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Wheeler atop BA's top-10 Mets prospects

December, 14, 2012

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Zack Wheeler is the Mets' top prospect.

Baseball America's list of top-10 Mets prospects is out. The list:

1. Zack Wheeler, rhp
2. Gavin Cecchini, ss
3. Brandon Nimmo, of
4. Luis Mateo, rhp
5. Rafael Montero, rhp
6. Wilmer Flores, 3b/2b
7. Michael Fulmer, rhp
8. Jeurys Familia, rhp
9. Domingo Tapia, rhp
10. Cory Mazzoni, rhp

The magazine also offers these categories:

Best Hitter for Average: Wilmer Flores
Best Power Hitter: Aderlin Rodriguez
Best Strike Zone Discipline: Danny Muno
Fastest Baserunner: Alonzo Harris
Best Athlete: Bradley Marquez
Best Fastball: Domingo Tapia
Best Curveball: Zack Wheeler
Best Slider: Luis Mateo
Best Changeup: Darin Gorski
Best Control: Rafael Montero
Best Defensive Catcher: Albert Cordero
Best Defensive Infielder: Wilfredo Tovar
Best Infield Arm: Aderlin Rodriguez
Best Defensive OF: Matt den Dekker
Best Outfield Arm: Cesar Puello

Mets morning briefing 9.8.12

September, 8, 2012
Chipper Jones went hitless and committed an error in the first game of his final series in Flushing, but Jon Niese received no run support and the Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves, 3-0, Friday night at Citi Field.

The Mets send Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 4.52 ERA) to the mound at 4:05 p.m. today. He opposes reigning NL Pitcher of the Month Kris Medlen (7-1, 1.56). The Braves have won Medlen's past 18 starts, the longest streak in the majors since the Yankees won 20 straight starts by Roger Clemens in 2000.

The Mets will honor infielder Wilmer Flores and right-hander Rafael Montero as the Sterling organizational player and pitcher of the year in a ceremony before the game. Also due to be honored are each affiliate's player of the year: Matt Harvey (Buffalo), Zack Wheeler (Binghamton), outfielder/second baseman Alonzo Harris Jr. (St. Lucie), right-hander Michael Fulmer (Savannah), right-hander Hansel Robles (Brooklyn), right-hander Miller Diaz (Kingsport), right-hander Yoryi Nuez (Dominican Summer League 1) and outfielder Vincente Lupo (Dominican Summer League 2).

Saturday's news reports:

• At an afternoon press conference Friday, Jones was presented with framed artwork depicting his memorable moments in New York, which was prepared by artist Charles Fazzino. Jones spoke eloquently about his affinity for Shea Stadium and playing in the city. He also discussed his 8-year-old son Shea's orange-and-blue painted bedroom and, in the context of David Wright's future, the importance to him of playing with one team for his entire career.

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Chipper Jones' reception at Citi Field was not entirely negative on Friday night.

Although he identified his first major league homer, which came against Josias Manzanillo at Shea Stadium on May 9, 1995, as a career highlight, he identified his favorite New York moment as the first game back in the city after 9/11. Jones noted that even the ultra-competitive Bobby Cox did not mind losing that game. "Even he admitted after the game it was as it should be," Jones said.

As for how he would view himself if he were a Mets fan, he summed it up pretty well.

"I would respect the body of work, but I would hate his guts," Jones said.

The Atlanta view of the Mets' presentation? Writes Braves beat writer David O'Brien in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

There was a mix of boos and cheers when a congratulatory message was played on the Citi Field video board minutes before Friday’s game, the first time Jones has been booed at any of his farewell-tour tributes this year. The Mets presented him with an elaborate 3-D pop-art painting that highlighted Jones’ career at Shea.

Unlike other teams, however, they had the presentation hours before the game and out of public view, during the press conference. Mets officials were concerned about how some of their fans might react to an on-field presentation honoring a player who’d done so much damage against them in games over the years. Not to mention a player who, in September 1999, after doing all he could with his bat to wreck the Mets’ playoff chances, famously commented that he guessed it was time for Mets fans to go change into their Yankees garb.

Read more in the Journal, Post, Record, Newsday, Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• Foley's Pub and Restaurant in Midtown changed its name to Chipper's for the weekend. Read more in the Post.

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Matt Harvey has two more starts remaining in 2012.

• Harvey next lines up to face Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday at Citi Field. Terry Collins said Harvey will be allowed one additional start beyond the matchup with the Nats phenom. The appearance in Flushing was supposed to be Strasburg's final 2012 outing, also because of an innings limit. But after Strasburg lasted only three innings last night against the Miami Marlins, Davey Johnson suggested it is possible the plan will change and Strasburg gets another start beyond the Citi Field appearance. “It might,” Johnson said, according to Adam Kilgore in The Washington Post.

• The only damage allowed by Niese in six innings came on a solo homer by Jason Heyward, but the Mets' offensive woes continued. The Mets went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and are hitting .205 (83-for-405) in those situations since the All-Star break. Their record during that span: 19-33. The Mets hit .269 (199-for-739) with runners in scoring position before the All-Star break and were six games over .500 during that period. Read game recaps in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Star-Ledger and Times.

Andres Torres left the game in the second inning after twisting his left knee on a catch. He downplayed the severity of the injury.

Jenrry Mejia surrendered a solo homer to Dan Uggla with two outs in the ninth, but otherwise recorded six outs in his first major league appearance since Sept. 15, 2010. Mejia mostly spent last season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Collins said Mejia will be used as a starter later in the month, roughly coinciding with Harvey being shut down for the season. Read more in the Record and Post.

• The Brooklyn Cyclones won Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, 4-0 against Hudson Valley on Friday night. Robles tossed the third nine-inning complete game in Cyclones history. The 22-year-old Dominican right-hander has now tossed 45 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. The best-of-three-game series continues tonight at Hudson Valley. Read the full recap here.

• Collins gave Ruben Tejada off on Friday night, with the manager sensing Tejada was wilting late in the season. The manager planned to also sit Tejada this afternoon, citing an unfavorable matchup with Medlen -- which would make it a three-day break including Thursday's team day off, assuming today's intention materializes. Tejada struck out four times and committed an error Wednesday afternoon in St. Louis. "I might give him a couple of days to really get his legs underneath him again and find some energy," Collins said. "I thought the other day it really stuck out that he may be more tired than what I even anticipated him to be."

Robert Carson plans to pitch in winter ball as a reliever for a month in the Dominican Republic, with Estrellas Orientales.

TRIVIA: Which team did Fredi Gonzalez manage before the Braves?

Friday's answer: Jones actually has 49 homers apiece against the Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, tied for the most against any opponent.

Mets morning briefing 9.6.12

September, 6, 2012
R.A. Dickey notched his 18th win, which is now tied with Washington's Gio Gonzalez for the major league lead, and Ike Davis belted a three-homer as the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-2, Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Dickey is now two wins shy of becoming the Mets' first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990.

Davis' 26 homers are tied for fifth most in franchise history by a first baseman, trailing only Carlos Delgado (38 in 2008 and 2006), Dave Kingman (37 in 1982) and Eddie Murray (27 in 1993). Mo Vaughn also had 26, in 2002.

