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Morning briefing: Late losses sting Mets

May, 1, 2013

FIRST PITCH: The Mets’ losing streak has reached six games after the club failed to protect a one-run lead with three outs remaining for a second straight day at Marlins Park.

Now, Dillon Gee (1-4, 5.96 ERA) takes the mound for a 12:40 p.m. game opposite Marlins left-hander Wade LeBlanc (0-4, 6.20) today, trying to prevent the sweep. Miami has not swept a series of three-plus games against the Mets since May 13-16, 2010 at Sun Life (aka Dolphin Stadium).

Wednesday’s news reports:

Jeremy Hefner took a scoreless effort into the ninth in a bid for his first pro shutout, but he departed with runners on the corners and none out after a disputed play at third base and with the Mets leading by a run. Brandon Lyon ultimately became the eighth pitcher in Mets history to uncork a game-ending wild pitch as the Marlins beat the Mets, 2-1, Tuesday night.

Terry Collins chose not to use Bobby Parnell in the game because of previous workload, which irked the closer. Afterward, Collins described himself as “pissed off” by the manner and frequency of recent losing. David Wright, who returned to the starting lineup after a one-game absence with neck stiffness, said the onus is on the offense for not producing runs.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times, Journal, Miami Herald and

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Terry Collins is in the final year of his contract.

• Columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record suggests Collins is on the clock. Writes Klapisch:

The countdown on Terry Collins began on the first day of pitchers and catchers and nothing so far has made it any easier to believe he’ll be back with the Mets in 2014. Of course, Collins has handled his lame-duck status with grace and maturity -- he’s an honest guy, good with people -- but that hasn’t stopped Sandy Alderson from letting his manager continue to drift away from the mother ship.

Collins, no dummy, knows he would’ve already received a vote of confidence, even in private, if Alderson and Jeff Wilpon were entirely sold on his body of work. Both men know what job security -- or its absence -- does to a manager’s standing in the clubhouse. Without a commitment from ownership, Collins looks like a short-timer on a bad team, a latter-day George Bamberger. The current six-game losing streak, including embarrassing back-to-back losses to the Marlins, doesn’t help his cause, either.

• Read more on Parnell going unused in the Star-Ledger.

• Zack Wheeler corrected a mechanical issue and kept his shoulders more square with the plate during his delivery and proceeded to turn in his best 2013 performance as Las Vegas beat Reno, 10-2, Tuesday afternoon. Wheeler’s line: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K.

Writes columnist John Harper in the Daily News:

Flashing the overpowering arsenal that makes him such a highly touted prospect, Wheeler dominated the Reno Aces on Tuesday, mostly overmatching hitters for 6.2 innings in a 10-2 victory for Triple-A Las Vegas.

“That’s why I keep saying that when it clicks for him, look out,” said Vegas manager Wally Backman. “He’s plus-plus with just about all of his pitches, and today his command was much better. If he reels off two or three more starts like this one …”

Backman didn’t have to finish the sentence. A National League scout in attendance said it for him:

“He could go to the big leagues right now and have success the way he threw today,” the scout said.

Marc Carig in Newsday suggests it will be at least another month before Wheeler is in the majors.

Read more on Wheeler’s Tuesday outing in the Post and

• Read Tuesday’s full minor league recap here.

• Collins offered a reference to the decision to let Johan Santana reach a career-high pitch count in the historic no-hitter last June 1 while explaining Matt Harvey going 121 pitches Monday in Miami.

“I don’t think you sacrifice the organization’s future -- Matt Harvey himself, or this organization -- for 10 more pitches,” Collins said during a pitch-limit discussion. “It’s not worth it. It just isn’t worth it. That’s what I felt last year when we let Johan go out there in the no-hitter. OK, history’s being made here, but it turned out not to be a very good idea by the way. A lot of people are happy they saw the no-hitter, but I wish he was starting today, I can tell you that.”

Read more in the Star-Ledger and Daily News.

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Is Lucas Duda the Mets' best option as leadoff hitter?

• Jared Diamond in the Journal wonders if Lucas Duda should lead off. Stats guru Bill James told Diamond he thought the idea had merit. Writes Diamond:

He stands 6 feet 4, weighs 255 pounds and is one of the slowest runners on the team. He is Lucas Duda, and he might be the Mets' perfect leadoff hitter. Stop laughing. Think about it for a second: Duda constantly gets on base, sees a zillion pitches and seldom chases a ball out of the strike zone. In other words, he is the ideal leadoff hitter -- just one trapped in the body of a lumberjack. Is the idea really that crazy?

"Probably," hitting coach Dave Hudgens said. "That'd make headlines. I don't think that's ever been thought of."

Shaun Marcum, despite being used in relief Monday, is scheduled to start Friday in Atlanta as previously planned.

• Minor league infielder Brandon Brown was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Brown had been released by the Mets in March.

From the bloggers … Blogging Mets says despite a high on-base percentage, Duda is not getting the job done. … Faith and Fear in Flushing believes the decay of the 2013 season is escalating.

BIRTHDAYS: Manny Acosta, who signed with Yomiuri in Japan in December, turns 33. … Retired catcher Joe Hietpas is 34. … Catcher Charlie O’Brien in 53.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets put Zack Wheeler at more pitcher-friendly Double-A Binghamton, leave him with Triple-A Las Vegas or promote him to the majors?

Morning briefing: One day until opener

March, 31, 2013

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

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
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 8.26.12

August, 26, 2012
ROCHESTER 11, BUFFALO 9: Zack Wheeler tossed a seven-inning shutout for his first Triple-A win in Game 1. Wheeler allowed three hits and two walks in the complete game. The lone run came courtesy of Matt den Dekker's sacrifice fly, which scored Adam Loewen. In Game 2, Fred Lewis launched a solo homer to open what became a four-run first. The Red Wings answered with three runs the following half-inning, which were charged to starter Dylan Owen. Consecutive walks to begin the inning set the tone. A two-out double by Matt Carson against reliever Jeff Stevens scored a pair to pull Rochester within 4-3. After Valentino Pascucci homered in the third to extend the Buffalo lead to two runs, the Wings responded with three runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth. C.J. Nitkowski was charged with seven runs in 1 1/3 innings. Buffalo clawed back on a two-run homer from Matt Tuiasosopo in the fifth. The Bisons added two runs in the sixth thanks to another blast, this one a two-run shot by Zach Lutz that pulled Buffalo within 10-9. But the Herd couldn't complete the comeback. Box 1, Box 2

