New York Mets: Minor league recap

Minors 9.12.14: B-Mets win title!

September, 12, 2014
Sep 12
9:46
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BINGHAMTON 2, RICHMOND 1: Pinch hitter Jayce Boyd's RBI double plated pinch runner

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Gavin Cecchini in the bottom of the ninth as Binghamton notched its first Eastern League title since 1994 with a walk-off win. Binghamton swept the best-of-five series, 3-0. Long Island native Steven Matz carried a no-hit bid one out into the eighth inning, when he allowed a pair of singles and departed with his pitch count at 106. Hansel Robles allowed an inherited runner to score as Richmond evened the score at 1. Matz's final line: 7.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K. Cody Satterwhite tossed a scoreless top of the ninth and earned the victory. With the score 1-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, Xorge Carrillo and Wilfredo Tovar had consecutive one-out singles. Cecchini pinch ran for Carrillo and Boyd, a Florida State product, pinch hit for Satterwhite and delivered the winning blow. Carrillo was named postseason MVP. Box

Minors 9.10.14: B-Mets one win from title

September, 10, 2014
Sep 10
10:56
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BINGHAMTON 5, RICHMOND 1: Xorge Carrillo and Travis Taijeron homered and Greg Peavey allowed one run in seven innings as the B-Mets moved to within a game of capturing

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the Eastern League championship for the first time since 1994. The B-Mets lead the best-of-five series, 2-0.

After a leadoff walk to Dustin Lawley in the second, Carrillo ripped Adalberto Mejia’s 0-1 offering over the left-field wall. Carillo’s blast, his first since June 20, gave Binghamton a 2-0 lead.

Richmond scratched into the B-Mets' advantage with a run in the bottom half against Peavey. Mario Lisson doubled down the third-base line to start the rally and Devin Harris put Richmond on the board by doubling off the right-field wall.

After Carrillo’s blast, Mejia retired 15 of the next 16 batters he faced.

Peavey saved his most dominating work for the end. He retired 12 of the final 13 Squirrels he faced, striking out eight during that stretch. He capped his night by striking out the side in a perfect seventh inning.

Binghamton stretched its lead in the eighth. After Kyle Johnson took second on a groundout, Edwin Quirarte intentionally walked Brian Burgamy with two outs. Taijeron followed with a three-run homer inside the left-field foul pole, giving Binghamton a 5-1 lead.

Randy Fontantez stranded one in a scoreless eighth. Cody Satterwhite, pitching in his third straight game, worked a perfect ninth to secure Binghamton’s fourth straight postseason victory.

Peavey (1-0) struck out nine and walked none over seven innings to pick up his first postseason win as a B-Met. Mejia (0-1) surrendered two runs on three hits over six innings in the loss.

The B-Mets bid for the sweep on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Steven Matz opposes fellow southpaw Ty Blach. Box

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Minors 9.9.14: B-Mets win opener

September, 10, 2014
Sep 10
12:36
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BINGHAMTON 5, RICHMOND 2: Darrell Ceciliani's fifth-inning single broke a 1-1 tie and the B-Mets went on to win the first game of the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series. Brandon Nimmo had two hits and drove in two runs, and Tyler Pill allowed two runs in six innings. Nimmo, the Mets' first-round draft pick in 2011, is 8 for 15 with five runs scored in his last three games. Cody Satterwhite struck out two in a perfect ninth inning for the save. The B-Mets walked the bases loaded in the seventh, but Chase Huchingson induced an inning-ending double play. Game 2 is Wednesday in Richmond, with Greg Peavey starting for the B-Mets. Box

Minors 8.7.14: B-Mets head to title series

September, 7, 2014
Sep 7
5:31
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BINGHAMTON 8, PORTLAND 5: The B-Mets advanced to the Eastern League Championship series for the first time in 20 years The series will open Tuesday at Richmond. Binghamton built an 8-1 lead. Brian Burgamy had an RBI double and Travis Taijeron an RBI single in a two-run first. In a six-run fourth, Darrell Ceciliani contributed a three-run double. Box

