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Minors 4.18.14: Vegas' Montero roughed up

April, 19, 2014
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RENO 10, LAS VEGAS 7 (11): Rafael Montero started and went four innings, giving up four runs on six hits (including one home run), with six strikeouts and three walks. Vic Black pitched a scoreless eighth, ninth and 10th innings, but Jeff Walters surrendered a three-run homer to Didi Gregorious in the bottom of the 11th to end the ballgame. Eric Campbell went 3-for-5 and Taylor Teagarden and Anthony Seratelli hit home runs for the 51s. Bobby Abreu went 1-for-5 with a double and a walk. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 6, BINGHAMTON 3: The Fisher Cats broke open a 3-3 tie with three runs in the top of the ninth off B-Mets relief pitcher Jon Velasquez, who took the loss. Darin Gorski started for Binghamton and went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits (including three home runs), with six strikeouts and one walk. Kevin Plawecki had a team-high two hits for the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 15, FORT MYERS 9: Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera had four hits apiece for St. Lucie, and Maikis De La Cruz hit a home run. Starting pitcher Michael Fulmer lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits. Seth Lugo, who came in and gave up just one run on three hits in five innings of work, picked up the win. Box

GREENVILLE at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of a May 15 doubleheader.

Minors 4.17.14: Bowman, Matz dominate

April, 17, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 6, RENO 0: Dana Eveland, stepping to the rotation spot vacated by promoted Daisuke Matsuzaka, tossed five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and two walks while striking out six. Fellow MLB veteran Buddy Carlyle made his season debut with the 51s in relief of Eveland and contributed two scoreless innings, allowing two walks and a hit. He coaxed an inning-ending double play to escape a bases-loaded jam in the seventh. Allan Dykstra continued his tear with a two-run homer in a five-run fourth inning. Wilmer Flores went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs. Las Vegas has won six straight to improve to 12-3. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, NEW HAMPSHIRE 1: Matt Bowman matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts while limiting New Hampshire to four singles and a walk over seven scoreless

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innings. He retired 15 straight at one point to earn his second win in two Double-starts. Darrell Ceciliani extended his season-opening hitting streak to eight games with an infield single in the first. Matt Clark eventually plated him on a broken-bat groundout. Binghamton scored twice more in the second. With Matt Reynolds on first, Fisher Cats catcher Yusuf Carter failed to handle Scott Copeland’s first pitch to Travis Taijeron. The ball skipped to the backstop, allowing Reynolds to go from first to third. Carter’s throw to third then sailed into left field, allowing the B-Met to scamper home. Taijeron walked, took third on a single and came home on another wild pitch. It was plenty of support for Bowman. After a one-out single by Gabe Jacobo in the second, the Princeton product tossed four perfect innings. Bowman's lone jam came in the seventh. He walked Brad Glenn and surrendered a single to Andy Burns. With two aboard and two outs, Carter rolled a grounder to shortstop Wilfredo Tovar’s extreme right. Tovar got the tip of his glove on the roller, but could not fully stop it. As the ball dribbled into left field, Glenn turned third and raced for home. Tovar pounced on the baseball and fired a one-hopper to the plate in plenty of time to nab Glenn, preserving Binghamton’s 3-0 lead. The B-Mets plated their final run in the eighth against Casey Lawrence, who logged 5 2/3 relief innings. Ceciliani doubled and scored on Clark's sacrifice fly. John Church struck out two in a perfect eighth. Chasen Bradford surrendered a run on a pair of two-out doubles before securing the final out in the ninth. Bowman (2-0) fanned a B-Mets season-high 11. He threw 80 pitches (55 strikes). Box

ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 1: Left-hander Steven Matz took a no-hit bid two outs into the

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sixth inning before surrendering a bunt single to Levi Michael. Matz ultimately limited the Miracle to two hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings. He struck out six. Jake Kuebler allowed one run in two innings in relief. Cam Maron got the Mets on the board with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth. Dilson Herrera, T.J. Rivera and Aderlin Rodriguez also produced RBIs as St. Lucie eventually opened a 6-0 lead. Brandon Nimmo went 0-for-4 to lose a nine-game hitting streak. Nimmo, still hitting .370, did walk and has now reached base in all 14 games this season. MLB veteran Brandon Allen, who injured a calf in big-league camp with the Mets, played first base and went 1-for-4 with a walk. Box

GREENVILLE 4, SAVANNAH 0: Starter Robert Gsellman suffered the loss despite allowing one run in five innings with five strikeouts. The Drive scored the opening run when Kevin Mager singled home Jimmy Rider. After that 37-pitch frame, Gsellman steadied himself and retired the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings on a combined 25 pitches. Drive starter Teddy Stankiewicz, who was drafted by the Mets in the second round in 2012 but did not sign, blanked Savannah through six innings, striking out three without issuing a walk. Of the four hits the Gnats collected Thursday -- all singles -- only one left the infield. Jeff McNeil bunted for a hit twice. The Drive added three runs (two unearned) in the eighth against reliever Dawrin Frias. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini and second baseman L.J. Mazzilli committed errors in that inning. Box

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Minors 4.16.14: Whalen wins 1st '14 start

April, 17, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 4, RENO 2: Allan Dykstra went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs. His fifth-inning RBI double staked the 51s to a 4-2 lead. Starter Logan Verrett allowed two runs in five innings. Miguel Socolovich tossed two scoreless relief innings. Jeff Walters notched his fourth save with a perfect ninth. Box

BINGHAMTON at PORTLAND (ppd.): The game was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. It will be made up as part of a May 19 doubleheader.

JUPITER 8, ST. LUCIE 6 (10 innings): The Mets rallied from a 6-5 deficit in the ninth to send the game to extra innings, but Viosergy Rosa belted Randy Fontanez’s first pitch of the 10th over the right-field wall for a go-ahead homer. The Hammerheads added an insurance run on Ross Wilson's double. The Mets had a chance to win the game in the ninth. Brandon Nimmo singled home Maikis De La Cruz to tie the score at 6 with one out. With runners on the corners, Hammerheads manager Brian Schneider then opted to intentionally walk red-hot T.J. Rivera to load the bases. The move paid off. Joseph O’Gara struck out Aderlin Rodriguez and Cam Maron flied out on a 3-1 pitch. The Mets had scored four runs in the first inning before making an out. Rodriguez laced a two-run triple and Maron singled him home to make it 4-0. Trailing by one run in the third, Rosa blasted a two-run homer against Gabriel Ynoa to put Jupiter up 5-4. The Hammerheads added another run later in the frame. Dilson Herrera cut the Jupiter lead to one in the fourth. He singled off starter Jake Esch and stole second. Herrera took third on a wild pitch and scored on a bad throw from catcher Austin Barnes. St. Lucie's Paul Sewald, Julian Hilario and Bret Mitchell combined to no-hit the Hammerheads over 6 1/3 relief innings. Nimmo went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to nine games. He has six multi-hit games in his last seven. He has hit safely in 12 of 13 games this season. Herrera went 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot. He has an eight-game hitting streak. Box

