New York Mets: Jeff Kaplan

Mets morning briefing 9.24.12

September, 24, 2012
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After an intentional walk to Fred Lewis with with first base open loaded the bases, Ruben Tejada delivered a game-ending RBI single against Ryan Webb as the Mets completed a sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 3-2 win Sunday at Citi Field. It became the second walk-off hit of Tejada's career, joining a Sept. 28, 2010 two-run double against John Axford that beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

David Wright opened the scoring Sunday with a two-run homer in the first inning against Ricky Nolasco. Wright now has 1,415 career hits, within three of matching Ed Kranepool's franchise record.

The Mets now welcome the plummeting Pittsburgh Pirates to Flushing for the last home series of the season. The four-game series begins with Jenrry Mejia (0-1, 9.00 ERA) making his second major league start this season, opposite right-hander Kyle McPherson (0-1, 2.25). Collin McHugh faces left-hander Wandy Rodriguez on Tuesday and Jeremy Hefner faces left-hander Jeff Locke on Wednesday. The home finale Thursday features R.A. Dickey bidding for his 20th victory. He opposes right-hander Kevin Correia at 1:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh (75-77), which has faded to 6 games back and irrelevancy in the wild-card race, is bidding for its first winning season since 1992. The Pirates have won only five of their past 22 games.

Monday's news reports:

• Closer Frank Francisco, who last appeared Sept. 16, continues to be unavailable because of right elbow woes.


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Frank Francisco may not reappear this season.


Francisco underwent an MRI a week ago, and the team continues to label the injury tendinitis. With the season concluding in nine days and Francisco under contract for next season at $6.5 million, it may be most wise to shut the closer down for the season. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Record.

• Wright's first and second halves have been dramatically different. In fact, the third baseman is struggling to stay above .300 for the season. After a 1-for-4 game Sunday that included the long ball, he is only four points above the mark. Writes Roderick Boone in Newsday:

After an impressive first half in which he hit .351, Wright's hitting has tailed off significantly these past three months. Sure, he's three hits shy of tying Ed Kranepool for the franchise's all-time hits mark at 1,418. But he's batting just .253 since July 1. So something as simple as drilling his second home run since Aug. 24 can certainly be seen as a positive development for Wright, whose manager wants to see him end the season on a high note. "I think it's really important for David to finish strong. I really do," Terry Collins said. "For what he did the first 2 months of the season, I don't think you're going to see that very often. I want him to finish strong. I want him to break the hit record at home." ...

Wright, who entered Sunday's action batting .225 this month, seemed like he was just glad to have something tangible to hang his fitted cap on after all his struggles at the plate. "I felt like recently I've had some good at bats and not much to show for it," he said. "That's kind of the way it happens sometimes, the law of averages kicks in at some point. [Hitting] .350 is tough to keep up the entire year. I've felt good with where I've been at. As far as the at-bats I've been having, I'm disappointed in the results lately. I haven't been seeing exactly the results that I've wanted to. But I'm happy with the process and hopefully can finish up strong."

• Read game recaps in the Times, Post, Star-Ledger, Daily News and Record.

• Israel failed to qualify for the World Baseball Classic, which will be held during spring training. The squad lost 9-7 to Spain in 10 innings in the finals of a qualifier in Jupiter, Fla. Mets farmhand Josh Satin went 1-for-6 with one RBI in the defeat. Fellow Mets minor leaguer Jeff Kaplan allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings in middle relief. Check the box score here.

TRIVIA: Which pitcher led the Pirates in victories during their last winning season?

Sunday's answer: Dickey joined Tom Seaver (five times), Dwight Gooden (twice), Jerry Koosman and David Cone as the only pitchers in franchise history to notch 19 wins and 200 strikeouts while logging 220 innings.

Mets morning briefing 9.20.12

September, 20, 2012
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Matt Harvey allowed a game-opening homer to Jimmy Rollins and did not surrender another hit in seven innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. But Josh Edgin surrendered a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to Ryan Howard and the Mets lost, 3-2, in Harvey's final 2012 start.

