Around the minors 4.23.12

BUFFALO 5, LEHIGH VALLEY 1: Dylan Owen made a spot start for the temporarily promoted Jeremy Hefner. Before the Herd's game against the IronPigs was half over, Owen found himself back in the bullpen ... as a hitter. Owen became the first Buffalo pitcher in more than 17 years to homer. While he didn't earn the victory on the mound, his work at the plate ignited Buffalo's fifth win in seven games. It has been almost two decades and two affiliations ago since a Bisons pitcher went deep. In the final season of the Bisons' affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates, John Hope homered on Aug. 6, 1994. Of course, pitchers rarely hit during the club's partnership with the American League's Cleveland Indians. Owen got his chance to swing against the Philadelphia Phillies' affiliate on Monday because Hefner was recalled by the Mets hours before their first pitch. With Buffalo trailing 1-0, Owen pulled a 1-2 offering from former Bison Pat Misch to left field for his first career homer. The long ball was no cheepy and would've been out of most parks -- if not all -- in the International League. The home run was the sixth career hit for Owen. He went 0-for-10 at the plate last season for Buffalo. In another bit of irony, Misch was the Bisons' best-hitting pitcher a season ago, with two doubles and a modern-era-record four RBIs. Owen's homer got the Bisons going. Valentino Pascucci followed with an RBI double later in the fifth. Vinny Rottino closed out the inning with a run-scoring single. After that, the Herd never trailed. The only downside to the night was that Owen didn't earn the win. Despite retiring the first nine batters he faced, Owen isn't stretched out enough to go deep into games. He did work 4 2/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits. The win went to Josh Edgin (1-0) in his Triple-A debut. The southpaw was promoted Monday from Binghamton and struck out three of the five batters he faced. It's been a good hitting road trip for Bisons pitchers. Matt Harvey had two hits and an RBI on Friday night in Syracuse. Catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere made his 2012 Bisons debut and fly out as a pinch hitter. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, FORT MYERS 6: Andres Torres went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and played six innings in center field in his first game on a major league rehab assignment, and the Mets rallied for a victory. The Mets won their 10th consecutive game and improved to 15-2 on the season. Left fielder Cory Vaughn went 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBIs. Vaughn hit an inside-the-park homer in the eighth. The Mets used a three-run seventh to pull out the victory. With the score tied at 6, Cesar Puello hit a go-ahead RBI double to center to score Wilmer Flores. Blake Forsythe drilled a two-run double to make it 9-6. Vaughn had hit a two-run single in the first inning to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Fort Myers chased Mets pitcher Gonzalez Germen from the game after scoring a pair of runs in the fourth and three more runs in the fifth. Germen allowed five earned runs on five hits and walked four batters in 3 1/3 innings. The Mets trailed 6-3, but rallied with a three-run sixth. Richard Lucas hit an RBI single to cut the deficit to 6-4. Forsythe lined an RBI single to center to plate Puello and cut the deficit to a run. Torres added an RBI groundout to tie the score. D.J. Carrasco, also beginning a major league rehab assignment, retired the side in order in the first inning with one strikeout. Kyle Allen, making his first appearance of the season, picked up the victory by tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Adam Kolarek tossed two scoreless innings with five strikeouts to earn his third save. Puello went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Lucas went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Forsythe had two hits, a run scored, and three RBIs. Chase Huchingson faces Fort Myers on Tuesday. Box

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