New York Mets: Dustin Lawley

Minors 9.10.14: B-Mets one win from title

September, 10, 2014
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BINGHAMTON 5, RICHMOND 1: Xorge Carrillo and Travis Taijeron homered and Greg Peavey allowed one run in seven innings as the B-Mets moved to within a game of capturing

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the Eastern League championship for the first time since 1994. The B-Mets lead the best-of-five series, 2-0.

After a leadoff walk to Dustin Lawley in the second, Carrillo ripped Adalberto Mejia’s 0-1 offering over the left-field wall. Carillo’s blast, his first since June 20, gave Binghamton a 2-0 lead.

Richmond scratched into the B-Mets' advantage with a run in the bottom half against Peavey. Mario Lisson doubled down the third-base line to start the rally and Devin Harris put Richmond on the board by doubling off the right-field wall.

After Carrillo’s blast, Mejia retired 15 of the next 16 batters he faced.

Peavey saved his most dominating work for the end. He retired 12 of the final 13 Squirrels he faced, striking out eight during that stretch. He capped his night by striking out the side in a perfect seventh inning.

Binghamton stretched its lead in the eighth. After Kyle Johnson took second on a groundout, Edwin Quirarte intentionally walked Brian Burgamy with two outs. Taijeron followed with a three-run homer inside the left-field foul pole, giving Binghamton a 5-1 lead.

Randy Fontantez stranded one in a scoreless eighth. Cody Satterwhite, pitching in his third straight game, worked a perfect ninth to secure Binghamton’s fourth straight postseason victory.

Peavey (1-0) struck out nine and walked none over seven innings to pick up his first postseason win as a B-Met. Mejia (0-1) surrendered two runs on three hits over six innings in the loss.

The B-Mets bid for the sweep on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Steven Matz opposes fellow southpaw Ty Blach. Box

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Minors 8.30.14: St. Lucie loss playoff blow

August, 30, 2014
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RICHMOND 7, BINGHAMTON 6: Randy Fontanez surrendered three runs in the ninth inning as the B-Mets blew their third save in their past three chances. Blake Miller’s walk-off single capped a furious Squirrels rally. After producing five runs in the eighth, Binghamton ultimately handed a 6-4 lead to Fontanez for the ninth. They righty walked pinch hitter Mario Lisson and allowed a single to Kelby Tomlinson. In an attempt to advance the runners, Elliott Blair bunted to the mound. Fontanez pounced on the roller, but his throw to third base ticked off Dustin Lawley’s glove and rolled into left field, allowing Lisson to score. With two runners in scoring position, Fontanez bounced a wild pitch, plating the tying run. Miller then capped the comeback by lining a 3-1 pitch into the left-field corner. Richmond’s comeback spoiled a monster inning by the B-Mets in the eighth. The B-Mets greeted reliever Ryan Bradley with three consecutive singles to load the bases. The southpaw ended his night and forced in a run by plunking pinch hitter Darrell Ceciliani. Travis Taijeron followed with a two-run single against reliever Jose Casilla. Lawley drove in Ceciliani with the go-ahead run. Juan Centeno capped the five-run frame with a run-producing double play. T.J. Rivera extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the eighth. Taijeron went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Box

PALM BEACH 11, ST. LUCIE 5 (12 innings): T.J. Chism and Robby Coles combined to allow six runs in the top of the 12th to deal a serious blow to the Mets' Florida State League postseason chances. In order to qualify, St. Lucie (75-62) needs to win on the final day of the regular season Sunday to overtake Palm Beach (76-62) in the overall standings. The Mets also need Charlotte to sweep Bradenton (76-61) in a doubleheader. And they need to get first-half-champion Fort Myers (40-29) to win Sunday against Jupiter to finish even with Bradenton (41-27). Box

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 3: John Mincone tossed a wild pitch that plated Jacob Schrader in the bottom of the eighth, a half-inning after the Gnats had pulled even on an error by right fielder Connor Oliver that allowed two runs to score. Box

TRI-CITY 3, BROOKLYN 2: The Cyclones dropped into a tie with Connecticut for the New York-Penn League's wild-card berth with two games remaining in the season. Connecticut owns the tiebreaker. Marcos Molina allowed three runs in seven innings. Michael Conforto's leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth pulled Brooklyn within a run. Jhoan Urena then doubled, but he ultimately was stranded at third base after Adrian Abreu struck out, Pedro Perez grounded out, Michael Bernal walked and Tucker Tharp grounded into a fielder's choice. Box

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Morning Briefing: Back to work

August, 26, 2014
Aug 26
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets will have a chance to play spoiler as the Atlanta Braves visit Citi Field for a three-game series.

Atlanta (68-63) trails the first-place Washington Nationals by 7 games in the division race, but the Braves are right in the thick of the wild-card hunt.

One aspect to watch Tuesday: Will David Wright and Daniel Murphy return to the lineup? Wright departed Sunday’s game at Dodger Stadium in the third inning with muscle spasms in his neck. Murphy departed in the ninth inning with a right-calf issue.

Dillon Gee (4-6, 3.84 ERA) opposes left-hander Alex Wood (9-9, 3.05) in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.

Read the Mets-Braves series preview here.

Tuesday’s news reports:

• With teams apparently leery about taking on Bartolo Colon's $11 million salary for 2015, the veteran righty went unclaimed and cleared waivers Monday. That makes Colon eligible to be traded to any team through the end of the month, although it clearly means the Mets would have to kick in money. It appears more likely the Mets deal Colon in the offseason. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels would appear potential destinations if a trade did materialize before Sunday’s deadline.

Still, Mike DiGiovanna in the Los Angeles Times writes:

If the Angels absorbed Colon’s $11 million salary for 2015, it would push them right up against the $189 million luxury-tax threshold, which owner Arte Moreno does not want to pass, and leave them virtually no flexibility to pursue a free-agent pitcher next winter. It is still possible for the Angels to trade for Colon, but they would probably want the Mets to assume a chunk of the pitcher’s 2015 salary to do so.

Read more in Newsday and at MLB.com.

• The left shoulder issue that has tormented Wright since before the All-Star break has hindered his production, hitting coach Lamar Johnson said.

Meanwhile, Terry Collins has at least considered moving Wright out of the No. 3 spot in the lineup, Marc Carig writes in Newsday.

"There's not a segment of this team that isn't talked about every day. Not a segment. Who to play, and when to play? Where to hit him? Who should be hitting behind him? Who should be hitting in front of him?" Collins told Carig. "Not a segment."

Columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record wonders if Wright will still be productive when the Mets finally become a contender.

Writes Jared Diamond in the Journal:

Over the past month, Wright has been arguably the worst regular offensive player in the major leagues. Among players with at least 100 plate appearances since July 26, he ranks last with a .231 slugging percentage and second-to-last with a .492 on-base-plus-slugging-percentage. He has just one extra-base hit during the month of August and hasn't hit a homer since July 11.

