New York Mets: Cam Maron

Mets select lefty Gilmartin, lose 5 in Rule 5

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Al Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesNewest Met Sean Gilmartin is a former first-round pick of the Atlanta Braves.
SAN DIEGO -- The Mets added to their competition for a left-handed relief role, selecting 24-year-old southpaw Sean Gilmartin in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft.

Gilmartin, a former first-round pick out of Florida State by the Atlanta Braves, had been traded to the Minnesota Twins last December for Ryan Doumit.

Gilmartin went a combined 9-7 with a 3.71 ERA in 26 starts between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester last season. Lefty batters hit .201 against him (30-for-149) in 2014, although Sandy Alderson said the Mets do not particularly view him as a lefty specialist. Gilmartin will audition in a relief role for the Mets.

He will need to stick with the team at the big-league level for the entire season to officially become Mets property. Otherwise, he must be offered back to Minnesota.

"We don't look at him strictly as left-on-left," Alderson said. "But we like his athleticism. We like his makeup. We think he's got a chance to pitch against righties and lefties. ... Obviously we're looking for more depth and more competition. So I think this is a plus for us."

The Mets lost right-hander Logan Verrett to the Orioles in the major league phase. They also lost four players in the minor-league phase: right-hander Greg Peavey (Twins), catcher Cam Maron (Reds), infielder Juan Carlos Gamboa (Padres) and right-hander Randy Fontanez (Dodgers).

"If there's anything unexpected it's that we didn't lose more out of the minor-league phase," Alderson said. "... We're a little leaner as an organization now than we were a few minutes ago."

Minors 9.1.14: Clones eliminated on last day

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LAS VEGAS 5, ALBUQUERQUE 0: Noah Syndergaard tossed two scoreless innings in the

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regular-season finale to stay sharp for the postseason and departed. He ultimately combined with John Lannan, Giancarlo Alvarado, Jack Leathersich and Gonzalez Germen on a four-hit shutout. L.J. Mazzilli started at second base and went 1-for-5 in his Triple-A debut. Taylor Teagarden went 2-for-4 with solo homer and scored twice. Syndergaard finished 9-7 with a 4.60 ERA in 26 starts. He struck out 145 and walked 43 in 133 innings. Rafael Montero is expected to start Game 1 on Wednesday against Reno. Vegas finished the regular season with an 81-63 record. Box

RICHMOND 12, BINGHAMTON 4: Newly promoted Tim Peterson was knocked out in the first inning in his Double-A debut. He surrendered five runs (four earned) and recorded only one out. The B-Mets stumble into the Eastern Division Championship Series against Portland on a season-high six-game losing streak. Tyler Pill starts Wednesday's playoff opener. Adam Kolarek took over for Peterson and notched the final two outs of the first, then worked a perfect second. His good fortune ended in the third when Clayton Blackburn produced a three-run double in what became a five-run frame as Richmond took a 10-0 lead. The B-Mets (83-59) completed the regular season with their second-highest win total in franchise history. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini (1-for-4) and catcher Cam Maron (1-for-2) collected hits in their Double-A debuts. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 1: Rob Whalen tossed five scoreless innings as playoff-bound Savannah improved to 85-51 with a win in the regular-season finale. The Gnats, who posted an 85-51 record, open the playoffs on Wednesday at Asheville. Whalen went 9-1 with a 2.01 ERA in South Atlantic League play. Box

BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 1: Despite winning their regular-season finale, the Cyclones were eliminated on the final day of the regular season when Connecticut overcame a three-run deficit to beat Lowell, 9-8. Lowell scored three runs in the top of the ninth, but its comeback fell short as the Spinners left two in scoring position. Brooklyn and Connecticut finished with identical 42-34 records, but the Tigers had the tiebreaker. First-round pick Michael Conforto went 0-for-4 to finish the New York-Penn League season with a .331 average. Casey Meisner tossed five scoreless innings in the finale. Conforto, Amed Rosario and Jhoan Urena were promoted to Savannah after Brooklyn's elimination. Box

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Morning Briefing: No deal

September, 1, 2014
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MIAMI

FIRST PITCH: The gang is still all here.

The deadline to trade a player and have him eligible for the acquiring team’s postseason roster passed at midnight and the Mets stood pat, as they did at the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. So all the chatter about Bartolo Colon potentially getting dealt can be revisited this offseason, when he has one year and $11 million remaining on his contract.

The Mets open a series at third-place Miami at 1:10 p.m. on Labor Day.

Zack Wheeler, who is 2-0 with a 0.65 ERA in four starts against the Marlins this season, opposes fellow right-hander Henderson Alvarez in the opener.

Read the Mets-Marlins series preview here.

Monday’s news reports:

• The Mets won Sunday’s rubber game against the Phillies, 6-5, to avoid dropping into last place in the NL East. Anthony Recker hit a tie-breaking three-run homer and the Mets held on late despite Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia each surrendering a run.

The Mets went 13-6 in the season series against Philadelphia, matching the most wins against the Phillies in one season in franchise history. It was the Amazin’s most wins against any team in a single season since producing 14 wins against the Montreal Expos in 1991.

Wilmer Flores had a career-high-matching three hits as well as a handful of solid fielding plays at shortstop.

The Mets produced 11 hits. That snapped a streak of 10 straight home games with six hits or fewer, which had tied the 1980 Athletics for a modern-day futility record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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

• The Mets have fired their VP in charge of ticket sales after four years on the job, the Post reported.


Adam RubinErik Goeddel is one of four players due to join the Mets on Monday in Miami as rosters expand.


