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Minors 8.18.13: DeGrom dominates Bees

August, 18, 2013
8/18/13
9:41
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LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 3: Jacob deGrom took a perfect-game bid into the sixth before

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surrendering a leadoff single to Roberto Lopez. An inning later, deGrom issued a leadoff walk and double and departed with both runners in scoring position. John Church allowed both inherited runners to score as Salt Lake evened the score at 2 and handed deGrom a no-decision. The 51s answered with a four-run eighth that included a sacrifice fly by Lucas Duda, RBI double by Brandon Hicks and a two-run double from Francisco Pena. Robert Carson retired all five batters he faced, three via strikeout, to earn his 11th save. Kai Gronauer earlier contributed an RBI double, in his first game action since July 2. DeGrom now has logged 140 2/3 innings this season, already a jump of 29 1/3 innings from 2012. Box

NEW BRITAIN 5, BINGHAMTON 3: A day after the B-Mets clinched their first postseason appearance since 2004, New Britain scored five fifth-inning runs against Erik Goeddel (four earned). Nate Hanson and Reynaldo Rodriguez produced two-run homers in the frame before Goeddel recorded an out. Goeddel had held New Britain hitless through four innings. Travis Taijeron's second-inning homer had staked the B-Mets to a 1-0 lead. Box

JUPITER 2, ST. LUCIE 1 (10 innings): Randy Fontanez surrendered four straight one-out singles in the 10th in a walk-off loss. The Mets had evened the score in the seventh when Charley Thurber walked and Matt Reynolds tripled. Starter Michael Fulmer tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings. He departed with a potential shoulder injury after fielding a comebacker from rehabbing Casey Kotchman. Box

SAVANNAH 2, AUGUSTA 1
AUGUSTA 7, SAVANNAH 6: Estarlin Morel contributed 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings and

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Beck Wheeler notched his 16th save as the Gnats won Game 1. Savannah grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, on an RBI single by Brandon Nimmo and Nelfi Zapata's sacrifice fly. Trailing 7-0 in Game 2, the Gnats pulled to within a run in the final inning on Nimmo's RBI double. But Nimmo was stranded at third base when Maikis De La Cruz grounded out and Cole Frenzel and Stefan Sabol struck out. Nimmo finished the nightcap 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs. Starter Steven Matz allowed five runs (three earned) in four innings. Box 1, Box 2

BURLINGTON 6, KINGSPORT 0: Starter Andrew Massie was knocked out with two outs in the first inning after surrendering three runs on three hits, two walks and two hit batters. Martires Arias limited Burlington to one run on two hits in six relief innings, but the K-Mets were shut out. Box

BROOKLYN 6, VERMONT 4: Robert Gsellman limited Vermont to one unearned run in seven innings and Gavin Cecchini extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Trailing 1-0 in the third, Matt Oberste doubled, advanced to third on Colton Plaia's single and scored on Anthony Chavez's sac fly. The Cyclones took the lead with a two-run fifth as LJ Mazzilli contributed an RBI double and Jared King plated him with a single. Vermont stormed back with a three-run eighth to take a 4-3 lead. Two of the runs scored on a sacrifice fly that included a throwing error by right fielder James Roche into the stands. Facing Vermont reliever Sam Bragg in the bottom half, King, Roche and Alex Sanchez all singled to load the bases for Oberste with no outs. On a 2-2 pitch, Bragg bounced an off-speed pitch that caromed away from catcher Ryan Gorton, tying the score at 4. Oberste then hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field that plated Roche for a 5-4 lead. Cecchini's hitting streak is one game shy of matching the Cyclones record. Lucas Duda had a 17-game streak in 2007. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.15.13: Verrett goes 8 for 9th win

July, 15, 2013
7/15/13
10:45
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BINGHAMTON 7, RICHMOND 3: Logan Verrett fired eight strong innings and earned his league-leading ninth win. Binghamton is 25 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 3,