The Mets now enjoy a day off before welcoming Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves to Citi Field for a weekend series. Jonathon Niese (10-8, 3.55 ERA) opposes southpaw Paul Maholm (11-9, 3.79) in the series opener.

The retiring Jones is making his final trip to Queens as a player. Jones has 49 homers -- tied with Mike Schmidt for second most all time against the Mets, trailing only Willie Stargell's 60. Chipper's 158 RBIs against the Mets trail only Stargell's 182 and Schmidt's 162.

Also on the homestand, Stephen Strasburg makes his final scheduled start of the season on Wednesday. He then is due to be shut down due to an innings limit.

Thursday's news reports:

Adam Rubin
Fred Wilpon's Mets will lose $23 million this season, according to the Post.

• The Mets are expected to lose $23 million this season, Josh Kosman reports in the Post. Sandy Alderson has identified last year's loss as $60 million, but the Mets' payroll was slashed roughly $50 million during the past offseason, helping to close that deficit despite lower attendance in 2012.

• The Mets completed their road trip to Philadelphia, Miami and St. Louis with a 6-3 record. They trail Philadelphia (66-71) by a game for third place in the division, but the Mets (65-72) have opened a five-game lead on the Marlins (60-77) for fourth place. Read game recaps in the Post, Star-Ledger, Record, Times, Daily News and Newsday.

• Of Davis' 26 homers, a National League-high 19 have come on the road. San Diego's Chase Headley and Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, who both play in spacious home ballparks, are tied for second in the league in road homers with 17 apiece. Writes Brian Costa in the Journal:

For those who missed the eminently forgettable Mets teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Kingman was the ultimate all-or-nothing player. He struck out often and didn't reach base at a high rate, but when he did hit the ball, it left in a hurry. Davis's .299 on-base percentage is the lowest among players with 25 or more home runs this season. And his value, at least by one measure, is also the lowest among such players. According to FanGraphs, Davis has been worth just 0.7 wins more than a replacement-level player. But given where Davis started the year, the Mets are not about to complain. His defense has always been an asset. And now, he has a good chance to hit 30 home runs. "There's a lot of guys who are very productive that don't have high batting averages or a high on-base [percentage], but they're driving in 110 runs and they're hitting 30 homers," manager Terry Collins said. "There's other pieces to the puzzle, and that's certainly a big piece."

Read more on Davis in the Post, Newsday and Star-Ledger.

• No surprise, but Terry Collins told reporters in St. Louis that Dillon Gee is assured a rotation spot next season assuming he is healthy, which is expected to be the case following surgery to repair a damaged artery.

• Collins observed that Ruben Tejada, who struck out in all four of his at-bats and committed his 10th errror Wednesday, appears gassed and likely will get more time off as the Mets return home. Tejada is hitting .175 (7-for-40) with 10 strikeouts in his past 11 games. Collins had wanted Tejada to train at the Mets' complex last offseason to build up his strength for a long season. Tejada plans to comply this offseason. Read more in the Record.

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Chipper Jones makes his final visit to Citi Field as a player this weekend.

• The Braves have scheduled a pregame news conference Friday for Chipper to discuss his final visit to Citi Field as a player, but the Mets remain mum on their plans to recognize him this weekend. (They're expected to do something, since other major league teams have shown a video and presented a gift.) Fittingly, Jones' final home series is against the Mets, from Sept. 28-30. The Braves are planning a pregame ceremony before the Friday night game at Turner Field in three weeks.

• On the final day of the regular season, Brooklyn qualified for the playoffs before taking the field thanks to Batavia's loss in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Jamestown. The wild-card-entrant Cyclones open the New York-Penn League playoffs on Friday night at Coney Island against the Hudson Valley Renegades. Meanwhile, St. Lucie forced a winner-take-all Game 3 today by beating Jupiter, 2-1, Wednesday. Jacob deGrom tossed six scoreless innings. Read the full minor league recap here.

• The Mets will honor Binghamton infielder Wilmer Flores and St. Lucie right-hander Rafael Montero as the organization's player and pitcher of the year in a pregame ceremony Saturday at Citi Field. Also scheduled to be on hand will be the top performer for each affiliate: Matt Harvey, Buffalo; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton; Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie; Michael Fulmer, Savannah; Hansel Robles, Brooklyn; Miller Diaz, Kingsport; Yoryi Nuez, Dominican Summer League 1; and Vincente Lupo, Dominican Summer League 2.

• Major League Baseball suspended Mets farmhand Hengelbert Rojas for 50 games for a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug. Rojas, 18, played in the Dominican Summer League.

TRIVIA: How many homers did Davis hit in 58 games as a Brooklyn Cyclone in 2008, in his first pro season after being drafted in the first round that June?

Wednesday's answer: Behind Chipper, Ryan Howard has the second-most homers against the Mets among active players, with 32.

Around the minors 9.5.12

September, 5, 2012
ST. LUCIE 2, JUPITER 1: St. Lucie forced a winner-take-all Game 3 in the first round of the Florida State League playoffs on Thursday at Digital Domain Park. Adam Kolarek struck out Marcell Ozuna looking to strand the tying run at second base in the ninth. Alonzo Harris Jr.'s single plated T.J. Rivera in the bottom of the seventh to put St. Lucie ahead, 2-1. Jupiter had tied the score a half-inning earlier when reliever Jeff Walters surrendered an RBI double to Terrence Dayleg. St. Lucie starter Jacob deGrom tossed six scoreless innings. Box

LOWELL 5, BROOKLYN 3: Before taking the field for a loss in their regular-season finale, the Cyclones already had qualified for the New York-Penn League playoffs as the wild-card entrant thanks to Batavia's loss in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Jamestown. The Cyclones will oppose Hudson Valley in Game 1 of a best-of-three playoff series beginning Friday at 7 p.m. at Coney Island. The Cyclones were 7-3 against the Renegades during the regular season. Hansel Robles, who led the league and established a franchise record with a 1.11 ERA during the regular season, will start the postseason opener. The right-hander did not allow an earned run in 33 innings in August while going 4-0 in five starts. On Wednesday, Luis Mateo originally was slated to start, but he was held back for Game 2 of the playoff series once Brooklyn clinched. Matt Koch instead started. He was charged with two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Lowell added another run in the fifth. Kevin Heller, a Brooklyn native who attended Poly Prep in Dyker Heights, connected on his first professional homer to make it 3-0. In the bottom half, Jayce Boyd doubled for Brooklyn’s first extra-base hit in 32 innings. He scored when Jorge Rivero also doubled. Jeff Glenn and Richie Rodriguez later worked back-to-back walks to load the bases. Eudy Pina then connected on a two-run double to even the score at 3. The Spinners took the lead for good in the eighth. Paul Sewald (0-2) entered and surrendered a leadoff single to Mike Miller. After a strikeout, a fielding error by Rodriguez put runners on the corners with one out. Jake Davies then delivered a tiebreaking single. Heller homered again in the ninth. Box

Compiled from team reports

Flores, Montero named top farmhands

September, 5, 2012

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Wilmer Flores

The Mets will honor infielder Wilmer Flores and right-hander Rafael Montero as the Sterling organizational player and pitcher of the year in a ceremony before Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

A natural shortstop, the 21-year-old Flores played third base, second base and first base for the first time in the minors this season. He hit a combined .300 with 18 homers and 75 RBIs between St. Lucie and Binghamton.