Minors 9.6.14: Vegas, Savannah out

September, 6, 2014
Sep 6
6:42
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RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 3: The 51s were eliminated with the Game 4 loss. Starter Logan Verrett was charged with five runs (two earned) in five innings. He struck out 11 but uncorked three wild pitches and had a throwing error. Trailing 6-0, Allan Dykstra had a three-run homer in the seventh. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, PORTLAND 4: The B-Mets fended off elimination and set up a winner-take-all Game 5 on Sunday by producing a franchise-postseason-record 11 runs. Gabriel Ynoa will oppose Portland right-hander Luis Diaz in the decisive opening-round game. On Saturday, Portland grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. Mike Miller singled and Sean Coyle doubled against Rainy Lara. With two aboard, Keury De La Cruz sent a bouncer to first baseman Brian Burgamy. He went home with the throw, but Miller slid in safely with the game’s opening run. Binghamton used a two-out rally to break through against Mike Augliera in the third. Brandon Nimmo had an infield single. T.J. Rivera then singled to push Nimmo to third. Burgamy tied the score with a single. The Sea Dogs retook a one-run lead in the fourth on Carson Blair's solo homer against Lara.

The B-Mets answered with 10 runs over the following two frames. In the fifth, Rivera's single plated Wilfredo Tovar with the tying run. Reliever Mike McCarthy eventually took over with the bases loaded and walked Darrell Ceciliani to force in another run. McCarthy capped the inning's scoring by uncorking a wild pitch, which allowed Rivera to dash home as the B-Mets took a 4-2 lead. Binghamton sent 11 men to the plate in a seven-run sixth. The B-Mets produced four hits, cashed in on three walks and walked away from the 38-minute frame with an 11-2 lead. The first seven batters all reached and scored against McCarthy and Pete Ruiz. Lara capped his outing -- the first quality start from a B-Met in the postseason -- with a scoreless sixth. Jon Velasquez surrendered a two-run homer to David Chester in the eighth. Randy Fontanez posted a perfect ninth. Lara allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. Box

ASHEVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1: Savannah's season ended when it failed to rally in the resumption of Friday's suspended game. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth with the tying run at second base and one out when play restarted, the Gnats loaded the bases that inning. Victor Cruzado walked with two outs and Dominic Smith advanced to first base on a wild pitch on a strikeout. However, Amed Rosario grounded out to leave three aboard. The Gnats went down in order in the ninth and were swept in the best-of-three opening-round series. Box

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Minors 9.5.14: Syndergaard bounced in 5th

September, 6, 2014
Sep 6
12:32
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RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Noah Syndergaard was knocked out after the first four batters of the fifth reached base in Game 3 of the Pacific Coast League opening-round series. He was charged with six runs on six hits, three walks and a wild pitch in four-plus innings and threw 84 pitches. The big blow against Las Vegas came on a three-run homer by ex-Met Mike Jacobs against Miguel Socolovich in the fifth that staked Reno to a 7-5 lead. Two runners inherited from Syndergaard scored on the play. Vegas trails the best-of-five series, 2-1. Logan Verrett starts Game 4 on Saturday. Box

PORTLAND 6, BINGHAMTON 3: The B-Mets are a game away from elimination after

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dropping Game 3 of the best-of-five series. Portland broke a 3-all tie with a three-run bottom of the seventh against Paul Sewald that included two unearned runs. Sean Coyle contributed a go-ahead single that plated Rusney Castillo from second base. Chase Huchingson took over for Sewald and collected a strikeout before Carson Blair brought home a run with an infield single. Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar compounded the issue and allowed another run to score by forcing an errant throw to first.

B-Mets starter Steven Matz allowed three runs in five innings as the Sea Dogs built a 3-0 lead. Portland starter Eduardo Rodriguez held the B-Mets hitless for 5 1/3 innings In the sixth, Xorge Carrillo finally put the B-Mets in the hit column with a one-out double. Two batters later, Brandon Nimmo plated Carrillo with a double and took third on outfielder Shannon Wilkerson's error. Nimmo scampered home four pitches later on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one run. Binghamton caught a break to even the score in the top of the seventh. Following a two-out walk to Darrell Ceciliani, Travis Taijeron threaded a double inside the third-base bag. Keury De La Cruz overran the baseball in the left-field corner, allowing Ceciliani to score from first base.

