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Around the minors 5.24.11

CHARLOTTE 7, BUFFALO 2: Charlotte Knights starter Lucas Harrell quieted the Bisons' bats with Buffalo hitting into 15 groundouts in the righty's six innings. With two outs and a 2-2 count, Dayan Viciedo hit a deep right-field double off of Herd starter Brian Sweeney. On the next pitch, Tyler Flowers gave the Knights an early 2-0 lead with a home run over the old wall in left-center field. Plate umpire D.J. Reyburn ejected Bisons pitching coach Ricky Bones for protesting a close pitch in Viciedo's at-bat. "It looked like a pretty good pitch, but you really have to battle back," manager Tim Teufel said. "He made too many good pitches. He was throwing too many strikes today." Sweeney's night ended in the fifth inning after allowing four runs on five hits, including two doubles, in the inning -- with Viciedo's second of the two-baggers on the night sending the Buffalo righty to the dugout. He finished with totals six earned runs on nine hits with a strikeout, no walks and a wild pitch. After a four-day absence from the lineup, catcher Mike Nickeas returned with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, scoring Chin-Lung Hu. Harrell allowed just Hu's run (unearned due to a passed ball), walked two and struck out two. Viciedo scored for the second time on the night in the eighth, advancing twice in one inning on wild pitches by reliever Ryota Igarashi. The Bisons rallied in the eighth when Charlotte reliever Shane Lindsay walked the bases loaded, leaving in favor of Miguel Socolovich, who allowed a two-out RBI single to Bubba Bell. Socolovich rebounded to retire the next batter, Jesus Feliciano, with a groundout. Nickeas doubled with one out in the ninth, but Socolovich retired the next two batters to seal the game. Manny Acosta struck out two and walked one in two scoreless relief innings. After his shutout ninth inning, Dale Thayer has allowed one run over his last 10 1/3 innings. The Bisons have their first day off in three weeks Wednesday. Box

NEW BRITAIN 7, BINGHAMTON 3 (7 innings): Binghamton dropped its seventh straight game. The game was called after seven-plus innings due to torrential rain that rendered an already wet field unplayable. Josh Satin provided the lone offensive highlight with a three-run homer just prior to the tarp being placed on the field. Binghamton (13-27) sent Brandon Moore to the mound in an attempt to end the skid, and Moore pitched well until the fifth inning, when his outing went south. Already in possession of a 1-0 lead, the Rock Cats got the leadoff runner aboard with a single to left from Steve Singleton. Joe Benson walked with one out and was replaced at first by Chris Parmelee on a fielder’s choice to shortstop. Moore had a chance to get out of the inning when Evan Bigley yanked a hot shot to third, but Satin could not handle the groundball and was charged with an error. Singleton scored on the play. The error led to a landslide inning. Yangervis Solarte followed with an RBI single before Deibinson Romero powered his first home run of the season, a three-run blast to left which capped the scoring. Moore allowed a double to Michael Hollimon before being pulled from the game in favor of Eric Niesen, who ended the inning. When the dust had settled, the Rock Cats had managed five runs and led 6-0. Moore was tagged with his third straight loss and failed to make it through five innings for the third straight outing as well. He was charged with six runs (one earned) on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. Meanwhile, New Britain starter Liam Hendriks carried a shutout bid into the eighth. He walked Lorenzo Scott to start the inning and allowed a single to Jon Malo. Satin plated both runners when he swung at a first-pitch fastball from Hendriks and drove it out of the yard to right for his fourth homer of the year. As Rock Cats manager Jeff Smith went to the mound for a pitching change, the umpiring crew called for the tarp to be placed on the field, which proved to be end of the game. Hendriks was credited with his second consecutive complete game, both of seven innings or less in duration. In seven-plus innings, he allowed three runs on eight hits and tied a season-high with nine strikeouts. The win was the fourth of the season for the Australian right-hander. Malo provided the only multi-hit showing for the B-Mets with a 2-for-4 night. New Britain outhit Binghamton 11-8. Hollimon led the Rock Cats with a 3-for-3 performance including two doubles. The series with the Rock Cats continues with a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday. Left-hander Mark Cohoon (1-3, 3.69) will start Game 1 for Binghamton opposite right-hander Bobby Lanigan (4-3, 3.38) of New Britain. Game 2 pits right-hander Brad Holt (1-3, 3.72) against left-hander Spencey Steedley (2-1, 4.05). Box

DAYTONA 9, ST. LUCIE 7: Angel Pagan went 1-for-3 with a double, RBI and two walks in the loss. Closer Jeffrey Kaplan was charged with four runs -- including two homers -- in 1 2/3 innings and suffered his fifth blown save. Wilmer Flores belted a grand slam and five RBIs. Box

Compiled from team reports