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Friday, June 20, 2014
Minors 6.19.14: Holdover Pill shines

By Adam Rubin

LAS VEGAS 6, NASHVILLE 2: Travis d'Arnaud's torrid production since his demotion continued. D'Arnaud homered for the sixth time in 11 Triple-A games. He finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. D'Arnaud is hitting .432. Matt den Dekker started in center field and led off and went 2-for-5 with a double in his return to the minors. Andrew Brown was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Starter Darin Gorski limited Nashville to two runs (one earned) while striking out 11 in 6 1/3 innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, RICHMOND 0: Tyler Pill fired eight scoreless innings and backed his own effort with three hits, including a home run. Pill drove in four runs and finished a triple

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shy of the cycle in his longest career outing. The victory, Binghamton’s ninth in its last 10 games, secured a three-game sweep. On a night the B-Mets welcomed five newcomers from St. Lucie, Pill stole the show. He put Binghamton on the board in the third with a solo homer. He became the first pitcher to go deep for the B-Mets since Justin Brunette in 2001. In his Double-A debut, Brandon Nimmo (0-for-2, two walks) worked a one-out walk in the fourth and scored on Dustin Lawley's double for a 2-0. The score stayed that way until the sixth, when the B-Mets blew the game open against reliever Phil McCormick. Lawley and a pair of fellow newly promoted players -- T.J. Rivera and Dilson Herrera -- each singled to load the bases with none out. Pill then smacked a three-run double down the right-field line. Kyle Johnson doubled to plate Pill for a 6-0 advantage. Pill (5-5) allowed four hits and retired 12 straight batters at one point. He struck out a season-high nine in his fifth straight win. Adam Kolarek pitched a scoreless ninth. Pill has four of the B-Mets pitchers’ seven hits this season. Herrera went 2-for-4 in his Double-A debut. Rivera went 1-for-3 with a walk. Left-hander Steven Matz's Double-A debut comes Saturday at Bowie. The final player promoted from St. Lucie, reliever Randy Fontanez, did not appear Thursday. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, FORT MYERS 4: New-look St. Lucie won its sixth straight game despite graduating five players to Binghamton and adding six players from Savannah. Four of those

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new additions -- Gavin Cecchini, L.J. Mazzilli, Jeff McNeil and Robert Coles -- played crucial roles in the victory. Mazzilli smashed a three-run homer, Cecchini drove in two runs, McNeil walked and scored and Coles picked up the final four outs to earn the save. Holdover Eudy Pina went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and finished a homer shy of the cycle. The Mets, who finished one game behind Fort Myers for first place in the first half, improved to 6-1 against the Miracle this season. The Mets jumped to 4-0 lead in the third. Pina greeted B.J. Hermsen with a single and stole second base. Cecchini drove him in with a double. After McNeil walked, Mazzilli clobbered a pitch over the left-field wall for a three-run homer. Adam Brett Walker put the Miracle on the board in the fourth with a sac fly. The Mets extended their lead to 7-1 in the sixth. Albert Cordero and Maikis De La Cruz singled against Alex Wimmers with one out. Pina brought both runners in with a triple. Cecchini knocked Pina in with a sac fly. The Miracle scored three runs with two outs in the seventh against Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa to make it 7-4. Jake Kuebler entered to get the final out, then induced a double-play ball in the eighth. Coles got the final out of that frame. After giving up a leadoff walk and a single in the ninth, he struck out Jorge Polanco and Travis Harrison. The game ended when Lance Ray grounded out. Ynoa improved to 8-2. Box

SAVANNAH 6, GREENVILLE 3: Jon Leroux and Jorge Rivero each scored twice and Colton Plaia drove in two runs as Savannah built a 6-1 lead. Right fielder Patrick Biondi departed in the fifth inning. Box

DANVILLE 8, KINGSPORT 4: Starter Christian Montgomery surrendered seven runs (six earned) on five hits and five walks in 1 1/3 innings as the K-Mets lost their season debut. Martires Arias limited Danville to one run in 5 2/3 relief innings. Fourth-round pick Eudor Garcia went 0-for-1 off the bench in his professional debut. Box

BROOKLYN 4, HUDSON VALLEY 0: Octavio Acosta tossed six scoreless innings and combined with Josh Prevost, Brad Wieck and Edioglis Villasmil on a seven-hit shutout. The Cyclones broke a scoreless tie with a three-run sixth that included Luis Arrizurieta's RBI triple. Box

Compiled with team reports