New York Mets: Derek Dietrich

Marlins 13, Mets 2: Wheels off in 2nd

March, 9, 2015
Mar 9

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Zack Wheeler had the most pitches per plate appearance among qualified pitchers in the National League last season at 4.17. His first Grapefruit League attempt to refine his control went poorly.

After a perfect, 10-pitch first inning Monday, Wheeler hit a wall in the second. He hit two batters, walked two others and threw 37 pitches in the frame before manager Terry Collins pulled him with two outs and the bases loaded. Prospect Chasen Bradford allowed all three inherited runners to score, so Wheeler was charged with six earned runs in 1 2/3 innings.

The Miami Marlins ultimately beat the Mets 13-2 at Tradition Field.

Brad Barr/USA TODAY SportsZack Wheeler was charged with six runs in the second inning Monday.
Wheeler’s line: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HBP.

Wheeler actually could have been out of the second inning with only two runs having scored. Instead, first-base ump Mike Estabrook ruled ex-Met Jordany Valdespin beat out an infield single, although replays suggested otherwise.

“I was happy with the outing overall,” Wheeler insisted. “I did hit two batters and walk a couple, but it’s still early. The fastball command was a little off. The offspeed was there. It was sharp, and I was throwing strikes with it. That part I was happy with.”

Said Collins: “I think the two hit batters, a lot of it was due the fact he’s throwing about 96 mph and he was pitching in. He just had balls inside. They couldn’t get out of the way of them. But it’s not an excuse for the fact that he didn’t have his command in the second inning. As we’ve seen thus far in this camp, when you walk guys, the gates are going to open up.”

Wheeler said he could not blame a tight strike zone for his struggles.

“Honestly, it’s early for everybody,” Wheeler said. “But I was supposed to throw to one side of the plate and it was on the other. That’s always hard to call a strike. You and I both know that if you’re not consistent, it’s harder to get strikes.”

Welcome back: Daniel Murphy played in his first game since departing three days earlier with a right hand injury -- the result of getting struck by a pitch from David Price. Murphy went 0-for-2 and played four innings at second base.

Not so special: Southpaw Josh Edgin entered in the third inning to face the lefty hitters Valdespin and Derek Dietrich. They produced consecutive run-scoring triples against the lefty specialist as the Marlins took a 9-0 lead. Collins expressed concern afterward with Edgin’s sluggish velocity. … Righty-hitting Avery Romero, the Marlins’ No. 5-rated prospect, belted a three-run homer against Rule 5 pick Sean Gilmartin, another southpaw, in the seventh.

Odds & ends: Ex-Yankee David Phelps limited the Mets to one run in three innings. He surrendered a leadoff single to Matt den Dekker in the third and sacrifice fly to Curtis Granderson. … Valdespin (2-for-4) produced three RBIs against his old club.

What’s next: The Mets return to Disney for another meeting with the Atlanta Braves. Bartolo Colon opposes right-hander Julio Teheran at 1:05 p.m. ET Tuesday at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Hansel Robles, Buddy Carlyle and Akeel Morris also are due to pitch.

Colon tossed two perfect innings against the Washington Nationals on Thursday in his 2015 Grapefruit League debut. Travis d'Arnaud, who cut his left ring finger Sunday, is on the trip and expected to catch.

Marlins 8, Mets 7: Gee on Darvish, pen

March, 7, 2015
Mar 7
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Long Island native Steven Matz tossed two no-hit innings, Dillon Gee had a successful relief cameo and Brandon Allen delivered a three-run homer, but a Mets split squad lost to the Marlins, 8-7, in Jupiter on Saturday.

Lefty reliever Jack Leathersich ultimately was charged with five runs in a six-run seventh, as the Marlins grabbed an 8-3 lead.

Jeff Roberson/Associated PressSteven Matz tossed two no-hit innings against the Marlins.

The Mets answered with four runs a half-inning later, highlighted by a two-run single by Xorge Carrillo, but fell a run short.

Start of something? Gee entered mid-inning for Rafael Montero and ultimately tossed 2 2/3 innings out of the bullpen as the Mets try to prep him for a long-relief role. Gee had expected to work only one inning -- the fifth -- but Montero’s trouble forced him into the unaccustomed role an inning earlier. He was caught off-guard by working in parts of three innings.

“I don’t know the reasoning behind it, but I’m glad I was able to stretch it out a little bit, and at least keep stretching that pitch count, even though it came in relief,” Gee said. “It seems like I’m just going with the flow right now. If they ask me to come out of the pen, I’m going to come out of the pen. And if I get a start, great.”

Gee, a veteran, noted with a laugh that he was picking the brain of Leathersich -- who has yet to reach the majors -- about how to get ready for a relief appearance.

After Montero was pulled with one out in his second inning of work, Gee entered with two Marlins aboard. He retired Miguel Rojas and Derek Dietrich to strand both inherited runners. Gee added another two scoreless frames, allowing one hit with one strikeout.

“I wouldn’t say it’s hard. It’s just different,” Gee said. “Preparation-wise, a starter to the bullpen is night and day. That’s going to take some getting used to. It was a little weird to come in that quick today, because I was supposed to get the fifth. ... It seemed like that last inning I was finally starting to warm up. So that’s going to take some getting used to.”

Still, there is no 100 percent guarantee Gee makes it to the Mets’ Opening Day roster in any role.

Rangers ace Yu Darvish learned he may need Tommy John surgery, which could necessitate Texas acquiring a starting pitcher. The Mets and Rangers had trade dialogue involving Gee early in the winter.

Gee said in an ideal world he would remain a starting pitcher. He had heard about Darvish’s injury before taking the mound in Jupiter.

“What it boils down to is I don’t make those decisions. I can’t strike a trade with myself,” Gee said. “I did see that [about Darvish]. In my mind all I’m really thinking about is, ‘That sucks for Darvish.’ I mean, he’s a phenomenal pitcher. And I feel sorry for him. It sucks if he’s going to be gone for a year. I was trying to worry about pitching out of the bullpen today.”

Island pride: Matz allowed only one baserunner, when he hit leadoff batter Dee Gordon with his opening pitch.

“Definitely a little jittery. I was excited to be out there,” Matz said. “I think it got the best of me. I was able to settle down after that.”

Matz was particularly excited to retire Ichiro Suzuki on a flyout to cap a six-pitch confrontation that included three curveballs.

