New York Mets: Bret Mitchell

Minors 7.17.14: Syndergaard stumbles

July, 18, 2014
Jul 18
12:27
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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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Minors 6.23.14: Taijeron HR paces B-Mets

June, 24, 2014
Jun 24
12:55
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LAS VEGAS 8, MEMPHIS 5 (10 innings): Matt den Dekker produced a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. Cesar Puello and den Dekker had raced home on the same wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth as Vegas tied the score at 5 and sent the game to extra innings. After inheriting a runner on first and a one-run lead from starter Logan Verrett in the top of the inning, Scott Rice ultimately surrendered a three-run homer to Scott Moore as Memphis took a 5-3 lead. Travis d'Arnaud flied out in his lone at-bat before being informed he was being called up. Juan Centeno entered for d'Arnaud as a pinch hitter in the fourth inning. A walk to Josh Satin with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth -- the fourth walk of the inning by Memphis -- had given Vegas a 3-2 lead. Satin's fourth-inning throwing error had allowed Randal Grichuk to reach base. Oscar Taveras followed with a run-scoring double against 51s starter Logan Verrett. Trailing 2-0, Vegas evened the score in the sixth on Brandon Allen's two-run single. Verrett limited Memphis to three runs (two earned) on five hits in eight-plus innings. That included one run surrendered by Rice on the homer. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, READING 8: Travis Taijeron launched a three-run homer in a six-run first inning, Brian Burgamy homered twice to increase his team-leading total to 13 and

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Dustin Lawley contributed a solo shot. The B-Mets scored in each of the first six innings en route to their sixth win in seven games. Rehabbing Juan Lagares played all nine innings in center field and went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored. Reading scratched out an early lead against Binghamton starter Rainy Lara. Peter Lavin hit a 1-1 pitch over right-field wall to make the score 1-0. The next batter, Aaron Altherr, doubled and scored on a single by Jake Fox to put the Fightin Phils on top, 2-0. Binghamton cashed in on Jesse Biddle’s wildness in the bottom half. After the southpaw walked three of the first four batters of the frame, Jayce Boyd blooped an RBI single and Darrell Ceciliani threaded a run-producing hit to the right side. Following Lawley's sac fly, Taijeron hammered a pitch to left field to make it a 6-2 ballgame. The B-Mets picked up where they left off in the second inning. Lagares singled to start things off and moved to third on a throwing error by Biddle. Dilson Herrera doubled to plate Lagares. The next batter, Burgamy, hit a two-run shot to extend the lead to 9-2. Lara went 3 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs on six hits in his first game back from the disabled list. Biddle (3-9) gave up 10 runs in three innings and walked three in the loss. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, JUPITER 4: Jupiter put the first two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth against T.J. Chism, but the Brian Schneider-managed Hammerheads opted not to

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have Colin Moran bunt. Instead, Moran flied out to center. Paul Sewald entered and induced Blake Barber to fly out. Sharif Othman then grounded out to shortstop Gavin Cecchini to strand the tying run at second base. The Mets, now winners of nine of their last 10 games, trailed 3-1 in the sixth. Cam Maron blasted a two-run double against Matt Milroy to even the score. Aderlin Rodriguez followed with a two-run single. The Hammerheads scored an unearned run against Tim Peterson in the bottom half to move within a run. Peterson recovered by striking out Terrence Dayleg with the bases loaded to end the inning. Robert Coles pitched a scoreless seventh and recorded two outs in the eighth. Chism came on and got the final out of the frame by striking out Viosergy Rosa with the tying run at third. Kevin McGowan earned the victory in his St. Lucie debut. He gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings. All three runs came in the fifth. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second on Gilbert Gomez's sac fly. That score held until the fifth. Rehabbing Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich drove in Noah Perio to tie the score at 1. Three batters later, Matt Juengel gave the Hammerheads a 3-1 lead with a two-run triple. Maron extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Sewald recorded his second save in two outings. Box

SAVANNAH at CHARLESTON (ppd.)

