New York Mets: Hansel Robles

Minors 7.5.14: Wilmer goes deep, twice

July, 6, 2014
Jul 6
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ALBUQUERQUE 11, LAS VEGAS 3
LAS VEGAS 6, ALBUQUERQUE 3:
Wilmer Flores, red hot since the Mets sent him back to the minors, homered in both games of Saturday's doubleheader, giving him five in the last three days. Josh Satin had two hits, including a double, in the 51s' Game 1 loss. Starting pitcher Greg Peavey gave up 11 runs on 14 hits, and now has a 12.21 ERA in five Triple-A starts. Andrew Brown hit his 15th home run of the season in Game 2. Box 1, Box 2

ERIE 2, BINGHAMTON 0
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The B-Mets came within one out of getting no-hit in the first game of the doubleheader. Darrell Ceciliani's single with two out in the seventh and final inning was their only hit off Erie's Tommy Collier. Steven Matz, who allowed just two unearned runs in a complete game, was the tough-luck loser for Binghamton. Hansel Robles and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout in Game 2. Brian Burgamy reached base three times and drove in two of the B-Mets runs. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 7, JUPITER 6: John Lannan pitched four innings and allowed two runs on six hits, including a two-run first-inning home run by Viosergy Rosa. Catcher Cam Maron had two hits and drove in two runs for the Mets. L.J. Mazzilli reached base three times, with a double, a single and a walk. The Mets have won eight in a row and are 12-3 in the second half of the Florida State League season. Box

SAVANNAH 2, HICKORY 1: Dario Alvarez struck out eight and allowed just one unearned run in 5 1/3 innings for his sixth win without a loss. Akeel Morris struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save. Shortstop Yeixon Ruiz hit his first home run of the season to give the Sand Gnats a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Box

KINGSPORT 4, GREENEVILLE 2: Martires Arias pitched four innings of scoreless relief as Kingsport held on for the win. Pedro Perez, Zach Mathieu and Branden Kaupe each had two hits. Box

ABERDEEN 18, BROOKLYN 2: Cyclones pitchers combined to allow 18 hits with nine walks. First baseman Jeff Diehl had three of Brooklyn's seven hits. Box
GCL METS 3, GCL MARLINS 1: Rob Whalen, who had started strongly with Savannah before developing a finger infection, tossed a scoreless first inning with two strikeouts. Five Mets pitchers combined on a four-hitter, surviving eight walks. Manuel Hilario hit a two-run home run. Box
LAS VEGAS 9, SALT LAKE 8 (10 innings): Noah Syndergaaard allowed five runs on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings as his ERA swelled to 5.70. Josh Satin (2-for-6) delivered a walk-off two-run single to left field with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 10th. Salt Lake had built a 5-0 lead and led 7-3 in the eighth. Las Vegas then rallied for three runs in the eighth and tied the score at 7 in the ninth on a run-scoring infield by Danny Muno (2-for-3, 2 RBIs). Ian Stewart (3-for-5, double) hit a solo homer in the top of the 10th against Buddy Carlyle to give Salt Lake an 8-7 lead. Las Vegas became the first Pacific Coast League team to 50 wins. Box

NEW BRITAIN 9, BINGHAMTON 6: New Britain tagged Hansel Robles for a season-high

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eight runs in three innings, including five in the first. Dustin Lawley launched two homers in the defeat. He deposited a 2-1 pitch from New Britain starter Jason Wheeler over the left-field wall in the second inning, cutting New Britain’s lead to four. He struck again in the fourth with another solo blast, his third homer in three at-bats dating to Monday. New Britain kept up the pressure in the fourth by getting the first five batters safely aboard. After Mike Kvasnicka blasted a two-run homer, Robles loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a single. Reliever Ryan Fraser entered and collected the final three outs of the inning, while allowing one inherited runner to score. Trailing by six in the sixth, Jayce Boyd bounced an RBI triple off the right-center wall for his first three-bagger of the season. The B-Mets plated two more in the eighth, on RBI singles from Brian Burgamy and Brandon Nimmo. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 4: St. Lucie scored five runs over the final two innings for the

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come-from-behind win. Trailing 4-3 entering the ninth, Gavin Cecchini flied out and Phillip Evans grounded out to open the inning. Maikis De La Cruz then singled and Jeff McNeil walked. Eudy Pina followed with a game-tying RBI single. Gilbert Gomez then produced a two-run double. Paul Sewald stranded two baserunners in scoring position and earned his fourth save in the bottom half by getting Tyler Goeddel to fly out. Starter Cory Mazzoni, continuing to work back from a spring-training lat strain, allowed two runs in five innings. Box

SAVANNAH 9, CHARLESTON 8: After usually invincible Akeel Morris allowed a three-run homer to Gosuke Katoh in the top of the ninth, Savannah answered with three runs in the bottom half for the walk-off win. Following Charleston errors that allowed two runs to score, Victor Cruzado eventually walked with the bases loaded as the winning run trotted home. 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith finished 4-for-4 with a walk. Morris had allowed only one run in 36 2/3 innings this season before the three-run ninth by Charleston. Cruzado also contributed a two-run homer in the second inning. Box

GREENEVILLE 4, KINGSPORT 3: The K-Mets fought back from a 4-0 deficit, getting an RBI single from Wuilmer Becerra in the sixth and a two-run single from Pedro Perez in the seventh. However, Kingsport stranded Eudor Garcia on second base as the potential tying run in the seventh when Jose Figuera struck out and Jose Garcia grounded out. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 8, BROOKLYN 6: Starter Alberto Baldonado allowed five runs on three hits and three walks in three innings. Hudson Valley added two runs in the fourth against Brandon Welch to take a 7-4 lead. The Cyclones pulled within a run in the fifth on Michael Katz's sacrifice fly and Michael Bernal's run-scoring double. Bernal was stranded at third base that inning when reliever Isaac Gil entered and struck out Tyler Moore. Jeff Diehl earlier contributed a three-run homer. Box

GCL NATIONALS 1, GCL METS 0 (suspended): The game was suspended in the bottom of the first. Mets starter Eucebio Arias had allowed a run in the top half. Box

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Minors 6.26.14: Noah struggles with 51s

June, 26, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 7 , LAS VEGAS 5 (11 innings): Noah Syndergaard allowed five runs on five hits and three walks in an 89-pitch effort spanning four innings. His batterymate, Kevin Plawecki, had a solo homer with two outs in the top of the ninth in his Triple-A debut to send the game to extra innings. Wilmer Flores started at second base and went hitless in five at-bats before being replaced by Omar Quintanilla. Buddy Carlyle surrendered a walk-off two-run homer to Andy Parrino. Box

