New York Mets: Bobby Scales

Farm report: Johnson meets the Mets

July, 31, 2013
Outfielder Kyle Johnson did not expect to receive word he had been traded to the Mets for Collin Cowgill when he was summoned to the front of the Burlington Bees team bus in late June.

“We were just pulling off the highway getting something to eat,” said Johnson, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels out of Washington State University in the 25th round last year. “And my manager, [Jamie] Burke, called me up to the front and handed me a cell phone and said, ‘Hey, take this.’ It was Bobby Scales, our farm director. He’s just like, ‘Hey, Kyle, how are you doing?’

Courtesy of St. Lucie MetsKyle Johnson

“If you’re going up or down, that’s not really the guy you talk to. The manager usually just tells you. He’s like, ‘Hey, I just want to say congratulations. You’ve been traded to the Mets.’ I was just like, ‘OK.’ I was caught really off-guard. I didn’t really know anything about it. He asked if I had any questions, and I was just kind of speechless.”

Johnson, 23, and his fiancée subsequently drove 16 hours over two days from Burlington, Iowa, to join the Mets’ low-A affiliate in Savannah. After eight games, he was on the move again, having been promoted to St. Lucie.

“It was kind of at the point right where I was really getting used to those guys when I moved,” Johnson said about the Gnats. “And then you come here and you start over. It’s great, too, because I’ll know a lot more people heading into spring training instead of just 25 or 30 guys I would have known if I was just in Savannah or came straight to Port St. Lucie. Now I know about 60 guys.”

Johnson fits the Mets’ profile because of his penchant for posting a high on-base percentage. He also puts up big stolen base numbers.

In his two-year pro career between the Angels and Mets, Johnson has hit .290 with a .395 on-base percentage. He has stolen 46 bases in 53 attempts in 128 career games. He also has been hit by 16 pitches. In his final college season at Washington State, Johnson had a .408 OBP and 17 steals in 22 attempts while appearing in 48 games (41 starts).

“I’ve always been a top-of-the-order-type guy,” Johnson said. “I get on base any way I can. One thing I learned in college is a hit by pitch and a walk is just as good as a hit -- just getting on base for those big Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5 hitters to get those RBIs and get me in. I’ll get RBIs every once in a while, but I kind of pride myself on stolen bases and scoring runs.”

As for the trade, Johnson said: “Just being wanted makes it a lot easier and makes it exciting. I think the Mets are giving me a real cool opportunity that maybe I wouldn’t have had with the Angels, just because of the Angels’ depth with outfielders all the way up to the top. The Mets organization is rebuilding and developing from within. So I’m really excited about that. I think I’m going to have a great opportunity here.”

Organization leaders

Average: Victor Cruzado, Kingsport, .344; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, .334; Jeff McNeil, Kingsport, .333 Cesar Puello, Binghamton, .333; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, .322; Kevin Plawecki, St. Lucie, .313; Joe Tuschak, Kingsport, .308; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, .296; LJ Mazzilli, Brooklyn, .296; Zach Lutz, Vegas, .292.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 20; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 18; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 17; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 16; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 14.

RBI: Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 85; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 76; Cesar Puello, 73; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 69; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, 69.

Steals: Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 24; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 23; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 20; Patrick Biondi, Brooklyn, 15.

ERA: Rob Whalen, Kingsport, 1.36; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 2.19; Chris Flexen, Kingsport, 2.31; Miller Diaz, Brooklyn, 2.48; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 2.48; John Gant, Brooklyn, 2.56; Octavio Acosta, GCL Mets, 2.59; Robert Gsellman, Brooklyn, 2.61; Carlos Valdez, Boroklyn, 2.78; Noah Syndergaard, Binghamton, 2.80.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 11; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 10; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 9; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 9; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 9.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 30; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 15; Beck Wheeler, Savannah, 11; Bret Mitchell, St. Lucie, 10; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 8.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 113; Noah Syndergaaard, Binghamton, 110; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 104; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 104; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 98.

Short hops

Jayce Boyd, who is hitting a combined .334 between Savannah and St. Lucie this season, exclusively has served as DH since June 29 with the Florida State League club. Boyd, a first baseman drafted in the sixth round last year out of Florida State, has been instructed not to throw by team doctors. He is due to undergo shoulder surgery after the season. The injury does not restrict Boyd’s hitting.

Travis d’Arnaud, who has played in six Gulf Coast League games since returning from a broken first metatarsal in his left foot, is expected to move to Double-A Binghamton.

• 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini returned to shortstop for Brooklyn Saturday after missing more than three weeks with an ankle injury. He is 1-for-16 since returning from the DL.

• Trying to limit left-hander Steven Matz’s innings, the Mets skipped his last turn with Savannah. Matz has logged 81 innings this season. His previous two seasons were limited because of a prolonged recovery from Tommy John surgery and other injuries.

Matz should be an interesting case this offseason. He will be Rule 5 draft eligible, so the Mets may have to protect him, despite Matz -- the organization’s top pick in 2009 -- never having pitched above low-A. Still, despite a 2.33 ERA through 16 South Atlantic League starts and being left-handed, there is no guarantee. One scout’s report on Matz had his fastball extremely straight.

• Left-hander Pedro Feliciano last Thursday made his first Triple-A appearance since 2006, when the Mets were aligned with Norfolk. Feliciano has retired all six batters he has faced -- four lefties, two righties -- over three appearances since the promotion from Binghamton to Las Vegas.

• After a torrid start, 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo’s average has dipped to .261 with Savannah. Nimmo has struck out 99 times in 283 at-bats.

Jordany Valdespin, the reigning Pacific Coast League Player of the Week, continues to put up gaudy numbers with Vegas. Despite losing a six-game hitting streak in Tuesday’s rain-shortened game at Nashville, Valdespin is hitting .453 (24-for-53) with three homers and 24 RBIs in 14 games since a demotion.

Of course, Valdespin triggered a bench-clearing brawl against Sacramento. After admiring a homer, Valdespin then was hit by a pitch later that night. When the Mets retaliated, with Armando Rodriguez hitting a Sacramento batter, both benches emptied. Valdespin, Rodriguez and manager Wally Backman were ejected. Valdespin went 9-for-14 in the weekend series against Sacramento.

“Valdespin being Valdespin,” said one observer. “He pimped singles more than the home run, though. He also hit .600 against this team. LOL. That will piss people off.”

Bradley Marquez, a 16th-round pick in 2011, has returned to Texas Tech for another college football season. While splitting time between left field and center field with Kingsport, the 20-year-old Marquez hit .250 with one homer and nine RBIs in 84 at-bats. A Mets official said Marquez for the first time does plan to attend spring training in 2014, so the shift from college football to baseball as the priority looks like it will begin then.

• Right-hander Noah Syndergaard earned Eastern League Player of the Week honors. Syndergaard is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA in seven starts since a promotion to Binghamton.

Syndergaard logged 103 2/3 innings last season in the Blue Jays organization with Class A Lansing. He has thrown 99 2/3 innings this season between St. Lucie and the B-Mets, so he probably has slightly more than 30 innings remaining this season before reaching his cap.

• Right-hander Akeel Morris, a 10th-round pick in 2010 out of the U.S. Virgin Islands, continues to post remarkable numbers with Brooklyn. Morris has tossed 25 scoreless innings. He has allowed 12 hits and 12 walks while striking out 31.

• The Mets are talking with 2011 10th-round pick Matt Budgell about returning to the organization for spring training. Budgell, a right-handed pitcher who made 12 appearances for Kingsport last year, had decided to retire from baseball earlier this year.

• Mets prospects will be assigned to the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League, on a team with farmhands from the Braves, Yankees, Pirates and Giants. Luis Rivera, the Mets’ short-season hitting coordinator, will serve as hitting coach for that AFL squad.

• 2012 seventh-round pick Corey Oswalt, a right-handed pitcher selected out of high school in San Diego, is due to undergo surgery today to repair a knee injury.

Wright still ill; 'Spin second try

May, 19, 2012
David Wright, who has a scheduled day off Saturday with the Mets in a 20-games-in-20-day stretch, actually is feeling sicker Saturday than the previous day. Terry Collins said the illness could keep Wright out of Sunday's lineup.

One thing is clear, though: Wright does not like DH'ing because it takes him out of the rhythm at the plate. So Collins said Wright will man third base if he's able to play in the series finale. Wright is available to pinch hit, the manager said.

• The Mets will restore the bench to five position players before Monday's game in Pittsburgh, when the DH is no longer in effect.

Collins said right-hander Jeremy Hefner, who joined the Mets on Saturday in place of Jordany Valdespin, will not necessarily make a U-turn to Buffalo at that point. That suggests there may be at least some consideration about whether Manny Acosta still merits a roster spot. Acosta's ERA swelled to 10.53 on Friday.

"We'll have a decision to make at that point," Collins said in response to an inquiry about whether Hefner returns to Triple-A after the weekend. Hefner had returned to the Bisons immediately after tossing three scoreless innings in his major league debut against the San Francisco Giants last month.

Valdespin is 2-for-20, albeit with a dramatic pinch-hit, three-run homer against Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, at the major league level. A natural infielder, he mostly had played center field in minor league games this season. Now, though, Valdespin is due to focus on second-base work at Buffalo. That position is open with the Bisons with Bobby Scales having bolted for Japan.

Collins does not see Valdespin as a major league shortstop. That's largely because he has not worked enough in the minors at that position, according to the manager.

