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Minors 8.11.13: Johnson belts walk-off HR

August, 11, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 3: The 51s overcame a 3-0 deficit with two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings. Matt den Dekker had a double and RBI single during that two-inning stretch. Lucas Duda manned first base for the first time since his minor league tour began. Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-2 with two walks. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, ERIE 1: Cory Vaughn drove in four runs and Mark Cohoon allowed one run over six innings. In the bottom of the first, Eugenio Suarez doubled against Cohoon.

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Ramon Cabrera gave Erie a lead with an RBI groundout, but that was Erie's lone run of the game. Binghamton took the lead in the third against Erie starter Ramon Garcia. With Danny Muno breaking from first base, Vaughn launched a payoff pitch over the left-field wall. Vaughn’s blast, his third since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 5, gave the B-Mets a 2-1 advantage. Travis Taijeron padded Binghamton’s lead by ripping a solo homer in the sixth. Cohoon sailed through four scoreless innings before facing his biggest challenge in the sixth. Cabrera reached with two outs on an infield single, and Cohoon hit Tyler Collins and walked James McCann to load the bases. The southpaw pitched himself out of trouble, inducing Wade Gaynor to bounce back to the mound. The B-Mets then enjoyed a three-run seventh. Wilfredo Tovar scampered to second when Daniel Fields dropped his fly ball in shallow center. Reliever Justin Souza entered and walked Muno before surrendering an RBI double to Josh Rodriguez. Vaughn capped the inning by lacing a two-run single. Chasen Bradford contributed two perfect relief innings. Cohoon (8-3) struck out three while allowing one run on five hits. He has gone 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his last four starts. Vaughn is hitting .360 (9-for-25) with three homers and 11 RBIs since returning from the DL. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, PALM BEACH 8 (12 innings): Kyle Johnson hit a walk-off homer leading off

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the bottom of the 12th against Iden Nazario to end the 4-hour, 25-minute game. The Mets trailed 7-2 in the fifth before scoring four times in the frame to cut the deficit to a run. Gilbert Gomez had a two-out, two-run double in the seventh to tie the score at 8. Gomez finished 3-for-6 with two RBIs. Johnson was 2-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Dustin Lawley had two hits and an RBI. Jayce Boyd had two hits with two RBIs. Kevin Plawecki went 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Alex Panteliodis allowed seven runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. Shawn Teufel picked up the victory with two scoreless relief innings. Box

HICKORY 2, SAVANNAH 1: Joey Gallo blasted his South Atlantic League-leading 27th homer to break a 1-all tie. Hunter Carnevale (0-3) surrendered the decisive ninth-inning long ball. The Gnats scored their lone run in the first inning. Jorge Rivero reached on shortstop Nick Urbanus' fielding error on a line drive. Rivero scored on Brian Harrison’s single. The Crawdads evened the score at 1 in the fourth against Luis Cessa. Gallo walked with one out and scored on David Lyon's single. The Gnats (68-47) mustered only three hits -- none between the first and eighth innings. Box

KINGSPORT 7, GREENEVILLE 2: Joe Tuschak went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Michael Bernal capped the scoring with a two-run homer in the eighth. Box

BROOKLYN 9, STATE COLLEGE 2: LJ Mazzilli went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the victory. State College had taken the lead in the third in bizarre fashion. Steven Ramos bunted down the first-base line. Starting pitcher Carlos Valdez threw to first and Ramos was called safe. Alex Sanchez thought Ramos was out and went to throw the ball around the infield. His throw went into left field and Ramos broke for second. Left fielder Jonathan Clark retrieved the ball but overthrew Mazzilli covering second. As the ball headed toward the Cyclones dugout, Ramos started toward third. He then noticed nobody was covering home and headed for the plate. Eddie Rohan came up with the ball after it caromed off the front of the dugout and raced home, but Ramos narrowly beat him, giving the Spikes a 1-0 lead. The official scoring: a bunt single and two Cyclones errors. Brooklyn answered in a four-run second, thanks to three hits and two errors. Rohan and Anthony Chavez doubled. Patrick Biondi walked and Gavin Cecchini grounded into a run-scoring fielder's choice. Mazzilli then singled and right fielder Luis Perez allowed the ball to get behind him as Biondi scored. Shortstop Cesar Valera's error on James Roche's grounder extended Brooklyn’s lead to 4-1. In the fourth, Rohan again doubled, and moved to third on a groundout. Biondi then reached on a bunt, scoring Rohan and giving the Cyclones a four-run cushion. State College scored a run in the seventh against David Wynn to pull within 6-2. In a three-run eighth, Cecchini doubled and scored on Mazzilli's single. Sanchez then belted a two-run homer. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 5.1.13: Plawecki's average at .402

May, 1, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 14, RENO 8: Andrew Brown and Eric Campbell homered and the 51s pounded out 20 hits. Campbell drove in four runs. Juan Centeno went 4-for-5 with a walk. Reliever Sean Henn surrendered four runs in an inning of work. Box

ERIE 11, BINGHAMTON 4: Rafael Montero (3-2) surrendered a career-high 10 runs and 10 hits and suffered his second straight loss. Seven runs were earned. Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar left the game in the fourth inning, but was ill and not injured, according to the

