New York Mets: Brad Holt

Morning briefing: One day until opener

March, 31, 2013
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SARASOTA, Fla.

FIRST PITCH: The Mets have landed in New York.

They will hold a player workout today at Citi Field from noon to 2 p.m.

Tomorrow: Opening Day, with Jonathon Niese opposing San Diego Padres right-hander Edinson Volquez at 1:10 p.m.

Monday’s forecast calls for a high of 58 degrees and 10 percent chance of rain.

Sunday’s news reports:

• Terry Collins has decided he will not be employing platoons. His Opening Day, and fairly stable, lineup:


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Terry Collins says he'll go with starters Marlon Byrd and Collin Cowgill and not platoon in the outfield.


Collin Cowgill, cf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Ike Davis, 1b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Lucas Duda, lf
John Buck, c
Ruben Tejada, ss
Niese, lhp

Cowgill won the center-field job outright, although Kirk Nieuwenhuis still will be on the major league roster for a role that includes serving as a defensive replacement for Duda. Jordany Valdespin will be a bat for the bench, with strategic starts against some right-handers.

The Mets have one roster decision remaining. Zach Lutz’s Opening Day roster fate depends upon whether the Mets place Justin Turner (calf) on the DL.

Read more on the roster in Newsday and the Times.

Johan Santana has decided to undergo surgery Tuesday to again repair the torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Team doctor David Altchek will perform the procedure. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Times, Daily News, Post, Newsday and MLB.com.

Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner combined to surrender four homers and the Mets were one-hit in their spring-training finale, a 7-1 loss to the Orioles on Saturday. The Mets finished Grapefruit League play 15-15-3.

• Zack Wheeler is the Opening Day starter for Triple-A Las Vegas, on April 4 at Sacramento.

• Columnist David Lennon in Newsday suggests the Mets ought to have Wheeler start with the major league club and even consider a long-term deal now. Writes Lennon:

If a pitcher of his caliber can be a difference-maker now and help the Mets win immediately and give the impression that Sandy Alderson is not mailing it in this season, there is a compelling argument to start him in Flushing. If Wheeler indeed proves to be the second coming of Dwight Gooden, Alderson can get to work in the not-too-distant future on a long-term contract that makes sense for both sides.

When the Mets first signed David Wright to an extension in August 2006, they bought out three years of arbitration and four years of potential free agency with what became (with the option) a seven-year, $71 million contract. Last April, the Mets gave Jon Niese, who still was a season away from arbitration, a five-year, $25 million extension with two option years that could push the total guaranteed value to $46 million.

• Rusty Staub, who played for the NL pennant-winning ’73 Mets, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Citi Field. Staub turns 69 Monday.

• Left-hander Scott Rice, who was cut at Dodger Stadium on the eve of L.A.’s Opening Day a year ago, will make his major league debut this week with the Mets. "It's kind of funny," Rice told Marc Carig in Newsday. "Full circle. I flew into Sarasota to start my career in the minor leagues. Now, I'm flying out of Sarasota to go to the big leagues … 14 years later." Read more in the Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• In minor league camp, the Mets released major league veterans Corey Patterson, Daniel Herrera, Mike Wilson and Craig Hansen as well as former supplemental first-round pick Brad Holt, Pedro Zapata and Brandon Brown.

• On the outfield, which was mocked this offseason by everyone including the GM, Byrd told Newsday: "Embrace it. We have no reason for anyone to believe different. We have to produce to make everyone believe differently."

• Andy Martino in the Daily News chats with SNY’s Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling.

From the bloggers Mets Police asks if you can tell “Game of Thrones” apart from the New York Mets.

BIRTHDAYS: Right-hander Tom Hausman turns 60.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Which Met deserves the biggest cheer and bigger jeer during pregame introductions Monday?

Mets release Herrera, Patterson from minors

March, 30, 2013
3/30/13
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SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Mets have released seven players from minor league camp: Brad Holt, Daniel Herrera, Craig Hansen, Mike Wilson, Corey Patterson, Pedro Zapata and Brandon Brown.

Herrera was returning from Tommy John surgery and eyed May for a return to games. Patterson is a veteran outfielder. Hansen is the former first-round pick by the Boston Red Sox out of St. John's. Holt was taken by the Mets with a supplemental first-round pick in 2008, when the organization had three of the top 33 picks and also selected Ike Davis and Reese Havens.

Around the minors 8.31.12

August, 31, 2012
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BUFFALO 8, ROCHESTER 5: Buffalo built a 7-0 lead. Fred Lewis doubled and walked three times in five plate appearances while scoring twice. Jordany Valdespin went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. Chris Schwinden (9-9) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in six innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, TRENTON 5: The B-Mets slugged three homers, including back-to-back shots by Wilmer Flores and Allan Dykstra. Dustin Martin had a three-hit night, finishing a double shy of the cycle. Flores capped a red-hot August with his fourth homer in the last nine games. He hit .377 in 28 games in August. After being held to one run over 13 innings in their two previous games against Trenton starter Brett Marshall, the B-Mets tagged the righty for three runs in the first. Wilfredo Tovar singled and Martin plated him with a homer. Flores was hit by a pitch and scored later in the frame on Eric Campbell’s sac fly. In the second, the B-Mets added to their lead with back-to-back doubles by Pedro Zapata and Tovar. Flores and Dykstra trumped that feat with back-to-back homers later in the frame. With Tovar on second, Flores sent a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall for his eighth homer this season. Dykstra blasted a solo shot to dead center, his seventh homer. It was the first time the B-Mets hit consecutive homers this season. Ryan Flannery entered in the sixth for Trenton and allowed a run on two hits. Martin extended Binghamton’s lead to eight with an RBI triple. B-Mets starter Greg Peavey marched through six scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and walked three, but coaxed four double plays. His fortune changed in the seventh when the Thunder produced four runs on five hits, cutting the B-Mets' lead to four. Brad Holt took over in the eighth and surrendered a solo homer to Luke Murton. Ryan Fraser tossed a perfect ninth, capping his fourth save with a strikeout. Peavey (8-8) went at least seven innings for the fourth straight start and collected his fourth win in August. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, BRADENTON 3: St. Lucie matched its single-season record for wins in team history with No. 81 Friday. The 2000 team that included Heath Bell, Endy Chavez and Jason Phillips also reached that total. Chase Huchingson pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs and six hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts. Jeff Walters tossed 1 2/3 innings and gave up one hit and struck out two. Adam Kolarek pitched a scoreless inning and struck out two. Richard Lucas went 2-for-4 with two runs scored with two RBIs. Aderlin Rodriguez finished 1-for-4 with an RBI. Cory Vaughn also had a hit and RBI. St. Lucie has two regular-season games remaining. Box

