New York Mets: Hector Luna

Around the minors 8.9.12

August, 9, 2012
8/09/12
11:23
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BUFFALO 10, LEHIGH VALLEY 1 (seven innings): Josh Satin went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and four runs scored in the rain-shortened game while extending his hitting streak to eight games. The Bisons grabbed the lead with a three-run second. Satin led off with a double and Matt Tuiasosopo walked. Matt den Dekker then lined a two-run double to right field. Den Dekker stole third base and Mike Nickeas took advantage with a sacrifice fly. The Herd tacked on four runs an inning later, the big blow coming on a three-run homer by Valentino Pascucci for a seven-run lead. Chris Schwinden retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced. The lone IronPig to reach during that stretch was Hector Luna, who singled in the second inning. Luna produced an RBI double in the fourth. Schwinden pitched all six innings for the Herd, allowing the one run on four hits. He has won his past three starts (2R, in 19 innings) and has a 1.65 ERA the last six outings. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW BRITAIN 4: Allan Dykstra led off the fourth with a walk from starter Logan Darnell, took second on a single and scored on consecutive groundouts. The floodgates opened on Darnell an inning later. After two singles, Wilmer Flores produced an RBI double. Eric Campbell followed with a run-scoring single. After Flores scored on a wild pitch, Jefry Marte capped the four-run inning with an RBI double, which gave Binghamton a 5-0 lead. B-Mets starter Greg Peavey skated through the first five innings without allowing a run, but that stretch came to a halt in the sixth on a sac fly by Oswaldo Arcia. With two on for New Britain in the seventh, Nate Hanson and Estarlin De Los Santos contributed RBI singles. Peavey exited with one out. Jeff Kaplan entered and Aaron Hicks greeted the righty with a run-scoring fielder’s choice, cutting Binghamton’s lead to one. New Britain’s threat ramped up as Kaplan allowed a single and walked a batter to load the bases for Chris Colabello. Kaplan escaped, though, by inducing an inning-ending force out. Juan Centeno added an insurance run with an RBI single off Jose Gonzalez before Kaplan returned to toss a perfect eighth. Ryan Fraser worked around a two-out walk to secure his second save. Peavey (6-7) was charged with four runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. He earned his third win in his last four starts. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 2: Jack Leathersich, Jeff Walters and Hamilton Bennett each tossed two scoreless relief innings and St. Lucie rallied. Palm Beach produced a two-run first inning against reigning Florida State League player of the month Tyler Pill. Blake Forsythe's three-run homer in the fourth gave the Mets the lead. Box

GREENVILLE 0, SAVANNAH 0 (suspended): The game was halted after one inning. Box

KINGSPORT at BRISTOL (canceled)

LOWELL 3, BROOKLYN 1: The Cyclones took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth, but Lowell answered with a three-run bottom half of the frame. Brooklyn's only three hits in the game came from Stefan Sabol, Alex Sanchez and Eudy Pina. Sabol's two-out double plated Kevin Plawecki, who had walked, for Brooklyn's lone run. In the bottom half, Luis Cessa's scoreless effort unraveled. Dreily Guerrero led off with a single, but was caught stealing. David Chester, though, followed with a homer to tie the score. Mookie Betts then singled and Matthew Marquis homered. Cessa (3-3) surrendered three earned runs on seven hits in six innings. Matt Bowman tossed two scoreless relief innings. Box

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Series preview: Mets vs. Phillies

May, 28, 2012
5/28/12
8:30
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The Mets face (l to r) Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton and winless Cliff Lee this series.
METS (27-21, second place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (25-24, fifth place/NL East)

Monday: LHP Jon Niese (3-2, 4.29) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.17), 1:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 6.17) vs. RHP Joe Blanton (2-2, 4.55), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.92) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.82), 7:10 p.m. ET

Phillies short hops

Cliff Lee is winless on May 28 for the first time since 2003, when he did not make his season debut until June 30 and opened the season as a minor leaguer. During Lee’s most recent outing, center fielder Shane Victorino and the southpaw were caught on camera in a verbal altercation in St. Louis in the dugout. The spat came after Victorino and Hunter Pence each lost fourth-inning fly balls in the twilight at Busch Stadium.

• The Phillies remain without the duo of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. Howard, who is trying to recover from an infection in his surgically repaired left Achilles’ tendon, has taken live batting practice at the team’s complex in Clearwater, Fla. Utley (knee) has started taking grounders, but has yet to run the bases.


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Shane Victorino and Cliff Lee jawed in St. Louis after Victorino lost a fly ball.


In Utley’s absence, Freddy Galvis has heated up at second base. Galvis is hitting .314 (22-for-70) with 15 RBIs in his past 18 games.