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 3: Wilfredo Tovar capped a four-hit day by driving in the game-deciding run with a single in the top of the 10th. With the score tied at 3 in the extra frame, Allan Dykstra walked against Portland reliever Michael Olmsted and was replaced by pinch-runner Juan Lagares. With one out, Dustin Martin dribbled a grounder to first. Olmsted received the toss from Travis Shaw, but failed to step on the bag. The righty followed the error by walking Juan Centeno to load the bases. Tovar then lofted a single into shallow center. Lagares scored easily from third and Martin came home as well after a misfire from center fielder Shannon Wilkerson. Brad Holt made the lead stand with a perfect bottom half. Portland left fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker had launched a 2-2 offering from Greg Peavey for his team-leading 18th homer to open the scoring. The B-Mets responded with a four-hit attack in the second against Portland starter Jeremy Kehrt. Centeno bounced into a run-scoring fielder's choice. Reese Havens gave the B-Mets the lead three batters later with an RBI single. Hazelbaker struck again in the third. With a runner aboard, he produced his second homer of the day, giving the Sea Dogs a 3-2 lead. Binghamton used another four-hit inning to tie the contest in the fourth. With runners at the corners, Havens beat out a potential double-play grounder, allowing Tovar to score. Peavey settled down and retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced, allowing one additional hit. Jeff Kaplan (2-0) bridged the gap to the 10th by allowing one hit over two scoreless innings. Peavey allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings. Box

CHARLOTTE at ST. LUCIE (canceled): The game was called off because of Tropical Storm Isaac and will not be rescheduled.

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 3: Down 4-2, the Gnats rallied for a run the ninth on Albert Cordero’s RBI single. Savannah had the potential tying run at second and winning run at first, but pinch-hitter Dustin Lawley struck out to end the game. The Braves had opened the scoring in the first inning with an unearned run resulting from shortstop Yucarybert De La Cruz dropping a popup in shallow left field. Rome added two runs on four singles in the top of the sixth against Savannah starter Marcos Camarena to establish a 3-0 advantage. Camarena (7-6) completed six innings, allowing three runs (two earned). The Gnats picked up two runs in the sixth. With one out, De La Cruz and Brandon Brown each singled. Gilbert Gomez then delivered a two-run double to pull the Gnats within 3-2. Rome pushed its lead back to two runs in the eighth, when William Beckwith blasted a solo homer off Gnats reliever Randy Fontanez. Box

PULASKI 6, KINGSPORT 4: Pulaski took a 4-0 lead by roughing up Kingsport starter Persio Reyes, who only lasted two innings. In the third, Kingsport got back a pair as Jeffrey Diehl tripled in a run and Joe Tuschak drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Jorge Rivero and Tomas Nido each had RBIs in the sixth as the K-Mets moved within two runs. Carlos Valdez and Luis Rengel threw seven innings of two-run ball in relief. Box

STATEN ISLAND 12, BROOKLYN 2: Cyclones starter Julian Hilario surrendered seven runs (five earned) in the first inning. Back-to-back doubles by Claudio Custodio and Fu-Lin Kuo put the Yankees on the board. Peter O’Brien then singled, before Ravel Santana reached on a fielding error by shortstop Phillip Evans to make it 2-0. Gregory Bird hit a two-run double, but was thrown out at third by second baseman Jeff Reynolds. The Yankees then plated another two runs on four consecutive hits before Hilario was pulled. Tim Peterson entered and got Custodio to ground into a force out, but Daniel Lopez scored. Peterson allowed Bird's solo homer the following inning. The Cyclones ran into more trouble in the fourth. O’Brien hit a two-out single and was plated on a single by Santana. A throwing error by Peterson allowed Santana to advance to second, and he later scored on a single from Bird to give Staten Island a 10-run advantage. Brooklyn plated two runs in the fifth, when Brandon Nimmo homered, scoring Reynolds. Peterson tossed 3 2/3 innings in relief, surrendering three earned runs. Paul Sewald gave up two runs in three innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.20.12

August, 20, 2012
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 7, BUFFALO 5: With the score knotted at 2, Chris Schwinden fanned Scranton/Wilkes-Barre second baseman Corban Joseph for what looked like the third out of the fifth inning. But the ball hit the dirt and skipped past catcher Mike Nickeas, allowing Joseph to reach first base safely. The Yankees jumped on the extra chance and took control of the game. After a second wild pitch moved Joseph to second, Eduardo Nunez singled for the 3-2 advantage. Nunez then stole second and scored on a single from Brandon Laird. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tacked on two more runs an inning later as Chris Dickerson and Nunez drove in runs for a 6-2 cushion. That rally capped six unanswered runs by the Yankees that followed Matt Tuiasosopo's two-run homer in the second. Buffalo pulled to within 6-3 with a Josh Satin sacrifice fly in the seventh. The Herd scored two more in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate. Former Bisons reliever Ryota Igarashi retired Fred Lewis on a sharply hit lineout to center to end the contest. Schwinden allowed four runs in five innings. He struck out eight batters, giving him 216 for his Bisons career. The total is the sixth most in the Buffalo modern era. Prior to the game, the International League named Collin McHugh its pitcher of the week. The righty allowed one run over two starts and picked up the win with seven shutout frames Saturday at Fenway Park. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 3, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets struck out 14 times for the second time in a week and the Fisher Cats took advantage of shaky glove work by first baseman Jefry Marte to break a scoreless tie in the fourth. With one out and the bases loaded, Brian Jeroloman chopped a potential double-play ball to Marte. Playing in just his fifth game at first, Marte bobbled the grounder, allowing a run to score. The Fisher Cats plated another run one batter later when Marte dropped a throw from third baseman Wilmer Flores that would have ended the inning. Binghamton answered against New Hampshire starter Sean Nolin in the fourth. Flores doubled and scored when Allan Dykstra also doubled. It was the only run Binghamton managed against the southpaw in his Double-A debut. Reliever Marcus Stroman took over in the sixth, walked the first two batters, uncorked a wild pitch and surrendered a game-tying sac fly to Eric Campbell. The tie score did not last for long. Darin Gorski loaded the bases in the seventh on two hits and a walk. John Tolisano then worked the count full and took ball four low to force in the go-ahead run. Gorski (8-7) struck out a season-high nine, but allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks over seven innings. Ryan Fraser closed Binghamton’s pitching tab with two scoreless innings. Box

ASHEVILLE 5, SAVANNAH 2: The Gnats took a 2-0 lead two batters into the bottom of the first inning. Brandon Brown led off with a single and Matt Reynolds homered off the left-field foul pole to put the Gnats up 2-0. Reynolds' seven-game hitting streak is his longest as a professional. Asheville had runners aboard in three of the first four innings against starter Alex Panteliodis, only to break through in the fifth. With two outs, two singles followed by a three-run homer from Sam Mende gave the Tourists a 3-2 lead. Panteliodis made it through 5 2/3 innings before hitting his pitch limit. He was charged with his seventh loss. The Tourists added two unearned runs on a throwing error on Brown in the ninth. Box