SAVANNAH 4, AUGUSTA 1: Rob Whalen earned the win in his first start of the season. He limited Augusta to one unearned run on two hits and no walks in five innings. Miller Diaz allowed three hits over four scoreless relief innings to earn his first save. Savannah (9-4) jumped on Augusta with a leadoff double in the first by Gavin Cecchini against left-hander Luis Ysla. Cecchini scored on Jared King's groundout. Cecchini is now hitting .375 over his last five games. Patrick Biondi led off the third inning with a walk and stole second and third bases. He scored on Jeff McNeil's sacrifice fly. The Gnats opened a 4-0 lead later that frame on Stefan Sabol's two-run single. Whalen induced seven groundouts and struck out six over five innings. The GreenJackets were able to push one runner across the plate, when Shawn Payne scampered home on a throwing error to second base by catcher Colton Plaia in the fourth. Whalen’s ERA plummeted to 1.00. Diaz, in relief of Whalen, struck out five in four scoreless innings. Gnats pitchers are now 4-2 with a 1.86 ERA against the GreenJackets this season, striking out 60 Augusta batters. The Gnats finished their road trip 6-1 and now hold sole possession of first place in their South Atlantic League division. Box

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Farm report: Plawecki catches on as B-Met

April, 16, 2014
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Kevin Plawecki struck out only eight times in 223 at-bats during his junior season at Purdue. That helped persuade the Mets to select the catcher 35th overall in 2012, with a supplemental pick obtained for losing Jose Reyes to the Miami Marlins.

The 23-year-old Plawecki’s propensity for making contact has continued as a pro, albeit not at that unsustainable college rate. In 693 career at-bats as a Mets farmhand, Plawecki has produced a .374 on-base percentage and struck out only 80 times.

This season, he is off to a .286/.333/.357 start through seven games with Double-A Binghamton.


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“I really don’t know how to answer the question every time I’m asked it,” Plawecki said about his low strikeout total at Purdue. “I just say that I like getting good pitches to hit, and I feel like I get myself in good hitter’s counts. I try not to chase and expose any weaknesses that the pitcher on the other team might be able to use against me at any point in the at-bat or in the series.

“And with two strikes I’m just up there battling, just trying to put the ball in play. Make them get you out any way possible -- with errors and all that stuff, any way to get on base. I’d rather have a slow-rolling groundball to third base.”

Plawecki was a non-roster invite to big-league camp during spring training, so he had the opportunity to receive tutelage from bench coach Bob Geren, visiting instructor Mike Piazza as well as Travis d’Arnaud.

“One thing Mike Piazza told us: When he wasn’t hitting really well, he focused on doing the little things -- catching and working with the pitching staff,” Plawecki said. “He felt he could make a big difference behind the plate as well.”

Throwing technique to second base became a spring-training emphasis for Plawecki. Accomplished offensively, Plawecki has thrown out 29 percent of runners as a pro (15 of 51).

“I think my throwing is getting a lot better from last year,” Plawecki said. “I worked on a few things in spring training to get my arm going a little bit. I think that’s improved. … In the past, sometimes there was a ‘hitch.’ That may be a bad term.

“Just a more fluid motion,” he continued, referring to the mechanical retooling. “I was kind of getting caught up, and my feet were working too quickly, and my arm was having to do something extra in the process. It was almost like a false movement that we’re just trying to eliminate. It takes a lot of stress off the arm in general and obviously makes it quicker in the process. That’s just one thing we’re trying to clean up a little bit, and I think we’re on the right track with that right now.”

Plawecki does not need to be added to the 40-man roster next offseason to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, so his big-league debut may wait until 2015.

Last year, in his first full professional season, which he split between Savannah and St. Lucie, Plawecki appeared in 17 second-half games at first base. That primarily was designed to keep his bat in the lineup as he wore down from the grind. The position was open anyway with St. Lucie teammate Jayce Boyd dealing with a shoulder issue that eventually required surgery.

There is at a modest chance Plawecki could end up full time at first base eventually, depending on how he progresses behind the plate. However, Plawecki clearly envisions himself a catcher.

“I don’t think they play on using me at first at all this year. At least nobody has brought that up to me,” Plawecki said. “I’m strictly a catcher. Last year was one of those deals where Jayce, with his arm surgery and stuff like that, they couldn’t really use him at first base. I played a few games in college, and it just happened to work out that I played a few games over there, but nothing long term.”

Organization leaders

Average: Matt Clark, Binghamton, .394; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .391; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .390; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, .367; Wilfredo Tovar, Binghamton, .355; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .340; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, .323; Zach Lutz, Vegas, .318; Jared King, Savannah, .316; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, .310.

Homers: Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 4; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 4.

RBIs: Zach Lutz, Vegas, 12; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 12; Eric Campbell, Vegas, 11; Jared King, Savannah, 11.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 3; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 3.

ERA: Hansel Robles, Binghamton, 0.00; Jacob deGrom, Vegas, 0.50; Domingo Tapia, St. Lucie, 0.90; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 0.93; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 1.46; Rainy Lara, Binghamton, 2.19; Daisuke Matsuzaka, Binghamton, 2.25; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 2.38; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 2.60; John Gant, Savannah, 2.77.

Wins: Josh Edgin, Vegas, 3.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Vegas, 3; Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 2; Robert Coles, Savannah, 2; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 2; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 2.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 18; Jacob deGrom, Vegas, 15; Jack Leathersich, Binghamton, 14; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 14; Hansel Robles, Binghamton, 14.

Short hops

• Right-hander Akeel Morris, a 10th-round pick in 2010 from the U.S. Virgin Islands, earned the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week award. In three relief appearances this season, Morris has struck out 14 and allowed only one hit and three walks in 6 2/3 innings. Morris, 21, had a 1.00 ERA and struck out 60 in 45 innings with Brooklyn last season.

• Right-hander Cory Mazzoni (lat) is expected to resume throwing later this week. He was injured in the final Grapefruit League game.

• 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo is hitting .391, which ranks third in the Florida State League. His .491 on-base percentage ranks second, and he leads the league with 13 runs scored. Nimmo has an eight-game hitting streak and has reached base in all 13 of his games. He has five multi-hit performances in his last six games.

Matt Clark and Brian Burgamy are proving too advanced for the Eastern League. The 27-year-old Clark, who slugged 25 homers in Japan last season with Chunichi, has four homers through 10 games with Binghamton while splitting time between DH and first base. Burgamy, 32, also has four homers in 10 games while seeing action at third base, second base and first base. Burgamy played last season for York and Sugar Land in the independent Atlantic League as well as in Mexico with Campeche.

