Around the minors 6.18.11

NORFOLK 11, BUFFALO 3: Norfolk didn't wait long to get on the board, cashing in on three walks and Rhyne Hughes’ grand slam against Josh Stinson. Norfolk added two runs in the second, one in the third and three runs in the fourth inning. The Bisons put up a fourth-inning run on an error. Michael Fisher extended his hit streak to 12 games with a leadoff single. Jason Botts followed with a single, moving Fisher to second. Nick Evans also singled, and with the help of the Norfolk error helped Fisher scored. The Bisons’ fourth inning was interrupted by a 45-minute delay between Botts and Evans’ singles. Norfolk responded to the Bisons’ fourth-inning run with three in the bottom half to make the score 10-1. After the leadoff batter was retired, Brendan Harris doubled into left field and Brandon Snyder singled to put runners on the corners with Jake Fox coming to the plate. Fox hit a routine fly ball into left-center-field that was dropped when Evans and Jesus Feliciano collided trying to make the catch. It was ruled a hit and Harris scored. Snyder scored on a single by Josh Bell and Fox scored on a wild pitch in the three-run fourth. Norfolk threatened again in the eighth, loading the bases, but Taylor Tankersley managed to get an infield popup and a strikeout to keep Norfolk off the scoreboard for another inning. Bisons pitchers only retired the side in order in two innings. The Herd loaded the bases in the ninth inning and plated a run on a fielder's choice that left the Bisons with runners on the corners and two out. Zach Lutz got his first hit of the night, scoring Bubba Bell from third and moving Fisher to second. All four walks Bisons pitchers gave up came around to score. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, TRENTON 4: Allan Dykstra’s three-run homer in the seventh broke a tie score. After watching their two-run lead disappear in the top half of that inning, Binghamton jumped on reliever Cory Arbiso. Josh Satin and Reese Havens started the rally with singles. The opportunity nearly slipped away when Brahiam Maldonado struck out and Salomon Manriquez grounded out. Dykstra, facing a righty for the first time in the game, lined the second pitch he saw from Arbiso over the right-field fence for his seventh homer of the season to give Binghamton the lead for good. Rhiner Cruz, who took over for Ricky Brooks in a rocky seventh, took it the rest of the way, tossing 2 2/3 innings, including a perfect ninth, to lock up his first win as a B-Met. Prior to the seventh inning, B-Mets starter Jeurys Familia was in line for the win. The right-hander allowed just two runs on six hits and struck out 10 over six innings. It was the second straight start that Familia struck out 10 or more Thunder batters. Handed a 4-2 lead, Brooks took over in the seventh and allowed back-to-back singles to Ray Kruml and Corban Joseph to start things off. Two batters later, Cody Johnson launched a double off the top of the left-center wall, which brought home both runners and tied the score. Binghamton had owned the lead after tagging Trenton starter Kei Igawa for four runs over five innings. Jordany Valdespin started a three-run first by stroking his third leadoff homer of the season, on Igawa’s first pitch. Raul Reyes tacked on another run with a solo shot in the second. The B-Mets (23-43) wrap up the Subway Series North against the Thunder at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Right-hander Tobi Stoner (2-2, 7.29) will be opposed by left-hander Shaeffer Hall (6-3, 3.92). Box

