New York Mets: Dylan Owen

17 Mets farmhands become free agents

November, 5, 2013
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Seventeen Mets farmhands became free agents because they have not been added to the 40-man roster. That list, according to Baseball America:

RHP: Giancarlo Alvarado, Greg Burke, Matt Fox, D.J. Mitchell, Dylan Owen, Armando Rodriguez, Daryl Thompson, Cory Wade
LHP: Justin Hampson
C: Jeyckol De Leon, Francisco Pena
1B: Rhyne Hughes
3B: Richard Lucas
SS: Brian Bixler, Brandon Hicks, Josh Rodriguez
OF: Jamie Hoffmann

Farm report: Gavin follows Garin's path

June, 19, 2013
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2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini had a taste of Brooklyn at the end of last season, participating in the final week of the regular season and then experiencing the playoffs with the Cyclones.

“Obviously my favorite part is when we clinched,” said the 19-year-old shortstop from Lake Charles, La. “Some of us are over 21, but we were popping apple cider in the clubhouse and stuff like that.”


Courtesy of New York MetsGavin Cecchini


After spending March, April, May and early June in Port St. Lucie, Cecchini is now back with the Cyclones, this time as the starting shortstop. He made his season debut Monday on Opening Day at Staten Island, albeit committing a costly error.

“You ask anybody who has played in extended [spring training]. It’s a little tough,” Cecchini said about the wait to start his season. “But I try to look at it as it’s the game I love to play, and I’m out here playing baseball. And that’s really all that matters -- no matter if I’m playing in front of five people, which is what it was in extended, or 10,000 or 8,000 over here in Brooklyn.”

How is Cecchini a better player than one year ago, when he was drafted 12th overall and signed for $2.3 million?

“I think I’m way more consistent than last year with hitting, fielding, baserunning,” he said. “It’s really the small things, man. Talent can only take you so far. The rest of it is all mental. The people who can get over failure the quickest are the ones that are going to be the best. There’s no doubt that I know how to handle the failure and move on.”

Cecchini’s path is easier because his brother blazed it before him. Third baseman Garin Cecchini, a fourth-round pick of the Red Sox in 2010, is hitting .350 with five homers and 33 RBIs for high-A Salem. The brothers played two years of high school ball together. They train together in the offseason in Louisiana, too, along with Yankees minor league shortstop Carmen Angelini, Padres high-A shortstop Jace Peterson and outfielder/third baseman Josh Prince, who made his major league debut with the Brewers this season.

“Obviously he went through the whole summer circuit and the draft before me,” Gavin said about Garin. “I had an edge, and I have an edge, on a lot of the players because I have a brother who has been there through that and who teaches me how to handle things and go through things. I learn from the mistakes he made and I take the good things he does.

“He’s an awesome baseball player. He’s doing unbelievable this year. He’s hitting like .360. Something like that. Hopefully he gets a call-up to Double-A at the All-Star break. He made the All-Star team. He’s awesome. He’s not only a great player, but an awesome person, too.”

Organization leaders

Average: James Roche, Brooklyn, .667; LJ Mazzilli, Brooklyn, .500; Jorge Rivero, Brooklyn, .500; Jayce Boyd, Savannah, .361; Nelfi Zapata, Brooklyn, .333; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, .330; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, .318; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, .314; Josh Rodriguez, Binghamton, .314; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, .312.

Homers: Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 13; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 13; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 13; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 10; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 10.

RBI: Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 54; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 48; Jayce Boyd, Savannah, 46; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 46; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, 43.

Steals: Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 17; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 15; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 13.

ERA: Shane Bay, Brooklyn, 0.00; Akeel Morris, Brooklyn, 0.00; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 1.54; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 2.40; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 2.41; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 2.77; Noah Syndergaard, St. Lucie, 3.11; Robert Gsellman, Brooklyn, 3.14; Luis Cessa, Savannah, 3.24; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 3.74.

Wins: Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 8; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 8; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 8; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 7.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 16; Bret Mitchell, Savannah, 10; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 7; Beck Wheeler, Savannah, 6; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 4.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 84; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 73; Zack Wheeler, Vegas, 73; Carlos Torres, Vegas, 67; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 66.

Short hops

Noah Syndergaard allowed one hit in a scoreless inning and earned the win and starting left fielder Dustin Lawley went 3-for-4 and scored twice to lead the South past the North, 8-1, in Saturday’s Florida State League All-Star Game. T.J. Rivera played a full game at second base and went 0-for-5.

Syndergaard -- the highly regarded right-hander acquired in the R.A. Dickey trade -- now should head to Double-A Binghamton for the second half, part of a trickle-up of top prospects.

Also expected to be on the move: catcher Kevin Plawecki (.314, 6 HR, 43 RBIs), first baseman Jayce Boyd (.361, 5 HR, 46 RBIs) and outfielder Brandon Nimmo (.302, 1 HR, 21 RBIs) from first-half division champ Savannah to St. Lucie.

Boyd went 1-for-3, Plawecki went 0-for-2 and Nimmo went 0-for-1 in Tuesday night’s 2-1 South Atlantic League All-Star Game loss to the North at Lakewood, N.J. Savannah teammates Beck Wheeler and Bret Mitchell combined to toss a scoreless relief inning.

• With Las Vegas short starting pitchers with Zack Wheeler and Carlos Torres promoted and Collin McHugh designated for assignment and then traded to the Rockies for Eric Young Jr., Jacob deGrom was promoted from Binghamton to the 51s’ rotation. Whether deGrom remains or returns to the B-Mets will be discussed after evaluating last night’s start (5.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). DeGrom, a ninth-round pick in 2010 from Stetson, in part was chosen because he was on the proper rest.

• Right-hander Dylan Owen underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Allan Dykstra, acquired from the Padres at the end of spring training in 2011 in a change-of-scenery trade for fellow first-round-pick Eddie Kunz, is on a tear with Binghamton. Dykstra, a first baseman, is hitting .412 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 11 games in June. He also has walked 11 times, giving him a .553 on-base percentage this month. For the season, Dykstra is hitting .318 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 176 at-bats.

• From the small-world department: Brooklyn catcher Colton Plaia, a 15th-round pick from Loyola Marymount, played high school ball in California for coach Brett Kay. Kay was the primary catcher for the inaugural edition of the Cyclones in 2001. Kay shared in a New York-Penn League championship that season.

• Shortstop Amed Rosario, who last summer was handed the largest international signing bonus in franchise history ($1.75 million), is expected to open in the Appalachian League with Kingsport when play begins Thursday. That’s a rare feat at 17 years old. Wilmer Flores also played for the K-Mets at that age, back in 2008.

