New York Mets: Brandon Nimmo

Minors 7.29.14: Herrera lifts B-Mets

July, 29, 2014
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EL PASO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, but relievers John Church and Miguel Socolovich combined to surrender four eighth-inning runs as El Paso broke a 3-all tie. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed two runs in five innings. Kevin Plawecki had an RBI double and Matt Reynolds produced an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, but the comeback bid stalled when Allan Dysktra struck out. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, NEW HAMPSHIRE 3: Dilson Herrera's walk-off sacrifice fly capped a

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two-run ninth inning. It marked the first time this season Binghamton won when trailing after eight innings. Darrell Ceciliani started the ninth-inning rally with a single against Gregory Infante. Ceciliani stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Travis Taijeron's bloop RBI single tied the score. After Kyle Johnson entered as a pinch runner, Xorge Carrillo walked and Brandon Nimmo singled to load the bases with one out. Herrera came through with the sacrifice fly to right field to plate Johnson. In the eighth inning, Herrera had homered against Tyler Ybarra to cut the B-Mets' deficit to 3-2. Chase Huchingson (2-1) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings to close out the game. B-Mets starter Tyler Pill allowed three runs on six hits and struck out five in 7 2/3 innings. He extended his unbeaten streak to 13 games. Box

DUNEDIN at ST. LUCIE: The teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

SAVANNAH 8, LEXINGTON 3: Rob Whalen improved to 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA in the South Atlantic League by limiting Lexington to two unearned runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter in seven innings. Stefan Sabol had a bases-loaded triple in a four-run fourth as the Gnats took a 4-1 lead. Yeixon Ruiz finished 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. Box

KINGSPORT 6, DANVILLE 2: Starter Martires Arias (4-0) tossed five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and five walks. Eudor Garcia went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Box

BROOKLYN 4, LOWELL 1: Casey Meisner collected his first win in nearly a calendar year as the Cyclones (23-22) completed a three-game sweep and moved above .500 for the first

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time since July 12. Meisner allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out six in five innings. Tomas Nido had a one-out single in the third and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Anthony Chavez followed with a shot down the first-base line that was too hot to handle and Nido scored for a 1-0 lead. With Chavez on second base due to the fielding error, Joe Tuschak doubled to push the advantage to 2-0. Tuschak had been sidelined with a hamstring injury since July 18. Lowell plated its lone run in the bottom half courtesy of Sam Travis' two-out RBI double. Meisner retired the final seven batters he faced to collect his first win since July 30, 2013, when he was pitching in the Gulf Coast League. In the sixth, Tuschak and Michael Conforto walked. Michael Bernal plated Tuschak with a single. Tyler Moore drove in Conforto with a single. Relievers Carlos Valdez and Brandon Welch combined to allow one baserunner in three innings. Shane Bay tossed a scoreless ninth for his ninth save. Conforto's 10-game hitting streak to begin his pro career was snapped. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL METS 5 (six innings): Dash Winnigham had a two-run double in a three-run first and the Mets never looked back en route to a rain-shortened win. Winningham added a third-inning sacrifice fly as the Mets took a 4-0 lead. Box

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Minors 7.28.14: Cordero caps comeback

July, 28, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 5, SALT LAKE 3: Kevin Plawecki, who was dealing with vertigo, went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his first game since July 17. John Lannan made his Triple-A season debut after six tune-up starts with St. Lucie. Lannan tossed six scoreless innings. He previously had taken a leave of absence for seven weeks for a "personal issue." The 51s built a 5-0 lead after three innings. Matt Reynolds, Josh Satin and Plawecki had RBI singles in a three-run first. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 5, BINGHAMTON 1: Steven Matz surrendered three first-inning runs and the B-Mets never recovered. Kendall Graveman allowed one run in six innings in his

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Double-A debut for New Hampshire. Jayce Boyd went 2-for-4 in the loss. In the first, Jon Berti walked and stole second. Two batters later, Andy Burns singled to plate Berti for the game's opening run. With two outs, Sean Ochinko homered for a 3-0 lead. In the fifth, Jorge Flores hit a one-out single against Matz and moved to third on a throwing error by first baseman Jayce Boyd. Berti grounded out to score the runner and extend New Hampshire's advantage to four runs. The B-Mets finally broke through in the bottom half. Back-to-back singles by Xorge Carrillo and Rylan Sandoval placed two on with nobody out. Carrillo was forced out at third base on Kyle Johnson's fielder’s choice. Brandon Nimmo then walked to load the bases and T.J. Rivera delivered a sacrifice fly. Matz (4-2) allowed five runs (four earned) on a career-high 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four. Ryan Fraser and Jack Leathersich blanked the Fisher Cats over the final 3 2/3 innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, DUNEDIN 6 (12 innings): St. Lucie snapped an eight-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. The Mets scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Arik Sikula, the Florida State League’s saves leader. Jeff McNeil’s run-scoring groundout made it 6-5, and Wilfredo Tovar singled home Gilbert Gomez with two outs to send the game to extra innings. In the 12th, Gavin Cecchini led off with an infield single and advanced to second on shortstop Emilio Guerrero’s wild throw to first base. Albert Cordero then singled softly into left-center, plating Cecchini with the game-winning run. Cecchini and Cordero each went 3-for-6. It was Cordero’s first three-hit game this season and the second for Cecchini. Paul Sewald pitched a scoreless 11th and 12th to earn the win. Beck Wheeler struck out four over the ninth and 10th innings. He pitched around Kevin Patterson’s leadoff double in the 10th to keep the score tied. Box

LEXINGTON 7, SAVANNAH 0
SAVANNAH 7, LEXINGTON 2: Alex Panteliodis allowed sevens runs (five earned) on 10 hits and a walk in six innings in a loss in the opener. In Game 2, Savannah broke a scoreless tie with a four-run fifth inning that included a three-run double by Matt Oberste. Bret Mitchell (1-0), Dawrin Frias and Akeel Morris combined for 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Box 1, Box 2

DANVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 1: The K-Mets were held hitless until Oswald Caraballo's one-out single in the fourth inning. Box

BROOKLYN 8, LOWELL 5: The Cyclones produced a six-run fifth inning that included a two-run double by Will Fulmer to take a 7-2 lead. Anthony Chavez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Box

GCL CARDINALS 5, GCL METS 3: Starter Eucebio Arias allowed four runs (three earned) in 1 1/3 innings. Milton Ramos' sacrifice fly capped a three-run fourth that pulled the Mets within 4-3. Box

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Minors 7.25.14: Peavey stymies Trenton

July, 26, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 11, SALT LAKE 6: Kirk Nieuwenhuis produced a three-run homer in the seventh inning in his return to Vegas to stake the 51s to an 8-6 lead. Andrew Brown, Josh Satin and Allan Dykstra also went deep during the game. Dykstra went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and also was hit by a pitch. Nieuwenhuis finished 3-for-5. Starter Rafael Montero allowed five runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. The damage against Montero included a two-run homer by Brennan Bosch. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, TRENTON 1: Greg Peavey (8-1) allowed one run and struck out seven in eight innings and Darrell Ceciliani produced two RBIs, scored a run and stole two bases.

