Around the minors 6.29.11

BUFFALO 7, LEHIGH VALLEY 5: Nick Evans stayed red hot for the Herd, upping his hitting streak to 19 games with a 5-for-5 day as the Herd won for the fifth time in six games. Evans is hitting .513 (38-for-74) during the streak with 11 doubles, three homers, 15 RBIs and 16 runs scored. An error on an attempted fielder's choice ignited a six-run third inning, setting the table for a two-run, bases-loaded single by Fernando Martinez. Valentino Pascucci, the next batter, drove in Evans from second with no outs. Jesus Feliciano, Luis Hernandez, Raul Chavez and starting pitcher Pat Misch also drove in runs. Misch struck out eight -- four looking -- over 5 2/3 innings, shutting out the IronPigs until a solo shot by Brian Bocock, a John Mayberry Jr. double and a Tagg Bozied two-run shot sliced the lead in half in the fourth. Bocock ended Misch's night with another homer in the fifth, his fourth of the season. Misch left with a one-run lead, allowing five earned runs on eight hits with four walks. Bisons manager Tim Teufel said wind helped carry some balls out. "To keep the ball in the ballpark was a chore, and they did a better job of it than we did on that front," Teufel said. Tim Redding, a former Met and Bison, took the loss. He was charged with six runs (four earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Luis Figueroa drove in Hernandez with a single in the seventh. "That really changed the game because we would have played the whole inning differently without the two-run cushion," Teufel said. John Lujan, Taylor Tankersley and Dale Thayer struck out five in a span of six batters before Ryota Igarashi closed out the game. Igarashi allowed runners on the corners with one out, but retired the next two batters for the save. Pascucci leads Buffalo with 50 RBIs. Redding had a 2.77 ERA in two starts for Buffalo in 2009 without a decision. Box

ERIE 9, BINGHAMTON 3: Erie broke a 3-all deadlock in the fifth with a five-run outburst. Reliever Josh Stinson was tagged with the loss after allowing the five-run frame. Infielder Travis Ozga pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the B-Mets. Brahiam Maldonado was the bright spot offensively for the B-Mets with a 2-for-4 showing, including his team-leading 15th homer. Binghamton (28-49) scored in the first inning against starter Mark Sorenson. Josh Satin lined a single to left with two outs to extend the inning for Allan Dykstra. The B-Mets designated hitter hit a sinking liner to right that Deik Scram dove for but missed, allowing the ball to roll to the wall. Satin scored and Dykstra was credited with an RBI double. Erie (39-39) responded in the bottom of the first against Collin McHugh. The righty allowed the first two batters to reach, on a walk and a single. After getting the next hitter, McHugh hit Bryan Pounds with a pitch to load the bases. Scram popped out to second for the second out, but Rawley Bishop found some space in shallow center with a bloop single, which scored two runs. Michael Bertram capped the inning’s output with an RBI single to center to give the SeaWolves a 3-1 lead. Maldonado pulled the B-Mets back within a run in the second. Leading off the inning, the left fielder deposited a 1-2 fastball from Sorenson over the right-field wall. McHugh became the fifth straight Binghamton starter to exit before completing five innings. The right-hander left with two on and one out in the fourth. He worked 3 1/3 innings of three-run ball and walked a season-high five in a no-decision. Michael Powers followed and got out of the inning unscathed thanks to a double-play lineout. The B-Mets rallied to tie the score in the fifth. Sorenson hit Matt den Dekker with a pitch to start the frame and then balked him to second. Eric Campbell followed and hit a routine groundball to third, but Martinez booted it, which allowed den Dekker to move to third and Campbell to reach. Satin took advantage of the mistake with an RBI single to right to tie the score. Stinson entered in the fifth and started on the wrong foot. Scram tripled to center to lead off the inning. Erie retook the lead with an RBI single from Bishop. It would be the first of five runs to score in the frame as 10 hitters came to the plate. Sorenson allowed three runs on six hits in six innings for his seventh win. Robbie Weinhardt relieved him in the seventh and worked the final three innings for his first save. Erie outhit Binghamton, 13-7. Bryan Holaday paced the SeaWolves with a 3-for-5 performance, including a double. Satin, Dykstra and Maldonado all managed two hits and an RBI for the B-Mets. Binghamton opens a season-high nine-game home stand Thursday with the Bowie Baysox. Right-hander Tobi Stoner (3-2, 5.29) will start for the B-Mets opposite right-hander Chorye Spoone (1-4, 4.66). Right-hander Jeurys Familia, infielder Jordany Valdespin and Satin were selected to represent the B-Mets at the July 13 Eastern League All-Star Game at Manchester, N.H. Box