Binghamton mustered one last threat against Aaron Kurcz in the ninth. Brian Burgamy walked with one and Jayce Boyd blooped a single inside the right-field line. With the tying run at the plate, Ceciliani and Taijeron flied out, ending Binghamton’s hopes.

The B-Mets look to stave off elimination in Game 4 on Saturday at noon. Rainy Lara opposes right-hander Mike Augliera. Box

ASHEVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1 (suspended): Game 2 of the South Atlantic League opening-round series was suspended due to unplayable field conditions with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, and with the Gnats trailing 2-1 and the tying run on second base. The Gnats are five outs from elimination. The game will resume Saturday at 4 p.m. in Savannah. If the Gnats rally to defeat Asheville, a winner-take-all Game 3 will follow at 6 p.m. On Friday, Gnats starter John Gant allowed one run and struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings. The Tourists broke a 1-all tie in the top of the eighth when Akeel Morris' wild pitch allowed a runner inherited at third base from Dawrin Frias to score. Box

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Minors 9.4.14: Ex-Met Jacobs slams 51s

September, 5, 2014
Sep 5
12:36
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RENO 6, LAS VEGAS 0: Reno posted five first-inning runs against Matt Bowman, including a grand slam by ex-Met Mike Jacobs. Bowman ultimately was charged with six runs in four innings as Reno evened the best-of-five Pacific Coast League opening-round series at a game apiece. Reno's Andrew Chafin went the distance, tossing a four-hit shutout. Giancarlo Alvarado and Ryan Reid each contributed two scoreless relief innings in the loss. Noah Syndergaard starts Game 3 for Las Vegas on Friday. Box

PORTLAND 7, BINGHAMTON 0: Starter Greg Peavey was charged with six runs (two earned) in two-plus innings as Portland evened the best-of-five series at a game apiece. He surrendered three of Portland's four homers. Portland posted five runs in the second on two long balls and two B-Mets errors. Former Mets farmhand Stefan Welch hit a solo homer to open the frame. With two outs, Michael Brenly reached on an error by shortstop Wilfredo Tovar. Shannon Wilkerson plated Brenly with a triple and scored when first baseman Brian Burgamy’s throw to third went wide of the bag. Sean Coyle capped the inning with a two-run homer for a 5-0 lead. In the third, Welch again went deep, this time ending Peavey’s night with a leadoff homer. The final run of the rout came in the fifth on Keury De La Cruz's homer against Matt Koch. Portland's Justin Haley tossed seven scoreless innings and stuck out eight. Koch tossed three innings in his Double-A debut. Jon Velasquez, Adam Kolarek and Randy Fontanez each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game. The B-Mets and Sea Dogs play Game 3 of the Eastern Division Championship Series on Friday at Portland. Steven Matz opposes Portland left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Box

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Minors 9.3.14: Rivera HR lifts B-Mets

September, 3, 2014
Sep 3
11:30
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LAS VEGAS 5, RENO 4: L.J. Mazzilli broke a 4-all tie with a RBI single to left field with one out in the eighth inning in the opener of the best-of-five series. Rafael Montero allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision. Kevin Plawecki had a solo homer in the sixth that evened the score at 3. Cory Vaughn earlier went deep. The series continues Thursday with Matt Bowman starting for the 51s. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, PORTLAND 5: T.J. Rivera produced a walk-off three-run homer in the ninth to complete a comeback from a four-run deficit as the B-Mets won the opener of their

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best-of-five Eastern Division Championship Series. Rivera finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs. Binghamton closed the game with seven unanswered runs. With the score tied at 5 in the ninth and one out, Xorge Carrillo reached on third baseman Mike Miller's error. Noe Ramirez then surrendered a single to Wilfredo Tovar. Kyle Johnson pinch ran for Carrillo. After a strikeout, Rivera hammered the first pitch he saw over the left-field wall.

Trailing 5-2 an inning earlier, the B-Mets pulled even. Tovar produced a leadoff double against Robby Scott. With one out, Rivera doubled to plate Tovar. Brian Burgamy then walked to end Scott’s night. Ramirez entered to face Jayce Boyd, who reached on second baseman Sean Coyle's error. Rivera scored on the play and Burgamy advanced to third base. Darrell Ceciliani's sacrifice fly tied the score at 5. Cody Satterwhite (1-0) then worked a scoreless ninth to set up the walk-off win.

