Around the minors 6.28.10

CHARLOTTE 13, BUFFALO 12: The Bisons just couldn't find the answer to the top two hitters in the Charlotte's lineup. Designated hitter Alejandro De Aza and center fielder Buck Coats combined to go 10-for-12 with five runs scored and nine RBIs. It was Coats who sent the Knights to victory with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. The score was tied at 12 because the Herd rallied from an 11-5 deficit over the final three innings. Buffalo scored three in the seventh inning, two in the eighth and two more in the ninth to pull even with the Knights in the 36-hit slugfest. Every Bisons hitter in the lineup had at least one hit and one run scored. Fernando Martinez plated two of the three runs in the seventh with a two-out, bases-loaded single to center field. Russ Adams hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, his second blast of the game. Lucas Duda then singled home a pair of runs in the ninth inning to tie the score. The Bisons hit five home runs in the contest. Adams led off the game with a homer and Duda hit a two-run shot, his second in Triple-A, in the second. Andy Green’s solo shot came in the third inning and Valentino Pascucci launched his 10th of the season in the sixth inning. It was the first time the Bisons hit five home runs in the game in more than five years. The Bisons last hit five homers on June 10, 2005 against Syracuse while a Cleveland Indians affiliate. Despite the homers, it was Charlotte that led for most of the game. The Knights scored nine runs in the first three innings off Bisons starter Ramon Ortiz (0-1). De Aza and Coats both had a hit in each of the first three frames to help Charlotte build its big lead. Adams’ multi-homer game was his first since 2005 with the Toronto Blue Jays. That year, Adams had a pair of two-homer games -- both against Charlotte's parent club, the Chicago White Sox. Adams became the second Bisons hitter to lead off a game with a home run this year. Jason Pridie led off the Herd's contest against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on April 18 with a blast. Of Charlotte's 21 hits, only three went for extra-bases (all doubles). Boxscore

BINGHAMTON 7, ALTOONA 6: Luis Hernandez capped a feverish, six-run rally in the ninth with a two-run double, giving Binghamton a walk-off win. It was the B-Mets’ fifth straight win and 10th in their last 13 games. Binghamton (40-36) entered the bottom of the ninth in a 6-1 hole. Diego Moreno was summoned from the bullpen to finish out the affair for the Curve. However, the B-Mets had other ideas. Hernandez drew a walk on four pitches to open the inning. After Nick Evans struck out, Marshall Hubbard lined a single to left. A steady rain began to fall with the two runners on, leading to Sean Ratliff. Ratliff yanked a fastball from Moreno deep and out to right, bringing Binghamton back into the picture, 6-4. It was Ratliff’s second homer in two games and fifth with the B-Mets. An unsettled Moreno proceeded to walk Mike Nickeas and permit a single through the left side of the infield to pinch hitter Salomon Manriquez, putting the tying runs aboard. Jeff Sues was called on to put out the fire and promptly got the Curve within an out of the win by striking out Josh Satin. However, Jose Coronado followed with an RBI single, plating Nickeas to move Binghamton within a run. Sues walked the next man, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, to load the bases for Hernandez. With a 2-2 count, the veteran shortstop hit a towering fly ball to left-center that landed on the warning track, less than a foot out of the reach of Altoona center fielder Gorkys Hernandez. Manriquez and Coronado came home to score, giving the B-Mets the victory. The rally spoiled a brilliant start by Curve right-hander Bryan Morris, who tied a season high with seven innings of one-run work, featuring six strikeouts. Altoona (39-27) jumped on B-Mets righty Josh Stinson in the second inning. Brandon Jones and Kris Watts ripped back-to-back singles with one out. Anthony Norman followed and reached on a fielder’s choice to second, scoring Jones to put the Curve ahead, 1-0. Morris extended the inning when he reached on a wild pitch after striking out on a slider in the dirt. Chase d’Arnaud made it count with a bases-clearing triple to left-center, upping the lead to three runs. After Stinson hit Josh Harrison with a pitch to start the third, Matt Hague cashed in with a two-run blast to left, his sixth, making it 5-0 Curve. Stinson was pinch-hit for in the last of the fifth, ending his outing. He gave up a season-high five runs over five innings and left on the hook. The B-Mets finally scored in the fifth. Morris, who had faced the minimum through four, walked Ratliff with one out. With two gone, Raul Reyes blooped a single into right-center, plating Ratliff to cut the lead to four. Reyes has now recorded hits in all five of his contests since joining Binghamton last week from high-A St. Lucie. Altoona responded with a run in seventh off reliever Scott Shaw. Harrison doubled to left leading off the inning. Two hitters later, Jordy Mercer drove him home with a single to right, his third knock of the game, advancing the lead back to five runs. Edgar Ramirez backed into the win with two innings of stellar relief. Ramirez allowed two hits and struck out a man en route to his fourth victory. Boxscore