The Mets fell to 4-25 at home since the All-Star break and saw their tragic number sliced to two for postseason elimination with St. Louis' win against Houston. The Mets (66-82) also clinched their fourth consecutive losing season. They have scored three runs or fewer in 15 straight home games, three shy of matching the major league record, held by the 1915 Yankees, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Jeremy Hefner takes the mound at 7:10 tonight trying to avoid the sweep. Hefner (2-6, 4.99 ERA) opposes Phillies rookie right-hander Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.95).

Thursday's news reports:

• Harvey is disappointed his season is ending two weeks before his teammates because of an innings limit, but he ended on a solid note. He will not be allowed to throw off a mound on the side during the remainder of the season to work on things -- it's a complete shutdown. Read game recaps in the Post, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and Daily News.


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Mets farmhand Josh Satin scores in the seventh inning of Israel's 7-3 win against South Africa in a World Baseball Classic qualifier in Jupiter, Fla., Wednesday.


David Wright had homered against Cole Hamels to give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the sixth. The long ball moved Wright within five hits of matching Ed Kranepool's franchise-record 1,418. Read Wright's thoughts on approaching Kranepool here.

• Reiterating previous comments, commissioner Bud Selig again offered his staunch support for Fred Wilpon and family. Read more in Newsday.

Frank Francisco was unavailable Wednesday because of what Terry Collins labeled elbow tendinitis. The closer had undergone an MRI this week. Read more in the Record.

Josh Satin went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored for Team Israel in a 7-3 win against South Africa in the opening game of World Baseball Classic qualifying on Wednesday in Jupiter, Fla. Fellow Mets farmhand Jeff Kaplan recorded the final two outs, walking one. Other Mets minor leaguers will be competing for Canada, Germany and Great Britain beginning today in WBC qualifying in Regensburg, Germany.

Phil Niekro and Tim Wakefield visited R.A. Dickey at Citi Field and held an informal press conference pregame. The documentary "Knuckleball!" launches at IFC Center in New York City today. For more details on the movie screenings, click here. Read more in the Daily News.

• Dickey spoke to a Rutgers journalism class at Citi Field, telling them according to Cody Derespina in Newsday: "When I have something that I want to share, I will find the [reporter] that I trust the most in the clubhouse. And the way that I gauge that is how the person has asked questions. How he has been curious. What has he been curious about? What has he done with some of my teammates? How has he presented an argument? The smarter players, the players you're going to want the stories from mostly, will pay attention to that kind of stuff."

Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger found mixed reviews of the Pacific Coast League from those with experience in the Triple-A league. Hitters love it. Pitchers, not quite. The Mets will be relocating from Buffalo in the International League to Las Vegas in the hitter-friendly PCL for the next two seasons. “The PCL is a dream,” Mike Baxter told McCullough. Said Hefner: “That’s a place that you don’t want to be as a pitcher. That almost ruined my career.”

TRIVIA: Behind Chipper Jones, who is next among active players in career homers against the Mets?

Wednesday's answer: Steve Trachsel was the winning pitcher the day the Mets clinched the NL East title with a 4-0 victory against the Florida Marlins on Sept. 11, 2006.

Mets morning briefing 9.18.12

September, 18, 2012
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R.A. Dickey surrendered solo homers to Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown and failed to win his 19th game because the Mets again mustered little scoring at home in a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. Dickey will have three more starts to try to notch two wins -- Sunday against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field, then games at Atlanta and Miami.

Tonight, weather permitting, Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.92 ERA) makes his final 2012 start before being shut down due to an innings count. He opposes Phillies rookie right-hander Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.95).

One more loss by the Mets would clinch their fourth straight losing season.