“My first thought was, ‘Wow, Ichiro is in there. That’s pretty cool.’ I was watching him when I was 10 years old,” Matz said. “Looking at that lineup at the beginning of the game, going over the hitters, it was interesting. You’ve got Ichiro in there. He’s one of the greatest hitters. And seeing [Giancarlo] Stanton in there, it was a little nerve-wracking in the beginning. I just settled down and that was pretty much it.”

Said Ichiro through an interpreter about facing people who revered him during their childhood: “It feels strange because I’m still playing the game. It’s a lot of fun to play with that generation of guys that watched me when they were kids and be able to be on the same field. I think they’ll allow me to up my game, too, and help me get better.”

Matz had 20 family members and friends in attendance. He retired Stanton on a flyout to center, although the wind knocked down the shot.

Odds & ends: The Mets led 3-2 when Leathersich, who is ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas, was charged with five runs in the seventh. Leathersich, who has walked nearly a batter an inning over his Triple-A career, walked three and allowed two hits while retiring only one Marlins batter. Leathersich already has issued five walks in 1 1/3 Grapefruit League innings. ... Michael Cuddyer started in left field. He has started only three regular-season games in that position in his career, but Terry Collins prefers to use him there and keep Curtis Granderson in right field.

Minors 8.23.14: Centeno's 4 hits lift B-Mets

August, 23, 2014
LAS VEGAS 10, NEW ORLEANS 8: Pinch hitter Cory Vaughn delivered a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Bobby Abreu and Taylor Teagarden drove in three runs apiece. Starter John Lannan allowed eight runs (seven earned) in four innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, AKRON 1: Starter Greg Peavey (11-3) allowed one run on two hits and five walks while striking out nine in five innings. Relievers Hansel Robles, Dario Alvarez and Cody Satterwhite combined to retire 12 of the final 13 batters. Juan Centeno went 4-for-4 with

two RBIs. In the second, Akron's Justin Toole singled and moved to second on a walk. He scored on Erik Gonzalez's RBI single against Peavey. Binghamton got the run back in the bottom half. Darrell Ceciliani extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a leadoff single against Duke von Schamann. Centeno ultimately drove him in to even the score at 1. The B-Mets took the lead for good in the third. Dilson Herrera walked and stole second. The throw from catcher Jake Lowery sailed into center field, allowing Herrera to advance to third base. Center fielder Ollie Linton then airmailed a toss over third base that plated Herrera. In the fifth, Jayce Boyd had a two-out single. He stole second and moved to third on an error by second baseman Ronny Rodriguez. Ceciliani walked to put runners on the corners. T.J. Rivera and Centeno followed with back-to-back run-scoring singles. The B-Mets capped the scoring in the eighth against Adam Miller. Centeno tallied his fourth hit and moved to second on Kyle Johnson's single. Brandon Nimmo drove him in with a single. At 80-52, Binghamton achieved its high-water mark of the season. Binghamton's 71 hits in a five-game span are its most since April 11-16, 2008 (79). The RubberDucks turned an 8-3-5 triple play in the sixth against Herrera. Box

JUPITER 5, ST. LUCIE 4: Rehabbing Marlin Derek Dietrich hit a solo homer in the seventh to extend the Hammerheads' lead to 5-3. The Mets got a run back in the bottom half on Jairo Perez’s RBI groundout, but failed to pull even. Phillip Evans doubled with one out in the eighth, but Brad Mincey struck out Gilbert Gomez and Eudy Pina to strand the tying run at second. Colby Suggs struck out three in the ninth, working around L.J. Mazzilli's one-out single. The Mets held a 2-0 lead until things unraveled for St. Lucie starter Seth Lugo in a four-run fourth by Jupiter. Blake Barber hit a game-tying two-run homer. After Lugo recorded the second out, he loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Then, on a 1-2 offering, Anthony Gomez produced a two-run single as Jupiter took a 4-2 lead. The Mets closed within 4-3 in the sixth on Gavin Cecchini’s two-out RBI single. However Dietrich launched the homer deep to right in the seventh against Jake Kuebler to restore a two-run lead. Lugo (7-3) surrendered four runs he on six hits and two walks in six innings. Mazzilli led the Mets with three hits. Box

GREENVILLE 7, SAVANNAH 3: Starter Ricky Knapp allowed seven runs (six earned) in six innings. Trailing 4-0, the Gnats posted three runs in the top of the seventh, capped by a two-run single from Dominic Smith. Box

BLUEFIELD 7, KINGSPORT 3: Kingsport produced 10 runs over the first two innings in the opener. Vicente Lupo, Oswald Caraballo and Jose Garcia drove in two runs apiece. In Game 2, the K-Mets jumped to a 3-0 first-inning lead that included run-scoring doubles by Lupo and Luis Ortega. However, Kingsport starter Gaby Almonte allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings. Box 1, Box 2

TRI-CITY 5, BROOKLYN 0: Cyclones starter Corey Oswalt tossed six scoreless innings. Kelly Secrest, Luis Rengel and Juan Urbina combined to allow five runs over the final two innings. Box

GCL METS 11, GCL NATIONALS 7: In the resumption of Friday's game, which was halted after a scary collision at second base sent Manuel Hilario to the hospital, the Mets scored seven unanswered runs. Raphael Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored. In the regularly scheduled game, Dionis Rodriguez went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Box 1, Box 2

Compiled with team reports

Minors 8.22.14: B-Mets' Herrera drives in 4

August, 22, 2014
LAS VEGAS 8, NEW ORLEANS 7 (11 innings): Noah Syndergaard allowed five first-inning runs, then settled down. He followed with four scoreless frames. In the sixth, Syndergaard allowed consecutive singles to open the inning, then shortstop Matt Reynolds committed an error that loaded the bases with none out. Syndergaard ultimately allowed an unearned run on a one-out groundout to first base by Zack Cox that evened the score at 6. Syndergaard's final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP. Danny Muno had a walk-off RBI single in the 11th. Reynolds finished 4-for-4 with a walk. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, AKRON 3: A day after clinching a postseason berth, the B-Mets routed the RubberDucks. After B-Mets starter Tyler Pill allowed two runs in the top of the first, Jayce Boyd slammed a three-run homer in the bottom half. Darrell Ceciliani had a two-run homer in the fifth. Dilson Herrera finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, four RBIs, two runs scored and a walk. Ceciliani and Wilfredo Tovar also had three hits apiece. Pill followed the two-run first by blanking Akron for four innings. Box

