New York Mets: Brian Harrison

Minors 9.2.13: Harang debuts with Vegas

September, 2, 2013
9/02/13
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TUCSON 5, LAS VEGAS 4: The 51s (81-63) completed the regular season with the second-best record in the 16-team Pacific Coast League, only a game behind Oklahoma City. In the regular-season finale, Tucson rallied for two runs in the ninth against Cory Wade (0-3), who suffered the blown save. Pitching in relief in his organization debut, Aaron Harang allowed a two-run homer to Cody Decker but no other damage in four innings. Harang surrendered seven hits and one walk while striking out five. Las Vegas will open the PCL Conference Championship Series in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 8, BINGHAMTON 1: Despite the loss, the B-Mets finished the regular season with a franchise-record 86 wins. They will take on Trenton on Wednesday in the first round of the Eastern League postseason. The Fisher Cats scored the game's opening run against Mark Cohoon (9-5) in the third. After Lance Zawadzki singled, Jonathan Jones plated him with a two-out hit. New Hampshire added to its lead in the fourth with another two-out RBI single. Ryan Schimpf delivered the run-producing knock to give the Fisher Cats a 2-0 lead. Cohoon’s day ended after five innings. In the sixth, Armando Rodriguez surrendered two runs. Kevin Nolan hit an RBI single into right field and Schimpf followed with a sacrifice fly. Long Island native Marcus Stroman baffled Binghamton's hitters. He did not allow a baserunner until the fifth, and only allowed two base hits over eight innings. The only time Binghamton got on the scoreboard against the righty came in the sixth. Richard Lucas led off with a double and scored two batters later on Alonzo Harris' sacrifice fly. In a 4-1 game, New Hampshire added insurance against Ryan Fraser in the seventh. Andy Burns delivered an RBI single. Nolan brought home two more on a single. Hamilton Bennett tossed a perfect eighth. Chasen Bradford gave up one unearned run in the ninth. The B-Mets (86-55) begin postseason play at Trenton on Wednesday. Binghamton will send right-hander Noah Syndergaard to the mound opposite Bryan Mitchell. Binghamton has not played in the postseason since 2004. The B-Mets have been held to three hits or fewer in three of their past seven games. Box

GREENVILLE 1, SAVANNAH 0: The first-half-champion Gnats open the Southern Division playoffs on Wednesday at Augusta against the second-half-champion GreenJackets. In the regular-season finale, Greenville (29-40/51-87) scored the game’s lone run in the second inning. With one out, Savannah starter Marco Camarena plunked Keaton Briscoe. He advanced to third on Boss Moanaroa’s single. Leonel Escobar then grounded out to first. Brian Harrison stepped on the bag, but could not throw to second in time to nab Moanaroa for a double play, allowing Briscoe to score. Camarena finished six innings with six strikeouts. Greenville starter Sergio Gomez threw six scoreless innings to earn his first South Atlantic League win. The Gnats (34-35/77-61) went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. All three Savannah hits were singles. The upcoming playoff series shifts to Savannah for Game 2 on Friday. Game 3, if necessary, in the best-of-three first round will be Saturday. Box

GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 2: A winner-take-all Game 3 will be played Wednesday to determine the Appy League divisional pennant. Greeneville grabbed a 4-0 lead in the third against K-Mets starter Carlos Gomez. Yeixon Ruiz homered in the fifth and Jeyckol De Leon homered in the sixth to pull the K-Mets within 5-2, but they got no closer. Box

TRI-CITY 3, BROOKLYN 1: The Cyclones (37-36) lost their fourth straight and were eliminated from postseason contention. Brooklyn had taken a 1-0 lead in the second. Singles from Jared King and Alex Sanchez started the rally, and Juan Gamboa’s two-out single plated King. But Tri-City right fielder Ronnie Mitchell gunned down Sanchez at the plate for the final out of the inning. Brooklyn starter Dawrin Frias cruised through three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth. Consecutive singles from Tyler White and Conrad Gregor put runners on the corners with nobody out. Mitchell produced a game-tying sacrifice fly. That score held until the eighth. Cyclones reliever Cristian Chivilli instantly found himself in trouble. A leadoff single from Ryan Dineen, a wild pitch and a booming double from White broke the 1-all tie. Mitchell’s second sac fly of the game pushed the ValleyCats' advantage to 3-1. The Cyclones close the regular season with two more games at Bruno Stadium against the ValleyCats. Box

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Minors 8.11.13: Johnson belts walk-off HR

August, 11, 2013
8/11/13
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LAS VEGAS 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 3: The 51s overcame a 3-0 deficit with two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings. Matt den Dekker had a double and RBI single during that two-inning stretch. Lucas Duda manned first base for the first time since his minor league tour began. Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-2 with two walks. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, ERIE 1: Cory Vaughn drove in four runs and Mark Cohoon allowed one run over six innings. In the bottom of the first, Eugenio Suarez doubled against Cohoon.

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Ramon Cabrera gave Erie a lead with an RBI groundout, but that was Erie's lone run of the game. Binghamton took the lead in the third against Erie starter Ramon Garcia. With Danny Muno breaking from first base, Vaughn launched a payoff pitch over the left-field wall. Vaughn’s blast, his third since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 5, gave the B-Mets a 2-1 advantage. Travis Taijeron padded Binghamton’s lead by ripping a solo homer in the sixth. Cohoon sailed through four scoreless innings before facing his biggest challenge in the sixth. Cabrera reached with two outs on an infield single, and Cohoon hit Tyler Collins and walked James McCann to load the bases. The southpaw pitched himself out of trouble, inducing Wade Gaynor to bounce back to the mound. The B-Mets then enjoyed a three-run seventh. Wilfredo Tovar scampered to second when Daniel Fields dropped his fly ball in shallow center. Reliever Justin Souza entered and walked Muno before surrendering an RBI double to Josh Rodriguez. Vaughn capped the inning by lacing a two-run single. Chasen Bradford contributed two perfect relief innings. Cohoon (8-3) struck out three while allowing one run on five hits. He has gone 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his last four starts. Vaughn is hitting .360 (9-for-25) with three homers and 11 RBIs since returning from the DL. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, PALM BEACH 8 (12 innings): Kyle Johnson hit a walk-off homer leading off

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the bottom of the 12th against Iden Nazario to end the 4-hour, 25-minute game. The Mets trailed 7-2 in the fifth before scoring four times in the frame to cut the deficit to a run. Gilbert Gomez had a two-out, two-run double in the seventh to tie the score at 8. Gomez finished 3-for-6 with two RBIs. Johnson was 2-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Dustin Lawley had two hits and an RBI. Jayce Boyd had two hits with two RBIs. Kevin Plawecki went 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Alex Panteliodis allowed seven runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. Shawn Teufel picked up the victory with two scoreless relief innings. Box

HICKORY 2, SAVANNAH 1: Joey Gallo blasted his South Atlantic League-leading 27th homer to break a 1-all tie. Hunter Carnevale (0-3) surrendered the decisive ninth-inning long ball. The Gnats scored their lone run in the first inning. Jorge Rivero reached on shortstop Nick Urbanus' fielding error on a line drive. Rivero scored on Brian Harrison’s single. The Crawdads evened the score at 1 in the fourth against Luis Cessa. Gallo walked with one out and scored on David Lyon's single. The Gnats (68-47) mustered only three hits -- none between the first and eighth innings. Box

KINGSPORT 7, GREENEVILLE 2: Joe Tuschak went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Michael Bernal capped the scoring with a two-run homer in the eighth. Box