• With rosters expanding, the Mets summoned four minor leaguers to join the club for the series opener in Miami: infielder Josh Satin, right-handed reliever Erik Goeddel, left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez and catcher Juan Centeno. The Mets’ 40-man roster is now at 39. Alvarez, albeit 25, began the season at low-A Savannah. He was promoted from Double-A Binghamton. He had 114 strikeouts and 17 walks in 73 1/3 innings across three levels. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• The minor-league reinforcements were needed in part because the Mets left a couple of relievers behind in New York with elbow woes. Josh Edgin, who has bone spurs, is due to be examined as soon as Tuesday and may be “down for a while,” manager Terry Collins said. Edgin is unsure if he will require surgery to remove the spurs. Daisuke Matsuzaka's balky elbow also will be examined. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• With St. Lucie having been eliminated from postseason contention on the final day of the Florida State League regular season, several farmhands received promotions to playoff-bound clubs. Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, the son of Lee Mazzilli, is headed to Las Vegas. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, catcher Cam Maron and right-handers Matt Koch and Tim Peterson are headed to Binghamton.

Maron hails from Hicksville, Long Island. He hit .282 with three homers and 50 RBIs and had a .387 on-base percentage in 348 at-bats with St. Lucie.

• St. Lucie was eliminated Sunday despite a 4-2 win against Palm Beach. The FSL club posted a 76-62 record this season. Meanwhile, Brooklyn remained alive for the New York-Penn League’s wild-card berth entering Monday’s regular-season finale by beating Staten Island, 11-3, behind a four-RBI game from Adrian Abreu. The Cyclones need to win Monday and have Connecticut lose to Lowell to qualify for the playoffs. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Mike Puma in the Post names Lucas Duda the MVP and Curtis Granderson the LVP of the Mets for August. The Mets went 12-17 during the month. Granderson, who was 1-for-17 on the homestand, was given Sunday off.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger profiles first-round pick Michael Conforto, who is hitting .340 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 159 at-bats entering Brooklyn’s regular-season finale. “It’s just rare to see that kind of selectivity in somebody that is so young,” Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa told Vorkunov. “Everything we had heard -- he was one of the top college hitters in the country -- has proved to be true in pro ball.”

BIRTHDAYS: Left-hander David West turns 50. ... Minor-league infielder Jhoan Urena is 20.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Which starting pitcher should the Mets trade this offseason?

Cecchini gets promotion to B-Mets

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NEW YORK -- With St. Lucie eliminated from postseason contention in the Florida State League on the final day of the regular season, 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini has been promoted to Double-A Binghamton in time for this week's Eastern League playoffs.

Cecchini, a 20-year-old shortstop, hit .236 with five homers and 31 RBIs and had a .325 on-base percentage in 68 games with St. Lucie after a midseason promotion from Savannah.

Cecchini will take over the spot vacated by Dilson Herrera's promotion to the majors.

Catcher Cam Maron and right-handers Matt Koch and Tim Peterson also received call-ups to Binghamton. Maron is from Hicksville, Long Island.

Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli received a promotion from St. Lucie to Las Vegas.

Minors 8.29.14: Lugo keeps FSL hopes alive

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ALBUQUERQUE 9, LAS VEGAS 6: The Isotopes homered twice and plated five runs in the eighth against Gonzalez Germen in the come-from-behind win. Andrew Brown homered twice and Cesar Puello also went deep in the defeat. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed three runs in six innings while striking out 10. After producing a 7.39 ERA in six starts with the 51s, John Lannan moved to a relief role. He allowed one run in one inning. Box

RICHMOND 2, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets collected five hits in their first eight at-bats, but mustered only two hits over the final seven innings. Steven Matz matched a career

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high with 10 strikeouts. The loss, coupled with Portland's win, secured a second-place finish for the B-Mets in the Eastern Division. The B-Mets will host Game Nos. 1 and 2 of the Eastern Division Championship Series, beginning Wednesday. Binghamton scored in the first against Adalberto Mejia. After Kyle Johnson doubled and T.J. Rivera singled, Brian Burgamy snapped a nine-game RBI drought with a single. The Squirrels struck back against Matz in the bottom half. Skyler Stromsmoe led off with a single, swiped second and scored when Mario Lisson doubled. Lisson struck again to give the Squirrels the lead in the third. He yanked a 2-2 pitch with two outs inside the third-base bag and down the left-field line, plating Stromsmoe from second with the go-ahead run. Mejia nearly coughed up the lead in the fourth. After surrendering a leadoff single to Jayce Boyd, the southpaw issued consecutive two-out walks to load the bases. Matz shot a line drive, but was robbed of a hit by first baseman Angel Villalona, who leaped and snared the shot. Matz (6-5) surrendered two runs on five hits over five innings. He also struck out 10 batters with Savannah on June 14, 2013, against Greenville. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, PALM BEACH 1: Seth Lugo allowed one run in seven innings while striking

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out a season-high 10 batters. Lugo fanned Dante Rosenberg on his 100th pitch to finish the seventh inning. Jake Kuebler retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings to earn his second save. He struck out three. Lugo and Kuebler combined to retire the final 14 Palm Beach hitters. The Cardinals had taken a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI groundout by Anthony Garcia. The Mets tied the score in the fourth on a single by Jared King that plated L.J. Mazzilli. Jairo Perez broke the tie with a long homer to left field against Cardinals starter Jimmy Reed with two outs in the sixth. Gavin Cecchini provided the final run when he tripled to score Cam Maron in the seventh. The Mets (75-61 overall) need major help to make the postseason. They need to win at least one of their remaining two games to stay in front of Palm Beach (75-62) in the overall standings. They need to finish with one more win than Bradenton (75-61). And they need to get first-half-champion Fort Myers (38-29) to surpass Bradenton (40-27) and win the second half in the division. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 5: Colton Plaia and Jorge Rivero homered and starter John Gant (11-5) allowed one run in five innings as the Gnats built a 6-2 lead. The Braves produced five straight singles and scored three runs in the eighth against Ricky Knapp to close within a run. Dawrin Frias entered and recorded the final two outs of the eighth to strand two inherited runners. Frias then tossed a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Box

