New York Mets: Cody Asche

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 7, Mets 2

August, 30, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The 90-win dream is dead.

Bartolo Colon surrendered six runs in 5 1/3 innings, and the Mets suffered a 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday at Citi Field in the 1,500th major league game managed by Terry Collins.

The Mets dropped to 63-73, which makes it mathematically impossible to reach the win total Sandy Alderson ambitiously articulated to team personnel during an internal spring training meeting.

The last-place Phillies (62-73) returned to within a half-game of the Mets, which sets up a battle for fourth place in Sunday’s final 2014 meeting between the clubs.

Colon had limited the Phillies to one hit until ex-Met Marlon Byrd, on his 37th birthday, opened the fifth with a homer that broke a scoreless tie. Byrd notched his career-high 25th homer and surpassed last year’s previous high, which he produced while with the Mets (21) and Pittsburgh Pirates (three).

An inning later, Philadelphia took a 6-0 lead. Colon surrendered singles to six of the first seven batters -- including a two-run single to Ryan Howard -- and departed. Buddy Carlyle entered and immediately surrendered an RBI single to Cody Asche for the sixth and final run charged to Colon.

The Mets, who had been limited to one hit through six innings, finally mounted a threat in the seventh. Wilmer Flores delivered an RBI single, and Juan Lagares walked with the bases loaded to force in a run. However, left-hander Antonio Bastardo entered and struck out Curtis Granderson to leave the bases loaded and preserve a 6-2 lead.

It’s a hit! Dilson Herrera notched his first major league hit with a seventh-inning single that loaded the bases with one out and chased Phillies starter Jerome Williams. Herrera finished 1-for-3 with a walk in his second major league game.

What’s next: Dillon Gee (5-6, 3.77 ERA) opposes A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. in the final meeting between the clubs this season. The Mets, who are 12-6 against Philadelphia in 2014, can match their most wins ever against the Phillies in a single season. The Amazin’s went 13-5 against Philadelphia in 1970, ’71, ’72 and ’87.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Phillies 1

August, 29, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Who’s the team to beat now?

Phillies left fielder Grady Sizemore dropped the would-be final out of the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded, leading to three unearned runs as the Mets beat Philadelphia, 4-1, in Friday’s series opener at Citi Field.

The Mets held onto fourth place and kept their 90-win goal -- uhhh, “reminder” -- mathematically alive. Jacob deGrom (7-6) earned a win thanks to Sizemore’s miscue.

Dilson Herrera went 0-for-3 and also committed a fielding error in the ninth inning in his major league debut.

Philadelphia (61-73) would have overtaken the Mets (63-72) for fourth place with a win.


Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom was credited with the win once Philadelphia melted down in the seventh on Grady Sizemore's drop in left field.


Instead, after Justin De Fratus entered with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the score tied at 1, the Phillies imploded.

Juan Lagares hit a routine fly ball to left field that Sizemore simply dropped. Two runs scored on the play. With runners on the corners, the Mets then pulled off a double-steal. Eric Campbell was credited with the first steal of home by a Met since Jason Pridie at Houston on May 15, 2011.

The Mets scored three runs in the inning without producing a hit.

The Amazin's improved to 12-5 against the Phillies this season. That's their most wins in a season series versus Philadelphia since going 12-6 in 1989.

Debutant: Herrera became the youngest active player in the majors at 20 years, 179 days when he debuted Friday.

Facing Phillies right-hander David Buchanan, Herrera swung at the first major league pitch he saw and grounded into an inning-ending double play in the second. He then struck out to lead off the fifth. Batting against left-handed reliever Jake Diekman with one out and a runner on first in the seventh with the score tied at 1, Herrera lined out to second base.

deLightful: A day after receiving his NL Rookie of the Month Award for July in a pregame ceremony, deGrom limited the Phillies to an unearned run in the seventh inning. He earned the win thanks to Philadelphia’s collapse in the bottom of the frame.

DeGrom retired the first seven Phillies batters, until walking Cody Asche in the third. DeGrom also walked Marlon Byrd to lead off the fifth. He then surrendered his first hit when Sizemore followed with a single that advanced Byrd to second. However, deGrom preserved a 1-0 lead by striking out Carlos Ruiz and Asche and coaxing a fielder’s choice from Buchanan.

With that score still intact in the seventh, Byrd had a leadoff single. Sizemore then sent a grounder to first base. Lucas Duda opted to attempt the out at second. His throw to Wilmer Flores was high and Byrd slid in safely ahead of Flores landing on the bag after a leaping catch. With one out, Asche delivered a game-tying RBI single.

DeGrom departed after the half-inning with his pitch count at 103. His line: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. He shaved his ERA to 2.94.

Travis d'Arnaud had staked the Mets to a 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI single in the fourth.

What’s next: Bartolo Colon has returned from the Dominican Republic, where he attended his mother’s funeral Thursday. Colon (12-10, 3.82 ERA) opposes right-hander Jerome Williams (2-5, 6.71) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. The Mets have offered no indication Colon will be traded before Sunday’s deadline that would make him eligible for another team’s postseason roster.

Saturday is Curtis Granderson bobblehead day. Granderson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the series opener, dropping his average to .152 (16-for-105) with two extra-base hits in August.

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 7, Mets 6

August, 10, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Jenrry Mejia and his cranky calf suffered a blown save Sunday.

After a day off to allow the leg to rest and a doctor's exam that labeled the issue cramping, Mejia entered for the ninth with the Mets leading by a run. He proceeded to surrender a leadoff double to Cody Asche and game-tying single to pinch hitter Marlon Byrd.

The game-ending blow came on Ryan Howard’s two-out RBI single as the Phillies rallied for a 7-6 win.

The Mets had led 6-1 entering the bottom of the sixth. Their largest lead blown this season in a loss came May 3 at Colorado, when a 6-0 lead turned into an 11-10 defeat.

The Mets still are 10-5 against the Phillies this season, including 7-2 at Citizens Bank Park.