BROOKLYN 9, STATE COLLEGE 2: LJ Mazzilli went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the victory. State College had taken the lead in the third in bizarre fashion. Steven Ramos bunted down the first-base line. Starting pitcher Carlos Valdez threw to first and Ramos was called safe. Alex Sanchez thought Ramos was out and went to throw the ball around the infield. His throw went into left field and Ramos broke for second. Left fielder Jonathan Clark retrieved the ball but overthrew Mazzilli covering second. As the ball headed toward the Cyclones dugout, Ramos started toward third. He then noticed nobody was covering home and headed for the plate. Eddie Rohan came up with the ball after it caromed off the front of the dugout and raced home, but Ramos narrowly beat him, giving the Spikes a 1-0 lead. The official scoring: a bunt single and two Cyclones errors. Brooklyn answered in a four-run second, thanks to three hits and two errors. Rohan and Anthony Chavez doubled. Patrick Biondi walked and Gavin Cecchini grounded into a run-scoring fielder's choice. Mazzilli then singled and right fielder Luis Perez allowed the ball to get behind him as Biondi scored. Shortstop Cesar Valera's error on James Roche's grounder extended Brooklyn’s lead to 4-1. In the fourth, Rohan again doubled, and moved to third on a groundout. Biondi then reached on a bunt, scoring Rohan and giving the Cyclones a four-run cushion. State College scored a run in the seventh against David Wynn to pull within 6-2. In a three-run eighth, Cecchini doubled and scored on Mazzilli's single. Sanchez then belted a two-run homer. Box

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Minors 8.9.13: Huchingson nets 1st pro save

August, 9, 2013
8/09/13
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OKLAHOMA CITY 6 LAS VEGAS 4: Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a walk in his first Triple-A game since breaking his left foot with the 51s on April 17. Brandon Hicks had a two-out solo homer in the ninth, but Kirk Nieuwenhuis struck out to end the game. Box

ERIE 4, BINGHAMTON 2
BINGHAMTON 7, ERIE 6: The B-Mets overcame two blown leads and pounded out seven extra-base hits, including a go-ahead double by Josh Rodriguez in the sixth, to salvage a

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split with a nightcap victory. Leadoff hitter Danny Muno homered against Kelvin Perez five pitches into the game. The SeaWolves answered against Logan Verrett in the second as Brandon Douglas blasted a three-run homer. Trailing 3-1, the B-Mets loaded the bases in the fourth. Muno then doubled, plating Travis Taijeron and Wilfredo Tovar to even the score. In the fifth, Rhyne Hughes delivered a go-ahead RBI triple. Reliever Will Clinard took over for Perez and surrendered a two-run homer to Taijeron. The 6-3 advantage did not last. Douglas doubled off Verrett and scored on Jamie Johnson's fifth-inning single. Daniel Fields ended Verrett’s night and tied the score with a two-run homer. With the score tied at 6 in the sixth, Xorge Carrillo singled and took second when Darrell Ceciliani walked. Carrillo scored the go-ahead run when Rodriguez doubled. After B-Mets reliever Chasen Bradford surrendered a double in the seventh, Chase Huchingson entered and plunked Jamie Johnson with the first pitch, putting the potential game-winning run on base. But Huchingson induced Eugenio Suarez and Fields to ground out to secure his first career save. In Game 1, the completion of a suspended game from April 10, the B-Mets mustered one hit after play resumed. The B-Mets began the resumed game with a 1-0 lead. Greg Peavey (1-1) tossed three scoreless innings, but then surrendered the decisive two runs in the eighth. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE at BRADENTON (ppd.)

HICKORY 4, SAVANNAH 1: . The Gnats left 14 men on base and went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. The Crawdads scored the game’s opening run in the fourth. Jorge Alfaro doubled and scored on Nomar Mazara’s single. Savannah starter Steven Matz dealt with runners in each of his five frames, but allowed only one run thanks to nine strikeouts. Hickory added three runs in the sixth against reliever Tyler Vanderheiden. The first four hitters reached base, on three singles and a hit-by-pitch. The Gnats (24-20/67-46) scored their lone run in the eighth. Eudy Pina, who reached base four times, was plunked to start the frame. He eventually scored on Brian Harrison’s single. Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-5, accounting for a third of the Gnats’ six hits. Box

KINGSPORT 6, GREENEVILLE 2: Pedro Perez drove in three runs, including a two-run double in a four-run eighth. Starter Rob Whalen allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision. Alberto Baldonado (2-0) earned the win in relief with 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Box

STATE COLLEGE 4, BROOKLYN 1: Cyclones starter Miller Diaz surrendered a pair of second-inning runs. Mason Katz and Brett Wiley walked. With Alex De Leon batting, Diaz then threw a wild pitch. De Leon followed with a sacrifice fly. Wiley advanced to third on the second wild pitch of the inning. After striking out Jimmy Bosco for the second out, Steven Ramos then singled, scoring Wiley and extending the lead to 2-0. State College added to the lead in the fourth with two runs. Brooklyn scored its lone run in seventh. LJ Mazzilli started the inning by doubling and moved to third on a single by Alex Sanchez. After James Roche struck out for the first out, Matt Oberste produced a sac fly. Box

GCL NATIONALS 6, GCL METS 2: Dan Hermann (0-4) allowed four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings in relief of Brandon Welch as the Gnats broke a 2-all tie. Box

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Minors 8.1.13: Lawley homers twice in FSL

August, 1, 2013
8/01/13
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NASHVILLE 4, LAS VEGAS 0: Giancarlo Alvarado surrendered one run in 6 1/3 innings. Jack Leathersich was charged with three eighth-inning runs. The 51s (60-51) mustered only four hits against Chris Narveson and three relievers. Box

ALTOONA 2, BINGHAMTON 1 (13 innings): Adam Kolarek suffered the loss in his third inning of relief, on a one-out RBI single in the 13th. B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel had surrendered only one run, unearned, in 6 1/3 innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, TAMPA 4: Dustin Lawley homered twice and drove in five runs. Jon Niese pitched four scoreless innings on a major league rehab assignment. He allowed two hits

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while walking one and striking out four. Niese tossed 50 pitches (32 strikes). Lawley hit a two-run homer in the first to give the Mets the lead. The Mets (58-46) scored five times with two outs in the inning. Matt Reynolds had a bases-loaded two-run single. Robbie Shields added an RBI single. Lawley launched a three-run homer in the second to extend the lead to 8-0. Lawley leads the Florida State League with 23 homers and 82 RBIs. T.J. Rivera went 4-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Lucas Duda went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI double in his fourth game with St. Lucie on a major league rehab assignment. Hansel Robles picked up the win despite allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits in four innings. Cody Satterwhite struck out the side in the ninth. Box

SAVANNAH 4, GREENVILLE 3: Brian Harrison doubled to lead off the top of the ninth and scored the tiebreaking run on Jeff Reynolds' fielder's choice groundout with the bases loaded. Beck Wheeler notched his 12th save. Box

KINGSPORT 6, JOHNSON CITY 3: Chris Flexen allowed two runs in seven innings. Champ Stuart, Jeff Diehl and Zach Mathieu had two hits apiece. Ricardo Jacquez inherited two runners with two outs in the ninth and struck out Ronnierd Garcia to end the game for his fifth save for the K-Mets (25-15). Box

