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Minors 5.15.13: Vaughn slam fuels B-Mets

May, 15, 2013
BINGHAMTON 9, AKRON 4: Cory Vaughn highlighted a six-run fifth inning with a grand slam as the B-Mets (22-18) produced a come-from-behind win for the third straight game.

The win gave Binghamton the series sweep and a season-high four-game winning streak. In the fourth, Carlos Moncrief doubled to score Chun Chen and Bo Greenwell blooped a two-run single into center to put the Aeros ahead 3-0 against Jacob deGrom. Akron starter Jordan Cooper held the B-Mets down through 4 2/3 innings, but suddenly the offense clicked. After the first two batters in the inning had been retired, Wilfredo Tovar singled up the middle. Danny Muno also singled, and Josh Rodriguez plated the first B-Mets run with a single into right-center. On the next pitch, Cesar Puello hit the fourth consecutive single, grounding a ball into right field, which made it a 3-2 Akron lead. Allan Dykstra then walked, bringing up Vaughn with the bases loaded. He put Binghamton up 6-3 by sailing a line drive over the left-field wall for the first B-Mets grand slam of the season. Against Bryce Stowell an inning later, the B-Mets tacked on three more runs, highlighted by Puello's two-run double. DeGrom enjoyed the six-run cushion. His night ended after seven innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out six. Adam Kolarek and John Church each threw a scoreless relief innings to seal deGrom’s first career Double-A victory. Binghamton had scored nine runs total in deGrom’s first five starts. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 4, ST. LUCIE 3: The Mets trailed 4-2 entering the ninth, but Aderlin Rodriguez and Travis Taijeron produced back-to-back singles to open the inning. After Charley Thurber’s sacrifice bunt, Cam Maron had an RBI groundout to cut the deficit to a run. With Taijeron at third and two outs, Seth Harvey struck out Gilbert Gomez to end the game. The Mets committed four errors, leading to two unearned runs. Alex Panteliodis suffered the loss despite allowing two earned runs in six innings. He scattered seven hits while striking out six. T.J. Rivera’s RBI single scored Thurber in the third to tie the score at 1. The Manatees had a two-run fourth and an added a run in the fifth. Rodriguez ripped an RBI double to right-center to score Matt Reynolds from first to cut the deficit to 4-2 in the sixth. Wanel Mesa pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Carlos Vazquez retired two batters in the eighth and escaped a bases-loaded jam. Noah Syndergaard starts Thursday for St. Lucie (23-14). Box

CHARLESTON 6, SAVANNAH 3: Steven Matz allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings as he suffered his first loss and had his ERA swell to 2.83. After Matz had a throwing error in the first, Peter O'Brien belted a three-run homer. Eudy Pina had a two-out, two-run double in the ninth, but Jayce Boyd grounded out to end the game. Paul Sewald, activated from the DL, tossed a scoreless relief inning. Box

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Minors 5.14.13: Bowman, Chism 1-hitter

May, 14, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE 8, LAS VEGAS 5: Chris Schwinden hit leadoff batter Matt Angle, then walked No. 2 batter Alfredo Amezaga to open the game. He ultimately surrendered four first-inning runs and the 51s (18-19) never dug out from the deficit. Schwinden (2-4) was charged with five runs in five innings. Las Vegas pulled within 4-2 in the second as Eric Campbell delivered an RBI triple and scored on an error. Collin Cowgill's fifth-inning RBI single pulled the 51s within 5-3. Reliever Greg Peavey surrendered two runs in the sixth. Wilmer Flores had a run-scoring double and Zach Lutz (3-for-4) had an RBI single in the ninth against Peter Moylan, but Campbell struck out with Andrew Brown at second base to end it. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, AKRON 3: The B-Mets (21-18) batted around and scored four runs in the eighth to break a 3-all tie. The inning consisted of three hits, four walks and two Akron wild

pitches. After Wilfredo Tovar was thrown out at second base trying to stretch a leadoff hit into a double, Trey Haley struggled to find the strike zone. Haley walked the next three batters. Allan Dykstra then hit a groundball to first baseman Chun Chen. After Chen hesitated to throw home, it was too late to retire Dykstra and everybody was safe. Cory Vaughn followed with a broken-bat infield hit to give Binghamton a 5-3 lead. Two more wild pitches from the Akron bullpen pushed the lead to four. Against B-Mets starter Logan Verrett, Chen hit a two-run single for an early 2-0 lead. After getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning, however, Verrett settled down. He retired 16 of his final 18 batters and threw seven innings in a no-decision. The only other damage against the righty came in the fifth, when Kyle Bellows hit a solo homer to put Akron ahead, 3-0. With two men on base against Paolo Espino in the bottom of that frame, Tovar singled home Vaughn for the first B-Mets run. Danny Muno then tied the score with a two-run double. Jack Leathersich (1-0) earned his first Double-A victory. The lefty threw two scoreless innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BREVARD COUNTY 0: Matt Bowman and T.J. Chism combined on a one-hit

shutout. Bowman (2-0) allowed just a two-out single to left field by Manatees center fielder Chadwin Stang in the third inning. He struck out nine and walked one in seven innings. Bowman retired the final 12 batters he faced and retired the side in order five times. Chism retired all six batters in two scoreless innings, fanning three. The Mets jumped to a lead in the first on a two-run single by shortstop Brandon Hicks, who played in his first game with St. Lucie (23-13) after being sidelined since the end of spring training with a calf injury. Dustin Lawley’s double off the glove of Manatees third baseman T.J. Mittelstaedt scored T.J. Rivera and Hicks in the third. Rivera finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Hicks also went 2-for-4. Box

