New York Mets: Brandon Nimmo

Morning Briefing: Nats rule Citi Field

September, 11, 2014
Sep 11
5:25
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Well, if the Mets have designs on reaching .500 and beyond, they will have to accomplish it against a tough nemesis.

Of the 16 games remaining for the Amazin’s this season, seven are against the Washington Nationals. That includes a four-game series at Citi Field that begins Thursday at 7:10 p.m., when Bartolo Colon (13-11, 3.96 ERA) opposes right-hander Tanner Roark (12-10, 2.97).

The Mets remain 5 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild-card spot. The Amazin’s are four games under .500, at 71-75, and have won a season-high-matching four straight.

The Nats have a 10-2 record and have outscored the Mets 62-34 this season.

Washington has won 11 straight games in Queens. That’s the longest-ever winning streak by a visiting team against the Mets. The Atlanta Braves won 10 straight games at Shea Stadium in 1991 and '92.

The Nats are 25-4 at Citi Field since September 2011.

“I’m very pleased,” Terry Collins said about the Mets’ recent play, which includes winning seven of their last eight games and four straight series wins. “We’ve still got a tough road ahead here. We’ve got the Nats coming in, who we have not played very well, [and] who play absolutely great here. We’ve got our work cut out for us. We’re aware of that.”

Thursday’s news reports:

• A civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn alleges chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon “humiliated” the club’s senior vice president overseeing ticket sales because she was pregnant and unmarried. The Mets responded that former employee Leigh Castergine’s lawsuit is “without merit.”

Read more in the Post, Daily News, Journal, Times, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Read columnist Mike Vaccaro’s take on the Mets’ wild-card pursuit and the lawsuit in the Post and columnist David Lennon’s take in Newsday. Jeff Passan has a scathing critique of the latter topic at Yahoo!, as does Bob Klapisch in the Record.

• Despite a high pitch count, Rafael Montero tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings and earned his first major league win as the Mets swept the Rockies with a 2-0 win Wednesday. Eric Young Jr. went 3-for-3 with an RBI triple and Jenrry Mejia became the youngest player in franchise history to notch 25 saves in a season. Mets pitchers have logged 19 straight scoreless innings, two shy of matching the season high (April 20-22), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Journal, Newsday, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

Daniel Murphy was shifted to third base Wednesday with David Wright done for the season because of persistent left-shoulder woes. Murphy received no fielding chances in his first start at the position since July 21, 2011. The move allows rookie Dilson Herrera to get continued playing time at second base. Read more in the Times and Star-Ledger.

• ESPN’s Buster Olney suggests it could be a quiet offseason for the Mets, at least spending-wise. Writes Olney:

The reality appears to be that the Mets' front office will be left with little money to improve the roster, perhaps bypassing pricey veterans who could represent pivotal upgrades, such as shortstop J.J. Hardy. It appears Alderson will instead pick through the bargain bin for short-term gambles, which is how Chris Young came to be a Met last winter; he was a bargain for a reason.

The Mets' ownership could choose to take a different path and look to spend money to make money. But once again, that does not appear to be the route this team will go, and it's bad for the sport when a New York City team pretends it must adhere to its budget the way the Tampa Bay Rays do.

ESPN Insiders can read Olney’s full analysis here.

Matt den Dekker remained sore and did not appear in Wednesday’s game a day after getting plunked on the back of his left hand with a pitch.

• Binghamton is one win from the Eastern League championship after a 5-1 victory at Richmond on Wednesday. Xorge Carrillo and Travis Taijeron homered and Greg Peavey limited the Squirrels to one run in seven innings as the B-Mets took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Binghamton will go for the sweep at home on Friday with Steven Matz on the mound. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Matz and Herrera were named the pitcher and player of the year in the Mets organization, the club announced. Sterling Award winners at individual levels of the organization were Matt Reynolds, Kevin Plawecki, Brandon Nimmo, Dario Alvarez, Akeel Morris, Vicente Lupo, Marcos Molina, John Mora, Ali Sanchez and Walter Rasquin.

• Wright and Dillon Gee visited FDNY Squad 288/Hazmat 1 in Maspeth, Queens, on Wednesday.

Chris Young homered and had two RBIs as the Yankees rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays. Young became the second player ever to homer for the Mets and Yankees in the same season, joining Dave Kingman in 1977, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

• Andrew Beaton in the Journal looks into the Mets being 16-2 this season in games started by Kirk Nieuwenhuis. That’s the best winning percentage for any player in the majors with a minimum of 15 starts.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at NY Mets Report doesn’t believe Wright’s injury and Herrera playing second base could pave the way for Murphy to be traded this offseason.

BIRTHDAYS: Former closer Frank Francisco turns 35.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Can the Mets reach .500? Can they reach the postseason?

Mets honor Matz, Herrera as players of year

September, 10, 2014
Sep 10
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NEW YORK -- The Mets have selected left-hander Steven Matz as their minor-league pitcher of

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the year and second baseman Dilson Herrera as their minor-league player of the year. Additionally, they have selected a Sterling Award winner for each level of the minors:

Las Vegas -- Matt Reynolds, ss

Binghamton -- Kevin Plawecki, c

St. Lucie -- Brandon Nimmo, of

Savannah -- Dario Alvarez, lhp and Akeel Morris, rhp

Kingsport -- Vicente Lupo, of

Brooklyn -- Marcos Molina, rhp

Gulf Coast League -- John Mora, of

Dominican Summer League 1 -- Ali Sanchez, c

Dominican Summer League 2 -- Walter Rasquin, c

Morning Briefing: Even with Yanks

September, 10, 2014
Sep 10
5:21
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Getty ImagesJacob deGrom added to his resume with eight scoreless innings, but David Wright (rotator cuff) is done for the season.
NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Mets are even with the Yankees in one respect: Both teams are now 5 games out in their respective wild-card races.

Still, that seemingly speaks more to the Bombers being out of postseason contention than the Amazin’s being in it.

With 17 games remaining, the Mets have a 70-75 record.

The San Francisco Giants seemingly are firmly entrenched in the No. 1 wild-card spot at 79-65.

Pittsburgh currently occupies the second wild-card spot at 75-69. Atlanta (74-71), freefalling Milwaukee (74-71) and Miami (71-72) also are ahead of the Mets.