• Second baseman Dilson Herrera, who was acquired with Vic Black last August for Marlon Byrd and John Buck, has led off for eight straight games with St. Lucie. He is hitting .389 (14-for-36) in that span with eight runs scored. The Colombia-born Herrera has a seven-game hitting streak.

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Minors 4.15.14: deGrom tosses 7 scoreless

April, 16, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 6, RENO 3: Jacob deGrom blanked Reno for seven innings, allowing three hits

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and one walk in an 88-pitch effort. Chris Young went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored in what is expected to be his final rehab game. The 51s built a 6-0 lead, beginning with a three-run third that included a run-scoring single by Eric Campbell, sac fly from Wilmer Flores and RBI double by Allan Dykstra. Flores added a solo homer in the fifth. Ryan Reid and Josh Edgin combined to surrender three ninth-inning runs. Didi Gregorius had two hits for Reno. Ex-Mets Mike Jacobs and Nick Evans started at the corner infield spots. Box

BINGHAMTON at PORTLAND (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of a May 21 doubleheader.

ST. LUCIE 11, JUPITER 6: The Mets broke a 5-all tie for good in their half of the sixth. Chipper Smith retired the first two batters, but then walked Dilson Herrera and Brandon Nimmo to bring up T.J. Rivera. Rivera drove a 3-1 pitch into center to score Herrera and make it 6-5. Aderlin Rodriguez followed with a two-run double to the top of the left-field wall. St. Lucie poured in on in the seventh on run-scoring hits by Eudy Pina and Nimmo. Pina added a two-out, run-scoring triple in the eighth to make it 11-5. Beck Wheeler threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and struck out three to earn his first win. Starter Matt Koch allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings. Rivera finished 3-for-5 with a double and homer. Rivera’s solo homer in the fourth broke a 3-all tie. Nimmo went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He has now hit safely in eight straight games and has five multi-hit games in his last six games. Herrera added a homer and Rodriguez crushed two doubles. Box

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AUGUSTA 2, SAVANNAH 1 (8 innings): After rallying to win the resumption of Monday's suspended game, the Gnats fell in extra innings in the regularly scheduled contest. Savannah left-hander Dario Alverez entered the suspended game in relief of Monday’s starter, Kevin McGowan, and promptly allowed an inherited runner to score the game's

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opening run on Randy Ortiz's single. Alvarez (1-0) bounced back to strike out six batters and allow just two hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Gnats answered in the top of the fifth, breaking up the Augusta no-hit bid started the previous day by Christian Jones. Left-hander Steven Messner surrendered a game-tying solo homer to Gavin Cecchini. L.J. Mazzilli then doubled home Jeff McNeil for a 2-1 lead. Savannah tacked on another run in the seventh. Victor Cruzado scored as Patrick Biondi reached first base on a throwing error by second baseman Christian Arroyo. Augusta’s four errors proved costly, with two unearned runs ultimately deciding the game.

In Tuesday’s originally scheduled seven-inning game, Gnats starter Ricky Knapp struck out eight batters. He allowed a game-tying run in the fifth on a base-loaded groundout by Cristian Paulino. In a 1-all game in the bottom of the eighth, Knapp surrendered a double to Ty Ross. After a bunt groundout by Paulino, Knapp intentionally walked Shawn Payne. He was then lifted for reliever John Mincone. The left-hander served up a walk-off RBI single to Ryder Jones. Gnats outfielder Jared King preserved his league-high 12-game on-base streak, earning a walk during Game 1 and then going 2-for-4 in Game 2. Box 1, Box 2

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Minors 4.14.14: B-Mets' Burgamy homers

April, 14, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 5, FRESNO 2: Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings. Eric Campbell, who entered on a 10-game hitting streak, started at shortstop for the first time in his seven-year professional career. He went 0-for-4 to lose the streak. Wilmer Flores started at second base for the first time this season after exclusively playing shortstop through his first eight games. Chris Young played a full game in left field in the second game of a rehab assignment with the 51s. He went 2-for-3 with two walks and has now reached base in nine of 10 plate appearances in Triple-A. Las Vegas broke a 2-all tie with a three-run sixth against Jake Dunning. Flores had a tiebreaking RBI single. Allan Dykstra then walked and Zach Lutz was hit by a pitch to force in runs. Box

PORTLAND 9, BINGHAMTON 4: Portland scored six runs against Greg Peavey and Adam Kolarek in the sixth inning en route to a series-opening win. The Sea Dogs opened the scoring in the second inning against Peavey on Sean Coyle's two-run homer over the Maine Monster. Binghamton matched Coyle’s blast with a Monster shot of its own in the third. With two outs, Henry Owens issued a four-pitch walk to Kyle Johnson. Brian Burgamy then tied the score with his fourth homer of the road trip. Kevin Plawecki kept the inning alive with a double and Matt Clark gave Binghamton a 4-2 lead by crushing a drive over the right-center wall. Peavey followed by posting three perfect innings. He required only 25 pitches to retire the nine hitters. Mookie Betts’ double to lead off the sixth snapped a stretch of 10 straight batters retired by Peavey. After Peavey walked two to load the bases, Carlos Rivero made it a one-run game with a sac fly. Kolarek entered and former Mets farmhand Stefan Welch greeted the southpaw by lacing a two-run, go-ahead double. Blake Swihart, Coyle and Peter Hissey tacked onto the lead with run-producing singles. Peavey (0-1) allowed five runs on two hits while walking four in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out a Double-A career-high seven batters. Two of the runs charged to him scored after Kolarek entered. Box

JUPITER 12, ST. LUCIE 3: The Hammerheads pushed across nine runs on seven hits, three walks and one hit batter in the seventh, turning a 3-1 lead into a rout. Julian Hilario loaded the bases with no outs and walked in a run. He was replaced by Bret Mitchell, who gave up all of Hilario’s inherited runners and five of his own. After Matt Juengel drew a bases-loaded walk from Mitchell to make it 12-1, Jake Kuebler entered and recorded the final out. Earlier in the frame, Juengel laced a two-run double. Noah Perio added a two-run triple. Luis Cessa took the loss. He gave up two runs in five innings. Both runs scored on Viosergy Rosa’s single in the first. The Mets cut their deficit to 2-1 in the third on Aderlin Rodriguez's single. They nearly tied the score in the fourth on Maikis De La Cruz's double, but Rafael Furcal -- playing on a rehab assignment for the Marlins -- gunned down Phillip Evans on a relay throw to home to end the inning. Furcal went 1-for-1 with a single, two walks, a stolen base and a run scored. Trevor Williams earned his first win for the Hammerheads. He allowed 10 hits but only one run in six innings. Brandon Nimmo went 2-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to six games. He has a hit in 10 of 11 games this season. Dilson Herrera doubled in the third to extend his hitting streak to six games. De La Cruz homered in the seventh to finish with a two-hit game. Rodriguez, T.J. Rivera and Robbie Shields also had multi-hit games for the Mets. Box