Ty Wigginton, Hector Luna and John Mayberry Jr. all have seen time at first base of late. Luna was promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on May 11 when Laynce Nix landed on the disabled list with a strained left calf. He delivered a grand slam in his first at-bat as Phillie, while pinch-hitting five days later. Luna became the first player to produce a slam in his first at-bat as a Phillie since Gene Freese on April 18, 1959. Mayberry is 5-for-28 in his past 11 games (seven starts). Jim Thome (back) -- who also has logged time at first base this season -- has been on the disabled list for the past month, although he has resumed swinging a bat.

Cole Hamels’ seven wins are tied with R.A. Dickey, St. Louis’ Lance Lynn and ex-Met Chris Capuano for the National League lead. Hamels, a free-agent-to-be at season’s end, took a no-hit bid one out into the sixth inning in his most recent start. He ultimately tossed eight scoreless innings against the Nationals.

Joe Blanton has been knocked out in the fifth inning in each of his past two starts. He allowed seven runs apiece against Boston and St. Louis. The consecutive subpar outings have lifted his ERA from 2.96 to 4.55.

Roy Halladay departed Sunday’s game at St. Louis after two innings with right shoulder soreness. Halladay has logged 220 innings in each of the past six seasons. Since ’06, Halladay’s 1,487 innings are the most in the majors, ahead of runner-up CC Sabathia’s 1,463 and Dan Haren’s 1,429. Halladay had surrendered a grand slam to Yadier Molina before departing. Brian McCann also had a slam against Halladay this month. They are the first two slams allowed by the ace since Evan Longoria accomplished it in 2008. Fellow starter Vance Worley (elbow inflammation) may throw a bullpen session during the series in Queens but has yet to be activated from the DL.

• The Phillies are hitting .282 with 85 extra-base hits in May. They are averaging 4.8 runs per game this month. In April, they hit .247 with 47 extra-base hits and averaged 3.3 runs per game. Among the top May performers: catcher Carlos Ruiz (.410, 4 HR, 19 RBIs), Victorino (.288, 16 RBIs), Galvis (.283, 18 RBIs), Pence (.272, 8 HR, 18 RBIs) and left fielder Juan Pierre (.310). Ruiz has batted in the cleanup spot four of the past five games, with Pence moving to No. 3 and Victorino to fifth. Ruiz had never batted in the No. 4 hole in his seven-year career before this stretch.

• Philadelphia is carrying four left-handed relievers -- Antonio Bastardo, Jake Diekman, Joe Savery and ex-Met Raul Valdes. Bastardo has allowed one run over his past 12 appearances, spanning 10 1/3 innings. Diekman and Valdes were promoted immediately after the meltdown series early this month against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park, when Philadelphia failed to hold a lead in three straight games and was swept.

Jonathan Papelbon’s 14 saves lead the NL. He has converted every chance this season. His lone loss remains May 7, when Jordany Valdespin delivered a tiebreaking, pinch-hit three-run homer.

Jimmy Rollins took until at-bat No. 136 to homer. That was the second-longest drought to start a season in his career, only shy of the 155 at-bats required in 2004. Rollins missed three games last week on paternity leave for the birth of his first child, a daughter. If Rollins starts all three games this series, he will match Larry Bowa in Wednesday’s finale with 1,667 games played at shortstop for the Phillies.

Last series results

Mets won, 3-0, at Citizens Bank Park, May 7-9 (AP game recaps)

Mets 5, Phillies 2: Jordany Valdespin had a pinch-hit three-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning for his first major league hit. David Wright hit a tying two-run double off Roy Halladay in the sixth. On the same day Ruben Tejada was placed on the disabled list, Josh Thole left with a concussion after colliding with Ty Wigginton at the plate. More

Mets 7, Phillies 4: Lucas Duda had a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh. The Mets took the lead with four two-out runs on four hits, including Duda's single off Antonio Bastardo (1-2). Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ RBI single pulled New York within 4-2. Chad Qualls replaced starter Joe Blanton and gave up an RBI single to David Wright. On Hunter Pence's throw home, Wright got caught in a rundown between first and second. After Jimmy Rollins threw to first while second base was uncovered, Pete Orr tried to get Nieuwenhuis off the bag at third. The throw bounced past Placido Polanco, allowing Nieuwenhuis to score. More