• The Mets’ revived Gulf Coast League team opens play Friday. Players assigned to that squad should include first-round pick Dominic Smith as well as 18-year-old outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, who arrived with Travis d’Arnaud and Syndergaard for Dickey last December. Smith tweeted Tuesday: “I will start my professional career tomorrow! I’m very excited to get out there and practice with my team for the first time!”

• Lefty reliever Jim Fuller has a 0.84 ERA in 16 appearances with St. Lucie. In 32 innings, he has allowed 15 hits and 16 walks while striking out 31. Lefties are hitting .116 against him.

• Center-field prospect Matt den Dekker made his season debut in the minors on Monday with St. Lucie after recovering from a fractured right wrist suffered in a Grapefruit League game on March 24.

• Left-hander Darin Gorski (shoulder) returned from the DL last Wednesday to toss four innings for Binghamton. He last had appeared April 26 with Vegas.

Cesar Puello is day-to-day with a finger injury, which he suffered sliding into second base last week at Trenton.

• B-Mets outfielder Cory Vaughn will not require surgery on his ailing right elbow. He instead is rehabbing in Port St. Lucie.

Minors 5.30.13: J-Rod hit streak at 16

May, 30, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 11, RENO 1: Brandon Hicks, Josh Satin and Brian Bixler all homered. Hicks and Wilmer Flores drove in three runs apiece. Starter Chris Schwinden limited Reno to one run in 6 2/3 innings as the 51s (26-26) reached .500. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, ALTOONA 4: Josh Rodriguez's single drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth as the B-Mets (31-23) took the rubber match. Rodriguez’s 16-game hitting streak is

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the longest by a B-Met since Matt den Dekker had a 17-game streak last season. Jarek Cunningham's solo homer opened a three-run second inning against B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni. Fielding letdowns contributed. Gift Ngoepe's grounder went through third baseman Richard Lucas' legs for the game's first error. After moving to third base on a groundout, Ngoepe scored on shortstop Danny Muno's fielding error. Binghamton cracked the scoreboard in the fifth. Mazzoni led off with a single. Two batters later, Rodriguez tripled. Puello followed with a sharp single to make it 3-2. Andrew Lambo answered in the top of the sixth with a towering solo homer. Darrell Ceciliani opened the next half-inning with a bloop single. On the next pitch, Lucas delivered a run-scoring double. After Xorge Carillo singled to put runners on the corners, Joe Bonfe hit a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to tie the score at 4. Mazzoni received a no-decision. He struck out a season-high nine over six innings. Adam Kolarek (2-1) pitched two perfect relief innings, striking out four. In the eighth, Quinton Miller plunked Carillo. Alonzo Harris pinch-ran and moved to second on a sac bunt. After Muno also was hit by a pitch, Rodriguez singled to plate Harris. Puello's RBI single capped the scoring. Jeff Walters tossed a scoreless ninth for his league-leading 13th save. Dylan Owen (right knee strain) was placed on the DL. Ryan Fraser was promoted from St. Lucie. Box

JUPITER 4. ST. LUCIE 3: Rehabbing Casey Kotchman delivered a bases-loaded single in the 10th against Randy Fontanez to sink St. Lucie (29-22). Right-hander Luis Mateo, activated from the Binghamton DL and transferred to St. Lucie, pitched a scoreless ninth. Starter Rainy Lara has limited Jupiter to three runs (one earned) in eight innings. Travis Taijeron's two-run homer in the second inning against rehabbing Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi had given the Mets an early 2-0 lead. A fielding error by shortstop Matt Reynolds contributed to a three-run fifth against Lara. Box

SAVANNAH 8, KANNAPOLIS 2
KANNAPOLIS 5, SAVANNAH 4 (11 innings): The Gnats won the completion of a suspended game behind Marco Camarena, who allowed one run and one hit in five innings. Stefan Sabol finished the game 4-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBIs. Jayce Boyd and Kevin Plawecki also drove in two runs apiece. In the regularly scheduled game, Paul Sewald -- in his third inning of relief -- surrendered a walk-off RBI single to Jake Brown in the 11th. Eudy Pina and Maikis De La Cruz homered in the loss. Brandon Nimmo went 2-for-5 and snapped an 0-for-25 hitless drought. Left-hander Steven Matz was placed on the DL with a blister. Box 1, Box 2

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Minors 5.24.13: Plawecki 4 RBIs for Gnats

May, 24, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 5: Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Josh Satin homered for the 51s. David Aardsma picked up his first Las Vegas save with a scoreless ninth. Box

PORTLAND 10, BINGHAMTON 9: Jeff Walters surrendered a triple, run-scoring wild pitch and RBI double in the top of the ninth as Portland took a 10-8 lead. Josh Rodriguez doubled in the bottom half to plate Wilfredo Tovar and pull the B-Mets (26-22) within a run, but Cesar Puello lined out to center field to end the game. Binghamton overcame 5-0 and 7-2 deficits to pull even at 8, buoyed by seventh-inning homers from Puello and Blake Forsythe. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed five runs on five hits and four walks in four innings. Dylan Owen, after a demotion from Las Vegas, surrendered three runs (two earned) in two innings in his first Double-A appearance since 2011. Box

BRADENTON 8, ST. LUCIE 6: Domingo Tapia surrendered six runs on two hits, four walks

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and a hit batter and was knocked out after recording only one out in the first. His ERA rose from 2.23 to 3.86. Tapia, who had been sidelined after burning his non-pitching hand cooking, made his first Florida State League appearance in 19 days. Trailing 7-0, St. Lucie (26-20) mounted a late rally. Charley Thurber had a two-run double and Cam Maron and Matt Reynolds had RBI singles in a four-run eighth. Travis Taijeron's two-out RBI single in the ninth pulled the Mets within two runs. Jim Fuller, Chasen Bradford and Hamilton Bennett held Bradenton scoreless over the final five innings. St. Lucie placed right-hander Hansel Robles on the DL this week. Box

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SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 5: Kevin Plawecki belted a three-run homer in the first inning. Savannah then overcame a 5-3 deficit with a three-run fifth that included a bases-loaded walk by Plawecki and two-run double from Stefan Sabol. Trying to protect a one-run lead in the ninth, Beck Wheeler loaded the bases with none out but escaped for his fourth save with two strikeouts and a lineout to center. Gnats starter Matt Koch was charged with five runs (four earned) on seven hits in five innings. Julian Hilario, Hunter Carnevale and Wheeler combined for four scoreless relief innings. Box

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Minors 5.13.13: Vaughn 2 RBIs for B-Mets

