New York Mets: Jamie Hoffmann

17 Mets farmhands become free agents

November, 5, 2013
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Seventeen Mets farmhands became free agents because they have not been added to the 40-man roster. That list, according to Baseball America:

RHP: Giancarlo Alvarado, Greg Burke, Matt Fox, D.J. Mitchell, Dylan Owen, Armando Rodriguez, Daryl Thompson, Cory Wade
LHP: Justin Hampson
C: Jeyckol De Leon, Francisco Pena
1B: Rhyne Hughes
3B: Richard Lucas
SS: Brian Bixler, Brandon Hicks, Josh Rodriguez
OF: Jamie Hoffmann

Minors 8.31.13: Vegas clinches playoff berth

September, 1, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 8, TUCSON 6: The 51s clinched a postseason berth even before they completed their game, with Sacramento losing to Tacoma. The Mets have a their Triple-A affiliate in the playoffs for the first time since 2007, with New Orleans. The 51s open their best-of-five first-round series at Salt Lake on Wednesday. Jamie Hoffmann and Dustin Lawley drove in two runs apiece. Cory Wade allowed a run but earned the save in his debut with the organization. Ruben Tejada homered for the second time in three days. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE at BINGHAMTON: The game was canceled due to unplayable field conditions and will not be made up. The B-Mets have two regular-season games remaining before the Eastern League playoffs begin Wednesday. Noah Syndergaard is due to start Game 1. Box

JUPITER at ST. LUCIE (canceled): St. Lucie completes is season Sunday. Box

SAVANNAH 4, GREENVILLE 2
SAVANNAH 6, GREENVILLE 4: The playoff-bounced Gnats swept a doubleheader for the

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second straight day. In Game 1, Stefan Sabol had a two-run double in a three-run first. Sabol finished the doubleheader 3-for-6. He drove in five runs while smacking two doubles and a triple. Right-hander Luis Cessa (8-4) navigated all seven innings of the opener to earn his first complete game of the season. Cessa struck out seven. Right-hander Jake Kuebler did his best to match Cessa, allowing two earned runs in five innings in Game 2. Kuebler has now allowed five earned runs over his last five games. Beck Wheeler closed the door for the Gnats, earning his 19th save since taking over the closer role for the second half of the season. Newly acquired Dilson Herrera drove in two runs in Game 2. He is now hitting .385 over his first five games as a member of the Mets organization. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT at GREENEVILLE (ppd.): Box

ABERDEEN 7, BROOKLYN 0: Aberdeen took a half-lead lead over Brooklyn for first place in the division and a playoff berth. The teams meet for the final time Sunday at MCU Park. Brooklyn has four regular-season games remaining. IronBirds third baseman Tanner Rust, who entered the game with only two extra-base hits in 92 at-bats, sent the first pitch he saw in the second into the right-field bleachers to give Aberdeen a 1-0 lead. That was the only damage Brooklyn starter Akeel Morris allowed, but the Cyclones were blanked. Morris struck out seven and surrendered three hits in five innings. For the season, Morris has allowed one earned run in 35 innings at MCU Park. With Morris out of the game in the sixth, the IronBirds expanded their lead. Reliever Kevin McGowan was charged with four runs in three innings. In the ninth, the Cyclones mounted their first threat, loading the bases with two outs, but Matt Oberste struck out looking. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.28.13: K-Mets clinch playoffs

August, 29, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 12, COLORADO SPRINGS 8: Right-hander Jacob deGrom departed Game 1 after two innings with an apparent injury. The 51s suffered a walk-off loss in the eighth as Justin Hampson suffered the defeat. Las Vegas had loaded the bases in the final regulation inning, but Mike Baxter flied out to end the threat. Ex-Met Xavier Nady had a two-run homer against deGrom before he departed. Dustin Lawley started in left field and went 1-for-4 in his Triple-A debut. Las Vegas then posted a seven-run fourth inning in Game 2 to earn a split. Jamie Hoffmann contributed a three-run homer and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a two-run homer in the nightcap victory. Box 1, Box 2

BINGHAMTON 7, BOWIE 4: Starter Mark Cohoon's outing ended after two scoreless innings because of a rain delay. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, CHARLOTTE 1 (10 innings): Rylan Sandoval's sacrifice fly scored Cam Maron in the bottom of the 10th for the walk-off win. Starter Hansel Robles allowed one run on three hits and three walks in eight innings. Randy Fontanez (9-7) earned the win with two no-hit relief innings. St. Lucie remains mathematically alive for a postseason berth with four games remaining, but faces near-impossible odds because the two teams ahead of the Mets in the division finish the season playing head-to-head. Box

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 1: Starter Julian Hilario (7-7) allowed three runs on nine hits and and three walks in five innings. Box

KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 6 (10 innings): Jeyckol De Leon delivered his third walk-off hit of the season, this time scoring Yeixon Ruiz in the 10th. Combined Johnson City's loss

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to Burlington, Kingsport (38-27) clinched its first postseason berth in nearly two decades. With Greeneville losing to Danville, the K-Mets also moved into first place in the Appalachian League's West Division by a half-game. The four postseason participants have been determined. The order in terms of division winners and runner-ups is unresolved. With two games remaining in the regular season, Bluefield leads Pulaski by a half-game in the East. The two division winners earn the right to host Game Nos. 2 and 3 in the opening round. Kingsport lost seven of its first nine games, but got into the playoff chase by tallying 21 wins in July.

Bluefield jumped to a 4-1 lead by having more success against Rob Whalen than arguably any Appy League team to date. A wild bottom of the seventh then got the K-Mets back into the game. Kingsport scored five runs on three hits in that inning, and benefited from three consecutive errors by the Jays. Bluefield forced extra innings thanks to Franklin Barreto's two-out, two-run double in the ninth against Ricardo Jacquez. Kingsport broke through in the 10th. After Ruiz's infield single, Jeff McNeil's line single advanced him to third. An intentional walk to the newest K-Met position player, 2013 first-round draft pick Dominic Smith, loaded the bases for De Leon, whose flare single to right scored Ruiz with the decisive run. McNeil went 4-for-6. Ruiz, the only K-Met to make the Appalachian League All-Star team, had two hits and scored twice. Smith walked twice off the bench in his K-Mets debut. Box