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Originally scheduled starter Matt Bowman was summoned to Las Vegas to fill in for Darin Gorski, who suffered a fractured foot. Binghamton opened the scoring in the fourth against Dan Camarena when Brian Burgamy doubled, moved to third on Dustin Lawley's single and came home on T.J. Rivera's single. After Travis Taijeron reached on an error by first baseman Francisco Arcia, Ceciliani's sacrifice fly plated Lawley for a 2-0 lead. Trenton scored its lone run a half-inning later. Jake Cave singled, moved to second on a groundout and to third on a wild pitch. Peter O’Brien then produced a run-scoring groundout. Jayce Boyd's two-out solo homer in the sixth restored a two-run lead. In the seventh, Ceciliani singled against Nick Rumbelow and stole second. After Brandon Nimmo walked, the B-Mets pulled off a double steal. Dilson Herrera then struck out on a pitch in the dirt, but reached safely on the wild pitch. Ceciliani crossed the plate, while Nimmo made it to third on the play. Nimmo scored on an error by third baseman Dan Fiorto. The B-Mets added a run in the eighth against Nick Goody. Rivera singled and Boyd walk. Jairo Heredia entered and, after a strikeout, gave up a run-scoring bloop single to Ceciliani. Jon Velasquez struck out the side in a scoreless ninth to close out the game. Herrera went 0-for-5, snapping a 12-game hitting streak. Box

ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.): After consecutive rainouts, the teams will play doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 2: Nelfi Zapata tripled and scored on Jorge Rivero's sacrifice fly to tie the score at 2 in the seventh, but Augusta scored a pair of runs in the bottom half. Starter Ricky Knapp allowed a leadoff walk and shortstop Yeixon Ruiz committed a one-out fielding error. With two on and one out, Knapp departed. Dawrin Frias allowed both inherited runners to score. Knapp was charged with four runs (three earned) in 6 1/3 innings. Box

BURLINGTON 3, KINGSPORT 2 (10 innings)
BURLINGTON 7, KINGSPORT 2: In his third inning of relief, Bryce Beeler's wild pitch allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the 10th in Game 1. Ivan Wilson's two-run double in the sixth had evened the score at 2. In Game 2, starter Andrew Church allowed six runs (four earned) in five innings. Box 1, Box 2

VERMONT 5, BROOKLYN 2: Vermont overcame a 2-1 deficit with a three-run fifth against starter Octavio Acosta. Michael Conforto finished 2-for-4. His RBI double in the third had evened the score at 1. Box

GCL MARLINS 14, GCL METS 1: Starter Adrian Almeida allowed seven runs (four earned) in 1 2/3 innings. Reliever Dan Hermann was charged with four runs without allowing a hit. He walked three and hit a batter and recorded two outs. Box

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Minors 7.24.14: Plaia homer lifts Gnats

July, 24, 2014
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TACOMA 5, LAS VEGAS 4: Danny Muno produced a ninth-inning sacrifice fly to pull the 51s within a run against Todd Coffey, but the Mets left pinch runner Cesar Puello on first base when Juan Centeno lined out. Brandon Allen's two-run homer in the fourth had staked Vegas to a 3-1 lead. The Rainiers scored four sixth-inning runs against starter Logan Verrett. Zack Thornton contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Jack Leathersich surrendered three seventh-inning runs as the Thunder overcame a two-run deficit. Starter Tyler Pill allowed three runs in six innings. Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the loss. Jayce Boyd drove in two runs. T.J. Rivera finished 3-for-4. Rivera's RBI single in the top of the seventh had staked the B-Mets to a 5-3 lead. Box

ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.): The teams will play a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader Friday.

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SAVANNAH 2, AUGUSTA 1: Colton Plaia produced a one-out solo homer in the top of the ninth to break a 1-all tie. Akeel Morris pitched a perfect bottom half for his 10th save. The Gnats had pulled even in the sixth on Victor Cruzado's run-scoring triple. Starter Logan Taylor surrendered only a solo homer Tyler Horan in six innings in a no-decision. Dario Alvarez improved to 7-0 with two perfect relief innings that included three strikeouts. Gnats pitching coach Marc Valdes was ejected in the seventh inning by plate umpire Jon Felczak. Box

KINGSPORT 1, GREENEVILLE 0: Martires Arias limited the Astros to two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings. He combined with Persio Reyes and David Roseboom on the shutout. The lone run came in the sixth inning on Ivan Wilson's one-out homer. Box

BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 2: The Cyclones took advantage of an error to take a first-inning lead against Vermont starter Jose Torres. Amed Rosario hit a routine groundball to first baseman John Nogowski, who misfired throwing to Torres covering first. Rosario wound up on second. He scored when Jhoan Urena singled. Urena extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Michael Bernal made it 2-0 with a solo homer in the second. In the third, Rosario tripled and Urena plated him with a sacrifice fly. Brooklyn starter Scarlyn Reyes did not allow a baserunner until the fourth inning. Vermont produced two runs against Reyes in his fifth and final inning, but the Cyclones took control with a four-run seventh. Tomas Nido walked and advanced to third on Bernal's single. Will Fulmer contributed a sacrifice fly. Adrian Abreu plated Bernal. After Vermont reliever Michael Fagan intentionally walked Urena, Tucker Tharp scored on a passed ball. Aggressive baserunning by the Cyclones allowed Abreu to score from third when the Lake Monsters attempted to pick off Urena at second. Josh Prevost, Kelly Secrest and Paul Paez combined for four scoreless relief innings. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL MARLINS 3: Enmanuel Zabala had a tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh and Dash Winningham followed with an RBI single to cap the scoring. Box

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Minors 7.21.14: Mathieu walk-off HR

July, 22, 2014
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TACOMA 11, LAS VEGAS 8: Danny Muno's two-run homer in the top of the seventh against Logan Kensing pulled the 51s even at 8, but Zack Thornton surrendered three runs in the bottom half, including a two-run homer to Humberto Quintero. Rehabbing Taylor Teagarden caught a full game and went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs scored. Wilmer Flores went 3-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 22 games. Box

PORTLAND 6, BINGHAMTON 4: Brandon Nimmo erased a two-run deficit with one swing in the seventh. Following a leadoff single by T.J. Rivera, Nimmo blasted the first pitch he

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saw from reliever Mike McCarthy over the left-center wall to even the score at 3. However, Portland broke the tie in the bottom half against the B-Mets bullpen. After allowing the first two batters he faced to reach, Ryan Fraser departed. Sean Coyle greeted Randy Fontanez by sending a chopper off the plate. The ball bounced high enough to prompt Derrik Gibson to score from third, giving Portland the lead for good. The Sea Dogs kicked their lead to two runs when Blake Swihart scampered home on a wild pitch. Brian Burgamy cut the deficit to 5-4 with a solo homer against McCarthy in the eighth. Burgamy’s 18th homer, and his third in two games, lifted him into a tie with Dustin Lawley for the team lead. The Sea Dogs returned serve yet again in the bottom half, though. Following Ryan Dent's double and a walk to Swihart, defensive replacement and ex-Mets farmhand Stefan Welch laced an RBI single against Fontanez. Robby Scott took over in the ninth and erased Rivera’s leadoff single by inducing Nimmo to bounce into a double play. The southpaw then retired Travis Taijeron to lock down his second save. Fraser (2-2) watched both runs on his tab score under Fontanez’s watch and took the loss. B-Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed three runs (two earned) over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision. Rivera went 4-for-4 to lift his average to .348. Box

TAMPA 5, ST. LUCIE 2: Danny Oh’s three-run triple in a four-run fifth against Domingo Tapia put Tampa ahead for good. For the second straight day the Mets scored a run in the first and went quietly the rest of the way. Cam Maron’s sacrifice fly against Rafael De Paula put the Mets ahead 1-0. Tapia blanked the Yankees over the first four innings, but ran into trouble in his fifth. Aaron Judge singled and Tapia mishandled a bunt from Angelo Gumbs. The error put runners on first and second. Tapia followed with a walk to Trent Garrison to load the bases. After Tapia struck out Jose Rosario, Oh tripled over the head of center fielder Gilbert Gomez, who was playing shallow, to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Oh scored one batter later when Cito Culver grounded out. The Yankees added a run in the seventh when Greg Bird's two-out infield single against Julian Hilario brought home Rosario. Gomez tripled to plate Eudy Pina in the eighth to make it 5-2. However, the Mets rally was squashed when Jeff McNeil struck out, L.J. Mazzilli grounded out and Maron struck out against Ramon Benjamin. Tapia (4-7) surrendered four runs (two earned) on four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out three. Mazzilli was the lone player for either side to have a multi-hit game. He went 2-for-4. The start of the game was delayed by one hour, 50 minutes due to rain. Box

LEXINGTON at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The game will be made up in Lexington later this week as part of a doubleheader.

