New York Mets: Gonzalez German

Germen up, Lutz down

July, 2, 2013
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NEW YORK -- The Mets have called up reliever Gonzalez Germen and demoted infielder Zach Lutz, the team announced Tuesday before its game against Arizona.

The Mets made the move around an hour before first pitch. They had been previously speculating whether to put starter Shaun Marcum on the disabled list, according to a New York Post report.

Marcum, who started Monday against Arizona, was seen pointing to his shoulder area and rolling his neck while in the dugout. After the game, he said he didn't have any concerns about his health.

The veteran started the season on the disabled list with shoulder and neck pain that stemmed from an inflamed nerve in his neck. He received a shot to help calm the nerve.

Marcum, who signed a one-year, $4-million deal with incentives in the offseason, has been a disappointment thus far. He's 1-9 with a 5.03 ERA in 13 games. He started the season 0-9 before beating the White Sox on June 26. His nine losses are tied for the fifth-most in baseball.

Germen was 3-3 with a 5.70 ERA in 34 games for Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2007.

The Mets called up Germen instead of bringing back reliever Greg Burke because this roster move did not involve a player going on the disabled list. Players must wait 10 days to return after being demoted, and Burke was sent down on June 25. He's eligible to return to Flushing on Friday.

Lutz played in just four games for the Mets, batting 1-for-4 while walking twice.

Around the minors 8.7.12

August, 8, 2012
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SYRACUSE 4, BUFFALO 3: The Chiefs used a three-run outburst in the fifth to open their first lead of the game, and held on down the stretch. With the loss, Buffalo is seven games back of Scranton in the wild-card race. The fifth was the fateful inning that doomed the Herd and starting pitcher Collin McHugh, and the damage started quickly with a leadoff double by Brett Carroll. The problematic big inning reared its ugly head three batters later, when Mark Teahen ripped an RBI triple that scored two. Next up, Carlos Rivero brought Teahen home with a single. Just like that, a 1-0 Buffalo lead had turned into a 3-1 Syracuse advantage. The Bisons trailed 4-1, but battled back with two runs in the seventh. Matt den Dekker singled, and Valentino Pascucci singled him home two batters later -- with a Mike Nickeas single in between. After Pascucci drove in the run that cut the Chiefs' lead to 4-2, Fred Lewis drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Two batters later, Lucas Duda took advantage with a single that scored Nickeas, pulling Buffalo within a run. With one out, the bases were still loaded, but the Bisons could not come through with the tying run. Zach Lutz was called out on strikes and Adam Loewen grounded out. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, NEW BRITAIN 8
NEW BRITAIN 8, BINGHAMTON 1:
Trailing by two in the seventh in Game 1, the B-Mets started their late rally with two walks. A single by Dustin Martin against Jose Gonzalez brought home pinch-runner Pedro Zapata and cut the deficit to one. Reliever Dakota Watts entered and induced Wilfredo Tovar to ground out, but a botched fielder’s choice allowed everyone to reach safely. With the bases loaded and one out, Juan Centeno sent a chopper to second. Nate Hanson flipped to James Beresford for one, but his relay to first was late. Raul Reyes scored easily from third to tie the score. Martin, running from contact, scored from second to give Binghamton their fourth walk-off win of the season. The B-Mets had fallen into an early deficit after the Rock Cats put up a five-run second against starter Cory Mazzoni. Binghamton started its comeback in the third on a two-run homer by Reese Havens. The B-Mets added two more in the fifth, on an RBI groundout by Centeno and a two-out RBI single by Wilmer Flores. After the Rock Cats plated another run in the sixth, the B-Mets struck back and tied the score with a pair of scores. Centeno delivered another run-scoring groundout and Juan Lagares knotted the score at 6 with an RBI single. Mazzoni survived six innings. He allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits. Adam Kolarek took over in the seventh and failed to preserve the tie. Kolarek (2-0) was taken off the hook and earned his second win of the season thanks to Binghamton’s three-run seventh. The B-Mets failed to carry the magic into the nightcap. They were held to two hits and sent one over the minimum to the plate. Francisco Pena provided the only offense with a solo homer in the sixth. The Rock Cats tagged B-Mets starter Gonzalez Germen for six runs on six hits over five innings. Oswaldo Arcia delivered the game-sealing blow with a grand slam in New Britain’s five-run fifth. Box 1 Box 2