Montero, 21, combined to go 11-5 with a 2.36 ERA between Savannah and St. Lucie. He struck out 110 and walked only 19 in 122 innings.

Also due to be on hand are the individual team winners:

RHP Matt Harvey, Buffalo

RHP Zack Wheeler, Binghamton

OF/2B Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie

RHP Michael Fulmer , Savannah

RHP Hansel Robles, Brooklyn

RHP Miller Diaz, Kingsport

RHP Yoryi Nuez, Dominican Summer League 1

OF Vincente Lupo, Dominican Summer League 2

Around the minors 8.23.12

August, 23, 2012
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4, BUFFALO 3 (11 innings): Melky Mesa's homer opened the 11th inning against C.J. Nitkowski. The score was tied at 3 entering extra innings because of another Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rally. Down by a pair, the Yankees strung together three consecutive hits with two outs in the seventh, capped by Corban Joseph's two-run single against Garrett Olson. Buffalo built a 3-1 lead with solo runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings. Brad Emaus singled after Fred Lewis' double to give the Bisons the advantage two batters into the bottom of the first. Josh Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Matt Tuiasosopo homered in the seventh. Armando Rodriguez allowed just one run in 4 1/3 innings in his Triple-A debut. He was promoted to fill Collin McHugh's Triple-A rotation spot. Box

PORTLAND 14, BINGHAMTON 9: The B-Mets held their only lead after scoring two runs against Mike MacDonald in the second inning. Allan Dykstra doubled, took third on a passed ball and scored on Raul Reyes' single. Juan Centeno added a sac fly. It was all downhill from there as the Sea Dogs tagged Cory Mazzoni for five runs in the bottom half. Portland collected four hits and took advantage of a fielding error by shortstop Wilfredo Tovar to take a 5-2 lead. The Sea Dogs added two more runs in the third, Mazzoni’s final inning. The B-Mets cut the deficit to three with two runs in the fourth. Tovar supplied an RBI triple and Centeno added a run-scoring groundout. It was as close as the B-Mets would get. The Sea Dogs plated two against reliever Brandon Moore in the fourth on two hits, two walks and three wild pitches. Edgar Ramirez tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings before getting tagged for three runs on four extra-base hits in the sixth. Portland capped its outburst with two runs in the seventh against Jeff Kaplan. Wilmer Flores compiled a three-hit night and fell a triple shy of the cycle in the loss. He ripped a solo homer over the Maine Monster in the fifth, provided an RBI single in the seventh and double in the ninth. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, JUPITER 1: Logan Verrett pitched a complete-game three-hitter and Aderlin Rodriguez homered twice and drove in three in the nightcap as the Mets earned a doubleheader split. Verrett (2-0) allowed one run and three hits while walking one and recording six strikeouts in seven innings. Travis Taijeron went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Cesar Puello hit a solo homer in the sixth. Cory Vaughn went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Alonzo Harris Jr. had two hits and a run scored. The Mets dropped the first game as Angel Cuan was chased in the first inning. He allowed four runs and five hits with two walks and one strikeout. Jack Leathersich tossed 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings with three strikeouts. John Church pitched two scoreless innings with one strikeout. Hamilton Bennett allowed five unearned runs and six hits with one walk and one strikeout. Box 1, Box 2


KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 1: Miller Diaz tossed six scoreless innings, limiting the Blue Jays to two hits while striking out six. Gavin Cecchini, who remains at DH, went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Box

TRI-CITY 4, BROOKLYN 3 (11 innings): John Mincone pitched a scoreless eighth, but gave up a run to the ValleyCats in the top of the ninth to blow the Cyclones' lead. Mincone allowed a leadoff single to Jesse Wierzbicki, then got Tyler Heineman to ground out. With Wierzbicki at second, Mike Cokinos singled in the tying run. In the top of the 11th, Wierzbicki hit a two-run homer against Beck Wheeler, giving Tri-City a 4-2 lead. Wierzbicki hit for the cycle. The Cyclones had back-to-back singles to begin the bottom half of the frame. Eudy Pina then grounded out, advancing both runners. Brandon Nimmo also grounded out as Nelfi Zapata scored from third, cutting the ValleyCats' lead to one run. However, Dimas Ponce struck out to end the game. Wheeler suffered the loss for the Cyclones after tossing 1 1/3 innings and allowing two earned runs. In 6 2/3 innings, Gabriel Ynoa held Tri-City to one earned run and five hits. Ynoa walked one and fanned five batters. Box

Compiled from team reports

Farm report: 'Clone Plawecki catching on

August, 22, 2012

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The Mets selected Kevin Plawecki out of Purdue University in June with a supplemental first-round pick.
Brandon Nimmo’s Twitter avatar is a photo of himself with Kevin Plawecki. The duo are roommates, too, with the Brooklyn Cyclones -- even though Nimmo was drafted out of high school in Wyoming last year in the first round, while Plawecki has three years of experience as a catcher at Purdue University on his résumé.

“We’ve roomed together since Day 1. Well, since we’ve got to Brooklyn,” Plawecki said. “We know each other quite well.”

Their compatibility?

“He’s all into the hunting and fishing and stuff like that. It’s not quite in my blood,” Plawecki said. “I’ve never hunted and I’ve never really enjoyed fishing. That’s kind of his deal. I like to relax and just kind of hang out, where he likes to go out.

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Kevin Plawecki

“He conned me into going to the Museum of Natural History on one of the last couple off-days. I was actually glad we did it. It was kind of neat to go out and see something different. We definitely get along great. We’ve got a little bit of differences, but nothing too major.”

Plawecki, selected 35th overall in June with a selection the Mets received for losing Jose Reyes as a free agent, was touted after the draft as a plate-discipline marvel who also is a capable catcher.

Though 48 games with the Cyclones, Plawecki is hitting .250 with six homers and 22 RBIs. He has a .354 on-base percentage and has struck out 16 times in 168 at-bats. During his final season at Purdue, Plawecki struck out only eight times in 223 at-bats.

“I’ve struck out a little bit recently, more than I really would have liked,” Plawecki said. “I know it’s going to happen. It’s part of the game. But I just try to keep my same approach, and so I think it’s worked out for me. I’m just trying to stay consistent with my swing. Obviously I had to make a little bit of an adjustment with the wood bat and playing professional baseball, but I think for the most part I’ve adjusted pretty well.”

What’s the cause for the slightly elevated strikeouts: Plate discipline? Better velocity from professional pitchers? Better stuff?

“Just chasing bad pitches out of the zone,” he said. “I don’t know, maybe I’m just getting a little too jumpy or too anxious. The strikeout numbers aren’t too high. I don’t look at stats much, but I know they’re probably not too high. So there’s nothing really to be concerned about in that category. But when I do strike out, it’s usually me not seeing a pitch right or swinging at something outside of the zone. I know it’s part of the game. It’s going to happen.”

