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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Minors 4.3.14: Rivera slam lifts St. Lucie

By Adam Rubin

LAS VEGAS 9, FRESNO 2: Rafael Montero tossed six scoreless innings in his season debut. He allowed four hits and no walks while striking out five in a 79-pitch effort. Eric Campbell opened the scoring with a two-run single in the fifth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a solo homer an inning later. Nieuwenhuis finished 4-for-4. Bobby Abreu joined the 51s on Thursday and delivered a pinch-hit single in the seventh. He is expected to DH against AL affiliates and pinch-hit against NL affiliates like Fresno, the Giants' top farm club. Joel Carreņo surrendered a two-run homer to Adam Duvall in the seventh as Fresno pulled within 3-2. Zach Lutz had a grand slam a half-inning later to open a six-run lead. Vic Black, who allowed 24 baserunners in 9 1/3 Grapefruit League innings, continued to struggle with his control. Working with a large lead in the eighth, Black walked two batters and hit another. Erik Goeddel, moving to a bullpen role like he had at UCLA, tossed a scoreless ninth. Noah Syndergaard makes his Triple-A debut Friday for the 51s. Box

AKRON 7, BINGHAMTON 1: Five Binghamton pitchers combined to issue 11 walks while the B-Mets mustered four hits. Akron's Giovanny Urshela had four RBIs. Starter Darin Gorski missed the strike zone on his first six pitches and walked three in the first. The

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RubberDucks failed to cash in that frame, but broke through in the second on two bloop singles and Gorski’s fielding error on Tyler Holt’s sacrifice bunt. The unearned run was the first of seven unanswered runs by the RubberDucks following Binghamton’s first-inning run. Darrell Ceciliani had led off the bottom of the first against Cody Anderson by tripling over center fielder Tyler Naquin’s head. Brian Burgamy's groundout scored Ceciliani. Urshela broke the 1-all tie with a homer to lead off the fourth. Gorski departed two batters later after reaching 85 pitches. Cody Satterwhite made his B-Mets debut in relief and collected the final out of the frame, but not before issuing back-to-back walks. Satterwhite worked around two more walks in the fifth before handing off to T.J. Chism. The southpaw worked a scoreless sixth in his Double-A debut, but surrendered a game-sealing two-out, two-run double to Urshela in the seventh. Anderson settled in after the first inning. The right-hander cruised through five more innings, never facing more than four batters in any frame. Jack Leathersich provided a bright spot for the B-Mets by striking out three in the eighth. Akron produced three ninth-inning runs against John Church. Gorski (0-1) was tagged for two runs (one earned) on three walks and four hits in 3 2/3 innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, PALM BEACH 5: T.J. Rivera broke a 2-all tie in the fifth with a grand slam that put the Mets ahead for good. The Cardinals answered with three runs in the sixth, but

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Randy Fontanez contributed a scoreless seventh and eighth while Beck Wheeler closed out the game in the ninth. Gabriel Ynoa earned the win in his Florida State League debut. He scattered eight hits and allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Palm Beach jumped to a 2-0 lead on Jacob Wilson's sac fly in the first and an RBI single by Starlin Rodriguez in the third. Palm Beach starter Michael Mayers was cruising until Brandon Nimmo and Rivera greeted him with back-to-back doubles in the fourth to make it 2-1. Jairo Perez tied the score with a two-out single later in the frame. In the fifth, Mayers walked Maikis De La Cruz, gave up a single to Eudy Pina and walked Nimmo to load the bases. Corey Baker entered in relief and surrendered the grand slam to Rivera. The Cardinals rallied with three runs in the sixth. They had a chance to tie it in the ninth, but a leaping catch at the wall by De La Cruz in left robbed Anthony Garcia of a run-scoring extra-base hit. Wheeler later struck out Casey Rasmus to end the game. Rivera finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Nimmo collected two hits, a walk and two runs scored in his FSL debut. Box

LAKEWOOD 6, SAVANNAH 3: Patrick Biondi delivered a three-run homer for his first professional long ball in the bottom of the ninth to account for the Gnats' lone scoring. The former Michigan Wolverine finished 3-for-4 in his Sand Gnats debut. The BlueClaws plated the game’s opening run in the fourth inning against Savannah starter Robert Gsellman as Andrew Pullin doubled and scored on Larry Greene Jr.’s infield single. Greene finished 3-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and four RBIs. He tripled down the right-field line to drive in three runs and cap a four-run eighth that put Lakewood ahead 6-0. Lakewood chased Gsellman in the sixth. Two singles and a walk plated a run to put the BlueClaws up 2-0. Then Greene singled to center to load the bases, ending Gsellman’s night. Reliever Tim Peterson entered with one out and escaped further trouble by striking out two batters. Peterson worked a scoreless seventh. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, making his Savannah debut, went 2-for-5. 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith was 1-for-4. Biondi’s homer was the only Sand Gnats’ extra-base hit. The Gnats had chances to score early in the game, but left three runners at third in the game’s first four innings. Box

Compiled from team reports