The slump has dropped his on-base percentage to a career-low .324, especially troubling considering that Wright had a combined .307 batting average and .391 OBP in 2012 and 2013. But the year before that, in 2011, Wright injured his back early in season and saw his batting average fall to a career-low .254 after he emerged from the disabled list.

As in 2011, it seems easy to attribute his issues this year to an injury -- in this case his shoulder, which he hurt while sliding headfirst into second base at a muddy Citi Field in June.

Nolan Arenado beat out Lucas Duda for the NL Player of the Week honor.

Mike Puma in the Post caught up with former hitting coach Dave Hudgens about Duda’s surge, which includes five homers in his past six games.

“There were a lot of times where everybody said he took pitches early, which he did, there is no question,” Hudgens told Puma. “But I think a lot of times he was just late on balls as far as timing went.”

Read more on Duda in the Daily News.

• The Mets may use Rafael Montero as part of a six-man rotation in September. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post reviews external shortstop options for the Mets to pursue during the offseason.

• The Mets are a “very strong possibility” to remain affiliated with Las Vegas through 2016, Sandy Alderson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The door was closed on one attractive alternative when Rochester announced it had renewed its agreement with the Minnesota Twins.

• Dustin Lawley had a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth as Binghamton beat New Britain, 4-1. T.J. Chism surrendered a ninth-inning grand slam and St. Lucie lost to Charlotte, 8-5. Read the full minor-league recap here.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear questions Collins' commitment to winning.

BIRTHDAYS: Ricky Bottalico turns 45. ... Alex Trevino was born on this date in 1957.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets give David Wright several days off?

Minors 8.25.14: Lawley double lifts B-Mets

August, 25, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 9, ROUND ROCK 3: The 51s built an 8-2 lead after four innings. Third baseman Josh Satin was 3-for-5 with an RBI and run scored. Second baseman Anthony Seratelli was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and double. Starter Matt Bowman (3-2) allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings. The 51s have the best record in the 16-team PCL with a 78-60 mark (.565). Box

BINGHAMTON 4, NEW BRITAIN 1: Dustin Lawley’s double plated Jayce Boyd with the

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go-ahead run in a three-run eighth as the B-Mets won their fifth straight. Binghamton opened the scoring in the fourth against Taylor Rogers as T.J. Rivera had a two-out double and Lawley followed with an RBI single. New Britain evened the score in the sixth against Rainy Lara. Jorge Polanco singled, Nate Hanson walked and Mike Gonzales singled to load the bases. Ronny Rodriguez followed with a sacrifice fly. In the eighth, Edgar Ibarra hit Boyd with a pitch to start the frame. The southpaw then surrendered a single to Rivera. Lawley doubled to drive in the go-ahead run. After a groundout, Wilfredo Tovar's sacrifice fly plated Rivera. Kyle Johnson then legged out an infield single that brought Lawley home all the way from second for a 4-1 lead. Lara matched his season high with 7 2/3 innings. He allowed one run, but did not factor into the decision. Chase Huchingson (4-1) recorded the final out in the eighth. Cody Satterwhite worked a scoreless ninth for his 15th save. Box

CHARLOTTE 8, ST. LUCIE 5: T.J. Chism (0-3) surrendered a grand slam to Johnny Field in the ninth to suffer the blown save. With St. Lucie leading 5-4 lead, Granden Goetzman led off with a single. Chism then struck out Jake DePew. Chism looked like he had a second out when Gilbert Gomez dove for a ball in center off the bat of Juniel Querecuto. But the ball popped out of Gomez’s glove and runners were at first and second with one out. Tommy Coyle then drew a walk to load the bases. Field followed with the decisive homer. The Mets had jumped on the Stone Crabs early, taking a 4-0 lead. In the second, Phillip Evans grounded into a bases-loaded double play that plated the opening run. The Mets plated three more in the third. Maikis De La Cruz scored from third on a missed pickoff play at first and Jairo Perez and Jared King had run-scoring hits. The 4-0 lead unraveled in the fifth. Mets starter Angel Cuan surrendered a two-out, two-run double to DePew. DePew then scored on a single as the Crabs pulled within 4-3. Coyle appeared to fly out to end the frame, but Gomez dropped the ball. His throw back to the infield went past three defenders and to the backstop, allowing the tying run to score all the way from first base. The Mets appeared poised to respond in a big way in the bottom of the fifth, when they loaded the bases with no outs for the second time in the game. But Perez grounded into a double play and the Mets again only got one run. De La Cruz and L.J. Mazzilli each had three hits. Box

JOHNSON CITY 5, KINGSPORT 3: Vicente Lupo produced a three-run homer in the first inning, but the K-Mets were silent the rest of the way. Starter Yoan Gonzalez allowed four runs in four innings. Box

STATEN ISLAND 2, BROOKLYN 1 (10 innings): Brad Wieck surrendered a walk-off homer to Chris Breen in the 10th. Left fielder Michael Conforto threw out Connor Spencer at the plate to preserve a 1-all tie in the eighth. Conforto's RBI single in the third inning had opened the scoring. The Baby Bombers evened the score in the bottom half of that frame with an unearned run after a throwing error by second baseman Tyler Moore, then a run-scoring wild pitch by Alberto Baldonado. Carlos Valdez tossed 3 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Third baseman Jhoan Urena was ejected before the game's first pitch. Box

GCL CARDINALS 4, GCL METS 0 (10 innings): The Mets' only hit came on a one-out bunt single in the fifth by Miguel Leal. Two walks, two errors and a wild pitch contributed to a four-run top of the 10th that broke a scoreless tie. Mets starter Kevin Canelon tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings. Box

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Morning Briefing: L.A. luck; Sandy speaks

August, 21, 2014
Aug 21
5:30
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets take a day off in California on Thursday, then get to work against the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend.

The Amazin’s get a reprieve of sorts, too.

Clayton Kershaw, originally due to start Friday’s series opener against the Mets, instead faces the San Diego Padres on normal rest on Thursday. So the Mets draw Dan Haren in the series opener, followed now by Zack Greinke on Saturday and Kevin Correia on Sunday.


Beck Diefenbach/Associated PressThe Mets get a reprieve in L.A. with Clayton Kershaw moved out of the series.


The L.A. shakeup allows Greinke two extra days of rest for a cranky right elbow that will not be 100 percent the remainder of the season.

Meanwhile, the Mets will activate a pair of starting pitchers for the series.

After Jonathon Niese starts the series opener, Jacob deGrom is due to be activated from the disabled list to pitch Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Bartolo Colon will be activated from bereavement leave for Sunday’s series finale. Colon then plans to return to the Dominican Republic for the funeral of his mother, who died Monday at age 63 after battling breast cancer.