BROOKLYN 1, TRI-CITY 0: John Gant tossed a one-hit shutout and faced the minimum 27 batters as Brooklyn moved into first place. It marked only the fourth time in Cyclones history that a starting pitcher went nine innings. The last to do so was Hansel Robles against Hudson Valley on Sept. 7, 2012, in Game 1 of the NYPL semifinals. Gant needed 91 pitches to complete his gem. The lone run came in the fifth. Anthony Chavez singled to lead off and moved to second on Kyle Westwood's errant pickoff throw. Eris Peguero then squared to sacrifice Chavez to third, but his bunt went directly down the third-base line for a hit. With men on the corners and nobody out, Gavin Cecchini grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Chavez and giving the Cyclones a 1-0 lead. With Aberdeen's loss to Lowell, Brooklyn has a half-game division lead with seven games remaining in the regular season. Box

GCL MARLINS 3, GCL METS 2: Starter Craig Missigman (0-4) allowed three runs in five innings. Christian Montgomery tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.3.13: Glenn's homer lifts Gnats

August, 3, 2013
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MEMPHIS 4, LAS VEGAS 3: With the score tied at 3, Sean Henn issued a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth and departed. John Church then surrendered a single to Jamie Romak and sacrifice fly to Chad Huffman. Brian Bixler had a leadoff single in the ninth and advanced to second on Juan Centeno's sac bunt, but Francisco Pena and Kirk Nieuwenhuis consecutively were retired to end the game. The 51s had tied the score at 3 in the top of the eighth when Ruben Tejada walked, advanced to third on Wilmer Flores' single and scored on Zach Lutz's groundout. Flores manned third base for the second time this season. Jamie Hoffmann had a seventh-inning solo homer to pull Las Vegas (60-53) within 3-2. Jordany Valdespin completed serving a three-game suspension. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 2: Facing Nathan Karns, Danny Muno opened the game with a single and Travis d’Arnaud blasted a two-run homer. In the third, Muno walked and

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d’Arnaud doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Josh Rodriguez followed with a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead. Logan Verrett won his 10th game. He faced the minimum through 4 2/3 innings and struck out seven of the first 14 batters he faced. That streak ended when Jerad Head reached on a swinging bunt with two outs in the fifth. Brian Jeroloman followed with a line drive deep to left-center. Darrell Ceciliani and Alonzo Harris dove for it. They collided and Jeroloman ended up with an RBI triple. Destin Hood made it three hits in a row against Verrett when he hit a line drive down the left-field line. Ceciliani made another diving attempt, but it tipped off of his glove and Hood sprinted to third base for an RBI triple. Verrett escaped further damage by forcing Karns to fly out and departed the game in line for the victory. Chasen Bradford worked around two singles in a scoreless sixth. He returned in the seventh and worked a 1-2-3 frame. Chase Huchingson retired the first two batters in the eighth before allowing back-to-back singles. With the tying run in scoring position, he got Carlos Rivero to fly out. Jeff Walters posted his 32nd save. Box

ST. LUCIE 11, CLEARWATER 3: Cam Maron and Jayce Boyd had three RBIs apiece. Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored twice and played seven innings in left field. Starter Michael Fulmer (1-2) earned his first Florida State League victory. He allowed three runs in six innings. Angel Cuan and T.J. Chism combined for three scoreless relief innings. Box

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SAVANNAH 6, GREENVILLE 3: The Gnats overcame a one-run deficit over the final two frames. They evened the score at 3 in the eighth when Dimas Ponce doubled and Jorge Rivero plated him with a triple. Jeff Glenn then blasted a three-run homer in the ninth. Beck Wheeler tossed a perfect bottom half for his 13th save. Starter Steven Matz allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings. Box

JOHNSON CITY 5, KINGSPORT 3: Vaughn Bryan's two-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth against Robert Coles accounted for the decisive runs, a half-inning after the K-Mets had tied the score at 3 with a pair of runs. Kingsport (25-17), which won 21 games in July, has lost two straight for the first time since June 30 and July 1. Kingsport struck first with back-to-back singles by Yeixon Ruiz and Victor Cruzado followed by a fielder's choice grounder by Jeyckol De Leon in the first. Johnson City answered in the fifth, with Steve Bean and Devante Lacy tallying back-to-back run-scoring hits against K-Mets starter Rob Whalen for a 2-1 lead. Justin Ringo produced a solo homer in the eighth against Coles to give Johnson City a two-run lead. The K-Mets evened the score at 3 in the bottom half on RBI doubles by Joe Tuschak and Michael Bernal. In the ninth, Johnson City loaded the bases with one out. After Coles then fanned pinch hitter J.J. Altobelli, Bryan hit a flare into right field that bounced past the diving Cruzado for a double. Whalen entered leading the Appalachian League in WHIP (0.88) and ranked third in ERA (1.36). He allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings in a no-decision. Box

BROOKLYN 7, JAMESTOWN 4: For the first time in nearly six weeks, the Cyclones (23-22) climbed above .500. John Gant allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks in five innings and earned the win. Gavin Cecchini went 4-for-5. Eddie Rohan had a two-run homer in the second. After Gant surrendered a run in the bottom half, Brooklyn responded with two runs in the third. Patrick Biondi and Cecchini singled and LJ Mazzilli grounded into a run-scoring double play. Alex Sanchez produced a run-scoring double to give Brooklyn a 4-1 lead. Jamestown struck for another run in the sixth because of an error by Gant. In a three-run seventh, Biondi had an RBI single. Cecchini then doubled, advancing Biondi to third. Mazzilli followed with a two-out, two-RBI single to give Brooklyn a 7-2 lead. The Jammers produced two runs in the eighth against John Mincone. Box

GCL NATIONALS 9, GCL METS 5 (6 innings): Starter Yoryi Nuez allowed six runs in one-plus innings in the rain-shortened game. Brandon Brosher had a two-run homer in the loss. Box

Compiled from team reports

Morning Briefing: August trades happen

August, 1, 2013
8/01/13
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets stood pat at the non-waiver trading deadline -- prioritizing attempting to finish strongly over just taking the best offer for free-agent-to-be Marlon Byrd.

Byrd is unlikely to be traded in August, even if the Mets were motivated. Because he is making $700,000 this season (only $229,508.20 remains owed as of today), Byrd would not clear waivers. That means the Mets could only deal with the team that claims Byrd in order to swing an August deal.

John Buck or, dare we say, Frank Francisco would be the most logical August deals if the Mets were so inclined. Because each is still owed in excess of $2 million the remainder of the season, both should clear waivers, making them eligible to be traded to any of the other 29 teams this month.

“I’ve been through these days a lot,” Terry Collins said about the July 31 trade deadline. “You know what? If stuff happens, you’ve just got to adjust. I’m just hoping that next year at this time we’re in the hunt and our names are being mentioned as guys who are trying to get somebody who can help us win.

