New York Mets: Cory Mazzoni

Minors 8.29.14: Lugo keeps FSL hopes alive

August, 30, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE 9, LAS VEGAS 6: The Isotopes homered twice and plated five runs in the eighth against Gonzalez Germen in the come-from-behind win. Andrew Brown homered twice and Cesar Puello also went deep in the defeat. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed three runs in six innings while striking out 10. After producing a 7.39 ERA in six starts with the 51s, John Lannan moved to a relief role. He allowed one run in one inning. Box

RICHMOND 2, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets collected five hits in their first eight at-bats, but mustered only two hits over the final seven innings. Steven Matz matched a career

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high with 10 strikeouts. The loss, coupled with Portland's win, secured a second-place finish for the B-Mets in the Eastern Division. The B-Mets will host Game Nos. 1 and 2 of the Eastern Division Championship Series, beginning Wednesday. Binghamton scored in the first against Adalberto Mejia. After Kyle Johnson doubled and T.J. Rivera singled, Brian Burgamy snapped a nine-game RBI drought with a single. The Squirrels struck back against Matz in the bottom half. Skyler Stromsmoe led off with a single, swiped second and scored when Mario Lisson doubled. Lisson struck again to give the Squirrels the lead in the third. He yanked a 2-2 pitch with two outs inside the third-base bag and down the left-field line, plating Stromsmoe from second with the go-ahead run. Mejia nearly coughed up the lead in the fourth. After surrendering a leadoff single to Jayce Boyd, the southpaw issued consecutive two-out walks to load the bases. Matz shot a line drive, but was robbed of a hit by first baseman Angel Villalona, who leaped and snared the shot. Matz (6-5) surrendered two runs on five hits over five innings. He also struck out 10 batters with Savannah on June 14, 2013, against Greenville. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, PALM BEACH 1: Seth Lugo allowed one run in seven innings while striking

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out a season-high 10 batters. Lugo fanned Dante Rosenberg on his 100th pitch to finish the seventh inning. Jake Kuebler retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings to earn his second save. He struck out three. Lugo and Kuebler combined to retire the final 14 Palm Beach hitters. The Cardinals had taken a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI groundout by Anthony Garcia. The Mets tied the score in the fourth on a single by Jared King that plated L.J. Mazzilli. Jairo Perez broke the tie with a long homer to left field against Cardinals starter Jimmy Reed with two outs in the sixth. Gavin Cecchini provided the final run when he tripled to score Cam Maron in the seventh. The Mets (75-61 overall) need major help to make the postseason. They need to win at least one of their remaining two games to stay in front of Palm Beach (75-62) in the overall standings. They need to finish with one more win than Bradenton (75-61). And they need to get first-half-champion Fort Myers (38-29) to surpass Bradenton (40-27) and win the second half in the division. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 5: Colton Plaia and Jorge Rivero homered and starter John Gant (11-5) allowed one run in five innings as the Gnats built a 6-2 lead. The Braves produced five straight singles and scored three runs in the eighth against Ricky Knapp to close within a run. Dawrin Frias entered and recorded the final two outs of the eighth to strand two inherited runners. Frias then tossed a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Box

KINGSPORT 5, ELIZABETHTON 2: The K-Mets completed their season with a 34-34 record after winning the finale. Persio Reyes allowed one run in seven innings and Alex Palsha recorded his first save. Oswald Caraballo drove in two runs. Box

TRI-CITY 3, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Corey Oswalt allowed three runs in six innings. Anthony Chavez's one-out RBI single in the ninth pulled the Cyclones within a run. But Adrian Abreu grounded out. And with two in scoring position, Amed Rosario struck out for the game's final out. Chavez was thrown out at the plate in the seventh -- the second Cyclone in the game to be retired there. Box

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Farm report: Taylor tuned out speculation

August, 27, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Mets shipped Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 18 for right-hander Zack Thornton. It took another two months, until the one-year anniversary of Blake Taylor’s signing after the draft, to learn that the southpaw was the player to be named heading to the Mets in the deal.

“There were rumors online and all that stuff. Everyone was saying it was between me or [Neil] Kozikowski or Cody Dickson. There were just a bunch of rumors,” Taylor said. “I was like, ‘I’m not going to believe everything I hear on the internet.’ Once I hear it from the Mets or Pirates organization, I’d believe. … I was just going to keep playing and keep going.


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“The day I found out, I was shocked. But I was like, ‘All right, I’ve got to pack my things. This is baseball. You’re going to play for a different team.’”

Taylor, who turned 19 on Aug. 17, was drafted by the Pirates in the second round in 2013 out of high school in Dana Point, Calif.

After joining the Mets organization in mid-June, Taylor made three appearances in the Gulf Coast League. He allowed two runs, neither earned, on one hit, seven walks and a hit batter while striking out 10 in 10 2/3 innings. He since has moved to the Appalachian League. In seven starts with Kingsport, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Taylor is 2-1 with a 5.16 ERA. He has allowed 39 hits and 22 walks in 29 2/3 innings.

Taylor’s fastball sits at 86-90 mph. He also possesses a changeup and curveball.

“I’m still getting better. I still have a lot more to learn with command and all that stuff,” Taylor said. “But I’ve been progressing this year and throwing my changeup for a strike more than I have been normally. It’s been a very, very educational year for me just to learn. This is my first full season.”

Said Mets VP Paul DePodesta: “We liked Blake a lot leading up to the 2013 draft. We felt he was an athletic left-hander with size and the makings of a plus breaking ball.”

Taylor had signed with the University of Hawaii out of high school, but being taken in the second round (along with a reported $750,000 signing bonus) prompted him to turn pro.

“Going into the draft, I didn’t really want to have high expectations,” Taylor said. “I wasn’t really known, so I kind of accepted the fact that I probably might go to college. It was a big surprise to go in the second round. So I was like, ‘Well, baseball has been my dream. Let me go do it.’”

He arrived with the Mets not knowing anyone beyond having played against Dominic Smith and Andrew Church in the Area Code Games. Still, Taylor said, his new teammates have been “welcoming me with open arms.”

Said Taylor: “Everyone has been really nice and cool and showing me the ropes. Baseball is a fraternity. You go anywhere and it’s the same group of guys, basically.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .352; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .347; Matt den Dekker, Vegas, .334; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .320; John Mora, Brooklyn, .319; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, .310; Jean Rodriguez, Kingsport, .303; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, .297; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .295; Wuilmer Becerra, Kingsport, .294.

Homers: Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 23; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 20; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 19; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 16; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 15.

RBIs: L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 76; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 75; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 74; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 72; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 70.

Steals: Champ Stuart, Savannah, 27; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 23; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 23; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, 19.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 1.56; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.04; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.19; John Gant, Savannah, 2.59; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.67; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 2.88; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 3.63; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 3.98; Casey Meisner, Brooklyn, 4.08; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 4.19.

Wins: Greg Peavey, Binghamton, 12; Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 11; Logan Verrett, Vegas, 11.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 16; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 15; Cody Satterwhite, Binghamton, 15; Shane Bay, Brooklyn, 14.