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2000. Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored in his first rehab game in Double-A. Verrett struck out nine in his first win in exactly a month. For the sixth straight game, the B-Mets (59-34) scored in the first inning. Against Richmond starter Taylor Rogers, Allan Dykstra blasted a two-run homer. It was Dykstra’s team-leading 16th long ball. Richmond's Jarrett Parker answered with a homer in the second against Verrett, but Binghamton plated four runs in the bottom half. Alonzo Harris had an infield single. Darrell Ceciliani followed with a single. And Turner poked a groundball into right field to make it 3-1. Josh Rodriguez followed with a two-run double. Before the inning's end, second baseman Mike Minicozzi booted a routine groundball, allowing Rodriguez to score Binghamton’s sixth run. After surrendering a leadoff single in the fifth, Verrett retired 11 straight batters. In the eighth, Verrett retired the first two batters, but then gave up a single, walk and a two-run double to Joe Panik to make it a 7-3 game. Chasen Bradford induced three straight groundballs in the ninth to secure the victory. Rodriguez and Ceciliani extended their hitting streaks to 10 games. Verrett has thrown at least eight innings three times this season. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 3
ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 2: In the resumption of a suspended game, St. Lucie scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off win. Yucarybert De La Cruz had a game-tying RBI double and Kyle Johnson contributed a game-ending sacrifice fly. Rainy Lara allowed two runs in four innings and earned the win. In Game 2, Domingo Tapia departed after 1 2/3 innings due to ineffectiveness. He allowed three hits and four walks. Tim Byrdak tossed a scoreless relief inning. T.J. Rivera went 3-for-4 and Johnson scored twice. Box 1, Box 2

GREENVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1
SAVANNAH 7, GREENVILLE 4:
In the resumption of a suspended game, Aneury Tavarez tripled up the left-center gap with one out in the ninth against Jake Kuebler to drive home David Chester with the go-ahead run. In Game 2, the Gnats overcame a 3-1 deficit with a three-run sixth. Jorge Rivero picked up the Gnats’ first hit of the game, leading off the inning with a single. After Brandon Nimmo reached on an error, Maikis De La Cruz singled home Rivero. Nimmo scored on a wild pitch to even the score. DH Eudy Pina brought home De La Cruz with a sacrifice fly. The Gnats added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings, while the Drive got a run back in their half of the eighth for the final margin. Savannah starter Luis Cessa allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings. He struck out six and earned his fifth win. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 4, BURLINGTON 0
KINGSPORT 7, BURLINGTON 1: Chris Flexen tossed a seven-inning shutout, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out nine, in the opener. In Game 2, Andrew Massie earned his first professional win. He allowed one run on two hits and a walk in six innings. Pedro Perez and Jeyckol De Leon drove in two runs apiece. Box 1, Box 2

BROOKLYN 5, CONNECTICUT 4 (12 innings): After Connecticut rallied to erase a two-run deficit in the ninth, the Cyclones ultimately answered. Matt Oberste’s RBI double in the top of the 12th provided the winning margin. Jared King opened the frame with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Eris Peguero. Oberste then laced a double into center field. In the bottom half, right-hander Tim Peterson out of the University of Kentucky tossed a scoreless frame, issuing one walk, to collect his first save. Johnny Magliozzi had failed to hold the two-run lead in the ninth. After allowing a leadoff single and a walk, the ex-Florida Gator seemed like he would be able to wiggle free, recording two outs. But with a pair of runners in scoring position, Pat Leyland dropped a perfectly placed single into right field, allowing both runners to score to knot the score at 4. John Mincone and Connecticut reliever Tanner Bailey matched zeroes from that point until the 12th. Box

GCL METS 6, GCL MARLINS 2
GCL METS 3, GCL MARLINS 0: Frank Francisco struck out the side in one inning of work in Game 1. It was his second rehab appearance. Starter Yoryi Nuez (1-0) allowed two runs in five innings. In Game 2, Lenny Rosario, Dan Herrmann and Gaither Bumgardner combined on a two-hit shutout, although Rosario walked five in five innings. Box 1, Box 2

Compiled from team reports

Minors 6.22.13: Hughes HR rallies B-Mets

June, 22, 2013
6/22/13
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LAS VEGAS 4 SALT LAKE 1: The 51s took a 2-0 lead in the second when Francisco Pena was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Brandon Hicks followed with a sacrifice fly. The lead swelled to three runs in the fifth on Mike Baxter's solo homer. Starter D.J. Mitchell tossed five scoreless innings. Ike Davis went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts, dipping his average to .310. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, ERIE 5 (10 innings): Binghamton (45-28) overcame a four-run deficit in the ninth, then enjoyed a walk-off winner an inning later. Josh Rodriguez's one-out double in the bottom of the 10th scored Darrell Ceciliani, who had walked and advanced to third on Wilfredo Tovar's single. Down 5-1 in the ninth, Allan Dykstra had an RBI double and Rhyne Hughes delivered a two-out, three-run homer. Tovar finished 3-for-4. Box