CHARLESTON 3, SAVANNAH 2: Gnats reliever Beck Wheeler entered for the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at 2 and surrendered consecutive singles that placed runners on the corners. After an intentional walk loaded the bases with none out, Kelvin De Leon produced a game-ending sacrifice fly. Savannah had evened the score in the sixth when Kevin Plawecki tripled and scored on Cole Frenzel's single. Gnats starter Gabriel Ynoa limited the RiverDogs to two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Hunter Carnevale tossed 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Frenzel drove in both runs for the Gnats (21-15). Box

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Minors 4.6.13: Verrett wins Double-A debut

April, 6, 2013
LAS VEGAS 6, SACRAMENTO 1: Collin McHugh limited Sacramento to one run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings as the 51s improved to 3-0. Robert Carson and Greg Peavey combined for 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Josh Satin had a two-run homer against reliever Pedro Figueroa and Jamie Hoffmann was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, AKRON 5: In their Double-A debuts, 2011 third-round pick Logan Verrett took a scoreless effort into the seventh and Blake Forsythe had three RBIs and finished a homer shy of the cycle. Binghamton (3-0) is off to the franchise’s best start since 2000 and

is the Eastern League's lone remaining unbeaten team. Facing Matt Packer in the first inning, Darrell Ceciliani tripled and scored on Josh Rodriguez’s single. Then, in a three-run fourth, Cory Vaughn had an RBI triple. Danny Muno caught a break when right fielder Carlos Moncrief lost his fly ball in the sun, leading to an RBI double. Forsythe capped the inning with an RBI single. Binghamton stretched the lead to 5-0 on a fielding error by third baseman Giovanny Urshela in the fifth. Verrett faced two over the minimum through six innings, retiring 12 straight at one point. His scoreless effort got derailed in the seventh when Jesus Aguilar produced a two-run homer. Verrett exited after walking Chun Chen. John Church entered and surrendered an RBI single to Urshela, but struck out Tyler Holt to strand two runners, including the potential tying run. Binghamton restored a four-run cushion a half-inning later when Forsythe stroked a two-run triple against reliever Eric Berger. Adam Kolarek contributed a scoreless eighth. Adrian Rosario walked the leadoff man in the ninth and surrendered a two-run homer to Quincy Latimore. Tyler Pill makes his Double-A debut Sunday as the B-Mets attempt the four-game sweep. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, JUPITER 1: Jacob deGrom tossed six scoreless innings as St. Lucie improved to 3-0. T.J. Rivera and Matt Reynolds drove in two runs apiece. Reynolds' sixth-inning infield single scored Rivera with the game's opening run. St. Lucie opened a 6-0 lead the following frame. Box

ROME 6, SAVNNAH 3: In his first regular-season game since last July 26 with Kingsport, left-hander Steven Matz took a scoreless effort into the fifth inning. Rome's Aris Alcantara then doubled and Tyler Tewell walked to open that frame and Matz departed. Jake Kuebler, a former corner infielder in the Royals organization, entered and allowed both inherited runners to score, snapping Matz's personal scoreless streak at 22 innings dating to last season. Kuebler later surrendered a three-run homer to Josh Elander in what became a five-run frame as Rome took a 5-3 lead. Savannah catcher Jeff Glenn went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs and two walks in the loss. Box

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Minors 4.4.13: Wheeler debuts with Vegas

April, 4, 2013
LAS VEGAS 10, SACRAMENTO 5: Zack Wheeler struggled with his control as the Mets debuted with Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League. Wheeler received a no-decision after allowing two earned runs on three hits, three walks and a wild pitch in 3 1/3 innings. Wheeler, working with batterymate Travis d'Arnaud, required 86 pitches for that workload. He struck out three. D'Arnaud went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two walks. He scored four times. Andrew Brown had four RBIs. Gonzalez Germen was credited with the win after 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Box

BINGHAMTON 2, AKRON 1: Starter Rafael Montero struck out eight and allowed only two singles and no walks in 5 2/3 innings while earning the win in his Double-A debut. Montero was charged with one run and at one point retired 14 straight. Montero had a taxing start.

