New York Mets: Carlos Vazquez

It's a wrap: Mets depart winter meetings

December, 12, 2013
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Mets executives departed the winter meetings midday Thursday, having enjoyed what could be labeled a productive week.

The Mets announced on Tuesday their four-year, $60 million deal with Curtis Granderson, which completes the overhaul of the outfield when coupled with Chris Young's previous signing. And they helped offset the sting of losing Matt Harvey for 2014 by agreeing to a two-year, $20 million contract with Bartolo Colon pending a physical.

A team official said the Colon pursuit increased during the winter meetings, and was not something the club had zeroed in on to accomplish when it arrived.


Adam RubinSandy Alderson dissects winter meetings.


"We have three established starters," Alderson said. "It's not quite enough. We have lots of young talent. But we don't want to rely on it entirely. And it also provides us the kind of depth that we're going to need through the course of the season. So adding experienced pitching, whether at the top end of a rotation or elsewhere, was an important factor for us."

Those manuevers lifted the payroll to roughly $87 million, when $4 million is factored in to account for players being on the DL and the Mets paying more than 25 active players at any given time.

The heavy lifting that remains centers on trading first baseman Ike Davis, signing a fifth starter, getting some veteran late-inning bullpen help and at least investigating an upgrade from Ruben Tejada at shortstop. Milwaukee Brewers GM Doug Melvin and Sandy Alderson were spotted chatting again Thursday morning, presumably about Davis, as the meetings were breaking up.

Alderson severely downplayed the chances of the Mets signing free-agent Stephen Drew. While the Mets are prepared to use Tejada, Alderson said upgrades via trade would still be investigated. The Mets also will listen on trade offers for Daniel Murphy, but it is appearing more likely he remains with the Mets.

"I think it's more likely if we come up with a 'high-end' shortstop or someone we like, it's more likely to come in a trade," Alderson said.

As for the progress on the shortstop front, Alderson added: "I wouldn't say we have traction. We have more knowledge today than we did before."

Davis was not traded during the winter meetings, but his days as a Met certainly appear numbered, with the Tampa Bay Rays and Brewers the two most likely destinations. Tampa Bay and Milwaukee both like free-agent James Loney, who is seeking a three-year deal, according to a source. Neither club is expected to bid beyond two years. And once Loney settles on a landing spot, Davis could end up with the club that does not prevail, although Texas' Mitch Moreland also is available. The Pittsburgh Pirates also are believed to be courting Loney.

An official from one team in pursuit of Davis said the Mets are not being unreasonable with trade demands. A trade could happen soon.

"The situation for players ebbs and flows," Alderson said. "In that regard, right now, it seems to be flowing. But, again, things are highly unpredictable."

If Murphy stays and the Mets do not upgrade at shortstop, one interesting lineup question will be: Do the Mets have to get Eric Young Jr. into the lineup and leadoff spot? That was a topic of conversation among club officials later in the winter meetings. There have been some rumblings Juan Lagares could end up on the bench or in Triple-A, despite his Gold Glove-caliber defense. The bottom line: The Mets have such little margin for error that it would be hard to carry an unproductive bat. And they really do not have a clear-cut alternative to Young as leadoff hitter, although they were chatting about alternatives that would allow Lagares to remain in the lineup.

As for what the lineup might look like without Lagares, it sounds like this is plausible based on Terry Collins' statements:

E. Young, lf
Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Granderson, rf
Lucas Duda, 1b
C. Young, cf
Travis d'Arnaud, c
Tejada, ss

If Murphy gets traded, Young could slide over to second base, reopening center field for Lagares. Collins said he is undecided about his Nos. 5 and 6 hitters being Duda-Young or Young-Duda.

The rotation right now: Jonathon Niese, Colon, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee. The Mets likely will add an external fifth-starter candidate, probably on a major-league deal with a low base salary -- think a Daisuke Matsuzaka or Aaron Harang type. If it is an internal candidate, it could be Jenrry Mejia, Jacob deGrom or Rafael Montero. Either way, that would allow Noah Syndergaard to open the season at Triple-A Las Vegas and debut in June or July, as Harvey and Wheeler did the past two seasons.

In concluding business Thursday, the Mets selected right-hander Seth Rosin in the major-league phase of the Rule 5 draft. But that was done with the intention of trading him for cash to the Dodgers. He will not be in camp with the Mets.

"Who's on a $5 bill? That would be the player to be named later," Alderson quipped.

The club lost left-handers Jim Fuller and Carlos Vazquez and right-hander Martires Arias in the minor-league phase of the draft. The Mets added Jonathan Velasquez, a Double-A right-hander from the Minnesota Twins organization, in the minor-league phase.

"We're very happy," Alderson said. "And, I think, we're positioned to do perhaps some other things later on. But we're happy with the four days. ... I think what we're going to do is go home, reassess what's available to us. And as we get into the last part of December and even into January, I'm sure we'll do some things. They may not be spectacular -- but, we hope, additive to what we've already done."

Minors 8.14.13: Shields delivers walk-off

August, 14, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 8, NEW ORLEANS 1: Right-hander Matt Fox recorded his sixth victory with seven scoreless innings. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs and an inside-the-park homer. The 51s (67-56) are now in a first-place tie with Sacramento in the Pacific Southern Division. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, READING 3: The B-Mets broke a tie score in the eighth and hung on for the victory. One night removed from blowing a one-run lead in the ninth, B-Mets closer Jeff Walters stranded two in the final frame. After Hector Nerris blanked Binghamton for three

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perfect innings, the B-Mets scratched back against Kyle Simon in the eighth. With the score even at 3, Darrell Ceciliani hit a sharp infield single to first to start the inning. He moved into scoring position with his 29th stolen base of the season and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Following a one-out walk to Wilfredo Tovar, Alonzo Harris stroked a grounder to shortstop. Harris beat out the potential inning-ending double play, allowing Ceciliani to score the go-ahead run. Adam Kolarek worked around a one-out walk in a scoreless eighth before handing off to Walters for the ninth. Anthony Hewitt greeted Walters with an infield single and Troy Hanzawa lined a single to left, putting runners on the corners with one out. The right-hander fanned pinch-hitter Kelly Dugan and induced Albert Cartwright to pop out to catcher Blake Forsythe to end the game. Bradford (2-1) collected the victory, while Walters earned his 34th save. Starter Darin Gorski allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings in the no-decision. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, FORT MYERS 3: Robbie Shields produced a walk-off RBI single in the bottom