ALTOONA 3, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets mustered three hits or fewer for the third time in four games. Altoona cracked the scoreboard without the aid of a hit in the first against Hansel Robles. A hit batter, walk and fielder’s choice put runners at the corners. Elias Diaz then sent a grounder to second baseman Brian Burgamy’s left. His spinning throw to second was off target, allowing Drew Maggi to scamper home with the opening run. The B-Mets evened the score at 1 in the second against Joely Rodriguez. Dustin Lawley walked, moved to third on consecutive groundouts and scored when Darrell Ceciliani beat out an infield single. Robles held Altoona hitless in its first nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. The streak came to an end with two outs in the fifth. With two aboard, Keon Broxton threaded an 0-2 pitch into right field to break the tie score and end Robles’ night. Reliever Ryan Fraser inherited runners at second and third and induced Willy Garcia to send a weak bouncer to third. Lawley hesitated before charging the grounder and fired late to first, allowing Diaz to score and giving the Curve a 3-1 lead. Ceciliani’s single proved to be the only blemish for Rodriguez. The southpaw closed his night by posting five scoreless innings. He retired the final 11 batters he faced. Binghamton mustered a threat against the Curve bullpen in the eighth. Following a single by Xorge Carrillo, Brandon Nimmo lined a double against Emmanuel de Leon, putting runners at second and third. With the tying run on second, de Leon struck out Dilson Herrera to end the threat and preserve Altoona’s two-run lead. Robles (5-5) walked three and struck out five over 4 2/3 innings in the loss. Tyler Pill, the originally scheduled B-Mets starting pitcher, was scratched due to illness. Box

FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 2 (suspended): The game was suspended in the fifth inning inning due to thunderstorms. It will be resume at 5:05 p.m. Friday. Cory Mazzoni, in his second minor-league appearance since suffering a side-muscle strain in the Grapefruit League finale, allowed three runs in four innings. The Mets got on the board in the second inning. Gavin Cecchini doubled against Tim Shibuya and moved to the third on Maikis De La Cruz's flyout. With two outs, Eudy Pina then grounded to third baseman Tyler Grimes. He threw off line to first, allowing Cecchini to score. The Miracle answered in the bottom half. With the bases loaded against Mazzoni and none out, Grimes grounded into a fielder's choice that evened the score at 1. Aderling Mejia followed with a run-scoring double, although Grimes was thrown out at the plate on Cecchini’s relay throw to Cam Maron. Mejia advanced to third on the throw home and scored on Niko Goodrum’s infield single for a 3-1 lead. Pina got a run back in the fifth with his sixth homer of the season. After Gilbert Gomez struck out, L.J. Mazzilli came to the plate and had a 1-2 count when the game was delayed. Box

CHARLESTON 9, SAVANNAH 0: Starter John Gant allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits and four walks in five innings. Savannah was held hitless until Nelfi Zapata's leadoff single in the fifth. The Gnats' lone other hit came on Patrick Biondi's eighth-inning single. Box

KINGSPORT 5, PRINCETON 4 (17 innings): Luis Guillorme had a two-run double in the top of the 17th and the K-Mets held on. In the bottom half, Manny Sanchez struck out to lead off but reached second on a throwing error by catcher Jose Garcia. Sanchez eventually scored to pull Princeton with one, but reliever Jim Duff struck out Emmanuel Paulino swinging to strand the tying run at third base. Duff, a Long Island native, earned the win in his professional debut. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 2: Aberdeen committed five errors and Tucker Tharp, Michael Katz and Jeff Diehl had two hits apiece. Starter Casey Meisner allowed two solo homers but no other damage in six innings. Mike Hepple (2-0) and Brad Wieck combined for three no-hit relief innings. With the score tied at 2 in the seventh, the Cyclones jumped on reliever Brady Adamek. Tharp had a leadoff double. Amed Rosario then hit a grounder up the middle that Aberdeen second baseman Steve Wilkerson snared. However, Wilkerson overthrew first base. The error allowed Tharp to round third and score the tiebreaking run. Aberdeen imploded later in the inning. Michael Bernal was hit by a pitch to place runners on first and second. Tomas Nido then singled to drive in Katz and move Bernal to third. Shortly after, Diehl sent a grounder to third base. Another error allowed a third run to score in the inning for a 5-2 lead. Box

GCL CARDINALS 3, GCL METS 0: After four scoreless innings from starter Audry German, Jose Medina (0-1) allowed three runs in two innings. Erik Manoah, the Mets' 13th-round pick this month, pitched a scoreless inning in his professional debut. Box

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Morning Briefing: It's Dice-K/Father's Day

June, 15, 2014
Jun 15
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Before hitting the road for St. Louis and Miami, the Mets play a rubber game Sunday against the San Diego Padres at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.95 ERA) opposes right-hander Ian Kennedy (5-7, 3.63) in the Father’s Day finale.

Curtis Granderson (left calf) indicated he expects to return to the starting lineup after missing three starts.

Sunday’s news reports:

• Sandy Alderson had a Q&A with season ticket holders on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.


Jeff Roberson/Associated PressSandy Alderson is avoiding Twitter, but not beer.


The GM suggested there was flexibility to add to the payroll at the trade deadline and suggested it is too early to discuss the 2015 payroll level. He advised a fan who sought an assurance Daniel Murphy would not be traded to stay off Twitter and blogs and instead drink beer. Alderson also allowed for the possibility that Citi Field’s dimensions would again be altered next offseason, while noting that would not be a panacea for the Mets’ hitting woes.

“We have a couple of players on this team where their strength is right-center,” Alderson said. “The other part is to take into account entertainment value. People like run production. And if the ballpark is more hitter-friendly, there’s more action and maybe more interest and less frustration.”

As for trading some pitching depth for a bat, Alderson said: “One of the problems of trading pitching, regardless of how much you have, is that you can never have enough. There are a couple of things that make me cautious. You’re never quite sure who is going to succeed and who’s not, who’s going to get injured and who’s not. To some extent, there’s safety in numbers. I guess the short answer to your question is that we’d consider doing it, but we’re cautious about it.”

In response to Alderson’s quip about avoiding Murphy trade rumors -- when the GM said, “Do what I do: Ignore Twitter and try to ignore the blogosphere and have a beer when you go home tonight” -- columnist David Lennon in Newsday writes:

Don't forget to pick up a newspaper, we might add. And when you're done reading, it's good for covering your eyes for those Chris Young at-bats.

Writes columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post:

It’s possible that for a select group of the announced 38,269 on hand -- a bump for the 50 Cent postgame concert? -- the most aggravation might have occurred before the game started, when beleaguered Mets general manager Sandy Alderson danced around the issue of a payroll increase and sounded wary of trading his impressive pitching surplus for an impact bat.

Read more in the Post, Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• The Mets mustered only two hits against Jesse Hahn (Matt Harvey’s high school teammate) and three relievers as San Diego won, 5-0, Saturday at Citi Field. Zack Wheeler allowed four runs in five innings. Chris Young struck out in all four at-bats as his average dropped to .196. The Mets have lost nine of 11. Boosted by a postgame 50 Cent concert, the paid crowd was announced at 38,269.