KINGSPORT 5, ELIZABETHTON 2: The K-Mets completed their season with a 34-34 record after winning the finale. Persio Reyes allowed one run in seven innings and Alex Palsha recorded his first save. Oswald Caraballo drove in two runs. Box

TRI-CITY 3, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Corey Oswalt allowed three runs in six innings. Anthony Chavez's one-out RBI single in the ninth pulled the Cyclones within a run. But Adrian Abreu grounded out. And with two in scoring position, Amed Rosario struck out for the game's final out. Chavez was thrown out at the plate in the seventh -- the second Cyclone in the game to be retired there. Box

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Farm report: Taylor tuned out speculation

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organization leaders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short hops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minors 8.26.14: Pina double lifts St. Lucie

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LAS VEGAS 9, ROUND ROCK 5: Anthony Seratelli produced a second-inning grand slam and finished with five RBIs as Vegas won its sixth straight game. Logan Verrett recorded his team-leading 11th victory. Verrett allowed two runs on four hits in five innings. Box

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ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 2: The Mets stormed back from a 2-0 deficit with a four-run seventh that included a three-run double from Eudy Pina and RBI single from Jeff McNeil. St. Lucie added a run in the eighth on Cam Maron's sacrifice fly. Maron had been named a Florida State League All-Star earlier in the day. Starter Matt Koch allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings. Ryan Fraser recorded the final four outs for his second save. Box

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 3: John Mincone surrendered a pair of runs in the top of the ninth as Augusta broke a 3-all tie and sent Savannah to its season-high sixth straight loss. The Gnats had evened the score in the seventh on Jorge Rivero's RBI double and Yeixon Ruiz's RBI single, although the Gnats left the bases loaded that inning when Jonathan Leroux grounded into a fielder's choice. Box

JOHNSON CITY 3, KINGSPORT 2: Blake Drake's two-out solo homer in the fifth against Yoryi Nuez broke a 2-all tie. Luis Guillorme and Eudor Garcia each went 3-for-4 in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 8, STATEN ISLAND 2: Brooklyn produced a five-run third inning and maintained a two-game lead in the wild-card race with its victory. Consecutive singles by Michael Bernal, Tucker Tharp and Alfredo Reyes gave Brooklyn a 1-0 lead. After Adrian Abreu produced a run-scoring groundout, Amed Rosario delivered an RBI single. Michael Conforto grounded out, but another string of singles -- this time from Jhoan Urena, Tyler Moore and Pedro Perez -- plated two more runs for a 5-0 lead. Casey Meisner allowed one run on four hits in six innings and struck out 11. Box

GCL CARDINALS 2, GCL METS 1: Juan Marte surrendered a walk-off RBI single to Magneuris Sierra in the ninth. The Mets' lone run came on Dash Winningham's sixth-inning solo homer. It was his fifth long ball of the season -- the most by a Mets farmhand in the Gulf Coast League since Jeff Flagg and Alonzo Harris also had five in 2008. Box

Minors 8.19.14: Muno homer paces Vegas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Minors 8.16.14: Lupo swipes home for win

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OMAHA 3, LAS VEGAS 2: Taylor Teagarden's two-run homer in the top of the seventh against Blake Wood broke a scoreless tie. But 51s starter Logan Verrett surrendered a sacrifice fly to ex-Mets farmhand Francisco Pena in the bottom of that inning, then a game-deciding two-run homer to Brian Bocock in the eighth. Verrett (10-5) was credited with a complete game and allowed only four hits and two walks in the defeat. Box

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BINGHAMTON 7, READING 3: Rehabbing Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed six strong innings and also contributed with a run-producing walk . Reading starter Jesse Biddle opened the fourth by issuing walks to Brian Burgamy and Jayce Boyd. Darrell Ceciliani followed with an RBI single. Three batters later, Biddle hit Wilfredo Tovar and walked Matsuzaka, forcing in another run. Mike Nesseth took over for Biddle and recorded the final out of the inning, defusing the threat. Matsuzaka cruised through four scoreless innings, needing only 38 pitches and facing one over the minimum. Reading’s first threat came in the fifth, when Brock Stassi pulled a one-out double down the right-field line. Matsuzaka stranded Stassi by retiring the next two batters. The Fightins cracked the scoreboard in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Peter Lavin doubled over right fielder Kyle Johnson’s head. He took third on a fly out and scampered home with Reading’s lone run when Matsuzaka uncorked a wild pitch. Jon Velasquez tossed a perfect seventh for his first save since 2010 as a Phillies farmhand at high-A Clearwater. Matsuzaka (1-0) allowed one run on three hits in six innings. He threw 69 pitches while walking none and collecting three strikeouts.

In Game 2, the B-Mets plated seven unanswered runs, highlighted by a go-ahead three-run homer from Tovar in the sixth. The Fightin Phils had blasted their way to the lead in the first inning on Aaron Altherr's three-run homer against Tyler Pill. Binghamton responded without needing a hit in the third against Reading starter Adam Loewen. Tovar walked and Pill reached safely when Loewen failed to cleanly field his drag bunt. After a walk loaded the bases, T.J. Rivera ripped a groundball through Jake Fox’s legs at third base, allowing Tovar to score. Burgamy followed with a fielder’s choice to third, plating Pill to cut the deficit to one run. Pill settled down after Altherr’s blast, retiring the final 13 batters he faced. The righty cruised through four perfect innings, striking out five additional batters, to cap his night. Loewen’s fortunes turned quickly when the B-Mets put together a two-out rally in the sixth. The lefty walked Dustin Lawley and hit Xorge Carrillo. Tovar then ripped a 1-0 pitch over the left-center wall. His second homer of the season put Binghamton ahead, 5-3. The B-Mets padded their lead in the ninth on Lawley's two-run double. Pill (8-5) struck out six while issuing no walks over five innings. He remains unbeaten in his last 15 games as a B-Met. Box 1, Box 2