In Game 1, Luis Cessa pitched a seven-inning complete game, allowing one run on three hits while striking out five and walking one. The lone run for the

Hammerheads was scored by the Marlins' Derek Dietrich, who is on a rehab assignment. He had tripled with one out in the fourth. Matt Juengel plated him with a groundout. The Mets had a couple of chances late to tie the score. Jairo Perez, off the DL and back in the lineup for the first time since June 29, struck out to end the sixth two in scoring position. An inning later, Sean Donatello struck out Phillip Evans looking to end the game with Eudy Pina at second base. The Mets also stranded Jeff McNeil on third in the first inning and left Jared King on second in the second. Jupiter won despite being out-hit, 5-3. Four Hammerheads pitchers combined for the shutout, beginning with two scoreless innings from rehabbing Dan Jennings. Jennings was struck in the head by a line drive in Pittsburgh on Aug. 7. Jared King went 3-for-3 for the Mets. In his last two starts, Cessa has allowed a combined two runs and four hits in 12 innings, but has won neither.

In Game 2, Domingo Tapia came within one out of going the distance in the seven-inning contest. He gave up two runs on five hits and one walk. Cole Frenzel put the Mets up 2-1 in the second with a two-run double. The Mets extended their lead to two runs 1 in the fifth on Evans' RBI single. That hit scored Gavin Cecchini, who had doubled for the second time. Evans moved to third on Frenzel’s groundout and slid safely into home without a throw when Albert Cordero grounded out to make it 4-1. Tapia did not surrender his second run until there were two outs in the seventh. With a runner at second, Cody Keefer delivered an RBI double. Paul Sewald entered and recorded the final out for his 10th save in 10 chances. Cecchini finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a walk. The walk was his 19th in 21 games this month. Evans scored twice. Box 1, Box 2

GREENVILLE 6 ,SAVANNAH 5: Robert Gsellman surrendered six runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. The Gnats pulled within 6-5 in the sixth on Champ Stuart's run-scoring fielder's choice. But Savannah left Patrick Biondi at third base that inning when Dominic Smith and Matt Oberste flied out. Box

BLUEFIELD 8, KINGSPORT 4 (six innings)
KINGSPORT at BLUEFIELD: Game 1 of a doubleheader was called in the sixth inning because of rain and the nightcap never took place. Andrew Massie was knocked out after two-thirds of an inning. Massie and Audry German surrendered a combined seven runs in the frame. Vicente Lupo had a three-run homer in the third as the K-Mets pulled within 7-4. Box 1

BROOKLYN 7, TRI-CITY 0: Martires Arias walked six and allowed three hits but nonetheless tossed five scoreless innings. He combined with Gaither Bumgardner and Cameron Griffin on the four-hit shutout. Tyler Moore had a sacrifice fly and Michael Bernal had an RBI single in a three-run second. Jhoan Urena and Moore had RBI singles in a four-run third. Shortstop Amed Rosario missed a second straight game with a shoulder injury. Box

GCL NATIONALS 2, GCL METS 0 (suspended): The game was halted in the fourth inning when Mets baserunner Manuel Hilario was kneed in the head while sliding into second base. Hilario lost consciousness and suffered a seizure. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital. Hilario was in "good spirits" and may be discharged Saturday, the Mets announced. Box

Compiled with team reports

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

July, 11, 2014

Getty ImagesBefore heading into the All-Star break, the Mets are due to face the Marlins' Henderson Alvarez, Tom Koehler and Brad Hand.
METS (42-50, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (44-47, third place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Zack Wheeler (4-8, 4.07) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (6-3, 2.27), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.32) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.98), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Jacob deGrom (2-5, 3.38) vs. LHP Brad Hand (0-1, 5.09), 1:10 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

• Outfielder Marcell Ozuna has hit safely in 15 straight games, during which he has produced a .368 average (21-for-57) with three homers and eight RBIs. The hitting streak is one shy of matching his career high, produced last season. Ozuna’s two-run homer against Addison Reed in the ninth inning on Tuesday gave Miami a 2-1 win at Arizona.

Of course, Ozuna had two outfield assists in the final two innings on June 20, during the last series against the Mets, in order to preserve a Miami win. He became the third player in Marlins history with two outfield assists at the plate in the same game, joining Joe Orsulak and Emilio Bonifacio. Like Orsulak, both of Ozuna’s throws did not require a relay.

The 23-year-old Ozuna has 15 homers and 51 RBIs in 326 at-bats this season.

• Closer Steve Cishek blew only his third save in 23 chances Wednesday at Arizona. The Diamondbacks scored three runs in the bottom of the 10th, capped by Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run double, in a 4-3 walk-off win. It marked the first time in Cishek’s career that he failed to record at least one out in a save situation.

Associated Press, Getty ImagesChristian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton form a standout young triumvirate for the Marlins in the outfield.

Giancarlo Stanton went hitless in 11 at-bats in the D-backs series and is 3-for-24 on the Marlins’ current road trip. Stanton is the lone Marlins All-Star selection, despite strong candidacies from right-hander Henderson Alvarez and third baseman Casey McGehee. Stanton finished fourth in fan balloting in the outfield at 3,753,961 votes. He missed a chance to start by finishing 305,785 votes behind No. 3 Yasiel Puig.

Despite his recent slump, Stanton still leads the National League with 21 homers and 63 RBIs. His 4.9 WAR is second in the NL, trailing only Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki (5.7).

• Alvarez produced three hits Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals. He is a career .269 hitter, with one homer and seven RBIs in 67 at-bats. On the mound, Alvarez is 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA since May 22. He has allowed only one home run during that nine-start span -- a solo shot by Kolten Wong on Sunday.

The Marlins have won Alvarez’s last 10 starts, a franchise record. The previous record? The Marlins won nine straight starts by Chris Hammond back in 1993, their inaugural season, when they finished 64-98 overall.

Alvarez’s 2.27 ERA ranks fourth in the league, trailing only St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (1.79), Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (2.03) and L.A.’s Josh Beckett (2.26).