Adam Rubin50 Cent provided postgame entertainment Saturday at Citi Field.


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

• Anthony Rieber in Newsday catches up with ex-Mets Jose Reyes and Josh Thole. Both Toronto Blue Jays players feel for David Wright.

"I know he’s going through some tough times right now, but he’s a veteran guy,” Reyes told Rieber. “He’s going to do what he can do on the field. … After a little while, you just want to win. It’s not about the money, because we are already set. We’ve got a contract and it’s now about winning. We’re not getting any younger, you know? What is he, 31? I’m 31. I want to win. So I know about that.”

Said Thole: “It was there from ’09 through ’12 and it was, ‘Wait till next year, wait till next year.’ I always tell the guys: The hardest thing in the baseball world, in my opinion, is to play in New York for the Mets. No. 1, you have a bunch of young kids coming up. Every day, there’s something. A story. Everything is a story there. So you can get caught up into that quickly. It’s just a tough place to play. I would say it’s been the hardest for David. He just signed that bangin’ deal. It’s just weird.”

Eric Young Jr. went 0-for-6 with a walk and stolen base while playing both games of a doubleheader with Double-A Binghamton, the latter at DH. Terry Collins has suggested E.Y. Jr. (right hamstring) should rejoin the Mets on Monday in St. Louis.

Rafael Montero departed Saturday’s Las Vegas game after throwing five pitches with an injury to his left side, a team official told ESPNNewYork.com.

Travis d’Arnaud is now hitting .417 with four homers in 24 at-bats since a demotion. His two-run shot Saturday helped lift Vegas to a 7-1 win at Oklahoma City. Binghamton swept a doubleheader from Erie as Brian Burgamy went a combined 5-for-6. Hansel Robles tossed a shutout in the nightcap. Dilson Herrera and T.J. Rivera each produced RBIs representing St. Lucie in the Florida State League All-Star Game. A day after it was rained out, Brooklyn won its season opener, 8-2, against Staten Island. Read the full minor-league recap here.

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (9-3, 2.15 ERA) will miss Monday’s start against the Mets at Busch Stadium because of tendinitis in his pitching elbow.

• Ex-Met Mike Piazza is attending the World Cup. He already has watched the opener between Brazil and Croatia. He plans to attend England-Italy on Saturday. “I’m not a frontrunner,” Piazza told Michael Lewis in Newsday while at a Sao Paulo airport. “I am pulling for the U.S. If they are eliminated, I’m rooting for the Italians.”

Piazza told Lewis he played soccer at age 9 and was a central defender. “I got some skills,” he said. “I can handle the ball.”

• Anthony McCarron in the Daily News quotes players on how they learned they were getting called up to the major leagues, including Wright, Harvey and Granderson.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear finds yet another way to say there’s not much left to say about the state of these Mets.

BIRTHDAYS: Union chief/ex-Met Tony Clark turns 42. ... 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith is 19. ... Brett Butler is 57. ... Jeremy Reed is 33.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should Travis d’Arnaud return to the majors as soon as the minimum 10-day demotion period is completed?

Minors 6.14.14: d'Arnaud homers again

June, 14, 2014
Jun 14
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LAS VEGAS 7, OKLAHOMA CITY 1: Rafael Montero departed after only five pitches after a visit from the trainer with an injury to his left side. Travis d'Arnaud produced a two-run homer in the third inning that staked Vegas to a 2-1 lead. D'Arnaud finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. He now has four homers in 24 at-bats since his demotion and is hitting .417. Darin Gorski took over for Montero in the first and limited the RedHawks to one run on five hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings. Ryan Reid completed the game with two scoreless relief innings. The ex-Pirate Reid, an offseason waiver claim by the Mets, upped his streak without allowing an earned run to 22 2/3 innings. Box

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BINGHAMTON 6, ERIE 0: Hansel Robles tossed a seven-inning shutout in the nightcap. He limited Erie to three hits and one walk while striking out five. Brian Burgamy, Matt Reynolds, Matt Clark and Travis Taijeron all homered for the B-Mets in Game 2. Burgamy finished the doubleheader 5-for-6. In Game 1, Binghamton overcame a 2-1 deficit with a three-run fourth. Taijeron had a go-ahead two-run single and Kyle Johnson followed with a sacrifice fly. Adam Kolarek recorded the final four outs for his second save. Starter Tyler Pill (4-5) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Box 1, Box 2

FSL NORTH 6, FSL SOUTH 4: In the Florida State League All-Star Game at Bradenton, Fla., St. Lucie's Dilson Herrera and T.J. Rivera each drove in a run as the South took a 4-2 lead into the ninth inning before faltering. Rivera finished 2-for-3. Herrera split the full game between shortstop and second base and went 0-for-3 with two walks. Brandon Nimmo went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and played the entire game in the outfield. Cam Maron came off the bench and struck out in his lone at-bat. On the mound, reliever Randy Fontanez required only 10 pitches for a no-hit inning with one strikeout. Box

AUGUSTA at SAVANNAH (canceled): Saturday's doubleheader, washed away by rain, will not be made up.

BROOKLYN 8, STATEN ISLAND 2: Opening Day starter Octavio Acosta allowed one run on two hits and four walks while striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings. Brandon Welch picked up the win with 2 1/3 no-hit relief innings in Tom Gamboa's Cyclones managerial debut. Tomas Nido went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Sixth-round pick Tyler Moore from LSU went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored in his professional debut. Eighteen-year-old shortstop Amed Rosario was hitless in four at-bats, but produced an RBI and scored a run. He also committed a fielding error. Box

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Minors 6.9.14: 'D' falters behind Montero

June, 9, 2014
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COLORADO SPRINGS 11, LAS VEGAS 5: Rafael Montero allowed six runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks in three innings in his second start since rejoining Vegas. Third baseman Zach Lutz committed two errors behind Montero. Travis d'Arnaud had a pinch-hit single in his season debut with the 51s. Chasen Bradford allowed three eighth-inning runs in his Triple-A debut. Lutz and Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered in the loss. Vegas has lost 17 of its last 22. Box

