Around the minors 6.16.10

SAVANNAH 12, ROME 0: Mark Cohoon threw his third straight nine-inning shutout as the Sand Gnats (40-26) blew out Rome. The Augusta GreenJackets lost, 15-6, to the Charleston RiverDogs, so the Gnats now lead Augusta by one game with four to play in the season’s first half. The Gnats head to Augusta for four games to finish the half. Savannah must win at least two of the four games in Augusta to secure its first playoff berth since 1996. Cohoon gave up four hits, walked two and struck out seven, lowering his South Atlantic League-leading ERA to 1.30. In his last 27 scoreless innings, Cohoon has struck out 22, walked four and given up just 10 hits. He has not allowed an earned run in 35 2/3 innings. The Gnats have now won four games in a row and 10 of their last 12 as they chase a first-half championship. Savannah opened the game’s scoring with a two-run third inning. DH Pedro Zapata brought home the first run with an RBI double down the right-field line. Zapata finished 5-for-5 with a double and four RBIs. The five hits ties a season high for a Savannah batter. The Gnats blew the game open with a four-run fourth inning. The hits were a bases-loaded two-run single from catcher Dock Doyle and an RBI single to right by Zapata. Savannah tacked on a run in the sixth, four more in the seventh and one in the eighth. In the seventh, Zapata singled home two Gnats. The Gnats begin a four-game showdown in Augusta at 7:05 p.m. Thursday when right-hander Armando Rodriguez (4-4, 3.26 ERA) takes on right-hander Chris Heston (2-6, 5.74) for the GreenJackets. Boxscore

BINGHAMTON 11, RICHMOND 2: Josh Stinson hurled a season-high seven innings of two-run work and Binghamton rapped a season-high 18 hits to end a four-game losing skid. Josh Satin roped three hits in five trips to the plate, including the game-winner with a two-run triple in the sixth. The Flying Squirrels jumped on Stinson in the first. Darren Ford blooped a single into left opening the frame. He promptly stole second on Stinson’s first offering to Nick Noonan, who pushed Ford to third with a groundout to second. With two outs, Roger Kieschnick sent a Stinson offering back through the box into center field, plating Ford to give Richmond its only lead, 1-0. Starter Mike MacDonald scattered four hits over the game’s first three innings before giving up the lead in the fourth. The inning got off to an ominous start courtesy of a walk issued to Marshall Hubbard. Eric Campbell made MacDonald pay for the walk with a two-run blast to left on a first-pitch breaking ball, vaulting the B-Mets to a 2-1 lead. Richmond (32-34) rallied to tie in the fifth without the benefit of a hit. Tyler La Torre led off with a routine ground ball to second, but Satin bobbled it, allowing him to reach. MacDonald followed with the intention of sacrificing LaTorre to second, but Stinson could not find the plate and walked the Squirrels pitcher. With two on and no outs, Ford bunted the runners up for his team-leading fifth sacrifice of the season and Noonan followed, delivering a sac fly to center to tie the score at two. Binghamton (31-34) responded in the sixth. D.J. Wabick doubled to left-center to start and was joined on base when Omir Santos singled. With runners at the corners and no one out, MacDonald was pulled in favor of Ronnie Ray. Satin was the first to face the reliever and lined a bases-clearing triple to right-center, putting the B-Mets ahead for good. Sean Ratliff delivered the final blow of the inning with a two-out, RBI single to right, plating Satin to up the lead to 5-2. MacDonald was charged with his sixth loss after allowing four runs on 10 hits over five-plus innings. The Flying Squirrels are now 1-12 in games MacDonald starts. The B-Mets turned the game into a rout in the seventh. Hubbard began the inning with a double to right and was chased home by Wabick with an RBI single off Ray. Craig Whitaker spelled Ray and gave up a homer to the first batter he faced, Santos, a two-run shot to left. It was Santos’ first homer with Binghamton and it extended the lead to 8-2. Richmond grew sloppy defensively in the eighth. The Squirrels committed three errors behind lefty Wilmin Rodriguez, helping Binghamton to three further runs, making it nine unanswered over three stanzas. Stinson reaped the benefits of the tremendous run support. The righty tied a career-best with a seven-inning start. He allowed just two runs (one earned) on five hits. Every member of the B-Mets’ starting lineup recorded a hit, including Stinson. The newcomers, Satin and Ratliff, led the way with three hits each. Luis Hernandez managed a pair of singles out of the leadoff spot to extend his team-best hitting streak to seven games. Boxscore

ST. LUCIE 6, BRADENTON 0: A night after being shut down by the Bradenton Marauders, the St. Lucie Mets bounced back and returned. Robert Carson tossed six innings, allowing only two hits while striking out seven batters before being lifted with a runner on first base in the seventh inning. Rhiner Cruz relieved Carson and went two innings without allowing a single base runner. Stephen Clyne came in for the ninth inning to secure the victory. The Mets jumped on Bradenton starter Casey Erickson early. Juan Torres doubled in two runs in the second inning to kick off the scoring. Torres, who had an outstanding night at the plate, singled in another run in the fourth inning making it a 4-0 game. The Mets’ last two runs came in the sixth inning thanks to a defensive miscue. Stefan Welch and Torres led the Mets offensively. Both had three hits on the night, with Torres driving in three runs and scoring once and Welch scoring two runs. The only other Met with a hit on the night was Wilfredo Tovar, who also scored a run. Boxscore

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