Mets Farm Report 4/9: St. Lucie, Savannah Win In Walk-Off Fashion

An article by posted on April 10, 2012

METS FARM REPORT 4/9

ROCHESTER 3, BUFFALO 2

Red Wings shortstop Brian Dozier hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to give Rochester a comeback victory, snapping Buffalo’s three-game winning streak. The Bisons bullpen entered the game with 14 scoreless innings to begin the season. Protecting a 2-1 lead, lefty Chuck James made his Bisons debut with a scoreless frame in the sixth. But with two outs in the seventh, Dylan Owen (1-1) walked Tsuyoshi Nishioka on seven pitches to bring Dozier to the plate. The shortstop hit a full-count pitch from Owen into deep left field. The Bisons had just five hits in the game, with three coming in a two-run third. Zach Lutz roped a two-out RBI double to give Buffalo the lead. Matt Tuiasosopo followed with a blooper into shallow right field that fell in to score Lutz from second. Garrett Olson started for Buffalo. The southpaw allowed one run on four hits in five innings. He struck out four and received a no-decision. The Bisons will wrap up their season-opening trip in Rochester 1:05 p.m. Tuesday. The club’s home opener is 2:05 p.m. Wednesday against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. BOX SCORE

BINGHAMTON 8, ERIE 0

The B-Mets pounded out 11 hits, including seven extra-base hits, and Greg Peavey allowed one hit in his Double-A debut. Every B-Met had a hit. After Peavey retired the side in order in the first, Pedro Zapata led off the bottom half with a triple against Erie starter Ramon GarciaJuan Lagares gave the B-Mets the early lead by launching his first homer. Lagares had two homers in 162 at-bats with Binghamton last year. Eric Campbell, celebrating his 25th birthday, then shot a double to right-center and Jefry Marte brought him home with a two-bagger. Oswaldo Navarro capped the four-run outburst with an RBI single. Peavey worked around three errors to post 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out five and issued no walks. Peavey capped his night by striking out Brandon Douglas and Tony Plagman in the sixth before Kevin Mulvey replaced him. The B-Mets added to their lead in the fifth on an opposite-field homer from Allan Dykstra, his first long ball of the season. Armando Rodriguez tossed a scoreless ninth to secure Binghamton’s first shutout of the year. Over the last 24 innings, B-Mets pitchers have allowed one run. Peavey earned the win. The B-Mets (2-2) continue their series against the SeaWolves Tuesday night. Left-hander Mark Cohoon makes his first B-Mets start of the season, against right-hander James AveryBOX SCORE

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 5

Darrell Ceciliani hit a walk-off homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Ceciliani, who went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs, drilled reliever Nate Garcia’s pitch over the right-field fence. In the first, Cory Vaughn doubled down the left-field line to plate Ceciliani to make it 1-1. The Mets took the lead in the third when Ceciliani tripled, scoring Danny Muno. Trailing 3-2, the Mets responded in the home half of the fourth as Francisco Pena hit a towering drive over the left-field fence for his first homer of the season and a one-run lead. In the seventh, Vaughn ripped a solo homer. Vaughn went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Yohan Almonte started for the Mets and allowed three runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings while striking out two and walking one. Adam Kolarek pitched an 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts. John Church allowed two unearned runs with a walk and two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Jeff Kaplan allowed one hit over 1 1/3 innings, but did allow an inherited runner to score on a game-tying single as a part of a two-run eighth inning for Charlotte. BOX SCORE

SAVANNAH 1, ROME 0

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th, Luis Nieves singled down the first-base line, past diving first baseman William Beckwith to score Dustin Lawley with the winning run. The Gnats (3-2) won their second game in their final turn at bat on the season-opening seven-game homestand. The pitchers were dominant for both teams. Savannah pitchers struck out 17 Braves. Starter Tyler Pill, in his Gnats debut, shut out the Braves through six innings on three hits. He struck seven and did not walk a batter. Left-hander Jack Leathersich followed Pill and whiffed six Braves in his three innings to keep the game scoreless through nine innings. Jared West earned his first career win with three scoreless relief innings. He punched out four Braves and gave up one hit and a walk. Lawley, the Gnats’ left fielder, led off the bottom of the 12th with a single. An out later, Travis Taijeron looked like he had delivered the game-winning hit when he pounded a double deep into left-center. However, the ball bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double, holding Lawley at third base. The Braves intentionally walked Albert Cordero to bring Nieves to the plate. Nieves drove home Lawley on a 1-2 pitch. The Gnats and Braves play Game 2 of their three-game series Tuesday. The Gnats are scheduled to send right-hander Michael Fulmer to the hill against Braves right-hander Rafael Briceno. BOX SCORE

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