New York Mets: Brandon Moore

Minors 8.29.13: Herrera lifts Gnats in debut

August, 29, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 10, COLORADO SPRINGS 7: Dustin Lawley, the Florida State League Player of the Year and home run leader, launched his first Triple-A long ball. Ruben Tejada and Mike Baxter also went deep as the 51s pummeled Sky Sox starter Sean Gallagher for 10 runs on 14 hits in four innings. 51s starter Matt Fox allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings. Chris Schwinden entered to record the final out after D.J. Mitchell surrendered four ninth-inning runs. Box

BOWIE 13, BINGHAMTON 1: The Baysox blasted five homers, four against starter Erik Goeddel, to hand the B-Mets their most lopsided loss of the season. Trailing 7-0, the B-Mets finally got on the board in the fifth against Daniel McCutchen. Travis Taijeron

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deposited a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall for his 14th Double-A homer. Brandon Waring, who entered the game with a .159 batting average in August, launched three homers -- the final against Armando Rodriguez in the sixth. He became the first opponent to hit three homers against the B-Mets since Danny Espinosa performed the feat with Harrisburg on Aug. 4, 2010. Adam Kolarek and Chasen Bradford each contributed two scoreless relief innings. Goeddel (9-7) allowed 10 runs on 12 hits, both career-highs, in 4 2/3 innings. McCutchen (2-0) surrendered one run over 4 1/3 innings after taking over for rehabbing major leaguer Jason Hammel. Goeddel is the first B-Mets pitcher to allow four homers in a game since Brandon Moore surrendered four to Harrisburg on Sep. 3, 2010. it was Binghamton’s worst margin of defeat since they fell, 16-3, to New Hampshire on April 26, 2012. Earlier in the day, the Eastern League named Allan Dykstra and closer Jeff Walters to the end-of-season All-Star team. Box

JUPITER 12, ST. LUCIE 3: Alex Panteliodis allowed eight runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings and St. Lucie was eliminated from postseason contention. T.J. Rivera drove in two of the Mets' three runs. Box

SAVANNAH 5, ROME 3: Second baseman Dilson Herrera, acquired from the Pirates,

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batted cleanup and drove in the tiebreaking run in what became a three-run sixth. Herrera's single scored Brandon Nimmo for a 3-2 lead. Jeff Reynolds followed with an RBI single on which two runs scored. Herrera finished 2-for-3, was hit by a pitch and scored twice in his Gnats debut. Gabriel Ynoa earned his organization-leading 15th win. Ynoa, who was named the South Atlantic League's Most Outstanding Pitcher for the season, limited Rome to two runs in six innings. Paul Sewald notched his eighth save. Cole Frenzel's two-run homer in the fourth had evened the score at 2. Box

KINGSPORT 9, BLUEFIELD 1: The K-Mets clinched the division title. Kingsport is playoff-bound for the first time since 1996. First-round pick Dominic Smith went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBIs off the bench. He has reached base in all four plate appearances since a promotion from the Gulf Coast League. Sixth-round pick Champ Stuart went 3-for-5 with a double and his first professional homer. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed one run on three hits and threw walks in six innings in his Appalachian League debut. Edioglis Villasmil tossed three no-hit relief innings for his first save. Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 1: The Cyclones maintained a half-game lead over Aberdeen for first place in their division with their sixth win in seven games. Miller Diaz limited Staten Island to one hit in six scoreless innings while walking three and striking out nine. Brooklyn took a 1-0 lead in the first. Jonathan Clark walked, stole second and advanced to third on a throw into center by catcher Trent Garrison. Ismael Tijerina then double. In the third, Brooklyn loaded the bases on Tijerina's single and walks to Jared King and James Roche. Alex Sanchez then hit a grounder to shortstop Tyler Wade. He flipped the ball to John Murphy for the out at second, but Sanchez beat the relay throw to first as Tijerina scored for a 2-0 lead. In the eighth, Staten Island pulled within a run. Murphy singled and moved to second on reliever Cameron Griffin's wild pitch. Michael O’Neill then hit a fly ball to deep center that allowed Murphy to tag up and move to third base with two outs. Griffin's night ended after walking Eric Jagielo. Juan Urbina entered with runners on the corners. A fielding error by Tijerina then allowed Mike Ford to reach, making it a 2-1 game. Urbina avoided further damage by striking out Yeicok Calderon with the tying run on third base. Brooklyn hosts a two-game series at MCU Park against second-place Aberdeen beginning Saturday. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 1: Marcos Molina limited the Marlins to one run in five innings. Ryan Chapman, Waldo Rodriguez, Gaither Bumgardner and Yoryi Nuez tossed a scoreless inning apiece. Luis Guillorme and Ivan Wilson each drove in two runs. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 9.3.12

September, 3, 2012
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BUFFALO at LEHIGH VALLEY (canceled): The season finale was rained out and will not be made up. In what is expected to be Buffalo's final season affiliated with the Mets, the Bisons finished 67-76. Box

TRENTON 8, BINGHAMTON 5: In the season finale, Binghamton scored a pair of first-inning runs against Trenton southpaw Nik Turley in his Double-A debut. With two on base, Allan Dykstra sent an RBI double off the right-field wall. Eric Campbell added a sac fly. The B-Mets plated a run in the second for a 3-0 lead. Gonzalez Germen retired the first nine Thunder batters before hitting a speed bump in the fourth. Adonis Garcia singled and Ramon Flores cut into Binghamton’s lead with a two-run homer. Trenton added three runs in the sixth to take the lead. The Thunder chased Germen with a four-hit frame, highlighted by an RBI single by Tyler Austin and two-run double by Kevin Mahoney. Armando Rodriguez struck out Rob Segedin to end the inning. Edgar Ramirez posted a perfect seventh, but Trenton tagged Brandon Moore for three runs in the eighth, stretching its lead to five. Binghamton got to reliever Mikey O’Brien in the bottom half with doubles by Campbell and Juan Centeno. Branden Pinder entered with two outs and induced a groundball by Pedro Zapata. Shortstop Addison Maruszak booted it, prolonging the inning. Wilfredo Tovar cashed in with an RBI single. Dustin Martin represented the tying run, but lined out to end the inning. Pinder returned for the ninth and posted a perfect inning. Germen (8-12) allowed five runs on six hits. Box

