New York Mets: Deibinson Romero

Around the minors 7.23.12

July, 24, 2012
CHARLOTTE 9, BUFFALO 6: Mike Baxter went 2-for-5 with an RBI while serving as DH in his first rehab game at the Triple-A level. Jeurys Familia's recent string of solid outings was interrupted. Familia allowed seven runs (five earned) on eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. Justin Hampson surrendered a three-run homer to Jim Gallagher in Charlotte's five-run fifth to account for the final two runs charged to Familia. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 1: The B-Mets matched a season high with four homers, including two by Allan Dykstra, and Greg Peavey allowed one unearned run over seven innings to earn his first win since May 20. Dykstra opened the second inning by blasting his first homer of the night, against starter Aaron Thompson. Binghamton loaded the bases on two singles and a missed-tag error by third baseman Deibinson Romero. Juan Lagares then contributed a sacrifice fly. Reese Havens capped the inning with an RBI single. The Rock Cats took advantage of two B-Mets errors a half-inning later. Joe Benson reached when shortstop Sean Kazmar booted a groundball. Benson stole second and moved to third when catcher Francisco Pena’s throw sailed into center. Romero then delivered a sac fly. Dykstra struck again in the third. The DH deposited a 1-2 pitch from Thompson over the left-center wall to give Binghamton a 4-1 lead. It was Dykstra’s third career multi-homer game and first with the B-Mets. Peavey shook off three errors behind him and matched his longest outing this season. He allowed three singles and struck out three and snapped his personal nine-game winless streak. Against New Britain reliever Edgar Ibarra, Eric Campbell led off the eighth with a towering homer. Ibarra walked Dykstra, and Kazmar lined a two-run homer. For the B-Mets, C.J. Nitkowski struck out three in a scoreless eighth. Ryan Fraser supplied a perfect ninth. Box

BRADENTON 10, ST. LUCIE 2: Yohan Almonte was charged with nine runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings while issuing three walks and striking out two. T.J. Rivera had two hits in the series-opening loss. Blake Forsythe had an RBI groundout in the first inning to plate Rivera and give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Bradenton scored two runs in the second inning and never surrendered the lead. Danny Muno recorded two hits while Travis Taijeron finished 2-for-3 with a walk. Bradenton pulled away with a five-run fifth against Almonte. John Church tossed 2 2/3 innings and allowed one run and four hits. Jeff Walters contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

KANNAPOLIS 6, SAVANNAH 3: Gnats starter Logan Verrett was perfect into the fifth inning, but Kannapolis scored four runs in the final two frames for a come-from-behind win. Verrett retired the first 14 batters he faced before Bill Rice singled. A third-round pick from Baylor in 2011, Verrett allowed two unearned runs on three hits in the fifth inning, resulting in a 2-all tie. Verrett recovered to retire the side in order in both the sixth and seventh innings. All told, he set down the side in order in six of his seven frames. Verrett struck out six and did not walk a batter in his seven innings. The Gnats had built a 2-0 lead on a pair of RBI from Dustin Lawley. In the first, Gilbert Gomez doubled and scored on Lawley’s single. In the fourth, Lawley launched a solo homer. After the Intimidators evened the score in the fifth, Savannah retook the lead an inning later, again with Lawley’s help. Lawley walked and ultimately scored on Matt Reynolds’ sacrifice fly. Kannapolis took the lead with a three-run eighth. Joey DeMichele delivered a two-run triple against Savannah reliever Randy Fontanez to put Kannapolis in front. The Intimidators added a run in the ninth against Jared West, who surrendered a homer. Box

ELIZABETHTON 3, KINGSPORT 0: Starter Chris Flexen tossed five scoreless innings, but Elizabethton scored three seventh-inning runs against Robert Gsellman. Box