AKRON 10, BINGHAMTON 2: Hansel Robles loaded the bases in the first inning but limited the damage to one run, on a fielder’s choice by Tony Wolters. Robles settled down after his bumpy start and held the RubberDucks hitless over the next three innings. That success ended in the fifth when he walked Jordan Smith and surrendered a two-run homer to Tyler Naquin for a 3-0 lead. RubberDucks starter Duke von Schamann silenced the B-Mets through five scoreless innings. Following a walk to open his start, he retired 10 straight B-Mets until Kevin Plawecki singled. Binghamton finally got to the 6-foot-5 righty in the sixth. After Kyle Johnson was thrown out attempting to steal second, von Schamann reopened the door by walking Brian Burgamy with two outs. Plawecki followed with a run-scoring double. Dustin Lawley cut Akron’s lead to 3-2 in the seventh by launching his fifth homer of the season. Akron answered in the bottom half against Chase Huchingson, who was making his first Double-A appearance since before last season's 50-game suspension for a drug of abuse. Jordan Smith reached on an error. Ollie Linton followed with a single. Smith raced from first to third and dashed home when Travis Taijeron’s throw from right bounced off his back and rolled away. Francisco Lindor capped the inning with an RBI single. The RubberDucks then produced a five-run eighth. Wolters launched a two-run homer against Huchingson and Linton tacked on a two-run double against Adam Kolarek. Robles (3-4) was tagged for three runs on three hits over six innings. B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez was ejected in the sixth by home plate umpire Alex Tosi for arguing a foul-ball call. Plawecki notched his team-leading 20th multi-hit game. Box

PALM BEACH 9, ST. LUCIE 5: Domingo Tapia and Hunter Carnevale each surrendered three-run homers. Tapia (2-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. All four runs he gave up came with two outs in the third. Breyvic Valera drove in a run on a comebacker that deflected off Tapia . Two batters later, Alex Mejia clubbed a three-run homer to put the Cardinals up 4-3. That score held until the seventh. Carnevale gave up a hit and walked two to load the bases with no outs. Mejia drove in a run with a groundout. Bruce Caldwell then launched his three-run homer for an 8-3 lead. Mejia added his fifth RBI in the eighth on a single against Alex Panteliodis. The Mets got a couple of runs back against Kyle Barraclough in their half of the eighth. Aderlin Rodriguez drove in T.J. Rivera with a double. Cole Frenzel made it a perfect 4-for-4 night when his single brought in Rodriguez. However, Barraclough got Eudy Pina to pop out to end the threat. In the ninth, Danny Miranda induced a game-ending double-play ball off the bat of Rivera. The Mets scored the first three runs in the second on RBI doubles by Frenzel and Maikis De La Cruz and a run-scoring single by Yeixon Ruiz. However, Ruiz was caught in a rundown and tagged out and Gilbert Gomez grounded out to put the brakes on the inning. Rehabbing Gonzalez Germen entered with two outs and two runners on in the sixth and retired the lone batter he faced. Box

KANNAPOLIS 4, SAVANNAH 2: Starter Kevin McGowan allowed four runs on seven hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered a pair of home runs. Dominic Smith went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the loss. Tim Peterson tossed 3 1/3 no-hit relief innings, striking out six. Box

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ALTOONA 6, BINGHAMTON 5: The B-Mets stranded the tying run at second base as their ninth-inning rally fell short. Trailing by two runs against Quinton Miller, Matt Clark earned a

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leadoff walk and Kyle Johnson singled. Matt Reynolds then capped a four-hit game with an RBI single to pull the B-Mets within 6-5. Miller rebounded by retiring Kevin Plawecki on a fly out. He then struck out pinch hitter Rylan Sandoval looking to end the game. Binghamton had opened the scoring in the second against Joely Rodriguez. Jayce Boyd singled, took second on a passed ball and scored on Dustin Lawley’s double. Lawley advanced to third on Darrell Ceciliani’s chopper to first and scampered home when Matt Curry forced an errant throw to Rodriguez covering the bag. Altoona answered in the bottom half. After a single by Justin Howard and double by Willy Garcia, Curry lifted a fly ball to the left-field wall. Johnson jumped and kept the ball in play, but had it kick off his glove for a run-scoring double. Hansel Robles limited the damage to that single run by striking out the final two hitters of the frame.

Robles hit a wall in the fifth and failed to register the final out of the inning. Alen Hanson ripped a two-out, two-run triple, giving the Curve its first lead. Following a walk, Elias Diaz doubled as Altoona took a 5-2 lead. Binghamton used a two-out rally in the seventh against Emmanuel de Leon to get back in the game. Nelfi Zapata had a pinch-hit double and Johnson plated him with a single. Johnson scored three batters later when Plawecki was plunked with the bases loaded. De Leon preserved the 5-4 lead and stranded the bases loaded by inducing Boyd to bounce into a fielder’s choice. The Curve opened a two-run lead in the eighth against Cody Satterwhite. Second baseman Brian Burgamy charged a slow roller, but fired wide of first, putting runners at the corners. Garcia's ensuing sac fly made it 6-4. Robles (3-3) allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out six in 4 2/3 innings. Reynolds is 7-for-11 in two games following a five-game absence due to a back issue. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 3: St. Lucie took advantage of three critical Dunedin errors to produce four unearned runs, while Luis Cessa struck out a season-high 10 over seven

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innings. Gonzalez Germen and Randy Fontanez stranded the tying run on third base in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Aderlin Rodriguez put the Mets in front in the first with a two-out double that plated Brandon Nimmo and Cam Maron. Both runs went as unearned against Taylor Cole because Nimmo had reached on shortstop Emilio Guerrero's throwing error. The Blue Jays scored all three of their runs and had four of their five hits against Cessa in the third. Nick Baligod had a game-tying two-run triple with two outs. K.C. Hobson singled in Baligod to put Dunedin ahead 3-2. Cessa retired nine in a row after Hobson’s single, striking out five during the span, until Phillip Evans’ error. Cessa brushed it off by retiring the final five batters he faced.

The Mets tied the score in the sixth. With two outs and Nimmo on second, Rodriguez hit a harmless grounder to Guerrero. The shortstop again threw wild to first base and Nimmo scored. In the seventh, Eudy Pina grounded a ball through Hobson’s legs at first base to reach with one out. After Pina advanced to second on Wil Browning’s wild pitch, Dilson Herrera doubled to put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Germen, making another rehab appearance with St. Lucie, stranded runners at the corners in the eighth when Derrick Chung lined out to Herrera at second. In the ninth, Fontanez surrendered a leadoff double to Kevin Patterson. He began to recover by striking out Guerrero. Peter Mooney then grounded out as pinch runner Christian Lopes advanced to third. Fontanez then induced a game-ending groundout to Rodriguez at third. Rodriguez’s throw was low, but first baseman Cole Frenzel made the scoop to seal the win. Fontanez has a team-leading eight saves. Box

ASHEVILLE 12, SAVANNAH 6: Asheville scored seven runs in the third inning to establish an 8-0 lead and chase Savannah starter Ricky Knapp after 2 2/3 innings. The Gnats (38-18) got a run back in the third on Gavin Cecchini's bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Cecchini finished 2-for-4 with two doubles, his 12th and 13th of the season. He drove in another run with a double in a two-run fifth that brought Savannah within 9-3. The Gnats picked up three runs in the seventh, highlighted by Colton Plaia’s two-run homer, to close within 11-6. Box

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Bill Streicher/USA TODAY SportsZack Wheeler retired 14 straight batters at one point en route to a win against the Phillies on Thursday.
PHILADELPHIA

FIRST PITCH: Don’t look now but the Mets are on a three-game winning streak, coinciding with the ascension of Lamar Johnson to hitting coach.