May, 14, 2013
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ALBUQUERQUE 5, LAS VEGAS 2: Dylan Owen and Justin Hampson combined to surrender four runs in the seventh. Starter Carlos Torres allowed one run on three hits in six innings. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was hit by a pitch in the first inning in the right knee and departed in the third. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, AKRON 2: The B-Mets (20-18) matched a season high with 14 hits. Their scoring began in a three-run third against Matt Packer that included two Akron errors. With

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runners at the corners, Josh Rodriguez hit a potential double-play ball that went through the legs of third baseman Giovanny Urshela for the first run. Allan Dykstra followed with an RBI single. Cory Vaughn, who returned to left field Sunday after missing time with an elbow injury, capped the inning's scoring when he beat out a potential double-play ball. In the fifth, with two on and two outs, Vaughn laced a run-scoring single for his second RBI. Cesar Puello rounded out the B-Mets' scoring in the sixth with a solo homer, his team-leading fifth long ball. B-Mets starter Rafael Montero settled down after falling behind early. A one-out, first-inning double by Carlos Moncrief gave Akron a 1-0 lead. The Aeroes tacked on their final run in the third, when Justin Toole hit a seeing-eye single past diving shortstop Wilfredo Tovar and into center. Montero ultimately scattered eight hits over six innings and picked up his fourth win. Chase Huchingson contributed two scoreless relief innings. Closer Jeff Walters earned his league-leading 10th save. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 6, ST. LUCIE 5: Chasen Bradford was charged with four seventh-inning runs. Dustin Lawley and Travis Taijeron had homered in the fifth to give St. Lucie a 4-2 lead. The Mets (22-13) plated one run in the bottom of the ninth, but stranded Aderlin Rodriguez and Taijeron in scoring position when Rylan Sandoval flied out and Cam Maron struck out to end it. Box

CHARLESTON 5, SAVANNAH 3: Yeicok Calderon hit a game-tying two-run homer against Gnats starter Luis Cessa in the sixth and Reymond Nunez had a two-run shot against reliever Julian Hilario two innings later as Savannah squandered a 3-1 lead. The Gnats (21-14) had jumped on RiverDogs starter Luis Niebla in the top of the second. Maikis De La Cruz led off with a double and scored on Jeff Glenn's single. With the bases loaded and one out, Yucarybert De La Cruz hit a sacrifice fly that scored Cole Frenzel and made it 2-0. Charleston answered with one run in the bottom half of the inning on Peter O'Brien's solo homer. Niebla was relieved in the third inning by Adam Smith. With runners on first and second, Stefan Sabol doubled to left field to score Kevin Plawecki. Box

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Minors 5.4.13: Zurcher has tiebreaking hit

May, 4, 2013
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SACRAMENTO 11, LAS VEGAS 7: In his second 51s start, D.J. Mitchell surrendered seven first-inning runs, although only three were earned because of a one-out throwing error by third baseman Eric Campbell. Las Vegas rallied to tie the score at 7 in the fourth on an RBI double by Josh Satin and run-scoring single by Wilmer Flores. Dylan Owen suffered the loss in relief when he surrendered a tiebreaking solo homer to Scott Moore. Collin Cowgill went 1-for-4 with a walk and a throwing error in his Las Vegas debut. Cowgill started in left field, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis remaining in center. Flores finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Campbell had a pair of doubles and two RBIs in three at-bats. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, HARRISBURG 2: The B-Mets broke a tie with a three-run fourth and four pitchers combined to retire the final 19 Senators hitters. Darrell Ceciliani had three hits, drove in three and scored three times. Richard Lucas had three hits and two RBIs. Facing

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Harrisburg starter Paul Demny, Alonzo Harris opened the game with a double and scored when Lucas singled. Binghamton took a 2-0 lead on Allan Dysktra's run-scoring groundout in the third. B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel sailed through a pair of innings before laboring through the third. The righty allowed two hits, walked two and surrendered a pair of runs in the 39-pitch frame. Anthony Rendon’s 11-pitch plate appearance ended with a walk and set the stage for Jerad Head’s game-tying two-run single. After Demny walked Goeddel with two outs in the fourth and Rendon misplayed Harris’ chopper, Ceciliani had a two-run single to give Binghamton the lead for good. Lucas tacked on with an RBI double. Head’s hit in the third proved to be Harrisburg’s final baserunner. Goeddel (2-2) retired the final 10 batters he faced. He allowed two runs on three hits and fanned four over six innings to end his four-game winless streak. Joe Bonfe delivered a pinch-hit run-scoring single in the eighth and Ceciliani crushed his first homer of the season, a solo shot, in the ninth. Cesar Puello added a run-producing fielder’s choice. Relievers Adam Kolarek, Josh Edgin and Jeff Walters contributed scoreless frames. The bullpen has retired the last 23 batters it has faced over the three games. Box

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ST. LUCIE 10, FORT MYERS 5: Aderlin Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs as the Mets avoided getting swept in the three-game series. Miracle third baseman Miguel Sano hit a three-run homer off St. Lucie starter Robert Gsellman in the first. The Mets answered, loading the bases in the second with no outs. Cam Maron then ripped a bases-clearing double. Rodriguez hit a solo homer in the third to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Dustin Lawley had a sacrifice fly RBI and Rodriguez added an RBI single in the fifth for a three-run cushion. Lawley also had an RBI double in the seventh to make it 7-3. Travis Taijeron launched his second homer of the season in the eighth. Rodriguez had a two-run double in the ninth. Making his second start, Gsellman earned his first Florida State League victory. All three hits he surrendered in five innings came in the first. He walked three and struck out three. Gsellman retired the final seven batters he faced. Hamilton Bennett pitched two scoreless relief innings. Randy Fontanez allowed an unearned run in the eighth and T. J. Chism allowed a run in the ninth before inducing a game-ending double play. Box

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SAVANNAH 9, HICKORY 2: Kevin Plawecki went 3-for-5 and capped the Gnats' scoring with a ninth-inning grand slam. He upped his batting average to .416. The score was tied at 1 until the eighth, when Chad Zurcher delivered a tiebreaking two-run single in what became a four-run frame. Eudy Pina, Stefan Sabol and Phillip Evans scored two runs apiece in the win. Starter Rainy Lara improved to 4-1. Lara limited Hickory to one unearned run on four hits and a walk while striking out six in seven innings. Hunter Carnevale handled the final two innings. He allowed a one-out solo homer to Jorge Alfaro in the bottom of the ninth that capped the scoring. Box

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Minors 4.7.13: Cam, Noah key 4-0 St. Lucie

