Around the minors 5.5.12

ROCHESTER 2, BUFFALO 1 (GAME 1); ROCHESTER 5, BUFFALO 0 (GAME 2): The Herd competed gamely in a Saturday doubleheader against the Red Wings, but was swept with losses of 2-1 and 5-0. On Saturday, the Bisons played decently but could not come up with the big hit when it was needed most. In the first game, the Bisons took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd on Omar Quintanilla's RBI single, but could not generate any more runs the rest of the way. Rochester starting pitcher P. J. Walters allowed the Bisons seven baserunners in the 2nd inning, but retired his last 14 batters faced to close the game.Walters pitched a complete game for Rochester, the first such occurrence for the Red Wings this season. The Red Wings rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the third, and took the lead on Brian Dozier's sacrifice fly in the 5th that scored Rene Rivera. This was all the offense the Wings would need, as Walters would not allow a base runner the rest of the way.The Bisons could not get the bats going in the second game of the doubleheader, either. Rochester used a revolving door of pitchers to get the job done against the herd, limiting the Bisons to four hits on the game. Red Wings starter Brandon Wise pitched three innings, giving up three hits, and a trio of relievers finished the job. The Bisons had a solid opportunity to get back into the game in the 6th, when Josh Satin and Matt Tuiasosopo were hit by pitches on consecutive at-bats with one out. Rochester made a pitching change at this point, replacing Deolis Guerra with Tyler Robertson. The Bisons would load the bases with Lucas May's two-out walk, but Michael Fisher popped out to end the inning. The majority of Rochester's offense came in the third inning. The Red Wings started the inning with three consecutive singles that produced one run, and Darin Mastroianni's two-out double scored two runs later in the inning. Box 1, Box 2

HARRISBURG 2, BINGHAMTON 1 Harrisburg starter Danny Rosenbaum faced two over the minimum en route to a 2-1 complete game victory over the B-Mets (13-15) Saturday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium.The B-Mets managed just five hits against the current Eastern League ERA leader, bounced into three double plays and had one caught stealing, resulting in a season-low one left on base. Harrisburg packed their offense into the fourth. B-Mets starter Darin Gorski walked leadoff hitter Destin Hood and surrendered a single to Chris Rahl. An attempted pickoff throw to second sailed into center, allowing both runners to advance. With runners at second and third, Sandy Leon plated Harrisburg’s first run with a groundout to second and Jose Lozada collected his fifth RBI of the year with a single to left. Gorski (2-1) finished after six innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out four in the losing effort. Binghamton scored its only run in the sixth. Oswaldo Navarro walked to start the inning. After a pair of groundouts, Pedro Zapata ripped a double to left to bring Navarro home.The B-Mets had singles in the seventh and eighth innings that were quickly erased by double plays. The B-Mets attempt to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 PM. RHP Greg Peavey matches up against RHP Robert Gilliam. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LAKEWOOD 3: The Savannah Sand Gnats (18-11) tied a season-high with their sixth-straight win, beating the Lakewood BlueClaws 5-3 Saturday night in front of 2,481 fans at Historic Grayson Stadium. Michael Fulmer threw five shutout innings to earn his place in the winner’s circle for the first time as a professional. Fulmer, the 44th overall pick in the 2011 draft, struck out four, gave up two hits, and did not allow a runner to third base. The Gnats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on left fielder Dustin Lawley’s bases loaded sacrifice fly. Savannah eventually built a 4-0 lead. In the fifth inning, with two outs and the bases loaded, Travis Taijeron lined a single into left field to plate two for a 3-0 Savannah advantage. Taijeron finished 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to six straight games. He is hitting .560 (14-for-25) with seven extra-base hits in his last six games. Brandon Brown lifted a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to put the Gnats ahead 4-0.The BlueClaws (9-18) scored three unearned runs off Gnats’ reliever Jeffrey Walters in the top of the eighth inning, aided by three Savannah errors in the frame. Walters struck out first baseman Harold Martinez looking to end the inning with the tying run at second with Gnats leading 4-3.The Gnats added an insurance run to set the game’s final score in the bottom of the eighth when shortstop Luis Nieves drove home first baseman Brian Harrison.The Gnats will look for their seventh straight win Sunday at 2:05 pm when they send righty Rafael Montero (2-1, 3.58) to the hill against Kenny Giles (0-1, 4.76). Box

ST. LUCIE 5, DUNEDIN 3:St. Lucie catcher Blake Forsythe hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh as the Mets defeated Dunedin 5-3 on Saturday at Digital Domain Park.The Mets took the opener of the four-game series in a battle of two first-place teams. Forsythe hit a two-out, solo blast off Blue Jays reliever Trystan Magnuson to give the Mets at 4-3 lead in the seventh. Adam Kolarek picked up the victory with two scoreless innings in relief with three strikeouts. Adrian Rosario struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save. Cory Mazzoni received a no-decision as he allowed two runs on six hits in six innings with two walks and one strikeout. Taylor Whitenton allowed two hits and allowed a run in relief. Wilfredo Tovar hit an RBI double in the third inning to plate Alonzo Harris to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Robbie Shields added to the lead with an RBI single to right-center to bring home Tovar.The Blue Jays tied the score with a pair of runs in the fifth inning off Mazzoni. The Mets took the lead in the sixth inning as Cory Vaughn ripped his eight home run of the season to left to make it 3-2. Shields (3-for-4) drilled a solo home run in the eighth inning to extend the lead to 5-3.The Mets will host the Blue Jays in a doubleheader on Sunday. Game 1 is scheduled for 1 p.m. and game 2 will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first contest. Box

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