BRADENTON 5, ST. LUCIE 2: In his first start since Aug. 3, Luis Cessa allowed one single

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and one walk in five scoreless innings. He struck out seven, but did not factor in the decision when the bullpen could not hold a 2-0 lead in the eighth. Beck Wheeler surrendered three straight singles to start the frame and was replaced by lefty T.J. Chism to face lefty Adam Frazier. Frazier singled to left to make it 2-1. After Chism struck out Walker Gourley, Jordan Steranka produced a three-run double to put the Marauders ahead, 4-2. Bradenton added one more run in the inning when Jose Osuna’s grounder went through second baseman Phillip Evans' legs and Steranka scored. Yhonathan Barrios pitched around a one-out double by Evans in the ninth to close out the game. Cessa retired the first 11 batters he faced. His no-hit bid ended with two outs in the fourth on a single by Steranka. The only other batter to reach against Cessa was on a walk in the fifth. Cam Maron singled to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Box

SAVANNAH 9, GREENVILLE 3: The Gnats used bases-loaded walks to Victor Cruzado and

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Nelfi Zapata to score twice in the first inning. The Drive pulled within 2-1 in the fourth against Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis as Kevin Mager singled to plate Tzu-Wei Lin. That was the only run Panteliodis allowed before the ninth inning. The Gnats blew the game open with a combined seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings against reliever Oscar Perez. Jeff Glenn and Patrick Biondi drew back-to-back walks to start a three-run rally in the sixth. In the seventh, consecutive singles from Cruzado, Zapata, Jonathan Johnson, Glenn and Biondi led to four runs and a 9-1 Savannah advantage. Cruzado finished 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI. Yeixon Ruiz was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. Biondi was 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Savannah let Panteliodis begin the ninth with an eight-run lead, but he allowed three hits, including two doubles, and reached his pitch limit. He was removed one out shy of his second complete game of the season. He still earned the win to improve to 5-3 with a 3.80 ERA. Box

KINGSPORT 4, GREENEVILLE 3: The K-Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win, capped by Vicente Lupo's game-ending steal of home. Lupo's RBI double earlier in the frame had tied the score at 3. Kingsport starter Persio Reyes tossed six scoreless innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, VERMONT 1: Amed Rosario's two-out double in the third plated John Mora and opened the scoring. The Cyclones opened a 2-0 lead an inning later. Michael Conforto was hit by a pitch and stole second. Tyler Moore followed with an RBI double. Brooklyn starter Alberto Baldonado departed after five scoreless innings. In the eighth, Gaither Bumgardner inherited a runner on first with two outs from Carlos Valdez. A passed ball by Adrian Abreu advanced Max Kuhn to second. Trent Gilbert's RBI single then pulled Vermont within 2-1. In the ninth, closer Shane Bay surrendered one hit but converted his 13th save. Box

GCL MARLINS 9, GCL METS 5: Starter Darwin Reyes surrendered eight runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings. Down 8-0, the Mets produced five fifth-inning runs, highlighted by Alvin Maracaro's two-run double. Maracaro, a third baseman, also committed two of the Mets' three errors. Adrian Almeida contributed three scoreless relief innings in the loss. Box

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Minors 8.9.14: Lara silences Senators

August, 10, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 8, ALBUQUERQUE 3: Kevin Plawecki contributed a two-run homer and Cory Mazzoni allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Albuquerque committed six errors, leading to four unearned runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 1: Rainy Lara tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings and Brian Burgamy went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and extended his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games. In his return to the lineup three days after suffering a jammed finger on a slide, Dilson Herrera hit a first-inning solo homer against John Simms. The B-Mets added to that total in the third. Lara and Brandon Nimmo, who was starting for the first time since Sunday, hit back-to-back singles to put two on with nobody out. After a fly out, Burgamy smacked a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. Harrisburg finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth against Cody Satterwhite. Jason Martinson made it all the way to third base on an error by right fielder Darrell Ceciliani. Martinson scored on Adrian Sanchez's pinch-hit single. Lara (6-4) has has allowed one run in 14 2/3 innings over his last two starts. Satterwhite notched his 13th save. Binghamton starting pitchers have allowed three earned runs over the last seven games. Nimmo, who had been sidelined with a hand injury, went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 3: Eudy Pina scored on a wild pitch as St. Lucie earned a walk-off win. Pina had worked a four-pitch walk against Bryton Trepagnier to open the frame. Gilbert Gomez bunted him to second, and Pina advanced to third on Jeff McNeil’s groundout. Then, on a 1-1 pitch to Maikis De La Cruz, Trepagnier skipped a fastball wide of catcher Jacob Stallings. The Mets had taken a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Stallings hit a one-out solo homer against Beck Wheeler. Earlier, Jeff McNeil, De La Cruz and L.J. Mazzilli opened the first inning with singles to load the bases. However, the Mets only came away with one run, on Phillip Evans’ bloop single. Mets starter Matt Koch maintained the 1-0 lead into the fifth. That frame, he walked Justin Maffei to load the bases, then plunked Adam Frazier to force in the tying run. With the bases reloaded, Walker Gourley hit a sac fly that gave the Marauders a 2-1 lead. However, the Mets scored two runs in the bottom half to take a 3-2 lead. Cam Maron's single plated McNeil. Evans later beat out a potential inning-ending double play that allowed Mazzilli to score the go-ahead run. Koch went six innings and surrendered two runs. He walked two, hit two and struck out a season-high-matching six. Box

