New York Mets: Dimas Ponce

Minors 8.30.13: Gorski blanks Fisher Cats

August, 31, 2013
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TUCSON 3 LAS VEGAS 1: Justin Hampson suffered the blown save. He allowed three ninth-inning runs, including a two-run homer to Mike Wilson. Rafael Montero tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out eight. With second-place Sacramento's loss, Las Vegas' magic number nonetheless was sliced to one with three games remaining. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Darin Gorski tossed seven shutout innings and allowed only two hits. The southpaw faced one over the minimum in his 13th start this

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season with the B-Mets. The only frame he faced more than three hitters was the first, when Adam Loewen produced a two-out double. The only other hit Gorski allowed was a leadoff single by Andy Burns in the fourth. Two batters later, Gorski erased Burns with an inning-ending double play. New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire no-hit the B-Mets through five innings. The B-Mets then produced a five-run sixth. Joe Bonfe led off by bouncing a ball to third base. The throw from Burns went wide and pulled Kevin Ahrens off first base. Alonzo Harris followed with his second walk of the night. Danny Muno bunted both runners ahead. Josh Rodriguez then got ahead in the count, 3-0. After the third ball, catcher Chris Schaeffer elected to intentionally walk Rodriguez to load the bases. Ball four, however, sailed over Schaeffer’s head, allowing Bonfe to score. One batter later, Travis Taijeron delivered Binghamton’s first hit. He lined a 2-1 pitch down the left-field line to score both runners. Gorski struck out five over seven innings. Rehabbing Frank Francisco threw a scoreless eighth. Jeff Walters tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his franchise-record 38th save. Binghamton won despite producing only two hits -- by Wilfredo Tovar and Taijeron. The B-Mets' last win with two hits or fewer came on July 13, 2012, in a 2-0 victory against Erie. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, JUPITER 3: A day after being eliminated from postseason contention, St. Lucie broke a 3-all tie in the sixth as Charley Thurber doubled and scored on Cam Maron's single. An inning later, Kevin Plawecki was hit by a pitch in the head with two outs and departed as a precaution. The Mets opened a three-run lead in the eighth on Gilbert Gomez's two-run single. T.J. Chism earned his 20th save with a scoreless ninth. Box

SAVANNAH 5, GREENVILLE 4
SAVANNAH 5, GREENVILLE 2: Greenville starter Cody Kukuk took a no-hit bid and 2-0 lead into the sixth in Game 2. However, after Dimas Ponce walked, Brandon Nimmo doubled. With runners at second and third, Maikis De La Cruz then doubled to even the score at 2. After Dilson Herrera walked, Stefan Sabol doubled too, scoring De La Cruz. Herrera came home on a throwing error on the play to make the score 4-2. That ended Kukuk’s night. Jeff Reynolds greeted reliever Manuel Rivera with an RBI single. Savannah starter Steven Matz did not work a single 1-2-3 inning, but nonetheless blanked the Drive (27-38/49-85) through five innings. He ultimately logged 5 2/3 innings and was charged with two runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out six. Reliever Wanel Mesa snagged the win, recording the final five outs. In Game 1, the Gnats (32-33/75-59) overcame the Drive’s 2-0 lead with a three-run fourth, keyed by Cole Frenzel’s two-run homer, his seventh long ball of the year. The Drive tied the score at 3 with a run in the fifth, but the Gnats scored twice in the sixth to make it 5-3. The recently acquired Herrera singled, stole second and scored on Frenzel’s double for a 4-3 lead. Gnats starter Tim Peterson lasted six innings to earn the win, his first as a Gnat. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 8, BLUEFIELD 5: Playoff-bound Kingsport broke a 5-all tie with a three-run seventh. Joe Tuschak had a two-run double in that frame. 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two walks in his first Appalachian League start. Box

STATEN ISLAND 9, BROOKLYN 3: Despite the loss, the Cyclones maintained a half-game division lead over Aberdeen. Those two teams face off Saturday and Sunday in Coney Island. Staten Island broke a scoreless tie in the third. Trent Garrison singled and Derek Toadvine walked. Brooklyn starter Robert Gsellman then retired Brandon Thomas on a fly ball and struck out Eric Jagielo. But Staten Island followed with four consecutive two-out hits to score four runs and chase Gsellman, who had entered the outing with a 1.60 ERA in 11 New York-Penn League starts. After Brooklyn pulled within 4-1, Cyclones reliever Ricky Knapp found himself in trouble in the fourth. Jagielo and Mike Ford started a two-out rally with back-to-back singles and Yeicok Calderon connected on his ninth homer of the season as Staten Island’s lead swelled to 7-1. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.10.13: Montero, Noah toss gems

August, 11, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 1: Rafael Montero limited Oklahoma City to one run on two hits and two walks while striking out nine in seven innings. The only damage came on a first-inning homer by George Springer. Kirk Nieuwenhuis answered with a solo homer in the bottom half of the frame. Travis d'Arnaud, serving as the DH, went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored. Brandon Hicks delivered a two-run single in the sixth to break a 1-all tie. John Church earned his first Triple-A save. Box

ERIE 6, BINGHAMTON 4: Noah Syndergaard tossed five scoreless innings before being pulled to conserve his innings, and the B-Mets squandered a four-run lead. After being held