Tuesday's news reports:

Steve Moore/Associated PressIke Davis may be traded this offseason.
• The Mets will consider trading Ike Davis this winter, which would open first base for Lucas Duda and potentially address other areas of need, a baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com. Mike Puma in the Post also weighs in on the Davis vs. Duda debate, writing:

The 25-year-old Davis said he would like to stay in the organization that selected him No. 1 (18th overall) in the 2008 draft. But he said he won’t be bitter if he’s dealt. “If they trade me, they trade me -- I can’t do anything about it,” Davis said. “I have to do my job where I am at.” Does Davis consider himself a cornerstone-type player? “I think I can help teams win baseball games,” Davis said. “That is all I want to do.”

• After the Buffalo Bisons showed no interest in renewing their four-year-old affiliation agreement, the Mets signed a two-year deal -- the shortest available -- with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League. Terry Collins, who managed in that league for five years, acknowledged the altitude and dryness of the West Coast ballparks present challenges to pitchers and inflate batters' statistics. But pitchers can still thrive, the manager added. Top prospect Zack Wheeler, who likely is ticketed for Triple-A to open next season, tweeted after the news became official that he is familiar with those types of conditions because he played with San Jose in the California League while in Class A with the San Francisco Giants.

"The Mets have been in the PCL before -- not quite this far out West -- but I think it will be good," Paul DePodesta told Todd Dewey in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "There are a lot of direct flights to New York from Las Vegas. It adds a little flavor to our development system. We play at a lot of pitcher-friendly parks throughout our system ... It will be a challenge for us and our fans not to get too distracted by some of the statistics and focus on the development of the player. On the other hand, our hitters might have a field day."

You can view a PDF of the 51s' 2013 schedule here. Read more in Newsday and the Star-Ledger.

• Dickey had no margin for error in Monday's loss. The Mets have now scored three or fewer runs in a franchise-record 14 straight home games. They are 4-22 at Citi Field since the All-Star break. Read game recaps in the Star-Ledger, Newsday, Record, Times, Post and Daily News.

• Columnist Tyler Kepner in the Times tackles the state of the Mets. Writes Kepner:

The few positives from the second half, manager Terry Collins said, have been the emergence of Matt Harvey, the development of some young relievers and the improved play of Ike Davis. “So there’s been some things,” Collins said. “It just shows you guys are not just pitching the tent together and packing it up. There’s still some individual goals that want to be achieved here, and guys are going out every day to achieve them.”

Yet even the best individual seasons, by R.A. Dickey and David Wright, are tinged with some concern about their futures with the Mets. Neither is signed past 2013. Only one player has a guaranteed contract beyond next season -- the left-hander Jon Niese, who signed a five-year, $25.5 million deal in April. The Mets are not used to such flexibility, but the question is what they will do with it. Niese, for one, is interested.


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Matt Harvey's final 2012 start is scheduled for tonight.


“I signed that deal because I thought it was in everybody’s best interest, including myself,” said Niese, who is 11-9 with a 3.46 earned run average. “That’s what I wanted to do, I wanted that financial security and that feeling of not having to worry about anything besides pitching, and I think that’s helped me out a lot this year. Obviously, with R. A.’s situation and David’s situation, I am curious to see what’s going to happen. And even beyond R. A. and David, I’m kind of interested to see what else we do to improve the team.”

• Harvey understands the decision to shut him down after this outing. But, like Stephen Strasburg with the Washington Nationals, that does not mean he is ecstatic about not completing the season in the rotation. Read more in the Record.

Ruben Tejada and Manny Acosta will represent Panama in World Baseball Classic qualifying from Nov. 15-19 in their native country. Afterward, Tejada said, he plans to return to New York to train with Jose Reyes at a Garden City, Long Island, facility. The Mets have five farmhands participating in WBC qualifying this week -- Josh Satin and Jeff Kaplan with Israel in Jupiter, Fla., and Adam Loewen (Canada), Kai Gronauer (Germany) and Hamilton Bennett (Great Britain) in Regensburg, Germany.

