New York Mets: Chris Clapinski

Around the minors 8.14.12

August, 14, 2012
8/14/12
11:02
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BUFFALO 6, LEHIGH VALLEY 0: Jeurys Familia tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Robert Carson on the five-hit shutout. Matt den Dekker belted a grand slam in a five-run seventh inning against Joe Savery. Den Dekker became the first Bison to have two grand slams in a season since Chris Clapinski had four in 2004 when Buffalo was affiliated with the Indians. The Bisons had opened the scoring in the fourth when Fred Lewis led off with his 22nd double of the season and eventually raced home on a wild pitch. Familia allowed four hits and one walk while striking out eight in a 94-pitch effort. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 5, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets struck out a season-high 14 times and mustered only five hits against five Fisher Cats pitchers, including rehabbing major leaguer Brandon Morrow. Against B-Mets starter Gonzalez Germen in the fourth, New Hamsphire opened the scoring when Brad Glenn singled, moved to third on two groundouts and came home on Ryan Schimpf’s single. Morrow, making his second rehab appearance with the Fisher Cats, struck out six over 4 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits while issuing no walks. Morrow exited after allowing a two-out double to Francisco Pena in the fifth. Michael Dubee entered the one-run game and struck out Wilfredo Tovar to strand the tying run on base. New Hampshire added to its lead a half-inning later. With a runner aboard, Kevin Howard blistered the first pitch from Germen over the right-field wall. Dubee returned for the sixth and surrendered Binghamton’s only runs. With two outs, Eric Campbell singled and Allan Dykstra blasted a two-run homer to trim the deficit to 3-2. But the Fisher Cats plated two runs in the sixth against Germen. With the bases loaded, Brian Jeroloman dribbled a groundball up the first-base line. Germen fielded the roller cleanly, but his throw home sailed past Pena, allowing two runs to score. Jeff Kaplan closed the inning by getting two outs. He added a scoreless seventh. Edgar Ramirez threw a perfect eighth after getting activated from the disabled list before the game. Germen (6-10) suffered his fourth straight loss with the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, PALM BEACH 8: Kyle Allen and Adrian Rosario combined to surrender six runs in the top of the ninth as St. Lucie squandered an 8-2 lead. But the Mets produced a walk-off win a half-inning later when Blake Forsythe's single scored T.J. Rivera. Cory Vaughn, Robbie Shields and Danny Muno each contributed early homers. Chase Huchingson limited the Cardinals to two runs in six innings and Jack Leathersich tossed two scoreless relief innings as St. Lucie took a six-run lead to the ninth. Box

LEXINGTON 10, SAVANNAH 1: The Legends built a 10-0 lead as the Gnats failed to score until two outs in the bottom of the ninth, when Charley Thurber's single plated Albert Cordero, who had doubled. The Legends began the scoring with two runs in the second inning, added a run in the third, then chased Gnats starter Alex Panteliodis with four runs in the sixth. Panteliodis was charged with seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. The seven runs allowed by Panteliodis were his most in a start since May 16. Matt Reynolds and Cam Maron picked up two hits apiece in the loss. Box

KINGSPORT 4, JOHNSON CITY 2
JOHNSON CITY 4, KINGSPORT 2: Matt Budgell tossed three scoreless relief innings to earn the win in the opener. The K-Mets overcame a 2-0 deficit with a three-run third, which included a two-run double by Yeixon Ruiz. In the nightcap, Kingsport trailed 4-0 entering the bottom of the final frame. Jeyckol De Leon then contributed a two-run double, but Johnson City reliever Ronald Shaban entered and struck out Anthony Chavez and coaxed a game-ending groundout from pinch hitter Jonathan Leroux. Box 1, Box 2

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Around the minors 5.20.12

May, 20, 2012
5/20/12
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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

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Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.299 9 52 70
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
WB. Colon 11
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
SOZ. Wheeler 148