New York Mets: J.R. Murphy

Minors 5.7.13: Pina homers twice for Gnats

May, 7, 2013
5/07/13
11:54
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LAS VEGAS 3, ROUND ROCK 2: The 51s enjoyed a walk-off win as pinch-runner Brian Bixler scored from second on a strikeout. Catcher Robinson Chirinos threw to first baseman Chris McGuiness to complete a Zach Lutz strikeout after the pitch went to the backstop and the plate was left uncovered. Round Rock had pulled even at 2 a half-inning earlier on an RBI single by Chirinos against Greg Burke. Collin McHugh received a no-decision despite tossing seven scoreless innings. McHugh surrendered five hits and no walks. Josh Satin had opened the scoring with a solo homer in the first. Las Vegas won despite producing only three hits. Box

TRENTON 5, BINGHAMTON 1: B-Mets starter Rafael Montero cruised through six innings, but faltered late as the Thunder scored four runs in the seventh. The B-Mets were held hitless for the final seven frames. Facing Trenton starter Jose Ramirez, Cesar Puello got

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the B-Mets on the board in the second inning by blasting his second homer this season. The long ball extended Puello's hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in Double-A. It proved to be Binghamton’s only run. Ramirez retired the final seven batters he faced before exiting after four innings. Montero dominated the Thunder through six innings. He matched a season-high with eight strikeouts and allowed two baserunners, on a walk and single. His fortunes changed in the seventh. Jose Pirela worked a nine-pitch walk. J.R. Murphy followed by lining a single. With runners on second and third, Slade Heathcott bounced a two-run, go-ahead single up the middle that ended Montero’s night. Josh Edgin entered and issued a two-out walk to Neil Medchill. The southpaw paid for prolonging the inning when Ali Castillo pulled a two-run triple down the first-base line. Trenton added another run off Edgin on an RBI single from Heathcott in the eighth. Thunder reliever Josh Romanski (2-0) struck out four over three perfect innings and Danny Burawa allowed only one runner in two scoreless frames to collect his first save. At one point, the three Trenton pitchers combined to retire 20 consecutive B-Mets. Montero (3-3) allowed three runs on three hits in his third straight loss. He struck out eight and walked two. Box

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ST. LUCIE 13, DAYTONA 3: Matt Bowman pitched six innings and struck out seven to earn a win in his Florida State League debut. The Mets (20-11) won their fourth straight game. Bowman allowed three runs and six hits and issued one walk. The Mets jumped to a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Dustin Lawley and Travis Taijeron had solo homers. Charley Thurber ripped an RBI triple to extend the lead. Aderlin Rodriguez later drilled his fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth. The Mets pulled away with an eight-run seventh inning, highlighted by Thurber's three-run double. Box

SAVANNAH 9, HICKORY 6: Eudy Pina had two homers and four RBIs and Phillip Evans added a two-run shot in the seventh. Starter Gabriel Ynoa surrendered four homers in five innings, but earned the win after the Gnats took a 6-5 lead in the sixth on Jayce Boyd's RBI single. Julian Hilario and Tyler Vanderheiden contributed scoreless relief innings. Bret Mitchell earned his fourth save after walking two and striking out two in a scoreless ninth. Box

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Minors 5.6.13: Mazzoni, Robles return

May, 7, 2013
5/07/13
12:09
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LAS VEGAS 0, SACRAMENTO 0 (suspended): The game was suspended because of rain after Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Collin Cowgill consecutively walked to open the first inning. Box

TRENTON 5, BINGHAMTON 0: Cory Mazzoni surrendered four first-inning runs in his return from the disabled list. He ultimately was charged with five runs (two earned) on

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seven hits and one walk in a 57-pitch effort over three-plus innings. Mazzoni had missed 24 games due to right elbow neuritis. With father Tim Teufel watching from the stands, left-hander Shawn Teufel tossed three scoreless relief innings. Adam Kolarek added two scoreless frames. Yankees farmhands Matt Tracy, Aaron Dott and Branden Pinter combined on a two-hit shutout. The B-Mets did not muster a hit until Darrell Ceciliani's one-out single to center in the sixth off the end of his bat. The other hit belonged to Cesar Puello in the seventh, after originally being scored an error. The hit extended Puello's hitting streak to 13 games. The five-run first against Mazzoni began with two hits and Tyler Austin's sac fly. With a runner on third, J.R. Murphy sent a chopper back to the mound. Mazzoni fielded cleanly and threw to third, but Josh Rodriguez muffed the throw, allowing Jose Pirela to dive back safely. The misplay led to three unearned runs on Mazzoni’s tab when Slade Heathcott chipped in with an RBI groundout and Reegie Corona laced a two-run single. Box