Leadoff batter Tyler Holt had an 11-pitch at-bat in the first inning before flying out. The righty went into cruise control after that frame. Binghamton backed him up with enough offense, breaking through against Aeros starter Danny Salazar in the fifth. With one out and the bases loaded, Wilfredo Tovar skipped a potential inning-ending double play ball to second. Jose Ramirez bobbled the scorcher and settled for one out, allowing Danny Muno to score the game’s first run. Josh Rodriguez homered in the sixth against reliever Cole Cook for a 2-0 lead. Akron's lone run came a half-inning later, in Montero’s final inning. Holt chased Montero with a two-out single. Left-hander Adam Kolarek entered, uncorked a wild pitch and surrendered an RBI single to Jose Ramirez. Jeff Walters posted a scoreless eighth and stranded the tying run at second in the ninth in his Double-A debut. Walter struck out Chun Chen to earn his first save since June 17, 2012, with Savannah. Cory Mazzoni starts Friday. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, JUPITER 2: Pitching prospect Hansel Robles departed with an injury after a pickoff throw in the fourth inning. Robles threw a pair of warm-up pitches with the trainer Deb Iwanow watching before departing. It was unclear the precise injury, but it may have involved a side muscle. Robles surrendered a pair of solo homers but no other damage in 3 1/3 innings. Matt Reynolds and Cam Maron had two hits apiece in their Florida State League debuts, while Aderlin Rodriguez had two RBIs. Estarlin Morel, Jim Fuller and T.J. Chism combined for 5 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Mets pitchers struck out 15. Box

ROME 5, SAVANNAH 3: Rome scored three runs in the top of the eighth against Bret Mitchell in a come-from-behind win. Brandon Nimmo, the Mets'

first-round pick in 2011, was 2-for-3 with a walk in his Savannah debut. Facing Mitchell (0-1) with one out and the Gnats leading 3-2 in the eighth, Edison Sanchez chopped a ball to Phillip Evans' right that bounced by the shortstop for a fielding error. Aris Alcantara followed with a single to place runners at the corners. Tyler Tewell then rolled a swinging bunt up the third-base line to bring home Sanchez and even the score. Felix Marte laced a two-run double. The Gnats had scored three times in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead. Singles from Chad Zurcher and Nimmo began the frame, with Nimmo's hit chasing starter Rafael Briceno. Jayce Boyd (3-for-4) then greeted reliever Bryam Garcia with a two-run double over Braves center fielder Tony Mueller. After Boyd went to third on a wild pitch, he scored on Cole Frenzel's sacrifice fly. The Braves (1-0) scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings against Savannah starter Matt Bowman. The Gnats will start Gabriel Ynoa on Friday. Box

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Around the minors 6.21.12

June, 22, 2012
NORFOLK 5, BUFFALO 3: The Tides used a five-run third against Jeurys Familia to send the Bisons to their seventh loss in eight games. Familia lasted 2 2/3 innings and surrendered six hits and three walks while hitting a batter, committing a balk and tossing a wild pitch. The Tides got things started when Familia walked Carlos Rojas. L.J. Hoes followed with a single to place runners on first and second with none out. Following a flyout by Nate McLouth, Lew Ford drilled a line-drive hit to score Rojas and cut the Bisons' lead to 2-1. Miguel Tejada then singled to tie the score. With runners on first and third, Bill Hall singled and Jamie Hoffmann doubled. The fifth run scored when Familia balked by making a move to third without a glove on. Buffalo loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but came away with only a run, on Ruben Tejada's groundout. Ronny Cedeño stranded two with a strikeout. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, AKRON 2: Eric Campbell had a pair of RBI doubles and three newcomers contributed. Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Campbell tied the score with his first double. Catcher Francisco Pena ripped a solo homer, third baseman Wilmer Flores provided the go-ahead single in the sixth and shortstop Wilfredo Tovar made two terrific defensive plays as the trio made their Double-A debuts. The Aeros had grabbed the lead in the first against starter Gonzalez Germen as Juan Diaz doubled and Chun Chen delivered an RBI single. Binghamton responded in the third. In his first Double-A at-bat, Pena led off the inning by crushing a 1-1 offering from Giovanni Soto over the left-field wall. Akron took the lead back in the fourth. Adam Abraham doubled, then scampered to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a passed ball by Pena, giving the Aeros a 2-1 advantage. Germen ultimately allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and struck out five in six innings. Ryan Fraser entered in relief and fanned three over two scoreless innings. The B-Mets cashed in on another leadoff walk in the eighth. Reliever Bryce Stowell put Reese Havens aboard and paid for it when Campbell scorched an RBI double. Leading 4-2, Robert Carson walked leadoff hitter Ryan Rohlinger in the ninth. The lefty battled back to retire the next three Aeros to secure his fifth save. Germen (4-4) earned his third straight win. Box

