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Minors 7.27.14: Reynolds homer lifts 51s

July, 27, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 5: Matt Reynolds launched a three-run homer against Michael Kohn with one out in the seventh as the 51s overcame a 5-3 deficit. It marked only

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Reynolds' third homer in 337 at-bats this season between Triple-A and Double-A. The Bees had scored three runs in the top half of the inning. The damage included a two-run double by ex-Met John Buck against Gonzalez Germen. Germen had inherited those runners from Miguel Socolovich. Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out eight in five innings. He threw 103 pitches (68 strikes). In his past two starts, Syndergaard has allowed one earned run in 11 1/3 innings. Chasen Bradford tossed a scoreless ninth for his second save despite allowing a leadoff single to Buck. After a sac bunt advanced pinch runner Zach Zaneski to second, Bradford struck out Roberto Lopez and John Hester. Pitching coach Frank Viola was ejected in the fifth inning by plate umpire Scott Mahoney. Box

TRENTON 7, BINGHAMTON 3: B-Mets starter Rainy Lara was tagged for seven runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. The damage included a four-run sixth, capped by Jake Cave's two-run triple that staked the Thunder to a 7-2 lead. Jayce Boyd went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored in the loss. Binghamton had opened the scoring in the third inning against Manny Banuelos. Travis Taijeron walked and moved to second when Kai Gronauer reached on Banuelos' throwing error. Both runners then advanced on a wild pitch. Rylan Sandoval followed with an RBI groundout. Trenton answered in the bottom half against Lara on Cave's solo homer. The Thunder took a 3-1 lead in the fifth. Casey Stevenson produced a solo homer. Back-to-back singles by Ali Castillo and Cave then put runners on the corners with none out. Ben Gamel produced a sacrifice fly. Binghamton got a run back in the sixth against Danny Burawa. T.J. Rivera smacked a one-out single and moved to second on a passed ball. Boyd also singled to plate Rivera and cut the deficit to 3-2. Chase Huchingson and Adam Kolarek blanked Trenton over the final 2 1/3 innings. Banuelos went four innings and surrendered one unearned run. Box

DAYTONA 4, ST. LUCIE 3
DAYTONA 6, ST. LUCIE 5: After three Gulf Coast League appearances since returning from

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Tommy John surgery, Jeremy Hefner allowed three runs on three hits and four walks in three innings in Game 1 of a Florida State League doubleheader. All three runs against Hefner came in the first inning. St. Lucie evened the score with a three-run fifth that included consecutive RBI doubles by Gilbert Gomez and Eudy Pina. Wilfredo Tovar, who was just assigned to the FSL club as he returns from thumb-ligament surgery, added a game-tying RBI single. The Cubs broke the 3-all tie in the bottom half without the benefit of a hit. Jake Kuebler issued a leadoff walk to Marco Hernandez. Hernandez advanced to third on a wild pitch and passed ball and scored the decisive run on Kyle Schwarber's sacrifice fly. Kuebler (3-2) suffered the loss on the unearned run despite not yielding any other baserunners in three relief innings.

In Game 2, St. Lucie took a 5-4 lead with a three-run fifth inning that included Jared King's tiebreaking RBI double. However, T.J. Chism surrendered a two-run homer in the bottom half to Dan Vogelbach after inheriting a runner from Luis Cessa. Box 1, Box 2

LEXINGTON 5, SAVANNAH 2: Dario Alvarez uncorked a wild pitch in the seventh that allowed a runner inherited from Bret Mitchell to race home and even the score at 2. An inning later, Alvarez surrendered three more runs. He had a throwing error on a bunt attempt as the tiebreaking run scored. The Gnats had taken a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Matt Oberste tripled and scored on a passed ball. Starter John Gant allowed one run on seven hits and four walks in five innings in a no-decision. Box

KINGSPORT 11, BURLINGTON 3: Pedro Perez had a pair of doubles and drove in three runs as the K-Mets overcame an early 2-1 deficit. Starter Blake Taylor allowed three runs in six innings. Box

BROOKLYN 9, LOWELL 3: Michael Bernal went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs off

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the bench after replacing injured first baseman Michael Katz as the Cyclones overcame an early 3-1 deficit. First-round pick Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and walk to lift his average to .412. Conforto has hit safely in all nine games since signing and joining Brooklyn. Starter Marcos Molina allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks in six innings. Katz was injured in the third inning when Danny Mars hit a groundball into the hole between Katz and second baseman Tyler Moore. Moore was able to get to the ball and tried to retire Mars at first base. As Katz tried to catch Moore’s throw he twisted a knee. Box

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Minors 7.18.14: Gsellman has happy 21st

July, 19, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 7, SALT LAKE 6: Cory Mazzoni allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in his

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Triple-A debut. Mazzoni had been sidelined to open the season because of a right lat strain. Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer in a four-run sixth as Vegas took a 4-1 lead. Josh Satin produced a solo homer the following inning. Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to 19 games. Chasen Bradford surrendered two runs in the bottom of the eighth as Salt Lake pulled to within 6-5, but Danny Muno answered with a solo homer a half-inning later to provide breathing room. The 51s needed the cushion. Bradford also surrendered a run in the ninth and departed with two outs and the tying run on third. Ryan Reid entered and got Luis Jimenez to pop out for the final out. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: The B-Mets surrendered four runs in the seventh inning as a 10-game unbeaten streak in starts by Tyler Pill ended. Dilson Herrera went 3-for-4 with

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three RBIs in the loss. Brandon Nimmo had two RBIs and scored twice. Jake Cave had a game-opening single against Pill and advanced to third on consecutive wild pitches. Tyler Austin followed with an RBI single. The B-Mets answered in the second against Zach Nuding. Travis Taijeron singled and Rylan Sandoval and Kai Gronauer worked back-to-back walks to load the bases for Nimmo. He smacked a two-run single. Herrera followed a two-run double for 4-1 lead. After Pill retired nine straight batters, Rob Segedin doubled to lead off the sixth. He scored on Tyler Austin's double. Trailing 4-2, Trenton did the rest of its damage in the seventh. Ali Castillo singled against Adam Kolarek. After Kolarek walked the next two batters, Jon Velasquez entered. Segedin greeted him with a three-run double that gave the Thunder a 5-4 lead. Austin added an RBI single. The B-Mets trimmed their deficit to one run in the bottom half against Mark Montgomery. Nimmo walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Herrera then had an RBI single. Pill allowed two runs in six innings in a no-decision. Kolarek (1-1) was charged with three runs while recording only one out. Velasquez allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings and suffered his third blown save. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 4, ST. LUCIE 3: Jose Sermo blasted a walk-off homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth against T.J. Chism. The long ball came one inning after the Mets had erased a 3-0 deficit and tied the score in the eighth. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini left the game in the third inning. There was no injury, a team official said. The Manatees scored their first three runs all with two outs. Alfredo Rodriguez singled against Kevin McGowan to plate Cameron Garfield in the fourth. McGowan then held the Manatees in check until he walked the first two batters of the seventh. Julian Hilario entered and recorded two outs, but Michael Reed then singled to drive in both runners. The Mets rallied with two outs in the eighth. Rehabbing designated hitter Taylor Teagarden, Jared King and Cam Maron consecutively singled against Scott Leiser to get the Mets on the board. Mark Williams then entered and walked Phillip Evans to load the bases. Williams followed by plunking Aderlin Rodriguez and walking Jeff McNeil to force in two runs and even the score at 3. The rally ended when Eudy Pina flied out. In the bottom of the ninth, Chism got Brandon Macias to fly out to start the frame, but Sermo smacked a pitch from the lefty over the left-center wall for the win. McGowan was charged with three runs on four hits in six-plus innings. He walked five and struck out one. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 1: Robert Gsellman celebrated his 21st birthday with a

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season-high 10 strikeouts and the win as the Gnats snapped a five-game losing streak. Savannah grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning on sacrifice flies by Colton Plaia and Patrick Biondi. The Legends scored their lone run against Gsellman in the third inning on Elier Hernandez's infield single. Gsellman stranded two runners that inning, then found his groove. He retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced, including eight via strikeout. In the fourth, Champ Stuart singled to plate Biondi. Stuart finished 2-for-5 with a double. Matt Oberste singled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. Box

BURLINGTON at KINGSPORT (ppd.)