The Pirates and Brewers play three more times, meaning that’s at least two additional wins for one of those teams. And Pittsburgh and Atlanta play four times, meaning that’s a minimum of two wins for one of those teams.

So .500 seems like a more realistic goal for the Mets. If the Mets fall short of breakeven, they would finish with their sixth straight losing season, which would be tied with the Houston Astros for the longest active streak in the majors.


Bill Kostroun/Associated PressRafael Montero gets a spot start Wednesday against the Rockies.


Meanwhile, the Mets -- winners of six of their last seven games -- on Wednesday try to complete a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies for the second straight season at Citi Field.

Rafael Montero, who joined the Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, gets a spot start that allows the other members of the rotation to receive an extra day of rest. Montero (0-3, 5.23 ERA) opposes left-hander Tyler Matzek (5-9, 4.32), a fellow rookie.

Montero last pitched last Wednesday in Vegas’ Pacific Coast League playoff opener at Reno. He allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in a 103-pitch effort spanning 4 1/3 innings.

Matzek is coming off a three-hit shutout against the San Diego Padres. He became the first Rockies pitcher to go the distance in a scoreless effort at Coors Field since Jhoulys Chacin on April 15, 2011 against the Chicago Cubs. Overall, Matzek has an active 21-inning scoreless streak.

Wednesday’s news reports:

David Wright has been shut down for the remainder of the season after undergoing an MRI and examination of his troublesome left shoulder at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Tuesday. The captain is not expected to require surgery to address what was labeled “persistent inflammation” in the rotator cuff.

Wright finishes the season with a .269 average, career-low eight homers and 63 RBIs in 535 at-bats. He went homerless in his final 189 at-bats, which is the longest drought of his career.

Wright had experienced discomfort since jamming the shoulder while sliding headfirst on a steal on June 12 on a muddy surface at Citi Field. He missed a week late in the first half and then received a cortisone shot heading into the All-Star break.

“David did what captains do -- he persevered, he kept going, he gutted it out,” Sandy Alderson said. “Numbers or no numbers, he did what we expected. He made a major contribution to the team by continuing to perform. And when a player is injured, all you can expect from him is honesty about the injury and willingness to go out there and make the effort. There’s no question David did that throughout the last two and half months.”

Alderson and Terry Collins said they would huddle to determine the best infield alignment in Wright’s absence. Dilson Herrera figured to see vastly diminished playing time with Daniel Murphy having returned from a calf injury on Tuesday. Now, though, one option is to use Murphy at third base and Herrera at second. Otherwise, the likely option is to use Eric Campbell at third base -- although Josh Satin and Wilmer Flores also are capable of manning the position, too.

Murphy last played third base, his natural position, in 2011 when Wright missed time with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Read more on Wright in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Journal, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

Jacob deGrom retired the final 14 batters he faced and was sitting at 100 pitches through eight scoreless innings when Collins pulled him three outs away from a complete game. Collins, under pressure from his bosses to keep his young hurlers’ pitch counts in check late in the season, went to Jenrry Mejia for the ninth. Mejia eventually was pulled with the bases loaded and one out. Josh Edgin and Jeurys Familia combined to bail the Mets out and preserve a 2-0 win against the Rockies on Tuesday.

Edgin had been dealing with elbow discomfort from bone spurs and had received a cortisone injection last Tuesday. He was making his first appearance since Aug. 23.

DeGrom improved to 8-6 and sliced his ERA to 2.62. He becomes the third pitcher in franchise history to have a sub-3.00 ERA through 20 starts in his debut season, joining Dwight Gooden (1984, 2.80) and Tom Seaver (1967, 2.92), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. DeGrom has not allowed an earned run in his past 22 innings.

Read game recaps in the Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

• Alderson acknowledged the Mets are considering further revising the dimensions in right-center/right field at Citi Field. According to ESPN Stats & Information’s Mark Simon, who made a crude calculation using Inside Edge data that plots of fly balls:

The Mets have hit 16 balls to right-center this season that traveled more than 395 feet -- and seven have fallen short of being home runs. Opponents have hit 15 balls to right-center that traveled more than 395 feet -- and four have been short of being home runs.

So the Mets, very roughly, could have a pickup of seven long balls for a season potentially with such a wall adjustment.

The Mets’ analysis, according to Alderson, is that Curtis Granderson could have seven more homers with particular wall tweaking.

Read more in the Journal and Newsday.

Matt den Dekker was struck in the left hand by a pitch from Yohan Flande in the seventh inning and departed the game after the frame. X-rays were negative.

• Binghamton won Game 1 of its best-of-five Eastern League Championship series, 5-2 at Richmond. Starter Tyler Pill allowed two runs in six innings against the San Francisco Giants’ Double-A affiliate. Brandon Nimmo went 2-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs. Greg Peavey starts Game 2 for the B-Mets on Wednesday. Read the full recap here.

• Collins, Zack Wheeler and Travis d'Arnaud visited the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on Tuesday. Read more in the Daily News.

• Joe Torre has sent a memo to umpires dissuading them from calling runners safe when catchers are blocking the plate unless it’s a bang-bang play, writes Jayson Stark at ESPN.com. That should avoid clearly out runners being awarded home plate on a technicality.

• Jeff Passan at Yahoo! examines the trouble with WAR, and uses Juan Lagares as an example.

From the bloggers … John Delcos, who had been hospitalized for five months and remains in a wheelchair, is back blogging. Check out the explanation for his absence here. … Blogging Mets wonders if Collins deserves another year as Mets manager. ... Faith and Fear finds every deGrom start is a good hair day.

BIRTHDAYS: Outfielder Andrew Brown, who was passed over for a September call-up, turns 30. ... Minor-league infielder Phillip Evans is 22.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets move Daniel Murphy to third base for the remainder of the season in order to get Dilson Herrera in the lineup at second base?