After B-Mets starter Tyler Pill retired the first 11 batters he faced, Coyle homered to tie the score at 1. The Sea Dogs appeared to have blown the game open in the sixth. Rusney Castillo single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third. Kuery De La Cruz then had a tiebreaking RBI single. Following a single by Carson Blair, Dave Chester belted a three-run homer for a 5-1 lead. Binghamton inched closer in the bottom of the frame. Rivera doubled with one out. A batter later, Boyd singled home the runner to cut the deficit to 5-2. Pill tossed 5 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on six hits. He has not taken a loss since May 5 (18 appearances).

Hansel Robles contributed 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Tovar finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. It was the first win postseason win for the B-Mets at NYSEG Stadium since Sept. 10, 2004.

The B-Mets and Sea Dogs play Game 2 of the series on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. in Binghamton. Greg Peavey starts for the B-Mets. Box

ASHEVILLE 8, SAVANNAH 3: Starter Robert Gsellman allowed five runs in five innings as Savannah lost the opener of its best-of-three opening-round series. Paul Paez allowed three runs in the bottom of the sixth as Asheville took an 8-2 lead. The game included a two-hour, 13-minute rain delay later in that frame. Champ Stuart had a first-inning solo homer in the loss. First-round pick Michael Conforto went 2-for-5 with a double and RBI in his South Atlantic League debut. The series resumes Friday in Savannah with John Gant on the mound. Box

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Minors 9.1.14: Clones eliminated on last day

September, 1, 2014
Sep 1
10:15
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LAS VEGAS 5, ALBUQUERQUE 0: Noah Syndergaard tossed two scoreless innings in the

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regular-season finale to stay sharp for the postseason and departed. He ultimately combined with John Lannan, Giancarlo Alvarado, Jack Leathersich and Gonzalez Germen on a four-hit shutout. L.J. Mazzilli started at second base and went 1-for-5 in his Triple-A debut. Taylor Teagarden went 2-for-4 with solo homer and scored twice. Syndergaard finished 9-7 with a 4.60 ERA in 26 starts. He struck out 145 and walked 43 in 133 innings. Rafael Montero is expected to start Game 1 on Wednesday against Reno. Vegas finished the regular season with an 81-63 record. Box

RICHMOND 12, BINGHAMTON 4: Newly promoted Tim Peterson was knocked out in the first inning in his Double-A debut. He surrendered five runs (four earned) and recorded only one out. The B-Mets stumble into the Eastern Division Championship Series against Portland on a season-high six-game losing streak. Tyler Pill starts Wednesday's playoff opener. Adam Kolarek took over for Peterson and notched the final two outs of the first, then worked a perfect second. His good fortune ended in the third when Clayton Blackburn produced a three-run double in what became a five-run frame as Richmond took a 10-0 lead. The B-Mets (83-59) completed the regular season with their second-highest win total in franchise history. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini (1-for-4) and catcher Cam Maron (1-for-2) collected hits in their Double-A debuts. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 1: Rob Whalen tossed five scoreless innings as playoff-bound Savannah improved to 85-51 with a win in the regular-season finale. The Gnats, who posted an 85-51 record, open the playoffs on Wednesday at Asheville. Whalen went 9-1 with a 2.01 ERA in South Atlantic League play. Box

BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 1: Despite winning their regular-season finale, the Cyclones were eliminated on the final day of the regular season when Connecticut overcame a three-run deficit to beat Lowell, 9-8. Lowell scored three runs in the top of the ninth, but its comeback fell short as the Spinners left two in scoring position. Brooklyn and Connecticut finished with identical 42-34 records, but the Tigers had the tiebreaker. First-round pick Michael Conforto went 0-for-4 to finish the New York-Penn League season with a .331 average. Casey Meisner tossed five scoreless innings in the finale. Conforto, Amed Rosario and Jhoan Urena were promoted to Savannah after Brooklyn's elimination. Box

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Minors 8.31.14: St. Lucie eliminated