Strikeouts: Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 135; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 124; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 121; Greg Peavey, Binghamton, 118; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 117.

Short hops

Manuel Hilario, who was unconscious and suffered a seizure in a second-base collision Friday with the Gulf Coast League Mets, was released from the hospital and is “recovering well,” according to the organization. Hilario, 22, is done for the season with the GCL season ending Thursday.

• The organization placed multiple players on year-end all-star teams. Already announced: Las Vegas’ Matt den Dekker in the Pacific Coast League, St. Lucie’s Cam Maron in the Florida State League and Kingsport’s Wuilmer Becerra in the Appalachian League.

• Several Mets affiliates are playoff-bound as minor-league regular seasons wrap up by Monday:

Triple-A Las Vegas (79-60) has won the PCL Pacific Southern Division.

Double-A Binghamton (83-53) has clinched no worse than a wild-card spot. The B-Mets trail Portland by two games for the division crown with five games remaining.

Low-A Savannah (82-48 overall) won its division in the first half in the South Atlantic League.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn (39-31) has a two-game lead on Connecticut for the New York-Penn League’s wild-card berth with six games remaining. And Kingsport is on the outside looking in right now. The K-Mets trail Johnson City by two games for the second wild-card spot with three games remaining.

• Outfielder Brandon Nimmo, middle infielder Matt Reynolds, right-handers Julian Hilario, Cory Mazzoni, Paul Sewald and Rob Whalen and one position player to be determined will represent the Mets in the Arizona Fall League. Valentino Pascucci, who received rave reviews in his first season as an instructor, will serve as a hitting coach.

Sewald received a promotion to Double-A on the eve of the Eastern League playoffs. The 24-year-old University of San Diego product had posted a 1.73 ERA and 1.038 WHIP in 40 relief appearances with St. Lucie.

• Right-hander Michael Fulmer, who was selected with the 44th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school in Oklahoma, went on Binghamton’s DL after making his Double-A debut. Fulmer has a bone spur in his pitching elbow. He needs to be evaluated by doctors to determine if the spur needs to be surgically removed.

• Left-handed reliever Paul Paez, a 38th-round pick in 2013 out of Rio Hondo College in California, was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. Paez allowed one hit and one walk and struck out nine batters in 6 1/3 innings with Savannah.

• Right-hander Johnny Magliozzi, a 17th-round pick in 2013 out of the University of Florida, underwent Tommy John surgery.

Nimmo, Reynolds highlight AFL contingent

August, 26, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Former first-round pick Brandon Nimmo and middle infielder Matt Reynolds will represent the Mets in the Arizona Fall League, playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

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Also representing the organization: right-handers Julian Hilario, Cory Mazzoni, Paul Sewald and Rob Whalen.

Valentino Pascucci, currently with Savannah, will serve as a hitting coach.

The Mets will add one more position player at a later date.

Nimmo, the Mets' top pick in 2011, is hitting .246 with six homers and 25 RBIs in 207 at-bats since a promotion to Double-A Binghamton.

Reynolds, selected out of the University of Arkansas in the second round in 2012, is hitting .340 with five homers and 34 RBIs and also has 11 steals in 244 at-bats since a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. He primarily has played shortstop with the 51s.

Mazzoni missed a significant portion of the season after injuring a side muscle in the Grapefruit League finale.

Minors 8.19.14: Muno homer paces Vegas

August, 19, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 10, OMAHA 4: Danny Muno had a three-run homer in a six-run second inning as the 51s took a commanding early lead. Josh Satin went 3-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored. Matt Reynolds and Muno also had three hits apiece. Vegas starter Cory Mazzoni allowed four runs in seven innings. Box

ERIE 7, BINGHAMTON 0: Michael Fulmer was charged with six runs on six hits in his Double-A debut. Fulmer (0-1) struck out one and walked three. The SeaWolves plated six

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runs in the fourth and Wilsen Palacios tossed seven scoreless innings. Binghamton’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot sits at two. Erie jumped on Fulmer in the first. With Jason Krizan on second, Dean Green ripped an RBI double. Fulmer surrendered a single before retiring Corey Jones to limit the damage to one run. Steven Moya started Erie’s fourth inning with his league-leading 32nd homer. Fulmer followed by surrendering back-to-back singles. He then issued walks to Marcus Lemon and Jamie Johnson. The latter forced in a run and ended his night after 3 1/3 innings. Adam Kolarek entered and struggled to put out the fire. Jason Krizan greeted the lefty with a run-producing fielder’s choice. Devon Travis walked to reload the bases and Dean Green delivered a two-run single. Moya capped the six-run inning in which Erie batted around by lacing an RBI single. Binghamton’s only threat came in the third when Brian Burgamy singled. Brandon Nimmo attempted to score from second, but was gunned down by Johnson in center field. Hansel Robles contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

CHARLOTTE 11, ST. LUCIE 8: Trailing 8-2, the Mets scored six eighth-inning runs to pull even. However, the Stone Crabs answered with three runs in the bottom half to retake the lead. Johnny Field scored the go-ahead run when St. Lucie reliever Beck Wheeler threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded. After Wheeler departed, Granden Goetzman hit a two-out, two-run single against Ryan Fraser. In the top of the eighth, L.J. Mazzilli and Cam Maron singled against Nick Sawyer. Gavin Cecchini and Jared King then drew consecutive four-pitch walks to force in Mazzilli and make it 8-3. Jose Molina entered and walked Phillip Evans, also on four pitches, to plate Maron. Gilbert Gomez followed with a two-run double and the Mets trailed 8-6. Eudy Pina delivered an RBI single to pull St. Lucie within a run. Molina then walked Jeff McNeil to load the bases. Ryan Garton was summoned to face Maikis De La Cruz with no outs and the bases loaded. He induced a 4-6-3 double play as Gomez scored the tying run. Garton got the Crabs out of further trouble when Mazzilli flied out to leave Pina on third base. Colton Reavis shut down the Mets in order in the ninth. Angel Cuan, who was demoted to St. Lucie from Binghamton, started for the Mets. He allowed three runs in four innings. Mazzilli and Pina had two-hit games. Maron extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Box

SAVANNAH 11, ROME 3: Victor Cruzado went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. Yeixon Ruiz had a three-run homer in the second as the Gnats took a 5-0 lead. Rob Whalen allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings to improve to 8-1. Paul Paez followed with 3 1/3 no-hit relief innings to earn his first save. Box

GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 4: Starter Andrew Church allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. Zach Mathieu went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in the loss. Box

NYPL NORTH 1, NYPL SOUTH 1: The New York-Penn League All-Star Game ended in a 1-all draw after nine innings at MCU Park in Coney Island. Among Cyclones representatives, Marcos Molina and Corey Oswalt tossed scoreless frames and Shane Bay recorded the final out of the top of the ninth. Amed Rosario, Jhoan Urena and Michael Bernal went a combined 0-for-5. Box

GCL METS 3, GCL CARDINALS 2: Jairo Perez had a run-scoring single and Dash Winningham followed with an RBI groundout in a two-run first. Perez also singled in the third to plate Raphael Ramirez and give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Kurtis Horne, the Mets' 31st-round pick in June out of British Columbia, tossed a scoreless relief inning to pick up his first professional win. Nabil Crismatt notched his first Gulf Coast League save. Box