SAVANNAH 9, AUGUSTA 2
AUGUSTA 3, SAVANNAH 1: In Game 1, 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith produced an RBI double in the sixth that evened the score at 2. Jeff Glenn added a three-run triple later in that five-run frame. Smith had a two-run homer in the seventh that capped the scoring. It was Smith's first 2014 long ball. Starter Ricky Knapp contributed a seven-inning complete game to even his record at 6-6. After five scoreless innings from starter Robert Gsellman in Game 2, Augusta posted three runs in the sixth against Bret Mitchell. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 5, BRISTOL 4: Jean Rodriguez had a first-inning homer and finished 3-for-4 as the K-Mets built a 5-0 lead and held on. Rodriguez and Zach Mathieu drove in two runs apiece. Former Pirates farmhand Blake Taylor allowed three runs on six hits and five walks in three innings. David Roseboom converted his second save despite allowing two hits in the ninth. Box

BATAVIA 4, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Marcos Molina, one of six Cyclones All-Star selections earlier in the day, allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out 11 in six innings. Molina's ERA swelled to 1.78. Also chosen for the Aug. 19 game, which will be played in Brooklyn: shortstop Amed Rosario, third baseman Jhoan Urena, right-hander Corey Oswalt, left-hander Shane Bay and outfielder Michael Bernal. Box

GCL CARDINALS 6, GCL METS 2: Starter Darwin Ramos and reliever Joel Huertas allowed three runs apiece as the Cardinals built a 6-0 lead. Dale Burdick, a 40th-round pick out of high school in Tennessee in June, produced his first professional homer in the loss. Box

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Morning Briefing: Colon milestone looms

August, 8, 2014
8/08/14
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WASHINGTON

FIRST PITCH: Bartolo Colon may not be going anywhere until the offseason anyway, but whether he is eligible to be traded this month remains to be determined.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that while Curtis Granderson is currently on waivers, the Mets have not yet put Colon through the process.

If a player is claimed, the Mets can dump the contract on that team, work out a trade, or pull the player back. Pulling the player back makes him ineligible to be dealt this month. If a player clears waivers, he can be dealt without restriction in August.


David Goldman/Associated PressBartolo Colon takes his second crack at career win No. 200 on Friday in Philly.


Meanwhile, Colon (10-9, 4.12 ERA) again bids for his 200th career win Friday. He opposes Philadelphia Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett (6-11, 4.16) at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, in the opener to a four-game series.

With a victory, Colon would become the third active pitcher to reach the 200-win plateau, joining Tim Hudson (213 career wins) and CC Sabathia (208). Colon also would become the third Dominican-born pitcher, joining Juan Marichal (243) and Pedro Martinez (219).

Two pitchers have notched No. 200 as a Met: Orel Hershiser and Martinez.

Read the Mets-Phillies series preview here.

Friday’s news reports:

Carlos Torres surrendered a walk-off two-run homer to Bryce Harper in the 13th as Washington beat the Mets, 5-3, in Thursday’s rubber game. Torres has allowed five homers in eight innings over his last seven relief appearances.

Jenrry Mejia tossed one inning, but no more, because of calf stiffness.

Jacob deGrom had a quality start (three runs in six innings). The NL Rookie of the Month for July came away with a no-decision as his five-game streak of winning starts ended.

Juan Lagares departed on a double-switch in the eighth, and Terry Collins expressed no reservations.

David Wright says the Mets -- now 54-61, nine games back in the division and eight games back in the wild card -- need to take things one game at a time.

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

• Read more on Mejia’s cranky calf in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post wonders about Collins’ future. The manager is under contract for next season. Writes Vaccaro:

Too many games have played out this way, truth be told, with him making some truly head-scratching decisions. Look, if most of them worked, you would salute his gut and his guts, and he would be praised for some unconventional thinking. But that’s the chance you take. And plays like [Eric] Young [Jr.]’s offer further evidence that Collins probably went too far to the other side after spending his early managerial years as a self-admitted tyrant. There seems little to fear inside the Mets clubhouse.

At this point, he deserves the rest of the season. He deserves another job in the organization, back in player development, where his true talent lies. But when Harper’s ball sailed over the Samuel Adams sign, it effectively ended the Mets for 2014, and put everyone on the clock for 2015. That ticking starts in the manager’s office.

• Columnist John Harper in the Daily News pronounces the Mets’ season over. Columnist David Lennon in Newsday agrees.

Writes Harper:

Can we officially be done with the silly talk that has lingered about the Mets making some late-season run at the playoffs?

Writes Lennon:

The Mets can stop the pretending now.

• After three straight solid outings, Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks in a 102-pitch effort that lasted five innings Thursday. Jayce Boyd’s two-run double in the eighth broke a scoreless tie as Binghamton blanked Richmond, 3-0. Cam Maron had three errors in addition to producing a pair of doubles as Fort Myers beat St. Lucie, 6-2. Martires Arias tossed six scoreless innings in Brooklyn’s 4-0 win against Mahoning Valley. Dowling College product Tyler Badamo earned his first professional win as the GCL Mets beat the GCL Cards, 5-3. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Critic Bob Raissman in the Daily News wonders why Gary, Keith and Ron objected to Tuesday’s SNY extensive coverage of Matt Harvey's mound session in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

BIRTHDAYS: John Hudek was born on this date in 1966.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets promote Noah Syndergaard now?

Minors 8.7.14: Boyd sinks Squirrels

August, 7, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE 6, LAS VEGAS 2: Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks while striking out four in five innings. He threw 102 pitches (64 strikes). Syndergaard had limited opponents to one earned run in 17 1/3 innings in his previous three starts. Jack Leathersich allowed one run on two hits and recorded one out in his return to Triple-A. Matt den Dekker went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, RICHMOND 0: Jayce Boyd's two-run double in the eighth broke a scoreless tie and lifted the B-Mets to their second series sweep of Richmond this season.

