BUFFALO 9, DURHAM 5: Mike Jacobs had a three-run double and Mike Hessman launched a pair of two-run homers as Buffalo used a key two-out rally to defeat the International League’s top team. The Bisons scored five runs with two out in the fourth. Jacobs struck first with a booming double to left field that cleared the bases and tied the score at three. Four pitches later, Hessman hit his fifth homer this season to drive in Jacobs. The active leader in minor league homers, Hessman struck again in the eighth to clinch the victory. After the Bisons tacked on an insurance run on Jesus Feliciano's RBI double, Hessman launched his 317th career minor league homer. This one was clearly his most impressive blast in a Buffalo uniform as it flew past the protective netting in left field and onto Oak Street. Hessman now has six homers and 18 RBIs in 18 games with the Bisons. The Bisons bullpen earned the victory for the Herd as Kiko Calero (2-0) got the win and John Lujan earned his second save. Along with Mike O'Connor, the trio combined to toss 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Dillon Gee started for the Herd and allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings of work. Mike Cervenak saw his 11-game hitting streak end. Feliciano had two more hits to raise his average to .370.
PORTLAND 2, BINGHAMTON 0: Left-hander Mike Antonini fired a season-best seven innings and allowed just two runs at chilly NYSEG Stadium, but Binghamton managed just two hits off Portland’s three pitchers. It marked the first time the B-Mets had been shutout in 2010. Antonini and Sea Dogs righty Ryne Miller traded scoreless frames up until the fifth, when Portland (10-8) broke through. Lars Anderson led off with a single. With two out and Chih-Hsien Chang at the plate, Anderson stole second ahead of Luke Montz’s throw. Chang drove in Anderson with a single. In the sixth, Antonini breezed through the first two hitters before running into Ryan Kalish. Kalish laced a 2-2 offering from the left-hander over the right-field wall for his fourth homer. It was the second homer that Kalish has hit off Antonini this season. He led off the bottom of the first April 21 in Portland with a solo homer off Antonini. The lead was plenty for Miller, who did not allow a hit until the sixth, when Jose Coronado slapped a hit to left field to lead off the inning. Miller exited after that frame. Portland’s starter allowed just the one hit, walked two and struck out three on his way to his first win of 2010. Reliever Jason Rice threw two scoreless innings. Sea Dogs closer Bryce Cox retired the side in order in the ninth to nail down his second save. The loss spoiled the longest start for a B-Mets hurler this season. Antonini allowed six hits over seven innings and did not issue a walk. Derrick Ellison threw a scoreless eighth and Josh Stinson struck out a pair of hitters with a 1-2-3 inning to round out the night. The three did not issue any walks, marking the first time Binghamton pitching hasn’t issued a walk in a game. D.J. Wabick had the B-Mets second and final hit, a single in the seventh off Rice. The base knock extended Wabick’s hitting streak to seven games.
ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 3: Sean Ratliff’s two-run homer keyed a three-run seventh for St. Lucie. Eric Campbell had two hits and two RBIs. Manuel Alvarez recorded his sixth save.
HICKORY 4, SAVANNAH 3: The Gnats (12-8) scored first, in the bottom of the first inning. Center fielder Pedro Zapata drew a leadoff walk and left fielder Juan Lagares followed by clubbing the first pitch he saw over the left-field wall for his third home run of the year, putting Savannah ahead 2-0. Gnats starter Darin Gorski could not hold the lead in large part because he could not contain Crawdads center fielder Miguel Velazquez. In the third inning, Velazquez drilled a two-run homer off the light tower in left field to tie the game at 2. Velazquez hit the same pole with a home run in Sunday’s game. In the fifth inning, with two on and two out, Velazquez roped a double straight away to center field over Zapata’s head to drive in two runs and give the Crawdads a 4-2 lead. Savannah got a run back in the bottom of the fifth when right fielder Cesar Puello doubled down the left-field line and scored on a sacrifice fly from second baseman Alonzo Harris. The Gnats had a chance in the ninth, but stranded the tying run at second base. Right-hander Taylor Whitenton’s relief work was a bright spot for the Gnats on Tuesday. Whitenton was a hit batter away from perfection in four innings, with five strikeouts.
Compiled from team reports