New York Mets: Hansel Robles

Mets add Syndergaard, 5 others to roster

November, 20, 2014
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Jeff Roberson/Associated PressNoah Syndergaard headlines the newest additions to the Mets' 40-man roster.
NEW YORK -- The Mets added right-handers Noah Syndergaard, Cory Mazzoni, Hansel Robles, Gabriel Ynoa and Akeel Morris and left-hander Jack Leathersich to the 40-man roster in order to shield them from Rule 5 draft eligibility.

Right-handed reliever Jeff Walters, who was added to the roster a year ago, cleared waivers and was removed. He was outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas. Walters underwent Tommy John surgery last June 17 and presumably will not be ready to contribute until the summer.

The Mets' 40-man roster is full.

Among the players left exposed and eligible to be taken at the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 11: right-handers Logan Verrett, Tyler Pill and Darwin Frias, outfielder/third baseman Dustin Lawley and infielder T.J. Rivera.

Syndergaard, 22, went 9-7 with a 4.60 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 26 starts for Las Vegas.

Mazzoni, 25, went a combined 7-2 with a 4.68 ERA in 14 starts with four teams. He missed the opening two months after suffering a lat-muscle strain in the final Grapefruit League game.

Robles, 24, went 7-6 with a 4.31 ERA in 30 appearances (18 starts) with Binghamton.

Ynoa, 21, went a combined 11-4 with a 4.07 ERA in 25 starts for Binghamton and St. Lucie.

Morris, 22, went 4-1 with a 0.63 ERA and 16 saves in 41 relief appearances with Savannah.

Leathersich, 24, had 48 relief appearances with Las Vegas and Binghamton. He went a combined 3-3 with a 3.31 ERA. For his career, Leathersich has 334 strikeouts in 197 1/3 innings.

Minors 9.12.14: B-Mets win title!

September, 12, 2014
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BINGHAMTON 2, RICHMOND 1: Pinch hitter Jayce Boyd's RBI double plated pinch runner

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Gavin Cecchini in the bottom of the ninth as Binghamton notched its first Eastern League title since 1994 with a walk-off win. Binghamton swept the best-of-five series, 3-0. Long Island native Steven Matz carried a no-hit bid one out into the eighth inning, when he allowed a pair of singles and departed with his pitch count at 106. Hansel Robles allowed an inherited runner to score as Richmond evened the score at 1. Matz's final line: 7.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K. Cody Satterwhite tossed a scoreless top of the ninth and earned the victory. With the score 1-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, Xorge Carrillo and Wilfredo Tovar had consecutive one-out singles. Cecchini pinch ran for Carrillo and Boyd, a Florida State product, pinch hit for Satterwhite and delivered the winning blow. Carrillo was named postseason MVP. Box

Minors 9.3.14: Rivera HR lifts B-Mets

September, 3, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 5, RENO 4: L.J. Mazzilli broke a 4-all tie with a RBI single to left field with one out in the eighth inning in the opener of the best-of-five series. Rafael Montero allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision. Kevin Plawecki had a solo homer in the sixth that evened the score at 3. Cory Vaughn earlier went deep. The series continues Thursday with Matt Bowman starting for the 51s. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, PORTLAND 5: T.J. Rivera produced a walk-off three-run homer in the ninth to complete a comeback from a four-run deficit as the B-Mets won the opener of their

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best-of-five Eastern Division Championship Series. Rivera finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs. Binghamton closed the game with seven unanswered runs. With the score tied at 5 in the ninth and one out, Xorge Carrillo reached on third baseman Mike Miller's error. Noe Ramirez then surrendered a single to Wilfredo Tovar. Kyle Johnson pinch ran for Carrillo. After a strikeout, Rivera hammered the first pitch he saw over the left-field wall.

Trailing 5-2 an inning earlier, the B-Mets pulled even. Tovar produced a leadoff double against Robby Scott. With one out, Rivera doubled to plate Tovar. Brian Burgamy then walked to end Scott’s night. Ramirez entered to face Jayce Boyd, who reached on second baseman Sean Coyle's error. Rivera scored on the play and Burgamy advanced to third base. Darrell Ceciliani's sacrifice fly tied the score at 5. Cody Satterwhite (1-0) then worked a scoreless ninth to set up the walk-off win.

After B-Mets starter Tyler Pill retired the first 11 batters he faced, Coyle homered to tie the score at 1. The Sea Dogs appeared to have blown the game open in the sixth. Rusney Castillo single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third. Kuery De La Cruz then had a tiebreaking RBI single. Following a single by Carson Blair, Dave Chester belted a three-run homer for a 5-1 lead. Binghamton inched closer in the bottom of the frame. Rivera doubled with one out. A batter later, Boyd singled home the runner to cut the deficit to 5-2. Pill tossed 5 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on six hits. He has not taken a loss since May 5 (18 appearances).

Hansel Robles contributed 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Tovar finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. It was the first win postseason win for the B-Mets at NYSEG Stadium since Sept. 10, 2004.