ABERDEEN 2, BROOKLYN 0: Julian Hilario allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in six innings but remained in search of his first 2012 win. In the fourth, Aberdeen's Christian Walker led off with a single. Torsten Boss then doubled to place two in scoring position. After Hilario struck out Joel Hutter, Will Howard grounded out to Jayce Boyd, allowing Walker to score the opening run. In the sixth, the IronBirds plated their second run. Walker walked and Boss again doubled. Hilario then fielded a sharply hit grounder up the middle by Hutter, forcing Walker to hold at third as he threw to first for the first out. Howard collected his second RBI, though, by lifting a fly ball to left field deep enough to score Walker. After Matt Koch entered in the seventh and retired the first batter, a 54-minute delay ensued. Afterward, Beck Wheeler came into the game and retired Scott Kalush and Anthony Vega to end the seventh. Wheeler and David Wynn combined to close out the remainder of the game without allowing a hit. Box

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Around the minors 5.23.12

May, 23, 2012
BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 1: Zack Wheeler allowed one run over a career-high eight innings. The righty allowed two hits and struck out seven in his fourth straight victory. Wheeler's perfect first inning was a preview of the seven stellar innings that would follow. He struck out the first two hitters of the game and fanned three of the first four he faced. Wheeler opened the game by retiring 10 Rock Cats in a row before issuing a walk in the fourth. He worked around the free pass by inducing Deibinson Romero to bounce into a double play. New Britain starter David Bromberg struggled to match Wheeler early. After failing to score with the bases loaded in the first, the B-Mets cashed in with the bases loaded in the second. A wild pitch allowed Juan Centeno to score the first run. Wheeler (4-2) made the lead stand until the fifth, when the Rock Cats collected their first hit. Aaron Hicks walked and stole second. He advanced to third on a groundout and scored when Nate Hanson singled. Bromberg settled down after his first two shaky innings and posted four scoreless frames to cap his day. Reliever Blake Martin took over and posted a scoreless seventh before allowing a leadoff single to Raul Reyes in the eighth. Luis Perdomo entered and walked Eric Campbell to put two aboard. After Reese Havens sacrificed both runners ahead, Juan Lagares shot a groundball to second with the infield drawn in. Reyes, breaking home on initial contact, beat the throw from Shawn Roof, giving the B-Mets a 2-1 lead. Campbell scored later in the inning on a botched pickoff throw from catcher Danny Lehmann. Given a two-run advantage, Wheeler closed out an impressive day with a scoreless eighth. He allowed only four runners in the longest start for any B-Met this season. Binghamton scored five runs in the ninth against reliever Brett Jacobson. The righty walked five, hit a batter and served up a three-run homer to Reyes. Adrian Rosario replaced Wheeler for the ninth and posted a perfect frame. Jenrry Mejia makes his second Double-A start, and his fourth overall in the minors since returning from Tommy John surgery, at 10:35 a.m. Thursday opposite right-hander B.J. Hermsen. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, DAYTONA 7: Pedro Beato tossed a scoreless relief inning in his third rehab appearance in the Florida State League. St. Lucie rallied with three eighth-inning runs. Cory Vaughn (3-for-5) opened the frame with a single and scored on Francisco Pena's double. Blake Forsythe and Wilfredo Tovar added RBI singles. Vaughn and Pena also contributed back-to-back solo homers in the fourth inning. Box

SAVANNAH 6, CHARLESTON 3: The Gnats (28-17) took a 3-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the first. With one out and the bases loaded, Aderlin Rodriguez doubled to tie the score. Brian Harrison followed with a groundball double play that brought home a run. Savannah tacked on a single run in the second inning and two more in the fourth to build a 6-2 advantage. Gilbert Gomez, in his first game in the leadoff spot, drove in a run in both innings. He finished the game 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Gnats starter Domingo Tapia (4-2) tossed six innings. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out six. Jared West retired the final six batters, striking out two to pick up his first save as a Gnat. Charleston scored the game’s first two runs in the top of the first on a two-run single by Ben Gamel. Box