“But I’m glad Marlon is still here. I’m glad Bobby Parnell is still here, or anybody else who was rumored. John Buck, I saw his name mentioned today with Yadie [Yadier Molina] going down. I’m glad they’re all still here, because we’re playing pretty good and I want to continue it.”

Speaking of good baseball, the Mets have a chance to win another road series this afternoon.

Matt Harvey (8-2, 2.11 ERA) opposes right-hander Tom Koehler (2-6, 4.67) as the Mets complete an eight-game road trip at 12:40 p.m. at Marlins Park. Harvey is winless in three starts against the Marlins this season, albeit with a 3.12 ERA.

Jonathon Niese also is due to make a start today -- of the rehab variety, with Class A St. Lucie.

Thursday’s news reports:


Courtesy of New York MetsJosh Satin fan Howie Mandel got to see no deal from the Mets at the trading deadline.


• Sandy Alderson said the trade talk before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline centered on Byrd, but there was nothing enticing offered to prompt the organization to want to sacrifice 2013 competitiveness. The GM added that the price was exorbitant if the Mets wanted to be buyers and add a piece under their control for 2014 and beyond.

Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post suggests quiet trade deadlines may now be the norm because: (1) there isn’t offense to acquire anywhere because the quality around baseball has nosedived, (2) smaller-market teams no longer feel a money crunch with MLB flush with cash from big TV deals, and (3) the value of retaining prospects is at an all-time high.

Read more on the Mets’ inactivity in the Post, Journal, Record and Star-Ledger.

David Wright has a right hamstring injury, although the third baseman barely would acknowledge it and vowed to play this afternoon. Read more in the Daily News.

Jenrry Mejia felt irritation from a bone spur in his right elbow while surrendering three runs in six innings as the Marlins beat the Mets, 3-2, Wednesday night. Pinch hitter Josh Satin flied out to left field against left-hander Mike Dunn to strand Wright at third base in the eighth. The Mets nonetheless finished July with a 15-12 record -- their first winning month since going 15-13 in June 2012.

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

Johan Santana gave an interview to a Venezuelan radio station, which tweeted his responses. Santana vowed to pitch again in the majors and suggested his recovery from the second shoulder surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule is going better than it did the first time.

"I am in the process of rehabilitation,” Santana said in Spanish. “The operation was done by Dr. [David] Altchek and everything went successfully. I feel much better than how I felt after the first operation. I have in mind to return to the mound. The doctors did their part. Now it’s up to me for the most difficult part.

“Maybe I threw my last pitch for the Mets. Some say my career is over. I do not think so. … I don’t put dates on it. It is not the most prudent. They believe that in a month I already could start throwing.”


Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsTravis d'Arnaud will be a consideration for a call-up if John Buck goes on paternity leave, according to Terry Collins.


• Buck’s wife is due to give birth to the couple’s child today in New York, so the catcher may need to go on paternity leave. If so, Travis d’Arnaud will be a consideration to replace Buck, according to Collins. However, Collins added, the Mets may use Juan Centeno or Francisco Peña in such a scenario instead because d’Arnaud is just returning from a broken foot and may not be sharp enough to see major league pitching. D’Arnaud went 0-for-4 and had a throwing error Wednesday, in his first game after joining Binghamton. Paternity leave lasts three days, and Buck was unsure it would be necessary. Read more in the Post, Journal and Record.

• Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen have discussed using Zack Wheeler in the bullpen to complete the season as a way to conserve the rookie’s innings. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Michael Salfino in the Journal notes Harvey is more efficient than most major league pitchers. Writes Salfino:

Major league pitchers this year throw an average of 16.3 pitches per inning. Harvey throws 15.2, a big improvement over his 2012 average of 16.5. So while a typical big-league pitcher would have tossed 134.8 innings while racking up Harvey's 2013 pitch count of 2,198, Harvey has squeezed 145 innings out of that same amount. It is like he's thrown an extra 10 innings for free.

Without any early shutdown, Harvey is on pace to toss 3,424 pitches. That's how many an average pitcher accumulates in 210 innings.

• The MMBQ profiles former used car salesman Kevin Burkhardt. Read it here.

Jamie Hoffmann homered twice, but Greg Burke surrendered a walk-off RBI single as Nashville beat Las Vegas, 3-2. Dustin Lawley slugged his Florida State League-leading 21st homer in St. Lucie’s 4-1 loss to Tampa. Gabriel Ynoa earned his 12th win as Savannah beat Asheville 5-1. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Mike Puma in the Post reviews July. He names Byrd MVP and Ike Davis LVP.

• Anna Benson has a bond hearing in Cobb (Ga.) Superior Court today, writes Mike Sielski in the Journal.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing deals with the Mets not dealing Byrd.

BIRTHDAYS: Gregg Jefferies, the Mets’ first-round pick in 1985, turns 46. … Left-hander Brian Bohanon is 45.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: In what place do you think the Mets will finish in the NL East after keeping their team intact?

Minors 7.31.13: Ynoa notches 12th win

August, 1, 2013
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NASHVILLE 3, LAS VEGAS 2: Greg Burke surrendered a walk-off RBI single to Eugenio Velez a half-inning after the 51s had evened the score. Jamie Hoffmann's leadoff homer in the top of the ninth had made it 2-2. Hoffmann homered twice off the bench after pinch-hitting for Juan Centeno. Box

ALTOONA 3, BINGHAMTON 2: The Curve scored two runs in the eighth as Adam Kolarek failed to preserve a one-run lead. Kolarek surrendered three hits, including a go-ahead RBI

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single to Alex Dickerson. Binghamton had been 57-0 when leading after seven innings. The damage against Kolarek became the first earned runs allowed by the B-Mets bullpen since July 20 -- a span of 10 games. Travis d'Arnaud went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his first game with the B-Mets. With the B-Mets leading 2-1, Alen Hanson narrowly beat Kolarek to the bag for an infield single. Adalberto Santos tied the score with a double. Dickerson gave Altoona the lead by punching a run-producing single through the left side. Santos scored from second, beating left fielder Travis Taijeron’s throw. In the fourth, B-Mets starter Darin Gorski walked Gregory Polanco. Polanco stole second and moved to third when d’Arnaud’s throw skipped into center. Mel Rojas Jr. executed a suicide squeeze with a bunt up the first-base line, plating Polanco with the game’s first run. Altoona starter Jameson Taillon had a scoreless effort end in the fifth. Wilfredo Tovar singled and stole second. With two outs, Alonzo Harris singled to plate Tovar. Binghamton used more two-out offense to grab the lead in the seventh. Reliever Zack Thornton walked Allan Dykstra to start the inning, then uncorked a wild pitch. Richard Lucas ultimately lined a two-out single, plating Dykstra for a 2-1 B-Mets lead. Gorski struck out a season-high eight and exited after seven innings with the lead. He allowed one unearned run on four hits. Kolarek (2-2) was tagged with his first loss since April 28. Box

