Around the minors 6.19.11

BUFFALO 16, NORFOLK 2 (8 innings): The Bisons scored a season-high 16 runs as Nick Evans and Luis Hernandez notched five RBIs apiece. The Bisons sent nine men to the plate twice in the game, in the fourth and eighth innings. Valentino Pascucci had a two-run homer in the first inning. It was the Herd's 50th long ball of the season and Pascucci's eighth. The Herd put up four more runs in the third inning after Tides starter Steve Johnson walked two Bisons and hit Pascucci to load the bases with one out. After getting Jason Botts to fly out, Johnson gave up a double to Evans, plating two-runs. Hernandez followed by singling into center field, scoring Evans and Pascucci to push the Herd's lead to 6-0. In the fifth, Johnson walked Michael Fisher, allowed a single to Jesus Feliciano and walked Zach Lutz to load the bases again with two outs. His replacement, Josh Rupe, allowed two inherited runs to score on a single into center field by Evans, his third and fourth RBIs of the game. Hernandez matched Evans by doubling into center field to score Evans and Botts, bringing his RBI total to four and giving the Bisons an 11-0 lead. Norfolk got to Bisons starter Pat Misch in the sixth inning, putting up two runs. Misch worked seven innings and gave up two runs on four hits while striking out two. Until the sixth inning Misch had retired eight batters in a row. Fisher extended his hitting streak to 13 games by singling in the fifth. He moved with three games of matching Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the longest by a Bison this season. The Herd added five runs in the eighth inning, two courtesy of Evans’ bases-loaded walk and a single by Hernandez. Eight of the 16 runs scored after being walked by Norfolk pitchers. The game was called after a 32-minute rain delay in the middle of the eighth inning. Box

TRENTON 10, BINGHAMTON 8: The Binghamton Mets committed four errors and dropped the finale of the Subway Series North to the Trenton Thunder at NYSEG Stadium. Trailing 4-3 in the seventh with Erik Turgeon on the mound, Trenton got a break and took full advantage of it. With two outs and a runner aboard, Ryan Baker sent a liner directly at shortstop Jose Coronado, which he could not hold onto. It bounced into center field for his fourth error of the season. Two batters later, Corban Joseph gave Trenton the lead with a two-run single to left. Binghamton tied it back up with a run in the seventh, but missed a big chance by leaving the bases loaded against reliever Brad Halsey. Trenton wasted little time to retake the lead in the eighth. Cody Johnson led off with a triple and scored the go-ahead run on Jose Pirela’s sac fly. An error by Reese Havens, the fourth of the game for Binghamton, opened the floodgates. The Thunder tacked on four more runs against Turgeon to take a 10-5 lead. The B-Mets rallied for a run off Halsey in the eighth and two more off Pat Venditte in the ninth, but the comeback fell short. Tobi Stoner started for Binghamton and matched a season-high by contributing six innings. The right hander allowed three runs on four hits and racked up a season-high six strikeouts. Halsey, who blew his first save of the season, earned his first victory with two innings of relief. Turgeon suffered his fourth blown save and third loss. The B-Mets (23-44) enjoy a day off Monday before starting a three-game series against the Akron Aeros. Right-hander Brandon Moore (5-5, 4.04) will be opposed by right-hander Joe Gardner (4-5, 3.81) Tuesday. Box