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Around the minors 5.22.12

May, 22, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS 6, BUFFALO 3: Buffalo committed three costly errors in the finale and 12 in the four-game series. With Jeff Clement batting in the first inning, Chris Schwinden threw a wild pitch to score ex-Met Anderson Hernandez. In an attempt to throw out Hernandez, catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere's throw was offline to Schwinden at the plate, allowing Alex Presley also to score. With the Bisons behind 3-0 in the third, Starling Marte led off with a single. With Hernandez at the plate, Marte stole second and Blaquiere's throw sailed into center. The error would set up Hernandez to single home Marte and make it 4-0. "I'm hoping this off-day tomorrow will help us get it together mentally and physically," manager Wally Backman said. "A couple of our guys have been banged up so they need the rest." With the bases loaded an none out in the fourth, the Herd plated a pair with RBI groundouts by Omar Quintanilla and Blaquiere. With the bases loaded in the seventh, Matt Tuiasosopo hit an infield single to score Corey Wimberly and cut the Indians' lead to 4-3. But Brad Emaus grounded into a forceout to end the inning. Box

NEW BRITAIN 3, BINGHAMTON 0: The Rock Cats packed all of their offense into the seventh inning while handing Binghamton its sixth shutout loss. The starters -- Binghamton's Collin McHugh and Logan Darnell -- matched zeroes through the first six innings. McHugh's start took a turn for the worse in the seventh. The righty had his stretch of 13 straight scoreless innings snapped on his first pitch of the inning, when Rock Cats right fielder Evan Bigley ripped a homer. McHugh then hit Nate Hanson with his next pitch. Plate umpire Joey Amaral ejected McHugh and the B-Mets were forced to summon Brad Holt from the bullpen. The Rock Cats greeted Holt with two bunt singles to load the bases. Chris Herrmann extended New Britain's lead with a two-run double -- his fourth hit of the game and eighth of the series. The Rock Cats appeared to score their fourth run of the inning on sac fly by Deibinson Romero, but runner Estarlin De Los Santos was ruled out on appeal for leaving third early. Trailing 3-0, the B-Mets threatened in the eighth against reliever Luis Perdomo. Singles by Josh Rodriguez and Eric Campbell and a walk to Jefry Marte loaded the bases. The veteran righty escaped harm by inducing Raul Reyes to fly out to end the inning. Bobby Lanigan pitched the ninth and navigated around a one-out walk to collect his third save. McHugh (4-3) was saddled with the loss. The B-Mets (21-22) continue their series against the Rock Cats on Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. Zack Wheeler opposes right-hander David Bromberg. Box

DAYTONA 6, ST. LUCIE 5 (10 innings): John Church issued a leadoff walk to Matthew Szczur, who ultimately scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th on Richard Jones' single. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed three runs in five innings. Left-hander Jack Leathersich was charged with two runs in 2 2/3 in his Florida State League debut. Richard Lucas had two RBIs. Box

SAVANNAH 5, CHARLESTON 3: Trailing 3-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth, T.J. Rivera and Aderlin Rodriguez drew walks, placing the tying and go-ahead runs on base. With two outs, Brian Harrison, who has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, roped a single to drive in Rivera with the tying run. Charley Thurber followed by ripping a triple to score Rodriguez and Harrison for the decisive two-run margin. Thurber, who finished 2-for-3 with a double, triple and walk, also was responsible for the first Gnats run of the night. In the second, he doubled, advanced to third on center fielder Mason Williams' fielding error and scored on a wild pitch to put the Gnats in front 1-0. In the fourth, Rodriguez lined an RBI single to drive in Rivera for a 2-0 lead. The RiverDogs bounced back to take the lead with a three-run sixth against Savannah reliever Randy Fontanez. Savannah reliever Chasen Bradford worked scoreless seventh and eighth innings with two strikeouts for his first Savannah win. T.J. Chism set down the 'Dogs 1-2-3 in the ninth to earn his sixth save. Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis fought his way through four innings and allowed five hits and three walks, but no runs. Box