Mejia has allowed at least two hits in each of his past four appearances.

Zack Wheeler turned a 6-3 lead over to the bullpen for the seventh. Josh Edgin eventually bailed out the Mets after a letdown by Wilmer Flores opened the door for the Phillies to move within a run.

Flores, getting an extended look at shortstop, threw wide of first base on Ben Revere’s two-out grounder. The play officially was ruled an infield single, although a more accomplished defensive shortstop would have recorded the out. After Jimmy Rollins then singled, Chase Utley delivered a two-run triple as the Phillies moved within 6-5.

Edgin entered and struck out Howard to strand the tying run at third base. Howard is now 2-for-9 with two homers and three strikeouts in his career against Edgin.

Edgin also struck out the side in the eighth. He became only the second reliever in franchise history to face four or more batters and strike them all out. Manny Acosta also struck out all four batters he faced on July 30, 2010 against Arizona.

Wheel deal: Wheeler surrendered only one hit through five innings -- a two-out solo homer by Utley in the first that evened the score at 1.

With the Mets leading 6-1 in the sixth, Wheeler got tripped up. He surrendered a one-out single to Utley and two-out walk to Grady Sizemore, then a two-run double to Domonic Brown.

Wheeler’s final line in a 112-pitch effort that became a no-decision: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.

Brown’s two-RBI shot snapped Wheeler’s streak of allowing two runs or fewer while logging at least six innings at seven straight starts. It had been the franchise’s longest single-season streak since Masato Yoshii went eight straight starts in 1999.

Wheeler nonetheless is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA over his past eight starts.

How they scored: Daniel Murphy’s sacrifice fly gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in the second. An inning later, Juan Lagares had a two-run triple.

The lead swelled to 6-1 in the fifth when Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud homered on consecutive pitches from Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. It marked only the second time this season back-to-back batters homered for the Mets. Curtis Granderson and the now-departed Chris Young consecutively homered against Oakland’s Scott Kazmir on June 24.

First audition: Matt den Dekker went 2-for-5 in his first start since returning from Las Vegas. Den Dekker was robbed by retreating center fielder Ben Revere on a third-inning shot to the warning track. In his next at-bat, den Dekker followed Duda and d’Arnaud’s long balls with a single. He also had a ninth-inning single.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese (5-8, 3.41 ERA) opposes right-hander David Buchanan (6-5, 4.39) at 1:05 p.m. Monday.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Phillies 4

August, 8, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Bartolo Colon joined exclusive company as the Philadelphia Phillies continued a season in which they’ve become the team to beat up on.

The 41-year-old Colon recorded career win No. 200 as the Mets beat the Phillies 5-4 in Friday’s series opener at Citizens Bank Park.

Colon departed with a 5-1 lead after eight innings. After Dana Eveland allowed the first two batters of the ninth to reach, Jenrry Mejia converted the save -- barely.

Mejia, who had experienced lower-back tightness Monday and calf tightness Thursday, allowed a single to Marlon Byrd that loaded the bases with none out. He then allowed a two-run double to Grady Sizemore. Cody Asche eventually contributed a run-scoring groundout for the second out, but Mejia left the tying run at third base by striking out Reid Brignac.

Colon joined Juan Marichal (243 wins) and Pedro Martinez (219) as the only Dominican-born pitchers to reach the 200-win plateau.

He also became the third pitcher to achieve No. 200 as a Met, joining Orel Hershiser in 1999 and Martinez in 2006.


Eric Hartline/USA TODAY SportsBartolo Colon earned his 200th career win Friday.


There are only two active pitchers with more wins than Colon: Tim Hudson (213) and CC Sabathia (208).

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three pitchers in the past 90 years have notched win No. 200 when they were older than Colon: Tim Wakefield (age 45), Charlie Hough (44) and Jamie Moyer (42).

The Mets improved to 9-4 in the season series against the Phillies. The Amazin’s have won 11 of their past 13 games at Citizens Bank Park.

A.J. Burnett surrendered 11 hits -- matching Atlanta’s Julio Teheran on July 8 for the most a starting pitcher has allowed against the Mets this season. Burnett departed trailing 5-0 after six innings.

He managed to keep the game scoreless by coaxing a bases-loaded groundout from Lucas Duda in the third. Travis d'Arnaud, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores then consecutively produced hits to open what became a four-run fourth. Over that two-inning span, eight Mets in a 10-batter stretch reached base against Burnett. (And, really, it’s 8 of 9 reaching, since Colon’s strikeout shouldn’t count, right?)

A fifth-inning solo homer by d’Arnaud, who originally was drafted by the Phillies, upped the lead to 5-0. (D’Arnaud was traded to Toronto for Roy Halladay, who threw out Friday’s ceremonial first pitch.)

Colon took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning.

After a leadoff single by Chase Utley in the fourth, Colon survived consecutive shots from Ryan Howard and Byrd that settled into Lagares’ glove just in front of the 401-foot marker on the center-field wall. Byrd’s leadoff homer in the seventh finally got Philadelphia on the scoreboard.

Colon’s line: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.

Kids' play: In the first game since Terry Collins announced Flores and Nieuwenhuis would get legitimate auditions, both contributed. Flores finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Nieuwenhuis went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Ouch: Plate ump Mike Winters was struck by a pitch from Burnett in the first inning. He completed the game with a huge welt on his right wrist.

What’s next: Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.73 ERA) opposes left-hander Cole Hamels (6-6, 2.42) at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Gee is 0-4 with a 6.85 ERA since the All-Star break.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Phillies 1

July, 28, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Don’t break up this juggernaut!

In his final start before the non-waiver trade deadline, Bartolo Colon took a scoreless effort into the eighth inning and the Mets routed on-the-block A.J. Burnett and the Philadelphia Phillies with a 7-1 victory on Monday at Citi Field.