BROOKLYN 9, WILLIAMSPORT 4: A five-run rally with two outs in the seventh allowed the Cyclones (21-22) to avoid the sweep. Brooklyn had trailed 4-2 and had only one hit through six innings -- a two-run homer from James Roche. Jonathan Clark finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Brooklyn starter Robert Gsellman (2-2) surrendered a two-run homer in the second inning, although one run was unearned because of one of third baseman Anthony Chavez's two error. The Crosscutters scored again in the third, on Zach Green's RBI single, for a 3-0 lead. The Cyclones clawed back in the fifth on Roche's two-run homer. In the five-run seventh, Colton Plaia's double scored Roche. After Chavez walked, Clark tripled to plate Plaia and Chavez. Gavin Cecchini then singled, scoring Clark. LJ Mazzilli capped the outburst with a run-scoring triple that gave the Cyclones a 7-4 lead. Gsellman entered the game with the third-best ERA in the New York-Penn League, at 1.74. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk in six innings. Ricky Knapp pitched three scoreless innings and struck out five for his second save. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 1: Gaby Almonte (2-1) tossed five scoreless innings. Brandon Welch followed with three scoreless innings. Wuilmer Becerra had a two-run double in the first inning. Box

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Minors 7.22.13: Pina triple lifts Gnats

July, 23, 2013
7/23/13
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LAS VEGAS 7, RENO 2: Starter Giancarlo Alvarado allowed one run in six innings. The 51s (53-47) scored a combined seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Jordany Valdespin homered and had three RBIs. Ruben Tejada and Eric Campbell each scored twice. Box

READING 5, BINGHAMTON 4 (7 innings): Binghamton tied the score with four runs in the

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fifth, but Sebastian Valle hit a solo homer in the sixth against Logan Verrett in what became a rain-shortened victory for Reading. Trailing 4-0 in the fifth with two outs against Reading starter Seth Rosin, Danny Muno blooped a hit into left-center. After Josh Rodriguez walked, Cesar Puello put the B-Mets on the scoreboard with an RBI single. The highlight of the inning came next for Binghamton, as Allan Dykstra tied the score with a three-run homer. The B-Mets were held scoreless in the bottom of the sixth. Rain then halted the game in the seventh. Verrett (9-5) allowed a season-high three homers. Darrell Ceciliani went 3-for-3, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Dykstra leads the B-Mets with 18 homer. Verrett has allowed 18 homers, which is the second most in the Eastern League. Box

ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.)

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SAVANNAH 4, DELMARVA 2 (13 innings): Eudy Pina's triple plated Maikis De La Cruz with the tiebreaking run in the 13th and Cole Frenzel added an RBI single for a two-run cushion. Wanel Mesa earned the win after tossing three scoreless relief innings. Frenzel finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Starter Jake Kuebler allowed two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings. Box

PRINCETON 9, KINGSPORT 3: Starter Andres Perez allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings. Amed Rosario, the 17-year-old who signed out of Venezuela for $1.75 million last summer, homered in the loss. Richie Rodriguez added a ninth-inning homer. Box

BATAVIA 2, BROOKLYN 0: Cyclones starter Carlos Valdez allowed two runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. Akeel Morris pitched a season-high 4 1/3 innings in relief, allowing two hits and striking out six in a scoreless effort. The Cyclones mustered only two hits, both by Jared King. King is hitting .458 (11-for-24) during his current six-game hitting streak. Box

GCL CARDINALS 9, GCL METS 8 (14 innings): Waldo Rodriguez surrendered a game-deciding two-out RBI single in the top of the 14th after a walk and balk. The Mets had evened the score with two runs in the bottom of the ninth, on Brian Harrison's sacrifice fly and Wuilmer Becerra's RBI single. Relievers Gaither Bumgardner, Ramon Estevez and Cameron Griffin combined for 6 2/3 scorless relief innings. Box

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Minors 4.15.13: Nimmo 5 RBIs, hitting .429

April, 15, 2013
4/15/13
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COLORADO SPRINGS 19, LAS VEGAS 5: Starter Chris Schwinden allowed eight runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings. Las Vegas committed six errors in the game, including a pair by Omar Quintanilla. Left-hander Adam Kolarek, called up from Binghamton to give help to an overtaxed bullpen, allowed five runs in two innings in his Triple-A debut. Infielder Eric Campbell allowed four runs while pitching the ninth. Travis d'Arnaud had a seventh-inning homer -- his first of the season -- and walked three times in the loss. Wilmer Flores, getting his first start at third base with the 51s after exclusively playing second base, went 3-for-5. Box

PORTLAND 7, BINGHAMTON 4: Luis Mateo, who had been promoted from Class A St. Lucie for a spot start with Cory Mazzoni landing on the disabled list, departed with an

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injury after throwing three pitches in the fourth inning. Manager Pedro Lopez told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin that Mateo had a right forearm/elbow issue and would get an MRI. After Mateo departed, left-hander Shawn Teufel -- the son of Mets' third base coach Tim Teufel -- made his organization debut. Teufel, now a submarine-style reliever, inherited a 3-0 count from Mateo and proceeded to walk Alberto Rosario in the fourth. Rosario, in a run charged to Mateo, ultimately scored on a groundout as Portland built a 4-0 lead. The B-Mets were no-hit through 6 2/3 innings, until Juan Centeno delivered a two-run double. Centeno was ejected from the game by plate umpire Ramon de Jesus in the ninth inning, shortly after Chase Huchingson was charged with the third balk by the B-Mets in the game. Lopez also was ejected. After Huchingson surrendered three runs in the top of the ninth, the B-Mets closed within three runs in the bottom half on run-scoring doubles by Rhyne Hughes and Cesar Puello, but Danny Muno flied out to center field for the final out. Mazzoni officially was placed on the DL with right elbow neuritis. Box

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ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 3: Pedro Feliciano tossed a scoreless seventh inning in his first minor league game since his return to the Mets. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one. Feliciano registered 84-86 mph on the Tradition Field radar gun -- an encouraging sign since he was mosly at 82-83 mph during spring training. Starter Domingo Tapia allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out eight in six innings. Trailing 3-0, St. Lucie produced a six-run sixth inning that included a two-run homer by Dustin Lawley. Brian Harrison contributed two RBIs earlier in the frame. Randy Fontanez tossed two no-hit relief innings, striking out four, to earn his first professional save. Box

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SAVANNAH 8, GREENSBORO 5: Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs. The 2011 first-round pick lifted his South Atlantic League average to .429. Cole Frenzel added a two-run homer as the Gnats opened an 8-3 lead. Starter Logan Taylor allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk in four innings. Matt Koch was credited with the victory despite allowing a pair of solo homers in four innings. Hunter Carnevale picked up his second save with a perfect ninth. The Gnats' road trip also will take them to Lakewood, N.J., for a four-game series beginning Thursday. Box

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Minors 4.14.13: Havens gives 51s walk-off W

April, 14, 2013
4/14/13
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LAS VEGAS 5, COLORADO SPRINGS 4 (11 innings): Reese Havens' single to center

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scored Juan Lagares for the walk-off win. In his third start with the 51s, Zack Wheeler surrendered three earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings. He surrendered a solo homer to Tyler Colvin. The ex-Cub Colvin also homered in the eighth against Greg Peavey to even the score at 4. Havens, who was removed from the 40-man roster at the end of spring training and cleared waivers, is hitting .333. Lagares, who scored the decisive run, had homered in the seventh against Josh Outman to give Las Vegas a 4-3 lead. Jamie Hoffmann contributed a three-run homer in the second inning. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 3: Cory Vaughn belted a three-run homer and Blake Forsythe contributed a solo shot in the victory. Binghamton got the offense started right away against right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx. With the bases loaded in the bottom of