BURLINGTON 5, KINGSPORT 4 (12 innings): Carlos Valdez failed to protect a lead in the 11th for a blown save, then suffered the loss an inning later when he surrendered a game-ending RBI single to Fred Ford. The K-Mets had taken the 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th when Jorge Rivero singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 2: Eudy Pina and Stefan Sabol each connected on his fifth homer this season and Julian Hilario (3-3) tossed six scoreless innings. In the second inning, Juan Gamboa reached on an error and Nelfi Zapata followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Pina then connected on a homer to center, clearing the 405-foot mark with ease, to give Brooklyn a 3-0 lead. Brandon Nimmo kept the rally going, beating out an infield single and stealing second. Phillip Evans singled to plate Nimmo. The combination of Nimmo and Evans again led to a run in the sixth. Nimmo walked for the second time in the game and scored when Evans' single was misplayed by right fielder John Wooten, giving Brooklyn a 5-0 advantage. Hilario scattered five hits and three walks while striking out four. He is now 3-0 with a 0.56 ERA in August. With Hilario out of the game in the seventh, Vermont got on the scoreboard. Jacob Tanis welcomed reliever Logan Taylor by reaching on a fielding error. Taylor made quick work of the next two batters, but Brett Vertigan connected on a two-out triple to score Tanis and slice Brooklyn's advantage to 5-1. The unearned run is the only blemish through the first 13 2/3 innings of Taylor’s pro career. The Cyclones tacked on a run in the ninth on Sabol's solo homer. The Lake Monsters scored another unearned run in their half, but Tyler Vanderheiden limited the damage. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.13.12

July, 14, 2012
BUFFALO 8, PAWTUCKET 2: Jeurys Familia tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings as Buffalo won its sixth straight. Familia (7-5) allowed five hits, struck out six and walked one. He allowed one extra-base hit, a leadoff double to Lars Anderson in the fourth, and didn't give up multiple hits in any inning. After being blanked by PawSox starter Billy Buckner for four innings, Rob Johnson drew a two-out walk in the fifth. Fred Lewis followed with a two-run homer. In the sixth, again after Buckner retired the first two batters, Matt den Dekker walked. Josh Satin then homered to make the score 4-0. The pattern repeated as Valentino Pascucci walked and Matt Tuiasosopo homered for a 6-0 lead. Lewis finished with two homers. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, ERIE 4 (8 innings):
The B-Mets completed a pair of wins with Jefry Marte’s walk-off single in the nightcap. It marked Binghamton's first doubleheader sweep since July 9, 2011. In Game 1, Juan Lagares led off the first with a single against Patrick Cooper. A walk to Reese Havens set the table for Wilmer Flores, who delivered a two-run triple. Cooper bounced back to retire the final 18 B-Mets he faced. Aided by terrific fielding behind him, Cory Mazzoni fired seven shutout innings. He did not issue a walk. Mazzoni (3-2) extended his scoreless streak to 14 innings. Binghamton snapped out of its mini-hitting funk to open the nightcap. Lagares singled against spot starter David Kopp to open the first inning, stole second and scored on Allan Dykstra's single. The B-Mets added to their lead in the third. After a bunt single by Lagares, Mike Fisher -- in his first game this season with the B-Mets -- blasted a two-run homer. It was his first long ball since he went deep for Buffalo in June 2011. Marte capped the scoring for Binghamton with a solo homer in the fourth. Mark Cohoon allowed one unearned run over six innings, struck out a season-high six and left with a chance to earn the win. The B-Mets took a 4-1 lead into the seventh and looked to Robert Carson for the save. However, Erie scored three runs on four hits, capped by Niuman Romero's game-tying two-run double. After the B-Mets failed to score against Robbie Weinhardt and Michael Morrison in the seventh, Ryan Fraser took over in the eighth and tossed a perfect frame. Flores started the bottom of the eighth with a walk against Morrison. Following a sac bunt by Eric Campbell, Dykstra was intentionally walked. After working the count full, Marte then lined a single to right-center, plating Flores with the game-winning run. It was Marte’s second walk-off hit this season. Fraser (2-1) earned the win. Carson suffered his third blown save. Box 1, Box 2

TAMPA 8, ST. LUCIE 2: Starter Erik Goeddel allowed five runs in five innings. Box

SAVANNAH 10, DELMARVA 6: Brandon Brown had a two-run homer in the eighth to break a 6-all tie. Box


CONNECTICUT 5, BROOKLYN 2: Gabriel Ynoa limited Connecticut to one earned run in six innings, but four unearned runs also crossed the plate thanks to a pair of defensive miscues. After Ynoa retired the first six batters he faced, the third inning started poorly. Patrick Smith doubled. A dropped foul popup by Alex Sanchez off the bat of Bennett Pickar followed. Ynoa then walked Pickar. Luis Cortez advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Jake Stewart hit a two-run double. After a groundout by Tyler Hanover, Danny Vasquez singled to right fielder Jonathan Clark, scoring Stewart. Another single would put runners on the corners with one out, bringing up Devon Travis. He singled, scoring Vasquez. On a throwing error by Clark, Juaner Aguasvivas scored. With the help of two errors the Tigers grabbed a 5-0 lead. The Cyclones started a comeback bid in the fifth. Brandon Nimmo singled with one out. After Nelfi Zapata popped out and Clark walked. Juan Gamboa then singled to score Nimmo and Clark as center fielder Jake Stewart misplayed the ball. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.12.12

July, 12, 2012
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

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


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 7.4.12

July, 4, 2012
SYRACUSE 5, BUFFALO 0: Matt Harvey surrendered two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out six in six innings, but he suffered the loss as the Bisons were blanked by Zach Duke and two relievers. Harvey has an International League-leading 102 strikeouts. He became the 17th Buffalo pitcher to reach the 100-strikeout plateau in a season. Dillon Gee has the record, with 165 two years ago. The Bisons mustered only five hits, two by Adam Loewen in his return to Triple-A after rehabbing a stress fracture in his right foot. Loewen, who missed 61 games, also walked. Harvey has only two wins in his past six starts despite a 2.83 ERA and .218 opponent batting average during that stretch. Box

RICHMOND 9, BINGHAMTON 4: The Flying Squirrels pounced on B-Mets starter Greg Peavey en route to collecting 11 hits, 10 for extra bases. Gary Brown led off the first by doubling. He scored when Mark Minicozzi also doubled. Tommy Joseph made it 2-0 with an RBI double. Richmond added a run in the second on Brown's RBI triple. Binghamton answered in the third against Richmond starter Craig Westcott. Peavey bounced a single up the middle, moved to third on a ground-rule double by Reese Havens and scored on a wild pitch. The B-Mets cut the deficit to one run in the fifth. Eric Campbell bounced a groundball off Westcott's foot, which ricocheted into left field, allowing Juan Lagares to score from second. But a half-inning later, Joseph smacked a three-run homer. Peavey’s night came to a close two batters later. He allowed six runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings, extending his winless streak to seven games. After Richmond tacked on two more runs against Adrian Rosario in the sixth, the B-Mets made one last push in the seventh. Lagares reached on a one-out infield single, ending Westcott’s start. Campbell greeted reliever Ari Ronick with a two-run homer to cap a three-RBI night. Ehrie Adrianza wrapped up the Richmond scoring with a solo homer off Erik Turgeon in the eighth. The B-Mets (37-46) continue the series Thursday with former Giants farmhand Zack Wheeler facing his former organization. Box