Travis d'Arnaud doubled and scored in a four-run first inning and later had a three-run homer against Burnett as the Mets (51-55) emphatically snapped a streak of nine straight games scoring three runs or fewer.


Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesBartolo Colon took a scoreless effort into the eighth inning on Monday.


Pending the West Coast results, the Mets moved to within 6 games of a wild-card spot.

Coming off a start in Seattle in which he retired the first 20 Mariners, Colon surrendered 10 hits and one walk in a 121-pitch effort, but kept the Phillies off the scoreboard until consecutive two-out doubles in the eighth by Domonic Brown and Carlos Ruiz. Colon had faced a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the sixth, but struck out Cody Asche.

Although Mets GM Sandy Alderson implied during pregame media time that waiting until the offseason to trade Colon would be more prudent, the 41-year-old right-hander did make a strong final pitch that he could be valuable to a postseason contender.

Colon improved to 10-8 with a 3.88 ERA. He joined Tom Glavine (2007) and Orel Hershiser (1999) as the only pitchers in franchise history to notch double-digit wins at age 41 or older, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays were among the teams with scouts at Citi Field on Monday, with speculation at the ballpark that they were at least monitoring both starting pitchers.

Burnett allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings.

Snapped: The Mets scored four runs during a 33-pitch first inning by Burnett. That snapped a string of nine straight games in which the Mets scored three runs or fewer. The drought had matched the franchise’s longest streak since 1981, when the Mets went 11 straight games failing to reach four runs.

Daniel Murphy had an RBI double, Lucas Duda had a run-scoring single and Juan Lagares had a two-run double in the first.

D’Arnaud’s double preceded Lagares’ two-bagger. It ended a streak of 29 straight hitless at-bats with two outs and runners on base for the Mets, according to Elias.

D’Arnaud's fifth-inning homer staked the Mets to a 7-0 lead. He finished with three extra-base hits.

Ouch: Dana Eveland departed in the ninth inning after apparently getting struck in the back of the elbow by a line drive off the bat of Ben Revere.

What’s next: Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49 ERA) opposes left-hander Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72) at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. Eric Campbell will be in the starting lineup, Terry Collins pledged, although the manager was noncommittal about the position. Campbell would appear most likely to play first base, since Duda is a career 1-for-13 with seven strikeouts and five walks against Hamels.

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.


Courtesy of New York MetsMatt Reynolds


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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Series preview: Mets at Phillies

May, 29, 2014
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Bill Streicher/USA TODAY SportsDavid Buchanan makes his second major league start Friday against the Mets.
METS (24-28, fourth place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (23-27, fourth place/NL East)

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63) vs. RHP David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60), 7:05 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Rafael Montero (0-2, 4.96) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.51), 7:05 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-2, 1.83) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.04), 3:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.74) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.43), 1:35 p.m. ET

Monday: RHP Bartolo Colon (4-5, 4.73) vs. RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.76), 7:05 p.m. ET

Phillies short hops

Cliff Lee landed on the disabled list on May 20 with a flexor-tendon strain in his left elbow. David Buchanan replaced Lee in the rotation. Buchanan, 25, allowed two runs in five innings and earned the win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his major-league debut on Saturday, despite getting pulled at 66 pitches. Buchanan, a former seventh-round pick out of Georgia State, averaged 91.5 mph with his fastball in his debut. He was one of the limited options available. Jonathan Pettibone, who made two mid-April starts for the Phillies, is out with a labrum tear in his right shoulder. Pettibone has opted for a cortisone injection and rehab over surgery.

• Second baseman Chase Utley’s .335 average ranks third in the National League, trailing Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki (.369) and L.A.’s Yasiel Puig (.344). Utley leads NL second basemen in the initial All-Star voting tally. He has 509,390 votes, already considerably ahead of runner-up Dee Gordon of the Dodgers (304,258).


Kathy Willens/Associated PressJimmy Rollins is 13 hits shy of matching the Phillies franchise record.


Darin Ruf made his season debut May 21 after opening the year on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. The righty-hitting first baseman/outfielder started Tuesday over Ryan Howard against Colorado Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg suggested Ruf could continue to cut into Howard’s playing time at first base against southpaws, despite Howard earning $25 million a season through 2016.

Howard nonetheless had success against a southpaw on Wednesday. After a four-RBI performance that included a walk-off three-run homer against Rockies left-handed reliever Boone Logan, Howard is now three RBIs shy of 1,000 for his career. He should need the fewest games of any active major leaguer to reach that plateau. Albert Pujols is the current fastest among active players to 1,000 RBIs, at 1,257 games. Howard has played in 1,227 games.

• Catcher Carlos Ruiz’s .387 on-base percentage ranks second in the majors among catchers, trailing only Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy (.397).

Kyle Kendrick on Monday notched his first win since Aug. 6, snapping a streak of 16 straight winless starts. Kendrick tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 9-0 win against the Rockies.

• Third baseman Cody Asche landed on the DL on Sunday with a left hamstring strain. Cesar Hernandez (.132, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 38 at-bats) has started six straight games at third base.

• Center fielder Ben Revere produced his first major-league homer on Tuesday. It came in his 1,466th at-bat. That was the longest drought to begin a major-league career since Frank Taveras went homerless in his first 1,594 at-bats from 1972-77.

Jimmy Rollins became the 12th active player to appear in 2,000 games on Wednesday. The leader is Derek Jeter at 2,646 games. Rollins ranks second in Phillies history, trailing only Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt (2,404). Rollins had been 0-for-15 before a seventh-inning single Wednesday. That single gave him 2,221 career hits. The franchise record is 2,234, by Schmidt. Rollins already owns the franchise record for doubles (464).

• The last time the Mets met the Phillies, Sandberg alleged he lost six pounds after receiving food poisoning from a Shake Shack burger at Citi Field. Like Lucas Duda, Sandberg since has made amends with the popular restaurant chain. He posed in a Shake Shack T-shirt tweeted by the company.