If the Mets needed a bona fide shortstop in the future, Collins said, the best Triple-A choice would be ex-Rockie/Ranger Omar Quintanilla. Still, the manager added, Quintanilla is not on the 40-man roster. And the Mets would not necessarily risk losing a minor leaguer through waivers a open 40-man roster spot for Quintanilla.

Ruben Tejada could be back by the end of Memorial Day weekend. Tejada (strained quadriceps) is due to run in a straight line today and could be in minor league rehab games by Monday. Jason Bay (fractured rib) will hit off a tee today and swing at soft-toss flips Sunday. On Monday in Pittsburgh, the Mets will request permission from team doctors for Bay to begin taking at least light batting practice. Collins expects Tejada to return before Bay.

• Three umpires disappeared between innings early in Friday's game, delaying Jon Niese beginning an inning. There was good reason: Their uniforms and work gear had finally arrived. There are extra umpire uniforms at each major league stadium, but ump Wally Bell had to borrow black cleats from the Mets.

Daniel Murphy, despite a .331 average, is homerless. Collins says he probably doesn't see Murphy producing more than a dozen homers in any season, saying his swing is geared for line drives.

Farm report: Taijeron's long ball roots

May, 16, 2012
Travis Taijeron’s alma mater, Granite Hills (Calif.) High School, has produced no shortage of major league talent. The list of former players at the El Cajon high school near San Diego includes Brian Giles, Marcus Giles, Shane Spencer, Tom Fordham, John Barnes, Mike Reinbach and Chris Jones.

The high school’s all-time home run leader, though?

That would be Taijeron, an 18th-round pick by the Mets last year, who then became a New York-Penn League All-Star with the Brooklyn Cyclones after signing. Taijeron passed Marcus Giles’ 24 homers early in his senior season and went on to finish with 33.

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Travis Taijeron

The long-ball production has continued this season with low-A Savannah. Taijeron, 23, is hitting .291 with eight homers and 26 RBIs in 127 at-bats with the Sand Gnats. He also has walked 20 times and been hit with five pitches, resulting in a .405 on-base percentage.

Taijeron’s 2012 homer total is tied for the Mets organization lead with Buffalo’s Valentino Pascucci and St. Lucie’s Cory Vaughn, and is tied for second in the South Atlantic League, trailing only Charleston’s Tyler Austin, a 13th-round pick of the Yankees in 2010, who has 11.

“I like to think I can do a little bit of both,” Taijeron said about maintaining a high average and also producing homers. “I do hit for power. My approach at the plate is not to try to go up there and hit home runs or anything like that. My approach is to get on base and to drive in runs. Every once in a while I just kind of run into it and put a good swing on a ball, or the pitcher makes a mistake, and I like to capitalize on it as best I can.”

Back in high school, Taijeron played catcher. He did so during his first season in college as well, at Grossmont Junior College. But when he moved to Southwestern College for his sophomore season, the program already had an established catcher. So Taijeron shifted to the outfield. He continued playing in the outfield during his final two college seasons, at Division II Cal Poly Pomona. He primarily has manned center field, with some exposure in left field, since turning pro.

There has been no catching duty with the Mets. Not even bullpen sessions.

“I really liked playing catcher. I actually really loved the position and everything,” Taijeron said. “But, at the time, [Southwestern] already had a catcher. I was the new kid on the team and everything. I think they went to the state finals that [previous] year, and he was one of the big leaders on the team. So it was best for the team that he stayed behind the plate and did his thing. He was one of the captains on the team. I was able to help the team out by moving to the outfield.”

As for potentially becoming another product of his high school to reach the majors, Taijeron said the outfield wall at the California school’s stadium always gave a reminder that was possible. The school recognizes the players who have made it to the big leagues with signs honoring them.

“The field has changed a little bit since then, but when I was at high school, we had all the baseballs on the outfield wall,” Taijeron said. “There were all the different players and the years that they played at the high school and all that.

“My team, they were a really good group of guys, who grew up together since Little League. And we always looked at those guys. We were at games when I was younger and saw them play, so we knew what we always wanted to do growing up. Seeing those guys was kind of a big motivation for us to try to get our names on the walls.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, Savannah, .362; Bobby Scales, Buffalo, .339; Vinny Rottino, Buffalo, .314; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, .313; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .310; Jefry Marte, Binghamton, .307; Zach Lutz, Buffalo, .307; Matt den Dekker, Binghamton, .294; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, .292; Danny Muno, St. Lucie, .292.

Homers: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 8; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 8; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 8.

RBI: Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 26; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 25; Danny Muno, St. Lucie, 23; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 22; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 22.

Steals: Luis Nieves, Savannah, 9; Cesar Puello, St. Lucie, 7; Danny Muno, St. Lucie, 6; Pedro Zapata, Binghamton, 6.

ERA: Alex Panteliodis, Savannah, 0.89; Tyler Pill, Savannah, 1.89; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 2.05; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 2.40; Chris Schwinden, Buffalo, 2.45; Cory Mazzoni, St. Lucie, 2.55; Jeremy Hefner, Buffalo, 2.72; Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie, 2.80; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 2.84; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 3.05.

Wins: Jeurys Familia, Buffalo, 4; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 4; Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie, 4; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 4.

Saves: Adrian Rosario, St. Lucie, 10; Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 8; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 4.

Strikeouts: Jeurys Familia, Buffalo, 42; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 38; Garrett Olson, Buffalo, 38; Tyler Pill, Savannah, 37; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 37.

Short hops

• Ex-Cub Bobby Scales, who signed with the Mets organization late in spring training and ranked third in the International League with a .339 average, has bolted from Buffalo. The second baseman/leadoff hitter worked out a deal with Orix to return to Japan. Scales played 80 games with Nippon Ham last season in that country. Oswaldo Navarro primarily will take over second base duty for Buffalo with Scales’ departure.

• Corner infielder Zach Lutz suffered the latest in a career-long string of unfortunate injuries. Lutz broke the hamate bone at the base of his hand swinging in a cage pregame Sunday. That requires minor surgery to remove the bone, and will cost six weeks. Lutz, who had been tormented by stress fractures in his feet earlier in his career, was limited to 61 games last season with Buffalo primarily because of a pair of concussions.

Lutz’s roster spot went to Corey Wimberly. He had been sidelined since suffering a broken fifth metatarsal in his left hand in an outfield collision during spring training with Vaughn while being borrowed from minor league camp for a Grapefruit League game at Disney against the Braves. Wimberly hit .238 in 172 at-bats with Pittsburgh's Triple-A affiliate last season while manning second base and all three outfield positions.

• Mechanical adjustments have led to a noticeable increase in velocity on right-hander Jeurys Familia’s fastball since the start of the season with Buffalo. Familia was sitting at 92-93 mph during early season starts, but now is hitting 98-99 mph with some regularity. Familia still has been working behind in the count too often. Although he allowed only one run and five hits in five innings at Charlotte in his latest start, Familia required 101 pitches. Stilll, Familia (4-1) has limited opponents to two earned runs or fewer in each of his past five starts. He has struck out 42 and walked 30 in 37 2/3 innings.

Vinny Rottino upped his Triple-A hitting streak to 18 games Tuesday. That streak has wrapped around a cameo in the big leagues. Before the major league call-up, Rottino exclusively had played left field. Ex-San Francisco Giant Fred Lewis since was signed and has taken over that position, so Rottino mostly has shifted to right field. But the 32-year-old utility man did catch for the first time this season on Tuesday.

• Right-hander Jeremy Hefner, who tossed three scoreless innings for the Mets against the San Francisco Giants during an April 23 doubleheader, had his streak of outings in which he tossed at least seven innings snapped Tuesday against Gwinnett. Hefner was charged with six runs in 5 2/3 innings. His ERA rose from 1.77 to 2.72, which dropped him out of the top 10 in the International League entirely.

• Left-hander Josh Edgin (7.20 ERA with Buffalo) produced his first Triple-A save Sunday at Charlotte.

• The Bisons, in part because of nomadic Scranton/Wilkes-Barre playing a home series in Buffalo, have started a 16-game homestand.

Sean Kazmar returned to shortstop for Binghamton on Saturday after missing 21 Double-A games with a left abdominal strain. It was the first time in nine professional seasons that Kazmar had been on the disabled list.

Zack Wheeler (2-2, 2.05 ERA) showed no ill effects from the middle fingernail issue that caused him to miss a B-Mets start. After missing a turn, Wheeler reentered the rotation Thursday at New Hampshire and allowed two runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking one in a 94-pitch effort over five innings.

• B-Mets center fielder Matt den Dekker has been hitting the ball with authority. Den Dekker has a 10-game hitting streak that has lifted his average to .294. He homered twice during a four-game weekend series at New Hampshire, including one Friday that snapped a 277-plate-appearance drought for the B-Mets without a long ball. Binghamton went on to post three homers Friday, then another three Sunday.

• First baseman Eric Campbell, an eighth-round pick in 2008 out of Boston College, is hitting .385 in 12 games since returning the DL for a right shoulder strain.

• Right-hander Kevin Mulvey, who has been working in relief with the B-Mets, landed on the DL with a right groin strain.

• Vaughn, who got off to a quick start with St. Lucie, has seen his average tumble to .234 during a seven-game stretch in which he is 1-for-28. Vaughn nonetheless has eight homers and 20 RBIs in 124 Florida State League at-bats this season.

• Center fielder Cesar Puello produced his first homer this season on Monday for St. Lucie. He had 10 homers last season in the Florida State League.

• With Chris Young and Jenrry Mejia temporarily working in St. Lucie’s rotation, the regular starters have needed to adjust. Yohan Almonte has piggybacked Mejia’s starts, while Angel Cuan has worked in relief of Young.