The B-Mets and Sea Dogs play Game 2 of the series on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. in Binghamton. Greg Peavey starts for the B-Mets. Box

ASHEVILLE 8, SAVANNAH 3: Starter Robert Gsellman allowed five runs in five innings as Savannah lost the opener of its best-of-three opening-round series. Paul Paez allowed three runs in the bottom of the sixth as Asheville took an 8-2 lead. The game included a two-hour, 13-minute rain delay later in that frame. Champ Stuart had a first-inning solo homer in the loss. First-round pick Michael Conforto went 2-for-5 with a double and RBI in his South Atlantic League debut. The series resumes Friday in Savannah with John Gant on the mound. Box

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Morning Briefing: Colon's last start as Met?

August, 24, 2014
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Kathy Willens/Associated PressIs this Bartolo Colon's final start as a Met? Perhaps, although an offseason trade appears more likely.
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FIRST PITCH: Bartolo Colon returns from bereavement leave Sunday to make what could be his final start as a Met.

Colon reportedly has been placed on revocable waivers by the club. If he is claimed, the Mets can:

• Pull him back, which means they cannot trade him this month.

• Work out a trade with the claiming team during a 48-hour window.

• Dump Colon’s contract on the claiming team, which would be forced to accept it.

If Colon clears waivers, the Mets can trade him to any team during the remainder of August.

Colon has $12.8 million remaining on his contract, including the final 36 days of this season.

After the start in the 4:10 p.m. ET game Sunday at Dodger Stadium, Colon is scheduled to return to the Dominican Republic for the funeral for his mother, who died Monday at age 63 after a battle with breast cancer.

Colon (11-10, 3.85 ERA) opposes right-hander Kevin Correia (7-13, 4.87 ERA) as the Mets attempt to avoid getting swept.

The Mets have lost six straight games at Dodger Stadium, their longest losing streak at Chavez Ravine since also losing that many consecutively from Sept. 1, 1980 to May 17, 1981.

The franchise record is 11 straight losses at Dodger Stadium, from July 23, 1966 through Sept. 28, 1967.

Sunday’s news reports:

David Wright's struggles were in the spotlight as the Dodgers intentionally walked Daniel Murphy to face the captain with first base open and the Mets trailing by a run in the seventh inning Saturday. Wright struck out against Zack Greinke as part of an 0-for-5 night that included twice grounding into double plays and twice striking out. He is hitting .211 with no homers and eight RBIs in 133 at-bats since the All-Star break.


Mark J. Terrill/Associated PressAdrian Gonzalez's homer soured Jacob deGrom's return from the disabled list.


Wright’s game-ending strikeout capped the Dodgers’ 7-4 win against the Mets.

Juan Lagares' three-run homer against Greinke had staked the Mets to a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Lagares’ first long ball since May 17 snapped his homerless drought at 227 at-bats.

Jacob deGrom fired fastballs at 96-97 mph in his return from the disabled list, but surrendered a three-run homer in the fifth to Adrian Gonzalez as the Dodgers rallied to take a 5-3 lead. Gonzalez finished with five RBIs, the most by an opponent against the Mets this season.

“I felt good,” deGrom told reporters postgame. “It’s just a lot of outings come down to a few pitches, and tonight I didn’t make the big pitches when I needed to.”

The Mets (60-70) are now 10 games under .500 for the first time since July 6, when they were 39-49. Three more losses will clinch a non-90-win season. The Amazin’s need to go 21-11 the rest of the way to avoid the franchise’s sixth straight losing season, which would match the Astros for the longest active streak in the majors.

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

• It is looking increasingly likely that Noah Syndergaard will not pitch in the majors in 2014. Syndergaard has a 4.85 ERA in 24 starts for playoff-bound Las Vegas. More importantly, he has logged 124 1/3 innings -- that’s already seven more innings than last season. So Syndergaard has roughly no more than 23 innings remaining. Syndergaard next pitches Wednesday. He then is lined up for the regular-season finale, although he instead could open the playoffs two days later. After that, he might be down to single-digits in innings remaining, which would be consumed if the 51s advance beyond the postseason’s first round.

The one interesting decision to watch is middle infielder Matt Reynolds, who is hitting .343 with five homers, 31 RBIs and a .401 on-base percentage in 60 PCL games. Reynolds, a second-round pick in 2012 out of the University of Arkansas, does not need to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason. Still, production is production.

Read more in the Post, Daily News and Newsday.

• Joel Sherman in the Post analyzes how the Mets will approach Murphy's future with the club. Murphy’s salary likely will exceed $8 million next season after a final winter of arbitration eligibility. He is due for free agency after the 2015 season. Writes Sherman:

So do they trade him? Play out the 2015 season with him? Or do they sign him to, say, a four-year, $40 million-ish deal to make him part of the firmament moving forward?

The sense I get is the Mets once again will make him available this offseason and once again ask for a significant return. They see a weak free-agent market for hitters. So, in supply and demand, the Mets think they have what is in short supply, so they will make a big demand.

• Read more on Colon on waivers in Newsday.