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TAMPA 4, ST. LUCIE 1: Dustin Lawley hit his league-leading 21st homer -- a game-tying solo shot in the fourth. But Tampa answered with three runs the following half-inning against Matt Bowman (6-3). Peter O’Brien’s RBI single gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Bowman allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings. Randy Fontanez pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three. Tim Byrdak walked four and struck out two while allowing one hit in 1 1/3 innings. Hamilton Bennett recorded two outs in the ninth to escape a bases-loaded jam. Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-3. Rehabbing Lucas Duda served as the designated hitter and went 0-for-4 in his third game with St. Lucie. Box

SAVANNAH 5, ASHEVILLE 1: Gabriel Ynoa earned his organization-leading 12th win, limiting Asheville to one run in six innings. Tyler Vanderheiden, Shawn Teufel and Beck Wheeler combined for three no-hit relief innings. Eudy Pina went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Box

KINGSPORT 9, ELIZABETHTON 4: Pinch hitter Richie Rodriguez had a three-run double in a six-run fifth. Box

WILLIAMSPORT 8, BROOKLYN 6: In the eighth inning, a pair of doubles -- including a run-scoring two-bagger from LJ Mazzilli -- as well as a fielding error by Williamsport second baseman Sam Dove led to two runs and trimmed Williamsport's lead to 8-5. An inning later, James Roche doubled and Tomas Nido plated him with a single for his third RBI of the evening. But Ismael Tijerina and Patrick Biondi were both retired when they batted as the tying run as the comeback bid stalled. Box

GCL MARLINS 4, GCL METS 1: Starter Marcos Molina allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.29.13: 'Spin HR, plunked, ejected

July, 29, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 10, SACRAMENTO 4: Starter Matt Fox allowed one run in five innings in Game 1. Matt den Dekker went 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. In the nightcap, Jordany Valdespin had a three-run homer and Jamie Hoffmann went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Pitcher Armando Rodriguez, Valdespin and Wally Backman all were ejected in the seventh inning of Game 2, prompting Ruben Tejada to finish the game at second base. Valdespin had been hit by a pitch in the top half of the inning. The ejections occurred after Rodriguez replied in the bottom half by plunking a Sacramento player. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 5, TAMPA 4: Rob Refsnyder’s throwing error allowed two runs to score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Mets rallied past Tampa. Jayce Boyd had a one-out single. After Gilbert Gomez pinch-ran, Kevin Plawecki doubled to put runners at second and third. Matt Reynolds received an intentional walk and Robbie Shields struck out. Then, with the bases loaded and two outs, Kyle Johnson ripped a 2-2 pitch to second. Refsynder knocked it down before throwing the ball away, toward the Yankees dugout, to allow Gomez and Plawecki to score. Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and played left field in his first game with Class A St. Lucie on a rehab assignment. Johnson went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored. T.J. Rivera had two hits and an RBI double. Shields added a double and a run scored. Rainy Lara received a no-decision despite throwing seven innings and allowing two runs and eight hits with no walks. T.J. Chism allowed two runs with two outs in the top of the ninth as the Yankees took a 4-3 lead. Cody Satterwhite recorded the final out of that half-inning to earn his first win. Box

ASHEVILLE 5, SAVANNAH 4: Hunter Carnevale allowed a pair of seventh-inning runs as Asheville overcame a 4-3 deficit. Box

KINGSPORT 4, ELIZABETHTON 0: Martires Arias tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Luis Rengel and Ricardo Jacquez on the shutout. Leadoff hitter Yeixon Ruiz scored three runs. Jeff McNeil went 3-for-3. Box

BROOKLYN 4, HUDSON VALLEY 0: Carlos Valdez tossed six scoreless innings as the Cyclones won their fifth straight. It marked the second time this season Valdez went six innings without allowing an earned run. This time, he allowed four hits, walked one and struck out three before handing the ball to Akeel Morris. Morris tossed three shutout innings to continue his spectacular season. Through 25 innings, Morris has yet to allow an earned run. He has struck out 31. Matt Oberste got the Cyclones on the board with a long ball. The homer was Oberste’s second of the season. The other came June 19 against Staten Island. After hitting only four homers through the first 36 games of the season, the Cyclones have now gone deep four times in their last four games. Oberste finished 2-for-3 with a walk. Brooklyn scored two more runs in the fourth. Oberste was involved again, leading off with a walk. Alex Sanchez followed with a double that put two runners in scoring position. James Roche took advantage, producing a two-run double. Roche has 11 doubles, tied for the team lead with Jared King. The Cyclones tallied their final run in the fifth, on a groundball that should have gotten the Renegades out of the inning. With two outs, Sanchez hit a grounder to shortstop Julian Morillo. Morillo intended to get Oberste out on the force at second, but bobbled it as King scored from third. Box

GCL CARDINALS 5, GCL METS 2: With the score tied at 2, Gaither Bumgardner (0-2) was charged with three runs on four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings. Travis d'Arnaud caught four innings and went 0-for-3. Vicente Lupo homered in the loss. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.10.13: Lawley slams Charlotte

July, 10, 2013
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SALT LAKE 7, LAS VEGAS 4: Starter Matt Fox allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings. The 51s (47-44) scored four ninth-inning runs, highlighted by Matt den Dekker's two-run homer. Jamie Hoffmann flied out with the bases loaded as the comeback bid ended. John Church made his Triple-A debut with two scoreless relief innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, CHARLOTTE 4: Dustin Lawley hit a grand slam in the seventh for his league-leading 19th homer to secure the win for the Mets (46-40). After an intentional walk to

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Jayce Boyd loaded the bases, Lawley crushed a pitch from Lenny Linsky over the left-field fence for a five-run lead. Lawley, who also leads the league in extra-base hits and total bases, is now tied for the league lead with 67 RBIs. Kevin Plawecki had two hits and two RBIs and reached base three times. Matt Reynolds finished with two hits and an RBI. Kyle Johnson had two hits and two runs scored. Boyd had an RBI double and walk. Randy Fontanez earned the victory in relief with 1 2/3 scoreless innings and three strikeouts. Fontanez pitched in relief in the fifth and helped the Mets escape a jam with runners at first and third to protect a 5-4 lead. Tim Byrdak retired the side in order in the seventh with one strikeout. T.J. Chism retired all six batters he faced with two strikeouts to close the game. Hansel Robles received a no-decision. He allowed four runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings while issuing one walk and striking out three. Box

