The roundup for June 3th minor league games: The Herd fell to the Clippers; B-Mets had an off day; St. Lucie Mets struck early, held on for 7-4 win; and Savannah matches season-high six-game winning streak.
The Bisons fell 8-2 at the hands of former Buffalo hurler David Huff for their ninth loss in ten games and third of the series with the Columbus Clippers Monday night at Coca Cola Field.
Dylan Owen walked four of his first six batters, including Valbuena with the bases loaded, to give the Clippers a 1-0 first-inning lead. Mike O’Connor allowed the Valbuena homer after relieving Owen with one runner on. Owen allowed three earned runs on four hits with six walks and four strikeouts.
Luis Figueroa and Michael Fisher hit consecutive single to lead off the bottom of the first and extend their hitting streaks to nine and eight games, respectively.
Dale Thayer made his Buffalo return, taking the mound for the sixth inning, but allowed Valbuena’s grand slam after a Botts error in left field sandwiched between walks.
Luis Hernandez and Figueroa hit eighth-inning doubles for the Bisons’ second run.
St. Lucie Mets
The St. Lucie Mets bounced back to defeat the Jupiter Hammerheads 7-4 Monday night at Digital Domain Park. The win puts the Mets at 33-31, a game ahead of the Ft. Myers Miracle for first place in the FSL South Division with six games remaining in the first half.
After a one hour delay in the bottom of the first inning, sloppy defense by the Hammerheads led to five first inning runs which would be all the offense the Mets would need to hold off the Hammerheads.
Matt Harvey was solid through five innings improving to 8-2 on the season and Mike Powers tossed two scoreless frames for the Mets. The Mets managed only seven hits but were able to capitalize on four Jupiter errors. Jefry Marte drove in three runs and Cesar Puello drove in a pair. Den Dekker scored twice and Pedro Zapata chipped in with two in the win.
Savannah Sand Gnats
The Savannah Sand Gnats moved within a single game of clinching the South Atlantic League Southern Division First-Half Championship with a 2-1 win over the Rome Braves in front of 2,448 fans at Historic Grayson Stadium on Monday. Savannah (37-26) is 11 games over .500 for the first time in 2011.
The Gnats, who lead the Greenville Drive by 5.5 games with six to play in the first half, now have a magic number of one to eliminate the Drive and clinch their second-consecutive First-Half Championship. Greenville beat the Charleston RiverDogs 3-0 in Charleston Monday to stay alive. The Gnats play two more games with Rome before heading to Greenville for four games Thursday through Sunday to finish the first half.