BLUEFIELD 7, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Andrew Church allowed four runs on 10 hits, a walk and two hit batters in four innings. Reliever Ruben Reyes allowed three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He surrendered one hit -- a homer -- one walk and hit one batter. Brandon Brosher had a two-run homer -- his fourth long ball in 15 at-bats this season with Kingsport. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 1, BROOKLYN 0 (10 innings): Corey Oswalt tossed seven scoreless innings, scattering three hits and striking out eight, but the Cyclones fell in extra innings. In the top of the 10th, with Scarlyn Reyes pitching his third inning in relief, Coty Blanchard singled with two outs and stole second. Clayton Henning then doubled to left-center to plate the game's lone run. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL MARLINS 3: Starter Adrian Almeida tossed three scoreless innings. Waldo Rodriguez earned the win with a scoreless fourth. Bret Mitchell completed the game with two no-hit innings. Alfredo Reyes, Manuel Hilario and Gregory Valencia had two RBIs apiece. Box

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Minors 4.16.14: Whalen wins 1st '14 start

April, 17, 2014
Apr 17
12:20
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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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Minors 4.14.14: B-Mets' Burgamy homers

April, 14, 2014
Apr 14
10:24
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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 4.11.14: Lara, Burgamy fuel B-Mets

April, 12, 2014
Apr 12
12:17
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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 8.22.13: Whalen 7 shutout for K-Mets

August, 22, 2013
8/22/13
10:43
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LAS VEGAS 5, FRESNO 0: Giancarlo Alvarado tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings and combined with Robert Carson on a six-hit shutout. Zach Lutz drove in three runs as the 51s improved to 74-57. Box

AKRON 7, BINGHAMTON 3: A day after clinching their first division title since 2000, the B-Mets committed four errors and allowed a season-high five unearned runs. The Aeros

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lashed out 14 hits, including five in a four-run first inning. Jose Ramirez led off with a single against Mark Cohoon. Ramirez took off for second as Tyler Naquin bounced a grounder to second base. Screened, Josh Rodriguez booted the grounder, putting runners on the corners. Cedric Hunter put the Aeros on the board with an RBI single. Cohoon then coaxed a double play from Jesus Aguilar, but could not silence the Aeros. Carlos Moncrief and Tyler Holt singled. Binghamton trapped Holt in a rundown, but Rodriguez fumbled a toss from Allan Dykstra, allowing Moncrief to score. Right fielder Travis Taijeron capped the forgettable inning by misreading a fly ball, handing an RBI double to Ronny Rodriguez.

The B-Mets' tribulations continued in the second. Alex Monsalve reached when Dykstra booted a chopper to first. Monsalve took second on a single, advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and scored when Hunter singled. Akron starter Toru Murata cruised through five innings, facing two over the minimum to preserve a 5-0 lead. Binghamton cracked the scoreboard in the sixth. After Wilfredo Tovar’s leadoff single, Alonzo Harris tripled, his first three-bagger as a B-Met. Cory Vaughn followed Rodriguez’s walk with a run-scoring fielder’s choice, cutting Akron’s lead to three. With one out, Kyle Crockett entered and walked the first batter he faced, allowing the B-Mets to bring the tying run to the plate. But the southpaw ended the threat by fanning Taijeron and inducing Blake Forsythe to ground out. Akron restored the lead to five with two runs on four hits and one error in the sixth against reliever Ryan Fraser. Binghamton plated its final run in the seventh, when Richard Lucas walked and scored. Cohoon (9-4) was tagged for five runs (one earned) on nine hits in five innings in his first loss since June 5. Box

PALM BEACH 6, ST. LUCIE 3: Angel Cuan surrendered four runs in six innings. Trailing 4-0, St. Lucie posted three runs in the seventh, highlighted by a two-run single by Matt Reynolds. The rally ended when T.J. Rivera grounded out with the bases loaded. The Cardinals tacked on two runs a half-inning later against Bret Mitchell. Kyle Johnson went 0-for-2 with two walks, snapping a 16-game hitting streak. Box

KANNAPOLIS 1, SAVANNAH 0: Julian Hilario suffered the tough-luck loss despite surrendering one run on six hits in seven innings. Maikis De La Cruz had two of Savannah's five hits. He was thrown out at the plate to end the top of the first inning while trying to score from first base on Cole Frenzel's double to right field. Eudy Pina tripled with two outs in the third but was stranded when Brandon Nimmo grounded out. After De La Cruz's leadoff double in the fourth, Frenzel, Stefan Sabol and Jeff Reynolds consecutively struck out. Box

KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 0: Rob Whalen limited Bluefield to four hits in seven scoreless innings and combined with Alberto Baldonado on the shutout. Jeyckol De Leon, Victor Cruzado and Michael Bernal homered for the K-Mets (34-25). Box

STATEN ISLAND 7, BROOKLYN 1: Jonathan Clark opened the bottom of the first inning with a homer, but the Cyclones were blanked the rest of the way. Starter John Gant allowed two runs in five innings. Box