JUPITER 4, ST. LUCIE 3: T.J. Rivera went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, but the Mets fell short. Chase Huchingson allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk in five innings. Jack Leathersich allowed one run and four hits in 2 1/3 innings with one walk and five strikeouts, but was charged with the loss. Jeff Walters contributed 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Cory Vaughn hit a bases-loaded, two-run single in the third to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Rivera’s double scored Juan Torres in the fourth to put the Mets ahead, 3-2. St. Lucie was limited to four hits and failed to produce a hit after the fourth inning. Zach Lutz batted third and played third base, finishing 0-for-1 with two walks in his first game with St. Lucie after coming off Triple-A Buffalo’s disabled list. Lutz returned after having a broken hamate bone surgically removed from his hand. The Hammerheads pushed across the go-ahead run in the eighth on a single by Aaron Dudley that plated J.T. Realmuto. Box

CHARLESTON 3, SAVANNAH 2: The Gnats scored both of their runs on solo homers. Aderlin Rodriguez gave Savannah a 1-0 lead with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the second. Down 3-1, Cam Maron went deep in the fifth. It was the 14th homer of the year for Rodriguez and the third for Maron. The RiverDogs had taken the lead with two third-inning runs. A pair of groundball singles and an error by second baseman Brandon Brown loaded the bases with one out. Ali Castillo then put Charleston in front with a two-run single through the hole on the left side. Charleston added another run in the fifth. With two outs and Francisco Arcia at third and Cito Culver at first, Culver took off for second. Catcher Albert Cordero’s throw would have easily beaten Culver, who pulled up short of second. By the time Brown, who fielded the throw, looked toward the plate, Arcia had raced home with Charleston's third run. Brown’s throw to first then hit Culver, allowing him to reach second. Down 3-2, the Gnats rallied in the eighth. Rodriguez singled with two outs. Brian Harrison then doubled, but Rodriguez was thrown out at the plate. Gnats starter Jacob deGrom (3-3, 2.64 ERA) was charged with three runs (two earned) on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. He had 46 strikeouts and seven walks in 58 innings this season. Box

ELIZABETHTON 8, KINGSPORT 1: Persio Reyes (0-3) allowed six runs (four earned) on five hits and four walks in three innings. Box

BROOKLYN 9, WILLIAMSPORT 5: Powered by homers from Stefan Sabol and Brandon Nimmo, the Cyclones won their sixth straight. Dawrin Frias (2-0) collected the win, despite facing only one batter in relief. Cole Frenzel extended his hitting streak to six games with a two-run triple in a four-run first. Sabol then became the 26th player in Cyclones history to have a hitting streak of 10 or more games as he ripped an RBI double. Julian Hilario cruised through first four innings, allowing one unearned run. But after striking out Roman Quinn to start the fifth, Hilario yielded a double to Brian Pointer, then a single to Cameron Perkins to put runners on the corners. After striking out Chris Serritella, a two-out RBI single by Mitch Walding cut Brooklyn's lead to 4-2. Yan Carlos Olmo then hit a slow dribbler that third baseman Dimas Ponce threw away, allowing Perkins to score. Larry Greene Jr. doubled to two plate two runs and give the Crosscutters a 5-4 lead. In 4 2/3 innings, Hilario surrendered eight hits and five runs (three earned). Frias entered to face Logan Moore, who grounded out to first base. The next half-inning, Sabol and Nimmo homered. It was Nimmo's second homer this season, this time a three-run shot. Frias combined with fellow relievers Matt Koch and Ernesto Yanez to toss 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing up one hit and one walk. Box

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Around the minors 6.26.12

June, 27, 2012
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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Around the minors 6.14.12

June, 14, 2012
PAWTUCKET 5, BUFFALO 0: Matt Harvey carried a no-hit bid two outs into the sixth. He ultimately surrendered a three-run homer that inning in an otherwise solid performance that included a much higher frequency of changeups, which is critical for his development. Harvey finished with 10 strikeouts in seven innings, which matched his longest outing this season. "He pitched ahead in the count better tonight," manager Wally Backman said. "It's a positive outing for him." After retiring the first two PawSox in the sixth, Harvey surrendered a clean single and a walk. Ryan Lavarnway then hit a line-drive homer over the outstretched arm of right fielder Raul Reyes for a 3-0 Pawtucket lead. "He made just one bad pitch," Backman said. "He threw a 2-1 breaking ball to him. Then he went to 3-1. He's got to throw it again, and he threw a fastball to him. To me, that was the only mistake he really made." Justin Turner, in the first game of a rehab assignment, went 1-for-4 and played shortstop. He is due to play second base Friday, with Ronny Cedeño beginning a rehab assignment with the Bisons and manning shortstop. Pedro Beato saw his scoreless innings streak end at 13 innings, when Tony Thomas' sacrifice fly scored Che-Hsuan Lin in the top of the ninth. In the second inning, Buffalo had a chance to move Valentino Pascucci into scoring position, after Pascucci ripped a one-out single. But Matt Tuiasosopo grounded into a double play. The next inning, Rob Johnson led off with a double, and a Reyes groundout advanced Johnson to third. Brad Emaus was hit by a pitch. However, Matt den Dekker lined out to second baseman Tony Thomas, who doubled Emaus off first. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, READING 5: Zack Wheeler allowed a season-high three runs on seven hits in six innings while receiving a no-decision that snapped his streak of victories in six straight starts and upped his Eastern League ERA to 1.92. Tim Kennelly walked to start the game and eventually scored when Brandon Tripp beat out a potential inning-ending double play. The B-Mets quickly erased that deficit against Reading starter Austin Hyatt. Juan Lagares walked and scored when Eric Campbell doubled. Dustin Martin plated Campbell with another double for a 2-1 lead. Kennelly shot a one-out double down the third-base line in the third and scored on Miguel Abreu's single to even the score. Wheeler battled back with two scoreless innings before surrendering his final run in the sixth. Leandro Castro sent a two-out double to right field and came home with the go-ahead run on Jeremy Barnes’ single. Wheeler capped his day by inducing Troy Hanzawa to ground out.