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Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. Francisco Pena had two RBIs in the loss. Binghamton grabbed the lead in the second against Erie starter Victor Larez. Blake Forsythe had a leadoff double and scored when Pena doubled. After cruising through the first three innings, Montero stumbled in the fourth. The SeaWolves plated five runs on five hits and took advantage of a fielding error by Josh Rodriguez, who had just moved to second base with Tovar's departure, to take a commanding four-run lead. Tyler Collins supplied an RBI double to tie the score, James McCann added a run-scoring single and Marcus Lemon capped the rally with a two-run triple. Collins padded the lead with a solo homer in the fifth. The SeaWolves blew the game open with four more runs in the seventh, keyed by Ramon Cabrera's three-run single. Binghamton produced two runs against Larez in the seventh, his final inning. Pena started the inning with a double and scored on Joe Bonfe’s groundout. Alonzo Harris added a solo homer. The SeaWolves plated their final run against reliever Adam Kolarek in the eighth. Pena capped a three-hit day with an RBI single in the eighth against Erie reliever Tyler Clark. Box

TAMPA 7, ST. LUCIE 3: In the continuation of Tuesday's suspended game, Marcos Camarena took over for the second inning and was charged with three runs while recording only one out among the six batters he faced. He departed after being struck in the leg with a shot off the bat of Mason Williams. Estarlin Morel, who took over for Camarena and allowed an inherited runner to score, surrendered a two-run homer in the fourth as the Yankees built a 6-1 lead. Rylan Sandoval went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs score in the loss. Domingo Tapia, who had allowed a run in the first inning Tuesday without the benefit of a hit before the game was suspended, was charged with the loss. Wednesday's regularly scheduled game was postponed by rain. Box

SAVANNAH 6, KANNAPOLIS 3: The Gnats took a 4-3 lead they would not relinquish when Jayce Boyd singled softly into right to bring home Eudy Pina in the fourth. Savannah (16-9)

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has won seven of the eight games on its homestand to pull into a three-way tie for first place. Savannah extended its lead to two runs in the fifth. With the bases loaded, Phillip Evans rolled a single through the right side to plate Greg Pron. Pina's infield single in the seventh brought home the Gnats' final run. Kevin Plawecki went 3-for-5 with three doubles to lift his season average to .402. He has a league-leading 15 doubles, in 24 games. The Intimidators (16-9) scored two runs in the first against starter Matt Bowman. The Gnats evened the score in the bottom half, keyed by Plawecki's RBI double. The Gnats took a 3-2 lead in the second on Chad Zurcher's sac fly. The Intimidators tied the score at 3 in the third on an RBI single by Ruben Sierra Jr. Bowman found his groove late, retiring 15 of the final 16 batters he faced after a leadoff single in the fourth. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter while becoming the first Gnats pitcher to complete eight innings this season. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 4.29.13: Edgin 2 scoreless in minors

April, 29, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 9, RENO 5: Ex-Yankee D.J. Mitchell took a scoreless effort into the sixth before reliever Sean Henn allowed an inherited run charged to Mitchell to score. Mitchell's final line in his Triple-A debut with the organization after signing as a free agent: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. The 51s built a 9-0 lead en route to snapping a five-game losing streak. Brian Bixler, Andrew Brown and Wilmer Flores drove in two runs apiece. Greg Peavey was charged with three runs in relief. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, ERIE 3: Cesar Puello’s two-run double capped a four-run eighth in Binghamton's come-from-behind win. The B-Mets used three hits and two Erie errors in the decisive frame after getting handcuffed for seven innings by Erie starter Warwick Saupold.

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Facing reliever Michael Morrison and trailing 3-0, Alonzo Harris reached on third baseman Corey Jones’ fielding error. Darrell Ceciliani followed with a single and Josh Rodriguez walked to load the bases. With Allan Dykstra at the plate, catcher James McCann fired to third in attempt to nab Harris. The throw skipped into left field, allowing Harris to score. Dykstra followed with an RBI double, cutting Erie’s lead to one. Puello capped the comeback by bouncing a go-ahead double down the first base-line, plating Rodriguez and Dykstra. The SeaWolves had jumped out to an early lead by tagging B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel for three runs in the first four innings. Daniel Field homered in the first, McCann collected an RBI single in the third and Luis Castillo added a run-scoring double in the fourth. Goeddel battled to complete five innings and handed the reins to Josh Edgin in the sixth. The lefty allowed two hits, but no runs thanks to Cory Vaughn’s strong throw to the plate, which retired Castillo to end the inning. Edgin returned for the seventh and posted a perfect frame in his first game since a demotion from the Mets. Vaughn left the game after that throw with a sensation in his arm, according to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. Chase Huchingson (1-0) retired all three batters he faced in the eighth and became the winner after Binghamton’s four-run frame. Box