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the first, Allan Dykstra produced a sacrifice fly, scoring Darrell Ceciliani. Forsythe's homer in the second made it 2-0. New Hampshire answered in the third with an RBI single by Kevin Pillar. In the bottom half, Vaughn’s three-run blast put the B-Mets up 5-1. Both teams picked up single runs in the fifth. Brad Glenn hit a solo homer for New Hampshire. Cesar Puello got the run back with an RBI single. Rafael Montero finished his day after five innings. He allowed two runs on three hits and struck out six. Mark Cohoon tossed a scoreless sixth and seventh, but ran into trouble in the eighth. After giving up one run on two doubles, Jack Leathersich entered. He retired the side without any further damage. In the ninth, Jeff Walters tossed a scoreless frame to record his second save. Vaughn’s three-run homer was the first B-Mets homer of the season with a runner on base. He finished the series with seven RBIs. Montero has struck out 21 and walked one in his three starts. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, BRADENTON 2: Brian Harrison and Charley Thurber each went 3-for-4. Harrison had a two-run homer in the eighth. Starter Angel Cuan (2-0) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight in five innings. Jim Fuller and Hamilton Bennett each contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

ROME 2, SAVANNAH 1: Savannah starter Rainy Lara was perfect through four innings, but gave up a single to lead off the fifth. In the sixth, with the Gnats leading 1-0, he allowed a leadoff single. Then, Lara's own throwing error on a subsequent bunt play put runners at the corners with no outs. Lara then walked Jose Peraza to load the bases. An out later, Josh Elander stroked a single to center to drive in two. The Gnats scored their only run in the third, on an RBI fielder's choice by Eudy Pina. The bottom three spots in the Gnats' lineup combined for six of the team's eight hits. No. 7 hitter Cole Frenzel went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. No. 8 Phillip Evans went 3-for-4. Pina, batting ninth, was 1-for-4. Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-4 to lift his season batting average to .405 (15-for-37). Box

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Around the minors 8.28.12

August, 29, 2012
8/29/12
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ROCHESTER 10, BUFFALO 4: The 25th season at Coca-Cola Field came to a close in front of 14,697 in downtown Buffalo. The Bisons finish the 2012 season with five road games. The Mets are expected to change affiliations this offseason. The Herd finished the season 32-39 at home. Rochester scored solo runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to erase an early 2-0 Bisons advantage. The fifth-inning tally was compliments of former Bisons catcher Rene Rivera, who homered against Collin McHugh. Rivera also doubled in a run in a two-run eighth. The Wings tacked on five runs in the ninth. Buffalo's four runs came on two swings of the bat. Matt Tuiasosopo hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead. For the team's 2012 Community Service Award winner, it was his 12th homer this season. After being crowned the team MVP before the game, Fred Lewis hit a two-run shot in the ninth. McHugh started for Buffalo but was on a pitch count and allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings before departing. He struck out three and walked two. Prior to the game, the Bisons also announced Matt Harvey as the club's Most Valuable Pitcher. Left-hander Justin Hampson earned the "Hometown Hero" award, his third Bisons award in two seasons. Box

READING 12, BINGHAMTON 8: Wilmer Flores had a three-hit night and finished a homer shy of the cycle in the loss. He extended his hitting streak to nine games and has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games. The R-Phils opened the scoring against starter Cory Mazzoni. In the first, Tug Hulett laced an RBI single and Tommy Joseph lined a run-scoring double. Binghamton answered in the fourth, hanging six runs on starter Ethan Martin. After Flores' leadoff double, Martin walked three straight, including Jefry Marte to force in a run. Francisco Pena then cleared the bases with a double. Juan Lagares contributed a two-run homer. Mazzoni failed to hold the four-run lead in the bottom half. With two outs and runners on the corners, R-Phils reliever Colby Shreve beat out a potential double play, allowing a run to score. The play extended the inning for Tyson Gillies, who cut the deficit to one with a two-run homer. After Cody Asche doubled and Darin Ruf walked, Jake Fox chased Mazzoni with a game-tying RBI. The B-Mets countered with two runs off Shreve a half-inning later. Flores singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored when Raul Reyes singled. Marte brought Reyes home with a triple. Armando Rodriguez (2-3) posted a perfect fifth inning and retired the first two he faced in the sixth before things unraveled. Asche singled and Ruf crushed his league-leading 37th homer to even the score. Fox added a tiebreaking solo shot. Reading tacked on three more runs against reliever Brad Holt, capped by Joseph’s two-run homer. Box

JUPITER 5, ST. LUCIE 4
JUPITER 4, ST. LUCIE 2: Cory Vaughn slugged his Florida State League-leading 23rd homer -- a three-run shot in the sixth -- to stake St. Lucie to a 4-1 lead in Game 1. But Adam Kolarek suffered the loss, allowing a walk-off two-run homer to Marcell Ozuna, who also slugged No. 23 on the season. In the nightcap, Angel Cuan was knocked out in a four-run first inning. It marked the second straight start Cuan failed to get out of the opening frame. Box 1, Box 2

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 5: Domingo Tapia allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings. Trailing 6-2, the Gnats scored three runs in the ninth, but Brian Harrison's groundout left the tying run at third base. Box

PULASKI 5, KINGSPORT 2: Jeffrey Diehl drove in both runs in the loss. Kingsport completed its season at 23-43. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 3 (11 innings): Luis Cessa took a perfect game into the sixth before allowing three runs and Matt Bowman and John Mincone combined for five scoreless relief innings. Dimas Ponce had a tiebreaking two-run double in the 11th. In the fourth, Jayce Boyd homered against Cameron Coffey for a 1-0 lead. An inning later, new arrival Maikis De La Cruz tripled and Brandon Nimmo doubled for a two-run lead. Cessa did not allow a baserunner until the sixth, when Hector Veloz was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Will Howard moved Veloz to second with a single. Anthony Vega doubled with one out, scoring Veloz. Torsten Boss eventually gave Aberdeen the lead, 3-2, with a two-run triple. Brooklyn tied the score in the seventh. Jeff Reynolds singled and De La Cruz walked. With one out, a passed ball from Sam Kimmel advanced the runners. Ponce then hit a fly ball to center field that was deep enough for Reynolds to score. In the top of the 11th, the Cyclones produced three runs. Reynolds walked with one out and reached third when shortstop Joel Hutter committed an error on a grounder by De La Cruz. After Nimmo struck out for the second out, Ponce doubled, scoring Reynolds and De La Cruz. Phillip Evans then walked and Kevin Plawecki singled to score Ponce. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.21.12

August, 21, 2012
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4, BUFFALO 2: Zack Wheeler cruised into the sixth, when his outing unraveled. The Yankees rallied for three runs in the frame as Corban Joseph, Eduardo Nunez and Kosuke Fukudome all contributed RBI singles. The Bisons had taken a 2-0 lead in the second. Matt Tuiasosopo singled to score Zach Lutz. Oswaldo Navarro then contributed a sacrifice fly. Brandon Laird cut Buffalo's lead to 2-1 in the fourth with a sacrifice fly. Wheeler otherwise cruised early on. He didn't allow a hit until Nunez's blooper over first base in the fourth. He retired the side in order in the fifth. An inning later, though, Chris Dickerson led off with a double and Joseph's RBI single evened the score. Joseph moved to second base on Fred Lewis' throw home, putting him in position to score on Nunez's hit. Two batters later, Fukudome served a Wheeler offering to the opposite field to plate Nunez. Wheeler was charged with four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Greg Peavey fired seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets scored the game’s only run on a fielding error. Peavey struck out a season-high six in Binghamton’s eighth shutout win of the season. It was a contest loaded with missed opportunities as the teams combined to strand 21 men and go 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Binghamton threatened early against Fisher Cats starter Deck McGuire, but stranded seven runners through the first four innings. New Hampshire pressed to break the scoreless game in the fifth. After a one-out double by Jake Marisnick put runners at second and third, Peavey induced Ryan Goins to ground out and intentionally walked Ryan Schimpf to load the bases. The strategy paid off as Brad Glenn struck out to end the inning. Binghamton finally broke through in the bottom half. Dustin Martin led off with single and tried to score on Wilmer Flores’ double, but was gunned down at the plate. Following a groundout that pushed Flores to third, Eric Campbell stroked a groundball to third. The sharp roller bounced through Schimpf's legs, allowing Flores to score. Peavey made the one-run lead stand over his final two innings. He fired a perfect sixth and stranded two runners in the seventh. Over his seven shutout innings, Peavey allowed six hits and left nine men aboard. Jeff Kaplan worked around a two-out single to post a scoreless eighth. Drew Carpenter left the tying run at second base in the ninth to earn his second save as a B-Met. Peavey (7-8) earn his third win in August, the most wins he has had in any month as a B-Met. Box

JUPITER at ST. LUCIE (ppd.)