After allowing two runs on two hits in the first, Hyatt retired the next 13 B-Mets to breeze into the sixth. The streak came to a halt when Lagares scorched a triple. Reese Havens tied the score at 3 with a single. Following a double by Campbell that chased Hyatt, reliever Frank Gailey picked up two outs to end the threat. Edgar Ramirez took over in the seventh and preserved the tie, working around a fielding error by third baseman Jefry Marte and a walk. The B-Mets took the lead for good the next half-inning without a ball leaving the infield. Juan Centeno started the inning with an infield single against Gailey. Pedro Zapata followed with a walk. Pinch hitter Joe Bonfe loaded the bases with a bunt single. Lagares gave Binghamton the lead by working a bases-loaded walk. With one out and the bases still loaded, reliever Juan Morillo entered and induced Marte to hit a dribbler back to the mound. Morillo’s throw home sailed to the backstop, allowing Bonfe to score. Binghamton added four runs in the eighth against Morillo, taking advantage of two more bases-loaded walks. After Brad Holt posted a perfect eighth, the B-Mets handed a five-run lead to Adrian Rosario. He allowed two ninth-inning runs, on three hits and a walk. With two aboard and the tying run at the plate, Robert Carson entered and induced Sebastian Valle to fly out to end the game. Ramirez (1-1) picked up his first win as a B-Met since July 14, 2011. Carson earned his fourth save. Box

PALM BEACH at ST. LUCIE (canceled): The game, called because of inclement weather, will not be rescheduled. The Mets next visit the Bradenton Marauders on Monday, after the Florida State League All-Star break. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 0: Michael Fulmer tossed 7 1/3 innings and combined with Jared West on the shutout. Dustin Lawley had four hits, including a solo homer. T.J. Rivera had three hits and two RBIs. Brandon Brown scored three runs. Box

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Around the minors 6.7.12

June, 7, 2012
BUFFALO 3, COLUMBUS 2: Bisons starter Garrett Olson pitched five-plus innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits while striking out three. Manny Acosta, Josh Edgin and Fernando Cabrera combined to pitch four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit while striking out seven. Cabrera recorded his 13th save, giving him sole possession of the International League lead. The Bisons scored in the first inning on RBI singles by Valentino Pascucci and Raul Reyes. Corey Wimberly delivered an RBI single in the sixth as the Bisons took a 3-1 lead. Wimberly, Reyes, Sean Kazmar and Dustin Martin all had multi-hit nights. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, HARRISBURG 1: Zack Wheeler allowed one unearned run in seven innings to win his sixth straight start. He struck out seven, walked four and hit a batter in a 104-pitch effort. For the third straight game, the B-Mets grabbed the lead in the first inning. Matt den Dekker lined a single against starter Danny Rosenbaum. It was the first of eight hits the B-Mets collected against Rosenbaum, who had tossed a complete game against Binghamton in May. With two outs, Jefry Marte ripped an RBI double down the left-field line to give Binghamton the lead. The B-Mets added to their lead in the fourth. Josh Rodriguez doubled and scored two batters later on a single by Juan Lagares. Lagares swiped second base and took third when catcher Jeremy Mayo’s throw skipped into center. Rylan Sandoval drove him in by shooting a single through the hole on the right side. The advantage was more than enough for Wheeler. The righty allowed at least one runner in each of the first three innings, but kept Harrisburg off the board. The Senators had runners on the corners in the third and tried to execute a double-steal, but Chris McConnell was gunned down at home. Eury Perez’s single in the third was the final hit Wheeler allowed. Wheeler followed by posting scoreless frames in the fourth and fifth, before the B-Mets stumbled in the sixth in the field. Harrisburg plated its only run without a hit. The B-Mets committed three errors -- all on booted groundballs, which allowed Perez to score. Binghamton plated its final run against Rosenbaum in the seventh. Lagares started the inning by doubling. The right fielder moved to third on a single by Joe Bonfe and came home when Jesus Valdez bobbled the hit in left field. Wheeler came back for the seventh and worked around a leadoff walk to post a scoreless inning. He induced pinch hitter Jimmy Van Ostrand to bounce into a double play to cap his night. Wheeler (6-2) lowered his ERA to 1.66. Adrian Rosario took over for Wheeler and took the game to the finish line. He navigated around two-out singles in the eighth and ninth and posted two scoreless frames. He fanned pinch hitter Stephen King for the final out and earned his second save as a B-Met. Box

CLEARWATER 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Cory Vaughn hit his 11th homer, but St. Lucie mustered only two other hits. The Mets lost only their fifth game at home all season. Blake Forsythe drew a two-out walk in the ninth and represented the tying run at first base. But Francisco Pena flied out to deep center to end the game. Pena finished 2-for-4 with a double. Vaughn ripped a leadoff homer in the fourth to cut the deficit to 3-2. Angel Cuan allowed three runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings while striking out five. Cuan surrendered a two-run homer to Zach Collier in the second inning as the Mets fell behind 3-0. Kyle Allen tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing a hit with a walk and recording one strikeout. Taylor Whitenton pitched two relief innings and surrendered one hit while walking and striking out three. Box

Down 4-0 entering the bottom of the third of Game 2, the Gnats scored five unanswered runs. In the fourth, three doubles -- from T.J. Rivera, Travis Taijeron and Brian Harrison -- helped produce two runs to draw the Gnats within a run. An inning later, Brandon Brown launched a two-run homer. Gnats starter Michael Fulmer fought his way through five innings to earn the win despite allowing four runs on five hits and two walks while fanning four. T.J. Chism induced three groundballs in the ninth to lock up his 10th save in 10 chances. All of the scoring in Game 1 occurred on one swing. In the second inning, Taylor Featherston walked and Brian Humphries followed with a two-run homer against Savannah starter Rafael Montero. Montero worked six innings innings. Asheville's Tyler Anderson shut out the Gnats through six innings. Box 1, Box 2

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Around the minors 6.3.12

June, 3, 2012
BUFFALO 5, TOLEDO 3: Matt Harvey did not allow a run, but the right-hander was pulled after four innings, having allowed four hits and five walks and with his pitch count having reached 84. Matt Tuiasosopo delivered a grand slam against starter Adam Wilk in the sixth to break a scoreless tie. Toledo answered in the bottom half, scoring on a two-run single by Ryan Raburn against Josh Edgin. Brad Emaus contributed a solo homer in the ninth to bump the Bisons' lead to 5-2. Fernando Cabrera recorded his 12th save despite allowing a solo homer to pull even with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre closer Kevin Whelan for the International League lead. The Bisons added Manny Acosta to replace promoted Josh Satin on the roster. Box