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to two hits through six innings, the SeaWolves plated six runs on five hits against reliever Armando Rodriguez. Rhyne Hughes had blasted the B-Mets onto the scoreboard in the second with a homer against Drew VerHagen. VerHagen walked Wilfredo Tovar and Alonzo Harris with two outs later in that inning. Danny Muno then delivered a two-run single, stretching Binghamton’s lead to three. Binghamton padded its lead against reliever David Kopp in the fifth. Tovar doubled and Josh Rodriguez plated him by squeaking a groundball single past shortstop Brandon Douglas. Syndergaard faced three over the minimum. He surrendered two hits, walked one and struck out five while throwing 41 of 56 pitches for strikes. Rodriguez took over and posted a perfect sixth before letting Binghamton’s four-run lead slip away in the seventh. The righty walked two to start the inning. Wade Gaynor then put the SeaWolves on the board with an RBI double. With two outs, James Robbins tied the score at 4 with a three-run homer. Against Rodriguez in the eighth, Daniel Fields led off with a single and Ramon Cabrera scorched a line drive to center field. Alonzo Harris misread the drive and had it sail over his head, allowing Fields to come home with the go-ahead run. Erie used a suicide squeeze to tack on another run. Rodriguez (1-1) allowed six runs on five hits over three innings in his first blown save. Box

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ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 4 (10 innings): Rylan Sandoval produced a walk-off infield single that scored Kevin Plawecki in the 10th. Sandoval delivered the game-winning hit on his 26th birthday, on a broken-bat slow grounder to second. Kyle Johnson had three hits and a run scored. Plawecki had two hits and an RBI. Dustin Lawley hit a three-run homer in the third. He now has 24 homers and 86 RBIs, both leading the Florida State League. Hansel Robles pitched six innings and allowed four runs and seven hits, with four walks and four strikeouts. Bret Mitchell pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four. T.J. Chism tossed two scoreless innings and struck out one to earn the victory. Box

SAVANNAH 2, HICKORY 0: Behind seven shutout innings from Seth Lugo in his second South Atlantic League start, the Gnats blanked Hickory. In his first two starts for Savannah, Lugo has struck out 21 batters without issuing a walk in 13 innings. Saturday, the 23-year-old Lugo struck out 11 batters. He retired 10 in a row early on before running into his only trouble in the fifth. That frame, a pair of singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out. However, Lugo struck out the Nos. 8 and 9 batters, Taylor Wrenn and Luis Marte, to keep the game scoreless. Lugo finished strongly, fanning five batters over the sixth and seventh innings. The Gnats (25-20/68-46) scored the game’s opening run in the seventh. Jeff Reynolds doubled and Dimas Ponce walked. Jorge Rivero then lined a single into center field to score Reynolds. Savannah added a run in the eighth for a 2-0 lead. With two outs and the bases empty, Eudy Pina doubled and scored on Greg Pron’s single . The Crawdads (27-22/66-53) struck out 15 times and did not draw a walk against the combination of Lugo and reliever Paul Sewald. Sewald worked the eighth and ninth innings for his fifth save of the year, while Lugo won his first game as a Gnat. Box

GREENEVILLE 5, KINGSPORT 2: Edioglis Villasmil suffered the loss in relief after allowing three runs in 2 1/3 innings. Jeyckol De Leon went 3-for-4 and drove in both runs for the K-Mets (28-20). Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATE COLLEGE 1: John Gant did not allow a hit through 5 1/3 innings. He ultimately tossed six innings and allowed one run on two hits while striking out seven. The Cyclones got on the board right away. Leadoff batter Patrick Biondi hustled for a double on what looked like a routine single to center field. Gavin Cecchini then moved Biondi to third with a line-drive single. The single extended Cecchini’s hitting streak to 10 games. LJ Mazzilli followed with a sacrifice fly. The Cyclones struck again in the fourth. Ismael Tijerina reached base on a hit-by-pitch and Anthony Chavez walked. Cecchini's second hit of the night was an RBI single. Over his hitting streak, Cecchini is batting .381 (16-for-42). Leading 2-1 with the tying run on second base in the bottom of the sixth and two outs, Gant struck out Mason Katz to get out of the inning. John Mincone added two scoreless relief innings. Johnny Magliozzi then recorded his fourth save. Box

GCL NATIONALS 10, GCL METS 2: First-round pick Dominic Smith had a two-out solo homer in the first inning in the defeat. Starter Andrew Church took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but ultimately was charged with seven runs (six earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Box

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Minors 8.6.13: Vaughn's 6 RBIs fuel sweep

August, 7, 2013
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MEMPHIS 5, LAS VEGAS 3: Francisco Pena delivered a three-run homer in the seventh against Sam Freeman, but that was not enough to overcome a 5-0 deficit. The 51s produced only five hits -- two from third baseman Zach Lutz. Starter Giancarlo Alvarado allowed one run in five innings. Reliever D.J. Mitchell issued three walks while recording two outs and was charged with three runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, ALTOONA 2
BINGHAMTON 6, ALTOONA 1: Cory Vaughn tallied six RBIs in the sweep and Mark Cohoon tossed a complete game in the nightcap as Binghamton moved to a franchise-best

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29 games over .500. Vaughn drove in four runs in Game 1 -- his first game as a B-Met since June 2. Rehabbing Jon Niese threw five innings and earned the victory. Niese’s rehab start got off on the wrong foot. Alen Hanson hit a hard groundball down the left-field line to start the game. He scored two batters later on a single by Gregory Polanco. In the bottom half, Danny Muno walked and Travis d’Arnaud doubled. Mel Rojas Jr. misplayed the ball, allowing Muno to score. In the second, Niese walked two as the Curve took a 2-1 lead. Binghamton answered in the third. Josh Rodriguez started a two-out rally with a double. Allan Dykstra walked and Vaughn belted a three-run homer. Travis Taijeron had a solo homer in the fourth. Vaughn added an RBI double an inning later. Niese allowed two runs on four hits, but struck out six. Adam Kolarek contributed two scoreless relief innings.