Minors 9.9.14: B-Mets win opener

September, 10, 2014
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BINGHAMTON 5, RICHMOND 2: Darrell Ceciliani's fifth-inning single broke a 1-1 tie and the B-Mets went on to win the first game of the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series. Brandon Nimmo had two hits and drove in two runs, and Tyler Pill allowed two runs in six innings. Nimmo, the Mets' first-round draft pick in 2011, is 8 for 15 with five runs scored in his last three games. Cody Satterwhite struck out two in a perfect ninth inning for the save. The B-Mets walked the bases loaded in the seventh, but Chase Huchingson induced an inning-ending double play. Game 2 is Wednesday in Richmond, with Greg Peavey starting for the B-Mets. Box

Minors 9.6.14: Vegas, Savannah out

September, 6, 2014
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RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 3: The 51s were eliminated with the Game 4 loss. Starter Logan Verrett was charged with five runs (two earned) in five innings. He struck out 11 but uncorked three wild pitches and had a throwing error. Trailing 6-0, Allan Dykstra had a three-run homer in the seventh. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, PORTLAND 4: The B-Mets fended off elimination and set up a winner-take-all Game 5 on Sunday by producing a franchise-postseason-record 11 runs. Gabriel Ynoa will oppose Portland right-hander Luis Diaz in the decisive opening-round game. On Saturday, Portland grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. Mike Miller singled and Sean Coyle doubled against Rainy Lara. With two aboard, Keury De La Cruz sent a bouncer to first baseman Brian Burgamy. He went home with the throw, but Miller slid in safely with the game’s opening run. Binghamton used a two-out rally to break through against Mike Augliera in the third. Brandon Nimmo had an infield single. T.J. Rivera then singled to push Nimmo to third. Burgamy tied the score with a single. The Sea Dogs retook a one-run lead in the fourth on Carson Blair's solo homer against Lara.

The B-Mets answered with 10 runs over the following two frames. In the fifth, Rivera's single plated Wilfredo Tovar with the tying run. Reliever Mike McCarthy eventually took over with the bases loaded and walked Darrell Ceciliani to force in another run. McCarthy capped the inning's scoring by uncorking a wild pitch, which allowed Rivera to dash home as the B-Mets took a 4-2 lead. Binghamton sent 11 men to the plate in a seven-run sixth. The B-Mets produced four hits, cashed in on three walks and walked away from the 38-minute frame with an 11-2 lead. The first seven batters all reached and scored against McCarthy and Pete Ruiz. Lara capped his outing -- the first quality start from a B-Met in the postseason -- with a scoreless sixth. Jon Velasquez surrendered a two-run homer to David Chester in the eighth. Randy Fontanez posted a perfect ninth. Lara allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. Box

ASHEVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1: Savannah's season ended when it failed to rally in the resumption of Friday's suspended game. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth with the tying run at second base and one out when play restarted, the Gnats loaded the bases that inning. Victor Cruzado walked with two outs and Dominic Smith advanced to first base on a wild pitch on a strikeout. However, Amed Rosario grounded out to leave three aboard. The Gnats went down in order in the ninth and were swept in the best-of-three opening-round series. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 9.5.14: Syndergaard bounced in 5th

September, 6, 2014
Sep 6
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RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Noah Syndergaard was knocked out after the first four batters of the fifth reached base in Game 3 of the Pacific Coast League opening-round series. He was charged with six runs on six hits, three walks and a wild pitch in four-plus innings and threw 84 pitches. The big blow against Las Vegas came on a three-run homer by ex-Met Mike Jacobs against Miguel Socolovich in the fifth that staked Reno to a 7-5 lead. Two runners inherited from Syndergaard scored on the play. Vegas trails the best-of-five series, 2-1. Logan Verrett starts Game 4 on Saturday. Box

PORTLAND 6, BINGHAMTON 3: The B-Mets are a game away from elimination after

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dropping Game 3 of the best-of-five series. Portland broke a 3-all tie with a three-run bottom of the seventh against Paul Sewald that included two unearned runs. Sean Coyle contributed a go-ahead single that plated Rusney Castillo from second base. Chase Huchingson took over for Sewald and collected a strikeout before Carson Blair brought home a run with an infield single. Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar compounded the issue and allowed another run to score by forcing an errant throw to first.

B-Mets starter Steven Matz allowed three runs in five innings as the Sea Dogs built a 3-0 lead. Portland starter Eduardo Rodriguez held the B-Mets hitless for 5 1/3 innings In the sixth, Xorge Carrillo finally put the B-Mets in the hit column with a one-out double. Two batters later, Brandon Nimmo plated Carrillo with a double and took third on outfielder Shannon Wilkerson's error. Nimmo scampered home four pitches later on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one run. Binghamton caught a break to even the score in the top of the seventh. Following a two-out walk to Darrell Ceciliani, Travis Taijeron threaded a double inside the third-base bag. Keury De La Cruz overran the baseball in the left-field corner, allowing Ceciliani to score from first base.

Binghamton mustered one last threat against Aaron Kurcz in the ninth. Brian Burgamy walked with one and Jayce Boyd blooped a single inside the right-field line. With the tying run at the plate, Ceciliani and Taijeron flied out, ending Binghamton’s hopes.

The B-Mets look to stave off elimination in Game 4 on Saturday at noon. Rainy Lara opposes right-hander Mike Augliera. Box

ASHEVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1 (suspended): Game 2 of the South Atlantic League opening-round series was suspended due to unplayable field conditions with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, and with the Gnats trailing 2-1 and the tying run on second base. The Gnats are five outs from elimination. The game will resume Saturday at 4 p.m. in Savannah. If the Gnats rally to defeat Asheville, a winner-take-all Game 3 will follow at 6 p.m. On Friday, Gnats starter John Gant allowed one run and struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings. The Tourists broke a 1-all tie in the top of the eighth when Akeel Morris' wild pitch allowed a runner inherited at third base from Dawrin Frias to score. Box

Compiled with team reports

Morning Briefing: Alderson speaks

September, 5, 2014
Sep 5
5:35
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: After a day off in Cincinnati, the Mets get back to work with the opener of a three-game series against the Reds.

Bartolo Colon (12-11, 4.01 ERA) opposes right-hander Alfredo Simon (13-9, 3.28) at 7:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park.

Friday’s news reports:

• Sandy Alderson, attending Binghamton’s playoff series, did a Q&A with Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

On whether the Mets will be in the market for a shortstop and left fielder during the offseason, Alderson said: “Right now, part of what we need to do is assess what we have. If you look at shortstop, [Wilmer] Flores has actually done a very nice job for us at shortstop. [Matt] Reynolds has played well at short, both here and at Triple-A. [Matt] den Dekker had an excellent season at Triple-A. So we've got to assess what we have before we start going out and canvasing the free-agent market. Free agents aren’t always the solution.”

