Around the minors 5.26.12

BUFFALO 8, SCRANTON WILKES-BARRE 7: Buffalo pulled out an 8-7 win against Scranton Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. Bisons closer Fernando Cabrera would not allow Jack Cust to be the hero for the second consecutive night. On a 2-2 count, Cabrera sent Cust down swinging. After eluding the threat of Cust, Cabrera managed to retire the next two batters and end the game. The Herd jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first three innings, but the Yankees battled back to take the lead at one point. But unlike Friday, the Bisons capitalized on their opportunities. One day after going 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position and leaving 12 on base, the Herd made a drastic improvement, going 5-for-8 with only three left on. In the top of the first, Valentino Pascucci came to the plate with two outs and a runner on second. Pascucci responded by ripping an RBI double into deep left field, giving the Bisons a quick 1-0 lead. The Herd came through with runners in scoring position again in the second. With two outs and two on, Fred Lewis came to bat, fresh off his first home run of the year Friday. Lewis quickly made it two homers in as many days, driving the ball deep into center field. The three-run shot gave the Bisons a 4-0 lead, and the margin would be extended to six the next inning. But like Friday, the Yankees battled back. After pitching four scoreless innings, Bisons starter Garrett Olson found trouble in the firth, allowing five runs on six hits. A Cust homer in the seventh tied the game, and the Yankees added another run the same inning to take the lead. Now the Bisons were forced to rally, in order to avoid squandering sizable leads in two consecutive games. And the Herd was up to the task. With one out and runners on second and third, Jordany Valdespin ripped a line drive to left field that scored Josh Satin and tied the game. Then, on an interesting play, Pascucci was able to steal home, with an assist from Valdespin. With Valdespin on first and Pascucci on third, Valdespin tried to steal second but got trapped between two Scranton defenders. Amid the confusion, the alert Pascucci ran home to give the Bisons the lead. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 8, BINGHAMTON 2: New Hampshire scored five combined runs in the fourth and fifth innings to down Binghamton on Saturday. Starter Gregory Peavey gave up five earned runs and seven hits in seven innings in the loss. In two innings of relief, Erik Turgeon was tagged for four hits and three earned runs. Binghamton went up 1-0 on a single by Jefry Marte, but that was the last run they scored until the seventh. New Hampshire, meanwhile, plated two in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a commanding 5-1 lead. In the seventh, Juan Lagares doubled to make it 5-2. New Hampshire plated three in the ninth to eliminate any chance of a Bingamton comeback. Peavey fell to 3-2 with a 5.59 ERA after the loss.Box

SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 5: Savannah scored four runs in the first three innings en route to a 7-4 win over Augusta on Saturday. Aderlin Rodriguez's sacrifice fly gave Savannah a 1-0 lead in the second, but Augusta rallied for two against starter Rafael Montero in the bottom of the frame. Savannah came back with three in the third. Charles Thurber drove in two with a double, and Brandon Brown made it 4-2 with an RBI single. Augusta again added a run in the fifth to make it 4-3 but Savannah scored runs in the eighth and ninth. Gilbert Gomez drove in a run in the eighth, while Dustin Lawley and Travis Taijeron each contributed RBI to make it 7-4 in the ninth. Montero improved to 4-2 after seven innings of three-run ball while T.J. Chism picked up his seventh save. Savannah had 15 hits in the win. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 4: St. Lucie walked off with a 5-4 win against Charlotte on Saturday. Cory Vaughn walked with the bases loaded to force in the winning run. Charlotte took an early 3-0 lead against Mets starter Angel Cuan. Cuan struggled on the day, giving up nine hits and four runs over 4 2/3 innings. St. Lucie got a run back in the third when Richard Lucas nailed his third home run of the year. Charlotte tacked on a run to make it 4-1 in the fifth, but St. Lucie got two back on a bases-loaded walks by Robbie Shields and Wilmer Flores. The Mets tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on a wild pitch when Rylan Sandoval scored. Jack Leathersich and John Church tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and Church picked up the win. St. Lucie committed three errors in the win. Box

Compiled from team reports