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Minors 8.21.14: B-Mets clinch playoff berth

August, 21, 2014
Aug 21
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NEW ORLEANS at LAS VEGAS: Box

BINGHAMTON CLINCHES: The idle B-Mets secured a playoff berth for the second straight season with New Britain's loss. Binghamton is 46-22 since June 10 and 78-52 overall.

ROME 3, SAVANNAH 2: John Mincone inherited a runner on second base with two outs in the bottom of the eighth from Dawrin Frias and surrendered a tiebreaking RBI single to Carlos Franco. Yeixon Ruiz had a run-scoring triple and Champ Stuart followed with a sacrifice fly as the Gnats had pulled even at 2 in the fourth. Savannah starter Logan Taylor allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Box

KINGSPORT at BLUEFIELD (ppd.)

BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 0: Pedro Perez and Michael Bernal produced consecutive doubles in the fifth as the Cyclones opened the scoring. Brooklyn took a 2-0 lead an inning later on Tyler Moore's RBI single. Rehabbing Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed five scoreless innings. He combined with Brad Wieck, Kelly Secrest and Shane Bay on a four-hit shutout. Bay notched his 14th save. Box

GCL METS 6, GCL NATIONALS 5: Raphael Ramirez produced a two-out, tiebreaking RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. Box

Minors 7.28.14: Cordero caps comeback

July, 28, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 5, SALT LAKE 3: Kevin Plawecki, who was dealing with vertigo, went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his first game since July 17. John Lannan made his Triple-A season debut after six tune-up starts with St. Lucie. Lannan tossed six scoreless innings. He previously had taken a leave of absence for seven weeks for a "personal issue." The 51s built a 5-0 lead after three innings. Matt Reynolds, Josh Satin and Plawecki had RBI singles in a three-run first. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 5, BINGHAMTON 1: Steven Matz surrendered three first-inning runs and the B-Mets never recovered. Kendall Graveman allowed one run in six innings in his

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Double-A debut for New Hampshire. Jayce Boyd went 2-for-4 in the loss. In the first, Jon Berti walked and stole second. Two batters later, Andy Burns singled to plate Berti for the game's opening run. With two outs, Sean Ochinko homered for a 3-0 lead. In the fifth, Jorge Flores hit a one-out single against Matz and moved to third on a throwing error by first baseman Jayce Boyd. Berti grounded out to score the runner and extend New Hampshire's advantage to four runs. The B-Mets finally broke through in the bottom half. Back-to-back singles by Xorge Carrillo and Rylan Sandoval placed two on with nobody out. Carrillo was forced out at third base on Kyle Johnson's fielder’s choice. Brandon Nimmo then walked to load the bases and T.J. Rivera delivered a sacrifice fly. Matz (4-2) allowed five runs (four earned) on a career-high 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four. Ryan Fraser and Jack Leathersich blanked the Fisher Cats over the final 3 2/3 innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, DUNEDIN 6 (12 innings): St. Lucie snapped an eight-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. The Mets scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Arik Sikula, the Florida State League’s saves leader. Jeff McNeil’s run-scoring groundout made it 6-5, and Wilfredo Tovar singled home Gilbert Gomez with two outs to send the game to extra innings. In the 12th, Gavin Cecchini led off with an infield single and advanced to second on shortstop Emilio Guerrero’s wild throw to first base. Albert Cordero then singled softly into left-center, plating Cecchini with the game-winning run. Cecchini and Cordero each went 3-for-6. It was Cordero’s first three-hit game this season and the second for Cecchini. Paul Sewald pitched a scoreless 11th and 12th to earn the win. Beck Wheeler struck out four over the ninth and 10th innings. He pitched around Kevin Patterson’s leadoff double in the 10th to keep the score tied. Box

LEXINGTON 7, SAVANNAH 0
SAVANNAH 7, LEXINGTON 2: Alex Panteliodis allowed sevens runs (five earned) on 10 hits and a walk in six innings in a loss in the opener. In Game 2, Savannah broke a scoreless tie with a four-run fifth inning that included a three-run double by Matt Oberste. Bret Mitchell (1-0), Dawrin Frias and Akeel Morris combined for 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Box 1, Box 2

DANVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 1: The K-Mets were held hitless until Oswald Caraballo's one-out single in the fourth inning. Box

BROOKLYN 8, LOWELL 5: The Cyclones produced a six-run fifth inning that included a two-run double by Will Fulmer to take a 7-2 lead. Anthony Chavez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Box

GCL CARDINALS 5, GCL METS 3: Starter Eucebio Arias allowed four runs (three earned) in 1 1/3 innings. Milton Ramos' sacrifice fly capped a three-run fourth that pulled the Mets within 4-3. Box

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Minors 7.25.14: Peavey stymies Trenton

July, 26, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 11, SALT LAKE 6: Kirk Nieuwenhuis produced a three-run homer in the seventh inning in his return to Vegas to stake the 51s to an 8-6 lead. Andrew Brown, Josh Satin and Allan Dykstra also went deep during the game. Dykstra went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and also was hit by a pitch. Nieuwenhuis finished 3-for-5. Starter Rafael Montero allowed five runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. The damage against Montero included a two-run homer by Brennan Bosch. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, TRENTON 1: Greg Peavey (8-1) allowed one run and struck out seven in eight innings and Darrell Ceciliani produced two RBIs, scored a run and stole two bases.

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Originally scheduled starter Matt Bowman was summoned to Las Vegas to fill in for Darin Gorski, who suffered a fractured foot. Binghamton opened the scoring in the fourth against Dan Camarena when Brian Burgamy doubled, moved to third on Dustin Lawley's single and came home on T.J. Rivera's single. After Travis Taijeron reached on an error by first baseman Francisco Arcia, Ceciliani's sacrifice fly plated Lawley for a 2-0 lead. Trenton scored its lone run a half-inning later. Jake Cave singled, moved to second on a groundout and to third on a wild pitch. Peter O’Brien then produced a run-scoring groundout. Jayce Boyd's two-out solo homer in the sixth restored a two-run lead. In the seventh, Ceciliani singled against Nick Rumbelow and stole second. After Brandon Nimmo walked, the B-Mets pulled off a double steal. Dilson Herrera then struck out on a pitch in the dirt, but reached safely on the wild pitch. Ceciliani crossed the plate, while Nimmo made it to third on the play. Nimmo scored on an error by third baseman Dan Fiorto. The B-Mets added a run in the eighth against Nick Goody. Rivera singled and Boyd walk. Jairo Heredia entered and, after a strikeout, gave up a run-scoring bloop single to Ceciliani. Jon Velasquez struck out the side in a scoreless ninth to close out the game. Herrera went 0-for-5, snapping a 12-game hitting streak. Box

ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.): After consecutive rainouts, the teams will play doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 2: Nelfi Zapata tripled and scored on Jorge Rivero's sacrifice fly to tie the score at 2 in the seventh, but Augusta scored a pair of runs in the bottom half. Starter Ricky Knapp allowed a leadoff walk and shortstop Yeixon Ruiz committed a one-out fielding error. With two on and one out, Knapp departed. Dawrin Frias allowed both inherited runners to score. Knapp was charged with four runs (three earned) in 6 1/3 innings. Box