GCL MARLINS 4, GCL METS 3: Luis Guillorme had an RBI double in a two-run ninth, but the Mets fell a run short. Box

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Minors 8.12.13: Rivera HR lifts St. Lucie

August, 13, 2013
8/13/13
2:37
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NEW ORLEANS 12, LAS VEGAS 9: Travis d'Arnaud went 3-for-5 with a double, homer and three RBIs, but New Orleans raced to a 10-2 lead and held on. Matt den Dekker contributed a pinch-hit three-run homer in the sixth that pulled the 51s (65-56) within 10-8. Starter Giancarlo Alvarado was charged with six runs in two innings. Box

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ST. LUCIE 8, PALM BEACH 4: Starter Michael Fulmer limited Palm Beach to one run on two hits and four walks while striking out eight in six innings. T.J. Rivera had a three-run homer and Kyle Johnson also went deep. Rivera finished 3-for-3 with a walk and four RBIs. Johnson finished with two RBIs and scored twice. Bret Mitchell contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

PRINCETON at KINGSPORT (ppd.)

GCL MARLINS 2, GCL METS 1: Wuilmer Becerra's fourth-inning single scored Dominic Smith with the Mets' lone run. Starter Octavio Acosta allowed two runs in six innings. Ty Williams contributed two no-hit relief innings. Box

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Minors 8.10.13: Montero, Noah toss gems

August, 11, 2013
8/11/13
1:54
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LAS VEGAS 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 1: Rafael Montero limited Oklahoma City to one run on two hits and two walks while striking out nine in seven innings. The only damage came on a first-inning homer by George Springer. Kirk Nieuwenhuis answered with a solo homer in the bottom half of the frame. Travis d'Arnaud, serving as the DH, went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored. Brandon Hicks delivered a two-run single in the sixth to break a 1-all tie. John Church earned his first Triple-A save. Box

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.30.13: Frenzel double lifts Gnats

July, 30, 2013
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NASHVILLE 3, LAS VEGAS 1 (8 innings): Rafael Montero (2-3) allowed two runs in six innings. The game was called after a two-hour, 18-minute rain delay. The Sounds had loaded the bases in the home half of the eighth against Armando Rodriguez before Josh Prince drew a walk for his second RBI of the night. The umpires then halted the game. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, ALTOONA 2: Wilfredo Tovar and Blake Forsythe each provided run-scoring extra-base hits and three B-Mets relievers combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

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Binghamton, which produced only five hits, pieced together a pair of singles and received some help from the Curve to get on the board in the first inning. Danny Muno led off with a single against Altoona starter Nick Kingham. Cesar Puello followed by smoking a grounder to third. Adalberto Santos made a diving stop, but errantly fired to second, allowing Muno to move to third. Muno scampered home on a passed ball by Carlos Paulino. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon made the lead stand, posting five scoreless innings to begin his outing. The southpaw stranded the bases loaded in the fourth. Binghamton broke through in the sixth. Darrell Ceciliani had a leadoff single and scored on Tovar's triple. Forsythe added to the lead and ended Kingham’s night with an RBI double for a 3-0 lead. Cohoon (6-3) surrendered two singles to start the sixth and gave way to Ryan Fraser. Justin Howard greeted the righty with a pinch-hit RBI double. Paulino cut Binghamton’s lead to one with an RBI groundout. Fraser bounced back and stranded the tying run at second by retiring pinch hitter Andy Vasquez. Fraser fell back into trouble in the seventh, allowing a one-out double. Chase Huchingson stranded the inherited runner. Jeff Walters recorded the final four outs for his league-leading 30th save. Box

TAMPA 4, ST. LUCIE 1: The Yankees had a three-run first inning against Domingo Tapia and held the Mets to four hits. Kevin Plawecki singled to plate Cory Vaughn with the Mets' lone run, in the second inning. Kyle Johnson had a one-out double in the third, but was stranded. Matt Reynolds had a leadoff double in the seventh, but also was stranded. Lucas Duda went 0-for-4 and played left field in his second game with St. Lucie on a major league rehab assignment. Tapia allowed two hits and one walk and hit a batter while allowing three runs in the first. He settled down and allowed four runs on four hits in six innings with five strikeouts and two walks. Angel Cuan tossed two scoreless innings. Bret Mitchell struck out two and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth. Box