The Mets ultimately will need to make as many as three roster moves -- for deGrom, Colon and, presumably, for Daisuke Matsuzaka early next homestand.

Matsuzaka, currently on the DL with right elbow inflammation, is due to make his third minor-league rehab start Thursday. He pitches for the Brooklyn Cyclones at 7 p.m. against the Staten Island Yankees at Coney Island.

The Mets have a number of potential maneuvers to clear as many as three spots. Gonzalez Germen, promoted when Colon went on bereavement leave, could return to Las Vegas. So could Rafael Montero, who otherwise would be working out of the bullpen with deGrom reentering the rotation. Perhaps the Mets also could find a DL candidate among some banged-up players.

Jenrry Mejia, who has a hernia and cranky calf, was unavailable Wednesday in Oakland because of tightness in his lower back on the right side, which is a recurring issue. Dana Eveland required a cortisone shot in his left elbow. And Kirk Nieuwenhuis was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup with neck discomfort.

Thursday’s news reports:

• Sandy Alderson joined Seth Everett on WOR, reminiscing about his days in Oakland and also commenting about the state of the Mets. (Listen here.)

On the team’s offensive funk (Wednesday notwithstanding), the GM said: “It’s been pretty much across the board, starting with the top of our lineup all the way through. When you only get three or four hits a night, there’s a collective issue. We’ve got some young players in the lineup who we’ve got to give some time, but I think it’s been a collective thing. I do believe that offensively we will get better. The question is how much better.”

Addressing David Wright's subpar production, Alderson added: “First of all, no player is ever going to be at the top of his game consistently throughout a season, or over ‘X’ number of seasons. And part of dealing with the adversity is how it’s handled. David handles it very well. We certainly recognize this is a collective thing.”

On the evaluation process for Matt den Dekker and Wilmer Flores, Alderson said: “The one thing that we have to do is be patient and not reach those judgments prematurely.”

And on how Terry Collins will be judged, Alderson said: “It’s more than wins and losses. It’s how the team approaches each game and how it conducts itself over the course of an entire season. All those things are important.”

Eric Campbell and Lucas Duda homered in a five-run second inning against Jeff Samardzija and the Mets survived a pair of errors by Daniel Murphy en route to an 8-5 win against Oakland on Wednesday.

Zack Wheeler (9-8) allowed four runs (two earned). He was pulled after 5 2/3 innings and 103 pitches as the Mets kept him on a tight pitch limit after he threw 120 his previous outing. Wheeler improved to 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA in his past 10 starts and climbed above .500 for the first time this season.

With Mejia unavailable, Jeurys Familia produced a five-out save. Familia inherited the bases loaded in the eighth from Vic Black and walked in a run, but otherwise kept the A’s in check.

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

• Read more on Colon’s temporary return for Sunday’s start in the Daily News and Newsday.

• Read more on Eveland’s “tennis elbow” and cortisone injection in the Star-Ledger.

• Matt Bowman allowed one run in seven innings but suffered a hard-luck loss as New Orleans beat Las Vegas, 4-0. Behind three RBIs from Dustin Lawley, Binghamton trimmed its magic number to clinch an Eastern League playoff berth to one with an 8-5 win at Erie. Read the full minor-league recap here.

BIRTHDAYS: Felix Millan turns 71 today. ... John Stearns is 63.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: How should the Mets clear spots for deGrom, Colon and Matsuzaka?

Minors 8.20.14: B-Mets' magic number to 1

August, 21, 2014
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NEW ORLEANS 4, LAS VEGAS 0: Matt Bowman allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out nine in seven innings but departed trailing 1-0. The lone run he surrendered came on a two-out RBI single in the first inning by Mark Canha. Ryan Reid surrendered three ninth-inning runs. Josh Satin grounded into a fourth-inning triple play. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ERIE 5: Dustin Lawley drove in three runs as the B-Mets trimmed their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one. Dilson Herrera had a solo homer in the first

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against Josh Turley for his ninth homer as a B-Met. It was his 12th long ball overall this season, setting a career high. Erie's Steven Moya responded in the second by lining his league-leading 33rd homer to even the score against Gabriel Ynoa. Binghamton broke the 1-all tie with a two-out rally in the fourth. Darrell Ceciliani and T.J. Rivera singled. Lawley, 1-for-his-last 21, followed with a two-run triple. Ynoa cruised following Moya’s homer until and getting into a sixth-inning jam. With two outs, Devon Travis singled and Dean Green walked, bringing Moya to the plate. However, Ynoa struck out Erie’s slugger to end the threat and preserve Binghamton’s 3-1 lead. The B-Mets extended their lead against the SeaWolves bullpen in the seventh. Kyle Johnson tripled and scored on Jayce Boyd's single. Ceciliani capped the inning with an RBI single. Binghamton took an 8-1 lead in the eighth after opening the frame with three consecutive doubles. Lawley and Juan Centeno drove in runs with doubles. A throwing error by Francisco Martinez brought home Binghamton’s third run of the frame. Green had a two-run triple in the eighth against Randy Fontanez and Aaron Westlake had a two-run homer against Cody Satterwhite in the ninth. Ynoa (3-1) allowed one run on five hits while striking out four in seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 2: The Mets scored five runs in the seventh inning to erased a 2-1 deficit. Gilbert Gomez scored from third to tie the score on catcher Luke Bailey’s passed ball. Maikis De La Cruz then laced a double against Zach Cooper to score Jeff McNeil and Gavin Cecchini to put the Mets up 4-2. L.J. Mazzilli tripled to plate De La Cruz. Phillip Evans collected his third single of the game to bring in Mazzilli and complete the scoring. Mets starter Matt Koch tossed a season-high seven innings. He allowed six hits and two runs. Koch did not walk a batter and tied his season high with six strikeouts. The only runs the Crabs scored came on Tyler Goeddel’s two-run homer in the second. After Goeddel singled in the fourth, Koch retired 12 of the next 13 batters, including the last seven in a row to complete his night. Paul Sewald recorded the final six outs in a non-save situation. Sewald struck out four of the final five batters. Mazzilli went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to seven games. He is now 14-for-29 in his last seven games. Evans went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Box

ROME 6, SAVANNAH 3: Starter Octavio Acosta allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Matt Oberste went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in the loss. Box

GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 4: Andrew Church allowed six runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Zach Mathieu went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs for the K-Mets. Box

STATEN ISLAND 14, BROOKLYN 4: Scarlyn Reyes surrendered six runs (three earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Adrian Abreu went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Brooklyn committed six errors, leading to 11 unearned runs. The staff also walked nine batters. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL CARDINALS 0: Dash Winningham had an RBI single and Hengelbert Rojas followed with a run-scoring double as the Mets broke a scoreless tie in the eighth. Raphael Ramirez added a two-run triple in the ninth. Tyler Badamo and Adonis Uceta combined on a five-hit shutout. Box

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Minors 8.17.14: Oberste RBI lifts Gnats

August, 17, 2014
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OMAHA 4, LAS VEGAS 0: Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on three hits, three walks and a hit batter in five innings. Syndergaard (8-7) struck out eight in a 96-pitch effort. The damage included a two-run homer by Carlos Peguero in the fourth that opened the scoring. Jack Leathersich allowed two runs in the sixth, including a solo homer by Peguero. The 51s mustered four hits, including two from Matt Reynolds. Box

READING 1, BINGHAMTON 0: Reading southpaw Hoby Milner went the distance in a three-hit shutout to outduel Steven Matz. Milner faced two over the minimum.