• Cory Vaughn delivered a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as Las Vegas beat New Orleans, 10-8. Hansel Robles, Dario Alvarez and Cody Satterwhite combined for four no-hit relief innings as Binghamton beat Akron, 5-1. Corey Oswalt contributed six scoreless innings, but Brooklyn lost to Tri-City, 5-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Curtis Granderson is excited by the Jackie Robinson West Little League team from Chicago winning the U.S. championship in Williamsport, Pa., Kristie Ackert writes in the Daily News. The boys will have workouts going forward at the stadium named after Granderson at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

• Stephen Haynes in Newsday profiles Cyclones left-hander Brad Wieck, the organization’s seventh-round pick in June out of Oklahoma City University.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets executive Tony Bernazard turns 58. ... Bartolome Fortunato is 40.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you think David Wright’s rut is shoulder-injury-related? Or is his career possibly in its initial descent?

Minors 8.23.14: Centeno's 4 hits lift B-Mets

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LAS VEGAS 10, NEW ORLEANS 8: Pinch hitter Cory Vaughn delivered a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Bobby Abreu and Taylor Teagarden drove in three runs apiece. Starter John Lannan allowed eight runs (seven earned) in four innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, AKRON 1: Starter Greg Peavey (11-3) allowed one run on two hits and five walks while striking out nine in five innings. Relievers Hansel Robles, Dario Alvarez and Cody Satterwhite combined to retire 12 of the final 13 batters. Juan Centeno went 4-for-4 with

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two RBIs. In the second, Akron's Justin Toole singled and moved to second on a walk. He scored on Erik Gonzalez's RBI single against Peavey. Binghamton got the run back in the bottom half. Darrell Ceciliani extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a leadoff single against Duke von Schamann. Centeno ultimately drove him in to even the score at 1. The B-Mets took the lead for good in the third. Dilson Herrera walked and stole second. The throw from catcher Jake Lowery sailed into center field, allowing Herrera to advance to third base. Center fielder Ollie Linton then airmailed a toss over third base that plated Herrera. In the fifth, Jayce Boyd had a two-out single. He stole second and moved to third on an error by second baseman Ronny Rodriguez. Ceciliani walked to put runners on the corners. T.J. Rivera and Centeno followed with back-to-back run-scoring singles. The B-Mets capped the scoring in the eighth against Adam Miller. Centeno tallied his fourth hit and moved to second on Kyle Johnson's single. Brandon Nimmo drove him in with a single. At 80-52, Binghamton achieved its high-water mark of the season. Binghamton's 71 hits in a five-game span are its most since April 11-16, 2008 (79). The RubberDucks turned an 8-3-5 triple play in the sixth against Herrera. Box

JUPITER 5, ST. LUCIE 4: Rehabbing Marlin Derek Dietrich hit a solo homer in the seventh to extend the Hammerheads' lead to 5-3. The Mets got a run back in the bottom half on Jairo Perez’s RBI groundout, but failed to pull even. Phillip Evans doubled with one out in the eighth, but Brad Mincey struck out Gilbert Gomez and Eudy Pina to strand the tying run at second. Colby Suggs struck out three in the ninth, working around L.J. Mazzilli's one-out single. The Mets held a 2-0 lead until things unraveled for St. Lucie starter Seth Lugo in a four-run fourth by Jupiter. Blake Barber hit a game-tying two-run homer. After Lugo recorded the second out, he loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Then, on a 1-2 offering, Anthony Gomez produced a two-run single as Jupiter took a 4-2 lead. The Mets closed within 4-3 in the sixth on Gavin Cecchini’s two-out RBI single. However Dietrich launched the homer deep to right in the seventh against Jake Kuebler to restore a two-run lead. Lugo (7-3) surrendered four runs he on six hits and two walks in six innings. Mazzilli led the Mets with three hits. Box

GREENVILLE 7, SAVANNAH 3: Starter Ricky Knapp allowed seven runs (six earned) in six innings. Trailing 4-0, the Gnats posted three runs in the top of the seventh, capped by a two-run single from Dominic Smith. Box

KINGSPORT 11, BLUEFIELD 6
BLUEFIELD 7, KINGSPORT 3: Kingsport produced 10 runs over the first two innings in the opener. Vicente Lupo, Oswald Caraballo and Jose Garcia drove in two runs apiece. In Game 2, the K-Mets jumped to a 3-0 first-inning lead that included run-scoring doubles by Lupo and Luis Ortega. However, Kingsport starter Gaby Almonte allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings. Box 1, Box 2

TRI-CITY 5, BROOKLYN 0: Cyclones starter Corey Oswalt tossed six scoreless innings. Kelly Secrest, Luis Rengel and Juan Urbina combined to allow five runs over the final two innings. Box

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GCL METS 11, GCL NATIONALS 7: In the resumption of Friday's game, which was halted after a scary collision at second base sent Manuel Hilario to the hospital, the Mets scored seven unanswered runs. Raphael Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored. In the regularly scheduled game, Dionis Rodriguez went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Box 1, Box 2

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Minors 8.19.14: Muno homer paces Vegas

August, 19, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 10, OMAHA 4: Danny Muno had a three-run homer in a six-run second inning as the 51s took a commanding early lead. Josh Satin went 3-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored. Matt Reynolds and Muno also had three hits apiece. Vegas starter Cory Mazzoni allowed four runs in seven innings. Box