SAVANNAH 9, ASHEVILLE 5: The Gnats scored six runs over the final two innings to erase a two-run deficit. Cole Frenzel had a three-run double in the eighth to stake Savannah to a 6-5 lead. Paul Sewald earned his fourth save with two scoreless relief innings. Box

ELIZABETHTON 7, KINGSPORT 1: Starter Persio Reyes allowed four runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Box

WILLIAMSPORT 1, BROOKLYN 0: Williamsport scored the lone run in the fourth inning against Seth Lugo. Logan Pierce led off with a double and advanced to third on Jiandido Tromp's single. Lugo then induced a groundball from Sam Dove that resulted in a double play, but Pierce scored. Brooklyn's best chance came in the top of the ninth. Patrick Biondi led off with an infield single and stole second base. After Gavin Cecchini struck out, LJ Mazzilli stepped to the plate. Biondi swiped third, but Mazzilli ultimately struck out, too. Jared King then also fanned as Williamsport snapped Brooklyn’s five-game winning streak. Box

GCL METS 2, GCL CARDINALS 1: Vicente Lupo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to force in the winning run. The ninth began with a leadoff double by Travis d'Arnaud, who went 1-for-4 as the DH. Mets starter Octavio Acosta retired the first 17 batters before allowing a two-out single to Malik Collymore in the sixth. Box

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAVANNAH at GREENVILLE (ppd.)

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

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

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

Compiled from team reports

Farm report: Boyd surge continues in FSL

June, 26, 2013
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First baseman Jayce Boyd received word of his promotion to St. Lucie while at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Lakewood, N.J., with Savannah teammates Kevin Plawecki and Brandon Nimmo.

Plawecki, the catcher selected with a supplemental first-round pick last year out of Purdue, as well as closer Bret Mitchell also earned Florida State League promotions. Although likely not for long, Nimmo stayed behind -- partly because he missed a month in the first half with hand and back injuries, and partly because Matt den Dekker temporarily is occupying center field with St. Lucie as he returns from a fractured wrist.


Courtesy of New York MetsJayce Boyd


“You kind of halfway expect it, but at the same time you can’t think too much about it,” Boyd said about the promotion, which came after hitting a league-leading .361 with five homers and 46 RBIs in 249 at-bats as Savannah won its first-half division title. “Kevin and Brandon were up there at the All-Star Game, as far as position players go. I thought Brandon may be coming with us as well. I’m excited for the opportunity.”

Boyd -- a sixth-round pick in 2012 out of Florida State, where he was a three-year starter and two-time College World Series participant -- has continued his torrid pace at the higher level.

He has hit safely in all six games since the promotion. The first five games he produced multi-hit performances. He is batting .462 (12-for-26) with one homer and seven RBIs in the Florida State League.

“It’s been working out so far,” said the 22-year-old Boyd.

The righty-hitting, righty-throwing Boyd hit a modest .239 with five homers and 19 RBIs in 201 at-bats with Brooklyn after last year’s draft.

Boyd suggested the upswing in performance mostly has to deal with getting a breather. A year ago, he was not prepared to play a full college season through the College World Series, then play 54 additional games with Brooklyn. He was with the Coney Island team days after the Seminoles were eliminated in Omaha.

“I think it was more so just having that offseason to prepare and get stronger -- to be a little more physically ready to go into a full season than coming out of college after playing 75ish games and then going in and playing another 60,” Boyd said.

As a pro, Boyd has adjusted his stance. He used to hit more upright. Now, as the game speeds up at higher pro levels, he has widened his stance and reduced his movement, allowing him to see the pitch longer.

He was drafted by the Rangers out of high school in Cantonment, Fla., and “a little bit” considered turning pro before instead continuing on to Florida State.

“After the first couple of weeks, after I let it all sink in, I kind of figured out that school may be the best choice for now,” Boyd said. “Obviously I don’t think there was a wrong decision or a right one. I think either path could have led to where I am now. But I’m glad I went to school and got to experience everything I did.”

Organization leaders

Average: Jeff Diehl, Kingsport, .417; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, .371; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, .338; Wuilmer Becerra, GCL Mets, .333; Patrick Biondi, Brooklyn, .333; Champ Stuart, Kingsport, .333; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, .321; Kevin Plawecki, St. Lucie, .316; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, .312; Jhoan Urena, GCL Mets, .308.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 15; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 14; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 14; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 12; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 10.

RBI: Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 61; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 56; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, 53; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 51; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 50.

Steals: Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 17; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 16; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 15.

