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Around the minors 5.8.11

LOUISVILLE 8, BUFFALO 0: Louisville starter Matt Maloney succeeded on the mound and at the plate. The Bats' southpaw pitched seven scoreless innings and had three hits. Todd Frazier added three hits of his own as Louisville earned a split of the four-game series. The Bisons put the leadoff runner on in four of the first five innings, but the southpaw got three groundball double plays to end any early threat. Maloney then retired the final nine batters he faced, four via the strikeout. Todd Frazier provided all the offense that Maloney and the Bats would need with a pair of home runs. The third baseman led off the second inning with a blast to left field off Herd starter Casey Fossum. He then took reliever Justin Hampson to deep right-center, with an opposite-field two-run shot. In the ninth, Frazier also doubled home a run and scored for a third time to seal the victory. Buffalo had just five hits in the loss. Fossum had one of them, his second hit of the year. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 1-for-4 at the plate and has now reached base safely in 30 of the team's 31 games. Sunday's contest was the first the Bisons had lost with Mike Nickeas behind the plate. The catcher was 3-0. The Bisons will welcome in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Monday for a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0

NEW HAMPSHIRE 2, BINGHAMTON 1 (9 innings): Binghamton’s pitchers limited New Hampshire to two runs over 16 innings of baseball Sunday evening and split a doubleheader. The B-Mets fired a 4-0 shutout in the opener before falling 2-1 in nine innings in the nightcap. Binghamton (11-16) twirled its third shutout of the season to take the first game. Dylan Owen held the Fisher Cats in check over five innings for his first win with the B-Mets in 2011. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out three in combining on a six-hit shutout with fellow right-hander Ricky Brooks. Brooks fired the final two innings of the seven-inning contest. The B-Mets struck for half of their four runs in the third inning. After Yohan Pino got the first two outs of the frame, Jordany Valdespin reached on a single to right. Josh Satin followed with instant offense. The first baseman slugged a first-pitch fastball from Pino over the wall in left for his third home run of the season, which gave Binghamton an early 2-0 lead. Pino exited after five innings and suffered the loss. He allowed two runs on two hits and struck out a season-high seven. Ronald Uviedo relieved Pino in the sixth and could not find the plate. He allowed four straight hitters to reach with one out. Satin and Brahiam Maldonado singled and then Uviedo walked Eric Campbell to load the bases. Allan Dykstra was not forced to swing the bat, either. He took a bases-loaded walk to force in Binghamton’s third run. The B-Mets’ final run came courtesy of Raul Reyes’ infield single, which scored Maldonado to make it 4-0. Satin went 2-for-4 showing with a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs. Adeiny Hechavarria had two hits for the Fisher Cats. New Hampshire responded with an extra-inning win in the nightcap. With the score tied at 1 in the bottom of the ninth, the Fisher Cats loaded the bases against Eric Niesen thanks to a single, a hit by pitch and an intentional walk. Moises Sierra provided the decisive blow. The walk-off infield single scored Anthony Gose. Niesen suffered his fourth loss. Edgar Ramirez started the game and offered his longest outing this season. He tossed four innings and limited the Fisher Cats to a run on four hits. The lone run came courtesy of a two-out RBI single from Mike McDade in the third. The B-Mets’ lone run off Game 2 starter Rey Gonzalez scored in the first inning. Maldonado laced a two-out RBI double, which scored Mike Fisher to give Binghamton the early 1-0 lead. Maldonado finished the game 2-for-2 with a pair of walks to raise his average over the .200 mark for the first time since Opening Day. Gonzalez allowed a run on four hits over six innings. Roy Merritt hurled a season-high 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief following Ramirez. Erik Turgeon offered 1 1/3 innings of solid relief as well before Niesen suffered the loss. Binghamton returns home for a three-game home stand with the New Britain Rock Cats, beginning Monday at 6:35 p.m. Left-hander Robert Carson (1-3, 3.60) will make his sixth start of the year opposite right-hander Brett Jacobson (1-0, 3.00) of New Britain. Box 1 Box 2

ROME 3, SAVANNAH 0: The Braves (8-22) took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning off Savannah starter Erik Goeddel. With two out, after a walk and an infield single, DH Robert Hefflinger clubbed a two-run triple to deep right-center. Outside of the Braves’ two-run fourth, Goeddel was sharp through his six innings. He faced the minimum nine batters through the first three innings and retired six of the final seven batters he faced. All told, he allowed two runs on three hits and a walk and struck out five, but took his second loss of the year. The Gnats’ offense managed five hits Sunday, all by two players: left fielder Cory Vaughn and center fielder Darrell Ceciliani. Vaughn was 3-for-4 with a double, while Ceciliani, in his fourth game back after pulling a hamstring in the season’s first week, was 2-for-4. Rome starter Ronan Pacheco fired six scoreless innings to win his first game of the year for the Braves. Kyle Mertins worked around a Vaughn double in the ninth for his first save. The Gnats will hand the ball to right-hander Gonzalez Germen (1-1, 5.09) against Hickory right-hander Carlos Melo (2-2, 6.19) Monday, in the opener game of their four-game series against the Crawdads. Box

Compiled from team reports