New York Mets: Dan Butler

Around the minors 7.29.12

July, 29, 2012
BUFFALO 3, INDIANAPOLIS 2: Lucas May drove in all three runs as the Bisons won despite mustering only four hits. May ripped a two-out, two-run double to left field in the second inning as Buffalo overcame an early deficit. With the Bisons still leading 2-1 in the seventh, May then came up with another big hit. After Matt den Dekker led off with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch, May plated him with a single. Chris Schwinden allowed one run on three hits and a walk in seven innings. Fernando Cabrera surrendered an eighth-inning run, but recently promoted Robert Carson earned his first Triple-A save. Carson entered with two outs in the eighth and retired four of the five batters he faced. Carson struck out ex-Met Anderson Hernandez to end the game with the tying run on first base. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 2: The B-Mets used eight walks and a half-dozen hits to defeat Portland. Portland starter Stolmy Pimentel struggled from the get-go, walking Juan Lagares to open the game. He issued four free passes to the first five batters, forcing in a run with a walk to Jefry Marte. The righty plunked Dustin Martin to force in another run and surrendered a two-run single to Juan Centeno. Pimentel was pulled having recording only one out. Sean Kazmar added to Binghamton’s lead with a long homer off Caleb Clay in the second. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon took the five-run lead and breezed through five innings, allowing one hit. Portland’s biggest threat came in the sixth, when Jackie Bradley Jr. launched a solo homer. Cohoon bounced back by recording two outs, but could not close out the frame. The southpaw surrendered a pair of doubles, which cut Binghamton’s lead to three runs. A walk to Dan Butler and an infield single by Peter Hissey loaded the bases and ended Cohoon’s day. With the tying run on first, Adrian Rosario entered and struck out Derrik Gibson on three pitches to end the inning. Frank Francisco made his third rehab appearance and worked around a bunt single in a scoreless seventh. Facing reliever Will Latimer a half-inning later, the B-Mets took advantage of two more walks. Martin capped a terrific series with an RBI single. In four games against Portland, Martin went 7-for-11 with six RBIs. Ryan Fraser posted a scoreless eighth and returned for the ninth. He hit Gibson to start the inning and struck out Ryan Dent before being lifted for C.J. Nitkowski. The southpaw struck out both lefties he faced on three pitches apiece to end the game. Cohoon (6-7) earned his third straight win. He allowed two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. The B-Mets (51-56) enjoy a day off before starting a three-game series against Harrisburg on Tuesday with Zack Wheeler scheduled to pitch. Box

LAKELAND 6, ST. LUCIE 4: T.J. Rivera went 1-for-5 with two RBIs, but Lakeland rallied in the final two innings to avoid a sweep. The Mets were limited to two hits and broke up a no-hit bid by the Flying Tigers with two outs in the seventh on a double by Alonzo Harris Jr. The Mets trailed 2-1 entering the seventh, but rallied with three runs with two outs. Richard Lucas scored on a wild pitch to even the score. Rivera then singled to plate Travis Taijeron and Harris and give the Mets a 4-2 lead. The Flying Tigers scored two runs in the eighth to tie the score. Hamilton Bennett issued two walks and allowed two runs. Lakeland jumped ahead with two runs in the ninth off Jeff Walters, who allowed five hits in 1 2/3 innings. Logan Verrett made his St. Lucie debut and received a no-decision. He allowed two runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out four and walking none. The Mets were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and were unable to take advantage of seven walks. Box

ROME 6, SAVANNAH 2: Starter Marcos Camarena allowed five runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings, including a pair of homers. Charlie Thurber drove in both runs for the Gnats. Box

JOHNSON CITY 6, KINGSPORT 2: Chris Flexen suffered the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings. Johnson City opened a four-run lead with a three-run seventh against reliever Robert Gsellman. Box

BROOKLYN 10, MAHONING VALLEY 5: Brandon Nimmo led the Cyclones, going 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Beck Wheeler earned his first win, tossing three scoreless innings while walking two and striking out six. The Cyclones scored three times in the first. Nimmo began the game with a single and Jeff Reynolds walked. Phillip Evans then produced a three-run homer, his fourth long ball of the season. Mahoning Valley starter Ryan Merritt retired the next two Brooklyn batters before being replaced by Josh Martin. A groundout by Stefan Sabol ended the inning, but the Cyclones scored twice against Martin in the second. After retiring Alex Sanchez and Edward Rohan, Martin allowed consecutive homers to Julio Concepcion and Nimmo to give Brooklyn a 5-0 advantage. Brooklyn starter Julian Hilario's night ended after three innings. He surrendered two earned runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts. In the fifth, the Cyclones struck again. Back-to-back singles by Reynolds and Evans and a walk to Kevin Plawecki loaded the bases. Jayce Boyd then hit a sacrifice fly. After the run scored, James Stokes entered and struck out Sabol, but then surrendered a single to Sanchez, which brought home Evans and gave Brooklyn a five-run cushion. The following inning, Concepcion singled and advanced to second on a throwing error by catcher Charlie Valerio. A double by Nimmo plated Concepcion. Consecutive singles by Reynolds and Evans later scored Nimmo to make it 9-2. Box