Rafael Montero (0-2, 4.96 ERA) opposes Philadelphia Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.51) on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Terry Collins indicated Bobby Abreu is expected to start in the outfield.

Friday’s news reports:

Zack Wheeler struck out nine and took a scoreless effort into the seventh as the Mets won the opener of a five-game series against the Phillies, 4-1, Thursday. Jenrry Mejia struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save. Vic Black recorded four outs, three via strikeout, as the setup man as Collins finally seems to have some late-inning arms at his disposal. Wheeler had retired 14 straight until Marlon Byrd’s solo homer in the seventh on pitch No. 108 chased him.

Chris Young had a two-run homer and finished 2-for-4 to lift his average to .205.

Young, who thought his limited playing time in Oakland last season after getting off to a slow start further hindered his production, was out of the starting lineup for three straight games earlier this week. He essentially said he deserved it, though.

“I’ve been dealing with it,” Young said. “It gets to a point where, as a player, you have to hold yourself accountable. You have to understand what’s going on around you. And you have to understand we’ve got to win ballgames. I trust that when I start feeling better, I start driving the ball more, it will be more consistent [playing time]. At some point you have to take the responsibility upon yourself and go out there and have quality at-bats.”

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

• Frank Viola, who underwent open-heart surgery on April 2, plans to assume his originally intended role as Triple-A Las Vegas pitching coach next Friday. Read more in Newsday.

• The Mets continue to add vice presidents to newly created positions to bulk up their marketing and sales efforts. The club announced Thursday the hiring of Wes Engram from the Kansas City Royals as vice president of corporate partnerships sales and service. Since Dave Howard left to run MSG in March 2013, the team also has hired Lou DePaoli as chief revenue officer, Will Carafello as director of social media and Harold Kaufman as executive director of communications.


Adam RubinMatt den Dekker is one of three Mets with a lower-case "d" beginning his surname.


• With the Mets having set a major-league record for surnames beginning with a lower-case “d” -- with Travis d’Arnaud, Jacob deGrom and Matt den Dekker -- Paul Lukas at ESPN.com examines lettering on uniforms. Writes Lukas:

Three primary schools of thought have emerged from these discussions: one that believes player names on jerseys should always be all caps, period; one that loves the lowercase letters; and a compromise position that advocates for the use of small caps instead of lowercase letters.

• The Mets began a stretch on Thursday in which they play 25 of 33 games on the road. Jared Diamond in the Journal notes that no team has played more road games in a 33-game span since 1995 than the Mets will during this stretch. MLB senior VP Katy Feeney suggested the Yankees are partly responsible. Yankee Stadium needed to avoid baseball games for part of May because of NYU graduation ceremonies taking place there. That meant the Mets were home more than usual during that period, while the Yankees were away.

• D’Arnaud went 0-for-4 and grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in his first game since returning from a concussion. Collins said Mets catchers collectively need to pick up their production at the plate. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

• Hansel Robles allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings and Brian Burgamy had a two-run homer as Binghamton beat New Hampshire, 7-2. L.J. Mazzilli’s RBI single in the 12th plated Patrick Biondi in Savannah’s 3-2, walk-off win against Rome. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Columnist Phil Mushnick in the Post is not a fan of 50 Cent performing at Citi Field.

• Justin Terranova in the Post asks former GM Steve Phillips about the Wilpons as owners.

“Fred and Jeff desperately want to win and that part was never a question for me,” Phillips said. “There’s always this perceived notion when George Steinbrenner was alive that he always wanted to win more, but the Mets run their team as a business and they want to win. They are kind of caught in between right now of still giving young guys opportunities, while adding those veteran pieces that are necessary, too. They don’t blindly go after that without having a prudent business plan.”

BIRTHDAYS: Wheeler has another reason to celebrate besides his performance in the series opener. He turns 24.

TWEETS OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will Zack Wheeler end up being an ace after all?
EL PASO 7, LAS VEGAS 4: Starter Joel Carreno allowed two runs on six hits and four walks in five innings. John Church surrendered three sixth-inning runs as the Chihuahuas opened a 5-1 lead. Josh Satin and Andrew Brown homered in the loss. Omar Quintanilla went 3-for-5 with two doubles. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: Brian Burgamy ripped a two-run homer during a three-hit game to lift Binghamton to the series win. New Hampshire opened the scoring

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against Hansel Robles in the second when Hector Gimenez produced a solo homer. The Fisher Cats loaded the bases an inning later, but Robles escaped with a strikeout and a groundout. Robles (3-2) allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings in his longest start of the season. He struck out five and held the Fisher Cats hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position. Aaron Sanchez held Binghamton to one hit through three innings. In the fourth, Burgamy and Kevin Plawecki opened the inning with singles. With Matt Clark at the plate, Sanchez threw a wild pitch that allowed Burgamy to score. Clark followed with an RBI double. Three batters later, Travis Taijeron also doubled, giving the B-Mets a 3-1 lead. In the fifth, Nelfi Zapata singled and scored on Darrell Ceciliani's double. With two outs, Clark singled to plate Ceciliani for a 5-1 lead. After a leadoff walk to Ceciliani in the seventh, Sanchez was pulled. Burgamy greeted reliever Austin Bibens-Dirkx with a two-run homer, his seventh long ball of the season. Jack Leathersich took over for Robles in the seventh and retired all four batters he faced. Cody Satterwhite allowed one run in the ninth. Zapata played third base for the first time in his career. Plawecki’s fourth-inning single extended his hitting streak to eight games. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 9, ST. LUCIE 1: Tyler Wagner tossed eight innings and limited St. Lucie to a fifth-inning solo homer by Phillip Evans. With the Manatees already leading 2-1, Seth Lugo surrendered a two-out, two-run double to Tyrone Taylor in the seventh. Brevard County then sent 10 batters to the plate against Lugo and Beck Wheeler in the eighth, scoring five runs on six hits. Mike Garza, Jose Sermo, Orlando Arcia and Taylor all had run-scoring hits in the frame. Luis Cessa took the loss, although he did not pitch poorly. The first four batters of the game reached -- on three doubles and a single -- and two scored. Cessa settled down to strand runners at second and third. He did not allow another run. Cessa struck out five and gave up seven hits in six innings. The Mets only had six hits. Half came from Jairo Perez, who went 3-for-4 for the second straight game. Box

SAVANNAH 3, ROME 2 (12 innings): L.J. Mazzilli plated Patrick Biondi with a walk-off

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single in the bottom of the 12th as the Gnats (35-15) moved 20 games over .500. Starter Ricky Knapp allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Akeel Morris, Robert Coles, John Mincone and Tim Peterson (3-0) combined for 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Amed Rosario, the 18-year-old signed for $1.75 million out of the Dominican Republic, went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts as the DH in his first official 2014 minor-league game. Rosario, who had been playing in extended spring training, is briefly with Savannah before joining Brooklyn for its season, which begins June 13. Rosario hit .241 with three homers in 212 at-bats last season with short-season Kingsport. Box