SAVANNAH 0, AUGUSTA 0 (suspended): Rain and poor conditions at Lake Olmstead Stadium forced Monday’s game to be suspended. It will be completed Tuesday. Neither Gnats right-hander Kevin McGowan nor GreenJackets left-hander Christian Jones had allowed a run when the game was halted. Leonardo Rojas had just hit a one-out double off McGowan in the bottom of the fifth when the umpires decided to postpone the game. Rojas’ double was the second hit allowed all game by McGowan. The first hit was Shawne Payne's leadoff single in the first. Jones was even sharper for Augusta, allowing no hits while fanning seven batters through five innings. Jones’ lone flaw was a walk to Gnats DH Jared King in the first inning. Box

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Minors 4.13.14: Tapia 5 no-hit innings

April, 13, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 10, FRESNO 4: Rafael Montero held Fresno hitless until Ydwin Villegas' leadoff double in the sixth. Montero (2-0, 2.60 ERA) eventually was charged with two runs on two hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings. He departed after surrendering a solo homer to Adam Duvall in the seventh. Chris Young went 5-for-5 with two homers, five RBIs and four runs scored in his first rehab game with the 51s. Kirk Nieuwenhuis drove in two runs. Dana Eveland provided 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Duvall had a two-run homer in the ninth against Erik Goeddel to cap the scoring. Eric Campbell extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Hansel Robles tossed five scoreless innings and the B-Mets cashed in on 10 walks to post their sixth win in seven games. The first challenge

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for Robles arose in the third. After a leadoff walk to Michael Crouse, the Fisher Cats loaded the bases on consecutive one-out singles. Robles ended the threat by striking out Ryan Schimpf and inducing Brad Glenn to ground out. Binghamton scored its first run without the aid of a hit in the fourth. Following Matt Clark's leadoff walk, Aaron Sanchez hit consecutive batters and walked Travis Taijeron to force in a run. Xorge Carrillo then produced a sacrifice fly. Wilfredo Tovar made it 3-0 with an RBI single. Robles faced his final test in the fifth. Crouse started the inning with a triple. Robles hit Kenny Wilson with an 0-2 pitch and walked Schimpf to load the bases with two outs. Robles escaped the jam by striking out Brad Glenn. In the seventh, Darrell Ceciliani led off against Richard Bleier with a single. Ceciliani moved to second on a single, stole third and scampered home with Binghamton’s fourth run on a passed ball by Yusuf Carter. Cody Satterwhite took over for Robles and contributed two scoreless innings. John Church struck out the side in the eighth. Jon Velasquez closed the game with a perfect ninth. Robles (1-0) allowed four hits and struck out six to earn his first Double-A win. Clark walked five times. Ceciliani extended his season-opening hitting streak to seven games with a single in the seventh. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 2: Domingo Tapia tossed five innings of no-hit ball before

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being removed with the bid intact because he had reached 85 pitches. Reliever Seth Lugo surrendered the first hit, when Jorge Polanco singled with one out in the sixth. Tapia walked two and struck out two in earning his first win. The Mets roughed up Mason Melotakis in the first. Gilbert Gomez singled to score Brandon Nimmo. Eudy Pina then hit a grounder to the shortstop Polanco, who booted the ball, allowing T.J. Rivera to score. Albert Cordero made it 3-0 on a sac fly. Gomez homered against Melotakis in the third. The Mets made it 6-0 with two more runs in the fourth. The big hit came on a two-out RBI double by Aderlin Rodriguez. Lugo surrendered two runs in the sixth. The Miracle put two runners on with two outs in the ninth, but Randy Fontanez entered and struck out Niko Goodrum to end the game. Leadoff hitter Dilson Herrera went 4-for-5. Nimmo, who doubled in the sixth, has hit safely in nine of 10 games. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 2: The Gnats were held to one hit through five innings against rehabbing Braves left-hander Mike Minor, but unleashed six runs over the final two innings. The R-Braves took the lead for the first time all series when a ground-rule double by Joey Meneses plated Reed Harper in the first inning. Gnats starter Chris Flexen then settled down and logged 6 1/3 innings. He allowed two earned runs on six hits while striking out four and walking one. Dominic Smith had a single and Victor Cruzado walked for the only baserunners against Minor. The Braves took a shutout bid into the eighth. Patrick Biondi then led off with a triple against Andy Ubiera. Next, Gavin Cecchini singled home Biondi, who now leads the South Atlantic League with 10 runs scored. After Jeff McNeil's sacrifice bunt and L.J. Mazzilli's groundout, Jared King walked to put runners on first and second. League slugging leader Stefan Sabol (.741) then doubled both runners home to give the Gnats a 3-2 lead. The Gnats added three runs in the ninth against Race Parmenter, highlighted by McNeil’s first professional homer. McNeil now leads the league in extra-base hits with seven. Reliever Akeel Morris earned his first win of the season after pitching the final 2 2/3 innings. He had three strikeouts and now has a league-leading 18.90 strikeouts per nine innings. Box

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Minors 4.12.14: Maron delivers walk-off hit

April, 12, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 1, FRESNO 0 (10 innings): Kirk Nieuwenhuis delivered a solo homer in the top of the 10th against Erik Cordier for the game's lone run. Vic Black recorded the game's final out for his first save. Daisuke Matsuzaka carried a no-hit bid one out into the sixth inning. He ultimately blanked Fresno for seven innings, allowing two hits and two walks. Matsuzaka struck out eight in a no-decision. He threw 88 pitches (62 strikes). Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 9, BINGHAMTON 4: Tyler Pill (0-2) surrendered seven runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings as the B-Mets had a five-game winning streak snapped. Kevin Nolan drilled an 0-1 pitch over the left-field wall against Pill as New Hampshire took a 3-0 lead in the first. The Fisher Cats padded their lead with a sac fly by Kenny Wilson in the second. Binghamton cracked the scoreboard in the third against Fisher Cats starter Casey Lawrence. Travis Taijeron doubled, took third on a flyout and scored when Kyle Johnson singled. The Fisher Cats stretched their lead to five with another two-out rally in the third. Mike Crouse produced a run-scoring triple. Peter Mooney then made it 6-1 with a run-scoring single. In the fifth, New Hampshire chased Pill with two outs after a pair of singles and a walk. Jack Leathersich inherited the runners and walked Mooney, forcing in the Fisher Cats’ seventh run. Lawrence settled in comfortably after Johnson’s single in the third. He retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced. New Hampshire added to its lead on Ryan Schimpf's homer in the seventh and a sac fly from Wilson in the eighth. The B-Mets pecked away at the lead against the Fisher Cats bullpen. Matt Clark led off the seventh with a homer against Tyler Ybarra. Binghamton tacked on two runs against John Anderson in the eighth. Cory Vaughn threw out two runners at second base and now has three outfield assists this season. Kevin Plawecki collected his first RBI as a B-Met with a double in the eighth. Box