• The Mets added seats in foul territory behind home plate at Citi Field to test out the configuration for next year's All-Star Game.

• The mayors of Boston and New York are declaring "Knuckleball Day" this week in their cities to coincide with the official release of the documentary that focuses on Tim Wakefield and Dickey. Read more in Newsday.

Jeremy Hefner will reenter the rotation Wednesday. Collin McHugh also will get another start, according to Collins. The manager would like to see Jeurys Familia continue in a relief role for now, since that is the rookie's likely 2013 role with the major league club. Still, Familia may get a start the last week of the season. Read more in Newsday.

• Triple-A pitching coach Mark Brewer will not be retained by the organization, Sandy Alderson told Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger.

TRIVIA: Who was involved in the last trade between the Mets and Phillies?

Monday's answer: Since the trade of Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers, John Mayberry Jr. has been the Phillies' primary center fielder.

Five Mets farmhands in WBC qualifying

September, 17, 2012
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Adam Loewen, who played first base and outfield for Triple-A Buffalo this season, appeared in the 2006 World Baseball Classic as a pitcher and held the United States scoreless.


The Mets will have five minor leaguers participating in the World Baseball Classic qualifying rounds that take place in Jupiter, Fla., beginning Wednesday and Regensburg, Germany, the following day.

Infielder Josh Satin and right-hander Jeff Kaplan will represent Israel in Florida, at the spring-training complex of the Cardinals and Marlins, on a roster composed nearly entirely of Jewish-American minor leaguers. That pool also includes France, South Africa and Spain.

The Germany pool includes the host country as well as Canada, the Czech Republic and Great Britain. German catcher Kai Gronauer will represent the host country, while British Columbia-born outfielder Adam Loewen represents Canada and South Carolina-born left-hander Hamilton Bennett represents Great Britain. Loewen participated in the original WBC in 2006 as a pitcher, before converting to first base and outfield. In fact, he tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his lone start, against the United States, six years ago.

Former Mets outfielder Shawn Green will play for the Israeli squad. Among former Mets farmhand, Emmanuel Garcia represents France, Shawn Bowman and Jon Malo represent Canada and Mike Cervenak represents the Czech Republic.

The WBC also will hold qualifiers in November. Panama, Brazil, Colombia and Nicaragua will compete in Panama City. Taiwan, New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand will compete in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Around the minors 8.26.12

August, 26, 2012
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BUFFALO 1, ROCHESTER 0
ROCHESTER 11, BUFFALO 9: Zack Wheeler tossed a seven-inning shutout for his first Triple-A win in Game 1. Wheeler allowed three hits and two walks in the complete game. The lone run came courtesy of Matt den Dekker's sacrifice fly, which scored Adam Loewen. In Game 2, Fred Lewis launched a solo homer to open what became a four-run first. The Red Wings answered with three runs the following half-inning, which were charged to starter Dylan Owen. Consecutive walks to begin the inning set the tone. A two-out double by Matt Carson against reliever Jeff Stevens scored a pair to pull Rochester within 4-3. After Valentino Pascucci homered in the third to extend the Buffalo lead to two runs, the Wings responded with three runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth. C.J. Nitkowski was charged with seven runs in 1 1/3 innings. Buffalo clawed back on a two-run homer from Matt Tuiasosopo in the fifth. The Bisons added two runs in the sixth thanks to another blast, this one a two-run shot by Zach Lutz that pulled Buffalo within 10-9. But the Herd couldn't complete the comeback. Box 1, Box 2