BINGHAMTON 2, AKRON 1 (suspended): Heavy rain suspended action in the top of the fourth inning. The game will resume Monday at 10:35 a.m. Nick Weglarz had a 3-1 count with a runner on first base and two outs when the umpiring crew opted to place the tarp on the field. The game was officially suspended after the teams waited through a 53-minute delay. The first three and half innings were interrupted by a pair of brief delays. The first pitch was bumped 29 minutes due to impending rain. Following the delay, B-Mets starter Greg Peavey began the game with a perfect inning. Binghamton plated two runs in the second against Akron starter T.J. House. After Juan Lagares stole second with two outs, Joe Bonfe singled through the hole on the left side to give Binghamton the lead. Bonfe scored one batter later when center fielder Tim Fedroff bobbled a single by Kai Gronauer. The Aeros scored a run in the third on a single by Davis Stoneburner. Play was interrupted for another 11 minutes following the completion of the half-inning. The teams nearly squeezed in a full inning before heavy rain rolled back through the area, prompting the game's suspension. In accordance with Rule 4.12(a)(8) of the Major League Rulebook, Monday's regularly scheduled game with be seven innings and will be played following the completion of the suspended game. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, TAMPA 3: Cory Mazzoni tossed six effective innings and struck out six and the Mets rallied with a five-run sixth. The Mets have won all three games in the series to improve to 44-12. Jason Bay played in his second game on a major league rehab assignment as he recovers from a fractured left rib. Bay went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, a walk and an RBI. Bay batted third in the order and served as the designated hitter. Mazzoni (5-0) allowed two runs on five hits with one walk. John Church gave up a run on a hit while walking two and striking out one in relief. Ryan Fraser tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his second save. ZeErika McQueen had three hits, a run scored and an RBI. Alonzo Harris, Wilfredo Tovar and Juan Torres each drove in a run. The Mets loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth. Torres delivered an RBI single to score Wilmer Flores. McQueen came through with a game-tying single to plate Richard Lucas. Harris then drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Torres and give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Tovar also walked with the bases loaded to score Robbie Shields. Bay added a sacrifice fly to give the Mets a 5-2 advantage. Box

GREENSBORO 8, SAVANNAH 6: Down 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Brandon Brown hit the first of the Gnats’ four homers. However, Savannah missed a chance to draw closer when it left the bases loaded for the second straight inning. In the seventh, Travis Taijeron and Aderlin Rodriguez consecutively went deep to pull Savannah within 7-4. Rodriguez finished 4-for-5. He also had homered Saturday. It was his second four-hit game of 2012. In the ninth inning with two outs, Rodriguez singled and Brian Harrison homered as the Gnats closed to within two runs. Charley Thurber then singled to bring Albert Cordero to the plate as the tying run, but he grounded out to end the game. The Hoppers broke in the second inning against starter Alex Panteliodis. The Hoppers loaded the bases with three straight singles to start the frame and then scored runs with a pair of RBI groundouts. Greensboro chased Panteliodis with four runs in the fourth inning to expand its advantage to 6-0. The last batter he faced, Brent Keys, who was leading the SAL in batting average and on-base percentage entering Sunday, singled to score two runs. Panteliodis, who was charged with the loss, has not finished the fourth inning in four of his past five starts. The Gnats are off Monday. Box

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Around the minors 5.26.12

May, 26, 2012
BUFFALO 8, SCRANTON WILKES-BARRE 7: Buffalo pulled out an 8-7 win against Scranton Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. Bisons closer Fernando Cabrera would not allow Jack Cust to be the hero for the second consecutive night. On a 2-2 count, Cabrera sent Cust down swinging. After eluding the threat of Cust, Cabrera managed to retire the next two batters and end the game. The Herd jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first three innings, but the Yankees battled back to take the lead at one point. But unlike Friday, the Bisons capitalized on their opportunities. One day after going 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position and leaving 12 on base, the Herd made a drastic improvement, going 5-for-8 with only three left on. In the top of the first, Valentino Pascucci came to the plate with two outs and a runner on second. Pascucci responded by ripping an RBI double into deep left field, giving the Bisons a quick 1-0 lead. The Herd came through with runners in scoring position again in the second. With two outs and two on, Fred Lewis came to bat, fresh off his first home run of the year Friday. Lewis quickly made it two homers in as many days, driving the ball deep into center field. The three-run shot gave the Bisons a 4-0 lead, and the margin would be extended to six the next inning. But like Friday, the Yankees battled back. After pitching four scoreless innings, Bisons starter Garrett Olson found trouble in the firth, allowing five runs on six hits. A Cust homer in the seventh tied the game, and the Yankees added another run the same inning to take the lead. Now the Bisons were forced to rally, in order to avoid squandering sizable leads in two consecutive games. And the Herd was up to the task. With one out and runners on second and third, Jordany Valdespin ripped a line drive to left field that scored Josh Satin and tied the game. Then, on an interesting play, Pascucci was able to steal home, with an assist from Valdespin. With Valdespin on first and Pascucci on third, Valdespin tried to steal second but got trapped between two Scranton defenders. Amid the confusion, the alert Pascucci ran home to give the Bisons the lead. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 8, BINGHAMTON 2: New Hampshire scored five combined runs in the fourth and fifth innings to down Binghamton on Saturday. Starter Gregory Peavey gave up five earned runs and seven hits in seven innings in the loss. In two innings of relief, Erik Turgeon was tagged for four hits and three earned runs. Binghamton went up 1-0 on a single by Jefry Marte, but that was the last run they scored until the seventh. New Hampshire, meanwhile, plated two in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a commanding 5-1 lead. In the seventh, Juan Lagares doubled to make it 5-2. New Hampshire plated three in the ninth to eliminate any chance of a Bingamton comeback. Peavey fell to 3-2 with a 5.59 ERA after the loss.Box

SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 5: Savannah scored four runs in the first three innings en route to a 7-4 win over Augusta on Saturday. Aderlin Rodriguez's sacrifice fly gave Savannah a 1-0 lead in the second, but Augusta rallied for two against starter Rafael Montero in the bottom of the frame. Savannah came back with three in the third. Charles Thurber drove in two with a double, and Brandon Brown made it 4-2 with an RBI single. Augusta again added a run in the fifth to make it 4-3 but Savannah scored runs in the eighth and ninth. Gilbert Gomez drove in a run in the eighth, while Dustin Lawley and Travis Taijeron each contributed RBI to make it 7-4 in the ninth. Montero improved to 4-2 after seven innings of three-run ball while T.J. Chism picked up his seventh save. Savannah had 15 hits in the win. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 4: St. Lucie walked off with a 5-4 win against Charlotte on Saturday. Cory Vaughn walked with the bases loaded to force in the winning run. Charlotte took an early 3-0 lead against Mets starter Angel Cuan. Cuan struggled on the day, giving up nine hits and four runs over 4 2/3 innings. St. Lucie got a run back in the third when Richard Lucas nailed his third home run of the year. Charlotte tacked on a run to make it 4-1 in the fifth, but St. Lucie got two back on a bases-loaded walks by Robbie Shields and Wilmer Flores. The Mets tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on a wild pitch when Rylan Sandoval scored. Jack Leathersich and John Church tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and Church picked up the win. St. Lucie committed three errors in the win. Box