FORT MYERS 9, ST. LUCIE 5: Yohan Almonte suffered his second loss of the season, allowing seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings, as St. Lucie opened the second half with a defeat. Almonte allowed five runs in the first inning. He allowed the first eight batters to reach. He was chased during a three-run third. The Mets scored three runs in the second to cut the deficit to 5-3. Robbie Shields doubled to score Blake Forsythe and Richard Lucas. Alonzo Harris Jr. added an RBI double. Trailing 9-3 entering the fifth, Cory Vaughn hit a two-run blast for his 13th homer. Allan Dykstra -- who had last played with Binghamton on April 14, when he suffered a fractured left forearm reaching into a runner for a throw -- went 3-for-4 with a run scored in his first game with St. Lucie after being reinstated from the Double-A DL and transferred. T.J. Rivera had a ninth-inning single and finished 1-for-5 in his first game after being promoted from low-A Savannah. Fellow ex-Gnat Travis Taijeron went 0-for-4 and struck out twice in his St. Lucie debut. Shields had two hits, a run scored and two RBIs. Kyle Allen tossed 2 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on five hits and one walk. John Church pitched two scoreless innings. Hamilton Bennett also notched a scoreless inning. Jeff Walters pitched in his first game with St. Lucie after being promoted from Savannah. He retired the side in order in the ninth. Box

AUGUSTA 9, SAVANNAH 8: The GreenJackets took the lead with four runs (one earned) in the fourth against Savannah starter Logan Verrett. Verrett had retired the first seven batters he faced and struck out six in the first three innings. Augusta added a run against reliever Randy Fontanez in the sixth for a 5-0 advantage. Augusta starter Clayton Blackburn had been perfect through four innings. But Savannah used doubles from Gilbert Gomez, Cam Maron, Aderlin Rodriguez and Charley Thurber in the fifth to pull within 5-4. Maron, who was 1-for-5, extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest by a Gnat in 2012. Augusta scored four runs in the eighth against relievers Jeremy Gould, who was making Savannah debut, and Jared West. Savannah rallied again in the ninth. The first four batters all singled to produce two runs and two runners on base while slicing the GreenJackets’ lead to 9-6 and bringing the tying run to the plate. After two outs, Rodriguez ripped a two-RBI single to move Savannah within a run. However, pinch runner Gregory Pron was stranded at first when Brian Harrison flied out. In the seventh -- with two outs, the Gnats down 5-4 and the potential tying run at third -- the game had some controversy. Maron thought he was hit by a pitch, but plate umpire Shawn Ryan ruled the pitch missed. Gnats manager Luis Rojas was ejected. The Gnats committed two errors in each of the GreenJackets’ four-run innings. Box

PRINCETON 15, KINGSPORT 2: Persio Reyes and Edioglis Villasmil surrendered a combined 11 runs. Box

STATEN ISLAND 8, BROOKLYN 1: Hansel Robles pitched five innings and surrendered one run, but the bullpen combined to give up seven runs on six hits and five walks. In the seventh, the Yankees sent 11 men to the plate and scored six runs. Rich Ruff came out for his second inning of work that frame and walked the first two batters. Manager Rich Donnelly inserted Beck Wheeler. He surrendered two singles, then two doubles before recording the inning's first out. After giving up another double and a walk, the Yankees led 7-0. The Cyclones' lone run came on a seventh-inning homer by Phillip Evans. Reliever Tyler Vanderheiden tossed a scoreless ninth. Box

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Around the minors 6.20.12

June, 21, 2012
NORFOLK 3, BUFFALO 1: Pedro Beato surrendered a tiebreaking solo homer to Nate McLouth in the fifth, while Manny Acosta surrendered the final run, on three hits, in the eighth. Ruben Tejada went 0-for-4 but played a full game at shortstop in his return to the Bisons after two rehab games with Class A St. Lucie. Ronny Cedeño, after five starts at shortstop, shifted to second base and went 1-for-4. Dylan Owen had tossed 71 pitches after four innings, so manager Wally Backman decided to go to the bullpen early, despite Owen having allowed only one run. Meanwhile, 49-year-old Jamie Moyer also logged four innings. Moyer's line: one run on three hits with four strikeouts. The lone run Moyer surrendered was a solo homer to Matt Tuiasosopo. Box