KANNAPOLIS 5, SAVANNAH 2: John Gant allowed five runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings in the Gnats' season finale. Greg Pron's two-run homer in the fourth accounted for Savannah's runs. Box

BROOKLYN 4, LOWELL 1: Kevin Plawecki went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored as Brooklyn's magic number dropped to one to clinch a fourth straight playoff berth. Two games remain in the regular season. Luis Cessa tossed 8 2/3 innings. He allowed one run on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Tyler Vanderheiden recorded the final out for his 12th save. Trailing 1-0, Brooklyn evened the score in the fourth. Plawecki singled with one out and Nelfi Zapata walked. Lowell starter Francellis Montas then departed. Reliever Francisco Taveras allowed a run-scoring single to Juan Gamboa. The Cyclones took the lead an inning later. After Dimas Ponce drew a one-out walk, consecutive singles by Phillip Evans, Jayce Boyd and Plawecki plated the run. Brooklyn had a chance for more, but left the bases loaded when Jorge Rivero struck out and Zapata grounded out. Brooklyn added two runs in the eighth. Rivero reached on a fielding error by Lowell third baseman Nick Moore. Zapata walked and Richie Rodriguez came in to pinch-run. Gamboa's sacrifice bunt advanced the runners and Maikis De La Cruz was intentionally walked to load the bases. Brandon Nimmo grounded into a fielder's choice at the plate for the second out, but Ponce walked to force in a run. Evans' ensuing RBI single gave the Cyclones a three-run advantage. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.30.12

August, 30, 2012
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BUFFALO 10, ROCHESTER 3: Jeurys Familia struck out nine, matching a season high, in seven innings and Fred Lewis and Josh Satin homered as Buffalo snapped a three-game losing streak. Familia's 28 starts will either lead or share the lead in the International League. In fact, only one other Bisons pitcher in the past 17 seasons has started 28 games in a season -- Dillon Gee in 2010. Rochester tallied solo runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but the Bisons never trailed. Lewis' two-run shot opened the scoring in the second. Buffalo blew the game open with a five-run ninth that was highlighted by Satin's three-run shot. Satin's long ball was his 14th of the season and gave him 59 RBIs. He is two behind Valentino Pascucci for the club lead. Lewis extended his hitting streak to nine games, a personal season best. C.J. Nitkowski and Drew Carpenter combined for two perfect innings. The Bisons' record for starts in a season is 29, set by Dave Johnson (1988) and matched by Dorn Taylor (1990) and Tim Wakefield (1994). Box

READING 7, BINGHAMTON 2: The R-Phillies scored six runs in the second inning and the B-Mets never recovered. Darin Gorski capped his otherwise strong season on a sour night, lasting two innings. The inning's damage all came with two outs. With runners on first and second, R-Phils starter Austin Hyatt got Reading on the board by dumping a two-run double into left. Tyson Gillies followed by squirting an RBI double up the third-base line and Cody Asche was hit by a pitch to set the stage for Darin Ruf. He blasted a pitch from Gorski over the left-field fence for his record-setting 38th homer. The Nebraska native surpassed Ryan Howard for the Reading Phillies' single-season homer record while giving the R-Phils a 6-0 lead. Gorski matched his shortest career start, set as a Brooklyn Cyclone in 2009. Edgar Ramirez entered in the third and posted three scoreless innings. Binghamton scratched back with a run in the third off Hyatt. Pedro Zapata doubled and scored on Sean Kazmar’s sacrifice fly. Eric Campbell cut the deficit to four with a solo homer in the sixth, his first longball since July 24. Hyatt took a four-run lead into the seventh and got two outs before being replaced by Jordan Whatcott. The righty induced Kazmar to ground out to end the inning. He posted a scoreless eighth after the R-Phils tacked on a run against reliever Brandon Moore. Whatcott returned for the ninth, but was pulled after loading the bases on three singles. Justin Friend entered with one out and collected his 24th save by getting Kazmar to bounce into a game-ending 1-2-3 double play. Gorski (9-7) ended his first year at Double-A with a 4.00 ERA. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 1: Jacob deGrom pitched six effective innings and struck out six to improve to 3-0 in the Florida State League. He allowed one run and five hits while issuing two walks. Hamilton Bennett tossed two scoreless innings and struck out one. Adrian Rosario pitched a scoreless ninth. Travis Taijeron's solo homer in the fifth tied the score. Danny Muno’s RBI groundout gave the Mets a 2-1 advantage in the fifth. Robbie Shields added an RBI to extend the lead. T.J. Rivera went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Darrell Ceciliani finished 1-for-3 with an RBI single. Aderlin Rodriguez had a hit and drove in a run. Box

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 2: Yohan Almonte surrendered six runs in five innings. Savannah's runs came on a two-run homer in the third by Gilbert Gomez. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 3, BROOKLYN 1: Paul Sewald surrendered a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth to Leonardo Reginatto. The Cyclones had been first on the board, scoring a run in the first. Richie Rodriguez and Maikis De La Cruz hit back-to-back singles before Brandon Nimmo grounded into a forceout. Rodriguez came home on the play to make it 1-0. The Renegades tied the score in the fourth. After throwing three perfect innings, Brooklyn starter Luis Mateo hit Joey Rickard with a pitch. He advanced to second on a groundout. With Ryan Dunn batting, a passed ball by Nelfi Zapata then allowed Rickard to move to third. Mateo walked Dunn and surrendered a run-scoring single to Justin O’Conner. Mateo ultimately surrendered one earned run on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts, including striking out the side in the sixth. Sewald entered to pitch the eighth with the score tied at 1. He gave up a double, followed by a single to put the go-ahead run on third base. But Sewald escaped that jam when he got Shaffer to ground into an inning-ending double play. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.23.12

August, 23, 2012
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4, BUFFALO 3 (11 innings): Melky Mesa's homer opened the 11th inning against C.J. Nitkowski. The score was tied at 3 entering extra innings because of another Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rally. Down by a pair, the Yankees strung together three consecutive hits with two outs in the seventh, capped by Corban Joseph's two-run single against Garrett Olson. Buffalo built a 3-1 lead with solo runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings. Brad Emaus singled after Fred Lewis' double to give the Bisons the advantage two batters into the bottom of the first. Josh Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Matt Tuiasosopo homered in the seventh. Armando Rodriguez allowed just one run in 4 1/3 innings in his Triple-A debut. He was promoted to fill Collin McHugh's Triple-A rotation spot. Box