SAVANNAH 4, KANNAPOLIS 2: Yucarybert De La Cruz's two-run homer in the third staked the Gnats to a 3-0 lead. Alex Panteliodis limited Kannapolis to two runs on five hits in seven innings. Box

BROOKLYN 5, STATEN ISLAND 1: Hansel Robles (6-1) collected the win and finished the month with a 4-0 record and without allowing an earned run in August. The Cyclones remained a game ahead of Batavia in the wild-card race. Robles allowed four hits and two walks and hit a batter while surrendering an unearned run in five innings. Entering the game, Robles hadn’t allowed a run since Aug. 4 -- a span of 22.0 innings. He still hasn’t allowed an earned since July 28. His streak without allowing an earned run extended to 36.0 innings, the longest by a Cyclones starter this season. The Yankees did score first. Matt Duran singled with one out and Exicardo Cayones was hit in the leg by a pitch. Jose Rosario then hit a grounder to second baseman Jeff Reynolds, who misplayed it to load the bases. After Robles retired Isaias Tejeda for the second out, Taylor Dugas drew a two-out walk, scoring Duran. Brooklyn struck back in the third when Jorge Rivero led off with a double. Reynolds then grounded out, moving Rivero to third. Maikis De La Cruz walked, bringing up Brandon Nimmo, who was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dimas Ponce's sacrifice fly tied the score at 1. The Cyclones took the lead in the fourth when Kevin Plawecki led off with a towering homer. After the Cyclones added two runs in the fifth, ex-Met Pedro Feliciano entered in a rehab appearance. The first batter Feliciano faced was Alex Sanchez, who homered for a 5-1 lead. This marked the second straight year that a Yankees pitcher on a rehab assignment has given up a home run to a Cyclones player. Last year Phil Hughes gave up a solo homer to Nelfi Zapata. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.28.12

August, 29, 2012
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ROCHESTER 10, BUFFALO 4: The 25th season at Coca-Cola Field came to a close in front of 14,697 in downtown Buffalo. The Bisons finish the 2012 season with five road games. The Mets are expected to change affiliations this offseason. The Herd finished the season 32-39 at home. Rochester scored solo runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to erase an early 2-0 Bisons advantage. The fifth-inning tally was compliments of former Bisons catcher Rene Rivera, who homered against Collin McHugh. Rivera also doubled in a run in a two-run eighth. The Wings tacked on five runs in the ninth. Buffalo's four runs came on two swings of the bat. Matt Tuiasosopo hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead. For the team's 2012 Community Service Award winner, it was his 12th homer this season. After being crowned the team MVP before the game, Fred Lewis hit a two-run shot in the ninth. McHugh started for Buffalo but was on a pitch count and allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings before departing. He struck out three and walked two. Prior to the game, the Bisons also announced Matt Harvey as the club's Most Valuable Pitcher. Left-hander Justin Hampson earned the "Hometown Hero" award, his third Bisons award in two seasons. Box

READING 12, BINGHAMTON 8: Wilmer Flores had a three-hit night and finished a homer shy of the cycle in the loss. He extended his hitting streak to nine games and has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games. The R-Phils opened the scoring against starter Cory Mazzoni. In the first, Tug Hulett laced an RBI single and Tommy Joseph lined a run-scoring double. Binghamton answered in the fourth, hanging six runs on starter Ethan Martin. After Flores' leadoff double, Martin walked three straight, including Jefry Marte to force in a run. Francisco Pena then cleared the bases with a double. Juan Lagares contributed a two-run homer. Mazzoni failed to hold the four-run lead in the bottom half. With two outs and runners on the corners, R-Phils reliever Colby Shreve beat out a potential double play, allowing a run to score. The play extended the inning for Tyson Gillies, who cut the deficit to one with a two-run homer. After Cody Asche doubled and Darin Ruf walked, Jake Fox chased Mazzoni with a game-tying RBI. The B-Mets countered with two runs off Shreve a half-inning later. Flores singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored when Raul Reyes singled. Marte brought Reyes home with a triple. Armando Rodriguez (2-3) posted a perfect fifth inning and retired the first two he faced in the sixth before things unraveled. Asche singled and Ruf crushed his league-leading 37th homer to even the score. Fox added a tiebreaking solo shot. Reading tacked on three more runs against reliever Brad Holt, capped by Joseph’s two-run homer. Box

JUPITER 5, ST. LUCIE 4
JUPITER 4, ST. LUCIE 2: Cory Vaughn slugged his Florida State League-leading 23rd homer -- a three-run shot in the sixth -- to stake St. Lucie to a 4-1 lead in Game 1. But Adam Kolarek suffered the loss, allowing a walk-off two-run homer to Marcell Ozuna, who also slugged No. 23 on the season. In the nightcap, Angel Cuan was knocked out in a four-run first inning. It marked the second straight start Cuan failed to get out of the opening frame. Box 1, Box 2

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 5: Domingo Tapia allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings. Trailing 6-2, the Gnats scored three runs in the ninth, but Brian Harrison's groundout left the tying run at third base. Box