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Matt Bowman tossed six innings and combined with Hansel Robles and Cody Satterwhite on the shutout. Against Jose Casilla in the eighth, Brian Burgamy smacked a one-out double and Darrell Ceciliani was intentionally walked. Boyd then doubled to left-center to plate both. In the ninth, Wilfredo Tovar produced a one-out double against Phil McCormick. T.J. Rivera then singled to cap the scoring. Bowman allowed five hits and struck out six. Richmond starter Ty Blach tossed seven scoreless innings. Robles (7-6) tossed two no-hit innings and struck out four of the six batters he faced to pick up the win. Satterwhite worked a perfect ninth for his 12th save. At 70-47, Binghamton achieved its high-water mark for the season. Ceciliani and Burgamy each extended season-long hitting streaks. Ceciliani has reached nine games. Burgamy has hit safely in 11 straight. Box

FORT MYERS 6, ST. LUCIE 2: The Miracle stole six bases and catcher Cam Maron committed three errors on stolen-base attempts. Miracle starter Ethan Mildren limited the

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Mets to solo homers from Gavin Cecchini and Jared King in six innings. The Miracle scored two runs in the first against Michael Fulmer. Levi Michael walked and stole second and Byron Buxton followed with an infield hit. Buxton then stole second. Maron’s throw skipped away from L.J. Mazzilli and into center field, allowing Michael to score. Later in the inning, Dalton Hicks had an RBI double for a 2-0 lead. In the third, Aderling Mejia led off with a single and stole second. This time Maron’s throw sailed high and Mejia advanced to third. He came home on a two-out infield single by Michael to make it 3-0. The Miracle took a four-run lead an inning later. Niko Goodrum singled with two outs and stole second. It was the fifth steal of the night for the Miracle. Michael then had an RBI single. Cecchini’s solo homer in the fifth cut St. Lucie's deficit to 4-1. King made it a two-run game in the sixth with a solo shot. However, the Miracle answered with an ugly seventh-inning run. Goodrum stole second on Buxton's strikeout and went to third on another throw from Maron that sailed into center. Center fielder Gilbert Gomez bobbled the ball. The lapse allowed Goodrum to score. Adam Brett Walker’s homer against Robert Coles made it 6-2 in the eighth. Fulmer was charged with four runs (three earned) on seven hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Maron went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Box

AUGUSTA 10, SAVANNAH 9 (10 innings): Augusta scored six runs in the eighth to force extra innings. Reliever Akeel Morris then suffered a walk-off loss in the 10th as catcher Colton Plaia was charged with interference on Randy Ortiz's game-ending single. Box

KINGSPORT 8, BRISTOL 7
KINGSPORT 3, BRISTOL 2: Luis Arrizurieta singled and Leon Canelon scored the tiebreaking run from second base in the ninth after a throwing error by third baseman Edgardo Munoz as the K-Mets won, 8-7, in the completion of a game suspended on July 14. Long Islander Jimmy Duff (2-0) retired all nine batters he faced, four via strikeout, with the game having resumed in the seventh inning. In the regularly scheduled game, Kingsport overcame a 1-0 deficit with a three-run eighth. Luis Ortega had a game-tying leadoff homer. Branden Kaupe had a two-out, two-run double. After Bristol pulled within a run and loaded the bases in the top of the ninth, Ismael Tijerina replaced Bryce Beeler with one out and got a game-ending double-play grounder. Starter Andrew Church allowed one run in six innings. Box 1, Box 2

BROOKLYN 4, MAHONING VALLEY 0: Martires Arias limited the Scrappers to two hits and three walks in six scoreless innings. Relievers Brad Wieck and Mike Hepple combined for three no-hit relief innings. Michael Conforto went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Conforto doubled and scored the opening run on Jhoan Urena's single in the fourth. Brooklyn added three eighth-inning runs. Conforto had an RBI single, Urena contributed a sacrifice fly and Tomas Nido also had an RBI single. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL CARDINALS 3: Starter Tyler Badamo, a 24th-round pick out of Dowling College on Long Island, allowed one run on three hits in five innings and earned his first professional win. Alex Palsha produced a scoreless ninth for his eighth save. The Mets took a 4-0 lead on Arnaldo Berrios' two-out RBI double and Enmanuel Zabala's ensuing RBI single in the second. Box

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Minors 7.31.14: Nimmo fuels B-Mets

July, 31, 2014
7/31/14
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LAS VEGAS 2, EL PASO 0: Rafael Montero allowed three hits and two walks in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Miguel Socolovich and Gonzalez Germen completed the shutout. Taylor Teagarden's RBI single opened the scoring in the fourth. Matt Reynolds doubled and scored on Andrew Brown's single an inning later for a two-run lead. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, BOWIE 4: Matt Bowman (7-6) surrendered one run and struck out six in seven innings. Brandon Nimmo scored twice and drove in three runs. T.J. Rivera produced

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three hits and extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games. The lone run against Bowman came in the first on Mike Yastrzemski's game-opening homer. Facing Matt Bischoff in the bottom half, Nimmo walked and moved to third on Brian Burgamy's single. Dustin Lawley's RBI double evened the score at 1. In the third, Lawley's 19th homer -- a solo shot -- gave Binghamton the lead for good. The B-Mets took a 6-1 lead with a four-run fourth. Travis Taijeron and Xorge Carrillo had back-to-back singles and Kyle Johnson walked to load the bases with none out. Nimmo then plated all three and chased Bischoff with a triple. Dilson Herrera kept the inning going with a single against Julio DePaula that plated Nimmo. Bowie cut into a 9-1 lead with two eighth-inning runs against Adam Kolarek. Jon Velasquez surrendered a run in the ninth. Box

