New York Mets: Chris Colabello

Mets 3, Twins 3: Familia zeroes in on pen

March, 15, 2014
Mar 15
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Dillon Gee surrendered five hits in 3 1/3 innings, but kept the Minnesota Twins off the scoreboard in an eventual 3-3 tie Saturday at Tradition Field by a Mets split squad.

Acting manager Bob Geren hoped for Gee to pitch five innings, as Zack Wheeler had done Friday night. But Gee reached his limit after delivering pitch No. 63 -- a leadoff double to Chris Colabello in the fourth.

“That’s not good to go three innings with 65 pitches,” Gee said. “Hopefully during the season I’ll get more innings out of that.”

Left-hander Dana Eveland, a former big leaguer who pitched in Korea, stranded Colabello by retiring three straight Twins. Eveland, 30, ultimately contributed 2 1/3 scoreless innings. He was being borrowed from minor-league camp.

Gee had allowed four singles over the first two innings. His final line: 3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.

“I didn’t give up any runs. That’s a key,” Gee said. “I didn’t feel that great today. Whatever it was five days ago that made me feel so good wasn’t really there today. I just have to keep working on it. I made big pitches when I had to today in key situations, with guys on base. That was good. ... The changeup felt good. I threw a lot of offspeed pitches behind in the count. That more replicates what’s going to happen during the year.”

How they scored: The Mets got a first-inning solo homer from Chris Young against left-hander Scott Diamond. Daniel Murphy staked the Mets to a 2-0 lead in the third with a sacrifice fly that plated Matt Reynolds. Josh Satin added a fifth-inning RBI single.

Vic Black walked two while loading the bases in the eighth. He then surrendered a two-run single to Eduardo Escobar and run-scoring single by Jermaine Mitchell as Minnesota evened the score at 3.

Zeroing in: Jeurys Familia tossed a scoreless ninth, including breaking the webbing on catcher Taylor Teagarden's glove with one fastball. Familia now has logged five scoreless Grapefruit League innings, having allowed only one hit while striking out four and walking none.

The projected Opening Day bullpen at this point includes Bobby Parnell, Black, Jose Valverde, Carlos Torres, Scott Rice, Familia and John Lannan.

“Two days in a row he threw the ball really well,” Geren said about Familia. “Obviously he threw the ball hard. I think he hit 100 mph out there today. He broke Teagarden’s glove. It went through the web. That’s kind of like a script out of a movie. That’s pretty fun. At first I thought Teagarden missed it. And then he turned around and ran for a new glove.”

Debutant: 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith, an 18-year-old playing high school ball in Los Angeles at this time last year, finished the game at first base. He produced a hit in his first career Grapefruit League at-bat, on an eighth-inning dribbler back up the middle.

“I felt a little bit of nervousness,” Smith said. “Besides that, I was excited.”

Smith, incidentally, has a tattoo on his right forearm that reads: “Your dream.”

He explained: “For me, it means never give up on your dream. You only live once in your life, so no matter how tough it gets, or no matter how hard it gets, especially in baseball, always fight.”

What’s next: Jonathon Niese attempts to move beyond a rough first Grapefruit League start in which a first-pitch fastball registered only 79 mph. The southpaw opposes St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright at 1:05 p.m. Sunday in Jupiter, Fla. Niese is slated to be the Opening Day starter if he proves he is ready for the assignment after missing time early in camp with shoulder weakness.