• McGehee’s 112 hits are tied for the NL lead with the Mets’ Daniel Murphy and Giants’ Hunter Pence. The lone player in Marlins history to lead the league in hits at the All-Star break was Luis Castillo in 2002. McGehee and Stanton are the first Marlins teammates with 100 hits apiece before the All-Star break since Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu in 2008.

After spending last year in Japan, the 31-year-old McGehee is hitting .320 with one homer and 53 RBIs in 350 at-bats this season. His 52 RBIs as a third baseman already are the most by a Marlin at that position since Cantu finished ’08 with 70.

• Left-hander Brad Hand has made two starts since getting activated from the disabled list and entering the rotation July 3. He is winless in his past 14 appearances as a starter, the third-longest active streak in the majors, despite allowing only one unearned run in 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday at Arizona. His last win as a starter came July 7, 2011 against the Houston Astros.

Hand, who mostly has been ineffective while serving in long relief this season, had landed on the DL with a right ankle sprain.

• Two days after Hand returned from the DL, rookie Andrew Heaney was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans. Heaney had limited the Mets to one run in six innings in his major league debut on June 19, but had allowed 14 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings over his next three starts.

• Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (right triceps strain) returned from the disabled list on Sunday.

• Left fielder Christian Yelich is batting .356 (16-for-45) with one homer and five RBIs in 10 games since returning from the disabled list, where he had landed with a lower-back strain.

• After getting reinjured during the last Mets series, Rafael Furcal landed on the DL on June 22 with a left hamstring strain. Derek Dietrich initially took over at second base, but he landed on the DL on July 4 with a right wrist strain. Donovan Solano and Ed Lucas since have started at the position.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 11, Marlins 5

June, 22, 2014

MIAMI -- The bats came alive for the Mets on Sunday at Marlins Park.


Kirk Nieuwenhuis produced a pair of early doubles in his first start since returning from Triple-A and Daniel Murphy slugged a three-run homer that chased Anthony DeSclafani in the fourth inning as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 11-5.

The Mets (35-41) won three of four in the series.

Seven Mets produced at least two hits. The last time the Amazin's had seven players with multi-hit games: Aug. 19, 2013 at Minnesota, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Jonathon Niese (4-4) earned his first win in exactly a month.

Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsDaniel Murphy rounds the bases after his three-run homer staked the Mets to a 7-0 lead in the fourth.

The southpaw took a 7-0 lead into the sixth, when Curtis Granderson misplayed Jeff Mathis’ leadoff fly ball into a double and Murphy could not handle a two-out smash from Marcell Ozuna, which was ruled an RBI single. Niese surrendered three runs in the inning but stranded the bases loaded by striking out Derek Dietrich to maintain a four-run lead.

Niese’s line: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He threw 87 pitches.

Niese had been 0-1 in his past five starts despite producing a 2.61 ERA during that span. He has now limited opponents to three earned runs or fewer in 19 straight starts, the longest active streak in the majors.

The 11 runs produced by the Mets matched the second most this season. The Mets posted 12 at Yankee Stadium on May 13.

The Mets’ 17 hits matched their season high, also done May 3 at Colorado.

The 24-year-old rookie DeSclafani, a native of Howell, N.J., surrendered seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Wright stuff: David Wright’s third-inning sacrifice fly gave him an RBI for the sixth straight game. That streak is one shy of Wright’s career high for RBIs in consecutive games. He drove in a run in seven straight games in June 2010.

Wright’s seventh-inning double extended his hitting streak to seven games.

Kirk beams shots: Nieuwenhuis, who had not started a major league game since April 23, nearly homered in each of his first two at-bats. In the second inning, he doubled off the top of the left-center wall by the home-run sculpture at Marlins Park and scored on Niese’s squeeze bunt. Nieuwenhuis then produced a run-scoring double off the top of the right-center wall in the third.

Nieuwenhuis actually had doubles in four straight major league at-bats -- all against Miami.

He doubled as a pinch hitter on Friday to lead off the ninth, setting up the play in which he ultimately was thrown out by Ozuna at the plate for the game’s final out. He also doubled in his final at-bat of his last tour of duty with the Mets, on April 25. That double immediately preceded Granderson’s walk-off single as the Mets rallied for a 4-3 win and snapped Steve Cishek’s consecutive saves streak at 33.

What’s next: The Mets take a day off Monday, then have a two-game homestand against the Oakland Athletics. The A’s, who originally listed Sonny Gray as Tuesday’s starter, will push him back to Saturday to provide extra rest. Ex-Mets left-hander Scott Kazmir now lines up against former A’s right-hander Bartolo Colon in Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. opener. Zack Wheeler now opposes Brad Mills on Wednesday.

Sunday's Mets-Marlins lineups

June, 22, 2014
MIAMI -- Here are the lineups as the Mets conclude a four-game series against the Miami Marlins at 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Marlins Park.

Curtis Granderson, rf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
Ruben Tejada, ss
Anthony Recker, c
Jonathon Niese, lhp
Eric Young Jr., lf

Reed Johnson, lf
Ed Lucas, ss
Giancarlo Stanton, rf
Casey McGehee, 3b
Marcell Ozuna, cf
Jeff Baker, 2b
Justin Bour, 1b
Jeff Mathis, c
Anthony DeSclafani, rhp

The Marlins placed Rafael Furcal (hamstring) on the disabled list and promoted Derek Dietrich.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

June, 18, 2014

Chris Trotman/Getty ImagesThe Mets face Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney in the southpaw's major league debut.
METS (32-40, fifth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (36-35, second place/NL East)

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38) vs. LHP Andrew Heaney (7-2, 2.47 with Double-A Jacksonville/Triple-A New Orleans), 7:10 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.56), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-4, 4.39) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.84), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-4, 2.67) vs. RHP Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60), 1:10 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

Giancarlo Stanton produced his National League-leading 20th homer on Wednesday, but departed the game against the Chicago Cubs after six innings with a bruised left wrist. Stanton, who also leads the NL with 57 RBIs, predicted to reporters he would be back in the lineup for the series opener against the Mets. The injury occurred on an attempted catch of ex-teammate Chris Coghlan’s double at the outfield wall in the first inning. “It was getting tighter and tighter,” Stanton said. “On swings and misses, it hurts a lot.”

Joe Skipper/Associated PressGiancarlo Stanton slugged his 20th homer Wednesday, but also departed with a left-wrist injury.