BURLINGTON 3, KINGSPORT 2 (10 innings)
BURLINGTON 7, KINGSPORT 2: In his third inning of relief, Bryce Beeler's wild pitch allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the 10th in Game 1. Ivan Wilson's two-run double in the sixth had evened the score at 2. In Game 2, starter Andrew Church allowed six runs (four earned) in five innings. Box 1, Box 2

VERMONT 5, BROOKLYN 2: Vermont overcame a 2-1 deficit with a three-run fifth against starter Octavio Acosta. Michael Conforto finished 2-for-4. His RBI double in the third had evened the score at 1. Box

GCL MARLINS 14, GCL METS 1: Starter Adrian Almeida allowed seven runs (four earned) in 1 2/3 innings. Reliever Dan Hermann was charged with four runs without allowing a hit. He walked three and hit a batter and recorded two outs. Box

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Minors 7.16.14: Becerra 5-for-5 in loss

July, 16, 2014
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INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE 7, PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE 3: Las Vegas' Allan Dykstra, who won the Home Run Derby on Monday, went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the designated hitter for the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game at Durham, N.C. Box

WEST 5, EAST 2: Kyle Johnson started in center field and went 2-for-2 for the East while representing Binghamton in the Eastern League All-Star Game at Altoona, Pa. Third baseman Brian Burgamy struck out in his lone at-bat off the bench. Jon Velasquez allowed an unearned run in the third inning. Cody Satterwhite struck out two of the three batters he faced. The other reached on a fielding error behind him. Box

BREVARD COUNTY at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader Thursday beginning at 4 p.m.

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 3: The Tourists built a 6-0 lead, scoring two runs apiece against Logan Taylor, Dawrin Frias and Paul Paez. Both runs against Taylor were unearned because he dropped a foul pop before surrendering an RBI double to Michael Benjamin. Taylor struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings. The Gnats scored three ninth-inning runs, but left the bases loaded when pinch hitter Nelfi Zapata flied out. Box

BURLINGTON 4, KINGSPORT 3: Starter Gaby Almonte surrendered four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. The K-Mets pulled within a run in the bottom of the ninth on Wuilmer Becerra's RBI single, but left the tying and winning runs on base when pinch hitter Eudor Garcia grounded out. Becerra finished 5-for-5 with two doubles in the loss.Box

JAMESTOWN 5, BROOKLYN 2: Jamestown scored four third-inning runs against Cyclones started Brandon Welch. Brooklyn has lost six straight games. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 1 (5 innings): John Mora went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Audry German was credited with a rain-shortened complete game. He allowed one run on eight hits while striking out two in five innings. Taylor Teagarden went 1-for-3 with a double and two strikeouts and caught the full five innings as his rehab assignment continued. Box
NEW YORK -- The Mets received an immediate return from the Aug. 30, 2013, trade of Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates, with Vic Black joining the major league club for the final month of last season. The other piece acquired in that trade is thriving in the minors.

After hitting .307/.355/.410 in the first half with St. Lucie, 20-year-old middle infielder Dilson Herrera ascended to Binghamton during a wave of promotions three weeks ago. The native Colombian is hitting .329 with two homers, 13 RBIs and 10 walks in 17 games since the move to Double-A.

Colombia may not produce the same volume of talent as, say, the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. Of the 224 foreign-born players on MLB rosters on Opening Day, four hailed from Herrera’s native country: then Angel and now Pirate Ernesto Frieri, the White Sox’s Jose Quintana, Marlins’ Donovan Solano and Braves’ Julio Teheran.


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Herrera nonetheless said he grew up playing baseball from a young age -- 3 or 4 years old -- and particularly looked up to Colombia-born Edgar Renteria, who played for 16 seasons in the majors, through 2011.

“Colombia is a big soccer country, but I grew up and never stopped playing baseball,” Herrera said through an interpreter.

As for what he particularly admired about Renteria, Herrera added: “On the field he was a really good player, always clutch, and he always came up big for his team. But what impressed me most was how good of a person he was. That’s what I liked the most about him.”

The Pirates used Herrera exclusively at third base in the Venezuelan Summer League back in 2011, after he first signed. Pittsburgh then only used him at second base for the next two and a half seasons, until last summer’s trade. Herrera continued to exclusively play second base after joining Savannah late last season. He helped the Gnats win the 2013 South Atlantic League championship while manning that position.

This season, he is receiving his first professional exposure to shortstop. With St. Lucie, he appeared in 43 games at second base and 19 games at shortstop during the first half. With Binghamton, the split has been nearly 50/50.

“I grew up playing shortstop,” Herrera said. “With the Pirates they turned me into a second baseman. And now I feel very comfortable at second base. But I can still play shortstop.”

As for the trade that brought him to the Mets, Herrera added: “I was surprised. Obviously I wasn’t expecting it. I was sad about leaving relationships and friendships with the Pirates organization, but was happy for the opportunity. I was excited about the opportunity to come to a new organization.”

Organization leaders

Average: John Mora, GCL Mets, .409; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .358; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .358; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .346; Emmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .340; Luis Guillorme, Kingsport, .333; Jhoan Urena, Brooklyn, .315; Oswald Caraballo, Kingsport, .314; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .313; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .312.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 15; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 15; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 14; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 12; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 11.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 56; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 52; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 49; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 48; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 46.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 18; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 16; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 15; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 12; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 12.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 0.38; Rob Whalen, GCL Mets, 1.71; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.96; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.08; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.20; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.25; John Gant, Savannah, 2.64; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.81; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.91; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 3.56.

Wins: John Gant, Savannah, 9; Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 8.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 12; Robert Coles, St. Lucie, 12; Randy Fontanez, Binghamton, 10; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 8; Vic Black, Vegas, 7.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 94; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 86; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 82; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 82; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 82.

Short hops

Allan Dykstra has been selected to represent the Mets in the Triple-A All-Star Game. He will serve as the Pacific Coast League’s designated hitter in next Wednesday’s game at Durham, N.C.

Dykstra also will participate in Monday’s Home Run Derby. In fact, four of the six participants have passed through the Mets organization during their career. The others who will be competing in the derby: Mike Jacobs, Francisco Pena and Mike Hessman.

• Four Binghamton players were selected to the Eastern League All-Star Game: infielder Brian Burgamy, outfielder Kyle Johnson and right-handers Cody Satterwhite and Jon Velasquez. The 33-year-old Burgamy, 28-year-old Velasquez and 27-year-old Satterwhite all were signed by the Mets out of independent ball. Johnson arrived in the trade with the Angels for Collin Cowgill. The game will be played next Wednesday in Altoona, Pa. Kevin Plawecki and Matt Reynolds clearly merited selection, but already have been promoted to Triple-A.

Wilmer Flores was named PCL Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday. He became the first Las Vegas player to hit six homers in a five-game stretch since Melvin Nieves in 1994, when the club was affiliated with the Padres. Flores had league highs for the week with 13 hits, 12 runs scored and 16 RBIs.

• 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith is hitting .439 (25-for-57) in 14 games since June 24.

• Baseball America ranked three Mets prospects in its top 50 in baseball: Noah Syndergaard at No. 19, Plawecki at No. 40 and Brandon Nimmo at No. 48. Syndergaard and Plawecki will represent the Mets in the Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field in Minnesota.