ST. LUCIE, 5, FORT MYERS 4 (10 innings): Hicksville, Long Island, native Cam Maron delivered the go-ahead hit for a second straight day. This time, Maron delivered a walk-off

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single in the bottom of the 10th. He belted a pitch from Tim Shibuya into right field, scoring Brandon Nimmo from second. Adam Brett Walker’s throw home from right was up the line and skipped away from catcher Tyler Grimes. On Friday, Maron broke a 3-all tie in the eighth with an RBI single en route to a 6-3 win. The Mets (5-4) have now won four in row after losing four straight. Fort Myers' Michael Gonzales launched a solo homer in the second against Michael Fulmer. The Mets tied the score in the fifth on Phillip Evans' groundout. Maron gave the Mets the lead an inning later. He smashed a 3-1 pitch from Jose Berrios over Walker's head for a triple that plated T.J. Rivera. Maron scored moments later on a wild pitch to put the Mets up, 3-1. Reliever Beck Wheeler relinquished the lead in the eighth. Wheeler retired the first two hitters, but walked Jorge Polanco and surrendered a single to Dalton Hicks. Walker then delivered a three-run homer to put the Miracle ahead, 4-3. The Mets answered in their half. Dilson Herrera and Nimmo singled to chase reliever Steven Gruver. Herrera and Nimmo both advanced a base when Brian Gilbert entered and threw a wild pitch. After Rivera struck out, Aderlin Rodriguez brought home Herrera on a groundout to tie the score. That tie held until the 10th, when Maron came through. Fulmer limited the Miracle to Gonzales’ solo homer over seven innings while striking out five. Paul Sewald worked out of jams in the ninth and 10th to earn the win. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 3: Colton Plaia delivered a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth against Rome's Richie Tate. Tim Peterson then tossed two scoreless relief innings for his first save. Starter John Gant limited Rome to three runs on nine hits and two walks in seven innings. Victor Cruzado had three hits and scored twice. Box

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Minors 4.11.14: Lara, Burgamy fuel B-Mets

April, 12, 2014
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FRESNO 5, LAS VEGAS 1: Logan Verrett surrendered four runs on eight hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. Vic Black pitched a scoreless inning with a walk and two strikeouts in his return from the disabled list for a pinched nerve in his neck. The lone Vegas run came on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' first-inning single, which plated Matt den Dekker. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Rainy Lara faced one over the minimum in seven scoreless innings, Brian Burgamy homered twice and Matt Clark also went deep as the B-Mets won their fifth straight. Binghamton broke a scoreless tie in the fourth against Scott Copeland on the first of Burgamy's two long balls. Kenny Wilson became the first player to

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reach against Lara with a single to open the fourth, but he was erased when Lara picked him off. Ryan Schimpf followed with a two-out shot off the right-field wall, but was gunned down by Cory Vaughn trying to stretch the hit into a double. The B-Mets broke the game open in the seventh against the Fisher Cats bullpen. Clark greeted reliever Tony Davis with a leadoff homer in the seventh. After a pair of walks, Xorge Carrillo produced an RBI single, Wilfredo Tovar had a sac fly and Darrell Ceciliani capped the inning with a run-scoring single. After surrendering two hits in the fourth, Lara retired seven straight. Jon Berti reached on an infield single in the seventh, but was left on second when Lara (2-0) induced a pair of flyouts. Burgamy struck again in the eighth, against Wil Browning. The third baseman launched his third homer of the series. Cody Satterwhite and Chasen Bradford each tossed an inning of scoreless relief. Lara allowed three hits, struck out three and issued no walks. Burgamy’s two-homer night was the first by a B-Met since Tovar went deep twice against Altoona on Aug. 7, 2013. Binghamton’s 6-2 start is its best since opening the 2006 season 7-1. Ceciliani extended his season-opening hitting streak to six games with an RBI single in the eighth. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 3: Cam Maron broke a 3-all tie with one out in the eighth when he belted a 3-1 pitch from Matt Tomshaw into center field to score Aderlin Rodriguez from second base. The Mets added a pair of insurance runs later in the frame. Levi Michael’s throw home from second was wild and Maron scored. Maikis De La Cruz then hit a sac fly to plate Eudy Pina. The Mets (4-4) have now won three straight. Randy Fontanez worked a perfect ninth with a pair of strikeouts to earn his first save. Bret Mitchell pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth to earn the win. Starter Steven Matz allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings. He struck out six, walked one and surrendered five hits. Dilson Herrera led off the bottom of the first with a double and Brandon Nimmo followed with a run-scoring single. The 1-0 lead lasted until the fourth. The Miracle loaded the bases with no outs. Matz nearly escaped unscathed. He got Adam Brett Walker to fly out. Stuart Turner then grounded to third, but Rodriguez successfully threw home to record an out and preserve the Mets' lead. However, Niko Goodrum followed by belting a two-out, two-run single to put the Miracle up, 2-1. The Miracle added another run in the fifth, when Jonathan Murphy -- the brother of Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy -- reached on an error and later stole home. The Mets tied the score in their half of the fifth. Nimmo singled in Phillip Evans to make it 3-2. Then, with two outs, Jairo Perez grounded a ball to third that Goodrum kicked into center field, allowing Nimmo to score. Herrera, Nimmo, Rivera and Evans had two hits apiece. Rivera now has four multihit games in seven games this season. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 1: Robert Gsellman limited Rome to one unearned run on six hits and a walk in seven innings. Robert Coles handled the final four outs for his second save. He inherited two runners in scoring position in the eighth and produced a strikeout to maintain a three-run lead. Stefan Sabol and Victor Cruzado had two RBIs apiece. Sabol had opened the scoring in the first with a two-run single. Cruzado had a two-run triple in the third that plated Sabol and Dominic Smith. Box

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Minors 4.10.14: Bronx's Rivera nets 5 RBIs

April, 10, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 6, SACRAMENTO 5: The 51s scored five runs (four unearned) in the eighth, taking advantage of two Sacramento errors, for the come-from-behind victory. Third baseman Zach Lutz delivered a two-run double to right-center to give Las Vegas the lead. Jacob deGrom allowed one run on four hits and two walks in five innings. He threw 85 pitches (53 strikes). The lone run against him came on a second-inning solo homer by Michael Taylor. Joe Blanton limited the 51s to a solo homer by Danny Muno in 5 2/3 innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, NEW HAMPSHIRE 1: Darin Gorski established a Double-A career high in strikeouts with 10 to lead the B-Mets to their fourth straight win. In the second, Jayce Boyd smoked a double against New Hampshire starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx. Dustin Lawley followed with a towering two-run homer. New Hampshire threatened in the third

