Around the minors 5.17.12

BUFFALO 4, GWINNETT 2: Vinny Rottino extended his Triple-A hitting streak to 20 games with a two-run single in the second to cap the scoring. Braves starter Julio Teheran's pitch count reached 86 while lasting only 2 2/3 innings. Corey Wimberly led off the home first with a single. Fred Lewis followed that with a double to score Wimberly from first. With the Herd trailing 2-1, Teheran then walked Valentino Pascucci and Matt Tuiasosopo to load the bases. The Braves' top prospect walked a third straight batter, Brad Emaus, to force in the tying run. In the second, after singles by Bisons starter Chris Schwinden (2-for-2) and Wimberly and a walk to Lewis, Rottino swatted a single to give the Herd the decisive two-run lead. Schwinden pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out four. It marked Schwinden's first win in four starts -- although he had allowed three runs or fewer in each of those outings. In the ninth, the Herd avoided a Gwinnett threat courtesy of defensive plays by Wimberly and Emaus. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, TRENTON 3: The B-Mets scored nine second-inning runs and Zack Wheeler struck out eight. Trailing by two entering the second, the B-Mets kicked off the frame with four consecutive singles against Trenton starter Cory Arbiso, capped by Kai Gronauer’s RBI. Second baseman David Adams made matters worse by booting a potential double-play ball, allowing another run to score. After Matt den Dekker supplied a sac fly, Josh Rodriguez sent an RBI single up the middle. Jefry Marte walked to load the bases, and Juan Lagares lined one off Arbiso. The pitcher recovered, but his throw sailed past Luke Murton at first and bounced into the stands, allowing two more runs to score. Travis Ozga then launched a three-run homer, his third long ball of the season. By the time Sean Kazmar grounded out to end the inning, the B-Mets had sent 12 men to the plate. It was the most runs scored in one inning for Binghamton since it also plated nine in the third inning against Reading on Aug. 14, 2010. It was more than enough support for Wheeler (3-2) to collect his third straight win. The right-hander was tagged for a two-run home run by Cody Johnson in the first inning, but he did not allow another hit until the sixth. He allowed two total hits and struck out eight over a season-high seven innings. Binghamton tacked onto its lead in the middle innings. Marte ripped a solo homer against reliever Francisco Rondon in the fourth, while den Dekker added an RBI double in the fifth. Kazmar supplied a run-scoring single against Ryan Pope in the sixth. Edgar Ramirez took over on the mound in the eighth and needed nine pitches to toss a perfect frame. Jeff Kaplan allowed one run in the ninth. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 5: Catcher Blake Forsythe homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in all six runs. Forsythe's eighth-inning sacrifice fly broke a 5-all tie. Adrian Rosario recorded his 11th save by recording the final five outs. Starter Cory Mazzoni, the Mets' second-round pick last June out of NC State, allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings. Box

AUGUSTA 3, SAVANNAH 2: The GreenJackets scored in the top of the first inning and hung on late. Augusta (18-20) hopped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first against Domingo Tapia. Tapia (3-2) lasted four innings, yielding three runs, all earned, on five hits and two walks. He struck out five. The Gnats (24-15) got a run back in the third on Travis Taijeron's RBI single. The teams traded single runs in the fourth on RBI triples -- by Carlos Willoughby in the top half, then Gregory Pron in the bottom to make it 3-2. After Pron’s triple, Augusta pitching retired the next 13 Gnats. Aderlin Rodriguez snapped that streak with a leadoff single in the ninth. Pinch-runner Tillman Pugh stole second, but was stranded. Box

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