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ST. LUCIE 7, TAMPA 1: First baseman Rylan Sandoval's sixth-inning grand slam staked St. Lucie to a 7-0 lead. Sandoval went 3-for-5 and drove in five runs. Starter Robert Gsellman tossed four scoreless innings in his season debut. Pedro Feliciano also contributed a scoreless inning in his first Florida State League action since returning from a food-poisoning scare. Feliciano surrendered one hit and struck out one. Chasen Bradford closed out the game with two scoreless relief innings. Leadoff hitter T.J. Rivera went 2-for-5 and scored twice. Box

WEST VIRGINIA 10, SAVANNAH 1: West Virginia snapped Savannah's six-game winning streak as Power DH Stetson Allie pounded a pair of homers that accounted for five runs. With eight homers, Allie is now tied for the South Atlantic League lead. His second homer of the night, a rare opposite-field shot at Historic Grayson Stadium, gave the Power an 8-0 lead in the seventh. The Gnats (15-9) scored their only run in the eighth when Chad Zurcher doubled down the left-field line to bring home Stefan Sabol. The Gnats have not been shut in 2013. Savannah starter Luis Cessa allowed six runs (five earned) on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter while taking his first loss of the season. Power starter Tyler Glasnow earned his first career victory for shutting out the Gnats through five innings with seven strikeouts and two hits allowed. Box

Compiled from team reports

Season going zimmo for Brandon Nimmo

April, 22, 2013
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Center fielder Brandon Nimmo had a six-hour bus ride with his Class A Sand Gnats teammates from their home ballpark in Savannah, Ga., to a series in Greensboro, N.C. The South Atlantic League squad then bused another 10 hours for its next series, in Lakewood, N.J., this past weekend.

Then Sunday night into Monday, the team headed back from New Jersey to Georgia.


Courtesy of New York MetsBrandon Nimmo


Nimmo, the Mets' first-round pick (13th overall) in 2011, took a South Atlantic League-leading .424 batting average back home with him.

"It's baseball, so we're going to go through cold streaks and hot streaks," Nimmo said. "This is a hot streak right now. I'm going to go through a period where I'm not doing very well. We're just going to try to keep this going as long as possible, just be consistent. But, yeah, there's a reason people don't hit .400 in baseball."

Said Savannah manager Luis Rojas: "You could see his talent is just kicking in as he's seeing higher-level competition. He's going to get better and better. Each time he keeps moving up the ladder and sees better competition, he's going to be up right there with it."

Nimmo signed for $2.1 million on Aug. 15, 2011 -- just before the midnight deadline. Holding out until the final moment, which yielded Nimmo about $500,000 over slot for the pick, did deprive him of a couple of months of playing in the Gulf Coast League at the end of that season.

That experience might have been particularly valuable to Nimmo, since he hails from Wyoming and primarily had been playing American Legion ball as an amateur.

Minus that experience, Nimmo had a relatively steep learning curve with Brooklyn last year -- although he continually improved as the New York-Penn League season went on and he got more acclimated. He finished with a .248 average, six homers and 40 RBIs in 266 at-bats.

"It could have been something, but that's not how the cards played out," Nimmo said about the decision to wait until the final moment to sign. "I'm pretty happy with where we are right now. I think I'm just going to continue to need more reps and face more pitchers. Really, it was just a huge jump from high school to the New York-Penn League. All of a sudden now you're facing the best out of college. It just took me a little bit to adjust and see it every day."

How did the 20-year-old Nimmo improve as last season went on?

"The game kind of slowed down," he said. "The more you see something, the more repetitions you get, the easier it becomes. And that made it more like back when I was playing Legion ball. I was able to react to things and think things ahead instead of just being a step behind the whole time. At the beginning of the year I was feeling my way around, still trying to get my feet wet on how this routine works. June was the first time I had ever really played a night game in pro ball. I didn't know how that routine worked.

"We didn't show up six hours before the game in Legion ball. We'd show up an hour, two hours before. I maybe hit in the cage and then went out and played. Now, it's your job and you're playing against high-level competition every day. You have to get ready mentally and physically. It's just a little different way of getting ready."

Because of the climate in his native Wyoming, Nimmo now spends much of January and February, before reporting to camp, training at the University of Arkansas, where he committed before turning pro. His agent, Tom Little, also represents Razorbacks products Zack Cox (2010 first round/Cardinals) and James McCann (2011 second round/Tigers). Little suggested that duo would be good workout partners for Nimmo.

"I developed relationships with them, and obviously it's expanded from there," Nimmo said.

As for training at the university he spurned to turn pro, Nimmo added: "They all say if it was their son they would have done the same thing. There's no hard feelings."

