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Around the minors 7.3.10

ROCHESTER 1, BUFFALO 0: The Buffalo Bisons saw their four-game win streak snapped as the 17,527 fans who showed up for the Independence Eve Celebration were treated to a duel between Bisons starter Ramon Ortiz and Red Wings left hander Glen Perkins. During his last start, Ortiz was shelled by Charlotte Knights, giving up nine earned runs in only a three-inning start. Ortiz bounced back with one of the strongest pitching performances from a Bisons starter. The right-hander tossed 6 1/3 innings, giving up four hits and one run, while striking out seven batters. Ortiz was never threatened by the Red Wings until he got himself into trouble in the seventh. After loading the bases, Ortiz was relieved by Jose De La Torre. De La Torre had been excellent in his past six relief appearances -- not allowing a run in the last 5 2/3 innings. But the reliever came into a tough spot and plunked designated hitter Brendan Harris to force in first baseman Brock Peterson. De La Torre would then induce an inning ending 5-4-3 double play to get out of the inning, but the Red Wings had what turned out to be the game’s lone run. On the other side, the Red Wings received a great start from Perkins. Perkins, who had a 1-8 record before the game, bested Ortiz by throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He only gave up three hits. The Herd's bats were silent, mustering only five hits. The Bisons only had one man reach second base, when J.R House got there in the seventh inning. Buffalo had a chance to steal the game in the ninth when designated hitter Mike Jacobs led off the inning with a single to center field. First baseman Valentino Pascucci followed Jacobs and struck out swinging. Right fielder Fernando Martinez was the Bisons’ last hope, but he could not recreate the magic of June 14th when he hit a walk-off grand slam. Martinez grounded into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play. In addition to Buffalo seeing its four-game winning streak end, the Herd also saw a more historic streak snapped. Left fielder Lucas Duda failed to homer, as he has done in the previous five games. Duda went 0-for-3. Duda now stands tied with Andy Marte, Ollie Carnegie, Carlos Garcia and Bill Selby as the only members of the Bisons to hit homers in five straight games. Boxscore

BINGHAMTON 9, PORTLAND 3: Kirk Nieuwenhuis smashed four extra-base hits and the B-Mets won again behind Josh Stinson to even the five-game series at two wins each. Binghamton is a perfect 7-0 in games started by the Shreveport, La., native. Nieuwenhuis hit the ground running with a ground-rule double just inside the line in left off Sea Dogs starter Jeremy Kehrt. Sean Ratliff advanced him to third with a fielder’s choice to short and Nick Evans brought him home with a double-play groundout, giving Binghamton (43-39) a 1-0 lead. Nieuwenhuis extended the lead to two runs with a long solo homer to right leading off the third inning. It was Nieuwenhuis’ 12th home run of the season and second in two days. Stinson worked the first four innings in scoreless fashion, facing two over the minimum. However, Portland (41-40) got to the right-hander in the fifth. Ryan Khoury led off with a ground-rule double. Chih-Hsien Chiang chased him home with a clean single to right. Stinson buckled down to get the next two hitters before walking Nate Spears. Yamaico Navarro made the starter pay with a bases-clearing triple to center, vaulting the Sea Dogs into a 3-2 lead. The B-Mets responded quickly in the next half-inning. Nieuwenhuis once again led the charge with a leadoff double to right-center. Ratliff grounded out to second, moving the runner up to third. With the infield drawn in, Evans ripped a grounder to short that was knocked down by Navarro. But the slick-fielding shortstop’s throw was late. With runners at the corners, Marshall Hubbard yanked a ball off the glove of first baseman Anthony Rizzo to reach, scoring Nieuwenhuis to tie the score. The play was ruled an error. Josh Satin continued the onslaught with a ringing single to left, bringing home Evans to give Binghamton the lead. Raul Reyes cleared the bases with a triple, upping the advantage to 6-3 and knocking Kehrt out of the game. Eammon Portice was summoned to finish the inning and promptly gave up a two-run homer to Mike Nickeas, making it 8-3. It was Nickeas’ second homer of the season. Kehrt was hung with the loss in his shortest outing to date with Portland. The right-hander allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. Jose Coronado added to the lead in the seventh with a two-out RBI single off Portice, rounding out the game’s scoring. Stinson was credited with his fifth win. He allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings. Dylan Owen, returned from Buffalo, provided 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Stinson. Derrick Ellison worked a 1-2-3 ninth. Nieuwenhuis finished 4-for-5 with three doubles, a homer and three runs scored. Reyes also managed a two-hit showing and scored twice. Boxscore

ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 1: Carlos Beltran again served as DH, going 0-for-4 with a walk. Wilmer Flores produced his first Florida State League homer. The game began with a rain delay. Boxscore

GREENVILLE 7, SAVANNAH 1: Jeremy Hazelbaker and Ronald Bermudez continued their own fireworks display. With the win, the Drive took the five-game series from the Sand Gnats, 3-2. Hazelbaker had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, home run, triple and a walk. Bermudez, on a tear at the plate this week, hit another home run after hitting a pair on Friday night. He finished the evening 1-for-2 with two walks. Chris McGuiness also joined the party, as he went 2-for-3 with a single, home run and a walk. In fact, everyone in the Greenville lineup recorded at least one hit. The Drive scored in the first inning due largely to Savannah starter Tyler Whitenton’s control struggles. Hazelbaker set up the frame for Greenville by leading off with a double off the left-center wall on the first pitch he saw. After striking out Derrik Gibson, Whitenton began to falter with his control. McGuiness and Bermudez each drew a walk. A wild pitch during Bermudez’s plate appearance allowed Hazelbaker to advance to third, while McGuiness was thrown out at second base. Yet another wild pitch by Whitenton during Reynaldo Rodriguez’s at-bat allowed Hazelbaker to score and Bermudez to go to second. Rodriguez then proceeded to single sharply through the left side, but Bermudez was thrown out at home to end the inning. The Sand Gnats evened the score in the third inning when Wilfredo Tovar’s one-out single off Drive starter Drake Britton scored Travis Ozga from second base. However, the Drive answered right back in the bottom of the frame. Hazelbaker continued his torrid stretch with a solo home run that put Greenville up, 2-1. Britton, again on a strict pitch count, gave up one run in three innings while yielding three hits, walking none and fanning three batters. Tom Ebert (7-1) came on and earned the win with five solid innings of scoreless relief, scattering three hits, walking three and striking out four. Dennis Neuman finished the game with a scoreless ninth. The score remained 2-1 until the sixth, when Bermudez -- also locked-in offensively -- hit a two-run homer to left-center off Savannah reliever Samuel Martinez after Chris McGuiness had led off the inning with a single. Up 4-1 at that point, the Drive tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Hazelbaker was at the center of the action once again, as his triple scored Christian Vazquez after Vazquez doubled to lead off. Gibson then hit a sacrifice fly to deep left to score Hazelbaker for a 6-1 lead. The score did not remain that way for long, though, as the very next batter, McGuiness, smacked a solo home run to right center off Savannah’s Luis Rojas to make it 7-1. Boxscore

PULASKI 14, KINGSPORT 5: Boxscore

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 0: The Cyclones lost for only the second at home this season and fell a half-game out of first in the McNamara Division for the first time this year. Right-hander Yohan Almonte started his third game of the 2010 season, pitching 5 2/3 innings in which he surrendered two runs (one earned) on five hits, while striking out four and walking two. Left-hander Nelson Pereira took the mound in the sixth inning and allowed a run on three hits while striking out two over two-thirds of an inning. Right-hander Ryan Fraser followed with 1 2/3 scoreless frames, striking out three, before Brian Needham came on in the ninth inning and allowed two more runs on two hits. The Cyclones’ offense was held in check, tallying five hits while striking out 13 times. First baseman Jeff Flagg was the only Cyclone to register a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double. Second baseman J.B. Brown, third baseman James Shroeder and catcher Taylor Freeman had the Cyclones only other hits. Center fielder Darrell Ceciliani had his eight-game hitting streak snapped, but did find himself on base once with a walk and stole second. DH Joe Bonfe finished the game without recording a hit, but did reach base twice thanks to two walks, bringing his season total to a team-leading 11. Boxscore

GCL CARDINALS 3, GCL METS 1 (SUSPENDED): Boxscore

Compiled from team reports