PULASKI 5, KINGSPORT 2: Jeffrey Diehl drove in both runs in the loss. Kingsport completed its season at 23-43. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 3 (11 innings): Luis Cessa took a perfect game into the sixth before allowing three runs and Matt Bowman and John Mincone combined for five scoreless relief innings. Dimas Ponce had a tiebreaking two-run double in the 11th. In the fourth, Jayce Boyd homered against Cameron Coffey for a 1-0 lead. An inning later, new arrival Maikis De La Cruz tripled and Brandon Nimmo doubled for a two-run lead. Cessa did not allow a baserunner until the sixth, when Hector Veloz was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Will Howard moved Veloz to second with a single. Anthony Vega doubled with one out, scoring Veloz. Torsten Boss eventually gave Aberdeen the lead, 3-2, with a two-run triple. Brooklyn tied the score in the seventh. Jeff Reynolds singled and De La Cruz walked. With one out, a passed ball from Sam Kimmel advanced the runners. Ponce then hit a fly ball to center field that was deep enough for Reynolds to score. In the top of the 11th, the Cyclones produced three runs. Reynolds walked with one out and reached third when shortstop Joel Hutter committed an error on a grounder by De La Cruz. After Nimmo struck out for the second out, Ponce doubled, scoring Reynolds and De La Cruz. Phillip Evans then walked and Kevin Plawecki singled to score Ponce. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.24.12

August, 24, 2012
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 6, BUFFALO 4: The first six batters of the game reached against Jeurys Familia in a four-run first inning, while ex-Met John Maine limited his former organization to two unearned runs in six innings. Chris Dickerson singled and Corban Joseph hit a two-run homer against Familia in the opening frame. Eduardo Nunez followed with a double and later scored on a wild pitch. Two more singles and an error gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had four more consecutive hits to open the second, with Dickerson scoring. Familia did rally. He allowed one hit over his final four innings, but ultimately was charged with five runs on 10 hits in six innings. The Herd scored a pair of runs in the third inning to get on the board. Fred Lewis came around on a throwing error by Maine. Valentino Pascucci later doubled home Lucas Duda for his team leading 58th RBI. Pascucci scored on a wild pitch in the eighth. Before the game, reliever Drew Carpenter joined the Bisons from Binghamton. He pitched an inning of scoreless relief. Armando Rodriguez returned to the B-Mets. Familia struck out seven batters to take over the team lead, with 119. Box

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 3: Wilmer Flores’ two-run homer in the ninth was not enough as the B-Mets’ comeback bid fell short. Sea Dogs starter Brandon Workman baffled the B-Mets, allowing one run over seven innings. Portland broke a scoreless tie in the third against starter Gonzalez Germen. With a runner on first, Jeremy Hazelbaker smacked an RBI triple over Juan Lagares’ head in center. Bryce Brentz followed with a run-scoring single. Workman cruised through five innings, facing one over the minimum. After surrendering a single to Eric Campbell in the second, he retired 13 straight B-Mets. Binghamton scratched out a run in the sixth, a rally ignited by a one-out triple by Pedro Zapata. Lagares then pushed an RBI bunt single down the third-base line. Lagares, representing the tying run, advanced to third on a stolen base and groundout, but was stranded. After allowing six hits over his first three innings, Germen no-hit the Sea Dogs over his next four frames. He got two quick outs in the eighth before allowing back-to-back homers, to Travis Shaw and Xander Bogaerts. Brad Holt entered and recorded the final out of the inning. The cushion factored in heavily. Workman tossed a scoreless seventh before handing a one-run lead to the bullpen. Caleb Clay tossed a perfect eighth, but nearly blew a three-run lead in the ninth. After Lagares singled, Flores blasted a two-run homer. Raul Reyes reached on a two-out single, but Jefry Marte struck out looking to end the game. Germen (7-11) suffered his fifth loss in his last six B-Mets starts. He allowed four runs on nine hits while collecting seven strikeouts. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 5: Cory Vaughn hit his 22nd homer and drove in two runs as the Mets held off Charlotte. Darrell Ceciliani went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Richard Lucas finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Aderlin Rodriguez also had a hit and drove in a run. Jacob deGrom picked up the victory, tossing 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three. Adrian Rosario pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up an unearned run with one walk and one strikeout. Taylor Whitenton tossed 1 2/3 innings and gave up three hits and one run with four strikeouts. Adam Kolarek recorded the final out to preserve the win for his 17th save. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 2: Cam Maron delivered a three-run homer in the first. He finished 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBIs. Carlos Vazquez (6-2) earned the win with four scoreless relief innings. Box

KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 4: Tomas Nido produced a two-run homer in the first inning. Nido then broke a 4-all tie in the fifth when he was hit by a pitch, advanced on another hit by pitch and walk, and scored on a wild pitch. The K-Mets opened a three-run lead an inning later when Branden Kaupe tripled and scored on Gavin Cecchini's single. Cecchini scored on a triple by Joe Tuschak. Nido departed the inning after being struck with the pitch. Juan Urbina (1-0) and Matt Budgell combined for five scoreless relief innings. Budgell earned his first professional save. Box

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 1: A late-inning meltdown wasted a stellar performance from Brooklyn starter Luis Mateo, who tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out six. The Cyclones scored their lone run in the fifth. Eudy Pina and Brandon Nimmo singled. A swinging bunt from Phillip Evans eventually put runners on second and third with two outs. Kevin Plawecki then smashed a line drive too hot for Staten Island third baseman Matt Duran to handle, allowing Pina to score for a 1-0 lead. In the eighth, Craig Hansen failed to record an out. He walked the first batter he faced, then hit a batter before allowing a single to Exicardo Cayones to load the bases with none out. Hansen then also plunked Ravel Santana to force in a run and even the score. Beck Wheeler, who was tagged with Thursday's loss after allowing an 11th-inning homer, once again fell victim to the long ball. Duran greeted him with a grand slam. Despite the loss, the Cyclones remain three games ahead of Batavia in the wild-card race. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.19.12

August, 19, 2012
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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 8.15.12

