Minors 8.16.14: Lupo swipes home for win

August, 17, 2014
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OMAHA 3, LAS VEGAS 2: Taylor Teagarden's two-run homer in the top of the seventh against Blake Wood broke a scoreless tie. But 51s starter Logan Verrett surrendered a sacrifice fly to ex-Mets farmhand Francisco Pena in the bottom of that inning, then a game-deciding two-run homer to Brian Bocock in the eighth. Verrett (10-5) was credited with a complete game and allowed only four hits and two walks in the defeat. Box

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BINGHAMTON 7, READING 3: Rehabbing Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed six strong innings and also contributed with a run-producing walk . Reading starter Jesse Biddle opened the fourth by issuing walks to Brian Burgamy and Jayce Boyd. Darrell Ceciliani followed with an RBI single. Three batters later, Biddle hit Wilfredo Tovar and walked Matsuzaka, forcing in another run. Mike Nesseth took over for Biddle and recorded the final out of the inning, defusing the threat. Matsuzaka cruised through four scoreless innings, needing only 38 pitches and facing one over the minimum. Reading’s first threat came in the fifth, when Brock Stassi pulled a one-out double down the right-field line. Matsuzaka stranded Stassi by retiring the next two batters. The Fightins cracked the scoreboard in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Peter Lavin doubled over right fielder Kyle Johnson’s head. He took third on a fly out and scampered home with Reading’s lone run when Matsuzaka uncorked a wild pitch. Jon Velasquez tossed a perfect seventh for his first save since 2010 as a Phillies farmhand at high-A Clearwater. Matsuzaka (1-0) allowed one run on three hits in six innings. He threw 69 pitches while walking none and collecting three strikeouts.

In Game 2, the B-Mets plated seven unanswered runs, highlighted by a go-ahead three-run homer from Tovar in the sixth. The Fightin Phils had blasted their way to the lead in the first inning on Aaron Altherr's three-run homer against Tyler Pill. Binghamton responded without needing a hit in the third against Reading starter Adam Loewen. Tovar walked and Pill reached safely when Loewen failed to cleanly field his drag bunt. After a walk loaded the bases, T.J. Rivera ripped a groundball through Jake Fox’s legs at third base, allowing Tovar to score. Burgamy followed with a fielder’s choice to third, plating Pill to cut the deficit to one run. Pill settled down after Altherr’s blast, retiring the final 13 batters he faced. The righty cruised through four perfect innings, striking out five additional batters, to cap his night. Loewen’s fortunes turned quickly when the B-Mets put together a two-out rally in the sixth. The lefty walked Dustin Lawley and hit Xorge Carrillo. Tovar then ripped a 1-0 pitch over the left-center wall. His second homer of the season put Binghamton ahead, 5-3. The B-Mets padded their lead in the ninth on Lawley's two-run double. Pill (8-5) struck out six while issuing no walks over five innings. He remains unbeaten in his last 15 games as a B-Met. Box 1, Box 2

BRADENTON 5, ST. LUCIE 2: In his first start since Aug. 3, Luis Cessa allowed one single

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and one walk in five scoreless innings. He struck out seven, but did not factor in the decision when the bullpen could not hold a 2-0 lead in the eighth. Beck Wheeler surrendered three straight singles to start the frame and was replaced by lefty T.J. Chism to face lefty Adam Frazier. Frazier singled to left to make it 2-1. After Chism struck out Walker Gourley, Jordan Steranka produced a three-run double to put the Marauders ahead, 4-2. Bradenton added one more run in the inning when Jose Osuna’s grounder went through second baseman Phillip Evans' legs and Steranka scored. Yhonathan Barrios pitched around a one-out double by Evans in the ninth to close out the game. Cessa retired the first 11 batters he faced. His no-hit bid ended with two outs in the fourth on a single by Steranka. The only other batter to reach against Cessa was on a walk in the fifth. Cam Maron singled to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Box

SAVANNAH 9, GREENVILLE 3: The Gnats used bases-loaded walks to Victor Cruzado and

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Nelfi Zapata to score twice in the first inning. The Drive pulled within 2-1 in the fourth against Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis as Kevin Mager singled to plate Tzu-Wei Lin. That was the only run Panteliodis allowed before the ninth inning. The Gnats blew the game open with a combined seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings against reliever Oscar Perez. Jeff Glenn and Patrick Biondi drew back-to-back walks to start a three-run rally in the sixth. In the seventh, consecutive singles from Cruzado, Zapata, Jonathan Johnson, Glenn and Biondi led to four runs and a 9-1 Savannah advantage. Cruzado finished 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI. Yeixon Ruiz was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. Biondi was 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Savannah let Panteliodis begin the ninth with an eight-run lead, but he allowed three hits, including two doubles, and reached his pitch limit. He was removed one out shy of his second complete game of the season. He still earned the win to improve to 5-3 with a 3.80 ERA. Box

KINGSPORT 4, GREENEVILLE 3: The K-Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win, capped by Vicente Lupo's game-ending steal of home. Lupo's RBI double earlier in the frame had tied the score at 3. Kingsport starter Persio Reyes tossed six scoreless innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, VERMONT 1: Amed Rosario's two-out double in the third plated John Mora and opened the scoring. The Cyclones opened a 2-0 lead an inning later. Michael Conforto was hit by a pitch and stole second. Tyler Moore followed with an RBI double. Brooklyn starter Alberto Baldonado departed after five scoreless innings. In the eighth, Gaither Bumgardner inherited a runner on first with two outs from Carlos Valdez. A passed ball by Adrian Abreu advanced Max Kuhn to second. Trent Gilbert's RBI single then pulled Vermont within 2-1. In the ninth, closer Shane Bay surrendered one hit but converted his 13th save. Box

GCL MARLINS 9, GCL METS 5: Starter Darwin Reyes surrendered eight runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings. Down 8-0, the Mets produced five fifth-inning runs, highlighted by Alvin Maracaro's two-run double. Maracaro, a third baseman, also committed two of the Mets' three errors. Adrian Almeida contributed three scoreless relief innings in the loss. 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

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