In Game 2, Cohoon threw a complete game and scattered four hits. Binghamton scored all six of its runs in the first three innings, with Vaughn adding two RBIs. Binghamton jumped on Zack Dodson, who was making his Double-A debut. After Dodson walked the first two batters of the game, Vaughn tied the score with an RBI single. Rhyne Hughes followed with an RBI single for a 2-1 lead. In the second, Vaughn plated Wilfredo Tovar on a sacrifice fly. In the third, Blake Forsythe had an RBI double and Tovar added a sacrifice fly. After allowing an unearned run in the first inning, Cohoon retired 12 straight until he gave up a two-out single in the fifth. The lefty allowed two more hits in the seventh, but did not allow a run. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 1, CHARLESTON 0: The Gnats (23-18/66-44) scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the sixth. Albert Cordero, who was 2-for-3, led off with a double on which Charleston center fielder Jake Cave slipped and appeared to lose sight of the ball. Dimas Ponce then sacrificed Cordero to third. Jorge Rivero singled past a drawn-in infield to bring home Cordero. Savannah starter Gabriel Ynoa tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.78 and pick up his South Atlantic League-leading 13th win. Ynoa struck out five and did not walk a batter while allowing just three hits. The RiverDogs lost their seventh straight game. Charleston had a runner at third in the second and sixth innings. Savannah reliever Beck Wheeler struck out two batters in the ninth for his 14th save while dropping his ERA to 1.91. Box

PULASKI 4, KINGSPORT 3: The K-Mets posted three runs in the eighth, but their rally fell short. Yeixon Ruiz, who had two of Kingsport's six hits, got the K-Mets going in the eighth inning with his legs. Ruiz legged out an infield single to lead off the inning, scooted to second on a wild pitch and then showed his speed by advancing to third on a routine third-to-first groundout by Victor Cruzado. Ruiz scored on a Pulaski error. Jeyckol De Leon made it a one-run game a few batters later, lining a double into the left-field corner to plate Jeff Diehl and Joe Tuschak. After the double, Pulaski pulled Leoncio Munoz and inserted Emilio Pagan. Pagan ended the inning and retired all four men he faced to tally his league-best 10th save. Box

CONNECTICUT 4, BROOKLYN 1: A rough third inning in which Brooklyn committed two errors led to a Cyclones loss. Dawrin Frias pitched five scoreless relief innings, striking out nine, in the defeat. Brooklyn starter Dario Alvarez allowed four runs (one earned) in four innings. The three unearned runs came due to errors from Matt Oberste and Colton Plaia. After hitting Tyler Gibson with a pitch, Alvarez caught Gibson trying to steal second and threw to Oberste at first. Oberste bobbled the ball on the release, allowing Gibson to take second. Alvarez then allowed a walk and a bunt single to load the bases. Dominic Ficociello followed with a two-run single that landed runners on first and second. On a double-steal attempt, Plaia threw the ball far left of third baseman Juan Gamboa’s glove, allowing the runner stealing third to score, and advancing Ficociello to third. Ficociello scored on a sac fly to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 3: Leon Canelon's two-out triple in the top of the ninth scored Oswald Caraballo with the go-ahead run as the Mets completed a comeback from an early 3-0 deficit. Relievers Ramon Estevez and Gaither Bumgardner (1-2) tossed two scoreless innings apiece. Canelon finished 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs and two run scored. Box

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Minors 8.5.13: Cessa Ks 12 in 8 scoreless

August, 5, 2013
8/05/13
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LAS VEGAS 5, MEMPHIS 2: Francisco Pena belted a three-run homer in a five-run fourth. He had been hitless in 11 at-bats on the road trip before the long ball. Chris Schwinden allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk in six innings. Lucas Duda pinch-hit in the ninth as his rehab assignment shifted to Triple-A. Tim Byrdak retired lefty-hitting Greg Garcia, the lone batter he faced, on a pop-up in the southpaw's 51s debut after 14 appearances with Class A St. Lucie. Greg Burke earned his fourth save despite allowing three baserunners to reach in the bottom of the ninth with one out -- two via hit by pitch. Box

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SAVANNAH 6, CHARLESTON 0: Luis Cessa struck out a season-high 12 batters in eight scoreless innings while allowing four hits and walking none. Paul Sewald completed the shutout with a scoreless ninth that included three strikeouts. Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-4 and had a two-run homer in a five-run eighth. The Gnats grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Singles from Dimas Ponce, Jorge Rivero and Nimmo loaded the bases with none out. Ponce then scored on a groundball double play from Maikis De La Cruz. In addition to Nimmo's homer, Savannah picked up RBI singles from Eudy Pina, Greg Pron and Albert Cordero in the eighth. Box

CLEARWATER at ST. LUCIE (canceled)

GCL METS 7, GCL MARLINS 0: Octavio Acosta tossed six scoreless innings and combined with Ty Williams, Jose Encarnacion and Cameron Griffin on the five-hit shutout. Jhoan Urena and Ivan Wilson had three hits and two runs scored apiece. Box

Minors 8.4.13: Montero tosses gem

August, 4, 2013
8/04/13
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LAS VEGAS 4, MEMPHIS 2: Zach Lutz and Matt den Dekker each had RBIs to lead Las Vegas to the win. Starter Rafael Montero picked up the win with eight innings of one-run ball. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, HARRISBURG 0: Binghamton pitched the shutout behind five shutout innings from Noah Syndergaard. Danny Muno hit a homer, and Rhyne Hughes had a pair of RBIs. Box

CLEARWATER 5, ST. LUCIE 2: Lucas Duda went 0-for-4 in St. Lucie's loss. Kevin Plawecki had the lone RBI. Starter Rainy Lara gave up four runs over seven innings. Box

GREENVILLE 8, SAVANNAH 6: Savannah blew a 6-3 lead entering the bottom of the eighth. Dimas Ponce went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Starter Seth Lugo gave up two hits and one run in six innings. Box

GREENEVILLE 17, KINGSPORT 1: A seven-run third inning led to the blowout win for Greeneville. Starter Martires Arias gave up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. Michael Bernal had the lone RBI for Kingsport. Box

JAMESTOWN 9, BROOKLYN 5: Brooklyn blew a 5-2 lead as Jamestown scored the final seven runs. LJ Mazzilli hit his first homer as part of a 2-for-4 day with three RBIs. Box