GREENVILLE 12, SAVANNAH 1: Savannah, after clinching the Southern Division first-half title, was swept in a four-game series by Greenville entering the All-Star break. Both Sand Gnats starter Gonzalez Germen and Drive starter Brandon Workman departed after a 46-minute rain delay in the middle of the third inning. Heiker Meneses hit a leadoff single and stole two bases in the bottom of the first. After Brandon Jacobs drew a two-out walk, Christian Vazquez launched a deep fly to left that hooked around the pole atop the Green Monster to give the Drive an early 3-0 lead. The lead was pushed to 4-0 in the second inning after Felix Sanchez walked and scored from first on Meneses’ double down the left-field line. The Drive added a four-spot in the fourth to make the score 8-0. Lucas LeBlanc and Sanchez hit back-to-back singles with one out, and Meneses doubled once again to score LeBlanc. Sean Coyle hit a deep sacrifice fly to right to score Sanchez, and Miles Head capped the inning with a two-run homer over the Green Monster, his 14th of the season. Savannah scratched across their only run in the sixth inning. Rafael Fernandez singled and moved to third on a double by Aderlin Rodriguez. Sam Honeck then grounded out to first base to score Fernandez. The Drive added four more runs in the bottom of the seventh to break the game open even further. Coyle led off with a double and after Head walked, Jacobs crushed a two-run double to deep right-center. Vazquez followed him up with a double of his own to score Jacobs. The final run came across when Fernandez dropped LeBlanc’s fly ball, scoring Vazquez. Germen (5-3) took the loss, giving up four runs in two innings. Reliever Angel Cuan was charged with four runs in three innings. Gabriel Zavala allowed four runs (three earned) in the seventh. Fernandez and Alonzo Harris recorded three hits apiece for Savannah, while Darrell Ceciliani and Rodriguez each added a pair of hits. Box

BROOKLYN 5, STATEN ISLAND 3: The Brooklyn Cyclones (2-1) defeated rehabbing Phil Hughes and the Staten Island Yankees (1-2) in front of a Father’s Day crowd of 7,966. Jeff Walters matched up against Hughes and tossed 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball and striking out four. Hunter Carnevale (1-0) earned the win in relief for the Cyclones, striking out four in two innings. T.J. Chism earned his first save. Second baseman Ismael Tijerina went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. Catcher Nelfi Zapata hit his first 2011 homer, going deep off Hughes. Brooklyn threatened in the first inning when shortstop Danny Muno and Tijerina singled to put men on the corners with none out. Hughes promptly struck out a pair of Cyclones, but allowed a walk to first baseman Luke Stewart to load the bases. Hughes, however, worked out of trouble by inducing an inning-ending strikeout of Juan Torres. Walters worked two scoreless frames before allowing a pair of runs in the third inning. A lead-off walk to third baseman Casey Stevenson and a single by left fielder Shane Brown gave the Yankees runners on first and second with one out. Center fielder Mason Williams then singled to plate Stevenson and advance Brown to third base. Shortstop Cito Culver’s groundball up the middle was snagged by Tijerina and fired over to first for the second out of the inning, but Brown scored on the play, giving Staten Island a 2-0 lead. Hughes held the Cyclones scoreless through 4 1/3 innings, until Zapata homered off of the left-field scoreboard to give Brooklyn its first run. Hughes was subsequently lifted after reaching his prearranged pitch count limit. With the Yankees ahead 2-1, Tijerina led off the bottom of the sixth with a line-drive single to left field. After advancing to third on a groundball, Tijerina was driven in on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Richard Lucas, evening the score at 2. A single by Stewart and the plunking of designated hitter Juan Torres put Cyclones on first and second with left fielder Travis Taijeron at the plate. Taijeron singled to put Brooklyn up 3-2. Staten Island, however, responded with a run in the seventh. After singling to lead off the inning, Williams stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Zapata. An RBI groundout to the shortstop by Culver allowed Williams to score, tying the game. With one out in the bottom half of the frame, center fielder Chase Greene singled to start a Cyclones rally. After Muno drew a walk, Tijerina grounded out to third base, allowing Greene and Muno to advance to third and second, respectively. With two out, right fielder Javier Rodriguez laced a hard groundball to the right of the second baseman, but he hustled down the line, beating the throw, and allowing both Greene and Muno to score. With a 5-3 lead heading into the ninth, the Cyclones kept T.J. Chism out on the hill to close the door. The Yankees threatened, putting runners on first and second with two outs, but Stewart snagged a line drive that was heading down the right-field line to end the game. The Cyclones will begin a three-game series at home against the Aberdeen IronBirds on Monday at 7 p.m. Left-hander Chris Hilliard and left-hander Matt Drummond will start. The game will be carried by SNY, with 3,000 spectators receiving Angel Pagan bobbleheads. Pagan is planning to attend. Box

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