New York Mets: Carlos Willoughby

Around the minors 5.20.12

May, 20, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS 4, BUFFALO 1: The Herd, which had a four-game winning streak snapped, scored its lone run against Rick VandenHurk in the first inning, when Corey Wimberly successfully had a delayed straight steal of home with Valentino Pascucci batting. "I basically told Corey, 'If you think you can steal home, go for it,'" manager Wally Backman said. "It was a success due to the position of the third baseman." It is the first time a Bison has stolen home since Chris Clapinski on May 16, 2004 at Columbus. Said Wimberley: "I told Wally if the pitcher lobs the ball back, I'm going home. I caught them sleeping, so I went for it." Jack Egbert, who started in place of Jeremy Hefner, who was called up to the Mets, allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in two innings. In relief of Egbert, Chuck James tossed three scoreless innings. Backman was ejected in the third inning for arguing a caught stealing call by the third base umpire. The Bisons activated reliever Jeff Stevens and welcomed Edgar Ramirez to the club's roster. In his first Triple-A action since 2009, Ramirez allowed two runs (one earned) in three innings. Chris Schwinden was recalled by the Mets. Infielder Michael Fisher was demoted to Double-A Binghamton. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, PORTLAND 7: The B-Mets collected 12 hits and scored in all but one inning. The rubber-game victory secured Binghamton’s third straight series win and kicked their record above .500 for the first time in May. Binghamton grabbed the lead three batters into the game against Sea Dogs starter Chris Balcom-Miller. Matt den Dekker extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games with an infield single. After advancing to second on a throwing error by third baseman Kolbrin Vitek, the first of four errors for Portland, den Dekker moved to third on a sac bunt and scored on Reese Havens’ groundout. The B-Mets added two runs in the second, when Juan Lagares scored on a wild pitch and Pedro Zapata supplied a sac fly. Raul Reyes lashed an RBI double in the third and den Dekker drove in a run with a single in the fourth, Balcom-Miller’s final inning. The righty was tagged for five runs (three earned) on four hits and walked five in four innings. Binghamton kept the offense rolling against reliever Jeremy Kehrt. Lagares ripped an RBI double in the fifth and Sean Kazmar drove in two with a double in the sixth. Kazmar scored later in the three-run inning on a fielding error by Reynaldo Rodriguez at first. The frame gave Binghamton a 9-2 lead. Portland's Jeremy Hazelbaker got the Sea Dogs on the board in third with a solo homer against starter Greg Peavey and Derrik Gibson added a sac fly in the fourth. Down by seven in the sixth, Portland chased Peavey by getting the first four to reach safely. Ronald Bermudez’s RBI single with the bases loaded ended Peavey’s day. The righty allowed three runs on eight hits over five innings. With the bases loaded and no outs, Kevin Mulvey entered and induced Gibson to bounce back to the mound, starting a double play. Heiker Meneses struck out to end the threat. The seventh was not as smooth for Mulvey. He walked one and hit a batter before serving up a three-run homer to Rodriguez, cutting Binghamton’s lead to three. Jeff Kaplan took over and allowed the first four he faced to reach safely. Gibson ripped an RBI single to center with the bases loaded to make it 9-7. However, Kaplan retired the next two batters to end the inning. He posted a perfect eighth. The B-Mets added runs in the eighth and ninth, highlighted by Jefry Marte's solo homer. Adrian Rosario navigated around two walks to post a scoreless ninth. Peavey (3-1) snapped a five-start winless streak. Box

LAKELAND 2, ST. LUCIE 1: Ryan Fraser allowed two runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief to get tagged with the loss. Starter Angel Cuan limited Lakeland to one hit and two walks while striking out three in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. St. Lucie mustered three hits. The lone run came in the sixth when Cory Vaughn, Richard Lucas and Blake Forsythe all walked, and Vaughn scored on a subsequent Lakeland error. Box