Minors 8.3.13: Glenn's homer lifts Gnats

August, 3, 2013
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MEMPHIS 4, LAS VEGAS 3: With the score tied at 3, Sean Henn issued a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth and departed. John Church then surrendered a single to Jamie Romak and sacrifice fly to Chad Huffman. Brian Bixler had a leadoff single in the ninth and advanced to second on Juan Centeno's sac bunt, but Francisco Pena and Kirk Nieuwenhuis consecutively were retired to end the game. The 51s had tied the score at 3 in the top of the eighth when Ruben Tejada walked, advanced to third on Wilmer Flores' single and scored on Zach Lutz's groundout. Flores manned third base for the second time this season. Jamie Hoffmann had a seventh-inning solo homer to pull Las Vegas (60-53) within 3-2. Jordany Valdespin completed serving a three-game suspension. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 2: Facing Nathan Karns, Danny Muno opened the game with a single and Travis d’Arnaud blasted a two-run homer. In the third, Muno walked and

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d’Arnaud doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Josh Rodriguez followed with a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead. Logan Verrett won his 10th game. He faced the minimum through 4 2/3 innings and struck out seven of the first 14 batters he faced. That streak ended when Jerad Head reached on a swinging bunt with two outs in the fifth. Brian Jeroloman followed with a line drive deep to left-center. Darrell Ceciliani and Alonzo Harris dove for it. They collided and Jeroloman ended up with an RBI triple. Destin Hood made it three hits in a row against Verrett when he hit a line drive down the left-field line. Ceciliani made another diving attempt, but it tipped off of his glove and Hood sprinted to third base for an RBI triple. Verrett escaped further damage by forcing Karns to fly out and departed the game in line for the victory. Chasen Bradford worked around two singles in a scoreless sixth. He returned in the seventh and worked a 1-2-3 frame. Chase Huchingson retired the first two batters in the eighth before allowing back-to-back singles. With the tying run in scoring position, he got Carlos Rivero to fly out. Jeff Walters posted his 32nd save. Box

ST. LUCIE 11, CLEARWATER 3: Cam Maron and Jayce Boyd had three RBIs apiece. Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored twice and played seven innings in left field. Starter Michael Fulmer (1-2) earned his first Florida State League victory. He allowed three runs in six innings. Angel Cuan and T.J. Chism combined for three scoreless relief innings. Box

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SAVANNAH 6, GREENVILLE 3: The Gnats overcame a one-run deficit over the final two frames. They evened the score at 3 in the eighth when Dimas Ponce doubled and Jorge Rivero plated him with a triple. Jeff Glenn then blasted a three-run homer in the ninth. Beck Wheeler tossed a perfect bottom half for his 13th save. Starter Steven Matz allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings. Box

JOHNSON CITY 5, KINGSPORT 3: Vaughn Bryan's two-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth against Robert Coles accounted for the decisive runs, a half-inning after the K-Mets had tied the score at 3 with a pair of runs. Kingsport (25-17), which won 21 games in July, has lost two straight for the first time since June 30 and July 1. Kingsport struck first with back-to-back singles by Yeixon Ruiz and Victor Cruzado followed by a fielder's choice grounder by Jeyckol De Leon in the first. Johnson City answered in the fifth, with Steve Bean and Devante Lacy tallying back-to-back run-scoring hits against K-Mets starter Rob Whalen for a 2-1 lead. Justin Ringo produced a solo homer in the eighth against Coles to give Johnson City a two-run lead. The K-Mets evened the score at 3 in the bottom half on RBI doubles by Joe Tuschak and Michael Bernal. In the ninth, Johnson City loaded the bases with one out. After Coles then fanned pinch hitter J.J. Altobelli, Bryan hit a flare into right field that bounced past the diving Cruzado for a double. Whalen entered leading the Appalachian League in WHIP (0.88) and ranked third in ERA (1.36). He allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings in a no-decision. Box

BROOKLYN 7, JAMESTOWN 4: For the first time in nearly six weeks, the Cyclones (23-22) climbed above .500. John Gant allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks in five innings and earned the win. Gavin Cecchini went 4-for-5. Eddie Rohan had a two-run homer in the second. After Gant surrendered a run in the bottom half, Brooklyn responded with two runs in the third. Patrick Biondi and Cecchini singled and LJ Mazzilli grounded into a run-scoring double play. Alex Sanchez produced a run-scoring double to give Brooklyn a 4-1 lead. Jamestown struck for another run in the sixth because of an error by Gant. In a three-run seventh, Biondi had an RBI single. Cecchini then doubled, advancing Biondi to third. Mazzilli followed with a two-out, two-RBI single to give Brooklyn a 7-2 lead. The Jammers produced two runs in the eighth against John Mincone. Box

GCL NATIONALS 9, GCL METS 5 (6 innings): Starter Yoryi Nuez allowed six runs in one-plus innings in the rain-shortened game. Brandon Brosher had a two-run homer in the loss. Box

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Minors 6.13.13: Wonder Wheels in finale

June, 13, 2013
6/13/13
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TACOMA 11, LAS VEGAS 0: Zack Wheeler allowed a one-out solo homer to Carlos Peguero

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in the fifth but no other hits in his final Triple-A start. Wheeler was pulled at 85 pitches after issuing a two-out walk in the sixth. His final line: 5.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2, BB, 7 K. He finished his Pacific Coast League career with a 3.93 ERA. Wheeler likely will pitch the evening game Tuesday in Atlanta, with Matt Harvey handling the matinee. In his Triple-A debut, left-hander Jack Leathersich inherited a baserunner from Wheeler and struck out Brad Miller, the first Pacific Coast League batter he faced. Leathersich has struck out 195 batters in 115 professional innings. Leathersich ended up getting charged with a seventh-inning run when he departed with a runner on third and two outs and Gonzalez Germen ultimately surrendered a two-run double in what became a three-run frame. Germen then surrendered four homers in the eighth. Ike Davis went 0-for-3. Box