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Minors 8.14.14: Reynolds homers twice

August, 15, 2014
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IOWA 6, LAS VEGAS 5 (12 innings): Matt Reynolds had a pair of solo homers -- in the eighth inning to pull the 51s even and force extra innings, then in the top of the 12th to give Las Vegas a lead. But Chasen Bradford surrendered a two-run homer to Kris Bryant in the bottom half as the Cubs produced a walk-off victory. Reynolds finished 3-for-6 and is hitting .338 since a midseason promotion to Triple-A. Allan Dykstra and Josh Satin also homered in the loss. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed four runs in six innings. Manny Ramirez went 2-for-3 for Iowa. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, ERIE 4: Jayce Boyd went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored and the B-Mets broke a 4-all tie with a four-run seventh en route to the victory. Down 1-0 in

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the second, Boyd doubled against Wilsen Palacios and ultimately came home on a groundout to even the score. The B-Mets took the lead in the third. Dilson Herrera doubled, advanced to third on Darrell Ceciliani's single and scored on a sacrifice fly from Boyd. In the fourth, Juan Centeno doubled and scored on Wilfredo Tovar's single. Brandon Nimmo advanced Tovar to third with a single. Herrera's sacrifice fly made it 4-1. The SeaWolves rallied in the seventh against B-Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa. Aaron Westlake hit a solo homer in what became a three-run frame. In his Double-A debut in that frame, Dario Alvarez allowed an inherited runner to score on an RBI double by Dean Green that evened the score at 4. But the B-Mets broke out the bats in the bottom half against Slade Smith. Brian Burgamy singled and Ceciliani doubled to put two in scoring position with one out. Boyd plated both runners with a single. Boyd moved to third on a single by T.J. Rivera. A wild pitch made it second and third for Centeno. His single scored two more for an 8-4 lead. Burgamy homered against Jose Valdez in the eighth to cap the scoring. Alvarez (1-0) suffered a blown save, but struck out two in 1 1/3 innings and earned the win. Cody Satterwhite pitched a scoreless ninth. Box

FORT MYERS 9, ST. LUCIE 8: Reliever Beck Wheeler walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. After he struck out Niko Goodrum for the second out, he then plunked Travis Harrison on the elbow to force home the winning run. Phillip Evans had opened the top of the ninth with a hit, but D.J. Johnson ultimately struck out Eudy Pina with Evans at third base to send the Miracle to the plate with a chance to win it. With the Mets trailing 8-6 in the eighth, Gavin Cecchini blasted a two-run homer to even the score. The Mets also rallied from down 6-4 in the sixth when Albert Cordero homered and L.J. Mazzilli plated a run on a fielder's choice. However, Ryan Fraser couldn’t keep it tied in the bottom of the sixth. He got the first two outs but gave up a hit to Adam Brett Walker. Max Kepler followed with a tiebreaking RBI triple and Tyler Grimes added a single to bring in Kepler. The Mets got to Miracle starter Steven Gruver early, scoring four runs in the first two innings. Mets starter Matt Koch allowed 10 hits and six runs in 3 2/3 innings. Pina and Evans had three hits apiece. Mazzilli, Jared King and Cam Maron each had two hits. Jeff McNeil walked twice, but his 12-game hitting streak ended. Box

SAVANNAH 4, GREENVILLE 0: Logan Taylor faced two batters over the minimum through two outs in the ninth. He then walked Jimmy Rider and reached his pitch limit, one out from a complete game. Taylor nonetheless earned his first win of 2014 for his 8 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball that included four strikeouts and one walk. The Gnats did all of their scoring with two outs in the eighth. Patrick Biondi created the first run with his speed, scoring from second on a wild pitch. Matt Oberste plated Dominic Smith with a double to the warning track in left-center. Victor Cruzado's double scored Oberste. Cruzado scored on Nelfi Zapata's single. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BRISTOL 3: Ivan Wilson homered twice, including a solo shot in the fifth that broke a 3-all tie. Box

BROOKLYN 5, LOWELL 1: Corey Oswalt allowed one unearned run in six innings and

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Jhoan Urena homered in the rubber-game victory. The Cyclones jumped to a lead when Tomas Nido produced a two-run single in the first. The only hiccup for Oswalt, who was recently named a New York-Penn League All-Star, came in the fifth. Urena had a throwing error after fielding a grounder, placing Alixon Suarez at second base. Raymel Flores singled to place runners on the corners. The Cyclones then were only able to get one out on Mauricio Dubon's grounder to shortstop Amed Rosario and Lowell pulled within 2-1. Brooklyn's lead grew to 5-1 in the sixth when Michael Conforto singled and Urena produced a two-run homer. Urena extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He is the only player in Cyclones history to have three double-digit hitting streaks in one season. Brad Wieck replaced Oswalt for the seventh and tossed two scoreless frames. Gaither Bumgardner retired the side in order in the ninth. Box

GCL MARLINS 6, GCL METS 5: Waldo Rodriguez and Alex Palsha combined to allow three runs in the bottom of the eighth as the Marlins overcame a 5-3 deficit. Dash Winningham drove in two runs in the loss. Box

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Minors 8.9.14: Lara silences Senators

August, 10, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 8, ALBUQUERQUE 3: Kevin Plawecki contributed a two-run homer and Cory Mazzoni allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Albuquerque committed six errors, leading to four unearned runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 1: Rainy Lara tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings and Brian Burgamy went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and extended his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games. In his return to the lineup three days after suffering a jammed finger on a slide, Dilson Herrera hit a first-inning solo homer against John Simms. The B-Mets added to that total in the third. Lara and Brandon Nimmo, who was starting for the first time since Sunday, hit back-to-back singles to put two on with nobody out. After a fly out, Burgamy smacked a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. Harrisburg finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth against Cody Satterwhite. Jason Martinson made it all the way to third base on an error by right fielder Darrell Ceciliani. Martinson scored on Adrian Sanchez's pinch-hit single. Lara (6-4) has has allowed one run in 14 2/3 innings over his last two starts. Satterwhite notched his 13th save. Binghamton starting pitchers have allowed three earned runs over the last seven games. Nimmo, who had been sidelined with a hand injury, went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 3: Eudy Pina scored on a wild pitch as St. Lucie earned a walk-off win. Pina had worked a four-pitch walk against Bryton Trepagnier to open the frame. Gilbert Gomez bunted him to second, and Pina advanced to third on Jeff McNeil’s groundout. Then, on a 1-1 pitch to Maikis De La Cruz, Trepagnier skipped a fastball wide of catcher Jacob Stallings. The Mets had taken a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Stallings hit a one-out solo homer against Beck Wheeler. Earlier, Jeff McNeil, De La Cruz and L.J. Mazzilli opened the first inning with singles to load the bases. However, the Mets only came away with one run, on Phillip Evans’ bloop single. Mets starter Matt Koch maintained the 1-0 lead into the fifth. That frame, he walked Justin Maffei to load the bases, then plunked Adam Frazier to force in the tying run. With the bases reloaded, Walker Gourley hit a sac fly that gave the Marauders a 2-1 lead. However, the Mets scored two runs in the bottom half to take a 3-2 lead. Cam Maron's single plated McNeil. Evans later beat out a potential inning-ending double play that allowed Mazzilli to score the go-ahead run. Koch went six innings and surrendered two runs. He walked two, hit two and struck out a season-high-matching six. Box

