Around the minors 4.21.11

April, 22, 2011
BUFFALO 4, ROCHESTER 2 (10 innings)
The Bisons were on the brink of being a victim of history. Instead, they picked up two huge wins against their closest rival. No-hit for the first six innings of Game 1 of a doubleheader, the Bisons roared back for a pair of victories over Rochester in their last at-bats. Nick Evans sent the Herd to a 4-2 walk-off win with a home run in the 10th inning of the opener before Ruben Tejada's sixth-inning double snapped a 1-all tie in a 4-1 triumph in Game 2. The victories snapped a six-game losing streak for Buffalo and exacted some revenge on a Red Wings club that swept a doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field on Tuesday. The afternoon didn't start out well for the Herd as Rochester starter Kyle Gibson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. The Bisons only had two baserunners in the first six innings, both reaching on errors. But the Bisons’ bats swung momentum in their favor with the long ball. Kirk Nieuwenhuis broke up the no-hit bid with a solo home run to left field to lead off the seventh. That knocked Gibson from the game. Rochester took the 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth, but Evans blasted a home run to left field to extend the contest further. The next time the Bisons first baseman batted, he hit a two-run shot off Kyle Waldrop in the 10th inning to give Buffalo the 4-2 win. Tejada provided the Bisons’ offense in Game 2. He homered in the second inning to give the Bisons the early lead and plated two more with a double in the bottom of the sixth to break a tie. Raul Chavez added a sac fly in the sixth for a 4-1 lead. Evans' walk-off home run in the first game was his second in a Bisons uniform. Evans hit a two-run walk-off in the 15th inning of a 4-2 victory over Pawtucket on April 12, 2009. Nieuwenhuis had a hit in each game to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest active streak in the International League. Casey Fossum allowed an unearned run in 6 1/3 innings in the first game but did not earn a decision. Ronny Paulino joined the Bisons on a major league rehab assignment. The catcher combined to go 0-for-6 with a walk in the two games. The lone no-hitter in Coca-Cola Field history was thrown by Buffalo's Bartolo Colon on June 20, 1997. Box 1, Box 2

NEW HAMPSHIRE 5, BINGHAMTON 4 (10 innings): New Hampshire right fielder Moises Sierra powered a two-out solo homer in the 10th inning to snap Binghamton’s three-game winning streak. Binghamton had a 4-2 lead entering the bottom of the eighth, but the bullpen could not hold it for Brad Holt, who pitched terrifically again. The B-Mets got onto the board early against starter B.J. LaMura in the first inning. Josh Satin lined a double to left with one out and scored on Eric Campbell’s subsequent RBI single to center. New Hampshire (8-5) answered in the last of the frame. Anthony Gose doubled to lead off the inning against Holt. After stealing third, Gose scored on a Sierra fielder’s choice to short. Holt handed the Fisher Cats the lead in the third inning courtesy of a throwing error. The righty walked Mark Sobolewski to start the inning. Two batters later, Adeiny Hechavarria reached on a bunt single, putting two on and one out. Sobolewski tagged up on a Sierra fly ball to reach third with two outs. He scored when Holt threw the ball into center field in an effort to catch Hechavarria stealing at second. The error pushed New Hampshire in front 2-1. Binghamton (5-7) broke back in the sixth inning, however, against the Fisher Cats bullpen. Brahiam Maldonado, Mike Fisher and Kai Gronauer hit singles in succession off Matt Daly to tie the game. Evan Crawford replaced Daly and allowed the B-Mets to take the lead on a fourth consecutive single, from Carlos Guzman, who guided a groundball through the left side, making it 3-2. Holt exited after six innings in line for the win. He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and struck out six. LaMura, by contrast, tossed just four innings of one-run work. Raul Reyes added to the lead in the seventh. Jesus Feliciano doubled off Crawford to start the stanza. Crawford retired the next two hitters, but could not get Reyes, who singled to left to up the advantage to two. The two-run lead did not stand up. The Fisher Cats rallied for a pair of runs in the eighth against Roy Merritt to even the score. It marked Merritt’s second blown save of the season and the team’s sixth in 12 games. Ricky Brooks followed Merritt and retired all six batters he faced until running into Sierra in the 10th. The Dominican outfielder smashed the first pitch from Brooks out of the yard to left-center for the game-winner. The B-Mets ripped a season-best 13 hits in the losing effort, led by Satin who had three. Binghamton will look to even the series Friday in Game 2 of the three-game set. Left-hander Robert Carson (1-1, 0.90) will start opposite right-hander Chad Beck (1-0, 1.13) of New Hampshire. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, CHARLOTTE 7: Jefry Marte and Juan Lagares drove in three runs apiece and Matt den Dekker had three hits, including a pair of doubles. Jeffrey Kaplan picked up his sixth save. Box

SAVANNAH 6, LEXINGTON 5: Cory Vaughn doubled home the winning runs in the bottom of the eighth to cap a late comeback in front of 3,005 fans at Historic Grayson Stadium. It was the second night in a row that Savannah used a four-run inning to overtake the Legends. The Gnats are 5-2 on their current home stand, which includes four one-run victories. Down 4-2 entering the eighth, catcher Albert Cordero began the crucial inning by beating out an infield grounder. The Gnats (7-7) then loaded the bases for the top of the order. Consecutive bases-loaded walks drawn by center fielder Rafael Fernandez and shortstop Robbie Shields evened the game at 4. Then, with two outs and the bases still loaded, Vaughn lined a double down the right-field line, scoring two to give the Gnats a 6-4 lead. Fernandez, who was transferred to Savannah from St. Lucie earlier in the day, was 3-for-4 with two doubles in his 2011 Savannah debut. Lexington (7-8) put a scare into the Gnats in the ninth. With a run home, the Legends loaded the bases against reliever Josh Edgin. However, Edgin struck out Legends shortstop Jiovanni Mier looking and then DH Chris Wallace swinging to end the game and secure his fourth save. Left-hander Angel Cuan earned the win for Savannah for his three innings of scoreless relief behind starter Erik Goeddel. Cuan gave up just two singles and finished his night by retiring the final seven batters in a row. The Gnats had scoring opportunities all game long, getting a runner to second or third in every single inning except the seventh. Game 4 of the five-game series will be Friday night when Savannah will send right-hander Gonzalez Germen (1-1, 9.45) to the hill against Lexington right-hander Juan Minaya (0-1, 9.00). Box

Compiled from team reports

Adam Rubin

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Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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