New York Mets: Brandon Hicks

Series preview: Mets vs. Giants

August, 1, 2014
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Associated PressRecently acquired Jake Peavy made his Giants debut Sunday against the Dodgers.
METS (52-56, fourth place/NL East) vs. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (58-50, second place/NL West)

Friday: LHP Jonathon Niese (5-6, 3.23) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (5-8, 4.45), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (5-5, 2.79) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (1-10, 4.71), 7:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Bartolo Colon (10-8, 3.88) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (12-8, 3.41), 1:10 p.m. ET

Monday: RHP Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.77) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (8-8, 2.71), 12:10 p.m. ET

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Jake Peavy was acquired from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for right-hander Heath Hembree and minor-league left-hander Edwin Escobar. Peavy allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings in an eventual 4-3 loss to the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday in his Giants debut. Since a win on April 25 with Boston, Peavy has lost 10 straight decisions. Boston scored two runs or fewer in each of his final eight starts with the club. The Giants and Red Sox agreed to split the $5 million remaining on the 33-year-old Peavy’s contract.

Peavy’s acquisition gives the Giants an upgrade over former Mets farmhand Yusmeiro Petit with Matt Cain on the disabled list. Cain (2-7, 4.18 ERA) sought a second opinion this week on his balky right elbow and could be in line for Tommy John surgery that forces him to miss next season as well.

• First baseman Brandon Belt is expected to return this weekend from the concussion DL. He had persistent symptoms after being struck in the face with a baseball while fielding during batting practice.


Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesGregor Blanco has handled center field with Angel Pagan on the disabled list.


Angel Pagan is expected to remain on the disabled list through the Mets series, but should be activated next week. He last appeared for the Giants on June 14. The ex-Met has a bulging disk that pinched a nerve and caused leg pain. Gregor Blanco has manned center field with Pagan sidelined.

• Dissatisfied at second base, the Giants took a chance on Dan Uggla, who was released by the Atlanta Braves. Uggla, however, went 0-for-11 with six strikeouts and committed three errors in four games. He reportedly did not travel with the Giants to New York and is mulling an offer to join the Giants’ Triple-A Fresno affiliate. Overall, Uggla has only one hit in his past 32 major league at-bats.

San Francisco searched for a second baseman via trade, but let Thursday’s deadline pass with no activity.

St. John’s University product Joe Panik, who graduated from John Jay High School in East Fishkill, N.Y., started Wednesday at second base. The rookie Panik was selected in the first round (29th overall) in 2011. He made his major league debut June 29, but is hitting only .214. There is speculation Double-A prospect Matt Duffy could take over the position. Marco Scutaro (back) is on the DL.

Brandon Hicks, who started at second base when the Mets played in San Francisco in early June, has been in Triple-A for the past two weeks after hitting only .162 with eight homers in 71 games with the Giants.

• San Francisco snapped a season-high-matching six-game losing streak with a win in Wednesday’s homestand finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants averaged one run per game during that skid. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one other time in the past 99 seasons did the Giants produced six runs or fewer in a six-game span -- back in 1992. The Giants have lost 29 of their last 45 games. They once owned a 42-21 record.

Ryan Vogelsong has received no run support while on the mound in five of his last six outings. San Francisco ultimately was shut out in four of those games.

• The lone Giants active starting pitcher the Mets miss in the four-game series is Tim Lincecum. He tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on June 25, becoming the second pitcher in major league history to produce the feat twice against the same opponent. Lincecum joined Hall of Famer Addie Joss, who accomplished it in the early 20th century.

Sergio Romo was displaced as Giants closer on June 29 after blowing three saves in a five-chance span. He has allowed a career-high eight homers this season. Santiago Casilla has notched seven of the Giants’ last eight saves.

• Shortstop Brandon Crawford is 4-for-his-last-23.

• Right fielder Hunter Pence is 4-for-his-last-33. Pence has appeared in 330 straight games and started 280 straight games. Both are the longest active streaks in the majors.

Buster Posey is hitting .386 as a first baseman and .255 as a catcher this season.

Rapid Reaction: Giants 6, Mets 4

June, 8, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The New York Mets return to the Big Apple a season-worst seven games under .500 and on a season-high six-game losing streak.

Zack Wheeler had his shortest career start. And despite a two-homer game from Curtis Granderson, the Mets were swept for the second straight series, this time with a 6-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday at AT&T Park.

The Mets pulled within a run and had the tying run at third base in the eighth inning, but stranded Granderson when Chris Young flied out against Jean Machi. Vic Black surrendered an RBI single to Brandon Hicks in the bottom half after inheriting a baserunner at second from Scott Rice.

After winning four of five games in Philadelphia to open thid three-city trip, the Mets (28-35) went winless in Chicago and San Francisco. The Giants swept a series from the Mets for the first time since 2002. San Francisco is an MLB-best 42-21.


Jason O. Watson/Getty ImagesZack Wheeler had his shortest career start Sunday in San Francisco.


Tripped up: The ex-Giants farmhand Wheeler lasted 3 2/3 innings. He surrendered four runs on six hits and two walks in an 86-pitch effort.

Wheeler had entered the start off dominant performances against the Phillies and Cubs earlier in the trip. He limited them to a combined one run on six hits and two walks in 13 innings.

Josh Edgin handled the final out of the fourth, getting lefty-hitting Gregor Blanco to fly out to strand two inherited baserunners. Dana Eveland followed with two scoreless relief innings, but Carlos Torres surrendered an RBI single to Blanco in the seventh as San Francisco opened a 5-3 lead.

Sunday marked Wheeler’s third time pitching against the club that traded him to the Mets for Carlos Beltran in 2011.

Wheeler allowed one run in seven innings at AT&T Park last July 10. He then walked six while allowing four runs in five innings against the Giants at Citi Field on Sept. 17. Wheeler was shut down for the season because of an innings cap after that start.

Deep thoughts: Granderson produced the 15th multi-homer game of his career, and first since Oct. 3, 2012 with the Yankees against the Boston Red Sox. He opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run shot against Tim Lincecum. Granderson then pulled the Mets within 4-3 in the sixth with a solo shot against Lincecum that landed in McCovey Cove.

Granderson’s first shot measured 439 feet, the second-longest homer by a Met this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Travis d’Arnaud had a 448-foot homer against Chad Bettis at Coors Field on May 1. The McCovey Cove shot registered 402 feet.

Granderson’s first-inning damage might have been bigger, but leadoff man Matt den Dekker was caught stealing when he broke for third base with Lincecum still holding the baseball.