Jeremy Hefner is due to pitch one inning in a minor-league game Saturday. It will mark his first game action since Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28. Hefner had his procedure performed nearly two months earlier than Matt Harvey had his operation (Oct. 22).

Rafael Montero has thrown live batting practice and is due to enter a game this week for the first time since suffering a left oblique strain and departing a Vegas game after five pitches on June 14.

Dario Alvarez is now a two-time South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. The 25-year-old Savannah southpaw has not allowed an earned run in his past 22 innings, which spans seven appearances. Alvarez is 6-0 with one save and a 0.87 ERA in 16 appearances (six starts) this season.

The Mets credit Alvarez’s success to cleaning up his delivery, which has improved his consistency and allowed him to throw more strikes. Alvarez had been released by the Phillies after spending three years in that organization, and the Mets’ Dominican-based scouts recommended scooping him up.

• 2013 fifth-round pick Jared King returned to action in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday after recovering from a fractured right fibula. King had been sidelined since last appearing for Savannah on May 11.

• Savannah’s winning streak ended at 11 on Tuesday afternoon when Dawrin Frias surrendered a tiebreaking ninth-inning homer to Augusta’s Ryan Jones. Savannah has produced four 11-game winning streaks since 1993, but none has reached a dozen.

Logan Taylor was due to join Savannah after three Gulf Coast League appearances. Taylor, an 11th-round pick in 2012 from East Oklahoma State College, underwent Tommy John surgery last July. He had a 2.67 ERA in seven starts for the Gnats in 2013.

• Princeton product Matt Bowman, whose delivery incorporates Tim Lincecum’s style, made his Triple-A debut Saturday. He allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 64-pitch no-decision.

• Right-hander Cory Mazzoni has moved to Double-A, which should be a temporary stop en route to Las Vegas. Mazzoni is working back from a strained lat muscle suffered when he started the Mets’ Grapefruit League finale this spring training. The 2011 second-round pick out of NC State has now appeared in three games -- one apiece in the Gulf Coast, Florida State and Eastern leagues -- since recovering.

Rob Whalen, who was off to a torrid start with Savannah until developing an infection on his hand that required surgery to clean out, logged an inning Saturday in the Gulf Coast League. It was his first appearance in a game since May 1 with the Gnats. Whalen had been 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four appearances (three starts) with Savannah before the issue arose.

Marcos Molina has tossed 19 consecutive scoreless innings for Brooklyn.

• Left-hander Kurt Horne, the Mets’ 31st-round pick out of high school in British Columbia, is due to make his professional debut Wednesday.

Minors 6.29.14: Fulmer blanks Fort Myers

June, 29, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 2, LAS VEGAS 1: Nick Buss broke a 1-all tie with a solo homer in the fifth against 51s starter Darin Gorski. Las Vegas' lone run came when Matt Reynolds singled and ultimately scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Matt den Dekker had a leadoff double in the ninth, but was stranded at second base. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, ALTOONA 4: Darrell Ceciliani scored three runs and Jayce Boyd went 3-for-4 as the B-Mets won for the 16th time in 19 games. After Ceciliani and Boyd began a

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second-inning rally with one-out singles, Travis Taijeron ripped an RBI double. Kai Gronauer followed with a run-producing groundout and Matt Bowman helped his own cause by blooping an RBI single. Dilson Herrera capped the four-run frame with an RBI single. An inning later, Ceciliani walked and swiped second and Boyd plated him with a single. Taijeron followed with an RBI double, kicking Binghamton’s lead to six runs. Altoona cashed in on a B-Mets fielding mistake to get on the board in the bottom half. Alen Hanson’s one-out chopper to first base eluded Boyd for an error. Two batters later, Matt Curry had an RBI double. Against reliever Yao-Hsun Yang in the fifth, Ceciliani and Boyd started another rally with singles. Gronauer made it 7-1 with an RBI single. The Curve scratched out one last run against Bowman in the sixth. Following a leadoff single by Willy Garcia, Stetson Allie produced an RBI double. Bowman bounced back by retiring six of the next seven batters, capping his night with a scoreless seventh. Jack Leathersich struck out the side in the eighth. In the ninth, Ryan Fraser allowed two runs before fanning Curry to secure the victory. Bowman (6-5) struck out nine while holding the Curve hitless in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. Box

ST. LUCIE 1, BRADENTON 0: Michael Fulmer tossed seven shutout innings -- allowing three hits while striking out a season-high eight -- in his first action since being struck with

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a line drive in the left forearm in the first inning of his previous start and being forced from that game. In three starts against Bradenton this season, Fulmer is 2-0 and hasn’t allowed a run in 18 innings. Sunday's lone run scored in the second as the Mets opened the frame with four consecutive singles against Jason Creasy. The fourth came off the bat of Albert Cordero and deflected off third baseman Walker Gourley's glove and into left field. Aderlin Rodriguez scored. Gavin Cecchini was thrown out at the plate on the play. Fulmer had struck out Jordan Steranka to end the top of the first with runners on second and third after two errors by the Mets extended the inning. Fulmer only allowed three Marauders to reach between the second and sixth innings -- Jin-De Jhang on a walk, Jonathan Schwind on a throwing error by Jeff McNeil, and via a hit batter. Raul Fortunato led off the seventh with a double, but Fulmer struck out two and got Adam Frazier to line out. Fulmer threw 101 pitches. T.J. Chism got Taylor Lewis to fly out to left to strand the bases loaded in the eighth. Chism recorded the first two outs in the ninth and Paul Sewald struck out Gourley to end the game with the tying run on second. Phillip Evans went 2-for-3 and was the only Met to record a multi-hit game. Box

SAVANNAH 15, ROME 12: The Gnats took control with an eight-run fifth inning, turning a 6-all game into a rout. Matt Oberste's grand slam capped the inning's scoring. It marked

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his first homer of the season and his first professional slam. Oberste finished 4-for-4 with six RBIs and three runs scored. The Braves had scored five times on just one hit in the first inning against Savannah starter Ricky Knapp. Knapp walked three and hit two batters in the frame. Knapp remained in the ballgame and kept the Braves off the scoreboard in the second and third innings before surrendering a run in the fourth. Savannah started chipping away at the Braves' 5-0 lead with two runs in the first, one in the second and one in the third. The Gnats tied the score at 6 with two runs in the fourth. Champ Stuart reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI and four runs scored. Reliever John Mincone earned the win, his first of the year, for his four scoreless innings of relief behind Knapp. The Braves scored six runs in the ninth against reliever Paul Paez. Dawrin Frias recorded the final three outs for his second save. Box

JOHNSON CITY 12, KINGSPORT 6
KINGSPORT at JOHNSON CITY (ppd.): Johnson City won the continuation of Saturday's suspended game. Sunday's regularly scheduled game then was rained out. Leading 8-1 when play resumed, the Cardinals ultimately built a 10-1 lead. The K-Mets answered with five runs over the sixth and seventh innings, highlighted by a three-run homer by Jean Rodriguez. Box

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 4: After Dillon Gee allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings in a rehab start, the teams entered the sixth with the score 1-0. Then, the Baby Bombers posted four runs in the top half against Corey Oswalt. Brooklyn immediately answered with four runs in the bottom half, capped by Jeff Diehl's RBI single, to pull within 5-4. The Cyclones placed two runners in scoring position with two outs in the ninth after a double steal by Amed Rosario and Adrian Abreu, but Tomas Nido struck out to end the game. Box

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Minors 6.13.14: Wild ending for Vegas

June, 14, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY 6, LAS VEGAS 5 (12 innings): Vegas reliever John Church's wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after inheriting the bases loaded evened the score. Okaloma City then had a walk-off win in the 12th when Gregorio Petit homered against Zack Thornton. Travis d'Arnaud had a first-inning solo homer and finished 2-for-6. Cory Vaughn produced a two-run homer in the fourth. Vegas had taken a 5-4 lead in the seventh on Anthony Seratelli's two-run double. Starter Logan Verrett allowed four runs (two earned) in five innings. Box

ERIE at BINGHAMTON (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday. Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani was placed on the disabled list with a concussion.