PORTLAND 14, BINGHAMTON 9: The B-Mets held their only lead after scoring two runs against Mike MacDonald in the second inning. Allan Dykstra doubled, took third on a passed ball and scored on Raul Reyes' single. Juan Centeno added a sac fly. It was all downhill from there as the Sea Dogs tagged Cory Mazzoni for five runs in the bottom half. Portland collected four hits and took advantage of a fielding error by shortstop Wilfredo Tovar to take a 5-2 lead. The Sea Dogs added two more runs in the third, Mazzoni’s final inning. The B-Mets cut the deficit to three with two runs in the fourth. Tovar supplied an RBI triple and Centeno added a run-scoring groundout. It was as close as the B-Mets would get. The Sea Dogs plated two against reliever Brandon Moore in the fourth on two hits, two walks and three wild pitches. Edgar Ramirez tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings before getting tagged for three runs on four extra-base hits in the sixth. Portland capped its outburst with two runs in the seventh against Jeff Kaplan. Wilmer Flores compiled a three-hit night and fell a triple shy of the cycle in the loss. He ripped a solo homer over the Maine Monster in the fifth, provided an RBI single in the seventh and double in the ninth. Box

JUPITER 9, ST. LUCIE 0
ST. LUCIE 8, JUPITER 1: Logan Verrett pitched a complete-game three-hitter and Aderlin Rodriguez homered twice and drove in three in the nightcap as the Mets earned a doubleheader split. Verrett (2-0) allowed one run and three hits while walking one and recording six strikeouts in seven innings. Travis Taijeron went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Cesar Puello hit a solo homer in the sixth. Cory Vaughn went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Alonzo Harris Jr. had two hits and a run scored. The Mets dropped the first game as Angel Cuan was chased in the first inning. He allowed four runs and five hits with two walks and one strikeout. Jack Leathersich tossed 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings with three strikeouts. John Church pitched two scoreless innings with one strikeout. Hamilton Bennett allowed five unearned runs and six hits with one walk and one strikeout. Box 1, Box 2

ROME at SAVANNAH (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 1: Miller Diaz tossed six scoreless innings, limiting the Blue Jays to two hits while striking out six. Gavin Cecchini, who remains at DH, went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Box

TRI-CITY 4, BROOKLYN 3 (11 innings): John Mincone pitched a scoreless eighth, but gave up a run to the ValleyCats in the top of the ninth to blow the Cyclones' lead. Mincone allowed a leadoff single to Jesse Wierzbicki, then got Tyler Heineman to ground out. With Wierzbicki at second, Mike Cokinos singled in the tying run. In the top of the 11th, Wierzbicki hit a two-run homer against Beck Wheeler, giving Tri-City a 4-2 lead. Wierzbicki hit for the cycle. The Cyclones had back-to-back singles to begin the bottom half of the frame. Eudy Pina then grounded out, advancing both runners. Brandon Nimmo also grounded out as Nelfi Zapata scored from third, cutting the ValleyCats' lead to one run. However, Dimas Ponce struck out to end the game. Wheeler suffered the loss for the Cyclones after tossing 1 1/3 innings and allowing two earned runs. In 6 2/3 innings, Gabriel Ynoa held Tri-City to one earned run and five hits. Ynoa walked one and fanned five batters. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.17.12

August, 18, 2012
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BUFFALO 4, LEHIGH VALLEY 2: After Lehigh Valley starter Scott Elarton retired the first two Herd batters of the third, Buffalo overcame a 1-0 deficit with three runs. Lucas Duda opened Buffalo's scoring with a solo homer. After Zach Lutz walked, Buffalo produced three straight singles -- the final Matt den Dekker's two-RBI looper into shallow left-center. "He got off to a slow start here, but probably the last 10 days or two weeks, he's really starting to pick it up," manager Wally Backman said. "To see him getting better offensively -- not swinging as much or missing quite as much, cutting down on his strikeouts -- that's what we really want him to do." As for Duda, Backman said: "He's been working. He's spread his stance out a little bit. He's a little more aggressive at the plate right now. He's a big, strong kid that can hit the ball a long way, which we saw tonight. He's making some improvements, and we don't expect to have him here too long."

Jenrry Mejia limited Lehigh Valley to one run on five hits and a walk in six innings. "We wanted to get him in the bullpen," Backman said. "That's what everyone figured he was going to do, going to the major league level, and he probably still might. But to control his outings, we put him back in the rotation a little bit. Since doing that, he's been pretty good." In the ninth, Bisons closer Fernando Cabrera worked himself into a jam -- allowing consecutive singles to start the inning. But Cabrera retired the next three Lehigh Valley hitters to close the game. Box

RICHMOND 10, BINGHAMTON 3: The Flying Squirrels scored eight runs over the final two innings against Mark Cohoon, Ryan Fraser and Brandon Moore. After four scoreless innings, Richmond grabbed the lead against Cohoon on a two-run triple by Ryan Cavan. The B-Mets responded with aggressive baserunning in their half of the fifth. With Raul Reyes at first, Juan Centeno zipped a groundball to third that bounced off Daniel Mayora’s glove and rolled into left field. Reyes raced to third and scored when Nick Minnicozzi’s throw from left bounced away from Mayora. Binghamton struck again in similar fashion in the sixth. Dustin Martin singled and pushed the envelope by racing to third on Wilmer Flores’ single to right. Martin beat the throw and came home when Mayora tried to nab Flores at second but airmailed his attempt into right field. With two runners aboard later in the frame, Sean Kazmar gave Binghamton the lead with an RBI single. Flores easily scored from third, but Allan Dykstra was gunned down at the plate by Gary Brown.

