Around the minors 5.6.10

INDIANAPOLIS 9, BUFFALO 2: The Bisons dropped the first game of an eight-game road trip. The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Brandon Jones. The Bisons came back to tie the game in the fourth on Chris Carter's solo homer, his fifth long ball of the year. The game unraveled for the Herd in the sixth. Indianapolis unloaded for seven runs on seven hits and sent 12 men to the plate, with six of the runs charged to Kiko Calero. Calero has allowed 13 runs in 1 2/3 innings in his past two appearances. The big hit in this inning came on a three-run homer from Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh's top prospect. Bisons starter Bobby Livingston went five innings, giving up just two runs on six hits. Carter extended his hitting streak to seven games with his fourth-inning homer. With an RBI double in the ninth, Mike Hessman added to his International League-leading RBI total (29). Hessman is now tied for the league lead in extra-base hits with 16.

ERIE 7, BINGHAMTON 6: Binghamton rallied for a pair runs in the ninth inning to close within a run, but Luis Marte struck out Zach Lutz with the tying run at second to secure the win. The B-Mets split the four-game series and won five of seven on the lengthy road trip. With Marte seeking his fourth save, the B-Mets mounted a ninth-inning rally. Mike Nickeas led off with a single, his third hit of the game. Kirk Nieuwenhuis joined him on the bases with one out, thanks to second baseman Justin Henry’s error on a would-be double-play ball. Marte then walked Nick Evans to load the bases. Luis Hernandez smacked a sac fly to center to plate Nickeas, getting Binghamton within two. Still an out from the save, Marte surrendered an RBI single to Lucas Duda before Lutz struck out. The B-Mets opened the scoring in the second inning when Duda connected on a high fastball from starter L.J. Gagnier for his sixth homer. Hernandez added to the lead in the third with a sac fly, which scored Nieuwenhuis. Erie (14-13) responded in the home half of the third with a three-run blast off starter Scott Shaw courtesy of Josh Burrus, giving the SeaWolves their first lead, 3-2. In the fourth, Binghamton rallied when Marshall Hubbard homered off Gagnier for his third long ball of 2010. The B-Mets retook the lead in the sixth. Hubbard, Carlos Guzman and Nickeas reached on singles to load the bases, knocking Gagnier from the game. Jay Voss was summoned from the bullpen. He limited Binghamton to a sac fly to left by Jose Coronado, which scored Hubbard, vaulting the B-Mets to a 4-3 lead. The SeaWolves answered the bell in the bottom half when Wilkin Ramirez smashed a solo homer off Shaw. Ramirez’s shot tied him with Lutz and New Hampshire’s Eric Thames for the Eastern League lead. Erie dealt the decisive blow in the seventh when Cesar Nicolas lifted an opposite-field homer off Clint Everts, who had just replaced Roy Merritt. Merritt was charged with the loss for allowing two runs over 1 1/3 innings. Voss notched the win for Erie with three scoreless relief innings. Shaw, who was denied his fifth straight win, allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings. Omir Santos was demoted to Binghamton from Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.


DELMARVA 5, SAVANNAH 4 (11 INNINGS): One night after the Sand Gnats beat the Delmarva in 12 innings, Delmarva nipped the Gnats by scoring in the bottom of the 11th. Savannah (18-10) had not played an extra-inning game until its trip to Delmarva, but three of the four games in the series went to extra innings, with the Shorebirds winning twice. Savannah still holds the best record in the South Atlantic League and remains two games ahead of Greenville and Augusta for first place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division. Shorebirds first baseman Tyler Kolodny began the 11th inning by reaching on an error on Gnats third baseman Jefry Marte. Kolodny advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a wild pitch by Gnats reliever Michael Powers. Powers induced a groundout from Delmarva cater Michael Ohlman and was one out away from sending the game to the 12th inning, but the Shorebirds’ No. 9 hitter, shortstop Garabez Rosa, dropped a sinking line drive in front of Gnats right fielder Cesar Puello to drive home Kolodny from third with the winning run. Savannah grabbed an early lead with a three-run fourth inning. After a Juan Lagares double, shortstop Wilmer Flores drove his fourth homer of the year over the left-field wall to give the Gnats a 2-0 lead. Marte scored the third Gnats run of the inning on a throwing error after reaching on a walk. Delmarva took a 4-3 lead with a four-run fifth. Kolodny’s two-run double gave the ‘Birds their first lead of the game and chased Gnats starter Collin McHugh. The Gnats evened the game in the top of the eighth. Flores doubled to right to begin the inning. He advanced to third on a Marte single and scored on a Dock Doyle groundout to even the game at 4. Savannah relievers Eric Turgeon, Brandon Sage and Powers worked around base runners in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings.

Compiled from team reports