April, 7, 2013
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SACRAMENTO 8, LAS VEGAS 4: Sacramento handed the 51s their first loss as a Mets affiliate by posting six runs in the seventh against Dylan Owen and Armando Rodriguez to break a 2-all tie. Michael Choice belted a grand slam and Michael Taylor followed with a homer to chase Owen, who was charged with five runs while recording only two outs. Former Rockie Carlos Torres, who worked as a reliever in spring training with the Mets, started and allowed two runs on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Las Vegas had pulled even at 2 in the top of the seventh as Andrew Brown walked, Josh Satin doubled, Zach Lutz had a sacrifice fly and Brian Bixler had an RBI single. The 51s (3-1) added two runs in the eighth against Hideki Okajima, on Reese Havens' sacrifice fly and Wilmer Flores' RBI single. Box

AKRON 13, BINGHAMTON 3: The Aeros scored 12 runs on 13 hits over the final three innings to hand Binghamton its worst loss since a 10-0 defeat against Bowie on July 20, 2012. The B-Mets (3-1) had built a 2-0 lead in the third. Following a hit batsman and balk by

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Akron starter Paolo Espino, Darrell Ceciliani and Blake Forsythe contributed RBI doubles. The Aeros touched B-Mets starter Tyler Pill for one run over his first five innings. Pill walked Tyler Holt to start his Double-A debut, but settled down to retire nine straight, five via strikeout. Pill’s strong outing unraveled in the sixth. He failed to retire any of the four batters he faced. Jesus Aguilar’s RBI single with the bases loaded tied the score at 2 and chased Pill. Mark Cohoon inherited the bases loaded and allowed all three to score. Carlos Moncrief gave Akron the lead on a sac fly. Roberto Perez and Giovanny Urshela added RBI singles. After Binghamton cut the deficit to two on Ceciliani’s RBI single in the seventh, the Aeros posted another big inning. The first five batters in the bottom half reached against Cohoon as the Aeros took a 10-3 lead. Akron tacked on three more runs on one hit and two errors in the eighth, against Adrian Rosario and Chase Huchingson. Pill (0-1) was charged with five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks. The bullpen combined to allow seven inherited runners to score. The B-Mets had five errors, including two by third baseman Richard Lucas. Binghamton’s last five-error game came against the Erie SeaWolves on Aug. 31, 2011. Erik Goeddel makes his B-Mets debut on Monday at Erie. Box

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ST. LUCIE 1, JUPITER 0: Catcher Cam Maron held onto a throw from left fielder Dustin Lawley during a plate collision with Austin Barnes for the game's final out. Maron's second-inning double plated Aderlin Rodriguez with the lone run. St. Lucie is off to a 4-0 start. Noah Syndergaard, obtained from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey deal, tossed four scoreless innings in his debut with the organization. Syndergaard limited Jupiter to three hits and a walk while striking out five. He has yet to fully stretch out after being idle for part of spring training with a lat injury. Angel Cuan (1-0) and Chasen Bradford (first save) combined on the nine-hit shutout. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 0: Rainy Lara, Bret Mitchell and Hunter Carnevale combined on a three-hit shutout. Brandon Nimmo, Phillip Evans and Jayce Boyd had three hits apiece and combined to score all four runs. Nimmo, the organization's 2011 first-round pick, is hitting .471 through four games. Boyd, a Florida State product, is hitting .571. The Gnats posted three runs in the third. Nimmo and Evans singled and Boyd walked to load the bases with none out. Kevin Plawecki followed with an RBI single and Stefan Sabol contributed a two-run single. An inning later, Savannah took a 4-0 lead as Nimmo doubled and Boyd plated him with a single. Box

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Cards 11, Mets 4: Farmhands roughed up

March, 26, 2013
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Kirk Nieuwenhuis makes a diving catch during Tuesday's game.


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The St. Louis Cardinals roughed up several Mets farmhands en route to an 11-4 win Tuesday at Tradition Field after Jeremy Hefner was forced to leave Tuesday's game with an elbow bruise.

Randy Fontanez, a 27th-round pick in 2011 from South Florida, failed to retire any of the seven batters he faced. He surrendered a grand slam to Pete Kozma and was charged with five earned runs on four hits and three walks.

Yadier Molina belted a two-run homer against Chase Huchingson and ex-Met Rob Johnson went deep against Dylan Owen.

Armando Rodriguez did contribute two no-hit innings.

Lucas Duda went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, lifting his Grapefruit League average to .302 despite a slow start. Duda produced his fifth homer.

Marlins 4, Mets 2: TC keeping the faith

March, 16, 2013
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Shaun Marcum allowed two runs on five hits and one walk in four innings as the Mets lost to the Miami Marlins, 4-2, Saturday at Tradition Field.

“The mechanics are starting to feel a lot better,” Marcum said. “I feel like I’m starting to repeat them a lot more. Other than that, now it’s just starting to mix in some more pitches. I threw some cutters today.”

Marcum said the cutter is a “huge” pitch for him.

“I don’t throw awful hard, so I have got to be able to locate that pitch and have my two-seamer to go along with that -- try to play that crisscross game where I’m cutting it in and sinking it away and stuff like that,” Marcum said. “So it’s very important for me.”


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Pedro Feliciano worked an inning-plus Saturday.


Game tidbits:

KEEP THE FAITH: Terry Collins had not yet received the X-ray results on Justin Turner’s sprained right ankle postgame, but the manager also believed it was not severe. Collins said Zach Lutz will start at third base Sunday against the Atlanta Braves.

“I don’t think Justin is very serious the way it sounded,” Collins said. “It is what it is. You can’t get discouraged. You can’t get down. … If you let it get you down, all of a sudden it spreads to the players. They get frustrated.

“Hey, look, it’s spring training. We’ve still got 15 games to go. We’ve got to go play. You’ve got to get yourself ready, let the trainers do their thing, let the doctors do their thing. And then we’ve got to get the players ready that are remaining here. When we get to the end of spring training, we’ll decide which 25 are physically able to go north.”

PERPETUAL CHALLENGE: Lefty specialist Pedro Feliciano, whose velocity is still hovering in the 83 mph range, nonetheless tossed a 1-2-3 sixth inning with two strikeouts -- against lefty-hitting Chris Coghlan and righty-hitting Donovan Solano.

Feliciano stayed on for the following frame and surrendered a leadoff double to lefty Casey Kotchman before departing. Greg Burke inherited Kotchman and allowed him to score.

OVERTIME FACEOFF: Jeurys Familia departed in the ninth with his pitch count at 45 after a 17-pitch faceoff against Chone Figgins that ended with a walk. Familia walked three and allowed two hits during a 1 1/3-inning appearance. He surrendered a solo homer to Marlins top prospect Christian Yelich.