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Binghamton’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot remained at four. The Fightin Phils cracked the scoreboard in the fourth against Matz. Albert Cartwright had a leadoff double. Matz retired the next two batters, but Jake Fox poked an RBI single into right field. Binghamton finally put a threat together in the fifth after Milner retired the first 13 batters he faced. T.J. Rivera singled and produced his first steal as a B-Met. With two outs, Wilfredo Tovar then ripped a 2-1 pitch up the middle, but second baseman Carlos Alonso made a diving catch to end the inning. The B-Mets flashed their own defensive prowess to hold the deficit at 1-0 in the bottom half. After Matz issued a one-out walk to K.C. Serna, Raywilly Gomez deposited a 2-2 pitch into the left-field corner. Dustin Lawley tracked the ball down and fired to Tovar. In one motion, the shortstop received the throw and fired home, where Juan Centeno tagged out Serna. Milner continued his cruise by posting perfect frames in the sixth and seventh before using a double play to erase a single in the eighth. Binghamton had one last chance in the ninth. Kyle Johnson had a leadoff double, but Milner retired the next three B-Mets. He capped his first career complete game by striking out Dilson Herrera looking. Milner (8-6) issued no walks, struck out five and held the B-Mets hitless in four at-bats with runners in scoring position, including three in the ninth. Matz (5-4) surrendered one run on six hits in seven innings. The loss snapped Binghamton’s seven-game winning streak against the Fightin Phils, which dated to last season. Box

BRADENTON 3, ST. LUCIE 0: Pirates top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow mowed down the St. Lucie lineup, striking out eight and allowing one walk and two singles in seven scoreless innings. He required only 80 pitches and retired the final 10 batters he faced. Josh Smith followed with two perfect innings to earn his sixth save. Justin Howard homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the second against Seth Lugo to put the Marauders on the board. Jose Osuna’s two-out solo homer in the sixth against Lugo made it 2-0. Jordan Steranka doubled to plate a run against reliever Ryan Fraser in the eighth. L.J. Mazzilli had both Mets hits. The first came with two outs in the first. The latter came with one out in the fourth. Mazzilli stole second, but then was caught too far off the bag by catcher Jin-De Jhang and was tagged out trying to reach third. From that point, the Mets went 16 up, 16 down the rest of the way. Gilbert Gomez was the only other baserunner for the Mets. He reached on a walk in the third. He was picked off first by Jhang. Glasnow and Smith combined to face one over the minimum. Lugo pitched well in his second start this season. He tossed a season-high seven innings and allowed five hits and the two solo homers. The Marauders won the season series, 10-8, and increased their first-place lead to 6 1/2 games over the Mets with 14 games remaining. Box

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SAVANNAH 3, GREENVILLE 2: Champ Stuart bunted his way aboard and scored on Matt Oberste's double as the Gnats broke a 2-all tie in the sixth en route to a series sweep. The Drive had opened the scoring in the second on Danny Bethea's two-run homer against John Gant. Gant allowed no further damage and struck out nine in five innings. Savannah evened the score with two runs in the third. Dominic Smith plated Stuart with a double to tie the score at 2. Reliever John Mincone picked up the win after producing a scoreless sixth. Akeel Morris converted his 15th save in 16 chances. Box

KINGSPORT 4, GREENEVILLE 3 (12 innings): Vicente Lupo and Wuilmer Becerra had inning-opening singles and Zach Mathieu followed with a run-scoring groundout as the K-Mets took the lead in the top of the 12th. Ismael Tijerina allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth as Greeneville forced extra innings. Box

BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 3: Michael Conforto had an RBI single and Jhoan Urena had a two-run double in a five-run sixth as the Cyclones overcame a 2-0 deficit. Starter Casey Meisner allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings. Box

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Minors 8.16.14: Lupo swipes home for win

August, 17, 2014
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OMAHA 3, LAS VEGAS 2: Taylor Teagarden's two-run homer in the top of the seventh against Blake Wood broke a scoreless tie. But 51s starter Logan Verrett surrendered a sacrifice fly to ex-Mets farmhand Francisco Pena in the bottom of that inning, then a game-deciding two-run homer to Brian Bocock in the eighth. Verrett (10-5) was credited with a complete game and allowed only four hits and two walks in the defeat. Box

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BINGHAMTON 7, READING 3: Rehabbing Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed six strong innings and also contributed with a run-producing walk . Reading starter Jesse Biddle opened the fourth by issuing walks to Brian Burgamy and Jayce Boyd. Darrell Ceciliani followed with an RBI single. Three batters later, Biddle hit Wilfredo Tovar and walked Matsuzaka, forcing in another run. Mike Nesseth took over for Biddle and recorded the final out of the inning, defusing the threat. Matsuzaka cruised through four scoreless innings, needing only 38 pitches and facing one over the minimum. Reading’s first threat came in the fifth, when Brock Stassi pulled a one-out double down the right-field line. Matsuzaka stranded Stassi by retiring the next two batters. The Fightins cracked the scoreboard in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Peter Lavin doubled over right fielder Kyle Johnson’s head. He took third on a fly out and scampered home with Reading’s lone run when Matsuzaka uncorked a wild pitch. Jon Velasquez tossed a perfect seventh for his first save since 2010 as a Phillies farmhand at high-A Clearwater. Matsuzaka (1-0) allowed one run on three hits in six innings. He threw 69 pitches while walking none and collecting three strikeouts.