SAVANNAH 1, AUGUSTA 0: Gnats outfielders threw out two runners at the plate to keep the GreenJackets from scoring, while Savannah scored the game’s only run on a throwing

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error. In the second, left fielder Maikis De La Cruz nailed Mitch Delfino, who was trying to score from second on a single. In the third, with the bases loaded, right fielder Eudy Pina threw out Andrew Cain, who was attempting to tag up from third on a line drive toward the line. The Gnats (9-10/52-36) scored the game’s lone run in the third. Phillip Evans doubled to start the frame. DH Jorge Rivero, playing his first game as a Sand Gnat after a promotion from Brooklyn, then attempted a bunt that pitcher Kendry Flores threw wildly down the left-field line in an attempt to get Evans. The errant throw allowed Evans to score. Savannah starter Marco Camarena worked around eight hits and a walk in 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his second start while benefiting from his outfielders' arms. He improved to 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA. The GreenJackets (8-9/46-40) had runners on base in six of their nine turns at bat but could not push across a run against Camarena or Gnats relievers Hunter Carnevale and Paul Sewald. Sewald earned his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts. Box

DANVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 1: Starter Corey Oswalt allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings. Reliever Yoan Gonzalez surrendered four runs in the seventh. The lone run for Kingsport (8-12) came on a third-inning double by Champ Stuart, which plated Pedro Perez. Box

AUBURN 2, BROOKLYN 0 (suspended): The game will pick up in the fourth inning Thursday at 5:35 p.m., followed by the regularly scheduled game, which will now be seven innings. Seth Lugo allowed a pair of second-inning runs before the stoppage. Box

GCL CARDINALS at GCL METS (ppd.)

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Minors 6.30.13: Frenzel walk-off lifts Gnats

June, 30, 2013
6/30/13
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LAS VEGAS 4, TACOMA 1: Matt Fox limited Tacoma to three hits in six scoreless innings. Las Vegas (43-38) took a 2-0 lead in the second on Jamie Hoffmann's double, which scored Ike Davis and Brandon Hicks. The lead swelled to 4-0 in the fifth on Eric Campbell's double, which plated Davis and Hoffmann. Davis went 1-for-3 with a double and walk and is hitting .290 in the Pacific Coast League since his demotion. Greg Burke recorded the final four outs for his third save. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, TRENTON 4: The B-Mets picked up their 50th win before July 1 for the first time in the franchise’s 22-year history. Noah Syndergaard surrendered a solo homer

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to Ramon Flores on the game's second pitch, but the deficit did not last long. Facing rehabbing Yankee Michael Pineda, Danny Muno walked and Cesar Puello blasted a two-run homer into the railyard in left field. In the second, Pineda surrendered a leadoff single to Richard Lucas, walked Blake Forsythe and plunked Joe Bonfe to load the bases. Two batters later, Pineda walked Muno to force in a run. Pineda struck out the next four batters, but the stretch abruptly ended when Lucas hit a towering solo homer. Pineda allowed four runs, four hits and walked four in three innings. After the game-opening homer, Syndergaard held the Thunder scoreless through the next four innings and departed. He had a season-high nine strikeouts. B-Mets reliever Jim Fuller surrendered a three-run homer to Francisco Arcia in the sixth, tying the score at 4. But in the bottom half, Puello hit a hard groundball that skipped off of third baseman Reegie Corona's glove. It bounced into foul territory and allowed Wilfredo Tovar to score from second. Ryan Fraser and Pedro Feliciano each then contributed a scoreless inning. Closer Jeff Walters allowed two baserunners in the ninth, but struck out Andrew Clark for his league-leading 20th save. Walters is the first B-Met to earn 20 saves in a season since Eddie Kunz in 2008 (27 saves). The B-Mets (50-29) have won 10 consecutive series. They went 19-5 in June. Box

FORT MYERS 4, ST. LUCIE 1 (6 innings): Byron Buxton had three hits and scored three runs and Kennys Vargas had two hits and two RBIs as the Miracle won a rain-shortened six-inning game. The Miracle had a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth when the game was called. Rainy Lara (2-3) allowed three runs on six hits over five innings. For St. Lucie (41-37), T.J. Rivera had two hits and scored on Matt den Dekker's RBI double. Box

SAVANNAH 2, ROME 1 (10 innings): Cole Frenzel bounced a single through the left side

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of the infield to drive in Phillip Evans for the walk-off victory. Frenzel also had a walk-off RBI single on April 28 against West Virginia. Evans began the winning rally with a single into center. After Yucarybert De La Cruz popped up a bunt attempt, Brandon Nimmo blooped a single into shallow left field. Newly acquired Kyle Johnson then was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with one out. Stefan Sabol struck out, but Frenzel then poked his game-winner past shortstop Jose Peraza. The Braves had scored the game’s opening run in the seventh when Chase Anselment homered against Gnats starter Luis Cessa. Cessa went 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run on seven hits and a walk. The Gnats (5-5/48-31) evened the score at 1 in the eighth. Nimmo singled, stole second and scored on Johnson’s single. Savannah reliever Beck Wheeler earned his first win of the year for a 1-2-3 10th inning. Box

ELIZABETHTON 5, KINGSPORT 1: K-Mets starter Chris Flexen surrendered five runs, including three homers, in four innings. Andres Perez and Alberto Baldonado combined for five scoreless relief innings. The lone run for Kingsport (3-8) came in the fourth when Jonathan Leroux's sacrifice fly plated Richie Rodriguez, who had doubled. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 1, BROOKLYN 0 (11 innings): In his third relief inning, John Mincone surrendered a leadoff double to Julian Ridings in the bottom of the 11th. Ariel Soriano bunted Ridings to third. With one out, Tyler Young hit a grounder to second baseman LJ Mazzilli, who threw home too late to catch Ridings. Cyclones starter Robert Gsellman tossed eight scoreless innings, limiting Hudson Valley to four hits. Box

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Minors 6.2.13: Taijeron 3 HRs in twinbill

June, 2, 2013
6/02/13
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LAS VEGAS 3, FRESNO 2 (10 innings): Jamie Hoffmann's double scored Josh Satin in the top of the 10th with the decisive run. Las Vegas (29-26) had pulled even at 2 in the ninth on Brian Bixler's two-out double, which plated Rylan Sandoval. Bixler's solo homer in the fifth had pulled the 51s within 2-1. Las Vegas starter Matt Fox allowed two runs on three hits and no walks in six innings. Gonzalez Germen picked up the win. David Aardsma earned his third save. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: The Fisher Cats broke a scoreless tie in the fourth when Clint Robinson doubled, moved to third on a sac bunt and scored on Adam Loewen’s single against Jacob deGrom. But after being kept off the scoreboard for four innings