• Right-hander Domingo Tapia, who has received rave reviews from Mets brass, tossed 5 2/3 no-hit innings before being pulled from a start with Savannah on Friday. He walked three, and three errors were committed behind him, resulting in an unearned run.

• Third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez, whose average had tumbled to .190 with the Gnats, since has six hits in nine at-bats his past two games.

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

Around the minors 5.12.12

May, 12, 2012
CHARLOTTE 5, BUFFALO 4: Hector Gimenez's three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth against Justin Hampson lifted Charlotte to the win. Valentino Pascucci's three-run homer in the seventh had staked Buffalo to a 4-2 lead. Starter Chris Schwinden allowed two runs on four hits while striking out eight and walking one in six innings. Vinny Rottino went 1-for-4 with a walk and RBI in his return to the Bisons. Former Cub Bobby Scales has left the team and will play in Japan. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 9, BINGHAMTON 0: Darin Gorski surrendered a career-high 10 hits and the B-Mets went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 on base in their fourth shutout loss of the season. The Fisher Cats scratched out the game’s first run in the third. Brian Van Kirk singled to start the frame against Gorski (2-2) and scored two batters later on John Tolisano’s double. In the fourth, following a leadoff walk to A.J. Jimenez, New Hampshire plated four runs on four hits. Brad Glenn drove in two with a double, and Ryan Goins and Koby Clemens each collected RBI singles. The Fisher Cats ended Gorski’s day with four straight hits to start the fifth. Jimenez laced an RBI single and Mark Sobolewski delivered the final blow with a three-run homer. Gorski allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 10 hits and struck out five in four innings. Kevin Mulvey entered and retired all three he faced to end the inning. After a bumpy first inning in which he allowed a hit to Matt den Dekker on his first pitch of the game, Fisher Cats starter Yohan Pino settled in for a fine performance. The righty struck out seven and allowed three hits over six scoreless innings. He retired the final seven he faced and 12 of the last 13 B-Mets. Eric Campbell later roped a triple against Clint Everts, but the B-Mets failed to score in the eighth. Danny Farquhar allowed two hits, but struck out three to close the game. Brad Holt and Robert Carson closed out the pitching tab for Binghamton with three scoreless innings. The B-Mets (16-18) complete their four-game set against the Fisher Cats Sunday as right-hander Greg Peavey opposes right-hander Randy Boone. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 9, ST. LUCIE 1: Danny Muno's third-inning homer accounted for St. Lucie's lone run. Chase Huchingson started and allowed two runs on one hit and five walks in three innings. Box

SAVANNAH 8, HICKORY 4: Charley Thurber and Albert Cordero had consecutive homers in a five-run third inning for the Gnats and Travis Taijeron added a two-run homer in the fifth. Michael Fulmer (2-2) allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out seven in five innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 5.10.12

May, 10, 2012
GWINNETT 5, BUFFALO 3 (10 innings): A comeback and sweep fell short courtesy of a walk-off two-run homer from reigning International League Batter of the Week Stefan Gatrell against Fernando Cabrera. Buffalo allowed nine total runs in the four-game series. The Bisons trailed 3-1 in the ninth. After Lucas May was hit with a pitch with one out, Omar Quintanilla plated the Buffalo catcher with a double that rolled to the center-field wall. Pinch hitter Bobby Scales followed with a single to score Quintanilla and tie the score. Buffalo had a pair of runners on in the top of the 10th, but Josh Satin and Zach Lutz were left stranded after drawing walks. In the bottom half, Cabrera nearly worked around a one-out single by Jose Constanza. But after striking out Luis Durango, the righty gave up his first homer of the season, to Gartrell. Bisons starter Jeremy Hefner matched a season-high by tossing 7 2/3 innings. It was the fifth time in Hefner's six starts that he has at least completed seven innings. He allowed two runs on six hits to keep his season ERA to a league-best 1.77. Trailing 1-0 early, Buffalo scored its first run in the sixth inning on Valentino Pascucci's team-best 19th RBI, but his first in nine games. Fred Lewis batted in the lead off spot for the first time this season and went 2-for-5. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: Trailing by a run in the sixth, Juan Lagares laced a two-run, bases-loaded single to center to give the B-Mets the lead for good and make a winner of Zack Wheeler in his return from the disabled list. The B-Mets produced 14 hits and pitching staff racked up a season-high 15 strikeouts. The Fisher Cats had opened the scoring, plating a run in the fourth on a sac fly against Wheeler. The righty was activated from the disabled list before the game after missing one start with a right middle fingernail tear. The B-Mets answered with a run in the fifth. Lagares shot a seeing-eye single to center and advanced to third when Mark Sobolewski uncorked a throwing error on Eric Campbell's groundball. Juan Centeno bounced a groundout to shortstop to plate Lagares, tying the score at 1. After the Fisher Cats grabbed the lead with another sac fly in the fifth, the B-Mets pieced together a two-out rally to take the lead in the sixth. Raul Reyes and Jefry Marte started the charge with consecutive singles. After Reese Havens walked to load the bases, Lagares chased Jenkins from the game by lining a two-run single into center. It was Binghamton’s first hit with the bases loaded since April 28. They had been 0-for-11. Wheeler (2-2) allowed two runs on six hits over five innings. Armando Rodriguez took over and struck out five over two scoreless innings. Binghamton added to its lead with more two-out hitting in the seventh. Josh Rodriguez doubled with two out and Reyes hammered an RBI single, giving the B-Mets a 4-2 lead. The B-Mets had a five-run ninth, pounding reliever Clint Everts for five hits and adding another against Matt Wright. After throwing a perfect eighth, Jeff Kaplan returned for the ninth. He loaded the bases to start the frame, but retired three straight to collect his first career Double-A save. The B-Mets (15-17) continue their four-game series against the Fisher Cats on Friday. Right-hander Gonzalez Germen makes his second Double-A start, against right-hander Deck McGuire. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BREVARD COUNTY 3: Chris Young, in his first minor league start since shoulder surgery last May, tossed five scoreless innings. Ronny Cedeno, on the DL with a side-muscle strain and hoping to be activated this weekend, played a full game at shortstop and went 0-for-4. Danny Muno's solo homer in the top of the ninth gave St. Lucie a 4-1 lead, and the Mets needed that run to hold on. In the bottom half, Adam Kolarek left two runners in scoring position with two out for Adrian Rosario. Rosario issued a walk to load the bases, then surrendered a two-run single before notching his 10th save by retiring Nick Shaw on a groundout. Cory Vaughn returned to the lineup after missing two games with a glute bruise suffered while sliding. Box

SAVANNAH 7, HICKORY 2: Domingo Tapia and Marcos Camarena combined to take a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and the Gnats overcame five errors. Brian Harrison went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Dustin Lawley had three hits and scored twice. The Crawdads were hitless until Jeremy Williams' leadoff single in the seventh against Camarena. Tapia was charged with one unearned runs on no hits and three walks while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings. Second baseman T.J. Rivera had two of Savannah's five errors. The Mets' last minor league no-hitter came on Aug. 23, 2009, by Brandon Moore with the Brooklyn Cyclones in a seven-inning game. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 5.3.12

May, 3, 2012
BUFFALO 6, SYRACUSE 5: Buffalo (16-11) scored two runs in the sixth inning and two more in the eighth for its sixth win in the last seven games. Eleven of the Herd's wins have come in games in which it has trailed. On Thursday, Syracuse took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth before the Herd rallied. Rob Johnson homered to lead off the frame and pinch hitter Michael Fisher scored all the way from first on Dustin Martin's double to tie the score. In the eighth, Bisons manager Wally Backman went to the bench three times to scratch across a pair of runs. A single from Brad Emaus and a double from Johnson had the Herd set up at second and third with no outs. Pinch hitter No. 1 Valentino Pascucci struck out and pinch hitter No. 2 Bobby Scales was intentionally walked. Pinch hitter No. 3 Lucas May then beat out a potential inning-ending double play to allow a run to score. Vinny Rottino added much-needed insurance with an RBI single. It proved to be the game-deciding run. Rottino had two hits, extending his hitting streak to a Bisons season-high 14 games. The win for Buffalo went to reliever Jack Egbert, who got the Herd out of a jam in the seventh. Fernando Cabrera pitched the ninth for his sixth save. Jeurys Familia started for the Bisons and allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings. He also had an RBI double in the second inning -- the sixth RBI by a Bisons pitcher this season, matching last year's total. In two games since being activated from the DL, Johnson is 5-for-7 with double, triple, homer and two RBIs. Mets right-hander D.J. Carrasco joined the Bisons on his rehab assignment and allowed a sixth-inning homer to Carlos Maldonado. He also picked up a strikeout in one inning. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, AKRON 3: Collin McHugh tossed 7 1/3 strong innings and Raul Reyes ripped a three-run homer as the B-Mets avoided getting swept in the four-game series. Facing spot starter Mason Radeke, the B-Mets took advantage of a rare Akron error in the first. A two-out walk to Reese Havens started the rally and shortstop Juan Diaz’s fielding error on Jefry Marte’s groundball set the table for Reyes. It was Akron’s 14th error as team, fewest in the Eastern League. Reyes cashed in by ripping his first long ball of the season. Binghamton doubled its lead in the fourth against former B-Met Jose De La Torre. Juan Lagares greeted the reliever by doubling. Travis Ozga brought him home by banging a double. Juan Centeno pushed Ozga to third my dribbling a single to the pitcher’s mound. Matt den Dekker plated Ozga with a sac fly. Josh Rodriguez gave Binghamton a six-run edge my lacing a double. Pedro Zapata and den Dekker laced back-to-back doubles to tack on another run in the sixth. It was all McHugh needed to rack up his team-leading fourth win. After side-stepping trouble in the first two innings, the righty cruised from the third onward. He retired 18 of 19 Aeros before Michel Hernandez doubled in the eighth. McHugh’s night was done after allowing run-scoring hits to Tim Fedroff and Juan Diaz. McHugh’s 7 1/3 innings were the most by any B-Met starter this year. He allowed three runs on six hits and struck out five while walking one. Erik Turgeon took over and allowed an RBI single to Jared Goedert before getting two outs to end the frame. Robert Carson tossed a perfect ninth to cap the victory. Box