• Right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg will be promoted from Triple-A New Orleans and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (concussion) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday. In advance of those moves, the Marlins demoted left-hander Dan Jennings and catcher J.T. Realmuto. Gregg had signed a minor league contract on June 3.

• In a flurry of moves Monday, the Marlins placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the disabled list with a lower-back strain, designated for assignment veteran pitchers Randy Wolf and Kevin Slowey, and promoted left-hander Andrew Heaney, outfielder Jake Marisnick and infielder Justin Bour from Triple-A New Orleans. Wolf subsequently elected free agency.

The 23-year-old Heaney, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Oklahoma State and the Marlins’ top prospect, will make his major league debut against the Mets in the series opener. The Marlins are looking for a rotation jolt after ace Jose Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery on May 16. Heaney went a combined 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A this season. His fastball sits at 90-94 mph. He also has a solid slider and changeup.

Anthony DeSclafani, who was recalled from the minors on Sunday, also has stepped into the rotation, with Jacob Turner reassigned to the bullpen. DeSclafani made his major league debut on May 14. He became the ninth Marlin, and first since Adalberto Mendez on Sept. 6, 2010, to win his major league debut as a starter. Baseball America rated DeScalfani the No. 5 prospect in the organization entering the season. He graduated from Colts Neck (N.J.) High School and then pitched at the University of Florida. He was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Nov. 19, 2012, trade that shipped out Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson.

• Second baseman Rafael Furcal made his Marlins debut Friday. It marked his first major league action since Aug. 30, 2012, with the St. Louis Cardinals. He missed all of last season recovering from spring-training Tommy John surgery. A left hamstring strain resulted in Furcal opening this season on the disabled list. He then suffered a groin strain in May while on a rehab assignment. Four different players had manned second base during Furcal’s more-than-two-month absence: Derek Dietrich, Ed Lucas, Jeff Baker and Donovan Solano. Furcal, 36, signed a $3.5 million contract with the Marlins on Dec. 5.

• Third baseman Casey McGehee had a season-high-matching 11-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday.

• The Marlins acquired reliever Bryan Morris from the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 1 in exchange for the 39th overall pick in this month’s draft. Morris since has made seven scoreless appearances spanning 9 1/3 innings.

• Miami signed Brad Penny, a member of its 2003 championship team and a former teammate of manager Mike Redmond, to a minor-league deal on Wednesday. Penny, 36, last appeared in the majors in 2012, compiling a 6.11 ERA in 22 relief appearances with the San Francisco Giants.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Marlins 3

April, 25, 2014
NEW YORK -- Forget 90 wins. After a walk-off win Friday, the New York Mets are on pace for 92.

After Gonzalez Germen squandered a lead by surrendering consecutive two-out home runs in the eighth inning, the Mets had some late dramatics of their own en route to a 4-3 win against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (13-10) moved a season-high three games over .500, matching their high-water mark in 2013 (5-2 and 7-4).

Trailing 3-2 and facing Marlins closer Steve Cishek, who had converted 33 straight save attempts, the longest active streak in the majors, Lucas Duda led off the bottom of the ninth with a bloop single. Travis d'Arnaud bunted Duda to second. Pinch hitter Bobby Abreu lined out to left field for the second out, but Omar Quintanilla provided some magic.

Quintanilla singled to left field to plate Duda ... barely.

Duda might have been dead at home, but left-fielder Christian Yelich fell after fielding the ball and there was no attempt at the plate.

Pinch hitter Kirk Niewenhuis then doubled to advance Quintanilla to third. Curtis Granderson capped the wild victory by grounding a single past Garrett Jones at first base.

In the eighth, Germen began stepping toward the dugout, convinced he had a called third strike on Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the inning. Instead, plate umpire Andy Fletcher ruled the pitch a ball and the count went full.

Two pitches later, Saltalamacchia homered to even the score. The following batter, Jones, then went deep as well. And the Marlins took a 3-2 lead.

It was a shocking swing in momentum after Germen had retired the first five batters he faced, including striking out Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee to begin the eighth, with the Mets clinging to a one-run lead.

Mets manager Terry Collins had Scott Rice warming, but allowed Germen to face the switch-hitting Saltalamacchia and then the lefty-hitting Jones, given Germen's success in mowing down the first five batters. Saltalamacchia has far more power from the left side.

Earlier, David Wright and Daniel Murphy had driven in third-inning runs against Henderson Alvarez, and Zack Wheeler limited Miami to one run in six innings as the Mets handed a 2-1 lead to Germen for the seventh.

Wheeler deal: Wheeler breezed through the early innings, working around a Wright two-base fielding error to open the game. In fact, Wheeler did not allow a hit until the fourth.

Wheeler's outing began to unravel late, but he came up big in his sixth and final frame. With runners on the corners and one out, Wheeler consecutively struck out Derek Dietrich and Adeiny Hechavarria to preserve a 2-1 lead.

Wheeler's line: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K. He was charged with two wild pitches, although one actually appeared to be a passed ball on d'Arnaud.

Wheeler threw 110 pitches (63 strikes) as he shaved his ERA to 3.99. It was his second career double-digit strikeout performance. He had a career-high 12 strikeouts last Aug. 15 at San Diego.

Mets starters now have a 1.81 ERA in their past 11 games.

Off and running: Murphy swiped third base in the third inning and has now been successful in 26 straight attempts. That matches Howard Johnson in 1989 for the second-longest streak in franchise history. The franchise record belongs to Kevin McReynolds, who stole 33 straight bases from 1987 through '89.

Snapped: Yelich's 17-game hitting streak, which had been the longest active streak in the majors, came to an end. Yelich went 0-for-3 with a walk. He also reached in the first inning on Wright's error.

Hello there: Jeurys Familia handled the ninth inning in his first appearance since last Friday.

What's next: Jenrry Mejia takes a career-high 13 2/3-inning scoreless streak into Saturday's 7:10 p.m. start. Mejia (3-0, 1.99 ERA) opposes right-hander Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.15).

Marlins 11, Mets 1: Colon logs 4 in debut

March, 10, 2014
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Bartolo Colon surrendered three fourth-inning runs and the Mets whiffed at an early bases-loaded, no-out situation in an 11-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Monday afternoon at Tradition Field.

Colon, making his Mets debut after being slowed by a calf injury early in camp, surrendered a two-run triple to Ed Lucas for the big blow after the teams had been scoreless through three innings.

