Around the minors 5.23.12

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 1: Zack Wheeler allowed one run over a career-high eight innings. The righty allowed two hits and struck out seven in his fourth straight victory. Wheeler's perfect first inning was a preview of the seven stellar innings that would follow. He struck out the first two hitters of the game and fanned three of the first four he faced. Wheeler opened the game by retiring 10 Rock Cats in a row before issuing a walk in the fourth. He worked around the free pass by inducing Deibinson Romero to bounce into a double play. New Britain starter David Bromberg struggled to match Wheeler early. After failing to score with the bases loaded in the first, the B-Mets cashed in with the bases loaded in the second. A wild pitch allowed Juan Centeno to score the first run. Wheeler (4-2) made the lead stand until the fifth, when the Rock Cats collected their first hit. Aaron Hicks walked and stole second. He advanced to third on a groundout and scored when Nate Hanson singled. Bromberg settled down after his first two shaky innings and posted four scoreless frames to cap his day. Reliever Blake Martin took over and posted a scoreless seventh before allowing a leadoff single to Raul Reyes in the eighth. Luis Perdomo entered and walked Eric Campbell to put two aboard. After Reese Havens sacrificed both runners ahead, Juan Lagares shot a groundball to second with the infield drawn in. Reyes, breaking home on initial contact, beat the throw from Shawn Roof, giving the B-Mets a 2-1 lead. Campbell scored later in the inning on a botched pickoff throw from catcher Danny Lehmann. Given a two-run advantage, Wheeler closed out an impressive day with a scoreless eighth. He allowed only four runners in the longest start for any B-Met this season. Binghamton scored five runs in the ninth against reliever Brett Jacobson. The righty walked five, hit a batter and served up a three-run homer to Reyes. Adrian Rosario replaced Wheeler for the ninth and posted a perfect frame. Jenrry Mejia makes his second Double-A start, and his fourth overall in the minors since returning from Tommy John surgery, at 10:35 a.m. Thursday opposite right-hander B.J. Hermsen. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, DAYTONA 7: Pedro Beato tossed a scoreless relief inning in his third rehab appearance in the Florida State League. St. Lucie rallied with three eighth-inning runs. Cory Vaughn (3-for-5) opened the frame with a single and scored on Francisco Pena's double. Blake Forsythe and Wilfredo Tovar added RBI singles. Vaughn and Pena also contributed back-to-back solo homers in the fourth inning. Box

SAVANNAH 6, CHARLESTON 3: The Gnats (28-17) took a 3-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the first. With one out and the bases loaded, Aderlin Rodriguez doubled to tie the score. Brian Harrison followed with a groundball double play that brought home a run. Savannah tacked on a single run in the second inning and two more in the fourth to build a 6-2 advantage. Gilbert Gomez, in his first game in the leadoff spot, drove in a run in both innings. He finished the game 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Gnats starter Domingo Tapia (4-2) tossed six innings. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out six. Jared West retired the final six batters, striking out two to pick up his first save as a Gnat. Charleston scored the game’s first two runs in the top of the first on a two-run single by Ben Gamel. Box

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