Around the minors 6.30.11

BUFFALO 4, LEHIGH VALLEY 2: Nick Evans’ hitting streak ended at 19 games, tied for fifth-longest in Bisons modern history with Ben Francisco (2007), Franklin Gutierrez (2007) and Karim Garcia (2002). The record remains 28 games by Alex Ramirez in 1998. Bubba Bell led off the third inning with his first of three hits in four at-bats. Mike Nickeas followed by singling into left field. Bisons starter Dylan Owen helped his cause by advancing the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Luis Figueroa then singled in Bell to tie the score at 1. With Nickeas at third and Figueroa at first, Michael Fisher grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Nickeas to score and putting the Herd ahead. With one out in the fourth inning, Bell singled again, scoring Jesus Feliciano. Luis Hernandez scored on Nickeas' single to make it 4-1. Bell singled again in the sixth, but was left stranded after Nickeas and Jason Botts struck out. "Bell drove in a big run, and continues to swing the bat well," manager Tim Teufel said. The Herd got a solid start from Owen, who pitched six innings. He allowed two runs, on solo homers in the third and sixth innings. After the first long ball, Owen retired eight straight. "Owen was just outstanding on the mound. He gave us what we needed." Teufel said. "We needed to get deep in the game and he brought us deep enough." Owen has given up three runs or fewer in each of his past five starts. Dale Thayer tossed the final two innings for his team-leading sixth save. The Bisons are now 6-1 on their current home stand. Box

BOWIE 14, BINGHAMTON 6: Three pitchers combined to allow a season-high 19 hits and 14 runs in Binghamton’s loss. B-Mets starter Tobi Stoner managed to get through five innings with only two runs on his tab before things unraveled in the sixth. With Binghamton trailing 2-1, Stoner allowed the first five he faced to reach safely -- three of whom scored. Roy Merritt entered and induced Xavier Avery to line into an inning-ending double play. The left-hander returned for the seventh and was tagged for three runs on five hits, all singles. In the eighth, the Baysox racked up four more hits and five runs against Merritt. The Texan set a new B-Mets reliever high by allowing nine hits and eight runs before he was replaced by Brandon Sage. Sage quickly allowed both inherited runners to score when Pedro Florimon took the lefty deep for a three-run homer. By the end of the frame, the Baysox had scored six runs and owned a 14-1 lead. The B-Mets walked six times against starter Chorye Spoone, but could only collect one run against the right-hander. The B-Mets had the tying run on second in the sixth, but reliever Wynn Pelzer induced Travis Ozga to line into an inning-double play to nullify the threat. Ozga ripped one right at the shortstop Florimon, who stepped on second to double off Brahiam Maldonado. For the second straight game, the B-Mets had a position player take the mound. Jose Coronado tossed a scoreless ninth inning in his pro pitching debut. Binghamton’s late rally of three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth was not enough. The B-Mets (28-50) continue their series against Bowie on Friday night. Relievers Jeff Kaplan and Sage were promoted from St. Lucie. Right-hander Matt Harvey (0-1, 7.71), the seventh overall pick in last year’s draft, makes his NYSEG Stadium debut against left-hander Mike Ballard (3-0, 3.96). Box


FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Francisco Pena delivered a two-run homer off rehabbing Twin Kevin Slowey and Greg Peavey improved to 2-0 since a promotion from Savannah by limiting Fort Myers to one run in five innings. Josh Edgin earned his second Florida State League save with two scoreles relief innings. In Game 2, Armando Rodriguez allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings. Wilmer Flores and Rylan Sandoval had two hits apiece. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 2: After a walk and a Matt Weaver single in the bottom of the second, Rome took advantage of a dropped fly ball by left fielder Joe Bonfe to load the bases. Rome would scratch across a run later in the inning with two outs after Matt Lipka walked to force home David Rohm and give the Braves the lead. The Sand Gnats overtook the Braves in the fifth when Weaver’s throwing error allowed Sam Honeck to score. Two outs later, Wilfredo Tovar brought in a second run on a sacrifice fly. Rome tied the score at 2 in the sixth when Edward Salcedo laced a leadoff double and scored thanks to Rohm’s sacrifice fly. Savannah then pushed across its only earned run in the seventh. Joe Bonfe doubled to lead off the inning and scored on an RBI groundout by Tovar to give Savannah the 3-2 lead. The Sand Gnats added a run in the ninth after a walk and two Rome errors. Rome went quietly in the ninth and has dropped six straight. Ryan Fraser (5-5) won for Savannah, while Dan Jurik (0-1) suffered the loss. Hamilton Bennett earned his eighth save. Box

ELIZABETHTON 2, KINGSPORT 0: Kingsport mustered only three singles. Brian Valenzuela suffered the loss despite allowing a two-run homer to Tyler Koelling in six innings. Dustin Emmons, the 38th-round pick from Cal-Riverside, tossed two scoreless relief innings. Box

BROOKLYN 16, HUDSON VALLEY 5: One night after being shut out for the first time this season, Brooklyn matched the franchise scoring record. Javier Rodriguez led the offense, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored, two doubles and a grand slam. He tied a franchise record with six RBIs. The Cyclones came into Thursday's game having scored one run in their previous 19 innings. After Hudson Valley jumped to a 4-0 lead, it looked like it would be more of the same. Chris Hilliard (3-0) made the start for Brooklyn and after being sharp in his first two outings -- allowing one run in his first 10 1/3 innings -- the left-hander was touched up early by Hudson Valley. In the first inning, the Renegades scored four runs on four hits, including back-to-back home runs from Jeff Malm and Matt Rice. But the southpaw settled down, keeping the Renegades off the board further. After going down in order in each of the first three innings, the Brooklyn bats came to life in the fourth. Ishmael Tijerina and Brandon Brown started the threat with back-to-back hits to put runners on the corners. Rodriguez followed with a ground-rule double to score Tijerina. Richard Lucas added a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 4-2. Brian Harrison and Travis Taijeron continued the rally with back-to-back RBI doubles to knot the score at 4. Juan Torres then put the Cyclones in front for good with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Brooklyn added to its lead in the sixth when Taijeron connected on his first professional homer -- a two-run shot -- to push the Cyclones lead to 7-4. The power surge continued in the seventh when Rodriguez connected on his second RBI double. He came around to score of Lucas' first homer of the season. The Renegades cut into the lead with a run in the seventh to make it 10-5, but in the next frame Rodriguez continued his record night with a grand slam to blow the game open. In the ninth, Dylan Brown got into the act with Brooklyn's fourth homer of the game, which also tied a franchise record. Tyson Seng tossed the final three innings for the Cyclones, allowing one run on four hits, to collect his first professional save. Brooklyn takes on the Hudson Valley Renegades in the rubber game of the three-game set on Friday night at Dutchess Stadium. Box


Compiled from team reports