ERA: Michael Fulmer, GCL Mets, 0.00; Carlos Gomez, Kingsport, 0.00; Rob Whalen, Kingsport, 0.00; Andres Perez, Kingsport, 1.50; Luis Rengel, Kingsport, 1.59; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 1.67; Christian Chivilli, Brooklyn, 2.35; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 2.57; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 2.77; Miller Diaz, Brooklyn, 2.79.

Wins: Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 8; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 8; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 8; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 7; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 7.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 18; Bret Mitchell, St. Lucie, 10; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 9; Beck Wheeler, Savannah, 6; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 92; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 80; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 80; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 77; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 76.

Short hops

Giancarlo Alvarado, the 35-year-old Mexican League right-hander signed by the Mets, is expected to enter Triple-A Las Vegas’ rotation. That could bump Jacob deGrom back down to Binghamton, despite deGrom having performed solidly through two Pacific Coast League starts (0.77 ERA in 11 2/3 innings).

DeGrom was pressed to the higher level because of Zack Wheeler and Carlos Torres’ promotions and the trade of Collin McHugh. Leaping two levels in a short period of time (de Grom began the season at St. Lucie) probably is asking a lot, especially considering the ninth-round pick in 2010 lost a full season to Tommy John surgery as a pro and only started pitching late in college at Stetson.

• The Mets may have a pair of familiar left-handed relief options in the not-too-distant future.

Tim Byrdak, who underwent Sept. 6 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder, has worked in structured games on back-to-back days a couple of times and now has made a Florida State League appearance. He long has eyed July for a major league return.

Pedro Feliciano may have more of an uphill climb, even though he is currently at a higher level. Feliciano has allowed one hit and no walks in 4 1/3 innings spanning four appearances with Binghamton, although a team official acknowledged his fastball velocity remains hovering in the 82-83 mph range he displayed during spring training.

• McHugh, who was acquired by the Rockies in the trade for Eric Young Jr., has been assigned to Double-A Tulsa and has yet to make his debut.

Cesar Puello is expected to be named one of the B-Mets’ four or five Eastern League All-Star selections when the roster is announced later today. Puello, despite briefly being sidelined by finger and foot issues, is hitting .481 with seven homers and 20 RBIs in 13 games in June.

A team official suggested a promotion to Las Vegas is not imminently looming for Puello, though. The Mets do not mind Puello finally having a prolonged period of success. Plus, the outfield is about to become crowded in Triple-A with den Dekker very soon joining the 51s outfield, which already includes Mike Baxter, Jamie Hoffmann and part-time outfielder Eric Campbell and Brian Bixler.

Right-hander Logan Verrett, like Puello, should be a lock for the Eastern League All-Star Game in New Britain, Conn., on July 10.

Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on five hits while striking out seven and walking one in his Double-A debut Sunday.

• Right-handers Ricky Knapp (eighth round, Florida Gulf Coast) and Kevin McGowan (13th round, Franklin Pierce) have joined Brooklyn and should imminently make their professional debuts. Fellow draftee Paul Paez, a left-hander selected in the 38th round, also is with the Cyclones and should debut next week.

Minors 6.25.13: Fulmer 6 scoreless in GCL

June, 25, 2013
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SALT LAKE 10, LAS VEGAS 4: Robert Carson was charged with six ninth-inning runs as Salt Lake broke a 4-all tie in the final frame. 51s starter Rafael Montero lasted only three innings. He allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in a 74-pitch effort. Ike Davis went 0-for-4 with an intentional walk and a strikeout. Wilmer Flores had a first-inning solo homer against Barry Enright and finished with two RBIs. Box

BINGHAMTON 0, PORTLAND 0 (suspended): The B-Mets and Sea Dogs completed two scoreless innings before heavy rain, lightning and thunder suspended play at Hadlock Field. The contest will resume with the B-Mets set to hit in the top of third inning Wednesday night and will be scheduled for nine innings. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday's regularly scheduled contest will follow and be set for seven innings. In his fourth start of the season, Portland’s Keith Couch worked around two walks in two shutout innings. Darin Gorski walked one over two scoreless frames in his third start since returning from the disabled list. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 0: Rainy Lara pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out

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eight. Lara allowed five hits while issuing two walks and picked up his second win. The Mets (40-33) had a three-run first inning. Dustin Lawley’s infield single scored T.J. Rivera. Kevin Plawecki’s infield single then plated Matt den Dekker. Cam Maron ripped a ground-rule double to plate Lawley. The Mets pushed across the final run in the seventh on Jayce Boyd's double, which scored den Dekker from first. Plawecki, Maron, den Dekker and Charley Thurber had two hits apiece. Bret Mitchell induced a groundout to strand two runners in the sixth. Mitchell walked three consecutive batters with two outs in the seventh before Hamilton Bennett struck out Willy Garcia with the bases loaded to escape the jam. Bennett pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings while giving up one hit and a walk and striking out three. He earned his sixth save. Box

SAVANNAH at AUGUSTA (ppd.)