“It was meaningful,” Colon said through an interpreter about his four-inning Mets debut. “I was happy I was able to locate my pitches today and was able to pitch well.”

Colon had plenty of extra work to do in the second inning. He twice had Jake Marisnick picked off first base, but ump Jerry Meals twice called Marisnick safe. (No video replay was in effect for this spring-training game.) Reed Johnson, at the plate at the time of those safe calls, then was mistakenly ruled safe by Meals after David Wright dove and fielded his grounder and fired to first base.

Colon, a master of adding and subtracting velocity from his fastball, said he pitched against the Marlins as he would during the regular season and was not guarded against the division opponent.

“I don’t shy away from throwing what I’m going to throw normally,” Colon said. “That’s my pitch. I’m a fastball pitcher. That’s what I’m going to use. I’m going to use my best pitch.”

Asked if it was realistic to expect he could duplicate last year’s 2.65 ERA with the Oakland Athletics, Colon said: “Whatever happened last year, it already happened. I’m focusing on this coming year.”

Shortcoming: Ruben Tejada, who had three misplays and was charged with one error Friday, again had difficulty in the field. Tejada lost the baseball exchanging it from his glove to hand on a routine second-inning grounder by Marisnick for his second Grapefruit League error.

A half-inning later, Tejada did snap an 0-for-7 drought to begin exhibition play with a double down the left-field line against Brad Hand.

It’s no secret the Mets would like to upgrade at shortstop. Probably not coincidentally, the Seattle Mariners again had two scouts at Monday’s game.

Terry Collins has indicated Wilmer Flores will start a game at shortstop early this week, although it would appear unlikely Flores would demonstrate the requisite range to return to a regular role at that position.

Strike force: The Mets set a franchise record with 1,384 strikeouts last season. They may break that record this season, and even threaten the MLB single-season record (1,535 by the Houston Astros, also in 2013).

That strikeout propensity was on display Monday. After loading the bases with none out in the first inning against Hand, Curtis Granderson, Josh Satin and Travis d’Arnaud consecutively struck out -- albeit Satin on a very borderline called third strike. Hand went on to strike out five straight batters before Tejada doubled in the second inning.

Monster shot: Giancarlo Stanton produced a monster two-run homer against left-handed prospect Jack Leathersich in the seventh inning, after belting a monster shot earlier in the at-bat that went foul.

Other deep thoughts: Ryan Reid surrendered a two-run homer to Derek Dietrich in a four-run, six-hit eighth against him.

What’s next: Expected Opening Day starter Jonathon Niese makes his 2014 Grapefruit League debut Tuesday against Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. in Jupiter, Fla. Niese had been dispatched to New York on Feb. 26 for an MRI of his pitching shoulder.

Marlins 9, Mets 1: Duda goes deep

March, 1, 2014

Jeff Roberson/Associated PressAnthony Seratelli turns a sixth-inning double play during the Mets' 9-1 loss to the Marlins on Saturday.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Fifth-starter contender John Lannan tossed two scoreless innings and Lucas Duda homered, but the Mets dropped their second straight game to open Grapefruit League play, with a 9-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Saturday afternoon at Tradition Field.

Kyle Farnsworth, trying to prove he warrants a spot as a late-inning reliever, had a rough Mets debut. Farnsworth surrendered a solo homer to Austin Barnes on a slider and sat at only 86-88 mph with his fastball, while touching 92 mph once.

Scott Rice, who may be the lone lefty reliever the Mets carry to start the season, tossed a perfect inning and struck out Derek Dietrich, the lone lefty he faced.

Fellow southpaw Josh Edgin surrendered five runs in the sixth, although two were unearned thanks to Duda's error trying to pull a grounder at first base out of his glove and an errant throw from Matt den Dekker in left field to the plate. One scout, while acknowledging it was early in spring training, wondered what happened to the life on Edgin's pitches, noting his fastball velocity used to be 95 mph with a sharp slider.

Prospect Cory Mazzoni walked consecutive batters to open the eighth, but stranded both in scoring position in a scoreless frame. Mazzoni benefited from third baseman Dustin Lawley racing into foul territory down the left-field line to corral a pop fly.

Terry Collins complimented Vic Black's ninth-inning effort, although Black surrendered two hits, a walk and an unearned run. Second baseman Danny Muno's two-out error prolonged the inning and contributed to that run -- the ninth by the Marlins on the afternoon.

Aside from Duda's homer against right-hander Arquimedes Caminero, the Mets mustered only three other hits in the game -- singles by Chris Young, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and den Dekker.

What's next: Daisuke Matsuzaka opposes right-hander Michael Wacha as the Mets travel to Jupiter to face the St. Louis Cardinals. Eric Young Jr. is on the travel list for the game after missing the opening two games with a side-muscle issue. Also listed to pitch: Jeurys Familia, Jose Valverde, Steven Matz, Carlos Torres, Joel Carreño and Jack Leathersich.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

July, 28, 2013

Wilfredo Lee/Associated PressJake Marisnick and Christian Yelich were promoted from Double-A Jacksonville last Tuesday.
METS (46-56, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (40-63, fifth place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.17) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.49), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (4-1, 3.72) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 3.54), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-1, 2.64), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Matt Harvey (8-2, 2.11) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (2-6, 4.67), 12:40 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

• First-year hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned Sunday. He allegedly grabbed rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich by the neck and neck chain and verbally assaulted other players this season, the Miami Herald reported. "I want to apologize to the Marlins organization for my behavior," Martinez said, according to the Associated Press. "I have made some comments to certain players at certain times that I thought was more constructive criticism. Obviously, they didn't feel that way, and it kind of backfired on me."

• The Marlins promoted top outfield prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick from Double-A Jacksonville last Tuesday.

Robert Mayer/USA TODAY SportsGiancarlo Stanton has heated up with the Marlins.

Yelich, a left fielder who started in the Futures Game at Citi Field, is the only two-time organizational player of the year in Marlins history. He became the second player in franchise history to record a hit in each of his first three major league at-bats, joining current manager Mike Redmond (May 31, 1998). He is only the fourth major leaguer since 1980 to have hits in his first three ABs, joining Daryl Boston (White Sox, 1984), Jose Offerman (Dodgers, 1990) and Jay Bruce (Reds, 2008).