JUPITER 6, ST. LUCIE 1: St. Lucie's seven-game winning streak was snapped despite Cory Vaughn delivering his team-leading seventh homer in the fourth inning. Vaughn drilled Matt Neil's offering over the left-center fence to cut the deficit to 3-1. Mets left-hander Angel Cuan (2-1) was dealt the loss, despite tossing six innings and allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Ryan Fraser allowed one run on three hits in two relief innings. John Church pitched the ninth and gave up two runs on one hit. Jupiter took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on home runs by Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto. The Hammerheads picked up a run in the fifth after a balk was issued to Cuan to allow Yeison Hernandez to score from third. Hernandez delivered an RBI single in the seventh off Fraser to extend the lead to 4-1. Jupiter loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. Third baseman Wilmer Flores' throw toward second base on a potential double-play chance sailed into right field. The error allowed two runs to score. Box

SAVANNAH 3, DELMARVA 1: Domingo Tapia was dominant over 7 1/3 innings, in the longest start this season by a Gnats pitcher. The Gnats (16-11) won their fourth straight. Tapia gave up a pair of singles in the first inning, but escaped trouble with the help of third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez, who threw out a runner at the plate for the inning’s second out. That began a stretch during which Tapia (2-1) set down 14 batters in a row through the end of the fifth. The Gnats opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Brandon Brown led off with a double and scored on DH Travis Taijeron’s single. Albert Cordero gave the Gnats a 2-0 advantage with a solo homer in the second. It was his first longball this season. Savannah made it 3-0 in the sixth. Taijeron reached on an infield single and scored on Charley Thurber’s triple. The Shorebirds (13-13) scored their only run in the eighth. After Tapia recorded the first out of the frame, a single and walk chased him. Reliever Estarlin Morel walked No. 9 hitter Mychal Givens to load the bases. He then gave up a sacrifice fly to Glynn Davis. With the tying run at first base, Gnats left fielder Gregory Pron made a diving catch to take a base hit away from the subsequent batter, Sammie Starr, to end the frame and preserve a two-run lead. Morel worked an uneventful ninth to wrap up his second save. The Gnats look for the sweep Friday when right-hander Tyler Pill (2-1, 2.11) opposes right-hander Tyler Wilson (3-1, 2.45). Box

Compiled from team reports

Farm report: Bronx cheer for Rivera

May, 2, 2012
As a 12-year-old, T.J. Rivera pitched for his Little League team in the district-championship game in which it was eliminated by Danny Almonte’s squad. A half-dozen years later, Rivera went on to play junior college baseball for ex-Met Mackey Sasser.

Now, the 23-year-old middle infielder is making a name for himself in the Mets minor league system.

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T.J. Rivera

Signed as an undrafted free agent last summer, Rivera -- a product of Lehman High School in the Bronx -- is the reigning South Atlantic League Player of the Week.

He completed April hitting .389 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 95 at-bats. He also has walked 15 times and been hit by pitches twice, giving him a .478 on-base percentage. Rivera’s average ranks third in the SAL behind West Virginia’s Alen Hanson (.410) and Hickory’s Christopher Grayson (.400). Rivera’s OBP ranks second to Grayson’s .500.

Rivera was signed last July 4 after going undrafted out of Troy (Ala.) University, where his team won the Sun Belt Conference title and beat Oklahoma State in the opening game of an NCAA regional at Vanderbilt last year.

“Once the draft was over, my coaches told me that I should get an opportunity to play and sign as a free agent,” Rivera said. “I was just really sitting around in Troy waiting for someone to give me a call, just give me an opportunity. My coach from Troy told me he was at a showcase or something and he saw [Mets area supervisor] Tommy Jackson, I think, and talked to him. That’s when I got a call about two days later that they needed an infielder at Kingsport, so I got my opportunity.”

Out of high school in the Bronx, Rivera wanted to play for a junior-college program in Florida or Alabama because of the quality of baseball and the weather. His summer-league coach sent him, as well as George Washington High School products Viosergy Rosa (now with Marlins system) and George Isabel (Yankees), who were summer-league teammates, to Sasser’s JUCO program in Dothan, Ala.

“We all went down together,” Rivera said. “So it was a little easier to get used to Alabama with a couple of guys out of New York.”

Rivera was unfamiliar with Sasser’s Mets history, including the ex-catcher’s noted throwing issues, until after joining the program.

“No idea,” Rivera said. “It’s funny. I’ve heard some stories now. Especially now that I’m with the Mets, everybody knows him. But I didn’t know who he was. I knew he played in the bigs for, I think, it was nine years with the Mets. But I didn’t know anything about him until I got down there, actually.”

Truth be told, Rivera grew up a Yankees fan. In fact, the lone Mets fan in his family is his father. Still, Rivera went to a fair amount of games at both Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium growing up -- more Mets games, in fact. The insurance company for which his mother worked would give tickets to its employees when they were not distributed to clients.

“I grew up a Yankee fan all my life,” Rivera said. “Everybody in my family is except my dad. My dad was the only Mets fan, believe it or not. I was actually pretty close. I was right in Throgs Neck, which is about 10 minutes away from Yankee Stadium. And if we took the train, it would be a little longer -- 15 minutes maybe. We’d just hop on the 4 train and be right there.”

While Rivera initially played for Kingsport last year after signing, he finished the regular season with Brooklyn, where he hit .326 in 15 games. He lived in team-sponsored housing, not with his family, because the subway commute was too lengthy from the Bronx and his car was still in Alabama. Regardless, the experience playing in New York City as a professional was a particular thrill given his roots.

“That was the best part of my career so far,” Rivera said. “I had a lot of family and friends that were able to come visit. Being in Alabama for four years, my parents really didn’t get to see me too much, or my friends. When I got to Brooklyn, that was a great opportunity for them to come see me. It was nice, too. We had 9,000 fans a game -- crazy fans, too, I’ll tell you.”

Organization leaders

Average: Bobby Scales, Buffalo, .397; T.J. Rivera, Savannah, .389; Jefry Marte, Binghamton, .347; Zach Lutz, Buffalo, .333; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, .318; Vinny Rottino, Buffalo, .316; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, .312; Josh Rodriguez, Binghamton, .308; Danny Muno, St. Lucie, .295; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, .292.

Homers: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 6; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 6; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 6.

RBI: Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 19; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 18; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 18; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 17.

Steals: Luis Nieves, Savannah, 7; Cesar Puello, St. Lucie, 7; Danny Muno, St. Lucie, 5.

ERA: Alex Panteliodis, Savannah, 0.89; Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie, 1.32; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 1.75; Chris Schwinden, Buffalo, 2.05; Jeremy Hefner, Buffalo, 2.08; Tyler Pill, Savannah, 2.11; Mark Cohoon, Binghamton, 2.25; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 2.33; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 2.45; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 2.78.

Wins: Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie, 4; Gonzalez Germen, St. Lucie, 3; Jeff Kaplan, Binghamton, 3; Cory Mazzoni, St. Lucie, 3; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 3.

Saves: Adrian Rosario, St. Lucie, 5; Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 4; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 4.

Strikeouts: Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 30; Jeurys Familia, Buffalo, 26; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 26; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 24; Jack Leathersich, Savannah, 24.

Short hops

• The Mets system owned the top collective record in minor league baseball in April. Fueled by Class A St. Lucie’s 20-4 record during the month, Mets affiliates went a combined 60-36. That .625 winning percentage was tops in baseball, exceeding runner-up Colorado’s system (59-38, .608). The Mets were the only franchise to have a winning record at the major league level as well as with each of its full-season affiliates. St. Lucie’s .833 winning percentage topped Fresno for the best April record in minor league baseball. The San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A affiliate went 19-6 (.760). The 20 wins broke St. Lucie’s record for victories in any month.

The success was fueled in large part by pitching. The Mets had the lowest collective minor league ERA in April, at 2.89, as well as the lowest opponent batting average against (.234) and on-base percentage (.307).

After another long ball Tuesday night, St. Lucie outfielder Cory Vaughn leads the Florida State League in homers with six.

Wilmer Flores, who has made the transition to third base this season, is having a bounceback year at the plate as well. The 20-year-old Venezuelan ranks second in the FSL in RBIs with 19, trailing only Daytona’s Greg Rohan (28). Flores had an 11-game hitting streak snapped Friday.

As for Flores’ adjustment to third base -- which he has played exclusively this season after previously playing shortstop -- that’s going decently. His footwork needs work, and he has bobbled a couple of balls. But Flores largely has managed to stay with those plays and complete the out. Flores committed only two errors in April. The arm is no issue at third base.

Matt Harvey enters Wednesday’s start for Triple-A Buffalo coming off his most effective outing this season. Harvey tossed seven scoreless innings last Wednesday at Lehigh Valley, allowing four hits while striking out five and walking none. Harvey sliced his International League ERA from 6.63 to 4.85 and has now won two straight starts. He also became the second pitcher in a three-day span for Buffalo to homer, joining Dylan Owen. No Buffalo pitcher had homered for 18 years before the pair of long balls last week. Harvey’s outing last week included improvement in throwing strikes (66 of 90 pitches) and more crispness with his fastball. He indicated after that start that his mechanics felt more comfortable than in any of his previous four starts.