ERIE 7, BINGHAMTON 0: Michael Fulmer was charged with six runs on six hits in his Double-A debut. Fulmer (0-1) struck out one and walked three. The SeaWolves plated six

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runs in the fourth and Wilsen Palacios tossed seven scoreless innings. Binghamton’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot sits at two. Erie jumped on Fulmer in the first. With Jason Krizan on second, Dean Green ripped an RBI double. Fulmer surrendered a single before retiring Corey Jones to limit the damage to one run. Steven Moya started Erie’s fourth inning with his league-leading 32nd homer. Fulmer followed by surrendering back-to-back singles. He then issued walks to Marcus Lemon and Jamie Johnson. The latter forced in a run and ended his night after 3 1/3 innings. Adam Kolarek entered and struggled to put out the fire. Jason Krizan greeted the lefty with a run-producing fielder’s choice. Devon Travis walked to reload the bases and Dean Green delivered a two-run single. Moya capped the six-run inning in which Erie batted around by lacing an RBI single. Binghamton’s only threat came in the third when Brian Burgamy singled. Brandon Nimmo attempted to score from second, but was gunned down by Johnson in center field. Hansel Robles contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

CHARLOTTE 11, ST. LUCIE 8: Trailing 8-2, the Mets scored six eighth-inning runs to pull even. However, the Stone Crabs answered with three runs in the bottom half to retake the lead. Johnny Field scored the go-ahead run when St. Lucie reliever Beck Wheeler threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded. After Wheeler departed, Granden Goetzman hit a two-out, two-run single against Ryan Fraser. In the top of the eighth, L.J. Mazzilli and Cam Maron singled against Nick Sawyer. Gavin Cecchini and Jared King then drew consecutive four-pitch walks to force in Mazzilli and make it 8-3. Jose Molina entered and walked Phillip Evans, also on four pitches, to plate Maron. Gilbert Gomez followed with a two-run double and the Mets trailed 8-6. Eudy Pina delivered an RBI single to pull St. Lucie within a run. Molina then walked Jeff McNeil to load the bases. Ryan Garton was summoned to face Maikis De La Cruz with no outs and the bases loaded. He induced a 4-6-3 double play as Gomez scored the tying run. Garton got the Crabs out of further trouble when Mazzilli flied out to leave Pina on third base. Colton Reavis shut down the Mets in order in the ninth. Angel Cuan, who was demoted to St. Lucie from Binghamton, started for the Mets. He allowed three runs in four innings. Mazzilli and Pina had two-hit games. Maron extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Box

SAVANNAH 11, ROME 3: Victor Cruzado went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. Yeixon Ruiz had a three-run homer in the second as the Gnats took a 5-0 lead. Rob Whalen allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings to improve to 8-1. Paul Paez followed with 3 1/3 no-hit relief innings to earn his first save. Box

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

NYPL NORTH 1, NYPL SOUTH 1: The New York-Penn League All-Star Game ended in a 1-all draw after nine innings at MCU Park in Coney Island. Among Cyclones representatives, Marcos Molina and Corey Oswalt tossed scoreless frames and Shane Bay recorded the final out of the top of the ninth. Amed Rosario, Jhoan Urena and Michael Bernal went a combined 0-for-5. Box

GCL METS 3, GCL CARDINALS 2: Jairo Perez had a run-scoring single and Dash Winningham followed with an RBI groundout in a two-run first. Perez also singled in the third to plate Raphael Ramirez and give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Kurtis Horne, the Mets' 31st-round pick in June out of British Columbia, tossed a scoreless relief inning to pick up his first professional win. Nabil Crismatt notched his first Gulf Coast League save. Box

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Minors 8.15.14: Bowman blanks Iowa Cubs

August, 16, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 2, IOWA 0: Matt Bowman limited Iowa to four hits and two walks in 7 1/3

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scoreless innings in his first Triple-A start in three weeks. He combined with Miguel Socolovich on the shutout. The 51s took the lead in the second inning when Taylor Teagarden walked, advanced to second on Kevin Plawecki's single and scored on Cory Vaughn's single. Las Vegas opened a two-run lead in the sixth when Matt Reynolds produced a leadoff double, moved to third on Josh Satin's groundout and scored on Andrew Brown's single. Socolovich stranded two runners inherited from Bowman in the eighth and ultimately retired all five batters he faced to earn his second save. Plawecki started at first base for the first time this season. Manny Ramirez walked as a pinch hitter. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, READING 7: After the B-Mets blew a five-run lead, Brian Burgamy launched his team-leading 23rd homer -- a tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh -- to