PALM BEACH 6, ST. LUCIE 5: With scheduled starter Noah Syndergaard promoted to Binghamton, Carlos Vazquez stepped in and allowed two runs in four innings. St. Lucie took a 4-1 lead with a four-run fourth that included a run-scoring triple by Dustin Lawley as well as RBI singles from Jayce Boyd and Charley Thurber. Estarlin Morel (4-3) suffered the loss in relief after allowing three sixth-inning runs. Boyd finished 2-for-4 and is hitting .538 through three Triple-A games. Box

LEXINGTON 2, SAVANNAH 0: Left-hander Steven Matz limited Lexington to two hits and three walks while striking out nine in six scoreless innings, but the Gnats were shut out. Julian Hilario surrendered a pair of eighth-inning runs that broke a scoreless tie. Phillip Evans and Chad Zurcher had two-out singles in the ninth, but Eudy Pina had a game-ending strikeout. Box

JOHNSON CITY 8, KINGSPORT 1: Andrew Massie allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings in relief. Jeff Diehl's solo homer accounted for the lone run for the K-Mets (0-3). Box

ABERDEEN 5, BROOKLYN 4 (10 innings): After the Cyclones (2-3) scored four ninth-inning runs to force extra innings, the IronBirds recovered. Brooklyn reliever David Wynn opened the 10th by walking Jared Breen. Breen stole second and scored the decisive run on Kristopher Richards' two-out single to center. Trailing 4-0 entering the bottom of the ninth, Gavin Cecchini, LJ Mazzilli and Jared King had consecutive one-out singles to load the bases. Cecchini scored on a wild pitch and Jorge Rivero walked to reload the bases. A groundout and passed ball plated runs to pull the Cyclones within 4-3. Down to their final out, Colton Plaia delivered a game-tying RBI single. With Eris Peguero at third base, Anthony Chavez then struck out to end the inning tied at 4. Box

GCL NATIONALS 3, GCL METS 2: First-round pick Dominic Smith went 2-for-4 with an RBI and started at first base in his professional debut. Tim Byrdak, coming back from shoulder surgery, tossed a scoreless inning with one walk. Marcos Molina allowed two runs on three hits while striking out nine in 4 2/3 innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.19.12

August, 19, 2012
8/19/12
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PAWTUCKET 4, BUFFALO 1: PawSox starter Billy Buckner allowed one run on three hits in six innings, with the lone damage coming on a solo homer by Zach Lutz. After Will Inman relieved Buckner and pitched a scoreless seventh, Pedro Beato handled the final two innings to pick up the save in his debut with the Red Sox organization after being traded for Kelly Shoppach. Beato tossed a 1-2-3 eighth, striking out Lutz and Josh Satin. In the ninth, Matt den Dekker led off with a single. After striking out Lucas May, Beato walked Fred Lewis, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Beato escaped unscathed. Bisons starter Jeurys Familia walked five in five innings while allowing three runs (two earned) and five hits. Relievers Jeff Stevens and Justin Hampson each pitched an inning of no-hit relief for the Herd before Garrett Olson surrendered a run in the eighth. Lutz (2-for-4) was the only Bison to record a multi-hit game. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, RICHMOND 2: Binghamton packed its scoring into the second and third innings, scoring five runs on five hits, including three doubles. The B-Mets struck for two runs in the second against starter Mike Kickham. After Eric Campbell's double put runners at second and third, Juan Centeno plated a run with a groundout. Wilfredo Tovar followed with a sac fly for a 2-0 lead. An inning later, Kickham hit Juan Lagares with a 2-2 pitch. Lagares scored from first when Reese Havens doubled in his second game after missing a week with back discomfort. Allan Dykstra drove in Havens with a single and Campbell capped the inning with an RBI double. Gonzalez Germen took the five-run lead into the seventh, stranding six runners along the way. Luke Anders then broke the shutout bid with an RBI double. Gary Brown added a sac fly. Germen ended his day by inducing a pair of fly outs, stranding a runner at third. Brad Holt tossed a perfect eighth. Drew Carpenter navigated past a walk and single in a scoreless ninth to earn his first save as a B-Met. It was Carpenter’s second career save. The other came April 9, 2007 as a member of the Clearwater Threshers, Philadelphia's Class A Florida State League affiliate. Germen (7-10) allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings. It was his first win since with the B-Mets since he beat Altoona on July 15. Box