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AUGUSTA 3, SAVANNAH 1: In Game 1, 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith produced an RBI double in the sixth that evened the score at 2. Jeff Glenn added a three-run triple later in that five-run frame. Smith had a two-run homer in the seventh that capped the scoring. It was Smith's first 2014 long ball. Starter Ricky Knapp contributed a seven-inning complete game to even his record at 6-6. After five scoreless innings from starter Robert Gsellman in Game 2, Augusta posted three runs in the sixth against Bret Mitchell. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 5, BRISTOL 4: Jean Rodriguez had a first-inning homer and finished 3-for-4 as the K-Mets built a 5-0 lead and held on. Rodriguez and Zach Mathieu drove in two runs apiece. Former Pirates farmhand Blake Taylor allowed three runs on six hits and five walks in three innings. David Roseboom converted his second save despite allowing two hits in the ninth. Box

BATAVIA 4, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Marcos Molina, one of six Cyclones All-Star selections earlier in the day, allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out 11 in six innings. Molina's ERA swelled to 1.78. Also chosen for the Aug. 19 game, which will be played in Brooklyn: shortstop Amed Rosario, third baseman Jhoan Urena, right-hander Corey Oswalt, left-hander Shane Bay and outfielder Michael Bernal. Box

GCL CARDINALS 6, GCL METS 2: Starter Darwin Ramos and reliever Joel Huertas allowed three runs apiece as the Cardinals built a 6-0 lead. Dale Burdick, a 40th-round pick out of high school in Tennessee in June, produced his first professional homer in the loss. Box

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Morning Briefing: Salvage a split?

August, 4, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets look to salvage a split of a four-game series against the wild card-leading Giants in Monday’s matinee finale at Citi Field.

Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.77 ERA) opposes right-hander Tim Hudson (8-8, 2.71) in the 12:10 p.m. game.

Gee has surrendered 15 runs in 16 2/3 innings in three second-half starts.

Hudson is the active wins leader against the Mets with 17 career victories.

Monday’s news reports:

• In his first start since the non-waiver trade deadline passed, Bartolo Colon surrendered six runs in 4 2/3 innings and served up homers to Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt as the Giants routed the Mets, 9-0, Sunday at Citi Field. Madison Bumgarner became the second Giants pitcher in three days to toss a complete-game two-hitter, joining Ryan Vogelsong (on Friday).

The Mets now trail the NL East-leading Nationals by eight games, and are 6.5 games out of a wild-card spot.

The last time two pitchers in the same series tossed complete-game two-hitters or better against the Mets came in 1965, when the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax and Claude Osteen accomplished it, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Colon was bidding to become the third pitcher to notch his 200th win in a Mets uniform. He also was bidding to become the third active pitcher and the third Dominican-born pitcher to reach that plateau.

Orel Hershiser and Pedro Martinez won No. 200 as a Met. Hudson (213 career wins) and CC Sabathia (208) are the lone active pitchers to have reached that total. Juan Marichal (243) and Martinez (219) are the lone Dominican-born pitchers to have reached 200 wins.

Colon’s next crack will be Friday in Philadelphia. He has a 1.45 ERA in his 10 wins this season. He has a 6.91 ERA in his other 12 starts.

Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy and Travis d'Arnaud all were out of Sunday’s starting lineup.

Read game recaps in the San Francisco Chronicle, Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

• The slumping David Wright insists he feels fine, despite dealing with a balky left shoulder this summer. Wright had one of the Mets’ two hits on Sunday, but is batting .197 in his past 18 games. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Star Ledger and Newsday.

Matt Harvey's first serious mound session since undergoing Tommy John surgery is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Read more in the Post.

• Read more on Colon in the Daily News.

• Anthony McCarron in the Daily News delves into Terry Collins sitting Duda on Sunday. Collins cited the southpaw Bumgarner’s cross-body delivery as being difficult for a lefty batter, although Bumgarner entered the start with lefties hitting .256 and righties hitting .259 against him this season.

• Cory Mazzoni allowed one run in six innings and Matt Reynolds went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer against ex-Met Philip Humber as Las Vegas beat Sacramento, 7-2, on Sunday. Reynolds drove in three runs. Steven Matz limited Bowie to one unearned run in six innings to shave his Double-A ERA to 2.85, but the BaySox rallied against Binghamton’s bullpen for an 8-2 win. Luis Cessa allowed five runs in six innings and Clearwater beat St. Lucie, 5-1.

John Gant took a perfect-game bid two outs into the seventh inning and ultimately stranded the bases loaded that inning and Champ Stuart delivered an RBI single in the eighth as Savannah edged Hickory, 1-0. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings and dropped to 0-5 as Pulaski blanked Kingsport, 4-0. Michael Conforto’s solo homer accounted for the lone run in Brooklyn’s 5-1 loss to Connecticut.

BIRTHDAYS: '69 Met Cleon Jones turns 72. ... Dallas Green is 80. ... Original Met Joe Pignatano is 85.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Can the Mets reach the postseason?

Minors 8.3.14: Reynolds, Brown homer

August, 4, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 7, EL PASO 2: Cory Mazzoni allowed one run in six innings for the 51s. Matt Reynolds and Andrew Brown both homered, and Reynolds had four hits and drove in three runs. Box

BOWIE 8, BINGHAMTON 2: Starter Steven Matz had another good game for the B-Mets, allowing just one unearned run on six hits in six innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Matz handed a 1-0 deficit to the bullpen, and it quickly became an 8-0 deficit, because Adam Kolarek allowed three runs and Jon Velasquez allowed four. First baseman Jayce Boyd and catcher Xorge Carrillo drove in the Binghamton runs. Box

CLEARWATER 5, ST. LUCIE 1: Center fielder Maikis De La Cruz and left fielder Jared King had two hits apiece for the Mets, and King drove in the lone St. Lucie run. Starter Luis Cessa allowed five runs in six innings and took the loss. Box

SAVANNAH 1, HICKORY 0: Starter John Gant carried a perfect game through six innings. Gant lost his perfect game in the seventh, but he finished seven innings with just one hit and two walks, with eight strikeouts. Center fielder Champ Stuart's two-out single in the eighth inning brought home pinch runner Victor Cruzado with the game's only run. Akeel Morris struck out two batters with two on in the ninth to record the save. Box

PULASKI 4, KINGSPORT 0: First baseman Zach Mathieu had three of the Mets' seven hits, including his seventh and eighth doubles of the season. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings. Box

CONNECTICUT 5, BROOKLYN 1: First-round draft pick Michael Conforto hit his second professional home run, but it was the only run the Cyclones could manage as they lost to the first-place Tigers. Conforto had two of Brooklyn's five hits, and is batting .362. Starter Alberto Baldonado allowed five runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Ben Verlander, the younger brother of Justin Verlander, went 3-for-3 for Connecticut. Box

