Around the minors 5.31.12

COLUMBUS 3, BUFFALO 0: Chris Young tossed six scoreless innings, allowing two hits while tossing 87 pitches. Despite Young's efforts, the Bisons bullpen faltered and the Herd fell short of a series sweep. Thursday's game concluded a record 16-game homestand. After posting a 3.18 ERA in three starts for Class A St. Lucie, Young faced a higher-caliber opponent with Buffalo. After Young's departure, left-hander Chuck James had a 7 2/3-inning scoreless streak end. James surrendered a homer to Beau Mills, the first batter he faced. He allowed two more hits before being relieved by Pedro Beato. Columbus added two more runs in the inning. Reliever Jeff Stevens pitched the ninth and allowed no runs, extending his scoreless streak to six innings. Valentino Pascucci extended his International League-high on-base streak to 25 straight games courtesy of a first-inning walk. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, AKRON 1: Zack Wheeler allowed one run and struck out eight over seven innings. Wheeler faced three over the minimum to earn his fifth straight win. Wheeler again got serious offensive support. After going down in order in the first against starter Jonathan Pettibone, the B-Mets offense came alive in the second. Eric Campbell singled and Juan Lagares doubled. Juan Centeno chased both home with a double. Pedro Zapata added an RBI single and scored later in the inning on a fielding error by first baseman Steven Lerud. The B-Mets tacked on a run with a sac fly by Juan Lagares in the third and posted another crooked number in the fourth. Zapata tripled and Wheeler walked to set the table for Josh Rodriguez. The shortstop launched a 1-2 pitch from Pettibone into the left-field seats for his fourth homer of the season, giving the B-Mets an 8-0 lead. The run support was plenty for Wheeler. The righty retired the first nine R-Phils he faced before allowing a single to Miguel Abreu in the fourth. Wheeler shook off the hit and sat down 10 consecutive as he breezed into the seventh. His only blemish came in his final inning when he allowed back-to-back doubles to Darin Ruf and Brandon Tripp. Wheeler (5-2) did not issue a walk for the second time this season. He finished one shy of his season high for strikeouts. Over his last five starts, the B-Mets offense has supplied nearly nine runs per game. Robert Carson added two scoreless relief innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, PALM BEACH 3: Starter Yohan Almonte tossed five scoreless innings. Alonzo Harris Jr. went 4-for-5 with three RBIs, two runs scored, a walk and two extra-base hits. Blake Forsythe also drove in three runs. Box

GREENSBORO 2, SAVANNAH 0: Starter Michael Fulmer allowed one run on four hits and two walks in five innings. Randy Fontanez contributed three no-hit relief innings. The Gnats mustered four hits -- two by T.J. Rivera. Box

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