ST. LUCIE 7, JUPITER 4: Carlos Beltran played nine innings in center field for the first time on Day 5 of his rehab assignment. He went 1-for-5 and had one putout. “I feel good. I feel like everything was as I was expecting," he said in quotes supplied by the team. "I played seven a couple days ago and everything went fine, so I wasn’t expecting anything different today because I went nine. Tomorrow’s an early game (10:30 a.m.), so tomorrow I’m DHing, and the next day I’m playing nine again.” Boxscore


ASHEVILLE 2 SAVANNAH 0: Asheville’s pitching held Savannah scoreless for the final 25 1/3 innings of the five-game series. Monday began with the teams resuming Sunday’s suspended game, with Asheville ahead 2-0 to begin the top of the fourth inning. The Tourists added a run that inning and two more in the seventh to make the score 5-0 before blowing the game open with four runs in the ninth. Gnats shortstop Wilfredo Tovar was 3-for-3 in Game 1, accounting for half of the team’s hits. In Game 2, Savannah starter Taylor Whitenton and Asheville’s Chris Balcom-Miller matched zeros through the first five innings, until the Tourists broke through in the sixth. Center fielder Delta Cleary Jr. drew a leadoff walk and scored on DH Nolan Arenado’s double down the left-field line. A second run scored on Alex Gregory’s fielding error, giving Asheville a 2-0 lead. At that point, with the bases loaded and no outs, Savannah closer Michael Powers recovered. He struck out two and induced a foul popup to keep the score 2-0, giving the Gnats a chance to mount a comeback. Whitenton was a tough-luck loser for Savannah, giving up two runs on five hits in five-plus innings. On the other side, Balcom-Miller tossed Asheville’s first complete-game shutout. He struck out six and walked one in the seven-inning game. Boxscores Game 1 Game 2


BROOKLYN 5, HUDSON VALLEY 2: Brooklyn launched two home runs for the second straight game. Adorned in special fan-designed "YOUniforms," the Cyclones remained undefeated at home this season and increased their first-place lead in the McNamara Division to 1½ games. Right fielder Cory Vaughn went 2-for-4 with a deep triple to right field and his team-leading third homer. It was also his second long ball in two nights. Center fielder Darrell Ceciliani entered Monday’s game leading the New York-Penn League in runs scored with 12. He added to his total with two runs on three hits to raise his team-best average to .409. First baseman Jeff Flagg had two hits, including a two-run shot over the left-field wall in the fifth inning to add to his team-leading 10 RBIs. Right-hander Yohan Almonte kept the Renegades in check over five innings, allowing only one run while striking out five to earn his second win. Cyclones closer Johan Figuereo finished the game with a perfect ninth inning for his third save. Boxscore

GCL CARDINALS 3, GCL METS 2: Juan Urbina, son of former major leaguer Ugueth Urbina, has now limited opponents to one run and five hits in 9 2/3 innings in the Gulf Coast League. Buffalo outfielder Jason Pridie continued to play center field as he returns from a hamstring strain. Boxscore