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 1: With the score tied at 1 in the sixth, Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis left the bases loaded for reliever Dawrin Frias. After striking out the first batter he faced, Frias walked the next three GreenJackets to hand Augusta a 4-1 lead. Tyler Horan’s lengthy homer against Paul Paez in the seventh capped the scoring. The Gnats (44-21) scored their lone run in the fourth. Jonathan Leroux (2-for-3, walk) drilled a solo homer that had evened the score. Panteliodis was making his first start for Savannah since Aug. 31, 2012. He pitched for high-A St. Lucie in 2013 and made one start with St. Lucie and one start with Double-A Binghamton this season before joining the Gnats on Friday. Box

BROOKLYN at STATEN ISLAND: The Cyclones' season opener was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday.

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Minors 6.10.14: Ceciliani homers twice

June, 10, 2014
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LAS VEGAS at COLORADO SPRINGS: Giancarlo Alvarado took a no-hit bid two outs into the sixth before Rafael Ynoa singled. Omar Quintanilla went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and finished a single shy of the cycle. Travis d'Arnaud made his first start since a demotion to Triple-A and went 2-for-4 with a walk. Danny Muno was ejected by plate umpire Adam Schwarz in the first inning after being called out on strikes. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, AKRON 1
BINGHAMTON 10, AKRON 5: In Game 1, Angel Cuan tossed a seven-inning complete

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game, limiting Akron to five hits. Kyle Johnson had a first-inning homer and Darrell Ceciliani went deep twice in a three-RBI game. Second baseman Brian Burgamy was ejected in the first inning for arguing a called third strike. Dustin Lawley also drove in three runs. In Game 2, spot starter Hamilton Bennett allowed three first-inning runs in his first professional start, but the B-Mets roared back, scoring 10 unanswered runs. Lawley and Xorge Carrillo homered. The B-Mets turned a 3-all game into a blowout with seven runs in the fifth inning. After a leadoff walk to Rylan Sandoval, Burgamy chased starter Matt Packer with a single. Kevin Plawecki greeted reliever Adam Miller by punching a two-run single into right, giving Binghamton the lead for good. Binghamton hung five more runs on Miller, highlighted by an RBI double by Travis Taijeron and a two-run homer by Carrillo, his first long ball of the season. T.J. Chism (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings to earn his first career Double-A victory. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 6, JUPITER 3: Jairo Perez lined a two-out, two-run homer in the

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first against Josh Hodges and St. Lucie led wire to wire en route to snapping a three-game skid. In the fourth, the Mets increased their lead to 4-0. Maikis De La Cruz singled home Cam Maron and Eudy Pina hit a sac fly that plated Aderlin Rodriguez. Mets starter Luis Cessa cruised through three scoreless innings, but he ran into trouble in the fourth. Terrence Dayleg drove in Matt Juengel with a single and Dayleg later scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2. Cessa got a fielder's choice groundout with the bases loaded to end the threat. The Mets got one run back in the fifth when Gilbert Gomez doubled and scored on T.J. Rivera’s single. Jupiter tried to rally again in the fifth. Viosergy Rosa singled in a run to make it 5-3. Cessa again loaded the bases, but struck out Noah Perio to finish the inning. Cessa surrendered three runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked three. Yeixon Ruiz added an RBI single in the sixth to complete the scoring. Jake Kuebler pitched two scoreless relief innings. Randy Fontanez pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to earn his team-leading ninth save. Maron and Rivera had three hits apiece. With the win, the Mets kept pace with Fort Myers, which won its game against Charlotte. The Mets trail the Miracle by 1.5 games in the Florida State League South Division. Five games remain in the first half. Box

SAVANNAH 3, KANNAPOLIS 2: Trailing 1-0, the Gnats got a game-tying run in the eighth when Amed Rosario tripled and scored on Colton Plaia's single. The Gnats then grabbed a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth on a throwing error and fielder's choice. Jeff McNeil had walked to open the inning and moved to second on L.J. Mazzilli's single. Both then advanced on Dominic Smith's sacrifice bunt. In the bottom half, Robert Coles surrendered a two-out RBI single to Tyler Shyrock that advanced the tying run to third base. Coles then struck out Trey Michalczewski looking to end the game and notch his 11th save. Starter Ricky Knapp allowed one run on five hits and three walks in seven innings. Dawrin Frias (4-0) tossed a scoreless eighth. Box

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RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 4: Starter Greg Peavey surrendered seven runs in three innings. Jeff Walters, Erik Goeddel and Ryan Reid contributed two scoreless relief innings apiece. Omar Quintanilla went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Juan Centeno also each had two hits. Box

NEW BRITAIN 6, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets were swept in a three-game series in which

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they went a combined 3-for-30 with runners in scoring position and stranded 31 baserunners. B-Mets starter Alex Panteliodis, making his Double-A debut, faced one over the minimum through three innings. However, the first four batters of the fourth all reached on singles, capped by Kennys Vargas’ RBI shot up the middle. With the bases loaded, Mike Kvasnicka then ripped a 2-0 pitch down the left-field line for a three-run double. Kyle Knudson completed the inning's scoring with an RBI single, giving New Britain a 5-0 lead. Binghamton produced its lone run in the fifth. Nelfi Zapata led off with a double. With one out, Brian Burgamy bounced a weak grounder to third. Zapata took off for third on Brandon Waring’s throw to first and then dashed home when Vargas’ return throw to third sailed high. The B-Mets had another chance in the sixth, but failed to cash in. Following Matt Clark’s leadoff double, Kyle Johnson singled to center. Kvasnicka fired home to nail Clark at the plate, quashing the rally. New Britain starter Pat Dean collected one more out in the frame before giving way to Dan Turpen for the final out of the inning. Turpen returned for a perfect seventh. Former Mets farmhand Jim Fuller fanned two in a scoreless eighth. Panteliodis (0-1) allowed five runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings. Adam Kolarek was tagged for a run in his lone relief inning. Darrell Ceciliani reached base safely in all four plate appearances. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, DAYTONA 0: Aderlin Rodriguez broke out of a 1-for-17 slump by blasting a