August, 15, 2012
8/15/12
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LEHIGH VALLEY 4, BUFFALO 1: A four-run fourth inning doomed Chris Schwinden, who was charged with four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings. First baseman Adam Loewen had an error in the inning. C.J. Nitkowski, Elvin Ramirez and Garrett Olson combined for four scoreless relief innings. Olson was making his first appearance since clearing waivers and rejoining the Bisons. Loewen had doubled and scored on Matt den Dekker's single as the Bisons took a 1-0 lead in the second. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: Raul Reyes homered and had four RBIs and Darin Gorski allowed two runs (one earned) in seven innings to collect his team-leading eighth win. Reyes got the B-Mets on the board in the fourth against starter Deck McGuire. With a runner aboard, Reyes blasted the first pitch of the at-bat off the batter’s eye in center field. The B-Mets added two more runs in the inning on three additional hits, including Juan Lagares' RBI double. The Fisher Cats took advantage of an error to answer with a run in the fourth. With a runner on first, Wilfredo Tovar bobbled a possible double-play ball, allowing both runners to reach safely. Following a walk to load the bases, Brian Van Kirk delivered a sac fly. Gorski limited the damage by inducing Sean Ochinko to bounce into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Against reliever Matt Daly in the fifth, Reyes produced a two-out, two-run single. Staked to a five-run lead, Gorski held off the Fisher Cats in the sixth. New Hampshire loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. Gorski then got Ochinko to roll into a double play to end the threat. Gorski allowed his only earned run in the seventh, on a two-out solo homer by Ryan Schimpf. Gorski ended his night by retiring Jake Marisnick on an inning-ending groundout. Gorski (8-6) had his second-longest appearance as a B-Met. He went eight innings against Altoona on June 16. Brad Holt and Drew Carpenter combined for two scoreless relief innings. McGuire suffered his league-leading 14th loss, and fourth against the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, PALM BEACH 0: Erik Goeddel tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out eight. He surrendered two hits and walked two en route to his fourth victory. Cory Vaughn drilled a two-run homer in the fourth, his 20th long ball this season. In the fifth, Travis Taijeron ripped a two-run homer to extend the lead to 4-0. Blake Forsythe hit a solo homer and Cesar Puello produced an RBI double in the sixth. Hamilton Bennett tossed two scoreless innings in relief and struck out two. Box

SAVANNAH 8, LEXINGTON 2: Brian Harrison helped power the Sand Gnats, who took two of three from Lexington and finished a six-game homestand at 5-1. Harrison went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and solo homer. The Gnats scored three first-inning runs. With two aboard, Harrison laced a two-run double to put Savannah in front. Harrison scored on Greg Pron’s groundout for a 3-0 advantage. Harrison homered to lead off the third, providing the Gnats with a four-run cushion. Savannah starter Marcos Camarena worked around baserunners in the first three innings. After a 1-2-3 fourth, the Legends broke through for two unearned runs in the fifth, thanks to Harrison's fielding error on a groundball to his right at first base. Camarena departed after five innings. Reliever Randy Fontanez contributed three scoreless innings. The Gnats pulled away with four runs in the eighth. With two outs and the bases empty, Harrison singled and Dustin Lawley doubled to plate him. Albert Cordero singled home Lawley. Charley Thurber completed the scoring with a two-run double. Box

KINGSPORT 14, JOHNSON CITY 4: Maikis De La Cruz went 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Jorge Rivero and Yeixon Ruiz drove in three runs apiece. John Gant surrendered one run, unearned, in six innings. Box

TRI-CITY 6, BROOKLYN 2: Jayce Boyd went 2-for-5 with an RBI, but the Cyclones fell in the first game after the league's All-Star break. St. John's product Craig Hansen, a former first-round pick of the Red Sox, who did not pitch last season, made his organization debut in the eighth. Hansen, 28, allowed a run on three hits and a walk. Tri-City opened the scoring with a two-run fourth. Brooklyn starter Luis Cessa allowed three consecutive singles to load the bases. Jarrod McKinney then hit a groundball to Cessa, who committed a throwing error. Jesse Wierzbicki and M.P. Cokinos scored. The Cyclones placed a runner on third in the fifth, after Juan Gamboa walked and advanced on a fielding error, but were unable to capitalize. The ValleyCats put up another run in the bottom half of the frame. With one out, Neiko Johnson reached on a throwing error by third baseman Dimas Ponce. Preston Tucker followed with an RBI double. Brooklyn's Eudy Pina opened the seventh with a double. Brandon Nimmo then had a bunt single and Phillip Evans reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. With Boyd batting, Tri-City reliever Jeremiah Meiners threw a wild pitch, allowing Pina to score and the runners to advance. Boyd grounded out to the shortstop, but Nimmo came home on the play to cut the ValleyCats’ lead to 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh, Tri-City scored two more runs, charged to reliever Tim Peterson. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.11.12

August, 11, 2012
8/11/12
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 5, BUFFALO 1: After surrendering two hits, including Eduardo Nunez's RBI double, in the first inning, Zack Wheeler tossed five n0-hit innings in his second Triple-A start. He issued two walks in the sixth, but departed with his pitch count at 93 and the score tied at 1 after coaxing an inning-ending double play from Nunez. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored four runs against the Bisons bullpen, starting with Brandon Laird's tiebreaking homer off Dylan Owen in the seventh. Ronnier Mustelier clubbed a two-run homer off Fernando Cabrera in a three-run eighth. Buffalo scored its lone run in the fifth. Matt den Dekker doubled and scored on a pair of groundouts. Josh Satin singled in four trips to the plate to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Lucas Duda missed his third consecutive game because of a root canal. Box