Around the minors 8.9.12

August, 9, 2012
BUFFALO 10, LEHIGH VALLEY 1 (seven innings): Josh Satin went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and four runs scored in the rain-shortened game while extending his hitting streak to eight games. The Bisons grabbed the lead with a three-run second. Satin led off with a double and Matt Tuiasosopo walked. Matt den Dekker then lined a two-run double to right field. Den Dekker stole third base and Mike Nickeas took advantage with a sacrifice fly. The Herd tacked on four runs an inning later, the big blow coming on a three-run homer by Valentino Pascucci for a seven-run lead. Chris Schwinden retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced. The lone IronPig to reach during that stretch was Hector Luna, who singled in the second inning. Luna produced an RBI double in the fourth. Schwinden pitched all six innings for the Herd, allowing the one run on four hits. He has won his past three starts (2R, in 19 innings) and has a 1.65 ERA the last six outings. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW BRITAIN 4: Allan Dykstra led off the fourth with a walk from starter Logan Darnell, took second on a single and scored on consecutive groundouts. The floodgates opened on Darnell an inning later. After two singles, Wilmer Flores produced an RBI double. Eric Campbell followed with a run-scoring single. After Flores scored on a wild pitch, Jefry Marte capped the four-run inning with an RBI double, which gave Binghamton a 5-0 lead. B-Mets starter Greg Peavey skated through the first five innings without allowing a run, but that stretch came to a halt in the sixth on a sac fly by Oswaldo Arcia. With two on for New Britain in the seventh, Nate Hanson and Estarlin De Los Santos contributed RBI singles. Peavey exited with one out. Jeff Kaplan entered and Aaron Hicks greeted the righty with a run-scoring fielder’s choice, cutting Binghamton’s lead to one. New Britain’s threat ramped up as Kaplan allowed a single and walked a batter to load the bases for Chris Colabello. Kaplan escaped, though, by inducing an inning-ending force out. Juan Centeno added an insurance run with an RBI single off Jose Gonzalez before Kaplan returned to toss a perfect eighth. Ryan Fraser worked around a two-out walk to secure his second save. Peavey (6-7) was charged with four runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. He earned his third win in his last four starts. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 2: Jack Leathersich, Jeff Walters and Hamilton Bennett each tossed two scoreless relief innings and St. Lucie rallied. Palm Beach produced a two-run first inning against reigning Florida State League player of the month Tyler Pill. Blake Forsythe's three-run homer in the fourth gave the Mets the lead. Box

GREENVILLE 0, SAVANNAH 0 (suspended): The game was halted after one inning. Box


LOWELL 3, BROOKLYN 1: The Cyclones took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth, but Lowell answered with a three-run bottom half of the frame. Brooklyn's only three hits in the game came from Stefan Sabol, Alex Sanchez and Eudy Pina. Sabol's two-out double plated Kevin Plawecki, who had walked, for Brooklyn's lone run. In the bottom half, Luis Cessa's scoreless effort unraveled. Dreily Guerrero led off with a single, but was caught stealing. David Chester, though, followed with a homer to tie the score. Mookie Betts then singled and Matthew Marquis homered. Cessa (3-3) surrendered three earned runs on seven hits in six innings. Matt Bowman tossed two scoreless relief innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 5.8.12

May, 9, 2012
BUFFALO 3, GWINNETT 0: Matt Harvey tossed six scoreless innings in the latest in a string of solid starts for the 2010 first-round pick. Coupled with a Pawtucket loss in Rochester, the Bisons are now a half-game back of first place in the International League North Division. Harvey allowed four singles and a double. He walked three, but balanced those out with five strikeouts and a pair of double plays. He also had two wild pitches. Gwinnett failed to push a runner to third base until the seventh inning, after Harvey's outing was complete. With his third win in four starts, Harvey has now posted a 1.96 ERA since April 20. He had a no-decision in the other outing because of a rain delay after four innings of work. Over the four-game span, Harvey has allowed 16 hits in 23 innings. The Bisons gave Harvey early run support as Zach Lutz singled home Fred Lewis in the first. Omar Quintanilla hit his fifth home run in the second for a 2-0 Bisons lead. Buffalo scored a third run the next inning on a fielding error by Braves second baseman Drew Sutton. That lead held up for the Bisons' second shutout of the season. Jack Egbert tossed a pair of scoreless innings and Fernando Cabrera set the Braves down 1-2-3 in the ninth for his International League-leading eighth save. Before the game, the Mets selected the contract of Bisons catcher Rob Johnson. Oswaldo Navarro was promoted from Binghamton. He made his Bisons debut as a defensive replacement at third base in the ninth. Quintanilla's five homers are second on the team to Valentino Pascucci's six. Box