DUNEDIN 4, ST. LUCIE 3: The Jays broke a 3-all tie with an unearned run in the ninth. With two outs and Pierce Rankin on first, the Mets played their outfielders deep, in a no-doubles defense. Kevin Patterson then hit a routine fly ball to left field, but Jared King couldn’t race up to it fast enough. It dropped for a hit and put runners on the corners. Emilio Guerrero then sent a grounder to second base, but Phillip Evans could not handle it cleanly. Rankin scored the tiebreaking run on the error. King led off the bottom of the ninth with a double against Arik Sikula. However, Sikula got Cole Frenzel to line out, Gavin Cecchini to ground out and struck out Eudy Pina for his 24th save in 26 chances. He had blown a two-run lead in the ninth against the Mets on Monday. The Mets had jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning Thursday. Jays starter Efrain Nieves walked back-to-back hitters with two outs and King singled home Evans. King got caught in a rundown between first and second on the play, allowing Cam Maron to score, too. The Jays answered in the third when Kevin McGowan surrendered a three-run homer to Rankin. With the Mets still trailing 3-2 in the eighth, Wilfredo Tovar drew a walk from Justin Jackson and stole second. Gilbert Gomez advanced Tovar to third with a groundout. After Evans struck out, Tony Davis entered and tossed a wild pitch that allowed Tovar to score. The Mets mustered five hits in the game, including two from King. McGowan struck out three and walked three in six innings. The Mets finished July with a 12-15 record. It was their first losing month this season. Box

HICKORY 10, SAVANNAH 1: Historic Grayson Stadium surrenders very few homers, but it could not hold Travis Demeritte, who went deep twice. Demeritte leads the South Atlantic League with 23 homers. The Crawdads scored twice in the first against Logan Taylor, using an RBI double by Zach Cone and run-scoring single from Jairo Beras. Demeritte drilled a long homer against Taylor in the second to put the Crawdads up 3-0. His second longball came against reliever Hunter Carnevale in the ninth to cap the game's scoring. The Gnats scored their lone run in the third. Yeixon Ruiz singled, stole second and scored on Champ Stuart's single. Hickory padded its lead on Taylor's bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning. The Crawdads scored three times in an eighth inning that was marred by three Savannah errors. Box

ELIZABETHTON at KINGSPORT (ppd.)

AUBURN 14, BROOKLYN 3: Starter Octavio Acosta allowed six runs (four earned) in three innings. Brandon Welch, the first reliever to enter for the Cyclones, allowed eight runs in two innings. Box

GCL NATIONALS 13, GCL METS 10: Milton Ramos and Arnaldo Berrios drove in three runs apiece and John Mora scored four times in the loss. Starter Jose Medina allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. The Nats overcame a 10-9 deficit with a four-run eighth against Waldo Rodriguez. Box

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Minors 7.26.14: B-Mets' Herrera plates four

July, 26, 2014
7/26/14
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SALT LAKE 5, LAS VEGAS 2: Promoted to Triple-A with Darin Gorski having suffered a broken foot, Princeton product Matt Bowman took a shutout bid into the eighth inning. Things then unraveled. With Vegas leading 2-0, Bowman surrendered a leadoff homer to Ian Stewart. He then surrendered consecutive singles and departed. Zack Thornton entered and allowed both inherited runners to score in what became a four-run frame. Thornton had a throwing error, so Bowman was charged with three runs (two earned). Matt Reynolds' sixth-inning homer against Chris Volstad had staked Vegas to a 2-0 lead. The 51s loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the ninth, but Brandon Allen popped out and pinch hitter Matt den Dekker grounded into a game-ending double play. Box

BINGHAMTON 10, TRENTON 7: Dilson Herrera launched a three-run homer in the fifth to

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stake the B-Mets to a 6-2 lead. Herrera finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Brian Burgamy and T.J. Rivera drove in two runs apiece. Starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed four runs in five innings. Ryan Fraser surrendered three sixth-inning runs as Trenton took a 7-6 lead, but the B-Mets answered with four runs a half-inning later. The damage that frame included a two-run single by Rivera. Manager Pedro Lopez and Darrell Ceciliani were ejected in the seventh. Ceciliani was hit by a pitch in the inning and was tossed after being replaced by pinch runner Travis Taijeron. Box

DAYTONA 6, ST. LUCIE 3
DAYTONA 9, ST. LUCIE 1: In Game 1, the first four batters for the Cubs singled against Kevin McGowan. Kyle Schwarber’s hit scored Jacob Hannemann to tie the score at 1, and Dan Vogelbach followed with a two-run single to put the Cubs ahead. Daytona scored three more runs in the fourth. Hannemann collected another hit with an RBI single. Eudy Pina dropped Marco Hernandez’s fly ball to let in another run. Finally, Julian Hilario walked in a run with the bases loaded to give the Cubs a commanding 6-1 lead. Cam Maron delivered a two-run single in the fifth to cut the deficit to three runs. However, Felix Pena and Stephan Perakslis did not allow another baserunner for the remainder of the ballgame after Maron reached. McGowan was charged with six runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the loss. L.J. Mazzilli hit a pair of doubles, scored a run and drove in a run.

