Around the minors 7.22.12

CHARLOTTE 10, BUFFALO 8: The Bisons scored the last five runs of the game on Sunday, but their rally fell short in a 10-8 defeat to the Charlotte Knights. Buffalo has now lost three in a row. After being shutout in back-to-back games, the Bisons' offense broke out to score eight runs on 11 hits. However, the team never could gain the lead against the IL South's top team. Charlotte scored four runs in the first inning and built a 10-3 lead after four-and-a-half. The Herd began their rally in the bottom of the fifth as Josh Rodriguez drove home Matt den Dekker for his second RBI of the game. Buffalo plated two runs in the sixth, with the first coming on an unconventional play. Zach Lutz led off the frame and lined a pitch to center. The Knights' Justin Greene broke in on the ball, only to watch it sail over his head. Cutoff man Drew Garcia then threw the ball into the dugout to score Lutz, who credited with a triple. Buffalo got two more in the seventh as Lutz singled home Rodriguez and Adam Loewenscored on Josh Satin's RBI-ground out to pull the club within 10-8. But Lutz was left stranded in scoring position and the Bisons didn't threaten again.The loss to Buffalo went to Garrett Olson, who was filling in for the recently promoted Jeremy Hefner. Jeff Stevens pitched an inning of shutout relief. Box

BOWIE 6, BINGHAMTON 2: Caleb Joseph homered twice to lead the Bowie Baysox past the Binghamton Mets by a 6-2 score Sunday. The B-Mets suffered their sixth loss in the last seven games. For the fourth straight night, the Baysox drew first blood. Rhyne Hughes ripped a double off the right field wall to start the rally in the second against starter Darin Gorski. Joseph capped a lengthy battle by sending the ninth pitch of his at bat over the left field wall for a two-run homer. He followed the round tripper with a solo bomb to lead off the fourth. Things only got worse for Gorski later in the fourth. The lefty issued four walks and allowed another run to score without giving up a hit. The southpaw finished the inning, but did not return for the fifth. He allowed four runs on five hits, struck out five and walked six, a career-high. His streak of quality starts was snapped at five. Binghamton could not get the offense going against Bowie starter Mike Wright. Adrian Rosario kept the B-Mets within striking distance after taking over in the fifth. The righty posted three scoreless innings. Meanwhile, Robert Hinton took over and posted two scoreless innings before the B-Mets offense cracked the scoreboard in the eighth. Juan Lagares started a two-out rally by tripling to right. Reese Havens brought him home by dumping a single to shallow right. With their lead cut to three, the Baysox fought back in the bottom of the eighth against Robert Carson. The lefty walked one and allowed three hits, capped by Ty Kelly's two-run single. Down by five, Binghamton staged a comeback against reliever Clay Schrader. The righty recorded just one out, allowed a single and issued three walks. He was pulled after walking Francisco Pena to force in a run.With Wilfredo Tovar at the plate representing the tying run, Kyler Newby entered from the bullpen. Pitching for the second straight night, the righty induced Tovar to bounce into a game-ending double play to collect his seventh save. Gorski (5-5) suffered his first loss since April 26, while Wright (1-3) collected his first Double-A victory. Mike Baxter went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch in his third rehab game with Binghamton. Box