KINGSPORT 3, PRINCETON 1: Zach Mathieu delivered a walk-off two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Mathieu, a 16th-round pick in 2013 from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, drove in all three K-Mets runs. His seventh-inning sacrifice fly had evened the score at 1. Starter Andrew Massie allowed one run on three hits and three walks in six innings. Matt Blackham, Persio Reyes and Ismael Tijerina (1-0) each contributed a scoreless relief inning. Box

BROOKLYN 5, WILLIAMSPORT 2: Marcos Molina surrendered two first-inning runs, then

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tossed six scoreless frames. Relievers Kelly Secrest and Shane Bay combined to retire the final six Crosscutters in order. Bay earned his sixth save. Michael Katz went 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Trailing 2-0 in the third, the Cyclones got on the scoreboard with singles by Tucker Tharp, Adrian Abreu and Amed Rosario. The Cyclones took a 3-2 lead an inning later against Williamsport starter David Whitehead. Michael Conforto had a leadoff double. He advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Katz's bloop single. Tyler Moore's single advanced Katz to third base. Michael Bernal then produced a fielder's choice groundout that plated Katz with the go-ahead run. In the fifth, Abreu and Jhoan Urena singled and Conforto notched his first professional RBI with a single to right-center. Katz then drove in a run with a single down the third-base line. Molina allowed seven hits and a walk and struck out eight in seven innings. Secrest struck out two in a perfect eighth. Box

GCL NATIONALS 8, GCL METS 3: Starter Eucebio Arias allowed five runs (two earned) in two innings. Box

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Minors 7.18.14: Gsellman has happy 21st

July, 19, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 7, SALT LAKE 6: Cory Mazzoni allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in his

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Triple-A debut. Mazzoni had been sidelined to open the season because of a right lat strain. Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer in a four-run sixth as Vegas took a 4-1 lead. Josh Satin produced a solo homer the following inning. Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to 19 games. Chasen Bradford surrendered two runs in the bottom of the eighth as Salt Lake pulled to within 6-5, but Danny Muno answered with a solo homer a half-inning later to provide breathing room. The 51s needed the cushion. Bradford also surrendered a run in the ninth and departed with two outs and the tying run on third. Ryan Reid entered and got Luis Jimenez to pop out for the final out. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: The B-Mets surrendered four runs in the seventh inning as a 10-game unbeaten streak in starts by Tyler Pill ended. Dilson Herrera went 3-for-4 with

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three RBIs in the loss. Brandon Nimmo had two RBIs and scored twice. Jake Cave had a game-opening single against Pill and advanced to third on consecutive wild pitches. Tyler Austin followed with an RBI single. The B-Mets answered in the second against Zach Nuding. Travis Taijeron singled and Rylan Sandoval and Kai Gronauer worked back-to-back walks to load the bases for Nimmo. He smacked a two-run single. Herrera followed a two-run double for 4-1 lead. After Pill retired nine straight batters, Rob Segedin doubled to lead off the sixth. He scored on Tyler Austin's double. Trailing 4-2, Trenton did the rest of its damage in the seventh. Ali Castillo singled against Adam Kolarek. After Kolarek walked the next two batters, Jon Velasquez entered. Segedin greeted him with a three-run double that gave the Thunder a 5-4 lead. Austin added an RBI single. The B-Mets trimmed their deficit to one run in the bottom half against Mark Montgomery. Nimmo walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Herrera then had an RBI single. Pill allowed two runs in six innings in a no-decision. Kolarek (1-1) was charged with three runs while recording only one out. Velasquez allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings and suffered his third blown save. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 4, ST. LUCIE 3: Jose Sermo blasted a walk-off homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth against T.J. Chism. The long ball came one inning after the Mets had erased a 3-0 deficit and tied the score in the eighth. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini left the game in the third inning. There was no injury, a team official said. The Manatees scored their first three runs all with two outs. Alfredo Rodriguez singled against Kevin McGowan to plate Cameron Garfield in the fourth. McGowan then held the Manatees in check until he walked the first two batters of the seventh. Julian Hilario entered and recorded two outs, but Michael Reed then singled to drive in both runners. The Mets rallied with two outs in the eighth. Rehabbing designated hitter Taylor Teagarden, Jared King and Cam Maron consecutively singled against Scott Leiser to get the Mets on the board. Mark Williams then entered and walked Phillip Evans to load the bases. Williams followed by plunking Aderlin Rodriguez and walking Jeff McNeil to force in two runs and even the score at 3. The rally ended when Eudy Pina flied out. In the bottom of the ninth, Chism got Brandon Macias to fly out to start the frame, but Sermo smacked a pitch from the lefty over the left-center wall for the win. McGowan was charged with three runs on four hits in six-plus innings. He walked five and struck out one. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 1: Robert Gsellman celebrated his 21st birthday with a

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season-high 10 strikeouts and the win as the Gnats snapped a five-game losing streak. Savannah grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning on sacrifice flies by Colton Plaia and Patrick Biondi. The Legends scored their lone run against Gsellman in the third inning on Elier Hernandez's infield single. Gsellman stranded two runners that inning, then found his groove. He retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced, including eight via strikeout. In the fourth, Champ Stuart singled to plate Biondi. Stuart finished 2-for-5 with a double. Matt Oberste singled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. Box

BURLINGTON at KINGSPORT (ppd.)

JAMESTOWN 12, BROOKLYN 7 (15 innings): Edioglis Villasmil was charged with five runs in the 15th. The Cyclones had forced extra innings with Will Fulmer's leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth. It was the 22nd-round pick's first professional homer. Box

GCL CARDINALS 1, GCL METS 0: With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, the Cards produced the lone run when Frankie Rodriguez had an infield single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch from Adrian Almeida and scored on an errant throw by catcher Darryl Knight. The unearned run was the lone damage against Almeida in 5 2/3 innings. Box

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Morning Briefing: Back to work!

July, 18, 2014
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SAN DIEGO

FIRST PITCH: Play ball!

After a four-day All-Star break, the Mets get back to business, trying to build on their 8-2 homestand that closed the first half.

The Amazin’s resume play against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park at 10:10 p.m. ET Friday. Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.99 ERA) opposes right-hander Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47).


USA TODAY SportsThe Mets open the second half facing Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross and Odrisamer Despaigne in San Diego.


That kicks off a 10-game trip that also includes stops in Seattle and Milwaukee.

The Padres rank last in the majors in runs (279), average (.214), OBP (.273) and slugging percentage (.334). They lost consecutive 1-0 games to the Los Angeles Dodgers to close the first half. However, San Diego’s staff has a 2.08 ERA in 24 games since June 18.

Read the Mets-Padres series preview here.

Friday’s news reports:

Daniel Murphy tells Marc Carig in Newsday that his agents have not had any extension talks with the Mets. Murphy, making $5.7 million this season, is eligible for arbitration a final time this winter. He is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

"I think that anybody would be willing to listen to an extension," Murphy told the newspaper. "They're not just passing out at-bats in this league. I don't know what the years or anything would look like. But at the point you come and say, 'Hey, we trust you with 600 at-bats [in each] of the next three to five years,' you're like, 'Yeah, I would like that.'”

• Former Mets GM Omar Minaya tells Mike Puma in the Post that the contribution of holdovers from his regime -- including Juan Lagares, Jacob deGrom, Murphy, Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia -- does not feel like vindication.

“I don’t think that way,” said Minaya, who is currently helping oversee the Padres in an interim capacity after the firing of Josh Byrnes as general manager. “You do your job. And when teams don’t win in [New York], people’s opinions are a product of it. We felt very comfortable and believed we had a plan in place to get athletes, to get good players to the major leagues. And it’s an organization, not just one person. Part of it has been Paul DePodesta and Sandy Alderson. They are part of bringing these guys along. It’s not an individual thing.”