August, 31, 2014
Aug 31
8:24
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ALBUQUERQUE 12, LAS VEGAS 11 (11 innings): Ryan Reid (5-2) surrendered a walk-off sacrifice fly to Roger Bernadina in the bottom of the 11th. Las Vegas had led 8-0 entering the bottom of the sixth. Starter Logan Verrett contributed five scoreless innings. Matt Bowman was charged with five runs and recorded only one out in the sixth. Box

RICHMOND 1, BINGHAMTON 0: Elliott Blair broke a scoreless tie with a two-out RBI single in the eighth and contributed two sparkling catches in center field. The B-Mets were held to three hits and suffered their fifth straight defeat. B-Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa retired six straight batters to open his start. He stranded two in the third when Blair popped out in foul territory to catcher Xorge Carrillo. Richmond threatened again when Angel Villalona led off the fifth with a double. Ynoa responded by retiring three straight. Richmond starter Ty Blach tossed four no-hit innings before surrendering a leadoff infield single to Carrillo in the fifth. Blach erased Carrillo with a double play and ended the frame by retiring Ynoa. Binghamton finally pushed a runner into scoring position when Brian Burgamy ripped his team-leading 32nd double with two outs in the sixth. Blach sidestepped the threat by inducing Jayce Boyd to fly out. Blair had opened the game with a diving catch on the warning track to rob Brandon Nimmo of an extra-base hit. He struck again with an over-the-shoulder basket catch against Travis Taijeron in the seventh.

Ynoa retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. Jon Velasquez (4-4) inherited the scoreless tie in the eighth and fell into trouble immediately by allowing a leadoff single to Myles Schroder. Velasquez retired the next two batters, but then issued a two-out walk to Kelby Tomlinson. Blair made the righty pay by lining a 2-1 pitch into center, plating Schroder with the lone run. T.J. Rivera (0-for-4) had an 11-game hitting streak snapped. The playoff-bound B-Mets (83-57) conclude the regular season on Monday. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, PALM BEACH 2: St. Lucie faced long playoff odds entering Sunday’s finale. The Mets did their part by beating the Cardinals, but Bradenton’s 3-2 victory over Charlotte in Game 1 of a doubleheader eliminated the Mets from playoff contention. St. Lucie completed its season with a 76-62 record. Matt Koch limited the Cardinals to one run in seven innings. He scattered nine hits, induced two double-play grounders and struck out four batters. The Mets scored all four of their runs in the third inning against Tyrell Jenkins. Gavin Cecchini singled and advanced to third on two wild pitches. Gilbert Gomez drove him in with a double. After Maikis De La Cruz singled, L.J. Mazzilli crushed a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. Jared King capped the scoring with an RBI double. Mason Katz hit a solo homer against Jake Kuebler in the eighth to cut the Mets' lead to 4-2. Koch earned his team-high 10th win. Kuebler notched his third save. Mazzilli had three hits and finished the Florida State League season with a .312 average. Box

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 3: Patrick Biondi had a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to pull the Gnats within a run. Stefan Sabol then singled, but Victor Cruzado struck out to the end game. Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed four runs in seven innings. The Gnats complete their regular season Monday. They open the playoffs Wednesday at Asheville. Box

BROOKLYN 11, STATEN ISLAND 3: The Cyclones remained alive entering Monday's final day of the regular season. Brooklyn needs to beat Staten Island and have Connecticut lose to Lowell to claim the New York-Penn League's wild-card spot. On Sunday, Adrian Abreu went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs. Michael Conforto had three hits and a walk and scored twice. Starter Alberto Baldonado allowed one run in five innings. Box

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Minors 8.30.14: St. Lucie loss playoff blow