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ST. LUCIE 6, DAYTONA 2: Hansel Robles, who had been dealing with an upper-back issue, allowed one run on two hits while striking out five in five innings in his first start since April 21. Rehabbing Frank Francisco allowed one hit in a scoreless frame. Francisco was pitching for the Florida State League club for the second straight day. Second baseman T.J. Rivera went 5-for-5 with two doubles and scored a run. Aderlin Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Rylan Sandoval's fourth-inning double plated Travis Taijeron to open the scoring. Sandoval eventually scored on a groundout. Rodriguez's three-run double highlighted a four-run fifth as St. Lucie built a 6-1 lead. Box

HICKORY 4, SAVANNAH 3 (8 innings)
HICKORY 5, SAVANNAH 3: In Game 1, the Gnats rallied with a two-run seventh to tie the score at 3 against Crawdads reliever Cody Kendall and force extra innings. The tying run came via an error by Hickory shortstop Luis Marte. In extra innings, however, the Crawdads took advantage of an error by Gnats shortstop Phillip Evans to win the game. With two outs in the 8th, Joey Gallo blooped a double into shallow center to put the winning run in scoring position. Ryan Rua followed with a hard-hit ball up the middle. Evans reached the grounder but drop it trying to take it from his glove. The error allowed Rua to reach and Gallo to score all the way from second. Savannah reliever Jake Kuebler (0-2) took the loss. In Game 2, Savannah took a 2-1 lead in the second on Cole Frenzel's two-run homer, but the 'Dads plated three runs in the bottom half against Luis Cessa. Box 1, Box 2

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Around the minors 9.2.12

September, 2, 2012
9/02/12
10:57
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LEHIGH VALLEY 6, BUFFALO 0: Expected call-up Jenrry Mejia allowed six runs on 11 hits in six innings in his final 2012 Bisons appearance. Buffalo managed only three hits. The season, and likely the Mets' affiliation with Buffalo, concludes Monday at 1:35 p.m. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, TRENTON 4: The B-Mets scored three runs on three Thunder errors in the bottom of the ninth. Trailing 4-2 in the final frame, Francisco Pena singled against Ryan Pope. Wilfredo Tovar then hit a fly ball to the warning track that left fielder Shane Brown dropped. With two aboard, Pedro Zapata pushed a bunt down the third-base line. Catcher J.R. Murphy airmailed a throw to first, allowing Pena to score. Pope’s first pitch to the next batter, Juan Lagares, got past Murphy and rolled to the backstop, prompting Tovar to scamper home and even the score. Zapata moved into scoring position on the wild pitch, setting the table for the final play. After fouling off three pitches with two strikes, Lagares sent a groundball to shortstop. Addison Maruszak fired to third in an attempt to nab Zapata, but David Adams mishandled the toss, allowing the ball to roll toward the Thunder dugout. With the ball loose, Zapata raced home with the winning run. The B-Mets (68-73) conclude their 21st season Monday at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Gonzalez Germen gets the start for Binghamton. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, BRADENTON 1: St. Lucie heads into the postseason on a winning note. The Florida State League club finished the regular season with an 83-52 overall record. St. Lucie plays its best-of-three first-round opener Tuesday at Jupiter. Erik Goeddel limited Bradenton to one run on two hits while striking out eight in seven innings in the regular-season finale. Robbie Shields' fifth-inning solo homer gave St. Lucie a 3-0 lead. Box

SAVANNAH 2, KANNAPOLIS 1: The Gnats overcame an early deficit with a two-run single by Yucarybert De La Cruz in the fifth. Randy Fontanez tossed 4 1/3 scoreless relief innings to earn the win. Carlos Vazquez notched the save with two scoreless innings. Box

STATEN ISLAND 1, BROOKLYN 0: Despite a strong outing by Brooklyn starter Rainy Lara, one blast by the Baby Bombers dropped the Cyclones into a first-place tie in the wild-card standings with three games remaining. Yankees catcher Peter O’Brien hit a solo shot for his 10th homer this season. The Cyclones mustered one hit in the first five frames. In the sixth, back-to-back two-out singles by Phillip Evans and Kevin Plawecki put the tying run on third, but the Cyclones were unable to capitalize as Jayce Boyd flied out. Yankees starting pitcher Andrew Benak earned his fifth win, going five innings and allowing one hit and two walks. Rehabbing Pedro Feliciano and James Pazos combined for three scoreless relief innings. Lara suffered his third loss despite holding Staten Island to one run on four hits in seven innings. He walked two and fanned eight batters. In relief, Logan Taylor threw two innings, allowing one hit and one walk with one strikeout. Evans went 2-for-4 in the loss. The Cyclones begin a three-game series against Lowell on Monday night at MCU Park. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.17.12