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with a one-out triple by Michael Crouse, but failed to score. Jon Berti used speed to put the Fisher Cats on the board in the fourth. He led off the frame with a bunt single, stole second and third and scampered home when Kevin Plawecki’s throw to third tailed into left field. Gorski followed by issuing a pair of one-out walks, but avoided more harm by coaxing an inning-ending double-play grounder from Gabe Jacobo. Following two-out singles by Matt Reynolds and Kyle Johnson in the fifth, Brian Burgamy blasted a 2-1 pitch from Bibens-Dirkx off the base of the video board in right-center. His first homer as a B-Met pushed the lead to 5-1. Gorski preserved the lead with a perfect fifth. He worked around two singles to post a scoreless sixth. With runners on first and second, the southpaw capped his performance by striking out Ryan Schimpf to cap a nine-pitch at-bat. Gorski (1-0) was charged with one unearned run on three hits over six innings. Jon Velasquez and Adam Kolarek combined to toss three scoreless relief innings. Gorski’s professional career high in strikeouts came as a St. Lucie Met against Dunedin on May 26, 2011 with 13. Reynolds went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in the ninth spot in the batting order. Darrell Ceciliani extended his season-opening hitting streak to five games. Box

ST. LUCIE 13, JUPITER 3: The Mets produced a season-high 20 hits, with everyone in the lineup hitting safely. Jairo Perez went 5-for-6 with two doubles and three runs scored. T.J. Rivera finished 4-for-6 with five RBIs. St. Lucie took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when

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Rivera tagged Jupiter started Josh Hodges for a two-out, two-run single. The Mets broke it open with six runs on eight hits in the second. The team hit for the cycle in the frame. Brandon Nimmo cranked a two-run homer, Dilson Herrera legged out a triple and Perez, Maikis De La Cruz and Eudy Pina doubled. Rivera, Cam Maron and Albert Cordero all singled. All the damage was done against Hodges. The Mets tacked on two more runs in the fourth on two hits, including Rivera’s fourth RBI. He added a run-scoring single in the fifth against Tyler Kane. Rivera now has 10 RBIs, which rank second in the Florida State League. St. Lucie made it 13-1 in the eighth on Aderlin Rodriguez's RBI double. St. Lucie starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out the side in the fourth. Jake Kuebler pitched the final three innings to qualify for the save. Kuebler struck out two and gave up two unearned runs. Joining Perez and Rivera with multihit games: Herrera, Nimmo, Rodriguez and Cordero. Box

SAVANNAH 12, ROME 5: Stefan Sabol had a three-run homer in the first inning and the Gnats never looked back. Jeff McNeil and Jared King also had three RBIs apiece. Patick Biondi went 3-for-4 with a walk and scored three times. Starter Miller Diaz allowed three runs in four innings. Piggybacking Robert Whalen earned the win after limiting Rome to one run on three hits and three walks in four innings. Box

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Minors 4.9.14: Bowman wins B-Mets debut

April, 9, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 7, LAS VEGAS 4: Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out two in a 91-pitch effort that included 61 strikes and suffered the loss. Eric Campbell, on his 27th birthday, had produced a two-run homer in the fourth that evened the score at 2. Bobby Abreu went 2-for-4 with a walk and ninth-inning RBI and is now hitting .500 with the 51s. Dana Eveland allowed two runs in the top of the ninth as Sacramento took a 7-3 lead. Zach Lutz went hitless to snap a season-opening six-game hitting streak. Wilmer Flores started for a fourth straight day at shortstop since joining Vegas and committed a second-inning fielding error, resulting in an unearned run. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, ERIE 2: Matt Bowman struck out the side in the first and ultimately tossed five strong innings in his Double-A debut and Wilfredo Tovar produced a three-RBI

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game to lead the B-Mets to their third straight victory. Facing Jeff Ferrell, Cory Vaughn opened the bottom of the second with a single, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored when Tovar singled. Bowman's only blemish came in the fourth, when he surrendered an RBI single to Ramon Cabrera, tying the score at 1. Binghamton used a two-out rally to break the tie in the fifth. Kevin Plawecki chased Ferrell with a single. Matt Crouse entered, and Jayce Boyd lofted Crouse’s second pitch into the right-field corner for a go-ahead RBI double. Darrell Ceciliani plated Boyd with a single. The B-Mets added to their lead without collecting a hit in the sixth. Matt Reynolds reached second on a throwing error by third baseman Francisco Martinez, took third on a flyout and scored on Kyle Johnson’s sac fly. Binghamton put the game away with three runs in the seventh against Keith Faulk. Travis Taijeron ripped an RBI double and Tovar blooped a two-run single inside the right-field line. Bowman (1-0) went five innings. He allowed one run on three hits while striking out four. John Church posted two scoreless relief innings. T.J. Chism surrendered a run in the eighth. Jack Leathersich closed out the victory with a scoreless ninth. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, JUPITER 2: St. Lucie, which snapped a four-game losing streak, scored three runs in the third -- ending a 23-inning scoreless drought. Dilson Herrera led off the frame with a single and Brandon Nimmo followed with a walk. Jairo Perez put the Mets on the board with a single. Aderlin Rodriguez grounded out to plate Nimmo. Cam Maron capped the inning with an RBI double. That was enough for starter Matt Koch, who scattered eight hits and two runs in six innings. Koch retired eight in a row between the second and fifth innings. The Mets added to their 3-0 lead in the fifth when Rodriguez grounded into a double play but scored Nimmo from third. Ross Wilson put the Hammerheads on the board with a two-out, run-scoring single in the bottom half. Jupiter pulled within 4-2 in the sixth when Austin Barnes doubled and Viosergy Rosa singled him home with two outs. However, Koch settled down to get Matt Juengel to fly out to end inning and complete his outing. The Mets got the run back in the seventh on a Herrera's RBI hit. Randy Fontanez pitched two scoreless relief innings, striking out five. Beck Wheeler walked two batters in the ninth, but he struck out Ryan Goetz on a full-count offering and induced a harmless fly ball from Wilson to end the game. Perez and Herrera collected two hits apiece. Nimmo had a hit and walked twice. He has now reached base safely in all six games. Box

AUGUSTA 8, SAVANNAH 3: Savannah starter Ricky Knapp cruised through the first two innings on 19 pitches. However, the first two batters in the third reached on singles. Then, shortstop Gavin Cecchini allowed a potential double-play grounder to scoot by him for an error. A walk, a two-run single and a walk later and the GreenJackets had a 3-0 lead and the bases loaded, ending Knapp’s night. He would eventually be charged with six runs (three earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Reliever John Mincone entered with one out in what became an eight-run inning. The Gnats (3-3) scored their only runs in the sixth. Cecchini plated Colton Plaia with a line-drive single for the first run. Later in the inning, L.J. Mazzilli ripped a single through the left side, driving in two runs. Jared King went 2-for-3 with a walk for the Gnats. Savannah reliever Akeel Morris was electric over three innings. After walking the first batter he faced, he struck out nine of the next 10 batters. In the eighth, Morris fanned four batters. His first victim of that frame, Christian Paulino, reached on a wild pitch. Box

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Farm report: Who's on 1st? Boyd again

April, 9, 2014
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Jayce Boyd hit a combined .330 with nine homers and 83 RBIs in 458 at-bats last season between Savannah and St. Lucie.

