Around the minors 8.22.10

August, 22, 2010
The potent Bisons lineup took a hit shortly before and also shortly after first pitch on Sunday afternoon. And the day didn't get much better after that. Jesus Feliciano was recalled by the Mets just prior to a doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field that saw the Pawtucket Red Sox take two games from the Herd. Justin Turner was injured two pitches into the first contest of the twinbill and could miss significant time with a knee injury. The day wouldn't get much better as the PawSox collected wins of 9-2 and 7-5 in an afternoon that also saw Fernando Martinez unable to play the second game with a right knee injury. Feliciano joined the Mets in Pittsburgh as catcher Rod Barajas was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He left the Herd 16 plate appearances shy of having his .342 batting average qualify as the best in the International League. His replacement in the top of the order for Sunday's game one was Turner, but the second baseman didn't even get a chance to bat. Two pitches into the game, Red Sox leadoff man Josh Reddick hit a grounder to first base that skipped off the glove of Nick Evans. Turner was circling around Evans for backup. When Turner tried to stop his momentum, his right knee buckled. After the game, Bisons manager Ken Oberkfell said they will reevaluate Turner on Monday to see how he feels. Martinez played the entire first game, but could be seen nursing his right knee in the field and out of the batter's box. Oberkfell said he aggravated the knee trying to beat out a double play in the sixth inning. The following inning, Martinez couldn't chase down a fly ball in the gap. The coaching staff saw and kept him out of the second game against the Red Sox. Pawtucket won both games in loud fashion. Already leading the first game 2-0, Lars Anderson launched a solo home run past the berm in right center and into the parking lot. Gustavo Molina followed with a two-run shot in the sixth inning and Jeremy Hermida homered over the Heron's Landing Party Deck as part of a five-run seventh. Only J.R. House's two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh saved Buffalo from being shut out. The Bisons trailed 2-0 in the fourth inning of Game 2 before Russ Adams tied the score with a triple down the right-field line. Mike Cervenak's sacrifice fly gave Buffalo a 3-2 edge. Down 5-3 in the sixth inning, Buffalo fought back on Evans' fifth Triple-A homer of the season and House's RBI double. But the PawSox scored two in the seventh for the win. Aaron Bates, who hit a mammoth three-run homer off the batter's eye in the fifth inning, singled home Niuman Romero for the game-deciding run in the final frame. Triple-A Rookie Josh Stinson fell in defeat in the opener. He allowed three earned runs in six innings. Chad Cordero took the loss in Game 2. Evans has homered on three straight days. Adams’ triple was the team's first triple at Coca-Cola Field since Jon Malo hit one on June 15 against Lehigh Valley. Valentino Pascucci went 1-for-3 in the first game, but 0-for-1 with a pair of walks in nightcap to see his hitting streak end at eight games. Boxscore Game 1 Game 2

ALTOONA 9, BINGHAMTON 5: Jon Malo ripped three hits in four trips to the plate, but Tony Watson tossed six scoreless innings for Altoona, which swept Binghamton. It was the final game of the teams’ 10-game season series, which ended in a split. Altoona (74-52) climbed on top in the second inning against starter Dylan Owen. Hector Gimenez laced a 1-1 offering from the right-hander out of the yard to right for his 16th homer. Owen pitched well until the fifth, which he would fail to complete. Anthony Norman led off with a solo homer. Owen followed up the bomb with a walk to the pitcher Watson. Chase d’Arnaud and Josh Harrison reached with duplicate bunt singles trying to sacrifice the runners to load the bases and force the B-Mets starter from the game. Eric Niesen entered and got the first hitter to line out. However, Matt Hague hit a slow roller to short that Binghamton could not convert into a double play, allowing Watson to score and the inning to continue. That loomed large as Jordy Mercer then ripped a single to plate d’Arnaud. Gimenez put the icing on the cake, driving in two on an error by Malo in center, making it 6-0 Curve. Owen was charged with the loss. He allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits over four-plus innings. The Curve was back at it in the seventh against Niesen. Hague singled to right with one out. Mercer followed with a sharp groundball to second. Jordany Valdespin fielded the ball to his left but his feed to Jose Coronado at second was errant, allowing Hague to slide in safely and Mercer to reach. Gimenez made Binghamton pay for the error with a double to the wall in left-center. Norman rounded out Altoona’s scoring with a sac fly to center, upping the advantage to 9-0. Binghamton (60-65) finally got on the board in the seventh after Watson departed. Derek Hankins gave up a one-out double to Brahiam Maldonado. Malo followed with a single through the right side, moving the runner to third. Maldonado would score from there on pinch hitter Salomon Manriquez’s infield single. After Hankins got Coronado to pop out to second, he buried an 0-2 breaking ball in the dirt to Valdespin, who swung and missed at the pitch but reached first on the wild pitch. Malo scored on the errant offering, trimming the deficit to 9-2. The B-Mets did not go quietly in the ninth. Maldonado doubled to start the frame off Hankins. Malo followed with an infield single to short. Pinch hitter Marshall Hubbard brought both home with a three-run homer to right, bringing Binghamton within four. However, Hankins recorded his sixth save despite allowing five runs over three innings. The B-Mets’ offense managed 11 hits, with eight of those coming from the bottom three spots in the order. Boxscore

ST. LUCIE 11, JUPITER 5: Boxscore





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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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