Alderson reiterated that Dilson Herrera needed to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason anyway, so it made sense to promote him when the playing time became available because of Daniel Murphy's calf injury. The GM noted left-hander Dario Alvarez needed to be protected ahead of the Rule 5 draft, too.

Asked if Kevin Plawecki could be a factor on the major league roster next season, Alderson noted the catcher does not need to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason. “I would expect that we'll see them both in spring training next year and see where it takes us, but there is no question right now Travis [d’Arnaud] is the incumbent and Kevin doesn't have to be on the roster either,” Alderson told Worthy. “It's one of those administrative hurdles."

And asked if Brandon Nimmo could open next season with Binghamton, where he is finishing 2014, Alderson said: “Frankly, depending on what our needs are, he has probably done enough to warrant a Triple-A assignment coming out of spring training."

• Critic Phil Mushnick in the Post calls out retiring commissioner Bud Selig for propping up Mets ownership. Writes Mushnick:

What Selig never would have accepted from the assistant general manager of one of his auto dealerships, he allowed from the owners of the New York Mets.

Even in their post-Madoff mode, Wilpon’s Mets chose to rent Citi Field entrance space to one of America’s most dubious enterprises, Amway. In 2010, Amway paid $34 million in cash and provided $22 million in products to settle a long-running class-action lawsuit that accused the company and top-level distributors of fraud and operating a pyramid scheme.

So as the Mets continue to kick the same can down the alley, hoping to find the next Bartolo Colon, Marlon Byrd and perhaps Bernie Madoff -- whoever it takes to at least make it seem better -- Selig’s role in this recycled redundancy should not go unappreciated.

Vic Black threw off a mound Thursday for the first time since landing on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his neck. Black subsequently tweeted that he feels “funky fresh” and expects to be activated on Monday, when he is eligible to return from the DL.

• Mike Puma in the Post caught up with Bobby Parnell in Miami earlier this week. Parnell, throwing on flat ground as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery, aims to be ready to compete for his old closer’s job during spring training.

“It’s just a mental grind,” Parnell told Puma about the rehab process. “It’s tough being away from the competitive side of baseball, but I try to look at the positives -- a physical break and somewhat of a mental break. I feel like the path of a Tommy John rehab is a lot more known than a neck rehab, so I feel like it was laid out very well and we’re going in the right direction.”

Read more on Parnell in the Star-Ledger.

Matt Harvey will be shut down for the winter by the end of the month without having faced batters, Kristie Ackert writes in the Daily News. Alderson recently had quashed any notion Harvey would do anything serious this season.

• Hitting coach Lamar Johnson tells Marc Carig in Newsday that it may behoove Curtis Granderson to make more than subtle changes to his swing this offseason. Read more on Granderson in the Star-Ledger.

Juan Lagares in Newsday picks his favorite defensive plays of the season. Read more on Lagares from Matt Ehalt in the Record.

• Ex-Met Mike Jacobs belted a grand slam in a five-run first inning against Matt Bowman as Reno evened its best-of-five series with Las Vegas at a game apiece with a 6-0 win. Greg Peavey was knocked out in the third inning and Binghamton lost Game 2 of its playoff series, 7-0 against Portland. That series also is tied 1-all. Read the full minor-league recap here.

BIRTHDAYS: Ex-Met Chris Young -- the outfielder, not the pitcher -- turns 31. ... Rod Barajas is 39. ... Matt Watson turns 36.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who should be the Mets’ closer in April 2015?

Morning Briefing: Clean it up, Mets!

September, 2, 2014
Sep 2
7:46
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MIAMI

FIRST PITCH: After an ugly game in the series opener, the Mets look to rebound Tuesday in Game 2 of their series against the Miami Marlins.

Jonathon Niese (7-10, 3.48 ERA) opposes right-hander Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40) at 7:10 p.m.

With Philadelphia no-hitting Atlanta on Monday, the Phillies (63-74) again are only a half-game behind the Mets (64-74) for fourth place in the NL East. So some scoreboard watching may be in order at Marlins Park.

Meanwhile, back in New York, Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka are expected to have their pitching elbows examined by team doctors. Edgin has bone spurs, and it is possible he will learn those need to be surgically removed. Terry Collins is unsure whether Edgin will return this season.

Tuesday’s news reports:

• The Mets committed six errors, one shy of matching the franchise record, and lost to Miami, 9-6, on Labor Day at Marlins Park. The Marlins scored three eighth-inning runs while producing only one hit in the frame. Jeurys Familia had two errors and a run-scoring wild pitch that inning. Erik Goeddel walked in a run in his major league debut. Dilson Herrera had his first major league homer and also a two-run triple, but committed two errors. Zack Wheeler allowed five runs (two earned) and lasted only 4 2/3 innings because of a high pitch count.

Collins bluntly said afterward that the team’s showing did not resemble a “big-league baseball game.”

“They are not mental errors. They are just execution errors,” David Wright, who had one of the errors, told reporters postgame. “That is not an excuse for them, and obviously you’re not going to win games committing six errors, but they happen, and a lot of times they happen in bunches.”

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

• Read more on Wheeler in the Post.

• Clark Spencer in the Miami Herald chronicles Penny’s feud with the Mets during the right-hander’s first tour of duty with the Marlins, back in 2001. It stemmed in part from Tsuyoshi Shinjo touching the plate after a homer and also swinging at a 3-0 pitch in a rout. The feud escalated with Todd Zeile barking at Penny after a subsequent homer. Writes Spencer:

When the pitcher and hitter came face to face in subsequent showdowns, Penny often threw behind Zeile’s back as a warning. Though [Mike] Redmond declined to be interviewed for this article, he has said previously that Zeile turned to him after one of Penny’s warning shots and said, “Is this ever going to end?”