SAVANNAH 5, ROME 1: Behind an outstanding outing from Domingo Tapia, the Savannah Sand Gnats defeated the Rome Braves 5-1 Sunday to earn a split of their four-game series at Historic Grayson Stadium. Tapia took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and allowed just one unearned run in his seven innings. The Braves (16-14/34-66) scored their only run in the top of the first without a hit. CF Tony Mueller walked, stole second, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on an RBI grounder. The Gnats (13-17/54-43) answered back with three runs in the bottom of the first. RF Gregory Pron evened the game with an RBI single into rightfield and then 1B Cole Frenzel ripped a double down the rightfield line to put the Gnats ahead 3-1. The 20-year old Tapia did not allow a hit through the first six innings. However, Braves’ LF Robby Hefflinger began the seventh by singling cleanly through the left side for Rome’s first hit. Hefflinger was eliminated when the next batter, Kyle Kubitza grounded into a 3-6-1 double play. The Gnats completed the game’s scoring with two runs in the fifth inning on one hit. The runs scored on a fielders’ choice groundout and a wild pitch. Savannah will send RHP Logan Verrett (3-2, 3.43) to the mound Monday. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, DUNEDIN 2: St. Lucie scored four in the first inning to pick up a shortened win against Dunedin. St. Lucie also tacked on two runs in the fifth before the game was stopped after five innings. Cory Vaughn gave St. Lucie a 1-0 lead on an RBI single and Blake Forsythe later cleared the bases on a double to give St. Lucie a 4-0 edge. Dunedin scored a run in the first and second against starter Tyler Pill to slice the lead to 4-2, but St. Lucie quickly got those runs back. Alonzo Harris made it 5-2 with a sacrifice fly and T.J. Rivera drove in the final run of the game with a single. Pill improved to 4-1 with the win, pitching four innings and giving up four hits while striking out three. Jack Leathersich pitched a scoreless fifth inning. Forstythe led the offensive assault with his 2-for-3 day with three RBIs and a run scored. The second game was postponed. Box

KINGSPORT 6, ELIZABETHTON 5: Kingsport held off a late rally by Elizabethton Saturday night. Kingsport took a 6-3 lead after six before Elizabethton scored runs in the seventh and ninth. Kingsport took a 2-0 lead when Maikis De La Cruz doubled in a pair of runs. Jeffrey Diehl homered in the third to make it 3-0 and Gavin Cecchini's sacrifice fly in the fifth boosted the lead to 4-1. After Elizabethton sliced it to 4-2, Anthony Chavez and Jonathan Leroux each plated runs to make it 6-2. The strong offensive showing made a winner of Corey Oswalt, who improved to 2-1 with five innings of two-run ball. Shane Bay picked up his fourth save of the year. Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 1: The Cyclones snapped a five-five game home game losing streak -- the second longest in franchise history -- with a 2-1 walkoff win against the Staten Island Yankees Sunday night. Brooklyn put a run on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Dimas Ponce began the inning with a double, but he tried stretching that into a triple and was thrown out running back to second. Up next, Phillip Evans also doubled on a line drive to left field. Evans moved to third on a groundout by Kevin Plawecki and then scored on a double by Alex Sanchez. Robles retired the first eight batters of the game in order before allowing back-to-back singles in the third. After Claudio Custodio grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the frame, the Yankees failed to get another man on base until the seventh. During that frame, Staten Island knotted the game at 1-1 when Jose Rosario hit a line drive double to left field. Matt Snyder had singled to reach base, and later advanced to second on a single by Exicardo Cayones. When Rosario doubled, Snyder scored and Cayones was tagged out at the plate to end the inning. Robles threw a season-high 8.0 innings, holding the Yankees to one earned run off six hits. He walked none and struck out nine batters. That’s the most he’s fanned in his six appearances this summer.In the bottom of the tenth, Pina led off with a single. Juan Gamboa followed with a sacrifice bunt. Staten Island then tried to double up on Pina, but first baseman Saxon Butler threw the ball into the outfield. Pina moved to third on the error. Yankees reliever Mariel Checo then intentionally walked Ponce and Evans to load the bases with one out. Plawecki hit a fly ball to right field for the second out, however it was not far enough to plate Pina at third. Sanchez grounded out to second to end the Cyclones’ chance. The Cyclones pulled ahead in the 12th. Dimas Ponce hit a one-out single to left before advancing to third on a single off the bat of Plawecki. Sanchez hit a two-out single up the middle to plate Ponce and win the game. Tyler Vanderheiden earned the win for Brooklyn, pitching 1.0 inning, walking two and striking out one. Also working in relief, John Mincone held the Yankees to one hit in three scoreless innings. Box