After two successful steals against him Tuesday night, Plawecki has thrown out 13 of 43 would-be base stealers as a professional catcher -- 30.2 percent. He expects to go to the Mets’ fall instructional league after Brooklyn’s season.

As for the biggest adjustment to pro ball as a catcher, the 21-year-old Plawecki said it’s simply getting to know an entirely new set of pitchers.

“It’s just been a learning process of getting to know my pitching staff,” he said. “That’s probably the biggest challenge for me. At this point in the year I have a pretty good idea as to what every guy throws, but at the beginning of the year it’s not so easy.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .317; Cam Maron, Savannah, .298; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .295; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, .292; Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, .291; Josh Satin, Buffalo, .290; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, .285; Maikis De La Cruz, Kingsport, .284; Juan Lagares, Binghamton, .277.

Homers: Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 22; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 21; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 17; Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 17; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 15.

RBI: Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 78; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 72; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, 66; Dustin Lawley, Savannah, 65; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 63.

Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 35; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, 23; Juan Lagares, Binghamton, 20.

ERA: Hansel Robles, Brooklyn, 1.34; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 2.31; Jacob deGrom, St. Lucie, 2.35; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 2.36; Gabriel Ynoa, Brooklyn, 2.40; Luis Cessa, Brooklyn, 2.66; Michael Fulmer, Savannah, 2.74; Julian Hilario, Brooklyn, 2.76; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 2.88; Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 2.88.

Wins: Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 11; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 11; Cory Mazzoni, Binghamton, 10; Zack Wheeler, Buffalo, 10; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 9.

Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 21; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 18; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 17; Adrian Rosario, St. Lucie, 14; Robert Carson, Buffalo, 10.

Strikeouts: Zack Wheeler, Buffalo, 136; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 132; Jeurys Familia, Buffalo, 112; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 112; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 110.

Short hops

• Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani, tormented by recurring hamstring issues this season with St. Lucie, is due to be activated from the disabled list today. He has not played since June 27.

• St. Lucie infielder Danny Muno, who served a 50-game suspension earlier this season, has raised his average to .294. Muno is hitting .382 in August.

• Right-hander Tyler Pill, the Mets’ fourth-round pick in 2011 out of Cal State Fullerton, has been sidelined since Aug. 9 with a right elbow strain. He still is expected to return in time for the Florida State League playoffs.

• Outfielder Cory Vaughn ranks second in the Florida State League with 21 homers, one shy of Jupiter’s Marcell Ozuna.

• 2011 third-round pick Logan Verrett out of Baylor has pitched at least six innings and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in all four of his starts with St. Lucie after a promotion from Savannah.

• St. Lucie leadoff hitter Alonzo Harris Jr. is hitting .291 and ranks fourth in the league with 35 steals.

• 2008 first-round pick Reese Havens, who missed eight days with back stiffness, returned to Binghamton’s lineup Saturday at second base. Havens, always regarded as a solid hitter despite injury struggles as a pro, is hitting only .230 with nine homers in 87 games this season with the B-Mets.

• On Saturday with Binghamton, ex-Blue Jay Drew Carpenter notched his first save since 2007, when he pitched for Clearwater, a Phillies Class A affiliate.

• Right-hander Rob Whalen, the Mets’ 12th-round pick out of high school in Florida, is expected to make his professional debut Saturday with Brooklyn.

Adam Rubin’s farm report appears Wednesdays during the regular season

Around the minors 8.18.12

August, 18, 2012

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Bisons third baseman Zach Lutz slides into second base as Pawtucket shortstop Jonathan Hee waits for the ball at Fenway Park on Saturday.
BUFFALO 2, PAWTUCKET 0: Collin McHugh tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Robert Carson, Elvin Ramirez and Fernando Cabrera on a five-hit shutout as the Bisons beat the Red Sox's Triple-A affiliate in Boston's annual prospect showcase at Fenway Park. McHugh also tossed six scoreless innings last season at the historic ballpark, while representing Double-A Binghamton. After Josh Satin walked and advanced to third on Matt Tuiasosopo's double in the second, Brad Emaus' groundout got the Bisons on the scoreboard. Buffalo opened a two-run lead in the sixth when Josh Rodriguez homered over the Green Monster. Box

RICHMOND 4, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets were held to three hits and suffered their 10th shutout loss. They were held hitless over their final 16 plate appearances. Chris Heston (9-5) baffled the B-Mets for seven innings. The Eastern League’s ERA leader surrendered three hits and extended his scoreless streak to 15 2/3 innings. Richmond’s ace helped his own cause in the third against Cory Mazzoni. With Ryan Cavan on first, Heston chopped an RBI double over Wilmer Flores’ head at third to give the Squirrels a 1-0 lead. Johnny Monell added a two-run homer in the fourth. Mazzoni (5-4) settled down after Monell’s blast with three scoreless frames. He allowed three runs on seven hits and racked up a career-high seven strikeouts in seven innings. Armando Rodriguez threw a scoreless eighth. Jeff Kaplan allowed a run on two hits in the ninth. Box

CHARLOTTE 9, ST. LUCIE 8: Danny Muno's single scored Alonzo Harris Jr. in the top of the ninth to give St. Lucie a one-run lead, but Charlotte answered with two runs in the bottom half for a walk-off win. Charlotte's Riccio Torrez had a game-tying double against Hamilton Bennett. First baseman Richard Lucas then committed a fielding error on Cody Rogers' grounder as Steven Tinoco scored the winning run. Adam Kolarek had surrendered three runs in the eighth and also was charged with a blown save. Box

HICKORY 12, SAVANNAH 5: Yohan Almonte and Randy Fontanez combined to surrender 11 runs in five innings. Almonte allowed three homers. Greg Pron and Brian Harrison homered in the loss. Box

KINGSPORT 8, ELIZABETHTON 4: Maikis De La Cruz drove in three runs and Yeixon Ruiz went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Akeel Morris tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box

VERMONT 4, BROOKLYN 1: Facing Cyclones starter Luis Mateo, Vermont pushed across two runs in the third. Kelvin Rojas singled and moved to second on Christopher Bostick's sacrifice bunt. Brett Vertigan then beat out an infield single to shortstop Phillip Evans, allowing Rojas to move to third. John Wooten grounded out to Mateo as Vertigan advanced to second with two outs. Bruce Maxwell followed with a two-run single. Paul Sewald replaced Mateo for the sixth and shut down the Lake Monsters in that frame. An inning later, however, Sewald surrendered his first two runs as a professional. The Cyclones plated their lone run in the eighth, against Tucker Healy. Juan Gamboa led off with a single and moved to third on a single by Jeff Glenn. Julio Concepcion then grounded into a run-scoring fielder's choice. Brandon Nimmo struck out and Dimas Ponce drew a walk, bringing up Evans with two outs. He also struck out, ending the threat. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.17.12

August, 18, 2012
BUFFALO 4, LEHIGH VALLEY 2: After Lehigh Valley starter Scott Elarton retired the first two Herd batters of the third, Buffalo overcame a 1-0 deficit with three runs. Lucas Duda opened Buffalo's scoring with a solo homer. After Zach Lutz walked, Buffalo produced three straight singles -- the final Matt den Dekker's two-RBI looper into shallow left-center. "He got off to a slow start here, but probably the last 10 days or two weeks, he's really starting to pick it up," manager Wally Backman said. "To see him getting better offensively -- not swinging as much or missing quite as much, cutting down on his strikeouts -- that's what we really want him to do." As for Duda, Backman said: "He's been working. He's spread his stance out a little bit. He's a little more aggressive at the plate right now. He's a big, strong kid that can hit the ball a long way, which we saw tonight. He's making some improvements, and we don't expect to have him here too long."

