Around the minors 7.25.11

BUFFALO 8, PAWTUCKET 7: Pawtucket erased a four-run Buffalo lead in the eighth, but Fernando Perez’s triple off ex-Met Royce Ring and Mike Nickeas’ sacrifice fly reclaimed the lead. A day after blowing a save, Dale Thayer held on for his 11th of the year despite a leadoff single by Ronald Bermudez. "That's his role," manager Tim Teufel said. "Once we took the lead, it was a signal to the bench to get him ready. He pitched well enough to get us the win.” After Nate Spears’ leadoff homer, starter Miguel Batista struck out nine over six innings. The 40-year-old right-hander allowed two runs on three hits with two walks. "He's still getting back into it, especially in a starting role," Nickeas said. Fellow major league veteran Kevin Millwood departed for Pawtucket after five innings, having allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits. Jason Botts quickly took back the lead with a two-run double in the first. Luis Figueroa later broke a 2-all tie in the fourth, scoring Josh Satin and Jesus Feliciano with a single. Satin added to the lead in the fifth, when his single brought Botts home from second. Valentino Pascucci gave Buffalo's bullpen a 7-3 cushion on a two-run homer just out of the reach of the leaping center fielder Bermudez. However Pawtucket charged back against Gustavo Chacin, with Hector Luna's three-run homer tying the score after Daniel Nava scored on a wild pitch. Brian Sweeney, who earned the win, replaced Chacin in the eighth, striking out the side to preserve a 7-all tie. Millwood brought 158 career major league wins to Batista's 99 into Monday's game. Chacin made his second appearance for Buffalo since joining the team July 18. Pascucci leads the Herd with 70 RBIs and 15 homers. Box

BINGHAMTON 13, PORTLAND 2: The B-Mets scored six runs in the sixth inning and added five more in the seventh en route to a victory. Binghamton set a season high with 13 runs, while matching a season high with 17 hits. Facing Brock Huntzinger for the fourth time, the B-Mets jumped on the right-hander in the second. Raul Reyes laced a triple to the right-field corner to lead off. Dusty Ryan brought him home with the game’s first run with a sac fly. The B-Mets doubled their lead in the third on back-to-back two-out doubles by Jordany Valdespin and Allan Dysktra. B-Mets starter Robert Carson got through the first three innings without much damage. He retired 10 of the first 11 he faced before Chih-Hsien Chiang took him deep in the fourth to cut the B-Mets’ lead to a run. In the sixth, a fielding error by Valdespin came back to bite Binghamton. Alex Hassan reached to start the inning on the shortstop’s 28th error. Hassan eventually came home to tie the score at 2 on Tim Federowicz’s sac fly. The ballgame would not be tied for long. In the bottom half of the sixth, Brahiam Maldonado launched his 19th homer, off Huntzinger, to give Binghamton a 3-2 advantage. The drive started a six-run inning for the B-Mets. Reyes followed with a single that chased Huntzinger. Caleb Clay entered and turned in a forgettable performance. The right-hander walked Ryan and allowed four more hits, including a two-run homer by Valdespin. By the time Dykstra struck out to end the inning, the B-Mets owned an 8-2 lead. After Brad Holt took over and hurled a perfect seventh, the B-Mets went right back to work in the bottom half. Maldonado was given a gift triple to lead off when Jeremy Hazelbaker misread a fly ball in center. Reyes made the Sea Dogs pay by launching his eighth homer. A fielding error by Oscar Tejeda at second allowed Ryan to reach and Eric Campbell singled to chase Clay. Campbell’s base hit extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the longest for any B-Met this season. Cesar Cabral got the call from the pen and allowed a single to Jon Malo to load the bases. Matt den Dekker drove in his second run of the game with a sac fly. Valdespin capped the inning by doubling home a pair to give Binghamton an 11-run lead. Holt worked around a two-out single to put up a scoreless eighth. Erik Turgeon fired a scoreless ninth. Carson (3-8) picked up his first win since June 17, while Huntzinger (5-8) was handed his eighth loss. The B-Mets (42-61) continue their brief homestand against the Sea Dogs on Tuesday. Right-hander Collin McHugh (3-2, 4.28) opposes right-hander Chris Balcom-Miller (2-4, 4.83). Box