Granderson and Daniel Murphy had three hits apiece.

In a pinch: David Wright did not get a full day off in his first non-start of the season. He pinch hit against reliever Juan Gutierrez with two outs and Eric Campbell at first base in the seventh. Wright struck out.

What’s next: After playing 20 games in 20 days, the Mets exhale Monday after an overnight flight back to New York. The Amazin’s host the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-game series beginning Tuesday. Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-0, 3.21 ERA) opposes right-hander Marco Estrada (5-2, 4.19) in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.

Rapid Reaction: Giants 5, Mets 4

June, 8, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO -- After a pregame meeting, and with Kenny Bania and Steve Kerr in attendance, the dive has hit five ... and in agonizing fashion.

Three outs from snapping a four-game losing streak, Jenrry Mejia surrendered two ninth-inning runs and the New York Mets lost to the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Saturday night at AT&T Park.

Ex-Met Angel Pagan struck out to begin the inning, but reached when Anthony Recker’s throw to first base to complete the putout pulled Lucas Duda off the bag. Hunter Pence followed with a game-tying double. Buster Posey advanced Pence to third base on a fly out. After an intentional walk, Michael Morse won it with an RBI single.

It was Mejia’s first blown save since being installed as closer.

Things began to unravel in the sixth with a critical error by David Wright.

With the Mets leading 4-1, and with a runner at first base for the Giants with two outs, Bartolo Colon coaxed a grounder to third base from Brandon Hicks. Wright fielded it cleanly, but threw wide of second base trying to get the lead runner. The E-5 placed two runners in scoring position. After a walk loaded the bases, Pagan delivered his third hit of the game. The single to left field plated two baserunners and chased Colon.

An infield single by Hunter Pence against Jeurys Familia reloaded the bases and brought Posey to the plate. Familia went to a full count before striking out Posey to preserve a 4-3 lead.

Familia appeared poised to be the savior. He ultimately produced 2 1/3 scoreless innings, retiring the final seven batters he faced, before handing the ball to Mejia for the save attempt. The workload matched the longest by Familia this season. He also went that distance April 11 at Anaheim.

Mortal: Tim Hudson entered Saturday with the best ERA in the majors at 1.75, but had an uncharacteristically rough outing. Hudson surrendered three runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings and departed trailing 3-1. It marked only the second time in 12 starts this season that Hudson had surrendered more than two earned runs in a game.

Hudson’s ERA climbed to 1.97, now tied for second in the majors with Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto, and trailing Atlanta’s Julio Teheran (1.89).

The Mets snapped Hudson’s 16-inning scoreless streak on Anthony Recker’s second-inning RBI single, although they left runners on the corners. An inning later, Lucas Duda and Recker both had run-scoring singles off the right-field wall as the Mets built a 3-0 lead.

The damage could have been more, but Ruben Tejada and Recker both ended up at second base on Recker’s third-inning shot. Tejada eventually was tagged out between second and third.

Snapped: Wright snapped a season-high 0-for-14 drought with a third-inning single.

What’s next: The Mets play the final game of a three-city trip to complete a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. Former Giants first-round pick Zack Wheeler (2-5, 3.89 ERA) opposes right-hander Tim Lincecum (4-4, 5.01) in the 4:05 p.m. ET finale.

Wheeler, dealt by San Francisco in 2011 to rent Carlos Beltran, already has pitched once with the Mets at AT&T Park. He allowed one run on three hits and three walks in seven innings last July 10 as the Mets won, 7-2.

Wright is expected to get Sunday day off.

Rapid Reaction: Giants 4, Mets 2

June, 7, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO -- After the New York Mets were swept by the lowly Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the team with Major League Baseball's best record handed the Amazin's their latest defeat.

Hey, at least they weren’t no-hit!

New York survived a dominant performance by Matt Cain and actually chased him with a lead. However, Carlos Torres issued a four-pitch leadoff walk to ex-Met Angel Pagan and then surrendered a tiebreaking one-out home run to Buster Posey in the eighth as the San Francisco Giants beat the Mets, 4-2, Friday at AT&T Park.

Cain unable: Cain retired the first 12 Mets batters, took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, and didn’t win? Yep.

Matt den Dekker had a leadoff double in the seventh and Daniel Murphy followed that with a two-run homer on a hanging slider and all of a sudden the Mets, who had been silent offensively, had a 2-1 lead.

Cain had faced the minimum through six innings in his return from a DL trip for a right hamstring strain.

The Mets (28-33) had their first baserunner when plate umpire Rob Drake did not give Cain a strike call on a 3-1 pitch to Curtis Granderson at the inside corner to lead off the fifth. The Giants ace immediately erased Granderson anyway by coaxing a double-play grounder from Andrew Brown.

Ruben Tejada produced the Mets’ first hit on an infield single into the hole at shortstop to lead off the sixth. Travis d’Arnaud followed by grounding into a double play, too.

Cain at least was absolved of getting tagged with a loss once Brandon Crawford delivered a two-out RBI single up the middle in the seventh against Jonathon Niese to even the score at 2. Niese had walked former Mets farmhand Brandon Hicks and uncorked a wild pitch to advance him into scoring position.

Cain’s line: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.

Niesely done: With less flair than Cain, Niese took a scoreless effort into the fifth inning. The southpaw then surrendered a one-out triple to Hicks. Crawford followed with the first of his two RBIs, on a sacrifice fly to left field.

For the second straight game, Brown made a strong throw to the plate. This time, however, the ball struck Hicks as he slid into the plate, preventing d’Arnaud from even attempting to make a play, and San Francisco took a 1-0 lead.

Niese’s line: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. He departed at 94 pitches and was replaced by Torres for the eighth.

You? Hicks doubled, tripled, walked and scored twice -- hard to believe considering his dreadful showing in major league camp with the Mets in 2013. Hicks hit .116 (5-for-43) and committed four errors in Grapefruit League play. He then spent last season at Triple-A Las Vegas before departing as a free agent.

Freefalling: d’Arnaud went 0-for-3 with a foul pop out and two double plays. He is 3-for-26 since returning from the disabled list for a concussion and is now hitting .180.

What’s next: Things do not get any easier for the Mets as Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.52 ERA) faces right-hander Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.75) at 10:05 p.m. ET on Saturday. The ex-Brave's ERA leads the majors.