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ST. LUCIE 5, CLEARWATER 4: T.J. Rivera's two-out, go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth lifted the

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Mets (34-30) to the victory. Rivera lined a single to right to score Gilbert Gomez. The Threshers had runners at second and third with one out in the bottom half. Chasen Bradford then struck out Aaron Altherr for the second out. T.J. Chism picked up the save, retiring Chris Serritella on a groundout. Jonathan Clark and Dustin Lawley each had RBI doubles and Dimas Ponce added an RBI single. Domingo Tapia allowed two runs on five hits and five walks in four innings. Angel Cuan also allowed two runs in four innings and picked up his sixth win. The Florida State League All-Star Game will be held in Dunedin, Fla., on Saturday. The Mets return to action on Monday. Box

SAVANNAH 9, GREENVILLE 4: Jayce Boyd finished 4-for-4 with a triple, homer and walk

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as the Gnats (40-26) opened a 1-game lead over Charleston with three to play in the first half. Eudy Pina doubled and scored the game's opening run in the first on Maikis De La Cruz's sacrifice fly. In the third, Boyd lined a three-run homer -- his fourth long ball of the season -- for a 4-0 lead. Savannah starter Jake Kuebler retired the first 13 batters he faced, nine on groundouts, before a bouncer off his glove in the fifth resulted in Greenville's first hit. Kuebler tossed five scoreless innings, allowing two hits en route to his second win this season. The Gnats added a run in the fifth on De La Cruz's RBI single. The Drive cut Savannah's lead to 5-3 with a three-run sixth against reliever Marco Camerena. In the seventh inning, Boyd tripled and scored on Cole Frenzel's single to put the Gnats up, 6-3. Greenville put the tying runs on base in the top of the eighth against reliever Beck Wheeler, but settled for one run on a sacrifice fly. Savannah posted three runs in the bottom half, highlighted by Brandon Nimmo's RBI triple. Box

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Around the minors 9.9.12

September, 9, 2012
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HUDSON VALLEY 8, BROOKLYN 1: Hudson Valley will host a winner-take-all Game 3 on Monday at 6:05 p.m. in the first round of the New York-Penn League playoffs. Brooklyn's lone run came on a fifth-inning solo homer by Euda Pina. Starter Luis Mateo allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in five innings. Reliever Logan Taylor was charged with three runs while recording only two outs. Matt Koch allowed another two runs in the eighth. Pina and Dimas Ponce had two hits apiece for the Cyclones in the loss. Box

Around the minors 9.7.12

September, 7, 2012
9/07/12
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BROOKLYN 4, HUDSON VALLEY 0: Hansel Robles threw a nine-inning complete game to lead the Cyclones to a victory in Game 1 of the playoffs. It was the third nine-inning complete game in franchise history, and the first since Aug. 28, 2010, by Yohan Almonte. Robles allowed four hits and no walks while striking out 10. He has not allowed an earned run in 45 innings. After surrendering a single to the second batter he faced, Robles retired the next 12 Renegades.

The Cyclones took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Jayce Boyd. Brandon Nimmo began the frame with a single and moved to second when Dimas Ponce was hit by a pitch. Phillip Evans then grounded into a double play, which advanced Nimmo to third.

The Cyclones extended their lead in the second, scoring three runs. Stefan Sabol singled and took second on a throwing error by third baseman Richie Shaffer. Juan Gamboa then sacrifice bunted, and reached first safely as Renegade pitcher Jesse Hahn committed a fielding error. After Eudy Pina struck out swinging, Jorge Rivero doubled to plate Sabol. Hahn then intentionally walked Nimmo, and gave up back-to-back singles to Ponce and Evans to give the Cyclones a four-run advantage.

Hahn suffered the loss, lasting three innings. He surrendered four runs (three earned) on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Entering the game, Hahn had allowed one run over his last 20 innings.

Evans and Gamboa led the Cyclones with two hits apiece.

The Cyclones will play Game 2 Saturday at Hudson Valley at 7:05 p.m. Luis Mateo (4-5) starts for Brooklyn opposite Jeff Ames (6-1). Box

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Around the minors 9.4.12

September, 5, 2012
9/05/12
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JUPITER 3, ST. LUCIE 1: Jupiter broke a tie with a pair of eighth-inning runs as St. Lucie lost Game 1 of its best-of-three playoff series. Logan Verrett limited the Hammerheads to one run in five innings, but departed after a three-hour rain delay. Jack Leathersich contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

LOWELL 9, BROOKLYN 1: The Cyclones’ magic number remained at one entering the final day of the season. Brooklyn needs a win Wednesday against Lowell or one loss by Batavia in its doubleheader to earn the New York-Penn League's wild-card berth. Cyclones starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings. Matt Bowman allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in two innings in relief, while Beck Wheeler surrendered three earned runs in two innings. The Cyclones had the bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the fifth, but grabbed only one run. Two walks sandwiched a Dimas Ponce single to put three runners on base. Brandon Nimmo was then called out on strikes. Phillip Evans singled on a groundball to center to score Juan Gamboa. Ponce also tried to come home on the play, but was thrown out for the second out. After Mike Augliera replaced Justin Haley, Jayce Boyd flied out to center, stranding Nelfi Zapata at second. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 9.3.12

September, 3, 2012
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BUFFALO at LEHIGH VALLEY (canceled): The season finale was rained out and will not be made up. In what is expected to be Buffalo's final season affiliated with the Mets, the Bisons finished 67-76. Box