• In a lengthy ESPNNewYork.com article by Andrew Marchand on Mets fandom, Jonathon Niese said: “We are not filling the stadium. Where are the Mets fans when we are down-and-out? They were here in '06 and '07 when we were really good, but we have struggled and they are not coming to the stadium."

• Puma in the Post chats with Terry Collins on the eve of the second half.

On the Mets’ postseason potential, Collins said: “We’ve got 67 games to go and we’ve got 39 in our division. If we end up having a good record against our division, I think we’re going to be in the mix at the end.”

On whether key bullpen pieces are overworked, the manager said: “Hell, I won’t know that until the end of August. That last month of the season is when those guys who are in the big leagues for that first full season, some of that stuff starts to show up. The fatigue, the pressure of 145 games at that time, and you can start to see it … because their minor-league seasons would have been over and they’re still playing. So how they handle that situation will determine how that last month will go.”

Carlos Torres leads all major league relievers with 59 1/3 innings. Familia’s 45 relief appearances trail MLB co-leaders Brad Ziegler (Arizona) and Will Smith (Milwaukee) by four.

• Back from the Futures Game, Noah Syndergaard allowed seven runs in five innings as Las Vegas lost to Salt Lake, 7-6. Dustin Lawley had a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs as Binghamton beat Trenton, 8-4. Michael Fulmer tossed six scoreless innings in the nightcap as St. Lucie split a doubleheader with Brevard County. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Ron Darling is “extremely optimistic” about the Mets, he tells Bob Raissman in the Daily News.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal asks three questions: Can the Mets continue to produce at the plate? Will the Mets wheel and deal before July 31? And will Syndergaard debut this season?

• Diamond in the Journal also revisits signing Chris Young over Nelson Cruz.

• Justin Terranova in the Post writes that the Mets can become deadline buyers.

• Matt Ehalt in the Record lists five people under scrutiny in the second half: Collins, Alderson, Travis d'Arnaud, Ruben Tejada and deGrom.

• Tim Healey at MLB.com revisits last August’s trade of Marlon Byrd, which yielded Vic Black and Dilson Herrera.

Jeremy Hefner tossed two innings in the Gulf Coast League on Thursday, in his second game since returning from Tommy John surgery.

Zack Wheeler is one of nine candidates in MLB who could demonstrate significant second-half improvement, Baseball Prospectus suggests. The site writes:

Wheeler has walked more than two batters just twice in past 11 starts (after cracking that threshold five times in his first eight games), and he entered the All-Star break with a string of three consecutive starts in which he pitched six or more innings and surrendered just a single run. He has also honed his stuff since last season, adding 0.5 mph to his fastball (which is now averaging 95.9 mph) and diversifying his pitch mix. He has doubled the frequency of his changeup, and though it is still the weakest offering in a repertoire that features a pair of plus breaking pitches, Wheeler has the potential to be dominant if he can refine el cambio. He has also kept the ball on the ground this season, upping his ground-ball rate by 10 percentage points while surrendering just seven bombs across 108.3 innings (only two homers have come since he turned 24 on May 30th), while his component stats have all trended in positive directions.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger looks at the value of catchers framing pitches.

• Mets first-round pick Michael Conforto was in L.A. on Thursday as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top collegiate player. The honor went to the University of Kentucky product A.J. Reed. Conforto is due to rejoin Brooklyn on Friday and make his professional debut shortly thereafter.

• Keith Law placed four Mets prospects in his top 50 in MLB: Syndergaard at No. 16, Conforto at No. 32, Brandon Nimmo at No. 34 and Dominic Smith at No. 49. ESPN Insiders can read the commentary here.

• Friday is the MLB deadline to sign players from June’s draft. The Mets do not plan to sign any more of their remaining picks, DePodesta told ESPNNewYork.com. Eleven college-bound prep players went unsigned: Luke Bonfield (21st round), Richard Moesker (23rd), Tommy Pincin (26th), Keaton McKinney (28th), Chris Glover (32nd), Brady Puckett (33rd), Jordan Hand (34th), Jonathan Teaney (35th), Garett King (36th), Tristan Gray (37th) and Kyle Dunster (38th). Bonfield and McKinney are headed to the University of Arkansas.

• The Padres have narrowed their GM search to four finalists, Scott Miller tweets: Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen, MLB senior VP Kim Ng and Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller.

BIRTHDAYS: Hall of Famer Joe Torre, who finished his playing career with the Mets, turns 74. ... Minor-league pitcher Robert Gsellman is 21.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Which Mets player will take the biggest leap forward in the second half?

Minors 7.17.14: Syndergaard stumbles

July, 18, 2014
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SALT LAKE 7, LAS VEGAS 6: Noah Syndergaard, who picked up the save in Tuesday's

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Futures Game with a scoreless ninth, allowed seven earned runs in five innings in his return to the 51s. Syndergaard surrendered seven hits, including a two-run homer by Tommy Field, and issued three walks. Vegas stormed back with a five-run eighth that began with triple by Matt den Dekker and also included den Dekker getting hit by a pitch to force in a run. Vegas left the tying run at second base in the ninth when Brandon Allen grounded out. Since returning to Triple-A in mid-June, den Dekker is hitting .411 (35-for-85). Right-handers Cory Mazzoni and Rafael Montero both have joined Las Vegas after recovering from side-muscle injuries. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, TRENTON 4: Dustin Lawley launched a three-run homer in the first inning against Manny Banuelos to highlight a four-RBI game as Binghamton won its fourth

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straight. Lawley’s blast was his team-leading 17th -- and 13th since June 10. Steven Matz (3-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out four in five innings. Trenton pulled within 3-2 in the third. Mason Williams and Rob Segedin had consecutive one-out singles. Brandon Nimmo bobbled the ball on the latter hit, allowing Williams to score an unearned run. The B-Mets took control with a three-run fifth. Nimmo walked and moved to second on Dilson Herrera's single. Both runners advanced on Brian Burgamy's groundout. Lawley then singled to plate Nimmo. T.J. Rivera added a sacrifice fly. The ball eluded catcher Gary Sanchez on the play, allowing Lawley to take second base. Darrell Ceciliani then singled to plate Lawley for a 6-2 lead. The lead swelled to six runs the following inning against Jairo Heredia. Xorge Carrillo doubled and moved to third on Kyle Johnson's single. Consecutive wild pitches allowed Carrillo to score and moved Johnson to third base. Johnson scored on Herrera's ensuing sacrifice fly. Trenton produced two runs in the seventh against Ryan Fraser. Randy Fontanez and Jack Leathersich each contributed a scoreless frame. Leathersich struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 6, ST. LUCIE 1
ST. LUCIE 3, BREVARD COUNTY 2: After a two-hour, 32-minute delay at the start, the teams split a doubleheader. In the nightcap, Michael Fulmer tossed six scoreless innings

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and struck out a season-high nine. He scattered four singles and walked one. The Mets got to reliever Martin Viramontes in the fifth. He walked Gilbert Gomez and Maikis De La Cruz to start the frame. He ten threw Eudy Pina’s sac bunt over the head of first baseman Alfredo Rodriguez to allow Gomez to score. Later in the inning, Jared King beat out an infield hit with the bases loaded to plate De La Cruz and make it 2-0. Pina’s sac fly in the sixth plated Gavin Cecchini to put the Mets up 3-0. Paul Sewald allowed a two-out, two-run double in the seventh to Jose Sermo. Sewald recovered to get Tyrone Taylor to fly out to end the game with the tying run on third and go-ahead run on second. In Game 1, the Manatees battered John Lannan for four runs on nine hits in four innings. That was plenty of offense for starter Tyler Wagner, who went the distance. Wagner allowed four hits. The lone run he surrendered came on a solo homer by Pina. The Manatees plated two more runs later in the game against reliever Seth Lugo. Box 1, Box 2

