New York Mets: Estarlin Montero

Around the minors 4.18.12

April, 18, 2012
4/18/12
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BUFFALO 4, LEHIGH VALLEY 1: A day after snapping Lehigh Valley's six-game winning streak, the Bisons won again by the same score as Jeremy Hefner (2-1) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. The only blemish on Hefner's line: an unearned run in the first inning on a passed ball. Hefner faced the minimum in innings four through seven. Hot-hitting Zach Lutz doubled home Bobby Scales in the fourth inning to tie the score. In the seventh, Scales provided the clutch hit with a two-out RBI double. Scales then scored along with Jordany Valdespin on Valentino Pascucci's two-run single. With a walk and a double, Scales upped his streak of getting on base twice to 11 straight games. His on-base percentage actually went down on Wednesday to .551 after going 1-for-3 with a walk. Justin Hampson retired all six batters he faced to earn his first save. Hampson's save was the second of his pro career. He earned the first on April 21, 2011 against Rochester. Buffalo will go for the series win Thursday afternoon, with Garrett Olson facing ex-Bison Scott Elarton. Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the series finale. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 2, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets scratched out only two hits and were shut out for the second time this season. The game was a battle of prospects as Zack Wheeler made the start for Binghamton against right-hander Deck McGuire for New Hampshire. With the help of timely Fisher Cats hits, McGuire triumphed. Wheeler turned in a solid performance in his third Double-A start. He struck out six in his first three innings before allowing a run in the fourth. Mike McDade led off the frame by dumping a single to left field. He advanced to second on a groundout and scored on Kevin Howard’s double to right-center. It was the only run allowed by Wheeler in his six innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked two, but got no help from the offense. The B-Mets struggled to put solid contact on the ball against McGuire. The righty had just three strikeouts, but allowed only one hit in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Binghamton threatened with two runners on base with one out in the second, but McGuire struck out Josh Rodriguez and induced Juan Centeno to ground out. Binghamton would not have another scoring chance until the seventh, when Eric Campbell walked to start the inning. Juan Lagares traded places with him on a fielder’s choice, but was quickly erased by catcher A.J. Jimenez on a steal attempt. McGuire’s night ended after he walked Travis Ozga with two outs. Former B-Met Clint Everts entered from the bullpen and allowed a single to Rodriguez, but bounced back to strike out Centeno, stranding both runners. After Everts breezed through the eighth and the Fisher Cats added an insurance run against Edgar Ramirez in the bottom of the inning, Ronald Uviedo took over in the ninth. He issued a pair of walks, but induced Centeno to pop out in foul territory to end the game. Uviedo earned his fourth save. The B-Mets (5-7) head back to Binghamton for a seven-game homestand, starting Thursday night against Portland. Left-hander Darin Gorski opposes right-hander Billy Buckner. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 3
SAVANNAH 2, ROME 0:
In the resumption of Tuesday's suspended game, Savannah rallied with two seventh-inning runs for a comeback victory. Brian Harrison contributed a game-tying RBI double as part of a 4-for-5 game spanning two days. Jack Leathersich earned the save with two no-hit relief innings that included three strikeouts. In the regularly scheduled game, which was limited to seven innings, Rafael Montero and Estarlin Morel combined on a three-hit shutout. Savannah scored both runs in the final frame, all with two out. Charlie Thurber singled. Travis Taijeron walked. Then Gregory Pron and Luis Nieves contributed RBI singles. Box 1, Box 2

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
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