Jenrry Mejia limited Lehigh Valley to one run on five hits and a walk in six innings. "We wanted to get him in the bullpen," Backman said. "That's what everyone figured he was going to do, going to the major league level, and he probably still might. But to control his outings, we put him back in the rotation a little bit. Since doing that, he's been pretty good." In the ninth, Bisons closer Fernando Cabrera worked himself into a jam -- allowing consecutive singles to start the inning. But Cabrera retired the next three Lehigh Valley hitters to close the game. Box

RICHMOND 10, BINGHAMTON 3: The Flying Squirrels scored eight runs over the final two innings against Mark Cohoon, Ryan Fraser and Brandon Moore. After four scoreless innings, Richmond grabbed the lead against Cohoon on a two-run triple by Ryan Cavan. The B-Mets responded with aggressive baserunning in their half of the fifth. With Raul Reyes at first, Juan Centeno zipped a groundball to third that bounced off Daniel Mayora’s glove and rolled into left field. Reyes raced to third and scored when Nick Minnicozzi’s throw from left bounced away from Mayora. Binghamton struck again in similar fashion in the sixth. Dustin Martin singled and pushed the envelope by racing to third on Wilmer Flores’ single to right. Martin beat the throw and came home when Mayora tried to nab Flores at second but airmailed his attempt into right field. With two runners aboard later in the frame, Sean Kazmar gave Binghamton the lead with an RBI single. Flores easily scored from third, but Allan Dykstra was gunned down at the plate by Gary Brown.

Owning a one-run lead, Cohoon took the game into the eighth before surrendering a single and issuing his only walk. With the tying run on second, Fraser entered and loaded the bases by walking Mayora. Juan Perez made Fraser pay with a two-run double. Richmond stretched its lead to three on a two-run triple by Wes Hodges. The Flying Squirrels tagged Moore for four runs on five hits in the ninth, including three consecutive RBI doubles. Cohoon (7-9) allowed four runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings. Half his runs scored under Fraser’s watch. Fraser and Moore combined to allow six runs on seven hits over 1 2/3 innings. Box

CHARLOTTE 6, ST. LUCIE 5: Jack Leathersich was charged with four runs in the seventh while recording only one out as St. Lucie squandered a 5-2 lead. Alonzo Harris Jr. went 3-for-5 and scored three runs in the loss. Cory Vaughn and Aderlin Rodriguez had two RBIs apiece. Box

HICKORY 6, SAVANNAH 0: Jim Fuller suffered the loss despite striking out 10 while allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. Savannah mustered only four hits, two by Matt Reynolds. Box

ELIZABETHTON 5, KINGSPORT 1: Chris Flexen dropped to 0-3 after surrendering three runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks in five innings. Box

BROOKLYN 12, TRI-CITY 4: Gabriel Ynoa limited Tri-City to one run in five innings, while Brandon Nimmo put an exclamation point on the victory with a grand slam as part of a six-run ninth. Nimmo has two grand slams this season. He finished Friday night with six RBIs. Craig Hansen tossed a scoreless relief inning, allowing a hit and striking out two, in his second appearance since signing with the organization. The ValleyCats made a late push, cutting the score to 6-4 with a three-run eighth charged to John Mincone (1.48 ERA), who had not allowed a run since June 22. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.16.12

August, 16, 2012
LEHIGH VALLEY 5, BUFFALO 2: Zack Wheeler surrendered five runs on eight hits, including a solo homer to Sebastian Valle, while striking out eight and walking none in five innings. Wheeler now has a 4.60 ERA through three Triple-A starts. Justin Hampson and Garrett Olson combined for four scoreless relief innings. Lucas May and Lucas Duda contributed a sacrifice flies in consecutive innings. Brad Emaus and Fred Lewis scored, both after doubling. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 5, BINGHAMTON 2: New Hampshire's John Tolisano launched a tiebreaking three-run homer off Greg Peavey in the fourth inning and the B-Mets stranded 10 runners. Binghamton struck first, plating a run in the second inning against starter Fernando Hernandez. Jefry Marte reached on a one-out walk, took second on a passed ball, advanced on a single and scored when Wilfredo Tovar beat out a double play. The Fisher Cats tagged Peavey for four runs in the fourth. After Jake Marisnick’s leadoff single, Brad Glenn tied the score with a double. Ryan Goins then singled to set the stage for Tolisano, who blasted a 1-0 pitch over the right-field fence. Binghamton threatened, placing two runners aboard in the fourth and sixth, but failed to score in either frame. Sean Ochinko extended the Fisher Cats' lead with a solo homer in the sixth. Binghamton’s struggles with runners on base continued in the seventh. Ronald Uviedo allowed a pair to reach, but struck out Eric Campbell to end the inning. The B-Mets plated their final run in the eighth. Uviedo departed after issuing a leadoff a walk to Raul Reyes. After Marte greeted reliever Chorye Spoone with a single, Francisco Pena rolled into a double play that left Marte as the surviving runner at second. Tovar brought him home with a single. Spoone retired Pedro Zapata to end the inning and handed off to Sam Dyson for the ninth. Dyson threw a perfect frame. Peavey (6-8) went a career-high eight innings, but allowed five runs on eight hits. It was his second complete this season. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, PALM BEACH 5: Angel Cuan limited the Cardinals to one run in seven innings. Palm Beach rallied from a 7-1 deficit with a four-run eighth against Jeffrey Walters. Cory Vaughn launched his 21st homer and Alonzo Harris Jr. also had a two-run shot. Box

SAVANNAH 6, HICKORY 5: Yucarybert De La Cruz produced a three-run homer in the seventh as the Gnats overcame a 4-3 deficit. T.J. Chism picked up his 18th save. Box

JOHNSON CITY 14, KINGSPORT 3: Starter Corey Oswalt allowed seven runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. Box

TRI-CITY 4, BROOKLYN 2: With three Cyclones starting pitchers having appeared in Tuesday's New York-Penn League All-Star Game, Brooklyn leaned on its relief corps. Matt Bowman made his first professional start and tossed four scoreless innings, allowing one hit and a walk while striking out two. Tri-City starter Lance Day matched Bowman until the fifth, when Brooklyn opened the scoring. Jeff Glenn doubled and moved to third on Juan Gamboa's groundout. Dimas Ponce then singled to plate Glenn. Matt Koch replaced Bowman and found himself in a fifth-inning jam. M.P. Cokinos and Jean Batista connected on back-to-back hits that put two in scoring position with one out. After Dan Gubransen's sacrifice fly, Emilio King launched a two-run homer to put Tri-City ahead, 3-1. Brooklyn answered a half-inning later, after a fielding error and a walk put a pair of runners aboard. Kevin Plawecki singled to score Phillip Evans and slice Brooklyn's deficit to one run. In the seventh, the ValleyCats restored a two-run lead, although Logan Taylor limited the damage. After entering with the bases loaded and nobody out, Taylor induced a sacrifice fly and a double play to hold the deficit to 4-2. In the eighth, Jayce Boyd doubled and Plawecki singled, but Stefan Sabol and Glenn struck out to end the threat. Box