Owning a one-run lead, Cohoon took the game into the eighth before surrendering a single and issuing his only walk. With the tying run on second, Fraser entered and loaded the bases by walking Mayora. Juan Perez made Fraser pay with a two-run double. Richmond stretched its lead to three on a two-run triple by Wes Hodges. The Flying Squirrels tagged Moore for four runs on five hits in the ninth, including three consecutive RBI doubles. Cohoon (7-9) allowed four runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings. Half his runs scored under Fraser’s watch. Fraser and Moore combined to allow six runs on seven hits over 1 2/3 innings. Box

CHARLOTTE 6, ST. LUCIE 5: Jack Leathersich was charged with four runs in the seventh while recording only one out as St. Lucie squandered a 5-2 lead. Alonzo Harris Jr. went 3-for-5 and scored three runs in the loss. Cory Vaughn and Aderlin Rodriguez had two RBIs apiece. Box

HICKORY 6, SAVANNAH 0: Jim Fuller suffered the loss despite striking out 10 while allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. Savannah mustered only four hits, two by Matt Reynolds. Box

ELIZABETHTON 5, KINGSPORT 1: Chris Flexen dropped to 0-3 after surrendering three runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks in five innings. Box

BROOKLYN 12, TRI-CITY 4: Gabriel Ynoa limited Tri-City to one run in five innings, while Brandon Nimmo put an exclamation point on the victory with a grand slam as part of a six-run ninth. Nimmo has two grand slams this season. He finished Friday night with six RBIs. Craig Hansen tossed a scoreless relief inning, allowing a hit and striking out two, in his second appearance since signing with the organization. The ValleyCats made a late push, cutting the score to 6-4 with a three-run eighth charged to John Mincone (1.48 ERA), who had not allowed a run since June 22. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.11.12

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

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

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

GREENVILLE at SAVANNAH (canceled)

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

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

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.16.12

June, 16, 2012
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PAWTUCKET 8, BUFFALO 5: Starter Jeurys Familia was charged with three runs on five hits and six walks in an 86-pitch effort over four-plus innings and Josh Edgin and Pedro Beato also were roughed up. It marked the sixth time in 14 starts Familia failed to complete five innings. Ronny Cedeño went 0-for-3 with a walk and played nine innings at shortstop in the second game of a rehab assignment. Wally Backman was ejected after a face-to-face argument with ump Gerard Ascani. Former Cub Mark Prior, trying to come back from the same surgery performed on Johan Santana and Chris Young, earned his first professional save with a perfect ninth. Beato's scoreless streak ended at 13 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs (one earned). Box

ALTOONA 7, BINGHAMTON 1: Altoona jumped on B-Mets starter Darin Gorski in the second inning with three straight hits. Ramon Cabrera and Jeremy Farrell started the frame with singles. Evan Chambers got the Curve on the board with an RBI double. The Curve added to its lead with consecutive sac flies. The Curve upped the score to 6-0 with a three-run fourth. Cabrera started the rally again with a single, and Farrell blasted a two-run homer. Chambers followed with a solo homer. Binghamton collected eight hits, but never had more than one in an inning. Altoona starter Kyle McPherson (1-0), making his first start of the season since after a two-month stay on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, allowed one run and scattered four hits over five innings. The B-Mets scored their only run in the fourth. Dustin Martin walked with two outs and swiped second, his second stolen base as a B-Met. Rylan Sandoval drove him in with a single. It was Sandoval’s fifth straight at-bat with a hit. Gorski (4-4) matched a season-high with 10 hits allowed. Brandon Moore surrendered a run over two relief innings. Edgar Ramirez and Brad Holt each tossed a scoreless inning. Box

SAVANNAH 9, ROME 8: The Gnats surrendered four runs in the bottom of the ninth, but T.J. Chism held on for his 12th save by coaxing a groundout from pinch hitter Brandon Drury that stranded the bases loaded. Reliever Jared West was charged with four runs in 1 1/3 innings. T.J. Rivera had a three-run homer and Dustin Lawley and Aderlin Rodriguez also went deep for the Gnats. Savannah closes out the first half on Sunday at Rome. Box

Compiled from team reports

Farm report II: Leaders, player notes

June, 6, 2012
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Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, Savannah, .327; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, .314; Matt den Dekker, Binghamton, .310; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .304; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, .294; Jefry Marte, Binghamton, .293; Matt Tuiasosopo, Buffalo, .284; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, .284; Danny Muno, St. Luice, .283; Omar Quintanilla, Buffalo, .282.

Homers: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 12; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 11; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 10; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 10; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 10.

RBI: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 40; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 40; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 37; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 35; Matt Tuiasosopo, Buffalo, 31.

Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 12; Luis Nieves, Savannah, 11; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, 11; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, 10; Cesar Puello, St. Lucie, 10.

ERA: Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 1.88; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 2.17; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 2.40; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 2.43; Chris Schwinden, Buffalo, 2.59; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 2.68; Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie, 3.02; Cory Mazzoni, St. Lucie, 3.09; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 3.69; Mark Cohoon, Binghamton, 3.92.

Wins: Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 5; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 5; Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie, 5; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 5, Yohan Almonte, St. Lucie, 5.

Saves: Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 12; Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 12; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 9; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 8.

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 61; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 60; Garrett Olson, Buffalo, 57; Tyler Pill, Savannah, 56; Jack Leathersich, St. Lucie, 54.

Short hops

Zack Wheeler has won five straight starts with Double-A Binghamton. In his past two outings, the ex-Giants farmhand combined to limit New Britain and Reading to two runs and five hits while striking out 15 and walking two in 15 innings. “That’s probably the best-pitched game against us this year,” Reading manager Dusty Wathan told Mike Drago in the Reading Eagle. “Obviously he’s got an overpowering fastball, and he can command the ball to both sides of the plate. Tonight he threw the ball where he wanted to, and he did what he was supposed to do against us. You’ve gotta give him a lot of credit. … He looks like a big leaguer to me. For sure.”

• Right-hander Rob Whalen, drafted by the Mets in the 12th round Tuesday out of high school in Haines City, Fla., actually has serious Mets ties. His entire family hails from Queens and are big Mets fans. Whalen lived in Pennsylvania until moving south for high school to maximize his chance of becoming a professional ballplayer. Whalen won The Tom Seaver Most Outstanding Pitcher award as an 8-year-old at a Mets-sponsored camp at Long Neck, N.Y., and recalled playing catch with then-Mets reliever Scott Strickland during the event. (View visual proof here.)