In Game 2, the B-Mets plated seven unanswered runs, highlighted by a go-ahead three-run homer from Tovar in the sixth. The Fightin Phils had blasted their way to the lead in the first inning on Aaron Altherr's three-run homer against Tyler Pill. Binghamton responded without needing a hit in the third against Reading starter Adam Loewen. Tovar walked and Pill reached safely when Loewen failed to cleanly field his drag bunt. After a walk loaded the bases, T.J. Rivera ripped a groundball through Jake Fox’s legs at third base, allowing Tovar to score. Burgamy followed with a fielder’s choice to third, plating Pill to cut the deficit to one run. Pill settled down after Altherr’s blast, retiring the final 13 batters he faced. The righty cruised through four perfect innings, striking out five additional batters, to cap his night. Loewen’s fortunes turned quickly when the B-Mets put together a two-out rally in the sixth. The lefty walked Dustin Lawley and hit Xorge Carrillo. Tovar then ripped a 1-0 pitch over the left-center wall. His second homer of the season put Binghamton ahead, 5-3. The B-Mets padded their lead in the ninth on Lawley's two-run double. Pill (8-5) struck out six while issuing no walks over five innings. He remains unbeaten in his last 15 games as a B-Met. Box 1, Box 2

BRADENTON 5, ST. LUCIE 2: In his first start since Aug. 3, Luis Cessa allowed one single

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and one walk in five scoreless innings. He struck out seven, but did not factor in the decision when the bullpen could not hold a 2-0 lead in the eighth. Beck Wheeler surrendered three straight singles to start the frame and was replaced by lefty T.J. Chism to face lefty Adam Frazier. Frazier singled to left to make it 2-1. After Chism struck out Walker Gourley, Jordan Steranka produced a three-run double to put the Marauders ahead, 4-2. Bradenton added one more run in the inning when Jose Osuna’s grounder went through second baseman Phillip Evans' legs and Steranka scored. Yhonathan Barrios pitched around a one-out double by Evans in the ninth to close out the game. Cessa retired the first 11 batters he faced. His no-hit bid ended with two outs in the fourth on a single by Steranka. The only other batter to reach against Cessa was on a walk in the fifth. Cam Maron singled to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Box

SAVANNAH 9, GREENVILLE 3: The Gnats used bases-loaded walks to Victor Cruzado and

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Nelfi Zapata to score twice in the first inning. The Drive pulled within 2-1 in the fourth against Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis as Kevin Mager singled to plate Tzu-Wei Lin. That was the only run Panteliodis allowed before the ninth inning. The Gnats blew the game open with a combined seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings against reliever Oscar Perez. Jeff Glenn and Patrick Biondi drew back-to-back walks to start a three-run rally in the sixth. In the seventh, consecutive singles from Cruzado, Zapata, Jonathan Johnson, Glenn and Biondi led to four runs and a 9-1 Savannah advantage. Cruzado finished 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI. Yeixon Ruiz was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. Biondi was 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Savannah let Panteliodis begin the ninth with an eight-run lead, but he allowed three hits, including two doubles, and reached his pitch limit. He was removed one out shy of his second complete game of the season. He still earned the win to improve to 5-3 with a 3.80 ERA. Box

KINGSPORT 4, GREENEVILLE 3: The K-Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win, capped by Vicente Lupo's game-ending steal of home. Lupo's RBI double earlier in the frame had tied the score at 3. Kingsport starter Persio Reyes tossed six scoreless innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, VERMONT 1: Amed Rosario's two-out double in the third plated John Mora and opened the scoring. The Cyclones opened a 2-0 lead an inning later. Michael Conforto was hit by a pitch and stole second. Tyler Moore followed with an RBI double. Brooklyn starter Alberto Baldonado departed after five scoreless innings. In the eighth, Gaither Bumgardner inherited a runner on first with two outs from Carlos Valdez. A passed ball by Adrian Abreu advanced Max Kuhn to second. Trent Gilbert's RBI single then pulled Vermont within 2-1. In the ninth, closer Shane Bay surrendered one hit but converted his 13th save. Box

GCL MARLINS 9, GCL METS 5: Starter Darwin Reyes surrendered eight runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings. Down 8-0, the Mets produced five fifth-inning runs, highlighted by Alvin Maracaro's two-run double. Maracaro, a third baseman, also committed two of the Mets' three errors. Adrian Almeida contributed three scoreless relief innings in the loss. Box

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Minors 8.8.14: Diehl double lifts Clones

August, 9, 2014
Aug 9
12:07
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LAS VEGAS 9, ALBUQUERQUE 6: The 51s overcame a two-run deficit with a five-run eighth that was capped by a two-run double from Danny Muno. Andrew Brown and Josh Satin also drove in two runs apiece. Starter John Lannan allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks in four innings. He surrendered two homers. Box

HARRISBURG 2, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left runners on base in each of the final five innings. Dustin Lawley doubled in the first inning against Austin Voth to plate Brian Burgamy, who had been hit by a pitch with two outs. Harrisburg evened the score at 1 in the bottom half against Gabriel Ynoa. Matt Skole reached on a two-out double and stole third base. Kevin Keyes' RBI single then plated him. The Senators took the lead in the second. Drew Vettleson doubled and advanced to third on a groundout. Brian Jeroloman then produced a sacrifice fly. Ynoa (2-1) allowed two runs in six innings but took the hard-luck loss. Adam Kolarek threw two scoreless relief innings. Burgamy extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games. Darrell Ceciliani had a nine-game hitting streak snapped. Box

FORT MYERS 4, ST. LUCIE 0: Brett Lee became the first pitcher this season to go the distance in a nine-inning game against the Mets. Stuart Turner broke a scoreless tie in the seventh with a two-out, two-strike, run-scoring triple that plated Travis Harrison. Turner’s triple was the last pitch thrown by Mets starter Kevin McGowan, who took the loss despite making his best start of the season. McGowan had only allowed two singles to that point. He began the seventh inning by walking Harrison. It was just his second free pass of the game. The Mets had an opportunity to tie the score in the eighth, but with one out and runners on the corners, Jared King grounded into an inning-ending double play for the second time in the game. The Miracle added three runs in the ninth against Paul Sewald. Gavin Cecchini and Jeff McNeil each had two hits. Box

SAVANNAH at AUGUSTA (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 16, BRISTOL 10: Ivan Wilson had a grand slam in a six-run third as the K-Mets built at 8-4 lead. Luis Guillorme went 5-for-6 with three doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. Eudor Garcia had a solo homer as part of a 3-for-4, three-RBI night. Box

BROOKLYN 4, MAHONING VALLEY 2: Starter Corey Oswalt (5-1) allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings. Brooklyn took a 3-2 lead on Jeff Diehl's two-run double in the fourth. Box

GCL CARDINALS 3, GCL METS 2: Waldo Rodriguez surrendered a two-out walk-off RBI single to Magneuris Sierra in the ninth. The Mets had evened the score at 2 a half-inning earlier. Milton Ramos and Enmanuel Zabala each had two hits and scored a run. Box

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Morning Briefing: deGrom day!

August, 7, 2014
Aug 7
5:20
AM ET
WASHINGTON

FIRST PITCH: Reigning NL Rookie of the Month Jacob deGrom is making a run at a franchise rookie record.

