Around the minors 8.13.11

BUFFALO 7, DURHAM 6: Bubba Bell's pinch-hit, bases-clearing double capped a four-run eighth-inning rally as the Bisons won their third in a row. Zach Lutz hit a solo homer to lead off the eighth before Valentino Pascucci, Jesus Feliciano and pinch-hitter Luis Figueroa loaded with bases with singles against reliever Adam Russell. Bell then stepped to the plate in plate against Rob Delaney and launched a shot to left-center field. "I've had a lot of ABs against Delaney before and I knew that I wanted to jump on something early," Bell said. "He left a good pitch out there that I could jump on, and you don't want to face him late because he's got some good secondary stuff." John Lujan struck out John Matulia and forced groundouts by Ray Olmedo and Tim Beckham for his second save. Durham took an early lead with three runs on four first-inning hits against Chris Schwinden, including Leslie Anderson's two-run double. After three scoreless innings from starter Alez Torres, Pascucci evened the score with one swing, launching a homer to left field with Josh Satin and Lutz on base. Pascucci, who went 3-for-3, increased his team-leading total to 18 homers and tied Scranton's Jorge Vazquez for the International League lead with 82 RBIs. The Bulls took back the lead in the fifth on Stephen Vogt's triple. Schwinden had a no-decision, allowing four earned runs on seven hits over five innings with a walk and four strikeouts. "He got off to a little shaky start, but then he started feeling it again," manager Tim Teufel said. "He started making quality pitches and got some groundball outs and he took us as far as we wanted him to go tonight." Box

BINGHAMTON 7, RICHMOND 0: Jeurys Familia struck out seven over five scoreless innings and Jack Egbert completed the shutout with four more run-free frames. Familia retired the first nine batters he faced. He fanned three in his first trip through the batting order, needing just 36 pitches to get through three innings. After collecting just four hits on Friday night, the B-Mets came alive. Niuman Romero led off the third inning with a single against starter Justin Fitzgerald. The hit was the first of four singles in the inning for Binghamton. Familia’s sac bunt moved Romero to second, and Matt den Dekker's single brought him home with the game's first run. Jon Malo singled den Dekker to second and Juan Lagares doubled the B-Mets' lead with another single. Darren Ford snapped Familia's streak with an infield single to start the fourth. After Ford stole second and third, Familia struck out the next three batters to keep Richmond off the board. The righty worked around a single and an error by Allan Dykstra to toss a scoreless fifth. The B-Mets extended their lead with another series of singles in the fifth. Lagares singled with one out and Dykstra followed by grounding one to first. Wes Hodges fielded it cleanly, but his throw to second plunked Lagares in the back and allowed both runners to reach. Michael Fisher took advantage of the break with an RBI single to give Binghamton a 3-0 lead. Egbert took over and fired a perfect sixth. He worked around a two-out single in a scoreless seventh. The B-Mets used the long ball to add breathing room. Fitzgerald watched his night come to a close after walking Fisher with two out in the seventh. Wilmin Rodriguez entered in relief and was greeted rudely by Raul Reyes, who launched his 11th homer. The B-Mets collected three hits off David Quinowski in the eighth. Romero led off with a single and den Dekker put a cap on the B-Mets’ scoring by squeaking his seventh homer inside the right-field foul pole to give Binghamton a seven-run advantage. Egbert hurled a perfect eighth and sidestepped a one-out single to toss a scoreless ninth. Egbert's third save made a winner of Familia for the third time in Double-A. The two pitchers combined to allow four singles and strike out eight. Neither issued a walk. The two faced five over the minimum. Right-hander Collin McHugh (5-2, 3.61) opposes left-hander Chuck Lofgren (2-0, 1.73) Sunday. Box

CHARLOTTE 5, ST. LUCIE 1: Zack Wheeler made his first home start and third appearance as a Mets farmhand and limited the Stone Crabs to one run in five innings, but suffered the loss to fall to 1-2 in the Florida State League. Kyle Lobstein kept the Mets off the scoreboard long enough for Charlotte to get to the Mets bullpen. Rylan Sandoval accounted for St. Lucie’s lone run with an eighth-inning homer, his eighth long ball this season. Wheeler allowed five hits while striking out three. He walked three batters -- the first walks he has issued since joining the organization. Estarlin Morel and Eric Beaulac each allowed two runs in relief. Francisco Pena, Wilmer Flores and Sandoval each had two hits in the loss. Armando Rodriguez (3-4, 4.25) gets the start at Port Charlotte on Sunday. Box

GREENVILLE 1, SAVANNAH 0 (SUSPENDED): The game between the Sand Gnats and Greenville Drive was suspended by unplayable field conditions created by heavy rain in the Savannah area Saturday night. The teams completed four and a half innings, with Greenville leading 1-0. The game will be completed when the Gnats visit Greenville Aug. 18-21. The Gnats will begin a four-game series against the Asheville Tourists, SAL affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, Sunday. Right-hander Ryan Fraser (7-7, 3.30) opposes right-hander Josh Mueller (5-5, 4.66) in the opener. Box

KINGSPORT 5, PRINCETON 3: Dustin Lawley's solo homer broke a tie in the eighth inning. Tillman Pugh added an RBI single later in the frame. Box

BROOKLYN 2, MAHONING VALLEY 1: Relievers Steve Winnick (2-0) and Todd Weldon (fourth save) combined on five no-hit, scoreless relief innings. Cole Frenzel's groundout scored Richard Lucas in the sixth to break a 1-all tie. Lucas had an RBI double in the third inning. Box


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