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of the ninth. The Mets won their fifth straight and remain in first place in the second half in the Florida State League's South Division. The Mets trailed 4-3 entering their final at-bat. Dustin Lawley had a leadoff single against Tyler Jones. Rylan Sandoval then singled with one out. Matt Reynolds drilled a game-tying single. And Shields ripped a single to left-center to score Sandoval and win the game. Lawley, who finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, had hit a game-tying solo homer in the seventh -- his league-leading 25th long ball. Shields finished 3-for-4 with a run scored. Domingo Tapia allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits while walking three and striking out three in five innings. Randy Fontanez pitched two scoreless innings and fanned three. Carlos Vazquez picked up the win. He allowed one run and one hit in two innings. Box

ROME 3, SAVANNAH 2: Marco Camarena allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings, including a tiebreaking RBI single to Felix Marte in the fourth. Box

KINGSPORT 7, PRINCETON 6: Jeff Diehl's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth plated Yeixon Ruiz with the winning run in a walk-off victory. Ruiz had opened the inning with a single and advanced to third base on sacrifice bunts from Jeff McNeil and Joe Tuschak. Ruiz had stolen home in a five-run sixth. Box

BROOKLYN 3, HUDSON VALLEY 1: The Cyclones scored the go-ahead run in a three-run

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eighth on Rick Teasly's wild pitch, which plated Ismael Tijerina. Cyclones starter Dario Alvarez allowed one unearned run on four hits in six innings. In the fourth, Renegades cleanup hitter Oscar Hernandez reached on third baseman Juan Gamboa's fielding error and ultimately scored on Granden Goetzman's sacrifice fly. Patrick Biondi led off the eighth with a single. Brooklyn manager Rich Donnelly then elected to have Tijerina bunt, and Tijerina reached on an error. With two on base, a failed pickoff attempt advanced both runners. Gavin Cecchini then hit the ball deep enough to center field to drive in Biondi and even the score. With Tijerina on third, Teasly threw a wild pitch, allowing Tijerina to score to give Brooklyn a 2-1 lead. Matt Oberste followed with an RBI single. Cecchini extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest by a Cyclone this season. Akeel Morris tossed three no-hit innings, striking out five, and earned the win. Through 33 1/3 innings, Morris has allowed two earned runs while striking out 47. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL CARDINALS 8: The Mets overcame a late four-run deficit, taking the lead with a two-run eighth that included an RBI single by Oswald Caraballo. Wuilmer Becerra drove in three runs. Starter Marcos Molina allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings. Cameron Griffin tossed two scoreless innings for his fifth save. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 6.22.13: Hughes HR rallies B-Mets

June, 22, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 4 SALT LAKE 1: The 51s took a 2-0 lead in the second when Francisco Pena was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Brandon Hicks followed with a sacrifice fly. The lead swelled to three runs in the fifth on Mike Baxter's solo homer. Starter D.J. Mitchell tossed five scoreless innings. Ike Davis went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts, dipping his average to .310. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, ERIE 5 (10 innings): Binghamton (45-28) overcame a four-run deficit in the ninth, then enjoyed a walk-off winner an inning later. Josh Rodriguez's one-out double in the bottom of the 10th scored Darrell Ceciliani, who had walked and advanced to third on Wilfredo Tovar's single. Down 5-1 in the ninth, Allan Dykstra had an RBI double and Rhyne Hughes delivered a two-out, three-run homer. Tovar finished 3-for-4. Box

PALM BEACH 6, ST. LUCIE 5: With scheduled starter Noah Syndergaard promoted to Binghamton, Carlos Vazquez stepped in and allowed two runs in four innings. St. Lucie took a 4-1 lead with a four-run fourth that included a run-scoring triple by Dustin Lawley as well as RBI singles from Jayce Boyd and Charley Thurber. Estarlin Morel (4-3) suffered the loss in relief after allowing three sixth-inning runs. Boyd finished 2-for-4 and is hitting .538 through three Triple-A games. Box

LEXINGTON 2, SAVANNAH 0: Left-hander Steven Matz limited Lexington to two hits and three walks while striking out nine in six scoreless innings, but the Gnats were shut out. Julian Hilario surrendered a pair of eighth-inning runs that broke a scoreless tie. Phillip Evans and Chad Zurcher had two-out singles in the ninth, but Eudy Pina had a game-ending strikeout. Box

JOHNSON CITY 8, KINGSPORT 1: Andrew Massie allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings in relief. Jeff Diehl's solo homer accounted for the lone run for the K-Mets (0-3). Box

ABERDEEN 5, BROOKLYN 4 (10 innings): After the Cyclones (2-3) scored four ninth-inning runs to force extra innings, the IronBirds recovered. Brooklyn reliever David Wynn opened the 10th by walking Jared Breen. Breen stole second and scored the decisive run on Kristopher Richards' two-out single to center. Trailing 4-0 entering the bottom of the ninth, Gavin Cecchini, LJ Mazzilli and Jared King had consecutive one-out singles to load the bases. Cecchini scored on a wild pitch and Jorge Rivero walked to reload the bases. A groundout and passed ball plated runs to pull the Cyclones within 4-3. Down to their final out, Colton Plaia delivered a game-tying RBI single. With Eris Peguero at third base, Anthony Chavez then struck out to end the inning tied at 4. Box

GCL NATIONALS 3, GCL METS 2: First-round pick Dominic Smith went 2-for-4 with an RBI and started at first base in his professional debut. Tim Byrdak, coming back from shoulder surgery, tossed a scoreless inning with one walk. Marcos Molina allowed two runs on three hits while striking out nine in 4 2/3 innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 6.19.13: Dykstra homers twice

June, 20, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 8, TUCSON 4: Eric Campbell drove in four runs while Ike Davis went 2-for-2 with three walks, an RBI and two runs scored. Gonzalez Germen and Sean Henn combined for three scoreless relief innings after starter Matt Fox allowed four runs in six innings. Box

RICHMOND 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (8 innings)
BINGHAMTON 8, RICHMOND 1: The B-Mets suffered a walk-off loss in the opener as Chase Huchingson walked the leadoff batter and ultimately surrendered a two-out RBI

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single to Andrew Susac in the bottom of the eighth. Binghamton won the nightcap as Cesar Puello returned from a one-week absence and Allan Dykstra went 3-for-7 with a double, two homers and five RBIs in the twinbill. In Game 1, Richmond starter Carlos Torres walked five batters in his lone two innings, but the B-Mets could not capitalize. Binghamton starter Erik Goeddel hit Mark Minicozzi to start the second inning and surrendered an RBI single later in the frame to Jarrett Parker. Omar Javier took over for Torres in the third and Puello stroked a leadoff double. Dykstra followed with a go-ahead two-run homer. Goeddel preserved that 2-1 lead, but Richmond busted through in the sixth against reliever John Church. Adam Duvall and Minicozzi singled. Duvall eventually scored on Susac's sac fly. The B-Mets loaded the bases in the top of the eighth against Tom Vessella, but Danny Muno struck out looking to end the frame. None of the 10 B-Mets batters who walked scored.