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Around the minors 8.10.12

August, 11, 2012
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 10, BUFFALO 4: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Chris Dickerson led off the contest with his seventh homer of the season, against spot starter Pedro Beato. Eduardo Nunez singled home a pair in the third inning to even the score at 4 and chase Beato. Dickerson plated his second run of the night with a double in the fourth against Elvin Ramirez (3-1) that gave the Yankees a one-run lead. The Bisons kept pace with the Yanks for a while. Josh Satin produced a two-run homer in the first inning against Ramon Ortiz. The long ball was his 13th of the season and extended his hitting streak to nine games. Mike Nickeas and Zach Lutz also drove in runs for the Herd. The Bisons needed the spot starter because Sunday's rainout delayed Zack Wheeler's Triple-A debut a day, to a Monday doubleheader at Syracuse. Scott Patterson, who was charged with two runs on four hits while recording two outs, and C.J. Nitkowski made their Coca-Cola Field debuts. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, HARRISBURG 0: Mark Cohoon took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and struck out a season-high 10 en route to his fifth career shutout. The teams waited through a 49-minute rain delay at the start. Cohoon then retired the first 11 he faced before issuing a walk. Against Harrisburg starter Ryan Perry, Binghamton broke through in the fifth. Jefry Marte doubled and scored when Raul Reyes dumped a double into the right-field corner. Dustin Martin chased Reyes home four batters later with a single. After retiring eight more Senators in a row, Cohoon’s no-hit bid came to an end with one out in the seventh, when Justin Bloxom sent a high pop-up to shallow center. Wilfredo Tovar retreated from shortstop and Reyes raced in from center, but the ball dropped to the grass for a double. Cohoon retired the next two hitters to keep the shutout bid intact. Binghamton added two runs and chased Perry in the seventh. Juan Centeno doubled and scored when Martin tripled. Jimmy Barthmaier took over for Perry and allowed Martin to score on Wilmer Flores’ single. Cohoon cruised through a perfect eighth and helped his cause with an RBI in the ninth, driving in Centeno with a single. After getting the first out in the ninth, the southpaw fell into a bit of trouble, allowing a single and hitting a batter. Cohoon bounced back to strike out Bloxom. He then induced Jimmy Van Ostrand to fly out to end the game. It was Cohoon’s first shutout since he collected three straight with Savannah in June 2010, after which he bypassed St. Lucie and was promoted directly to Binghamton. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 1: Alonzo Harris Jr. had a leadoff walk, T.J. Rivera tripled and Danny Muno had an RBI single in a two-run first inning and that held up. Logan Verrett limited Fort Myers to one run on four hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings. Adrian Rosario, who was demoted from Binghamton with the addition of former major league reliever Drew Carpenter to the B-Mets' bullpen, tossed 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Taylor Whitenton notched his seventh save. Box

Gregory Pron doubled scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth for the win in Game 1. Cole Frenzel contributed a three-run homer in the first inning and the Gnats won the nightcap. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 6, DANVILLE 5: Jonathan Leroux went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run double in the K-Mets' five-run third. Hunter Carnevale picked up his first save. Box

BROOKLYN 1, VERMONT 0: Cyclones starter Hansel Robles carried a perfect game into the eighth, while Brooklyn was no-hit into the ninth. The Cyclones ultimately produced a walk-off win on Phillip Evans' single in the final frame. Robles had a perfect game until Daniel Robertson's two-out single in the eighth. Cyclones reliever Tyler Vanderheiden entered for the ninth in the scoreless game and surrendered a one-out double to Austin Booker. Addison Russell grounded out to first, moving Booker to third with two outs. Vanderheiden then struck out Brett Vertigan. Dimas Ponce led off the bottom of the ninth with the Cyclones' first hit of the game. Evans then came up and failed twice at a sacrifice bunt, leaving him in an 0-2 hole. The 1-2 offering from Ryan Dull bounced in front of home plate and went to the backstop, allowing Ponce to advance to second. Evans then worked a full count and singled down the left-field line, scoring Ponce and giving the Cyclones the walk-off victory. Box

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Around the minors 8.5.12

August, 5, 2012
SYRACUSE at BUFFALO (ppd.): Zack Wheeler's Triple-A debut was rained out. The teams will make up the game with a 5 p.m. doubleheader Monday at Syracuse. Wheeler will start Game 1, with Jenrry Mejia handling the nightcap.

READING 5, BINGHAMTON 2: After waiting through an 85-minute rain delay, the B-Mets took advantage of Reading starter Brody Colvin’s wildness in the first two innings. Through the first 10 batters, Colvin issued three walks, hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch. Allan Dykstra gave Binghamton the lead with an RBI single in the first. Francisco Pena scampered home on Colvin’s wild pitch in the second. Colvin (1-0) settled down and retired 12 of the final 13 B-Mets he faced, while working into the sixth inning. He surrendered one hit and struck out five to earn his first Double-A victory. Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, the R-Phils began to turn the tide with one swing against starter Mark Cohoon. With one out, Darin Ruf launched a solo homer. It was his fourth home run of the series and 22nd second of the season, matching the league lead. Another long ball burned the B-Mets in the fifth. A throwing error by Jefry Marte and a single by Miguel Abreu set the stage for Cody Asche. The third baseman squeezed a high-arching, three-run homer over the left-fence wall, giving Reading a 4-2 lead. Cohoon’s night came to an end in the sixth. After D’Arby Myers singled and Brandon Tripp walked, Troy Hanzawa flied out. Myers raced to third on the play and scampered home when Juan Lagares failed to return the ball to the infield quickly. Cohoon (6-8) allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits while striking out seven, a season-high. C.J. Nitkowski, Jeff Kaplan and Brad Holt combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, FORT MYERS 1: Richard Lucas went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as the Mets pounded out 16 hits. Chase Huchingson allowed one run and four hits over six innings to earn his seventh win. Huchingson walked four and struck out five. John Church tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and two walks. Jeff Walters contributed a scoreless inning with a pair of strikeouts. Kai Gronauer finished 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Alonzo Harris Jr. went 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. T.J. Rivera went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Robbie Shields finished 3-for-4, Cory Vaughn went 1-for-4 with an RBI, and Travis Taijeron had an RBI double. Box

ASHEVILLE 5, SAVANNAH 4 (11 innings): Brandon Sage surrendered consecutive one-out doubles to David Kandilas and Ryan Casteel in the 11th as the Gnats suffered a walk-off loss. Savannah had rallied to tie the score in the sixth on two-run homers by Charley Thurber and Matt Reynolds. Box

KINGSPORT 3, PRINCETON 1: Miller Diaz limited the Rays to one run on five hits and a walk in seven innings and Akeel Morris contributed two scoreless relief innings for his first save. The K-Mets broke a 1-all tie on Jeyckol De Leon's two-run homer in the sixth. Box