CHARLOTTE 5, ST. LUCIE 4: Jack Leathersich inherited the bases loaded from Jeff Walters in the bottom of the ninth and surrendered a game-ending RBI single to Kevin Kiermaier. St. Lucie had evened the score at 4 in the eighth when Danny Muno singled with two outs and eventually scored on a passed ball. Starter Chase Huchingson allowed four runs on 12 hits and two walks in seven innings. Richard Lucas drove in two runs. Box

HICKORY 5, SAVANNAH 3: Michael Fulmer allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings. Box

ELIZABETHTON 3, KINGSPORT 2: Pitching a fourth inning of relief, Matt Budgell issued a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth and departed. Edioglis Villasmil entered and walked the first batter he faced. The winning run ultimately scored on a fielding error by shortstop Anthony Chavez. Jorge Rivero's two-run homer in the fourth for the K-Mets opened the scoring. Starter Andrew Massie allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four in five innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, VERMONT 0: Catcher Kevin Plawecki, the Mets' supplemental first-round pick from Purdue, had a pair of homers and caught the combined three-hit shutout. Hansel Robles earned his fourth win for the Cyclones, tossing six scoreless innings and giving up two hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Craig Hansen, Beck Wheeler and Tyler Vanderheiden combined for three scoreless relief innings. Vanderheiden allowed one hit and struck out two in the ninth to pick up his ninth save. Jayce Boyd went 2-for-4, while Jeff Reynolds, Stefan Sabol and Edward Rohan also each had a hit. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.6.12

August, 6, 2012
8/06/12
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SYRACUSE 5, BUFFALO 4
BUFFALO 4, SYRACUSE 3
: In Game 1, Zack Wheeler allowed two runs and struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings in his Triple-A debut, but had to settle for a no-decision. The Mets’ top prospect gave up three hits, walked four and hit a batter, throwing 61 of his 101 pitches for strikes. His fastball was clocked regularly at 93-96 mph. Wheeler left the game leading 3-2 behind back-to-back third-inning homers from Josh Rodriguez and Lucas Duda. But Syracuse scored three sixth-inning runs off Justin Hampson and recently signed Scott Patterson to take the victory in the first game of the doubleheader. In Game 2, Matt den Dekker connected for a second-inning grand slam, providing the Bisons with all the runs they’ would need for a split. Jenrry Mejia pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits. Pedro Beato earned the victory in relief despite giving up a pair of runs in two innings. C.J. Nitkowski, recently promoted to Triple-A, notched the save. Box 1 Box 2

ST. LUCIE: Richard Lucas was named Florida State League Player of the Week after producing a .435 batting average, two homers and four RBIs in six games from July 30 through Sunday.

ASHEVILLE 3, SAVANNAH 2: Michael Fulmer scattered 10 hits and two runs over seven innings, but Brian Humphries’ sac fly in the ninth allowed Asheville to come away with a walk-off win. Box

PRINCETON 9, KINGSPORT 1: Andrew Massie fell to 0-2 after surrendering seven runs on nine hits in four innings. Yeixon Ruiz was the lone offensive standout for Kingsport, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Box

BROOKLYN 3, AUBURN 1: The Cyclones completed a three-game sweep as Rainy Lara struggled in the first inning, then took control and earned his league-leading sixth win. Logan Taylor, Beck Wheeler and David Wynn combined to throw three innings of hitless relief. The Doubledays scored the first run of the game, thanks to a bases-loaded groundout in the first by Estarlin Martinez. After the first, Lara settled in over the next five innings and surrendered only two additional two hits. The Cyclones put two runs across in the fourth inning thanks to back-to-back homers by Kevin Plawecki and Stefan Sabol. In the fifth, Dimas Ponce was hit by a pitch, and Richie Rodriguez and Eudy Pina singled to load the bases with none out. Phillip Evans' sacrifice fly opened a two-run lead. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.27.12