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homer and Jairo Perez continued his hot streak by going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Left-handed starter Steven Matz shut out the Cubs for 6 2/3 innings. He allowed four singles and struck out four. Matz threw a season-high 101 pitches en route to his third win. Only one batter reached second base against Matz. Paul Sewald did not allow a hit in 1 1/3 relief innings. Beck Wheeler struck out three straight in the ninth after walking the first batter he faced. The Mets took advantage of sloppy defense by shortstop Marco Hernandez. Albert Cordero scored the opening run in the third inning when Hernandez made a poor throw to first on an ill-advised double-play attempt. The ball skipped away, near the Daytona dugout, and Cordero raced home from third. Rodriguez’s leadoff homer in the fifth made it 2-0. The Mets broke the game open with four runs against reliever Zack Godley in the seventh. The Mets loaded the bases with one out and got back-to-back RBI singles from Perez and Phillip Evans to make it 4-0. Then, with two outs and runners on second and third, Eudy Pina grounded a routine ball to Hernandez, whose throw skipped to first base and escaped Rock Shoulders. Perez and Evans scored. Rodriguez, Perez, Evans and Gilbert Gomez had two-hit games for St. Lucie. Box

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bottom of the eighth as the Gnats improved their South Atlantic League-best record to 37-16. Colton Plaia had doubled to open the frame. Victor Cruzado entered as a pinch runner and advanced to third on Patrick Biondi’s sacrifice bunt before scoring on McNeil’s infield single. McNeil finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. He plated two runs with a bases-loaded single in the third that gave the Gnats a 3-1 lead. Two Gnats -- McNeil and L.J. Mazzilli -- accounted for six of Savannah's seven hits. After the Braves (16-40) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, Mazzilli evened the score on the first pitch of the bottom half with a solo homer. The Braves tied the score at 3 with single runs in the sixth and seventh against Savannah starter John Gant. Gant struck out four, walked two and allowed six hits in seven innings. Dawrin Frias worked around a couple of baserunners in the eighth to earn his third win. Closer Robert Coles stranded two more baserunners in the ninth to convert his 10th save in 10 chances. Box

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Minors 5.30.14: Nimmo idle with pinkeye

May, 30, 2014
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EL PASO 4, LAS VEGAS 3: Josh Satin had a two-out RBI triple in the top of the ninth to pull Las Vegas within a run, but was stranded there when Zach Lutz ultimately grounded into a game-ending fielder's choice. Starter Giancarlo Alvarado (1-2) allowed three runs in five innings. Box

NEW BRITAIN 4, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets struck out 14 times, went hitless after the fourth inning and went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position in their fourth shutout loss of the season. Over the first four innings, Rock Cats starter Sean Gilmartin allowed five hits, walked one and hit a batter, but prevented Binghamton from cracking the scoreboard. He stranded two runners in three straight innings and racked up seven strikeouts along the way. The Rock Cats struck in the fourth against Angel Cuan. Nate Hanson broke a scoreless tie with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. After a walk reloaded the bases, Mike Kvasnicka produced a three-run double. Gilmartin capped his night with two less-taxing frames, retiring seven of the final eight B-Mets he faced. In six scoreless innings, the southpaw allowed five hits, matched a season high with nine strikeouts and held the B-Mets hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. Reliever D.J. Baxendale retired all five batters he faced. Ryan O’Rourke fanned Matt Clark to end the eighth inning. Matt Summers allowed the first two to reach in the ninth before closing out the game with two strikeouts. Cuan (1-2) allowed four runs on five hits over five innings in the loss. He struck out a season-high five and issued three walks. Ryan Fraser closed Binghamton’s pitching tab with two scoreless innings. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 3, ST. LUCIE 1: The Mets had no answer for Austin Ross en route to their fourth loss in five games. The Manatees starter surrendered four hits and one run in seven innings. The lone run came on Eudy Pina's sac fly in Ross' final frame and was set up by Gilbert Gomez’s walk and Cole Frenzel's double. The Manatees scored all the runs they needed in the fifth. With two outs, Cameron Garfield belted a two-run double against Matt Koch. Both runs were unearned. Third baseman Jairo Perez had committed an error to open the frame. After throwing 88 pitches through five innings, Koch returned to start the sixth. He surrendered consecutive singles to Yadiel Rivera and Mike Garza to put runners on the corners. Koch got Jose Sermo to ground into a double play, but Rivera scored to make it 3-0. Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Jose De La Torre struck out the side in the eighth for Brevard County. Mark Williams pitched around a two-out error in the ninth by striking out Pina to end the ballgame. 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo will miss three days after developing pinkeye. Box

ROME 7, SAVANNAH 6: Blake Brown had a tiebreaking two-run triple in the top of the ninth to help the Braves complete a comeback win. The loss snapped the Gnats’ four-game winning streak. In a 5-all game in the ninth with two outs and nobody aboard, Savannah reliever Tyler Vanderheiden walked two batters in front of Brown, who made him pay with a sharp triple into the right-center gap. The Gnats (35-16) got a run back in the bottom of the ninth when Stefan Sabol doubled home L.J. Mazzilli. However, the game ended with the tying run stranded at second as Matt Oberste grounded out. Savannah had taken a 5-3 lead with three runs in a busy bottom of the fifth. Colton Plaia singled to start the inning and scored on a wild play in which the Braves committed two errors and Gavin Cecchini finished at second. Cecchini then scored the go-ahead run on Jeff McNeil’s double. Dominic Smith singled to score McNeil and gave the Gnats a 5-3 lead. The Braves (16-38) cut the Gnats’ lead to 5-4 on Jake Schrader's solo homer in the seventh against reliever Dawrin Frias. An RBI groundout in the eighth evened the score at 5. McNeil was 2-for-5 to lift his season average to .345. Box

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Farm report: Koch excels after liner scare

May, 21, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Right-hander Matt Koch is off to a blazing start with Class A St. Lucie. He owns a 5-0 record, 2.81 ERA and 1.104 WHIP in seven Florida State League starts.

The 23-year-old Koch, a third-round pick in 2012 from the University of Louisville, can appreciate the success even more given how last season ended.

Pitching for low-A Savannah last Aug. 2, Koch (pronounced “Cook”) was struck in the head with a line drive off the bat of Greenville’s Mario Martinez and spent three nights in the hospital with internal bleeding and swelling on the brain.


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“That put into perspective a little bit how quick the game could be taken away from you and how you can’t take it for granted,” Koch said. “You have to go out every day and give it everything you can to get better and help the team win.”

Koch resumed facing batters during spring training. He now can even laugh off again getting struck with a line drive during an intrasquad game two months ago while in minor-league camp.

“Actually, my first game in spring training, T.J. Rivera hit me with a line drive. I got hit right in the backside,” Koch said with a chuckle. “It was fine. I actually got the out this time. So that was good. There have been a couple of line drives up the middle, but nothing too scary or too close.

“Honestly, the first couple of the times going out to the pitcher’s mound on the field -- right before I’d go out -- I’d think about it and I’d be a little bit scared. But then, as soon as I got on the mound, I wouldn’t think about it at all. I honestly haven’t thought about it since spring training.”

Koch never required surgery during last year’s hospitalization.

“They were just monitoring it, getting CT scans and MRIs to keep track of what it was doing,” Koch said. “And it kept getting better.”

Koch, a native Iowan, had been the closer during his junior year at Louisville. He had excelled in an eighth- and ninth-inning role for the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod League the previous summer, and the college staff installed him in that role, too. Louisville had lost Tony Zych, its closer of the previous season, to the 2011 draft (fourth round/Red Sox). The Cardinals also had been fairly deep in starting pitching. The Mets, though, drafted Koch with an eye toward starting.