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Around the minors 4.19.12

April, 20, 2012
LEHIGH VALLEY 8, BUFFALO 4: The series finale between the division rivals was a run-of-the-mill 2-2 game until a crazy top of the eighth. That's when a force out that wasn't opened the floodgates to a five-run rally for the IronPigs. The inning started when Valentino Pascucci bobbled a grounder to first base from Hector Luna. Cody Overbeck followed with a bunt to third base, but Josh Satin had no one to throw to after he fielded it. After a successful sacrifice and an intentional walk to Joe Thurston, the IronPigs were set up with the bases loaded and one out. Erik Kratz followed with a fly ball that dropped into shallow right. Matt Tuiasosopo came up throwing and sent a missile to home plate, where Rob Johnson missed the tag on Luna. However, no tag was needed as it was a force play. It was ruled that Luna beat the throw, and the umpire stood by his call even after Herd manager Wally Backman argued the play. Lehigh Valley's 3-2 lead quickly grew as Scott Podsednik singled home two runs on the next pitch. The IronPigs increased their lead to 7-2 with an RBI groundout from Andres Blanco and throwing error from Johnson. The Bisons scored two in the eighth in a rally that came up short, with Tuiasosopo and Satin driving in runs. Buffalo had already came back from 2-0 down with home runs from Pascucci and Jordany Valdespin. The loss for Buffalo was charged to Jack Egbert (0-1). He pitched the decisive eighth inning, giving up his first runs of the season. Bobby Scales reached base twice, with singles in the third and fifth innings. He has reached base at least twice in all 12 games he has started. Vinny Rottino and Zach Lutz did not start for the first time this season. However, both were used as pinch hitters in the contest. Pascucci's home run was his 43rd as a Bison. He is now in sole possession of ninth in the team's modern era. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 0: Darin Gorski allowed one hit over six shutout innings and the B-Mets racked up 11 hits. Three B-Mets pitchers limited the Sea Dogs to three hits in their second shutout win of the season. Gorski, in his third B-Mets start, navigated his only threat in the second. With two outs, Gorski plunked Reynaldo Rodriguez and gave up a single to Ronald Bermudez. He escaped the jam by inducing Dan Butler to ground out. It was the only time Portland had a runner reach second against Gorski. The southpaw fired four perfect innings and capped his night by retiring Oscar Tejeda to end the sixth. It was the second time this season Gorski has given up one hit and tossed six scoreless innings. The B-Mets tagged starting pitcher Billy Buckner for six hits over five innings. Eric Campbell started the attack with a two-out, run-scoring single in the third. Travis Ozga (3-for-4) led off the fourth by launching the first pitch over the right-field fence, giving Binghamton a 2-0 lead. The drive was Ozga’s second long ball of the season, putting him in the team lead. Campbell added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Michael Lee took over in the sixth and allowed the first five batters to reach. Josh Rodriguez laced an RBI single up the middle and Pedro Zapata drove home a pair with a bouncer to center. By the time Lee recorded his first out, the B-Mets held a six-run lead. Elvin Ramirez worked around a walk and an error to post a scoreless seventh. He then side-stepped a two-out double in the eighth. Ramirez has three consecutive appearances with four strikeouts. Armando Rodriguez shut the door with a scoreless ninth. The B-Mets (6-7) continue their four-game series against the Sea Dogs on Friday night. Greg Peavey, the reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, opposes Chris Balcom-Miller. Box

ST. LUCIE 1, PALM BEACH 0 (six innings): St. Lucie Mets left-hander Chase Huchingson tossed five shutout innings and shortstop Wilfredo Tovar hit a go-ahead RBI single in the fifth as the Mets won a rain-shortened six-inning game. The Mets won their sixth consecutive game. Huchingson improved to 3-0 and has not allowed a run in 17 2/3 innings this season. He allowed four hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Tovar finished 2-for-2. In a scoreless game in the fifth, Richard Lucas reached second on a throwing error by Cardinals shortstop Ronny Gil. With Lucas at third and two outs, Tovar lined a single to right field off the glove of second baseman Starlin Rodriguez. Taylor Whitenton tossed a scoreless sixth, working around a hit and walk. The game was delayed due to rain after the third inning. Huchingson came back strong in the fourth and fifth innings to keep the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Danny Muno, Cory Vaughn and Wilmer Flores each recorded a hit for the Mets. Box