• With Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Jordany Valdespin and temporarily Zach Lutz at the major league level, and with outfielder Adam Loewen lost to a stress fracture of the second metatarsal in his right foot, the Mets signed a trio of players for Buffalo. 2011 Opening Day second baseball Brad Emaus returns, as does outfielder Dustin Martin. The Mets also signed former San Francisco Giants outfielder Fred Lewis.

Emaus, a favorite of J.P. Ricciardi’s while both were employed by the Toronto Blue Jays, was a Rule 5 pick by the Mets in December 2010, along with Pedro Beato. But after hitting .162 in 14 games with the Mets, he was returned to Toronto in mid-April, then immediately flipped in a trade to the Colorado Rockies. In January, he was acquired by the Red Sox. He went to camp with Boston, but was released. Emaus was planning to play for Laredo in independent baseball before the Mets called him while he was at home in Louisiana. Emaus so far has started one game, at third place, and may now just be a bench player with Lutz’s return.

Martin, 28, originally was drafted by the Mets in the 26th round in 2006 out of Sam Houston State. A favorite of former Mets VP Tony Bernazard, Martin nonetheless was traded with catcher Drew Butera to the Minnesota Twins on July 30, 2007 for Luis Castillo. Martin hit .259 with 31 homers and 189 RBIs over the past three seasons with Triple-A Rochester, which plays in a big ballpark. He was released from Twins minor league camp because of a crowded group of outfield prospects that includes Darin Mastroianni, Joe Benson, Ben Revere and Rene Tosoni.

Martin’s lone start so far came Saturday against his former club, in right field. After lightheartedly tweeting pregame to the opposing catcher Butera, “I need a bunch of fastballs today,” Martin went 2-for-4 and homered for the first time with the Mets organization since playing for St. Lucie in 2007.

Lewis, 31, appeared in 81 games for the Cincinnati Reds last season. He hit .230 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 183 at-bats. Lewis had been in camp with the Cleveland Indians during spring training.

• Lutz, who was returned to Triple-A when the Mets activated Andres Torres from the disabled list, started at third base Tuesday in his first game back. That’s his natural position, but Lutz now should see plenty of first-base exposure.

• Second baseman Reese Havens’ ability to produce at the plate has never been questioned. And, sure enough, after opening the season on the disabled list with a left upper-back strain, Havens joined Binghamton and demonstrated that proficiency with his first official 2012 swing. After taking a first-pitch strike Sunday in his first at-bat, Havens launched the second offering over the right-field wall at Jerry Uht Park in Erie. Since being selected four slots after Ike Davis when the Mets had two first-round picks in 2008, Havens has been limited to 215 professional games because of assorted upper-body injuries. He underwent surgery two offseasons ago to remove an inch of a rib that was believed to be irritating an oblique muscle.

• The hurried trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers during last year’s All-Star break was a clear-cut dump to avoid his vesting option kicking in for 2012 with 55 games finished. And the players returned were not the motivation for the deal. Yet maybe the Mets did get a modest return for K-Rod. Right-hander Adrian Rosario, who came with Daniel Herrera as players to be named in the trade, has limited opponents to one run and three hits while striking out 17 in 13 1/3 relief innings with St. Lucie. A converted starter, the 22-year-old Rosario throws a low-90s fastball and also features a slider, which he uses with two strikes. He has five saves this season, including one of the six-out variety.

• Top prospect Zack Wheeler continues to be unhittable, despite command issues with his fastball. Wheeler’s 1.75 ERA ranks fifth in the Eastern League. His 30 strikeouts rank third, trailing Harrisburg’s Robert Gilliam (35) and Reading’s Trevor May (33). Wheeler also has walked 14 and hit four batters in 25 2/3 innings.

• At Buffalo, fellow highly regarded right-hander Jeurys Familia’s control issues continue. Familia walked seven while requiring 90 pitches to log three innings Friday against Rochester. He did record eight strikeouts the previous outing against Syracuse, but the Chiefs are light hitting. Observers believe a better offensive club would have taken advantage of balls up in the zone.

• Former Cub Bobby Scales leads the International League with a .397 average with Buffalo.

• Binghamton infielder Eric Campbell has returned after missing a week with a right shoulder strain.

• Savannah reliever Jack Leathersich, a fifth-round pick out of UMass-Lowell last June, continues to put up gaudy strikeout totals. He has fanned 24 in 15 innings.

Vinny Rottino might have been the call-up if the Mets needed a catcher because of Mike Nickeas’ flu, but the utility player actually has not squatted behind the plate this season while hitting .316 with a homer and 13 RBIs in 95 at-bats with Buffalo. Rottino has been confined to left field because of outfield shortages. Rottino was slated to catch his first game this season on Monday, but it was rained out.

• Right-hander Jeff Kaplan, who picked up two wins and two saves in six appearances with St. Lucie, has shifted to a long-relief role with a promotion to Binghamton. Elvin Ramirez has taken over as B-Mets closer with Josh Edgin moving to Triple-A.

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

Around the minors 4.29.12

April, 29, 2012
BUFFALO 8, ROCHESTER 2: In his second start since entering the rotation, Dylan Owen dominated as Buffalo won its fourth straight and ninth in its past 12 games. Owen needed 78 pitches to complete seven innings. He retired the first seven batters he faced and 11 straight from the fourth inning into his final frame. Owen required only six pitches to retire the Red Wings in the second inning. In the sixth, he struck out former Mets farmhand Drew Butera looking on three pitches, fanned Ben Revere swinging on three pitches and induced Darin Mastroianni into a weak pop out on four pitches. Owen reached a three-ball count only twice. In the seventh inning, the Red Wings finally got a run when Aaron Bates followed Joe Benson's two-out triple with a single. Owen then retired Rene Rivera on a popout to end his outing. Overall, Owen allowed four hits without issuing a walk. He lowered his season ERA from 4.02 to 3.18. The top of the Bisons batting order did the heavy lifting. Bobby Scales, Vinny Rottino and Valentino Pascucci combined to go 8-for-15 with four doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored. Rottino and Pascucci got aboard in the fourth inning to set up RBI hits from Matt Tuiasosopo and Brad Emaus. Scales and Rottino drove in two more runs for a 4-0 lead in the fifth. Pascucci hit a two-rocket off the wall in center field to drive in two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Omar Quintanilla added his third homer in four games with a solo shot in the eighth. Emaus, signed last week, went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a walk in his Bisons debut. Pascucci (13 games), Rottino (11 games), Scales (7 games) and Josh Satin (6 games) all extended their season-high hitting streaks. The Bisons will go for the four-game sweep Monday. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, ERIE 1: In his first game this season, Reese Havens collected three hits, including a two-run home run. The B-Mets pounded out 10 hits, five for extra bases, to make a winner of Zack Wheeler (1-2) for the first time in his Double-A career. Binghamton jumped on Erie starter Mark Sorensen in the first. Matt den Dekker started the attack with a double. Havens, activated from the disabled list before the game, ripped a two-run homer to right field on his first swing of the season. Havens launched six home runs in 58 games with Binghamton last year. An inning later, Pedro Zapata dumped a single to center and was quickly brought home when den Dekker tripled. Rodriguez followed by with a walk to put runners at the corners. With Havens at the plate, Rodriguez forced himself into a rundown and stayed alive long enough for den Dekker to score. Sorensen could not reach the third. Patrick Cooper took over and put up a scoreless frame before allowing a leadoff triple to Zapata in the fourth. The speedy outfielder scored one batter later on den Dekker’s sac fly. Cooper allowed two more runs in the fifth. Eric Campbell singled and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches. Travis Ozga brought him home with a single. Juan Centeno scored later in the frame when Zapata beat out a potential double play. The offensive support was long overdue for Wheeler. In his first four starts, the B-Mets had scored a total of four runs. Eventually working with a seven-run cushion, Wheeler did not allow a hit until the fourth. He surrendered two over his 5 2/3 innings. In the sixth, Wheeler allowed a double to Brandon Douglas before inducing Rob Brantly to fly out. With two outs, manager Pedro Lopez replaced Wheeler with Jeff Kaplan. Wheeler finished with six strikeouts. Jordan Lennerton greeted Kaplan by pounding an RBI double, with the run charged to Wheeler. Kaplan then forced Ben Guez to ground out to end the inning. He worked around a two-out single to put up a scoreless seventh. Armando Rodriguez followed with two scoreless innings. The B-Mets (12-10) head to Akron to start a four-game series Monday. Left-hander Darin Gorski opposes right-hander Steven Wright. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, FORT MYERS 1: Gonzalez Germen limited the Miracle to one run in seven innings. Adrian Rosario entered with two runners on base in the ninth and secured his fifth save by producing a strikeout, then inducing a double play. Cory Vaughn and Juan Torres homered for St. Lucie. Torres was playing his first game this season with St. Lucie. Box

SAVANNAH 9, LEXINGTON 3: Marcos Camarena tossed five scoreless innings to improve to 2-0. Dustin Lawley went 3-for-3 with two walks. Brandon Brown and Aderlin Rodriguez drove in two runs apiece. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 4.28.12