TWIN KILLING: Right-hander Dylan Owen, borrowed from minor league camp, completed the top of the ninth after Familia exited. Owen coaxed a double-play grounder from Nick Green, the lone batter he faced. Owen, 26, went 4-9 with a 6.28 ERA in 28 appearances (10 starts) with Triple-A Buffalo last season.

Around the minors 8.26.12

August, 26, 2012
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BUFFALO 1, ROCHESTER 0
ROCHESTER 11, BUFFALO 9: Zack Wheeler tossed a seven-inning shutout for his first Triple-A win in Game 1. Wheeler allowed three hits and two walks in the complete game. The lone run came courtesy of Matt den Dekker's sacrifice fly, which scored Adam Loewen. In Game 2, Fred Lewis launched a solo homer to open what became a four-run first. The Red Wings answered with three runs the following half-inning, which were charged to starter Dylan Owen. Consecutive walks to begin the inning set the tone. A two-out double by Matt Carson against reliever Jeff Stevens scored a pair to pull Rochester within 4-3. After Valentino Pascucci homered in the third to extend the Buffalo lead to two runs, the Wings responded with three runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth. C.J. Nitkowski was charged with seven runs in 1 1/3 innings. Buffalo clawed back on a two-run homer from Matt Tuiasosopo in the fifth. The Bisons added two runs in the sixth thanks to another blast, this one a two-run shot by Zach Lutz that pulled Buffalo within 10-9. But the Herd couldn't complete the comeback. Box 1, Box 2

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 3: Wilfredo Tovar capped a four-hit day by driving in the game-deciding run with a single in the top of the 10th. With the score tied at 3 in the extra frame, Allan Dykstra walked against Portland reliever Michael Olmsted and was replaced by pinch-runner Juan Lagares. With one out, Dustin Martin dribbled a grounder to first. Olmsted received the toss from Travis Shaw, but failed to step on the bag. The righty followed the error by walking Juan Centeno to load the bases. Tovar then lofted a single into shallow center. Lagares scored easily from third and Martin came home as well after a misfire from center fielder Shannon Wilkerson. Brad Holt made the lead stand with a perfect bottom half. Portland left fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker had launched a 2-2 offering from Greg Peavey for his team-leading 18th homer to open the scoring. The B-Mets responded with a four-hit attack in the second against Portland starter Jeremy Kehrt. Centeno bounced into a run-scoring fielder's choice. Reese Havens gave the B-Mets the lead three batters later with an RBI single. Hazelbaker struck again in the third. With a runner aboard, he produced his second homer of the day, giving the Sea Dogs a 3-2 lead. Binghamton used another four-hit inning to tie the contest in the fourth. With runners at the corners, Havens beat out a potential double-play grounder, allowing Tovar to score. Peavey settled down and retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced, allowing one additional hit. Jeff Kaplan (2-0) bridged the gap to the 10th by allowing one hit over two scoreless innings. Peavey allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings. Box

CHARLOTTE at ST. LUCIE (canceled): The game was called off because of Tropical Storm Isaac and will not be rescheduled.

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 3: Down 4-2, the Gnats rallied for a run the ninth on Albert Cordero’s RBI single. Savannah had the potential tying run at second and winning run at first, but pinch-hitter Dustin Lawley struck out to end the game. The Braves had opened the scoring in the first inning with an unearned run resulting from shortstop Yucarybert De La Cruz dropping a popup in shallow left field. Rome added two runs on four singles in the top of the sixth against Savannah starter Marcos Camarena to establish a 3-0 advantage. Camarena (7-6) completed six innings, allowing three runs (two earned). The Gnats picked up two runs in the sixth. With one out, De La Cruz and Brandon Brown each singled. Gilbert Gomez then delivered a two-run double to pull the Gnats within 3-2. Rome pushed its lead back to two runs in the eighth, when William Beckwith blasted a solo homer off Gnats reliever Randy Fontanez. Box

PULASKI 6, KINGSPORT 4: Pulaski took a 4-0 lead by roughing up Kingsport starter Persio Reyes, who only lasted two innings. In the third, Kingsport got back a pair as Jeffrey Diehl tripled in a run and Joe Tuschak drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Jorge Rivero and Tomas Nido each had RBIs in the sixth as the K-Mets moved within two runs. Carlos Valdez and Luis Rengel threw seven innings of two-run ball in relief. Box

STATEN ISLAND 12, BROOKLYN 2: Cyclones starter Julian Hilario surrendered seven runs (five earned) in the first inning. Back-to-back doubles by Claudio Custodio and Fu-Lin Kuo put the Yankees on the board. Peter O’Brien then singled, before Ravel Santana reached on a fielding error by shortstop Phillip Evans to make it 2-0. Gregory Bird hit a two-run double, but was thrown out at third by second baseman Jeff Reynolds. The Yankees then plated another two runs on four consecutive hits before Hilario was pulled. Tim Peterson entered and got Custodio to ground into a force out, but Daniel Lopez scored. Peterson allowed Bird's solo homer the following inning. The Cyclones ran into more trouble in the fourth. O’Brien hit a two-out single and was plated on a single by Santana. A throwing error by Peterson allowed Santana to advance to second, and he later scored on a single from Bird to give Staten Island a 10-run advantage. Brooklyn plated two runs in the fifth, when Brandon Nimmo homered, scoring Reynolds. Peterson tossed 3 2/3 innings in relief, surrendering three earned runs. Paul Sewald gave up two runs in three innings. Box

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Around the minors 8.11.12

August, 11, 2012
8/11/12
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 5, BUFFALO 1: After surrendering two hits, including Eduardo Nunez's RBI double, in the first inning, Zack Wheeler tossed five n0-hit innings in his second Triple-A start. He issued two walks in the sixth, but departed with his pitch count at 93 and the score tied at 1 after coaxing an inning-ending double play from Nunez. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored four runs against the Bisons bullpen, starting with Brandon Laird's tiebreaking homer off Dylan Owen in the seventh. Ronnier Mustelier clubbed a two-run homer off Fernando Cabrera in a three-run eighth. Buffalo scored its lone run in the fifth. Matt den Dekker doubled and scored on a pair of groundouts. Josh Satin singled in four trips to the plate to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Lucas Duda missed his third consecutive game because of a root canal. Box