DeGrom (6-5, 2.77 ERA) has won five straight starts, the longest streak by a Mets rookie since Dillon Gee also won five straight in 2011.

The Mets rookie record is seven straight starts with a win, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It was accomplished three times: by Jason Isringhausen (1995), Ron Darling (1984) and Dwight Gooden (1984).

DeGrom opposes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.00) at 12:35 p.m. Thursday in the rubber game against the Washington Nationals.

Thursday’s news reports:

Jonathon Niese surrendered homers to Adam LaRoche and Danny Espinosa and dropped to 0-4 with a 5.76 ERA in four starts since returning from the disabled list as Washington beat the Mets, 7-1, Wednesday. Niese insisted he is healthy. He suggested he revised his mechanics to avoid irritating his shoulder and has struggled with command as he adjusts to the delivery tweaks.

With Wednesday’s loss, the Mets (54-60) trail the first-place Nats by eight games. The Amazin’s run differential now stands at only plus-one for the season. The Mets are seven back in the wild card.

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

David Wright faults his struggles on tinkering, not injury. Writes columnist John Harper in the Daily News:

He insists his left shoulder, in which he received a cortisone shot nearly a month ago, is not a factor in hitting .194 so far in the second half.

Instead Wright is convinced that he turned himself into a mental mess at the plate, so quick to make changes and adjustments that essentially he has forgotten how to hit.

“I’ve made some mistakes this year, revamping some things with my swing that I probably shouldn’t mess with,” he was saying on Wednesday. “Especially after the All-Star break I started trying to change things when I didn’t get the results I wanted. Pretty soon you’re trying something new every at-bat and thinking about all the wrong things.

“Instead of realizing there are going to be times during the season when you’re going to have a hiccup and you need to ride it out, I was too quick to make adjustments, and you get to the point where you can’t remember what it felt like when you were going good.”

• Mets ownership has yet to pick up Sandy Alderson’s 2015 option, but columnist David Lennon in Newsday expects that to be a formality. Writes Lennon:

Alderson has a job now, presumably one he enjoys, and the impression here is that it should be only a matter of weeks before some kind of extension is announced. Alderson's original four-year contract expires in October. But he has an option for 2015, and we've always believed the only way he is ever stripped of the GM title is if Alderson chooses to leave Flushing on his own.

Although that's always possible, Alderson sounded Wednesday like someone who wants to stay on to see the Mets become a legitimate contender again -- and that won't be accomplished by the end of this season.

• Darren Rovell at ESPN.com has more on the Mets’ toy truck giveaway that included a Phillies logo. Essentially, the manufacturer took responsibility for a packaging error.

• Bill Price in the Daily News has a feature on deGrom, with additional material here.

San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence had a playful response Wednesday to those weekend signs at Citi Field taunting him.

• Greg Peavey tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings and Brian Burgamy and Dustin Lawley homered in Binghamton’s 5-1 win against Richmond. Dilson Herrera departed the game in the sixth after jamming a finger on a headfirst slide. Brandon Nimmo has been sidelined since Sunday with hand soreness. Jeremy Hefner allowed three runs and lasted only one inning, but St. Lucie scored six unearned runs in a 6-5 win against Fort Myers. Rob Whalen and Akeel Morris combined on a shutout in Game 1 and Stefan Sabol had two long balls, including a walk-off shot, in the nightcap as Savannah swept a doubleheader against Charleston. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• The Toronto Blue Jays acquired Class A right-hander Hunter Carnevale from the Mets for cash.

Matt Harvey dunked himself in an ice-cold pool for a good cause.

• Sandy Alderson discussed with ESPNNewYork.com why Kirk Nieuwenhuis was promoted over Matt den Dekker.

• Alderson all but said Bartolo Colon had not completed the waiver process as of Wednesday.

• Will Noah Syndergaard or Rafael Montero appear in the majors this season? Alderson was noncommittal with Mike Puma in the Post. “I’m not really speculating about what we’re going to do a month from now, in terms of bringing [Syndergaard] up or Montero or what have you,” Alderson told Puma. “We’ll see what happens here and see how they continue to perform.”

Syndergaard is due to face Albuquerque on Thursday. He has allowed only two runs (one earned) in 17 1/3 innings over his past three starts. Montero has tossed 14 2/3 scoreless innings over his past two starts.

Read more in the Daily News.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal examines Lucas Duda against left-handed pitching.

• Read more on Darryl Strawberry serious allegation against former teammate Kevin Mitchell in the Post.

BIRTHDAYS: Nieuwenhuis turns 27. ... Hawaiian Tyler Yates is 37. ... Danny Graves is 41.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: How do you predict Jacob deGrom will fare against the Nats on Thursday?

Minors 8.6.14: Hefner lasts one inning

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6
11:30
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BINGHAMTON 5, RICHMOND 1: Brian Burgamy and Dustin Lawley homered and Greg Peavey picked up his team-leading ninth Eastern League win. Peavey (9-2) tossed 6 2/3

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scoreless innings and allowed three hits. Dilson Herrera departed the game in the sixth after getting caught stealing. He jammed a finger on a headfirst slide. Brandon Nimmo remained out of the lineup with hand soreness. He last played Sunday. Binghamton jumped on Richmond starter Chris Stratton with a three-run first inning that included a solo homer from Burgamy. Lawley then walked and moved to third on Darrell Ceciliani's single. Ceciliani stole second and the throw from catcher Tyler LaTorre went into center field, allowing Lawley to score. T.J. Rivera's single plated Ceciliani. Against Edwin Quirarte in the sixth, Binghamton built a 5-0 lead as Burgamy worked a two-out walk and Lawley homered. Richmond's lone run came in the ninth against Cody Satterwhite. Chase Huchingson recorded the final out of the seventh in relief of Peavey, but was ejected after the frame by plate umpire John Libka. Richmond hitting coach Ken Joyce was tossed in the same inning. Jon Velasquez tossed a scoreless eighth. At 69-47, Binghamton achieved its high-water mark of the season. Ceciliani and Burgamy extended season-high hitting streaks to eight and 10 games, respectively. Binghamton walked nine times. The B-Mets are 5-0 against Richmond in 2014. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 5: Miracle first baseman Dalton Hicks was unable to squeeze a throw from Niko Goodrum that would have ended the sixth inning, opening the floodgates

