New York Mets: Ray Chang

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

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Around the minors 4.10.12

April, 10, 2012
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ROCHESTER 5, BUFFALO 3: Matt Harvey started for the Bisons and allowed two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four in a 92-pitch effort spanning five innings. Brian Dinkelman's three-run homer in the sixth capped the scoring. The second consecutive loss dropped Buffalo's record to 3-3 on their season-opening trip. The Bisons now head to Coca-Cola Field for Wednesday's home opener against the Yankees. In the sixth, Rochester placed a couple runners on base without the benefit of a hit as Matt Carson reached on third baseman Zach Lutz's throwing error and Ray Chang drew a two-out walk. Dinkelman followed with the three-run blast to right field off former Cub Jeff Stevens (0-1) for the game-deciding hit. The Bisons did their own share of two-out damage early in the game. Valentino Pascucci put the Herd up 2-0 in the first inning with a gigantic home run to center that hit halfway up Frontier Field's batter's eye. Omar Quintanilla's double off the glove of center fielder Joe Benson added a run in the second inning. Pascucci's home run was his third of the season and 41st as a Bison. He is now tied with Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Clark in the modern era. Box

ERIE 6, BINGHAMTON 1: With a persistent, heavy mist battering NYSEG Stadium, the B-Mets were held to three hits, none after the third inning. The B-Mets threatened early against Erie starter James Avery, but failed to break through with a hit with runners aboard. Avery allowed a single and walked a batter in each of the first three innings, but escaped each frame unharmed. Binghamton stranded six runners through the first three innings. The game remained scoreless until the fourth, when the SeaWolves solved B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon. With one on and one out, Bryan Pounds launched a homer through the rain and wind. Avery settled down after his initial bumpy three innings and retired the final seven he faced. He departed after the fifth. The SeaWolves added to their lead in the sixth against Edgar Ramirez. John Murrian reached on fielder’s choice, advanced two bases on consecutive Erie singles, and scored on Corey Jones’ sacrifice fly. Binghamton’s only run came without the benefit of a hit. Leading 3-0, Erie reliever Jared Gayhart took over in the sixth and loaded the bases on three walks. Juan Centeno’s groundout then brought home Allan Dykstra. Pounds added another homer in the eighth, taking Robert Carson deep. Brad Holt allowed three hits and two runs in the ninth. Three SeaWolves relievers combined to retire the final 10 Binghamton batters. Cohoon suffered his first loss. The B-Mets (2-3) wrap up their season-opening homestand and three-game series with Erie on Wednesday night. Right-hander Collin McHugh gets the ball for Binghamton opposite left-hander Jay Voss. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 2: Left-hander Angel Cuan pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed two hits, and the Mets used a four-run eighth to pull away. Cuan struck out four while walking one in his first start with St. Lucie to help the Mets win their fourth straight. The Mets(4-1) had a four-run eighth, highlighted by left fielder Cory Vaughn’s RBI double. Vaughn went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Richard Lucas added an RBI single in the eighth. Third baseman Wilmer Flores had his first multi-hit game of the season, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored. Danny Muno went 1-for-3 with a run scored. The Mets jumped ahead, 1-0, in the second as Alonzo Harris Jr. ripped a double to straightaway center to score Flores. The Mets pushed across a run in the fifth as Robbie Shields tripled to score Harris. The Stone Crabs (3-2) threatened in the eighth after picking up their first run, off reliever Taylor Whitenton. With runners on first and second, Whitenton responded by striking out a pair of batters to end the threat. Whitenton struck out the side in the eighth and worked around two hits and a walk. Adrian Rosario pitched the ninth inning and allowed one run and one walk while striking out one. The Stone Crabs loaded the bases with no outs, before Rosario battled back to close the game. Box

ROME 3, SAVANNAH 1: The Braves scored the game’s first two runs in the top of the fifth inning against Savannah starter Michael Fulmer. Chase Larsson and Felix Marte began the inning with back-to-back doubles, with Marte’s chasing home Larsson. Two outs later, Elmer Reyes singled to score Marte and put the Braves up 2-0, chasing Fulmer from the game. Fulmer, the Mets' supplemental first-round pick in the 2011 draft, finished his Savannah debut with four strikeouts and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. He did not allow a hit for the first four innings. The Gnats picked up a run in the seventh. With Gregory Pron at third base and Travis Taijeron at first, the Gnats executed a double steal. The Gnats eventually loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh while trailing 2-1, but could not find the game-tying hit. Savannah also put the tying run at third base in the eighth, but Larsson reeled in Taijeron’s drive to the warning track to end the threat. The Gnats complete their season-opening seven-game homestand Wednesday. The Gnats will send right-hander Logan Verrett (0-0, 0.00) to the mound against right-hander David Filak (0-1, 1.50). Box

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
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