Minors 7.29.14: Herrera lifts B-Mets

July, 29, 2014
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EL PASO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, but relievers John Church and Miguel Socolovich combined to surrender four eighth-inning runs as El Paso broke a 3-all tie. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed two runs in five innings. Kevin Plawecki had an RBI double and Matt Reynolds produced an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, but the comeback bid stalled when Allan Dysktra struck out. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, NEW HAMPSHIRE 3: Dilson Herrera's walk-off sacrifice fly capped a

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two-run ninth inning. It marked the first time this season Binghamton won when trailing after eight innings. Darrell Ceciliani started the ninth-inning rally with a single against Gregory Infante. Ceciliani stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Travis Taijeron's bloop RBI single tied the score. After Kyle Johnson entered as a pinch runner, Xorge Carrillo walked and Brandon Nimmo singled to load the bases with one out. Herrera came through with the sacrifice fly to right field to plate Johnson. In the eighth inning, Herrera had homered against Tyler Ybarra to cut the B-Mets' deficit to 3-2. Chase Huchingson (2-1) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings to close out the game. B-Mets starter Tyler Pill allowed three runs on six hits and struck out five in 7 2/3 innings. He extended his unbeaten streak to 13 games. Box

DUNEDIN at ST. LUCIE: The teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

SAVANNAH 8, LEXINGTON 3: Rob Whalen improved to 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA in the South Atlantic League by limiting Lexington to two unearned runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter in seven innings. Stefan Sabol had a bases-loaded triple in a four-run fourth as the Gnats took a 4-1 lead. Yeixon Ruiz finished 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. Box

KINGSPORT 6, DANVILLE 2: Starter Martires Arias (4-0) tossed five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and five walks. Eudor Garcia went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Box

BROOKLYN 4, LOWELL 1: Casey Meisner collected his first win in nearly a calendar year as the Cyclones (23-22) completed a three-game sweep and moved above .500 for the first

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time since July 12. Meisner allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out six in five innings. Tomas Nido had a one-out single in the third and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Anthony Chavez followed with a shot down the first-base line that was too hot to handle and Nido scored for a 1-0 lead. With Chavez on second base due to the fielding error, Joe Tuschak doubled to push the advantage to 2-0. Tuschak had been sidelined with a hamstring injury since July 18. Lowell plated its lone run in the bottom half courtesy of Sam Travis' two-out RBI double. Meisner retired the final seven batters he faced to collect his first win since July 30, 2013, when he was pitching in the Gulf Coast League. In the sixth, Tuschak and Michael Conforto walked. Michael Bernal plated Tuschak with a single. Tyler Moore drove in Conforto with a single. Relievers Carlos Valdez and Brandon Welch combined to allow one baserunner in three innings. Shane Bay tossed a scoreless ninth for his ninth save. Conforto's 10-game hitting streak to begin his pro career was snapped. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL METS 5 (six innings): Dash Winnigham had a two-run double in a three-run first and the Mets never looked back en route to a rain-shortened win. Winningham added a third-inning sacrifice fly as the Mets took a 4-0 lead. Box

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Minors 7.23.14: Whalen wins in return

July, 24, 2014
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TACOMA 6, LAS VEGAS 4: Cory Mazzoni allowed six runs (four earned) on five hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings. Wilmer Flores and Allan Dykstra homered in a three-run third as the 51s took a 3-1 lead. Flores finished with three RBIs. With Vegas trailing by two runs, Danny Muno doubled with one out in the ninth and Juan Centeno singled. After Cesar Puello flied out, Matt den Dekker then walked to load the bases. However, Josh Satin flied out for the final out. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, PORTLAND 2: Steven Matz (4-1) limited the Sea Dogs to two runs on

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seven hits and a walk in seven innings and the B-Mets avoided a three-game sweep. Sean Coyle had a solo homer against Matz in the second inning, but the B-Mets responded a half-inning later against Binghamton University product Mike Augliera as Rylan Sandoval had a leadoff homer. It was Sandoval’s first long ball of the season. Binghamton took the lead in the fourth as T.J. Rivera doubled and eventually scored on Jayce Boyd's single. That advantage swelled to 4-1 in the fifth. Dilson Herrera singled and stole second. Brian Burgamy then singled to place runners on the corners. Travis Taijeron followed with a run-scoring double. Rivera skied a sacrifice fly to center to plate Burgamy. Portland cut the deficit to two runs in the sixth as rehabbing Ryan Lavarnway, Michael Almanzar and Dave Chester all singled. Randy Fontanez and Cody Satterwhite each contributed a scoreless frame in relief. Satterwhite notched his ninth save. Burgamy finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored. Portland won the season series over the B-Mets, 11-9. Box

TAMPA 13, ST. LUCIE 6: Gavin Cecchini blasted a three-run homer in a five-run first inning, but the Yankees overcame the deficit to complete a four-game sweep. Mets starter Michael Fulmer cruised through the first three innings, allowing one hit and striking out five. His outing unraveled in the fourth. Greg Bird singled, Dante Bichette Jr. reached on L.J. Mazzilli’s error and Fulmer hit Eric Jagielo on the foot with an 0-2 pitch to load the bases. Fulmer threw a wild pitch that allowed Bird to score and walked Aaron Judge to reload the bases. Angelo Gumbs then singled to make it 5-2. With the bases again loaded, Trent Garrison had a two-run single. Jose Rosario followed with an RBI single to even the score. After Danny Oh struck out and Cito Culver walked, Fulmer was replaced by Jake Kuebler. Bird came up for the second time in the inning and produced a sac fly to put the Yankees ahead. Bichette followed with an RBI single to make it 7-5. Judge finally grounded out to end the fourth. Kuebler stayed in to pitch the fifth, but the Yankees got to him. Kuebler fielded Rosario’s bunt attempt with two runners on but threw the ball over the head of Mazzilli covering first base to allow a run to score. Later in the frame, Gilbert Gomez dropped a fly ball hit to center that allowed two more runs to score as the Yankees took a 12-5 lead. The Mets committed five errors in the game. Fulmer was charged with seven runs (four earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Box

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SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 2: Rob Whalen (5-0) limited Augusta to two runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first South Atlantic League start since May 1. He missed more than two months recovering from an infection in his pitching hand that needed to be surgically cleaned. Miller Diaz tossed three scoreless innings and was credited with his second save. Matt Oberste extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a ninth-inning solo homer. Jonathan Johnson had two RBIs. Victor Cruzado went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Box

GREENEVILLE 6, KINGSPORT 3 (10 innings): Jimmy Duff was charged with three runs (two earned) in the top of the 10th. Third baseman Eudor Garcia had a fielding error in the frame. Box

ABERDEEN 5, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Casey Meisner allowed three runs (two earned) in one inning. Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with a triple and Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a double in the loss. Jhoan Urena drove in two runs. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL NATIONALS 6: Dale Burdick's eighth-inning sacrifice fly broke a 6-all tie. Hengelbert Rojas added a two-run single in the ninth. John Mora, Arnaldo Berrios, Rojas and Burdick had two RBIs apiece. Box

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Morning Briefing: Still rolling

July, 19, 2014
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SAN DIEGO

FIRST PITCH: The Mets did not cool off during the break.