“I know in our pre-draft meetings, and when I was talking to the Mets scout, he kept asking if I thought I could start,” Koch said. “I kept telling him, yeah, I’ve been a starter pretty much my whole life until then. So I kind of assumed that they would want me to be a starter.”

Koch’s fastball sits at 90-92 mph this season, which is down slightly from previous years. The modest velocity drop can be explained away, though, because Koch has increased the frequency of throwing two-seam fastballs, “trying to be on the edges of the plate.” He also throws a slider, curveball and changeup.

What jumps out most is his low career walk rate. He has walked only 16 batters in 147 1/3 professional innings -- or 0.98 per nine innings.

“That’s always how I’ve really been. I hate walking people,” Koch said. “I know sometimes you’ve got to nibble and be smart. But I hate just giving people the free base. I want them to earn it.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .376; Eric Campbell, Vegas, .355; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .342; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .335; Zach Lutz, Vegas, .333; Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .333; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, .325; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .320; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .314; Wilfredo Tovar, Binghamton, .309.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 9; Taylor Teagarden, Vegas, 8; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 8; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 7.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 39; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 37; Zach Lutz, Vegas, 33; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 33; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 31.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 11; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 11; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 10; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, 8.

ERA: Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 1.85; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 2.22; Jacob deGrom, Vegas, 2.58; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 2.68; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 2.81; John Gant, Savannah, 2.93; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 3.12; Luis Cessa, St. Lucie, 3.40; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 3.48; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 3.67.

Wins: Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 5; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 5.

Saves: Robert Coles, Savannah, 9; Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 8; Vic Black, Vegas, 7; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 5; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 5.

Strikeouts: Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 51; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 48; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 44; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 42; Dana Eveland, Vegas, 42.

Short hops

• Left-handed reliever Chase Huchingson, who received a 50-game suspension last Aug. 26 for a second violation involving a drug of abuse, has nearly completed the ban. Huchingson, 25, will be eligible to pitch in official games after Binghamton plays its 43rd game of the season in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday. Huchingson has been pitching in extended spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to ramp up. The 6-foot-5 southpaw went 3-2 with a 1.61 ERA in 45 relief appearances with the B-Mets last season and held lefty batters to a .125 average (9-for-72).

Dario Alvarez was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. No youngster, the 25-year-old left-hander spent 2007 through ’09 playing in the Dominican Summer League with the Phillies. After tossing two scoreless innings Tuesday for Savannah, Alvarez is 3-0 with a 0.33 ERA in eight appearances (three starts) spanning 27 innings. He has allowed three runs (one earned) on 17 hits while striking out 42, walking eight and hitting one batter.

• Second baseman Dilson Herrera, who was acquired last August with Vic Black from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Marlon Byrd and John Buck, has nine multi-hit performances in his past 11 games with St. Lucie. He is hitting .431 (22-for-51) during that stretch.

• Binghamton outfielder Kyle Johnson, acquired last summer from the Angels for Collin Cowgill, hit safely in 10 straight games until going 0-for-4 Monday at Portland. Johnson, a 25th-round pick in 2012 out of Washington State University, is hitting .303 with a .366 on-base percentage and is leading off for the B-Mets.

• The 40-round draft will be held June 5-7 in Secaucus, N.J. The Mets will pick 10th overall, then do not select again until 84th overall, in the third round. The Mets forfeited their second-round selection for signing Curtis Granderson, although the Yankees eventually forfeited that pick as well because they signed Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury. Under the new CBA, the Mets will have a draft-spending allotment of $5,308,300. The Mets also have an international spending allotment of $2,697,800. The total spending allotment of $8,006,100 ranks 20th in MLB.

• Right-hander Cory Mazzoni, who started and was forced to leave the final Grapefruit League game with a lat-muscle injury, began throwing off the slope of a mound last weekend in Port St. Lucie.

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Minors 5.18.14: Reynolds nets RBI in 14th

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EL PASO 10, LAS VEGAS 9: Jace Peterson produced a game-tying homer in the bottom of the seventh against Joel Carreno and Jake Goebbert capped the scoring by homering against Miguel Socolovich later in the inning as Las Vegas dropped to 31-12 on the season. Trailing by a run in the ninth, Andrew Brown had a leadoff double, but Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded out and Brown was also caught on the play advancing to third. Omar Quintanilla then had a game-ending groundout. Allan Dykstra, Quintanilla and Brown all had homered as the 51s built a 7-0 lead in the fifth. Zach Lutz's two-run homer in the seventh had staked Vegas to a 9-8 lead. Brown finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Starter Logan Verrett surrendered six runs in five innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, NEW HAMPSHIRE 8 (14 innings): Kyle Johnson had a one-out double

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and scored on Matt Reynolds' single two batters later as Binghamton took the lead in the top of the 14th. Johnson had advanced to third base on Brian Burgamy's single. John Church tossed a perfect bottom half with two strikeouts for his first save of the season. The Mets had squandered a 7-0 lead. Starter Tyler Pill allowed two runs on six hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. He also tossed two wild pitches. Reliever T.J. Chism was charged with five runs while recording only one out. Binghamton did take an 8-7 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but Jack Leathersich surrendered a run. Reynolds and Jayce Boyd each finished 4-for-7. Darrell Ceciliani contributed a two-run homer in the third inning. Box

LAKELAND 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Lance Durham drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning double against St. Lucie reliever Paul Sewald. With Chad Wright at second base and two outs, Durhman lined Sewald's offering into to left field. Maikis De La Cruz initially broke in, but the ball was hit deep. By the time De La Cruz recovered, it went just beyond his glove and to the wall to score the tiebreaking run. Lakeland reliever Jade Todd had inherited runners on the corners with one out in the seventh in a 2-all game. He struck out Brandon Nimmo and got T.J. Rivera to ground out to preserve the tie. Gabriel Ynoa made his best start of the season for the Mets. He pitched a season-high seven innings and struck out five. Ynoa allowed seven hits and two runs in a no-decision. The Flying Tigers opened the scoring in the third. Wright, Curt Powell and Jeff McVaney all singled against Ynoa with two outs. McVaney’s hit scored Wright to make it 1-0. Dilson Herrera tied the score at 1 in the fourth with a leadoff homer, his second long ball of the year. Eudy Pina gave the Mets a brief 2-1 lead with a two-out RBI single later in the frame. The Flying Tigers tied the score at 2 in the fifth. McVaney lined a full-count pitch from Ynoa off the left-field wall to plate Tyler Hanover. Drew Longley tried to score from first on the play, but the throws from De La Cruz to Phillip Evans and on to catcher Albert Cordero beat him to end the inning. Herrera and Nimmo finished with two hits apiece. Box

CHARLESTON 10, SAVANNAH 3: Charleston third baseman Miguel Andujar homered twice to hand the Gnats a three-game losing streak for the first time this season. The RiverDogs scored the game’s opening run in the third on Mike Ford's double against Savannah starter Chris Flexen. Andujar’s three-run homer against Flexen in the fifth staked Charleston to a 4-0 lead. Trailing 5-0, the Gnats (28-14) scored their lone runs in the sixth. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Dominic Smith, who produced a two-run single through the hole on the right side. The hit snapped the Gnats’ 0-for-20 streak with runners in scoring position in the two games against Charleston. Victor Cruzado followed with an RBI single as the Gnats pulled within 5-3. Andujar hooked a two-run homer down the left-field line against reliever Dawrin Frias in the seventh for a 7-3 lead. The Dogs added three runs against Savannah closer Robert Coles in the ninth, snapping Coles’ scoreless streak at 18 2/3 innings to begin the season. Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 11 straight games. Box