July, 28, 2012
7/28/12
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LOUISVILLE 3, BUFFALO 1: Mike Baxter went 1-for-4 and played nine innings in left field. Neftali Soto delivered a tiebreaking two-run homer against Dylan Owen after a two-hour, five-minute rain delay. Before the stoppage, Lucas Duda singled to lead off the fifth and advanced to second on Valentino Pascucci's walk. Bats starter Tim Gustafson then threw away Matt Tuiasosopo's bunt attempt, allowing Duda to score. Owen suffered the defeat, allowing two runs in two innings. Newly promoted Robert Carson made his Triple-A debut with two innings of scoreless relief. Starter Garrett Olson allowed an unearned run in four innings, but departed with the delay. Mike Nickeas went 0-for-3 in his first game with the Bisons this season. He is the only player to have appeared in a game in all four years of the club's affiliation with the Mets. Duda went 1-for-4 in his second game with the club this year. Before the game, right-hander Gonzalez Germen was returned to Binghamton and catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere was placed on the disabled list. Box

BINGHAMTON 2, PORTLAND 1
BINGHAMTON 3, PORTLAND 1:
Dustin Martin launched a three-run homer in the sixth to cap a five-hit day and secure Binghamton’s doubleheader sweep. In the opener, Binghamton grabbed the lead in the third against Portland starter Drake Britton (2-4). Juan Lagares tripled and scored when Reese Havens singled past third baseman Marquez Smith. In the fourth, Jefry Marte doubled and scored when Martin threaded a bouncer up the middle. Pitching for the first time since returning from the DL, B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni (4-3) put together six solid innings, allowing one run on four singles while striking out five and walking two. Mazzoni walked two in the sixth, but ended the threat and capped his night by inducing Peter Hissey to pop out. Frank Francisco took over in the seventh in his second rehab appearance with Binghamton. He allowed a double to Ronald Bermudez to start the inning, but retired three straight to secure the save. B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin that Francisco will remain with the Eastern League club for one more rehab appearance Saturday. Through the first five innings of the nightcap, the B-Mets collected six hits and walked six times against starter Mike MacDonald but failed to score. Binghamton bounced into three double plays and had two players thrown out attempting steals. Meanwhile, the Sea Dogs scored their lone run against Darin Gorski (6-5) on Bryce Brentz's second-inning homer. Gorski retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced. With two on base in the sixth, reliever Chris Balcom-Miller entered and recorded two outs before falling behind in the count to Martin with two balls. Martin blasted the next offering inside the right-field pole for his second Double-A homer. Ryan Fraser took over for Gorski in the ninth and worked around a walk and single to earn his first B-Mets save. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 5: T.J. Rivera had three hits and three RBIs and Aderlin Rodriguez hit his second Florida State League homer. A three-run second staked St. Lucie to a 3-2 lead as Kai Gronauer and Rivera had RBI doubles and Cory Vaughn followed with a run-scoring single. Rodriguez ripped a solo homer in the fifth to give the Mets a 4-3 advantage. With the score tied in the sixth, Rivera singled to plate Gronauer and Robbie Shields and give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Jack Leathersich earned his first St. Lucie save. He retired James Robbins on a groundout to first with the tying run at second base in the ninth. Leathersich gave up one run on two hits in two innings and walked two. Angel Cuan tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Taylor Whitenton picked up the victory in relief. He tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Box

ROME 13, SAVANNAH 3: Gnats starter Jim Fuller surrendered 11 runs (nine earned) in three innings. Box

BRISTOL 3, KINGSPORT 1: Eric Grabe and Juan Ramirez produced their first homers of the Appalachian League season to break a 1-all tie and hand reliever Andrew Massie the loss. K-Mets starter John Gant, who entered with a 7.94 ERA, allowed one run while scattering six hits and three walks over five innings. Grabe broke the tie in the eighth, taking a 1-0 offering from Massie over the left-field wall. The K-Mets scored their lone run in the first inning, when Gavin Cecchini's triple off the right-field wall plated Branden Kaupe. Bristol held the K-Mets hitless for the final six frames. The K-Mets sent outfielder Julio Concepcion to Brooklyn before the game and activated Bradley Marquez from the disabled list. Box

BATAVIA 2, BROOKLYN 0: Luis Cessa allowed one run on six hits in five innings in a hard-luck loss. The Cyclones mustered only three hits and walked twice. Batavia's Alex Mejia opened the game with a single and scored on a one-out double by Garrett Wittels. Tyler Vanderheiden entered in the eighth, trying to hold the deficit at 1-0. After Wittels grounded out to first baseman Jayce Boyd, Patrick Wilson reached on an infield single to third baseman Jeff Reynolds. Vanderheiden then struck out Jesus Montero for the second out. David Washington followed with a double, scoring Wilson. It was the first run Vanderheiden surrendered this season. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.16.12