Zack Wheeler suffered his first loss in two months despite allowing only one earned run in the opener, but Cory Mazzoni led the B-Mets to a doubleheader split with a complete game in his Double-A debut in the nightcap. In Game 1, Binghamton’s shaky defense cost Wheeler in the second. With runners at first and second and one out, Ben Copeland sent a potential double-play grounder to short. Josh Rodriguez flipped to Rylan Sandoval for one out, but the relay to first skipped past Eric Campbell, allowing Thomas Neal to score from second. The defensive missteps continued in the third. With one out and runners at the corners, Chun Chen sent a groundball to third that could have ended the inning. Jefry Marte juggled the baseball and settled for one out as Davis Stoneburner scored to give the Aeros a 2-0 lead. Wheeler (6-3) suffered the hard-luck loss, snapping his six-game winning streak. It was the first time Binghamton had lost behind Wheeler since April 24. The righty allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits over six innings. The Binghamton offense awoke in the nightcap. Marte started a two-out rally in the first against Akron starter Francisco Jimenez with a single. Marte stole second and scored when Campbell doubled. It was the first time in seven games the B-Mets have scored first. The Aeros scratched back against Mazzoni in the first. Juan Duaz doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a single from Nick Weglarz. Akron loaded the bases later in the inning, but Mazzoni wiggled out of damage by inducing Matt Lawson to fly out to center. Kai Gronauer broke a 1-all tie in the fourth by drilling a two-run single that bounced off Jimenez’s back and rolled into centerfield. Pedro Zapata brought home another run by beating out a double-play ball. Reese Havens capped the scoring with an RBI single. Mazzoni (1-0) faced two over the minimum over his final six innings. In total, he allowed one run on five hits over seven innings while collecting four strikeouts. He becomes the third Binghamton starting pitcher to win his Double-A debut, joining Darin Gorski and Greg Peavey, who performed the feat in April. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 6, BRADENTON 2: After a scoreless inning in a rehab appearance by Ramon Ramirez, Tyler Pill limited Bradenton to one run in 5 1/3 innings. Taylor Whitenton then picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. St. Lucie broke a 1-all tie with a five-run ninth that included a two-run double by shortstop Wilfredo Tovar (1-for-3). Tovar as well as Wilmer Flores (1-for-3, one RBI) and catcher Francisco Pena (0-for-4) were promoted to Double-A Binghamton after the game. St. Lucie completed the first half with a 49-19 record. Box

PRINCETON 10. KINGSPORT 7: Long Island native Steven Matz -- the Mets' top pick in the 2009 draft, who had been slowed for most of the past two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery -- allowed five runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings in his first official professional game. Matz had one of five Kingsport errors. Michael Bernal homered and had three RBIs for the K-Mets. First-round pick Gavin Cecchini went 1-for-5 and committed an error at shortstop in his second professional game. Box

BROOKLYN 7, STATEN ISLAND 2: Luis Cessa (1-0) earned the win, going five innings and allowing six hits, two earned runs, no walks and four strikeouts as Brooklyn won its third straight against the Yankees. The Cyclones received a combined three innings of one-hit relief from Ernesto Yanez, who struck out four batters in two innings, and David Wynn, who tossed a perfect ninth. Trailing 1-0, Stefan Sabol singled in the fourth and advanced to second when DH Julio Concepcion walked. Eudy Pina then homered to give the Cyclones a 3-1 lead. The Cyclones added three runs in the sixth. Concepcion reached on a ground-rule double. Pina and Jeffrey Glenn then drew back-to-back walks before Dimas Ponce plated Concepcion with a sacrifice fly. Richie Rodriguez grounded into a forceout at second to score Pina. With Rodriguez at first, Brandon Nimmo doubled on a line drive to left to bring him home. Nimmo advanced to third on a Yankees fielding error and Phillip Evans walked to put runners on the corners. However, Alex Sanchez ended the inning with a pop out to second. Brooklyn produced its final run in the seventh, as Pina doubled to score Sabol, who had also doubled. Box

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Around the minors 5.1.12

May, 1, 2012
SYRACUSE 8, BUFFALO 0: Zach Duke pitched Syracuse passed Buffalo, snapping the Bisons' four-game winning streak. Duke, the former National League All-Star while with Pittsburgh, held the Herd to three hits over a season-high seven innings. The southpaw struck out five Bisons and didn't allow a hit in eight chances with runners in scoring position. His Chief teammates, meanwhile, got plenty of big hits. Right fielder Brett Carroll opened the scoring with a solo homer to lead off the fourth inning against Garrett Olson. Corey Brown added two more in the fourth with a double. Syracuse increased its lead to 5-0 in the sixth inning on an RBI single from Jarrett Hoffpauir and a sac fly from Mark Teahan. Former Bisons outfielder Jason Michaels added a two-run double in the eighth against left-hander Josh Edgin. Chuck James pitched two innings of scoreless relief. He has allowed one run in nine appearances this year. Valentino Pascucci went 0-for-4 and saw his Bisons-best 13-game hitting streak end. Vinny Rottino had one of Buffalo's four hits. His hitting streak now reached 12 games. Fred Lewis made his Bisons debut, going 0-for-4 while manning center field. The Bisons will look to even the series Wednesday with Matt Harvey on the mound. Box