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provide an 8-6 lead. The B-Mets sliced their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to six. Binghamton jumped on Reading starter Ryan O’Sullivan with a four-run first. Dilson Herrera opened the inning by launching his eighth Double-A homer. Following back-to-back walks, Darrell Ceciliani flared an RBI single into center. Juan Centeno chased O’Sullivan from the game by lining an RBI single. Wilfredo Tovar greeted reliever Austin Wright with a run-producing single. The B-Mets padded their lead with a solo homer from Brandon Nimmo in the second. However, B-Mets starter Rainy Lara ultimately was charged with five runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings. And Reading tied the score at 6 without a hit in the fifth. Hansel Robles opened the frame with a pair of walks. After a flyout pushed Jake Fox to third, Logan Moore delivered a sacrifice fly. A half-inning after Burgamy's two-run homer, Kelly Dugan cut Reading's deficit to one run with a solo homer against Chase Huchingson. Huchingson recovered to retire the next three batters. Randy Fontanez followed with a perfect eighth. Cody Satterwhite started the ninth inning by surrendering a single to Carlos Alonso, but bounced back with two strikeouts. After two wild pitches, including one during an intentional walk, Satterwhite struck out Aaron Altherr with runners at the corners to notch his 14th save. Satterwhite has converted his last 13 save chances. Huchingson (3-1) allowed one run over two innings to earn the victory. Centeno was ejected by plate umpire Paul Clemons after striking out in the seventh. Daisuke Matsuzaka starts Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, BRADENTON 7: St. Lucie rallied for five runs over the final two innings in a comeback win. Cole Frenzel’s RBI single against Ryan Hafner plated Phillip Evans to tie

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the score at 7. Jeff McNeil followed with a line drive up the middle that went off the tip of second baseman Max Moroff’s glove and trickled into center. Frenzel scored on that play to put the Mets up 8-7. Evans previously had doubled to plate Gavin Cecchini and start the rally. Jared King and Evans provided insurance runs in the ninth with an RBI single and sac fly, respectively. Paul Sewald recorded his second six-out save in the last four days. Robby Coles surrendered a run in the seventh but earned the win. The teams traded blows early. The Mets scored three runs in the fourth, including an RBI double by King and RBI single by Frenzel that gave the Mets a 4-2 lead. However, Mets started Domingo Tapia surrendered a two-out grand slam to Jose Osuna in the bottom half that put the Marauders up 6-4. The Mets battled back to get within a run in the seventh when Eudy Pina scored on a wild pitch. Coles gave the run back up in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by Moroff. But Bradenton’s bullpen couldn’t shut down the Mets and hold a 7-5 in the final two innings. L.J. Mazzilli produced his fourth Florida State League homer, a solo shot in the first. He later doubled. Tapia gave up seven hits and six runs in six innings. The only earned runs he allowed were on the grand slam. He also walked five and hit a batter. Box

SAVANNAH 16, GREENVILLE 4: The Gnats erupted for a season-high 16 runs and tied

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season highs with three homers and 11 walks drawn. Savannah broke the game open with nine runs in the first two innings against Greenville starter Trey Ball, the seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft. Jon Leroux belted a two-out grand slam off the left-field foul pole in the first. The ball bounced back onto the field and initially was ruled a double, but the umpiring crew -- persuaded by Savannah manager Luis Rojas -- conferred and corrected the call. In the second, Victor Cruzado lashed a three-run homer. The Gnats kept the attack going against reliever Sergio Gomez with a four-run fourth and a three-run fifth. Jorge Rivero blasted a two-run homer in the latter frame. The Drive chased Savannah starter Ricky Knapp from the ballgame with three runs in the sixth. Box

KINGSPORT 11, BRISTOL 9: Zach Mathieu and Ivan Wilson homered and Mathieu and Wuilmer Becerra drove in three runs apiece. The K-Mets built an 11-5 lead and survived a four-run ninth. David Roseboom entered with two outs in the ninth and struck out Candon Myles to strand two runners inherited from Nicco Blank. Box

BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 0: Marcos Molina (6-2) allowed one hit and one walk while striking out a career-high 12 in seven scoreless innings. Luis Rengel and Edioglis Villasmil completed the shutout. Tomas Nido went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. Anthony Chavez drove in two runs. Box

GCL MARLINS 3, GCL METS 0: Starter Jose Medina allowed two runs in three innings. Box

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Minors 8.7.14: Boyd sinks Squirrels

August, 7, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE 6, LAS VEGAS 2: Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks while striking out four in five innings. He threw 102 pitches (64 strikes). Syndergaard had limited opponents to one earned run in 17 1/3 innings in his previous three starts. Jack Leathersich allowed one run on two hits and recorded one out in his return to Triple-A. Matt den Dekker went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, RICHMOND 0: Jayce Boyd's two-run double in the eighth broke a scoreless tie and lifted the B-Mets to their second series sweep of Richmond this season.

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Matt Bowman tossed six innings and combined with Hansel Robles and Cody Satterwhite on the shutout. Against Jose Casilla in the eighth, Brian Burgamy smacked a one-out double and Darrell Ceciliani was intentionally walked. Boyd then doubled to left-center to plate both. In the ninth, Wilfredo Tovar produced a one-out double against Phil McCormick. T.J. Rivera then singled to cap the scoring. Bowman allowed five hits and struck out six. Richmond starter Ty Blach tossed seven scoreless innings. Robles (7-6) tossed two no-hit innings and struck out four of the six batters he faced to pick up the win. Satterwhite worked a perfect ninth for his 12th save. At 70-47, Binghamton achieved its high-water mark for the season. Ceciliani and Burgamy each extended season-long hitting streaks. Ceciliani has reached nine games. Burgamy has hit safely in 11 straight. Box