August, 30, 2014
Aug 30
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RICHMOND 7, BINGHAMTON 6: Randy Fontanez surrendered three runs in the ninth inning as the B-Mets blew their third save in their past three chances. Blake Miller’s walk-off single capped a furious Squirrels rally. After producing five runs in the eighth, Binghamton ultimately handed a 6-4 lead to Fontanez for the ninth. They righty walked pinch hitter Mario Lisson and allowed a single to Kelby Tomlinson. In an attempt to advance the runners, Elliott Blair bunted to the mound. Fontanez pounced on the roller, but his throw to third base ticked off Dustin Lawley’s glove and rolled into left field, allowing Lisson to score. With two runners in scoring position, Fontanez bounced a wild pitch, plating the tying run. Miller then capped the comeback by lining a 3-1 pitch into the left-field corner. Richmond’s comeback spoiled a monster inning by the B-Mets in the eighth. The B-Mets greeted reliever Ryan Bradley with three consecutive singles to load the bases. The southpaw ended his night and forced in a run by plunking pinch hitter Darrell Ceciliani. Travis Taijeron followed with a two-run single against reliever Jose Casilla. Lawley drove in Ceciliani with the go-ahead run. Juan Centeno capped the five-run frame with a run-producing double play. T.J. Rivera extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the eighth. Taijeron went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Box

PALM BEACH 11, ST. LUCIE 5 (12 innings): T.J. Chism and Robby Coles combined to allow six runs in the top of the 12th to deal a serious blow to the Mets' Florida State League postseason chances. In order to qualify, St. Lucie (75-62) needs to win on the final day of the regular season Sunday to overtake Palm Beach (76-62) in the overall standings. The Mets also need Charlotte to sweep Bradenton (76-61) in a doubleheader. And they need to get first-half-champion Fort Myers (40-29) to win Sunday against Jupiter to finish even with Bradenton (41-27). Box

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 3: John Mincone tossed a wild pitch that plated Jacob Schrader in the bottom of the eighth, a half-inning after the Gnats had pulled even on an error by right fielder Connor Oliver that allowed two runs to score. Box

TRI-CITY 3, BROOKLYN 2: The Cyclones dropped into a tie with Connecticut for the New York-Penn League's wild-card berth with two games remaining in the season. Connecticut owns the tiebreaker. Marcos Molina allowed three runs in seven innings. Michael Conforto's leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth pulled Brooklyn within a run. Jhoan Urena then doubled, but he ultimately was stranded at third base after Adrian Abreu struck out, Pedro Perez grounded out, Michael Bernal walked and Tucker Tharp grounded into a fielder's choice. Box

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Minors 8.29.14: Lugo keeps FSL hopes alive

August, 30, 2014
Aug 30
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ALBUQUERQUE 9, LAS VEGAS 6: The Isotopes homered twice and plated five runs in the eighth against Gonzalez Germen in the come-from-behind win. Andrew Brown homered twice and Cesar Puello also went deep in the defeat. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed three runs in six innings while striking out 10. After producing a 7.39 ERA in six starts with the 51s, John Lannan moved to a relief role. He allowed one run in one inning. Box

RICHMOND 2, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets collected five hits in their first eight at-bats, but mustered only two hits over the final seven innings. Steven Matz matched a career

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high with 10 strikeouts. The loss, coupled with Portland's win, secured a second-place finish for the B-Mets in the Eastern Division. The B-Mets will host Game Nos. 1 and 2 of the Eastern Division Championship Series, beginning Wednesday. Binghamton scored in the first against Adalberto Mejia. After Kyle Johnson doubled and T.J. Rivera singled, Brian Burgamy snapped a nine-game RBI drought with a single. The Squirrels struck back against Matz in the bottom half. Skyler Stromsmoe led off with a single, swiped second and scored when Mario Lisson doubled. Lisson struck again to give the Squirrels the lead in the third. He yanked a 2-2 pitch with two outs inside the third-base bag and down the left-field line, plating Stromsmoe from second with the go-ahead run. Mejia nearly coughed up the lead in the fourth. After surrendering a leadoff single to Jayce Boyd, the southpaw issued consecutive two-out walks to load the bases. Matz shot a line drive, but was robbed of a hit by first baseman Angel Villalona, who leaped and snared the shot. Matz (6-5) surrendered two runs on five hits over five innings. He also struck out 10 batters with Savannah on June 14, 2013, against Greenville. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, PALM BEACH 1: Seth Lugo allowed one run in seven innings while striking