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 0: The Tourists took a 1-0 lead in the second when David Kandilas fisted a single over Brian Harrison at third base to plate Will Swanner, who had doubled. Asheville added three runs in the seventh. Swanner began the inning by ripping the first pitch he saw from Gnats starter Marcos Camarena over the left-field wall for a solo homer. The Tourists outhit the Gnats 11-2. Both Savannah hits were singles. Asheville starter Ben Alsup was perfect into the fourth inning and took a no-hitter into the fifth, when Gregory Pron singled. The Tourists tacked on two runs in the ninth against T.J. Chism. Box

KINGSPORT 4, BURLINGTON 3 (8 innings)
BURLINGTON 4, KINGSPORT 3: Maikis De La Cruz provided a tiebreaking two-run double in extra innings in the opener. Hunter Carnevale allowed a run in the bottom half, but held on for the win by striking out Alex Hudak to leave two in scoring position. In Game 2, Burlington scored three runs in the sixth against Cristian Chivilli and Edioglis Villasmil to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Box 1, Box 2

TRI-CITY 5, BROOKLYN 2: Nelfi Zapata delivered a two-run homer in the third, but the ValleyCats answered in the fifth and went on to defeat Brooklyn. Cyclones starter Rainy Lara loaded the bases in the fifth with two walks and a hit batsman. He struck out Austin Elkins before surrendering a two-run single to Preston Tucker, which tied the score and knocked him from the mound. Tim Peterson entered and allowed a tiebreaking single to Jesse Wierzbicki. Tyler Heineman then delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. Lara was charged with four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two in his second loss of the year. The Cyclones were in trouble again in the top of the sixth. Reliever Craig Hansen walked Ryan Dineen and hit Dan Gulbransen with a pitch before Joe Sclafani reached on an error by shortstop Phillip Evans. That error allowed Dineen to cross the plate and give the ValleyCats a three-run advantage. For the Cyclones, Matt Koch tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.18.12

August, 18, 2012
8/18/12
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Bisons third baseman Zach Lutz slides into second base as Pawtucket shortstop Jonathan Hee waits for the ball at Fenway Park on Saturday.
BUFFALO 2, PAWTUCKET 0: Collin McHugh tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Robert Carson, Elvin Ramirez and Fernando Cabrera on a five-hit shutout as the Bisons beat the Red Sox's Triple-A affiliate in Boston's annual prospect showcase at Fenway Park. McHugh also tossed six scoreless innings last season at the historic ballpark, while representing Double-A Binghamton. After Josh Satin walked and advanced to third on Matt Tuiasosopo's double in the second, Brad Emaus' groundout got the Bisons on the scoreboard. Buffalo opened a two-run lead in the sixth when Josh Rodriguez homered over the Green Monster. Box

RICHMOND 4, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets were held to three hits and suffered their 10th shutout loss. They were held hitless over their final 16 plate appearances. Chris Heston (9-5) baffled the B-Mets for seven innings. The Eastern League’s ERA leader surrendered three hits and extended his scoreless streak to 15 2/3 innings. Richmond’s ace helped his own cause in the third against Cory Mazzoni. With Ryan Cavan on first, Heston chopped an RBI double over Wilmer Flores’ head at third to give the Squirrels a 1-0 lead. Johnny Monell added a two-run homer in the fourth. Mazzoni (5-4) settled down after Monell’s blast with three scoreless frames. He allowed three runs on seven hits and racked up a career-high seven strikeouts in seven innings. Armando Rodriguez threw a scoreless eighth. Jeff Kaplan allowed a run on two hits in the ninth. Box

CHARLOTTE 9, ST. LUCIE 8: Danny Muno's single scored Alonzo Harris Jr. in the top of the ninth to give St. Lucie a one-run lead, but Charlotte answered with two runs in the bottom half for a walk-off win. Charlotte's Riccio Torrez had a game-tying double against Hamilton Bennett. First baseman Richard Lucas then committed a fielding error on Cody Rogers' grounder as Steven Tinoco scored the winning run. Adam Kolarek had surrendered three runs in the eighth and also was charged with a blown save. Box

HICKORY 12, SAVANNAH 5: Yohan Almonte and Randy Fontanez combined to surrender 11 runs in five innings. Almonte allowed three homers. Greg Pron and Brian Harrison homered in the loss. Box

KINGSPORT 8, ELIZABETHTON 4: Maikis De La Cruz drove in three runs and Yeixon Ruiz went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Akeel Morris tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box

VERMONT 4, BROOKLYN 1: Facing Cyclones starter Luis Mateo, Vermont pushed across two runs in the third. Kelvin Rojas singled and moved to second on Christopher Bostick's sacrifice bunt. Brett Vertigan then beat out an infield single to shortstop Phillip Evans, allowing Rojas to move to third. John Wooten grounded out to Mateo as Vertigan advanced to second with two outs. Bruce Maxwell followed with a two-run single. Paul Sewald replaced Mateo for the sixth and shut down the Lake Monsters in that frame. An inning later, however, Sewald surrendered his first two runs as a professional. The Cyclones plated their lone run in the eighth, against Tucker Healy. Juan Gamboa led off with a single and moved to third on a single by Jeff Glenn. Julio Concepcion then grounded into a run-scoring fielder's choice. Brandon Nimmo struck out and Dimas Ponce drew a walk, bringing up Evans with two outs. He also struck out, ending the threat. Box

Compiled from team reports

Mets morning briefing 8.16.12

August, 16, 2012
8/16/12
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Mike Leake pitched a complete game against the Mets on Wednesday.


A bracelet-deprived R.A. Dickey surrendered consecutive fourth-inning homers to Scott Rolen and Todd Frazier (a 474-foot shot), then a long ball to Jay Bruce in the sixth and the Reds beat the Mets, 6-1, Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park. The three homers matched the most surrendered by Dickey as a Met and deprived him of win No. 16.

Mike Leake became the third pitcher to toss a complete game against the Mets this season, joining Toronto's Brandon Morrow and Atlanta's Paul Maholm.

The Mets dropped a season-worst seven games under .500.

Now, Matt Harvey (1-3, 3.63 ERA) takes the mound tonight trying to arrest a personal three-game losing streak and help the Mets avoid a sweep. He opposes right-hander Homer Bailey (10-7, 4.08).

The Mets have not been swept in Cincinnati since the season-opening series in 2005, when stopgap closer Braden Looper blew Pedro Martinez's debut with the organization on Opening Day by serving up consecutive ninth-inning homers to Adam Dunn and Joe Randa.

Thursday's news reports:

• Plate umpire James Hoye, supported by crew chief Jim Joyce, instructed Dickey to remove a pair a bracelets from the wrist of his glove hand during the second inning. Dickey said the bracelets had been made by his daughters before his offseason climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, and that he had worn the jewelry since January. Trainer Ray Ramirez had to be cut the bracelets because they were homemade and did not have fasteners. Dickey admitted being angry in the moment, but downplayed the significance on his performance -- even though Terry Collins said pitchers loathe changes to their patterns and suggested it may have affected the knuckleballer.