Series preview: Mets at Phillies

April, 28, 2014
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Getty ImagesThe Mets face Kyle Kendrick in Game 2 of the series, after Cole Hamels in the opener.
METS (14-11, second place/NL East) at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (13-12, fourth place/NL East)

Tuesday: LHP Jonathon Niese (1-2, 2.45) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.00), 7:05 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-3, 4.50) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.52), 7:05 p.m. ET

Phillies short hops

Cole Hamels made his season debut Wednesday. He allowed two runs on six hits in six innings while tossing 86 pitches at Dodger Stadium. He had opened the season on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis. Hamels averaged 91.4 mph with his fastball, consistent with last year’s velocity. He is 7-13 with a 4.44 ERA in 26 career starts against the Mets.

• Ex-Met Marlon Byrd signed a two-year, $16 million deal on Nov. 12 to play right field. He is hitting .269 with two homers and 16 RBIs through 93 at-bats.

Chase Utley ranks second in the NL in batting average at .360, trailing only Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon (.402). Utley became the first Phillie since Von Hayes in 1989 to produce 20 hits in his first 40 at-bats of a season.


Charlie Neibergall/Associated PressThe Phillies are no longer the team to beat, but Jimmy Rollins remains the shortstop.


Jimmy Rollins and Utley have started 1,090 games together as a double-play combination, the most among active shortstop/second-base pairings. Similarly, Utley and Ryan Howard are the active leaders in games started alongside each other at second and first base, at 965.

Rollins, historically a leadoff man, has been a fixture in the No. 2 hole this season, with center fielder Ben Revere leading off. Howard largely remains the cleanup hitter, although he was placed No. 5 a couple of times during the opening week against left-handed pitching.

Rollins briefly clashed with manager Ryne Sandberg during spring training, when Rollins was held out of games for three days over apparent manager concerns about his “dedication,” to use the Philadelphia Inquirer’s term.

• After batting .204 with no RBIs in his first 14 games, catcher Carlos Ruiz has been on a tear. Ruiz enters the Mets series hitting .500 (11-for-22) with six extra-base hits, seven RBIs and eight runs scored in six games. Ruiz signed a three-year, $26 million deal on Nov. 18 to remain a Phillie after receiving strong interest from the Boston Red Sox.

• Closer Jonathan Papelbon has made 10 straight scoreless relief appearances and is 8-for-8 in saves during that span.

Overall, though, the Phillies have an NL-worst 5.14 bullpen ERA. Already, three members of the Opening Day bullpen have been demoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley: Justin De Fratus (7.20 ERA), Brad Lincoln (11.57) and B.J. Rosenberg (7.11).

Now active with the big-league club: Mike Adams, Shawn Camp and Jeff Manship. Adams opened the season on the disabled list still recovering from shoulder surgery last July to repair his right labrum and rotator cuff. Camp and Manship (who has a career 6.44 ERA) were signed as minor-league free agents during the offseason.

• Left fielder Domonic Brown is hitting .435 (10-for-23) with a homer, five RBIs and two walks against left-handed pitching this season.

• Lefty hitters are 3-for-their-last-30 against left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo since last June 27.

A.J. Burnett, who will not pitch in the Mets series, has a 0.83 ERA in three starts since learning he has a hernia, which he will wait until after the season to have surgically repaired.

• Third baseman Cody Asche, 23, went 3-for-4 with a homer on Opening Day. He since is hitting .173 (9-for-52) with no homers and four RBIs in 20 games (14 starts). Now, Asche has only started two of the Phillies’ past six games. Freddy Galvis has started three games and Jayson Nix once at third base during that span.

• Galvis dealt with a MRSA infection late in spring training. He required hospitalization to treat the staph infection in his leg.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Phillies 3

September, 22, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar had a memorable major league debut.

Sixteen days after his last game, which came in the first round of the Eastern League playoffs with Double-A Binghamton, Tovar’s seventh-inning single against Cliff Lee with two runners in scoring position plated the tying run and marked Tovar's first hit in the big leagues.

The go-ahead run also scored on the play, when left fielder Domonic Brown mishandled the ball.

The Mets added a run-scoring double from Juan Lagares in the eighth, then held on to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park to sweep the weekend series. Philadelphia scored a run in the bottom half against Vic Black, but the ex-Pirate stranded the tying run at third base by striking out Cody Asche looking.

The Mets pulled into a third-place tie with Philadelphia in the NL East at 71-84. The Amazin’s won the season series, 10-9.

Tovar finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and steal and grounded into a double play in his major league debut.

The Mets had fallen behind, 2-1, a half-inning before Tovar’s single. Right fielder Andrew Brown lost Jimmy Rollins’ fly ball in the sun for a leadoff double. Domonic Brown eventually produced a run-scoring single.

Carlos Torres limited Philadelphia to two runs in six innings while tossing 95 pitches.

Mariano who? LaTroy Hawkins produced his 100th career save with a scoreless ninth, despite surrendering a leadoff single and allowing the tying run to reach second base with one out. The 40-year-old Hawkins now has 12 saves this season, his most since posting 25 with the Chicago Cubs in 2004.

Hawkins becomes the 24th active pitcher with 100 saves. He ranks 20th on the all-time games pitched list at 941. Next up: Rollie Fingers, at 944.

What’s next: The Mets attempt to influence a playoff race. In their final road series of 2013, the Mets open a three-game set Monday in Cincinnati. Aaron Harang (5-12, 5.69 ERA), moving up a day to replace the shut down Zack Wheeler, opposes Johnny Cueto (5-2, 3.02) in the 7:10 p.m. opener.

Harang spent eight seasons with the Reds. He posted consecutive 16-win seasons in 2006 and ’07. Harang pitched there for the first time in his career as a visitor on July 5 with Seattle, allowing two runs in six innings.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Phillies 4

September, 20, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- Welcome back, David Wright.