Marisnick, a center fielder, was hitless in 14 at-bats to open his career before singling. It was the second-longest drought in Marlins history to open a career. Nigel Wilson, the first pick in the expansion draft in 1992, went 0-for-16 as a Marlin and eventually was hitless in his first 26 at-bats in the majors before getting a hit three years after his debut, with the Cleveland Indians in ’96.

Fellow rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna landed on the disabled list Thursday with a ligament tear and fracture in his left thumb and required surgery. Ozuna had been demoted with Dietrich after Monday’s game to make room for Yelich and Marisnick, but Ozuna’s demotion was rescinded after the extent of his injury attempting a diving catch became known.

Adding Yelich and Marisnick to an outfield that already includes Giancarlo Stanton in right field makes it a formidable trio. After a mostly quiet July at the plate, Stanton is 9-for-13 in his last four games. He has four homers in his past six games at Marlins Park.

Justin Ruggiano is 0-for-his-last-32. Adeiny Hechavarria replaced Ruggiano in the leadoff spot a week ago.

Jacob Turner, who was acquired at last year’s trade deadline from the Detroit Tigers as part of a package for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, has suffered consecutive hard-luck defeats. He was tagged with losses at Milwaukee and Colorado despite allowing two runs in each outing. Turner has allowed only three homers in 10 starts since making his season debut with seven scoreless innings against the Mets on May 31.

Henderson Alvarez -- acquired in November in the trade that sent Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto -- earned his first Marlins win Friday. He tossed six scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He topped out at 98 mph with his fastball.

Kevin Slowey, who struggled in the rotation before getting reassigned to the bullpen, landed on the DL during the weekend with right forearm discomfort. Right-hander Steve Ames took the roster spot Sunday. Ames was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 6 with fellow minor leaguers Angel Sanchez and Josh Wall for Ricky Nolasco.

Logan Morrison, who has settled in at first base, has reached base in 26 straight games.

• The Marlins snapped a franchise-record 37-inning scoreless streak last Monday at Colorado.

• Closer Steve Cishek has an MLB-best 17 saves since June 8, without a blown save during that span.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 8, Mets 4 (10)

June, 9, 2013
NEW YORK -- If only the Miami Marlins played the Mets every day.

The Mets failed to protect an eighth-inning lead and were swept for the second straight weekend by the Marlins, this time with an 8-4 loss in 10 innings Sunday at Citi Field before an announced paid crowd of 21,747.

After Bobby Parnell allowed consecutive singles to open his second inning of work, Daniel Murphy errantly fielded Adeiny Hechavarria’s grounder to allow the go-ahead run to score from second base. Robert Carson entered and surrendered a sacrifice fly to Greg Dobbs and two-run homer to Miguel Olivo as the Marlins ultimately posted four runs in the 10th. Parnell was charged with three runs (two earned).

At least this time it did not take 20 innings, like Saturday’s loss.

Miami is 8-3 against the Mets and 10-41 against the rest of baseball this season.

The Mets (23-35) matched their season low-water mark at 12 games under .500, although they're still seven games ahead of the Marlins for fourth place in the National League East.

Fried rice: Scott Rice, summoned for his MLB-leading 34th relief appearance to begin the eighth with the Mets leading 4-3, surrendered a game-tying leadoff homer to Derek Dietrich and departed. Lefty batters had been hitting .143 (9-for-63) against Rice with one extra-base hit -- an April 5 double by Miami’s Rob Brantly -- before Dietrich’s homer.

Shouldering the load: Jonathon Niese, who missed his last rotation turn with a shoulder issue, then had his rotation reentry delayed by rain, allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and one walk while striking out four in 6 2/3 innings. He threw 103 pitches in what became a no-decision.

Niese made his first start since May 27.

The southpaw departed with a 4-3 lead in the seventh after allowing consecutive two-out singles to opposing pitcher Tom Koehler and Juan Pierre. LaTroy Hawkins entered and retired 31-year-old rookie Ed Lucas on a groundout to strand both inherited runners.

Niese had taken a 4-1 lead into the sixth, when he surrendered a two-run double to Marcell Ozuna. The second run was unearned because Juan Lagares misplayed the ball in right-center. Niese did strand Ozuna at third base to preserve the one-run lead. He retired Logan Morrison on a shallow flyout and coaxed a groundout to third from Justin Ruggiano.

Wright stuff: David Wright, who entered Sunday hitting only .200 (13-for-65) over his last 16 games, broke a 1-all tie in the third with a two-run double against Koehler.

Murphy, in his first start in the cleanup spot this season, followed with a run-scoring groundout as the Mets took a 4-1 lead. Murphy’s solo homer in the second accounted for the Mets’ opening run.

JV caliber: After bunting for a base hit in the first, Jordany Valdespin made the final out at third base that inning when he was caught stealing with Murphy at the plate.

In a pinch: Terry Collins used Justin Turner as a pinch hitter for Ike Davis for a second straight day.

Welcome back: Kirk Nieuwenhuis made his return as a pinch hitter in the 10th. He struck out.

What’s next: After an off-day Monday, the Mets welcome the St. Louis Cardinals. In Tuesday’s series opener, Jeremy Hefner (1-5, 4.36 ERA) opposes phenom Michael Wacha (1-5, 4.36) in the right-hander’s third major league start.

Marcum, Hawkins log 2 'B' IP apiece

March, 5, 2013
JUPITER, Fla. -- Shaun Marcum and LaTroy Hawkins each logged two innings as a Mets "B" team was two-hit by the Miami Marlins in a 4-0 loss on Tuesday on a back field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. Pedro Feliciano made his first game appearance with the Mets since 2010.

Adam Rubin
Shaun Marcum pitches during Tuesday's "B" game in Jupiter, Fla.

Matt den Dekker produced a leadoff triple against Chad Qualls in the fifth, but Juan Lagares and Reese Havens consecutively struck out and Jamie Hoffmann flied out to end that threat. The Mets loaded the bases in the eighth on a double by Andrew Brown and walks to Brian Bixler and Juan Centeno, but left-hander Brian Flynn stranded the three runners by striking out Josh Satin on a changeup.

Marcum, who had requested to be held out of game action, was pitching for the first time since the team's Feb. 23 Grapefruit League opener. With his fastball sitting at 84-85 mph, the Marlins loaded the bases against Marcum with one out in the first frame, but the ex-Brewer rallied by retiring Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna on flyouts. Marcum then tossed a 1-2-3 second inning to complete a scoreless effort.