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against Sean Nolin, the B-Mets (33-24) broke through with a five-run fifth. With two runners aboard, Danny Muno tied the score with a single. Following a flyout by Josh Rodriguez, Cesar Puello gave Binghamton the lead with a run-scoring bloop double. After the Fisher Cats intentionally walked Cory Vaughn to load the bases, Darrell Ceciliani tripled. The three-bagger, his team-leading fourth, gave the B-Mets a 5-1 lead. DeGrom settled down. He retired six straight before surrendering a solo homer to Robinson in the sixth. With Binghamton nursing a three-run lead, Adam Kolarek entered after a deGrom walk and retired both batters he faced to end the frame. Kolarek also tossed a perfect seventh. New Hampshire reliever Dustin Antolin surrendered a solo homer to Puello in the seventh. Binghamton tacked on a run on a triple from Richard Lucas and a wild pitch by reliever Scott Gracey in the eighth. Jack Leathersich tossed a perfect eighth. Jeff Walters worked around a pair of singles in a scoreless ninth. DeGrom (2-5) allowed two runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. Nolin (2-1) suffered his first regular-season loss in the minors since August 2011. Box

CHARLOTTE 7, ST. LUCIE 4
ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 3: Travis Taijeron had three homers in the doubleheader and T.J. Rivera's go-ahead RBI single in the seventh helped St. Lucie (30-24) gain a

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doubleheader split. In Game 1, the Stone Crabs scored four runs in the sixth against Luis Mateo, on a two-run double from Drew Vettleson and a two-run homer from Jeff Malm. Albert Cordero's RBI groundout cut the deficit to 7-4 in the seventh. The Mets loaded the bases with two outs before Lenny Linsky struck out Charley Thurber to end the game. Thurber and Taijeron had back-to-back homers in the fourth. Angel Cuan pitched five innings and allowed three runs. In Game 2, Taijeron had two solo homers. Matt Bowman pitched five innings and allowed three runs with one walk and two strikeouts. Estarlin Morel retired all four batters in relief to pick up his third win. Hamilton Bennett recorded the final two outs for his third save. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 7, KANNAPOLIS 1: Gabriel Ynoa (7-2) tossed his second career complete game, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out four. He shaved his South Atlantic League ERA to 2.87. Jeff Glenn drove in three runs and Cole Frenzel had two RBIs, including a solo homer in the seventh that capped the scoring. Jeff Reynolds went 3-for-4 and scored a run for the Gnats (34-22). Box

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Morning Briefing: Happy anniversary?

June, 1, 2013
6/01/13
8:26
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MIAMI

FIRST PITCH: Happy anniversary?

One year ago today, Johan Santana tossed the first no-hitter in franchise history, against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field.

Now, Santana is in Fort Myers, Fla., in the early phases of recovery from a second shoulder surgery to repair the anterior capsule.


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Mike Baxter's grab, which resulted in a separated shoulder, save Johan Santana's no-hitter one year ago today.


Terry Collins candidly reflected Friday on his internal agony in allowing Santana to complete the historic June 1, 2012 event.

“If you would have taken him out, I promise you not only would the fans have been in an uproar, but the players would have too,” Josh Thole, now in Triple-A with the Toronto Blue Jays, told Mike Harrington in the Buffalo News. “I feel like David Wright would have gone up to him and said, ‘Skip, run him back out there. We’re going to take a chance here.’ ’’

Anyway, one year later, Collin McHugh subs for Jonathon Niese (shoulder tendinitis) on the mound today at 4:10 p.m. at what undoubtedly will be a much less buzz-filled Marlins Park. McHugh opposes rookie Jose Fernandez (2-3, 3.78 ERA).

Saturday’s news reports:

• Collins acknowledged Zack Wheeler was bypassed for the spot start in large part because it would have been impossible for observers to accept Wheeler returning to Triple-A if the outing against the Marlins had been successful. Read more in the Journal.

Shaun Marcum took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning before allowing four runs and the Mets had a five-game winning streak snapped with a 5-1 loss to the Marlins on Friday night. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Newsday, Record and MLB.com.

• Collins said there was no post-Yankees series letdown.


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Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia both had setbacks.


Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia had setbacks during their rehab assignments, although Collins hopes Familia is back on a mound this weekend. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Marc Carig in Newsday discusses Ike Davis’ potentially flawed swing, which includes a pronounced hand drop as the ball is being released by the pitcher. "I've always wanted to stop my hands from dropping," Davis told Carig. "But I've always swung like that. Obviously, it's not something that you want all the time, but I mean, Barry Bonds dropped his hands. A lot of people did and had success. It's just the way I've swung my whole life with my hands. It's tough to stop that."

• Read no-hitter reflections in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Times, Journal, Record and Newsday.

• Andrew Goldman in the Times has a Q&A with Dwight Gooden. Among the exhanges:

Matt Harvey, the Mets’ pitching phenom, is compared with you a lot. Do you agree with Bobby Valentine that he could be the best pitcher ever to wear a Mets uniform?


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Dwight Gooden wasn't always thrilled with Darryl Strawberry.


“It’s a possibility, but that’s saying a lot, because of the things Tom Seaver did, that I did. He has a lot of ability, and he’s not cocky. Even when he pitches seven shutout innings with 10 strikeouts, he wants to get better. Once he gets two or three years in, then you can say that.”

In 1995, you and your former teammate Darryl Strawberry shared the cover of Sports Illustrated for an article called “The Dead End Kids,” about your drug use after the Mets’ 1986 season. Did you resent how the two of you were always grouped together?

“The media made it seem like we were closer than we really were. You had two young, very successful black players -- he was Rookie of the Year ’83, I was ’84. But I was actually closer with Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, Mookie Wilson. In 2010, Darryl really crossed the line, calling my family and saying a lot of negative things about me, stuff that wasn’t true. I always considered him a friend. The things he was doing really do not fit the definition of a friend.”

Jamie Hoffmann belted a grand slam and finished with five RBIs as Las Vegas beat Reno, 6-0. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Mike Puma in the Post gives his “confidential” breakdown of May and a look at the month ahead.

• David Lennon in Newsday looks at the Ivy League path to an MLB front office. Paul DePodesta and Adam Fisher from the Mets' front office did their undergraduate work at Harvard. Writes Lennon:

The Los Angeles Times dubbed him "Google Boy'' -- a derisive nickname meant to suggest DePodesta's over-reliance on computer-generated info -- and he was fired after the Dodgers went 71-91 in 2005. DePodesta lost his job, but remained a hero for the sabermetric crowd, which has only multiplied since then, especially in the college ranks.