BRISTOL 9, KINGSPORT 7: K-Mets starter Martires Arias surrendered eight runs (seven earned) in four innings as Kingsport (2-4) fell in an 8-0 hole. A three-run ninth, highlighted by a two-run triple from Jeff McNeil, pulled Kingsport within 9-7. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 6, BROOKLYN 5 (10 innings): Shane Bay surrendered a walk-off, bases-loaded, two-out single to James Harris in the 10th. The Cyclones (4-4) had taken a 5-0 lead after a half-inning. The first inning outburst included a three-run double by Matt Oberste. Brooklyn starter Miller Diaz ultimately surrendered five runs in five innings. Juan Urbina and rehabbing Shawn Teufel each contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

GCL METS 6, GCL CARDINALS 1: Michael Fulmer, who underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus during spring training, tossed six scoreless innings. Jhoan Urena and Alex Machillanda each went 3-for-4. Box

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Minors 6.23.13: Syndergaard, deGrom shine

June, 23, 2013
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SALT LAKE 6, LAS VEGAS 3: Jacob deGrom tossed six scoreless innings in his second Triple-A start, but Salt Lake rallied for six runs against the 51s' bullpen. DeGrom limited the Bees to three hits and four walks while striking out seven in a 98-pitch effort. Relievers Gonzalez Germen and Sean Henn as well as third baseman Eric Campbell committed errors as four of the runs were unearned. Ike Davis rested after seeing action in his first 12 games with Las Vegas (39-36). Brandon Hicks and Brian Bixler each contributed three hits and an RBI in the loss. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, ERIE 2: Noah Syndergaard struck out seven in his Double-A debut, and the B-Mets (46-28) backed him with four homers -- two by Richard Lucas. Cesar Puello

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launched a first-inning solo homer against Erie's Matt Crouse. The long ball was Puello’s 14th this season, tying him for the Eastern League lead. Lucas hit the second homer of the day, an opposite-field shot to lead off the second. In the third, Erie tied the score with two runs against Syndergaard. Luis Castillo had a leadoff triple and scored when Marcus Lemon singled. One batter later, Jamie Johnson had a game-tying double. In the bottom half, Allan Dykstra gave the B-Mets a 3-2 lead with an RBI single. It became 4-2 later in the inning when Crouse threw a wild pitch. Later, Rhyne Hughes joined the scoring effort with his second homer in two games. Syndergaard departed his Double-A debut after six innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and struck out seven. Before he turned things over to the bullpen, Lucas gave the B-Mets a four-run lead with his second homer of the day. Adam Kolarek tossed two perfect relief innings. John Church struck out the side in the ninth. Binghamton placed Alonzo Harris on the DL with a concussion after he had a weekend outfield collision. Box

BRADENTON 4, ST. LUCIE 2: Jayce Boyd's surge since a promotion continued. The Florida State product went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs, but the Mets (39-32) fell in the series opener. St. Lucie trailed 4-0 in the seventh before Boyd’s two-run homer cut into the deficit. Matt Bowman, who had been 8-0 between Savannah and St. Lucie, was charged with his first loss this season. He allowed three runs and five hits over six innings. Bret Mitchell allowed one run in two innings. Hamilton Bennett pitched a scoreless ninth. Boyd is batting .529 with five RBIs through four Florida State League games. Box

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LEXINGTON 4, SAVANNAH 3: Beck Wheeler (0-4) suffered his first blown save of the season. Wheeler inherited a pair of baserunners with none out in the eighth and the Gnats holding a 3-1 lead. After a sacrfice bunt, Wheeler surrendered a sacrifice fly, then a game-tying RBI single to Bubba Starling. An inning later, Wheeler served up a walk-off homer to the first batter of the bottom of the ninth, Michael Antonio. Savannah starter Luis Cessa took a scoreless effort into the seventh, but ultimately was charged with three runs in seven innings. Cole Frenzel and Jeff Glenn had homered to stake Savannah (44-29) to a 2-0 lead. Box