• The Brooklyn Cyclones were eliminated on the final day of the regular season despite a 3-1 win against Staten Island. First-round pick Michael Conforto, promising shortstop prospect Amed Rosario and third baseman Jhoan Urena were promoted to Savannah after the Cyclones’ elimination. Las Vegas, Binghamton and Savannah open the playoffs on Wednesday. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Bronx-raised T.J. Rivera finished with the top batting average among Mets minor leaguers at .349, while Cyclones right-hander Marcos Molina won the organization’s ERA crown at 1.77. View the organization’s final minor-league statistical leaders here.

Rafael Montero should get a late-season start with the Mets.

Bobby Parnell expects to get on a mound after Christmas.

• Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin profiles 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo.

BIRTHDAYS: Hitting coach Lamar Johnson turns 64. ... The late Marv Throneberry was born on this date in 1933. ... Minor-league right-hander Jake Kuebler is 25.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets seek retribution on Tuesday for Brad Penny’s 2001 antics against Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Todd Zeile?

Minors 8.27.14: Cyclones get walk-off win

August, 28, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 8, ROUND ROCK 3: Noah Syndergaard pitched 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing one run on seven hits with a walk and nine strikeouts. Syndergaard lowered his ERA to 4.67. Catcher Kevin Plawecki hit two home runs. Box

NEW BRITAIN 11, BINGHAMTON 7 (11 innings): Closer Cody Satterwhite gave up two game-tying runs in the ninth inning, and Adam Kolarek allowed five in the 11th. First baseman Jayce Boyd had a big night for the B-Mets, falling a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Center fielder Brandon Nimmo and right fielder Travis Taijeron also had three hits apiece. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, CHARLOTTE 3: The Mets scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a routine ground ball that should have ended the game. L.J. Mazzilli hit the grounder to third base, where it went between Patrick Leonard's legs and ended up in left field, allowing both runs to score. An earlier error by Mazzilli had allowed the Stone Crabs to tie the game in the sixth inning. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini had three hits for the Mets. Box

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 4: The Sand Gnats lost their seventh straight game, despite a four-run rally in the eighth inning. Shortstop Yeixon Ruiz had three hits, but also committed his 26th error of the season. Box

ELIZABETHTON 9, KINGSPORT 8 (10 innings): Third baseman Eudor Garcia's throwing error allowed the winning run to score in the 10th, after Kingsport had tied the game with four unearned runs in the ninth. Right fielder Wuilmer Becerra tied the game with a two-run triple, then was thrown out trying to steal home to end the inning. Box

BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 2 (11 innings): Amed Rosario was hit by a Matt Wotherspoon pitch with the bases loaded to force in the winning run. First-round draft pick Michael Conforto had two doubles and two singles to raise his average to .338. Starter Scarlyn Reyes allowed just one earned run on three hits in seven innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL MARLINS 5: Center fielder Raphael Ramirez and right fielder Enmanuel Zabala had three hits apiece. The Mets had 12 hits, all singles. Starter Erik Manoah allowed just one hit in five shutout innings, with nine strikeouts. Box

Farm report: Taylor tuned out speculation

August, 27, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Mets shipped Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 18 for right-hander Zack Thornton. It took another two months, until the one-year anniversary of Blake Taylor’s signing after the draft, to learn that the southpaw was the player to be named heading to the Mets in the deal.

“There were rumors online and all that stuff. Everyone was saying it was between me or [Neil] Kozikowski or Cody Dickson. There were just a bunch of rumors,” Taylor said. “I was like, ‘I’m not going to believe everything I hear on the internet.’ Once I hear it from the Mets or Pirates organization, I’d believe. … I was just going to keep playing and keep going.


Courtesy of Allen Greene/Kingsport MetsBlake Taylor


“The day I found out, I was shocked. But I was like, ‘All right, I’ve got to pack my things. This is baseball. You’re going to play for a different team.’”

Taylor, who turned 19 on Aug. 17, was drafted by the Pirates in the second round in 2013 out of high school in Dana Point, Calif.

After joining the Mets organization in mid-June, Taylor made three appearances in the Gulf Coast League. He allowed two runs, neither earned, on one hit, seven walks and a hit batter while striking out 10 in 10 2/3 innings. He since has moved to the Appalachian League. In seven starts with Kingsport, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Taylor is 2-1 with a 5.16 ERA. He has allowed 39 hits and 22 walks in 29 2/3 innings.

Taylor’s fastball sits at 86-90 mph. He also possesses a changeup and curveball.

“I’m still getting better. I still have a lot more to learn with command and all that stuff,” Taylor said. “But I’ve been progressing this year and throwing my changeup for a strike more than I have been normally. It’s been a very, very educational year for me just to learn. This is my first full season.”

Said Mets VP Paul DePodesta: “We liked Blake a lot leading up to the 2013 draft. We felt he was an athletic left-hander with size and the makings of a plus breaking ball.”

Taylor had signed with the University of Hawaii out of high school, but being taken in the second round (along with a reported $750,000 signing bonus) prompted him to turn pro.

“Going into the draft, I didn’t really want to have high expectations,” Taylor said. “I wasn’t really known, so I kind of accepted the fact that I probably might go to college. It was a big surprise to go in the second round. So I was like, ‘Well, baseball has been my dream. Let me go do it.’”

He arrived with the Mets not knowing anyone beyond having played against Dominic Smith and Andrew Church in the Area Code Games. Still, Taylor said, his new teammates have been “welcoming me with open arms.”

Said Taylor: “Everyone has been really nice and cool and showing me the ropes. Baseball is a fraternity. You go anywhere and it’s the same group of guys, basically.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .352; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .347; Matt den Dekker, Vegas, .334; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .320; John Mora, Brooklyn, .319; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, .310; Jean Rodriguez, Kingsport, .303; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, .297; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .295; Wuilmer Becerra, Kingsport, .294.

Homers: Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 23; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 20; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 19; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 16; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 15.

RBIs: L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 76; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 75; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 74; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 72; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 70.

Steals: Champ Stuart, Savannah, 27; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 23; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 23; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, 19.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 1.56; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.04; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.19; John Gant, Savannah, 2.59; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.67; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 2.88; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 3.63; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 3.98; Casey Meisner, Brooklyn, 4.08; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 4.19.

Wins: Greg Peavey, Binghamton, 12; Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 11; Logan Verrett, Vegas, 11.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 16; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 15; Cody Satterwhite, Binghamton, 15; Shane Bay, Brooklyn, 14.