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 3: Wilfredo Tovar capped a four-hit day by driving in the game-deciding run with a single in the top of the 10th. With the score tied at 3 in the extra frame, Allan Dykstra walked against Portland reliever Michael Olmsted and was replaced by pinch-runner Juan Lagares. With one out, Dustin Martin dribbled a grounder to first. Olmsted received the toss from Travis Shaw, but failed to step on the bag. The righty followed the error by walking Juan Centeno to load the bases. Tovar then lofted a single into shallow center. Lagares scored easily from third and Martin came home as well after a misfire from center fielder Shannon Wilkerson. Brad Holt made the lead stand with a perfect bottom half. Portland left fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker had launched a 2-2 offering from Greg Peavey for his team-leading 18th homer to open the scoring. The B-Mets responded with a four-hit attack in the second against Portland starter Jeremy Kehrt. Centeno bounced into a run-scoring fielder's choice. Reese Havens gave the B-Mets the lead three batters later with an RBI single. Hazelbaker struck again in the third. With a runner aboard, he produced his second homer of the day, giving the Sea Dogs a 3-2 lead. Binghamton used another four-hit inning to tie the contest in the fourth. With runners at the corners, Havens beat out a potential double-play grounder, allowing Tovar to score. Peavey settled down and retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced, allowing one additional hit. Jeff Kaplan (2-0) bridged the gap to the 10th by allowing one hit over two scoreless innings. Peavey allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings. Box

CHARLOTTE at ST. LUCIE (canceled): The game was called off because of Tropical Storm Isaac and will not be rescheduled.

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 3: Down 4-2, the Gnats rallied for a run the ninth on Albert Cordero’s RBI single. Savannah had the potential tying run at second and winning run at first, but pinch-hitter Dustin Lawley struck out to end the game. The Braves had opened the scoring in the first inning with an unearned run resulting from shortstop Yucarybert De La Cruz dropping a popup in shallow left field. Rome added two runs on four singles in the top of the sixth against Savannah starter Marcos Camarena to establish a 3-0 advantage. Camarena (7-6) completed six innings, allowing three runs (two earned). The Gnats picked up two runs in the sixth. With one out, De La Cruz and Brandon Brown each singled. Gilbert Gomez then delivered a two-run double to pull the Gnats within 3-2. Rome pushed its lead back to two runs in the eighth, when William Beckwith blasted a solo homer off Gnats reliever Randy Fontanez. Box

PULASKI 6, KINGSPORT 4: Pulaski took a 4-0 lead by roughing up Kingsport starter Persio Reyes, who only lasted two innings. In the third, Kingsport got back a pair as Jeffrey Diehl tripled in a run and Joe Tuschak drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Jorge Rivero and Tomas Nido each had RBIs in the sixth as the K-Mets moved within two runs. Carlos Valdez and Luis Rengel threw seven innings of two-run ball in relief. Box

STATEN ISLAND 12, BROOKLYN 2: Cyclones starter Julian Hilario surrendered seven runs (five earned) in the first inning. Back-to-back doubles by Claudio Custodio and Fu-Lin Kuo put the Yankees on the board. Peter O’Brien then singled, before Ravel Santana reached on a fielding error by shortstop Phillip Evans to make it 2-0. Gregory Bird hit a two-run double, but was thrown out at third by second baseman Jeff Reynolds. The Yankees then plated another two runs on four consecutive hits before Hilario was pulled. Tim Peterson entered and got Custodio to ground into a force out, but Daniel Lopez scored. Peterson allowed Bird's solo homer the following inning. The Cyclones ran into more trouble in the fourth. O’Brien hit a two-out single and was plated on a single by Santana. A throwing error by Peterson allowed Santana to advance to second, and he later scored on a single from Bird to give Staten Island a 10-run advantage. Brooklyn plated two runs in the fifth, when Brandon Nimmo homered, scoring Reynolds. Peterson tossed 3 2/3 innings in relief, surrendering three earned runs. Paul Sewald gave up two runs in three innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.23.12