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ASHEVILLE 8, SAVANANH 7 (14 innings): The Gnats got a two-run homer in the top of the 14th from Matt Oberste, but Hunter Carnevale and Paul Paez combined to allow three runs in the bottom half for the walk-off loss. Oberste finished 3-for-7 with two homers, three RBIs and three runs scored. He has a 17-game hitting streak, which has lifted his season average to .321. Bret Mitchell, Dario Alvarez and Akeel Morris had combined for seven scoreless relief innings. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BURLINGTON 2: K-Mets starter Martires Arias allowed two runs (one earned) in the first inning, then contributed four scoreless frames. Relievers Bryce Beeler and Ty Williams added two scoreless innings apiece. Williams, a 35th-round pick in 2013, notched his first professional save. Oswald Caraballo and Pedro Perez had third-inning sacrifice flies as Kingsport took a 4-2 lead. Wuilmer Becerra added an eighth-inning solo homer. Box

JAMESTOWN 8, BROOKLYN 6 (10 innings): Cyclones reliever Shane Bay (0-1) allowed two runs in the top of the 10th. Amed Rosario went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs in the loss. Jhoan Urena also drove in two runs. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL CARDINALS 7: Jeremy Hefner allowed one run on two hits and struck out a batter in two innings in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery. John Mora went 5-for-5 with a double, two triples, three RBIs and two runs scored. The Mets broke a 7-all tie in the bottom of the seventh when Mora tripled and scored on Enmanuel Zabala's single. They opened a two-run lead the following inning on Mora's RBI double. Jose Medina had allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings in relief of Hefner. Alex Palsha earned his second save. Box

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Morning Briefing: Almost back

July, 17, 2014
Jul 17
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Courtesy of New York MetsCurtis Granderson hosted a youth clinic Wednesday in Chicago at a stadium bearing his name.
NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Tomorrow, tomorrow …

The second half is only a day away.

The Mets resume their season on Friday at 10:10 p.m. ET at Petco Park in San Diego. Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.99 ERA) opposes right-hander Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47).

Read the Mets-Padres series preview here.

Thursday’s news reports:

• Columnist David Lennon in Newsday assesses what Sandy Alderson ought to do at the trade deadline. Writes Lennon:

The determining factor there will be the market for Colon and [Daniel] Murphy, two players that could be very attractive to contending clubs -- and not necessarily cripple the Mets' own chances. Colon's contract, with $11 million coming to him next season, was practically designed to be moved. While he's been a solid placeholder for [Matt] Harvey, the Mets are now finding others pushing for permanent spots, like [Jacob] deGrom, and before too long, Noah Syndergaard. …

As for Murphy, it's strange that the Mets' lone representative at the All-Star Game may not even be on the team by August. But the argument to deal him may just be too compelling for Alderson to pass up -- peak value, a big arbitration bump this winter and a waiting replacement in Wilmer Flores, who is raking at Triple-A Las Vegas with a .368/.405/896 slash line over his last 10 games, including six homers.

• Mike Puma in the Post asks five questions for the second half.

• Marc Carig in Newsday looks at Travis d'Arnaud’s turnaround after a demotion to Las Vegas. Upon joining the Triple-A club, d’Arnaud had a two-hour meeting with Wally Backman, hitting coach George Greer and pitching coach Frank Viola.

"He just needed to slow things down and understand that he was good enough to be who they wanted him to be," Viola told Carig. "But he had to be good enough for him first. He was putting so much undue pressure on himself that he just had to take a little time to step back."

Said d’Arnaud: "If I have a good at-bat, I'm happy now. Before, if I had a productive out, if I lined out, I would get on myself so much because I was so worried about getting a hit. It helps me to stay even-keeled.”

• The Mets project attendance to rise over 2013, when they officially drew 2.14 million fans, Steven Marcus writes in Newsday.

"Halfway through the year we have our slight uptick in attendance already," chief revenue officer Lou DePaoli told the newspaper. "So, now it's a matter of what kind of hay we can make the rest of the season. The team has been playing well and the fans have reacted just in the last week or so. You saw some pretty nice crowds toward the end, and I'm sure if the team continues to play at that level we'll see more increased interest."

• Also in Newsday, Carig writes about young players fueling the Mets’ ascent, three key players for the second half and three key questions.

• Anthony DiComo at MLB.com assesses the state of the Mets as they enter the second half.

• Kristie Ackert in the Daily News hands out grades.

Curtis Granderson and his Grand Kids Foundation hosted a baseball clinic at Curtis Granderson Stadium at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Wednesday. Granderson recently contributed $5 million toward the college stadium, which also hosts Chicago youth organizations.

• Matt Ehalt in the Record reviews prospects who could be called up in the second half.

• Ehalt in the Record also looks at Granderson’s successful conclusion to the first half after a Jason Bay-like start to his Mets career. Granderson is hitting .274 with 13 homers and 36 RBIs since May 1.

• Allan Dykstra went hitless in three at-bats as the DH as the Pacific Coast League lost the Triple-A All-Star Game, 7-3, at Durham, N.C. Binghamton outfielder Kyle Johnson went 2-for-2 in the Eastern League All-Star Game, but his East squad lost, 5-2. Wuilmer Becerra went 5-for-5, but Kingsport lost to Burlington, 4-3. Taylor Teagarden caught all five innings in a rain-shortened win by the Gulf Coast League Mets. Read the minor-league recap here.

• Binghamton prospect Brandon Nimmo chats with WBNG.

From the bloggers … Blogging Mets thinks Jacob deGrom has pushed his way into the Rookie of the Year conversation.

BIRTHDAYS: The late Roy McMillan, a former shortstop for the Mets, was born on this date in 1929.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets sweep the Padres?

Minors 7.14.14: Ceciliani homers twice

July, 14, 2014
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BINGHAMTON 11, ERIE 4: Darrell Ceciliani homered twice and Brandon Nimmo also went deep and the B-Mets head into the Eastern League All-Star break a season-high 20

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games over .500. Starter Gabriel Ynoa (2-0) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. With the B-Mets trailing 1-0 in the second, Ceciliani sent Jeff Ferrell’s first pitch over the right-center wall for his first homer since June 10. Binghamton took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Jayce Boyd ripped a two-out double that plated T.J. Rivera from first base. Binghamton ended Ferrell’s night in the fifth. Dilson Herrera doubled to score Kyle Johnson from first. Two batters later, Travis Taijeron singled to collect his 46th RBI of the season. Following a single from Rivera, Ceciliani delivered a first-pitch three-run homer inside the right-field pole. Nimmo had a two-run homer against Bryan Augenstein in the sixth. Binghamton tacked on two more runs against Will Startup in the seventh. After laboring through the first inning, Ynoa chewed through the next four frames without allowing a run. Ramon Cabrera ended the streak with a leadoff homer in the sixth, which became Ynoa’s final frame. Three B-Mets relievers combined to take the game to the finish line, allowing two runs on three hits over 3 1/3 innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, LAKELAND 2
ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 1: In Game 1, Rafael Montero dominated in what essentially was a rehab start as he works back from a left oblique strain. He blanked the Flying Tigers over

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four innings, allowing two singles and one walk while striking out four. He threw 64 pitches (40 strikes). Maikis De La Cruz gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the second with a sac fly that plated Aderlin Rodriguez. Phillip Evans put the Mets up 2-0 with a solo homer against Yorfrank Lopez in the fourth. It was the second straight game with a long ball for Evans, who now has four this season. The Flying Tigers cut the Mets' lead to 2-1 in the sixth when Andy Dirks scored from third on a passed ball by Cam Maron. However, Maron doubled to lead off the bottom half and scored on Rodriguez’s single. Austin Green blasted a solo homer against Paul Sewald in the seventh to complete the scoring. Sewald settled down to strike out James Robbins and Jared Reaves. Lance Durham grounded out to end the game. Jake Kuebler allowed one run in 1 2/3 relief innings and earned the win. Sewald notched his sixth save.