In his first at-bat since suffering a strained right hamstring on Aug. 2, the captain produced an opposite-field two-run homer in a three-run first inning against Cole Hamels. The Mets held on to win the series opener 6-4 at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.

Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesDavid Wright homered against Cole Hamels in the captain's first at-bat since Aug. 2.
With his 221st career long ball, Wright passed Mike Piazza for second on the Mets’ all-time homer list. He now trails only Darryl Strawberry, who had 252 with the ballclub.

The rest of the top 10: Howard Johnson, 192; Dave Kingman, 154; Carlos Beltran, 149; Todd Hundley, 124; Kevin McReynolds, 122; Edgardo Alfonzo, 120; and Ed Kranepool, 118.

Wright has a flair for dramatics in Philly after injury-related absences. Last season, returning to the lineup with a broken pinkie after sitting four days, Wright also homered in his first at-bat, against Vance Worley.

Wright now has 18 homers in Philly, the most by a visiting player in the 10-year history of Citizens Bank Park. That homer total matches Wright’s 18 at Atlanta’s Turner Field for his career high in a road ballpark.

He finished Friday’s game 2-for-5.

Dice play: Staked to a 5-0 lead, Daisuke Matsuzaka surrendered four fourth-inning runs, albeit two unearned, courtesy of an error by left fielder Eric Young Jr. and a botched rundown.

His final line: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K.

The play that ended Matsuzaka’s outing: With the Mets leading 5-4, Cody Asche was thrown out for the final out of the sixth inning trying to stretch a double to right field into a triple.

The Mets produced six runs on 10 hits in seven innings against Hamels.

Milestone looms: LaTroy Hawkins produced his 99th career save.

What’s next: Dillon Gee (11-10, 3.47 ERA) opposes right-hander Tyler Cloyd (2-5, 5.06) at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.

Morning Briefing: Harvey Day of Reckoning

August, 27, 2013
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Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesMatt Harvey may be lost for the 2014 season with a torn UCL in his right elbow.
NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Mets had waited for three years for contracts to expire, and presumably now are poised to reenter free agency in a meaningful way at a time when the young nucleus of starting pitching is ready to contribute.

But the optimism about 2014 being the year the Mets announce their return to contention has been tempered by this sobering news: An MRI on Monday revealed Matt Harvey has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Harvey will wait two to three weeks for inflammation to subside before making a decision, but there is a distinct possibility the ace will require Tommy John surgery that would prompt him to miss most, if not all, of next season as well.

Harvey acknowledged he had been seeking treatment for forearm tightness for a month or two. Sandy Alderson indicated the organization had been satisfied the elbow ligaments were structurally sound. The GM described the injury as somewhat inevitable, suggesting even with innings caps and prudence “there’s no safe harbor” to prevent ligament tears.

Terry Collins had expressed concern throughout the season that Harvey’s full-throttle, upper-90s fastball from wire-to-wire during outings might end up costly. The manager had implored the ace to dial it back at points during games and be content with coaxing groundouts with low-90s fastballs.

So now what? Certainly resources that could have gone to bats during the offseason might need to be diverted to signing another starting pitcher. Or, perhaps, a young pitcher the Mets might have entertained trading for a bat now must be retained because of the potential loss of Harvey for the entire 2014 season.

According to J.B. Kurtz of ESPN Stats & Information, four pitchers since 2010 have landed on the disabled list with some type of UCL tear: Jose Contreras, Danny Duffy, Jorge De La Rosa and Stephen Strasburg. The quickest to return to major league action was Contreras. His absence: 11 months, 3 days.

Harvey's 0.93 WHIP would rank second in major history for an age 24 or younger season in the live-ball era (since 1920), according to ESPN Stats & Information. The only better: Denny McLain, who had a 0.91 WHIP while winning the Cy Young in 1968. Nos. 3, 4 and 5 also won Cy Youngs: Vida Blue (0.95, 1971), Roger Clemens (0.97, 1986) and Dwight Gooden (0.97, 1985). McLain, Blue and Clemens also were named league MVP.

Harvey's 95.8 mph average fastball velocity ranks first in the majors, as does his 89.7 mph slider.

For now, Carlos Torres steps into the rotation, beginning with Harvey’s next turn, in Thursday’s matinee series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tonight, Jonathon Niese (5-6, 4.03 ERA) opposes right-hander Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.51) at 7:10 in Game 2 of the four-game series.

Stayed tuned for more news, too. Sources said the Mets plan to promote Robert Carson, Matt den Dekker and possibly Anthony Recker today. Since only Harvey is known headed to the DL, a trade appears looming.

Tuesday’s news reports:

• Columnist Ian O’Connor at ESPNNewYork.com writes about his wife’s reaction to the Harvey news.

Writes columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record:

There are a million questions trailing in his wake, starting with the Mets’ passive response to the lingering forearm tightness Harvey had been experiencing since July. Warrior that he is, Harvey downplayed the discomfort, telling his bosses it was nothing unusual, nothing more than the cost of doing business with nuclear heat.

But given the Mets’ abysmal record of managing injuries, why weren’t they proactive when it was clear Harvey wasn’t improving? There’s nothing normal about forearm tenderness that doesn’t heal. Again, Harvey ignored every warning sign, noting, “There was no shooting pain down my arm and in my hand.” But what would’ve been the downside to slipping that arm into an MRI tube?

Writes columnist David Lennon in Newsday:

We've witnessed the frustration, the failed signings, the collapses. Always the punch line for David Letterman. But Harvey was changing all that. In toting that microphone around Bryant Park for Fallon, the winking Harvey was in on the joke, and the Mets could laugh along with him.

So imagine how Fred and Jeff Wilpon and Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins felt Monday when Harvey was cruelly snatched away for this season and possibly next year.

Actually, you probably felt that way, too. All along, we've been led to believe that 2014 was the goal, the return to respectability, the start of a new era -- and a big reason for that was Harvey.

Read a Harvey column from Tyler Kepner in the Times and news stories in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Journal, Star-Ledger, Record and MLB.com.