April, 28, 2012
BUFFALO 4, ROCHESTER 3: Vinny Rottino's RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning drove home Omar Quintanilla with the winning run. Buffalo (13-10) has now won three straight and eight of its past 11 games. The Herd is a season-best three games over .500. Rottino brought a nine-game hitting streak into the contest, but was staring at an 0-for-4 day before getting his chance in the ninth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, he drove an offering from Rochester reliever Esmerling Vasquez back through the middle. Just as Quintanilla crossed the plate, the rest of the Bisons mobbed Rottino at first base. The Bisons loaded the bases for Rottino without hitting the ball out of the infield. Quintanilla was hit by Vasquez to lead off the inning and then sacrificed to second by Andres Torres. Rochester intentionally walked Bobby Scales and unintentionally issued a free pass to Valentino Pascucci to load the bases. Buffalo had built a 3-0 advantage through the first three innings. In his first game against his former team, Dustin Martin hit a solo homer to deep left-center in the second inning. Martin, who signed with the Mets on Wednesday, played 392 games over the past three seasons with Rochester. The Bisons added two runs in the third inning. Red Wings third baseman Ray Chang hit Torres in the back on an attempted force play at home. Matt Tuiasosopo followed with a sacrifice fly. Rochester scored two in the fifth, on Joe Benson's homer, and once in the sixth on Brian Dozier's RBI single. Jeremy Hefner started for Buffalo and worked a Bisons season-best 7 2/3 innings. The righty did not issue a walk and struck out five in his first game since being optioned back from the Mets. Pascucci singled in the seventh inning to increase his hitting streak to 12 games. The stretch is the second-longest active streak in the International League. Torres went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his second game with the Herd. He is expected to travel to Houston on Sunday and be activated from the DL for Monday's series opener. Box

ERIE 3, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets left nine men on base, including the potential tying run at second in the ninth. B-Mets starter Collin McHugh battled low temperatures and command issues in the first two innings, walking four and reaching a full count against five batters. In spite of the difficulties, he managed to escape unharmed with two scoreless innings. After working quick innings in the third and fourth, McHugh ran into a roadblock in the fifth. He allowed his first hit with one out, on an infield single to short by Niuman Romero. After Brandon Douglas sneaked a bunt single to third, both runners moved up an additional base when Jefry Marte uncorked a wild throw to first. Rob Brantly gave Erie the lead by lacing a two-run, opposite-field double. The hit ended McHugh’s day after 4 1/3 innings. He walked a season-high four and struck out four. Kevin Mulvey entered and surrendered an RBI single to Ben Guez, giving the SeaWolves a three-run edge. Binghamton finally plated a run without the benefit of a hit in the seventh. After cruising through six frames, Avery pitched himself out of the game by walking Travis Ozga and Rafael Fernandez. Reliever Michael Morrison replaced him and walked Kai Gronauer and uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Ozga to score Binghamton’s first run. Pedro Zapata flied out to end the inning. The walks continued in the eighth. Morrison was pulled after putting the first three on base, all via base on balls. Marte greeted reliever Kenny Faulk with a bloop single, scoring Matt den Dekker. The single by Marte was Binghamton’s first hit with a runner in scoring position in more than 29 innings. Faulk retired the next three he faced to preserve the one-run lead. Binghamton pushed the tying run to second in the ninth against Faulk, but failed to come through with the big hit. Zapata reached on an infield single and swiped second base with two outs. He was stranded when Oswaldo Navarro struck out. McHugh (3-2) had his three-game winning streak snapped. Zack Wheeler opposes right-hander Mark Sorensen on Sunday. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, FORT MYERS 0: Cory Mazzoni tossed five scoreless innings and combined with relievers Ryan Fraser, Taylor Whitenton and Adam Kolarek on the shutout. Cory Vaughn produced his fourth homer, a solo shot in the fourth inning that opened the scoring. Alonzo Harris went 3-for-4 with a double and scored twice. Box

LEXINGTON 5, SAVANNAH 4 (11 innings): T.J. Chism surrendered a walk-off homer to Drew Muren to lead off the bottom of the 11th. T.J. Rivera belted a three-run homer and drove in all four runs in the loss. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 4.27.12

April, 27, 2012
BUFFALO 7, ROCHESTER 3: Lucas May hit a three-run homer and the bullpen worked six solid innings as the Herd (12-10) began an eight-game homestand with a victory. Valentino Pascucci added two RBIs, on a single that extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Rochester couldn't take advantage of control issues from Bisons starter Jeurys Familia. Familia walked a season-high seven batters in three-innings plus, but the Bisons found themselves down only 1-0 in the bottom of the third. Andres Torres, in his first of two games with Buffalo to complete a rehab assignment, played all nine innings in center field and went 0-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. Bobby Scales tied the score when he doubled in May in the third. Pascucci added a two-run single that frame. An inning later, May busted the game open with a laser three-run homer to left field. It was May's second home run in two games and third of the season. The Bisons' pen took over from there. Jack Egbert (1-2) earned the win with three scoreless innings. Chuck James worked the seventh, and Justin Hampson pitched the final two frames for his second save. Omar Quintanilla added a solo homer in the eighth. Wings starter Samuel Deduno left the game after six pitches -- all balls -- with an apparent injury. James allowed a run for the first time this season. The southpaw had made seven scoreless appearances to begin the season. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, ERIE 1: Rylan Sandoval launched a solo homer and the B-Mets took advantage of six walks in a comeback win. Mark Cohoon allowed one run over six innings to earn his second straight win. For the SeaWolves in the third, Brent Dlugach led off with a single. Michael Rockett replaced him at first on a fielder’s choice. He moved to second on a groundout and scored on Niuman Romero’s single. Juan Lagares’ throw from right field was in time, but catcher Juan Centeno could not hold the ball, allowing Rockett to score. Sandoval came through for Binghamton in the fifth. The DH ripped a 3-1 pitch from starter Kelvin De La Cruz for his first homer this season. Of Sandoval’s six hits with the B-Mets, four have been run-scoring extra-base hits. Lagares used his arm to keep the score tied in the fifth. Brent Dlugach led off the inning by walking and advanced to second on a groundout. With two outs, he attempted to score on Romero’s single, but was gunned down by Lagares. Binghamton took the lead without the aid of a hit in the seventh. De La Cruz issued walks to Centeno and Joe Bonfe. Reliever Jared Gayhart entered and walked Sandoval to load the bases. Gayhart then issued a free pass Pedro Zapata to force in a run. Cohoon (2-2) allowed just one run on four hits over six innings. Although he walked a season-high four, he fanned three and stranded five runners on base. Binghamton tacked on a run in the eighth off reliever Ryan Robowski. Josh Rodriguez started the frame with a walk, moved to second on Jefry Marte’s single, and advanced to third on a throwing error by Rockett in right field. The error proved crucial when Rodriguez scored on Centeno’s sac fly. Robert Carson took over for Cohoon and put up two scoreless innings. The lefty was optioned back to Binghamton on Thursday after spending three days with the Mets. Elvin Ramirez posted a perfect ninth inning to collect his first save. The B-Mets (11-9) continue their three-game series against the Sea Wolves on Saturday. Right-hander Collin McHugh opposes right-hander James Avery. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, JUPITER 2 (10 innings): Cory Vaughn's solo homer with two out in the top of the 10th lifted St. Lucie to the win. The Mets had forced extra innings on Blake Forsythe's one-out single in the ninth, which scored Richard Lucas. John Church, Hamilton Bennett (1-0) and Adrian Rosario (fourth save) combined for 4 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Wilmer Flores contributed his 17th RBI. Box

SAVANNAH 6, WEST VIRGINIA 2: Gregory Pron and T.J. Rivera had two hits and two RBIs apiece, with Pron producing a pair of doubles. Travis Taijeron had opened the scoring with a second-inning solo homer. Tyler Pill limited West Virginia to two runs in six innings. Estarlin Morel, T.J. Chism and Jared West each contributed a scoreless, no-hit relief inning. Box

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Around the minors 4.19.12

April, 20, 2012
LEHIGH VALLEY 8, BUFFALO 4: The series finale between the division rivals was a run-of-the-mill 2-2 game until a crazy top of the eighth. That's when a force out that wasn't opened the floodgates to a five-run rally for the IronPigs. The inning started when Valentino Pascucci bobbled a grounder to first base from Hector Luna. Cody Overbeck followed with a bunt to third base, but Josh Satin had no one to throw to after he fielded it. After a successful sacrifice and an intentional walk to Joe Thurston, the IronPigs were set up with the bases loaded and one out. Erik Kratz followed with a fly ball that dropped into shallow right. Matt Tuiasosopo came up throwing and sent a missile to home plate, where Rob Johnson missed the tag on Luna. However, no tag was needed as it was a force play. It was ruled that Luna beat the throw, and the umpire stood by his call even after Herd manager Wally Backman argued the play. Lehigh Valley's 3-2 lead quickly grew as Scott Podsednik singled home two runs on the next pitch. The IronPigs increased their lead to 7-2 with an RBI groundout from Andres Blanco and throwing error from Johnson. The Bisons scored two in the eighth in a rally that came up short, with Tuiasosopo and Satin driving in runs. Buffalo had already came back from 2-0 down with home runs from Pascucci and Jordany Valdespin. The loss for Buffalo was charged to Jack Egbert (0-1). He pitched the decisive eighth inning, giving up his first runs of the season. Bobby Scales reached base twice, with singles in the third and fifth innings. He has reached base at least twice in all 12 games he has started. Vinny Rottino and Zach Lutz did not start for the first time this season. However, both were used as pinch hitters in the contest. Pascucci's home run was his 43rd as a Bison. He is now in sole possession of ninth in the team's modern era. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 0: Darin Gorski allowed one hit over six shutout innings and the B-Mets racked up 11 hits. Three B-Mets pitchers limited the Sea Dogs to three hits in their second shutout win of the season. Gorski, in his third B-Mets start, navigated his only threat in the second. With two outs, Gorski plunked Reynaldo Rodriguez and gave up a single to Ronald Bermudez. He escaped the jam by inducing Dan Butler to ground out. It was the only time Portland had a runner reach second against Gorski. The southpaw fired four perfect innings and capped his night by retiring Oscar Tejeda to end the sixth. It was the second time this season Gorski has given up one hit and tossed six scoreless innings. The B-Mets tagged starting pitcher Billy Buckner for six hits over five innings. Eric Campbell started the attack with a two-out, run-scoring single in the third. Travis Ozga (3-for-4) led off the fourth by launching the first pitch over the right-field fence, giving Binghamton a 2-0 lead. The drive was Ozga’s second long ball of the season, putting him in the team lead. Campbell added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Michael Lee took over in the sixth and allowed the first five batters to reach. Josh Rodriguez laced an RBI single up the middle and Pedro Zapata drove home a pair with a bouncer to center. By the time Lee recorded his first out, the B-Mets held a six-run lead. Elvin Ramirez worked around a walk and an error to post a scoreless seventh. He then side-stepped a two-out double in the eighth. Ramirez has three consecutive appearances with four strikeouts. Armando Rodriguez shut the door with a scoreless ninth. The B-Mets (6-7) continue their four-game series against the Sea Dogs on Friday night. Greg Peavey, the reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, opposes Chris Balcom-Miller. Box