After June 28, however, the righty-hitting/righty-throwing Boyd was limited to DH because of thoracic outlet syndrome. That compression in the shoulder led to tingling as he released the baseball -- “like hitting your funny bone on something” -- and compromised throwing.

Boyd, 23, had early symptoms dating back to his college days at Florida State. He had the issue surgically repaired in late September by doctor Robert Thompson in St. Louis and resumed playing first base on Opening Day this month for Double-A Binghamton.


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Thompson is the same doctor who surgically repaired Dillon Gee’s throwing shoulder in 2012 after the near-complete blockage of an artery led to numbness in his arm.

“I came into [last] season prepared and ready to go,” said Boyd, a sixth-round pick in 2012. “It obviously takes a toll on anyone just playing pretty much every day. It got fixed, and I’m excited to move on.”

Boyd’s .330 average ranked first in the organization last season, while his 83 RBIs trailed only Dustin Lawley (96) and Wilmer Flores (86).

“Last year was great, getting to learn what I am as a hitter and refining my approach, how to translate it from college into the professional atmosphere,” Boyd said. “… I did widen my stance a little bit and just tried to refine my zone as far as pitches I wanted to hit and drive. Working counts and getting into good hitting counts is obviously the goal of hitting. Last year, I got much better at laying off the marginal pitches, whether it was fastballs or offspeed -- the marginal ones I knew I could put in play, but I just couldn’t put in play hard. I think that’s what I’ve gotten better at -- swinging at better pitches that I know I can drive.”

As for his power potential, Boyd added: “My approach has never really been to hit home runs. My approach isn’t to get in the box and try to hit the ball out of the ballpark. My philosophy is to hit the ball gap to gap and be more, I guess, a doubles guy than a home-run guy. But I think those translate into home runs eventually as you get stronger and progress as a hitter.”

After starting at first base on Opening Day for the B-Mets, Boyd served as designated hitter the next two games. That was not about easing him back after the shoulder injury, Boyd suggested. Instead, it was about ensuring playing time for teammates. Matt Clark, who slugged 25 homers in Japan last season, started Game Nos. 2 and 3 at first base. Boyd returned to first base Tuesday, with Clark DHing.

“I think we just have a lot of guys in our lineup who are pretty much everyday guys,” Boyd said. “So everyone is getting in the rotation and getting their chance to play.”

As for his 2014 goals, Boyd said: “I’m just refining my approach still, growing as a player. And getting back into playing first base. It’s been a while since I played first every day and felt comfortable over there. It’s an exciting feeling to get out there and to be able to play comfortably and not have to worry about anything anymore -- any symptoms coming back.”

Organization leaders

Average: Zach Lutz, Vegas, .500; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .412; Eric Campbell, Vegas, .360; Jared King, Savannah, .357; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, .353; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, .346; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .313; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .313; Wilfredo Tovar, Binghamton, .308; Cesar Puello, Vegas, .304.

Homers: Eric Campbell, Vegas, 1; Zach Lutz, Vegas, 1; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 1; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 1; Gilbert Gomez, St. Lucie, 1; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 1; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 1; Gavin Cecchini, Savannah, 1; Victor Cruzado, Savannah, 1; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 1.

RBIs: Zach Lutz, Vegas, 9; Eric Campbell, Vegas, 7; Jared King, Savannah, 7; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 5.

Steals: Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 2.

ERA: Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 0.00; Jacob deGrom, Vegas, 0.00; Hansel Robles, Binghamton, 0.00; John Gant, Savannah, 1.50; Logan Verrett, Vegas, 1.50; Domingo Tapia, St. Lucie, 1.80; Dawrin Frias, Savannah, 2.08; Seth Lugo, St. Lucie, 2.08; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 2.45.

Wins: Josh Edgin, Vegas, 1; Erik Goeddel, Vegas, 1; Daisuke Matsuzaka, Vegas, 1; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 1; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 1; Rainy Lara, Binghamton, 1; Jack Leathersich, Binghamton, 1; Cody Satterwhite, Binghamton, 1; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 1; Dawrin Frias, Savannah, 1; John Gant, Savannah, 1; Tim Peterson, Savannah, 1.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 2; Robert Coles, Savannah, 1; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 1; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 1.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 14; Hansel Robles, Binghamton, 8; Dawrin Frias, Savannah, 7; John Gant, Savannah, 7; Jack Leathersich, Binghamton, 7.

Short hops

• After Eric Campbell started three straight games at first base to open the season with Las Vegas facing southpaws, Campbell shifted to second base the next two games against right-handers. That allowed Wally Backman to start Allan Dykstra at first base. Team officials say that it more about trying to get both bats into the lineup than a burning desire to see Campbell at second base. Campbell, who nonetheless should benefit from the increased versatility, last played second base in 2008 with Brooklyn, in his first professional season.

• Mets doctors have diagnosed Cory Mazzoni with a lat strain, a team official said. The preliminary diagnosis had involved the triceps. Mazzoni apparently is now not particularly close to joining the Triple-A Las Vegas rotation, but Mets officials are relieved it is neither a shoulder nor elbow injury that might raise alarm. Mazzoni was forced to pull himself from the Grapefruit League finale as the Mets were breaking camp two weeks ago.

Zach Lutz is off to a strong start at the plate with Vegas. Not only is the third baseman hitting an organization-best .500, he also has a .679 on-base percentage through six games with the 51s.

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Minors 4.6.14: Drama in Las Vegas

April, 6, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 6, FRESNO 5: With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth and two outs, Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a double and Zach Lutz then doubled him home, as the 51s won in walk-off fashion. Eric Campbell had two hits. Logan Verrett started and gave up three runs (one earned) on eight hits in six innings in his Triple-A debut. Jeff Walters blew the save by giving up a run in the top of the ninth, but ended up with a win. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, AKRON 4: Matt Clark and Dustin Lawley each went 3-for-4, and Kevin Plawecki was 2-for-4. Hansel Robles started and pitched five shutout innings in his Double-A debut, striking out eight and allowing just two hits. Jack Leathersich was charged with a blown save after giving up two runs in 1 1/3 innings, but ended up with the win. Box

PALM BEACH 1, ST. LUCIE 0: Phillip Evans had two of the Mets' five hits. Brandon Nimmo went 0-for-3 but had a walk and has now reached base in all four games. Domingo Tapia started and went five innings, giving up one run on three hits. Box

LAKEWOOD at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Lakewood, N.J., later this month.