Minors 4.9.13: Wheeler faces Giants club

April, 9, 2013
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FRESNO 4, LAS VEGAS 1: Facing his former organization, Zack Wheeler was charged with

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four runs (one earned) on eights hits and three walks in an 92-pitch effort over 5 1/3 innings. Wheeler struck out six against the Giants' top farm club. Errors by third baseman Brian Bixler as well as Wheeler resulted in three unearned runs. Wheeler's error came on an misfire to second base after fielding a bunt. Josh Satin had staked Wheeler to an early lead with a second-inning solo homer against former Mets farmhand Yusmeiro Petit. Wheeler also faced his former organization last year in Double-A. He limited Richmond to one run in 7 1/3 innings last July 5. Petit, who was traded by the Mets to the Marlins in the Nov. 24, 2005 Carlos Delgado trade, limited the 51s to one run on eight hits in six innings. Box

ERIE 2, BINGHAMTON 1: Binghamton grabbed the early lead with a two-out rally in the first against Erie starter Kyle Lobstein. Richard Lucas singled and scored when Rhyne Hughes bounced a double off the top of the right-field wall. In his second start with the

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B-Mets, Rafael Montero cruised through five innings. Montero’s smooth stretch came to an abrupt end in the sixth when the SeaWolves plated their first run. Tyler Collins started the rally with a double and Ramon Cabrera tied the score by doubling as well. Montero settled for the no-decision. He allowed one run on six hits in six innings. He struck out seven and did not issue any walks. Lobstein settled in and finished his night with four scoreless innings, exiting in the top of the sixth for reliever Michael Morrison. Erie grabbed the lead against reliever John Church (0-1) in the seventh. James Robbins greeted the righty with a double, moved to third on a groundout and scored the decisive run on Marcus Lemon’s sac fly. Binghamton's Wilfredo Tovar led off the eighth with a single, but was picked off first by catcher James McCann. Alonzo Harris followed with a hit and stole second base, but was doubled off to end the inning. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, PALM BEACH 0: St. Lucie improved to 5-0 as Luis Mateo, Randy Fontanez and T.J. Chism combined on the nine-hit shutout. Mateo (1-0), who made 12 starts for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2012, was making his Florida State League debut. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out nine in 6 2/3 innings. St. Lucie opened the scoring in the fourth as Dustin Lawley doubled and later came home on a fielding error. A three-run sixth included a two-run single by Charley Thurber. Box

SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 2: Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Jayce Boyd went 3-for-5 and drove in a run. Starter Luis Cessa allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out five in 6 2/3 innings. Julian Hilario contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 4.8.13: Familia notches first pro save

April, 8, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 4, FRESNO 3: Jamie Hoffmann's single with one out in the top of the ninth against ex-Mets reliever Ramon Ramirez scored Josh Satin with the tiebreaking run. Jeurys Familia, inserted in the closer's role in his first game since a demotion, picked up his first professional save with a scoreless ninth despite surrendering a pair of two-out hits. Darin Gorski allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings in his Triple-A debut. Gorski stepped into Las Vegas' rotation with Aaron Laffey's promotion after originally being assigned to Binghamton. Greg Peavey and Justin Hampson combined for three scoreless relief innings. Satin went 3-for-4 and is now hitting .476. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, ERIE 2: Alonzo Harris hit a game-tying solo homer in the sixth as the B-Mets scored seven unanswered runs for the comeback victory. Erie pitcher David Kopp’s

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throwing error opened the door for the B-Mets’ pivotal four-run seventh. With a runner on first and the score tied at 2, Juan Centeno bounced a potential inning-ending double-play ball back to the mound. Kopp fielded it cleanly, but skipped his throw into center. Wilfredo Tovar followed with a dribbler down the third-base line. Cesar Puello beat the throw home, giving Bingamton the lead. Darrell Ceciliani added a two-run single. The B-Mets plated the inning's other run on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Tyler Stohr. Erik Goeddel (1-0) scattered eight hits, allowed two runs and struck out five in six innings in his Double-A debut. His lone blemish came on a two-run double by James McCann. Erie’s Victor Larez tossed four no-hit innings before Danny Muno singled to start the fifth. Trailing by two, Muno’s hit began the B-Mets' comeback. He stole second and scored the B-Mets' first run when Puello doubled. Harris tied the score in the sixth against Kopp, golfing a 2-2 pitch above the yellow stripe in left. Jack Leathersich and Jeff Walters contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

AUGUSTA 6, SAVANNAH 5: Augusta posted a six-run seventh against Matt Koch for a come-from-behind win. Paul Sewald surrendered a single that allowed the sixth run

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charged to Koch to score. Savannah pulled within 6-5 a half-inning later on Chad Zurcher's two-run double into the right-center gap. The Gnats had taken a 3-0 lead into the seventh. In the bottom of the first, Zurcher led off with a double. Brandon Nimmo followed with a line-drive RBI single. After Nimmo went to second on a throwing error, Jayce Boyd singled to score Nimmo. Savannah wasted a strong effort from starter Logan Taylor in his Gnats debut. Taylor, an 11th-round pick last year out of East Oklahoma State College, blanked the GreenJackets through five innings. He struck out five without issuing a walk and allowed four hits. Boyd drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth to force in a run for a 3-0 Gnats lead. Box