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Around the minors 5.18.12

May, 19, 2012
BUFFALO 5, GWINNETT 3: Slugger Valentino Pascucci and 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey fueled the Bisons' win. Harvey got off to a shaky start, allowing back-to-back homers to Stefan Gartrell and Ernesto Mejia for a 2-0 first-inning deficit. Harvey then began a rally with his bat. In the third, he singled and Corey Wimberly walked. Fred Lewis then also singled to load the bases. A double-play groundout by Vinny Rottino forced in a run. Pascucci then homered off Braves starter Yohan Flande to give the Bisons a 3-2 lead. Rottino went 0-for-5 to lose a 20-game hitting streak. Harvey is now 4-for-10 at the plate this season. In the fifth, with the scored even at 3, Pascucci repeated his impressive strength with a two-run shot. Harvey settled down the rest of the game to strike out a season-high 11 batters. "Striking out batters is definitely a strength for Matt," manager Wally Backman said. The last time a Bisons starter struck out 11 was former Bisons and current Mets pitcher Dillon Gee on Aug. 28, 2010. Pascucci's two homers give him 48 as a Bison, putting him in sole possession of seventh place on the Herd's all-time home run list, passing Ernie Young. Box

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets stranded 10 runners, went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and were shut out for the fifth time this season. Portland starter Billy Buckner worked out of trouble in his first three innings. Binghamton put two aboard in the first, but failed to score when Juan Lagares fanned to end the inning. Lagares stranded two more in the third when he popped out to second. Portland cracked the scoreboard in the fifth against Gonzalez Germen. Jefry Marte opened the door by booting a groundball by Ronald Bermudez to start the inning. After a walk to Derrik Gibson and a sac bunt, Jeremy Hazelbaker bounced a two-run double over the third-base bag. Germen walked two more to load the bases, but escaped further harm by fanning Bryce Brentz. Germen (1-2) made it through six innings before handing off to Armando Rodriguez. Germen gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and struck out six. In the seventh, the Sea Dogs put together three consecutive two-out hits against Rodriguez. Juan Carlos Linares supplied an RBI double and Reynaldo Rodriguez added a run-scoring triple. It was the first time this season Rodriguez has allowed more than one hit in a relief appearance. The B-Mets (19-20) continue their three-game series Saturday as Jenrry Mejia moves from St. Lucie to the B-Mets for the start. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, LAKELAND 2: Starter Chase Huchingson limited Lakeland to one run in five innings and Taylor Whitenton contributed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Alonzo Harris had three hits in the leadoff spot. Rafael Fernandez and Francisco Pena drove in two runs apiece. Box

AUGUSTA 4, SAVANNAH 3: For the second straight night, the Gnats stranded the tying run on second base in the ninth. The Gnats were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Down 4-2 heading to the bottom of the ninth, the Gnats (24-16) rallied. Charley Thurber led off with a triple and scored on Gregory Pron’s RBI groundout. A single from Brandon Brown and a walk to Cam Maron put the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first with one out. However, GreenJackets closer Cody Hall rebounded to strike out T.J. Rivera and Dustin Lawley to end the game. Augusta took a 2-0 lead against Savannah starter Tyler Pill in the second inning on three singles, an error, a sacrifice and an RBI groundout. Augusta added a run in the sixth for a 3-0 lead on a single, a stolen base and an RBI single. Pill allowed three runs, all earned, in six innings with no walks and five strikeouts. All eight hits against him were singles. The Gnats made it a one-run game with single runs in the sixth and eighth innings. In the sixth, Travis Taijeron walked and came home on Brian Harrison’s double . In the eighth, Aderlin Rodriguez, who was 2-for-4, crushed a solo homer. Rodriguez has hit safely in six straight games. Augusta added an insurance run in the top of the ninth that scored on a throwing error by Brown at second base. Box

Compiled from team reports

Mets morning briefing 5.16.12

May, 16, 2012
David Wright jawed with his manager, Terry Collins, in the dugout, but insisted afterward he was upset in the heat of the moment with the situation, not at his manager. The Mets ultimately lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-0, Tuesday at soggy Citi Field. Collins pulled Wright in the bottom of the seventh along with Daniel Murphy, trying to protect the third baseman from getting drilled a half-inning after D.J. Carrasco served up a homer to Rickie Weeks, then plunked Ryan Braun with the next pitch. Wright wanted to stand in the batter's box to take the expected retaliatory blow and end the drama.

"At this level, somebody is going to get hit," Collins said about retaliation, to which the Mets skipper felt the Brewers were entitled. "And it wasn't going to be David Wright tonight. I can't control what's going to happen down the road. He's not going to get hurt in this game, in this situation, tonight."

Please join me for a Mets chat at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday here.

Wednesday's news reports:

• Before the T.C.-Wright dugout spectacle, Dillon Gee had let down the Mets. Gee served up a pair of homers to Travis Ishikawa and was charged with seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. "Mistakes that he makes are in the middle of the plate," Collins said. "I mean, when I took him out of the game, Nicky [catcher Mike Nickeas] said every mistake he made tonight they drilled."

Said Gee: "I don't know. I'm at a loss for words today. I felt good out there. I felt like I made a lot of good pitches. In my mind, I only made a couple of mistakes."

Meanwhile, Murphy extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games before departing the game.

Read game recaps in the Record, Times, Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Daily News and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post summarizes the Wright-Collins argument this way:

Whether [the hit by pitch] was intentional or not isn’t important. Neither is the transaction of removing Wright from the game. This was: Both Collins and Wright care enough about this team and this season as it approaches the quarter pole that they were willing to fill the dugout with noise and rancor, even for a lost cause. They are a fine match, a manager who cares and a player who cares even more.

Read my take here. Columnist Tim Smith in the Daily News also opines on the topic.

• Mayor Michael Bloomberg, MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon will participate in a ceremony at City Hall during which the 2013 All-Star Game officially will be awarded to Citi Field. The long-planned event was delayed in being announced for months as MLB worked out contracts with the Javits Convention Center for a fan fest as well as logistics such as NYPD staffing costs for a midtown parade of All-Stars and Central Park concert. You can watch the official announcement live at 11:30 a.m. on the city's web site here. Read more in Newsday, the Times, Post, Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• Collins told Anthony McCarron in the Daily News that Jason Bay "absolutely" will get his left-field job back when he returns from the DL after dealing with a fractured rib. Collins acknowledged the challenge will be finding playing time for Kirk Nieuwenhuis as well, but the manager will make it work. “He didn’t come here to be an extra player," Collins told McCarron about Bay. Nieuwenhuis went 0-for-3 Tuesday. He is hitting .294 with two homers, 12 RBIs, 14 walks and 39 strikeouts in 119 at-bats.