Paul J. Bereswill/Associated PressZack Wheeler suffered a tough-luck loss Monday. The Mets had won eight of his last nine starts.


• After an examination Monday with Dr. James Andrews, Jeremy Hefner is expected to proceed with Tommy John surgery. On a positive note, David Wright is due to head to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Thursday to begin seriously ramping up baseball activities as his strained right hamstring mends. Bobby Parnell continues to hope to avoid surgery for a herniated disc, but remains unsure of what will transpire. Neck surgery would require four to five months of rehab. Read more on Hefner in Newsday.

Zack Wheeler surrendered a two-out, two-run triple to Cody Asche in the fourth and the Phillies beat the Mets, 2-1, Monday at Citi Field. Philadelphia took over sole possession of third place from the Mets. The Mets have lost five straight. They have scored only six runs during that span.

Wheeler’s line: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. He was pulled at precisely 105 pitches, his team-imposed pitch ceiling, even though opposing pitcher Cliff Lee was due up. Lee limited the Mets to one run in eight innings. Josh Satin’s streak of reaching base ended at 29 straight starts, tied with Steve Henderson (1977) for the franchise rookie record.

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

• Las Vegas swept a doubleheader at Colorado Springs to move closer to clinching a postseason berth. The 51s have a 3.5-game division lead with eight games remaining. Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled and scored the tiebreaking run on an error in the 10th in Game 1. Nieuwenhuis then drove in the tiebreaking run with a groundout in the nightcap victory. Recker had a two-run homer against ex-Met Hisanori Takahashi. Noah Syndergaard, who had been 6-0 with a 1.59 ERA through 10 Double-A starts, was roughed up in Binghamton’s 11-0 loss at Bowie on Monday. Syndergaard, pitching for the first time in 10 days because he was skipped a turn to limit his innings, surrendered 11 runs (nine earned), including three homers, in three innings. 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith went 4-for-5 with a triple, walk, two RBIs and five runs scored as the GCL Mets routed the Cardinals, 18-3. Read the minor league recap here.

• Binghamton left-handed reliever Chase Huchingson has been suspended for 50 games for a second violation involving a drug of abuse, MLB announced.

• Left-hander Darin Gorski has been named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. Gorski went 1-0 and allowed three earned runs in 14 2/3 innings in two starts with the B-Mets.

From the bloggers: Faith and Fear in Flushing cannot definitively say we should have seen Harvey's injury coming. … John Delcos at Mets Report asks if there is a scapegoat.

BIRTHDAYS: Outfielder Brian McRae turns 46. … Mike Maddux, who pitched for two seasons for the Mets in the mid-’90s, and the brother of Greg Maddux, is 52.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: How does Matt Harvey’s injury affect the complexion of the 2014 season in your view?

Around the minors 8.30.12

August, 30, 2012
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BUFFALO 10, ROCHESTER 3: Jeurys Familia struck out nine, matching a season high, in seven innings and Fred Lewis and Josh Satin homered as Buffalo snapped a three-game losing streak. Familia's 28 starts will either lead or share the lead in the International League. In fact, only one other Bisons pitcher in the past 17 seasons has started 28 games in a season -- Dillon Gee in 2010. Rochester tallied solo runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but the Bisons never trailed. Lewis' two-run shot opened the scoring in the second. Buffalo blew the game open with a five-run ninth that was highlighted by Satin's three-run shot. Satin's long ball was his 14th of the season and gave him 59 RBIs. He is two behind Valentino Pascucci for the club lead. Lewis extended his hitting streak to nine games, a personal season best. C.J. Nitkowski and Drew Carpenter combined for two perfect innings. The Bisons' record for starts in a season is 29, set by Dave Johnson (1988) and matched by Dorn Taylor (1990) and Tim Wakefield (1994). Box

READING 7, BINGHAMTON 2: The R-Phillies scored six runs in the second inning and the B-Mets never recovered. Darin Gorski capped his otherwise strong season on a sour night, lasting two innings. The inning's damage all came with two outs. With runners on first and second, R-Phils starter Austin Hyatt got Reading on the board by dumping a two-run double into left. Tyson Gillies followed by squirting an RBI double up the third-base line and Cody Asche was hit by a pitch to set the stage for Darin Ruf. He blasted a pitch from Gorski over the left-field fence for his record-setting 38th homer. The Nebraska native surpassed Ryan Howard for the Reading Phillies' single-season homer record while giving the R-Phils a 6-0 lead. Gorski matched his shortest career start, set as a Brooklyn Cyclone in 2009. Edgar Ramirez entered in the third and posted three scoreless innings. Binghamton scratched back with a run in the third off Hyatt. Pedro Zapata doubled and scored on Sean Kazmar’s sacrifice fly. Eric Campbell cut the deficit to four with a solo homer in the sixth, his first longball since July 24. Hyatt took a four-run lead into the seventh and got two outs before being replaced by Jordan Whatcott. The righty induced Kazmar to ground out to end the inning. He posted a scoreless eighth after the R-Phils tacked on a run against reliever Brandon Moore. Whatcott returned for the ninth, but was pulled after loading the bases on three singles. Justin Friend entered with one out and collected his 24th save by getting Kazmar to bounce into a game-ending 1-2-3 double play. Gorski (9-7) ended his first year at Double-A with a 4.00 ERA. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 1: Jacob deGrom pitched six effective innings and struck out six to improve to 3-0 in the Florida State League. He allowed one run and five hits while issuing two walks. Hamilton Bennett tossed two scoreless innings and struck out one. Adrian Rosario pitched a scoreless ninth. Travis Taijeron's solo homer in the fifth tied the score. Danny Muno’s RBI groundout gave the Mets a 2-1 advantage in the fifth. Robbie Shields added an RBI to extend the lead. T.J. Rivera went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Darrell Ceciliani finished 1-for-3 with an RBI single. Aderlin Rodriguez had a hit and drove in a run. Box