TRENTON 8, BINGHAMTON 5: In the season finale, Binghamton scored a pair of first-inning runs against Trenton southpaw Nik Turley in his Double-A debut. With two on base, Allan Dykstra sent an RBI double off the right-field wall. Eric Campbell added a sac fly. The B-Mets plated a run in the second for a 3-0 lead. Gonzalez Germen retired the first nine Thunder batters before hitting a speed bump in the fourth. Adonis Garcia singled and Ramon Flores cut into Binghamton’s lead with a two-run homer. Trenton added three runs in the sixth to take the lead. The Thunder chased Germen with a four-hit frame, highlighted by an RBI single by Tyler Austin and two-run double by Kevin Mahoney. Armando Rodriguez struck out Rob Segedin to end the inning. Edgar Ramirez posted a perfect seventh, but Trenton tagged Brandon Moore for three runs in the eighth, stretching its lead to five. Binghamton got to reliever Mikey O’Brien in the bottom half with doubles by Campbell and Juan Centeno. Branden Pinder entered with two outs and induced a groundball by Pedro Zapata. Shortstop Addison Maruszak booted it, prolonging the inning. Wilfredo Tovar cashed in with an RBI single. Dustin Martin represented the tying run, but lined out to end the inning. Pinder returned for the ninth and posted a perfect inning. Germen (8-12) allowed five runs on six hits. Box

KANNAPOLIS 5, SAVANNAH 2: John Gant allowed five runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings in the Gnats' season finale. Greg Pron's two-run homer in the fourth accounted for Savannah's runs. Box

BROOKLYN 4, LOWELL 1: Kevin Plawecki went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored as Brooklyn's magic number dropped to one to clinch a fourth straight playoff berth. Two games remain in the regular season. Luis Cessa tossed 8 2/3 innings. He allowed one run on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Tyler Vanderheiden recorded the final out for his 12th save. Trailing 1-0, Brooklyn evened the score in the fourth. Plawecki singled with one out and Nelfi Zapata walked. Lowell starter Francellis Montas then departed. Reliever Francisco Taveras allowed a run-scoring single to Juan Gamboa. The Cyclones took the lead an inning later. After Dimas Ponce drew a one-out walk, consecutive singles by Phillip Evans, Jayce Boyd and Plawecki plated the run. Brooklyn had a chance for more, but left the bases loaded when Jorge Rivero struck out and Zapata grounded out. Brooklyn added two runs in the eighth. Rivero reached on a fielding error by Lowell third baseman Nick Moore. Zapata walked and Richie Rodriguez came in to pinch-run. Gamboa's sacrifice bunt advanced the runners and Maikis De La Cruz was intentionally walked to load the bases. Brandon Nimmo grounded into a fielder's choice at the plate for the second out, but Ponce walked to force in a run. Evans' ensuing RBI single gave the Cyclones a three-run advantage. Box

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Around the minors 8.31.12

August, 31, 2012
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BUFFALO 8, ROCHESTER 5: Buffalo built a 7-0 lead. Fred Lewis doubled and walked three times in five plate appearances while scoring twice. Jordany Valdespin went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. Chris Schwinden (9-9) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in six innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, TRENTON 5: The B-Mets slugged three homers, including back-to-back shots by Wilmer Flores and Allan Dykstra. Dustin Martin had a three-hit night, finishing a double shy of the cycle. Flores capped a red-hot August with his fourth homer in the last nine games. He hit .377 in 28 games in August. After being held to one run over 13 innings in their two previous games against Trenton starter Brett Marshall, the B-Mets tagged the righty for three runs in the first. Wilfredo Tovar singled and Martin plated him with a homer. Flores was hit by a pitch and scored later in the frame on Eric Campbell’s sac fly. In the second, the B-Mets added to their lead with back-to-back doubles by Pedro Zapata and Tovar. Flores and Dykstra trumped that feat with back-to-back homers later in the frame. With Tovar on second, Flores sent a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall for his eighth homer this season. Dykstra blasted a solo shot to dead center, his seventh homer. It was the first time the B-Mets hit consecutive homers this season. Ryan Flannery entered in the sixth for Trenton and allowed a run on two hits. Martin extended Binghamton’s lead to eight with an RBI triple. B-Mets starter Greg Peavey marched through six scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and walked three, but coaxed four double plays. His fortune changed in the seventh when the Thunder produced four runs on five hits, cutting the B-Mets' lead to four. Brad Holt took over in the eighth and surrendered a solo homer to Luke Murton. Ryan Fraser tossed a perfect ninth, capping his fourth save with a strikeout. Peavey (8-8) went at least seven innings for the fourth straight start and collected his fourth win in August. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, BRADENTON 3: St. Lucie matched its single-season record for wins in team history with No. 81 Friday. The 2000 team that included Heath Bell, Endy Chavez and Jason Phillips also reached that total. Chase Huchingson pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs and six hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts. Jeff Walters tossed 1 2/3 innings and gave up one hit and struck out two. Adam Kolarek pitched a scoreless inning and struck out two. Richard Lucas went 2-for-4 with two runs scored with two RBIs. Aderlin Rodriguez finished 1-for-4 with an RBI. Cory Vaughn also had a hit and RBI. St. Lucie has two regular-season games remaining. Box

SAVANNAH 4, KANNAPOLIS 2: Yucarybert De La Cruz's two-run homer in the third staked the Gnats to a 3-0 lead. Alex Panteliodis limited Kannapolis to two runs on five hits in seven innings. Box