Series preview: Mets at Giants

June, 6, 2014
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Getty ImagesThe Mets face Matt Cain, Tim Hudson and Tim Lincecum this weekend in San Francisco.
METS (28-32, fourth place/NL East) vs. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (39-21, first place/NL West)

Friday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.69) vs. RHP Matt Cain (1-3, 3.66), 10:15 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.52) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.75), 10:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-5, 3.89) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (4-4, 5.01), 4:05 p.m. ET

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• Three-time All-Star Matt Cain will be activated from the disabled list to face the Mets. He departed a May 21 start after three scoreless innings with a strained right hamstring. Former Mets farmhand Yusmeiro Petit, who was traded to the Miami Marlins to acquire Carlos Delgado on the eve of Thanksgiving in 2005, had stepped into the rotation in Cain’s absence. Petit has returned to the bullpen.

• In the same May 21 game against the Colorado Rockies that Cain became injured, reliever Santiago Casilla also strained his right hamstring. His remains on the disabled list and is at least two weeks away from being activated.

• After nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves, 38-year-old Tim Hudson signed a two-year, $23 million contract with San Francisco during the offseason. Hudson’s 1.75 ERA ranks second in the majors, trailing only Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (1.68). Hudson has tossed seven scoreless innings in each of his past two starts.


Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesEx-Met Angel Pagan is hitting .321 this season.


Sergio Romo’s 18 saves are tied with San Diego’s Huston Street for the major league lead. Romo has converted 90 percent (18-for-20).

• Right fielder Hunter Pence (.290, 8 HR) signed a five-year, $90 million extension with the Giants on Sept. 29. Pence has started 232 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors.

• San Francisco has won 11 of its past 14 games to move a season-high 18 games over .500. The Giants’ 39-21 record is the best in the majors. They play 20 of their next 25 games at AT&T Park.

• The Giants have scored an MLB-best 47 runs in the first inning.

Tim Lincecum, who appeared last season like he may be headed elsewhere, re-signed with the Giants for two years, $35 million on Oct. 23. Linecum allowed eight runs in 4 1/3 innings at Cincinnati in his last start as his ERA swelled to 5.01. He left his previous start with a blister on his right middle finger after tossing five no-hit innings against the Cubs, albeit with four walks and 96 pitches thrown. Lincecum turns 30 on June 15.

• Reliever Jean Machi has a 21 2/3-inning scoreless streak, trailing only Atlanta’s David Hale (22 2/3) on the active leaderboard. Miami’s Henderson Alvarez ranks third at 21 innings.

• Outfielder Tyler Colvin was promoted from Triple-A Fresno on May 10 after first baseman Brandon Belt suffered a broken left thumb. Belt is scheduled to get two pins removed on Friday. The fracture occurred when he was struck by a fastball from Paul Maholm.

Belt’s injury prompted Michael Morse to move from left field to first base. Morse is 14-for-his-last-36 (.389), with 11 extra-base hits and 12 RBIs during that span. He signed with the Giants on Dec. 12 for one year at $6 million.

• Shortstop Brandon Crawford had been 4-for-his-last-32 before producing a three-run homer in the fourth inning Thursday afternoon against Cincinnati’s Mike Leake.

• With Marco Scutaro having missed the season’s first 60 games with a lower-back strain, Brandon Hicks has emerged as the regular second baseman. Brandon Hicks? Yes, the same player who looked challenged defensively in spring training with the Mets in 2013 and went on to hit .283 with 11 homers and 49 RBIs in 318 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas. Hicks is in the midst of a 4-for-37 slump over his past 13 games that has dropped his average to .182, albeit with a .303 on-base percentage. Scutaro recently received platelet-rich plasma therapy.

• Ex-Met Angel Pagan is hitting .321 and has a .370 on-base percentage as San Francisco’s leadoff hitter and center fielder.

Buster Posey, whose gruesome left leg fracture in 2011 prompted MLB to institute the new blocking-the-plate rule, is 11-for-his-last-63. He has missed five games since May 20 with lower-back tightness related to a nerve issue. Posey has started 40 games at catcher and nine games at first base this season.

Madison Bumgarner, whom the Mets do not face, is the reigning NL Pitcher of the Month. He was the first Giant to win the award since Lincecum in June 2009. Bumgarner went 5-0 with a 2.08 and MLB-best 48 strikeouts in six starts in May.

17 Mets farmhands become free agents

November, 5, 2013
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Seventeen Mets farmhands became free agents because they have not been added to the 40-man roster. That list, according to Baseball America:

RHP: Giancarlo Alvarado, Greg Burke, Matt Fox, D.J. Mitchell, Dylan Owen, Armando Rodriguez, Daryl Thompson, Cory Wade
LHP: Justin Hampson
C: Jeyckol De Leon, Francisco Pena
1B: Rhyne Hughes
3B: Richard Lucas
SS: Brian Bixler, Brandon Hicks, Josh Rodriguez
OF: Jamie Hoffmann

Minors 8.27.13: Walters breaks saves record

August, 28, 2013
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COLORADO SPRINGS 13, LAS VEGAS 12: Mike Baxter had a three-run homer in a five-run eighth as Las Vegas rallied to even the score at 9, but D.J. Mitchell surrendered four runs in the bottom half of the frame. Trailing 13-9, Francisco Pena doubled to open the ninth and scored on Brandon Hicks' single. Brian Bixler and Kirk Nieuwenhuis then walked to load the bases with none out. Ruben Tejada struck out. With Baxter then batting, a wild pitch scored Hicks to pull the 51s within two runs. Baxter then walked to reload the bases. Zach Lutz delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 13-12, but Eric Campell grounded out to strand the tying and winning runs on base. Starter Giancarlo Alvarado allowed six runs in six innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, BOWIE 2: The B-Mets packed their runs into the second inning and held on for a franchise-record 83rd win. Jeff Walters notched his 37th save, displacing Tim Lavigne for the B-Mets' career record. The Baysox opened the scoring in the first inning.