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Around the minors 7.14.12

July, 14, 2012
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BUFFALO 8, PAWTUCKET 2: Buffalo grabbed an early 4-0 lead en route to its seventh straight win. With two outs in the second, the Bisons loaded the bases for Fred Lewis, who kept a hot streak alive with a two-run single. An inning later, Matt den Dekker and Zach Lutz drove in runs. In his first start since rejoining the Bisons, Chris Schwinden allowed one run and six hits in four innings. Jenrry Mejia allowed a solo homer to J.C. Linares in 1 2/3 relief innings. First baseman Adam Loewen ripped a two-out double in the first inning and added singles in his next two at-bats en route to a 3-for-5 night. Jason Bay went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts while serving as DH. With a 2-for-5 effort, Josh Rodriguez improved his Bisons batting average to .321. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, ERIE 0: Zack Wheeler faced three over the minimum in his first career complete-game shutout. Wheeler (9-4, 2.39 ERA) scattered six hits and struck out seven in a 106-pitch effort. Reese Havens launched his seventh homer to lead the B-Mets to their third straight victory. Making his third start against Erie, Wheeler got off to a bumpy start by walking Jamie Johnson in the first. The free pass quickly was erased when Niuman Romero bounced into a double play, the first of three twin killings by Erie. Wheeler faced the minimum over his first five frames. Erie’s only threat came in the sixth, when Tony Plagman led off with a double and moved to third on a sac bunt. Wheeler shut the door by striking out James McCann and inducing Jamie Johnson to ground out to second on a strong barehanded play by Havens. Erie starter James Avery kept the B-Mets in check, allowing one hit through five scoreless innings. The success came to an end in the sixth. With one out, Havens sent a solo homer over the left-field wall. Given a one-run lead, Wheeler tossed a perfect seventh and worked around a hit batsman and a single in a scoreless eighth. Wheeler returned for the ninth and induced McCann to ground out to start the frame. Johnson followed by dumping a single into left, but was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double. Romero kept Erie alive with a single, but Nick Castellanos struck out to end the game. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, TAMPA 1: Angel Cuan limited the Yankees to one run in 7 2/3 innings and Adam Kolarek notched his 14th save. Alonzo Harris Jr. tied the score at 1 with a homer in the third. Aderlin Rodriguez and Kai Gronauer added RBIs. Gronauer was playing his first game since landing on the DL with Binghamton on June 21 with a right calf strain. Danny Muno went 0-for-3 with a walk and started at second base in his return from a 50-game suspension for testing positive for what MLB had announced as a positive test for a metabolite of Drostanolone, a performance-enhancing drug. Box

LAKEWOOD 8, SAVANNAH 1: Starter Jim Fuller was charged with eight runs in 3 1/3 innings. Jared West and Randy Fontanez combined for 4 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Savannah's lone run during the first game of its lone New Jersey trip came on third-inning RBI groundout by Charley Thurber. It plated Gregory Pron, who had tripled during a 3-for-3 night. Box

JOHNSON CITY 11, KINGSPORT 3: Persio Reyes (0-4) surrendered five runs in four innings. Reliever Chris Flexen, the Mets' 14th-round pick out of high school in Newark, Calif., was charged with six runs in 1 1/3 innings in his professional debut. Flexen just turned 18 on July 1. Box

BROOKLYN 6, STATE COLLEGE 3: Luis Mateo tossed seven scoreless innings and outlasted opposing starter Clay Holmes to earn his fourth victory. Holmes tossed five scoreless innings for the Spikes, and held the Cyclones to one hit. Mateo allowed one hit, one walk and struck out eight. Against State College reliever Emmanuel De Leon in the sixth, Eudy Pina and Jeff Reynolds singled to place runners on the corners. Dimas Ponce then doubled to plate Pina and advance Reynolds to third, but the Cyclones failed to capitalize. Phillip Evans grounded out to shortstop Jodaneli Carvajal and Alex Sanchez popped out to second baseman Yhonathan Barrios. Jayce Boyd then drew a walk, but Stefan Sabol grounded into a fielder's choice. In the seventh, Brandon Nimmo walked and Jeff Glenn flied out. Pina then reached when Barrios had a throwing error. Nimmo advanced to second, the to third on a single by Reynolds. Josh Smith entered from the State College bullpen. A sacrifice fly by Ponce allowed Nimmo to score for a 2-0 lead. Evans' single scored Pina for a three-run cushion. Sanchez reached on a fielding error by third baseman D.J. Crumlich as Reynolds scored. Brooklyn added two runs in the eighth as Nimmo contributed an RBI triple to score Sabol and Glenn singled. Reynolds went 2-for-5 with a run scored, while Nimmo went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. The Spikes rallied in the ninth, scoring three runs -- twice against Cyclones reliever David Wynn. Tyler Vanderheiden entered with the Cyclones leading 6-2. He allowed a single to Barrios to load the bases, then issued a walk to force in a run. Vanderheiden then struck out Ryan Hornback to secure his fifth save. Box

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Around the minors 6.23.12

June, 24, 2012
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DURHAM 11, BUFFALO 5: Collin McHugh surrendered three homers and was charged with six runs (five earned) in five innings in his second Triple-A start. Ruben Tejada went 1-for-4 with an RBI before being replaced at shortstop by Oswaldo Navarro with the score 11- 1 in the seventh. Jenrry Mejia continued to struggle since a conversion to relief. He was charged with four runs (three earned) while recording only one out. Before the game, the Bisons placed starter Dylan Owen on the disabled list. Box