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Minors 5.14.14: Gnats win two

May, 15, 2014
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BINGHAMTON 5, ALTOONA 3: Matt Clark had two doubles and drove in a run for the B-Mets, who took the lead with three runs in the fifth inning and held on for a win. Binghamton starter Greg Peavey allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings and struck out nine while walking only one. Chasen Bradford pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save. Box

TAMPA 7, ST. LUCIE 1: T.J. Rivera had two of the four Mets hits. Brandon Nimmo tripled for one of the other hits, and scored the only run on a Rivera double. Mets starter Michael Fulmer allowed just two runs in five innings, but the Yankees scored four times off reliever Jake Kuebler. Box

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SAVANNAH 6, GREENVILLE 1: Jeff McNeil had three hits and drove in three runs in a game that was resumed Wednesday after it was suspended in the sixth inning (tied 3-3) on April 28. Tim Peterson allowed one run in three innings of relief, with John Mincone getting the save. L.J. Mazzilli, Jeff Glenn and Patrick Biondi each had two hits for the Sand Gnats. Mazzilli drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. Dario Alvarez, making just his second start of the season, threw five scoreless innings to get the win in the regularly scheduled game. Alvarez struck out 12 and walked just one, while allowing three hits. Add in five strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings from Dawrin Frias, and two more in 2 1/3 innings from Tyler Vanderheiden, and Sand Gnats pitchers combined for 19 strikeouts. Gavin Cecchini had two hits, including a two-run single in the third inning. Box 1, Box 2

Morning Briefing: Dive at five

May, 11, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets have lost a season-high five straight as well as eight of nine. They also now occupy sole possession of last place in the National League East.

Can Jonathon Niese stop the slide?

Niese (2-2, 1.82 ERA) opposes left-hander Cole Hamels (0-2, 7.02) in Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. series finale as the Mets look to avoid getting swept for a second straight series, as they did in Miami.

Hamels has a 7-14 record and 4.65 ERA in 27 career starts against the Mets. The Mets roughed him up for six runs in 4 2/3 innings two weeks ago in Philly. Hamels then allowed five runs on 10 hits and a walk against the Toronto Blue Jays, including surrendering homers to Edwin Encarnacion and Colby Rasmus. Overall, Hamels needs one win for 100 in his career.

Sunday’s news reports:

• Terry Collins would not commit Saturday to Jenrry Mejia making his next start, and appears to prefer 23-year-old Rafael Montero getting promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas for Wednesday’s outing opposite Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees at Citi Field. Of course, Sandy Alderson -- who picked Mejia over Daisuke Matsuzaka out of spring training, which was not Collins’ preference -- would need to sign off on bouncing Mejia from the rotation. Would the GM allow a prospect to debut in the Subway Series (and before the Super 2 deadline)? That seems out of character. In fact, a source tells columnist John Harper in the Daily News about Alderson's thinking on Montero: "not yet."


Brad Barr/USA TODAY SportsTerry Collins apparently advocates Rafael Montero as Wednesday's starter against the Yankees.


Mejia reiterated he is leery of bullpen work because he believes it contributed to his Tommy John surgery. “I worry about my arm,” Mejia told reporters. “I want to have a long career. … I don’t want to get hurt again.”

After tossing 5 1/3 no-hit innings Friday (with three walks) at Salt Lake, Montero is 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA and .203 opponent batting average in eight Pacific Coast League starts.

Read more in the Post, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Eric Campbell joined the Mets on Saturday and received No. 29, formerly donned by Ike Davis. He delivered a tiebreaking sac fly while pinch hitting with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth against left-hander Jake Diekman. Campbell became the first player in franchise history with a sac fly in his first big-league plate appearance. Ken Boswell in 1967 had a sac fly in his MLB debut, but it came later in the game.

Campbell had an eventful second plate appearance. With the score tied at 4, one out and two in scoring position in the eighth, Mike Adams threw the first pitch of an intentional walk. Chase Utley then came to the mound with Carlos Ruiz and the Phillies -- realizing Bobby Abreu had grabbed a helmet and planned to subsequently pinch hit -- reversed course and pitched to Campbell, who proceeded to strike out.


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Eric Campbell made his major league debut Saturday with a sacrifice fly and strikeout off the bench.


Campbell initially was in Saturday’s starting lineup as the first baseman, but Lucas Duda said he had recovered enough from a suspected case of food poisoning and was a late addition to the lineup in Campbell’s place.

Josh Satin, who had been 3-for-28 this season in sporadic use, was optioned to Las Vegas. Campbell figures to start Sunday against Hamels.

Read more in Newsday.

• A half-inning after the Mets stranded the bases loaded, Ryan Howard delivered a two-out RBI single in the ninth against Kyle Farnsworth and Philadelphia beat the Mets, 5-4, Saturday night at Citi Field. At three games under .500, the Mets (16-19) have matched their 0-3 start for their season low-water mark.

After consecutive singles to open the bottom of the eighth, Chris Young -- hitless in 14 at-bats -- had a successful sac bunt. Campbell then struck out, Wilmer Flores walked and Abreu, pinch-hitting for Travis d’Arnaud, grounded back to Adams as the score remained tied at 4.

Scott Rice had inherited a one-run lead for the seventh from Dillon Gee and surrendered a game-tying RBI double to Utley.

Gee’s scoreless streak ended at 16 innings with two runs by the Phillies in the first. He allowed three runs in six innings and tossed only 81 pitches before departing with a 4-3 lead in what became a no-decision. Collins preferred having Rice face the Utley/Howard portion of the Phillies lineup in their fourth plate appearances.

David Wright snapped a career-high 136 at-bat homerless drought with a two-run homer in the first inning against Kyle Kendrick. Wright finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs, but popped out in foul territory against Jonathan Papelbon with Daniel Murphy at second base to end the game.

Mets pitchers remained hitless and are now 0-for-61 to open the season.

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

• Noah Syndergaard surrendered five runs (four earned) in six innings for Las Vegas, including a first-inning three-run homer to Nick Franklin. He struck out 10. Matt Koch, Randy Fontanez and Beck Wheeler combined on the shutout as St. Lucie beat Palm Beach, 2-0. John Gant, Dawrin Frias and Robert Coles combined on the shutout as Savannah beat Charleston, 1-0. 2012 first-round pick For the Gnats, Gavin Cecchini returned to the lineup two days after departing with a knee injury. Savannah snapped Yankees prospect Caleb Smith’s scoreless streak at 23 1/3 innings. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Jon Hamm, who plays advertising executive Don Draper on “Mad Men,” is a St. Louis Cardinals fan in real life. Hamm was in New York on Friday promoting his role as a sports agent in the new Disney movie, “Million Dollar Arm.” Writes Anthony McCarron in the Daily News:


ESPNActor Jon Hamm is a big St. Louis Cardinals fan.