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Kyle Hudson had a leadoff single against Logan Verrett, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a single and scored on another wild pitch. Binghamton answered in the second against Bowie starter Tyler Wilson. Cory Vaughn launched his 10th B-Mets homer, ending the team's five-game long-ball drought. Following Travis Taijeron's single and Blake Forsythe's double, Richard Lucas gave Binghamton its first lead since Saturday with a sac fly. Wilfredo Tovar then doubled to plate Forsythe with Binghamton’s third run. Verrett (12-6) completed his outing with four scoreless frames. The right-hander allowed six hits and walked one over five innings, but held the Baysox to 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded six runners. Chasen Bradford worked around a one-out single to put up a zero in the sixth, but ran into trouble an inning later. Garabez Rosa's solo homer cut Binghamton’s lead to one. Two batters later, Josh Horton singled, putting the potential tying run on base. Adam Kolarek entered and induced an inning-ending comebacker. The Maryland native returned for the eighth and used a double play to erase a leadoff single in a scoreless frame. Walters posted a perfect ninth. Verrett took the sole possession of the Eastern League lead with his 12th win. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, CHARLOTTE 2: Rylan Sandoval had an RBI double in the first inning and T.J. Rivera and Kevin Plawecki had run-scoring singles in the second as St. Lucie built a 4-1 lead. Starter Angel Cuan (8-3) allowed two runs in six innings. Cody Satterwhite and T.J. Chism combined for three scoreless relief innings. Chism earned his 19th save. Box

ROME 14, SAVANNAH 1: Starter Marco Camarena was charged with eight runs in four innings. Reliever Wanel Mesa allowed six runs in two innings. Box

KINGSPORT 5, PULASKI 3: The K-Mets overcame a three-run deficit, evening the score in the fifth on Victor Cruzado's RBI single and taking the lead an inning later on Pedro Perez's run-scoring triple. Alberto Baldonado and Robert Coles combined for three no-hit relief innings. Box

TRI-CITY 5, BROOKLYN 3 (16 innings): L.J. Mazzilli's eighth-inning homer evened the score at 3 and forced extra innings, but the Cyclones ultimately lost the marathon. Cristian Chivilli surrendered two runs in the top of the 16th, after walking and hitting with a pitch the first two batters of the inning. Gavin Cecchini, Mazzilli and Jared King consecutively struck out in the bottom half. Box

GCL CARDINALS 11, GCL METS 6: Frank Francisco tossed a scoreless inning, albeit allowing two hits, in his third Gulf Coast League game in six days. Reliever Ramon Estevez was charged with four runs without recording an out as the Mets failed to hold a two-run lead in the eighth. Gaither Bumgardner was charged with another four runs in the ninth. Dominic Smith drove in two runs in the loss. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.23.13: Sanchez slam paces 'Clones

August, 24, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 9, FRESNO 8 (10 innings): Eric Campbell's single plated Juan Centeno for the walk-off win. The 51s pulled even in the bottom of the ninth with two runs, highlighted by Brandon Hicks' two-out, two-run double. Starter Jacob deGrom was charged with six runs in five innings. Box

AKRON 4, BINGHAMTON 3 (11 innings): The B-Mets erased a three-run deficit, only to fall in the 11th when Giovanny Urshela singled in the game-winning run against Armando Rodriguez (2-3). Binghamton took a chunk out of a 3-0 deficit in the fourth, facing Brett Brach. Batting second in the lineup for the first time this season, Wilfredo Tovar walked, stole second and took third on a groundout. With two outs, Travis Taijeron laced an RBI single and Blake Forsythe bounced an RBI double off the right-field wall, cutting Akron’s lead to one. B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel capped his night with three scoreless innings. The righty worked around a two-out double in the fourth, used a double play to post a scoreless fifth and sidestepped a leadoff single in a scoreless sixth. Brach countered with three shutout innings of his own, but stumbled in the eighth. Binghamton’s game-tying rally started with a one-out walk to Danny Muno. Muno stole second and Tovar brought him home by bouncing a single up the middle, knotting the game at 3. Jeff Johnson took over for Brach and collected the final two outs of the inning, stranding the potential go-ahead run at third base. B-Mets reliever Chase Huchingson preserved the tie with a perfect eighth. Chasen Bradford worked around leadoff walks in the ninth and 10th innings to add two scoreless frames. Box

FORT MYERS 9, ST. LUCIE 8 (9 innings)
FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 2: In Game 1, St, Lucie failed to hold a two-run lead in the seventh inning, then a one-run lead in the eighth. The Mets ultimately lost in the ninth when Kennys Vargas had a leadoff double against Cody Satterwhite and ultimately scored. In the nightcap, Hansel Robles allowed three runs in five innings. St. Lucie pulled with a run on Yucarybert De La Cruz's two-run double in the fifth. But St. Lucie mustered only one other hit in the game. Box 1, Box 2

WEST VIRGINIA 4, SAVANNAH 2: Jeff Reynolds went 1-for-1 with two walks and a hit-by-pitch to reach base safely in all four of his plate appearances, but the Power lit up Luis Cessa for three runs in the fourth inning. Max Moroff began the frame with a solo homer to put the Power up, 1-0. Jordan Steranka later tripled home a run. Raul Fortunato plated him with a double. Cessa did not allow a run outside of the fourth. He finished six innings with five strikeouts and no walks, but was charged with his fourth loss. West Virginia right-hander Luis Heredia blanked the Gnats through five innings on three hits with six strikeouts. The Gnats (28-29/71-55) drew within one run in the seventh against the Power bullpen. After a walk and a hit-by-pitch, Jeff Glenn ripped a two-run single on the 12th pitch of his at-bat as Savannah pulled within 3-2. West Virginia added a run in the ninth against reliever Wanel Mesa, on an RBI single by Jonathan Schwind. Box

KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 0: Brandon Welch and Carlos Gomez combined on a six-hit shutout. Gomez logged the final 3 2/3 innings for his first save. Jeyckol De Leon went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Champ Stuart went 2-for-2 with two walks, one RBI and two runs scored. Box

BROOKLYN 10, VERMONT 2: The Cyclones built a 9-0 lead, highlighted by a fourth-inning grand slam from Alex Sanchez. Miller Diaz tossed seven scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and three walks while striking out 11. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL NATIONALS 3: After Frank Francisco tossed a scoreless first inning, Gaby Almonte limited the Nats to one run over the next six innings. Leading 4-1 entering the ninth, Gaither Bumgardner surrendered two runs but stranded the tying run at second base to earn his third save. Ivan Wilson went 2-for-2 with two walks. He had a two-run homer in the fourth and also tripled. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.21.13: Binghamton wins division