ERIE 5, BINGHAMTON 3: Greg Peavey surrendered 10 hits as Niuman Romero and Nick Castellanos had two RBIs apiece to snap Binghamton’s three-game winning streak. After Peavey walked leadoff hitter Jamie Johnson, he retired 10 straight. The stretch included five straight strikeouts, matching Peavey’s season-high for a game. The streak came to an abrupt end in the fourth. With one out, Castellanos tied the score at 1 with a solo homer. Rawley Bishop followed with a single, and James McCann gave the SeaWolves the lead for good by pounding an RBI double. Peavey (3-4) allowed five runs over 6 1/3 innings in the losing effort, extending his winless streak to five. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, FORT MYERS 3: Travis Tajieron homered and went 2-for-4 with four RBIs as the Mets posted a six-run third. In his debut after a promotion from low-A Savannah, Rafael Montero held the Miracle scoreless through six innings. He departed after loading the bases with one out in the seventh. Montero ultimately was charged with three runs while allowing three hits over 6 1/3 innings. Reliever Adam Kolarek allowed all three inherited runners to score. Hamilton Bennett retired the side in order in the ninth. Alonzo Harris Jr. singled to plate Richard Lucas and open the scoring in the third. T.J. Rivera's sacrifice fly scored Robbie Shields to extend the lead. Darrell Ceciliani, in his first game since May 30, and Allan Dykstra each drove in a run to help the Mets pull away. Tajieron delivered an RBI single to score Cory Vaughn and make it 5-0. Juan Torres drilled an RBI double to plate Taijeron and cap the inning. Taijeron ripped a three-run homer in the seventh to give the Mets a 10-3 lead. Harris went 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and RBI. Ceciliani returned from the disabled list and went 0-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Box

AUGUSTA 1, SAVANNAH 0: In a battle of hard-throwing 19-year-old right-handers, Kyle Crick (49th overall pick in 2011) outdueled Michael Fulmer (44th overall). Fulmer struck out a career-high eight batters in six innings. The GreenJackets scored the game’s lone run in the top of the first. With two outs and the bases empty, Shawn Payne drew a walk, then scored on Ben Thomas’ double in the right-center gap. Fulmer allowed one more hit, a single by Thomas in the sixth. Crick did not allow a hit until ZeErika McQueen doubled with one out in the fifth. He walked four and struck out eight in his six innings. Savannah DH Cam Maron was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. That is tied for the second-longest streak in the South Atlantic League in 2012, and one shy of matching Kannapolis' Mark Haddow for the league's longest. Box

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GREENEVILLE 9, KINGSPORT 5:
In the resumption of a suspended game, Ramon Estevez surrendered three seventh-inning runs to break a 5-all tie. In the regularly scheduled game, the K-Mets had four errors and lost by the same score. Starter Christian Montgomery allowed four runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Box 1, Box 2

BROOKLYN 7, ABERDEEN 1: Purdue product Kevin Plawecki, the 35th overall pick in the draft, produced his first professional homer. Cyclones starter Rainy Lara tossed five scoreless innings. Phillip Evans also homered, while Brandon Nimmo had two RBIs. Box

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Mets morning briefing 4.13.11

April, 13, 2011
4/13/11
9:20
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The Mets and Rockies were rained out Tuesday night, and will play a single-admission doubleheader Thursday at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday night's game features last night's planned pitching matchup -- Jon Niese vs. Esmil Rogers. The team will need a spot starter no later than Sunday in Atlanta, with Dillon Gee being called up from Buffalo, or D.J. Carrasco, seemingly the logical candidates. Check the rainout ticket policy here.

The rainout news reports:

Richard Sandomir and Peter Lattman of the Times say the Mets have narrowed the list of prospective minority investors to three groups. The report focuses on billionaire hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen. It also identifies Skybridge Capital hedge-fund founder Anthony Scaramucci and 1-800-Flowers.com founder James McCann as alive in the bidding. Writes the Times regarding Cohen:

Cohen runs SAC Capital Advisors, a powerful $12 billion hedge fund headquartered in Stamford, Conn. He has posted some of the best investment performances on Wall Street, generating annualized returns of about 30 percent over nearly two decades. Over the past two years, Cohen has elevated his former low profile, speaking at conferences and stepping up his philanthropy. He also frequently shows up at art shows, where he looks to add to a world-class collection of paintings by artists including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. SAC has been touched by the government’s widespread crackdown into insider trading at hedge funds.

Steve Popper of the Record speaks with Mike Pelfrey about pitching without the help of sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman, who passed away Feb. 28. Pelfrey and Dorfman would speak by telephone the morning after each start last season. "You know what I did, the first two starts?" Pelfrey tells Popper. "I read his book [The Mental ABC's of Pitching]. I picked up sections of his book and read parts of his book that I always would have, certain sections that we talked about, stuff that I know he would tell me after. Reading it I can see him saying that stuff as I’m reading it. Of course it’s not quite the same as hearing it. But going through it and reading it, it all made sense because it’s all stuff he had told me before." Dorfman was employed by Pelfrey's agent, Scott Boras. Boras also employs former major league pitcher Don Carman -- who went 53-54 with a 4.11 ERA in 10 major league seasons, primarily with the Phillies -- in that mental-coach role. Pelfrey did speak with him after his disastrous start in Philadelphia, when he went only two innings. But it's a slow process opening up about your life to someone unfamiliar.