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Minors 5.24.14: Hicksville's Maron plates 4

May, 25, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 5, LAS VEGAS 2: Joel Carreno and Erik Goeddel combined to surrender five runs as Sacramento built a 5-0 lead. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 6: Kevin Plawecki homered for the third straight game and reached base in all five plate appearances. He is hitting .395 with four homers and 21

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RBIs in May. The Rock Cats jumped on B-Mets starter Hansel Robles for four runs in the first three innings. Corey Wimberly put New Britain on the board with an RBI single in the second and Tony Thomas delivered a three-run double in the third. Plawecki answered with a solo homer against Tyler Duffey in the third. An inning later, Dustin Lawley and Darrell Ceciliani had consecutive singles. With two outs, Kyle Johnson doubled to plate both runners and cut the deficit to one. Matt Reynolds singled home Johnson to tie the score at 4. The Rock Cats retook the lead in the fifth. Nate Hanson doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Reynaldo Rodriguez's sacrifice fly. New Britain's lead grew in the sixth. Reliever Hamilton Bennett replaced Robles with a runner on first and two outs. Wimberly then tripled to give the Rock Cats a 6-4 lead. Binghamton responded in the bottom half. Travis Taijeron led off with a homer. Later in the frame, Reynolds worked a two-out walk and stole second. Plawecki doubled home Reynolds to tie the score at 6. Binghamton completed its comeback against Adrian Salcedo in the seventh when Ceciliani ripped a two-run single. John Church and Adam Kolarek combined to post a scoreless eighth. Chasen Bradford handled the ninth for his 10th save. Reynolds extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 2: Gabriel Ynoa produced his best start of the season and Cam Maron provided nearly all of the offense as St. Lucie (30-19) won its season-high sixth

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straight. Ynoa allowed one unearned run and struck out a season-high seven in seven innings. The Cardinals only managed six singles -- three of which never left the infield. Maron -- who is from Hicksville, Long Island -- went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and fell a home run shy of the cycle. He put the Mets in front 2-1 with a two-run single in the fourth. The Mets got breathing room in the ninth. Jairo Perez lifted a sac fly to make it 3-1. Maron added a two-out, two-run double. Maron also tripled in the sixth. Ryan Fraser gave up a run in the ninth, but logged two innings without major issue to earn his first save. Perez went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored. Brandon Nimmo went 2-for-5. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 1: John Gant tossed seven scoreless innings to trim his ERA to 2.49. Virgin Islands native Akeel Morris had a streak of 24 1/3 scoreless innings to open the season snapped by allowing an eighth-inning run in relief. Victor Cruzado went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs. L.J. Mazzilli had a solo homer. Box

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Morning Briefing: Montero faces L.A.

May, 20, 2014
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Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsRafael Montero makes his second major-league start Tuesday against the Dodgers at Citi Field.
NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Mets begin a stretch of 20 games in 20 days by hosting the underachieving Los Angeles Dodgers for a three-game series at Citi Field.

Rafael Montero (0-1, 4.50 ERA) makes his second major-league start in Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. opener. The rookie opposes right-hander Josh Beckett (1-1, 2.38).

The series also marks the return of Justin Turner as a visitor. Turner was non-tendered by the Mets on Dec. 2.

Read the Mets-Dodgers series preview here.

Tuesday’s news reports:

• Former Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels, who knows the organization’s intimate secrets, has pitched a book to publishers, sources tell ESPNNewYork.com.

Juan Lagares was in the Dominican Republic during Monday’s off-day because of a death in his family, but is expected back in time for Tuesday’s game against L.A., a team official said.

• Sandy Alderson is not ruling out another outfield-dimension adjustment to Citi Field after the season, Kristie Ackert writes in the Daily News. “That is something we might consider at the end of the season, something I am sure will be taken into consideration,” the GM said. “But right now it is not something we are talking about.”

• Mark Simon at ESPNNewYork.com dissects where David Wright’s power has gone.

• Pitching coach Dan Warthen tells Mike Puma in the Post that Montero may have been tipping pitches in his debut against the Yankees, when he allowed three runs in six innings. “I think we picked up a little something that he might be tipping, so we changed things to see if we can get that rectified,” Warthen said. “Get him back to where he was in spring training with the big glove and not giving away things, and I think we’ll see a better outing.”

• Mets pitchers are 1-for-71 on the season, with Jacob deGrom producing the lone hit. Writes Tim Rohan in the Times on that subject:

One person not amused is John Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball, who suggested the futility of the Mets’ pitchers served as a vivid argument for the designated hitter in the National League.

“When the D.H. was instituted in 1973, I hated it,” he said. “I’m a traditionalist. But watching National League pitchers being unable to lay down a bunt, and preferring to strike out rather than hit into a double play -- this is not baseball. This is not baseball as we grew up with it, when pitchers had some competence at the plate.”


Alex Brandon/Associated PressYasiel Puig is the reigning co-NL Player of the Week.


Yasiel Puig, who visits Citi Field with the Dodgers, was named co-NL Player of the Week along with Arizona’s A.J. Pollock. Puig hit .348 (8-for-23) with three homers and 10 RBIs in six games last week.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post doesn’t mind Citi Field -- dimensions and all. Writes Vaccaro:

There are many things the Mets don’t do well, and don’t do right. You can categorize them any way you like: alphabetically, numerically, fiscally. The Mets, in many ways, are the home office of bad ideas done badly.

But their ballpark isn’t one of them.

Their ballpark, in fact, grows on you the more the years pass. In a time of rampant stadium and arena additions around here, in fact, you could certainly argue that Citi Field is the best of the bunch, at least from an aesthetic standpoint.

• With Travis d’Arnaud on the seven-day concussion DL at least for one final day, Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger looks at the perils of being a catcher. He notes that since the concussion DL was created in 2011, 17 of the 40 players placed on it have been catchers -- 42.5 percent.

Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner, both rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, could throw off mounds for the first time since their procedures during the first week of June, Marc Carig writes in Newsday. The duo should advance to throwing on flat ground at 150 feet soon, up from 120 feet. Harvey previously has mentioned June 10 as a tentative target date for his initial mound session.

• Hansel Robles tossed six scoreless innings and Matt Clark had a three-run homer as Binghamton won Game 1 of a doubleheader against Portland, 5-0. Dilson Herrera drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th as St. Lucie beat Lakeland, 5-4. Kevin McGowan and Paul Paez combined on the shutout as Savannah blanked Charleston, 6-0. Both first-round picks with Savannah, Gavin Cecchini (hand) and Dominic Smith (foot), are banged up. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Puma in the Post quotes a talent evaluator saying about Noah Syndergaard: “He needs more time. His stuff is better than [Zack] Wheeler’s, but his fastball command has been way too inconsistent. You would be afraid of some real big innings if you brought him to the majors.”

• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post says the Mets need to cut out the nonsense and concentrate on winning.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal profiles minor-league outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who was selected by the Mets with the 13th overall pick in 2011. With the next pick, the Miami Marlins selected Jose Fernandez. “He got picked. It happened to be the pick right after me,” Nimmo said. “There’s no escaping that. You face the fact that Jose Fernandez is an amazing baseball player, an amazing talent." Nimmo, 21, is hitting .333 with two homers, 19 RBIs and a .463 on-base percentage in 44 games with St. Lucie.

• Anthony DiComo at MLB.com answers readers’ Mets questions.

• Zach Braziller in the Post discusses 55-year-old Julio Franco’s “comeback” with Mike Marshall, the manager of the independent Fort Worth Cats.

• Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger reviews the Mets’ growing pains.

From the bloggers … The Eddie Kranepool Society suggests Terry Collins does not like to be questioned. … Blogging Mets has its own theory on the increase of Tommy John surgeries.

BIRTHDAYS: Savannah right-hander Ricky Knapp turns 22. ... Former Mets infielder Wilson Valdez is 36.

TWEETS OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the NL just adopt the DH so Mets pitchers don’t have to hit?

Minors 5.19.14: McGowan, Paez blank Dogs

May, 19, 2014
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FRESNO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Greg Peavey allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks in his first Triple-A appearance this season. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 0
PORTLAND 8, BINGHAMTON 2: In Game 1, Hansel Robles tossed six scoreless innings

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and combined with Cody Satterwhite on the shutout. Matt Clark's three-run homer in the fifth opened a 4-0 lead. Matt Reynolds (1-for-2, 2 BB) and Clark scored two runs apiece. Kevin Plawecki and Darrell Ceciliani each had two hits and an RBI. Robles (2-2) allowed six hits and issued no walks while striking out two. In Game 2, starter Angel Cuan surrendered eight runs on 12 hits and a walk in four innings. He allowed two homers. Cuan was making his season debut with the B-Mets. Starter Greg Peavey was promoted to Las Vegas to fill a rotation spot with Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom in the majors. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 5, LAKELAND 4 (11 innings): Dilson Herrera capped a 3-for-6 night by driving in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and Beck Wheeler retired the side in order in the bottom half. The Mets won three of four games against Lakeland and moved a half-game

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ahead of Fort Myers for first place in the Florida State League South Division. Herrera now has nine multi-hit games in his last 10 contests. His go-ahead double came against Tyler Clark with no outs and plated Maikis De La Cruz, who led off the frame with a single. Wheeler struck out the side in the 10th and struck out two more in the 11th to earn the win. Three Mets pitchers -- starter Steven Matz, Seth Lugo and Wheeler -- combined for 19 strikeouts, a season high for the St. Lucie staff. The Mets got on the board in the third inning when Cam Maron delivered a two-out, two-run single. Brandon Nimmo laced an RBI double in the fourth to make it 3-0. That looked like plenty of support for Matz, who cruised through the first five innings, striking out six and allowing three hits. However, the Flying Tigers belted four consecutive hits to start the sixth. Chad Wright's two-run double cut St. Lucie's lead to 3-2. Jeff McVaney then singled and left fielder Gilbert Gomez misplayed the ball, allowing Wright to score and tie the game. McVaney was on third with no outs, but Matz struck out two and induced a groundout to keep the score even. Herrera broke the tie in the eighth with a two-out single against Calvin Drummond that plated Eudy Pina. That lead did not last. Curt Powell provided an RBI single with two outs against Lugo in the bottom half to tie the score at 4. Box

SAVANNAH 6, CHARLESTON 0: Kevin McGowan tossed a career-high seven innings and combined with Paul Paez on the shutout as the Gnats snapped a three-game losing streak.

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McGowan allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four. The Gnats (29-14) produced two runs apiece in each of the first three innings. In the first, Jeff McNeil's double plated Patrick Biondi. Dominic Smith added an RBI single. An inning later, Jorge Rivero produced a two-run homer -- his first long ball since 2012. L.J. Mazzilli, starting at shortstop with Gavin Cecchini missing a second straight game with a hand injury, led off the third with a homer for a 5-0 lead. Later in the inning, Champ Stuart produced his first RBI with the Gnats, on a single that scored Victor Cruzado. Smith left the game after grounding into a double play in the fifth inning. He fouled a ball off his foot earlier in the at-bat. Earlier in the day, Dario Alvarez was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. Box

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Minors 5.13.14: 51s win in extras

May, 13, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 5, TACOMA 4 (10 innings): Designated hitter Allan Dykstra and third baseman Zach Lutz drove in runs as the 51s rallied in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Rainiers. Tacoma had tied the game in the ninth inning off Vic Black (who walked two in the inning), and the Rainiers took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th on a Jesus Montero single off Jeff Walters. Las Vegas starter Logan Verrett only two unearned runs in 7 1/3 innings. Center fielder Matt den Dekker homered for the 51s. Box.

ALTOONA 10, BINGHAMTON 3: Starter Hansel Robles allowed seven runs and didn't make it out of the third inning for the B-Mets. Robles allowed three home runs, all in the third inning, as the Curve batted around. Dustin Lawley homered for Binghamton. Lawley, Matt Reynolds and Travis Taijeron each had two hits. Kevin Plawecki extended his hitting streak to nine games. Box.

TAMPA 7, ST. LUCIE 2: Down 2-1 with two out in the ninth, the Tampa Yankees rallied for six runs to beat the Mets. St. Lucie closer Beck Wheeler, who walked four, allowed three hits and threw a wild pitch, was charged with all six runs. Wheeler entered the game with a 12-inning scoreless streak. The Mets scored their two runs on a wild pitch and an error. First baseman Jairo Perez had three of the Mets' seven hits. Starter Steven Matz allowed one run in five innings, and Seth Lugo contributed three scoreless innings before it all fell apart in the ninth. Box.