FORT MYERS 6, ST. LUCIE 2: The Miracle stole six bases and catcher Cam Maron committed three errors on stolen-base attempts. Miracle starter Ethan Mildren limited the

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Mets to solo homers from Gavin Cecchini and Jared King in six innings. The Miracle scored two runs in the first against Michael Fulmer. Levi Michael walked and stole second and Byron Buxton followed with an infield hit. Buxton then stole second. Maron’s throw skipped away from L.J. Mazzilli and into center field, allowing Michael to score. Later in the inning, Dalton Hicks had an RBI double for a 2-0 lead. In the third, Aderling Mejia led off with a single and stole second. This time Maron’s throw sailed high and Mejia advanced to third. He came home on a two-out infield single by Michael to make it 3-0. The Miracle took a four-run lead an inning later. Niko Goodrum singled with two outs and stole second. It was the fifth steal of the night for the Miracle. Michael then had an RBI single. Cecchini’s solo homer in the fifth cut St. Lucie's deficit to 4-1. King made it a two-run game in the sixth with a solo shot. However, the Miracle answered with an ugly seventh-inning run. Goodrum stole second on Buxton's strikeout and went to third on another throw from Maron that sailed into center. Center fielder Gilbert Gomez bobbled the ball. The lapse allowed Goodrum to score. Adam Brett Walker’s homer against Robert Coles made it 6-2 in the eighth. Fulmer was charged with four runs (three earned) on seven hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Maron went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Box

AUGUSTA 10, SAVANNAH 9 (10 innings): Augusta scored six runs in the eighth to force extra innings. Reliever Akeel Morris then suffered a walk-off loss in the 10th as catcher Colton Plaia was charged with interference on Randy Ortiz's game-ending single. Box

KINGSPORT 8, BRISTOL 7
KINGSPORT 3, BRISTOL 2: Luis Arrizurieta singled and Leon Canelon scored the tiebreaking run from second base in the ninth after a throwing error by third baseman Edgardo Munoz as the K-Mets won, 8-7, in the completion of a game suspended on July 14. Long Islander Jimmy Duff (2-0) retired all nine batters he faced, four via strikeout, with the game having resumed in the seventh inning. In the regularly scheduled game, Kingsport overcame a 1-0 deficit with a three-run eighth. Luis Ortega had a game-tying leadoff homer. Branden Kaupe had a two-out, two-run double. After Bristol pulled within a run and loaded the bases in the top of the ninth, Ismael Tijerina replaced Bryce Beeler with one out and got a game-ending double-play grounder. Starter Andrew Church allowed one run in six innings. Box 1, Box 2

BROOKLYN 4, MAHONING VALLEY 0: Martires Arias limited the Scrappers to two hits and three walks in six scoreless innings. Relievers Brad Wieck and Mike Hepple combined for three no-hit relief innings. Michael Conforto went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Conforto doubled and scored the opening run on Jhoan Urena's single in the fourth. Brooklyn added three eighth-inning runs. Conforto had an RBI single, Urena contributed a sacrifice fly and Tomas Nido also had an RBI single. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL CARDINALS 3: Starter Tyler Badamo, a 24th-round pick out of Dowling College on Long Island, allowed one run on three hits in five innings and earned his first professional win. Alex Palsha produced a scoreless ninth for his eighth save. The Mets took a 4-0 lead on Arnaldo Berrios' two-out RBI double and Enmanuel Zabala's ensuing RBI single in the second. Box

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Farm report: Bigwig scouted Oswalt

August, 6, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Corey Oswalt had a VIP scouting him in high school in San Diego before the 2012 draft. Paul DePodesta, who lives in the area, personally checked out Oswalt a few times before the Mets used their seventh-round pick on the right-hander, which ended up trumping a college baseball offer from UC Santa Barbara.

The 6-foot-4 Oswalt, now 20, is 4-1 with a 2.68 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) for the Brooklyn Cyclones this season. He has a solid 1.008 WHIP, with eight walks and no homers surrendered in 43 2/3 innings.

“I just feel healthy now,” said Oswalt, who lost much of last summer because of surgery to repair a torn meniscus. “Last year I was battling some injuries. It’s everything I expected so far.


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“I had a really good spring in extended. I’ve just been attacking the strike zone, trying to let the hitters put it in play and just have my defense play behind me. My changeup control has gotten a lot better. I can throw it pretty much, I think, in any count. Throwing strikes and getting ahead really has been my big success.”

Oswalt actually committed to UC Santa Barbara primarily as a shortstop and third baseman, positions he played in high school the other two games a week when he wasn’t pitching. He hit over .500 as a sophomore and junior, although he noted he was not much of a power hitter.

“I just hit for average,” he said.

His senior year of high school, the team had quite a pitching tandem. Left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin was selected last year by the Yankees with the 33rd overall pick in the draft.

“When the Mets called me, it was kind of a no-brainer,” Oswalt said. “Paul DePodesta was kind of the guy who drafted me. He came to my house and met with me and stuff. I just felt like it was a good fit.”

DePodesta wasn’t the only high-profile San Diegan visiting Oswalt in high school. Although Oswalt eventually committed to UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State coach Tony Gwynn had visited practices trying to recruit him. Oswalt, a Padres fan, was stung like many by his recent death.