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Crew chief Jim Joyce offers further explanation to R.A. Dickey about his bracelet removal before the start of the bottom of the third inning.


Dickey said umps told him during a delay when he took the mound the following inning -- which he did not appreciate, either -- that the directive came from Major League Baseball's uniform police, not the Reds or even the crew itself. Collins and Dickey found the timing curious, since it is already August and he had worn the bracelets all season without issue. Dickey said there are jewelry and other assorted violations across baseball, and likened the enforcement to a holding penalty in football -- that it can be enforced on any play. (Case in point: Check Felix Hernandez's left wrist in this photo after completing the final out of his perfect game Wednesday in Seattle.)

This wasn't the first time a bracelet had become an issue in a Mets game. Nine years ago, Jae Weong Seo became unnerved when Braves manager Bobby Cox convinced umps to force him to remove a Buddhist bracelet. Seo immediately surrendered a homer to Andruw Jones in that May 25, 2003 game at Turner Field.

Joyce told Mark Hale in the Post after Wednesday's game: "You cannot wear anything on either hand, bracelet-type or anything like that." Told Dickey had worn it all season, Joyce added: "Tonight we saw it, this crew saw it, and we just asked him to take it off."

• Collins predicted he would go with a different lineup look Thursday, although there is a limit to how much maneuverability the manager has. Options include Kelly Shoppach's Mets debut, Justin Turner getting a start, Jason Bay in the lineup (he has two doubles in three career at-bats against Bailey) or a call-up such as Lucas Duda. Meanwhile, Josh Thole had a franchise-record three passed balls last night.

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

• The Mets will utilize a six-man rotation beginning Sunday, when Jeremy Hefner starts in D.C. Exempt from the arrangement is Dickey, who will continue to pitch every fifth game. So after Hefner, Dickey should come back on standard rest Monday for the series opener against Colorado at Citi Field, followed by Chris Young on Tuesday and Harvey on Wednesday.

The system should allow Harvey to reach the end of the season without exceeding his front-office-imposed 170-inning limit. It also should give Johan Santana and Young needed extra rest in their first seasons back from shoulder surgery. And Jon Niese has performed dramatically better this season with extra rest between starts.

Analyst Bobby Ojeda on SNY found the timing of the six-man-rotation implementation curious. Ojeda suggested September, after rosters expand, might be more appropriate. Ojeda also linked the bracelet and six-man rotation issues. His point: Collins noted pitchers are creatures of habit when discussing the bracelet issue, but yet is implementing a pitching schedule that could disrupt their sacred between-starts routines.

Read more in the Star-Ledger and Post.

• Shoppach, assigned No. 6, joined his new teammates Wednesday. Rob Johnson was demoted to Buffalo to clear the roster spot. Shoppach actually has caught a knuckleballer before. He rose through the minors in the Red Sox organization with knuckleballer Charlie Zink, plus had limited exposure in spring-training camp in 2005 to Tim Wakefield. Collins said he intends to pair Thole with Dickey, but that could be revisited. Red Sox bullpen coach Gary Tuck gave Shoppach a refresher lesson on catching the knuckleball once they learned he was headed to the Mets. Read more in Newsday, the Star-Ledger and the Daily News.


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Citi Field hosted an Ecuador-Chile soccer match on Wednesday night. Pictured, Luis Fernando Saritama (19) of Ecuador tries to stop Eduardo Vargas (11) of Chile.


• With the Mets away, Citi Field hosted soccer Wednesday night. Ecuador beat Chile, 3-0. The crowd on the rainy night was announced at 31,901.

• Former Red Sox first-round pick Craig Hansen, who last had appeared in a professional game in 2010 with the Pirates in the minors, surfaced with Brooklyn on Wednesday. Hansen, a St. John's product selected 26th overall in 2005, allowed one run on three hits and a walk in the eighth inning of the Cyclones' 6-2 loss at Tri-City. His contract keeps him under the Mets' control for 2013. Brian Harrison went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in Savannah's 8-2 win against Lexington. Erik Goeddel tossed seven scoreless innings for St. Lucie. Read Wednesday's full minor league recap here.

TRIVIA: Who started for the Reds at pitcher opposite Pedro on Opening Day in 2005 in Cincinnati?

Wednesday's answer: Shoppach made his major league debut with the Red Sox on May 28, 2005 -- four years after being drafted by the organization out of Baylor. He was traded to Cleveland on Jan. 27, 2006 in the deal that landed Coco Crisp in Boston and subsequently played for the Rays before re-signing with Boston as a free agent last offseason.

Around the minors 8.15.12

August, 15, 2012
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LEHIGH VALLEY 4, BUFFALO 1: A four-run fourth inning doomed Chris Schwinden, who was charged with four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings. First baseman Adam Loewen had an error in the inning. C.J. Nitkowski, Elvin Ramirez and Garrett Olson combined for four scoreless relief innings. Olson was making his first appearance since clearing waivers and rejoining the Bisons. Loewen had doubled and scored on Matt den Dekker's single as the Bisons took a 1-0 lead in the second. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: Raul Reyes homered and had four RBIs and Darin Gorski allowed two runs (one earned) in seven innings to collect his team-leading eighth win. Reyes got the B-Mets on the board in the fourth against starter Deck McGuire. With a runner aboard, Reyes blasted the first pitch of the at-bat off the batter’s eye in center field. The B-Mets added two more runs in the inning on three additional hits, including Juan Lagares' RBI double. The Fisher Cats took advantage of an error to answer with a run in the fourth. With a runner on first, Wilfredo Tovar bobbled a possible double-play ball, allowing both runners to reach safely. Following a walk to load the bases, Brian Van Kirk delivered a sac fly. Gorski limited the damage by inducing Sean Ochinko to bounce into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Against reliever Matt Daly in the fifth, Reyes produced a two-out, two-run single. Staked to a five-run lead, Gorski held off the Fisher Cats in the sixth. New Hampshire loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. Gorski then got Ochinko to roll into a double play to end the threat. Gorski allowed his only earned run in the seventh, on a two-out solo homer by Ryan Schimpf. Gorski ended his night by retiring Jake Marisnick on an inning-ending groundout. Gorski (8-6) had his second-longest appearance as a B-Met. He went eight innings against Altoona on June 16. Brad Holt and Drew Carpenter combined for two scoreless relief innings. McGuire suffered his league-leading 14th loss, and fourth against the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, PALM BEACH 0: Erik Goeddel tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out eight. He surrendered two hits and walked two en route to his fourth victory. Cory Vaughn drilled a two-run homer in the fourth, his 20th long ball this season. In the fifth, Travis Taijeron ripped a two-run homer to extend the lead to 4-0. Blake Forsythe hit a solo homer and Cesar Puello produced an RBI double in the sixth. Hamilton Bennett tossed two scoreless innings in relief and struck out two. Box

SAVANNAH 8, LEXINGTON 2: Brian Harrison helped power the Sand Gnats, who took two of three from Lexington and finished a six-game homestand at 5-1. Harrison went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and solo homer. The Gnats scored three first-inning runs. With two aboard, Harrison laced a two-run double to put Savannah in front. Harrison scored on Greg Pron’s groundout for a 3-0 advantage. Harrison homered to lead off the third, providing the Gnats with a four-run cushion. Savannah starter Marcos Camarena worked around baserunners in the first three innings. After a 1-2-3 fourth, the Legends broke through for two unearned runs in the fifth, thanks to Harrison's fielding error on a groundball to his right at first base. Camarena departed after five innings. Reliever Randy Fontanez contributed three scoreless innings. The Gnats pulled away with four runs in the eighth. With two outs and the bases empty, Harrison singled and Dustin Lawley doubled to plate him. Albert Cordero singled home Lawley. Charley Thurber completed the scoring with a two-run double. Box