HARRISBURG 5, BINGHAMTON 4: The Senators scored five unanswered runs and plated the walk-off winner on second baseman Wilmer Flores' throwing error. The B-Mets mustered three hits after the second inning. Brandon Moore suffered the B-Mets' first blown save since July 19. Ex-Blue Jay Drew Carpenter tossed a scoreless relief inning in his debut with the organization. Facing starter Danny Rosenbaum for the fourth time this season, Binghamton jumped on the lefty for three runs in the first as Jefry Marte and Francisco Pena contributed RBI singles. Wilfredo Tovar capped the output with a sac fly. The B-Mets threatened in the second with three hits and a walk, but settled for one run. Armando Rodriguez started the inning with a double for his first pro hit, and scored on Eric Campbell’s single. The Senators answered in the second. With a man aboard, Sean Nicol launched a full-count offering from Rodriguez into the left-field seats. It was the only blemish for Rodriguez, who went four innings in this third spot start. Brad Holt took over in the fifth, and Justin Bloxom blasted a solo homer to trim Binghamton’s lead to one. Holt retired the next five batters to cap a two-inning relief appearance. Signed by the Mets and added to the roster on Friday, Carpenter fanned two and worked around a one-out single in a scorelesss frame. Carpenter was the only B-Mets reliever who did not surrender a run. Moore watched Binghamton’s one-run lead disappear in the eighth. Tim Pahuta led off by launching the first pitch over the right-center fence to tie the score at 4. After the B-Mets were put down in order in the ninth by Pat McCoy, Moore had more trouble. Jose Lozada led off with a single and moved to second when Jonny Tucker’s bunt attempt was caught by the catcher Pena near the backstop. Brian Goodwin then sent a slow chopper behind the mound. Flores charged from second and made an errant throw to first, which sailed wide. Lozada scored standing up. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, FORT MYERS 0: Jacob deGrom, a ninth-round pick in 2010 out of Stetson, surrendered one hit in seven scoreless innings in his Florida State League debut, after a promotion from Savannah. John Church added two scoreless relief innings for his first save. St. Lucie scored two first-inning runs, on Blake Forysthe's sacrifice fly and Rafael Fernandez's RBI single. Forsythe's sixth-inning fielder's choice plated Danny Muno, who had doubled. DeGrom struck out eight and allowed three walks. Box

GREENVILLE at SAVANNAH (canceled)

DANVILLE 9, KINGSPORT 4: Chris Flexen allowed seven runs (six earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Jonathan Leroux had a two-run homer in the eighth in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 6, VERMONT 3: Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and a walk and 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo returned after a five-day absence. Brooklyn starter Julian Hilario struck out the side in the first. The Cyclones then scored twice in the bottom half. Nimmo, appearing for the first time since he was hit by a pitch on his right shoulder, led off with a walk. Phillip Evans followed with a single. With Jayce Boyd batting, Nimmo scored on a balk by Vermont starter Michael Ynoa. Boyd lined out to second baseman Chris Bostick. However, Evans advanced on a wild pitch. Plawecki's single then scored Evans for a 2-0 lead. Three consecutive singles gave the Cyclones two more runs in the fourth. Eudy Pina produced a two-out hit, stole second and scored on Nimmo's single. Nimmo advanced to second on the throw to the plate and scored when Evans singled. The Lake Monsters got on the board in the fifth. Back-to-back singles by Jacob Tanis and Kelvin Rojas put a runner in scoring position. Addison Russell's forceout moved Tanis to third, and a double by Austin Booker plated him. Vermont had a chance for more, but left the bases loaded when John Wooten lined out. Plawecki gave Brooklyn a four-run advantage with a solo shot -- his fourth homer this season. That lead was cut in half, however, in the sixth. After Wilfredo Solano walked, three Vermont singles made it 5-3. Pina hit his fourth homer of the season in the sixth. Hilario ultimately earned his second win, throwing five innings and allowing one earned run on five hits. Matt Koch surrendered two earned runs on four hits and a walk in an inning. Beck Wheeler pitched a perfect eighth. Paul Sewald threw a hitless ninth and earned his fourth save. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.5.12

August, 5, 2012
8/05/12
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SYRACUSE at BUFFALO (ppd.): Zack Wheeler's Triple-A debut was rained out. The teams will make up the game with a 5 p.m. doubleheader Monday at Syracuse. Wheeler will start Game 1, with Jenrry Mejia handling the nightcap.

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

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

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

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

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

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.4.12

August, 5, 2012
8/05/12
1:38
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BUFFALO 1, SYRACUSE 0: Chris Schwinden, Robert Carson and Fernando Cabrera combined on a 10-hit shutout. Lucas Duda's sixth-inning double plated Fred Lewis with the game's lone run. Schwinden worked six innings, scattering eight hits and a walk. After yielding two hits in the fourth inning, Schwinden got Brett Carroll to bounce into a comebacker to end the inning. Syracuse had two doubles in the fifth, but Schwinden threw out the lead runner in between on Tanner Roark's bunt attempt. The Chiefs then had three singles in the sixth, but Schwinden wiggled out unscathed with a strikeout and groundout. Schwinden lowered his ERA to 2.96, the seventh-lowest mark in the International League. Cabrera picked up his IL-leading 19th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Hitting coach George Greer managed the Bisons after the International League suspended Wally Backman for three games. Syarcuse's Tanner Roark allowed one run on four hits in seven innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, READING 2
READING 3, BINGHAMTON 1:
The B-Mets rode a five-run fifth inning and Greg Peavey's second career complete game in the opener. With the bases loaded against starter Julio Rodriguez in the second, Wilfredo Tovar produced an RBI single and Peavey followed with a run-scoring fielder’s choice to give the B-Mets a 2-0 lead. Reading erased the deficit a half-inning later. Leandro Castro doubled and scored on Brandon Tripp's single. After a single put two aboard, Troy Hanzawa sent a chopper to second that had double play potential. The shortstop Tovar recorded the first out, but his low throw to first skipped past Jefry Marte and allowed Tripp to score the tying run. The game remained tied until the B-Mets unloaded on Rodriguez (6-5) in the fifth. Following a one-out walk to Juan Lagares, the B-Mets tagged Rodriguez with three consecutive doubles. Reese Havens drove in Lagares with a two-bagger to left-center and Wilmer Flores added to Binghamton’s lead with a double to the same spot. Eric Campbell made it a three-run lead. Dustin Martin capped the frame by blasting a two-run homer, his third long ball as a B-Met. It extended Martin's hitting streak to nine games. The second inning proved to be the only blemish for Peavey (5-7), who scattered seven hits, induced two double plays and struck out four in his second career seven-inning complete game.

