Around the minors 8.31.10

SYRACUSE 6, BUFFALO 4: With only seven games left in the 2010 regular season, the Herd will have to rally if it wants to play past Labor Day. With a week left, the Bisons are now down four games in the race for the International League wild card. The Bisons have lost four straight, while Columbus has now leapfrogged Louisville for the lead in the IL West. The Herd now trails the Bats, not the Clippers, for the final postseason spot. Buffalo had early leads of 3-0 and 4-2 thanks to the long ball. Nick Evans launched a missile three-run homer in the first inning. Justin Turner followed with a solo shot in the third inning after the Chiefs had closed to within 3-2. But Syracuse kept coming, scoring a run in the fifth inning before taking a 5-4 lead with two runs in the top of the sixth. Seth Bynum tied it with a two-out RBI double. Carlos Maldonado gave the Chiefs the lead when he singled home Bynum. The game wasn't without a little controversy. With Buffalo holding onto the 4-3 lead and one out in the fifth inning, Turner singled to right field and Jesus Feliciano tried to go first to third on the play. Feliciano was initially called safe, but after Chiefs manager Trent Jewett came out to argue the call, the three-man umpiring crew gathered and reversed the call. That brought on the ire of Herd skipper Ken Oberkfell, who raced out to argue on his team's behalf. However, the call remained and instead of runners on first and third and one out with Lucas Duda at the plate, the slugger hit with just one runner on and two out. On the hill, Fernando Nieve suffered the loss, his first losing decision in 11 career starts with the Bisons. The righty allowed five runs on 10 hits in six innings. In his second game back from a knee injury, Turner went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and a home run. Duda also finished the game with three hits, going 3-for-4 with a double and a runs scored. Following the game, the Mets promoted Duda and Jenrry Mejia to New York. Boxscore

PORTLAND 6, BINGHAMTON 0: Portland right-handers Stephen Fife and Ryne Lawson combined on a three-hit shutout. Fife carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Raul Reyes broke it up with a one-out single. Binghamton (64-71), for the second straight night, fell behind early. Eric Beaulac, who was making his second Double-A start and lasted only an inning because of an injury, gave up a leadoff single to Nate Spears. Che-Hsuan Lin followed and drew a walk to put two on with nobody out. Anthony Rizzo drove both men home with a double into the right-field corner. Rizzo advanced to third on a wild pitch and would score when the next hitter, Ryan Lavarnway, lofted a sacrifice fly to center. Emotions ran high in the second inning as Fife hit Sean Ratliff with the first pitch of the inning, causing plate umpire Andy Dudones to warn both benches. Ratliff was erased a pitch later on a 6-4-3 double play hit into by Zach Lutz. It proved to be the B-Mets’ lone baserunner until the sixth inning. Portland (65-70) was back at it in the second against a new pitcher, though. Beaulac exited after one inning and suffered the loss. Roy Merritt replaced him and retired the first two hitters of the frame before giving up a disputed solo homer to Will Vazquez, his first of the year, which upped the Sea Dogs lead to 4-0. Merritt took the game into the fifth, when Elvin Ramirez took over. After Ramirez got Rizzo to pop out to second, Lavarnway and Luis Exposito cranked back-to-back homers, increasing the lead to 6-0. Reyes snapped Fife’s no-hit bid in the sixth on a hanging 2-2 breaking ball, sending the ball into center for a clean single. Luke Montz followed and was ejected by Dudones after arguing a called third strike. Manager Tim Teufel was subsequently ejected for supporting Montz. Fife exited to the win after completing the sixth. He limited the B-Mets to a pair of hits and struck out five to pick up his seventh win. Lawson relieved Fife in the seventh and took it the rest of the way. He gave up just one hit, a Marshall Hubbard double leading off the eighth. Lawson was credited with his second save. The two Portland hurlers faced three over the minimum in the gem. It was the Sea Dogs seventh shutout of the season. Boxscore


BRADENTON 3, ST. LUCIE 3 (SUSPENDED): Boxscores Game 1 Game 2




BROOKLYN 6, VERMONT 4: The Brooklyn Cyclones won two games on Tuesday, finishing a suspended game to win by a score of 8-7, before winning a thrilling second game with a walk-off home run. In the first game, the Cyclones resumed a 12-inning game in which play had been suspended on Aug. 21 in Vermont due to rain. Brooklyn had an 8-7 lead, and Vermont had runners on first and second, and one out. Ryan Fraser got two quick outs -- a strikeout and a fly ball -- to put the game in the books and seal the long-awaited victory. In the second game of the day, a seven-inning contest, first baseman Jeff Flagg led the Cyclones to a 6-4 walk-off victory with five RBIs on the day, including a monster three-run home run to win the game. The Cyclones trailed in the bottom of the seventh inning by the score of 4-3, but second baseman J.B. Brown worked a one-out walk and center fielder Cory Vaughn reached on a broken-bat fielder's choice before Flagg stepped to the plate and delivered the big blow. Tuesday night was the third time this season Brooklyn has hit a walk-off home run to win a game. The Cyclones tallied eight hits against Vermont -- three for extra-bases. Brown went 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Catcher Juan Centeno had two hits and is now hitting .600 (15-for-25) at MCU Park this season. Flagg finished the game with two hits and five RBIs --- the most RBIs by a Cyclone since third baseman Brian Harrison had six on July 15 against Mahoning Valley. Flagg and Vaughn are also now tied for the most RBIs by a Brooklyn player in a single season with 50 RBIs each. The previous record was 46. Right-hander A.J. Pinera went five innings, yielding three earned runs while striking out six batters. Pinera entered the game with the third-best ERA in the New York-Penn League (2.10). He has yet to allow four earned runs in a start. Southpaw Adam Kolarek relieved Pinera and shut down Vermont over two hitless innings. Kolarek earned the win and now owns a 1.28 ERA at home this season. The Cyclones and Lake Monsters will play a doubleheader on Wednesday, with the first game starting at 6 p.m. Both games will be seven-inning contests. Boxscores Game 1 Game 2

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