JAMESTOWN 12, BROOKLYN 7 (15 innings): Edioglis Villasmil was charged with five runs in the 15th. The Cyclones had forced extra innings with Will Fulmer's leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth. It was the 22nd-round pick's first professional homer. Box

GCL CARDINALS 1, GCL METS 0: With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, the Cards produced the lone run when Frankie Rodriguez had an infield single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch from Adrian Almeida and scored on an errant throw by catcher Darryl Knight. The unearned run was the lone damage against Almeida in 5 2/3 innings. Box

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ALBUQUERQUE 7, LAS VEGAS 6 (10 innings): Wilmer Flores' second homer of the game, a solo shot in the top of the 10th, gave the 51s the lead. But after inheriting two baserunners from Chasen Bradford with two outs in the bottom half, Buddy Carlyle walked Walter Ibarra to load the bases. First baseman Brandon Allen then had a fielding error on Carlos Triunfel's grounder as Albuquerque evened the score. Carlyle followed by walking in the winning run. Danny Muno had belted a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth to force extra innings. Starter Darin Gorski allowed two runs in six innings. Flores finished with four RBIs. Right-hander Matt Bowman was promoted to Las Vegas before the game, with Cory Mazzoni joining Binghamton. Box

ERIE 9, BINGHAMTON 6 (16 innings): Ryan Fraser surrendered three runs in the top of the 16th, including a tiebreaking solo homer by Aaron Westlake. Starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings in his Double-A debut. With the B-Mets trailing 6-5, Dustin Lawley had a one-out solo homer in the bottom of the 10th to prolong the game. Brandon Nimmo contributed a second-inning solo homer and finished 2-for-6 with three RBIs. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, JUPITER 1: St. Lucie broke a 1-all tie in the eighth on Phillip Evans' sac fly en

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route to its season-high seventh straight win. Maikis De La Cruz opened the frame with a single against Miguel Fermin. Eudy Pina then walked. Gilbert Gomez's bunt advanced De La Cruz to third, although it forced out Pina at second. Evans then drove the first pitch he saw from Fermin to deep center for a sac fly. T.J. Chism worked a perfect ninth for the save for his second save in three days. The Mets have won 16 of 19. The game had remained scoreless until Jake Esch hung a 1-2 breaking ball to De La Cruz in the fifth. De La Cruz lined it over the left-field wall for his fourth homer. St. Lucie starter Domingo Tapia cruised, retiring 11 in a row at one point and 15 out of 16. He ran into trouble in the seventh after Matt Juengel led off with a single. Tapia rebounded to retire the next two batters, but Josh Adams singled to move Juengel into scoring position. No. 9 hitter Ryan Goetz then tied the score with a single that plated Juengel. Beck Wheeler, activated off the disabled list earlier in the day, faced rehabbing Marlin Adeiny Hechavarria with the tying run at third base. Wheeler won an eight-pitch battle by getting Hechavarria to ground out. Wheeler then pitched around a two-out walk and wild pitch in the eighth to earn the win. Tapia went 6 2/3 innings and gave up one run and six hits. He struck out three and walked one. Box

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SAVANNAH 9, HICKORY 7: Matt Oberste went 4-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored. Obserte, a seventh-round pick out of the University of Oklahoma in 2013, is hitting .500 (14-for-28) with three homers and 14 RBIs during his current seven-game hitting streak. The Gnats built an 8-1 lead and held on. Akeel Morris tossed 1 1/3 scorleess innings to record his seventh save. Starter Ricky Knapp allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings. Box

GREENEVILLE 14, KINGSPORT 1: Starter Yoan Gonzalez was charged with five runs and was knocked out with two runs in the first inning. Nicco Blank also allowed five runs in relief. Box

ABERDEEN 3, BROOKLYN 2: The Cyclones scored one run in the bottom of the ninth, but Joe Tuschak flied out with potential tying run Jeff Diehl at third base to end the game. Aberdeen broke a 1-all tie with a two-run eighth against Josh Prevost, although one run was unearned. Rehabbing starter Dillon Gee allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out 10 in six innings. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL MARLINS 1: Starter Audry German allowed one run in five innings. Jose Medina contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

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Minors 6.27.14: B-Mets' Johnson plates 3

June, 28, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 4, SACRAMENTO 1: Giancarlo Alvarado limited the River Cats to one run in 5 2/3 innings and Chasen Bradford and Buddy Carlyle provided scoreless relief. Wilmer Flores, who started at third base, went 1-for-3 with a walk and drove in two runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ALTOONA 2: Every B-Mets starter, including pitcher Tyler Pill, collected at least one hit in the club’s 14th win in 17 games. Kyle Johnson had three hits and three

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RBIs and finished a homer shy of the cycle. Johnson greeted starter Adrian Sampson by lining the game's second pitch for a single. He moved to third on Dilson Herrera’s single and scored on Brian Burgamy's groundout. Binghamton then used a two-out push to break through in the fourth. Darrell Ceciliani doubled, Xorge Carillo walked and Pill loaded the bases on an infield single. Johnson plated all three with a triple for a 4-0 lead. Pill sailed through his first four innings without allowing a run, requiring only 48 pitches. Altoona got to the righty in the fifth. Andy Vasquez tripled and scored on Jarek Cunningham's groundout. Binghamton broke the game open and chased Sampson in the seventh. Following Pill’s leadoff single, Herrera and Burgamy had RBI doubles. Dustin Lawley greeted reliever Quinton Miller with a two-run homer. Lawley's 10th long ball of the season gave Binghamton an 8-1 lead. Pill (6-5) ultimately allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He issued no walks and struck six while extending his unbeaten streak to nine games. Josh Satin remains the only B-Met in franchise history to hit for the cycle (June 24, 2011 at Bowie). Jon Velasquez and Hamilton Bennett combined for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Box

ST. LUCIE at FORT MYERS (ppd.): The teams will resume Thursday's suspended game and also make up Friday's postponement in August.