ST. LUCIE 9, PALM BEACH 1: Rafael Montero pitched 7 2/3 no-hit innings before being removed with his pitch count at 110 and St. Lucie lost the no-hit bid with a leadoff double in the ninth. Montero walked three and struck out five while lowering his ERA to 2.13. Alonzo Harris Jr. led the charge with a 4-for-4 night with three RBIs and two runs scored. Richard Lucas added two RBIs, while Daniel Muno, T.J. Rivera and Blake Forsythe each added one. Box

KINGSPORT 8, BRISTOL 3: Kingsport jumped to a 6-0 lead after three innings. The K-Mets scored two in the first inning, on a double by Tomas Nido and asingle by Maikis De La Cruz. In the third, Kingsport scored four as Anthony Chavez cleared the bases with a triple and Joe Tuschak notched a sacrifice fly. The support made a winner of Persio Reyes, who gave up three runs in five innings. Box

BROOKLYN 1, LOWELL 0: Gabriel Ynoa led the Cyclones to their seventh shutout victory of the year as they topped the Lowell Spinners 1-0. Ynoa had his longest outing of the year, tossing 7.0 innings without allowing a run, giving up three hits and striking out eight batters while walking none. Paul Sewald came out of the bullpen and was perfect for two innings to close out the game and collect his third save of the year. Brooklyn pitchers have now allowed just two runs in their last five games. In the fourth inning with one out, Jayce Boyd came up and crushed a hanging curveball over the left field wall for his second professional home run. This would be the lone run of the game as the Cyclones won the first of a three game series 1-0.Paul Sewald pitched the eighth and ninth inning and continued his dominance over the New York-Penn League as he has yet to allow a run in his professional career. This was the 11th game of the season for Sewald, totaling 19.2 innings surrendering only 12 hits and striking out 21 batters. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 5.4.12

May, 5, 2012
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BUFFALO 9, SYRACUSE 0: Starter Jeremy Hefner pitched a great game as he led Buffalo to the shutout win. He gave up a leadoff single but did not allow another hit until the seventh, striking out three. Hefner said he avoids trying to pitch to the corners, so that he keeps from walking too many batters. By pitching to contact, he kept his pitch count down, and the defense did the rest. Third baseman Matt Tuiasosopo went 4-for-4, cranking two solo homers and scoring three runs. The major offensive explosion from the Bisons came in the second. A Fred Lewis single drove in the game's first run and the Bisons added four more runs in the inning to take a 5-0 lead after two. With the win, the Bisons finished their seven-game homestand at 6-1.The team now embarks on a 10-game road trip to Rochester, Gwinnett and Charlotte. D. J. Carrasco, on rehab assignment from the Mets, relieved Hefner in the eighth to pitch two shutout innings of relief.

"Hef, what did he give up, two hits today?" Bisons manager Wally Backman said. "He got a little taste of the big leagues, and he knows what he has to do to try to get back to the big leagues. He's a very determined young man." Box

HARRISBURG 7, BINGHAMTON 4: Harrisburg scored five runs in the second inning and held off a late comeback to defeat Binghamton (13-14) Friday night. Gonzalez Germen (0-1) made the start in place of Zack Wheeler, who was placed on the disabled list with a right middle fingernail avulsion. The Senators pounded out six hits in the scond, including three doubles, and took advantage of three wild pitches to take a five-run edge. Germen retired 14 of the final 15 Senators he faced, and tied a team-high with nine strikeouts. Raul Reyes and Juan Lagares drove in runs to cut it to 5-3, but Harrisburg answered right back with two runs in the seventh. Binghamton continues its series against the Senators Saturday afternoon at 1:05 PM. Lefty Darin Gorski is on the hill. Box

SAVANNAH 10, DELMARVA 0 The Sand Gnats (17-11) defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 10-0 Friday night, sweeping the three-game series from the Shorebirds (13-14). They have now won five in a row. The Gnats scored four runs in the first. Left fielder Dustin Lawley ripped a double up the left-center field gap to plate the first two runs. Center fielder Travis Taijeron (3-for-4, 2 RBIs) and right fielder Charley Thurber each drove in runs in the first. The Gnats also scored in the third, sixth and eighth. Tyler Pill (3-1) tossed six shutout innings, giving up eight hits and striking out a season-high eight hitters. Reliever Jack Leathersich threw two scoreless innings in relief and the Gnats begin a four-game series against Lakewood staring tomorrow at home. Box

Compiled from team reports

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.297 7 37 55
OTHER LEADERS
HRC. Granderson 14
RBIL. Duda 46
RD. Murphy 55
OPSL. Duda .841
WB. Colon 8
ERAJ. Niese 2.96
SOZ. Wheeler 99