Strikeouts: Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 135; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 124; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 121; Greg Peavey, Binghamton, 118; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 117.

Short hops

Manuel Hilario, who was unconscious and suffered a seizure in a second-base collision Friday with the Gulf Coast League Mets, was released from the hospital and is “recovering well,” according to the organization. Hilario, 22, is done for the season with the GCL season ending Thursday.

• The organization placed multiple players on year-end all-star teams. Already announced: Las Vegas’ Matt den Dekker in the Pacific Coast League, St. Lucie’s Cam Maron in the Florida State League and Kingsport’s Wuilmer Becerra in the Appalachian League.

• Several Mets affiliates are playoff-bound as minor-league regular seasons wrap up by Monday:

Triple-A Las Vegas (79-60) has won the PCL Pacific Southern Division.

Double-A Binghamton (83-53) has clinched no worse than a wild-card spot. The B-Mets trail Portland by two games for the division crown with five games remaining.

Low-A Savannah (82-48 overall) won its division in the first half in the South Atlantic League.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn (39-31) has a two-game lead on Connecticut for the New York-Penn League’s wild-card berth with six games remaining. And Kingsport is on the outside looking in right now. The K-Mets trail Johnson City by two games for the second wild-card spot with three games remaining.

• Outfielder Brandon Nimmo, middle infielder Matt Reynolds, right-handers Julian Hilario, Cory Mazzoni, Paul Sewald and Rob Whalen and one position player to be determined will represent the Mets in the Arizona Fall League. Valentino Pascucci, who received rave reviews in his first season as an instructor, will serve as a hitting coach.

Sewald received a promotion to Double-A on the eve of the Eastern League playoffs. The 24-year-old University of San Diego product had posted a 1.73 ERA and 1.038 WHIP in 40 relief appearances with St. Lucie.

• Right-hander Michael Fulmer, who was selected with the 44th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school in Oklahoma, went on Binghamton’s DL after making his Double-A debut. Fulmer has a bone spur in his pitching elbow. He needs to be evaluated by doctors to determine if the spur needs to be surgically removed.

• Left-handed reliever Paul Paez, a 38th-round pick in 2013 out of Rio Hondo College in California, was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. Paez allowed one hit and one walk and struck out nine batters in 6 1/3 innings with Savannah.

• Right-hander Johnny Magliozzi, a 17th-round pick in 2013 out of the University of Florida, underwent Tommy John surgery.

Nimmo, Reynolds highlight AFL contingent

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NEW YORK -- Former first-round pick Brandon Nimmo and middle infielder Matt Reynolds will represent the Mets in the Arizona Fall League, playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

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Also representing the organization: right-handers Julian Hilario, Cory Mazzoni, Paul Sewald and Rob Whalen.

Valentino Pascucci, currently with Savannah, will serve as a hitting coach.

The Mets will add one more position player at a later date.

Nimmo, the Mets' top pick in 2011, is hitting .246 with six homers and 25 RBIs in 207 at-bats since a promotion to Double-A Binghamton.

Reynolds, selected out of the University of Arkansas in the second round in 2012, is hitting .340 with five homers and 34 RBIs and also has 11 steals in 244 at-bats since a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. He primarily has played shortstop with the 51s.

Mazzoni missed a significant portion of the season after injuring a side muscle in the Grapefruit League finale.

Minors 8.24.14: McGowan flirts with no-no

August, 24, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 6, ROUND ROCK 5: Cory Vaughn's three-run homer in the sixth staked the 51s to a 6-0 lead. Cory Mazzoni took a shutout bid into the eighth, when Round Rock exploded for five runs against him and Miguel Socolovich. Chasen Bradford entered and stranded the tying run at second base by striking out Luis Sardinas.Box

BINGHAMTON 5, AKRON 2: Steven Matz tossed five scoreless innings and struck out six and T.J. Rivera went 3-for-4 as the B-Mets completed a three-game sweep. Matz (6-4) has

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allowed one earned run in his last 25 innings. Binghamton tagged Akron starter Will Roberts for three first-inning runs. Brandon Nimmo led off with a double and moved to third when Dilson Herrera singled. Brian Burgamy walked to load the bases. Jayce Boyd then singled to plated Nimmo for the game's opening run. Darrell Ceciliani's sacrifice fly scored Herrera. The final run of the frame scored on Rivera's RBI single. An inning later, Wilfredo Tovar singled and stole second. Herrera then hit a one-out pitch to deep center. Ollie Linton made the catch, but fell afterward. That allowed Tovar to score from second base for a 4-0 lead. The B-Mets scored again in the fifth on Xorge Carrillo's sacrifice fly. Akron got on the board in the seventh on a leadoff homer by Anthony Gallas against Randy Fontanez. Adam Kolarek surrendered a run in the ninth that capped the scoring. At 81-52, Binghamton achieved a new high-water mark for the season. Ceciliani finished 0-for-2, snapping an 11-game hitting streak. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, JUPITER 2: Mets starter Kevin McGowan took a no-hit bid into the seventh and relievers Ryan Fraser and Paul Sewald worked out of jams. McGowan earned his first

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win since June 30. He allowed three hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings. Albert Cordero had a two-out solo homer in the second against Scott Lyman. Gilbert Gomez followed with a walk and steal. Eudy Pina plated him with a double for a 2-0 lead. McGowan pitched around three errors in the first inning -- two committed by him -- and a fourth error to open the third. After that last miscue, McGowan retired 12 straight batters. Blake Barber broke up the no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the seventh. Cody Keefer followed with a single that advanced Barber to third. Juan Avila's bunt single scored Barber to slice St. Lucie's lead to 2-1. Fraser eventually entered with runners on the corners and got a comebacker from Anthony Gomez. The reliever caught Keefer between third and home for the second out. After a walk loaded the bases, Fraser got Ryan Goetz to ground out. Fraser walked back-to-back batters with one out in the eighth and threw a wild pitch to advance both runners. However, he got a lineout that did not advance the runners and Avila grounded out to strand two in scoring position. In the bottom half, Gilbert Gomez had a bases-loaded infield single and L.J. Mazzilli scored to increase the lead to 3-1. The first two batters of the ninth singled against Sewald. After a sac bunt moved the runners to second and third, Goetz grounded out to plate a run and make it 3-2. Sewald then retired Noah Perio as Jupiter stranded the tying run at third base for the third straight inning. Sewald converted his 11th save in 11 chances. Box