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

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

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

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

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

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.2.12

August, 3, 2012
8/03/12
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SYRACUSE 2, BUFFALO 0: Carlos Rivero homered in the seventh inning against Garrett Olson to break a scoreless tie and make the southpaw a tough-luck loser. Olson allowed only one other hit -- a game-opening single by Eury Perez -- and a walk in seven innings, but was outpitched by Yunesky Maya. Maya limited the Bisons to two hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings. Robert Carson allowed a ninth-inning run. Josh Rodriguez and Josh Satin had Buffalo's only two hits. Box

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

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

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

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

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

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.12.12

July, 12, 2012
7/12/12
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BUFFALO 8, PAWTUCKET 5: The Bisons resumed play after their All-Star break with a four-run ninth -- all with two out, all unearned runs, and with the benefit of one hit and five straight walks -- to rally for their fifth straight win. Matt den Dekker reached on an error by Pawtucket first baseman Lars Anderson. Clayton Mortensen then walked Josh Satin and was replaced by Garrett Mock. He walked Valentino Pascucci to load the bases with the Bisons trailing, 5-4. Matt Tuiasosopo, Rob Johnson and Fred Lewis then consecutively walked as well to force in three runs. Josh Rodriguez greeted Tony Pena with an RBI single to cap the four-run frame before Adam Loewen flied out. All-Star closer Fernando Cabrera had an uneventful ninth for Buffalo to collect his 17th save. Starter Jeremy Hefner was charged with four runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, although Jenrry Mejia allowed a pair of those runs to score after inheriting two runners. Mejia surrendered consecutive hits before recording a pair of outs. He was charged with an unearned run because of Johnson's passed ball. Garrett Olson, bumped to the bullpen, tossed three scoreless, no-hit relief innings to earn the win. Zach Lutz went 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI in his first Triple-A game since returning from surgery to remove a broken hamate bone in his hand. Carl Crawford went 2-for-3 for Pawtucket. Box

ERIE 11, BINGHAMTON 7: After the SeaWolves jumped to a three-run lead against starter Greg Peavey, the B-Mets answered with two runs in the second, on Juan Centeno's RBI single and Wilfredo Tovar's sacrifice fly. Binghamton took its only lead against starter Ramon Garcia on a two-run double by Dustin Martin in the third. Erie retook the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth, but Binghamton tied the score in the bottom half on Juan Lagares' homer. In the fifth, the SeaWolves plated two runs to take a 7-5 lead. Binghamton again wiped that deficit away in a three-batter span as Jefry Marte and Sean Kazmar homered to tie the score. Peavey departed after five innings, having allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits. His winless streak reached eight starts. Armando Rodriguez entered in a tie game and walked leadoff hitter Brandon Douglas. Douglas took second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on Jamie Johnson’s sac fly, one of four in the game for Erie. Garcia was shelled for seven runs on a career-high 13 hits, but handed off to the bullpen with a chance to win. After adding three runs in the ninth against Brad Holt, the SeaWolves looked to closer Bruce Rondon. The B-Mets loaded the bases, but Rondon induced three consecutive flyouts to end the game. Rodriguez (2-1) did not allow a hit in two relief innings, but suffered the loss. The B-Mets matched a season high by stranding 13. Box

TAMPA 4, ST. LUCIE 2
TAMPA 1, ST. LUCIE 0:
Yankees farmhands Jose Ramirez and Braden Pinder combined to toss a seven-inning no-hitter in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Rafael Montero suffered his first Florida State League loss despite limiting Tampa to one run on three hits and two walks while striking out eight in six innings. In the opener, starter Chase Huchingson walked four and allowed two hits and was pulled after recording only two outs in Tampa's three-run first. Kyle Allen tossed 3 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Jason Bay went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout and manned left field for St. Lucie in the opener. Aderlin Rodriguez started at third base after a promotion from Savannah and went 1-for-3 with a double. Box 1, Box 2

DELMARVA 3, SAVANNAH 2: Starter Michael Fulmer (5-5) allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in five innings. The Gnats closed within a run in the ninth on Gregory Pron's single, which scored Dustin Lawley after a leadoff double. But after a walk to Albert Cordero put a second runner on base, Brandon Brown grounded out as Delmarva held on. Box

BURLINGTON at KINGSPORT (ppd.)


BROOKLYN 4, CONNECTICUT 1: Rainy Lara (3-1) allowed one run on three hits in six innings while striking out eight as Brooklyn snapped a four-game losing streak. Lara took the New York-Penn League lead with 31 strikeouts. Dimas Ponce singled, Phillip Evans walked and Alex Sanchez -- who has hit safely in every road game this season -- responded with a line-drive single for a 1-0 lead in the first. Jake Stewart led off the bottom half with a solo homer. Lara, though, retired 16 in a row from that point. In the second inning, Stefan Sabol doubled and Brandon Nimmo worked a one-out walk. With Eudy Pina batting, a wild pitch advanced both runners. Pina then contributed an RBI groundout. Juan Gamboa added an RBI single for a 3-1 lead. The Cyclones capped the scoring in the fifth as Ponce worked a two-out walk, stole second and scored on Evans' single. Logan Taylor, the Mets' 11th-round pick last month, made his professional debut with a perfect seventh. Paul Sewald tossed a scoreless eighth. John Mincone earned his second save. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.9.12