In Game 2, the Cubs jumped on the Mets early with seven runs on seven hits in the second inning. Billy McKinney started the scoring with an RBI single. Chadd Krist drew a bases-loaded walk and Jordan Hankins drove in a run on a groundout. All that damage came against Matt Koch. After a brief rain delay, play resumed and Tim Peterson took over on the mound. He was greeted by a two-run triple off the bat of Hernandez to make it 5-0. Cubs starter Tayler Scott blanked the Mets over five innings and struck out a season-high eight. He did not issue a walk and allowed five singles. The Mets avoided the shutout when Albert Cordero singled against Tyler Bremmer to plate Mazzilli in the sixth. Koch was charged with five runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings. The Mets have lost a season-high six straight games. Box 1, Box 2

LEXINGTON 1, SAVANNAH 0: Robert Gsellman limited Lexington to one run on six hits and a walk in eight innings, but suffered the tough-luck loss. The game's lone run came on consecutive doubles to open the sixth inning by Kenny Diekroeger and Frank Schwindel. Despite getting no-hit until Victor Cruzado's one-out single in the fourth, the Gnats had runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings thanks to two walks, two hit batters and two steals during that span. Cruzado finished with two of Savannah's three hits. Box

BURLINGTON 5, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Andrew Massie allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Eudor Garcia and Wuilmer Becerra had three hits apiece in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 3, VERMONT 2: Will Fulmer's two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in the second staked the Cyclones to a 2-0 lead. Corey Oswalt surrendered a run the following half-inning, but Brooklyn quickly restored the two-run lead on Tyler Moore's double, which plated Michael Conforto in the third. Conforto finished 1-for-3 with a walk and has hit safely in each of his eight professional games. Oswalt limited Vermont to two runs in six innings. Kelly Secrest contributed two scoreless relief innings. Shane Bay recorded his seventh save with a perfect ninth with two strikeouts. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL MARLINS 7: Wilfredo Tovar went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and played seven innings at shortstop in his second Gulf Coast League game since undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb. Tovar, a 40-man roster member, last played for Binghamton on May 28. Arnaldo Berrios went 3-for-5 with two RBIs as the Mets built an 8-3 lead with a six-run fifth. Nabil Crismatt and Alex Palsha combined for three no-hit relief innings. Palsha earned his fifth save. Box

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Minors 7.22.14: Flores hit streak ends

July, 22, 2014
7/22/14
11:31
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LAS VEGAS 4, TACOMA 0

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TACOMA 4, LAS VEGAS 3: Noah Syndergaard limited the Rainiers to four hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings and combined with Gonzalez Germen on the seven-inning shutout in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Matt den Dekker had a game-opening homer and Josh Satin had a two-run shot later in the first inning against James Paxton. Den Dekker finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Wilmer Flores went 0-for-4 as his 22-game hitting streak ended. Syndergaard (8-5) walked three and struck out five and tossed 109 pitches. In Game 2, starter Giancarlo Alvarado allowed three runs in three innings. Trailing 4-1 in the final frame, den Dekker had a two-out, two-run double. However, he was stranded at second base when Matt Reynolds struck out. Box 1, Box 2

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 3: B-Mets reliever Jon Velasquez surrendered a walk-off RBI

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double to Jonathan Roof. Dilson Herrera went 3-for-4 and fell a double shy of the cycle. He was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing after being called out at home plate. Binghamton had opened the scoring in the third. Travis Taijeron and Herrera singled and Brian Burgamy walked to load the bases. With Dustin Lawley at the plate, Luis Diaz tossed a wild pitch and Taijeron scored for a 1-0 lead. The Sea Dogs responded with a three-run fourth against Rainy Lara. After the righty retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced, rehabbing Ryan Lavarnway launched a solo homer to tie the score. Later in the frame, Sean Coyle and Stefan Welch singled and Shannon Wilkerson plated both. The B-Mets evened the score at 3 a half-inning later on solo homers by Taijeron and Herrera. Velasquez (4-3) went 1 2/3 innings in the losing effort. Lara tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits. Box

TAMPA 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Greg Bird’s solo homer on the first pitch from John Lannan in the bottom of the sixth broke a 2-all tie. Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Jared King had tied the score

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when he scampered home on Kyle Haynes’ wild pitch. That same wild pitch moved Cam Maron to third base with no outs. Yet the Mets couldn’t get Maron home. After Aderlin Rodriguez walked, Gavin Cecchini struck out, Jeff McNeil lined out to shallow center and Eudy Pina flied out. Earlier in the game, the Mets had the bases loaded with one out in the fourth. However, Cecchini struck out and McNeil grounded out. Tampa’s first two runs came in a three-error third inning and were unearned. Lannan struck out Claudio Custodio, but Custodio reached first base safely because strike three was a wild pitch. Lannan then appeared to have Custodio picked off at first, but Rodriguez dropped the throw and Custodio advanced to second. Custodio advanced to third on Jose Rosario's single. It looked like Lannan was poised to get a double play to escape unharmed, but umpire Brennan Miller ruled Phillip Evans didn’t hold the bag at second and Custodio scored. Later in the inning, Rodriguez committed a fielding error at first base that allowed Rosario to score as the Yankees took a 2-0 lead. Lannan took the loss despite limiting the Yankees to one earned run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Seth Lugo retired all eight batters he faced after taking over for Lannan. Taylor Garrison and Cesar Vargas combined to strike out seven of the last eight St. Lucie hitters. Box

KINGSPORT 5, GREENEVILLE 0: Blake Taylor, the player to be named in the Ike Davis trade, allowed one hit and two walks in six scoreless innings. He combined with Christian Montgomery, David Roseboom and Nicco Blank on a two-hit shutout. Wuilmer Becerra went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBIs. Oswald Caraballo went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Box

ABERDEEN 7, BROOKLYN 6: The Cyclones nearly overcame a five-run deficit, but tying run Anthony Chavez was stranded at second base in the ninth when Amed Rosario struck out. Michael Conforto's run-scoring groundout had capped a three-run eighth that pulled Brooklyn within 7-5. Rosario and Jhoan Urena drove in two runs apiece for Brooklyn. The IronBirds broke a 2-all tie with a five-run fifth against Alberto Baldonado and Cameron Griffin. Box

GCL NATIONALS 5, GCL METS 1: Jeremy Hefner allowed one run in three innings in his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery. Audry German then surrendered four fourth-inning runs as the Nats built a 5-0 lead. German subsequently contributed four scoreless frames. The Mets' lone run came in the fifth on a leadoff homer by Hengelbert Rojas. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187