"I had a little shoulder flare-up last spring," Marcum said. "So I wanted to be smart about it this spring, especially with the extended spring, and just make sure that I was ready for whenever my turn is in the rotation for the start of the season. Because that's the most important thing, not making seven or eight starts down here. The elbow, shoulder, all that feels good."

Hawkins was making his first spring training appearance. He allowed a leadoff walk in the third to Ed Lucas, who then stole second. Joe Mahoney then delivered an RBI double. Hawkins also committed an error in the frame. He tossed a 1-2-3 fourth inning.

"That's probably the first time I've been in a bullpen I threw two innings in my first outing of a spring," Hawkins said with a chuckle. "But it went well, just throwing a lot of fastballs, trying to work on location and getting a feel for being back out there."

Gonzalez Germen surrendered two runs while recording only one out in the fifth, at which point that inning was called for a pitch count. Germen then contributed two additional scoreless innings.

Feliciano, wearing a heart monitor, surrendered a leadoff homer to Ben Lasater in the eighth. Registering 82-83 mph in his first game action after being idle earlier in camp, Feliciano also hit a batter.

Box score

Batter AB-R-H-RBI-BB-K
Omar Quintanilla, ss 4-0-0-0-0-1
Brian Bixler, 3b 2-0-0-0-2-0
Landon Powell, c 2-0-0-0-1-2
Juan Centeno, c 0-0-0-0-1-0
Josh Satin, 1b 4-0-0-0-0-3
Matt den Dekker, dh 3-0-1-0-1-1
Juan Lagares, cf 2-0-0-0-1-1
Alonzo Harris, ph 1-0-0-0-0-0
Reese Havens, 2b 3-0-0-0-0-1
Danny Muno, ph 1-0-0-0-0-0
Jamie Hoffmann, lf 3-0-0-0-0-0
Andrew Brown, rf 3-0-1-0-0-1

Pitcher IP-H-R-ER-BB-K
Shaun Marcum 2-2-0-0-1-1
LaTroy Hawkins 2-1-1-1-1-1
Gonzalez Germen 2.1-2-2-2-2-1
Pedro Feliciano 1-1-1-1-0-1

SB: Bixler
E-Hawkins (throw)
HBP: Feliciano
2B: Brown
3B: den Dekker

Around the minors 4.11.12

April, 11, 2012
BUFFALO 12, SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 3: Buffalo blasted four long home runs -- three in a seven-run fourth inning -- on the 25th Opening Day at Coca-Cola Field. The run total set a new modern-era record for the team's first home game of a season. Zach Lutz hit two of the homers, with both clearing the 40-foot netting in left field. His first long ball of the season led off a two-run second that gave Buffalo the lead. Lutz homered again in the fourth as the Bisons made quick work of a 3-2 deficit. Jordany Valdespin got the Bisons rolling with a two-run homer off Yankees starter Dellin Betances. After Josh Satin's RBI single, Valentino Pascucci hit a laser into the netting in left field for a 7-3 Bisons lead. Pascucci's homer was his 42nd in his Bisons career. He moves into a tie with Tom Prince and Russ Morman for ninth in the team's modern era. Betances' day was done after he walked the next batter, Vinny Rottino. Lutz then greeted Scranton/Wilkes-Barre reliever Jason Bulger with his second home run onto Oak Street. Lutz finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. He also reached on an error and scored in the sixth. Valdespin scored from second base in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Satin. The previous record for runs scored in a home opener was 10 in a win over Pawtucket on April 3, 2003. Bisons starter Jeurys Familia (1-0) earned the win while displaying overpowering stuff. He struck out eight and allowed three runs on four hits in five innings. After he allowed a three-run homer to Dewayne Wise in the third inning, Familia retired seven of the final eight batters he faced. He struck out two batters in each inning from the second through the fifth. The trio of Justin Hampson, Chuck James and Fernando Cabrera closed out the win with four combined scoreless innings. Box

ERIE at BINGHAMTON (ppd): Postponed due to inclement weather, the game will be made up as part of a doubleheader at NYSEG Stadium on July 13 at 5:35 p. The B-Mets (2-3) now have a week-long trip, to Portland and New Hampshire. Their four-game set with the Sea Dogs begins Thursday with right-hander Collin McHugh (0-1, 3.60) opposing right-hander Brock Huntzinger (0-1, 12.00).

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 4: Outfielder Sean Ratliff played in his first regular-season game since 2010, before being struck in the eye with a foul ball, and third baseman Wilmer Flores drove in three runs as the Mets won their fifth straight. The Mets (5-1) swept Charlotte as starting pitcher Cory Mazzoni earned his first victory. Mazzoni allowed single runs in the first and second innings before settling down. He pitched six innings and allowed two runs and six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. The Mets trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the fourth. Flores then hit a game-tying RBI single, which scored Cory Vaughn. The Mets used a three-run sixth to jump ahead. Robbie Shields (3-for-4) doubled to open the half-inning. Flores hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly to plate Shields. After a wild pitch scored Vaughn, catcher Blake Forsythe delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Richard Lucas and extend the lead to 5-2. In the eighth, the Mets pushed across a run on a sacrifice fly by Flores. The Stone Crabs (3-3) picked up two runs in the ninth against Jeff Kaplan, who allowed four hits. Charlotte had runners at second and third with two outs before reliever Adam Kolarek earned a one-out save by striking out Derek Dietrich. Vaughn went 1-for-3 with three runs scored. Alonzo Harris Jr. finished 2-for-3. Ryan Fraser tossed two scoreless relief innings and allowed one hit. Box

SAVANNAH 10, ROME 5: Carlos Vazquez and Tyson Seng combined for four scoreless innings in relief of Logan Verrett, who was charged with five runs (three earned) on seven hits -- including two homers -- in five innings. Verrett struck out 10 and walked none. Leadoff hitter T.J. Rivera went 4-for-4 with a walk. Travis Taijeron went 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored. Cam Maron and Dustin Lawley also had two RBIs apiece. Aderlin Rodriguez drove in his 10th run of the season, but also committed his sixth error at third base. Box

Compiled from team reports



Daniel Murphy
.289 9 57 79
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187