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Around the minors 5.9.12

May, 10, 2012
BUFFALO 4, GWINNETT 1: Zach Lutz's two-out single plated two runs to cap the scoring in a three-run seventh that broke a 1-all tie. The Bisons have taken the first three of a four-game set with the G-Braves. Oswaldo Navarro and Jean Luc Blaquiere singled to start the decisive inning and advanced on a balk. The bases were loaded when Fred Lewis' single scored Blaquiere. Lutz followed with the exclamation point. Buffalo starter Jeurys Familia allowed one run in six innings, the lone damage coming courtesy of Stefan Gartrell's RBI single in the first inning. Familia (3-1, 4.41 ERA) allowed four hits and struck out six. For the G-Braves, starting pitcher Yohan Flande gave up eight hits but was able to avoid trouble until the seventh. Flande struck out six batters as well, and allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 1/3 innings. After the Bisons took the three-run lead in the top of the seventh, the bullpen stepped in to preserve the lead. Justin Hampson pitched a sound seventh but found some trouble in the eighth, allowing singles to Jose Constanza and Gartrell. But with runners on first and second and one out, Elvin Ramirez relieved Hampson and struck out consecutive batters to end the inning. Ramirez retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his first Triple-A save. Lewis went 3-for-5 with an RBI on the night. Box

NEW BRITAIN 5, BINGHAMTON 1: Jefry Marte’s fielding error in the eighth set the table for a four-run inning as the Rock Cats completed a two-game series sweep. With the game tied at 1, Marte booted Joe Benson’s groundball to third to start the eighth. The Rock Cats tagged reliever Erik Turgeon for four hits, including three doubles, and scored four unearned runs to take the lead for good. For the second straight game, the B-Mets grabbed the lead first. In the second, Binghamton collected three consecutive singles against starter Steve Hirschfeld to get on the board. Marte and Raul Reyes started the rally with hits and Juan Lagares gave Binghamton a 1-0 lead with a single. The disastrous eighth overshadowed another strong pitching performance from B-Mets starter Collin McHugh. The right-hander allowed one run on six hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out four. His only blemish was Wilkin Ramirez's solo homer in the seventh. Turgeon (1-3) took over for McHugh in the eighth when things came unglued. Deibinson Romero and Danny Lehmann supplied RBI doubles and James Beresford supplied a run-scoring single. After getting on the board in the second, the B-Mets offense went silent. Binghamton had three hits after the third inning. The B-Mets (14-17) now head to Manchester to start a four-game series against the Fisher Cats on Thursday. Zack Wheeler is due to return from the disabled list for a fingernail issue in the opener. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BREVARD COUNTY 2: Jenrry Mejia pitched five solid innings in his first minor league start since before Tommy John surgery on May 16, 2011 and the Mets pushed across the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Mejia allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and one strikeout. Mejia pitched five games with Triple-A Buffalo last season before the injury. Angel Cuan (3-1) tossed three scoreless innings in relief to pick up the victory. Cuan allowed one hit and struck out two. Adrian Rosario pitched a scoreless ninth inning and recorded a pair of strikeouts for his ninth save. The Mets took their first lead in the eighth. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff double. Danny Muno reached on a bunt single and Robbie Shields followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs. Wilmer Flores grounded into a double play as Tovar scored the go-ahead run. In the ninth, Cesar Puello tripled and scored on an errant throw past third base. The Mets trailed 1-0 entering the third inning, before pushing across a run to even the score. Alonzo Harris singled and reached second on a balk. Tovar delivered an RBI double. In the fourth, Rafael Fernandez ripped his first homer of the season, a game-tying solo blast over the right-field fence. Chris Young is due to throw 75 pitches for St. Lucie at Brevard County on Thursday. Box

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Around the minors 5.8.12

May, 9, 2012
BUFFALO 3, GWINNETT 0: Matt Harvey tossed six scoreless innings in the latest in a string of solid starts for the 2010 first-round pick. Coupled with a Pawtucket loss in Rochester, the Bisons are now a half-game back of first place in the International League North Division. Harvey allowed four singles and a double. He walked three, but balanced those out with five strikeouts and a pair of double plays. He also had two wild pitches. Gwinnett failed to push a runner to third base until the seventh inning, after Harvey's outing was complete. With his third win in four starts, Harvey has now posted a 1.96 ERA since April 20. He had a no-decision in the other outing because of a rain delay after four innings of work. Over the four-game span, Harvey has allowed 16 hits in 23 innings. The Bisons gave Harvey early run support as Zach Lutz singled home Fred Lewis in the first. Omar Quintanilla hit his fifth home run in the second for a 2-0 Bisons lead. Buffalo scored a third run the next inning on a fielding error by Braves second baseman Drew Sutton. That lead held up for the Bisons' second shutout of the season. Jack Egbert tossed a pair of scoreless innings and Fernando Cabrera set the Braves down 1-2-3 in the ninth for his International League-leading eighth save. Before the game, the Mets selected the contract of Bisons catcher Rob Johnson. Oswaldo Navarro was promoted from Binghamton. He made his Bisons debut as a defensive replacement at third base in the ninth. Quintanilla's five homers are second on the team to Valentino Pascucci's six. Box