BROOKLYN 5, STATEN ISLAND 1: Hansel Robles (6-1) collected the win and finished the month with a 4-0 record and without allowing an earned run in August. The Cyclones remained a game ahead of Batavia in the wild-card race. Robles allowed four hits and two walks and hit a batter while surrendering an unearned run in five innings. Entering the game, Robles hadn’t allowed a run since Aug. 4 -- a span of 22.0 innings. He still hasn’t allowed an earned since July 28. His streak without allowing an earned run extended to 36.0 innings, the longest by a Cyclones starter this season. The Yankees did score first. Matt Duran singled with one out and Exicardo Cayones was hit in the leg by a pitch. Jose Rosario then hit a grounder to second baseman Jeff Reynolds, who misplayed it to load the bases. After Robles retired Isaias Tejeda for the second out, Taylor Dugas drew a two-out walk, scoring Duran. Brooklyn struck back in the third when Jorge Rivero led off with a double. Reynolds then grounded out, moving Rivero to third. Maikis De La Cruz walked, bringing up Brandon Nimmo, who was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dimas Ponce's sacrifice fly tied the score at 1. The Cyclones took the lead in the fourth when Kevin Plawecki led off with a towering homer. After the Cyclones added two runs in the fifth, ex-Met Pedro Feliciano entered in a rehab appearance. The first batter Feliciano faced was Alex Sanchez, who homered for a 5-1 lead. This marked the second straight year that a Yankees pitcher on a rehab assignment has given up a home run to a Cyclones player. Last year Phil Hughes gave up a solo homer to Nelfi Zapata. Box

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Mets morning briefing 8.29.12

August, 29, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Young surrendered a grand slam to Ryan Howard and solo homer to Chase Utley, but the Mets rallied for a 9-5, 10-inning win against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Kelly Shoppach's RBI double in the eighth forced extra innings. Shoppach then contributed a two-run homer in a four-run 10th.

"This team has been accused of folding it up. I disagree with that," Terry Collins said postgame.

Matt Harvey (2-3, 2.75 ERA) opposes left-hander Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99) at 7:05 tonight.

Wednesday's news reports:

Robert Carson, Ramon Ramirez, Josh Edgin, Jon Rauch and Bobby Parnell combined to contribute 5 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Shoppach delievered his second homer since joining the Mets, matching the combined total of the other Mets catchers this season.

After Young was charged with five runs in 4 1/3 innings, Collins wondered if the right-hander's recent ineffectiveness has to do with going a week between his starts, which has been the result in part of the Mets using extra starters in the rotation. “I think this is seven days between starts for him,” Collins said. “I’m not sure if that’s too much. Obviously his command wasn’t very good in the first inning, which is very unlike him. He’s usually right on top of it. So we’ve got to take a look at it and see if that was one of the issues.”

Read game recaps in the Record, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Post and Daily News.

Daniel Murphy played a day after getting an MRI on his right shoulder and snapped out of a funk with hits in his first three at-bats. Read more in Newsday, the Post and Daily News.

• Tuesday likely marked the Mets' final game in Buffalo before changing affiliations. Todd Dewey in the Las Vegas Review-Journal adds to the educated speculation the Mets will now end up with their Triple-A affiliate in that Nevada market for 2013. Writes Dewey:

Las Vegas was affiliated with the San Diego Padres from 1983 to 2000 and with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2001 to 2008. The Dodgers left for Albuquerque, N.M., because it had a more modern ballpark and better player amenities than Cashman Field. "The honest truth is right now we're in a 30-year-old stadium with no player amenities and because of that we're going to be at a disadvantage," [Las Vegas GM Chuck] Johnson said. Until or unless a new park is built for the 51s, the team will probably continue to be the last one standing in the biannual Triple-A shuffle and partner with whichever big league team remains. That team likely will be from the East Coast, as there are more Triple-A affiliates than big league teams on the West Coast. "Someone's always going to have a disenfranchised, geographically unsatisfactory team," Johnson said. Stevens Baseball Group, which owns the 51s, is having ongoing discussions with prospective buyers for the team.

• Pitching in the final home game in Buffalo, Collin McHugh allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings and was pulled at 69 pitches to ensure he is fresh for his return to the major league rotation, Monday in St. Louis. Surging Wilmer Flores had three more hits to up his August average to .392 in Binghamton's 12-8 loss at Reading. Cory Vaughn slugged his 23rd homer as St. Lucie split a doubleheader. Dimas Ponce hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 11th to lift Brooklyn to a victory at Aberdeen. Read Tuesday's full minor league recap here.

TRIVIA: Ike Davis has 24 homers. Name the four first basemen who have produced more in a season in franchise history.

Tuesday's answer: David Wright leads the Mets in steals with 12.

Around the minors 8.28.12

August, 29, 2012
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ROCHESTER 10, BUFFALO 4: The 25th season at Coca-Cola Field came to a close in front of 14,697 in downtown Buffalo. The Bisons finish the 2012 season with five road games. The Mets are expected to change affiliations this offseason. The Herd finished the season 32-39 at home. Rochester scored solo runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to erase an early 2-0 Bisons advantage. The fifth-inning tally was compliments of former Bisons catcher Rene Rivera, who homered against Collin McHugh. Rivera also doubled in a run in a two-run eighth. The Wings tacked on five runs in the ninth. Buffalo's four runs came on two swings of the bat. Matt Tuiasosopo hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead. For the team's 2012 Community Service Award winner, it was his 12th homer this season. After being crowned the team MVP before the game, Fred Lewis hit a two-run shot in the ninth. McHugh started for Buffalo but was on a pitch count and allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings before departing. He struck out three and walked two. Prior to the game, the Bisons also announced Matt Harvey as the club's Most Valuable Pitcher. Left-hander Justin Hampson earned the "Hometown Hero" award, his third Bisons award in two seasons. Box