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SAVANNAH 4, ROME 2: The Gnats took a 3-2 lead on Champ Stuart’s two-run single through the left side in the fourth inning. Stuart also walked twice. After the Gnats took the lead, Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis retired 10 batters in a row. Overall, Panteliodis allowed two unearned runs in 7 2/3 innings to earn his first South Atlantic League win of the season. The Gnats added a run in the eighth. Colton Plaia doubled to plate Jorge Rivero. Rome's unearned runs resulted from a pair of fielding errors by shortstop Yeixon Ruiz. Box

PRINCETON 9, KINGSPORT 3: Miguel Leal drove in all three runs in the loss. Matt Blackham, the organization's 29th-round pick out of Middle Tennessee State, surrendered two runs in two relief innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 0: The Cyclones scored the game's lone runs in the seventh without the benefit of a hit. The Yankees issued four walks, two wild pitches and a passed ball in the frame. Brooklyn starter Marcos Molina tossed six scoreless innings and combined with Kelly Secrest and Shane Bay on a five-hit shutout. Box

GCL CARDINALS 7, GCL METS 3: After starter Logan Taylor tossed six scoreless innings for the Mets, the Cardinals overcame a 3-0 deficit with a seven-run eighth against Derrick Bernard and Nabil Crismatt. Shortstop Alfredo Reyes' throwing error to open the inning meant six of the runs ultimately were unearned. Box

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LAS VEGAS 8, NASHVILLE 2: Logan Verrett allowed two runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Chasen Bradford, Scott Rice and John Church combined for scoreless relief. Travis d'Arnaud had a pinch-hit two-run double in the seventh to lift his Triple-A average to .410. Omar Quintailla went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, RICHMOND 1: Greg Peavey tossed eight strong innings as the B-Mets won for the eighth time in their last nine games. Binghamton hopped on Richmond starter

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Jack Snodgrass in the second inning. Kevin Plawecki and Dustin Lawley hit back-to-back singles. Following a Travis Taijeron walk, Rylan Sandval doubled in two runs. With two outs, Kyle Johnson then singled, plating Taijeron and Sandoval for a 4-0 lead. Brian Burgamy ended Snodgrass's night with an RBI single. The lefty lasted a season-low 1 1/3 innings and gave up a season-high five runs in suffering his first loss in eight decisions this season. Richmond's lone run scored in the fourth. Myles Schroder tripled off Peavey. The next batter, Ryan Lolis, grounded out to plate Schroder. The B-Mets got that run back in the fifth. Matt Clark, Plawecki and Lawley all singled to load the bases with nobody out. Taijeron then singled to plate a run and extend Binghamton's advantage to 6-1. Peavey (5-1) produced his second-longest outing this season. He allowed one run on five hits in the 104-pitch effort spanning eight innings. He struck out five en route to his fifth win in his last six starts as a B-Met. Cody Satterwhite contributed a perfect ninth. Box

CHARLOTTE at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): St. Lucie's final game of the Florida State League first half was canceled due to unplayable field conditions. The washout did not have a bearing on the race for first place in the FSL South Division. Fort Myers defeated Bradenton, 5-0, later Wednesday to finish a full game ahead of the Mets (40-29) in the standings. The Miracle (41-28) clinched the first-half South title and earned a spot in the postseason in September. Had the Miracle lost to Bradenton, the Mets would have won the South because the two teams would have finished with identical records. The Mets won the head-to-head matchup, 5-1, and had the tiebreaker. All 12 teams in the FSL will reset their records to 0-0 when the second half begins Thursday. Five players were promoted to Double-A Binghamton after the half's completion: Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz, Dilson Herrera, Randy Fontanez and T.J. Rivera.

BROOKLYN 4, HUDSON VALLEY 3 (10 innings): In the 10th, a pair of Hudson Valley fielding errors put Joe Tuschak and Amed Rosario on the corners with nobody out. Tyler Moore took advantage of the scoring opportunity, lofting a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to left field that plated Tuschak. Left-hander Shane Bay pitched a scoreless bottom half to collect his first save. Jhoan Urena sent the game to extra innings with a ninth-inning solo homer. Rosario had a solo homer in the first inning. Box

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Farm report: Reynolds surges with B-Mets

June, 11, 2014
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NEW YORK -- One year certainly has made a dramatic difference for 23-year-old middle infielder Matt Reynolds, the Mets’ second-round pick in 2012 out of the University of Arkansas.

A year ago, in his first full professional season, Reynolds hit only .226 in 433 at-bats with Class A St. Lucie.

This season, he has a .361 average in 194 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton. Add in 27 walks and Reynolds has a .437 on-base percentage. The batting average is tied for second in all of minor league baseball.

Reynolds indicated his offseason work with Rick Strickland in St. Louis paid big dividends.


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Reynolds’ agent, Jason Wood, sent him to work with Strickland. Another client, the Phillies’ Cody Asche, also had success working with the part-time Mets scout and former Yankees minor leaguer.

“Luis Rivera, our [Binghamton] hitting coach, has been huge with me, too,” Reynolds added. “We’ve just been working on staying through the middle, having a confident approach at the plate, and really just getting a good pitch to drive. And if they don’t give it to me, and I get to two strikes, just battle and find a way to get on base.

“I’m trying to keep a positive attitude, even when things are going bad. So far things really haven’t gone too bad. So it’s pretty easy to keep a positive mental state. But even when things start going bad, just to stay positive and keep working.”

Reynolds missed six days last week with a back issue, but he has come back on fire. He is 11-for-24 in five games since returning.

“It was just muscle tightness,” Reynolds said. “They never really said specifically what it was, but they said if I kept having pain to take time off until I was better. I think I took four days off and felt 100 percent. I feel a lot better now.”

Reynolds “definitely” continues to aspire to be a shortstop, although deficiencies may result in him playing elsewhere. He also sees roughly two games a week at second base with the B-Mets.

“I only played a couple of games in college at second, but I worked there a lot and practiced and everything,” Reynolds said. “I actually played summer ball at second. So I have a little background at second. I just had to get used to it again after playing third and short in college and everything. It’s nothing different to me -- just another position to help my value and to get better.”

Asked what he wanted to still polish in the minors, Reynolds added: “I really want to improve on being able to pull the ball a little bit better, and my defense, obviously. I want to stay at shortstop or even at second base. And I know there are a lot of things that I need to work on, like my hands and footwork, to be able to stay at that position. I know that may not come today or tomorrow, but eventually I feel like I’ll be able to get everything I need to do to play at those positions.”

Reynolds is athletic. A point guard in high school, he indicated he had invitations to walk on to basketball programs at Iowa State, Furman and Butler.

“After my sophomore year [of high school], I was almost for sure that I was going to play basketball in college,” Reynolds said. “I was close to playing basketball in college. And then I had a good junior year. And in the summer of my junior year I was talking to some professional scouts and they said I really had a chance of being a good player in baseball. I sat down with my parents and decided that baseball was probably my best route to go -- better than basketball – because I was a 6-foot guy trying to make it in an NBA where the point guards are 6-8 now. So it would be have been tough for me.”

Organization leaders

Average: Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .361; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .353; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .351; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, .344; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .341; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .327; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .313; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, .304; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .302; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, .299.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 13; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 9; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 9; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 9.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 46; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 45; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 43; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, 40; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 39.

Steals: Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 14; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 14; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 13; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 11; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, 9.

ERA: Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 2.13; Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 2.14; John Gant, Savannah, 2.36; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.81; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 3.24; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 3.45; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 3.99; Luis Cessa, St. Lucie, 4.08; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 4.44; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 4.47.

Wins: Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 6; John Gant, Savannah, 6; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 6.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 11; Robert Coles, Savannah, 11; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 9; Vic Black, Vegas, 7; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 64; Miller Diaz, Savannah, 59; Dana Eveland, Vegas, 58; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 58; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 57.