August, 23, 2012
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4, BUFFALO 3 (11 innings): Melky Mesa's homer opened the 11th inning against C.J. Nitkowski. The score was tied at 3 entering extra innings because of another Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rally. Down by a pair, the Yankees strung together three consecutive hits with two outs in the seventh, capped by Corban Joseph's two-run single against Garrett Olson. Buffalo built a 3-1 lead with solo runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings. Brad Emaus singled after Fred Lewis' double to give the Bisons the advantage two batters into the bottom of the first. Josh Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Matt Tuiasosopo homered in the seventh. Armando Rodriguez allowed just one run in 4 1/3 innings in his Triple-A debut. He was promoted to fill Collin McHugh's Triple-A rotation spot. Box

PORTLAND 14, BINGHAMTON 9: The B-Mets held their only lead after scoring two runs against Mike MacDonald in the second inning. Allan Dykstra doubled, took third on a passed ball and scored on Raul Reyes' single. Juan Centeno added a sac fly. It was all downhill from there as the Sea Dogs tagged Cory Mazzoni for five runs in the bottom half. Portland collected four hits and took advantage of a fielding error by shortstop Wilfredo Tovar to take a 5-2 lead. The Sea Dogs added two more runs in the third, Mazzoni’s final inning. The B-Mets cut the deficit to three with two runs in the fourth. Tovar supplied an RBI triple and Centeno added a run-scoring groundout. It was as close as the B-Mets would get. The Sea Dogs plated two against reliever Brandon Moore in the fourth on two hits, two walks and three wild pitches. Edgar Ramirez tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings before getting tagged for three runs on four extra-base hits in the sixth. Portland capped its outburst with two runs in the seventh against Jeff Kaplan. Wilmer Flores compiled a three-hit night and fell a triple shy of the cycle in the loss. He ripped a solo homer over the Maine Monster in the fifth, provided an RBI single in the seventh and double in the ninth. Box

JUPITER 9, ST. LUCIE 0
ST. LUCIE 8, JUPITER 1: Logan Verrett pitched a complete-game three-hitter and Aderlin Rodriguez homered twice and drove in three in the nightcap as the Mets earned a doubleheader split. Verrett (2-0) allowed one run and three hits while walking one and recording six strikeouts in seven innings. Travis Taijeron went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Cesar Puello hit a solo homer in the sixth. Cory Vaughn went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Alonzo Harris Jr. had two hits and a run scored. The Mets dropped the first game as Angel Cuan was chased in the first inning. He allowed four runs and five hits with two walks and one strikeout. Jack Leathersich tossed 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings with three strikeouts. John Church pitched two scoreless innings with one strikeout. Hamilton Bennett allowed five unearned runs and six hits with one walk and one strikeout. Box 1, Box 2

ROME at SAVANNAH (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 1: Miller Diaz tossed six scoreless innings, limiting the Blue Jays to two hits while striking out six. Gavin Cecchini, who remains at DH, went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Box

TRI-CITY 4, BROOKLYN 3 (11 innings): John Mincone pitched a scoreless eighth, but gave up a run to the ValleyCats in the top of the ninth to blow the Cyclones' lead. Mincone allowed a leadoff single to Jesse Wierzbicki, then got Tyler Heineman to ground out. With Wierzbicki at second, Mike Cokinos singled in the tying run. In the top of the 11th, Wierzbicki hit a two-run homer against Beck Wheeler, giving Tri-City a 4-2 lead. Wierzbicki hit for the cycle. The Cyclones had back-to-back singles to begin the bottom half of the frame. Eudy Pina then grounded out, advancing both runners. Brandon Nimmo also grounded out as Nelfi Zapata scored from third, cutting the ValleyCats' lead to one run. However, Dimas Ponce struck out to end the game. Wheeler suffered the loss for the Cyclones after tossing 1 1/3 innings and allowing two earned runs. In 6 2/3 innings, Gabriel Ynoa held Tri-City to one earned run and five hits. Ynoa walked one and fanned five batters. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.21.12