KINGSPORT 14, JOHNSON CITY 4: Maikis De La Cruz went 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Jorge Rivero and Yeixon Ruiz drove in three runs apiece. John Gant surrendered one run, unearned, in six innings. Box

TRI-CITY 6, BROOKLYN 2: Jayce Boyd went 2-for-5 with an RBI, but the Cyclones fell in the first game after the league's All-Star break. St. John's product Craig Hansen, a former first-round pick of the Red Sox, who did not pitch last season, made his organization debut in the eighth. Hansen, 28, allowed a run on three hits and a walk. Tri-City opened the scoring with a two-run fourth. Brooklyn starter Luis Cessa allowed three consecutive singles to load the bases. Jarrod McKinney then hit a groundball to Cessa, who committed a throwing error. Jesse Wierzbicki and M.P. Cokinos scored. The Cyclones placed a runner on third in the fifth, after Juan Gamboa walked and advanced on a fielding error, but were unable to capitalize. The ValleyCats put up another run in the bottom half of the frame. With one out, Neiko Johnson reached on a throwing error by third baseman Dimas Ponce. Preston Tucker followed with an RBI double. Brooklyn's Eudy Pina opened the seventh with a double. Brandon Nimmo then had a bunt single and Phillip Evans reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. With Boyd batting, Tri-City reliever Jeremiah Meiners threw a wild pitch, allowing Pina to score and the runners to advance. Boyd grounded out to the shortstop, but Nimmo came home on the play to cut the ValleyCats’ lead to 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh, Tri-City scored two more runs, charged to reliever Tim Peterson. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.1.12

August, 1, 2012
8/01/12
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HARRISBURG 3, BINGHAMTON 2: Harrisburg took the lead in the second inning with a two-out rally against B-Mets starter Gonzalez Germen and never trailed. Justin Bloxom doubled and scored on Devin Ivany's single. Dustin Martin’s bobble in left allowed Ivany to take second, setting the stage for Jonathan Tucker's RBI single. The B-Mets were kept in check through the first four innings by starter Kevin Pucetas, who allowed only two baserunners. Binghamton broke through in the fifth. Wilfredo Tovar doubled, took third on a groundout and scored when Germen singled. Against Germen in the sixth, James Skelton singled and scored on Zach Walters’ two-out triple. Pucetas’ night ended after five innings. Paul Demny posted a scoreless sixth and handed off to Marcos Frias in the seventh. Martin helped the B-Mets scratch within a run after a leadoff single. He took second on a sac bunt and, with two outs and pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores at the plate, scampered to third on a wild pitch. Martin scored when the throw from Ivany, the catcher, sailed past Tim Pahuta. The B-Mets failed to get another runner into scoring position. Juan Lagares reached on a bunt single in the eighth against Hector Nelo, but was thrown out attempting to steal. Reese Havens followed with a walk, but was erased on a double play. Germen (6-8) surrendered three runs (two earned) on six hits in seven innings. Frank Francisco threw a scoreless eighth in his fifth and likely final rehab game with Binghamton. The B-Mets (52-57) will face rehabbing National Chien-Ming Wang on Thursday. Box

CLEARWATER 7, ST. LUCIE 3: Starter Erik Goeddel allowed three runs on five hits and five walks in four innings. Yohan Almonte surrendered four runs (two earned) in three relief innings. First baseman Richard Lucas and third baseman Robbie Shields had errors on consecutive plays in Clearwater's three-run sixth. Alonzo Harris Jr. had a two-run homer in St. Lucie's three-run eighth. Box

SAVANNAH 5, GREENSBORO 2
GREENSBORO 1, SAVANNAH 0:
The Grasshoppers scored the lone run in the top of the seventh inning of Game 2, against reliever Carlos Vazquez. Brent Keys, the South Atlantic League’s leading hitter, flipped a one-out single into left field to score Tony Caldwell. The Gnats collected only four hits in the nightcap, squandering another strong outing from left-hander Alex Panteliodis. He tossed six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and one walk to lower his ERA to 3.20. Panteliodis has struck out 26 batters in his last 19 innings. The Hoppers scored first in Game 1, tallying two runs in the fourth against Savannah starter Michael Fulmer. Wilfredo Gimenez drove in the second run with a double. The Gnats answered in the bottom half with four singles, which led to a three-run frame and 3-2 lead. Brian Harrison and Dustin Lawley each picked up RBI singles before Gregory Pron lifted a sacrifice fly to put the Gnats in front. Fulmer, in his shortest start since May 25, lasted 4 2/3 innings. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out two. Box 1, Box 2

GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 4: 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini was pulled from the game in the sixth inning for a pinch runner. The K-Mets took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh, when Greeneville posted four runs against Andres Perez and Flabio Ortega, who combined to walk four in the inning. Box

BROOKLYN 3, CONNECTICUT 2: Brandon Nimmo singled to open the bottom of the first and Phillip Evans reached on a fielder’s choice. Jayce Boyd then drew a four-pitch walk. Kevin Plawecki followed with a two-run double. The Tigers evened the score at 2 in the fourth. Danry Vasquez led off with a double. Juaner Aguasvivas then struck out swinging before Devon Travis walked. After Tyler Hanover flied out, Patrick Smith doubled, scoring two. Brooklyn retook the lead in the fifth when Boyd reached on a fielding error by third baseman Edgar Corcino. Nimmo started things off with a single and advanced when Evans grounded out. Nimmo, who went 2-for-4, scored on the error on Plawecki's grounder. In his past three games, Nimmo has gone 9-for-15 with seven runs scored, three doubles, one homer and three RBIs. Brooklyn starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa (3-1) allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Matt Koch contributed two scoreless relief innings. Tyler Vanderheiden earned his seventh save. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.16.12

July, 17, 2012
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TOLEDO 4, BUFFALO 2: Jenrry Mejia suffered the loss, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk in two innings. Matt Harvey, auditioning for Saturday's major league start, took a no-hit bid into the sixth. He departed with a 2-1 lead and two runners in scoring position with two out in the seventh, and reliever Justin Hampson allowed an inherited runner to score to hand Harvey a no-decision. Harvey allowed three hits while walking four and hitting a batter. Adam Loewen homered for the Bisons and Zach Lutz contributed a sacrifice fly. Jason Bay went 0-for-2 with two walks in what should be his final rehab game. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Owning a 5-4 lead entering the eighth, the B-Mets turned to reliever Ryan Fraser. But Zoilo Almonte lined a single off the righty’s leg to start the inning and Melky Mesa doubled. After a walk loaded the bases, J.R. Murphy tied the score with a sac fly. Rob Segedin gave Trenton the decisive lead with an RBI single. It was Trenton's first lead since scoring the first run just three pitches into the game. Jose Pirela led off by crushing a triple against starter Darin Gorski. He scored on the next pitch, once catcher Francisco Pena’s pickoff attempt sailed into left. Binghamton responded with a three-run third against Mikey O’Brien. After singling, Wilfredo Tovar stole second and scored on Juan Lagares' single. Reese Havens then launched a two-run homer, his eighth long ball of the season. Trenton countered in the fourth. Addison Maruszak and Almonte started the inning with back-to-back homers to tie the score at 3. It marked the third time this season Gorski had allowed consecutive homers. Binghamton grabbed the lead back without the aid of a hit in the fourth, during O’Brien’s final inning. Allan Dykstra walked, moved to second on an error and scored on consecutive groundouts. Wilmer Flores added an RBI double against reliever Graham Stoneburner in the fifth. Gorski nearly lost the lead in the sixth, his final frame. With two outs, Mesa bashed a solo homer. Luke Murton doubled and tried to score on a single by Murphy, but was gunned down at the plate by left fielder Eric Campbell. Gorski allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits. He struck out five. The three homers allowed matched his career high. Fraser (2-2) suffered his first blown save. Box

BREVARD COUNTY at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The game has been rescheduled for a doubleheader Tuesday.