Paul DePodesta offered high praise for Princeton right-hander Matt Bowman, the organization’s 13th-round pick, who had wowed team officials at a pre-draft Mets workout. “He has a Tim Lincecum delivery,” DePodesta said. “He’s also a position player for Princeton. He’s very athletic, a very good strike thrower. At our workout he actually was up to 95 mph, but pitching mainly 93-94 with plus life on his fastball. We like the athletic package and think he has some upside there when he concentrates on pitching full time. … He was a guy ever since he came to our workout that we’ve targeted. We were just trying to figure out the best time to call his name. He’s a guy we were pretty intent on taking somewhere.”

• Amateur scouting director Tommy Tanous watched Hawaii prep shortstop Branden Kaupe (fourth round) hit an inside-the-park homer while scouting one game. Tanous praised Kaupe’s speed and said he can play anywhere in the infield, including the left side because of a strong arm.

• The Mets have raided the University of Arkansas for four high-round selections the past two drafts. The Mets’ top two picks last year, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Fulmer, were Arkansas commitments. Tuesday the Mets drafted Razorbacks third baseman Matt Reynolds in the second round and grabbed Hogs commitment Teddy Stankiewicz, a high school right-hander from Fort Worth, with their other pick in that round. “We’re thinking about hiring their recruiting coordinator. We love their players,” DePodesta quipped, before adding: “Purely coincidence.”

• Reliever Jack Egbert officially was designated for assignment Tuesday by the Mets to clear a 40-man roster spot for Chris Young, forcing the Rutgers product to be exposed to waivers. Still, Terry Collins believes the organization has a valuable piece provided Egbert clears and is able to return to Triple-A Buffalo’s bullpen. “Two years ago, this guy, he almost made this team,” Collins said about Egbert, who hails from Rutherford, N.J. “Then he hurt his elbow. I’m very impressed with his sinker. His arm strength is continuing to get better [post 2009 Tommy John surgery]. And Wally [Backman] told me, he said, ‘Look, this guy can get groundballs.’ I know we didn’t use him very much, but there’s a good chance he’s going to be back.”

• Right-hander Brandon Moore, who returned from a 50-game suspension resulting from being flagged for a “drug of abuse,” has settled into Binghamton’s bullpen after working as a starter pre-ban. Likely rusty, Moore has walked five, hit a batter and thrown a wild pitch while being charged with four runs in two appearances spanning 1 1/3 innings. He has a sharp slider and quality sinker when on. There is no room for Moore at this point in the B-Mets’ rotation, which already has six members. Fellow right-hander Scott Moviel, who also returned from a 50-game suspension, remains in extended spring training. Catcher Dock Doyle, the third player to receive that ban late last year, has been released, a team official said. Doyle was a fifth-round pick in 2008 from Coastal Carolina.

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Around the minors 6.5.12

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COLUMBUS 21, BUFFALO 3: The 21 runs scored were one shy of the modern-era record for a Bisons opponent. Oklahoma City defeated the Herd 22-6 on April 21, 1987. The last time an opponent reached the 20-run plateau against Buffalo was a 20-7 loss to Louisville on May 3, 2010. Bisons pitchers had allowed just 20 combined runs in the nine previous games. All three of Buffalo's runs were driven in by Valentino Pascucci, giving him a team-high 40 RBIs. The loss went to Dylan Owen, who was charged with 13 runs as his ERA swelled from 2.95 to 5.32. Catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere allowed three runs in the ninth and became the first position player to pitch for the Herd since infielder Trent Durrington in 2007. Ruben Tejada removed himself from the game after two innings with right quadriceps tightness. Columbus touched Buffalo pitching for five homers. The 21 runs were a record for the Clippers' ballpark, which debuted in 2009. Jared Goedert had two homers and drove in nine runs -- two more RBIs than any opponent had ever produced against the Bisons in a single game. Clipper Ezequiel Carrera, a former Mets farmhand, became the first opponent to score five times in a game in the modern era. The outfielder, who was shipped out by the Mets in the J.J. Putz deal, went 4-for-5 with a homer. Box

HARRISBURG 9, BINGHAMTON 6: The B-Mets took a one-run lead into the seventh inning, but relievers Brandon Moore and Brad Holt combined to allow two runs on two walks, one hit and a hit batter in the decisive inning. Manny Mayorson delivered the big hit -- a two-run single against Holt. The B-Mets jumped on Harrisburg starter Paul Demny in the first inning. Josh Rodriguez laced a one-out double. Jefry Marte followed by blasting a two-run homer -- his fourth long ball of the season. Matt den Dekker added to the lead with an RBI single in the second. The Senators countered against B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon in the third. Chris McConnell singled and scored on a hit by Eury Perez. After Perez was picked off and Mayorson singled, Jesus Valdez ripped a two-run homer to knot the score at 3. After Devin Ivany scored on a wild pitch to give the Senators their first lead in the fourth, the B-Mets answered in the fifth. Den Dekker scored from first on Reese Havens’ double. Valdez broke the tie by bouncing a solo homer off the left-field foul pole to lead off the sixth. It was the final frame for Cohoon. The lefty allowed five runs on seven hits over six innings in a no-decision. Trailing 5-4, the B-Mets refused to go quietly in the seventh. Harrisburg reliever Cameron Selik recorded one out in his Double-A debut, but left due to injury with a 3-2 count on pinch hitter Rylan Sandoval. Pat McCoy came on in emergency relief and completed the walk to Sandoval. After consecutive singles loaded the bases, Jefry Marte ripped a two-run double to give Binghamton a 6-5 lead. It did not stand for long. Moore took the mound in the seventh and issued two walks and hit a batter before being lifted for Holt. Mayorson greeted the righty by smashing a two-run single. Harrisburg tacked on two more runs against Holt in the eighth. The B-Mets failed to muster any threats against the back end of the Harrisburg bullpen. Moore (0-1) was dealt his first loss, while Holt experienced his second blown save. The B-Mets (26-28) continue their series against the Senators on Wednesday, with Collin McHugh getting the start. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, CLEARWATER 2: Right fielder Jonathan Clark ripped a walk-off single to center to score ZeErika McQueen in the bottom of the ninth. Clark, playing in his first Florida State League game, went 2-for-4 with a steal. Tyler Pill also made his St. Lucie debut and allowed two runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Jason Bay went 0-for-3 with a walk in his third and final game on a major league rehab assignment. Alonzo Harris Jr. launched his first homer of the season, a leadoff shot over the left-field fence in the first inning. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff double in the third inning and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Wilmer Flores. Hamilton Bennett pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up one hit while walking two and striking out a pair of batters. John Church tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Ryan Fraser picked up the victory in relief with a scoreless ninth. Box

ASHEVILLE at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The teams are now scheduled to play a doubleheader on Thursday, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

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Farm report II: Leaders, player notes

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Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, Savannah, .333; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, .317; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .315; Vinny Rottino, Buffalo, .307; Jefry Marte, Binghamton, .306; Matt den Dekker, Binghamton, .306; Matt Tuiasosopo, Buffalo, .299; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, .297; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, .289.