• Pitching coach Dan Warthen acknowledges Bobby Parnell cannot indefinitely continue in the eighth-inning role if his struggles persist. Parnell allowed three runs in the eighth inning Monday against the Rockies, which included a misthrow to the plate and a two-run homer by Troy Tulowitzki. He has an 8.31 ERA and has allowed six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. "If he keeps struggling in that role, we will go elsewhere," Warthen tells the Post's Dan Martin. "We'll go with the hot hand, which might be [Jason Isringhausen], Pedro Beato or D.J. Carrasco. We're looking, but nobody is jumping out. ... Bobby is either going to step up and do the job or we'll have to find someone else. Other than that, I think we'll be fine." Warthen went on to note that the Mets are missing the predictability and reliability of Pedro Feliciano and Hisanori Takahashi, who are making a combined $8 million this season elsewhere.

Writes Andy Martino in the Daily News regarding Parnell:

Warthen has felt frustrated in the past with Parnell's reliance on the two-seamer, and the resulting drop in speed. Lately, though, he sees a pitcher mostly willing to throw the four-seamer, but sometimes unable to execute it. "He is probably throwing the ball as hard as he should, arm-speed wise, but the hand isn't staying behind the baseball, and thus the lesser velocity," Warthen said. "The delivery is not executing the pitch."

Sandy Alderson said he now does not expect Jason Bay (rib-cage strain) to return before April 26. "I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I'm not excited to play," fill-in Willie Harris tells Tom Rock in Newsday. "I am excited to play. But I also know my role. That's Jason Bay's spot and it's my job to fill in for him until he gets back. That's my job."

Daniel Murphy was due to start a second straight game at second base on Monday night. Terry Collins did note he was not exactly switching to a platoon between the lefty-hitting Murphy and righty-hitting Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus, who is 0-for-his-last-12. Writes David Lennon in Newsday:

Emaus is batting .167 (4-for-24) with a .286 on-base percentage and twice as many strikeouts as walks. Again, we're talking tiny sample sizes here. But the Mets are trying to win games, and right this minute, Murphy seems better equipped to help in that pursuit -- even if it's just a platoon situation. Murphy is a career .280 hitter against righthanders and also has a full season in the majors on his resume. In 2009, he played 155 games after stepping in at first base for injured Carlos Delgado, and he hit .266 with 38 doubles and 12 homers.

Carlos Delgado officially retired. Delgado had a failed comeback attempt in the minors last year with the Boston Red Sox. He had not appeared in the majors since May 10, 2009 with the Mets, when hip troubles overcame him. "He tried everything, it just didn't work out for him," Carlos Beltran tells Kimberley A. Martin in Newsday. "Of course, it makes me feel bad for him because he had some goals that he wanted to accomplish and he couldn't do it."

• Daily News columnist Filip Bondy also covers Delgado's departure, minus the part about Willie Randolph feeling undermined by Delgado in the Mets clubhouse.

• Collins says he does not want to bounce Angel Pagan, who is hitting .179, throughout the order. The manager over the weekend decided to return Pagan to the No. 2 hole where he had success last year. But Collins since has abanoned that. Partially, it's due to Pagan's struggles. But if Pagan bats second against the Rockies, it also means Collins is lining up four straight left-handed batters lower in the order when Murphy starts -- Ike Davis, Murphy, Harris and Josh Thole. That makes it too easy for Colorado manager Jim Tracy to summon a lefty specialist to try to mow down four straight batters. And Collins would have his hands tied pinch-hitting because the Mets only are playing with a four-man bench to allow for an eight-man bullpen. "It's a lot of adjustment you have to make because in every different position in the lineup, they pitch you differently," Pagan tells Newsday. "So it's a little stressful, but it's doable. I did it, I did it well and I'm willing to do it again if I have to."

Scott Cacciola of The Wall Street Journal discusses nail care with R.A. Dickey.

• Post columnist Steve Serby doesn't mince words contrasting the early 1960s Mets to the present. Writes Serby:

They were loveable losers, and New York had a National League team again. But you have learned the hard way lately that there is quite a difference between loveable losers, and losers.

BIRTHDAY: John Stephenson, who played in 162 games for the Mets from 1964 to '66, was born on this date in 1941.

Mets morning briefing 3.31.11

March, 31, 2011
3/31/11
6:55
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The Mets completed their Grapefruit League schedule with a 17-15-2 mark Wednesday. This morning, they depart Port St. Lucie for Miami, with a 4 p.m. workout scheduled at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Marlins. Read the full series preview here.

On to Thursday's news reports:

• The New York Times elaborates on previous reports that Fred and Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz are not looking specifically to sell 20 to 25 percent of the team. Rather, they seek $200 million for a minority share, to be determined based on the overall valuation of the club. That's a total that could place the ownership stake at 40 percent, according to the report, but would not include a path to majority ownership. Furthermore, the newspaper states the Mets ownership family might sell a portion of SportsNet New York, but that would be a separate transaction.

Via the Associated Press, the Times lists these Mets minority ownership candidates:

- Jason Reese, the chairman of Imperial Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment bank.

