Minors 4.27.14: Taijeron HR in big inning

April, 27, 2014
Apr 27
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TACOMA 5, LAS VEGAS 4: With two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, Logan Kensing struck out Andrew Brown to end the comeback threat and game. Las Vegas fell to 18-6 on the season. Starter Logan Verrett allowed five runs (three earned) in five innings. The damage included a three-run homer by Jesus Montero in the fifth that staked Tacoma to a 5-3 lead. Montero had homered against Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard earlier in the series. Wilmer Flores, who committed his sixth error at shortstop, departed after three innings with a jammed finger. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, ERIE 6: The B-Mets scored nine times in the top of the fourth, which proved enough to overcome starter Rainy Lara allowing six runs in the bottom half. After Lara and Tommy Collier matched zeroes through three innings, the B-Mets erupted.

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Binghamton sent 14 men to the plate in the fourth, pounded out seven hits, and took advantage of an error and two walks. Every B-Mets starter scored in the inning. Kevin Plawecki ripped a bases-loaded grounder through third baseman Francisco Martinez's legs. The gaffe allowed the first two runs to score. Travis Taijeron followed with a three-run homer, his first long ball of the season. Kyle Johnson later lined an RBI single. Brian Burgamy followed by bouncing a run-producing double off the left-field wall to knock out Collier. Matt Reynolds greeted reliever Ryan Robowski by dropping an RBI single into right, kicking Binghamton’s lead to 8-0. The single capped a stretch of 10 straight B-Mets reaching safely. Two batters later, Cory Vaughn singled home Binghamton’s final run. Given a nine-run cushion, Lara struggled. With two aboard, Dean Green put Erie on the board with an RBI double. Martinez and Jamie Johnson followed with run-scoring singles. Lara pitched himself deeper into a hole with a pair of two-out walks, including a bases-loaded free pass to Eugenio Suarez. Aaron Westlake ended Lara’s day, and made it a three-run game, with a two-run single. Jack Leathersich entered and recorded the inning's final out. Leathersich returned for the fifth and slipped into and then out of a jam. The SeaWolves put the first three aboard via an error, hit batter and walk. With the tying run on base, the southpaw wiggled free with a strikeout, a pop out and a groundout. Jon Velasquez (1-2) then posted two perfect relief innings. Cody Satterwhite tossed a scoreless eighth. Chasen Bradford worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Box

BRADENTON 7, ST. LUCIE 6: Josh Bell had a two-run homer against Luis Cessa in the first inning and finished with five RBIs as Bradenton led throughout. Bell's two-run triple in the seventh gave the Marauders a 7-4 lead. St. Lucie's Gilbert Gomez drove a two-run

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triple off the left-field wall to make it 7-6 in the eighth, but Gomez was thrown out by first baseman Jose Osuna trying to take home on the play. The throw attempting to get Gomez at third had sailed high. Osuna tracked it down near the Mets bullpen and threw a strike to home to retire Gomez. The Mets drew two walks with two outs in the ninth, but Albert Cordero grounded out to Osuna to end the game. The Marauders jumped to a 5-0 lead against Cessa. An error on right fielder Eudy Pina led to two runs in the third. Cessa eventually did retire nine in a row. The Mets came to life at the plate in the fifth. Phillip Evans doubled and Maikis De La Cruz plated him with a single against John Kuchno. Pina then had a two-run double in the sixth and Cordero followed with an RBI single to slice the deficit to 5-4. Cordero advanced to third on a flyout and stood 90 feet from home as the tying run with one out. He tried to score on Ryan Hafner's wild pitch, but the ball bounced hard off the backstop, right to catcher Jin-De Jhang, who retired Cordero after a rundown. Cessa (0-3) was charged with seven runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings. Box

LAKEWOOD 6, SAVANNAH 5: Gavin Cecchini singled with two outs in the top of the ninth to plate Dominic Smith, but Jeff McNeil then popped out to second base as the Gnats' rally fell a run short. Starter Chris Flexen allowed six runs on four hits and four walks in three innings. He surrendered a pair of homers. Dario Alvarez and Akeel Morris combined for five scoreless relief innings. Cecchini finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. L.J. Mazzilli and Jared King had two RBIs apiece as the Gnats rallied from a 6-0 deficit. Box

Compiled with team reports
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.287 7 38 57
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 15
RBID. Wright 51
RD. Murphy 57
OPSL. Duda .840
WB. Colon 9
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 112