ST. LUCIE 1, PALM BEACH 0 (six innings): St. Lucie Mets left-hander Chase Huchingson tossed five shutout innings and shortstop Wilfredo Tovar hit a go-ahead RBI single in the fifth as the Mets won a rain-shortened six-inning game. The Mets won their sixth consecutive game. Huchingson improved to 3-0 and has not allowed a run in 17 2/3 innings this season. He allowed four hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Tovar finished 2-for-2. In a scoreless game in the fifth, Richard Lucas reached second on a throwing error by Cardinals shortstop Ronny Gil. With Lucas at third and two outs, Tovar lined a single to right field off the glove of second baseman Starlin Rodriguez. Taylor Whitenton tossed a scoreless sixth, working around a hit and walk. The game was delayed due to rain after the third inning. Huchingson came back strong in the fourth and fifth innings to keep the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Danny Muno, Cory Vaughn and Wilmer Flores each recorded a hit for the Mets. Box

HICKORY 7, SAVANNAH 1: The Crawdads used three triples to snap the Sand Gnats’ six-game winning streak. Hickory (9-5) scored in three of the first four innings to take a 4-0 lead. In the first inning, Hanser Alberto tripled and scored, and in the second Chris Grayson did the same to put Hickory up 2-0. The Crawdads doubled their advantage with two unearned runs in the fourth against starter Alex Panteliodis. The Gnats (10-5) pushed across their only run in the bottom of the fourth. Brian Harrison singled and advanced around the bases on a balk, a groundout and an RBI groundout by Charley Thurber. Savannah had the bases loaded down 5-1 in the fifth, but could not find the hit to draw closer as Harrison and Aderlin Rodriguez consecutively struck out. Hickory out-hit Savannah 13-2. Panteliodis was charged with four runs, only one of which was earned, in four innings to take his first loss of the year. Hickory reliever Santo Perez shut down the Gnats over the final four innings to pick up his first save. The Gnats and Crawdads resume their four-game series Friday. Savannah right-hander Domingo Tapia (1-0, 2.25) opposes left-hander Will Lamb (0-1, 2.00). Box

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Around the minors 4.18.12

April, 18, 2012
BUFFALO 4, LEHIGH VALLEY 1: A day after snapping Lehigh Valley's six-game winning streak, the Bisons won again by the same score as Jeremy Hefner (2-1) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. The only blemish on Hefner's line: an unearned run in the first inning on a passed ball. Hefner faced the minimum in innings four through seven. Hot-hitting Zach Lutz doubled home Bobby Scales in the fourth inning to tie the score. In the seventh, Scales provided the clutch hit with a two-out RBI double. Scales then scored along with Jordany Valdespin on Valentino Pascucci's two-run single. With a walk and a double, Scales upped his streak of getting on base twice to 11 straight games. His on-base percentage actually went down on Wednesday to .551 after going 1-for-3 with a walk. Justin Hampson retired all six batters he faced to earn his first save. Hampson's save was the second of his pro career. He earned the first on April 21, 2011 against Rochester. Buffalo will go for the series win Thursday afternoon, with Garrett Olson facing ex-Bison Scott Elarton. Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the series finale. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 2, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets scratched out only two hits and were shut out for the second time this season. The game was a battle of prospects as Zack Wheeler made the start for Binghamton against right-hander Deck McGuire for New Hampshire. With the help of timely Fisher Cats hits, McGuire triumphed. Wheeler turned in a solid performance in his third Double-A start. He struck out six in his first three innings before allowing a run in the fourth. Mike McDade led off the frame by dumping a single to left field. He advanced to second on a groundout and scored on Kevin Howard’s double to right-center. It was the only run allowed by Wheeler in his six innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked two, but got no help from the offense. The B-Mets struggled to put solid contact on the ball against McGuire. The righty had just three strikeouts, but allowed only one hit in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Binghamton threatened with two runners on base with one out in the second, but McGuire struck out Josh Rodriguez and induced Juan Centeno to ground out. Binghamton would not have another scoring chance until the seventh, when Eric Campbell walked to start the inning. Juan Lagares traded places with him on a fielder’s choice, but was quickly erased by catcher A.J. Jimenez on a steal attempt. McGuire’s night ended after he walked Travis Ozga with two outs. Former B-Met Clint Everts entered from the bullpen and allowed a single to Rodriguez, but bounced back to strike out Centeno, stranding both runners. After Everts breezed through the eighth and the Fisher Cats added an insurance run against Edgar Ramirez in the bottom of the inning, Ronald Uviedo took over in the ninth. He issued a pair of walks, but induced Centeno to pop out in foul territory to end the game. Uviedo earned his fourth save. The B-Mets (5-7) head back to Binghamton for a seven-game homestand, starting Thursday night against Portland. Left-hander Darin Gorski opposes right-hander Billy Buckner. Box

In the resumption of Tuesday's suspended game, Savannah rallied with two seventh-inning runs for a comeback victory. Brian Harrison contributed a game-tying RBI double as part of a 4-for-5 game spanning two days. Jack Leathersich earned the save with two no-hit relief innings that included three strikeouts. In the regularly scheduled game, which was limited to seven innings, Rafael Montero and Estarlin Morel combined on a three-hit shutout. Savannah scored both runs in the final frame, all with two out. Charlie Thurber singled. Travis Taijeron walked. Then Gregory Pron and Luis Nieves contributed RBI singles. Box 1, Box 2

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Farm report: Peavey is EL pitcher of week

April, 18, 2012

Courtesy of Little League International, South Williamsport, Pa.
Binghamton Mets right-hander Greg Peavey (front row, third from left) participated in the 2000 Little League World Series. His father Tom (back right) served as coach.
Right-hander Greg Peavey’s transition to Double-A pitching has been near spotless.

Two starts.

No runs.

And the Eastern League’s pitcher of the week award.

The 23-year-old Peavey -- a sixth-round pick out of Oregon State two years ago -- has displayed solid control, too. He has walked only one batter in 10 2/3 innings. In fact, he has walked only 27 in 147 2/3 professional innings.

Courtesy of New York Mets
Greg Peavey

“Throwing strikes has always been emphasized throughout my career,” said Peavey, who possesses a low-90s fastball, changeup, curveball and slider. “Especially with my pitching repertoire, it’s built around throwing strikes. So trying to get ahead of hitters has always been very important to me.”

Peavey has been in the spotlight for a while.

Growing up in Vancouver, Wash., he was part of a Hazel Dell Little League program that reached the 2000 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

“The best part of it was the very first day,” Peavey recalled. “I remember it to this day. During the opening ceremonies, we got to meet Kevin Costner and George Brett. Getting to shake those guys’ hands, I was like, ‘Wow.’ I thought I made it, you know? I was 12.”

Peavey’s father Tom -- who once was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 68th round of the 1969 draft as a right-handed pitcher, but who did not sign -- was praised for his sportsmanship during the Little League World Series.

Entering the final game of pool play, Peavey’s Hazel Dell squad could have advanced even with a loss against Iowa because of tiebreaker rules, as long as they scored two runs or fewer. The elder Peavey would not accept advancing by throwing a game. They were beaten by the Iowa squad, 6-4. Hazel Dell instead was eliminated.

Said Peavey: “A lot of people were confused as to why we would want to do that, but that was the type of guy my dad was and the coaching staff was -- ‘This is Little League baseball. We’re going to play it straight up. We didn’t just come here to roll over. We came here to win.’ Iowa beat us, and they got to go unfortunately.”

Little League President Stephen Keener said after Hazel Dell’s elimination, according to the local Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian: “I don’t think there has ever been a Little League manager in the history of the World Series who has more clearly demonstrated the ideals of Little League Baseball than Tom Peavey.”

Peavey, only 12 at the time, said he didn’t fully understand what his father had chosen to do until a couple of years later.

“We actually had no idea,” Peavey said. “I remember them telling us after we had lost and everything. But it didn’t really hit me until I was about 14. I didn’t really understand how the whole thing worked.”