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 2: Yohan Almonte surrendered six runs in five innings. Savannah's runs came on a two-run homer in the third by Gilbert Gomez. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 3, BROOKLYN 1: Paul Sewald surrendered a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth to Leonardo Reginatto. The Cyclones had been first on the board, scoring a run in the first. Richie Rodriguez and Maikis De La Cruz hit back-to-back singles before Brandon Nimmo grounded into a forceout. Rodriguez came home on the play to make it 1-0. The Renegades tied the score in the fourth. After throwing three perfect innings, Brooklyn starter Luis Mateo hit Joey Rickard with a pitch. He advanced to second on a groundout. With Ryan Dunn batting, a passed ball by Nelfi Zapata then allowed Rickard to move to third. Mateo walked Dunn and surrendered a run-scoring single to Justin O’Conner. Mateo ultimately surrendered one earned run on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts, including striking out the side in the sixth. Sewald entered to pitch the eighth with the score tied at 1. He gave up a double, followed by a single to put the go-ahead run on third base. But Sewald escaped that jam when he got Shaffer to ground into an inning-ending double play. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.29.12

August, 29, 2012
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BINGHAMTON 6, READING 2: Gonzalez Germen allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings and the B-Mets scored five two-out runs. The B-Mets grabbed the lead in the first against starter Adam Morgan. Juan Lagares stroked a one-out double and scored when Allan Dykstra singled. Binghamton added to its lead in the fourth. Morgan issued consecutive walks and uncorked a wild pitch to put runners at the corners. Jefry Marte then plated Dykstra with a single for his team-leading 57th RBI. Pedro Zapata added an RBI single. Reading plated its only run against Germen in the fourth, when Cody Asche and Tug Hulett doubled. Germen (8-11) retired the next two batters to end the inning, stranding two runners in scoring position. After Hulett’s double, Germen retired 12 of the next 14 R-Phils he faced. The streak and Germen’s night ended when he allowed back-to-back two-out singles in the eighth. Nursing a two-run lead, Ryan Fraser induced Jake Fox to ground out to strand the inherited runners. The B-Mets added three runs in the ninth against Jay Johnson. Sean Kazmar supplied an RBI single and Lagares dumped a two-out, two-run single into right. Fraser returned for the ninth. With one out, Miguel Abreu scorched a groundball to third that Marte failed to field on the shorthop. Jiwan James followed by bouncing a single just out of the reach of Zapata in left field. With two aboard, Troy Hanzawa zipped a groundball that bounced off the mound and sailed over the head of Wilmer Flores and into right field, allowing Abreu to score. Fraser finally shut the door for his third save by inducing Tyson Gillies to ground out. Flores' nine-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-5 performance. Box

JUPITER 2, ST. LUCIE 1: Taylor Whitenton allowed the tiebreaking run to score in the eighth, after Logan Verrett limited the Hammerheads to one run in seven innings. St. Lucie had evened the score at 1 in the seventh on Danny Muno's single, which plated Darrell Ceciliani. Box

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 0: Miller Diaz allowed six runs (two earned) in 4 2/3 innings. The Gnats committed five errors, including two apiece by shortstop Yucarybert De La Cruz and third baseman Dustin Lawley. Box

BROOKLYN 7, HUDSON VALLEY 4: Brooklyn rallied in the seventh, scoring four runs to take a 5-2 advantage. A single by Phillip Evans followed by doubles by Alexander Sanchez and Jayce Boyd plated the first two runs of the inning. Jorge Rivero then walked. Nelfi Zapata grounded out, advancing both runners. Maikis De La Cruz then delivered a two-run double. The Cyclones put up two more runs in the eighth when Boyd homered, scoring 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, who was hit by a pitch in his New York-Penn League debut. Justin O’Conner led off the bottom half of the eighth with a single and Joel Caminero reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a throwing error by second baseman Jeff Reynolds. Caminero then moved to third when Marty Gantt flied out and scored on a Joey Rickard single. Rickard later scored on a double off the bat of Leonardo Reginatto. Brooklyn starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa threw five innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. The win went to reliever Logan Taylor, who pitched 2 2/3 innings and surrendered two earned runs. Tyler Vanderheiden pitched a perfect ninth, striking out one, to collect his 11th save. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.28.12

August, 29, 2012
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ROCHESTER 10, BUFFALO 4: The 25th season at Coca-Cola Field came to a close in front of 14,697 in downtown Buffalo. The Bisons finish the 2012 season with five road games. The Mets are expected to change affiliations this offseason. The Herd finished the season 32-39 at home. Rochester scored solo runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to erase an early 2-0 Bisons advantage. The fifth-inning tally was compliments of former Bisons catcher Rene Rivera, who homered against Collin McHugh. Rivera also doubled in a run in a two-run eighth. The Wings tacked on five runs in the ninth. Buffalo's four runs came on two swings of the bat. Matt Tuiasosopo hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead. For the team's 2012 Community Service Award winner, it was his 12th homer this season. After being crowned the team MVP before the game, Fred Lewis hit a two-run shot in the ninth. McHugh started for Buffalo but was on a pitch count and allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings before departing. He struck out three and walked two. Prior to the game, the Bisons also announced Matt Harvey as the club's Most Valuable Pitcher. Left-hander Justin Hampson earned the "Hometown Hero" award, his third Bisons award in two seasons. Box