GREENVILLE 8, SAVANNAH 5: Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks in two innings. Champ Stuart had a solo homer in a three-run ninth as the Gnats closed within three runs. Paul Paez contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

KINGSPORT 9, JOHNSON CITY 1: Persio Reyes (1-0) tossed seven scoreless innings for the K-Mets. Oswaldo Caraballo went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Ivan Wilson also drove in three runs. Box

BROOKLYN 10, TRI-CITY 1: Michael Conforto went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Jhoan Urena, Tyler Moore and Michael Bernal drove in two runs apiece. Marcos Molina allowed one run on one hit and five walks while striking out eight in 6 2/3 innings. Box

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Minors 8.23.14: Centeno's 4 hits lift B-Mets

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LAS VEGAS 10, NEW ORLEANS 8: Pinch hitter Cory Vaughn delivered a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Bobby Abreu and Taylor Teagarden drove in three runs apiece. Starter John Lannan allowed eight runs (seven earned) in four innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, AKRON 1: Starter Greg Peavey (11-3) allowed one run on two hits and five walks while striking out nine in five innings. Relievers Hansel Robles, Dario Alvarez and Cody Satterwhite combined to retire 12 of the final 13 batters. Juan Centeno went 4-for-4 with

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two RBIs. In the second, Akron's Justin Toole singled and moved to second on a walk. He scored on Erik Gonzalez's RBI single against Peavey. Binghamton got the run back in the bottom half. Darrell Ceciliani extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a leadoff single against Duke von Schamann. Centeno ultimately drove him in to even the score at 1. The B-Mets took the lead for good in the third. Dilson Herrera walked and stole second. The throw from catcher Jake Lowery sailed into center field, allowing Herrera to advance to third base. Center fielder Ollie Linton then airmailed a toss over third base that plated Herrera. In the fifth, Jayce Boyd had a two-out single. He stole second and moved to third on an error by second baseman Ronny Rodriguez. Ceciliani walked to put runners on the corners. T.J. Rivera and Centeno followed with back-to-back run-scoring singles. The B-Mets capped the scoring in the eighth against Adam Miller. Centeno tallied his fourth hit and moved to second on Kyle Johnson's single. Brandon Nimmo drove him in with a single. At 80-52, Binghamton achieved its high-water mark of the season. Binghamton's 71 hits in a five-game span are its most since April 11-16, 2008 (79). The RubberDucks turned an 8-3-5 triple play in the sixth against Herrera. Box

JUPITER 5, ST. LUCIE 4: Rehabbing Marlin Derek Dietrich hit a solo homer in the seventh to extend the Hammerheads' lead to 5-3. The Mets got a run back in the bottom half on Jairo Perez’s RBI groundout, but failed to pull even. Phillip Evans doubled with one out in the eighth, but Brad Mincey struck out Gilbert Gomez and Eudy Pina to strand the tying run at second. Colby Suggs struck out three in the ninth, working around L.J. Mazzilli's one-out single. The Mets held a 2-0 lead until things unraveled for St. Lucie starter Seth Lugo in a four-run fourth by Jupiter. Blake Barber hit a game-tying two-run homer. After Lugo recorded the second out, he loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Then, on a 1-2 offering, Anthony Gomez produced a two-run single as Jupiter took a 4-2 lead. The Mets closed within 4-3 in the sixth on Gavin Cecchini’s two-out RBI single. However Dietrich launched the homer deep to right in the seventh against Jake Kuebler to restore a two-run lead. Lugo (7-3) surrendered four runs he on six hits and two walks in six innings. Mazzilli led the Mets with three hits. Box

GREENVILLE 7, SAVANNAH 3: Starter Ricky Knapp allowed seven runs (six earned) in six innings. Trailing 4-0, the Gnats posted three runs in the top of the seventh, capped by a two-run single from Dominic Smith. Box

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BLUEFIELD 7, KINGSPORT 3: Kingsport produced 10 runs over the first two innings in the opener. Vicente Lupo, Oswald Caraballo and Jose Garcia drove in two runs apiece. In Game 2, the K-Mets jumped to a 3-0 first-inning lead that included run-scoring doubles by Lupo and Luis Ortega. However, Kingsport starter Gaby Almonte allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings. Box 1, Box 2

TRI-CITY 5, BROOKLYN 0: Cyclones starter Corey Oswalt tossed six scoreless innings. Kelly Secrest, Luis Rengel and Juan Urbina combined to allow five runs over the final two innings. Box

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GCL METS 11, GCL NATIONALS 7: In the resumption of Friday's game, which was halted after a scary collision at second base sent Manuel Hilario to the hospital, the Mets scored seven unanswered runs. Raphael Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored. In the regularly scheduled game, Dionis Rodriguez went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Box 1, Box 2

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Minors 8.19.14: Muno homer paces Vegas

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LAS VEGAS 10, OMAHA 4: Danny Muno had a three-run homer in a six-run second inning as the 51s took a commanding early lead. Josh Satin went 3-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored. Matt Reynolds and Muno also had three hits apiece. Vegas starter Cory Mazzoni allowed four runs in seven innings. Box

ERIE 7, BINGHAMTON 0: Michael Fulmer was charged with six runs on six hits in his Double-A debut. Fulmer (0-1) struck out one and walked three. The SeaWolves plated six

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runs in the fourth and Wilsen Palacios tossed seven scoreless innings. Binghamton’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot sits at two. Erie jumped on Fulmer in the first. With Jason Krizan on second, Dean Green ripped an RBI double. Fulmer surrendered a single before retiring Corey Jones to limit the damage to one run. Steven Moya started Erie’s fourth inning with his league-leading 32nd homer. Fulmer followed by surrendering back-to-back singles. He then issued walks to Marcus Lemon and Jamie Johnson. The latter forced in a run and ended his night after 3 1/3 innings. Adam Kolarek entered and struggled to put out the fire. Jason Krizan greeted the lefty with a run-producing fielder’s choice. Devon Travis walked to reload the bases and Dean Green delivered a two-run single. Moya capped the six-run inning in which Erie batted around by lacing an RBI single. Binghamton’s only threat came in the third when Brian Burgamy singled. Brandon Nimmo attempted to score from second, but was gunned down by Johnson in center field. Hansel Robles contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