Homers: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 11; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 10; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 10; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 9; T.J. Rivera, Savannah, 7.

RBI: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 37; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 36; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 34; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 32; Omar Quintanilla, Buffalo, 27.

Steals: Luis Nieves, Savannah, 10; Cesar Puello, St. Lucie, 10; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, 10; Alonzo Harris, St. Lucie, 9; Pedro Zapata, Binghamton, 9.

ERA: Tyler Pill, Savannah, 1.93; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 1.97; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 2.17; Chris Schwinden, Buffalo, 2.59; Jeremy Hefner, Buffalo, 2.72; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 2.74; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 2.81; Dylan Owen, Buffalo, 2.95; Cory Mazzoni, St. Lucie, 3.10; Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie, 3.18.

Wins: Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 5; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 5; Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie, 5; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 5.

Saves: Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 12; Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 11; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 8; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 7.

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 56; Garrett Olson, Buffalo, 54; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 53; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 52; Tyler Pill, Savannah, 47.

Short hops

• The Mets have reorganized roles within their front-office hierarchy, including promoting Adam Wogan from director of minor league operations to a role more involved with major league duties. Deputy Jon Miller moves to Wogan’s former role under Paul DePodesta.

Matt Harvey had Tar Heel bragging rights when he beat his former UNC teammate Adam Warren on Thursday, in a 6-2 Buffalo victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Although Harvey matched a season-low with two strikeouts while logging 5 1/3 innings, manager Wally Backman felt the 2010 first-round pick had his best location of the season down in the zone over the first four innings of that game. Harvey then limited Columbus to one run and three hits in six innings Tuesday in a no-decision. In his past eight starts, Harvey is 5-0 with a 2.91 ERA and .183 opponent batting average.

• Left-hander Steve Matz, the Mets’ top pick in 2009, and outfielder Brandon Nimmo, the top pick last June, continue to participate in extended spring training. Matz is now likely ticketed for Kingsport when short-season play begins next month, while Nimmo should land in Brooklyn.

Jordany Valdespin, who had a pinch-hit homer for Buffalo the day he was demoted from the Mets, then went on a strikeout binge and ended up in a meeting with Backman and roving minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson. The staff was concerned Valdespin was swinging wildly and did not seem to have any plan at the plate or recognition of what the game situation demanded. Valdespin also lacked effort pursuing balls in his first game assigned to second base after the return from the majors.

While the Mets wanted a bona fide shortstop in the majors in deciding to promote Omar Quintanilla to fill Justin Turner’s infield spot, clearly Valdespin’s effort cemented the decision.

Sean Kazmar was promoted from Binghamton to Buffalo to take Quintanilla’s shortstop role. B-Mets pitchers had raved last week that the 27-year-old Kazmar, who appeared in 19 games for the Padres in 2008, was the best defensive shortstop they had ever pitched in front of during their minor league careers.

• Right-handers Brandon Moore and Scott Moviel and catcher Dock Doyle have completed 50-game suspensions after testing positive for drugs of abuse last year. All three had been participating in intrasquad games in extended spring training and are ready to join full-season teams, although they had not yet been assigned.

• St. Lucie outfield prospect Cesar Puello landed on the disabled list with a suspected fracture of the hamate bone in a hand, which would require surgery to remove the bone. Puello’s injury coincides with the return of former New York-Penn League batting champ Darrell Ceciliani to St. Lucie’s outfield. Ceciliani returned Friday after being out since April 22 with a hamstring strain.

Kevin Mulvey, the Mets’ top pick in 2006 (second round), retired. He had been working in relief with Double-A Binghamton. Mulvey was traded to Minnesota in the Johan Santana trade. The right-hander returned to the organization late in spring training after being released by Arizona. He had a 5.59 ERA with the B-Mets.

• The good news: Second baseman Reese Havens is regularly playing for Binghamton, after being tormented by back and side issues since being selected along with Ike Davis when the Mets had a pair of first-round picks in 2008. The bad news: The usually solid-hitting Havens is off to an extremely slow start at the plate for the B-Mets since his season debut on April 29. Through 78 at-bats, Havens is hitting .154 with one homer and 27 strikeouts, although he had walked 18 times, giving him a .323 on-base percentage.

• Binghamton first baseman Allan Dykstra arrived at the Mets’ Florida complex a few days ago to begin baseball activities after spending the past five weeks at home in California limited to aerobic work. Dykstra has been out since suffering a fractured left forearm reaching into the runner for a throw from pitcher Darin Gorski on April 14, but his return to Binghamton is now within sight.

Chris Young’s start Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for Triple-A Buffalo, in which Josh Thole will catch, will be televised by MLB Network. Young has a contract out Friday, but Sandy Alderson said it is likely the right-hander will make at least one additional Triple-A start before joining the Mets.

With Young and Jenrry Mejia at least temporarily joining a Bisons rotation that includes Harvey and Jeurys Familia, there is an excess starter -- even with Chris Schwinden joining Jeremy Hefner at the major league level. Dylan Owen, a 20th-round pick in 2007, is coming off a start in which he limited Columbus to one run and two hits in six innings. Owen may merit staying in the rotation over left-hander Garrett Olson (4.70 ERA), who could be bumped to the bullpen.

• New Britain, which currently is affiliated with the Minnesota Twins, held a meet-and-greet for Mets fans when Binghamton visited May 21. That raised eyebrows even in the B-Mets clubhouse, since Binghamton’s affiliation agreement with the Mets and New Britain’s with the Twins both expire at season’s end and neither has yet been renewed.

• Right-hander Tyler Pill, a fourth-round pick out of Cal State Fullerton last year, tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in his last outing to take over the organization ERA lead at 1.93.