Short hops

Sandy Alderson indicated the Mets are within days of signing first-round pick Michael Conforto, an outfielder from Oregon State. The GM added that third-round pick Milton Ramos, a prep shortstop from Florida, is even closer to being signed. Other picks already in or en route to Port St. Lucie include Eudor Garcia (fourth round), Josh Prevost (fifth), Dash Winningham (eighth), Erik Manoah (13th), Darryl Knight (14th), David Roseboom (17th), Tyler Badamo (24th) and Matt Blackham (29th).

• Discussing his rationale for the first time for demoting Travis d’Arnaud, Alderson said: “He needs to go down without the pressure of playing every day at the major league level, get his swing back, get his confidence back, and I would expect that he’ll be back -- hopefully -- relatively soon. It’s not unusual. Sometimes we expect that guys will come up and everything will click immediately with a young player and it’s nothing but an upward trajectory. And that doesn’t always happen. I think we have to recognize that and be a little patient. As far as we’re concerned, there’s no reason Travis can’t come back and be a very productive player for us.”

• After seven weeks mysteriously away from the organization, John Lannan threw roughly 45 pitches off a mound at the Mets’ Florida complex on Tuesday morning. In a post-throwing-session interview with the St. Lucie News Tribune’s Jon Santucci, Lannan declined to disclose his whereabouts during his absence. The Mets have labeled it a personal/family matter. Lannan will work as a starter in the minors. He will pitch in the Gulf Coast League or Florida State League to ramp up before being dispatched to Las Vegas.

“Let’s call it a mini-spring training -- just stretch out and see how it goes,” Lannan told Santucci. “I’ve been throwing, so now I’m just going to get back in the swing of things, face some batters and get my pitch count up. My arm feels good. I just have to get back on a five-day rotation and get my pitch count going.”

• Shortstop Amed Rosario, temporarily with Savannah, is expected to highlight the roster of the Brooklyn Cyclones, who open play Friday at Staten Island. The 18-year-old Rosario signed two years ago for $1.75 million, a franchise record for an international teenager. The Cyclones also will include 2013 third-round pick Casey Meisner, a right-hander out of high school in Texas, as well as infielder Jhoan Urena, catcher Tomas Nido, outfielder Joe Tuschak and right-handers Marcos Molina, Corey Oswalt and Brandon Welch.

Kingsport opens play June 19, with the Gulf Coast League season beginning the following day.

• Vegas reliever Jeff Walters, a 40-man roster member, is debating whether to proceed with Tommy John surgery or to try to rehab after being diagnosed with an ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right elbow. Walters unwittingly had been pitching through the tear this season. He produced an 8.86 ERA in 23 Pacific Coast League relief appearances. He had 38 saves last season with Binghamton.

• 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo remains sidelined since getting struck with a pitch in the right wrist Friday by Dunedin’s Matt Boyd. X-rays were negative, but the wrist remains tender and Nimmo is unable to swing. Also injured with St. Lucie, reliever Beck Wheeler and shortstop Phillip Evans have landed on the DL with right-knee strains.

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Minors 6.9.14: 'D' falters behind Montero

June, 9, 2014
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COLORADO SPRINGS 11, LAS VEGAS 5: Rafael Montero allowed six runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks in three innings in his second start since rejoining Vegas. Third baseman Zach Lutz committed two errors behind Montero. Travis d'Arnaud had a pinch-hit single in his season debut with the 51s. Chasen Bradford allowed three eighth-inning runs in his Triple-A debut. Lutz and Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered in the loss. Vegas has lost 17 of its last 22. Box

AKRON 10, BINGHAMTON 2: Hansel Robles loaded the bases in the first inning but limited the damage to one run, on a fielder’s choice by Tony Wolters. Robles settled down after his bumpy start and held the RubberDucks hitless over the next three innings. That success ended in the fifth when he walked Jordan Smith and surrendered a two-run homer to Tyler Naquin for a 3-0 lead. RubberDucks starter Duke von Schamann silenced the B-Mets through five scoreless innings. Following a walk to open his start, he retired 10 straight B-Mets until Kevin Plawecki singled. Binghamton finally got to the 6-foot-5 righty in the sixth. After Kyle Johnson was thrown out attempting to steal second, von Schamann reopened the door by walking Brian Burgamy with two outs. Plawecki followed with a run-scoring double. Dustin Lawley cut Akron’s lead to 3-2 in the seventh by launching his fifth homer of the season. Akron answered in the bottom half against Chase Huchingson, who was making his first Double-A appearance since before last season's 50-game suspension for a drug of abuse. Jordan Smith reached on an error. Ollie Linton followed with a single. Smith raced from first to third and dashed home when Travis Taijeron’s throw from right bounced off his back and rolled away. Francisco Lindor capped the inning with an RBI single. The RubberDucks then produced a five-run eighth. Wolters launched a two-run homer against Huchingson and Linton tacked on a two-run double against Adam Kolarek. Robles (3-4) was tagged for three runs on three hits over six innings. B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez was ejected in the sixth by home plate umpire Alex Tosi for arguing a foul-ball call. Plawecki notched his team-leading 20th multi-hit game. Box

PALM BEACH 9, ST. LUCIE 5: Domingo Tapia and Hunter Carnevale each surrendered three-run homers. Tapia (2-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. All four runs he gave up came with two outs in the third. Breyvic Valera drove in a run on a comebacker that deflected off Tapia . Two batters later, Alex Mejia clubbed a three-run homer to put the Cardinals up 4-3. That score held until the seventh. Carnevale gave up a hit and walked two to load the bases with no outs. Mejia drove in a run with a groundout. Bruce Caldwell then launched his three-run homer for an 8-3 lead. Mejia added his fifth RBI in the eighth on a single against Alex Panteliodis. The Mets got a couple of runs back against Kyle Barraclough in their half of the eighth. Aderlin Rodriguez drove in T.J. Rivera with a double. Cole Frenzel made it a perfect 4-for-4 night when his single brought in Rodriguez. However, Barraclough got Eudy Pina to pop out to end the threat. In the ninth, Danny Miranda induced a game-ending double-play ball off the bat of Rivera. The Mets scored the first three runs in the second on RBI doubles by Frenzel and Maikis De La Cruz and a run-scoring single by Yeixon Ruiz. However, Ruiz was caught in a rundown and tagged out and Gilbert Gomez grounded out to put the brakes on the inning. Rehabbing Gonzalez Germen entered with two outs and two runners on in the sixth and retired the lone batter he faced. Box

KANNAPOLIS 4, SAVANNAH 2: Starter Kevin McGowan allowed four runs on seven hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered a pair of home runs. Dominic Smith went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the loss. Tim Peterson tossed 3 1/3 no-hit relief innings, striking out six. Box

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Minors 5.24.14: Hicksville's Maron plates 4

May, 25, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 5, LAS VEGAS 2: Joel Carreno and Erik Goeddel combined to surrender five runs as Sacramento built a 5-0 lead. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 6: Kevin Plawecki homered for the third straight game and reached base in all five plate appearances. He is hitting .395 with four homers and 21