After mustering four hits in the opener, the B-Mets opened the nightcap with the first five batters to face Richmond starter Taylor Rogers reaching safely. Puello delivered an RBI single. Richard Lucas added a two-run single. Xorge Carrillo wrapped up the four-run first with his first RBI as a B-Met. B-Mets starter Darin Gorski allowed a runner to reach in each of his five innings, but surrendered just one run. Puello added an RBI single in the second and Dykstra hammered an RBI double in the fourth. Dykstra also had a two-run homer against reliever Ryan Bradley. Ryan Fraser contributed a scoreless sixth. Adam Kolarek struck out two in the seventh. Lefty reliever Jim Fuller was promoted from St. Lucie. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 4: St. Lucie (37-30) won seven of its last eight games to close

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the first half. Robbie Shields had two hits, including a leadoff homer in a five-run fourth. Gilbert Gomez followed with an RBI single to tie the score at 2. Matt den Dekker, who finished 0-for-3 in his third game since returning from a broken right wrist, had a sacrifice fly to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. T.J. Rivera and Dustin Lawley each had RBI singles in the frame. St. Lucie starter Rainy Lara struck out back-to-back hitters with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth to close his outing. Lara earned his first Florida State League win. He allowed three runs and seven hits over five innings while walking two and striking out seven. Carlos Vazquez allowed one run and one hit with no walks and two strikeouts in two innings. Chasen Bradford pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. T.J. Chism struck out Richie Shaffer looking with runners at first and third to earn his eighth save. Box

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 2: Miller Diaz allowed five runs (two earned) in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out four. The damage began in a two-run second. With two outs, Kale Sumner and Bubba Jones consecutively singled. Francisco Rosario then produced a two-run double. An inning later, Derek Toadvine and Michael O’Neill singled to start the inning. With both in scoring position and two outs later in the frame, Isaias Tejeda lofted a fly ball that was botched by left fielder Eris Peguero, allowing two unearned runs to score. Sumner followed with an RBI single for a 5-0 Baby Bombers lead. The Cyclones (0-2) finally broke through in the sixth. LJ Mazzilli doubled with one out and advanced to third on a passed ball. Matt Oberste (3-for-4) eventually singled with two outs to plate him. Oberste, a seventh-round pick from the University of Oklahoma, produced his first professional homer in the ninth. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 6.9.13: Taijeron on tear in Double-A

June, 9, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 7, TACOMA 1: Starter Carlos Torres contined to resurrect his season. The ex-Rockies/White Sox pitcher tossed a complete game two-hitter. He has produced consecutive complete games and won his past five starts. Since allowing nine runs on May 8 against Round Rock, the right-hander has a 1.65 ERA over six starts. Brandon Hicks contributed a grand slam and Eric Campbell also homered for the 51s (33-28). Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, ALTOONA 2: Travis Taijeron completed a four-RBI night with a tiebreaking three-run homer in the ninth. Taijeron launched a 1-1 offering from reliever Jason Townsend over the right-field fence for his second homer in two games since a promotion. He is 5-for-9 with six RBIs since joining the B-Mets (38-25). Jeff Walters retired all three batters in the ninth for his league-leading 15th save. Justin Howard had

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given the Curve the early lead with a solo homer against B-Mets starter Jacob deGrom. Howard struck again in the fourth with an RBI single. Altoona spot starter Ethan Hollingsworth had a scoreless effort through four innings. Allan Dykstra cut the deficit to 2-1 in the fifth with his eighth homer. Altoona reliever Kenn Kasparek surrendered three singles in the seventh, capped by Taijeron tying the score at 2 by dumping an RBI hit into center. DeGrom returned for the seventh and ended his night with a perfect frame. He allowed two runs on six hits and struck out four over seven innings. Jack Leathersich walked a tightrope with two outs in the eighth. The southpaw walked Adalberto Santos and surrendered a double to Alex Dickerson. With two runners in scoring position, Leathersich preserved the tie and ended the inning by striking out Drew Maggi. Leathersich (2-0) collected the win after Taijeron’s blast in the ninth. Josh Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to an Eastern League-best 21 games with a single in the seventh. Box

JUPITER 2, ST. LUCIE 1 (8 innings)
ST. LUCIE 4, JUPITER 1 (14 innings): In a game suspended from Saturday, Jupiter won in walk-off fashion in the eighth when Brent Keys doubled with two outs and shortstop Matt Reynolds had a throwing error on Austin Barnes' ensuing grounder. St. Lucie (31-29) then won the regularly scheduled game in 14 innings. The Mets loaded the bases with none out in the top of the 14th on Reynolds' leadoff double, Aderlin Rodriguez's walk, a wild pitch, then an intentional walk to Dustin Lawley with first base open. Charley Thurber's ensuing grounder to first base resulted in a forceout at the plate, but catcher Wilfredo Gimenez's throwing error allowed Rodriguez to score. Robbie Shields and Cam Maron followed with RBI singles in the three-run frame. Chasen Bradford tossed a perfect bottom half for his third save. Starter Matt Bowman limited Jupiter to one run in six innings. T.J. Chism, Hamilton Bennett, Carlos Vazquez, Estarlin Morel and Chism combined for eight scoreless relief innings. Box 1, Box 2

ROME 6, SAVANNAH 3: Hunter Carnevale and South Atlantic League All-Star Bret Mitchell combined to surrender six runs over the final two innings as the Gnats (37-25) squandered a late three-run lead. Tied at 3 entering the bottom of the ninth, Mitchell surrendered a three-run walk-off homer to Josh Elander. Mitchell had allowed four earned runs in 25 innings all season, but allowed another four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings Sunday. The defeat spoiled six scoreless innings from Luis Cessa, who allowed seven hits and no walks while striking out six. Savannah had broken a scoreless tie with a three-run seventh that included Brandon Nimmo's RBI double and Jayce Boyd's run-scoring single. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 5.19.13: Bonfe's 4 hits lift B-Mets

May, 19, 2013
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OMAHA 4, LAS VEGAS 3: Ex-Met Xavier Nady had an RBI double and scored the go-ahead run later in the sixth on Anthony Seratelli's single against Armando Rodriguez. The 51s (20-21) had taken a 3-2 lead in the fifth on Wilmer Flores' solo homer. Andrew Brown left the game with an oblique strain. Starter Chris Schwinden allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in four innings. He departed after a rain delay, having thrown 58 pitches. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, PORTLAND 5: Joe Bonfe produced four hits, including a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth, and the B-Mets (24-19) matched a season high with 14 hits. Cory Vaughn opened the scoring by plating Cesar Puello with a first-inning single against