Several thousand community members greeted the team at the Portland International Airport upon the team’s return home. They had a parade in the team’s honor the following day, with an estimated crowd exceeding 5,000.

“That was when you could come to the actual gate and could wait outside for people,” Peavey said. “There were thousands of people waiting outside for us. We rode in a limo. It was pretty incredible. It was just amazing the support that came from that city.”

Those same players went on to win the Babe Ruth World Series as 13 and 14 year olds. The latter tournament was held in Albany, N.Y.

Peavey’s father, a retired police officer, now works a desk job for the gang task force for the city of Portland. After bypassing the Expos out of high school, the elder Peavey played at Washington State University, where he suffered a shoulder injury that scuttled any second chance at a professional career.

Peavey visited Washington State during his college recruiting process, but ultimately chose Oregon State, which was coming off its second national championship. Eligible for the draft after his sophomore college season because of his age, Peavey was selected in the 32nd round by the Houston Astros but did not sign. The Mets took him the following year in the sixth round and inked him for $200,000.

Now with Double-A Binghamton, Peavey to this day signs autographs will the middle initial “S.” That’s because he liked how it looked when he practiced while being asked to sign at the Little League World Series.

“I added the middle initial,” said Peavey, whose actual full name is Gregory Scott Thomas Peavey. “And then I realized it looked kind of cool. So I stuck with it. The middle initial is still there to this day.”

Organization leaders (through Monday)

Average: Bobby Scales, Buffalo, .438; T.J. Rivera, Savannah, .419; Jefry Marte, Binghamton, .360; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, .350; Zach Lutz, Buffalo, .341; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, .339; Vinny Rottino, Buffalo, .311; Matt den Dekker, Binghamton, .308; Dustin Lawley, Savannah, .295.

Homers: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 4; Adam Loewen, Buffalo, 3; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 3; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 3.

RBI: Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 12; Adam Loewen, Buffalo, 9; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 8.

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Around the minors 4.17.12

April, 17, 2012
BUFFALO 4, LEHIGH VALLEY 1: Chris Schwinden induced 12 fly-ball outs over seven innings of one-run ball as the Herd snapped Lehigh Valley's six-game winning streak. Schwinden faced five more than the minimum through his seven innings. He struck out only one batter, but also only issued a one walk. The righty kept the outfielders busy with four fly-ball outs to left field, five to center and three more to right. Schwinden didn't allow more than one baserunner in any inning. The duo of Jack Egbert and Fernando Cabrera then kept the lead intact. Egbert increased his scoreless-innings streak to begin the season to eight with a 1-2-3 eighth. Cabrera worked the ninth for his third save. Trailing 1-0, the Bisons took the lead with two runs in the fifth inning against ex-Met Pat Misch. Lucas May hit Buffalo's first triple of the year to score Vinny Rottino from first base. Omar Quintanilla then gave the Herd the lead with a run-scoring groundout. Bobby Scales added insurance with a solo homer in the sixth. Scales also singled in the eighth to continue his streak of reaching base twice in all 10 games he has started this season. Buffalo plated a fourth run in the ninth inning when Domonic Brown dropped a deep fly ball off the bat of Josh Satin. Jordany Valdespin finished the game 0-for-4 and saw an end to his seven-game hitting streak. Zach Lutz went 2-for-3 to raise his average to .364. It was Lutz's fourth multi-hit game this homestand. Before May, the last Bisons catcher to triple was Josh Thole, on May 9, 2010 in Indianapolis. Misch (1-2) was charged with three runs and five hits while striking out two in 5 2/3 innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 10, NEW HAMPSHIRE 6: The B-Mets sent 10 men to the plate and scored six runs in the third inning. Binghamton started the scoring early against New Hampshire starter Chad Jenkins. Sean Kazmar led off the game by walking and Oswaldo Navarro followed with a single. Matt den Dekker gave the B-Mets the lead and extended his hitting streak to nine games by ripping an RBI single past Mike McDade at first base. Navarro scored one batter later when Eric Campbell bounced into a double play. Binghamton truly turned up the heat in the third. The B-Mets set a season high for runs in an inning by crossing home six times on seven hits. Navarro, den Dekker, Campbell and Juan Lagares pounded out consecutive hits against Jenkins. Following a flyout by Travis Ozga, the B-Mets chased Jenkins with three straight hits, capped by Rylan Sandoval’s two-run triple. It was Sandoval’s first hit as a B-Met. Matt Wright entered in relief and doused the flames by inducing Kazmar to ground out. Wright struck out the side in order in the fourth, but hit a speed bump with two outs in the fifth. Josh Rodriguez started the rally by producing his first homer of the season. Juan Centeno followed with a double. He scored two batters later on Kazmar’s single. B-Mets starter Collin McHugh earned his second win of the trip. For the second straight start, McHugh racked up six strikeouts. He capped his night by fanning Brian Van Kirk to end the fifth. The righty allowed one run on four hits and walked two. His only blemish was a solo homer by Mark Sobolewski in the second. Up 10-1, Kevin Mulvey allowed the first three to reach to start the seventh, in his second inning. Ryan Goins cleared the bases with a triple. He scored one batter later on Van Kirk’s sacrifice fly. After a double and a walk, Robert Carson relieved Mulvey and ended the threat. The southpaw allowed the first two to reach in the eighth, but retired the next three Fisher Cats to post 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Josh Edgin took over in the ninth. Brad Glenn blasted a one-out solo homer. A.J. Jimenez followed by flying out and Sobolewski struck out to end the game. The B-Mets (5-6) complete their first trip of the season Wednesday night. It will be a matchup of top prospects as right-hander Zack Wheeler opposes right-hander Deck McGuire. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 1: Gonzalez Germen limited Charlotte to one run on two hits and three walks while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings. Relievers John Church, Adam Kolarek and Adrian Rosario combined to blank the Stone Crabs, surrendering only one hit and one walk, the rest of the way. Wilmer Flores went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a walk and two RBIs. Cesar Puello and Wilfredo Tovar also had two hits apiece. Box

SAVANNAH 2, ROME 1 (suspended): The game was halted in the top of the fifth inning because of a power failure. Before the stoppage, Aderlin Rodriguez contributed an RBI triple and scored on Dustin Lawley's sacrifice fly in the third. The game will resume Wednesday. Box

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Around the minors 4.16.12

April, 16, 2012
LEHIGH VALLEY 8, BUFFALO 2: Lehigh Valley scored four runs in the first inning against Jeurys Familia and rode the early advantage to their sixth straight win. Walks continue to be Buffalo's bugaboo. The Bisons issued 10 free passes, with four coming around to score. Andres Blanco was walked by Familia (1-1) in the first inning and came around on a throwing error from Adam Loewen for a 2-0 IronPigs advantage. Two batters later, Derrick Mitchell doubled in two more runs, including Joe Thurston, who was on via another free pass. Familia walked Hector Luna to lead off the fifth, and the former Bison scored as part of a two-run IronPigs rally. Reliever Dylan Owen issued a free pass to Scott Podsednik to begin another two-run Lehigh Valley inning in the sixth. After scoring 35 runs in the first five games of the homestand, the Bisons' bats were mostly held in check. Omar Quintanilla and Lucas May drove in the Herd's runs. A day after losing his nine-game hitting streak in a four-walk afternoon, Zach Lutz went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .341. Bobby Scales kept his streak of reaching base at least twice in every game he's started this season alive. The veteran went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks in the loss. A unique pitching match is set for Tuesday. The Bisons' 2011 Most Valuable Pitcher, Chris Schwinden, faces the Herd's top pitcher from 2010, Pat Misch. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 2, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets left nine runners on base and went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The B-Mets had a runner on base in each inning and at least one runner in scoring position in five different frames, but scratched out just one run in the first game of the three-game series. The Fisher Cats cracked the scoreboard in the third. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon walked Jonathan Diaz, New Hampshire’s No. 9 hitter, to kick off the inning. Diaz advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw by Cohoon and scored when John Tolisano doubled. After Ryan Goins sacrificed Tolisano to third, Cohoon uncorked a wild pitch, allowing New Hampshire’s second run to come home. Binghamton finally broke through in the sixth. Matt den Dekker led off by ripping a single off the glove of Mark Sobolewski at third. That extended his hitting streak to eight games. After den Dekker stole second and Travis Ozga walked, Oswaldo Navarro dumped an RBI single into right field to cut New Hampshire’s lead in half. Binghamton loaded the bases later in the inning against reliever Matt Daly, but Pedro Zapata struck out on three pitches to end the threat. In the seventh, den Dekker doubled off Aaron Loup but was stranded on third when Juan Lagares grounded out. Binghamton’s last threat came in the eighth when Navarro singled and advanced to second on Justin Jackson’s fielding error in center field. With the potential game-tying run on second, Ronald Uviedo came out of the bullpen and induced Josh Rodriguez to ground out to third to end the threat. Uviedo returned in the ninth and worked a perfect frame to collect his third save. Cohoon went a season-high six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. The southpaw walked two and struck out one. Elvin Ramirez chipped in with two scoreless innings of relief, collecting four strikeouts along the way. The B-Mets (4-6) continue their three-game series Tuesday. Right-hander Collin McHugh makes his third start of the season for Binghamton. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, CHARLOTTE 0: Cory Mazzoni, Hamilton Bennett and Jeffrey Kaplan combined on the four-hit shutout. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 5 (12 innings): Rome scored three ninth-inning runs against Jared West to force extra innings, but the Gnats won in the 12th on Dustin Lawley's leadoff homer. Travis Taijeron also went deep in the game for Savannah. Box

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Bartolo Colon
15 4.09 151 202
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187