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out a season-high 10 batters. Lugo fanned Dante Rosenberg on his 100th pitch to finish the seventh inning. Jake Kuebler retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings to earn his second save. He struck out three. Lugo and Kuebler combined to retire the final 14 Palm Beach hitters. The Cardinals had taken a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI groundout by Anthony Garcia. The Mets tied the score in the fourth on a single by Jared King that plated L.J. Mazzilli. Jairo Perez broke the tie with a long homer to left field against Cardinals starter Jimmy Reed with two outs in the sixth. Gavin Cecchini provided the final run when he tripled to score Cam Maron in the seventh. The Mets (75-61 overall) need major help to make the postseason. They need to win at least one of their remaining two games to stay in front of Palm Beach (75-62) in the overall standings. They need to finish with one more win than Bradenton (75-61). And they need to get first-half-champion Fort Myers (38-29) to surpass Bradenton (40-27) and win the second half in the division. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 5: Colton Plaia and Jorge Rivero homered and starter John Gant (11-5) allowed one run in five innings as the Gnats built a 6-2 lead. The Braves produced five straight singles and scored three runs in the eighth against Ricky Knapp to close within a run. Dawrin Frias entered and recorded the final two outs of the eighth to strand two inherited runners. Frias then tossed a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Box

KINGSPORT 5, ELIZABETHTON 2: The K-Mets completed their season with a 34-34 record after winning the finale. Persio Reyes allowed one run in seven innings and Alex Palsha recorded his first save. Oswald Caraballo drove in two runs. Box

TRI-CITY 3, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Corey Oswalt allowed three runs in six innings. Anthony Chavez's one-out RBI single in the ninth pulled the Cyclones within a run. But Adrian Abreu grounded out. And with two in scoring position, Amed Rosario struck out for the game's final out. Chavez was thrown out at the plate in the seventh -- the second Cyclone in the game to be retired there. Box

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Minors 8.28.14: Cessa blanks Palm Beach

August, 28, 2014
Aug 28
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ALBUQUERQUE 10, LAS VEGAS 5: Rafael Montero allowed eight runs in six innings. Three of the runs were unearned, but Montero gave up 11 hits. Danny Muno and Brandon Allen hit home runs. Box

NEW BRITAIN 5, BINGHAMTON 3: Dilson Herrera had three hits, including his 10th Double-A home run, and found out after the game that he was being promoted to the big-league team when Daniel Murphy went on the disabled list. Closer Cody Satterwhite had his second blown save in two days, allowing three runs in the ninth inning to deprive Greg Peavey of a win. Peavey allowed two runs on six hits in eight innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, PALM BEACH 0: Luis Cessa and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout. The Mets scored both their runs in the sixth, on Jared King's RBI single and Phillip Evans' sacrifice fly. L.J. Mazzilli had two hits and scored one run. Box

SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 0: Robert Gsellman and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout. Champ Stuart and Jeff Glenn each produced an RBI. Box

ELIZABETHTON 13, KINGSPORT 6: Starter Jimmy Duff pitched five scoreless innings, but the Mets bullpen had a rough night. Second baseman Branden Kaupe had four hits. Catcher Luis Ortega had two doubles and a single. Box

TRI-CITY 4, BROOKLYN 3: Right fielder Michael Bernal's ninth-inning error allowed the winning run to score. Adrian Abreu, Jhoan Urena and Tucker Tharp each had two hits. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 3 (10 innings): The Mets finished the Gulf Coast League season with a 33-27 record, winning their final game on a walk-off error. Raphael Ramirez stole second and third. On the latter steal, Marlins catcher Blake Anderson threw the ball into left field. Ramirez finished the 60-game season with 18 steals. He also had a triple and drove in a run in the final game. Starter Jose Celas allowed three hits in five scoreless innings. Box

Minors 8.27.14: Cyclones get walk-off win

August, 28, 2014
Aug 28
1:05
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LAS VEGAS 8, ROUND ROCK 3: Noah Syndergaard pitched 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing one run on seven hits with a walk and nine strikeouts. Syndergaard lowered his ERA to 4.67. Catcher Kevin Plawecki hit two home runs. Box