GREENVILLE 5, SAVANNAH 4: The Sand Gnats struck first, putting a run on the board in the second inning. Rafael Fernandez led off with a double and took third on error by right fielder Lucas LeBlanc. Fernandez would score two batters later on a groundout to shortstop. The Drive answered in a big way in the fourth. Second basemen Sean Coyle led off the inning with a homer, his sixth of the season, to tie the score. Miles Head followed with a double before advancing to third on a wild pitch. After a Brandon Jacobs walk put runners on the corners, Christian Vazquez doubled to plate Head and give the Drive a 2-1 lead. Henry Ramos would then ground out to second to bring in Jacobs and up the Drive’s lead to 3-1. Xander Bogaerts would provide the biggest blow of the inning by delivering his first homer with the Drive, a two-run shot to left-center. Savannah responded by adding a run of their own in the top half of the fifth. Albert Cordero walked to begin the inning and advanced to second on a balk. After a flyout to center, Alonzo Harris doubled to plate Cordero and cut the Drive’s to 5-2. The run scored by Cordero was the first earned run allowed by a Drive starting pitcher at home in 20 2/3 innings. The Sand Gnats would edge even closer in the seventh inning. Joe Bonfe reached and then moved to second on an error by the shortstop. After a strikeout, Darrell Ceciliani singled to short to put runners on first and second with one out. Wilfredo Tovar would then hit a grounder to third on which Drive third basemen Heiker Meneses attempted to turn a double play. Ceciliani would be forced out at second but Tovar would reach on fielder’s choice and take second on a bad throw by the shortstop, which also allowed Bonfe to score and make the score 5-3. Tovar would score as Cory Vaughn singled to make it a one-run game. Drive pitching would keep the Snad Gnats hitters at bay in the final two innings to seal the victory. Couch (2-1) earned the win by going five innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out six and walking one. Ryan Fraser (4-5) took the loss for Savannah by giving up five runs on five hits in five innings. Garrett Rau picked up his second save with a scoreless ninth. The Drive will look for their first sweep of 2011 in the final game of the first half Sunday. Right-hander Brandon Workman (2-4, 4.10 ERA) will toe the rubber for Greenville, while Savannah counters with right-hander Gonzalez Germen (5-2, 3.34 ERA). Box

STATEN ISLAND 3, BROOKLYN 2: Cyclones starter Carlos Vazquez (0-1) pitched solidly through the first four frames, retiring 11 of the first 12 batters faced, before running into a trouble in the top of the fifth. Yankees right fielder Benjamin Gamel led off the frame with a bloop single and first basemen Reymond Nunez followed with a single to load the bases with no outs. After designated hitter Shane Brown flew out, catcher Jhorge Liccien opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly, plating Gamel. Left fielder Bobby Rinard chased Vazquez by singling home Nunez for a 2-0 lead. Cyclones reliever Steven Winnick ended the threat after entering with runners on first and second and two outs, but would surrender an RBI single an inning later by Nunez. Brooklyn scored their first run at MCU Park a half-inning later. After Richard Lucas singled with two outs, center fielder Travis Taijeron continued his fast start by lacing an RBI double through the left side for a 3-1 score. Taijeron, who had scored the go-ahead run in the season opener and singled in his first at-bat Saturday, hit safely in his first four at-bats of his pro career. After failing to score the next two innings and recording just one hit off the Yankees bullpen led by Philip Wetherell and Zachary Arneson, the Cyclones saved the dramatics for the bottom of the ninth. With two outs and shortstop Danny Muno on third by way of a double and wild pitch, second basemen Brandon Brown would not relent facing reliever Branden Pinder. He worked an eight-pitch at-bat before singling up the middle for just a one-run deficit. It appeared as if extra innings would be in store when right fielder Javier Rodriguez next hit a fly ball to right field, but Gamel saved the day for Staten Island with a full-extension snag to end the ballgame. Dustin Hobbs (1-0) earned the win in relief after throwing two innings, allowing a run on two hits. Pinder earned his first save. The Cyclones will conclude their two-game set with the Staten Island Yankees Sunday at 5 p.m. Right-hander Jeff Walters will oppose Phil Hughes, who is currently on the major league 60-Day DL with right arm fatigue. Box

FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME: Scott Moviel allowed two runs in an inning and took the loss. Darin Gorski started and also allowed two runs (one earned) as the North beat the South, which included St. Lucie players, 5-3. Matt den Dekker and Pedro Zapata each went 0-for-3. Matt Harvey, who is expected to pitch Monday for St. Lucie, which has a magic number of one to clinch the first-half title, did not appear. Box

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