Around the minors 8.29.10

SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 5, BUFFALO 1: Yankees top prospect Jesus Montero launched a pair of home runs and drove in four as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre clinched the International League North Division. Yanks starter D.J. Mitchell allowed just one hit in seven innings for his first win of the season. Buffalo had two hits, while Montero had the game's two biggest knocks. The catcher launched a three-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the third to stake the Yankees to an early lead. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre held the 5-0 advantage into the top of the ninth. Buffalo had just one hit prior to the final frame, but started to rally with a leadoff single by Andy Green. Lucas Duda and Nick Evans followed with walks to load the bases with no outs. The Yankees quickly turned to IL-saves leader Jonathan Albaladejo, but the Bisons still got on the board with a Russ Adams sacrifice fly. After a second out, Albaladejo hit Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the foot to load the bases and bring the tying run to the plate. However, Mike Cervenak flied out to center field to end the game. Southpaw Mike Antonini (1-3) took the loss for Buffalo. He allowed all five runs in six innings. He also was touched for a Colin Curtis home run in the bottom of the sixth. Cervenak finished 0-for-4 to see his 10-game hit streak end. Before the ninth inning, the Bisons’ only hit was a third inning single by Jesus Feliciano. The Bisons drew six walks in defeat. Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to pitch against Syracuse on Monday. Boxscore

BINGHAMTON 4, READING 2: Zach Lutz, who grew up in the Reading, Pa., area, broke a ninth-inning deadlock with a towering two-run homer to left. The shot ensured Mark Cohoon would be rewarded with his fourth straight win. The B-Mets southpaw tossed eight innings and allowed two unearned runs. Binghamton (64-69) found itself in an early hole courtesy of a two-run second inning put up by Reading (65-68). Tuffy Gosewisch started the inning at the plate and reached on a fielding error by shortstop Jose Coronado. Kevin Mahar moved the runner to second with a sacrifice bunt. Gosewisch then advanced to third on Freddy Galvis’ deep flyout to center. Instead of facing Keoni DeRenne, Cohoon elected to intentionally walk the No. 8 hitter to get to the pitcher Chance Chapman. Chapman then helped his own cause with an RBI single to center. Harold Garcia capped the inning’s scoring with an RBI single to right, pushing the R-Phils in front 2-0. The B-Mets responded in the third against Chapman. Luke Montz drew a one-out walk and was sacrificed to second by Cohoon. With two outs, Coronado brought Montz home with a double over the head of Mahar in center, cutting the deficit in half. Eric Campbell rallied Binghamton to tie the score the next inning. Josh Satin walked to start the frame. Sean Ratliff followed with a double to left-center. Satin attempted to score from first, but was gunned down at the plate on a relay throw by Galvis. However, after Lutz flied out to center for the second out, Campbell connected on a slider from Chapman and sent a single back through the box to plate Ratliff from second, tying the score. Cohoon took over from there. The southpaw faced two over the minimum after allowing the two-run second inning, taking the game through eight innings for his longest start with Binghamton. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out five. Chapman exited to a no-decision after 3 2/3 innings. Left-hander Matt German followed him and retired all seven hitters he faced over 2 1/3 innings to segue to Tyler Cloyd, who was making his Double-A debut. Cloyd worked two scoreless innings before walking the leadoff hitter in the ninth, Ratliff. Lutz made him pay for the walk with his 17th homer, vaulting the B-Mets into a 4-2 lead. Manuel Alvarez made the lead stand up in the ninth with a scoreless frame to earn his seventh save in nine chances. Cohoon has produced four consecutive quality starts and is now 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA over five August starts spanning 33 2/3 innings. Boxscore

ST. LUCIE 10, FORT MYERS 2: Boxscore



GCL METS 6, GCL ASTROS 1: Boxscore

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