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RBIs in May. The Rock Cats jumped on B-Mets starter Hansel Robles for four runs in the first three innings. Corey Wimberly put New Britain on the board with an RBI single in the second and Tony Thomas delivered a three-run double in the third. Plawecki answered with a solo homer against Tyler Duffey in the third. An inning later, Dustin Lawley and Darrell Ceciliani had consecutive singles. With two outs, Kyle Johnson doubled to plate both runners and cut the deficit to one. Matt Reynolds singled home Johnson to tie the score at 4. The Rock Cats retook the lead in the fifth. Nate Hanson doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Reynaldo Rodriguez's sacrifice fly. New Britain's lead grew in the sixth. Reliever Hamilton Bennett replaced Robles with a runner on first and two outs. Wimberly then tripled to give the Rock Cats a 6-4 lead. Binghamton responded in the bottom half. Travis Taijeron led off with a homer. Later in the frame, Reynolds worked a two-out walk and stole second. Plawecki doubled home Reynolds to tie the score at 6. Binghamton completed its comeback against Adrian Salcedo in the seventh when Ceciliani ripped a two-run single. John Church and Adam Kolarek combined to post a scoreless eighth. Chasen Bradford handled the ninth for his 10th save. Reynolds extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 2: Gabriel Ynoa produced his best start of the season and Cam Maron provided nearly all of the offense as St. Lucie (30-19) won its season-high sixth

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straight. Ynoa allowed one unearned run and struck out a season-high seven in seven innings. The Cardinals only managed six singles -- three of which never left the infield. Maron -- who is from Hicksville, Long Island -- went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and fell a home run shy of the cycle. He put the Mets in front 2-1 with a two-run single in the fourth. The Mets got breathing room in the ninth. Jairo Perez lifted a sac fly to make it 3-1. Maron added a two-out, two-run double. Maron also tripled in the sixth. Ryan Fraser gave up a run in the ninth, but logged two innings without major issue to earn his first save. Perez went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored. Brandon Nimmo went 2-for-5. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 1: John Gant tossed seven scoreless innings to trim his ERA to 2.49. Virgin Islands native Akeel Morris had a streak of 24 1/3 scoreless innings to open the season snapped by allowing an eighth-inning run in relief. Victor Cruzado went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs. L.J. Mazzilli had a solo homer. Box

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Minors 5.23.14: Plawecki sizzling in May

May, 23, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 6, LAS VEGAS 5: Stephen Vogt delivered a go-ahead two-run homer against Buddy Carlyle in the eighth after Carlyle inherited a runner at third base from Zack Thornton. Josh Satin went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in the loss. Matt den Dekker tripled and had an RBI during a two-hit game. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, NEW BRITAIN 2: Kevin Plawecki’s tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth helped Binghamton snap a five-game losing streak. He now has 19 RBIs in May. New Britain

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had opened the scoring in the fourth on Daniel Ortiz's RBI single against Tyler Pill. Binghamton answered in the bottom half. Matt Reynolds singled and stole second against Taylor Rogers. Plawecki then doubled to drive in Reynolds. An inning later, Travis Taijeron had a leadoff double. Following a walk to Wilfredo Tovar and a passed ball, the B-Mets had two in scoring position with none out. Kyle Johnson then rolled an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop to bring home Taijeron with the go-ahead run. New Britain came back in the eighth against Binghamton reliever Jon Velasquez. Corey Wimberly produced a two-out single and stole second. Brad Boyer then laced a double past a diving Cory Vaughn in right-center that plated Wimberly to knot the score at 2. In the bottom half, Plawecki homered for the second straight game. He laced Cole Johnson’s 1-0 pitch over the left-field wall for his third long ball this season. Chasen Bradford retired the Rock Cats in order in the ninth for his ninth save. Velasquez (3-2) allowed one run on two hits in two relief innings. He suffered his second blown save, but was credited with the win. Pill allowed one run on six hits over six innings. Reynolds’ fourth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 10 games. It is his second double-digit-game hitting streak this season. Pill has held opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CLEARWATER 2: Dilson Herrera and Brandon Nimmo each had two hits and scored twice and Matt Koch improved to 6-0 as St. Lucie won its fifth straight. Koch took a

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scoreless effort into the sixth. He ultimately was charged with two runs on six hits and one walk in six innings. In the first, Jeb Stefan walked Herrera. Nimmo followed with an RBI double. After T.J. Rivera grounded out to advance Nimmo to third, Jairo Perez produced a sac fly. Rivera launched a double in the the third that plated Herrera for a 3-0 lead. It was Rivera’s Florida State League-leading 41st RBI. The Threshers (9-36) answered in the sixth, but a major mistake cost them a shot at tying the score or taking the lead. K.C. Serna doubled home Angelo Mora to put Clearwater on the board. After a bunt single, Chris Swauger grounded into a double play that forced home a run against Koch and made it 3-2. Art Charles then singled with two outs and Logan Moore doubled to put runners at second and third. However, Mets manager Ryan Ellis reviewed his lineup card with plate umpire David Arrieta and both had Moore batting out of turn. Andrew Knapp was supposed to be batting in that slot. Arrieta ruled Moore out and the rally ended. Phillip Evans capped a three-run eighth with a two-run double. Seth Lugo pitched the final three innings, retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced, to earn his third save. The Mets (29-19) moved a season-high 10 games over .500. Box

LEXINGTON 6, SAVANNAH 5 (13 innings): Humberto Arteaga delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th against Robert Coles to sink the Gnats. After rallying in the seventh to tie the score, the Gnats bullpen combined for seven scoreless innings before Coles surrendered the final run. Savannah starter Robert Gsellman struggled, allowing 10 hits and a season-high five earned runs through 5 1/3 innings. With Lexington leading 5-0, the Gnats charged back in the seventh. Reliever Luke Farrell surrendered consecutive bases-loaded singles to Matt Oberste and Jeff Glenn. With the bases still loaded, Stefan Sabol was forced home when Farrell hit Patrick Biondi with a pitch. Oberste then scored on Gavin Cecchini's sacrifice fly. Next, Glenn capped the scoring in the five-run frame by crossing the plate on L.J. Mazzilli's single. Reliever Tim Peterson followed with two perfect innings, striking out three, to give the Gnats a chance to take the lead in extras. Savannah threatened in the 10th inning when Glenn hit a one-out double against Farrell. Savannah, however, could not plate his pinch runner, Jorge Rivero. Savannah lefty Paul Paez put up two more scoreless frames for the Gnats before Coles stumbled. Jeff McNeil went 0-for-6, snapping his hitting streak at 14 games. Box

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Minors 5.21.14: Herrera paces St. Lucie

May, 21, 2014
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FRESNO 5, LAS VEGAS 4: Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out six and surrendered a pair of homers in an 83-pitch performance. The 51s squandered a 4-3 lead in the eighth when Miguel Socolovich (1-2) surrendered two runs. Omar Quintanilla had a solo homer and Kirk Nieuwenhuis contributed a two-run shot. Box

PORTLAND 5, BINGHAMTON 1
PORTLAND 6, BINGHAMTON 5: In a span of nine pitches to open Game 1, Darrell Ceciliani doubled, took third on Matt Reynolds' single and scored on Kevin Plawecki's

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fielder’s choice. However, the lead evaporated quickly in B-Mets starter Luis Cessa's Double-A debut. Former Mets farmhand Stefan Welch produced a three-run homer in the bottom of the first. Travis Shaw added a solo homer in the third. Cessa (0-1) ultimately was tagged for five runs on seven hits, including five extra-base hits, in 3 2/3 innings. Hamilton Bennett contributed 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Binghamton built a 5-0 lead after two innings in Game 2 as Kyle Johnson contributed an RBI single and Matt Clark added a two-run double. B-Mets starter Matt Bowman’s fortunes took a turn for the worse in the fifth when Portland loaded the bases with one out, trailing 5-1. Welch dumped a two-run single into center. Bowman then exited after walking Heiker Meneses to reload the bases. Mike Brenly greeted reliever Chasen Bradford by threading an RBI single past Reynolds at shortstop. Peter Hissey followed by pulling Bradford’s next pitch into right for a two-run single, giving Portland a 6-5 lead. Bowman (3-2) allowed six runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in the defeat. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 5, CLEARWATER 2: Dilson Herrera broke a 1-all tie with a ground-rule double that plated Eudy Pina. Brandon Nimmo followed with an RBI single and Jairo Perez brought home another run on a double play to make it 4-1 in the fifth.