HICKORY 7, SAVANNAH 1: The Crawdads used three triples to snap the Sand Gnats’ six-game winning streak. Hickory (9-5) scored in three of the first four innings to take a 4-0 lead. In the first inning, Hanser Alberto tripled and scored, and in the second Chris Grayson did the same to put Hickory up 2-0. The Crawdads doubled their advantage with two unearned runs in the fourth against starter Alex Panteliodis. The Gnats (10-5) pushed across their only run in the bottom of the fourth. Brian Harrison singled and advanced around the bases on a balk, a groundout and an RBI groundout by Charley Thurber. Savannah had the bases loaded down 5-1 in the fifth, but could not find the hit to draw closer as Harrison and Aderlin Rodriguez consecutively struck out. Hickory out-hit Savannah 13-2. Panteliodis was charged with four runs, only one of which was earned, in four innings to take his first loss of the year. Hickory reliever Santo Perez shut down the Gnats over the final four innings to pick up his first save. The Gnats and Crawdads resume their four-game series Friday. Savannah right-hander Domingo Tapia (1-0, 2.25) opposes left-hander Will Lamb (0-1, 2.00). Box

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Around the minors 4.13.12

April, 13, 2012
SCRANTON/WILKES BARRE 7, BUFFALO 5: Yankees center fielder Dewayne Wise took a home run away from Valentino Pascucci and ignited his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre teammates to rally for a rubber-game victory over the Bisons on Friday afternoon. The defeat was the Bisons' fourth in five days. The Herd had a 2-0 lead in each of those contests. Vinny Rottino got Buffalo on the board when he doubled home a pair in the bottom of the first. Lucas May homered with one out in the second inning to make it 3-0. Josh Satin then singled with one out in the third inning to start another rally. But that's when the game changed for the Yankees. Bidding for his International League-leading fifth homer, Pascucci launched a moonshot into the gap in left-center. Wise raced to his right, timed his jump perfectly and reached over the wall to bring back the would-be long ball. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre then scored a run in the fourth and four more in the fifth -- aided by a two-run, go-ahead single by Wise. Jeremy Hefner (1-1) suffered the loss. He allowed five runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Zach Lutz extended his hitting streak to eight games with a ninth-inning double. May's homer was his first as a Bison. Buffalo's 11 home runs on the season are second most in the International League. Bobby Scales walked two more times and has now walked five times in three games on this homestand. Box

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 3: Zack Wheeler struck out nine Sea Dogs and stood to be the winner until Juan Carlos Linares launched a two-run homer in the eighth inning for a comeback win. The B-Mets had jumped to an early lead against Portland starter Chris Hernandez. After Matt den Dekker doubled and Allan Dykstra reached on a fielding error, Eric Campbell conquered the “Maine Monster” with a three-run homer. The B-Mets first baseman launched a 1-2 pitch over the 37-foot left-field fence for his first homer this season. Wheeler struck out the side in order in the first and fanned Dan Butler in the second to make it four in a row. He breezed through four innings before pitching himself into trouble in the fifth. Following a leadoff single by Oscar Tejeda, Wheeler hit two batters in a row to load the bases. Yet Wheeler escaped unharmed by fanning Ryan Dent and Bryce Brentz and inducing a comebacker from Derrik Gibson. Portland finally broke through with its first of four unanswered runs in the sixth. Following consecutive hits against Wheeler, Tejeda plated the Sea Dogs’ first run with a sac fly. Binghamton searched for insurance in the seventh by loading the bases on three straight singles to chase Eammon Portice from the game. Caleb Clay entered with no outs and changed the momentum. The righty forced Juan Lagares to pop out and induced Dykstra to bounce into an inning-ending double play. Wheeler’s night was done after six frames. He allowed one run on five hits and struck out nine. He did not issue any walks. Erik Turgeon took over in the seventh and allowed a solo homer to Brentz that cut Binghamton’s lead to one. The lead disappeared on one swing in the eighth against Turgeon. With a man aboard, Linares ripped a 1-0 pitch over the “Maine Monster” to give Portland a 4-3 lead. Aaron Kurcz made the lead stick with a scoreless ninth. Turgeon suffered his first loss. The B-Mets (3-4) continue their four-game series against the Sea Dogs on Saturday afternoon as left-hander Darin Gorski opposes Portland right-hander Billy Buckner. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, PALM BEACH 0: Starter Chase Huchingson combined with Adam Kolarek and Adrian Rosario on a seven-hit shutout. Danny Muno's two-out double in the third scored Joe Bonfe, who also had doubled, with the lone run St. Lucie needed. Box

SAVANNAH 10, AUGUSTA 0: Brandon Brown had two triples and four RBIs. Travis Taijeron and Albert Cordero had three hits apiece. Alex Panteliodis tossed five scoreless innings and combined with Jack Leathersich, T.J. Chism and Jared West on the four-hit shutout. Box

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Bartolo Colon
14 4.02 143 190
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .832
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 180