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Around the minors 4.9.10

BUFFALO 7, SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 6: The Bisons' offense broke through for the first time in 2010 while erasing a 6-2 deficit. Jason Pridie's two-run single in the eighth made the Herd a winner. Buffalo's high-powered offense came through against the Yankee bullpen. Chris Carter cut the four-run deficit in half in the sixth when he tripled home Fernando Martinez and Mike Hessman. An inning later, the lead was down to one when ex-Met Royce Ring uncorked a wild pitch with Luis Hernandez on third base. The Bisons capped the rally with two more runs in the eighth. Carter led off with a walk and Mike Cervenak got himself on board with one of his two hits on the night. Two batters later, Pridie pulled a pitch through the right side of the infield to plate both the game-tying and go-ahead runs. First base prospect Ike Davis continued his torrid start with a long home run to center field. Davis has reached base in six of his first nine Triple-A plate appearances. He is 4-for-7 with two doubles, a homer and two walks.

BINGHAMTON 6-5, AKRON 7-1: The B-Mets split Friday’s games, falling 7-6 in the completion of the season opener, which was suspended due to rain, and prevailing 5-1. Righty Dylan Owen starred for the B-Mets in the regularly scheduled game with five no-hit innings. Owen, who was spot-starting for the injured Brad Holt, got off to an ominous start by issuing a pair of walks. However, he settled down and retired the next seven batters before walking Nick Weglarz. Center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis opened the scoring on Nick Evans’ sacrifice fly. Binghamton’s (1-1) big inning came in the third. Three runs scored as Evans once again plated a run with a bases-loaded fielder’s choice, Lucas Duda had a sacrifice fly and Marshall Hubbard had an RBI single. In the completion of the suspended game, the B-Mets made a valiant comeback after entering the day down 7-2 in the middle of the fifth. Binghamton quickly struck for a fifth-inning run against reliever Erik Stiller. Second baseman Hector Pellot singled and Nieuwenhuis followed with a double to put both runners in scoring position. Evans followed with a groundout to short that plated Pellot, to get within four. Catcher Shawn Riggans got the B-Mets two runs closer with a double off Stiller in the sixth. Riggans went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles in the loss. D.J. Wabick got Binghamton within a run in the ninth with a run-scoring groundout. However, with runners at the corners and two outs, righty Neil Wagner got Zach Lutz to foul out to first to end the ballgame.

JUPITER 6, ST. LUCIE 4: The Mets jumped on Jupiter starter Brad Hand. Shortstop Jordany Valdespin led off with a single, then 2009 FSL homer champ Brahiam Maldonado stepped to the plate and launched his first longball of the season. Third baseman Richard Lucas followed Maldonado with his first homer as a St. Lucie Met making it 3-0. Sean Ratliff would cross the plate on an RBI single off the bat of Jean-Luc Blaquiere to give St. Lucie a 4-0 advantage before the Hammerheads batted. The Hammerheads scored one run in 3 1/3 innings against left-hander Robert Carson, who was making his Florida State League debut. Angel Calero, who relieved Carson in the fourth inning, yielded a leadoff homer to Paul Gran in the sixth. An inning later, Rhiner Cruz could not record an out. Cruz allowed two hits, walked a batter and hit another while uncorking two wild pitches. He left the game with two runs already in and runners on second and third and none out. Elvin Ramirez could not bail out the Mets as he surrendered a sacrifice fly and an RBI single, putting the Mets in a 6-4 hole.

SAVANNAH 5, WEST VIRGINIA 0: Gnats lefthander Jimmy Fuller blanked the Power (0-2) for six innings to keep the Sand Gnats (2-0) unbeaten. After a single and a Wilmer Flores error with one out in the first inning, Fuller retired the next 16 Power batters. His streak ended with two out in the sixth inning. Fuller struck out the side in the first inning and fanned six in his six innings of work while walking one and yielding two hits. West Virginia starter Nathan Baker shut out the Gnats through four innings. However, catcher Kai Gronauer’s leadoff walk in the fifth sparked a four-run frame. With runners at second and third after a Baker throwing error, second baseman Alonzo Harris drilled an 0-1 offering off the pitcher’s mound and into center field to give the Gnats a 2-0 lead. Center fielder Pedro Zapata then lined a double down the right-field line to drive in Harris. Rafael Fernandez’s RBI single brought home Zapata to make the score 4-0. Savannah tacked on its final run in the seventh, when Fernandez doubled home Zapata.

Compiled from team reports