DAYTONA 5, ST. LUCIE 3: Scott Moviel allowed a leadoff homer to put the Mets in an early 1-0 hole. Daytona would add a run in the third and score three times in the fifth to make it 5-0. St. Lucie would try to mount a comeback. Pedro Zapata singled in Rylan Sandoval and Mike Baxter doubled home Zapata to make it a 5-2 after five innings. Stefan Welch made it a two-run game with his 12th homer, a solo shot in the sixth. The Cubs bullpen would retire the final seven St. Lucie batters to close out the Mets. Moviel (5-8) allowed five runs, but three defensive miscues cost the Mets as only two runs were earned. Shortstop Wilmer Flores had two errors and Moviel committed one. Moviel struck out five and did not walk a batter in six innings. Welch led the Mets with two hits. Baxter also had two hits for the Mets while driving in a run. Zapata had a hit, scored once and drove in a run. Mike Powers tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Moviel. Josh Edgin danced around two hits to keep the Cubs off the scoreboard in the ninth. The Mets and Cubs continue their four-game series Tuesday night at Digital Domain Park. Armando Rodriguez (3-2, 2.96) gets the start for the Mets. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 4: The Gnats scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to come from behind. The Gnats (20-11/59-41) won their fifth straight game, all by one- or two-run margins. Down 4-2 entering the sixth, shortstop Wilfredo Tovar singled and Rafael Fernandez doubled to put the tying runs in scoring position. DH Albert Cordero lined a single into left field, chasing home both runners to even the score at 4. Cordero landed at second on the throw home. Two batters later, Cordero scored the go-ahead run when Lexington first baseman Tyler Burnett couldn’t handle third baseman Mike Kvasnicka’s throw on Joe Bonfe’s chopper. Cordero, who was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and three RBIs, is now hitting .333 in 18 games in July. Savannah relievers Chase Huchingson and Ronny Morla combined for four scoreless innings with two strikeouts and no walks to allow the Gnats the comeback opportunity. Huchingson improved to 6-2 with the win, while Morla picked up his eighth save. Lexington (11-20/46-55) built a 3-0 lead after three innings. In the first inning, third baseman Mike Kvasnicka doubled home two runs. His single into right field in the third made it 3-0. The Gnats drew within 3-2 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Fernandez singled and Blake Forsythe doubled to put runners at second and third with none out. Cordero’s sac fly scored Fernandez and then Aderlin Rodriguez’s RBI groundout brought home Forsythe. Lexington DH Ben Heath clubbed a long homer in the fifth to give the Legends a 4-2 lead. The Gnats finish their seven-game homestand Tuesday, when they send left-hander Angel Cuan (8-1, 3.26) to the hill against Lexington right-hander Ruben Alaniz (5-8, 4.93). Box


BROOKLYN 9, STATE COLLEGE 5: Travis Taijeron’s ninth-inning grand slam broke a 4-all tie. Tyson Seng (1-1) picked up the win in relief. Todd Weldon earned the save. Starting pitchers Carlos Vazquez and Nicholas Kingham were entrenched in a duel through three innings, but the offenses began clicking in the fourth. Vazquez was tagged for three runs, but struck out three and lasted six innings for the second time this year. Cole Frenzel opened the scoring with a solo homer in the fourth, his first pro long ball. State College answered in the bottom half with a three-run shot off Vazquez. However, those three runs were all the Spikes scored off Vazquez. Although Charley Thurber singled to lead off the fifth and Taijeron followed suit with a double, Kingham managed to strand the two runners. Brooklyn, however, greeted his replacement, Michael Jefferson, with a two-run sixth to tie the score at 3. After Danny Muno doubled to lead off the inning, he eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Javier Rodriguez, who collected his team-leading 24th RBI. With two out and the bases empty, Richard Lucas walked, advanced to third on Thurber’s single and scored the game-tying run on a groundball off the bat of Brian Harrison. The Spikes shortstop chose to throw to second base for the force play, but failed to get Thurber in time, allowing Lucas to score. Brooklyn pulled ahead in the seventh inning. Muno ignited Brooklyn’s second two-out rally all by himself by singling, stealing second and third, and scoring on the play thanks to an errant throw from the catcher. Later, with tempers high and the ballgame tied at 4, Rodriguez was drilled to lead off the top of the ninth. The benches cleared, but no ejections were made. After order was restored, the Cyclones put runners on second and third with a walk and a sac bunt. The plunking of Harrison then loaded the bases for the Cyclones, but did not draw a warning as the hit by pitch was attributed to wildness. Taijeron then launched an opposite-field grand slam into the right-field bleachers. Brooklyn added another run in the inning on an RBI single by Muno. Box


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