NEW BRITAIN 4, BINGHAMTON 3: The Rock Cats scored three runs with two outs in the top of the ninth, highlighted by Nate Hanson’s pinch-hit, two-run double, to defeat the B-Mets. Binghamton committed two costly errors in the game, resulting in all four runs being unearned. With a 3-1 lead, reliever Robert Carson took the mound in the ninth looking for his first career save. He walked Chris Colabello to start the inning before inducing Aaron Hicks to fly out. Deibinson Romero then sent a slow chopper to third and reached safely when Jefry Marte’s throw to first pulled Eric Campbell off the bag. The error proved costly for Binghamton. Following a popout, Estarlin De Los Santos blooped an RBI single to right, just out of Juan Lagares' reach. With the tying run at third, Hanson shot a sinking line drive to left. Pedro Zapata could not make the difficult catch, allowing two runs to score.

The loss was Binghamton’s second of the season when leading after eight innings. The shaky defense overshadowed a strong pitching performance from starter Mark Cohoon. The southpaw allowed one unearned run and four hits over six innings. Binghamton owned a three-run lead after three innings by pounding Rock Cats starter Andrew Albers for a career-high nine hits. Lagares led off the second by doubling. He scored two batters later on Rylan Sandoval’s single. The B-Mets added two more in the third. Matt den Dekker started with a bunt single, advanced on a wild pitch, scampered to third on a flyout and scored on a passed ball by Chris Herrmann. Reese Havens doubled later in the inning and came home three batters later on Lagares' single. New Britain’s first run came in the sixth thanks to a B-Mets error. With a runner on first and one out, Herrmann rolled a potential double-play ball to Havens. The second baseman fielded it cleanly, but bobbled the transfer to his throwing hand, allowing all runners to reach safely. Chris Colabello cashed in with an RBI single. After amassing a three-run lead off Albers, the B-Mets went quietly against the New Britain bullpen. In all, the B-Mets mustered one hit against three relievers.

While all three runs on his tab were unearned, Carson (0-1) suffered his first career blown save. Brad Holt allowed one hit over two scoreless innings in his return to Binghamton after pitching in six games with Buffalo. The B-Mets (14-16) complete their rain-shortened series with New Britain on Wednesday. Right-hander Collin McHugh opposes right-hander Steve Hirschfeld. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 and drove in both runs -- his 21st and 22nd RBIs of the season -- in the loss. Starter Erik Goeddel allowed three runs in five innings. Randy Fontanez contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

SAVANNAH 6, LAKEWOOD 1: The Gnats finished their seven-game homestand with a 6-1 record while the teams’ pitching allowed 10 runs over the span. The Gnats (20-12) jumped ahead with a four-run second. After DH Travis Taijeron singled and Brian Harrison doubled, Luis Nieves, Tillman Pugh and Brandon Brown all contributed RBI singles. Cam Maron completed the inning’s scoring with a groundout to first. Taijeron, the reigning South Atlantic League Player of the Week, reached base in all four of his plate appearances. He went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored. The BlueClaws (10-20) scored their only run in the fourth, against Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis. Panteliodis, who was not involved in the decision, finished four innings, yielding a run on five hits and two walks while striking out five. Relievers Jeff Walters, Jack Leathersich and Estarlin Morel combined on five scoreless, hitless innings behind Panteliodis. Walters earned the win, his second of the season, for working the fifth and sixth innings. Harrison launched a two-run homer, his second long ball, in the eighth to complete the scoring. The Gnats are off Wednesday. They then begin a seven-game trip to Hickory and Southern Division-leading Charleston. Box

Compiled from team reports



Juan Lagares
.314 1 7 8
HRL. Duda 3
RBIL. Duda 8
RE. Young Jr. 12
OPSJ. Lagares .816
WC. Torres 2
ERAJ. Mejia 2.81
SOJ. Mejia 18