Now winners of nine of their past 11, they have climbed to four games under .500.

They try to keep the momentum going Saturday, with Dillon Gee (4-1, 2.56 ERA) opposing right-hander Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85) at 8:40 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s news reports:

Travis d'Arnaud continued his solid production since returning from Las Vegas. Playing at the site of his major league debut last August, the rookie catcher finished 3-for-5 and drove in the tiebreaking run against Joaquin Benoit in the ninth as the Mets beat the Padres, 5-4, Friday at Petco Park. The Mets gained a game on the Washington Nationals, but remained seven games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves.

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

• Sandy Alderson said pregame that not much had transpired so far in terms of trade conversations with other teams. The GM also indicated that he did not intend to rent a player who would be a free agent at season’s end. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Record and Newsday.

Jenrry Mejia pulled a Mark Messier and guaranteed to SNY the Mets are making the playoffs … or something like that.

“We’re gonna make it because we believe in ourselves,” Mejia told the network, via the Post. “We’ll be ready, and we’re gonna make the playoffs. We’re gonna be there.”

• Daisuke Matsuaka is headed to the bullpen, although the Mets do not intend to use him there Saturday or Sunday. They first want to be 100 percent sure Jonathon Niese will be able to come off the disabled list on Monday to face the Seattle Mariners. Niese threw a bullpen session Friday at Petco Park and pronounced himself ready for that assignment in Seattle. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Newsday, Record and Daily News.

• Top prospect Noah Syndergaard returned from a save in the All-Star Game and proceeded to allow seven runs in five innings on Thursday for Las Vegas at Salt Lake. Syndergaard now has a 5.74 ERA in 17 Pacific Coast League starts.

He told Jared Diamond in the Journal that most of his issues have been mental, including paying too much attention to the Super 2 deadline. "I was thinking about that almost constantly," Syndergaard said.

Pitch selection, and an overreliance on fastballs, also has been an issue. "I've had a hard time knowing what to throw in certain situations," said Syndergaard, whose fastball comfortably hit 98 mph Thursday.

• Jay Schreiber in the Times notes that the last time the Mets finished with a winning record and the Yankees with a losing record was back in 1990. Could it happen again?

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger lists six surprising stats for the Mets, including Ruben Tejada possessing the third-highest OBP among major league shortstops and the Mets leading the NL in home runs since June 17.

• Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer and Cory Mazzoni earned the win in his Triple-A debut as Las Vegas held on against Salt Lake, 7-6. Robert Gsellman had a 10-strikeout game on his 21st birthday as Savannah beat Lexington, 5-1. Taylor Teagarden’s rehab assignment shifted to St. Lucie, which lost to Brevard County, 4-3. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini was pulled from that game for an apparent disciplinary reason. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• First-round pick Michael Conforto is due to make his professional debut Saturday for the Cyclones as the designated hitter. Brooklyn hosts Williamsport at 6 p.m.

• Closer Huston Street was traded by the Padres to the Los Angeles Angels. Read more in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

• Benjamin Hoffman in the Times writes that San Diego may end up with the worst offense in major league history.

Dan Uggla was released by the Braves despite $18 million remaining on his contract through 2015. Read more in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

• Nick Forrester in the Daily News profiles Cyclones GM Steve Cohen.

From the bloggers …Faith and Fear made it through the All-Star break, but just barely.

BIRTHDAYS: Rick Ankiel turns 35. ... Preston Wilson is 40. ... David Segui turns 48.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets finish with a better record than the Yankees?

Minors 7.18.14: Gsellman has happy 21st

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BURLINGTON at KINGSPORT (ppd.)

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

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

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Minors 7.17.14: Syndergaard stumbles

July, 18, 2014
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SALT LAKE 7, LAS VEGAS 6: Noah Syndergaard, who picked up the save in Tuesday's

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Futures Game with a scoreless ninth, allowed seven earned runs in five innings in his return to the 51s. Syndergaard surrendered seven hits, including a two-run homer by Tommy Field, and issued three walks. Vegas stormed back with a five-run eighth that began with triple by Matt den Dekker and also included den Dekker getting hit by a pitch to force in a run. Vegas left the tying run at second base in the ninth when Brandon Allen grounded out. Since returning to Triple-A in mid-June, den Dekker is hitting .411 (35-for-85). Right-handers Cory Mazzoni and Rafael Montero both have joined Las Vegas after recovering from side-muscle injuries. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, TRENTON 4: Dustin Lawley launched a three-run homer in the first inning against Manny Banuelos to highlight a four-RBI game as Binghamton won its fourth

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straight. Lawley’s blast was his team-leading 17th -- and 13th since June 10. Steven Matz (3-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out four in five innings. Trenton pulled within 3-2 in the third. Mason Williams and Rob Segedin had consecutive one-out singles. Brandon Nimmo bobbled the ball on the latter hit, allowing Williams to score an unearned run. The B-Mets took control with a three-run fifth. Nimmo walked and moved to second on Dilson Herrera's single. Both runners advanced on Brian Burgamy's groundout. Lawley then singled to plate Nimmo. T.J. Rivera added a sacrifice fly. The ball eluded catcher Gary Sanchez on the play, allowing Lawley to take second base. Darrell Ceciliani then singled to plate Lawley for a 6-2 lead. The lead swelled to six runs the following inning against Jairo Heredia. Xorge Carrillo doubled and moved to third on Kyle Johnson's single. Consecutive wild pitches allowed Carrillo to score and moved Johnson to third base. Johnson scored on Herrera's ensuing sacrifice fly. Trenton produced two runs in the seventh against Ryan Fraser. Randy Fontanez and Jack Leathersich each contributed a scoreless frame. Leathersich struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 6, ST. LUCIE 1
ST. LUCIE 3, BREVARD COUNTY 2: After a two-hour, 32-minute delay at the start, the teams split a doubleheader. In the nightcap, Michael Fulmer tossed six scoreless innings

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and struck out a season-high nine. He scattered four singles and walked one. The Mets got to reliever Martin Viramontes in the fifth. He walked Gilbert Gomez and Maikis De La Cruz to start the frame. He ten threw Eudy Pina’s sac bunt over the head of first baseman Alfredo Rodriguez to allow Gomez to score. Later in the inning, Jared King beat out an infield hit with the bases loaded to plate De La Cruz and make it 2-0. Pina’s sac fly in the sixth plated Gavin Cecchini to put the Mets up 3-0. Paul Sewald allowed a two-out, two-run double in the seventh to Jose Sermo. Sewald recovered to get Tyrone Taylor to fly out to end the game with the tying run on third and go-ahead run on second. In Game 1, the Manatees battered John Lannan for four runs on nine hits in four innings. That was plenty of offense for starter Tyler Wagner, who went the distance. Wagner allowed four hits. The lone run he surrendered came on a solo homer by Pina. The Manatees plated two more runs later in the game against reliever Seth Lugo. Box 1, Box 2

