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Minors 8.16.13: Forsythe homer lifts B-Mets

August, 16, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 4: Zach Lutz's ninth-inning single against Cory Rasmus plated Eric Campbell with the tiebreaking run. Matt den Dekker then scored on a balk for a two-run cushion. John Church pitched a perfect bottom half for his third save save. Lutz also had produced a solo homer against Tommy Hanson in the second inning. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, NEW BRITAIN 0: The B-Mets took one step closer to the postseason as Blake Forsythe delivered a solo homer and Noah Syndergaard tossed five scoreless

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innings. The B-Mets posted their fourth shutout win in August. Forsythe homered to lead off the third against Cole De Vries. It was his ninth long ball of the season, and his second in two games. Syndergaard dominanted the Rock Cats. He scattered three hits over five innings while earning his sixth B-Mets win. He faced no more than four batters in any inning and matched a career high with 10 strikeouts. In the sixth, Ryan Fraser entered and allowed a single and a walk with one out as New Britain put together its biggest threat of the night. Fraser escaped the jam by forcing Miguel Sano and Reynaldo Rodriguez to fly out. He followed with a scoreless seventh before handing the ball to Chasen Bradford. Bradford retired all three batters he faced, requiring only 10 pitches. Jeff Walters slammed the door with a perfect ninth to earn his 35th save. Box

JUPITER 7, ST. LUCIE 0: Hansel Robles allowed four runs in seven innings and the Mets mustered only four hits. Box

SAVANNAH at AUGUSTA (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 11, BRISTOL 4: Jeyckol De Leon had four hits with a run scored, three RBIs

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and two doubles. Michael Bernal also drove in three runs, capped by a solo homer in the sixth that completed Kingsport's scoring. Eris Peguero had a triple and double. The K-Mets took control in the second inning, plating seven runs on seven hits while sending 13 men to the plate. Seven straight batters reached safely with two outs, a barrage that chased Bristol starter Robinson Leyer after 1 2/3 innings. In his first appearance since a promotion from the Gulf Coast League, Brandon Welch lasted six innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Welch finished strongly, retiring the side in order in his last three innings. Edioglis Villasmil and Tyler Bashlor combined for three innings of scoreless relief. Kingsport (31-23) gained a game on division-leading Greeneville. The K-Mets now trail the Astros affiliate by 1.5 games in the West. The top two games in the Appalachian League make the playoffs. Kingsport is up 2.5 games for second place with 23 games remaining. Box

BROOKLYN 6, VERMONT 4: James Roche went 2-for-4 with two RBIs while homering for the second straight game. After the Lake Monsters capitalized on a botched groundball by LJ Mazzilli to take an early 1-0 lead, Roche picked up his second baseman by connecting on a solo shot. Brooklyn then took the lead with a three-run third. Anthony Chavez singled and Patrick Biondi and Gavin Cecchini walked to load the bases for Mazzilli. He also walked, forcing in the tiebreaking run. Jared King then produced his first RBI since returning to the lineup following an oblique issue, on a sacrifice fly. Roche added an RBI single. Cyclones starter John Gant stumbled in the sixth as the Lake Monsters cut Brooklyn's lead to 5-4. Gant ultimately allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out seven. Gant added to his New York-Penn League-leading strikeout total (68). Later, reliever Johnny Magliozzi inherited in a tough spot, with the tying run at second base and go-ahead run at first in the eighth. He retired the next three batters to escape. Magliozzi also handled the ninth to record his fifth save. Cecchini extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The Cyclones' record is 17, by Lucas Duda in 2007. Box

GCL NATIONALS 5, GCL METS 2: Waldo Rodriguez surrendered four runs, none earned, in the seventh as the Nats overcame a 2-1 deficit. Second basmean Branden Kaupe had two errors. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Series preview: Mets vs. Braves