Oswalt trains in the offseason at a facility with Tony Gwynn Jr. as well as ex-Met Aaron Harang and a handful of Padres players, so he had a personal relationship with the family.

“When you grow up in San Diego, he’s the guy you look up to,” Oswalt said. “He’s like Mr. San Diego.”

Oswalt’s uncle Jeff Oswalt, a left-handed pitcher, once was selected by the Montreal Expos in the first round (15th overall) in 1986. He did not end up signing that time, played college ball, and ultimately never rose about rookie-level ball with the St. Louis Cardinals because of an injury.

With Brooklyn, Oswalt throws a four-seam and two-seam fastball. He also has a slider and what he refers to as a circle or two-seam change. His four-seamer sits at 90-92 mph and tops out at 93 mph, although he throws the two-seamer 75 to 80 percent of the time. That pitch sits at 88-91 mph.

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .346; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .344; Matt den Dekker, Vegas, .331; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .321; Enmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .315; John Mora, Brooklyn, .312; Wuilmer Becerra, Kingsport, .312; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .305; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, .304; Josh Satin, Vegas, .289.

Homers: Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 20; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 19; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 18; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 15.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 67; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 66; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 65; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 63; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 59.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 23; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 22; Champ Stuart, Savannah, 21; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 16; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 15.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 1.27; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.45; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.47; John Gant, Savannah, 2.68; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.68; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.97; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 3.33; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 3.94; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 4.08.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 10; John Gant, Savannah, 10; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 9; Greg Peavey, Binghamton, 9; Logan Verrett, Vegas, 9.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 14; Robert Coles, St. Lucie, 12; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 12; Cody Satterwhite, Binghamton, 11.

Strikeouts: Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 107; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 106; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 105; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 104; John Gant, Savannah, 102.

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• In his last 10 games with Las Vegas, Matt den Dekker is hitting .436 (17-for-39) with eight walks and only five strikeouts. Den Dekker isn’t the only 51s player on fire at the plate. Infielder Matt Reynolds, a former second-round pick from the University of Arkansas, is the reigning Pacific Coast League Player of the Week. In 43 games with Vegas, Reynolds is hitting .329 with three homers and 22 RBIs and has a .390 on-base percentage. He has multi-hit performances in seven of his past 10 games, including going 4-for-5 Sunday at Sacramento.

• Right-hander Hansel Robles has been reassigned to the bullpen with Binghamton. Mets officials have witnessed an uptick in velocity since the conversion began with a July 19 relief appearance. In one recent game, Robles’ fastball sat at 93-95 mph. Robles, 23, had a 4.97 ERA in 17 starts with the B-Mets this season.

Omar Quintanilla, who last played with Vegas on July 11, is done for the season. Quintanilla has a meniscus tear.

• The Mets do not plan to name their Arizona Fall League contingent until late this month, but former first-round picks Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini are candidates to participate. Recently drafted Michael Conforto is not a consideration.

• Left-handed reliever Jack Leathersich finally earned a promotion from Binghamton to Las Vegas on Monday after going 3-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 37 relief appearances with the B-Mets. Leathersich struck out 79 and walked 21 in 46 innings in the Eastern League. Lefties actually hit .254 against him, while righties hit .200. Leathersich had control issues late last season after a promotion to Triple-A. The former fifth-round pick out of UMass-Lowell walked 29 in 29 Pacific Coast League innings in 2013.

• Right-hander John Gant has earned his second South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week Award. Gant, who turned 22 on Wednesday, had a perfect-game bid through 6 2/3 innings on Sunday to improve to 10-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 19 starts for Savannah this season.

• Like Matt Clark a few weeks earlier, 26-year-old infielder Rylan Sandoval requested and was granted his release. Sandoval would not have played much with Binghamton after Wilfredo Tovar rejoined the club following thumb ligament surgery. Sandoval, a 30th-round pick by the Mets in 2007, was hitting .262 with one homer and 12 RBIs in 107 at-bats with the B-Mets.

• Left-hander Darin Gorski, who was quietly putting up a solid season, has a fractured foot that will end his season.

Ismael Tijerina looks like he is making a successful transition from light-hitting infielder to right-handed reliever. Tijerina, 24, is 4-for-4 in save chances and has a 2.03 ERA in 11 appearances with Kingsport this season. Tijerina hit .214 in 84 at-bats last season in Brooklyn. He twice was used out of the bullpen in Cyclones games in 2013 when the team ran out of pitchers and exceeded 90 mph with his fastball.