July, 17, 2012
7/17/12
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TOLEDO 4, BUFFALO 2: Jenrry Mejia suffered the loss, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk in two innings. Matt Harvey, auditioning for Saturday's major league start, took a no-hit bid into the sixth. He departed with a 2-1 lead and two runners in scoring position with two out in the seventh, and reliever Justin Hampson allowed an inherited runner to score to hand Harvey a no-decision. Harvey allowed three hits while walking four and hitting a batter. Adam Loewen homered for the Bisons and Zach Lutz contributed a sacrifice fly. Jason Bay went 0-for-2 with two walks in what should be his final rehab game. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Owning a 5-4 lead entering the eighth, the B-Mets turned to reliever Ryan Fraser. But Zoilo Almonte lined a single off the righty’s leg to start the inning and Melky Mesa doubled. After a walk loaded the bases, J.R. Murphy tied the score with a sac fly. Rob Segedin gave Trenton the decisive lead with an RBI single. It was Trenton's first lead since scoring the first run just three pitches into the game. Jose Pirela led off by crushing a triple against starter Darin Gorski. He scored on the next pitch, once catcher Francisco Pena’s pickoff attempt sailed into left. Binghamton responded with a three-run third against Mikey O’Brien. After singling, Wilfredo Tovar stole second and scored on Juan Lagares' single. Reese Havens then launched a two-run homer, his eighth long ball of the season. Trenton countered in the fourth. Addison Maruszak and Almonte started the inning with back-to-back homers to tie the score at 3. It marked the third time this season Gorski had allowed consecutive homers. Binghamton grabbed the lead back without the aid of a hit in the fourth, during O’Brien’s final inning. Allan Dykstra walked, moved to second on an error and scored on consecutive groundouts. Wilmer Flores added an RBI double against reliever Graham Stoneburner in the fifth. Gorski nearly lost the lead in the sixth, his final frame. With two outs, Mesa bashed a solo homer. Luke Murton doubled and tried to score on a single by Murphy, but was gunned down at the plate by left fielder Eric Campbell. Gorski allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits. He struck out five. The three homers allowed matched his career high. Fraser (2-2) suffered his first blown save. Box

BREVARD COUNTY at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The game has been rescheduled for a doubleheader Tuesday.

SAVANNAH 9, LAKEWOOD 8: Dustin Lawley reached in the ninth on a fielding error by Lakewood shortstop Tim Carver and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Lawley then scored the tiebreaking run when second baseman Carlos Perdomo also committed an error. Savannah had taken a two-run lead into the bottom of the eighth, but Estarlin Morel surrendered a pair of runs. Starter Logan Verrett allowed six runs in seven innings. Brian Harrison had three RBIs for the Gnats. Box

KINGSPORT 1, JOHNSON CITY 0
JOHNSON CITY 4, KINGSPORT 1:
John Gant and Shane Bay combined on a four-hit shutout in Game 1. Julio Concepcion provided the lone run with a second-inning homer. In the nightcap, Cristian Chivilli surrendered all four runs (three earned) in three innings. Andrew Massie tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box 1, Box 2

BROOKLYN 7, STATE COLLEGE 4: Hansel Robles surrendered four runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, but the Cyclones swept the Spikes. With two outs in the second inning, Stefan Sabol, Jayce Boyd and Dimas Ponce consecutively singled for a 1-0 lead. State College evened the score in the third as Tyler Gaffney doubled and Dave Valesente followed with an RBI single. A half-inning later, Boyd singled and Ponce walked. Eudy Pina then doubled, scoring Boyd for a 2-1 lead. Poor defense in the fourth cost the Cyclones three unearned runs. Jacob Stallings walked and Chris Diaz sent a grounder to Richie Rodriguez for a potential inning-ending double play. Rodriguez, though, botched the play. Yhonathan Barrios came up with runners on the corners and one out and grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Stallings to score. Jared Lakind walked to place runners on first and second with two outs. With Alex Fuselier batting, Robles threw a wild pitch, advancing both runners. Fuselier then singled, scoring two as the Spikes took a 4-2 lead. In the fifth, hot-hitting Brandon Nimmo led off with a single. After a passed ball, Phillip Evans singled, moving Nimmo to third. Alex Sanchez struck out and Kevin Plawecki walked to load the bases. Sabol grounded into fielder's choice, allowing Nimmo to score and moving Evans to third. The second passed ball of the inning by catcher Dave Valesente allowed Evans to score. Boyd walked to put runners on first and second with two out. Ponce again came through, singling to score Sabol and move Boyd to third. Pina then delivered another RBI single to give the Cyclones a 6-4 lead. The Cyclones bullpen contributed 3 1/3 scoreless innings, surrendering one hit and one walk. Box