READING 12, BINGHAMTON 8: Wilmer Flores had a three-hit night and finished a homer shy of the cycle in the loss. He extended his hitting streak to nine games and has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games. The R-Phils opened the scoring against starter Cory Mazzoni. In the first, Tug Hulett laced an RBI single and Tommy Joseph lined a run-scoring double. Binghamton answered in the fourth, hanging six runs on starter Ethan Martin. After Flores' leadoff double, Martin walked three straight, including Jefry Marte to force in a run. Francisco Pena then cleared the bases with a double. Juan Lagares contributed a two-run homer. Mazzoni failed to hold the four-run lead in the bottom half. With two outs and runners on the corners, R-Phils reliever Colby Shreve beat out a potential double play, allowing a run to score. The play extended the inning for Tyson Gillies, who cut the deficit to one with a two-run homer. After Cody Asche doubled and Darin Ruf walked, Jake Fox chased Mazzoni with a game-tying RBI. The B-Mets countered with two runs off Shreve a half-inning later. Flores singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored when Raul Reyes singled. Marte brought Reyes home with a triple. Armando Rodriguez (2-3) posted a perfect fifth inning and retired the first two he faced in the sixth before things unraveled. Asche singled and Ruf crushed his league-leading 37th homer to even the score. Fox added a tiebreaking solo shot. Reading tacked on three more runs against reliever Brad Holt, capped by Joseph’s two-run homer. Box

JUPITER 5, ST. LUCIE 4
JUPITER 4, ST. LUCIE 2: Cory Vaughn slugged his Florida State League-leading 23rd homer -- a three-run shot in the sixth -- to stake St. Lucie to a 4-1 lead in Game 1. But Adam Kolarek suffered the loss, allowing a walk-off two-run homer to Marcell Ozuna, who also slugged No. 23 on the season. In the nightcap, Angel Cuan was knocked out in a four-run first inning. It marked the second straight start Cuan failed to get out of the opening frame. Box 1, Box 2

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 5: Domingo Tapia allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings. Trailing 6-2, the Gnats scored three runs in the ninth, but Brian Harrison's groundout left the tying run at third base. Box

PULASKI 5, KINGSPORT 2: Jeffrey Diehl drove in both runs in the loss. Kingsport completed its season at 23-43. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 3 (11 innings): Luis Cessa took a perfect game into the sixth before allowing three runs and Matt Bowman and John Mincone combined for five scoreless relief innings. Dimas Ponce had a tiebreaking two-run double in the 11th. In the fourth, Jayce Boyd homered against Cameron Coffey for a 1-0 lead. An inning later, new arrival Maikis De La Cruz tripled and Brandon Nimmo doubled for a two-run lead. Cessa did not allow a baserunner until the sixth, when Hector Veloz was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Will Howard moved Veloz to second with a single. Anthony Vega doubled with one out, scoring Veloz. Torsten Boss eventually gave Aberdeen the lead, 3-2, with a two-run triple. Brooklyn tied the score in the seventh. Jeff Reynolds singled and De La Cruz walked. With one out, a passed ball from Sam Kimmel advanced the runners. Ponce then hit a fly ball to center field that was deep enough for Reynolds to score. In the top of the 11th, the Cyclones produced three runs. Reynolds walked with one out and reached third when shortstop Joel Hutter committed an error on a grounder by De La Cruz. After Nimmo struck out for the second out, Ponce doubled, scoring Reynolds and De La Cruz. Phillip Evans then walked and Kevin Plawecki singled to score Ponce. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.27.12

August, 28, 2012
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ROCHESTER 6, BUFFALO 1: Jenrry Mejia allowed five runs on four hits and four walks in six innings. Zach Lutz went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and scored the Bisons' lone run, on Matt Tuiasosopo's single. Rochester's Wilkin Ramirez drove in four runs -- on a bases-loaded triple and solo homer, both against Mejia. Outfielder Fred Lewis left the game after injuring himself while running out an infield single in the first inning. The Bisons play their final 2012 home game -- and likely last as a Mets affiliate -- on Tuesday. Box

READING 4, BINGHAMTON 1: Phillies top prospect Trevor May surrendered only two hits in eight innings -- a solo homer in the first inning by Wilmer Flores, then a seventh-inning single, also by Flores. Binghamton’s elimination number was cut to one. The R-Phils answered Flores' solo homer with a run in the bottom of the first against Mark Cohoon. Cody Asche singled and scored two batters later when Jake Fox doubled. Reading grabbed the lead in the third after loading the bases on two singles and a walk against Cohoon. Tug Hulett smacked a two-run double for a 3-1 R-Phils lead. Darin Ruf continued his red-hot month in the fifth. The Eastern League's leader in homers blasted No. 36 on the season. It was Ruf’s 18th homer in August. Justin Friend struck out the side in order in the ninth to secure his league-leading 23rd save. Cohoon (8-10) allowed double-digit hits for the second straight start. He surrendered four runs on 10 hits over five innings, in his shortest outing since May 21. Edgar Ramirez supplied two perfect relief innings. Box

ST. LUCIE at JUPITER (ppd.)

PULASKI 5, KINGSPORT 4: Robert Gsellman tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, but Pulaski rallied with five runs over the final two frames. Catcher Jeyckol De Leon and reliever Martires Arias committed errors as Pulaski overcame a one-run deficit in the ninth. Box

BROOKLYN 2, ABERDEEN 1: Rainy Lara collected his league-leading eighth win after tossing six scoreless innings. Lara (8-2) allowed three hits and a walk while striking out four. The Cyclones took advantage of a pair of IronBirds miscues to open the scoring in the third. Richie Rodriguez singled and Julio Concepcion reached safely on Aberdeen first baseman Cameron Edman's error. After Brandon Nimmo popped out for the first out, Dimas Ponce hit into what looked like an inning-ending double play. Instead, Aberdeen second baseman Creede Simpson’s throw to first went wide, allowing Rodriguez to score. Brooklyn took a 2-0 lead in the sixth, on Jayce Boyd's solo homer. The IronBirds avoided the shutout in the ninth and nearly evened the score. Tyler Vanderheiden retired the first two batters before Cameron Edman connected on a two-strike double. Manuel Hernandez then was hit by a pitch. Will Howard followed by singling into left field, which should have loaded the bases. But Concepcion misplayed the ball, allowing Edman to score and moving Hernandez to third base. Vanderheiden responded, striking out Chase Weems to end the game. Box

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WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187