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Friday, August 16, 2013
Minors 8.16.13: Forsythe homer lifts B-Mets

By Adam Rubin

LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 4: Zach Lutz's ninth-inning single against Cory Rasmus plated Eric Campbell with the tiebreaking run. Matt den Dekker then scored on a balk for a two-run cushion. John Church pitched a perfect bottom half for his third save save. Lutz also had produced a solo homer against Tommy Hanson in the second inning. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, NEW BRITAIN 0: The B-Mets took one step closer to the postseason as Blake Forsythe delivered a solo homer and Noah Syndergaard tossed five scoreless

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innings. The B-Mets posted their fourth shutout win in August. Forsythe homered to lead off the third against Cole De Vries. It was his ninth long ball of the season, and his second in two games. Syndergaard dominanted the Rock Cats. He scattered three hits over five innings while earning his sixth B-Mets win. He faced no more than four batters in any inning and matched a career high with 10 strikeouts. In the sixth, Ryan Fraser entered and allowed a single and a walk with one out as New Britain put together its biggest threat of the night. Fraser escaped the jam by forcing Miguel Sano and Reynaldo Rodriguez to fly out. He followed with a scoreless seventh before handing the ball to Chasen Bradford. Bradford retired all three batters he faced, requiring only 10 pitches. Jeff Walters slammed the door with a perfect ninth to earn his 35th save. Box

JUPITER 7, ST. LUCIE 0: Hansel Robles allowed four runs in seven innings and the Mets mustered only four hits. Box

SAVANNAH at AUGUSTA (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 11, BRISTOL 4: Jeyckol De Leon had four hits with a run scored, three RBIs

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and two doubles. Michael Bernal also drove in three runs, capped by a solo homer in the sixth that completed Kingsport's scoring. Eris Peguero had a triple and double. The K-Mets took control in the second inning, plating seven runs on seven hits while sending 13 men to the plate. Seven straight batters reached safely with two outs, a barrage that chased Bristol starter Robinson Leyer after 1 2/3 innings. In his first appearance since a promotion from the Gulf Coast League, Brandon Welch lasted six innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Welch finished strongly, retiring the side in order in his last three innings. Edioglis Villasmil and Tyler Bashlor combined for three innings of scoreless relief. Kingsport (31-23) gained a game on division-leading Greeneville. The K-Mets now trail  the Astros affiliate by 1.5 games in the West. The top two games in the Appalachian League make the playoffs. Kingsport is up 2.5 games for second place with 23 games remaining. Box

BROOKLYN 6, VERMONT 4: James Roche went 2-for-4 with two RBIs while homering for the second straight game. After the Lake Monsters capitalized on a botched groundball by LJ Mazzilli to take an early 1-0 lead, Roche picked up his second baseman by connecting on a solo shot. Brooklyn then took the lead with a three-run third. Anthony Chavez singled and Patrick Biondi and Gavin Cecchini walked to load the bases for Mazzilli. He also walked, forcing in the tiebreaking run. Jared King then produced his first RBI since returning to the lineup following an oblique issue, on a sacrifice fly. Roche added an RBI single. Cyclones starter John Gant stumbled in the sixth as the Lake Monsters cut Brooklyn's lead to 5-4. Gant ultimately allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out seven. Gant added to his New York-Penn League-leading strikeout total (68). Later, reliever Johnny Magliozzi inherited in a tough spot, with the tying run at second base and go-ahead run at first in the eighth. He retired the next three batters to escape. Magliozzi also handled the ninth to record his fifth save. Cecchini extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The Cyclones' record is 17, by Lucas Duda in 2007. Box

GCL NATIONALS 5, GCL METS 2: Waldo Rodriguez surrendered four runs, none earned, in the seventh as the Nats overcame a 2-1 deficit. Second basmean Branden Kaupe had two errors. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings. Box

Compiled from team reports