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

Around the minors 5.10.12

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

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

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

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

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Adam Kolarek’s numbers speak for themselves: In 16 2/3 relief innings with Class A St. Lucie, the southpaw has yet to allow a run. He has struck out 25 and walked two. He has four saves. And lefty batters are hitting only .130 against the 11th-round pick in 2010 out of the University of Maryland.

He’s one of many reasons why St. Lucie is off to a 25-7 start this season.


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Adam Kolarek


“I think we’re a very fundamentally sound team -- moving runners, getting the runner in, playing strong defense -- and then both our starters and relievers have really put together a strong start to the season,” Kolarek said.

As for his striking-throwing ability, which starts with fastball command, Kolarek added: “I wouldn’t say I’ve always had the best control, but it’s definitely something I’ve been working on. I really started seeing a lot better control last year. And I worked on it again in the offseason. And so far this season I’ve had pretty good results. It’s right where I want to be.”

Kolarek, 23, had solid tutoring from a young age. His father Frank, who also played at the University of Maryland, caught in the minors for the Oakland Athletics in the late 1970s. He reached as high as Triple-A Ogden in ’79, and played alongside Rickey Henderson at multiple levels of the minors.

“He was a catcher, so he taught a lot to me about how to pitch batters,” Kolarek said. “I talk to him after every outing and we go over the hitters. … He’s definitely my go-to guy. I did it in college too. It’s nothing new. We just go over the outing. He can only hear so much when he’s listening on the radio or following online, so I fill in the story and go over things.”

Kolarek and Adrian Rosario both have accumulated saves for St. Lucie this season. Five of Kolarek’s 14 appearances have been two innings. Kolarek primarily worked as a reliever in college as well. This season, the slider has been a good out pitch, particularly against lefties, in inducing groundballs. His fastball sits at 90-92 mph. He also has a changeup, which he uses more against righty batters.

“We’ve all kind of been in different situations, whether it’s coming in for that certain matchup, or coming in for an inning or two at a time,” Kolarek said. “Being able to be versatile in any kind of relieving role is important.”

Kolarek’s college highlight actually came at the plate, not on the mound. After entering as a defensive replacement at first base against a ranked North Carolina team on April 2, 2010, Kolarek launched a two-out, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th. Matt Harvey had tossed the first six innings of that game for the Tar Heels.

“I had some good moments on the mound, but the overall college moment, definitely that home run was something I’ll always remember,” he said.

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, Savannah, .358; Bobby Scales, Buffalo, .350; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, .330; Vinny Rottino, Buffalo, .317; Jefry Marte, Binghamton, .315; Zach Lutz, Buffalo, .315; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, .314; Omar Quintanilla, Buffalo, .301; Oswaldo Navarro, Buffalo, .293; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .286.

Homers: Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 8; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 7; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 6; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 5; Omar Quintanilla, Buffalo, 5.

RBI: Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 23; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 22; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 21; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 19; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 18.

Steals: Luis Nieves, Savannah, 9; Cesar Puello, St. Lucie, 7.

ERA: Alex Panteliodis, Savannah, 0.89; Jeremy Hefner, Buffalo, 1.64; Tyler Pill, Savannah, 1.65; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 1.75; Mark Cohoon, Binghamton, 2.06; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 2.27; Chris Schwinden, Buffalo, 2.33; Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie, 2.51; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 2.62; Dylan Owen, Buffalo, 2.96.

Wins: Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie, 4; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 4.

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

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 32; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 31; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 30; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 30; Jeurys Familia, Buffalo, 29.

Short hops

• After tossing six scoreless innings against Gwinnett (Atlanta Braves) on Tuesday night, Harvey is 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA in his past four starts. Three of the outings have been scoreless. The lone non-win came against Syracuse last Wednesday, when a 23-minute rain delay forced Harvey to depart after four innings. A new organization policy mandates starting pitchers be pulled following a rain delay of any length if they already have logged two innings.

Jack Voigt, the Mets’ highly regarded minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator, will serve as hitting coach for Magallanes in Venezuela during the next winter league season. Carlos Garcia, who manages Class A Bradenton in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, will serve as that winter league club’s 2012-13 manager. Ex-Yankee Luis Sojo is the bench coach.

Zack Wheeler (1-2, 1.75 ERA) should reenter the rotation later this week with Binghamton after landing on the seven-day DL with a partially torn fingernail. Wheeler threw a bullpen session Monday and reported no difficulty. He had the issue on the middle finger of his pitching hand with San Francisco in May 2010 as well -- with a growth underneath the nail pushing it off. That time, with the Giants officials being cautious, Wheeler was out of action for seven weeks.

With Wheeler temporarily inactive, 24-year-old right-hander Gonzalez Germen was promoted to Binghamton from Class A St. Lucie, where he had been 3-0 with a 3.04 ERA in five appearances (four starts). Germen, signed in October 2007 out of the Dominican Republic, made a deceptively solid Double-A debut Friday against Harrisburg. Although he was charged with five runs in six innings, he struck out nine and walked none and the damage was limited to a five-run second inning. Germen is likely to remain with Binghamton even with Wheeler’s return, although Mets brass was sorting out how to juggle the rotation given a rainout Monday and the extra starter. Germen’s fastball sits in the low 90s. He has a solid, deceptive changeup in which the bottom falls out.

Jacob deGrom’s first official minor league game since July 26, 2010 nearly was perfect. The 23-year-old right-hander returned from Tommy John surgery to retire 20 of the 21 batters he faced with Savannah on Monday. DeGrom suffered the elbow injury and subsequent surgery shortly after signing with the Mets as their ninth-round pick in 2010 out of Stetson University. He primarily played shortstop in college, but was drafted as a pitcher because scout Steve Nichols saw potential in his arm.

Andy Pettitte’s convenience became an inconvenience for Triple-A Buffalo.

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MLB: 2 farmhands banned for drug use

February, 9, 2012
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Mets minor leaguer catcher Dock Doyle and right-hander Scott Moviel have been suspended 50 games apiece after testing positive for a second time for a "drug of abuse," Major League Baseball announced.

Another Mets right-hander, Brandon Moore, was suspended by MLB in September for a "drug of abuse" -- which is not performance-enhancing drug use.

Doyle, 25, hit .296 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 71 at-bats with Class A St. Lucie last season.

Moviel, who stands 6-foot-11, went 5-10 with a 5.10 ERA in 26 appearances (23 starts) for the same Florida State League team.