Mets 10, Phillies 6: Ike Davis hit a three-run homer and Andres Torres also connected as the Mets completed their first three-game sweep in Philadelphia in six years. The Mets rallied to win all three against slumping Philadelphia. They trailed after five innings against Roy Halladay in the opener, then after six against Joe Blanton, and after six against Cliff Lee in the series finale. The Mets (18-13) moved five games above .500 for the first time since July 19, 2010. The loss prompted manager Charlie Manuel to address his team. Lee left with a 4-2 lead, but Kyle Kendrick (0-3) quickly gave that up. More

Around the minors 4.19.12

April, 20, 2012
4/20/12
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LEHIGH VALLEY 8, BUFFALO 4: The series finale between the division rivals was a run-of-the-mill 2-2 game until a crazy top of the eighth. That's when a force out that wasn't opened the floodgates to a five-run rally for the IronPigs. The inning started when Valentino Pascucci bobbled a grounder to first base from Hector Luna. Cody Overbeck followed with a bunt to third base, but Josh Satin had no one to throw to after he fielded it. After a successful sacrifice and an intentional walk to Joe Thurston, the IronPigs were set up with the bases loaded and one out. Erik Kratz followed with a fly ball that dropped into shallow right. Matt Tuiasosopo came up throwing and sent a missile to home plate, where Rob Johnson missed the tag on Luna. However, no tag was needed as it was a force play. It was ruled that Luna beat the throw, and the umpire stood by his call even after Herd manager Wally Backman argued the play. Lehigh Valley's 3-2 lead quickly grew as Scott Podsednik singled home two runs on the next pitch. The IronPigs increased their lead to 7-2 with an RBI groundout from Andres Blanco and throwing error from Johnson. The Bisons scored two in the eighth in a rally that came up short, with Tuiasosopo and Satin driving in runs. Buffalo had already came back from 2-0 down with home runs from Pascucci and Jordany Valdespin. The loss for Buffalo was charged to Jack Egbert (0-1). He pitched the decisive eighth inning, giving up his first runs of the season. Bobby Scales reached base twice, with singles in the third and fifth innings. He has reached base at least twice in all 12 games he has started. Vinny Rottino and Zach Lutz did not start for the first time this season. However, both were used as pinch hitters in the contest. Pascucci's home run was his 43rd as a Bison. He is now in sole possession of ninth in the team's modern era. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 0: Darin Gorski allowed one hit over six shutout innings and the B-Mets racked up 11 hits. Three B-Mets pitchers limited the Sea Dogs to three hits in their second shutout win of the season. Gorski, in his third B-Mets start, navigated his only threat in the second. With two outs, Gorski plunked Reynaldo Rodriguez and gave up a single to Ronald Bermudez. He escaped the jam by inducing Dan Butler to ground out. It was the only time Portland had a runner reach second against Gorski. The southpaw fired four perfect innings and capped his night by retiring Oscar Tejeda to end the sixth. It was the second time this season Gorski has given up one hit and tossed six scoreless innings. The B-Mets tagged starting pitcher Billy Buckner for six hits over five innings. Eric Campbell started the attack with a two-out, run-scoring single in the third. Travis Ozga (3-for-4) led off the fourth by launching the first pitch over the right-field fence, giving Binghamton a 2-0 lead. The drive was Ozga’s second long ball of the season, putting him in the team lead. Campbell added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Michael Lee took over in the sixth and allowed the first five batters to reach. Josh Rodriguez laced an RBI single up the middle and Pedro Zapata drove home a pair with a bouncer to center. By the time Lee recorded his first out, the B-Mets held a six-run lead. Elvin Ramirez worked around a walk and an error to post a scoreless seventh. He then side-stepped a two-out double in the eighth. Ramirez has three consecutive appearances with four strikeouts. Armando Rodriguez shut the door with a scoreless ninth. The B-Mets (6-7) continue their four-game series against the Sea Dogs on Friday night. Greg Peavey, the reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, opposes Chris Balcom-Miller. Box

ST. LUCIE 1, PALM BEACH 0 (six innings): St. Lucie Mets left-hander Chase Huchingson tossed five shutout innings and shortstop Wilfredo Tovar hit a go-ahead RBI single in the fifth as the Mets won a rain-shortened six-inning game. The Mets won their sixth consecutive game. Huchingson improved to 3-0 and has not allowed a run in 17 2/3 innings this season. He allowed four hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Tovar finished 2-for-2. In a scoreless game in the fifth, Richard Lucas reached second on a throwing error by Cardinals shortstop Ronny Gil. With Lucas at third and two outs, Tovar lined a single to right field off the glove of second baseman Starlin Rodriguez. Taylor Whitenton tossed a scoreless sixth, working around a hit and walk. The game was delayed due to rain after the third inning. Huchingson came back strong in the fourth and fifth innings to keep the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Danny Muno, Cory Vaughn and Wilmer Flores each recorded a hit for the Mets. Box