August, 21, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 8, FRESNO 7 (11 innings): Eric Campbell's walk-off single in the 11th plated Lucas Duda as the 51s overcame a seven-run deficit. Daryl Thompson, signed out of the independent Atlantic League, loaded the bases in the top half in his organization debut but escaped and earned the victory. Kirk Nieuwenhuis' solo homer in the eighth evened the score at 7. The 51s had Brandon Hicks on third base with one out in the bottom of the 10th. With Wally Backman out of position players, Fresno walked Francisco Pena and Nieuwenhuis to load the bases for reliever Sean Henn. Backman countered by pinch hitting with starting pitcher Matt Fox. He struck out on a squeeze attempt and Hicks was retired at the plate for a double play, sending the game to the 11th. Starter Chris Schwinden allowed seven runs in four innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, BOWIE 3: Allan Dykstra and Travis Taijeron each homered had two RBIs in the win as Binghamton clinched its first division title since 2000. Logan Verrett gave up two runs over five innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, PALM BEACH 4
PALM BEACH 7, ST. LUCIE 0:
Robbie Shields had a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh in the resumption of Tuesday's suspended game. Palm Beach shut out St. Lucie on Wednesday. Starter Domingo Tapia gave up six runs in 3 1/3 innings. St. Lucie had four hits. Box 1, Box 2

KANNAPOLIS 4, SAVANNAH 3: Kannapolis tied the game in the seventh and won in a walk-off. Albert Cordero and Cole Frenzel each drove in a run. Starter Marco Camarena gave up two runs over six innings. Box

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 3: Staten Island scored three in the sixth to take the lead for good. James Roche went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Dawrin Frias suffered the loss after giving up five runs over five innings. Box

GCL MARLINS 10, GCL METS 3: Injured reliever Frank Francisco gave up one homer and struck out two in one inning. Box

Minors 8.18.13: DeGrom dominates Bees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.10.13: Montero, Noah toss gems

August, 11, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 1: Rafael Montero limited Oklahoma City to one run on two hits and two walks while striking out nine in seven innings. The only damage came on a first-inning homer by George Springer. Kirk Nieuwenhuis answered with a solo homer in the bottom half of the frame. Travis d'Arnaud, serving as the DH, went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored. Brandon Hicks delivered a two-run single in the sixth to break a 1-all tie. John Church earned his first Triple-A save. Box

ERIE 6, BINGHAMTON 4: Noah Syndergaard tossed five scoreless innings before being pulled to conserve his innings, and the B-Mets squandered a four-run lead. After being held

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to two hits through six innings, the SeaWolves plated six runs on five hits against reliever Armando Rodriguez. Rhyne Hughes had blasted the B-Mets onto the scoreboard in the second with a homer against Drew VerHagen. VerHagen walked Wilfredo Tovar and Alonzo Harris with two outs later in that inning. Danny Muno then delivered a two-run single, stretching Binghamton’s lead to three. Binghamton padded its lead against reliever David Kopp in the fifth. Tovar doubled and Josh Rodriguez plated him by squeaking a groundball single past shortstop Brandon Douglas. Syndergaard faced three over the minimum. He surrendered two hits, walked one and struck out five while throwing 41 of 56 pitches for strikes. Rodriguez took over and posted a perfect sixth before letting Binghamton’s four-run lead slip away in the seventh. The righty walked two to start the inning. Wade Gaynor then put the SeaWolves on the board with an RBI double. With two outs, James Robbins tied the score at 4 with a three-run homer. Against Rodriguez in the eighth, Daniel Fields led off with a single and Ramon Cabrera scorched a line drive to center field. Alonzo Harris misread the drive and had it sail over his head, allowing Fields to come home with the go-ahead run. Erie used a suicide squeeze to tack on another run. Rodriguez (1-1) allowed six runs on five hits over three innings in his first blown save. Box

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ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 4 (10 innings): Rylan Sandoval produced a walk-off infield single that scored Kevin Plawecki in the 10th. Sandoval delivered the game-winning hit on his 26th birthday, on a broken-bat slow grounder to second. Kyle Johnson had three hits and a run scored. Plawecki had two hits and an RBI. Dustin Lawley hit a three-run homer in the third. He now has 24 homers and 86 RBIs, both leading the Florida State League. Hansel Robles pitched six innings and allowed four runs and seven hits, with four walks and four strikeouts. Bret Mitchell pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four. T.J. Chism tossed two scoreless innings and struck out one to earn the victory. Box

SAVANNAH 2, HICKORY 0: Behind seven shutout innings from Seth Lugo in his second South Atlantic League start, the Gnats blanked Hickory. In his first two starts for Savannah, Lugo has struck out 21 batters without issuing a walk in 13 innings. Saturday, the 23-year-old Lugo struck out 11 batters. He retired 10 in a row early on before running into his only trouble in the fifth. That frame, a pair of singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out. However, Lugo struck out the Nos. 8 and 9 batters, Taylor Wrenn and Luis Marte, to keep the game scoreless. Lugo finished strongly, fanning five batters over the sixth and seventh innings. The Gnats (25-20/68-46) scored the game’s opening run in the seventh. Jeff Reynolds doubled and Dimas Ponce walked. Jorge Rivero then lined a single into center field to score Reynolds. Savannah added a run in the eighth for a 2-0 lead. With two outs and the bases empty, Eudy Pina doubled and scored on Greg Pron’s single . The Crawdads (27-22/66-53) struck out 15 times and did not draw a walk against the combination of Lugo and reliever Paul Sewald. Sewald worked the eighth and ninth innings for his fifth save of the year, while Lugo won his first game as a Gnat. Box

GREENEVILLE 5, KINGSPORT 2: Edioglis Villasmil suffered the loss in relief after allowing three runs in 2 1/3 innings. Jeyckol De Leon went 3-for-4 and drove in both runs for the K-Mets (28-20). Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATE COLLEGE 1: John Gant did not allow a hit through 5 1/3 innings. He ultimately tossed six innings and allowed one run on two hits while striking out seven. The Cyclones got on the board right away. Leadoff batter Patrick Biondi hustled for a double on what looked like a routine single to center field. Gavin Cecchini then moved Biondi to third with a line-drive single. The single extended Cecchini’s hitting streak to 10 games. LJ Mazzilli followed with a sacrifice fly. The Cyclones struck again in the fourth. Ismael Tijerina reached base on a hit-by-pitch and Anthony Chavez walked. Cecchini's second hit of the night was an RBI single. Over his hitting streak, Cecchini is batting .381 (16-for-42). Leading 2-1 with the tying run on second base in the bottom of the sixth and two outs, Gant struck out Mason Katz to get out of the inning. John Mincone added two scoreless relief innings. Johnny Magliozzi then recorded his fourth save. Box

GCL NATIONALS 10, GCL METS 2: First-round pick Dominic Smith had a two-out solo homer in the first inning in the defeat. Starter Andrew Church took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but ultimately was charged with seven runs (six earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Box