KINGSPORT 9, BRISTOL 0: Carlos Gomez tossed five scoreless innings and combined with Andres Perez and Ruben Reyes on a four-hit shutout. Leadoff hitter Champ Stuart went 3-for-4 and scored twice for the K-Mets (1-3). Richie Rodriguez, Jeyckol De Leon and Bradley Marquez drove in two runs apiece. Box

BROOKLYN 4, HUDSON VALLEY 3 (13 innings): James Roche's two-out single in the bottom of the 13th scored Jared King with the game-ending run. Brooklyn forced extra innings on Patrick Biondi's two-out RBI single in the ninth. John Mincone (1-0) earned the win with two no-hit relief innings that included five strikeouts. Box

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Plawecki, Boyd promoted to St. Lucie

June, 20, 2013
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ATLANTA -- The Mets rewarded a trio of low-A Savannah players with promotions to high-A St. Lucie after a solid first half with the Gnats.

Catcher Kevin Plawecki, first baseman Jayce Boyd and closer Bret Mitchell were promoted to the Florida State League.

Plawecki, the 35th overall pick in 2012 out of Purdue, hit .314 with six homers and 43 RBIs in 245 at-bats with Savannah.

Boyd, selected in the sixth round of that draft out of Florida State, hit a league-leading .361 with five homers and 46 RBIs in 249 at-bats.

Mitchell, a right-hander taken in the 12th round in 2010 out of Minnesota State-Mankato, had 10 saves and a 0.978 WHIP.

Catchers Albert Cordero and Nelfi Zapata and right-hander Wanel Mesa were assigned to Savannah.

Brandon Nimmo, who missed a month in the first half with hand and back injuries, remains for now with the Gnats.

Farm report: Gavin follows Garin's path

June, 19, 2013
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2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini had a taste of Brooklyn at the end of last season, participating in the final week of the regular season and then experiencing the playoffs with the Cyclones.

“Obviously my favorite part is when we clinched,” said the 19-year-old shortstop from Lake Charles, La. “Some of us are over 21, but we were popping apple cider in the clubhouse and stuff like that.”


Courtesy of New York MetsGavin Cecchini


After spending March, April, May and early June in Port St. Lucie, Cecchini is now back with the Cyclones, this time as the starting shortstop. He made his season debut Monday on Opening Day at Staten Island, albeit committing a costly error.

“You ask anybody who has played in extended [spring training]. It’s a little tough,” Cecchini said about the wait to start his season. “But I try to look at it as it’s the game I love to play, and I’m out here playing baseball. And that’s really all that matters -- no matter if I’m playing in front of five people, which is what it was in extended, or 10,000 or 8,000 over here in Brooklyn.”

How is Cecchini a better player than one year ago, when he was drafted 12th overall and signed for $2.3 million?

“I think I’m way more consistent than last year with hitting, fielding, baserunning,” he said. “It’s really the small things, man. Talent can only take you so far. The rest of it is all mental. The people who can get over failure the quickest are the ones that are going to be the best. There’s no doubt that I know how to handle the failure and move on.”

Cecchini’s path is easier because his brother blazed it before him. Third baseman Garin Cecchini, a fourth-round pick of the Red Sox in 2010, is hitting .350 with five homers and 33 RBIs for high-A Salem. The brothers played two years of high school ball together. They train together in the offseason in Louisiana, too, along with Yankees minor league shortstop Carmen Angelini, Padres high-A shortstop Jace Peterson and outfielder/third baseman Josh Prince, who made his major league debut with the Brewers this season.

“Obviously he went through the whole summer circuit and the draft before me,” Gavin said about Garin. “I had an edge, and I have an edge, on a lot of the players because I have a brother who has been there through that and who teaches me how to handle things and go through things. I learn from the mistakes he made and I take the good things he does.

“He’s an awesome baseball player. He’s doing unbelievable this year. He’s hitting like .360. Something like that. Hopefully he gets a call-up to Double-A at the All-Star break. He made the All-Star team. He’s awesome. He’s not only a great player, but an awesome person, too.”

Organization leaders

Average: James Roche, Brooklyn, .667; LJ Mazzilli, Brooklyn, .500; Jorge Rivero, Brooklyn, .500; Jayce Boyd, Savannah, .361; Nelfi Zapata, Brooklyn, .333; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, .330; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, .318; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, .314; Josh Rodriguez, Binghamton, .314; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, .312.

Homers: Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 13; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 13; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 13; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 10; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 10.

RBI: Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 54; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 48; Jayce Boyd, Savannah, 46; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 46; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, 43.