Josh Thole was examined Tuesday at Citi Field and expected to imminently gain clearance to begin athletic activities. The catcher said he should learn the results of a concussion test Wednesday. Thole, who suffered what may be the fourth concussion of his professional career nine days ago in a plate collision with Ty Wigginton, said his headaches ended Friday. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Record, Daily News and Newsday.

Jenrry Mejia and Chris Young are slated to move to Triple-A Buffalo to continue their returns from surgeries that both were performed on May 16, 2011. Mejia soon should be exposed to relief work to gauge his ability to contribute at the major league level in that capacity, an organization source told Young was due to pitch for Class A St. Lucie on Tuesday night, but the game was rained out. He presumably will pitch Wednesday morning for the Florida State League club before moving to Triple-A.

• A special screening of the Andres Torres-centered documentary "Gigante," about the center fielder's battle with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, will be held at NYU School of Medicine (550 First Ave.) on May 31 at 7 p.m. The free event is open to the public, but preregistration is mandatory at

• Wright was noncommittal on his receptiveness to discussing a contract in-season if the Mets approached his representatives.

Brian Costa in the Journal profiles sudden pinch-hitter-extraordinaire/local product Mike Baxter. Baxter is hitting .471 (8-for-17) with five RBIs as a pinch hitter this season, including a sixth-inning double Tuesday. The contribution also includes a go-ahead two-run double in the ninth inning Friday at Marlins Park.

Plenty of players have found success in pinch-hit roles, but they tend to be veterans who were starters at one point. Baxter, 27, entered Tuesday with just 58 games of major-league experience and just 10 career starts. "Mike is becoming really good at it in a short window," said Mets third-base coach Tim Teufel, who had 192 pinch-hit appearances during his 11-year major-league career. "Usually for a young player, it takes time. He's taken to the role. He's found a way." The Mets' depth was a perceived weakness going into the season. But despite several injuries, they entered Tuesday with a 20-15 record, thanks in part to some unexpected contributions from players at the fringes of the roster. Players like Baxter.

Michael Salfino in the Journal looks at the Mets' patience at the plate under hitting coach Dave Hudgens. Among the relevant stats: Through Monday, the Mets had seen the most pitches per plate appearance in MLB (3.98), according to Stats LLC, better than runner-up Oakland (3.97) and No. 3 Arizona (3.94). Writes Salfino:

The epitome of the Mets desire to work counts as much as possible, though, is their place as the only team in baseball yet to swing at a 3-0 pitch (70 opportunities). That's widely regarded as the optimal hitter's count. But the Mets clearly don't want to help pitchers work their way out of trouble. New York's patient approach seems to be organization-wide. A spate of injuries have seen four opening day starters head to the disabled list, but replacements Justin Turner (4.22 pitches per plate appearance), Mike Baxter (4.23) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (4.22) have actually improved the Mets average.

• Baseball America projects the Mets taking Louisiana high school shortstop Gavin Cecchini with the 12th overall pick in the draft next month. The magazine also says the Mets have been "strongly linked" to Texas high school outfielder Courtney Hawkins and Texas A&M right-hander Michael Wacha.

Brandon Brown had three RBIs and Dustin Lawley homered as Savannah held on for a 4-3 win at Charleston. Read Tuesday's full minor league recap here.

• Collins is not a fan of prescribed roles in the bullpen, but the manager said pregame Tuesday that he needs to accept it as part of the evolution of the game. “Guys are here to do certain jobs,” Collins said. “That’s what they’re paid for. That’s what they prepare for. I mean, you have pitchers in the game today who don’t even go to the bullpen until the sixth inning. They’re not even out there. They’re doing stuff in the clubhouse. They’re stretching. They’re getting rubdowns. That’s the way it is and you have to adjust. I don’t have to like it, but I have to accept it.” Writes columnist Mark Bradley in the Star-Ledger:

No one could have blamed Collins if he took a match and some gasoline to his bullpen roles after Francisco blew the lead twice last weekend in Miami, which was potentially damaging to the psyche of his entire team. And when Francisco got into trouble in the ninth inning on Monday, and the fans were letting him hear it, you wondered, was Collins willing to let another one get away? “The one thing I don’t want to do is turn our bullpen inside out because we have a couple of blown saves,” Collins said. “Everybody has blown saves. But if you start changing everybody’s roles, then all of the sudden it’s very uncomfortable for some guys.” And then Collins repeated, “That’s something I’ve come to accept.”

Johan Santana and Chris Capuano appear on columnist Bob Klapisch's list of 10 early season MLB surprises in the Record. Writes Klapisch on Santana:

You don’t dominate hitters with an 88-mph fastball without brains and guts, both of which are still Santana’s most precious currencies. His arm has been rebuilt by surgeons, who couldn’t restore the left-hander’s 94-mph heater of his prime. Still, Santana is so good, he’s averaging more than a strikeout an inning. It’s hard to believe Santana was on the DL for the entire 2011 season. Put it this way: The 2.92 ERA isn’t just surprising, it’s magic.

• SNY will televise its "Yearbook" show for the 1962 season for the first time on Thursday at 8 p.m., Ken Belson writes in the Times. Writes Belson:

To sports fans, the show, which is called “1962 Yearbook,” is a wonderful example of how sports was covered a half-century ago, complete with fawning announcers, eager players and a lack of whiz-bang technology that predominates on sports networks these days. “They were trying to generate interest and enthusiasm among the fans,” said Gary Morgenstern, senior vice president for programming at SNY, said of the show and others that would follow. “They weren’t terribly successful, so it was about getting people to fall in love with the team.” The tapes were discovered in 2008, when the Mets were cleaning out Shea Stadium and moving to Citi Field. The video was not meant to be shown on television. Rather, it was to be used by the team’s sales staff to drum up ticket sales in the off-season.

Miguel Batista remains on target for his next start, despite dealing with a groin issue while tossing seven scoreless innings Monday. He is due to pitch at Toronto on Saturday.

• Mets players already were wearing hockey jerseys in the clubhouse Tuesday, in preparation for a dress-up en route to Toronto after Thursday's homestand finale. Mike Kerwick in the Record spotted R.A. Dickey in a Predators jersey (he lives in Nashville), the Whitestone native Baxter wearing a Rangers jersey, and Nieuwenhuis -- a Denver-area product -- wearing an Avalanche jersey.

TRIVIA: Who hit the homers off Braden Looper to spoil Pedro Martinez's Mets debut in Cincinnati on Opening Day in 2005?

Monday's answer: Gee attended the University of Texas-Arlington.



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