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Minors 8.9.13: Huchingson nets 1st pro save

August, 9, 2013
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OKLAHOMA CITY 6 LAS VEGAS 4: Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a walk in his first Triple-A game since breaking his left foot with the 51s on April 17. Brandon Hicks had a two-out solo homer in the ninth, but Kirk Nieuwenhuis struck out to end the game. Box

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BINGHAMTON 7, ERIE 6: The B-Mets overcame two blown leads and pounded out seven extra-base hits, including a go-ahead double by Josh Rodriguez in the sixth, to salvage a

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split with a nightcap victory. Leadoff hitter Danny Muno homered against Kelvin Perez five pitches into the game. The SeaWolves answered against Logan Verrett in the second as Brandon Douglas blasted a three-run homer. Trailing 3-1, the B-Mets loaded the bases in the fourth. Muno then doubled, plating Travis Taijeron and Wilfredo Tovar to even the score. In the fifth, Rhyne Hughes delivered a go-ahead RBI triple. Reliever Will Clinard took over for Perez and surrendered a two-run homer to Taijeron. The 6-3 advantage did not last. Douglas doubled off Verrett and scored on Jamie Johnson's fifth-inning single. Daniel Fields ended Verrett’s night and tied the score with a two-run homer. With the score tied at 6 in the sixth, Xorge Carrillo singled and took second when Darrell Ceciliani walked. Carrillo scored the go-ahead run when Rodriguez doubled. After B-Mets reliever Chasen Bradford surrendered a double in the seventh, Chase Huchingson entered and plunked Jamie Johnson with the first pitch, putting the potential game-winning run on base. But Huchingson induced Eugenio Suarez and Fields to ground out to secure his first career save. In Game 1, the completion of a suspended game from April 10, the B-Mets mustered one hit after play resumed. The B-Mets began the resumed game with a 1-0 lead. Greg Peavey (1-1) tossed three scoreless innings, but then surrendered the decisive two runs in the eighth. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE at BRADENTON (ppd.)

HICKORY 4, SAVANNAH 1: . The Gnats left 14 men on base and went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. The Crawdads scored the game’s opening run in the fourth. Jorge Alfaro doubled and scored on Nomar Mazara’s single. Savannah starter Steven Matz dealt with runners in each of his five frames, but allowed only one run thanks to nine strikeouts. Hickory added three runs in the sixth against reliever Tyler Vanderheiden. The first four hitters reached base, on three singles and a hit-by-pitch. The Gnats (24-20/67-46) scored their lone run in the eighth. Eudy Pina, who reached base four times, was plunked to start the frame. He eventually scored on Brian Harrison’s single. Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-5, accounting for a third of the Gnats’ six hits. Box

KINGSPORT 6, GREENEVILLE 2: Pedro Perez drove in three runs, including a two-run double in a four-run eighth. Starter Rob Whalen allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision. Alberto Baldonado (2-0) earned the win in relief with 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Box

STATE COLLEGE 4, BROOKLYN 1: Cyclones starter Miller Diaz surrendered a pair of second-inning runs. Mason Katz and Brett Wiley walked. With Alex De Leon batting, Diaz then threw a wild pitch. De Leon followed with a sacrifice fly. Wiley advanced to third on the second wild pitch of the inning. After striking out Jimmy Bosco for the second out, Steven Ramos then singled, scoring Wiley and extending the lead to 2-0. State College added to the lead in the fourth with two runs. Brooklyn scored its lone run in seventh. LJ Mazzilli started the inning by doubling and moved to third on a single by Alex Sanchez. After James Roche struck out for the first out, Matt Oberste produced a sac fly. Box

GCL NATIONALS 6, GCL METS 2: Dan Hermann (0-4) allowed four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings in relief of Brandon Welch as the Gnats broke a 2-all tie. Box

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Farm report: King, of Brooklyn

August, 7, 2013
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Brooklyn Cyclones left fielder Jared King has been switch-hitting since he can remember.

His father Jeff, who played college ball at Ohio State and one season professionally with the Yankees in the New York-Penn League, set up a batting cage in the family’s basement in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, for Jared and brother Jason to learn from a young age.

“He knew you’ve got a better shot if you can swing it from both sides,” Jared said. “He made it a job to try to get us to both be able to do it. And we stuck with it and it’s helped out tremendously.”


Courtesy of Brooklyn CyclonesJared King


Both brothers ended up playing for Kansas State, then getting drafted professionally in early rounds.

Jason, a third baseman, was selected in the fourth round in 2011 by the Tigers and currently is playing in the Midwest League for Western Michigan.

Jared, a fifth-round pick of the Mets two months ago, is hitting .264 with 16 RBIs and a .364 on-base percentage in 42 games with Brooklyn while serving as the regular left fielder. (He suffered a left oblique injury Tuesday and is day-to-day.)

The brothers, three years apart grade-wise and 2 years in age, overlapped for one season at Kansas State because Jared needed to be redshirted his junior year while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

“We’re always talking,” Jared said. “Usually every other day, or every day, we just either text or call each other to see how things are going. He’s always been there to be a support system for me as well as the rest of my family, so it’s been a huge help.”

The family has quite a legacy in Columbus. Jared and Jason’s grandfather Frank Ellwood was a quarterback at Ohio State in 1954 when the program won a national championship. Ellwood went on to be the head football coach at Marshall and an assistant coach with the Buckeyes as well as at Air Force and Ohio University.

Initially it did not seem like the brothers would be able to play together in college.

“We were kind of looking at it that when he’s a true junior, he’s going to be getting drafted. So I’m really not going to be able to play with him again,” said Jared, who played one season of high school varsity with Jeff, when they were a freshman and senior, respectively. “And then he got hurt and was going to be there another year. So it opened another opportunity to be with him. He helped me through that process as well, adjusting from high school to college. It was just a great move for me and the right thing to do.”

The brothers’ experience growing up also was shaped by a tragic event. The day before Jason signed to play at Kansas State, their mother Susan passed away after a battle with colon cancer.

“It was very emotional,” Jared said. “It’s just more motivation for Jason and I to get to where we want to be and follow our dreams.

“When something like that happens, it kind of makes you grow up quicker than you’re supposed to. I really had a clear vision of what I wanted to do with my life, and this is what I want to be doing. The same with him.

“And here we are, still chasing the same dream as when we were five years old.”