READING 12, BINGHAMTON 8: Wilmer Flores had a three-hit night and finished a homer shy of the cycle in the loss. He extended his hitting streak to nine games and has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games. The R-Phils opened the scoring against starter Cory Mazzoni. In the first, Tug Hulett laced an RBI single and Tommy Joseph lined a run-scoring double. Binghamton answered in the fourth, hanging six runs on starter Ethan Martin. After Flores' leadoff double, Martin walked three straight, including Jefry Marte to force in a run. Francisco Pena then cleared the bases with a double. Juan Lagares contributed a two-run homer. Mazzoni failed to hold the four-run lead in the bottom half. With two outs and runners on the corners, R-Phils reliever Colby Shreve beat out a potential double play, allowing a run to score. The play extended the inning for Tyson Gillies, who cut the deficit to one with a two-run homer. After Cody Asche doubled and Darin Ruf walked, Jake Fox chased Mazzoni with a game-tying RBI. The B-Mets countered with two runs off Shreve a half-inning later. Flores singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored when Raul Reyes singled. Marte brought Reyes home with a triple. Armando Rodriguez (2-3) posted a perfect fifth inning and retired the first two he faced in the sixth before things unraveled. Asche singled and Ruf crushed his league-leading 37th homer to even the score. Fox added a tiebreaking solo shot. Reading tacked on three more runs against reliever Brad Holt, capped by Joseph’s two-run homer. Box

JUPITER 5, ST. LUCIE 4
JUPITER 4, ST. LUCIE 2: Cory Vaughn slugged his Florida State League-leading 23rd homer -- a three-run shot in the sixth -- to stake St. Lucie to a 4-1 lead in Game 1. But Adam Kolarek suffered the loss, allowing a walk-off two-run homer to Marcell Ozuna, who also slugged No. 23 on the season. In the nightcap, Angel Cuan was knocked out in a four-run first inning. It marked the second straight start Cuan failed to get out of the opening frame. Box 1, Box 2

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 5: Domingo Tapia allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings. Trailing 6-2, the Gnats scored three runs in the ninth, but Brian Harrison's groundout left the tying run at third base. Box

PULASKI 5, KINGSPORT 2: Jeffrey Diehl drove in both runs in the loss. Kingsport completed its season at 23-43. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 3 (11 innings): Luis Cessa took a perfect game into the sixth before allowing three runs and Matt Bowman and John Mincone combined for five scoreless relief innings. Dimas Ponce had a tiebreaking two-run double in the 11th. In the fourth, Jayce Boyd homered against Cameron Coffey for a 1-0 lead. An inning later, new arrival Maikis De La Cruz tripled and Brandon Nimmo doubled for a two-run lead. Cessa did not allow a baserunner until the sixth, when Hector Veloz was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Will Howard moved Veloz to second with a single. Anthony Vega doubled with one out, scoring Veloz. Torsten Boss eventually gave Aberdeen the lead, 3-2, with a two-run triple. Brooklyn tied the score in the seventh. Jeff Reynolds singled and De La Cruz walked. With one out, a passed ball from Sam Kimmel advanced the runners. Ponce then hit a fly ball to center field that was deep enough for Reynolds to score. In the top of the 11th, the Cyclones produced three runs. Reynolds walked with one out and reached third when shortstop Joel Hutter committed an error on a grounder by De La Cruz. After Nimmo struck out for the second out, Ponce doubled, scoring Reynolds and De La Cruz. Phillip Evans then walked and Kevin Plawecki singled to score Ponce. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.27.12

August, 28, 2012
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ROCHESTER 6, BUFFALO 1: Jenrry Mejia allowed five runs on four hits and four walks in six innings. Zach Lutz went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and scored the Bisons' lone run, on Matt Tuiasosopo's single. Rochester's Wilkin Ramirez drove in four runs -- on a bases-loaded triple and solo homer, both against Mejia. Outfielder Fred Lewis left the game after injuring himself while running out an infield single in the first inning. The Bisons play their final 2012 home game -- and likely last as a Mets affiliate -- on Tuesday. Box

READING 4, BINGHAMTON 1: Phillies top prospect Trevor May surrendered only two hits in eight innings -- a solo homer in the first inning by Wilmer Flores, then a seventh-inning single, also by Flores. Binghamton’s elimination number was cut to one. The R-Phils answered Flores' solo homer with a run in the bottom of the first against Mark Cohoon. Cody Asche singled and scored two batters later when Jake Fox doubled. Reading grabbed the lead in the third after loading the bases on two singles and a walk against Cohoon. Tug Hulett smacked a two-run double for a 3-1 R-Phils lead. Darin Ruf continued his red-hot month in the fifth. The Eastern League's leader in homers blasted No. 36 on the season. It was Ruf’s 18th homer in August. Justin Friend struck out the side in order in the ninth to secure his league-leading 23rd save. Cohoon (8-10) allowed double-digit hits for the second straight start. He surrendered four runs on 10 hits over five innings, in his shortest outing since May 21. Edgar Ramirez supplied two perfect relief innings. Box

ST. LUCIE at JUPITER (ppd.)

PULASKI 5, KINGSPORT 4: Robert Gsellman tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, but Pulaski rallied with five runs over the final two frames. Catcher Jeyckol De Leon and reliever Martires Arias committed errors as Pulaski overcame a one-run deficit in the ninth. Box

BROOKLYN 2, ABERDEEN 1: Rainy Lara collected his league-leading eighth win after tossing six scoreless innings. Lara (8-2) allowed three hits and a walk while striking out four. The Cyclones took advantage of a pair of IronBirds miscues to open the scoring in the third. Richie Rodriguez singled and Julio Concepcion reached safely on Aberdeen first baseman Cameron Edman's error. After Brandon Nimmo popped out for the first out, Dimas Ponce hit into what looked like an inning-ending double play. Instead, Aberdeen second baseman Creede Simpson’s throw to first went wide, allowing Rodriguez to score. Brooklyn took a 2-0 lead in the sixth, on Jayce Boyd's solo homer. The IronBirds avoided the shutout in the ninth and nearly evened the score. Tyler Vanderheiden retired the first two batters before Cameron Edman connected on a two-strike double. Manuel Hernandez then was hit by a pitch. Will Howard followed by singling into left field, which should have loaded the bases. But Concepcion misplayed the ball, allowing Edman to score and moving Hernandez to third base. Vanderheiden responded, striking out Chase Weems to end the game. Box

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