Around the minors 8.24.11

TOLEDO 7, BUFFALO 6: Raul Reyes' first Triple-A homer gave the Herd a two-run lead, but Toledo’s Danny Worth responded in the bottom of the sixth with a grand slam. Chris Schwinden, who took the loss, left with the score tied but the bases loaded and one out for reliever Gustavo Chacin. Schwinden was charged with six earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Chacin retired Jeff Salazar but surrendered the two-out slam to Worth. Reyes, 24, broke a 3-3 tie with his two-run shot. It came in his seventh game since a promotion from Binghamton. Buffalo's offense struck early against Fu-Te Ni with three runs in the first, on Josh Satin's RBI single and Jesus Feliciano's two-run double. However, Toledo evened the score in the second with Scott Thorman’s double, Argenis Diaz’s RBI single and a two-run home run by Max St. Pierre off of Schwinden. Jordany Valdespin, who went 2-for-5, doubled for the third consecutive game. Satin picked up his second RBI on the night and 15th as a Bison on a single in the seventh, scoring Luis Hernandez to cut Buffalo’s deficit to one run. Enrique Gonzalez retired Valdespin, Luis Hernandez and Zach Lutz in a perfect ninth for his 11th save. Feliciano now has 366 hits as a Bison, trailing Bill Selby by 12 for the modern-era career Bisons record. Box

BINGHAMTON 10, ERIE 5: The B-Mets cracked three homers, two from Matt den Dekker, to extend their winning streak to a season-high seven games. Binghamton has won 10 of its last 11 games and outscored opponents 83-42 during that span. Things got off to a bumpy start for B-Mets starter Robert Carson. He handed out two walks and paid for it when Rawley Bishop singled home a run in the first inning, but then tossed five scoreless frames. The B-Mets responded quickly in their first turn at bat. Den Dekker sent the second pitch from starter Casey Crosby over the left-field fence for his 10th Double-A homer. Binghamton took the lead for good the following inning. Michael Fisher and Kai Gronauer started the rally with singles. Niuman Romero followed with an RBI single to center. Den Dekker capped the rally by squeaking another home run over the left-field fence. The three-run shot was his third home run in three at-bats, including his final at-bat of the previous night. Gronauer launched a solo homer into the rail yard in the fourth. Eric Campbell drove in a pair of runs on a single in the fifth. Juan Lagares’ single that inning extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Crosby exited after allowing a season-high eight runs on eight hits over five innings. Rob Waite took over in the seventh and allowed three straight hits, capped by Romero’s two-run double. With the B-Mets up 10-1 in the seventh, Carson allowed a leadoff single to Michael Rockett and watched his night come to an end when he walked Brent Wyatt. Ricky Brooks entered and served up a three-run homer to John Murrian to cut Binghamton’s lead to six. Brooks put up a scoreless eighth and handed off to Rhiner Cruz in the ninth. The righty allowed a run before inducing Justin Henry to ground out to end the game. Carson collected his fourth win and his first since July 25. Jose Reyes begins a three-game rehab assignment Thursday in Binghamton at 6:35 p.m. against Altoona. Right-hander Jeurys Familia (4-3, 3.47) opposes Curve right-hander Matt McSwain (2-0, 3.94). Box


ST. LUCIE 4, FORT MYERS 3: Game 1 starter Darin Gorski suffered the loss despite tossing a six-inning complete game. All three runs surrendered by Gorski were unearned, with St. Lucie's Francisco Pena, Wilmer Flores and Gilbert Gomez all committing errors. In Game 2, Dock Doyle contributed a three-run homer in a four-run second inning and St. Lucie held on. Kyle Allen limited Fort Myers to one run in five innings. Box 1, Box 2

ROME 5, SAVANNAH 3: David Rohm walked with the bases loaded in the third for the game’s opening run off Gnats starter Gonzalez Germen (7-6). Evan Gattis followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 Rome lead. The Gnats responded a half-inning later with a run. Rafael Fernandez walked and advanced to third on Blake Forsythe’s single. Joe Bonfe then delivered a sacrifice fly. The Braves got the run back in their half of the fourth when Robert Hefflinger scored after a wild throw on a double play attempt by second baseman Alonzo Harris. In the fifth, Gattis scored when Harris made his second error, on another double play throwing attempt, with Ryan Fraser on the mound. Fernandez added a run for Savannah in the sixth with an opposite-field solo homer to cut the deficit to 4-2. Aderlin Rodriguez had a solo homer for Savannah in the ninth off closer Cody Martin, but Savannah dropped its third straight. Germen was charged with three runs (two earned) in four innings. Box

KINSPORT 9, DANVILLE 4: Shortstop Juan Carlos Gamboa went 3-for-5 with two doubles and scored twice. Box

TRI-CITY 7, BROOKLYN 4: The ValleyCats scored five runs in the eighth against the Brooklyn bullpen. For the second night in a row, the Cyclones found themselves in an early hole after Neiko Johnson, the leadoff batter, connected on a homer. The lead grew to 2-0 an inning later, but Cyclones starter Carlos Vazquez settled down and gave Brooklyn a chance to claw its way back into the game. Tillman Pugh led off the fifth with a solo homer to get Brooklyn on the scoreboard. The Cyclones drew even later in the inning when a throwing error by ValleyCats first baseman Rafael Valenzuela allowed Brandon Brown to score from first base. In the seventh, Danny Muno walked and advanced to second on a balk from ValleyCats pitcher Mitchell Lambson. With Muno in scoring position, Charley Thurber singled to give Brooklyn a 3-2 edge. Thurber moved himself into scoring position following a wild pitch and would come around to score on Richard Lucas’ two-out RBI single to up the Cyclones’ lead to two runs. But in the bottom of the eighth, the ValleyCats rallied off of the Cyclones bullpen to take the lead for good, with the big blow coming by way of a grand slam from Jacke Healey. Todd Weldon (4-1) suffered the loss in relief, but it was Jeremy Gould who surrendered Healey’s homer. Despite the loss, the Cyclones remain a game behind Williamsport in the wild-card race. Box

GCL NATIONALS 13, GCL METS 2: First-round pick Brandon Nimmo produced his first professional homer in the loss. Phillip Evans, the organization's 15th-round pick, went 2-for-4 in his second pro game. Box

Compiled from team reports