Minors 7.30.14: Conforto 3-for-3, 2 RBIs

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EL PASO 8, LAS VEGAS 5: Starter Logan Verrett surrendered four runs in six innings, including homers to Tyler Greene, Cody Decker and Taylor Lindsey. Trailing 7-1, the 51s posted a four-run eighth that included a three-run double by Allan Dykstra. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 7, BINGHAMTON 2: Starter Greg Peavey allowed four first-inning runs, including a two-run homer to Matt Newman, en route to his first Eastern League loss since April 14. Peavey (8-2) followed with five straight scoreless innings. The B-Mets clawed within 4-1 in the second against Casey Lawrence. T.J. Rivera doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Jayce Boyd's sacrifice fly. In the sixth, Brian Burgamy walked and stole second base. After a pair of strikeouts, Darrell Ceciliani produced an RBI double as Binghamton moved within two runs. The Fisher Cats pulled away from there, though. Hansel Robles and Jack Leathersich combined to handle the final three innings. They surrendered a total of three runs -- all unearned -- on a four-error night for the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 3: Michael Fulmer tossed six scoreless innings and Eudy Pina went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Pina's two-run double in the sixth staked St. Lucie to a 4-0 lead. Dunedin pulled within a run with a three-run eighth against Beck Wheeler. T.J. Chism inherited the tying run on second base and, after issuing a walk, coaxed an inning-ending groundout. Chism then tossed a perfect ninth for his fourth save. The intended second game was canceled because rules prohibit three doubleheaders in a seven-day span. Box

KINGSPORT 8, DANVILLE 3: Wuilmer Becerra had a two-run triple and Eudor Garcia followed with an RBI double in a five-run first inning. Box

BROOKLYN 9, AUBURN 4: 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto finished 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs and the Cyclones jumped on Auburn with a seven-run second inning. Tyler Moore began that outburst with a walk and advanced on a wild pitch. Auburn starter James Bourque then plunked Will Fulmer. Joe Tuschak followed with an RBI double. Anthony Chavez had a run-scoring infield single. Chavez ultimately scored on a successful double steal as Amed Rosario swiped second. Conforto's RBI single made it 5-0. A balk during Moore’s second at-bat of the inning plated another run. Moore's RBI double made it 7-0. Box

GCL CARDINALS 10, GCL METS 1: Dash Winningham's ninth-inning solo homer accounted for the lone Mets run. Starter Jose Celas surrendered five runs on seven hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings. Box

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Minors 7.13.14: Herrera homer trumps errors

July, 13, 2014
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BINGHAMTON 5, ERIE 4: Dilson Herrera launched a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh and Cody Satterwhite left the bases loaded in the ninth for his seventh save as

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the B-Mets won despite committing a season-high five errors. It marked the most errors committed by the B-Mets since a five-error game against Akron on May 15, 2013. Dustin Lawley matched a franchise record with four errors, last done by Ty Wiggington at New Hampshire on June 24, 2000. Marcus Lemon had a first-inning solo homer against B-Mets starter Hansel Robles. Binghamton struck back against Warwick Saupold in the third. Kyle Johnson produced a ground-rule double, moved to third on Brandon Nimmo’s infield single and scored when Herrera beat out a potential double play. Lawley capped the inning with an RBI single, giving the B-Mets a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom half, Lemon struck again, doubling off the fence. Robles then surrendered a game-tying two-out RBI single to Devon Travis. In the fourth, Corey Jones reached safely when B-Mets catcher Xorge Carrillo failed to grab his pop up in front of the plate. Jones took third on Dean Green's single and scored on Francisco Martinez’s two-out single. Binghamton made it 3-all in the sixth when Jayce Boyd used a fielder’s choice to plate Lawley. Erie retook the lead in the bottom half, though. Ryan Fraser walked Jones, who scored thanks to three errors by Lawley at third base in a two-batter span. Trailing for the third time in the game, Binghamton grabbed the lead in the seventh against reliever Guido Knudson. Following Nimmo's one-out single, Herrera lifted a 1-2 pitch into right field, barely clearing the fence for a go-ahead two-run homer.

Randy Fontanez preserved the lead with two scoreless innings. Satterwhite quickly registered two outs in the ninth. He then walked Daniel Fields on four pitches, surrendered a single to Travis and walked Ramon Cabrera to load the bases. With the tying run on third, Jones sent a bouncer up the middle. Shortstop T.J. Rivera dove to his left and smothered the grounder. While rolling onto the outfield grass, he flipped the ball to Herrera at second in time for the out. Fraser (2-1) allowed one unearned run without surrendering a hit in his lone inning. Robles gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits over five innings. Box

LAKELAND at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader Monday at 4 p.m.

CHARLESTON 5, SAVANNAH 0: The Dogs chased Savannah starter John Gant with a four-run second inning during which he threw 37 pitches. Mike Ford led off the frame with a solo homer. Eduardo de Oleo contributed a sacrifice fly. Brandon Thomas and Mark Payton added RBI singles. The Dogs picked up another run in the fourth on Payton's RBI double against Savannah reliever Dario Alvarez. Savannah remained hitless until Jonathan Johnson's two-out single in the fifth. The Gnats finished the game with four hits. Box

BRISTOL 8, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Andrew Massie allowed three runs (two earned) in four innings. Reliever Ramon Estevez surrendered four runs (three earned) in 1 1/3 innings. Oswald Caraballo and Jose Figuera drove in the K-Mets' runs in the defeat. Box

CONNECTICUT 6, BROOKLYN 0: Starter Corey Oswalt allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk in four innings. The Cyclones mustered four hits. Box

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Minors 7.5.14: Wilmer goes deep, twice

July, 6, 2014
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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

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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

Minors 7.1.14: Gomez lifts St. Lucie in 9th

July, 2, 2014
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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
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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.


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• 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?

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187