May, 23, 2013
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This weekend at Citi Field, the Mets face (left to right) Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Julio Teheran.
METS (17-27, fourth place/NL East) vs. ATLANTA BRAVES (28-18, first place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-5, 5.00) vs. RHP Kris Medlen (1-5, 3.02), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Dillon Gee (2-5, 6.04) vs. LHP Mike Minor (5-2, 2.78), 7:15 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-5, 6.59) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (3-1, 3.99), 8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN

Braves short hops

• Left fielder Justin Upton, who was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Jan. 24, is tied with Baltimore’s Chris Davis for the MLB lead in homers with 14. Upton became the first player in major league history to homer five times in his first five games with a team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

• Right fielder Jason Heyward is hitting .304 with two RBIs in six games since returning from the disabled list Friday. Heyward underwent an appendectomy on April 22. He missed 22 games. He was hitting .121 when he landed on the DL.

• Center fielder B.J. Upton (.155, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs) snapped an 0-for-16 skid Saturday. He then homered Wednesday for the first time since April 23. He has yet to record a hit in three straight games, and will be bidding to accomplish that Friday at Citi Field.


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Evan Gattis has an MLB rookie-leading 10 homers.


• Catcher Brian McCann made his season debut May 6 after recovering from Oct. 16, 2012 shoulder surgery.

The Braves are now carrying six relievers and three catchers: McCann, rookie phenom Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird.

Gattis hit an opposite-field grand slam on a 3-0 pitch from Minnesota’s Vance Worley on Wednesday, in the catcher’s first start in eight days. He has 10 homers, which lead major league rookies, in only 122 at-bats. Manager Fredi Gonzalez has struggled to find playing time for Gattis in the three-catcher alignment. Gattis also can play first base or left field, but those are occupied.

• The Braves lost a pair of top-notch relievers to Tommy John surgery in a six-day span. Lefty Jonny Venters, who had not appeared this season, underwent the procedure last Thursday; this was his second Tommy John surgery. Fellow southpaw Eric O'Flaherty, who had held lefty batters to a .143 average this season, underwent the elbow procedure Tuesday.

Atlanta pitchers have undergone a spate of Tommy John surgeries -- seven among major leaguers in the past five years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The recipients: Peter Moylan (May 2008), Tim Hudson (August 2008), Kris Medlen (August 2010), Arodys Vizcaino (March 2012), Brandon Beachy (June 2012), Venters and O’Flaherty.

• The Braves have a 2.79 bullpen ERA, narrowly behind the San Francisco Giants (2.77) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2.78) for the MLB lead. Craig Kimbrel notched his 100th career save on May 9, becoming the second-youngest to reach that plateau (24 years, 348 days). Only ex-Met Francisco Rodriguez (24 years, 246 days) was younger.

• Since O’Flaherty landed on the DL, Triple-A closer Cory Rasmus was promoted. He's the younger brother of Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus. Cory made his major league debut Wednesday. The siblings’ brother Casey is a 23-year-old catcher who is hitting .300 for the St. Louis Cardinals’ Class A Peoria affiliate.

• Beachy is set to begin a rehab assignment, so Atlanta will have to create a rotation spot soon.

• Reliever Jordan Walden (shoulder) is not eligible to be activated from the DL until after the Mets series.

• With their bullpen injuries, Atlanta signed lefty reliever Joe Beimel, 36, to a minor league contract. He also is returning from Tommy John surgery.

Andrelton Simmons is the only every-day shortstop without an error.

Dan Uggla (.182, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs) is 3-for-35 with 13 strikeouts in his last 10 starts. Ramiro Pena has started two games at second base in the past week.

Julio Teheran is coming off an outing in which he allowed one run in 8 1/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins.

• Medlen limited the Los Angeles Dodgers to one run (unearned) in seven innings in his last start. The Braves are 3-6 in Medlen's starts this season. Entering this year, Atlanta had won 23 straight games started by Medlen -- the most in one pitcher’s starts in major league history.

• The Braves arrive in New York off a 6-0 homestand, during which they swept the Dodgers and Twins.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187