Minor Rags: - R.A. Dickey, D.J. Wabick, Eric Beaulac... and John Church


Dickey, 35, allowed a leadoff single to short right field by Durham center fielder Fernando Perez — and then retired the next 27 Bulls to break the Buffalo franchise record of 25 straight set by Bartolo Colon during his 1997 no-hitter here against New Orleans. That remains the only no-no in the ballpark's 23 seasons. Pitching against the International League's top offensive team, Dickey was oh-so-close to Buffalo's first perfect game since Dick Marlowe befuddled Baltimore in 1952. - link


After a seven-game home stand to open the season, the Binghamton Mets' offense was off to blazing start. With seven players hitting .300 or higher, it almost seemed like the whole lineup could do no wrong. But lost in the mix was D.J. Wabick, an Eastern League All-Star last season, primarily on the bench and mired in a 0-for-12 slump. "I didn't feel good from Day 1," said Wabick, who only got three starts in the team's first 11 games. "And not getting consistent at-bats, I never really got into a groove." - link

The Charlotte Stone Crabs built a 3-0 lead and hung on for a 4-2 win over the St. Lucie Mets on Thursday in Port Charlotte and won two out of three in the series. The Mets scored a run in the eighth inning on a home run by Eric Campbell and a run in the ninth on a wild pitch. Charlotte got home runs from Stephen Vogt and Michael Sheridan. The loss went to Eric Beaulac (0-1). - link


When the Savannah Sand Gnats needed help Thursday night, they went to John Church. Right-hander John Church pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief and the Gnats overcame a slow start to defeat the Lexington Legends, 6-3, before 1,919 fans at Grayson Stadium. Church has been part of a bullpen that has collectively played well. In the last three games, Gnat relievers have gone 10 1/3 scoreless innings and collected two saves. - link


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