July, 18, 2012
7/18/12
1:22
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BUFFALO 17, TOLEDO 1: Four Bisons homers in the eighth made it a laugher as Jeremy Hefner pitched solidly. The scoring output fell one shy of the team record at home, which came in an 18-3 win against Toledo on June 2, 2000. Leading off the eighth, Oswaldo Navarro sent a fly ball to deep left field that cleared the fences for a home run. It was the first pinch-hit homer for the Herd since Jordany Valdespin's long ball on May 19. Following Navarro in the eighth, Adam Loewen had a solo shot for the first back-to-back Bisons homers since June 29. Matt den Dekker contributed a three-run homer and Fred Lewis also went deep in the frame. Matt Tuiasosopo went 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Hefner (5-2) allowed the minimum number of batters through four innings, benefiting from three inning-ending double plays. Hefner limited the Mud Hens to one run on six hits and a walk while striking out four in seven innings. Box

TRENTON 5, BINGHAMTON 4: Reliever Robert Carson balked in the deciding run in the top of the ninth as the B-Mets failed to hold two late-game leads. With the score tied at 4, Rob Segedin greeted Carson in the ninth with a double, but was nabbed attempting to advance to third on Yadil Mujica’s groundball to short. Jose Pirela made up for the gaffe and put runners on the corners with a single. With a 1-0 count against Addison Maruszak, Carson never came to the set position on his second pitch and was called for a balk. The misstep forced in Mujica with the tiebreaking run. Binghamton had opened the scoring in the third against Trenton starter Dellin Betances. Juan Centeno doubled with one out and came home when Reese Havens doubled. B-Mets starter Greg Peavey kept the Thunder in check for five scoreless frames. Trenton broke through in the sixth, plating a run on three consecutive singles. In seventh, J.R. Murphy gave Trenton the lead with a solo homer against Peavey to start the inning. Mujica doubled with one out and Pirela doubled him home, ending Peavey’s night. He allowed three runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. Armando Rodriguez recorded two outs to keep the deficit at two runs. Binghamton struck back against Betances in the seventh. Allan Dykstra doubled and Michael Fisher chased Betances with a walk. Lee Hyde entered and bobbled a sac bunt by Dustin Martin, loading the bases. Wilfredo Tovar, hitting .474 with runners in scoring position entering the game, delivered a game-tying two-run double. Centeno gave Binghamton the lead with a sac fly. Rodriguez returned for the eighth and watched the lead disappear as Luke Murton crushed his league-leading 20th homer to knot the game at 4. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 6, ST. LUCIE 5
BREVARD COUNTY 1, ST. LUCIE 0:
Brevard County scored four runs in the ninth in Game 1 against Jack Leathersich and Jeffrey Walters to rally for the win. Rafael Montero was the hard-luck loser in Game 2. He allowed one run in six innings. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 10, LAKEWOOD 2: Cole Frenzel and Gilbert Gomez homered and Yucarybert De La Cruz went 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Starter Jacob deGrom limited the BlueClaws to two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out eight in 7 2/3 innings. Box

KINGSPORT 4, BRISTOL 3: Jeyckol De Leon's single in the eighth provided the tiebreaking run. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 4, BROOKLYN 1: The Renegades jumped to an early 1-0 lead as Luke Maile homered in the second inning -- the first long ball surrendered by Julian Hilario in his career. In the fourth, Hudson Valley rallied for another three runs against Hilario. Ryan Dunn singled and back-to-back walks by Hilario loaded the bases. Michael Williams followed with an RBI single. Leonardo Reginatto then doubled to score Joel Caminero and Marty Gantt. Ernesto Yanez replaced Hilario. In 3 1/3 innings, Hilario surrendered four earned runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. With runners on second and third, Yanez retired Joey Rickard and fanned Justin O’Connor to escape the inning. Matt Koch and Logan Taylor combined for four scoreless relief innings for Brooklyn. Brandon Nimmo's RBI double in the sixth provided the Cyclones' lone run. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.16.12