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ASHEVILLE 8, SAVANANH 7 (14 innings): The Gnats got a two-run homer in the top of the 14th from Matt Oberste, but Hunter Carnevale and Paul Paez combined to allow three runs in the bottom half for the walk-off loss. Oberste finished 3-for-7 with two homers, three RBIs and three runs scored. He has a 17-game hitting streak, which has lifted his season average to .321. Bret Mitchell, Dario Alvarez and Akeel Morris had combined for seven scoreless relief innings. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BURLINGTON 2: K-Mets starter Martires Arias allowed two runs (one earned) in the first inning, then contributed four scoreless frames. Relievers Bryce Beeler and Ty Williams added two scoreless innings apiece. Williams, a 35th-round pick in 2013, notched his first professional save. Oswald Caraballo and Pedro Perez had third-inning sacrifice flies as Kingsport took a 4-2 lead. Wuilmer Becerra added an eighth-inning solo homer. Box

JAMESTOWN 8, BROOKLYN 6 (10 innings): Cyclones reliever Shane Bay (0-1) allowed two runs in the top of the 10th. Amed Rosario went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs in the loss. Jhoan Urena also drove in two runs. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL CARDINALS 7: Jeremy Hefner allowed one run on two hits and struck out a batter in two innings in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery. John Mora went 5-for-5 with a double, two triples, three RBIs and two runs scored. The Mets broke a 7-all tie in the bottom of the seventh when Mora tripled and scored on Enmanuel Zabala's single. They opened a two-run lead the following inning on Mora's RBI double. Jose Medina had allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings in relief of Hefner. Alex Palsha earned his second save. Box

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Farm report: Mazzoni finally Vegas-bound

July, 16, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Right-hander Cory Mazzoni was slated to be part of a standout Triple-A rotation to open the season with Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom.

Instead, the honor of starting the Grapefruit League finale on getaway day for the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla., became a major setback for the 2011 second-round pick out of NC State.

With the Mets wanting to avoid using Bartolo Colon against the Nationals since he also was due to face them in his first regular-season outing, Mazzoni took the March 27 start at Tradition Field. He was forced to leave the game against Washington in the second inning because of what eventually was diagnosed as a right lat-muscle strain.


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Only now is the 24-year-old Mazzoni due to head to Las Vegas.

In what was expected to be his final tune-up before joining the 51s, Mazzoni tossed seven innings for Binghamton at Erie on Saturday. That was his fourth minor-league appearance as he gets back into pitching shape.

“I thought it was going to be a couple-of-week thing,” Mazzoni said. “It was tough being out that long, seeing all of your friends pitching well and stuff in Double-A and Triple-A. It’s definitely tough to watch.

“You see what deGrom did in Triple-A and now he’s in the big leagues, pitching really well. Obviously everything gets pushed back a little bit now. But you still have to keep the same mindset and you can’t dwell on that.”

Mazzoni went 5-3 with a 4.36 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) with Binghamton in 2013 before requiring season-ending surgery on Aug. 2 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Mazzoni’s fastball sits at 92-94 mph. He also throws a slider and changeup. He is projected to pitch in relief in the majors.

“He’s come with some high recommendations from the people in the organization that this kid can be an absolute late-in-the-game kind of bullpen guy, because he’s got three quality pitches,” Terry Collins has said.

Said Mazzoni: “I can always work on fastball command. I’m still developing my splitter. It needs to be a little bit more consistent. But my arm feels good, and I feel like my stuff is pretty good. It’s just refining and tweaking it a little more.”

Organization leaders

Average: Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .350; John Mora, GCL Mets, .338; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .336; Enmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .329; Oswald Caraballo, Kingsport, .323; Matt den Dekker, Vegas, .312; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .312; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .312; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, .308.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 16; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 15; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 15; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 12; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 12.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 59; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 58; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 53; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 53; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, 53.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 19; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 17; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 15.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 0.94; Rob Whalen, GCL Mets, 1.67; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.86; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.14; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.41; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.89; John Gant, Savannah, 2.97; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 3.16; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 3.43; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 3.51.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 10; John Gant, Savannah, 9.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 12; Robert Coles, St. Lucie, 12; Randy Fontanez, Binghamton, 10; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 8.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 96; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 89; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 87; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 85; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 82.

Short hops

• First-round pick Michael Conforto is due to head to Los Angeles for Thursday’s Golden Spikes Award. Conforto, who officially signed on Friday after a standout career as an outfielder at Oregon State, is one of three finalists for the award, which goes to the nation’s top amateur player. The winner will be revealed on “SportsCenter.” The other finalists are LSU right-hander Aaron Nola (selected seventh overall by Philadelphia) and Kentucky left-hander/infielder A.J. Reed (a second-round pick by Houston). Conforto is due to rejoin the Brooklyn Cyclones on Friday and should make his professional debut shortly thereafter.

Matt Reynolds has continued his offensive surge since a promotion to Triple-A. In 24 Pacific Coast League games, the former second-round pick out of Arkansas is hitting .337/.389/.453. Not known for being accomplished defensively, Mets personnel nonetheless say he is showing better range at shortstop than Ruben Tejada and Omar Quintanilla possess. That’s not a terribly high bar, but suggests he may be viable at the position in the majors.

Allan Dykstra, who won Monday’s Triple-A Home Run Derby in Durham, N.C., topped a familiar face in the finals. Former Mets minor-league teammate Francisco Pena finished as the runner-up.

Pena, a catcher like his All-Star father Tony Pena, left the Mets last offseason as a minor-league free agent and signed with Kansas City. The 24-year-old Pena made his major league debut on May 20, catching the final inning, but was returned to Triple-A Omaha without a plate appearance. He did throw out the first would-be base stealer against him. His father formerly managed the Royals and his brother Tony Jr. played there. He is hitting .254 with a career-high 18 homers and 40 RBIs in 205 PCL at-bats this season.

Dykstra will serve as the PCL’s DH for Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game.

• The Eastern League All-Star Game also will be played Wednesday night. Representing Binghamton at Altoona, Pa.: infielder Brian Burgamy, outfielder Kyle Johnson and right-handers Cody Satterwhite and Jon Velasquez.

• Left-hander Blake Taylor, the player-to-be-named acquired from Pittsburgh with Zack Thornton in the April 18 trade for Ike Davis, has been promoted from the Gulf Coast League to Kingsport. Taylor, who turns 19 on Aug. 17, made three GCL appearances. In 10 2/3 innings, he allowed two unearned runs and one hit while walking seven and hitting a batter. In his K-Mets debut Monday, Taylor was pulled one out into the third inning. He was charged with four earned runs on six hits and two walks.

• Binghamton right fielder Travis Taijeron has been named Eastern League Player of the Week. For the week ending Sunday, the 25-year-old Taijeron hit .400 (8-for-20) with three homers and 10 RBIs and had a league-leading .900 slugging percentage. The former 18th-round pick out of Cal Poly Pomona is hitting .251 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs in 227 at-bats this season with the B-Mets.