Organization leaders

Average: Victor Cruzado, Kingsport, .336; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, .336; Jeff McNeil, Kingsport, .333 Cesar Puello, Binghamton, .328; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, .321; Kevin Plawecki, St. Lucie, .317; LJ Mazzilli, Brooklyn, .302; Joe Tuschak, Kingsport, .297; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, .290; Jhoan Urena, GCL Mets, .290.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 23; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 18; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 18; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 16; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 15.

RBI: Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 86; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 83; Cesar Puello, 73; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, 72; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 70.

Steals: Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 25; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 24; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 22; Eudy Pina, Savannah, 17.

ERA: Rob Whalen, Kingsport, 1.54; Octavio Acosta, GCL Mets, 2.17; Miller Diaz, Brooklyn, 2.34; Chris Flexen, Kingsport, 2.36; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 2.37; John Gant, Brooklyn, 2.47; Noah Syndergaard, Binghamton, 2.67; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 2.68; Robert Gsellman, Brooklyn, 2.74; Carlos Valdez, Brooklyn, 2.75.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 13; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 10; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 10; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 10; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 9.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 32; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 15; Beck Wheeler, Savannah, 14; Bret Mitchell, St. Lucie, 10; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 9.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 117; Noah Syndergaaard, Binghamton, 113; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 111; Luis Cessa, Savannah, 109; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 107.

Short hops

• Although Ruben Tejada officially has been a minor leaguer since completing a rehab assignment and getting optioned to Las Vegas on July 7, he should comfortably qualify for arbitration eligibility during the upcoming offseason.

Even if he were not to return to the majors this year, Tejada already has accumulated 98 major league service days this season, giving him two years, 151 days for his career and making him a clear-cut Super 2.

Depending when Tejada returns to the majors, he could even cross the threshold and have three years of service time, meaning he would be eligible for free agency a year sooner. A full MLB season is granted for 172 days of service time, so Tejada only needs 21 more major league days this year to bypass Super 2 entirely.

• Just like at the major league level with Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, every inning is being counted for Noah Syndergaard at Double-A Binghamton. That is why Syndergaard departed his start Sunday after five innings despite working on a two-hit shutout and with his pitch count only at 66. Syndergaard was pulled from his previous start, when he allowed only one hit and one run in six innings, with his pitch count at 59.

The aim is to keep Syndergaard pitching through the end of the season, which should include the postseason in the B-Mets’ case. Binghamton is 72-43 and has opened a 13-game lead over Trenton for first place in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.

Syndergaard, who has a 1.98 ERA in eight starts since joining the B-Mets, has logged a combined 104 2/3 innings this season between St. Lucie and Binghamton. He had 103 2/3 innings in 2012 while a Blue Jays farmhand. Although there are other factors, a general rule of thumb is capping innings jumps at 30 over the previous season.

Syndergaard, incidentally, was just named as being the best pitching prospect and having the best fastball in the Eastern and Florida State leagues by Baseball America.

• Baseball America’s newly released tools lists by league included several other Mets farmhands:

For the Pacific Coast League, the still-eligible Wheeler was named best pitching prospect and as possessing the best fastball. Now-suspended Cesar Puello was named most exciting player and Pedro Lopez was named best manager prospect in the Eastern League. Savannah’s Gabriel Ynoa was cited as having the best control and Jayce Boyd was named as the best defensive first baseman in the South Atlantic League.

• With 32 saves, Binghamton closer Jeff Walters already has established a new single-season saves record for the Eastern League club. Next up: Walters is closing in on Binghamton’s all-time saves record. Tim Lavigne accumulated 36 saves over parts of five seasons with the B-Mets, from 2002 through ’08. Binghamton has 27 regular-season games remaining.

• 2012 third-round pick Matt Koch was released from the hospital Monday, three days after getting struck with a line drive in the head while pitching for Savannah against Mario Martinez. Koch’s brother picked him up at the hospital in Greenville, S.C., and drove him back to Savannah. Koch has several upcoming doctor appointments and may not pitch again this season, according to a Mets official. Selected out of Louisville last year, Koch is 6-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 18 appearances (15 starts) for the Gnats this season.

• Brooklyn had five players selected to next Tuesday’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game at Norwich, Conn. Right-hander Miller Diaz will start for the National League squad. He will be joined by right-handers John Gant and Robert Gsellman, left-hander John Mincone and second baseman LJ Mazzilli. Mincone, a product of Half Hollow Hills East High on Long Island, is now a two-time All-Star selection in the league.

• Outfielder Cory Vaughn could not have scripted his return to Double-A much better. Vaughn produced six RBIs in Tuesday’s Binghamton doubleheader sweep, after logging nine games in the Gulf Coast League and 12 games with St. Lucie. Vaughn had last played for the B-Mets on June 2, after which he landed on the DL with an elbow strain in his right, throwing arm. Vaughn, the son of ex-big leaguer Greg Vaughn, is hitting .301 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 176 Eastern League at-bats this season.

• With Wilmer Flores in the majors and Jordany Valdespin suspended for 50 games, Las Vegas used an infield Tuesday night of Eric Campbell at first base, Brandon Hicks at second base, Tejada at shortstop and Zach Lutz at third base.

Minors 7.4.13: B-Mets' Muno 2 HRs, 7 RBIs

July, 4, 2013
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TUCSON 6, LAS VEGAS 5: Jacob deGrom hit his first speed bump in Triple-A, allowing six runs in five innings. The 51s (45-40) clawed to within a run on Brandon Hicks' two-out solo homer in the ninth. Mike Baxter started for the first time since returning from paternity leave. Ruben Tejada went 0-for-5. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, NEW HAMPSHIRE 6: Danny Muno had two homers and a career-high seven RBIs and Cesar Puello ended Binghamton's victory by throwing out the potential tying run at the plate. Muno belted a game-tying grand slam in the fifth and gave the B-Mets the lead for good with a three-run shot an inning later. His RBI total fell one shy of the