In Game 2, De La Cruz gave the Mets an early lead with a two-run single in the second against Logan Ehlers. In the fourth, Flying Tigers reliever Tyler Clark walked three batters, threw a wild pitch that allowed Gavin Cecchini to score and surrendered a two-run single to Evans that made it 5-0. L.J. Mazzilli drove in Gilbert Gomez one batter later to put the Mets up by six runs. Mets starter Domingo Tapia pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He scattered five hits and struck out seven while walking two. Robert Coles entered with one out and two in scoring position in the sixth and stranded both runners. The Flying Tigers scored an unearned run in the seventh on Jeff McVaney’s infield single. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 7, BRISTOL 7 (suspended): Wuilmer Becerra homered twice before the game was halted in the seventh inning. Blake Taylor, who was acquired from the Pirates for Ike Davis, allowed four runs on six hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings. Box

CONNECTICUT 2, BROOKLYN 0 (6 innings): The game was called one batter into the sixth because of fog. Brooklyn starter Marcos Molina (2-1) was charged with two earned runs on five hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings as his ERA rose to 0.94. Molina entered the start having allowed only two runs (one earned) on eight hits and five walks in 24 innings this season in the New York-Penn League. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL MARLINS 3: Taylor Teagarden caught five innings in his second rehab game with the GCL Mets as he returns from a left hamstring strain. He has been on the DL since June 22. Teagarden went 1-for-3 with a double and two strikeouts. He had served as DH on Saturday. Starter Eucebio Arias allowed three runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings. Nabil Crismatt, Joel Huertas and Gabriel Feliz combined for 3 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Milton Ramos went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. The Mets broke a 3-all tie with a five-run fifth. Alfredo Reyes had a tiebreaking RBI single and Ramos followed with a two-run double. Box

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Minors 7.13.14: Herrera homer trumps errors

July, 13, 2014
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BINGHAMTON 5, ERIE 4: Dilson Herrera launched a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh and Cody Satterwhite left the bases loaded in the ninth for his seventh save as

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the B-Mets won despite committing a season-high five errors. It marked the most errors committed by the B-Mets since a five-error game against Akron on May 15, 2013. Dustin Lawley matched a franchise record with four errors, last done by Ty Wiggington at New Hampshire on June 24, 2000. Marcus Lemon had a first-inning solo homer against B-Mets starter Hansel Robles. Binghamton struck back against Warwick Saupold in the third. Kyle Johnson produced a ground-rule double, moved to third on Brandon Nimmo’s infield single and scored when Herrera beat out a potential double play. Lawley capped the inning with an RBI single, giving the B-Mets a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom half, Lemon struck again, doubling off the fence. Robles then surrendered a game-tying two-out RBI single to Devon Travis. In the fourth, Corey Jones reached safely when B-Mets catcher Xorge Carrillo failed to grab his pop up in front of the plate. Jones took third on Dean Green's single and scored on Francisco Martinez’s two-out single. Binghamton made it 3-all in the sixth when Jayce Boyd used a fielder’s choice to plate Lawley. Erie retook the lead in the bottom half, though. Ryan Fraser walked Jones, who scored thanks to three errors by Lawley at third base in a two-batter span. Trailing for the third time in the game, Binghamton grabbed the lead in the seventh against reliever Guido Knudson. Following Nimmo's one-out single, Herrera lifted a 1-2 pitch into right field, barely clearing the fence for a go-ahead two-run homer.

Randy Fontanez preserved the lead with two scoreless innings. Satterwhite quickly registered two outs in the ninth. He then walked Daniel Fields on four pitches, surrendered a single to Travis and walked Ramon Cabrera to load the bases. With the tying run on third, Jones sent a bouncer up the middle. Shortstop T.J. Rivera dove to his left and smothered the grounder. While rolling onto the outfield grass, he flipped the ball to Herrera at second in time for the out. Fraser (2-1) allowed one unearned run without surrendering a hit in his lone inning. Robles gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits over five innings. Box

LAKELAND at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader Monday at 4 p.m.

CHARLESTON 5, SAVANNAH 0: The Dogs chased Savannah starter John Gant with a four-run second inning during which he threw 37 pitches. Mike Ford led off the frame with a solo homer. Eduardo de Oleo contributed a sacrifice fly. Brandon Thomas and Mark Payton added RBI singles. The Dogs picked up another run in the fourth on Payton's RBI double against Savannah reliever Dario Alvarez. Savannah remained hitless until Jonathan Johnson's two-out single in the fifth. The Gnats finished the game with four hits. Box

BRISTOL 8, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Andrew Massie allowed three runs (two earned) in four innings. Reliever Ramon Estevez surrendered four runs (three earned) in 1 1/3 innings. Oswald Caraballo and Jose Figuera drove in the K-Mets' runs in the defeat. Box

CONNECTICUT 6, BROOKLYN 0: Starter Corey Oswalt allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk in four innings. The Cyclones mustered four hits. Box

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Minors 7.11.14: Bowman nets 1st Vegas win

July, 11, 2014
Jul 11
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LAS VEGAS 8, ALBUQUERQUE 1
ALBUQUERQUE 5, LAS VEGAS 2: In Game 1, Las Vegas right-hander Matt Bowman recorded his first Triple-A victory. He allowed one run on seven hits and two walks in six innings. The 51s built an 8-1 lead after four innings. Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Allan Dykstra was 2-for-3 with a three-run triple in the fourth inning. In the nightcap, starter Greg Peavey allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings. Ex-Met Mike Baxter capped the scoring with a solo homer. Box 1, Box 2

ERIE 7, BINGHAMTON 3: Four B-Mets errors led to three unearned runs as a four-game winning streak ended. Erie grabbed the lead against Rainy Lara in the first. Following

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consecutive singles, Daniel Fields sent a potential double-play ball to third. It rolled under Dustin Lawley’s glove for an error. Runner Jamie Johnson collided with Lawley on his way to third and was tagged out after stopping between third and home when he incorrectly thought the play had been ruled dead. With runners at the corners, ensuing batter Steven Moya lifted a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead. The B-Mets flirted with cracking the scoreboard in the fourth against Kyle Ryan. Travis Taijeron pulled a two-out single into left. T.J. Rivera attempted to score from second, but Johnson gunned him down. After surrendering four hits to the first seven batters he faced, Lara settled in. He stranded two in the second, starting a stretch in which he retired 11 of 12. Lara's run ended in the sixth when the SeaWolves loaded the bases. Lara then uncorked a two-out wild pitch, prompting Devon Travis to dash home with Erie’s second run. Catcher Xorge Carrillo’s toss to the plate sailed past Lara and allowed Steven Moya to also scamper home. Dixon Machado capped the three-run inning with an RBI double as Erie took a 4-0 lead.

Kyle Johnson's two-run single in the seventh pulled the B-Mets within two runs. An inning later, Darrell Ceciliani's RBI double made it 4-3. However, Bryan Augenstein recovered to strike out Taijeron and Angel Nesbitt entered and retired Brandon Nimmo. Erie then took advantage of more defensive misplays in the eighth. A pair of singles and a throwing error by Lawley put runners at second and third. Following a hit batter by Adam Kolarek and a pop out, Johnson sent a potential inning-ending double play ball to short. Rivera failed to field the hop cleanly, allowing a run to score and opening the door for a three-run inning. Lara (5-3) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits while walking four over six innings. He suffered his first loss since May 28. Box

LAKELAND 9, ST. LUCIE 3: St. Lucie took a 1-0 lead in the first on L.J. Mazzilli's sacrifice fly, but Austin Green put the Flying Tigers ahead for good when he blasted a three-run