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in St. Lucie's comeback. The Mets took advantage of the miscue by scoring five runs on four hits and a walk to overcome a 5-1 deficit. After Hicks’ error, Gilbert Gomez produced a two-run double. Jeff McNeil then walked. Maikis De La Cruz singled home Gomez to bring the Mets within a run. L.J. Mazzilli followed with a game-tying single. Jared King made it three straight hits when a bloop into right field dropped to bring home De La Cruz and put the Mets in front. All the damage was done against starter Matt Tomshaw, who also had allowed a two-out RBI single to Gomez in the fourth. All six runs were unearned. Julian Hilario stranded the tying run on third base in the seventh when Stuart Turner popped out. Beck Wheeler tossed two scoreless innings to record his ninth save. Seth Lugo pitched five innings in relief to earn the win. He surrendered a two-run homer to Levi Michael as the Miracle took a 5-0 lead in the fourth, but no other damage. Jeremy Hefner, in his third Florida State League rehab start and sixth minor-league outing overall, lasted only one inning . He allowed three runs on three hits and walked two. He tossed 28 pitches. Gavin Cecchini went 3-for-3 with a walk. Gomez, De La Cruz and Mazzilli had two hits apiece. De La Cruz has five multi-hit performances in his past six games. Box

SAVANNAH 2, CHARLESTON 0
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SAVANNAH 5, CHARLESTON 3: Rob Whalen and Akeel Morris combined on a four-hit shutout in the opener. Whalen improved to 7-0 with a 1.42 ERA in the South Atlantic League. Morris handled the final five outs to notch his 13th save. Yeixon Ruiz doubled and scored on Dominic Smith's groundout in the first for the lone run the Gnats needed. In the nightcap, Jeff Glenn had a leadoff single and Stefan Sabol had a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to break a 3-all tie. Box 1, Box 2

MAHONING VALLEY 2, BROOKLYN 1 (12 innings): Luis Rengel surrendered a walk-off sacrifice fly to Leo Castillo in the bottom of the 12th. Brooklyn had evened the score at 1 in the eighth on John Mora's two-out RBI double. Brooklyn starter Scarlyn Reyes limited the Scrappers to two hits and a walk in six scoreless innings. Box

GCL MARLINS 6, GCL METS 1: Enmanuel Zabala's third-inning RBI single plated the Mets' lone run. Starter Jose Celas allowed two runs (one earned) in the first inning and ultimately departed trailing 2-1 in the fifth. Adonis Uceta was charged with four eighth-inning runs. Box

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Minors 8.5.14: Montero blanks Sacramento

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6
12:43
AM ET
LAS VEGAS 3, SACRAMENTO 0: Rafael Montero limited Sacramento to one hit in eight innings. He struck out 11 and walked two in a 105-pitch effort. Montero has now tossed 14 2/3 scoreless innings and surrendered only four hits in his past two starts. Matt den Dekker singled and scored on Allan Dykstra's sacrifice fly in the first inning. Den Dekker went 2-for-4 with a walk and has six multi-hit performances in his last nine games. Chasen Bradford produced a scoreless ninth for his third save. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, RICHMOND 6: Tyler Pill tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out

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seven and Brian Burgamy went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs. Burgamy's 20th homer, a two-run shot in the fifth, staked the B-Mets to a 4-0 lead. The game turned into a rout in the eighth. Juan Centeno walked and Wilfredo Tovar doubled. T.J. Rivera then pinch-hit for Pill produced a run-scoring groundout. Dustin Lawley's single plated Dilson Herrera later in the four-run frame as Binghamton took a 9-0 lead. B-Mets relievers Randy Fontanez and Ryan Fraser each surrendered three runs in an inning of work as the Flying Squirrels pulled within three runs. Pill hasn’t lost in his last 14 appearances with Binghamton. It was Burgamy’s fourth four-RBI game of the season. Box

CHARLESTON 6, SAVANNAH 2
SAVANNAH 1, CHARLESTON 0: Miller Diaz tossed a seven-inning shutout in the nightcap

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as the Gnats earned a doubleheader split. 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith left Game 2 after five innings. Diaz allowed just three hits, two walks and struck out five to improve to 6-1 with a 2.14 ERA. He did not allow a hit between the first and seventh innings. The Gnats scored the game's only run in the bottom of the sixth. Colton Plaia grounded a single through the left side to plate Nelfi Zapata. In Game 1, the RiverDogs scored four runs in the top of the seventh against reliever Hunter Carnevale to snap a 2-all tie. The Gnats had tied the score a half-inning earlier on a line-drive homer by Matt Oberste. Box 1, Box 2

PULASKI 6, KINGSPORT 5: Starter Yoryi Nuez allowed six runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings as the Mariners built a 6-0 lead. The K-Mets produced a four-run ninth, but pinch hitter Luis Ortega grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL MARLINS 5: Alfredo Reyes drove in three runs and Milton Ramos had three hits and scored twice. Box

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Minors 7.31.14: Nimmo fuels B-Mets

July, 31, 2014
Jul 31
11:20
PM ET
LAS VEGAS 2, EL PASO 0: Rafael Montero allowed three hits and two walks in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Miguel Socolovich and Gonzalez Germen completed the shutout. Taylor Teagarden's RBI single opened the scoring in the fourth. Matt Reynolds doubled and scored on Andrew Brown's single an inning later for a two-run lead. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, BOWIE 4: Matt Bowman (7-6) surrendered one run and struck out six in seven innings. Brandon Nimmo scored twice and drove in three runs. T.J. Rivera produced

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three hits and extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games. The lone run against Bowman came in the first on Mike Yastrzemski's game-opening homer. Facing Matt Bischoff in the bottom half, Nimmo walked and moved to third on Brian Burgamy's single. Dustin Lawley's RBI double evened the score at 1. In the third, Lawley's 19th homer -- a solo shot -- gave Binghamton the lead for good. The B-Mets took a 6-1 lead with a four-run fourth. Travis Taijeron and Xorge Carrillo had back-to-back singles and Kyle Johnson walked to load the bases with none out. Nimmo then plated all three and chased Bischoff with a triple. Dilson Herrera kept the inning going with a single against Julio DePaula that plated Nimmo. Bowie cut into a 9-1 lead with two eighth-inning runs against Adam Kolarek. Jon Velasquez surrendered a run in the ninth. Box

DUNEDIN 4, ST. LUCIE 3: The Jays broke a 3-all tie with an unearned run in the ninth. With two outs and Pierce Rankin on first, the Mets played their outfielders deep, in a no-doubles defense. Kevin Patterson then hit a routine fly ball to left field, but Jared King couldn’t race up to it fast enough. It dropped for a hit and put runners on the corners. Emilio Guerrero then sent a grounder to second base, but Phillip Evans could not handle it cleanly. Rankin scored the tiebreaking run on the error. King led off the bottom of the ninth with a double against Arik Sikula. However, Sikula got Cole Frenzel to line out, Gavin Cecchini to ground out and struck out Eudy Pina for his 24th save in 26 chances. He had blown a two-run lead in the ninth against the Mets on Monday. The Mets had jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning Thursday. Jays starter Efrain Nieves walked back-to-back hitters with two outs and King singled home Evans. King got caught in a rundown between first and second on the play, allowing Cam Maron to score, too. The Jays answered in the third when Kevin McGowan surrendered a three-run homer to Rankin. With the Mets still trailing 3-2 in the eighth, Wilfredo Tovar drew a walk from Justin Jackson and stole second. Gilbert Gomez advanced Tovar to third with a groundout. After Evans struck out, Tony Davis entered and tossed a wild pitch that allowed Tovar to score. The Mets mustered five hits in the game, including two from King. McGowan struck out three and walked three in six innings. The Mets finished July with a 12-15 record. It was their first losing month this season. Box