SAVANNAH 9, LAKEWOOD 8: Dustin Lawley reached in the ninth on a fielding error by Lakewood shortstop Tim Carver and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Lawley then scored the tiebreaking run when second baseman Carlos Perdomo also committed an error. Savannah had taken a two-run lead into the bottom of the eighth, but Estarlin Morel surrendered a pair of runs. Starter Logan Verrett allowed six runs in seven innings. Brian Harrison had three RBIs for the Gnats. Box

KINGSPORT 1, JOHNSON CITY 0
JOHNSON CITY 4, KINGSPORT 1:
John Gant and Shane Bay combined on a four-hit shutout in Game 1. Julio Concepcion provided the lone run with a second-inning homer. In the nightcap, Cristian Chivilli surrendered all four runs (three earned) in three innings. Andrew Massie tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box 1, Box 2

BROOKLYN 7, STATE COLLEGE 4: Hansel Robles surrendered four runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, but the Cyclones swept the Spikes. With two outs in the second inning, Stefan Sabol, Jayce Boyd and Dimas Ponce consecutively singled for a 1-0 lead. State College evened the score in the third as Tyler Gaffney doubled and Dave Valesente followed with an RBI single. A half-inning later, Boyd singled and Ponce walked. Eudy Pina then doubled, scoring Boyd for a 2-1 lead. Poor defense in the fourth cost the Cyclones three unearned runs. Jacob Stallings walked and Chris Diaz sent a grounder to Richie Rodriguez for a potential inning-ending double play. Rodriguez, though, botched the play. Yhonathan Barrios came up with runners on the corners and one out and grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Stallings to score. Jared Lakind walked to place runners on first and second with two outs. With Alex Fuselier batting, Robles threw a wild pitch, advancing both runners. Fuselier then singled, scoring two as the Spikes took a 4-2 lead. In the fifth, hot-hitting Brandon Nimmo led off with a single. After a passed ball, Phillip Evans singled, moving Nimmo to third. Alex Sanchez struck out and Kevin Plawecki walked to load the bases. Sabol grounded into fielder's choice, allowing Nimmo to score and moving Evans to third. The second passed ball of the inning by catcher Dave Valesente allowed Evans to score. Boyd walked to put runners on first and second with two out. Ponce again came through, singling to score Sabol and move Boyd to third. Pina then delivered another RBI single to give the Cyclones a 6-4 lead. The Cyclones bullpen contributed 3 1/3 scoreless innings, surrendering one hit and one walk. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.15.12

July, 15, 2012
7/15/12
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PAWTUCKET 5, BISONS 4 (14 innings): Nate Spears homered against Dylan Owen to open the bottom of the 14th as Pawtucket snapped the Bisons' seven-game winning streak. Owen was entering his second inning of relief. Manny Acosta, Fernando Cabrera and Elvin Ramirez earlier had contributed two scoreless innings apiece. Jason Bay went 2-for-4 with a walk and steal and played nine innings in left field before departing. Against Bisons starter Collin McHugh, Pawtucket opened the scoring in the second. Che-Hsuan Lin delivered a one-out triple and Jose Iglesias plated him with a groundout. Scott Podsednik added an RBI single and the Bisons trailed 2-0. Raul Reyes doubled to lead off the following half-inning. Valentino Pascucci's single eventually loaded the bases against PawSox starting pitcher Brandon Duckworth. Brad Emaus then walked as Duckworth forced in Buffalo's opening run, although Matt Tuiasosopo popped out to strand three. Adam Loewen's fifth-inning homer evened the score at 2. McHugh allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings. Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, Bay led off with a single. Pascucci launched a two-run homer to again even the score. Box

BINGHAMTON 13, ERIE 3: Gonzalez Germen matched a career high by tossing eight innings and the B-Mets produced a season high for runs while posting their fourth straight win. The B-Mets scored nine runs in the first two innings and finished one shy of a season high with 17 hits. Seven of their nine starters collected multiple hits, led by Allan Dykstra’s 4-for-4 performance. After the SeaWolves grabbed a lead on Jordan Lennerton’s RBI single in the first, the B-Mets struck back in the bottom half. Binghamton unloaded on starter Kelvin De La Cruz for six runs on six hits in the frame. Wilmer Flores started the scoring with an RBI double. Eric Campbell gave the B-Mets the lead for good with a run-scoring single. Jefry Marte drove in another, and Dustin Martin continued the scoring with a two-run triple. Juan Lagares, the inning's 10th batter, singled in another run to end De La Cruz’s day. Jared Gayhart entered and struck out Reese Havens to finally end the inning. Erie scratched back a run in the second on an RBI double by Wes Thigpen, but Binghamton continued its onslaught. After a single and walk, Martin blasted a two-run triple for the second straight inning. Juan Centeno added an RBI single, giving Binghamton a 9-2 lead. After allowing a double to Thigpen in the second, Germen (7-7) settled in. The righty retired the next 18 SeaWolves, cruising into the eighth. The stretch was disrupted when Michael Rockett launched a pinch-hit homer. For Binghamton, Flores added a solo homer in the sixth. Edgar Ramirez replaced Germen for the ninth and worked a perfect inning. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, BREVARD COUNTY 3: Tyler Pill tossed a season-high seven innings and struck out seven and Mike Baxter began a major league rehab assignment by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Pill (3-1) allowed one run and four hits with two walks. The Mets jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first on Cory Vaughn's RBI double. The following inning, Baxter ripped a double to score Travis Taijeron and Danny Muno. The Mets pulled away with a four-run fifth. Baxter scored from third base on an errant pickoff attempt with Vaughn at first. Richard Lucas then drilled a double to plate Vaughn and Blake Forsythe. T.J. Rivera added a run-scoring infield single to give the Mets a 7-0 lead. Vaughn went 2-for-4. Jeff Walters tossed 1 2/3 innings and allowed two unearned runs while issuing two walks and recording one strikeout. Taylor Whitenton needed one pitch in the ninth to record his third save. Box

LAKEWOOD 6, SAVANNAH 5: Brian Harrison delivered a two-out, two-run single in the ninth to pull the Gnats within a run, but Dustin Lawley struck out to strand Cam Maron at third base. Lawley nonetheless went 3-for-5 with a double and scored twice. Gregory Pron also had three hits. Starter Domingo Tapia allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings. Lakewood broke a 3-all tie with a three-run eighth against Chasen Bradford (2-3). Box

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BROOKLYN 3, STATE COLLEGE 2: After waiting out a 119-minute rain delay, Alex Sanchez went 3-for-4 and plated what proved to be the game-deciding run with an RBI single. The Cyclones struck first with a pair of runs in the third. Back-to-back doubles from Brandon Nimmo and Jonathan Clark provided a 1-0 lead. After a groundout by Juan Gamboa advanced Clark, Dimas Ponce plated the speedy outfielder with a sacrifice fly. Brooklyn starter Luis Cessa ran into his first trouble spot in the fourth. Barrett Barnes led off the frame with a solo homer. The Cyclones restored a two-run lead their next turn at-bat. Ponce doubled and scored on Alex Sanchez's single. The seesaw scoring continued in the sixth with State College mounting a two-out rally. After Cessa retired the first two batters, Jacob Stallings doubled and Samuel Gonzalez's single. That would be Cessa’s last inning. He finished the night allowing two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two in six innings. Princeton product Matt Bowman pitched a career-high three scoreless relief innings to collect his second save. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .832
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 180