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Saturday, May 17, 2014
Minors 5.16.14: Frenchy pitches vs. 51s

By Adam Rubin

LAS VEGAS 10, EL PASO 2: Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings. He threw 93 pitches (56 strikes). For the third time this season, Jeff Francoeur finished a lopsided game on the mound against the 51s. This time, Frenchy surrendered a ninth-inning three-run homer to Andrew Brown. Francoeur now has a 6.23 ERA in five Pacific Coast League appearances this season. Entering this outing, he had limited opponents to two hits and two hit batters while striking out three in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Matt den Dekker opened Friday's scoring with a leadoff homer in the first. He finished 3-for-5 with two extra-base hits and three runs scored. Josh Satin went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW HAMPSHIRE 6: Brian Burgamy’s go-ahead, three-run double highlighted Binghamton’s four-run eighth. Trailing 6-4 and with Jayce Boyd on first base

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with one out after a walk, Wilfredo Tovar and Kyle Johnson greeted new reliever Dustin Antolin with consecutive singles, loading the bases. Burgamy then lifted a 2-0 pitch into the left-field corner. Jon Berti, playing his fourth career game in the outfield, reached up on the run, but had the drive kick off his glove and rattle off the fence. Three runs scored on Burgamy’s double, giving the B-Mets the lead. Kevin Plawecki tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single. Staked to a 4-0 lead, B-Mets starter Matt Bowman surrendered six runs in the third -- all unearned. Matt Clark booted Peter Mooney’s groundball at first to start the frame. Jon Berti took his place on a fielder’s choice and came home with New Hampshire’s first run when Kenny Wilson tripled off the left-center wall. Bowman then hit A.J. Jimenez, uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Wilson to scamper home and loaded the bases on back-to-back two-out walks. Andy Fermin cashed in on Bowman’s wildness with his first career grand slam, giving New Hampshire a 6-4 lead. Bowman retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced after Fermin’s homer and exited after six innings. After tossing a perfect seventh and benefiting from Binghamton’s four-run eighth, Jon Velasquez (2-2) returned for the bottom half and teamed with Adam Kolarek to post a scoreless inning. Chasen Bradford worked around a two-out single in a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save. Bowman struck out a career-high 12 -- the most by a B-Mets pitcher in one game since at least 2007. Plawecki reached base safely in all five plate appearances -- on three hits and two hit-by-pitches. Kyle Johnson has hit safely in nine straight games. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 4: Luis Cessa limited Lakeland to one run and four hits in six innings to earn his third straight win. Cessa struck out three and did not walk a batter. In

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his last three outings, he has given up three runs in 19 innings while striking out 11 and walking two. The Mets spotted Cessa a 5-0 lead. Cam Maron led off the second with a solo homer and Gilbert Gomez followed with a double. Eudy Pina beat out a double-play ball later in the inning to score Gomez. Brandon Nimmo tripled for the second straight game in the third inning and came home on T.J. Rivera’s groundout. Rivera now leads the Florida State League with 34 RBIs. In the fifth, Phillip Evans and Cole Frenzel hit back-to-back sacrifice flies, plating Maron and Gomez, to increase the lead to five runs. James Robbins got the Flying Tigers on the board with a solo homer against Cessa in the fifth. Jairo Perez got the run back for the Mets in the eighth with his fifth homer, making it 6-1. Ryan Fraser retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth and got the first batter out in the ninth, but the Flying Tigers wouldn’t go quietly. Evans committed a throwing error that would have been the second out of the ninth. Instead, the Tyler Hanover reached. The Flying Tigers laced four consecutive singles, the last by Jared Reaves, to plate three runs and make it 6-4. With the tying run on first and one out, Fraser buckled down to strike out Dixon Machado and Chad Wright looking to end the game. Gomez went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Maron and Dilson Herrera had two hits apiece. In a rehab appearance, Gonzalez Germen (virus) pitched a scoreless seventh. Box

SAVANNAH 11, GREENVILLE 3
GREENVILLE 4, SAVANNAH 1:
The Gnats scored in each of their first five turns at bat in Game 1 to support Miller Diaz. Diaz struck out eight over five scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.74 while earning his fourth win. Jeff McNeil, who had three hits, was one of four Gnats who reached base safely three times in the opener. Gavin Cecchini doubled and walked twice, L.J. Mazzilli doubled and walked twice and Dominic Smith singled twice and walked. The Gnats scored first in Game 2 with a run in the bottom of the first, but did not cross home plate again. On the hill, John Gant cruised through the first three innings, striking out six, but allowed two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings. Box 1, Box 2

Compiled with team reports