The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, which describes itself as a "student-run organization dedicated to the quantitative analysis of sports strategy and management,'' could be churning out the next army of DePodestas if they didn't sound so uninterested in baseball. It's not that the sport has necessarily fallen out of favor with the numbers-obsessed. There's just not a lot of groundbreaking debate that can be done by laptop-toting amateurs on such well-worn terrain.

"There's kind of a glut. The market is pretty saturated at this point,'' said Andrew Mooney, a Harvard junior and co-president of the HSAC. "It's getting to the point where if you want to say anything new about baseball, you need to access the type of tracking equipment that the organizations are using. I think the opportunities that people in our club are most excited about now are in basketball and football, where this industry is still kind of in its infancy.''

• Michael Powell in the Times reflects on being a Mets fan this week.

• Is Lucas Duda too passive at the plate? Tim Marchman addresses that topic in the Journal.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report believes Terry Collins indirectly threw his team under the bus. … Faith and Fear in Flushing considers the concept of "relevance," as it applies to the Mets and their fans.

BIRTHDAYS: Rick Baldwin, who pitched in relief for the Mets in the mid-70s, was born on this date in 1953.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Where were you when Johan Santana tossed the first no-hitter in franchise history?

Minors 5.31.13: Maikis homers for Gnats

May, 31, 2013
5/31/13
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LAS VEGAS 7, RENO 0: D.J. Mitchell, Justin Hampson, Josh Edgin and David Aardsma combined on the shutout, despite allowing 10 hits and five walks. Jamie Hoffmann belted a grand slam and had five RBIs. Collin Cowgill had a solo homer while going 3-for-3 with a walk. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 8, BINGHAMTON 7: B-Mets starter Logan Verrett surrendered a career-high eight runs on 11 hits, including a go-ahead grand slam by Adam Loewen in the sixth. Verrett (6-2) suffered in his first loss in his last five starts. Binghamton (31-24) had

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grabbed a 5-0 lead in the second against New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire. Cory Vaughn singled and Darrell Ceciliani doubled. Blake Forsythe then produced a run-scoring infield single. Richard Lucas added a two-run double. Wilfredo Tovar also doubled. Josh Rodriguez capped the rally and extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an RBI double. Verrett faltered in the fourth, surrendering a pair of runs on four hits and a hit batsman. Clint Robinson got New Hampshire on the board with an RBI single and Sean Ochinko delivered a two-out RBI double. The Fisher Cats tagged Verrett with more two-out offense in the fifth. The righty surrendered a double to Brian Van Kirk and was taken deep to right by Ryan Schimpf, cutting Binghamton’s lead to one. New Hampshire delivered the knockout blow in the sixth on Loewen's slam, which gave the Fisher Cats an 8-5 lead and chased Verrett. Binghamton’s offense finally awoke in the ninth after six hitless innings. Forsythe blasted an RBI double and scored on a pair of groundouts to cut New Hampshire’s lead to one. Tyson Brummett then battled back to retire Danny Muno and earn his second save. Ryan Fraser made his season debut with the B-Mets and posted two scoreless relief innings. Jack Leathersich struck out the side in a perfect eighth. The last nine outs recorded by Leathersich spanning three appearances have been strikeouts. Box

ST. LUCIE at CHARLOTTE (ppd.)

SAVANNAH 6, KANNAPOLIS 2: Maikis De La Cruz's two-run homer in the third opened the scoring. Julian Hilario earned the win in relief of Jake Kuebler with three scoreless innings. Kuebler went four innings in his second start since relocating from the bullpen. De La Cruz finished 3-for-5 and scored twice for the Gnats (32-22). Box

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Minors 5.26.13: Q, Satin, Kirk homer

May, 26, 2013
5/26/13
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LAS VEGAS 13, SALT LAKE 9: Omar Quintanilla had a three-run homer and Josh Satin and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had solo shots as Las Vegas (23-25) pounded out 16 hits. Six starters had multi-hit games: Collin Cowgill (2-for-5), Satin (2-for-4, 1 BB, 2 RBIs), Wilmer Flores (2-for-4, 1 RBI), Jamie Hoffmann (2-for-4, 1 BB), Quintanilla (4-for-4, 3 RBIs) and Francisco Pena (2-for-5, 2 RBIs). 51s starter D.J. Mitchell allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings. Ex-major leaguer Kip Wells surrendered the homers to Satin and Nieuwenhuis. Zach Lutz departed in the fourth with an oblique injury. Box

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BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 0: Rafael Montero, Chase Huchingson and Jack Leathersich combined on a four-hit shutout. Allan Dykstra and Darrell Ceciliani homered in a three-run eighth to chase knuckleballer Charlie Haeger. The B-Mets had opened the scoring in the first when Josh Rodriguez singled, advanced to second on a hit by pitch and scored two wild pitches later. Rodriguez (1-for-3, 1 BB) also scored in the third on a wild pitch. Montero (5-3) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out a season-high eight in six innings. It was Montero's first start with the B-Mets (28-22) since returning from a spot start with Las Vegas. He escaped a first-inning jam with two runners in scoring position and none out. Box

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ST. LUCIE 8, BRADENTON 2: Travis Taijeron went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs, including a two-run single in the fifth that gave St. Lucie a 5-2 lead. Rylan Sandoval (2-for-3, 2 BB) drove in the go-ahead run earlier in the frame. Sandoval also scored twice Sunday. Starter Matt Bowman improved to 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA since a promotion from Savannah. He allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six in seven innings. Bowman is 7-0 in nine starts between the two Class A levels this season. Hamilton Bennett and Ryan Fraser contributed no-hit relief innings for St. Lucie (28-20). Box

AUGUSTA 3, SAVANNAH 1 (12 innings): In his second inning of relief, Hunter Carnavale surrendered two runs in the 12th, including the tiebreaking run on Joseph Rapp's RBI

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single. The Gnats had rallied to tie the score at 1 in the eighth when Kevin Plawecki plated Yucarybert De La Cruz with a line-drive single to center. Savannah starter Luis Cessa allowed one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings in a hard-luck no-decision. After a scoreless ninth from Bret Mitchell (1.17 ERA), the Gnats (28-20) nearly posted a walk-off win in the bottom half. Augusta's Mason McVay hit Cole Frenzel with a pitch. Frenzel then departed for pinch runner Eudy Pina. After a walk to Stefan Sabol, Augusta inserted closer Tyler Mizenko. He proceeded to load the bases with none out on Nelfi Zapata's single. But neither Phillip Evans nor Yucarybert De La Cruz could produce the game-winning RBI. Each instead forced runners out at home with groundballs. Mizenko then coaxed an inning-ending groundout from Maikis De La Cruz. Jayce Boyd went 3-for-5 with a walk in the loss to improve his on-base percentage to .430, ranked third in the South Atlantic League. Box