Minors 4.5.14: Lara wins Double-A debut

April, 5, 2014
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FRESNO 8, LAS VEGAS 6: One out from victory, Josh Edgin and Erik Goeddel combined to allow seven ninth-inning runs as Fresno overcame a 6-1 deficit in the final frame. Jacob deGrom had limited Fresno to one run on four hits and a walk while striking out six in six innings. Cesar Puello and Taylor Teagarden had three hits apiece in the loss. Zach Lutz drove in two runs, giving him eight RBIs through three games. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, AKRON 3
AKRON 3, BINGHAMTON 0: In Game 1, Binghamton took advantage of strong winds to grab the lead in the first as Matt Clark’s fly ball to right field turned into an adventure for Jordan Smith. The outfielder misplayed the drive, allowing Kyle Johnson to score from first

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base with the game’s initial run. The B-Mets doubled the lead on a two-out RBI single from Wilfredo Tovar in the second against Akron starter Joe Colon. The RubberDucks got to B-Mets starter Rainy Lara in the third with a game-tying two-run homer from Francisco Lindor. Lara then rebounded with two scoreless innings. With the score tied at 2, Colon pitched himself into trouble in the fifth. Following Johnson’s single, Kevin Plawecki and Clark drew two-out walks to load the bases. Reliever Tyler Sturdevant entered and induced Jayce Boyd to hit a fly ball. Battling the wind, Smith misplayed the drive into a two-run double. Dustin Lawley followed with a two-run single. Owning a four-run lead, Lara returned for the sixth and surrendered back-to-back singles. He then coaxed a flyout from Jake Lowery before giving way to Adam Kolarek. The southpaw gave up a run-producing fielder’s choice before fanning Bryson Myles to end the inning. Chasen Bradford worked around a leadoff double to post a scoreless seventh for his first 2014 save. Lara (1-0) earned the win in his Double-A debut. He scattered eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs, struck out three and walked one.

In Game 2, Tyler Pill was tagged for a run on three hits in the second. In the third, Pill surrendered a leadoff homer to Joe Wendle. The RubberDucks plated another run in the fourth. Jerrud Sabourin walked with one out and moved to second on a groundout. The next batter, Tyler Naquin, singled to plate Sabourin. Pill (0-1) exited after four innings. He was tagged for three runs on six hits. John Church and Jon Velasquez combined to hold Akron hitless over the final three frames. Box 1, Box 2

PALM BEACH 8, ST. LUCIE 3: David Washington belted a three-run homer with two outs on an 0-2 pitch from Michael Fulmer in the first inning and the Cardinals never looked back. Gilbert Gomez homered in his first at-bat of the season in the third, but the Cardinals stretched their lead to six runs by belting out four consecutive run-scoring base hits against Fulmer with two outs in the fourth. Trailing 7-1, the Mets tried to claw their way back in the game. Gomez hit a ground-rule double and Brandon Nimmo followed with an RBI single in the sixth. Later in the frame, Dilson Herrera cut the deficit to 7-3 with a hit that plated Nimmo. The Mets had their best chance to make it a game in the seventh when they loaded the bases on three walks. However, Iden Nazario struck out T.J. Rivera on a full-count offering to end the threat. Fulmer took the loss. He lasted 3 2/3 innings and was tagged for 11 hits and seven runs. Seth Lugo pitched the remainder of the game. He allowed one run and two hits in 4 1/3 innings. Box

LAKEWOOD 6, SAVANNAH 2: In the first, Savannah's Victor Cruzado capped a 10-pitch at-bat by belting a full-count offering over the right-field wall for his first 2014 homer. The BlueClaws pulled ahead for good a half-inning later. Savannah starter Chris Flexen walked Zach Green. Two outs later, Gabriel Lino followed with a two-run double. In the fourth, Willians Astudillo produced a three-run double. All five runs Flexen allowed came with two outs in the inning. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks in his Savannah debut. The Gnats closed to within 5-2 with a run in the fourth. DH Matt Oberste doubled, plating Jared King. Astudillo drove home the BlueClaws' final run in the sixth with a single off reliever Dawrin Frias. Box

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Minors 4.4.14: Noah wins Vegas debut

April, 4, 2014
Apr 4
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LAS VEGAS 11, FRESNO 8: Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five in six innings in his Triple-A debut. Syndergaard threw 76 pitches (51 strikes) en route to the victory. Bobby Abreu, pinch-hitting for Syndergaard, produced a three-run double as the 51s opened an 11-2 lead in the sixth. Fresno scored six runs over the final two innings, including four charged to Jeff Walters in the eighth. Zach Lutz, who had a grand slam a night earlier, this time went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Box

AKRON at BINGHAMTON (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 12:05 p.m. Saturday.

PALM BEACH 6, ST. LUCIE 2: Steven Matz took the loss in his Florida State League debut.

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The lefty from Long Island scattered seven hits and two runs in five innings. He struck out five. Palm Beach starter Joe Cuda tossed four innings of one-run ball and struck out six. Reliever Thomas Lee was credited with the win after pitching 2 1/3 innings. The Cardinals never trailed in the game. They got on the board in the fourth on a triple from Starlin Rodriguez that plated Anthony Garcia. Two batters later, Steven Ramos singled home Rodriguez to make it 2-0. The Mets cut the lead in half in their half of the fourth when Dilson Herrera singled to plate Brandon Nimmo. But the Mets wouldn’t get any closer. The Cardinals scored four unanswered runs. Garcia doubled in the sixth and scored on a wild pitch by Julian Hilario. The Cardinals broke it open with three runs in the seventh. The big hit came on a two-run single by Jacob Wilson. The Mets were led offensively by T.J. Rivera. He followed Thursday’s five-RBI game with two more hits. Herrera also had a multi-hit game. Nimmo added a double. Box

SAVANNAH 10, LAKEWOOD 1: Savannah native John Gant earned the win in his first home start as a Gnat after limiting the BlueClaws to one run in six innings. Jared King ripped a pair of two-run triples and shortstop Gavin Cecchini blasted a three-run homer in the Gnats' five-run seventh to turn the game into a rout. Dominic Smith began that big frame with a single. Patrick Biondi also singled. Cecchini brought both runners home with a three-run shot. It was the 2012 first-round pick's second professional homer. The first long ball came on July 28, 2012 with Kingsport. The Gnats were not done. Jeff McNeil doubled for the second time in the game. Victor Cruzado walked and King tripled. King's first triple of the game had given the Gnats a 2-1 lead in what became a three-run fourth. That time, McNeil had doubled and Cruzado singled. King then launched a shot to right-center that Lakewood center fielder Carlos Tocci could not reel in after a long run. King scored on a sacrifice fly by L.J. Mazzilli. The BlueClaws' lone run came in the third inning, when Tocci scored on a wild pitch. Gant got stronger as the game went on. He allowed the leadoff man to reach base in each of the first three innings, but in none of his final three frames. He completed six innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk while striking out seven. Box

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