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Portland starter Drake Britton. In second, Bonfe added an RBI single. Danny Muno stretched the lead to 3-0 with a run-scoring double . The Sea Dogs erased the deficit with three runs in the third against B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni. Heiker Meneses singled and scored when Peter Hissey doubled and Darrell Ceciliani fired a throw to second with no B-Met covering the base. Xander Bogaerts followed with an RBI single and scored later in the frame on a sac fly from Michael Almanzar. Hissey helped Portland grab a 4-3 lead in the fifth. Hissey tripled and scored the go-ahead run when Mazzoni bounced a wild pitch. Britton opened the door for the B-Mets in the sixth by walking Richard Lucas and hitting Ceciliani. Bonfe then threaded a go-ahead, two-run single past Bogaerts at shortstop. Josh Rodriguez added an RBI single against reliever Will Latimer. Mazzoni preserved the lead with a scoreless sixth, but faltered in the seventh. After a single by Meneses, Bogaerts blasted an RBI double to cut Binghamton’s lead to one. John Church entered with the potential tying run on base and shut the door, striking out Tony Thomas and Travis Shaw. Church posted a perfect eighth. The B-Mets tacked on two runs in the ninth against Pete Ruiz. Jack Leathersich worked a scoreless ninth for his second save. Mazzoni (2-1) allowed five runs on 10 hits. Bonfe compiled his fourth career four-hit game, and first as a B-Met. Box

BRADENTON 8, ST. LUCIE 1: Hansel Robles allowed four runs and four hits while walking three and striking out six in four innings. He walked two batters in the second and allowed a two-out, two-run double to Alen Hanson. Jose Osuna hit a solo homer off Robles in the third. With the Mets (24-17) trailing 4-0 in the sixth, T.J. Rivera and Matt Reynolds had back-to-back singles and Dustin Lawley ripped a double to left to score Rivera. However, Nick Kingham struck out Aderlin Rodriguez and Rylan Sandoval with two runners in scoring position to end the threat. Reynolds finished 2-for-3 with a double and walk. Lawley drove in his 35th run of the season and is now tied for the Florida State League lead. Carlos Vazquez pitched three scoreless relief innings. Elias Diaz hit a grand slam off of Mets reliever Wanel Mesa in the eighth. St. Lucie visits Dunedin for a four-game series beginning Monday. Matt Bowman opposes rehabbing Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson in the opener. Box

SAVANNAH 12, AUGUSTA 10: Starter Luis Cessa allowed six runs on 11 hits and a walk in five innings, but the Gnats (24-17) ralied from an early 6-1 deficit. Nelfi Zapata started the comeback with a three-run homer in the fourth and finished with five RBIs. Jeff Reynolds went 4-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. Eudy Pina had three RBIs. Cole Frenzel and Stefan Sabol scored three times apiece. Beck Wheeler notched his third save with a scoreless ninth, despite allowing a double and walk to open the final frame. With the bases loaded and two outs, Wheeler coaxed a flyout from Trevor Brown to end the game. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 5.15.13: Vaughn slam fuels B-Mets

May, 15, 2013
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BINGHAMTON 9, AKRON 4: Cory Vaughn highlighted a six-run fifth inning with a grand slam as the B-Mets (22-18) produced a come-from-behind win for the third straight game.

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The win gave Binghamton the series sweep and a season-high four-game winning streak. In the fourth, Carlos Moncrief doubled to score Chun Chen and Bo Greenwell blooped a two-run single into center to put the Aeros ahead 3-0 against Jacob deGrom. Akron starter Jordan Cooper held the B-Mets down through 4 2/3 innings, but suddenly the offense clicked. After the first two batters in the inning had been retired, Wilfredo Tovar singled up the middle. Danny Muno also singled, and Josh Rodriguez plated the first B-Mets run with a single into right-center. On the next pitch, Cesar Puello hit the fourth consecutive single, grounding a ball into right field, which made it a 3-2 Akron lead. Allan Dykstra then walked, bringing up Vaughn with the bases loaded. He put Binghamton up 6-3 by sailing a line drive over the left-field wall for the first B-Mets grand slam of the season. Against Bryce Stowell an inning later, the B-Mets tacked on three more runs, highlighted by Puello's two-run double. DeGrom enjoyed the six-run cushion. His night ended after seven innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out six. Adam Kolarek and John Church each threw a scoreless relief innings to seal deGrom’s first career Double-A victory. Binghamton had scored nine runs total in deGrom’s first five starts. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 4, ST. LUCIE 3: The Mets trailed 4-2 entering the ninth, but Aderlin Rodriguez and Travis Taijeron produced back-to-back singles to open the inning. After Charley Thurber’s sacrifice bunt, Cam Maron had an RBI groundout to cut the deficit to a run. With Taijeron at third and two outs, Seth Harvey struck out Gilbert Gomez to end the game. The Mets committed four errors, leading to two unearned runs. Alex Panteliodis suffered the loss despite allowing two earned runs in six innings. He scattered seven hits while striking out six. T.J. Rivera’s RBI single scored Thurber in the third to tie the score at 1. The Manatees had a two-run fourth and an added a run in the fifth. Rodriguez ripped an RBI double to right-center to score Matt Reynolds from first to cut the deficit to 4-2 in the sixth. Wanel Mesa pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Carlos Vazquez retired two batters in the eighth and escaped a bases-loaded jam. Noah Syndergaard starts Thursday for St. Lucie (23-14). Box

CHARLESTON 6, SAVANNAH 3: Steven Matz allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings as he suffered his first loss and had his ERA swell to 2.83. After Matz had a throwing error in the first, Peter O'Brien belted a three-run homer. Eudy Pina had a two-out, two-run double in the ninth, but Jayce Boyd grounded out to end the game. Paul Sewald, activated from the DL, tossed a scoreless relief inning. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 9.2.12

September, 2, 2012
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LEHIGH VALLEY 6, BUFFALO 0: Expected call-up Jenrry Mejia allowed six runs on 11 hits in six innings in his final 2012 Bisons appearance. Buffalo managed only three hits. The season, and likely the Mets' affiliation with Buffalo, concludes Monday at 1:35 p.m. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, TRENTON 4: The B-Mets scored three runs on three Thunder errors in the bottom of the ninth. Trailing 4-2 in the final frame, Francisco Pena singled against Ryan Pope. Wilfredo Tovar then hit a fly ball to the warning track that left fielder Shane Brown dropped. With two aboard, Pedro Zapata pushed a bunt down the third-base line. Catcher J.R. Murphy airmailed a throw to first, allowing Pena to score. Pope’s first pitch to the next batter, Juan Lagares, got past Murphy and rolled to the backstop, prompting Tovar to scamper home and even the score. Zapata moved into scoring position on the wild pitch, setting the table for the final play. After fouling off three pitches with two strikes, Lagares sent a groundball to shortstop. Addison Maruszak fired to third in an attempt to nab Zapata, but David Adams mishandled the toss, allowing the ball to roll toward the Thunder dugout. With the ball loose, Zapata raced home with the winning run. The B-Mets (68-73) conclude their 21st season Monday at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Gonzalez Germen gets the start for Binghamton. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, BRADENTON 1: St. Lucie heads into the postseason on a winning note. The Florida State League club finished the regular season with an 83-52 overall record. St. Lucie plays its best-of-three first-round opener Tuesday at Jupiter. Erik Goeddel limited Bradenton to one run on two hits while striking out eight in seven innings in the regular-season finale. Robbie Shields' fifth-inning solo homer gave St. Lucie a 3-0 lead. Box