AKRON 6, BINGAMTON 5 (10 innings): Chun Chen came off the bench for the Aeros and supplied three hits, including a walk-off single in the 10th, as the B-Mets could not hold a three-run lead and Elvin Ramirez was charged with a blown save and loss. After Binghamton jumped to a 5-2 lead in the seventh, the Aeros put up two in the bottom half against Kevin Mulvey and handed Ramirez his first blown save with a run in the ninth. Chen ripped the game-winning hit to right against Jeff Kaplan to give the Aeros their league-leading ninth one-run win. For the second night in a row, the B-Mets got on the board first. In his Double-A debut, Akron starter T.J. House hit his first batter. After the hit batsman, a single and a fielder’s choice, Jefry Marte singled to give Binghamton the lead. Rylan Sandoval doubled in the second and scored on a single from Matt den Dekker. After two bumpy innings, House settled in to blank the B-Mets for four consecutive innings. He retired 12 straight B-Mets before walking Eric Campbell to start the seventh. Akron tied the score with two runs in the fourth against B-Mets starter Greg Peavey. After allowing two singles and a fielder’s choice, Peavey surrendered his first run by uncorking a wild pitch. Ben Copeland tied the game with a double. The B-Mets got the lead back with a three-run seventh. A walk and fielding error from Kyle Bellows at third ended the night for House. Bryan Price entered and loaded the bases with a walk to Sandoval. Kai Gronauer and Pedro Zapata provided consecutive run-scoring singles before Oswaldo Navarro supplied a sac fly. After two rocky outings, Peavey turned in a strong performance. The righty allowed two runs on six hits and struck out four over six innings. Akron responded against Mulvey. Ryan Rohlinger ripped a solo homer to start the inning. Bellows walked and was quickly chased home by Chen’s pinch-hit double. Robert Carson relieved Mulvey and recorded two outs to preserve the lead. The Aeros nearly broke through in the eighth. They loaded the bases with no outs, but failed to get the timely hit. After Carson got two straight outs, Ramirez entered and induced Bellows to fly out to end the inning. Akron finally tied it in the ninth. Chen started the rally with a single, advanced to second on a walk to Tim Fedroff and scored on Juan Diaz’s single. In the 10th, the B-Mets were kept in check by Mason Radeke, making his Double-A debut. In the bottom of the 10th, Ramirez walked Rohlinger and gave up a single to Bellows to set the table to Chen. Kaplan entered and watched Chen lace his second pitch into right to give Akron the walk-off win. The teams continue their four-game series Wednesday as left-handers Mark Cohoon and Giovanni Soto face off. Box

ST. LUCIE 15, JUPITER 6: St. Lucie exploded for a nine-run second inning while winning its sixth straight game. D.J. Carrasco -- working a second straight day, a prerequisite to be activated from the DL -- retired the side in order in the seventh with two strikeouts. The Mets hit five homers and pounded out 19 hits to improve to 21-4. Richard Lucas opened the Mets' scoring in the second with a two-run homer. Robbie Shields drilled a three-run shot to give the Mets a 5-1 lead. Cesar Puello extended the lead with an RBI single. The Mets batted around in the second and Lucas also ripped a two-run single in the frame. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff homer in the third to make it 10-1. Cory Vaughn and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back homers in the fifth for a 12-3 lead. Vaughn also had an RBI groundout in the seventh and delivered a two-run double to left in the eighth. Yohan Almonte allowed six runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings with three walks and three strikeouts and picked up his second victory. Ryan Fraser induced an inning-ending double play in the sixth inning after Jupiter loaded the bases and scored three times. Hamilton Bennett tossed two scoreless innings and allowed two hits with one strikeout. Vaughn had three hits with two runs scored and four RBIs. Lucas went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Flores went 4-for-6 with two runs and an RBI. Danny Muno and Puello each had three hits, while Tovar had two hits and three runs scored. Erik Goeddel starts for St. Lucie on Wednesday. Box

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Around the minors 4.30.12

April, 30, 2012
ROCHESTER at BUFFALO (ppd.): The rainout will be made up during Rochester's Aug. 25-28 visit to Buffalo. Box

AKRON 3, BINGHAMTON 2: A groundball to third base in the bottom of the eighth started a chain of events that gave the Akron Aeros the lead for good. With the game knotted at 1 and two men aboard, Aeros second baseman Ryan Rohlinger sent a chopper to Jefry Marte at third base. The ball took an awkward hop, bounced past Marte and rolled into left field, allowing Chun Chen to score from second. Left fielder Pedro Zapata missed the cutoff man with his throw to home, enticing pinch runner Ben Copeland to try for third. Catcher Juan Centeno’s throw to the bag was on time, but Marte muffed it, allowing the ball to roll into left again. Copeland scampered home, giving Akron a two-run lead. The Aeros held off a late rally by the B-Mets in the ninth.

The game had started as a duel as Darin Gorski and Steven Wright matched zeroes for four innings. In the fifth, Binghamton's Travis Ozga led off by doubling. Matt den Dekker pushed him to third with a single. Josh Rodriguez brought Ozga home with a sacrifice fly. The lead was short-lived. Facing the bottom third of the batting order, Gorski allowed the first three batters to reach on two walks and a single. With the bases loaded, Tim Fedroff tied the score with a groundout to first base. Gorski escaped any further damage. Wright put up a scoreless sixth before seeing his night end in the seventh. After Lagares walked to start the inning and was bunted to second, Wright was replaced by Rob Bryson. With the potential go-ahead run on base, the righty got out of the inning by inducing Ozga to fly out and Zapata to ground out. Gorski allowed two runners in the sixth, but put up a scoreless inning to end his outing. The southpaw allowed one run on six hits and struck out three over six innings in the no-decision.