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Herrera launched his third homer of the season, a solo shot, in the seventh to put the Mets ahead by the final margin of 5-2. Herrera finished 3-for-4. He did not come to the plate again with a chance to triple and complete the cycle. Hunter Carnevale picked up his first win this season. He allowed one run in two innings of middle relief. Ryan Fraser pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth. Randy Fontanez pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save. Mets starter Domingo Tapia labored through four innings. The Threshers only had one hit against Tapia, but in the second inning he walked the bases loaded and threw a wild pitch to give Clearwater a 1-0 lead. Tapia struck out five. T.J. Rivera tied the score in the third. He lifted a bases-loaded sacrifice fly against Ethan Stewart. Stewart walked seven hitters in four innings. He gave up four hits and four runs. Nimmo went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks. He leads the Florida State League with 45 free passes. Box

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Minors 5.16.14: Frenchy pitches vs. 51s

May, 17, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 10, EL PASO 2: Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings. He threw 93 pitches (56 strikes). For the third time this season, Jeff Francoeur finished a lopsided game on the mound against the 51s. This time, Frenchy surrendered a ninth-inning three-run homer to Andrew Brown. Francoeur now has a 6.23 ERA in five Pacific Coast League appearances this season. Entering this outing, he had limited opponents to two hits and two hit batters while striking out three in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Matt den Dekker opened Friday's scoring with a leadoff homer in the first. He finished 3-for-5 with two extra-base hits and three runs scored. Josh Satin went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW HAMPSHIRE 6: Brian Burgamy’s go-ahead, three-run double highlighted Binghamton’s four-run eighth. Trailing 6-4 and with Jayce Boyd on first base

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with one out after a walk, Wilfredo Tovar and Kyle Johnson greeted new reliever Dustin Antolin with consecutive singles, loading the bases. Burgamy then lifted a 2-0 pitch into the left-field corner. Jon Berti, playing his fourth career game in the outfield, reached up on the run, but had the drive kick off his glove and rattle off the fence. Three runs scored on Burgamy’s double, giving the B-Mets the lead. Kevin Plawecki tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single. Staked to a 4-0 lead, B-Mets starter Matt Bowman surrendered six runs in the third -- all unearned. Matt Clark booted Peter Mooney’s groundball at first to start the frame. Jon Berti took his place on a fielder’s choice and came home with New Hampshire’s first run when Kenny Wilson tripled off the left-center wall. Bowman then hit A.J. Jimenez, uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Wilson to scamper home and loaded the bases on back-to-back two-out walks. Andy Fermin cashed in on Bowman’s wildness with his first career grand slam, giving New Hampshire a 6-4 lead. Bowman retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced after Fermin’s homer and exited after six innings. After tossing a perfect seventh and benefiting from Binghamton’s four-run eighth, Jon Velasquez (2-2) returned for the bottom half and teamed with Adam Kolarek to post a scoreless inning. Chasen Bradford worked around a two-out single in a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save. Bowman struck out a career-high 12 -- the most by a B-Mets pitcher in one game since at least 2007. Plawecki reached base safely in all five plate appearances -- on three hits and two hit-by-pitches. Kyle Johnson has hit safely in nine straight games. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 4: Luis Cessa limited Lakeland to one run and four hits in six innings to earn his third straight win. Cessa struck out three and did not walk a batter. In

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his last three outings, he has given up three runs in 19 innings while striking out 11 and walking two. The Mets spotted Cessa a 5-0 lead. Cam Maron led off the second with a solo homer and Gilbert Gomez followed with a double. Eudy Pina beat out a double-play ball later in the inning to score Gomez. Brandon Nimmo tripled for the second straight game in the third inning and came home on T.J. Rivera’s groundout. Rivera now leads the Florida State League with 34 RBIs. In the fifth, Phillip Evans and Cole Frenzel hit back-to-back sacrifice flies, plating Maron and Gomez, to increase the lead to five runs. James Robbins got the Flying Tigers on the board with a solo homer against Cessa in the fifth. Jairo Perez got the run back for the Mets in the eighth with his fifth homer, making it 6-1. Ryan Fraser retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth and got the first batter out in the ninth, but the Flying Tigers wouldn’t go quietly. Evans committed a throwing error that would have been the second out of the ninth. Instead, the Tyler Hanover reached. The Flying Tigers laced four consecutive singles, the last by Jared Reaves, to plate three runs and make it 6-4. With the tying run on first and one out, Fraser buckled down to strike out Dixon Machado and Chad Wright looking to end the game. Gomez went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Maron and Dilson Herrera had two hits apiece. In a rehab appearance, Gonzalez Germen (virus) pitched a scoreless seventh. Box

SAVANNAH 11, GREENVILLE 3
GREENVILLE 4, SAVANNAH 1:
The Gnats scored in each of their first five turns at bat in Game 1 to support Miller Diaz. Diaz struck out eight over five scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.74 while earning his fourth win. Jeff McNeil, who had three hits, was one of four Gnats who reached base safely three times in the opener. Gavin Cecchini doubled and walked twice, L.J. Mazzilli doubled and walked twice and Dominic Smith singled twice and walked. The Gnats scored first in Game 2 with a run in the bottom of the first, but did not cross home plate again. On the hill, John Gant cruised through the first three innings, striking out six, but allowed two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings. Box 1, Box 2

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Morning Briefing: Hello deGrom, bye Jeter

May, 15, 2014
May 15
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Adam RubinJacob deGrom makes his major-league debut Thursday against the Yankees.
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FIRST PITCH: The Subway Series finale originally was slated to pit Dillon Gee against CC Sabathia. Now, both are on the disabled list. And Mets-Yankees instead concludes with a pair of starting pitchers making their big-league debuts -- Jacob deGrom versus right-hander Chase Whitley.

DeGrom (4-0, 2.58 ERA at Las Vegas) steps into the starting role because Gee landed on the DL on Wednesday with a right lat-muscle strain. The Mets, who weighed keeping Gee active and having him miss one start, now expect he will miss two starts and return from the DL when eligible.

Coming on the heels of Rafael Montero’s start Wednesday, it will mark the first time in franchise history the Mets have used starting pitchers making their major-league debuts in consecutive games.

The last time an MLB team used debuting starting pitchers in consecutive games? The Milwaukee Brewers on Sept. 2-3, 2002, with Ben Diggins and Dave Pember, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The last time two debuting pitchers started opposite each other in an MLB game? Coincidentally, that involved Gee -- who pitched opposite Washington’s Yunesky Maya on Sept. 7, 2010.