SAVANNAH 2, KANNAPOLIS 1: The Gnats overcame an early deficit with a two-run single by Yucarybert De La Cruz in the fifth. Randy Fontanez tossed 4 1/3 scoreless relief innings to earn the win. Carlos Vazquez notched the save with two scoreless innings. Box

STATEN ISLAND 1, BROOKLYN 0: Despite a strong outing by Brooklyn starter Rainy Lara, one blast by the Baby Bombers dropped the Cyclones into a first-place tie in the wild-card standings with three games remaining. Yankees catcher Peter O’Brien hit a solo shot for his 10th homer this season. The Cyclones mustered one hit in the first five frames. In the sixth, back-to-back two-out singles by Phillip Evans and Kevin Plawecki put the tying run on third, but the Cyclones were unable to capitalize as Jayce Boyd flied out. Yankees starting pitcher Andrew Benak earned his fifth win, going five innings and allowing one hit and two walks. Rehabbing Pedro Feliciano and James Pazos combined for three scoreless relief innings. Lara suffered his third loss despite holding Staten Island to one run on four hits in seven innings. He walked two and fanned eight batters. In relief, Logan Taylor threw two innings, allowing one hit and one walk with one strikeout. Evans went 2-for-4 in the loss. The Cyclones begin a three-game series against Lowell on Monday night at MCU Park. Box

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Around the minors 8.24.12

August, 24, 2012
8/24/12
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 6, BUFFALO 4: The first six batters of the game reached against Jeurys Familia in a four-run first inning, while ex-Met John Maine limited his former organization to two unearned runs in six innings. Chris Dickerson singled and Corban Joseph hit a two-run homer against Familia in the opening frame. Eduardo Nunez followed with a double and later scored on a wild pitch. Two more singles and an error gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had four more consecutive hits to open the second, with Dickerson scoring. Familia did rally. He allowed one hit over his final four innings, but ultimately was charged with five runs on 10 hits in six innings. The Herd scored a pair of runs in the third inning to get on the board. Fred Lewis came around on a throwing error by Maine. Valentino Pascucci later doubled home Lucas Duda for his team leading 58th RBI. Pascucci scored on a wild pitch in the eighth. Before the game, reliever Drew Carpenter joined the Bisons from Binghamton. He pitched an inning of scoreless relief. Armando Rodriguez returned to the B-Mets. Familia struck out seven batters to take over the team lead, with 119. Box

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 3: Wilmer Flores’ two-run homer in the ninth was not enough as the B-Mets’ comeback bid fell short. Sea Dogs starter Brandon Workman baffled the B-Mets, allowing one run over seven innings. Portland broke a scoreless tie in the third against starter Gonzalez Germen. With a runner on first, Jeremy Hazelbaker smacked an RBI triple over Juan Lagares’ head in center. Bryce Brentz followed with a run-scoring single. Workman cruised through five innings, facing one over the minimum. After surrendering a single to Eric Campbell in the second, he retired 13 straight B-Mets. Binghamton scratched out a run in the sixth, a rally ignited by a one-out triple by Pedro Zapata. Lagares then pushed an RBI bunt single down the third-base line. Lagares, representing the tying run, advanced to third on a stolen base and groundout, but was stranded. After allowing six hits over his first three innings, Germen no-hit the Sea Dogs over his next four frames. He got two quick outs in the eighth before allowing back-to-back homers, to Travis Shaw and Xander Bogaerts. Brad Holt entered and recorded the final out of the inning. The cushion factored in heavily. Workman tossed a scoreless seventh before handing a one-run lead to the bullpen. Caleb Clay tossed a perfect eighth, but nearly blew a three-run lead in the ninth. After Lagares singled, Flores blasted a two-run homer. Raul Reyes reached on a two-out single, but Jefry Marte struck out looking to end the game. Germen (7-11) suffered his fifth loss in his last six B-Mets starts. He allowed four runs on nine hits while collecting seven strikeouts. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 5: Cory Vaughn hit his 22nd homer and drove in two runs as the Mets held off Charlotte. Darrell Ceciliani went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Richard Lucas finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Aderlin Rodriguez also had a hit and drove in a run. Jacob deGrom picked up the victory, tossing 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three. Adrian Rosario pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up an unearned run with one walk and one strikeout. Taylor Whitenton tossed 1 2/3 innings and gave up three hits and one run with four strikeouts. Adam Kolarek recorded the final out to preserve the win for his 17th save. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 2: Cam Maron delivered a three-run homer in the first. He finished 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBIs. Carlos Vazquez (6-2) earned the win with four scoreless relief innings. Box

KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 4: Tomas Nido produced a two-run homer in the first inning. Nido then broke a 4-all tie in the fifth when he was hit by a pitch, advanced on another hit by pitch and walk, and scored on a wild pitch. The K-Mets opened a three-run lead an inning later when Branden Kaupe tripled and scored on Gavin Cecchini's single. Cecchini scored on a triple by Joe Tuschak. Nido departed the inning after being struck with the pitch. Juan Urbina (1-0) and Matt Budgell combined for five scoreless relief innings. Budgell earned his first professional save. Box

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 1: A late-inning meltdown wasted a stellar performance from Brooklyn starter Luis Mateo, who tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out six. The Cyclones scored their lone run in the fifth. Eudy Pina and Brandon Nimmo singled. A swinging bunt from Phillip Evans eventually put runners on second and third with two outs. Kevin Plawecki then smashed a line drive too hot for Staten Island third baseman Matt Duran to handle, allowing Pina to score for a 1-0 lead. In the eighth, Craig Hansen failed to record an out. He walked the first batter he faced, then hit a batter before allowing a single to Exicardo Cayones to load the bases with none out. Hansen then also plunked Ravel Santana to force in a run and even the score. Beck Wheeler, who was tagged with Thursday's loss after allowing an 11th-inning homer, once again fell victim to the long ball. Duran greeted him with a grand slam. Despite the loss, the Cyclones remain three games ahead of Batavia in the wild-card race. Box

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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