After tossing a scoreless seventh, reliever Edgar Ramirez allowed the first two batters to reach to set the table for the decisive play in the eighth. The final run proved vital for Akron as Binghamton put up a rally in the ninth against Bryson. Lagares scorched a two-out single. He moved to third on an infield single by Centeno and throwing error by Rohlinger at second. Ozga cut the deficit to one with a single. Rafael Fernandez was called upon to pinch hit for Zapata, but stranded the tying run at third by striking out to end the game. Although only one run was earned, Ramirez (0-1) suffered his first loss. The B-Mets (12-11) continue their series Tuesday as right-hander Greg Peavey opposes left-hander T.J. House, who makes his Double-A debut. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 1: Blake Forsythe delivered the tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning as St. Lucie won its fifth straight. Rehabbing D.J. Carrasco opened the game with a scoreless inning. Adam Kolarek picked up a six-out save without allowing a hit. Box

SAVANNAH 10, LEXINGTON 9 (12 innings): Travis Taijeron doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the 12th for the decisive run. Taijeron also homered twice and drove in five runs. T.J. Rivera, who was named South Atlantic League Player of the Week on Monday, as well as Cam Maron and Brian Harrison also produced long balls. Box

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Around the minors 4.7.12

April, 7, 2012
BUFFALO 4, ROCHESTER 2: Vinny Rottino celebrated his 32nd birthday with a big day at the plate, driving in the first three runs at Frontier Field. His bases-loaded double in the third drove in a pair and gave Buffalo a 2-1 advantage. The outfielder added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Rottino rounded out his day with a single in the eighth. He scored the Herd's fourth run on Rob Johnson's sac fly four batters later. That was more than enough for the Bisons' bullpen, which remained perfect in 2012. Justin Hampson worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning in relief of Chris Schwinden. Jack Egbert retired all five batters he faced, including a pair via strikeouts in the seventh inning with Rochester threatening. Closer Fernando Cabrera worked a perfect ninth inning for his second save in two days. The Bisons' most valuable pitcher a season ago, Schwinden (1-0) was sharp. Both runs scored on the righty were unearned. He fanned four and allowed four hits in five innings. Both teams had chances to score early before the bullpens locked the game down. Zach Lutz was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double to lead off the second. In the bottom of the frame, Schwinden threw out Red Wings outfielder Rene Tosoni trying to score on a squeeze. Bobby Scales finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a perfect sacrifice bunt in the third inning that set up the Bisons' two-run rally. Box

BINGHAMTON 2, AKRON 1: Left-hander Darin Gorski struck out seven and allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings. Gorski, last year’s Florida State League Pitcher of the Year, started his Double-A career on the right foot by retiring the side in order in the first inning. The Mount Joy, Pa., native faced one over the minimum and never allowed an Akron Aero to reach second base. The southpaw got all the offense he needed from the B-Mets in the first inning. Matt den Dekker doubled to left-center off Steven Wright and scored two batters later on Allan Dykstra’s hard-hit single up the middle. It was Dykstra’s first RBI of the year. Wright settled down after the first and did not allow another run. He departed with two outs in the sixth and a runner at third. Rob Bryson got the call from the bullpen and struck out Eric Campbell to thwart the B-Mets’ would-be insurance run. Erik Turgeon took over for Gorski in the seventh and produced a scoreless inning. Turgeon fanned Nick Weglarz, who stranded runners at second and third. The B-Mets added to the lead in the seventh. Jefry Marte hit a wind-aided triple to lead off against Bryson. He scored on Oswaldo Navarro’s sacrifice fly. Robert Carson, in his first full season as a reliever, entered in the eighth and overpowered Adam Abraham and Davis Stoneburner to rack up two strikeouts. His solid appearance came to an abrupt end when Roberto Perez launched an opposite-field home run over the right-field fence to cut the B-Mets' lead to 2-1. Josh Edgin took over in the ninth after Binghamton failed to cash in with the bases loaded a half-inning earlier. The left-hander worked around a two-out walk to Chun Chen and got stellar defense from shortstop Sean Kazmar to earn his first Double-A save. Kazmar was involved in all three outs in the inning. Gorski earned the win, his first as B-Met. The B-Mets (1-2) enjoy a day off Sunday before welcoming in the Erie SeaWolves for a three-game set starting Monday. Right-hander Greg Peavey makes his B-Mets debut. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 2: Chase Huchingson limited the Marauders to three hits and a walk while striking out five in 6 2/3 innings in his Florida State League debut. Danny Muno had a double and triple and scored twice. Darrell Ceciliani had two RBIs. Box

SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 1: Aderlin Rodriguez belted a three-run homer in a five-run while also committing his fifth error at third base in three games. Brian Harrison had two doubles and an RBI. Dustin Lawley went 3-for-4 and scored twice. Alex Panteliodis, a ninth-round draft pick from the University of Florida last June, limited Augusta to an unearned run in five innings in his professional debut. He had arrived from college with a hip injury the Mets knew about and did not pitch last season with the organization. Tyson Seng, T.J. Chism and Jared West combined for four scoreless relief innings. Box