HICKORY 10, SAVANNAH 1: Historic Grayson Stadium surrenders very few homers, but it could not hold Travis Demeritte, who went deep twice. Demeritte leads the South Atlantic League with 23 homers. The Crawdads scored twice in the first against Logan Taylor, using an RBI double by Zach Cone and run-scoring single from Jairo Beras. Demeritte drilled a long homer against Taylor in the second to put the Crawdads up 3-0. His second longball came against reliever Hunter Carnevale in the ninth to cap the game's scoring. The Gnats scored their lone run in the third. Yeixon Ruiz singled, stole second and scored on Champ Stuart's single. Hickory padded its lead on Taylor's bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning. The Crawdads scored three times in an eighth inning that was marred by three Savannah errors. Box

ELIZABETHTON at KINGSPORT (ppd.)

AUBURN 14, BROOKLYN 3: Starter Octavio Acosta allowed six runs (four earned) in three innings. Brandon Welch, the first reliever to enter for the Cyclones, allowed eight runs in two innings. Box

GCL NATIONALS 13, GCL METS 10: Milton Ramos and Arnaldo Berrios drove in three runs apiece and John Mora scored four times in the loss. Starter Jose Medina allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. The Nats overcame a 10-9 deficit with a four-run eighth against Waldo Rodriguez. Box

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Minors 7.25.14: Peavey stymies Trenton

July, 26, 2014
Jul 26
1:24
AM ET
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LAS VEGAS 11, SALT LAKE 6: Kirk Nieuwenhuis produced a three-run homer in the seventh inning in his return to Vegas to stake the 51s to an 8-6 lead. Andrew Brown, Josh Satin and Allan Dykstra also went deep during the game. Dykstra went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and also was hit by a pitch. Nieuwenhuis finished 3-for-5. Starter Rafael Montero allowed five runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. The damage against Montero included a two-run homer by Brennan Bosch. Box

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Minors 7.22.14: Flores hit streak ends

July, 22, 2014
Jul 22
11:31
PM ET
LAS VEGAS 4, TACOMA 0

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TACOMA 4, LAS VEGAS 3: Noah Syndergaard limited the Rainiers to four hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings and combined with Gonzalez Germen on the seven-inning shutout in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Matt den Dekker had a game-opening homer and Josh Satin had a two-run shot later in the first inning against James Paxton. Den Dekker finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Wilmer Flores went 0-for-4 as his 22-game hitting streak ended. Syndergaard (8-5) walked three and struck out five and tossed 109 pitches. In Game 2, starter Giancarlo Alvarado allowed three runs in three innings. Trailing 4-1 in the final frame, den Dekker had a two-out, two-run double. However, he was stranded at second base when Matt Reynolds struck out. Box 1, Box 2

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 3: B-Mets reliever Jon Velasquez surrendered a walk-off RBI

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double to Jonathan Roof. Dilson Herrera went 3-for-4 and fell a double shy of the cycle. He was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing after being called out at home plate. Binghamton had opened the scoring in the third. Travis Taijeron and Herrera singled and Brian Burgamy walked to load the bases. With Dustin Lawley at the plate, Luis Diaz tossed a wild pitch and Taijeron scored for a 1-0 lead. The Sea Dogs responded with a three-run fourth against Rainy Lara. After the righty retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced, rehabbing Ryan Lavarnway launched a solo homer to tie the score. Later in the frame, Sean Coyle and Stefan Welch singled and Shannon Wilkerson plated both. The B-Mets evened the score at 3 a half-inning later on solo homers by Taijeron and Herrera. Velasquez (4-3) went 1 2/3 innings in the losing effort. Lara tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits. Box

TAMPA 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Greg Bird’s solo homer on the first pitch from John Lannan in the bottom of the sixth broke a 2-all tie. Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Jared King had tied the score

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when he scampered home on Kyle Haynes’ wild pitch. That same wild pitch moved Cam Maron to third base with no outs. Yet the Mets couldn’t get Maron home. After Aderlin Rodriguez walked, Gavin Cecchini struck out, Jeff McNeil lined out to shallow center and Eudy Pina flied out. Earlier in the game, the Mets had the bases loaded with one out in the fourth. However, Cecchini struck out and McNeil grounded out. Tampa’s first two runs came in a three-error third inning and were unearned. Lannan struck out Claudio Custodio, but Custodio reached first base safely because strike three was a wild pitch. Lannan then appeared to have Custodio picked off at first, but Rodriguez dropped the throw and Custodio advanced to second. Custodio advanced to third on Jose Rosario's single. It looked like Lannan was poised to get a double play to escape unharmed, but umpire Brennan Miller ruled Phillip Evans didn’t hold the bag at second and Custodio scored. Later in the inning, Rodriguez committed a fielding error at first base that allowed Rosario to score as the Yankees took a 2-0 lead. Lannan took the loss despite limiting the Yankees to one earned run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Seth Lugo retired all eight batters he faced after taking over for Lannan. Taylor Garrison and Cesar Vargas combined to strike out seven of the last eight St. Lucie hitters. Box

KINGSPORT 5, GREENEVILLE 0: Blake Taylor, the player to be named in the Ike Davis trade, allowed one hit and two walks in six scoreless innings. He combined with Christian Montgomery, David Roseboom and Nicco Blank on a two-hit shutout. Wuilmer Becerra went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBIs. Oswald Caraballo went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Box

ABERDEEN 7, BROOKLYN 6: The Cyclones nearly overcame a five-run deficit, but tying run Anthony Chavez was stranded at second base in the ninth when Amed Rosario struck out. Michael Conforto's run-scoring groundout had capped a three-run eighth that pulled Brooklyn within 7-5. Rosario and Jhoan Urena drove in two runs apiece for Brooklyn. The IronBirds broke a 2-all tie with a five-run fifth against Alberto Baldonado and Cameron Griffin. Box

GCL NATIONALS 5, GCL METS 1: Jeremy Hefner allowed one run in three innings in his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery. Audry German then surrendered four fourth-inning runs as the Nats built a 5-0 lead. German subsequently contributed four scoreless frames. The Mets' lone run came in the fifth on a leadoff homer by Hengelbert Rojas. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.296 9 54 74
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 81
RD. Murphy 74
OPSL. Duda .817
WB. Colon 13
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173