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Around the minors 7.11.12

July, 11, 2012
7/11/12
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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE 3, INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE 0: Matt Harvey tossed two scoreless innings and was named the top IL performer in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Buffalo. Valentino Pascucci, fresh off Monday's home run derby win, doubled and walked three times in four plate appearances as the DH. Bisons closer Fernando Cabrera struck out Cubs prospect Josh Vitters, the lone batter he faced. Box

EAST 5, WEST 4: Binghamton's Eric Campbell singled with two out in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run and earn MVP honors of the Eastern League All-Star Game. Campbell went 2-for-3 with a double off the bench in his first professional All-Star Game. Facing Hector Nelo of the Harrisburg Senators with runners on second and third, Campbell grounded a 3-1 pitch into left field, bringing home Reading Phillies shortstop Troy Hanzawa to secure the walk-off win. B-Mets teammate Jefry Marte earlier singled and had a sac fly that plated Campbell. Armando Rodriguez tossed a scoreless seventh to preserve a tie. He struck out Chris Rahl, induced Robbie Widlansky to fly out, walked Buck Britton and fanned Eury Perez. Zack Wheeler was selected but did not appear after pitching in Sunday's Futures Game. Box

ST. LUCIE at TAMPA (ppd.): Jason Bay and Frank Francisco's first expected rehab game was rained out.

SAVANNAH 5, DELMARVA 3: Starter Jake deGrom allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings and Carlos Vazquez contributed two scoreless relief innings. Xorge Carillo had a two-run homer and three RBIs. Box

KINGSPORT vs. BURLINGTON (ppd.)

CONNECTICUT 1, BROOKLYN 0: Brooklyn starter Julio Hilario battled Connecticut starter Hua-Wei Lo for six innings, but came up short. Hilario allowed one earned run on six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. In third, Hilario struck out Patrick Smith and retired Bennett Pickar on a groundout to Cyclones shortstop Phillip Evans. Brett Harrison then singled and scored on Jake Stewart's double. Lo held the Cyclones to three hits in six innings. Cyclones third baseman Alex Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a double in the loss. The other Brooklyn hit came from Evans, who led off the fourth with a single. The Cyclones left seven men on base and were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Working out of the bullpen, Matt Koch threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out three. Tyler Vanderheiden entered with two outs and a runner at second base in the eighth and kept the Cyclones within a run. Box

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Around the minors 5.19.12

May, 20, 2012
5/20/12
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BUFFALO 11, INDIANAPOLIS 6: Vinny Rottino blasted three homers and Valentino Pascucci, Jordany Valdespin and Matt Tuiasosopo also went deep. The long-ball barrage gives Buffalo an International League-leading 47 homers, passing Pawtucket (42). The six homers are the most in a game by the Bisons since July 2, 2004. In the third, Rottino and Pascucci crushed back-to-back homers off Indians starter Justin Wilson to push the lead to 4-1. Pascucci's homer was his third in the past two games and 49th in his Bisons career, tying him with ex-Bison Jason Cooper for seventh all time on the Buffalo modern-era home run list. With the score tied at 4 in the sixth, Valdespin -- who began the day in the Mets clubhouse in Toronto -- clobbered a solo homer. Later in the inning, Corey Wimberly and Brad Emaus had consecutive singles, but Emaus would get picked off at first by Indians pitcher Bryan Morris. With Wimberly at second, Rottino produced a two-run blast for a 7-4 lead. Rottino homered again in the eighth with Wimberly on base. More power would follow Rottino's blast. Lucas May singled and Tuiasosopo delivered a two-run homer to increase the Bisons' lead to 11-4. Justin Hampson and Josh Edgin combined to log 4 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Jeurys Familia. Familia was charged with four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out three in 3 2/3 innings. He required 87 pitches despite the modest length. Jack Egbert is scheduled to start in Sunday afternoon's game in place of the promoted Jeremy Hefner. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 5 (10 innings): Pedro Zapata hammered a two-out solo homer over the Maine Monster in the 10th. Zapata’s blast, his first this season, capped a game that saw 10 total runs scored over the final three innings. Trailing 1-0 in the eighth, the B-Mets put up five runs against two Portland relievers to take their first lead of the series. Binghamton sent 10 men to the plate and compiled six hits, highlighted by a two-run homer by Raul Reyes. Portland wasted little time to cut into the deficit. Darin Gorski, in his fifth inning piggybacking Jenrry Mejia's start, allowed back-to-back homers the following half-inning, cutting Binghamton’s lead to one. Reynaldo Rodriguez ripped a two-run shot over the Maine Monster and Bryce Brentz followed with a solo homer. Brad Holt ended the threat by recording two outs, but could not half the Portland comeback in the ninth. Derrik Gibson started the inning with a single and scored two batters later on a sac fly from Jeremy Hazelbaker. After allowing five hits in his first two innings of relief, Will Latimer returned for the 10th and recorded two quick outs before Zapata launched a 1-2 offering over the fence in left field. Adrian Rosario, promoted from St. Lucie on Friday, tossed a perfect 10th inning to collect his first Eastern League save. Mejia navigated the opening three innings in his first start with the B-Mets since August 2010. He allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in every frame and surrendered six hits overall. He struck out three and did not issue any walks. Gorski went 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision, allowing three runs on three hits. Holt (2-0) collected the win after blowing his first save. It was Binghamton’s first win in 18 games this year when trailing after seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, LAKELAND 3: Pedro Beato and Kyle Allen combined for four no-hit, scoreless relief innings. Blake Forsythe produced two RBIs off the bench after replacing Rafael Fernandez in left field. It was Forsythe's first professional appearance in the outfield. Francisco Pena also drove in two runs. Alonzo Harris Jr. is 5-for-10 in two games since taking over the leadoff spot. Box

SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 4: The Gnats overcame a 4-0 first-inning deficit as Brian Harrison reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances, He went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs. In his last 11 games, Harrison is hitting .425 (17-for-40) with five doubles, a triple, a homer and 12 RBIs. Savannah starter Michael Fulmer walked the game's opening batter, who then scored on Fulmer’s own throwing error. After a pair of singles, cleanup hitter Mark Minicozzi’s three-run homer gave the 'Jackets a 4-0 lead before Fulmer had recorded an out. The 29-year-old Minicozzi is 10 years older than the 19-year-old Fulmer. The Gnats (25-16) answered with three runs in the bottom half. After two walks, Aderlin Rodriguez brought home the first run with a double. Harrison followed with a two-run single. Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to seven games. Savannah took a 5-4 lead in the fourth against Kyle Crick. With runners at second and third and two out, Luis Nieves tripled over the head of right fielder Michael Mergenthaler. The Gnats scored in the seventh on Harrison’s two-run double. Fulmer lasted two innings, his shortest outing in seven starts as a Gnat. However, relievers Carlos Vazquez, Chasen Bradford and T.J. Chism combined for seven scoreless, one-hit innings. Vazquez earned the win with four innings of relief work. Box