HARRISBURG 5, BINGHAMTON 4: The Senators scored five unanswered runs and plated the walk-off winner on second baseman Wilmer Flores' throwing error. The B-Mets mustered three hits after the second inning. Brandon Moore suffered the B-Mets' first blown save since July 19. Ex-Blue Jay Drew Carpenter tossed a scoreless relief inning in his debut with the organization. Facing starter Danny Rosenbaum for the fourth time this season, Binghamton jumped on the lefty for three runs in the first as Jefry Marte and Francisco Pena contributed RBI singles. Wilfredo Tovar capped the output with a sac fly. The B-Mets threatened in the second with three hits and a walk, but settled for one run. Armando Rodriguez started the inning with a double for his first pro hit, and scored on Eric Campbell’s single. The Senators answered in the second. With a man aboard, Sean Nicol launched a full-count offering from Rodriguez into the left-field seats. It was the only blemish for Rodriguez, who went four innings in this third spot start. Brad Holt took over in the fifth, and Justin Bloxom blasted a solo homer to trim Binghamton’s lead to one. Holt retired the next five batters to cap a two-inning relief appearance. Signed by the Mets and added to the roster on Friday, Carpenter fanned two and worked around a one-out single in a scorelesss frame. Carpenter was the only B-Mets reliever who did not surrender a run. Moore watched Binghamton’s one-run lead disappear in the eighth. Tim Pahuta led off by launching the first pitch over the right-center fence to tie the score at 4. After the B-Mets were put down in order in the ninth by Pat McCoy, Moore had more trouble. Jose Lozada led off with a single and moved to second when Jonny Tucker’s bunt attempt was caught by the catcher Pena near the backstop. Brian Goodwin then sent a slow chopper behind the mound. Flores charged from second and made an errant throw to first, which sailed wide. Lozada scored standing up. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, FORT MYERS 0: Jacob deGrom, a ninth-round pick in 2010 out of Stetson, surrendered one hit in seven scoreless innings in his Florida State League debut, after a promotion from Savannah. John Church added two scoreless relief innings for his first save. St. Lucie scored two first-inning runs, on Blake Forysthe's sacrifice fly and Rafael Fernandez's RBI single. Forsythe's sixth-inning fielder's choice plated Danny Muno, who had doubled. DeGrom struck out eight and allowed three walks. Box

GREENVILLE at SAVANNAH (canceled)

DANVILLE 9, KINGSPORT 4: Chris Flexen allowed seven runs (six earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Jonathan Leroux had a two-run homer in the eighth in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 6, VERMONT 3: Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and a walk and 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo returned after a five-day absence. Brooklyn starter Julian Hilario struck out the side in the first. The Cyclones then scored twice in the bottom half. Nimmo, appearing for the first time since he was hit by a pitch on his right shoulder, led off with a walk. Phillip Evans followed with a single. With Jayce Boyd batting, Nimmo scored on a balk by Vermont starter Michael Ynoa. Boyd lined out to second baseman Chris Bostick. However, Evans advanced on a wild pitch. Plawecki's single then scored Evans for a 2-0 lead. Three consecutive singles gave the Cyclones two more runs in the fourth. Eudy Pina produced a two-out hit, stole second and scored on Nimmo's single. Nimmo advanced to second on the throw to the plate and scored when Evans singled. The Lake Monsters got on the board in the fifth. Back-to-back singles by Jacob Tanis and Kelvin Rojas put a runner in scoring position. Addison Russell's forceout moved Tanis to third, and a double by Austin Booker plated him. Vermont had a chance for more, but left the bases loaded when John Wooten lined out. Plawecki gave Brooklyn a four-run advantage with a solo shot -- his fourth homer this season. That lead was cut in half, however, in the sixth. After Wilfredo Solano walked, three Vermont singles made it 5-3. Pina hit his fourth homer of the season in the sixth. Hilario ultimately earned his second win, throwing five innings and allowing one earned run on five hits. Matt Koch surrendered two earned runs on four hits and a walk in an inning. Beck Wheeler pitched a perfect eighth. Paul Sewald threw a hitless ninth and earned his fourth save. Box

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Around the minors 8.3.12

August, 4, 2012
8/04/12
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BUFFALO 13, SYRACUSE 7: Jeurys Familia was roughed up, Kirk Nieuwenhuis suffered a right foot injury and Wally Backman was ejected, but Pedro Beato retired all eight batters he faced in relief and the Bisons had a season-high 19 hits in a win against their Thruway Series rival. Josh Satin had four hits, including his 12th homer. Lucas Duda added a two-run blast and Zach Lutz had three hits and three RBIs. Satin erased a 5-3 deficit in the third with a three-run shot. Mike Nickeas launched a two-run homer in the eighth. Satin also had two doubles to push his team-leading total to 20. Four Buffalo relievers combined to toss 6 1/3 innings. Jeff Stevens was credited with the win after contributing 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Nieuwenhuis left the game with a torn plantar fascia in his foot after grounding out in the first inning. Familia allowed five runs, including a pair of homers, in 2 2/3 innings. He walked three. The Bisons officially added Zack Wheeler to their roster. Dylan Owen was placed on the disabled list with a left ankle sprain. Backman and Chiefs manager Tony Beasley were ejected in the fourth inning for an argument that took place just outside the third-base coach's box. Box

READING 4, BINGHAMTON 1: Reading tagged B-Mets starter Darin Gorski for three homers. Binghamton used the longball to grab the lead in the first against Ethan Martin, who had been acquired four days earlier in a trade with the Dodgers. Wilmer Flores welcomed Martin to the Eastern League with a solo homer. It was Flores’ fourth homer as a B-Met and 14th overall this season. But it was the only damage Binghamton produced against Martin (1-0), who tossed six innings. Martin allowed four hits, struck out six and issued one walk. Reading answered a half-inning after Flores' homer. Darin Ruf homered to even the score. In the fourth, Leandro Castro doubled and scored when D’Arby Myers homered. Reading extended its lead in the sixth, in Gorski’s final inning. Ruf opened the frame by crushing a 1-1 pitch for his 20th homer of the season. Gorski was charged with four runs on five hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out a season-high eight. Gorski (6-6) allowed multiple homers for the sixth time this season. The southpaw has surrendered 10 in his past four games. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 0: Tyler Pill and Hamilton Bennett combined on the three-hit shutout. Pill (6-1) struck out 10, walked one and hit two batters while allowing three hits in 7 2/3 innings. Aderlin Rodriguez homered twice and Cory Vaughn and Rafael Fernandez also went deep. Box

ASHEVILLE 3, SAVANNAH 2: Chasen Bradford allowed a runner inherited from starter Domingo Tapia to score as the Tourists posted two runs in the eighth inning in a come-from-behind win. Tapia was charged with three runs (two earned) on three hits while striking out five in 7 1/3 innings. Box