July, 17, 2012
7/17/12
12:22
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TOLEDO 4, BUFFALO 2: Jenrry Mejia suffered the loss, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk in two innings. Matt Harvey, auditioning for Saturday's major league start, took a no-hit bid into the sixth. He departed with a 2-1 lead and two runners in scoring position with two out in the seventh, and reliever Justin Hampson allowed an inherited runner to score to hand Harvey a no-decision. Harvey allowed three hits while walking four and hitting a batter. Adam Loewen homered for the Bisons and Zach Lutz contributed a sacrifice fly. Jason Bay went 0-for-2 with two walks in what should be his final rehab game. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Owning a 5-4 lead entering the eighth, the B-Mets turned to reliever Ryan Fraser. But Zoilo Almonte lined a single off the righty’s leg to start the inning and Melky Mesa doubled. After a walk loaded the bases, J.R. Murphy tied the score with a sac fly. Rob Segedin gave Trenton the decisive lead with an RBI single. It was Trenton's first lead since scoring the first run just three pitches into the game. Jose Pirela led off by crushing a triple against starter Darin Gorski. He scored on the next pitch, once catcher Francisco Pena’s pickoff attempt sailed into left. Binghamton responded with a three-run third against Mikey O’Brien. After singling, Wilfredo Tovar stole second and scored on Juan Lagares' single. Reese Havens then launched a two-run homer, his eighth long ball of the season. Trenton countered in the fourth. Addison Maruszak and Almonte started the inning with back-to-back homers to tie the score at 3. It marked the third time this season Gorski had allowed consecutive homers. Binghamton grabbed the lead back without the aid of a hit in the fourth, during O’Brien’s final inning. Allan Dykstra walked, moved to second on an error and scored on consecutive groundouts. Wilmer Flores added an RBI double against reliever Graham Stoneburner in the fifth. Gorski nearly lost the lead in the sixth, his final frame. With two outs, Mesa bashed a solo homer. Luke Murton doubled and tried to score on a single by Murphy, but was gunned down at the plate by left fielder Eric Campbell. Gorski allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits. He struck out five. The three homers allowed matched his career high. Fraser (2-2) suffered his first blown save. Box

BREVARD COUNTY at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The game has been rescheduled for a doubleheader Tuesday.

SAVANNAH 9, LAKEWOOD 8: Dustin Lawley reached in the ninth on a fielding error by Lakewood shortstop Tim Carver and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Lawley then scored the tiebreaking run when second baseman Carlos Perdomo also committed an error. Savannah had taken a two-run lead into the bottom of the eighth, but Estarlin Morel surrendered a pair of runs. Starter Logan Verrett allowed six runs in seven innings. Brian Harrison had three RBIs for the Gnats. Box

KINGSPORT 1, JOHNSON CITY 0
JOHNSON CITY 4, KINGSPORT 1:
John Gant and Shane Bay combined on a four-hit shutout in Game 1. Julio Concepcion provided the lone run with a second-inning homer. In the nightcap, Cristian Chivilli surrendered all four runs (three earned) in three innings. Andrew Massie tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box 1, Box 2

BROOKLYN 7, STATE COLLEGE 4: Hansel Robles surrendered four runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, but the Cyclones swept the Spikes. With two outs in the second inning, Stefan Sabol, Jayce Boyd and Dimas Ponce consecutively singled for a 1-0 lead. State College evened the score in the third as Tyler Gaffney doubled and Dave Valesente followed with an RBI single. A half-inning later, Boyd singled and Ponce walked. Eudy Pina then doubled, scoring Boyd for a 2-1 lead. Poor defense in the fourth cost the Cyclones three unearned runs. Jacob Stallings walked and Chris Diaz sent a grounder to Richie Rodriguez for a potential inning-ending double play. Rodriguez, though, botched the play. Yhonathan Barrios came up with runners on the corners and one out and grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Stallings to score. Jared Lakind walked to place runners on first and second with two outs. With Alex Fuselier batting, Robles threw a wild pitch, advancing both runners. Fuselier then singled, scoring two as the Spikes took a 4-2 lead. In the fifth, hot-hitting Brandon Nimmo led off with a single. After a passed ball, Phillip Evans singled, moving Nimmo to third. Alex Sanchez struck out and Kevin Plawecki walked to load the bases. Sabol grounded into fielder's choice, allowing Nimmo to score and moving Evans to third. The second passed ball of the inning by catcher Dave Valesente allowed Evans to score. Boyd walked to put runners on first and second with two out. Ponce again came through, singling to score Sabol and move Boyd to third. Pina then delivered another RBI single to give the Cyclones a 6-4 lead. The Cyclones bullpen contributed 3 1/3 scoreless innings, surrendering one hit and one walk. Box

Compiled from team reports

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BA HR RBI R
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OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 18
RBIL. Duda 56
RD. Murphy 59
OPSL. Duda .856
WB. Colon 9
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 121