Around the minors 7.26.10

TOLEDO 5, BUFFALO 1: Entering the eighth inning the game was tied at 1, Bisons starting pitcher Pat Misch turned the ball over to Ryota Igarashi. An unusual bounce off of catcher Michael Barrett and an error from second baseman Justin Turner then led to four Toledo runs as the Mud Hens completed a sweep. With one out in the eighth, Mud Hens DH Jeff Frazier attempted to check his swing on a 1-2 pitch from Igarashi but was called out by home plate umpire Craig Barron. Frazier stood in the batter's box to argue the call, but the pitch from Igarashi ricocheted off of Barrett's shin guards and rolled into the Bisons dugout. Because it entered the dugout, Frazier was awarded first without ever taking a step out of the box. First baseman Ryan Strieby followed by hitting a sharp grounder to shortstop Ruben Tejada, which could have resulted in a double play. Turner, though, made an error trying to receive the toss from Tejada, allowing everyone to reach base safely. Center fielder Casper Wells then singled to center, giving the Mud Hens a 2-1 lead. Third baseman Max Leon hit a two-run triple to right. Toledo added another run in the inning to make the final tally 5-1 in favor of Toledo. Misch again was denied his 10th win of the season. While getting the no-decision, Misch went seven innings, giving up one run and six hits. Misch also struck out a season-high eight. The loss for the Herd is its sixth straight. Buffalo is one away from matching its longest losing streak of the season, a seven-game skid last month. The Herd's record is now at .500 at 51-51. Boxscore

PORTLAND 8, BINGHAMTON 4: Chih-Hsien Chiang smashed a fourth-inning grand slam off Binghamton starter Robert Carson, which put Portland in control. Carson was charged for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings to drop his home debut and third straight start in Double-A. Binghamton (52-51) struck first in the third inning against starter Blake Maxwell. After Mike Nickeas drew a leadoff walk, Raul Reyes sat on a 1-1 offering from the right-hander, sending it out to right for his sixth home run of the season to give the B-Mets a 2-0 lead. The advantage was short-lived. Portland (51-51) got a leadoff single from Ray Chang in the fourth. Luis Exposito pushed the runner to third with a double, and Yamaico Navarro brought both home with a double to right, evening the score at 2. Carson walked the next two hitters, loadeing the bases. After missing with his first pitch to Chiang, the left-hander grooved a fastball to the left-handed hitter, which Chiang deposited in the right-field parking lot for a grand slam. It was his seventh homer of the season and vaulted the Sea Dogs into a 6-2 lead. Ryan Lavarnway extended that lead in the fifth, taking advantage of Carson’s third walk. The B-Mets starter walked Exposito to open the fifth. Two batters later, Lavarnway smashed his first Double-A homer, a no-doubt, two-run shot to left, extending the lead to six runs. Eddie Kunz replaced Carson after the second homer and fired 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Maxwell departed after five innings, tying his season high. The right-hander allowed two runs on three hits and tied a season high with five strikeouts. The B-Mets made some noise in the sixth with a two-out RBI double from Josh Satin, and in the seventh when Jose Coronado laced his fourth homer of the season. Binghamton would get no closer than four. It was Coronado’s first homer since April 22. Ryne Lawson worked the final four innings in relief of Maxwell and was credited with his first save of the season. Boxscore

SAVANNAH 3, LEXINGTON 0: Darin Gorski and two relievers combined to blank Lexington on four hits as Savannah recorded its second straight shutout. Gorski, a left-hander, pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed three hits and two walks. He struck out four batters. Guillaume Le Duc worked through the eighth, and Marcos Tabata picked up his first save with a perfect ninth. Savannah scored a run in the top of the first inning. Alonzo Harris led off with a single. He went to second on an errant pickoff attempt by Lexington starter Juan Minaya and scored on a single to right field by Cesar Puello. The 1-0 lead stood until the eighth inning, when the Sand Gnats added two more runs. Puello reached on an error by shortstop Jiovanni Mier. With one out, Puello stole second. It was his 37th steal of the year and moved him into a tie for third in the South Atlantic League. Puello moved to third on an infield out. After R.J. Harris walked, Puello scored on a passed ball charged to Rene Garcia. Juan Torres then doubled to score Harris. Gorski (4-5) was the winning pitcher. Minaya (4-10), who allowed one unearned run and three hits through six innings, took the loss. Savannah, which also won by a 3-0 score Sunday afternoon, has taken two of the first three games in the series. Boxscore




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