• Binghamton reliever Hamilton Bennett, 26, was released by the organization last week. The former 29th-round pick in 2010 out of Tennessee Wesleyan College had produced a 3.38 ERA in 10 appearances with Double-A Binghamton this season. A Mets official said the release came at Bennett’s request.

• Montero is nearing a return to Vegas. He tossed four scoreless innings for Class A St. Lucie on Monday. Five days earlier he had logged two innings in the Gulf Coast League. Montero had been sidelined since leaving a Triple-A start on June 14 after only five pitches with a strained left oblique.

• Catcher Ali Sanchez, right-hander Adonis Uceta and infielder/catcher Victor Moscote represent the Mets on the Dominican Summer League All-Star team.

Minors 7.12.14: Mazzilli scores winner in 10

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ALBUQUERQUE 6, LAS VEGAS 5: The Isotopes scored three eighth-inning runs against John Church for the comeback win. Jamie Romak hit a solo homer to lead off the inning. Albuquerque tied the score on a wild pitch. Brian Cavazos-Galvez then hit a pinch-hit, two-out solo homer for the lead. Cory Vaughn finished 3-for-5 with a double and RBI in the loss. Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to a 17 games. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, ERIE 3: Jayce Boyd led the B-Mets with three RBIs and notched his fourth homer of the season. The B-Mets opened the scoring with a two-run third against

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Ryan Robowski. Kai Gronauer homered and Dustin Lawley produced an RBI single later in the inning. An inning later, Boyd's solo homer -- his first long ball since June 7 -- upped Binghamton’s lead to 3-0. After retiring 11 of the first 12 batters he faced, B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni opened the door for a SeaWolves comeback with back-to-back two-out walks in the fourth. Corey Jones made him pay with a two-run double, slicing Binghamton’s lead to one. The lead disappeared in the fifth. Francisco Martinez singled off Mazzoni’s mitt and stole second. Marcus Lemon brought him home by lining a two-out single. Binghamton responded with a string of hits against reliever Slade Smith in the sixth. Travis Taijeron ultimately singled to plate Darrell Ceciliani with the go-ahead run. Binghamton turned a one-run game into a blowout by hanging five runs on reliever Jose Valdez in the ninth, highlighted by Boyd's two-run single. Mazzoni (2-0) struck out nine while allowing three runs and five hits over seven innings. Jack Leathersich and Cody Satterwhite each tossed a scoreless relief inning. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, LAKELAND 4 (10 innings): Lakeland’s Austin Green launched a game-tying solo homer against T.J. Chism with two outs and two strikes in the ninth, but the Mets

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recovered to snap their four-game losing streak. L.J. Mazzilli doubled to lead off the bottom of the 10th against Nate Fury and moved to third on Cam Maron’s single. Jared King struck out for the first out of the inning. Fury’s first pitch to Phillip Evans then bounced away from Green, the catcher, and Mazzilli slid safely into home to give the Mets a walk-off victory. Paul Sewald pitched a perfect top of the 10th to earn the win. Maikis De La Cruz had put the Mets ahead, 1-0, in the third with a single. Maron followed later that inning with a two-out, two-run single to make it 3-0. Evans belted his third homer of the season in the sixth to put the Mets up by four runs. Mets starter Luis Cessa cruised for most of the night. After Andy Dirks led off the game with a single, Cessa only allowed one more baserunner until the top of the seventh. In the seventh, Chad Wright led off with a single. Cessa rebounded to get a pop out and a strikeout, but Green extended the inning with a single. That brought up James Robbins, who launched a three-run homer to cut the Mets’ lead to 4-3. Cessa escaped further damage when Maron threw out Jared Reaves trying to steal second. Cessa struck out eight in seven innings. He allowed five hits and one walk. Beck Wheeler struck out three in 1 1/3 relief innings. Mazzilli’s leadoff double in the 10th extended his hitting streak to nine games. Box

CHARLESTON 4, SAVANNAH 1: The Dogs scored a pair of first-inning runs against Savannah starter Robert Gsellman and never looked back. Mike Ford drove in the opening run with a double and eventually scored on second baseman Jorge Rivero's error. Charleston produced its third run, and the second unearned run against Gsellman, in the third on a fielding error by shortstop Yeixon Ruiz. The Gnats committed four errors in the game. Charleston completed its scoring with a bases-loaded walk in the fourth -- one of the four walks issued by Gsellman in four innings. The Gnats scored their lone run in the third as Champ Stuart plated Ruiz with a hard-hit single to third base. Matt Oberste extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a second-inning double. Box

BRISTOL 9, KINGSPORT 8: Bristol scored five first-inning runs and chased Andrew Church before he recorded an out in the second inning. Eudor Garcia went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the loss. The K-Mets pulled within 9-8 with a two-run eighth, but they stranded the tying run in scoring position when pinch hitter Jean Rodriguez struck out. Box

CONNECTICUT 4, BROOKLYN 3: Josh Prevost issued a bases-loaded walk to Garrett Mattlage with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off loss. Michael Bernal's RBI single had given Brooklyn a 1-0 lead in the first. An inning later, Jeff Diehl doubled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored ahead of a throw to the plate on Joe Tuschak's groundball for a 2-0 lead. Cyclones starter Octavio Acosta retired the first 10 batters. He eventually surrendered a sacrifice fly to Joey Pankake in the fourth. The Tigers tied the score at 2 against Acosta in the seventh on consecutive doubles from Ross Kivett and Pankake. Brooklyn regained the lead in the eighth. Jhoan Urena singled and advanced to second when left fielder Rashad Brown bobbled the ball. With one out, Bernal hit a soft groundball through the right side that seemed like it would be enough to score Urena, but right fielder Ben Verlander showed that his brother isn’t the only one in the family with a strong arm. He uncorked a laser throw to the plate to retire Urena and keep the score tied. Bernal did advance to second on the throw, though. After an intentional walk to Tyler Moore, Diehl produced a go-ahead RBI single.

The 3-2 lead would be short-lived. Cyclones reliever Brad Wieck struck out the first two batters he faced, but then walked two batters and uncorked a wild pitch that placed runners on the corners. Wieck then coaxed Pankake to hit a routine grounder to third. However, Urena bounced a throw to first base, allowing the tying run to score. The Cyclones seemed prime to take the lead back in the top of the ninth, placing runners on first and third with one out. But Urena and Michael Katz struck out. Prevost retired the first batter he faced in the bottom half, but then walked two and surrendered a single to load the bases with two outs for Mattlage, who leads the New York-Penn League in walks. Box

GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 3
GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 3: Jeremy Hefner tossed a perfect inning in the regularly scheduled game in his first game action since Tommy John surgery. The Nats then overcame a 3-0 deficit with a four-run eighth against Alex Durham and Dan Hermann. Taylor Teagarden went 0-for-1 with a walk as a DH and was replaced by a pinch runner. Meanwhile, in the resumption of Friday's game, which had been suspended with the score tied at 3, Brent McMinn's balk plated the tiebreaking run in the bottom of the sixth. Box 1, Box 2

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BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.301 9 53 73
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .824
WB. Colon 12
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.45
SOZ. Wheeler 163