BROOKLYN 8, AUBURN 0 (8 innings): Johan Santana tossed three scoreless innings in a rehab start, allowing one walk and one hit -- a single by Mike McQuillan in the second. Brandon Nimmo opened the bottom of the first by getting hit by a pitch. Phillip Evans then walked and Jayce Boyd grounded out to third. With Nimmo and Evans in scoring position, Kevin Plawecki delivered a two-run single. Plawecki advanced to second on a throwing error by center fielder Narciso Mesa. He scored on Stefan Sabol's double. The Cyclones scored another three runs in the second. Dimas Ponce reached on a fielding error by third baseman Khayyan Norfork. With Nimmo batting, another Auburn error -- this time a throwing error by starting pitcher Brett Mooneyham on a pickoff attempt -- moved Ponce to second. After Nimmo was called out on strikes, Evans homered to give Brooklyn a five-run lead. Boyd walked and advanced to second on Plawecki's single. Boyd scored on a two-out double by Nelfi Zapata, which knocked Mooneyham from the game. After giving up a walk and a hit in the second, Santana pitched a perfect third. He was replaced on the mound by Julian Hilario. Hilario earned the win, tossing five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and three walks while striking out three. The game was called after eight innings due to rain. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.4.12

August, 5, 2012
BUFFALO 1, SYRACUSE 0: Chris Schwinden, Robert Carson and Fernando Cabrera combined on a 10-hit shutout. Lucas Duda's sixth-inning double plated Fred Lewis with the game's lone run. Schwinden worked six innings, scattering eight hits and a walk. After yielding two hits in the fourth inning, Schwinden got Brett Carroll to bounce into a comebacker to end the inning. Syracuse had two doubles in the fifth, but Schwinden threw out the lead runner in between on Tanner Roark's bunt attempt. The Chiefs then had three singles in the sixth, but Schwinden wiggled out unscathed with a strikeout and groundout. Schwinden lowered his ERA to 2.96, the seventh-lowest mark in the International League. Cabrera picked up his IL-leading 19th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Hitting coach George Greer managed the Bisons after the International League suspended Wally Backman for three games. Syarcuse's Tanner Roark allowed one run on four hits in seven innings. Box

The B-Mets rode a five-run fifth inning and Greg Peavey's second career complete game in the opener. With the bases loaded against starter Julio Rodriguez in the second, Wilfredo Tovar produced an RBI single and Peavey followed with a run-scoring fielder’s choice to give the B-Mets a 2-0 lead. Reading erased the deficit a half-inning later. Leandro Castro doubled and scored on Brandon Tripp's single. After a single put two aboard, Troy Hanzawa sent a chopper to second that had double play potential. The shortstop Tovar recorded the first out, but his low throw to first skipped past Jefry Marte and allowed Tripp to score the tying run. The game remained tied until the B-Mets unloaded on Rodriguez (6-5) in the fifth. Following a one-out walk to Juan Lagares, the B-Mets tagged Rodriguez with three consecutive doubles. Reese Havens drove in Lagares with a two-bagger to left-center and Wilmer Flores added to Binghamton’s lead with a double to the same spot. Eric Campbell made it a three-run lead. Dustin Martin capped the frame by blasting a two-run homer, his third long ball as a B-Met. It extended Martin's hitting streak to nine games. The second inning proved to be the only blemish for Peavey (5-7), who scattered seven hits, induced two double plays and struck out four in his second career seven-inning complete game.

In Game 2, the B-Mets were held to three singles and had only five batters reach base against Jordan Whatcott, Kyle Simon and Tyler Knigge. After spot starter Armando Rodriguez recorded two outs in the third, Darin Ruf broke the scoreless game with a homer -- his 21st of the season, tied for the league lead. D’Arby Myers added a solo homer in the fourth against Rodriguez. Jeff Kaplan, pitching for the first time since May 20, allowed one run on three hits in the fifth. Brad Holt navigated around a single and a walk in a scoreless sixth. Binghamton’s only threat materialized in the sixth. Simon issued two-out walks to Flores and Raul Reyes. Allan Dykstra then stroked a long fly ball off the base of the right-field wall, plating Flores. The rally ended abruptly as Dykstra was thrown out at second by the right fielder Castro. Box 1, Box 2

FORT MYERS 5, ST. LUCIE 4: Alonzo Harris Jr. went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, but the Mets were unable to hold a late-inning lead as Fort Myers posted a three-run seventh. The Mets committed three errors in that frame -- by Aderlin Rodriguez, Danny Muno and Richard Lucas. The Mets loaded the bases in the eighth, but Michael Tonkin struck out Lucas to end the threat. Rodriguez struck out with the tying run on second in the ninth. T.J. Rivera went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Lucas finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Cesar Puello went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his return from the disabled list. Cory Vaughn went 1-for-3 with a first-inning RBI. The Mets added a run in the second inning on an RBI infield single by Puello. Rivera had a two-run single in the fourth. Logan Verrett tossed six innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Jack Leathersich allowed an unearned run and a hit with a walk and two strikeouts over two innings. Taylor Whitenton pitched a scoreless inning and allowed one hit. Box

ASHEVILLE 9, SAVANNAH 1: Marcos Camarena allowed six runs (five earned) in five innings, including a pair of homers. Cam Maron's sacrifice fly plated Matt Reynolds with the Gnats' lone run. Box

PRINCETON 7, KINGSPORT 5 (10 innings): Working a fourth inning in relief, Robert Gsellman allowed two runs in the 10th and suffered the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 4, AUBURN 1: Hansel Robles allowed an unearned run on three hits, walked none and struck out eight in seven innings. Paul Sewald handled a scoreless eighth and Tyler Vanderheiden notched his eighth save. For the second consecutive game, Brandon Nimmo led off the first inning with a double that was followed by a single by Phillip Evans. With men on the corners and nobody out, Doubledays catcher Spencer Kieboom committed a pass ball, allowing Nimmo to score. The Doubledays took advantage of a defensive miscue by third baseman Dimas Ponce in the sixth. Narciso Mesa sent a grounder to Ponce deep behind the bag, and Ponce threw it over the head of first baseman Jayce Boyd and into the Cyclones dugout. Kieboom bunted Mesa to third. Mike McQuillan then grounded out, plating Mesa to tie the score. In the the seventh, the Cyclones scored three runs. Ponce doubled and moved to third on Richie Rodriguez's bunt. Nimmo and Evans walked to load the bases. Boyd also walked, giving the Cyclones a 2-1 lead. Kevin Plawecki's sac fly scored Nimmo for a two-run cushion. After the fourth walk of the inning, to Stefan Sabol, reloaded the bases, Alex Sanchez beat out an infield single as the third run of the inning scored. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.2.12