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homer against Matt Koch in the second. Koch and Lakeland starter Edgar De La Rosa dueled through the middle innings until Lakeland put up four runs in the seventh. The rehabbing Austin Dirks crushed a pitch from Koch off the right-field wall for a double that plated Jared Reeves. Tim Peterson replaced Koch and surrendered a two-out, two-run single to Connor Harrell that gave Lakeland a 7-1 lead. Tyler Hanover singled in a run in the eighth. Peterson’s wild pitch later in the frame scored Reeves to make it 9-1. Mazzilli extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI triple in the eighth. He scored on Reeves’ throwing error on the play to make it 9-3. With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Calvin Drummond struck out Jeff McNeil and got Mazzilli to fly out to end the game. Koch lasted 6 1/3 and was tagged for six earned runs. Entering the seventh he had retired 11 straight batters. Jared King went 3-for-4 for the Mets in his home debut. Box

CHARLESTON at SAVANNAH (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 12, ELIZABETHTON 0: Starter Yoryi Nuez tossed five scoreless innings and combined with Martires Arias on the four-hit shutout. Pedro Perez went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs. Luis Guillorme, Jean Rodriguez and Eudor Garcia had three hits apiece. Box

STATE COLLEGE 4, BROOKLYN 3: Brooklyn scored its three runs thanks to a wild pitch, passed ball and an error. Yet a missed call by the umpires led to the decisive run scoring in the seventh for the Spikes. Cleanup hitter Alex De Leon produced a two-run double against Cyclones starter Carlos Valdez in the first. A half-inning later, Michael Katz, Tomas Nido and Adrian Abreu each singled and Brooklyn had the bases loaded with two outs for Anthony Chavez. A passed ball charged to Spikes catcher Luis Cruz allowed Katz to score. Later in the plate appearance, Chavez was hit by a pitch to reload the bases. With Tucker Tharp at-bat, State College starter Austin Gomber uncorked a wild pitch to plate Nido and even the score at 2. Tharp then hit a slow grounder to third baseman Danny Diekroeger. He uncorked an errant throw that allowed Tharp to reach and Abreu to score as the Cyclones took a 3-2 lead. In the fifth, Robelys Reyes' RBI single evened the score at 3. Brooklyn's Gaither Bumgardner (0-2) found himself in trouble in the seventh, in his second inning of relief. With one out and a runner on first, Diekroger sent a ball own the left-field line that appeared to land in foul territory, just eluding a diving attempt from Katz. However, plate umpire Jacob Metz saw it differently, ruling a ground-rule double. Despite a spirited argument from Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa and a number of Cyclones in the vicinity, the ruling stood and the Spikes had two in scoring position with one out. With a drawn-in infield, De Leon singled to plate the tiebreaking run. Box

GCL METS 3, GCL NATIONALS 3 (suspended): Alfredo Reyes was 3-for-3 with an RBI before the game was suspended in the sixth inning. Box

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NEW YORK -- The Mets received an immediate return from the Aug. 30, 2013, trade of Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates, with Vic Black joining the major league club for the final month of last season. The other piece acquired in that trade is thriving in the minors.

After hitting .307/.355/.410 in the first half with St. Lucie, 20-year-old middle infielder Dilson Herrera ascended to Binghamton during a wave of promotions three weeks ago. The native Colombian is hitting .329 with two homers, 13 RBIs and 10 walks in 17 games since the move to Double-A.

Colombia may not produce the same volume of talent as, say, the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. Of the 224 foreign-born players on MLB rosters on Opening Day, four hailed from Herrera’s native country: then Angel and now Pirate Ernesto Frieri, the White Sox’s Jose Quintana, Marlins’ Donovan Solano and Braves’ Julio Teheran.


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Herrera nonetheless said he grew up playing baseball from a young age -- 3 or 4 years old -- and particularly looked up to Colombia-born Edgar Renteria, who played for 16 seasons in the majors, through 2011.

“Colombia is a big soccer country, but I grew up and never stopped playing baseball,” Herrera said through an interpreter.

As for what he particularly admired about Renteria, Herrera added: “On the field he was a really good player, always clutch, and he always came up big for his team. But what impressed me most was how good of a person he was. That’s what I liked the most about him.”

The Pirates used Herrera exclusively at third base in the Venezuelan Summer League back in 2011, after he first signed. Pittsburgh then only used him at second base for the next two and a half seasons, until last summer’s trade. Herrera continued to exclusively play second base after joining Savannah late last season. He helped the Gnats win the 2013 South Atlantic League championship while manning that position.

This season, he is receiving his first professional exposure to shortstop. With St. Lucie, he appeared in 43 games at second base and 19 games at shortstop during the first half. With Binghamton, the split has been nearly 50/50.

“I grew up playing shortstop,” Herrera said. “With the Pirates they turned me into a second baseman. And now I feel very comfortable at second base. But I can still play shortstop.”

As for the trade that brought him to the Mets, Herrera added: “I was surprised. Obviously I wasn’t expecting it. I was sad about leaving relationships and friendships with the Pirates organization, but was happy for the opportunity. I was excited about the opportunity to come to a new organization.”

Organization leaders

Average: John Mora, GCL Mets, .409; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .358; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .358; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .346; Emmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .340; Luis Guillorme, Kingsport, .333; Jhoan Urena, Brooklyn, .315; Oswald Caraballo, Kingsport, .314; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .313; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .312.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 15; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 15; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 14; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 12; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 11.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 56; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 52; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 49; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 48; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 46.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 18; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 16; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 15; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 12; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 12.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 0.38; Rob Whalen, GCL Mets, 1.71; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.96; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.08; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.20; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.25; John Gant, Savannah, 2.64; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.81; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.91; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 3.56.

Wins: John Gant, Savannah, 9; Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 8.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 12; Robert Coles, St. Lucie, 12; Randy Fontanez, Binghamton, 10; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 8; Vic Black, Vegas, 7.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 94; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 86; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 82; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 82; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 82.

Short hops

Allan Dykstra has been selected to represent the Mets in the Triple-A All-Star Game. He will serve as the Pacific Coast League’s designated hitter in next Wednesday’s game at Durham, N.C.

Dykstra also will participate in Monday’s Home Run Derby. In fact, four of the six participants have passed through the Mets organization during their career. The others who will be competing in the derby: Mike Jacobs, Francisco Pena and Mike Hessman.

• Four Binghamton players were selected to the Eastern League All-Star Game: infielder Brian Burgamy, outfielder Kyle Johnson and right-handers Cody Satterwhite and Jon Velasquez. The 33-year-old Burgamy, 28-year-old Velasquez and 27-year-old Satterwhite all were signed by the Mets out of independent ball. Johnson arrived in the trade with the Angels for Collin Cowgill. The game will be played next Wednesday in Altoona, Pa. Kevin Plawecki and Matt Reynolds clearly merited selection, but already have been promoted to Triple-A.

Wilmer Flores was named PCL Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday. He became the first Las Vegas player to hit six homers in a five-game stretch since Melvin Nieves in 1994, when the club was affiliated with the Padres. Flores had league highs for the week with 13 hits, 12 runs scored and 16 RBIs.

• 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith is hitting .439 (25-for-57) in 14 games since June 24.

• Baseball America ranked three Mets prospects in its top 50 in baseball: Noah Syndergaard at No. 19, Plawecki at No. 40 and Brandon Nimmo at No. 48. Syndergaard and Plawecki will represent the Mets in the Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field in Minnesota.

Jeremy Hefner is due to pitch one inning in a minor-league game Saturday. It will mark his first game action since Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28. Hefner had his procedure performed nearly two months earlier than Matt Harvey had his operation (Oct. 22).

Rafael Montero has thrown live batting practice and is due to enter a game this week for the first time since suffering a left oblique strain and departing a Vegas game after five pitches on June 14.

Dario Alvarez is now a two-time South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. The 25-year-old Savannah southpaw has not allowed an earned run in his past 22 innings, which spans seven appearances. Alvarez is 6-0 with one save and a 0.87 ERA in 16 appearances (six starts) this season.

The Mets credit Alvarez’s success to cleaning up his delivery, which has improved his consistency and allowed him to throw more strikes. Alvarez had been released by the Phillies after spending three years in that organization, and the Mets’ Dominican-based scouts recommended scooping him up.