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Binghamton-record eight produced by Jorge Toca against Reading on June 25, 1999. It was Muno's first career multi-homer game. B-Mets starter Logan Verrett surrendered four runs (three earned) in the third and departed with two outs in his shortest pro outing. Jim Fuller (2-0) took over and retired all 11 Fisher Cats he faced, including a stretch of six consecutive via strikeout. Fuller retired Ryan Schimpf to start the seventh before handing off to John Church to close out the scoreless frame. The Fisher Cats took advantage of two misplays to scratch out a run in the eighth. Andy Burns reached to start the frame on a dropped third strike by Blake Forsythe and moved to second on a single. After Pedro Feliciano entered with one out, Clint Robinson bounced a potential double-play grounder to second. Muno flipped to Wilfredo Tovar for one, but the relay throw to first skipped away, allowing Burns to score. Feliciano returned for the ninth and struck out Schimpf. Jeff Walters took over with one out and fell into trouble. Brian Van Kirk singled and Jon Talley doubled. Walters bounced back to strike out Adam Loewen for the second out. With the tying run on second, Burns singled into right field. Van Kirk scored easily from third, but pinch-runner Kevin Ahrens was gunned down by Puello to end the game as Forsythe hung on after a collision. Walters earned his league-leading 22nd save. Puello’s outfield assist was his team-leading sixth. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, JUPITER 2: Kevin Plawecki’s go-ahead RBI groundout in the sixth scored Jayce Boyd and the Mets (43-37) held off Jupiter. The Mets pushed across two runs in the

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second to jump to a lead. Matt Reynolds' sacrifice fly scored Dustin Lawley. Charley Thurber’s two-out single plated Plawecki to make it 2-0. The Hammerheads tied the score in the third on Christian Yelich's two-run homer. Hansel Robles allowed two runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings while issuing two walks and fanning five in his return from the disabled list. The Hammerheads had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth before Chasen Bradford retired the final two batters to escape the jam. Bradford tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out two to earn his sixth win. Bret Mitchell added two scoreless innings. T.J. Chism retired the side in order in the ninth with two strikeouts for his 10th save. Box

SAVANNAH at GREENVILLE (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 20, JOHNSON CITY 4: Pedro Perez homered twice and had seven RBIs. Joe Tuschak went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four runs scored. Box

ABERDEEN 5, BROOKLYN 1: Hector Veloz hit two homers and had four RBIs for Aberdeen. Brooklyn starter Seth Lugo (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing four earned runs on five hits in five innings. In the fifth, Brooklyn mounted its only offensive rally as James Roche and Tomas Nido connected on back-to-back doubles to push across the lone run. Box

GCL MARLINS 10, GCL METS 6: First-round pick Dominic Smith produced his first professional homer, a two-run shot in the fifth, that briefly gave the Mets a 5-3 lead. The Marlins answered with five runs a half-inning later against Ty Williams and Ramon Estevez. Box

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Minors 6.30.13: Frenzel walk-off lifts Gnats

June, 30, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 4, TACOMA 1: Matt Fox limited Tacoma to three hits in six scoreless innings. Las Vegas (43-38) took a 2-0 lead in the second on Jamie Hoffmann's double, which scored Ike Davis and Brandon Hicks. The lead swelled to 4-0 in the fifth on Eric Campbell's double, which plated Davis and Hoffmann. Davis went 1-for-3 with a double and walk and is hitting .290 in the Pacific Coast League since his demotion. Greg Burke recorded the final four outs for his third save. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, TRENTON 4: The B-Mets picked up their 50th win before July 1 for the first time in the franchise’s 22-year history. Noah Syndergaard surrendered a solo homer

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to Ramon Flores on the game's second pitch, but the deficit did not last long. Facing rehabbing Yankee Michael Pineda, Danny Muno walked and Cesar Puello blasted a two-run homer into the railyard in left field. In the second, Pineda surrendered a leadoff single to Richard Lucas, walked Blake Forsythe and plunked Joe Bonfe to load the bases. Two batters later, Pineda walked Muno to force in a run. Pineda struck out the next four batters, but the stretch abruptly ended when Lucas hit a towering solo homer. Pineda allowed four runs, four hits and walked four in three innings. After the game-opening homer, Syndergaard held the Thunder scoreless through the next four innings and departed. He had a season-high nine strikeouts. B-Mets reliever Jim Fuller surrendered a three-run homer to Francisco Arcia in the sixth, tying the score at 4. But in the bottom half, Puello hit a hard groundball that skipped off of third baseman Reegie Corona's glove. It bounced into foul territory and allowed Wilfredo Tovar to score from second. Ryan Fraser and Pedro Feliciano each then contributed a scoreless inning. Closer Jeff Walters allowed two baserunners in the ninth, but struck out Andrew Clark for his league-leading 20th save. Walters is the first B-Met to earn 20 saves in a season since Eddie Kunz in 2008 (27 saves). The B-Mets (50-29) have won 10 consecutive series. They went 19-5 in June. Box

FORT MYERS 4, ST. LUCIE 1 (6 innings): Byron Buxton had three hits and scored three runs and Kennys Vargas had two hits and two RBIs as the Miracle won a rain-shortened six-inning game. The Miracle had a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth when the game was called. Rainy Lara (2-3) allowed three runs on six hits over five innings. For St. Lucie (41-37), T.J. Rivera had two hits and scored on Matt den Dekker's RBI double. Box

SAVANNAH 2, ROME 1 (10 innings): Cole Frenzel bounced a single through the left side

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of the infield to drive in Phillip Evans for the walk-off victory. Frenzel also had a walk-off RBI single on April 28 against West Virginia. Evans began the winning rally with a single into center. After Yucarybert De La Cruz popped up a bunt attempt, Brandon Nimmo blooped a single into shallow left field. Newly acquired Kyle Johnson then was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with one out. Stefan Sabol struck out, but Frenzel then poked his game-winner past shortstop Jose Peraza. The Braves had scored the game’s opening run in the seventh when Chase Anselment homered against Gnats starter Luis Cessa. Cessa went 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run on seven hits and a walk. The Gnats (5-5/48-31) evened the score at 1 in the eighth. Nimmo singled, stole second and scored on Johnson’s single. Savannah reliever Beck Wheeler earned his first win of the year for a 1-2-3 10th inning. Box

ELIZABETHTON 5, KINGSPORT 1: K-Mets starter Chris Flexen surrendered five runs, including three homers, in four innings. Andres Perez and Alberto Baldonado combined for five scoreless relief innings. The lone run for Kingsport (3-8) came in the fourth when Jonathan Leroux's sacrifice fly plated Richie Rodriguez, who had doubled. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 1, BROOKLYN 0 (11 innings): In his third relief inning, John Mincone surrendered a leadoff double to Julian Ridings in the bottom of the 11th. Ariel Soriano bunted Ridings to third. With one out, Tyler Young hit a grounder to second baseman LJ Mazzilli, who threw home too late to catch Ridings. Cyclones starter Robert Gsellman tossed eight scoreless innings, limiting Hudson Valley to four hits. Box

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BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187