SAVANNAH 5, AUGUSTA 3: Savannah had a comfortable 5-0 lead heading to the ninth, but the GreenJackets scored three times and had the tying run at second with two outs when reliever T.J. Chism induced a comebacker to end the game. The Gnats lost the first two games of the series, each by one run, while stranding the tying run at second. On Sunday, Savannah scored the game’s opening run in the second. Dustin Lawley walked and scored on Brian Harrison’s RBI double over the head of center fielder Carlos Willoughby. Savannah added two runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings. Lawley began the sixth by lining a homer just to the right side of the batter’s eye. Travis Taijeron followed with a triple up the right-center gap and came home on Aderlin Rodriguez’s hustle double on a pop fly into shallow center to put the Gnats up 3-0. T.J. Rivera added a two-run homer in the seventh. In the ninth, making his first Savannah appearance, reliever Randy Fontanez walked two batters and hit one to load the bases. A sacrifice fly trimmed the Gnats’ lead to 5-1. A single reloaded the bases and chased Fontanez. With the tying run at the plate, Chism struck out pinch-hitter Kelby Tomlinson. However, Willoughby dumped a double down the left-field line to drive in two. He raced to second as the tying run. Chism then induced a chopper back to the mound to end the threat and game. Gnats starter Rafael Montero allowed one infield hit in six innings. He faced one over the minimum through five innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 5.17.12

May, 17, 2012
BUFFALO 4, GWINNETT 2: Vinny Rottino extended his Triple-A hitting streak to 20 games with a two-run single in the second to cap the scoring. Braves starter Julio Teheran's pitch count reached 86 while lasting only 2 2/3 innings. Corey Wimberly led off the home first with a single. Fred Lewis followed that with a double to score Wimberly from first. With the Herd trailing 2-1, Teheran then walked Valentino Pascucci and Matt Tuiasosopo to load the bases. The Braves' top prospect walked a third straight batter, Brad Emaus, to force in the tying run. In the second, after singles by Bisons starter Chris Schwinden (2-for-2) and Wimberly and a walk to Lewis, Rottino swatted a single to give the Herd the decisive two-run lead. Schwinden pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out four. It marked Schwinden's first win in four starts -- although he had allowed three runs or fewer in each of those outings. In the ninth, the Herd avoided a Gwinnett threat courtesy of defensive plays by Wimberly and Emaus. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, TRENTON 3: The B-Mets scored nine second-inning runs and Zack Wheeler struck out eight. Trailing by two entering the second, the B-Mets kicked off the frame with four consecutive singles against Trenton starter Cory Arbiso, capped by Kai Gronauer’s RBI. Second baseman David Adams made matters worse by booting a potential double-play ball, allowing another run to score. After Matt den Dekker supplied a sac fly, Josh Rodriguez sent an RBI single up the middle. Jefry Marte walked to load the bases, and Juan Lagares lined one off Arbiso. The pitcher recovered, but his throw sailed past Luke Murton at first and bounced into the stands, allowing two more runs to score. Travis Ozga then launched a three-run homer, his third long ball of the season. By the time Sean Kazmar grounded out to end the inning, the B-Mets had sent 12 men to the plate. It was the most runs scored in one inning for Binghamton since it also plated nine in the third inning against Reading on Aug. 14, 2010. It was more than enough support for Wheeler (3-2) to collect his third straight win. The right-hander was tagged for a two-run home run by Cody Johnson in the first inning, but he did not allow another hit until the sixth. He allowed two total hits and struck out eight over a season-high seven innings. Binghamton tacked onto its lead in the middle innings. Marte ripped a solo homer against reliever Francisco Rondon in the fourth, while den Dekker added an RBI double in the fifth. Kazmar supplied a run-scoring single against Ryan Pope in the sixth. Edgar Ramirez took over on the mound in the eighth and needed nine pitches to toss a perfect frame. Jeff Kaplan allowed one run in the ninth. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 5: Catcher Blake Forsythe homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in all six runs. Forsythe's eighth-inning sacrifice fly broke a 5-all tie. Adrian Rosario recorded his 11th save by recording the final five outs. Starter Cory Mazzoni, the Mets' second-round pick last June out of NC State, allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings. Box

AUGUSTA 3, SAVANNAH 2: The GreenJackets scored in the top of the first inning and hung on late. Augusta (18-20) hopped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first against Domingo Tapia. Tapia (3-2) lasted four innings, yielding three runs, all earned, on five hits and two walks. He struck out five. The Gnats (24-15) got a run back in the third on Travis Taijeron's RBI single. The teams traded single runs in the fourth on RBI triples -- by Carlos Willoughby in the top half, then Gregory Pron in the bottom to make it 3-2. After Pron’s triple, Augusta pitching retired the next 13 Gnats. Aderlin Rodriguez snapped that streak with a leadoff single in the ninth. Pinch-runner Tillman Pugh stole second, but was stranded. Box

Compiled from team reports



Daniel Murphy
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HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187