- David Heller, a Goldman Sachs executive, along with Marc Spilker, the president of Apollo Global Management, a private equity fund.

- Steven Starker, a co-founder of BTIG, a global trading firm, with Kenny Dichter, a co-founder of Marquis Jets; Doug Ellin, creator of HBO's "Entourage"; and Randy Frankel, a minority owner of the Tampa Bay Rays.

- James McCann, the founder of 1-800-Flowers.com, with Anthony Scaramucci, who runs the hedge firm SkyBridge Capital.

- Marc A. Utay, managing partner of Clarion Capital, a private equity firm, and Leo Hindery, the first chief executive of the YES Network and a veteran media investor.

• SNY, meanwhile, could be dropped from the Dish Network at midnight. Writes Phil Mushnick in the Post:

Apparently, rights fee money is not an issue as much as whether Colorado-based Dish wishes to remain a deliverer of New York’s regional sports networks. It has carried SNY since its birth five years ago, but several months ago dropped MSG’s networks, and it never has provided YES.

Jason Bay will be placed on the disabled list before the 11 a.m. deadline to set Opening Day rosters. He has a strained intercostal muscle in his left rib cage. Bay, of course, ended last season on the disabled list with a concussion, so he has not appeared in a major league game since July 25. He is eligible to return April 9, for the eighth game of the season, because of the DL backdating rule.

A source tells Newsday's David Lennon the strain is "not serious." Of course, rib-cage muscles can be tricky injuries because of the torque while swinging, so the absence could be weeks longer. Jose Reyes' oblique injury lingered for much of the summer last season because he was not shut down for a proper period of time.

Carlos Beltran tells The Times' David Waldstein about the type of injury Bay has: “That is something you have to be very careful with. It can be the type of thing that can stay with you and bother you for a long time.” Waldstein goes on to note that Beltran and Bay have only played nine games together, because Beltran missed the first half of last season following knee surgery and Bay went down at Dodger Stadium during the opening road trip after the Mets reassembled following the All-Star break.

Lucas Duda should get the bulk of the starts in left field in Bay's absence, although Terry Collins reportedly prefers using Willie Harris on Opening Day.

Read more about Bay and Duda in the Star-Ledger, Daily News, Journal and Post.

Luis Castillo was released by the Phillies. Fellow ex-Met Wilson Valdez will start at second base, with Rule 5 pick Michael Martinez also getting time at the position. Write David Murphy and Marcus Hayes in the Philadelphia Daily News regarding Castillo:

During his six games with the Phillies, he displayed the plate discipline and ability to reach base that have been his calling card throughout his career. But when the Phillies signed him to a minor league deal last weekend, there were serious questions about his defensive ability. Manager Charlie Manuel has routinely stressed defense this spring, something the team believes it has in utility man Wilson Valdez. When asked what Castillo could have done to make the team, [GM Ruben] Amaro responded, "I'm not going to get into that."

Jason Isringhausen has elected to remain in Port St. Lucie in extended spring training for up to two weeks. If another team has a major league opportunity in the interim, the Mets must promote Izzy or let him walk. Collins predicts a spot will open up in the Mets bullpen somehow. The decision allowed the Mets to hold onto two of three relievers battling for the final spot, at least temporarily. Blaine Boyer, who had a Thursday out in his minor league contract, claimed the final spot. Manny Acosta was designated for assignment. He will have to go through waivers if he is not traded beforehand. Read more in Newsday and the Star-Ledger.

Johan Santana never had been left behind in camp, either with the Twins or Mets. Santana will work out at the Mets' Florida complex with an eye toward a late June or early July return. He is currently throwing on flat ground at 75 feet four times a week. More on Santana in Newsday.

• Newsday's Neil Best looks at the secondary market for Mets tickets. Writes Best:

Asking prices on the secondary market are up nearly 10 percent compared to this time last season. So says data compiled by TiqIQ, a ticket search engine, which shows the average for 2011 is $91.97, up from $84.13 at this time last year. Why? One factor presumably is a diminished supply because of a shrinking season ticket base. On average, 3,383 tickets per Mets game are on the market compared to 10,203 for the Yankees. ... The average price for the Mets home opener April 8 was $155.66 as of early this week, down 21 percent from last year. ... The most costly Mets game was the average of $235.09 for the July 3 game against the Yankees; the least expensive was the $38 for April 20 against the Astros.

Sandy Alderson tells the Daily News' Andy Martino the Bernard Madoff mess had no impact on last offseason. "The only external reality that had had an impact this offseason is the pre-existing payroll," Alderson tells Martino. "The fact that we had about $135 million this year when I came on board, realistically that didn't leave us much to spend."

• Martino also has a position-by-position review of the Mets.

BIRTHDAYS: Tom Hausman, who went 12-17 with a 3.66 ERA in 125 appearances (24 starts) for the Mets between 1978 and '82, was born on this day in 1953. ... Right-hander Bill Denehy, a Middletown, Conn., native who went 1-7 for the '67 Mets, was born in 1946.

Editor's Note: Mets morning briefing will move slightly later during the regular season, since the author needs to be noctural from April-September.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187