Compiled from team reports

Farm report II: Leaders, player notes

June, 20, 2012
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Organization leaders

Average: Eris Peguero, Kingsport, .500; Alexander Sanchez, Brooklyn, .444; Phillip Evans, Brooklyn, .429; Jeffrey Diehl, Kingsport, .333; T.J. Rivera, Savannah, .333; Joe Tuschak, Kingsport, .333; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, .332; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .313; Josh Rodriguez, Buffalo, .300; Cam Maron, Savannah, .296.

Homers: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 13; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 12; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 12; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 11.

RBI: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 44; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 44; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 41; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 41; T.J. Rivera, Savannah, 37.

Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 12; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, 12; Pedro Zapata, Binghamton, 12.

ERA: Matt Budgell, Kingsport, 0.00; Dawrin Frias, Brooklyn, 0.00; John Mincone, Brooklyn, 0.00; Gabriel Ynoa, Brooklyn, 0.00; Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 1.59; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 1.96; Shane Bay, Kingsport, 2.45; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 2.52; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 2.55; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 2.71.

Wins: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 6; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 6; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 6; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 6; Yohan Almonte, St. Lucie, 6; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 6.

Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 15; Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 13; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 12; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 10.

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 81; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 70; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 70; Garrett Olson, Buffalo, 65; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 62.

Short hops

• Right-hander Collin McHugh, compared by scouts to Dillon Gee, had a misleading line in his Triple-A debut Monday. After two walks and a wild pitch in the first inning led to a Norfolk run on a sacrifice fly by veteran Miguel Tejada, McHugh put up zeroes until the sixth inning. That’s when McHugh -- an 18th-round pick in 2008 out of Berry College in Georgia -- allowed a pair of singles and a walk to open the frame and departed with Buffalo leading, 3-1. Left-hander Josh Edgin entered and allow all three inherited runners to score, so McHugh was charged with four runs on five hits and four walks in five-plus innings in his International League debut.

McHugh, who turned 25 on Tuesday, is only the second former Berry College pitcher to reach Triple-A. The other: right-hander Chuck Smith, who actually did so in 2006 with Norfolk, when the Tides were affiliated with the Mets organization.

• Reliever Jeff Stevens, a former Cub, was demoted to Binghamton to clear a Triple-A roster spot for McHugh.

• St. Lucie third baseman Wilmer Flores earned MVP honors at Saturday’s Florida State League All-Star Game. Flores went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk in a 6-3 South victory. The Mets had eight players appear in the game, including late addition Richard Lucas (0-for-3) to man first base. The others: outfielder Cory Vaughn (1-for-2), catcher Blake Forsythe (1-for-2), shortstop Wilfredo Tovar (0-for-2), left-hander Chase Huchingson (0 ER, 1 IP) , right-hander Cory Mazzoni (1 ER, 1 IP) and left-hander Adam Kolarek (0 ER, 1 IP).

• Mazzoni, the organization’s second-round pick in 2011 from NC State, is expected to be promoted to Double-A Binghamton today. He will be part of a six-man B-Mets rotation. Mazzoni went 5-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 12 starts with St. Lucie, allowing 64 hits and 16 walks while striking out 48 in 63 2/3 innings.

• Kingsport, including first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, a high school shortstop from Louisiana, opened its season Tuesday night. The full roster:

Pitchers: Martires Arias, Alberto Baldonado, Shane Bay, Matt Budgell, Christian Chivilli, Miller Diaz, Zachary Dotson, Ramon Estevez, John Gant, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Christian Montgomery, Akeel Morris, Flabio Ortega, Andres Perez, Luis Rengel, Persio Reyes, Carlos Valdez, Edioglis Villasmil.

Catchers: Tyler Carpenter, Jeyckol Deleon, Alex Machillanda, Tomas Nido.

Infielders: Cecchini, Anthony Chavez, Jeffrey Diehl, Branden Kaupe, Pedro Perez, Yeixon Ruiz, Kevin Wiejgerste.

Outfielders: Michael Bernal, Maikis De La Cruz, Bradley Marquez, Eris Peguero, Joe Tuschak.

