New York Mets: Preston Guilment

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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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