July, 9, 2012
7/09/12
11:11
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ALTOONA 3, BINGHAMTON 2: The Curve scored two runs against Adrian Rosario in the bottom of the ninth as Binghamton's four-game winning streak ended. Trying to protect a one-run lead, Rosario consecutively walked Matt Curry and Jarek Cunningham with one out. Stefan Welch then delivered a game-tying pinch-hit single. Brock Holt ended the game with a walk-off single, which provided Altoona its only lead of the three-game series. In the first nning, Binghamton's Sean Kazmar doubled against starter Phil Irwin and advanced to third on Eric Campbell's single. Allan Dykstra's sac fly opened the scoring. The Curve threatened to tie the score in the third, but were denied by center fielder Juan Lagares. With two outs and two aboard, Oscar Tejeda singled off B-Mets starter Darin Gorski. Irwin tried to score from second, but was gunned down by Lagares. The outfield assist, Lagares’ league-lead-tying 13th, preserved the 1-0 lead. Gorski threw 31 pitches in the fourth, with Cunningham wearing out Gorski in an 11-pitch at-bat. That set the stage for Robbie Grossman, who homered in the fifth to tie the score. Gorski rebounded to post a perfect sixth that ended his day. He allowed one run on four hits in a no-decision. Altoona reliever Kris Harvey tossed a perfect seventh before the B-Mets broke the tie in the eighth. Campbell singled and Harvey loaded the bases with consecutive walks. Dustin Martin then dumped an RBI single into left. Binghamton subsequently stranded the bases loaded, though, with Francisco Pena and Wilfredo Tovar retired in the infield. Brad Holt tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Gorski. He stood to be the winner until Rosario (1-2) suffered his second blown save. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 1: Yohan Almonte limited the Marauders to one run on five hits and a walk in six innings and Taylor Whitenton and Adam Kolarek combined for three scoreless relief innings. Zach Lutz drove in two runs Box

PULASKI 7, KINGSPORT 6: Long Island native Steven Matz tossed a one-hitter over six scoreless innings, but the K-Mets squandered a six-run lead. Reliever Corey Oswalt was charged with seven runs in the seventh while recording only one out. Kingsport batters launched four homers -- by Eris Peguero, Jeyckol De Leon, Maikis De La Cruz and Jonathan Leroux. De La Cruz went 4-for-4. Box

JAMESTOWN 5, BROOKLYN 2: The Cyclones squandered a late one-run lead and were swept in the three-game series. With one out in the eighth and Brooklyn leading 2-1, Cyclones reliever Matt Bowman hit Juancito Martinez, who then stole second. Three consecutive Jamestown hits plated two runs. Tim Peterson surrendered a pair of ninth-inning runs. Brooklyn starter Hansel Robles had retired Yefri Perez on a flyout to center to begin the game. After that, the ball did not leave the infield against Robles through 4 1/3 innings. Robles walked Jesus Solorzano with two outs in the second before retiring the next eight batters. He held the Jammers hitless until a one-out single in the fifth by Solorzano. In the sixth, Jamestown scored the game's opening run, on Pedro Mendoza's sacrifice fly. The run ended Robles' outing. He went 5 1/3 innings, allowing the one earned run on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. In the bottom half of the sixth, Brooklyn took the lead, 2-1. Jamestown reliever Brian Ellington walked Juan Gamboa. Brandon Nimmo then singled. Ellington threw a wild pitch with Phillip Evans batting and both runners advanced. Evans' single then plated both Cyclones. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.30.12

July, 1, 2012
7/01/12
1:00
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DURHAM 12, BUFFALO 6: Jenrry Mejia got back on track with two scoreless relief innings after a tumultuous transition to the bullpen, but the Bulls scored nine times in the fifth inning against Mark Cohoon and Jack Egbert to grab a 12-0 lead. The big blow came on a three-run homer by ex-Bison Chris Gimenez against Cohoon. Durham starter Alex Torres carried a no-hit bid one out into the fifth, when Brad Emaus doubled. In the fourth, Buffalo's Fred Lewis stole two bases, giving him a team-leading 14. He also walked three times and scored a run. It is the most stolen bases for any Bisons player since the 2007 season, when Ben Francisco had 22 and Trent Durington had 15. Box

ALTOONA 8, BINGHAMTON 2: Zack Wheeler allowed a career-high seven runs on nine hits and the B-Mets lost their season-high fifth straight. Things started well as Wheeler faced one over the minimum through four scoreless innings and Reese Havens blasted a leadoff homer in the fourth against Tim Alderson. But the Curve scored three runs in the fifth against Wheeler (7-4). Altoona loaded the bases with three straight singles and evened the score on Drew Maggi's sacrifice fly. Brock Holt gave Altoona the lead for good with a two-run single. Wheeler helped his own cause and cut the deficit to one in the fifth. With two outs and Wilfredo Tovar at second, Wheeler doubled for his first career hit and RBI. It would be the last highlight for the highly touted prospect. Wheeler allowed two more runs in the sixth and was chased from the game when Matt Curry stroked a two-run double down the first-base line in the seventh. Altoona added another run in the eighth against relievers Brad Holt and Adrian Rosario. Wilmer Flores started his first professional game at first base. Box

JUPITER 14, ST. LUCIE 2: Right fielder Adam Loewen went 1-for-4 with a double in his first minor league game since suffering a stress fracture in his right foot in April with Buffalo. Starter Erik Goeddel allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings. Relievers Jack Leathersich and Kyle Allen combined to allow seven additional runs. Box

SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 0: Alex Panteliodis tossed three scoreless innings in his return after a three-week absence and combined with Jim Fuller (1-1), Randy Fontanez and Chasen Bradford on the shutout. Yucarybert De La Cruz had an RBI single and Dustin Lawley contributed a sacrifice fly in a two-run third. Box

