New York Mets: Chase McDonald

Minors 7.8.13: Johnson 3 runs in FSL debut

July, 8, 2013
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SALT LAKE 7, LAS VEGAS 1: Starter Giancarlo Alvarado left the game in the second inning with an apparent right hamstring injury suffered during a rundown. Ruben Tejada went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in the lone 51s run. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 7, BINGHAMTON 6: The B-Mets produced back-to-back homers in the ninth, but heavy rain terminated play and halted the comeback bid in the final game before

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the Eastern League All-Star break. The rubber-game defeat snapped Binghamton’s 15-series unbeaten streak. Trailing 7-3 in the ninth and with persistent rain falling, Rhyne Hughes had a leadoff double against reliever Alan Farina. Two batters later, Darrell Ceciliani lined a two-run homer over the right-field wall. Richard Lucas followed by crushing a solo homer. After Farina missed with his first pitch to Danny Muno, crew chief Joe Born summoned the tarp. The teams waited 38 minutes before the contest was called. B-Mets started Darin Gorski retired the first 10 Fisher Cats he faced, including five via strikeouts. New Hampshire finally cracked the scoreboard in the fourth, on Brad Glenn's RBI double for a 1-0 lead. Gorski recorded two outs in the fifth and worked ahead of Jack Murphy with a 1-2 count before heavy rain halted play. Chase Huchingson took over after a 68-minute rain delay and retired Murphy to end the frame. Handed a 3-2 lead for the bottom of the eighth, B-Mets reliever John Church walked three of the first four he faced to load the bases. Pedro Feliciano got the call from the bullpen, but could not bail Church out. Ryan Schimpf banged a bases-clearing double off the wall to give the Fisher Cats a 5-3 lead. Kevin Nolan followed with a single and Kevin Ahrens brought two more home with a double down the third-base line. Church (2-4) was charged with three runs while recording two outs. Feliciano suffered his first blown save. The B-Mets (53-33) head into the two-day All-Star Break with the best record in the Eastern League. B-Mets Cesar Puello, Josh Rodriguez, Allan Dykstra, Logan Verrett and Jeff Walters will represent the Eastern Division at the All-Star Game on Wednesday in New Britain, Conn. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, FORT MYERS 3: Kyle Johnson went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in his Florida State League debut after a promotion from Savannah. Johnson was acquired from the Angels in the trade for Collin Cowgill. Kevin Plawecki drove in two runs. Reliever Chasen Bradford was promoted to Binghamton after tossing a scoreless inning. Starter Rainy Lara allowed three runs in five innings. Box

GREENEVILLE 3, KINGSPORT 2: Kingsport's Victor Cruzado, the Appalachian League Hitter of the Week, continued his hot streak with a two-out solo homer as part of a two-hit night. Martires Arias (0-4) allowed all three runs, but lasted seven innings in what was easily his longest outing this season. Chase McDonald struck first for Greeneville, crushing Arias' two-out offering over the wall in left to stake the Astros to a 2-0 lead. Darwin Rivera reached on an error in the preceding at-bat to prolong the inning. Kingsport quickly answered on Cruzado's solo shot in the bottom of the first. Greeneville gained an insurance run in the third, when Tanner Mathis singled home Brett Phillips following his one-out double. Kingsport had a chance to tie or win it in the ninth. A strikeout, wild pitch and single by Pedro Perez put two men on with one out. However, Greeneville reliever J.D. Osborne struck out Michael Bernal and pinch-hitter Jon Leroux to end the game. Cruzado extended his current hitting streak to nine games. He has six multi-hit performances during that span. Cruzado has homered in back-to-back games. Box

BROOKLYN 4, LOWELL 3: Jared King doubled twice, including a shot that produced the go-ahead run in the eighth. Cyclones starter John Gant did not surrender a hit until the sixth inning, on a seeing-eye single that just made it by second baseman LJ Mazzilli. Lowell nonetheless posted a run in the first inning. Gant walked leadoff man Tzu-Wei Lin, who then attempted to steal second. Catcher Colton Plaia’s throw short-hopped Mazzilli and caromed into shallow right-center, advancing Lin to third. Manuel Margot then produced a sac fly. An inning later, poor defense contributed to another Spinners run. Reed Gragnani walked and stole second base. Later in the inning, Gant threw a pitch in the dirt that was smothered by Plaia. Gragnani strayed too far from third and Plaia tried to pick him off. The throw went into left field, scoring Gragnani for a 2-0 lead. Brooklyn responded in the bottom half. King doubled and moved to third on a single by Matt Oberste, which snapped an 0-for-16 slump. Plaia then atoned for his two errors with an RBI double. James Roche then produced the third double of the inning, scoring Oberste and Plaia for a 3-2 Cyclones lead. Lowell tied the score in the eighth. But Patrick Biondi led off the bottom half with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt by Juan Gamboa. After Mazzilli struck out, King hit a soft liner into left-center that caused the center fielder Margot and right fielder Aaron King to collide. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL MARLINS 3
GCL MARLINS 5, GCL METS 2: Scott Atchison pitched one inning in Game 2, in his second appearance since landing on the DL with a groin injury. He allowed one run on two hits while striking out two. Luis Guillorme and Leon Canelon each went 3-for-4 and combined for three RBIs in Game 1. Box 1, Box 2

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187