Mets morning briefing 9.17.11

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The Mets scored their most runs in a game at Turner Field since the stadium opened to baseball after the 1996 Olympics as David Wright homered twice and drove in five runs in a 12-2 victory against the Braves. Atlanta's loss allowed St. Louis to pull within 3½ games of the wild-card lead.

Saturday's news reports:

• Wright smirked as he downplayed the impact of Terry Collins' passionate Thursday rebuke of the team causing Friday's 20-hit night, which matched the season-high output. “I give him a lot of credit, but I’m not quite ready to give him credit for 20 hits,” Wright said. Watch Wright video here.

• Collins said pregame Friday that his quibble was not with the team's level of caring, but with its execution. The manager tinkered with the lineup Friday, moving Angel Pagan to second and restoring Wright to third. That was the order he planned out of spring training.

Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with a walk and his second steal since returning from the DL. He is now hitting .334, four points better than runner-up Ryan Braun of Milwaukee, who nonetheless joined the 30-homer, 30-steal club Friday. Collins said similar exertion by Reyes on Saturday would prompt the manager to sit Reyes in the series finale out of caution.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Carlos Beltran told reporters he believes Reyes is a perfect fit for the top of the Giants lineup. Beltran even suggested adding a weapon like Reyes might be a prerequisite to the outfielder re-signing with San Francisco. Reyes, for his part, laughed it off. “No way. He said that?" Reyes asked. "I’m going to call him, ‘What are you talking about?’”

• ESPN's Jayson Stark says the Mets will not patiently wait for Reyes to decide where he will sign this offseason. Writes Stark:

If Reyes' preference is to test the market, collect offers and then ask the Mets to counter, there are indications that the Mets don't want to play by that script. And Reyes' lackluster second half (.277/.316/.378, with only six stolen-base ATTEMPTS) only figures to reinforce their reluctance to do anything crazy right out of the chute to keep him from exploring the market.

• Double-A right-hander Brandon Moore, a sinker/slider pitcher who was due to represent the organization in the Arizona Fall League, was suspended 50 games for testing positive for the second time for a "drug of abuse," Major League Baseball announced. An MLB official said Moore is now ineligible for the Fall League, but the 50-game suspension clock will not start until the beginning of the 2012 regular season.

• Savannah was one strike away from capturing the South Atlantic League title, but instead lost a one-run lead in the ninth for the second time in the championship series. An 11-inning defeat sets up a winner-take-all Game 5 on Saturday night in Savannah with Angel Cuan on the mound for the Gnats.

Jason Bay robbed Alex Gonzalez of a home run by leaping at the left-field wall, and later was deprived of an RBI when Gonzalez gunned him out at first base with the bases loaded. Bay, despite the highlight-reel play at the wall, said Endy Chavez did it better. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

Chris Schwinden will get two more starts for the Mets this season. The staff could have delayed Schwinden's next start until next Saturday because of an upcoming off-day, but will keep the rookie on turn to get a better gauge of his major league readiness.

Rick Tomlin is out as minor league pitching coordinator, sources told ESPNNewYork.com. It's the second straight year there has been a change at that position.

• Read more on the Mets' 12-2 win Friday/response to Collins' remarks in the Star-Ledger, Newsday, Daily News, Post and Record.

• Newsday's Neil Best reports ratings for the Mets are down on SNY. Writes Best:

SNY is averaging 2.23 percent of area homes for its Mets games this season, down from 2.75 at this time last season and headed for the lowest full-season Mets ratings in the network's history. (SNY's best full-season ratings were 3.3 in both 2007 and '08, when the team was locked in close playoff races to the bitter end.) Yankees games on YES are averaging 4.31 percent of area homes, down from 4.47 at a similar point in 2010.

• Wright had a clean game at third base on Friday. Collins said pregame there was no thought of even bringing up the third baseman's eight errors in the previous 10 games to Wright, or to provide more instruction. “He’s so aggressive in the way he plays the game, I don’t even want to put it in his head that there’s something wrong,” Collins said. “Like the yips. I don’t even want to bring it up.” Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Third base coach Chip Hale aspires to be a manager, and was a finalist for the position that went to Collins. Hale told Mike Puma in the Post that the team's lack of success this year and the relatively few projected openings make it an uphill battle to secure a managerial gig this offseason. On the flip side, Hale noted, working for Sandy Alderson deputies J.P. Ricciardi and Paul DePodesta with the Mets could pay dividends at some point, since they both are capable of returning to GM roles. "The more people you work for, the more people you know," Hale told Puma.

D.J. Carrasco talks with Mike Sielski in the Journal about throwing exclusively sidearm his past three relief appearances trying to find success. Carrasco is under contract for next season at $1.2 million, but has struggled this year, and even found himself at Triple-A Buffalo for a prolonged stretch of this season. Writes Sielski:

With nothing left to lose, and with the blessing of Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, Carrasco has set to tinkering again. In his last three appearances, he's thrown exclusively sidearm. "I've done it strictly just to see what that's like because I've struggled so bad here," he said. "If it's something where I can help the team out more and throw more often and come into more situations to help out or give that different look, then shoot, I'm all for it." So far, the results haven't been spectacular. As a sidearm pitcher, Carrasco has surrendered five hits and one earned run in three innings.

• Braves starter Derek Lowe lasted only 2 1/3 innings on Friday night. Lowe is 3-8 with a 6.12 ERA in his past 11 starts. (Remember, the Mets flirted with Lowe three winters ago, before signing Oliver Perez to a three-year, $36 million deal instead. Lowe went to Atlanta for four years, $60 million.) “This was terrible," Lowe said in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Friday's start. "It was non-competitive pitching from the first pitch. ... Honestly, what can you say? They did anything they wanted. You tried to make competitive pitches, and it just didn’t happen. Again, bad game at the wrong time."

BIRTHDAY: John Franco, who has volunteered to mentor Bobby Parnell, turns 51.

Mets minor leaguer suspended

September, 16, 2011
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Minor league right-hander Brandon Moore, one of the organization's picks to attend the Arizona Fall League, has been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, Major League Baseball announced.

Moore was 10-8 with a 4.47 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) this season at Double-A Binghamton.

UPDATE: An MLB official said Arizona Fall League games do not count toward the suspension, but that Moore is nonetheless ineligible to participate.

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