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SAVANNAH 5, ROME 3: The Sand Gnats scored in the eighth and ninth innings to win their fifth straight. The Gnats (6-1/45-31) have taken the lead in the final two innings in all three of their wins in Rome and in the fifth inning or later in all six of their second-half victories. Savannah is a season-best 14 games over .500. The Gnats and Braves were tied at 2 entering the eighth. That inning, the Gnats loaded the bases with no outs on three straight bunts. Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar brought home the go-ahead run with a smash to third that put Savannah. The Gnats scored two in the ninth to give themselves breathing room. Third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez singled and then came home on left fielder Jet Butler’s triple. DH Alonzo Harris drove in Butler with a sacrifice fly, completing the game’s scoring. The Gnats had built a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and sixth innings. In the second, Rodriguez singled and scored on Joe Bonfe’s RBI single. Singles from second baseman Luis Nieves and Tovar and a wild pitch helped the Gnats to their second run in the sixth. The Braves answered in the seventh on back-to-back home runs from DH Chris Garcia and catcher Evan Gattis against Savannah starter Yohan Almonte. Almonte finished seven innings, yielding just two runs on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts to earn his third win. Hamilton Bennett worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save. The Gnats finish their four-game series in Rome on Thursday night. Right-hander Ryan Fraser (4-5, 3.74) opposes right-hander Aaron Northcraft (2-4, 3.29). Box

GREENEVILLE 9, KINGSPORT 5: Jared West was charged with four runs in one relief inning and suffered the loss. Jeff Glenn and Tillman Pugh homered for Kingsport. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 1, BROOKLYN 0: Cyclones starter Jeff Walters was solid for four innings, but did not factor into the decision. Casey Hauptman (0-1) was tagged with the loss after yielding the lone run of the game. Richard Lucas contributed two of Brooklyn’s five hits. The 9,526 fans in attendance made for the fifth-largest crowd in park history. The game featured a rematch of last Friday’s pitching matchup. Jason McEachern, who no-hit the Cyclones through 5 2/3 innings that last meeting, yielded a hit to Javier Rodriguez in the first inning, but managed to keep Brooklyn scoreless through five innings. The right-hander scattered three hits and struck out 10. After being tagged with the loss last Friday, Walters struck out four batters in four innings of scoreless ball, yielding just one hit and walking two. Guillame Leduc took the hill in the fifth inning and blanked the Renegades over two innings. The Cyclones threatened to string together a two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth, but were unsuccessful. After Lucas ripped a single off the knee of the Renegades’ reliever, Luke Stewart drew a walk to give the Cyclones their first runner in scoring position since the second inning. A deep fly ball that nestled into the glove of right fielder Chris Winder promptly erased the threat. A Hudson Valley solo homer in the eighth by Winder plated the game’s lone run. Lucas singled in the bottom of the eighth, giving himself his third multi-hit performance of 2011, but he was not brought around to score. Brooklyn held Hudson Valley off in the top of the ninth, but was unable to plate the tying run in the bottom of the frame. The Cyclones look to bounce back at Hudson Valley on Thursday. Left-hander Chris Hilliard (2-0) will take on left-hander Jacob Partridge (0-1). Box


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