ROCHESTER at BUFFALO (ppd.): Wednesday’s game between the Buffalo Bisons and the Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field was postponed due to rain and high winds. The teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader on Thursday. Game 1 is at 1:05 p.m.
BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 3: Mark Cohoon put a bow on the B-Mets first home stand of the season with an 11-strikeout performance. The left-hander started things off with a perfect first and was the recipient of solid run support in the bottom half of the frame. The B-Mets’ offense lit up Sea Dogs starter Alex Wilson for four runs on five hits. Josh Satin and Eric Campbell picked up back-to-back singles and were quickly brought home as Brahiam Maldonado crushed his fourth home run of the season over the right-center wall. The offensive outburst continued as Kai Gronauer walked and came around to score on consecutive singles by Allan Dykstra and Carlos Guzman. Dykstra’s hit was his first as a B-Met. Cohoon cruised through the second before hitting a speed bump in the third. A hard-hit double to left field by Ryan Dent snapped a streak of six straight strikeouts for the B-Mets starter. Portland then took advantage of some shaky defense to get on the scoreboard. With a runner in scoring position, leadoff hitter Che-Hsuan Lin shot a groundball to the left of Jordany Valdespin at shortstop. Valdespin fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw to first base was errant and caromed out of play. Lin was credited with an infield single and advanced to second on Valdespin’s second error of the season. Dent was awarded home and the Sea Dogs trimmed the B-Mets’ lead to three. The defense was tested again as Alex Hassan sent a sharp groundball to the hot corner that third baseman Eric Campbell could not handle. The fielding error allowed Hassan to reach and brought home Lin for Portland’s second run of the inning. The B-Mets answered right back in the bottom half of third with one swing of the bat. Right fielder Carlos Guzman stroked the first pitch he saw from Wilson over the right-field fence for his first homer of the season. Owning a three-run lead, Cohoon was in control on the hill to close out another strong start. He struck out two more in the fourth, worked out of a jam in the fifth, faced the minimum in the sixth, and turned in a perfect seventh. The southpaw capped off his night by striking out Will Middlebrooks and Oscar Tejeda to end the seventh. Reliever Edgar Ramirez followed step and struck out two in a perfect eighth. However, the right-hander’s bid for his first save of the year ended when he walked two of the first three batters he faced in the ninth. Jorge Padron represented the tying run at the plate and manager Wally Backman called upon Erik Turgeon to nail down the save. Turgeon forced Padron to ground into a forceout as first baseman Josh Satin stabbed a sharp groundball and threw out Ryan Lavarnway at second. Middlebrooks followed and delivered a fly ball that dropped in front of Jesus Feliciano in center field for a single. The base hit brought home Hassan and cut the B-Mets’ lead to two. With the tying run at first, Turgeon bounced back and induced Oscar Tejeda to ground out to second to end the game. The right-hander earned his first save as a B-Met and made a winner out of Cohoon. Binghamton (5-6) will hit the road for an eight-day, seven-game road trip. The B-Mets kick things off against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Brad Holt (0-0, 0.00) will make his third start for the B-Mets. He will face right-hander B.J. Lamura (1-0, 1.82) for the Fisher Cats. Box
ST. LUCIE 7, CHARLOTTE 6: Jason Bay went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored in his final rehab game before being activated from the disabled list Thursday. Starter Kyle Allen allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings. Shortstop Wilmer Flores went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Jefry Marte and Stefan Welch also had two RBIs apiece. Box
SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 4: The Savannah Sand Gnats scored four times in the bottom of the fifth, turning a 4-1 deficit into a lead at Historic Grayson Stadium. The pitching made the lead hold up over the final four innings. The Gnats (6-7) are now 4-2 on their first home stand of 2011. Down three runs entering the fifth, second baseman Luis Nieves began the Gnats’ rally with a single to center field. Shortstop Robbie Shields singled and right fielder Javier Rodriguez walked to load the bases for center fielder Cory Vaughn, who walked, forcing in a run to make the score 4-2. Third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez followed with a ground-rule double down the left-field line that evened the score at 4. The play was ruled dead when the ball became trapped in the bullpen, sending Vaughn, who otherwise would have scored, back to third and Rodriguez back to second. The next batter, catcher Albert Cordero, lifted a sacrifice fly deep to left-center field to bring home Vaughn with the go-ahead run. The Gnats scored the game’s first run in the second inning. Vaughn led off with a line-drive single to left and went to third on Lexington left fielder Telvin Nash’s fielding error, which allowed the ball to go to the wall. Aderlin Rodriguez singled sharply into center, scoring Vaughn, and finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs -- his first three-hit game of 2011. After the Gnats’ initial tally, the Lexington Legends (7-7) scored four unanswered runs off Savannah starter Yohan Almonte, in the third through fifth innings. The big shot was a two-run home run from catcher Roberto Pena in the fifth. Almonte worked a 1-2-3 sixth after the Gnats took the lead in the bottom of the fifth and earned his third win. The Savannah bullpen of Gabriel Zavala, Ronny Morla and Josh Edgin walked five batters in the game’s final three innings, but escaped trouble to preserve the win. Game 3 of the five-game series will be Thursday night. Savannah will send right-hander Erik Goeddel (0-1, 6.43) to the hill against Lexington right-hander Carlos Quevado (2-0, 6.55). Box
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