Cecchini went 0-for-3 with two walks, a caught stealing, run scored and throwing error in his pro debut.

• Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki, a supplemental first-round pick (35th overall), went 0-for-4, was hit by a pitch and had a passed ball Tuesday for Brooklyn in his pro debut.

• Prep right-hander Andrew Massie, the organization’s 24th-round pick, signed a contract Saturday to join the Mets, the Dyersburg (S.C.) State Gazette reported. Fourteenth-round pick Chris Flexen, a high school right-hander from California, reportedly is close to signing as well.

• Buffalo outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo snapped an 0-for-30 skid Saturday.

Jenrry Mejia made his third relief appearance since converting from starting Tuesday. He tossed two scoreless innings. Mejia rebounded from a woeful appearance Sunday, in which four of five batters reached -- via two hits, plus a walk and a hit batter. He has yet to enter mid-inning or inherit runners during a two-week program to ready him for major league consideration.

• With Tuesday’s loss, St. Lucie owns a 48-19 record with one game remaining in its first half. The club narrowly will fall shy of becoming the third team in Florida State League history to win 50 games in a half. The lone teams to accomplish the feat:

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Mets Draft Day 3 tracker

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The Mets selected Samford University right-hander Tyler Vanderheiden in the 19th round.
Here are the final results from Day 3 of the draft:

Rd. 16 (500th overall), Myles Smith, RHP, Miami Dade CC, College Bio
Rd. 17 (530), Stefan Sabol, C, Orange Coast CC
Rd. 18 (560), Paul Paez, LHP, Rio Hondo College
Rd. 19 (590), Tyler Vanderheiden, RHP, Samford U, College Bio
Rd. 20 (620), Tim Peterson, RHP, Kentucky, College Bio
Rd. 21 (650), Gary Ward, LHP, Bethel U., College Bio
Rd. 22 (680), Tejay Antone, RHP, Legacy (Texas) HS
Rd. 23 (710), Connor Baits, RHP, Point Loma (Calif,) HS
Rd. 24 (740), Andrew Massie, RHP, Dyer County (Tenn.) HS
Rd. 25 (770), Leon Byrd, 2B, Cypress Ranch (Texas) HS
Rd. 26 (800), Chris Shaw, 1B, Lexington (Mass.) HS
Rd. 27 (830), Zach Arnold, C, Franklin County (Ky.) HS
Rd. 28 (860), Jacob Marks, RHP, St. Clair SS
Rd. 29 (890), Austin Barr, C, Camas (Wash.) HS
Rd. 30 (920), Dustin Cook, RHP, Hargrave (Texas) HS
Rd. 31 (950), Vance Vizcaino, SS, Wakefield (N.C.) HS
Rd. 32 (980), Jon Leroux, 1B/C, Northeastern, College Bio
Rd. 33 (1010), Jared Price, RHP, Twin Valley (Pa.) HS
Rd. 34 (1040), Mikey White, SS, Spain Park (Ala.) HS
Rd. 35 (1070), Brad Markey, RHP, Sante Fe (Fla.) CC, College Bio
Rd. 36 (1100), Donovan Walton, Bishop Kelly (Okla.) HS
Rd. 37 (1130), Ben Distefano, C, Lawrence E. Elkins (Texas) HS
Rd. 38 (1160), Jeff Reynolds, 3B, Harvard, College Bio
Rd. 39 (1190), Patrick Ervin, 2B, Pace (Fla.) HS
Rd. 40 (1220), David Gonzalez, RHP, Gainesville (Ga.) HS

Jonathan Murphy, the brother of the Mets' Daniel Murphy, was selected in the 19th round by the Minnesota Twins. Like his brother, the younger Murphy has played multiple positions and also is a Jacksonville University product.

Daniel Murphy expected his brother to report to the Appalachian League in Elizabethton, Tenn.

"He's better than me," Murph said. "Athletic. He's much more athletic than I ever dreamed out. I think he was second in the nation in stolen bases this year. He's probably a 6.5, 6.6 [second] runner [in the 60-yard dash] when he's right. He can play center field. I think I square the ball up just a little bit more than he does, but he's got more juice, he's got more power, has got a better arm, runs better. Pretty much anything out on a baseball field he does it better than I do."

Distefano -- who is expected to enroll in college rather than sign -- is the son of the St. Lucie Mets' hitting coach, Benny Distefano. The elder Distefano played five seasons in the majors.

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