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Around the minors 5.16.12

May, 17, 2012
5/17/12
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BUFFALO 14, GWINNETT 7: Matt Tuiasosopo highlighted a 17-hit attack with a first-inning inside-the-park homer as the Bisons roughed up demoted Braves starter Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens was charged with 11 runs (10 earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Tuaisosopo became the first Bison to produce the feat since Mike Jacobs on June 9, 2010, and the first to do it in Buffalo since Karim Garcia on June 6, 2001. In that inning, Vinny Rottino had a two-out infield single. Valentino Pascucci followed with a walk, which brought Tuiasosopo to the plate. He hit a fly ball to Braves right fielder Felix Pie that drifted out of his reach. As the ball skipped away, Tuiasosopo motored around the bases and slid headfirst into home. "I think it's my first inside-the-park home run in my career," Tuiasosopo said. After Tuiasosopo's feat, the Herd piled on. On the next pitch, Brad Emaus homered the conventional way for his first long ball as a Bison. The onslaught continued in the third, with Omar Quintanilla hitting a three-run triple for an 8-1 lead. The offense benefited Bisons starter Garrett Olson, who picked up his first 2012 win. The southpaw allowed three runs while striking out six in five innings. In his previous seven starts, three losses and four no-decisions, Olson received 17 total runs of support. Rottino (2-for-4) extended his hitting streak to 19 games. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, TRENTON 0: Jefry Marte ripped a bases-loaded single to right to give Binghamton a walk-off win. It was the B-Mets’ second walk-off win of the season and first 1-0 victory since they defeated New Hampshire in the second game of a doubleheader on July 14, 2011. Collin McHugh struck out six over seven scoreless innings, retiring the final nine Thunder he faced. Matt den Dekker set the table in the ninth by doubling against reliever Preston Claiborne to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest for any B-Met in 2012. Josh Rodriguez followed by bunting up the third-base line. He reached safely when Claiborne failed to handle the tough bouncer. A walk to Reese Havens loaded the bases and set the stage for Marte. McHugh walked one and allowed six hits. It was his longest scoreless start since he tossed seven shutout frames as a Brooklyn Cyclone on Aug. 8, 2009. Brett Marshall was just as good for the Thunder. The 22-year-old matched McHugh with seven scoreless frames, retiring 14 straight B-Mets at one point. Brad Holt (1-0) entered in relief for Binghamton in the eighth and worked around a two-out walk to post a scoreless frame. He worked around another two-out walk in a scoreless ninth. Zack Wheeler pitches Thursday's rubber game opposite right-hander Cory Arbiso. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, BREVARD COUNTY 3
ST. LUCIE 4, BREVARD COUNTY 0:
St. Lucie left fielder Rafael Fernandez hit two homers and drove in seven runs in a doubleheader sweep. The Mets used a three-run eighth inning to come away with a Game 1 victory. Blake Forsythe hit a go-ahead RBI triple. Fernandez then ripped a two-run homer. Chris Young pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts. He received a no-decision for his second straight Florida State League start. Adrian Rosario pitched 1 1/3 innings and picked up the win in relief. He struck out the side in the seventh. Fernandez hit a two-run double in the fourth to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Wilmer Flores launched a solo blast in the second for his sixth homer. In Game 2, Erik Goeddel pitched six shutout innings. Fernandez had a sacrifice fly RBI in the first inning. The Mets then scored three runs in the third. Robbie Shields drilled a leadoff homer. Fernandez crushed a two-run homer to make it 4-0. Goeddel (2-1) allowed five hits and struck out two over six innings. Adam Kolarek pitched a scoreless seventh with two strikeouts. Box 1, Box 2

CHARLESTON 14, SAVANNAH 5: Starter Alex Panteliodis was charged with eight runs in 3 1/3 innings. Relief Carlos Vazquez allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings. Aderlin Rodriguez had a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth to cap the scoring. Box

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Around the minors 5.7.12

May, 8, 2012
5/08/12
12:02
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BUFFALO 4, GWINNETT 3: Rob Johnson's two-run single with two outs in the top of the eighth gave the Bisons the victory. The win was Buffalo's 12th comeback triumph already this season, accounting for two-thirds of the club's 18 wins overall. In the latest edition, the Bisons trailed 3-1 thanks to solid work from 2011 International League's Most Valuable Pitcher Julio Teheran. Buffalo was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and in danger of wasting Dustin Martin's one-out single in the eighth inning. Josh Satin drew a two-out walk and Matt Tuiasosopo battled back from down 0-2 in the count to earn another free pass from Gwinnett reliever Jaye Chapman. Fred Lewis had an easier time drawing his walk, watching four pitches sail outside the zone to force in a run. Down 3-2, Johnson gave the Bisons their only lead with a single through the left side of the infield. Buffalo's only hit with runners in scoring position gave the Herd a 4-3 advantage. Fernando Cabrera nailed down Elvin Ramirez's first Triple-A win with his seventh save. Ramirez came on with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and struck out Josh Wilson. Chris Schwinden started for Buffalo in his first game since a two-start stint with the Mets. He struck out eight batters but left after five innings with a 2-1 deficit. Buffalo scored their first run of the game in the third inning on Martin's sacrifice fly. Box

NEW BRITAIN at BINGHAMTON (ppd.): The contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader at NYSEG Stadium on Aug. 7 at 5:35 p.m. The B-Mets (14-15) will start their rain-shortened series against the Rock Cats on Tuesday. Left-hander Mark Cohoon takes the mound for Binghamton against left-hander Andrew Albers.

