Triple-A roundup: Lutz homers twice

Kelly fans career-high nine; Falu delivers walk-off double

By Staff | April 11, 2012 9:53 PM ET

Zach Lutz slugged a pair of long homers and drove in three runs as Buffalo chased Yankees No. 2 prospect Dellin Betances in the fourth inning and beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 12-3. Valentino Pascucci and Mets No. 9 prospect Jordany Valdespin also went deep for the Bisons, while Dewayne Wise smacked a three-run blast in a losing cause.

Jose Constanza capped a huge afternoon by tripling home the go-ahead runs in the 11th inning as Gwinnett outlasted Norfolk, 14-12. The Major League veteran fell a homer shy of the cycle, drew three walks and drove in four runs for the Braves, who also got four RBIs from Stefan Gartrell. Jai Miller homered, doubled and drove in five runs for the Tides.

Fu-Te Ni pitched five innings and combined with two relievers on a five-hitter in Toledo's 4-0 blanking of Louisville. Ryan Strieby went 3-for-4 and scored a run for the Mud Hens, while Chris Valaika and Paul Janish had two hits apiece for the Bats.

Justin Wilson struck out seven over 6 2/3 solid innings before Indianapolis held off Columbus, 8-6. Jeremy Farrell and Gorkys Hernandez each had two hits and scored twice for the Indians, while Chad Huffman, Gregorio Petit, Trevor Crowe, Matt LaPorta and Lonnie Chisenhall homered in a losing cause.

Former Triple-A All-Star Erik Kratz doubled twice and drove in two runs to lead Lehigh Valley past Syracuse, 7-6. Big league veteran Scott Podsednik reached base three times, had a pair of steals and scored twice for the IronPigs. Corey Brown was 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored and Nationals top prospect Bryce Harper tripled and scored a run for the Chiefs.

Scott Diamond struck out six over six shutout innings to win his second straight start and help Rochester edge Pawtucket, 2-1. Aaron Bates had two hits, including an RBI single, against his former team for the Red Wings, while Mauro Gomez drove in the lone run for the PawSox.

Matt Mangini's two-run double highlighted a four-run first inning that carried Durham to a 5-4 triumph over visiting Charlotte. Rays No. 7 prospect Alex Torres notched his first win of the season after allowing three runs on two hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out six. Hector Gimenez and former Bull Dan Johnson delivered RBI doubles for the Knights.

Welington Castillo went 3-for-3, fell a triple shy of the cycle and scored three runs to lead Iowa to a 5-1 victory over visiting Albuquerque. Casey Coleman yielded a run on three hits over five innings for his first win of the season, while Dodgers No. 13 prospect Alex Castellanos had three hits, including a pair of doubles, for the Isotopes.

Brad Hand struck out 10 and allowed three hits over six innings in New Orleans' 2-0 win over visiting Memphis. Marlins No. 11 prospect Kevin Mattison provided all of the offense with a two-run single in the second. Redbirds leadoff hitter Eugenio Velez went 2-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases to raise his average to .471.

Irving Falu capped a three-run ninth inning with a walk-off double as Omaha rallied past Round Rock, 6-5. Kevin Kouzmanoff collected three hits and three RBIs for the Storm Chasers, while Luis Martinez went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Express.

Hainley Statia tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and Martin Maldonado hit a go-ahead homer in the 10th as Nashville stunned Oklahoma City, 7-6. Statia finished with three hits and RBIs for the Sounds, while Sean Halton went 3-for-4, scored twice and drove in a run. Scott Moore was 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored for the RedHawks.

Major League veteran Jorge Cantu continued his solid start with three hits and three RBIs, leading Salt Lake to an 11-3 triumph at Reno. Robinzon Diaz also drove in three runs and's No. 3 prospect Mike Trout went 2-for-6 to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Cole Gillespie and Jake Elmore each had two hits and scored a run for the Aces.

David Cooper went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored and fell a homer shy of the cycle in Las Vegas' 14-4 pounding of visiting Fresno. Chris Woodward drove in four runs and needed only a triple for the cycle for the 51s, while Roger Kieschnick homered, tripled and had two RBIs for the Grizzlies.

Adam Rosales' two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning spoiled a stellar start by Casey Kelly and gave Sacramento a 3-2 win at Tucson. Kelly, the Padres' top pitching prospect, recorded a career-high nine strikeouts over six shutout innings. Michael Taylor collected three doubles and scored a run for the River Cats.

Johan Limonta and Guillermo Quiroz both homered and drove in four runs as part of a 22-hit attack as Tacoma rolled to a 15-5 romp over Colorado Springs. Mariners No. 20 prospect Chih-Hsien Chiang and Luis Antonio Jimenez each contributed three hits and scored three times for the Rainiers, while Matt McBride was 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Sky Sox.

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