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Around the minors 4.5.12

April, 5, 2012
PAWTUCKET 4, BUFFALO 2: In hit Triple-A debut, 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey (0-1) allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings . He threw 54 of his 95 pitches for strikes, walking four, striking out three and tossing two wild pitches. Both Bisons homers came in the fourth inning, as Josh Satin and Valentino Pascucci drove shots out to left field. While the Bisons left the yard, the Red Sox didn't need to leave the infield to deal the Herd their its loss of the season. Pawtucket collected five infield hits and benefited from a pair of Bisons errors to hand Buffalo a 4-2 Opening Night defeat from McCoy Stadium. All three times Pawtucket dented the scoreboard they benefited by a play in the infield. Pawtucket second baseman Pedro Ciriaco blooped a soft liner over the mound in the third inning and scored on Mauro Gomez's RBI single to give the PawSox a 1-0 lead. After the Bisons took a 2-1 lead in the fourth, the PawSox put two on in bottom of the inning and escaped a potential inning-ending double play, when Jordany Valdespin couldn't handle Alex Hassan's grounder. Ciriaco took advantage with a single to center field to plate two more runs. An insurance run for the PawSox came in the fifth after a pair of walks drove Harvey from the game. Infield singles from Will Middlebrooks and Jason Repko off reliever Jeff Stevens produced a fourth Pawtucket run. Justin Germano (1-0) was credited with the win for Pawtucket, allowing two runs in five innings. This is the fourth consecutive year the Bisons have begun the season with a loss. Their last Opening Day victory was a 9-4 win in Norfolk on April 3, 2008. Pascucci's home run was his 39th as a Bison. Buffalo went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position while Pawtucket was 4-for-16 in the same situation. Box

AKRON 4, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets could only muster three hits, all singles, against four Akron Aeros pitchers in their season opener, at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton only pushed one runner to second base and failed to reach third during the game. The Binghamton lineup was held hitless over the final four innings. Binghamton bounced into two double plays and had a pair of runners gunned down on steal attempts by Akron catcher Roberto Perez. Collin McHugh, last year’s B-Mets Pitcher of the Year, made the start and tossed two scoreless innings before running into trouble in the third. Leadoff hitter Ben Copeland walked on four pitches and scored two batters later on Tim Fedroff’s double to right-center. After a Juan Diaz single, Jared Goedert ripped an RBI single to left to give the Aeros a 2-0 lead. Akron starter Paolo Espino fired two scoreless innings before running into trouble of his own in the third. After allowing a leadoff single to Juan Centeno and working the count to 1-1 against Sean Kazmar, the Panamanian left the game with an injury. He was replaced by Kyle Landis, who induced Kazmar to bounce into a double play on his first pitch. Landis then struck out Pedro Zapata to end the inning. Landis’ frame started the bullpen dominance by the Aeros. Landis tossed a scoreless fourth and handed off to Jose De La Torre. A former B-Met, De La Torre worked around a two-out single to put up a scoreless fifth. McHugh’s night ended after five innings. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits and struck out four while walking three. Kevin Mulvey, in his return to the organization entered in the sixth and allowed a leadoff double to Ryan Rohlinger. With two runners aboard following a Chun Chen walk, Nick Weglarz bounced a potential double-play ball to second baseman Josh Rodriguez. The new B-Met flipped to second, but shortstop Kazmar at shortstop muffed the throw, allowing Rohlinger to score. Owning a 3-0 lead, De La Torre cruised through the sixth and worked around a one-out walk to toss a scoreless seventh. Matt Langwell took over in the eighth and struck out the side in order. The Aeros tacked on an run against Armando Rodriguez in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Juan Diaz. The B-Mets went in order in the ninth against Langwell, who secured his first save of the season. De La Torre earned the win, while McHugh was saddled with the loss. The Aeros bullpen combined for seven shutout innings. The B-Mets (0-1) continue their series against the Akron Aeros on Friday night at 7:05. Right-hander Zack Wheeler makes his Double-A debut for Binghamton against left-hander T.J. McFarland. Box

BRADENTON 3, ST. LUCIE 2 (11 innings): After allowing a leadoff single in the 11th and sacrifice bunt, Ryan Fraser walked two and had a throwing error to load the bases. Fraser then hit former Mets farmhand Stefan Welch with a pitch to force in the winning run. 2011 second-round pick Cory Mazzoni allowed two unearned runs in five innings in his first St. Lucie start. Hamilton Bennett, Adrian Rosario and Jeffrey Kaplan combined for five scoreless relief innings. Box

SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 2: Charley Thurber's bases-loaded single scored Luis Nieves for the walk-off win. Starter Logan Verrett limited Augusta to one unearned run in five innings. Carlos Vazquez had 2 1/3 scoreless, no-hit relief innings with five strikeouts. Box

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BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187