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Minors 4.30.13: Wheeler deals for Vegas

April, 30, 2013
4/30/13
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LAS VEGAS 10, RENO 2: Zack Wheeler produced his best line in six starts in the Pacific Coast League: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Wheeler (1-1) surrendered a first-inning run. He retired 13 of 14 batters during one stretch, with the lone batter reaching during that span coming on a fielding error by second baseman Wilmer Flores. After a two-out walk in the seventh put two runners on base, Wheeler departed with his pitch count at 108. Armando Rodriguez struck out Tyler Bortnick to strand both runners. Wheeler sliced his ERA to 4.80. Andrew Brown had three RBIs. Jamie Hoffmann went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, ERIE 5: The B-Mets blew a pair of two-run leads but prevailed as Danny Muno capped a three-hit game with a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth. Blake Forsythe

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started the rally by doubling against reliever Blaine Hardy. Muno brought him home by bouncing a line-drive single in front of right fielder Luis Castillo. Given a one-run advantage, Jeff Walters retired all three SeaWolves he faced in the ninth to collect his league-leading eighth save. In a contest pitting two spot-starting southpaws, the B-Mets struck first against Erie starter Matt Crouse. With two aboard, Wilfredo Tovar produced an RBI single. Alonzo Harris doubled the lead with a sacrifice fly. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon made the lead stand. Making his first start this season and pitching in his first game since April 14, the lefty faced one over the minimum over four scoreless innings.

Erie scratched out its first run in the fifth, against reliever Shawn Teufel. Tyler Collins reached on a fielding error by Tovar and took second on an errant pickoff throw by Teufel. James Robbins brought him in with a single. After Binghamton answered with a run on a David Kopp wild pitch in the fifth, the SeaWolves tied the score in the sixth against Jack Leathersich. A leadoff walk came back to bite the lefty when Collins threaded a game-tying two-run homer over the left-field wall. Forsythe offered a quick rebuttal in the bottom half of the frame. The B-Mets catcher tattooed a 2-2 offering from Kopp over the left-field fence. Joe Bonfe extended the lead with a sac fly. The two-run lead did not last. Leathersich fell into more trouble in the seventh. The SeaWolves loaded the bases on two singles and hit batsman. Hernan Perez provided a sac fly and Ramon Cabrera capped a nine-pitch at-bat with a game-tying RBI single. Chase Huchingson (2-0) entered in the eighth and worked around a two-out double to preserve the tie. Box

TAMPA 1, ST. LUCIE 0 (suspended): The game was suspended in the top of the second inning with the Mets trailing, 1-0. That game's resumption, plus the regularly scheduled contest, will be played beginning 11 a.m. Wednesday. Box

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Minors 4.28.13: Frenzel nets walk-off RBI

April, 28, 2013
4/28/13
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TACOMA 5, LAS VEGAS 3: The 51s squandered a late 3-2 lead as Tacoma swept the four-game series. Center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis' one-out fielding error in the seventh allowed Alex Liddi to reach second. Liddi then advanced to third on a wild pitch from Gonzalez Germen. Stefen Romero's RBI single evened the score. Germen surrendered a second run in the inning, on a one-out double by Carlos Triunfel. Greg Burke surrendered a run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly to give the Rainiers a two-run cushion. Pinch hitters Reese Havens and Omar Quintanilla walked to open the bottom of the ninth, and Kai Gronauer advanced both with a sacrifice bunt. But Nieuwenhuis and Brian Bixler consecutively struck out to end the game. Las Vegas had tied the score a 2 in the fifth on Josh Satin's two-run single. An inning later, the 51s had taken a 3-2 lead when Andrew Brown was hit by a pitch and scored on Jamie Hoffmann's fielder's choice groundout. Starter Chris Schwinden allowed two earned runs on three hits and five walks while striking out four in five innings. Box

AKRON 7, BINGHAMTON 5: Akron produced four homers, including a tiebreaking shot solo shot by Jose Ramirez against reliever Adam Kolarek to open the seventh. The Aeros

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ended starter Jacob deGrom's day after 5 1/3 innings with back-to-back long balls by Jesus Aguilar and Carlos Moncrief. DeGrom surrendered five runs on seven hits in his third Double-A start. With the B-Mets trailing 2-0, Danny Muno tripled against Akron starter Paolo Espino in the fifth to pull Binghamton within a run. Binghamton matched Akron’s long ball effort for a while. A four-run sixth pulled Binghamton even at 5. Josh Rodriguez and Cory Vaughn each had two-run homers in the frame. It was Vaughn's team-leading fourth homer. The tie did not last. Kolarek gave up the seventh-inning homer. Quincy Latimore added a solo shot in the eighth against Shawn Teufel. Alonzo Harris went 0-for-4, snapping a 10-game hitting streak. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, TAMPA 2: Right-hander Noah Syndergaard limited the Yankees to one unearned run on five hits and one walk and struck out seven in seven innings for his first win as a member of the Mets organization. He was acquired from Toronto in December in the R.A. Dickey trade. Robbie Shields went 4-for-5 with two doubles and scored three times to lift his average to .313. Dustin Lawley went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. Travis Taijeron contributed two RBIs. Box

SAVANNAH 3, WEST VIRGINIA 2: Cole Frenzel plated Kevin Plawecki with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to complete a comeback victory. Savannah (15-8) has won six

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straight to pull into a first-place with Augusta. In a 2-all game in the ninth, Plawecki was hit by a pitch. Jeff Glenn then sent a broken-bat chopper to third. The bat shard struck West Virginia third baseman Eric Wood, who could not make the play. With runners at first and second, Frenzel followed with a line-drive RBI single to left. Frenzel had a hand in every Gnats run. He finished 3-for-4 with a double, walk, two RBIs and run scored. The Gnats had evened the score at 2 in the eighth. Frenzel and Stefan Sabol singled. Frenzel eventually scored on a fielder's choice when Jeff Reynolds chopped a ball high off home plate. The Power (9-15) scored twice against Savannah starter Matt Koch in the first inning. An error and three straight singles led to that damage. Koch tossed 3 2/3 innings and was charged with two runs (one earned) on four hits with no walks and a strikeout. Tim Peterson, Jake Kuebler and Tyler Vanderheiden combined for 5 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Vanderheiden earned his first South Atlantic League win. Box

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