NEW BRITAIN 11, BINGHAMTON 7 (11 innings): Closer Cody Satterwhite gave up two game-tying runs in the ninth inning, and Adam Kolarek allowed five in the 11th. First baseman Jayce Boyd had a big night for the B-Mets, falling a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Center fielder Brandon Nimmo and right fielder Travis Taijeron also had three hits apiece. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, CHARLOTTE 3: The Mets scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a routine ground ball that should have ended the game. L.J. Mazzilli hit the grounder to third base, where it went between Patrick Leonard's legs and ended up in left field, allowing both runs to score. An earlier error by Mazzilli had allowed the Stone Crabs to tie the game in the sixth inning. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini had three hits for the Mets. Box

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 4: The Sand Gnats lost their seventh straight game, despite a four-run rally in the eighth inning. Shortstop Yeixon Ruiz had three hits, but also committed his 26th error of the season. Box

ELIZABETHTON 9, KINGSPORT 8 (10 innings): Third baseman Eudor Garcia's throwing error allowed the winning run to score in the 10th, after Kingsport had tied the game with four unearned runs in the ninth. Right fielder Wuilmer Becerra tied the game with a two-run triple, then was thrown out trying to steal home to end the inning. Box

BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 2 (11 innings): Amed Rosario was hit by a Matt Wotherspoon pitch with the bases loaded to force in the winning run. First-round draft pick Michael Conforto had two doubles and two singles to raise his average to .338. Starter Scarlyn Reyes allowed just one earned run on three hits in seven innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL MARLINS 5: Center fielder Raphael Ramirez and right fielder Enmanuel Zabala had three hits apiece. The Mets had 12 hits, all singles. Starter Erik Manoah allowed just one hit in five shutout innings, with nine strikeouts. Box

Morning Briefing: Wheels up!

August, 27, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: Now that Zack Wheeler can beat anyone, can he beat the Atlanta Braves?

The New York Mets right-hander had three wins over his hometown team last season. He doesn't yet have any this year.

That's not entirely his fault. He pitched well against the Braves each of the last two times out, but got little help from his offense in either game.

Perhaps the somewhat-revived Mets offense -- hey, they scored 11 runs just a few days ago -- can help Wheeler (9-8, 3.48) when he faces the Braves again on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Then again, he's matched up against right-hander Julio Teheran (12-9, 2.96), who is coming off six scoreless innings against the Cincinnati Reds.

Wheeler gave up four runs to the Oakland Athletics in his last start, but since a June 30 start in Atlanta, he's 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA.

Now, can he beat the Braves?

Wednesday's news reports:

• The Mets beat the Braves Tuesday night, and they did it without David Wright or Daniel Murphy, and with Vic Black and Josh Edgin unavailable. The key guy they did have in the lineup was Juan Lagares, who made another nice catch and also hit another home run. Read game stories in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star Ledger, Record and MLB.com.

• Wright is out because of muscle spasms in his neck, but he finally admitted Tuesday that his left shoulder is an issue. What he wouldn't admit is that it's been a factor in his lousy play, and what the Mets said they won't do is shut him down because of it. Read more in the Post, Star Ledger and MLB.com.

• Will you see Noah Syndergaard in September? Sandy Alderson suggested Tuesday that a lack of spots on the 40-man roster could keep Syndergaard out of the big leagues this season. But Alderson also suggested that Syndergaard could benefit from a month in the big leagues, so the issue remains undecided. Read more in the Post, Newsday, Record and Star Ledger. Meanwhile, Tim Rohan wonders in the Times if Matt Reynolds can be the next Mets shortstop.

• Tuesday's win gave the Mets a 62-70 record, which means that Alderson's 90-win spring training challenge is technically alive for a few more days. But columnist Joel Sherman in the Post sees a much bigger issue, the question of whether the Mets have fallen into a cycle of 74-77 win seasons that they don't have the ability -- or the strong will -- to break out of.

• It's pretty much accepted now that the best thing that happened to Travis d'Arnaud this season was the Mets' decision to send him to Triple-A Las Vegas, and how he reacted to it. Now, d'Arnaud's father tells columnist Kevin Kernan of the Post pretty much the same thing, and says he told it to Travis at the time.

BIRTHDAYS: Mike Maddux, best known as the brother of Greg but also as a 1993-94 Met, turns 53 . . . Brian McRae is 47.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU'RE UP: Is it important that the Mets see Noah Syndergaard this season?

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187