• 2013 fifth-round pick Jared King returned to action in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday after recovering from a fractured right fibula. King had been sidelined since last appearing for Savannah on May 11.

• Savannah’s winning streak ended at 11 on Tuesday afternoon when Dawrin Frias surrendered a tiebreaking ninth-inning homer to Augusta’s Ryan Jones. Savannah has produced four 11-game winning streaks since 1993, but none has reached a dozen.

Logan Taylor was due to join Savannah after three Gulf Coast League appearances. Taylor, an 11th-round pick in 2012 from East Oklahoma State College, underwent Tommy John surgery last July. He had a 2.67 ERA in seven starts for the Gnats in 2013.

• Princeton product Matt Bowman, whose delivery incorporates Tim Lincecum’s style, made his Triple-A debut Saturday. He allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 64-pitch no-decision.

• Right-hander Cory Mazzoni has moved to Double-A, which should be a temporary stop en route to Las Vegas. Mazzoni is working back from a strained lat muscle suffered when he started the Mets’ Grapefruit League finale this spring training. The 2011 second-round pick out of NC State has now appeared in three games -- one apiece in the Gulf Coast, Florida State and Eastern leagues -- since recovering.

Rob Whalen, who was off to a torrid start with Savannah until developing an infection on his hand that required surgery to clean out, logged an inning Saturday in the Gulf Coast League. It was his first appearance in a game since May 1 with the Gnats. Whalen had been 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four appearances (three starts) with Savannah before the issue arose.

Marcos Molina has tossed 19 consecutive scoreless innings for Brooklyn.

• Left-hander Kurt Horne, the Mets’ 31st-round pick out of high school in British Columbia, is due to make his professional debut Wednesday.
RENO 14, LAS VEGAS 8: Starter Giancarlo Alvarado was charged with 12 runs in 2 2/3 innings. Wilmer Flores' streak of five straight games with a homer ended, but he did drive in two runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, PORTLAND 4: Travis Taijeron launched two homers and T.J. Rivera
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tied a franchise record with three doubles. Rivera contributed a two-run double and scored on Jayce Boyd's single in a three-run first against Brian Johnson. Cory Mazzoni allowed three runs in five innings in his season debut with the B-Mets after working back from a spring-training lat strain. In the fifth, Taijeron hit his second long ball, this one off Jeremy Kehrt, to put Binghamton up 8-3. It marked the seventh multi-homer game of the season for a B-Met player. Binghamton blew the game open in the sixth against Michael Olmstead. Rivera doubled with one out and Boyd walked to put two on for Brandon Nimmo. He launched a homer for an eight-run lead. 11-3. Randy Fontanez contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 1: Savannah won its record-tying 11th straight game behind eight strong innings from John Gant. The Gnats also won 11 consecutive games in 1993 (as the Savannah Cardinals), in 2000 and in 2011. The GreenJackets scored their only run against Gant in the first inning, although right fielder Victor Cruzado threw out a runner at the plate to end that inning. After the first inning, Gant allowed only two hits in his next seven innings of work. One runner reached second base during that span. He improved to 9-4 with a 2.64 ERA. Matt Oberste and Dominic Smith accounted for five of the Gnats' nine hits. Oberste finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Smith went 2-for-4 to lift his batting average to .296 in 82 games. Box

KINGSPORT 16, PULASKI 11: Oswald Caraballo and Luis Ortega drove in three runs apiece. After Pulaski broke an 8-all tie with three runs in the top of the eighth, the K-Mets answered with eight runs in the bottom half. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 8, BROOKLYN 4: Jhoan Urena had a two-run homer as Brooklyn built a 4-1 lead, but Hudson Valley scored seven runs over the final four innings. Octavio Acosta allowed five runs (three earned) in 6 1/3 innings. Hudson Valley took a 5-4 lead with a two-run seventh that included a throwing error by shortstop Amed Rosario. Tomas Nido went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the loss. Second baseman Will Fulmer had two of Brooklyn's four errors. Box

GCL METS 6, GCL CARDINALS 2: Blake Taylor, acquired in the Ike Davis trade, tossed four scoreless relief innings to earn the win. Jared King homered and finished 2-for-4 in his third Gulf Coast League game as he returns from a broken right fibula. Manuel Hilario had two RBIs. Box
ALBUQUERQUE 7, LAS VEGAS 6 (10 innings): Wilmer Flores' second homer of the game, a solo shot in the top of the 10th, gave the 51s the lead. But after inheriting two baserunners from Chasen Bradford with two outs in the bottom half, Buddy Carlyle walked Walter Ibarra to load the bases. First baseman Brandon Allen then had a fielding error on Carlos Triunfel's grounder as Albuquerque evened the score. Carlyle followed by walking in the winning run. Danny Muno had belted a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth to force extra innings. Starter Darin Gorski allowed two runs in six innings. Flores finished with four RBIs. Right-hander Matt Bowman was promoted to Las Vegas before the game, with Cory Mazzoni joining Binghamton. Box

ERIE 9, BINGHAMTON 6 (16 innings): Ryan Fraser surrendered three runs in the top of the 16th, including a tiebreaking solo homer by Aaron Westlake. Starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings in his Double-A debut. With the B-Mets trailing 6-5, Dustin Lawley had a one-out solo homer in the bottom of the 10th to prolong the game. Brandon Nimmo contributed a second-inning solo homer and finished 2-for-6 with three RBIs. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, JUPITER 1: St. Lucie broke a 1-all tie in the eighth on Phillip Evans' sac fly en

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route to its season-high seventh straight win. Maikis De La Cruz opened the frame with a single against Miguel Fermin. Eudy Pina then walked. Gilbert Gomez's bunt advanced De La Cruz to third, although it forced out Pina at second. Evans then drove the first pitch he saw from Fermin to deep center for a sac fly. T.J. Chism worked a perfect ninth for the save for his second save in three days. The Mets have won 16 of 19. The game had remained scoreless until Jake Esch hung a 1-2 breaking ball to De La Cruz in the fifth. De La Cruz lined it over the left-field wall for his fourth homer. St. Lucie starter Domingo Tapia cruised, retiring 11 in a row at one point and 15 out of 16. He ran into trouble in the seventh after Matt Juengel led off with a single. Tapia rebounded to retire the next two batters, but Josh Adams singled to move Juengel into scoring position. No. 9 hitter Ryan Goetz then tied the score with a single that plated Juengel. Beck Wheeler, activated off the disabled list earlier in the day, faced rehabbing Marlin Adeiny Hechavarria with the tying run at third base. Wheeler won an eight-pitch battle by getting Hechavarria to ground out. Wheeler then pitched around a two-out walk and wild pitch in the eighth to earn the win. Tapia went 6 2/3 innings and gave up one run and six hits. He struck out three and walked one. Box

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SAVANNAH 9, HICKORY 7: Matt Oberste went 4-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored. Obserte, a seventh-round pick out of the University of Oklahoma in 2013, is hitting .500 (14-for-28) with three homers and 14 RBIs during his current seven-game hitting streak. The Gnats built an 8-1 lead and held on. Akeel Morris tossed 1 1/3 scorleess innings to record his seventh save. Starter Ricky Knapp allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings. Box

GREENEVILLE 14, KINGSPORT 1: Starter Yoan Gonzalez was charged with five runs and was knocked out with two runs in the first inning. Nicco Blank also allowed five runs in relief. Box

ABERDEEN 3, BROOKLYN 2: The Cyclones scored one run in the bottom of the ninth, but Joe Tuschak flied out with potential tying run Jeff Diehl at third base to end the game. Aberdeen broke a 1-all tie with a two-run eighth against Josh Prevost, although one run was unearned. Rehabbing starter Dillon Gee allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out 10 in six innings. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL MARLINS 1: Starter Audry German allowed one run in five innings. Jose Medina contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
10 3.88 106 141
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 19
RBIL. Duda 60
RD. Murphy 62
OPSL. Duda .864
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 125