CHARLOTTE 11, ST. LUCIE 8: Trailing 8-2, the Mets scored six eighth-inning runs to pull even. However, the Stone Crabs answered with three runs in the bottom half to retake the lead. Johnny Field scored the go-ahead run when St. Lucie reliever Beck Wheeler threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded. After Wheeler departed, Granden Goetzman hit a two-out, two-run single against Ryan Fraser. In the top of the eighth, L.J. Mazzilli and Cam Maron singled against Nick Sawyer. Gavin Cecchini and Jared King then drew consecutive four-pitch walks to force in Mazzilli and make it 8-3. Jose Molina entered and walked Phillip Evans, also on four pitches, to plate Maron. Gilbert Gomez followed with a two-run double and the Mets trailed 8-6. Eudy Pina delivered an RBI single to pull St. Lucie within a run. Molina then walked Jeff McNeil to load the bases. Ryan Garton was summoned to face Maikis De La Cruz with no outs and the bases loaded. He induced a 4-6-3 double play as Gomez scored the tying run. Garton got the Crabs out of further trouble when Mazzilli flied out to leave Pina on third base. Colton Reavis shut down the Mets in order in the ninth. Angel Cuan, who was demoted to St. Lucie from Binghamton, started for the Mets. He allowed three runs in four innings. Mazzilli and Pina had two-hit games. Maron extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Box

SAVANNAH 11, ROME 3: Victor Cruzado went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. Yeixon Ruiz had a three-run homer in the second as the Gnats took a 5-0 lead. Rob Whalen allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings to improve to 8-1. Paul Paez followed with 3 1/3 no-hit relief innings to earn his first save. Box

GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 4: Starter Andrew Church allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. Zach Mathieu went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in the loss. Box

NYPL NORTH 1, NYPL SOUTH 1: The New York-Penn League All-Star Game ended in a 1-all draw after nine innings at MCU Park in Coney Island. Among Cyclones representatives, Marcos Molina and Corey Oswalt tossed scoreless frames and Shane Bay recorded the final out of the top of the ninth. Amed Rosario, Jhoan Urena and Michael Bernal went a combined 0-for-5. Box

GCL METS 3, GCL CARDINALS 2: Jairo Perez had a run-scoring single and Dash Winningham followed with an RBI groundout in a two-run first. Perez also singled in the third to plate Raphael Ramirez and give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Kurtis Horne, the Mets' 31st-round pick in June out of British Columbia, tossed a scoreless relief inning to pick up his first professional win. Nabil Crismatt notched his first Gulf Coast League save. Box

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Minors 8.18.14: Taijeron drives in five

August, 18, 2014
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OMAHA 9, LAS VEGAS 5: Starter John Lannan allowed eight runs (five earned) on 10 hits and two walks and surrendered homers to Paul Janish and Carlos Peguero in four innings. Bobby Abreu went 1-for-4 with a walk and RBI in his return to Triple-A after being re-signed. The 51s scored three ninth-inning runs. Matt Reynolds contributed a two-run single as part of a 2-for-5, three-RBI night. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, ERIE 4: Travis Taijeron had four hits and matched a career-high with five RBIs to lead Binghamton’s 15-hit attack. The victory trimmed the B-Mets’ magic number

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to clinch a playoff spot to three. Facing Jeff Ferrell for the sixth time this season, the B-Mets jumped on the SeaWolves starter in the second as Jayce Boyd hammered his seventh homer this season. Binghamton stretched its advantage with a five-run third. Brandon Nimmo and Dilson Herrera had back-to-back one-out singles. Brian Burgamy followed with a two-run double. After a strikeout, T.J. Rivera, Taijeron and Xorge Carrillo produced consecutive RBI singles, chasing Ferrell. Erie cut its deficit to 6-2 in the fourth against B-Mets starter Greg Peavey as Steven Moya produced a two-run homer -- his league-leading 31st long ball. A half-inning later, though, Taijeron ripped an RBI double against reliever Joe Mantiply. Two batters later, third baseman Corey Jones fired an errant throw to second on a potential inning-ending force out, allowing another run to score. Peavey’s night ended after 5 1/3 innings. Peavey (10-3) allowed three runs on eight hits. Chase Huchingson took over and stranded a pair of inherited runners. Taijeron capped his monster night with a three-run homer in the ninth. Huchingson ultimately tossed 2 2/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits. Dario Alvarez tossed a scoreless ninth. Box

CHARLOTTE 6, ST. LUCIE 3: Maikis De La Cruz hit a solo homer in the top of the first, but the Stone Crabs tagged St. Lucie starter Kevin McGowan for six runs in the bottom half. The first five Charlotte batters reached. Tommy Coyle doubled and Johnny Field singled. Maxx Tissenbaum followed with a two-run homer to put the Crabs up 3-1. Patrick Leonard then singled and scored on Marty Gantt’s triple. A groundout scored Gantt to make it 5-1. After Jake DePew struck out, Jonathan Quinonez walked. He scored on Juniel Querecuto’s triple. McGowan settled down to keep the Crabs off the scoreboard over the next four innings. Meanwhile, Jared Mortensen retired 10 Mets in a row after serving up the homer to De La Cruz. The Mets finally got to him in the sixth when De La Cruz and L.J. Mazzilli hit back-to-back one-out doubles. Mazzilli scored later in the inning when reliever Marcus Jensen threw a wild pitch. De La Cruz went 3-for-4 and was a triple shy of the cycle. Tim Peterson contributed three scoreless, no-hit relief innings. Box

GREENEVILLE 12, KINGSPORT 3: Greeneville scored a combined 11 runs (seven earned) against Yoryi Nuez and Nicco Blank over the second and third innings. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL CARDINALS 3: Starter Kevin Canelon (1-2) allowed two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings. Dash Winningham and Hengelbert Rojas each went 3-for-5. Winningham drove in two runs. Leading 4-2 in the eighth, Alex Palsha ultimately allowed an inherited runner to score on a pair of wild pitches. However, Edmundo Sosa was caught stealing home to end that inning and Palsha ultimately notched his 10th save. Box

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