GREENEVILLE 18, KINGSPORT 2: Corey Oswalt was charged with six runs, while Luis Rengel was charged with nine runs in relief. Box

BROOKLYN 3, CONNECTICUT 0: Stefan Sabol drove in two of Brooklyn’s three runs. Brandon Nimmo doubled to open the first. He was plated on a double by Phillip Evans that cleared left fielder Danry Vasquez. Sabol ultimately hit a two-out, two-run homer to give the Cyclones a 3-0 lead. Brooklyn starter Luis Cessa earned the win, holding the Tigers to two hits in five innings. Cessa retired the first five batters before allowing a single to Tyler Hanover. The Tigers managed their second hit in the following frame -- another single, this time from Bennett Pickar. Connecticut starter Tim Kelley allowed three earned runs on seven hits in four innings. The Cyclones loaded the bases in the fifth and seventh innings, but failed to capitalize on either chance while going 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. After Matt Bowman threw three no-hit relief innings, John Mincone pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his fourth save. Box

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Around the minors 7.30.12

July, 31, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS 6, BUFFALO 2: Returning to the rotation for the first time since June 9, Jenrry Mejia tossed 57 pitches. He went three innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks. Dylan Owen suffered the loss in relief, allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings. Kirk Nieuwenhuis struck out as a pinch hitter for Mejia in the fourth in his return to Triple-A. Lucas Duda went 2-for-5 and drove in the game's opening run. Mike Nickeas went 4-for-4. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, CLEARWATER 3: Jack Leathersich and Taylor Whitenton contributed two scoreless innings apiece in relief of starter Chase Huchingson. St. Lucie overcame a 2-0 deficit with a four-run fifth that included RBI singles by Travis Taijeron, Robbie Shields and T.J. Rivera. Box

GREENSBORO at SAVANNAH (ppd.)

JOHNSON CITY 3, KINGSPORT 2: Akeel Morris surrendered a walk-off homer to Trevor Martin leading off the bottom of the ninth. Box

BROOKLYN 5, MAHONING VALLEY 1: Rainy Lara produced 10 strikeouts, becoming the third pitcher in Cyclones history to record double-digit strikeouts multiple times in the same season, and Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles. The Scrappers did score against Lara in the first, but produced no additional damage. Tyler Naquin doubled with one out. After Joseph Wendle flied out for the second out, Charlie Valerio singled, scoring Naquin. Lara did not allow another batter to reach until two outs in the sixth. After Juan Gamboa singled to lead off the third inning for the Cyclones, he was thrown out trying to steal. Dimas Ponce then flied out. But Eudy Pina started a two-out rally by walking. Nimmo then singled and Richie Rodriguez walked to load the bases. Jayce Boyd singled, scoring Pina and Nimmo and giving the Cyclones a 2-1 lead. In the fifth, the Cyclones scored two more runs. Nimmo ripped a one-out double. Rodriguez hit a grounder to the third baseman Wendle, who was unable to field the ball cleanly, allowing Rodriguez to reach. Boyd's groundout moved Nimmo to third and Rodriguez to second. After Alex Sanchez walked to load the bases with two out, Stefan Sabol delivered a two-run single. The Cyclones tacked on a run in the sixth on Nimmo's RBI double. Lara tossed seven innings, allowing one run on three hits and no walks. Box

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Around the minors 7.27.12

July, 28, 2012
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LOUISVILLE 3, BUFFALO 1: Mike Baxter went 1-for-4 and played nine innings in left field. Neftali Soto delivered a tiebreaking two-run homer against Dylan Owen after a two-hour, five-minute rain delay. Before the stoppage, Lucas Duda singled to lead off the fifth and advanced to second on Valentino Pascucci's walk. Bats starter Tim Gustafson then threw away Matt Tuiasosopo's bunt attempt, allowing Duda to score. Owen suffered the defeat, allowing two runs in two innings. Newly promoted Robert Carson made his Triple-A debut with two innings of scoreless relief. Starter Garrett Olson allowed an unearned run in four innings, but departed with the delay. Mike Nickeas went 0-for-3 in his first game with the Bisons this season. He is the only player to have appeared in a game in all four years of the club's affiliation with the Mets. Duda went 1-for-4 in his second game with the club this year. Before the game, right-hander Gonzalez Germen was returned to Binghamton and catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere was placed on the disabled list. Box

BINGHAMTON 2, PORTLAND 1
BINGHAMTON 3, PORTLAND 1:
Dustin Martin launched a three-run homer in the sixth to cap a five-hit day and secure Binghamton’s doubleheader sweep. In the opener, Binghamton grabbed the lead in the third against Portland starter Drake Britton (2-4). Juan Lagares tripled and scored when Reese Havens singled past third baseman Marquez Smith. In the fourth, Jefry Marte doubled and scored when Martin threaded a bouncer up the middle. Pitching for the first time since returning from the DL, B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni (4-3) put together six solid innings, allowing one run on four singles while striking out five and walking two. Mazzoni walked two in the sixth, but ended the threat and capped his night by inducing Peter Hissey to pop out. Frank Francisco took over in the seventh in his second rehab appearance with Binghamton. He allowed a double to Ronald Bermudez to start the inning, but retired three straight to secure the save. B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin that Francisco will remain with the Eastern League club for one more rehab appearance Saturday. Through the first five innings of the nightcap, the B-Mets collected six hits and walked six times against starter Mike MacDonald but failed to score. Binghamton bounced into three double plays and had two players thrown out attempting steals. Meanwhile, the Sea Dogs scored their lone run against Darin Gorski (6-5) on Bryce Brentz's second-inning homer. Gorski retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced. With two on base in the sixth, reliever Chris Balcom-Miller entered and recorded two outs before falling behind in the count to Martin with two balls. Martin blasted the next offering inside the right-field pole for his second Double-A homer. Ryan Fraser took over for Gorski in the ninth and worked around a walk and single to earn his first B-Mets save. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 5: T.J. Rivera had three hits and three RBIs and Aderlin Rodriguez hit his second Florida State League homer. A three-run second staked St. Lucie to a 3-2 lead as Kai Gronauer and Rivera had RBI doubles and Cory Vaughn followed with a run-scoring single. Rodriguez ripped a solo homer in the fifth to give the Mets a 4-3 advantage. With the score tied in the sixth, Rivera singled to plate Gronauer and Robbie Shields and give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Jack Leathersich earned his first St. Lucie save. He retired James Robbins on a groundout to first with the tying run at second base in the ninth. Leathersich gave up one run on two hits in two innings and walked two. Angel Cuan tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Taylor Whitenton picked up the victory in relief. He tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Box