August, 3, 2012
SYRACUSE 2, BUFFALO 0: Carlos Rivero homered in the seventh inning against Garrett Olson to break a scoreless tie and make the southpaw a tough-luck loser. Olson allowed only one other hit -- a game-opening single by Eury Perez -- and a walk in seven innings, but was outpitched by Yunesky Maya. Maya limited the Bisons to two hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings. Robert Carson allowed a ninth-inning run. Josh Rodriguez and Josh Satin had Buffalo's only two hits. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, HARRISBURG 3 (12 innings): Dustin Martin rolled a walk-off single through the hole on the right side to give Binghamton a 12-inning victory. Martin’s hit, Binghamton’s 15th, ended a four-hour, seven-minute contest that saw the teams combine to strand 28 runners. With the game 3, reliever Jimmy Barthmaier issued a one-out walk to Raul Reyes. Sean Kazmar ended the righty’s night and pushed the eventual winning run to second with a single. Southpaw Patrick McCoy entered to face Martin, who fell behind 0-2 before rolling the next pitch weakly to the right side. The grounder evaded first baseman Justin Bloxom and second baseman Jonathan Tucker and rolled into right field untouched. Reyes scored from second to give Binghamton their fourth walk-off win this season. The game was marred my missed opportunities by both teams. The Senators went 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 14 runners, including runners at third in the 10th and 11th innings. Binghamton did not fare much better, leaving 14 aboard. B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni matched a season-high with 10 hits allowed, but battled through seven innings. He surrendered three runs (two earned) and struck out four. The B-Mets bullpen combined for five scoreless innings. Brad Holt and C.J. Nitkowski kept the Senators off the board in the eighth and ninth. Ryan Fraser stranded two runners while blanking Harrisburg in the 10th and 11th. Adam Kolarek (1-0) worked around a leadoff walk in the 12th to post a scoreless frame. He earned his first Double-A win. Box

CLEARWATER 5, ST. LUCIE 2: Jack Leathersich surrendered a tiebreaking three-run homer to Jim Murphy in the eighth. Starter Angel Cuan allowed two unearned runs in six innings. Clearwater's two-run third began with a throwing error by third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez. St. Lucie had evened the score in the fifth on an RBI single by Alonzo Harris Jr. Box

GREENSBORO 5, SAVANNAH 2: The Grasshoppers used a four-run fifth to earn a split of the four-game series. Rain delayed the start of the game by 80 minutes. The Gnats then opened the scoring in the third thanks to singles from Charley Thurber and Matt Reynolds and an RBI single by Gilbert Gomez. Starter Jimmy Fuller made the 1-0 lead hold up until the fifth, when the Grasshoppers took a 4-1 lead. With two outs and the bases empty, six straight Hoppers reached safely. Ryan Goetz plated the first Greensboro run with a single. Fuller then walked consecutive batters to force in the go-ahead run. Reliever Randy Fontanez entered with the bases loaded, and Josh Adams greeted him by lining a single for a three-run advantage. All four runs in the inning were charged to Fuller (3-4). Box

KINGSPORT 7, GREENEVILLE 4: Jorge Rivero had two triples and three RBIs. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini did not play, a day after leaving a game for a pinch runner after getting hit with a pitch in the hand. Box

CONNECTICUT 11, BROOKLYN 3: After Luis Mateo struck out the first four batters of the game, he struggled through the next four innings. He was charged with five runs on 10 hits despite striking out 10 in five innings. Reliever Ernesto Yanez allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.1.12

August, 1, 2012
HARRISBURG 3, BINGHAMTON 2: Harrisburg took the lead in the second inning with a two-out rally against B-Mets starter Gonzalez Germen and never trailed. Justin Bloxom doubled and scored on Devin Ivany's single. Dustin Martin’s bobble in left allowed Ivany to take second, setting the stage for Jonathan Tucker's RBI single. The B-Mets were kept in check through the first four innings by starter Kevin Pucetas, who allowed only two baserunners. Binghamton broke through in the fifth. Wilfredo Tovar doubled, took third on a groundout and scored when Germen singled. Against Germen in the sixth, James Skelton singled and scored on Zach Walters’ two-out triple. Pucetas’ night ended after five innings. Paul Demny posted a scoreless sixth and handed off to Marcos Frias in the seventh. Martin helped the B-Mets scratch within a run after a leadoff single. He took second on a sac bunt and, with two outs and pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores at the plate, scampered to third on a wild pitch. Martin scored when the throw from Ivany, the catcher, sailed past Tim Pahuta. The B-Mets failed to get another runner into scoring position. Juan Lagares reached on a bunt single in the eighth against Hector Nelo, but was thrown out attempting to steal. Reese Havens followed with a walk, but was erased on a double play. Germen (6-8) surrendered three runs (two earned) on six hits in seven innings. Frank Francisco threw a scoreless eighth in his fifth and likely final rehab game with Binghamton. The B-Mets (52-57) will face rehabbing National Chien-Ming Wang on Thursday. Box

CLEARWATER 7, ST. LUCIE 3: Starter Erik Goeddel allowed three runs on five hits and five walks in four innings. Yohan Almonte surrendered four runs (two earned) in three relief innings. First baseman Richard Lucas and third baseman Robbie Shields had errors on consecutive plays in Clearwater's three-run sixth. Alonzo Harris Jr. had a two-run homer in St. Lucie's three-run eighth. Box

The Grasshoppers scored the lone run in the top of the seventh inning of Game 2, against reliever Carlos Vazquez. Brent Keys, the South Atlantic League’s leading hitter, flipped a one-out single into left field to score Tony Caldwell. The Gnats collected only four hits in the nightcap, squandering another strong outing from left-hander Alex Panteliodis. He tossed six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and one walk to lower his ERA to 3.20. Panteliodis has struck out 26 batters in his last 19 innings. The Hoppers scored first in Game 1, tallying two runs in the fourth against Savannah starter Michael Fulmer. Wilfredo Gimenez drove in the second run with a double. The Gnats answered in the bottom half with four singles, which led to a three-run frame and 3-2 lead. Brian Harrison and Dustin Lawley each picked up RBI singles before Gregory Pron lifted a sacrifice fly to put the Gnats in front. Fulmer, in his shortest start since May 25, lasted 4 2/3 innings. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out two. Box 1, Box 2

GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 4: 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini was pulled from the game in the sixth inning for a pinch runner. The K-Mets took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh, when Greeneville posted four runs against Andres Perez and Flabio Ortega, who combined to walk four in the inning. Box

BROOKLYN 3, CONNECTICUT 2: Brandon Nimmo singled to open the bottom of the first and Phillip Evans reached on a fielder’s choice. Jayce Boyd then drew a four-pitch walk. Kevin Plawecki followed with a two-run double. The Tigers evened the score at 2 in the fourth. Danry Vasquez led off with a double. Juaner Aguasvivas then struck out swinging before Devon Travis walked. After Tyler Hanover flied out, Patrick Smith doubled, scoring two. Brooklyn retook the lead in the fifth when Boyd reached on a fielding error by third baseman Edgar Corcino. Nimmo started things off with a single and advanced when Evans grounded out. Nimmo, who went 2-for-4, scored on the error on Plawecki's grounder. In his past three games, Nimmo has gone 9-for-15 with seven runs scored, three doubles, one homer and three RBIs. Brooklyn starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa (3-1) allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Matt Koch contributed two scoreless relief innings. Tyler Vanderheiden earned his seventh save. Box

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Daniel Murphy
.289 9 57 79
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187