In the past 100 years, there have only been seven non-September instances of both starting pitchers making their big-league debuts, according to Elias.

Bobby Parnell, who will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot for deGrom.

Meanwhile, Thursday marks the final regular-season game for retiring Derek Jeter against the Mets.

As the Mets did with Mariano Rivera last season and Chipper Jones in 2012, they will have an afternoon ceremony in a conference room to present Jeter with a gift -- not on-field recognition before the first pitch. A clip from that ceremony likely will be played for fans pregame on the scoreboard.

The Mets are expected to present Jeter with artwork, as they did with Chipper.

Thursday’s news reports:


Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsRafael Montero allowed three runs in six innings in his major-league debut.


• Montero did a solid job in his debut, but Masahiro Tanaka tossed a four-hit shutout and the Yankees snapped a six-game Subway Series losing streak with a 4-0 win Wednesday at Citi Field. The Mets (19-20) dropped a game under .500.

Terry Collins suggested three shots the Mets hit on Wednesday would have been homers had the game been played in the Bronx, including David Wright’s first-inning blast to the track with a runner on base.

The Mets had a pair of costly, ill-advised plays. With Tanaka on deck, a runner on first base and two outs, left fielder Eric Young Jr. decided to dive for a second-inning sinking liner off Brian Roberts’ bat rather than concede a single and keep it in front of him. E.Y. Jr. played the ball into a run-scoring triple. On the basepaths, Chris Young tried to steal second with Tanaka holding the ball, Lucas Duda at the plate and the Mets trailing, 2-0. He easily was retired.

Montero’s final line: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR. The second homer came after Montero was sent out for the sixth inning with his pitch count already at 97, on a solo shot by Mark Teixeira.

The unbeaten Tanaka -- the first 6-0 Yankees rookie starter since Whitey Ford in 1950 -- even produced a ninth-inning hit. Mets pitchers are now 0-for-64 at the plate this season. That futility matches the 1946 Cleveland Indians for the second-worst hitless streak by pitchers in MLB history, according to Elias. The all-time record: 0-for-92 by Cleveland pitchers in 1914.

Given E.Y. Jr. and Ruben Tejada’s hot streaks ended -- they went a combined 1-for-7 Wednesday -- it appears likely they will find themselves on the bench for the Subway Series finale.

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

• The Mets dumped Kyle Farnsworth a couple of days ahead of a deadline after which his $1 million contract for the season would have become guaranteed. Farnsworth, who notched a save as recently as Monday, had signed an “advanced consent” waiver. That allowed the Mets to drop him within 45 day of him joining the club on April 2 and only be responsible for the portion of the contract during which he was active -- about $250,000.

Farnsworth, who plans to refuse a minor-league assignment and become a free agent, was angry with the decision, calling it “sad” and describing himself as “very bitter.”

One member of the organization described himself as “speechless” after learning of the move.

Josh Edgin, who had a 4.97 ERA and had allowed 17 hits and 11 walks in 12 2/3 innings with Vegas, will be promoted and join Scott Rice as a left-hander in the bullpen.

Who’s the closer? Terry Collins hasn’t named one yet, but Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia and Daisuke Matsuzaka would be candidates.

Read more in the Record, Journal, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Travis d’Arnaud likely will land on the seven-day concussion DL before Thursday’s game. D’Arnaud had been struck on the top of the head by Alfonso Soriano’s backswing in the ninth inning Tuesday. D’Arnaud is continuing to undergo concussion tests. Juan Centeno, already on the 40-man roster, is expected to join the Mets on Thursday from Vegas. He was hitting .273 with one homer and 11 RBIs in 77 at-bats with the 51s. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Gee said there was no issue with his lat when he was pulled after 81 pitches from his last start. It only arose afterward and intensified during a bullpen session Tuesday in the Bronx. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Journal and Newsday.


Win McNamee/Getty ImagesEric Young Jr. visited Kravis Children's Hospital on Wednesday.


• E.Y. Jr. visited Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mt. Sinai before heading to Citi Field for the Subway Series on Wednesday. He appeared on the hospital’s closed-circuit TV show and answered questions for kids who were too sick to come down to a studio. E.Y. Jr. took pictures and signed autographs for patients who were well enough to attend the live show in the hospital’s lobby.

• Greg Peavey allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings and Chasen Bradford notched his seventh save as Binghamton beat Altoona, 5-3. Peavey’s success coincides with his wife and recently born son getting into town, writes Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

Before Savannah won two games from Greenville on Wednesday, outfield prospect Jared King -- who recently proposed to his girlfriend on the field -- landed on the DL with a fractured right fibula. King suffered the injury getting hit by a pitch on May 7. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer disputed allegations from Duda and Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg that bad burgers gave them food poisoning.

“It’s highly unlikely,” Meyer told the Post. “If you’re in a restaurant and one person says they got food poisoning from fish, you can say, ‘Well, that was probably one bad fish.’ But with hamburger meat, it’s an entire batch. And we haven’t heard of one other case of food poisoning. We don’t know for sure a Shake Shake burger made them sick.”

Daniel Barbarisi in the Journal reported fans at Citi Field on Wednesday did not seem dissuaded from buying Shake Shack food.

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post suggests there is pressure on both New York GMs because they are playing in divisions up for grabs because of mediocrity. Writes Sherman:

[Sandy] Alderson already made a significant move during this Subway Series by shifting Rafael Montero into the rotation and Jenrry Mejia into the pen. The Mets’ long-shot chances this season could be about this: Can Alderson take some of that young pitching he has been diligently stockpiling the past four years and turn it into a July bat -- a Jose Bautista for mid-lineup heft or an Alexei Ramirez to solve shortstop, perhaps?

[Brian] Cashman faces a potentially more daunting issue because the Yanks have more age -- and thus more potential leaks -- and less farm system. At this moment, the Yankees look as if they need a sidekick for Masahiro Tanaka. So they might have to find out just how much a trade fronted by Gary Sanchez or John Ryan Murphy would bring. Does that get them into, for example, a Jeff Samardzija sweepstakes or do they have to lower their sights to the Bronson Arroyo/Jason Hammel level?

• Columnist David Lennon in Newsday suggests payroll still matters, as the Yankees demonstrated with their capacity to land Tanaka.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post calls the rash of Tommy John surgeries to high-profile young pitchers “the dark cloud hovering in baseball’s sky now.”

• In a where-are-they-now look, Ken Belson in the Times notes Dae-Sung Koo -- of double-off-Randy Johnson-and-scoring-with-a-weighted-ball-in-his-pocket fame -- has been pitching in Australia.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal suggests the Subway Series still has juice. Writes Diamond:

According to the YES Network, Monday night's game at Yankee Stadium generated the highest ratings for a Subway Series telecast on a New York regional sports station since 2011, averaging 494,000 total viewers. On Tuesday, the Rangers' hockey game and the NBA playoffs siphoned off some viewers, but the Subway Series has re-established itself as a solid draw.

Even with the Brooklyn Nets' playoff game competing with baseball on Wednesday, the stations anticipated another potential bump with rookie pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the mound for the Yankees.

• Mike Ozanian at Forbes opines about the value of the Mets if they were sold.

BIRTHDAYS: Tyler Walker, whose eight-year big-league career as a reliever began with the Mets in 2002, turns 38.

TWEETS OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: What gift should the Mets present to Derek Jeter?