ROME 13, SAVANNAH 3: Gnats starter Jim Fuller surrendered 11 runs (nine earned) in three innings. Box

BRISTOL 3, KINGSPORT 1: Eric Grabe and Juan Ramirez produced their first homers of the Appalachian League season to break a 1-all tie and hand reliever Andrew Massie the loss. K-Mets starter John Gant, who entered with a 7.94 ERA, allowed one run while scattering six hits and three walks over five innings. Grabe broke the tie in the eighth, taking a 1-0 offering from Massie over the left-field wall. The K-Mets scored their lone run in the first inning, when Gavin Cecchini's triple off the right-field wall plated Branden Kaupe. Bristol held the K-Mets hitless for the final six frames. The K-Mets sent outfielder Julio Concepcion to Brooklyn before the game and activated Bradley Marquez from the disabled list. Box

BATAVIA 2, BROOKLYN 0: Luis Cessa allowed one run on six hits in five innings in a hard-luck loss. The Cyclones mustered only three hits and walked twice. Batavia's Alex Mejia opened the game with a single and scored on a one-out double by Garrett Wittels. Tyler Vanderheiden entered in the eighth, trying to hold the deficit at 1-0. After Wittels grounded out to first baseman Jayce Boyd, Patrick Wilson reached on an infield single to third baseman Jeff Reynolds. Vanderheiden then struck out Jesus Montero for the second out. David Washington followed with a double, scoring Wilson. It was the first run Vanderheiden surrendered this season. Box

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Around the minors 7.15.12

July, 15, 2012
7/15/12
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PAWTUCKET 5, BISONS 4 (14 innings): Nate Spears homered against Dylan Owen to open the bottom of the 14th as Pawtucket snapped the Bisons' seven-game winning streak. Owen was entering his second inning of relief. Manny Acosta, Fernando Cabrera and Elvin Ramirez earlier had contributed two scoreless innings apiece. Jason Bay went 2-for-4 with a walk and steal and played nine innings in left field before departing. Against Bisons starter Collin McHugh, Pawtucket opened the scoring in the second. Che-Hsuan Lin delivered a one-out triple and Jose Iglesias plated him with a groundout. Scott Podsednik added an RBI single and the Bisons trailed 2-0. Raul Reyes doubled to lead off the following half-inning. Valentino Pascucci's single eventually loaded the bases against PawSox starting pitcher Brandon Duckworth. Brad Emaus then walked as Duckworth forced in Buffalo's opening run, although Matt Tuiasosopo popped out to strand three. Adam Loewen's fifth-inning homer evened the score at 2. McHugh allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings. Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, Bay led off with a single. Pascucci launched a two-run homer to again even the score. Box

BINGHAMTON 13, ERIE 3: Gonzalez Germen matched a career high by tossing eight innings and the B-Mets produced a season high for runs while posting their fourth straight win. The B-Mets scored nine runs in the first two innings and finished one shy of a season high with 17 hits. Seven of their nine starters collected multiple hits, led by Allan Dykstra’s 4-for-4 performance. After the SeaWolves grabbed a lead on Jordan Lennerton’s RBI single in the first, the B-Mets struck back in the bottom half. Binghamton unloaded on starter Kelvin De La Cruz for six runs on six hits in the frame. Wilmer Flores started the scoring with an RBI double. Eric Campbell gave the B-Mets the lead for good with a run-scoring single. Jefry Marte drove in another, and Dustin Martin continued the scoring with a two-run triple. Juan Lagares, the inning's 10th batter, singled in another run to end De La Cruz’s day. Jared Gayhart entered and struck out Reese Havens to finally end the inning. Erie scratched back a run in the second on an RBI double by Wes Thigpen, but Binghamton continued its onslaught. After a single and walk, Martin blasted a two-run triple for the second straight inning. Juan Centeno added an RBI single, giving Binghamton a 9-2 lead. After allowing a double to Thigpen in the second, Germen (7-7) settled in. The righty retired the next 18 SeaWolves, cruising into the eighth. The stretch was disrupted when Michael Rockett launched a pinch-hit homer. For Binghamton, Flores added a solo homer in the sixth. Edgar Ramirez replaced Germen for the ninth and worked a perfect inning. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, BREVARD COUNTY 3: Tyler Pill tossed a season-high seven innings and struck out seven and Mike Baxter began a major league rehab assignment by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Pill (3-1) allowed one run and four hits with two walks. The Mets jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first on Cory Vaughn's RBI double. The following inning, Baxter ripped a double to score Travis Taijeron and Danny Muno. The Mets pulled away with a four-run fifth. Baxter scored from third base on an errant pickoff attempt with Vaughn at first. Richard Lucas then drilled a double to plate Vaughn and Blake Forsythe. T.J. Rivera added a run-scoring infield single to give the Mets a 7-0 lead. Vaughn went 2-for-4. Jeff Walters tossed 1 2/3 innings and allowed two unearned runs while issuing two walks and recording one strikeout. Taylor Whitenton needed one pitch in the ninth to record his third save. Box

LAKEWOOD 6, SAVANNAH 5: Brian Harrison delivered a two-out, two-run single in the ninth to pull the Gnats within a run, but Dustin Lawley struck out to strand Cam Maron at third base. Lawley nonetheless went 3-for-5 with a double and scored twice. Gregory Pron also had three hits. Starter Domingo Tapia allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings. Lakewood broke a 3-all tie with a three-run eighth against Chasen Bradford (2-3). Box

KINGSPORT at JOHNSON CITY (ppd.): Box

BROOKLYN 3, STATE COLLEGE 2: After waiting out a 119-minute rain delay, Alex Sanchez went 3-for-4 and plated what proved to be the game-deciding run with an RBI single. The Cyclones struck first with a pair of runs in the third. Back-to-back doubles from Brandon Nimmo and Jonathan Clark provided a 1-0 lead. After a groundout by Juan Gamboa advanced Clark, Dimas Ponce plated the speedy outfielder with a sacrifice fly. Brooklyn starter Luis Cessa ran into his first trouble spot in the fourth. Barrett Barnes led off the frame with a solo homer. The Cyclones restored a two-run lead their next turn at-bat. Ponce doubled and scored on Alex Sanchez's single. The seesaw scoring continued in the sixth with State College mounting a two-out rally. After Cessa retired the first two batters, Jacob Stallings doubled and Samuel Gonzalez's single. That would be Cessa’s last inning. He finished the night allowing two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two in six innings. Princeton product Matt Bowman pitched a career-high three scoreless relief innings to collect his second save. Box

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