Steals: Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 17; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 15; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 13.

ERA: Shane Bay, Brooklyn, 0.00; Akeel Morris, Brooklyn, 0.00; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 1.54; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 2.40; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 2.41; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 2.77; Noah Syndergaard, St. Lucie, 3.11; Robert Gsellman, Brooklyn, 3.14; Luis Cessa, Savannah, 3.24; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 3.74.

Wins: Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 8; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 8; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 8; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 7.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 16; Bret Mitchell, Savannah, 10; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 7; Beck Wheeler, Savannah, 6; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 4.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 84; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 73; Zack Wheeler, Vegas, 73; Carlos Torres, Vegas, 67; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 66.

Short hops

Noah Syndergaard allowed one hit in a scoreless inning and earned the win and starting left fielder Dustin Lawley went 3-for-4 and scored twice to lead the South past the North, 8-1, in Saturday’s Florida State League All-Star Game. T.J. Rivera played a full game at second base and went 0-for-5.

Syndergaard -- the highly regarded right-hander acquired in the R.A. Dickey trade -- now should head to Double-A Binghamton for the second half, part of a trickle-up of top prospects.

Also expected to be on the move: catcher Kevin Plawecki (.314, 6 HR, 43 RBIs), first baseman Jayce Boyd (.361, 5 HR, 46 RBIs) and outfielder Brandon Nimmo (.302, 1 HR, 21 RBIs) from first-half division champ Savannah to St. Lucie.

Boyd went 1-for-3, Plawecki went 0-for-2 and Nimmo went 0-for-1 in Tuesday night’s 2-1 South Atlantic League All-Star Game loss to the North at Lakewood, N.J. Savannah teammates Beck Wheeler and Bret Mitchell combined to toss a scoreless relief inning.

• With Las Vegas short starting pitchers with Zack Wheeler and Carlos Torres promoted and Collin McHugh designated for assignment and then traded to the Rockies for Eric Young Jr., Jacob deGrom was promoted from Binghamton to the 51s’ rotation. Whether deGrom remains or returns to the B-Mets will be discussed after evaluating last night’s start (5.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). DeGrom, a ninth-round pick in 2010 from Stetson, in part was chosen because he was on the proper rest.

• Right-hander Dylan Owen underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Allan Dykstra, acquired from the Padres at the end of spring training in 2011 in a change-of-scenery trade for fellow first-round-pick Eddie Kunz, is on a tear with Binghamton. Dykstra, a first baseman, is hitting .412 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 11 games in June. He also has walked 11 times, giving him a .553 on-base percentage this month. For the season, Dykstra is hitting .318 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 176 at-bats.

• From the small-world department: Brooklyn catcher Colton Plaia, a 15th-round pick from Loyola Marymount, played high school ball in California for coach Brett Kay. Kay was the primary catcher for the inaugural edition of the Cyclones in 2001. Kay shared in a New York-Penn League championship that season.

• Shortstop Amed Rosario, who last summer was handed the largest international signing bonus in franchise history ($1.75 million), is expected to open in the Appalachian League with Kingsport when play begins Thursday. That’s a rare feat at 17 years old. Wilmer Flores also played for the K-Mets at that age, back in 2008.

• The Mets’ revived Gulf Coast League team opens play Friday. Players assigned to that squad should include first-round pick Dominic Smith as well as 18-year-old outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, who arrived with Travis d’Arnaud and Syndergaard for Dickey last December. Smith tweeted Tuesday: “I will start my professional career tomorrow! I’m very excited to get out there and practice with my team for the first time!”

• Lefty reliever Jim Fuller has a 0.84 ERA in 16 appearances with St. Lucie. In 32 innings, he has allowed 15 hits and 16 walks while striking out 31. Lefties are hitting .116 against him.

• Center-field prospect Matt den Dekker made his season debut in the minors on Monday with St. Lucie after recovering from a fractured right wrist suffered in a Grapefruit League game on March 24.

• Left-hander Darin Gorski (shoulder) returned from the DL last Wednesday to toss four innings for Binghamton. He last had appeared April 26 with Vegas.

Cesar Puello is day-to-day with a finger injury, which he suffered sliding into second base last week at Trenton.

• B-Mets outfielder Cory Vaughn will not require surgery on his ailing right elbow. He instead is rehabbing in Port St. Lucie.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.287 7 37 57
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 15
RBIL. Duda 50
RD. Murphy 57
OPSL. Duda .841
WB. Colon 8
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 112