Minors 5.14.14: Gnats win two

May, 15, 2014
May 15
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BINGHAMTON 5, ALTOONA 3: Matt Clark had two doubles and drove in a run for the B-Mets, who took the lead with three runs in the fifth inning and held on for a win. Binghamton starter Greg Peavey allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings and struck out nine while walking only one. Chasen Bradford pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save. Box

TAMPA 7, ST. LUCIE 1: T.J. Rivera had two of the four Mets hits. Brandon Nimmo tripled for one of the other hits, and scored the only run on a Rivera double. Mets starter Michael Fulmer allowed just two runs in five innings, but the Yankees scored four times off reliever Jake Kuebler. Box

SAVANNAH 5, GREENVILLE 4
SAVANNAH 6, GREENVILLE 1: Jeff McNeil had three hits and drove in three runs in a game that was resumed Wednesday after it was suspended in the sixth inning (tied 3-3) on April 28. Tim Peterson allowed one run in three innings of relief, with John Mincone getting the save. L.J. Mazzilli, Jeff Glenn and Patrick Biondi each had two hits for the Sand Gnats. Mazzilli drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. Dario Alvarez, making just his second start of the season, threw five scoreless innings to get the win in the regularly scheduled game. Alvarez struck out 12 and walked just one, while allowing three hits. Add in five strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings from Dawrin Frias, and two more in 2 1/3 innings from Tyler Vanderheiden, and Sand Gnats pitchers combined for 19 strikeouts. Gavin Cecchini had two hits, including a two-run single in the third inning. Box 1, Box 2

Minors 5.11.14: Plawecki retires 3 stealers

May, 11, 2014
May 11
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TACOMA 6, LAS VEGAS 5
LAS VEGAS 8, TACOMA 3: In the resumption of Saturday's suspended game, the Rainiers

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Eveland
scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Jesus Montero against Vic Black. Black surrendered two hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings as his ERA climbed to a still-modest 1.23. In the regularly scheduled game, Las Vegas -- no-hit through five innings -- scored eight runs in the sixth to break a scoreless tie. Shortstop Rylan Sandoval had a two-run double, first baseman Brandon Allen a two-run triple and catcher Juan Centeno a two-run double in the frame. Left-hander Dana Eveland tossed five scoreless innings in a no-decision. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out four. Tacoma right-hander Jordan Pries pitched 5 1/3 innings of no-hit ball, but walked four, was charged with one run and suffered the loss. Box 1, Box 2

BINGHAMTON 2, HARRISBURG 1: Kevin Plawecki threw out three attempted base stealers and contributed an RBI double and Tyler Pill struck out a season-high seven over 5 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his first win since April 18, 2013. Against Harrisburg starter

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A.J. Cole, Kyle Johnson doubled and Plawecki extended his hitting streak to eight games and gave the B-Mets a 1-0 lead with a third-inning double as well. Pill opened his sixth start of the season with two scoreless frames. He then used a pair of strikeouts to work around a one-out single in the third. Plawecki erased Cutter Dykstra’s single in the fourth by throwing him out at second on an attempted steal. Pill posted a perfect fifth before running into trouble in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Quincy Latimore opened the frame with a single, but was nabbed by Plawecki when he tried to steal second as Michael Taylor struck out. Pill’s day ended after hitting Caleb Ramsey with a 1-2 pitch. T.J. Chism took over with two outs to face Dykstra -- the son of ex-Met Lenny Dykstra -- but never needed to retire him. Ramsey was thrown out by Plawecki while trying to swipe second, ending the inning. Binghamton doubled its lead in the sixth against reliever James Simmons. Dustin Lawley doubled and took third on Cory Vaughn's single. Darrell Ceciliani then plated Lawley with a sac fly. Harrisburg got on the board without a hit in the seventh. After Adam Kolarek walked Matt Skole with one out, Justin Bloxom hit a potential inning-ending double-play ball to third. Lawley fielded it cleanly, but fired wide of second, putting runners at the corners. Ricky Hague cut Binghamton’s lead to 2-1 with a sac fly. Brian Jeroloman chased Kolarek with a leadoff single in the eighth, but Jon Velasquez entered and retired three straight. Chasen Bradford inherited the one-run lead in the ninth. After a leadoff walk and a two-out single put the tying run in scoring position, the right-hander induced Jason Martinson to chop into a game-ending fielder’s choice. Pill (1-5) allowed four hits and issued no walks. He has a 1.15 ERA in his last three starts (2 ER, 15.2 IP). Bradford earned his sixth save. Plawecki is hitting .406 (13-for-32) with five multi-hit games during his eight-game hitting streak. Box

CHARLESTON 3, SAVANNAH 1: Chris Flexen suffered his team-high fourth loss as the Gnats' five-game winning streak ended. Flexen allowed three earned runs on six hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings. The Gnats (24-10) scored in the first inning when Jared King singled home Jeff McNeil with what turned out to be an unearned run charged to Charleston starter Brady Lail. The RiverDogs righty proceeded to hold the Gnats scoreless over the next five frames to earn his fourth consecutive win. Charleston (19-16) tied the score in the third with two outs when Tyler Wade tripled and came home on Mikeson Oliberto's double. The RiverDogs tacked on two more runs in the fifth -- on an RBI single by Wade and then a sacrifice fly from Oliberto. After Flexen departed, Tim Peterson tossed 2 1/3 perfect innings. Box

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Minors 5.19.14: Montero allows zero hits

May, 10, 2014
May 10
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LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 3: Rafael Montero pitched 5 1/3 hitless innings for the 51s, before leaving the game because he had already thrown 98 pitches. Montero walked three and struck out five. Reliever Buddy Carlyle gave up a double to Taylor Lindsey, the first Salt Lake batter he faced in the sixth. Danny Muno and Andrew Brown homered for Las Vegas. Brown has six home runs in just 15 Triple-A games this season, along with the one homer he hit for the Mets on Opening Day. Zach Lutz had two hits and drove in two runs. Josh Edgin pitched the ninth for his second save. Box

HARRISBURG 4, BINGHAMTON 3: The B-Mets tied the game on Kevin Plawecki's two-run single in the eighth, but Chasen Bradford allowed a ninth-inning run that gave Harrisburg the win. Cutter Dykstra, the 24-year-old son of ex-Met Lenny Dykstra, scored the winning run after a leadoff single and a stolen base. Plawecki drove in all three Binghamton runs, the other coming on a fifth-inning homer, his first in Double-A. Starter Matt Bowman gave up three runs, two earned, in six innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, PALM BEACH 1: Luis Cessa allowed went eight innings for his second win of the season, allowing one run on four hits. The 22-year-old right-hander from Mexico became the first St. Lucie starter this season to finish the eighth. Shortstop Phillip Evans drove in three of the St. Lucie runs, with a double and two singles, and started a double play after a diving stop behind the second-base bag. Dilson Herrera, Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera also had three-hit nights for the Mets, who had 19 hits in all. Box

SAVANNAH 5, WEST VIRGINIA 1: Miller Diaz won his third straight start for the Sand Gnats, allowing a run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings and lowering his ERA to 2.08. A Jorge Rivero triple was the only extra-base hit for the Gnats, who scored all their runs in the fourth inning. Victor Cruzado had two of Savannah's seven hits. Box

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BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.295 7 39 60
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 18
RBIL. Duda 57
RD. Murphy 60
OPSL. Duda .856
WB. Colon 10
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 121