NEW BRITAIN 4, BINGHAMTON 3: The Rock Cats scored three runs with two outs in the top of the ninth, highlighted by Nate Hanson’s pinch-hit, two-run double, to defeat the B-Mets. Binghamton committed two costly errors in the game, resulting in all four runs being unearned. With a 3-1 lead, reliever Robert Carson took the mound in the ninth looking for his first career save. He walked Chris Colabello to start the inning before inducing Aaron Hicks to fly out. Deibinson Romero then sent a slow chopper to third and reached safely when Jefry Marte’s throw to first pulled Eric Campbell off the bag. The error proved costly for Binghamton. Following a popout, Estarlin De Los Santos blooped an RBI single to right, just out of Juan Lagares' reach. With the tying run at third, Hanson shot a sinking line drive to left. Pedro Zapata could not make the difficult catch, allowing two runs to score.

The loss was Binghamton’s second of the season when leading after eight innings. The shaky defense overshadowed a strong pitching performance from starter Mark Cohoon. The southpaw allowed one unearned run and four hits over six innings. Binghamton owned a three-run lead after three innings by pounding Rock Cats starter Andrew Albers for a career-high nine hits. Lagares led off the second by doubling. He scored two batters later on Rylan Sandoval’s single. The B-Mets added two more in the third. Matt den Dekker started with a bunt single, advanced on a wild pitch, scampered to third on a flyout and scored on a passed ball by Chris Herrmann. Reese Havens doubled later in the inning and came home three batters later on Lagares' single. New Britain’s first run came in the sixth thanks to a B-Mets error. With a runner on first and one out, Herrmann rolled a potential double-play ball to Havens. The second baseman fielded it cleanly, but bobbled the transfer to his throwing hand, allowing all runners to reach safely. Chris Colabello cashed in with an RBI single. After amassing a three-run lead off Albers, the B-Mets went quietly against the New Britain bullpen. In all, the B-Mets mustered one hit against three relievers.

While all three runs on his tab were unearned, Carson (0-1) suffered his first career blown save. Brad Holt allowed one hit over two scoreless innings in his return to Binghamton after pitching in six games with Buffalo. The B-Mets (14-16) complete their rain-shortened series with New Britain on Wednesday. Right-hander Collin McHugh opposes right-hander Steve Hirschfeld. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 and drove in both runs -- his 21st and 22nd RBIs of the season -- in the loss. Starter Erik Goeddel allowed three runs in five innings. Randy Fontanez contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

SAVANNAH 6, LAKEWOOD 1: The Gnats finished their seven-game homestand with a 6-1 record while the teams’ pitching allowed 10 runs over the span. The Gnats (20-12) jumped ahead with a four-run second. After DH Travis Taijeron singled and Brian Harrison doubled, Luis Nieves, Tillman Pugh and Brandon Brown all contributed RBI singles. Cam Maron completed the inning’s scoring with a groundout to first. Taijeron, the reigning South Atlantic League Player of the Week, reached base in all four of his plate appearances. He went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored. The BlueClaws (10-20) scored their only run in the fourth, against Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis. Panteliodis, who was not involved in the decision, finished four innings, yielding a run on five hits and two walks while striking out five. Relievers Jeff Walters, Jack Leathersich and Estarlin Morel combined on five scoreless, hitless innings behind Panteliodis. Walters earned the win, his second of the season, for working the fifth and sixth innings. Harrison launched a two-run homer, his second long ball, in the eighth to complete the scoring. The Gnats are off Wednesday. They then begin a seven-game trip to Hickory and Southern Division-leading Charleston. Box

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