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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 7, BUFFALO 2: In a game that included 18 walks, Ray Kruml and Brandon Laird each had two-run doubles to power the Yankees. Three of the 10 free passes issued by Bisons pitching came around to score. Starter Chris Schwinden (1-1) issued five of the walks, in four innings. Walks to Laird and Colin Curtis in the second helped Scranton/Wilkes-Barre load the bases with one out. Ramiro Pena singled home the first Yankee run to cut into an early 2-0 Bisons advantage. Kruml followed with a double to give the Yanks a 3-2 edge. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre increased its lead with Steven Pearce's solo homer off reliever Daniel Herrera in the fifth. The Yankees scored three more times, on three hits and three walks, in the seventh. One of those hits was Laird's two-run double. While the 10 walks issued by the Bisons fell four shy of the modern-era record, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Curtis got himself in the books as only the second opponent to be issued five walks. The only other player to walk five times against the Herd was New Orlean Zephyr Todd Haney on Aug. 5, 1997. Curtis finished the game without an official at-bat. The Bisons had a chance to break the game open early but left the bases loaded in the first and second innings. Zach Lutz singled home one of the team's two runs to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Valentino Pascucci and Josh Satin each walked twice for the Bisons. Vinny Rottino drove in the Bisons' first run with a sacrifice fly. The Bisons bullpen gave up four runs after allowing five total in the first seven games. Box
BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 1: The B-Mets packed five runs and five hits into their first three innings and Collin McHugh struck out a season-high six to earn his first win. Binghamton struck first against Portland starter Brock Huntzinger. Huntzinger allowed a pair of two-out walks and single to Allan Dykstra. Jefry Marte made the righty pay by lining a two-run single to left field. The two-run lead did not last. Juan Carlos Linares launched the first pitch he saw from McHugh over the center-field fence to lead off the first inning for Portland. The Sea Dogs then loaded the bases on three singles, but failed to score again. The B-Mets struck back in the third. After a pair of singles and a walk, Marte bounced into a fielder’s choice to plate Binghamton’s third run. Josh Rodriguez followed by crushing a two-run double that one-hopped the fence, giving the B-Mets a 5-1 lead. McHugh settled in after his rocky first inning. He did not face more than four batters in any of his remaining six innings. At one point, McHugh retired 10 straight Sea Dogs. He nearly completed seven innings, but a throwing error by shortstop Sean Kazmar extended the frame. A hard-hit single by Linares chased McHugh and prompted B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez to summon Elvin Ramirez. He entered and struck out Derrik Gibson to end the threat. Ramirez struck out the side in order in the eighth. Josh Edgin worked around two singles to post a scoreless. McHugh (1-1) allowed one run on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. He did not issue any walks and racked up six strikeouts. The B-Mets (3-3) continue their four-game series against the Sea Dogs on Friday night with Zack Wheeler opposing Portland left-hander Chris Hernandez. Box
PALM BEACH 3, ST. LUCIE 1: Danny Muno led off the game with a homer, but that was the lone run St. Lucie produced as its five-game winning streak ended. Robbie Shields had two of the Mets' six hits to lift his average to .471. Starter Gonzalez Germen limited Palm Beach to one run in five innings. Cesar Puello, who has been sidelined since fouling a ball off his foot in the season's second game, is expected to return to the lineup Friday. Fellow outfielder Darrell Ceciliani suffered a right-hamstring strain running to first base on his walk-off homer Monday and remains sidelined. Box
AUGUSTA 4, SAVANNAH 0: Estarlin Morel tossed three scoreless relief innings in the loss. Travis Taijeron went 1-for-2 with two walks. Box
Compiled from team reports
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 7, BUFFALO 2: In a game that included 18 walks, Ray Kruml and Brandon Laird each had two-run doubles to power the Yankees. Three of the 10 free passes issued by Bisons pitching came around to score.