ST. LUCIE 5, DUNEDIN 4: Francisco Pena delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly as the Mets rallied with a two-run eighth inning. St. Lucie (25-6) trailed 4-3 entering the bottom of the eighth. Wilmer Flores then hit a leadoff solo homer. Richard Lucas followed with a double down the left-field line and reached third on a sacrifice bunt by Cesar Puello. Pena then lined a pitch into left. Lucas tagged up from third and was able to beat the throw at home to give the Mets a 5-4 lead. The Blue Jays put together a comeback bid in the ninth as Ryan Schimpf doubled with one out to put runners at second and third against Adam Kolarek. Adrian Rosario issued an intentional walk to the next batter to load the bases. Rosario was able to induce a shallow flyball out for the second out. Rosario then induced a grounder to retire Michael Crouse to close the game as Danny Muno flipped to Robbie Shields at second for the force. Rosario earned his eighth save. Taylor Whitenton (2-1) picked up the victory in relief. He tossed 2 1/3 innings and allowed one hit and had one strikeout. Yohan Almonte received a no-decision. He allowed four runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts. Almonte allowed four consecutive hits in the first inning as the Blue Jays jumped to a 3-0 lead. But he was able to settle down and retired 13 straight. The Mets responded with a three-run first to even the score. Richard Lucas reached on an error that allowed Shields and Flores to score. Puello delivered an RBI single to plate Lucas with the third run. Flores went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Erik Goeddel opens a series at Brevard County on the mound Tuesday. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LAKEWOOD 0: Savannah pitching faced one batter over the minimum, retiring 27 of 28 Lakewood batters. The Gnats (19-12) have won five of the first six games on their seven-game homestand. Jacob deGrom made his Savannah debut and was perfect into the fifth inning. With two outs in that frame, he gave up a double to Maikel Franco, who was the only runner of the night for Lakewood (10-19). DeGrom, the Mets’ ninth-round pick in the 2010 draft out of Stetson, retired 20 of 21 before departing with his pitch count approaching 80. The Gnats scored the game’s first runs in the seventh. With one out, BlueClaws starter Ethan Stewart walked three batters to load the bases. Lakewood then called on reliever Gabriel Arias. Albert Cordero swung at the first pitch from Arias, sending a sharp groundball inside the first-base bag and down the line for a two-run double. Luis Nieves followed with a bloop single, plating two more runs for a 4-0 lead. Nieves finished 3-for-3 with three singles. Reliever Carlos Vazquez, who entered for deGrom for the final out in the top of the seventh, retired all seven batters he faced to earn his third win. He struck out two. In the eighth, Brian Harrison doubled, driving in Travis Taijeron to cap the scoring. Box

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Around the minors 5.2.12

May, 2, 2012
5/02/12
10:47
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BUFFALO 5, SYRACUSE 2: A 23-minute rain delay may have shortened Matt Harvey's second home start, but it didn't come early enough to slow down the Herd attack. The delay came in the bottom of the fourth inning, after the Bisons rallied from an early 2-0 deficit. The Buffalo lineup jumped on first-pitch deliveries from Chiefs starter Erik Arnesen. Rob Johnson led off the third inning with a single and Omar Quintanilla followed with a first-pitch triple to get the Herd on the board. Harvey followed with a 390-foot sacrifice fly to tie the score at 2. It was his fourth RBI this season. Buffalo then struck for three runs in the fourth. Dustin Martin gave the Bisons the lead with an RBI single. Johnson then hit a first-pitch triple for a 4-2 lead. Once the rain delay knocked Harvey from the game, pinch hitter Josh Satin hit the first pitch he saw for an RBI groundout. Harvey struck out three batters over his four innings. While the Bisons had the lead before the rain delay, the righty did not pitch long enough to qualify for his third consecutive win. New Mets minor league policy mandates any starter being removed if he has logged two innings and there is a rain delay. Justin Hampson earned the victory with three scoreless innings. Fernando Cabrera worked the ninth inning for his fifth save. Johnson was activated from the disabled list before the game. He missed five games with a left knee strain. Catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere was transferred from the roster. Vinny Rottino extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a second-inning triple. Box

AKRON 3, BINGHAMTON 1: Akron starter Giovanni Soto struck out nine over seven innings to extend the B-Mets' losing streak to a season-high three games. The Aeros took advantage of an early B-Mets defensive miscue. Davis Stoneburner led off the bottom of the first by shooting a groundball to Rylan Sandoval. Sandoval, in his first game of the season at shortstop, bounced his throw to first base, past Oswaldo Navarro, advancing Stoneburner to second. He moved to third on a wild pitch by B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon and scored on Ryan Rohlinger’s groundout. Akron added to its lead in the fourth. Adam Abraham doubled and scored one batter later on Thomas Neal's double. Kyle Bellows drove Neal home by singling. Given a three-run lead, Soto cruised to his third victory. Cohoon’s night ended after five innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out three. He was replaced by Armando Rodriguez, who supplied three perfect innings. Binghamton got on the board in the sixth. Navarro followed Matt den Dekker’s leadoff walk with a single. Reese Havens collected his third RBI of the season with another single. Soto escaped further damage by striking out Jefry Marte and turning a line drive back to the mound into a double play by doubling off Havens. Nursing a 3-1 lead, Kyle Landis entered from the pen and worked around a walk and a single to post a scoreless eighth. Eric Campbell led off the ninth with a double, but the rally fell short as Landis retired three straight. The win was Akron’s eighth straight. Cohoon (2-3) had his two-game winning streak snapped. The B-Mets (12-13) wrap up their weeklong trip Thursday. Right-hander Collin McHugh opposes right-hander Mason Radeke. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, JUPITER 2: Right-hander Erik Goeddel pitched five scoreless innings and Cesar Puello went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Mets won their sixth straight game. Goeddel allowed one hit and worked around five walks while striking out five. The Mets (22-4) pushed across a pair of runs in the third inning to take the lead. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Robbie Shields delivered a go-ahead single to plate Tovar. Puello hit a two-out infield single to score Shields and make it 2-0. The Mets extended the lead to 3-0 in the sixth. Danny Muno drilled a two-out single to plate Rafael Fernandez. The Mets had all nine starters record at least one hit. Cory Vaughn finished 2-for-2 with a walk. Taylor Whitenton pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and allowed one run on two hits with two walks and a strikeout. Adam Kolarek tossed 1 1/3 innings and gave up one hit with a walk and struck out one. Adrian Rosario pitched the ninth inning for his sixth save. Rosario allowed a leadoff home run to Marcell Ozuna, but battled back to secure the victory. The Mets will look to complete a three-game sweep Thursday with Angel Cuan taking the mound. Box

SAVANNAH 7, DELMARVA 1: Savannah (15-11) opened the scoring in the second. With one out, Brian Harrison doubled. After DH Charley Thurber was hit by a pitch, Albert Cordero singled to score Harrison. The Gnats added to their lead in the fourth on Travis Taijeron’s seventh homer. In the sixth, Aderlin Rodriguez doubled and scored on Cordero’s sacrifice fly to put Savannah ahead, 3-0. Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis shut out Delmarva on two hits and two walks through six innings to earn his third win and lower his ERA to 0.68 (2 ER/26.1 IP). Delmarva (13-12) scored its lone run in the seventh against reliever Carlos Vazquez, on Mychal Givens' RBI groundout. The Gnats added four runs in the seventh, during an inning in which the Shorebirds walked four and committed an error. Cordero drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. He finished 1-for-1 with a walk, two sacrifice flies and three RBIs. T.J. Rivera singled to begin the frame to extend his hitting streak to eight games. The Gnats send right-hander Domingo Tapia (3-1, 0.68) to the mound Thursday against right-hander Parker Bridwell (2-0, 4.05). Box

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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