KINGSPORT 13, BLUEFIELD 9: In a game in which the teams committed a combined 10 errors, the K-Mets took the lead for good in the third inning, scoring seven unearned runs to erase a 2-0 deficit. Michael Bernal, who had played sparingly in the first 11 games, doubled twice and drove in three runs as part of a 3-for-4 performance. He also scored twice while serving as DH. Joe Tuschak had three RBIs while going 2-for-5 with a run scored. K-Mets starter Robert Gsellman allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings. Andres Perez completed the fourth inning, inducing an inning-ending flyout against the lone batter he faced. Christian Chivilli then took over and came within an out of finishing the game. Chivilli was pulled after surrendering a two-run homer to Bluefield's Dwight Smith Jr. in the ninth. None of Kingsport's six errors were more bizarre than the one by catcher Alex Machillanda, who whiffed on his routine throw back to Chivilli after a sixth-inning pitch, allowing Chris Peters to score. Anthony Chavez notched first homer as a K-Met. Yeixon Ruiz drove in two runs. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 2: 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo's seventh-inning grand slam lifted the Cyclones in the rubber match. Gabriel Ynoa allowed two runs and three hits in six innings while striking out a career-high six batters. Right-hander Tim Peterson, the Mets' 20th-round pick from Kentucky, made his professional debut with two perfect innings to earn the win. Dimas Ponce and Phillip Evans singled with one out in the first to get things started. Kevin Plawecki then walked to load the bases for Cole Frenzel. He reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Ponce to score. Stefan Sabol singled, plating Evans and extending his hitting streak to six games as Brooklyn took a 2-0 lead. The IronBirds answered in the third on Roderick Bernadina's two-out, two-run double. Ynoa limited the damage by striking out Creede Simpson. In the sixth, Evans led off by doubling, and Plawecki and Frenzel grounded out. With Evans at third, Sabol and Nelfi Zapata walked to load the bases for Nimmo. He became the first Cyclone to produce a grand slam this season as he delivered his first 2012 homer. Box

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LOUISVILLE 5, BUFFALO 3: Jenrry Mejia and Fernando Cabrera allowed two runs apiece as the Bisons failed to protect a 3-1 lead entering the eighth and lost their seventh straight. Mejia, who was charged with two runs on two hits and two walks in one inning, now has a 14.40 ERA in six relief appearances with the Bisons. He pitched to three batters in the eighth, in his second inning of work, and retired none before Cabrera entered. Cabrera suffered his first blown save in 16 chances this season. With the score tied entering the ninth, Louisville loaded the bases with one out. Cabrera then walked Daniel Dorn to score Felix Perez. Bill Rhinehart added a sacrifice fly. Buffalo starter Jeurys Familia rebounded from a rough outing at Norfolk, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings. With Buffalo trailing 1-0, Matt den Dekker homered to even the score. With the bases loaded in the fourth, Raul Reyes scored on a passed ball to give the Bisons the lead. The Bisons placed Josh Satin and Fred Lewis in scoring position in the seventh and Matt Tuiasosopo doubled. Satin scored for a 3-1 lead, but Lewis was thrown out at the plate. Den Dekker's third homer for the Bisons was his ninth extra-base hit in 13 hits since being promoted. Box

BOWIE 10, BINGHAMTON 1: Starter Cory Mazzoni (0-1) struggled in his home B-Mets debut, allowing seven runs (six hits) on a career-high 10 hits over six innings. Adrian Rosario fared no better, surrendering three runs on four hits while walking two in one inning. Brad Holt did post two scoreless innings. The Baysox took the lead on a three-run homer from Manny Machado in the first inning. In the sixth, they scored three runs on five hits, highlighted by a solo homer by Robbie Widlansky and RBI double by Buck Britton. Making his first start for the Baysox in 2012, left-hander Rick Zagone cruised through six innings, facing two over the minimum. The B-Mets' lone offensive highlight was provided by Eric Campbell in the seventh with his fifth homer this season. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, DAYTONA 3 (12 innings): Alonzo Harris Jr. had four hits and singled to score Travis Taijeron in the bottom of the 12th. Taijeron was drilled by a pitch with one out. Robbie Shields singled to place runners at first and second with two outs. Harris, who finished 4-for-7 with two RBIs and a run scored, then line a hit to center. The Mets had a 2-0 lead entering the eighth, but the Cubs pushed across a pair of runs to tie the score, then jumped ahead on an RBI triple by Arismendy Alcantara in the ninth. The Mets rallied in the bottom half send it into extra innings. Harris ripped a leadoff double. Rylan Sandoval followed with a game-tying RBI single. Shields went 4-for-5 with an RBI and walk while Sandoval finished 3-for-6 with an RBI. Blake Forsythe and Taijeron each had two hits. Tyler Pill tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out six in his fourth Florida State League start. He allowed five hits and walked one. Jack Leathersich allowed three runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings with two walks and three strikeouts. John Church contributed two scoreless innings. Hamilton Bennett notched his seventh victory in relief. He tossed a scoreless 12th. Box

CHARLESTON 7, SAVANNAH 6 (10 innings): Chasen Bradford surrendered a single to Francisco Arcia in the bottom of the 10th that scored Cito Culver with the winning run. Culver had reached on an error by second baseman Brandon Brown. Savannah squandered a 6-2 lead when Jared West was charged with four seventh-inning runs. Gilbert Gomez, Cam Maron and Brian Harrison had three hits apiece in the loss. Box

DANVILLE 5, KINGSPORT 3: Left-hander Steven Matz, the organization's top pick in 2009, limited Danville to two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk in five innings but suffered his first professional loss. Gavin Cecchini went 2-for-4 with a triple and RBI and Tomas Nido also had two hits in the loss. Corey Oswalt allowed three runs in three relief innings. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 4, BROOKLYN 2: Luis Cessa's strong start was undermined by three unearned runs in the seventh as a 2-1 lead slipped away. In the second inning, Brooklyn's Kevin Plawecki walked, Stefan Sabol singled and Jeff Glenn walked to load the bases with none out. Cole Frenzel then singled to score Plawecki. After Dimas Ponce struck out, Eudy Pina singled to plate Sabol and make it 2-0. After Cessa surrendered a run to Hudson Valley in the third, the right-hander kept the Renegades off the scoreboard the remainder of his outing. Dawrin Frias then pitched a scoreless sixth, but ran into trouble in the seventh. After a one-out single by Justin O’Conner, Frias walked Leonardo Reginatto. Thomas Coyle then hit a shot in the direction of the sure-handed first baseman Frenzel. But when the former Arizona Wildcat tried to turn two, his throw to second eluded Phillip Evans and went sailing into left field, allowing the tying run to score. A wild pitch to Deshun Dixon allowed Reginatto to cross the plate. Coyle's sacrifice fly pushed across another run. Box

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