HICKORY 7, SAVANNAH 1: The Crawdads used three triples to snap the Sand Gnats’ six-game winning streak. Hickory (9-5) scored in three of the first four innings to take a 4-0 lead. In the first inning, Hanser Alberto tripled and scored, and in the second Chris Grayson did the same to put Hickory up 2-0. The Crawdads doubled their advantage with two unearned runs in the fourth against starter Alex Panteliodis. The Gnats (10-5) pushed across their only run in the bottom of the fourth. Brian Harrison singled and advanced around the bases on a balk, a groundout and an RBI groundout by Charley Thurber. Savannah had the bases loaded down 5-1 in the fifth, but could not find the hit to draw closer as Harrison and Aderlin Rodriguez consecutively struck out. Hickory out-hit Savannah 13-2. Panteliodis was charged with four runs, only one of which was earned, in four innings to take his first loss of the year. Hickory reliever Santo Perez shut down the Gnats over the final four innings to pick up his first save. The Gnats and Crawdads resume their four-game series Friday. Savannah right-hander Domingo Tapia (1-0, 2.25) opposes left-hander Will Lamb (0-1, 2.00). Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 4.16.12

April, 16, 2012
4/16/12
11:32
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LEHIGH VALLEY 8, BUFFALO 2: Lehigh Valley scored four runs in the first inning against Jeurys Familia and rode the early advantage to their sixth straight win. Walks continue to be Buffalo's bugaboo. The Bisons issued 10 free passes, with four coming around to score. Andres Blanco was walked by Familia (1-1) in the first inning and came around on a throwing error from Adam Loewen for a 2-0 IronPigs advantage. Two batters later, Derrick Mitchell doubled in two more runs, including Joe Thurston, who was on via another free pass. Familia walked Hector Luna to lead off the fifth, and the former Bison scored as part of a two-run IronPigs rally. Reliever Dylan Owen issued a free pass to Scott Podsednik to begin another two-run Lehigh Valley inning in the sixth. After scoring 35 runs in the first five games of the homestand, the Bisons' bats were mostly held in check. Omar Quintanilla and Lucas May drove in the Herd's runs. A day after losing his nine-game hitting streak in a four-walk afternoon, Zach Lutz went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .341. Bobby Scales kept his streak of reaching base at least twice in every game he's started this season alive. The veteran went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks in the loss. A unique pitching match is set for Tuesday. The Bisons' 2011 Most Valuable Pitcher, Chris Schwinden, faces the Herd's top pitcher from 2010, Pat Misch. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 2, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets left nine runners on base and went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The B-Mets had a runner on base in each inning and at least one runner in scoring position in five different frames, but scratched out just one run in the first game of the three-game series. The Fisher Cats cracked the scoreboard in the third. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon walked Jonathan Diaz, New Hampshire’s No. 9 hitter, to kick off the inning. Diaz advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw by Cohoon and scored when John Tolisano doubled. After Ryan Goins sacrificed Tolisano to third, Cohoon uncorked a wild pitch, allowing New Hampshire’s second run to come home. Binghamton finally broke through in the sixth. Matt den Dekker led off by ripping a single off the glove of Mark Sobolewski at third. That extended his hitting streak to eight games. After den Dekker stole second and Travis Ozga walked, Oswaldo Navarro dumped an RBI single into right field to cut New Hampshire’s lead in half. Binghamton loaded the bases later in the inning against reliever Matt Daly, but Pedro Zapata struck out on three pitches to end the threat. In the seventh, den Dekker doubled off Aaron Loup but was stranded on third when Juan Lagares grounded out. Binghamton’s last threat came in the eighth when Navarro singled and advanced to second on Justin Jackson’s fielding error in center field. With the potential game-tying run on second, Ronald Uviedo came out of the bullpen and induced Josh Rodriguez to ground out to third to end the threat. Uviedo returned in the ninth and worked a perfect frame to collect his third save. Cohoon went a season-high six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. The southpaw walked two and struck out one. Elvin Ramirez chipped in with two scoreless innings of relief, collecting four strikeouts along the way. The B-Mets (4-6) continue their three-game series Tuesday. Right-hander Collin McHugh makes his third start of the season for Binghamton. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, CHARLOTTE 0: Cory Mazzoni, Hamilton Bennett and Jeffrey Kaplan combined on the four-hit shutout. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 5 (12 innings): Rome scored three ninth-inning runs against Jared West to force extra innings, but the Gnats won in the 12th on Dustin Lawley's leadoff homer. Travis Taijeron also went deep in the game for Savannah. Box

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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