He’s from St. Louis and grew up loving the Cardinals and Ozzie Smith and is still close to Ted Simmons’ son, a childhood friend. The ‘82 World Series is his favorite baseball memory.

“Oh, I hated the Mets with a passion that kills and still do,” Hamm said last week while promoting his new movie, “Million Dollar Arm,” which opens Friday, May 16.

But, Hamm acknowledges, the Mets -- at least the late ’60s version -- are the “perfect team for Don Draper to root for. They’re brand new. They represent nothing but possibility.

“Don would never be a Yankee fan. That’s a frontrunner. He’s an underdog guy, if he’s anything.”

Speaking of Don Draper and the ’69 Mets, columnist Mike Vaccaro addresses that topic in the Post.

Read more in the Times and Newsday.

• Kevin Burkhardt (Class of 1997) will give William Patterson University’s commencement address Wednesday at the Izod Center, writes Phil Mushnick in the Post.

• The Yankees will honor Joe Torre, Goose Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill with plaques in Monument Park this season. So what about the Mets honoring their past heroes? Writes David Lennon in Newsday:

The franchise has retired only three numbers in addition to Jackie Robinson's No. 42 -- Casey Stengel's 37, Gil Hodges' 14 and Tom Seaver's 41 -- but [Mike] Piazza seems to be next in line.

Piazza's No. 31 has not been issued by the Mets since he left after the 2005 season, and he was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame last year. But the Mets appear to be waiting on Piazza's campaign for Cooperstown, and he fell 74 votes shy of the 75 percent needed (429) for induction in his second year.

Carter's No. 8, Keith Hernandez's No. 17 and Willie Mays' No. 24 also have been mostly kept out of circulation, so they remain possibilities.

In the meantime, the Mets rely on a seven-person committee to decide on their own Hall of Fame, which has 27 inductees. Who will follow Piazza? David Wright? That would be a bit of a wait.

• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post suggests the Mets' season appears snowballing out of control.

Omar Quintanilla cleared waivers and accepted a demotion to Vegas. Quintanilla, who was replaced by Wilmer Flores on Friday, had the right to decline the assignment and declare free agency.

• There have been 122 players to play for both the Mets and Yankees, writes Anthony Rieber in Newsday. There are five slated to participate in this week’s Subway Series: Abreu, Bartolo Colon, Farnsworth, Curtis Granderson and Carlos Beltran.

• The Chicago White Sox promoted former Mets closer Frank Francisco from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday.

• The Los Angeles Angels released ex-Mets left-handed reliever Robert Carson from Triple-A Salt Lake, where he had a 10.34 ERA and had allowed 23 hits and 13 walks in 15 2/3 innings.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear encounters a Mets fan existential crisis.

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Minors 5.8.14: B-Mets' Boyd drives in 4

May, 9, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 16, SALT LAKE 4: Allan Dykstra, Zach Lutz, Taylor Teagarden and Brandon Allen homered in consecutive at-bats against Salt Lake's Jose Alvarez in a five-run fourth. Andrew Brown went deep an inning later, too, as Vegas pounded out 21 hits and improved to 24-10 on the season. Brown went 3-for-4 with two walks and scored five runs. Lutz went 3-for-5 with five RBIs. Campbell also had three hits and scored three runs. Starter Logan Verrett allowed four runs on 10 hits and a walk in five innings. Ex-Met Robert Carson was charged with five runs while recording only one out. Carson allowed a hit and walked four batters. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, HARRISBURG 6: Jayce Boyd collected four RBIs, including on a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth. Starter Darin Gorski (3-1) allowed two runs on

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seven hits and struck out seven in six innings. He also had two hits at the plate. Michael Taylor launched Gorski’s first pitch of the game for a homer. However, Gorski helped his own cause and lifted the B-Mets into the lead in the second. Kevin Plawecki singled and Dustin Lawley and Wilfredo Tovar walked to load the bases. Gorski then jumped on Blake Schwartz’s first pitch, dumping it into shallow left-center. The single, his first hit since July 9, 2012, plated two and gave Binghamton a 2-1 lead. Ricky Hague's solo homer in the fifth briefly tied the score. But in the bottom half, Gorski doubled and Schwartz issued a two-out walk to Matt Reynolds. Boyd then produced his second homer of the season -- and his second homer in three days. Travis Taijeron tacked onto the lead with a solo shot against reliever Brian Dupra in the sixth. The Senators moved to within 6-4 with two runs in the seventh against John Church. The B-Mets responded with two of their own off Dupra in the bottom half. Reynolds supplied an RBI single after Darrell Ceciliani and Brian Burgamy opened the inning with hits. Plawecki made it an 8-4 score with a sacrifice fly. Binghamton added four runs in the eighth, highlighted by Reynolds' RBI triple and Boyd's run-scoring double. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, PALM BEACH 2: Aderlin Rodriguez broke a 2-all tie with a double that plated Cam Maron from first base in the eighth. Maikis De La Cruz then drove in Rodriguez with a

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single for a two-run cushion. Beck Wheeler struck out two in a perfect ninth to record his fourth save. Starters Domingo Tapia and Joe Cuda traded zeroes through the first four innings. The Cardinals struck first in the fifth. Charlie Tilson and Bruce Caldwell singled with two outs and Nick Martini drove them in with a double against Tapia. The Mets evened the score at 2 in the bottom half. With the bases loaded and one out, Dilson Herrera sent a grounder to third base. Bruce Caldwell threw wide of catcher Casey Rasmus, allowing Robbie Shields and Phillip Evans to score. Seth Lugo pitched three relief scoreless innings after replacing Tapia. Lugo allowed one single and one walk and earned his second win. No Cardinal advanced past first base after the fifth inning. Tapia surrendered two runs on five hits in five innings. Rodriguez, T.J. Rivera, Shields and Gilbert Gomez each had multi-hit games. Box

SAVANNAH 5, WEST VIRGINIA 3: L.J. Mazzilli's RBI single in the fifth broke a 3-all tie and Victor Cruzado added a leadoff homer in the ninth. Although Gnats pitchers Dario Alvarez, Dawrin Frias, Tim Peterson and Robert Coles each logged 2 2/3 innings or fewer, the quartet combined to strike out 13 while allowing only one earned run. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini departed after doubling and scoring in the first inning, reportedly with a right-knee issue. Savannah (three) and West Virginia (four) each tied season-high error totals. Savannah (22-9) hopped on the scoreboard in the first inning when Dominic Smith delivered a two-run single against Power starter Dovydas Neverauskas with the bases loaded. Mazzilli then scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0. In the third inning, West Virginia scored its only earned run. Reese McGuire singled against Alvarez to plate Harold Ramirez. Next, McGuire and Erich Weiss scored on a throwing error by Mazzilli, who had moved to shortstop in place of Cecchini. Alvarez tossed 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out three. It was Alvarez's first earned run allowed in 19 1/3 innings this season. Frias (2-0) worked around two walks to complete 2 1/3 hitless relief innings. Peterson then pitched 2 1/3 innings, striking out four. Coles cruised through the last five outs for his sixth save. Savannah has extended its divisional lead to 4 1/2 games. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.299 9 52 70
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
WB. Colon 11
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
SOZ. Wheeler 148