Minors 4.29.14: McGowan blanks Birds

RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Starter Rafael Montero allowed five runs (three earned) on three hits and four walks in four innings. He threw 93 pitches (54 strikes). Vegas committed four errors as Reno took a 7-1 lead. Juan Lagares had a pinch-hit double. He is due to start Wednesday for the 51s, then be activated from the disabled list on Thursday in Denver. Wilmer Flores, who jammed a finger Sunday, returned to the lineup but started at first base rather than shorstop. The 51s pulled within two runs in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Cesar Puello and Eric Campbell's RBI single. Box

AKRON 4, BINGHAMTON 3: Hansel Robles surrendered a game-tying two-run homer to Giovanny Urshela in the sixth and the RubberDucks took the decisive lead an inning later

lastname Robles against Jack Leathersich. Binghamton had raced to a 3-1 lead. Kyle Johnson opened the game by getting hit by Kyle Davies’ 1-2 pitch. Johnson moved into scoring position when Dustin Lawley walked. Matt Clark brought him home with a single. Tyler Naquin used his speed to tie the score in the bottom half. The Akron leadoff hitter singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Francisco Lindor's groundout. With Xorge Carrillo on second base in the second inning, Wilfredo Tovar launched a 2-0 pitch over the left-field wall for his first homer of the season. Robles got into trouble in the sixth. Naquin capped an eight-pitch at-bat with a leadoff double. Two batters later, Urshela lifted an 0-2 pitch over the left-field fence, tying the score at 3. Akron then chased Robles with back-to-back two-out singles. Leathersich (1-1) entered and struck out Tony Wolters to prevent further damage. Akron grabbed its first lead an inning later. Justin Toole singled and moved into scoring position on Naquin’s bunt. With two outs, Lindor singled. As Toole rounded third, right fielder Cory Vaughn bobbled the roller, allowing the go-ahead run to score standing up. Protecting a 4-3 lead, Akron reliever Jordan Cooper walked Matt Reynolds to open the eighth. Reynolds advanced to third with two outs, but was stranded when Vaughn struck out. Robles allowed three runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision. Box

CHARLOTTE 11, ST. LUCIE 2: Starter Gabriel Ynoa surrendered seven earned runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. Thomas Coyle homered as the second batter of the game and Josh Sale went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and a triple for the Stone Crabs. It was only 3-0 with two outs in the fourth, but Ynoa could not finish off the Crabs. Justin O’Conner belted a two-run double and Sale followed with his long ball to make it 7-0. The Mets got a run back in the fifth when Aderlin Rodriguez hit his fourth homer in six games, on the first pitch he saw from Crabs starter Austin Pruitt. Other than allowing the Rodriguez homer, Pruitt comfortably navigated through the best hitting lineup in the Florida State League, allowing only three hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three. Dilson Herrera went 2-for-5 and was the only Met with a multi-hit game. Florida State League batting co-leaders Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera were held hitless. Nimmo did have a walk. Box

SAVANNAH 4, DELMARVA 0: Kevin McGowan tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings and combined with Robert Coles for the shutout. McGowan outdueled Hunter Harvey, the

lastname McGowan Orioles' first-round pick in 2013, to earn his first South Atlantic League win. The Gnats (15-8) took advantage of Harvey’s control problems in the first to score a run without a hit. Stefan Sabol drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Gavin Cecchini, who also had walked. Harvey walked three batters and hit one in the inning. The two starters controlled the middle innings. Harvey retired 10 batters in a row through the end of the fourth. McGowan set down 10 batters in a row from the fourth through two outs in the seventh, striking out five during that span. McGowan tossed his longest outing of the season. The Gnats produced three runs in the sixth against Harvey and reliever Williams Louico. L.J. Mazzilli singled and scored when Jared King tripled to deep right-center. After Sabol walked, Harvey was lifted for Louico. Matt Oberste walked. King then scored on a wild pitch and Sabol came home on Colton Plaia's sacrifice fly. The Shorebirds did not get a runner past first base against McGowan and Coles after the second inning. Box

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