SAVANNAH 8, CHARLESTON 4: Down 4-0 after six innings, the Sand Gnats rallied to take the lead with a five-run seventh and then added three more in the eighth. Colton Plaia had a two-run single in the seventh, and Savannah benefited from five walks, two wild pitches and an error in those two innings alone. Patrick Biondi had three of Savannah's eight hits. The big rally took Savannah starter Ricky Knapp off the hook for a loss. Knapp allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Robert Coles got the final eight outs for his eighth save. Box.
LAS VEGAS 7, SALT LAKE 6: Vic Black protected a one-run lead in the ninth for his third save despite allowing three hits in the inning. Allan Dykstra, Juan Centeno and Wilmer Flores all homered in the win. Starter Dana Eveland allowed four runs in three innings. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (0-for-4) returned to the lineup two days after injuring an elbow while crashing into the outfield wall making a catch in Tacoma. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 6, BINGHAMTON 4: The B-Mets failed to preserve a three-run lead and squandered Jayce Boyd's four-hit game. Boyd homered and had two doubles as

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Binghamton lost its fourth straight. Matt Clark's two-run homer in the third -- his team-leading seventh long ball -- had staked Binghamton to a 3-0 lead. With two speedy runners aboard and one out in the bottom half, New Hampshire shortstop Andy Burns answered with a two-run double. The B-Mets chased New Hampshire starter Matt Boyd in the fourth. Wilfredo Tovar doubled and Matt Reynolds ended the lefty’s day with a single that placed runners at the corners. However, Richard Bleier entered and induced Kevin Plawecki to line into a double play to end the threat. New Hampshire grabbed the lead for the first time with a pair of runs in the fifth. Jon Berti had a run-scoring double to the right-field alley and advanced to third on the play. He came home with the go-ahead run on Burns' sac fly. Trailing by one, Binghamton re-tied the score in the sixth on Jayce Boyd's solo homer -- his first Double-A long ball. The tie did not last for long. Mike McDade greeted Hansel Robles with a leadoff double in the bottom half. Two batters later, Michael Crouse also doubled, plating McDade with the go-ahead run and ending Robles’ night. New Hampshire tacked on another run in the seventh against reliever Cody Satterwhite. Robles (1-1) allowed five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his first loss as a B-Met. Clark’s homer snapped a five-game homerless drought for the B-Mets. Satterwhite had his season-opening scoreless streak snapped at 17 2/3 innings. The B-Mets (14-14) are back at .500 for the first time since they were 2-2 on April 6. Box

CHARLOTTE 9, ST. LUCIE 5: St. Lucie committed five errors, including a game-tilting error in the seventh. With the score tied at 4, the Mets failed to turn a would-be inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. Instead, Phillip Evans’ wild throw from second eluded first baseman Aderlin Rodriguez and two runs scored. The Crabs then piled on three more runs on three hits, including an RBI triple by Tyler Goeddel, in the eighth. Goeddel scored on his own triple when Evans could not handle the relay throw from the outfield, making it 9-4. Reliever Jake Kuebler (1-1) allowed four runs (two earned) in two innings and suffered the loss. The Crabs scored all three of their eighth-inning runs against Julian Hilario. Starter Steven Matz tossed five innings in a no-decision. He allowed two runs on five hits and four walks and struck out two. The Mets had taken a 2-1 lead in the third on a solo homer by Jairo Perez, his third long ball of the road trip and fourth of the season. In the fifth, Maikis De La Cruz blasted his third homer of the season to put the Mets up 3-2. The Crabs tied the score against Kuebler in the sixth on Andrew Toles’ RBI single. They took the lead on a bunt by Hector Guevara that brought home Marty Gantt. The Mets managed to tie the score in the seventh when Dilson Herrera beat out an infield single with two outs and Albert Cordero raced home. Box

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Minors 4.29.14: McGowan blanks Birds

April, 29, 2014
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RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Starter Rafael Montero allowed five runs (three earned) on three hits and four walks in four innings. He threw 93 pitches (54 strikes). Vegas committed four errors as Reno took a 7-1 lead. Juan Lagares had a pinch-hit double. He is due to start Wednesday for the 51s, then be activated from the disabled list on Thursday in Denver. Wilmer Flores, who jammed a finger Sunday, returned to the lineup but started at first base rather than shorstop. The 51s pulled within two runs in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Cesar Puello and Eric Campbell's RBI single. Box

AKRON 4, BINGHAMTON 3: Hansel Robles surrendered a game-tying two-run homer to Giovanny Urshela in the sixth and the RubberDucks took the decisive lead an inning later

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against Jack Leathersich. Binghamton had raced to a 3-1 lead. Kyle Johnson opened the game by getting hit by Kyle Davies’ 1-2 pitch. Johnson moved into scoring position when Dustin Lawley walked. Matt Clark brought him home with a single. Tyler Naquin used his speed to tie the score in the bottom half. The Akron leadoff hitter singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Francisco Lindor's groundout. With Xorge Carrillo on second base in the second inning, Wilfredo Tovar launched a 2-0 pitch over the left-field wall for his first homer of the season. Robles got into trouble in the sixth. Naquin capped an eight-pitch at-bat with a leadoff double. Two batters later, Urshela lifted an 0-2 pitch over the left-field fence, tying the score at 3. Akron then chased Robles with back-to-back two-out singles. Leathersich (1-1) entered and struck out Tony Wolters to prevent further damage. Akron grabbed its first lead an inning later. Justin Toole singled and moved into scoring position on Naquin’s bunt. With two outs, Lindor singled. As Toole rounded third, right fielder Cory Vaughn bobbled the roller, allowing the go-ahead run to score standing up. Protecting a 4-3 lead, Akron reliever Jordan Cooper walked Matt Reynolds to open the eighth. Reynolds advanced to third with two outs, but was stranded when Vaughn struck out. Robles allowed three runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision. Box

CHARLOTTE 11, ST. LUCIE 2: Starter Gabriel Ynoa surrendered seven earned runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. Thomas Coyle homered as the second batter of the game and Josh Sale went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and a triple for the Stone Crabs. It was only 3-0 with two outs in the fourth, but Ynoa could not finish off the Crabs. Justin O’Conner belted a two-run double and Sale followed with his long ball to make it 7-0. The Mets got a run back in the fifth when Aderlin Rodriguez hit his fourth homer in six games, on the first pitch he saw from Crabs starter Austin Pruitt. Other than allowing the Rodriguez homer, Pruitt comfortably navigated through the best hitting lineup in the Florida State League, allowing only three hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three. Dilson Herrera went 2-for-5 and was the only Met with a multi-hit game. Florida State League batting co-leaders Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera were held hitless. Nimmo did have a walk. Box

SAVANNAH 4, DELMARVA 0: Kevin McGowan tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings and combined with Robert Coles for the shutout. McGowan outdueled Hunter Harvey, the

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Orioles' first-round pick in 2013, to earn his first South Atlantic League win. The Gnats (15-8) took advantage of Harvey’s control problems in the first to score a run without a hit. Stefan Sabol drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Gavin Cecchini, who also had walked. Harvey walked three batters and hit one in the inning. The two starters controlled the middle innings. Harvey retired 10 batters in a row through the end of the fourth. McGowan set down 10 batters in a row from the fourth through two outs in the seventh, striking out five during that span. McGowan tossed his longest outing of the season. The Gnats produced three runs in the sixth against Harvey and reliever Williams Louico. L.J. Mazzilli singled and scored when Jared King tripled to deep right-center. After Sabol walked, Harvey was lifted for Louico. Matt Oberste walked. King then scored on a wild pitch and Sabol came home on Colton Plaia's sacrifice fly. The Shorebirds did not get a runner past first base against McGowan and Coles after the second inning. Box

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