbell’s leadoff single in the sixth against Bryan Price, the final 12 B-Mets were retired in order. Price put up two scoreless innings, Bryce Stowell tossed a scoreless eighth and Preston Guilment notched the save in his Double-A debut with a scoreless ninth. The B-Mets bullpen pulled together and put up a strong effort. Edgar Ramirez, Elvin Ramirez, Brad Holt and Josh Edgin combined to throw six scoreless innings. They allowed one hit and struck out eight. The B-Mets fanned 12 Aeros in the game. The B-Mets (0-2) wrap up their series against the Aeros on Saturday afternoon. Left-hander Darin Gorski will make his Double-A debut. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 1: Gonzalez Germen limited the Marauders to one run and six hits while striking out three and walking none in six innings for the win in his Florida State League debut. Taylor Whitenton and Adam Kolarek combined for three scoreless relief innings. Darrell Ceciliani and Cory Vaughn each had two hits, including a double, and scored twice. Richard Lucas went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Box

AUGUSTA 6, SAVANNAH 5: Estarlin Morel suffered the blown save, allowing three ninth-inning runs. Third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez had three RBIs, but also committed his fourth error in two games, leading to an unearned run. Trailing 5-3, Augusta (1-1) put the first two men on against Morel, on a walk and a single. After a sacrifice bunt, Jose Cuevas lined a single into left field to tie the score at 5. Ben Thomas followed with a double into the left-field corner bringing home Cuevas with the go-head run. The Gnats had built a 4-0 advantage through five innings. Center fielder Tillman Pugh scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead. In the fifth, Rodriguez ripped a three-run double deep to right-center. The GreenJackets began their comeback against Savannah starter Rafael Montero in the sixth. A hit-by-pitch and a pair of singles helped produce two runs in the frame. Montero tossed 5 2/3 innings, yielding two runs and five hits, with four strikeouts and no walks. The teams traded runs in the seventh inning to run the score to 5-3. Right-hander Cody Hall earned the win for Augusta for throwing a scoreless 8th and 9th inning with two strikeouts. The Gnats and GreenJackets play game three of their four-game set Saturday. Savannah will send left-hander Alex Panteliodis to the hill against left-hander Adalberto Mejia for the 'Jackets. Box

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WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187