August, 21, 2012
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4, BUFFALO 2: Zack Wheeler cruised into the sixth, when his outing unraveled. The Yankees rallied for three runs in the frame as Corban Joseph, Eduardo Nunez and Kosuke Fukudome all contributed RBI singles. The Bisons had taken a 2-0 lead in the second. Matt Tuiasosopo singled to score Zach Lutz. Oswaldo Navarro then contributed a sacrifice fly. Brandon Laird cut Buffalo's lead to 2-1 in the fourth with a sacrifice fly. Wheeler otherwise cruised early on. He didn't allow a hit until Nunez's blooper over first base in the fourth. He retired the side in order in the fifth. An inning later, though, Chris Dickerson led off with a double and Joseph's RBI single evened the score. Joseph moved to second base on Fred Lewis' throw home, putting him in position to score on Nunez's hit. Two batters later, Fukudome served a Wheeler offering to the opposite field to plate Nunez. Wheeler was charged with four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Greg Peavey fired seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets scored the game’s only run on a fielding error. Peavey struck out a season-high six in Binghamton’s eighth shutout win of the season. It was a contest loaded with missed opportunities as the teams combined to strand 21 men and go 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Binghamton threatened early against Fisher Cats starter Deck McGuire, but stranded seven runners through the first four innings. New Hampshire pressed to break the scoreless game in the fifth. After a one-out double by Jake Marisnick put runners at second and third, Peavey induced Ryan Goins to ground out and intentionally walked Ryan Schimpf to load the bases. The strategy paid off as Brad Glenn struck out to end the inning. Binghamton finally broke through in the bottom half. Dustin Martin led off with single and tried to score on Wilmer Flores’ double, but was gunned down at the plate. Following a groundout that pushed Flores to third, Eric Campbell stroked a groundball to third. The sharp roller bounced through Schimpf's legs, allowing Flores to score. Peavey made the one-run lead stand over his final two innings. He fired a perfect sixth and stranded two runners in the seventh. Over his seven shutout innings, Peavey allowed six hits and left nine men aboard. Jeff Kaplan worked around a two-out single to post a scoreless eighth. Drew Carpenter left the tying run at second base in the ninth to earn his second save as a B-Met. Peavey (7-8) earn his third win in August, the most wins he has had in any month as a B-Met. Box

JUPITER at ST. LUCIE (ppd.)

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 0: The Tourists took a 1-0 lead in the second when David Kandilas fisted a single over Brian Harrison at third base to plate Will Swanner, who had doubled. Asheville added three runs in the seventh. Swanner began the inning by ripping the first pitch he saw from Gnats starter Marcos Camarena over the left-field wall for a solo homer. The Tourists outhit the Gnats 11-2. Both Savannah hits were singles. Asheville starter Ben Alsup was perfect into the fourth inning and took a no-hitter into the fifth, when Gregory Pron singled. The Tourists tacked on two runs in the ninth against T.J. Chism. Box

KINGSPORT 4, BURLINGTON 3 (8 innings)
BURLINGTON 4, KINGSPORT 3: Maikis De La Cruz provided a tiebreaking two-run double in extra innings in the opener. Hunter Carnevale allowed a run in the bottom half, but held on for the win by striking out Alex Hudak to leave two in scoring position. In Game 2, Burlington scored three runs in the sixth against Cristian Chivilli and Edioglis Villasmil to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Box 1, Box 2

TRI-CITY 5, BROOKLYN 2: Nelfi Zapata delivered a two-run homer in the third, but the ValleyCats answered in the fifth and went on to defeat Brooklyn. Cyclones starter Rainy Lara loaded the bases in the fifth with two walks and a hit batsman. He struck out Austin Elkins before surrendering a two-run single to Preston Tucker, which tied the score and knocked him from the mound. Tim Peterson entered and allowed a tiebreaking single to Jesse Wierzbicki. Tyler Heineman then delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. Lara was charged with four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two in his second loss of the year. The Cyclones were in trouble again in the top of the sixth. Reliever Craig Hansen walked Ryan Dineen and hit Dan Gulbransen with a pitch before Joe Sclafani reached on an error by shortstop Phillip Evans. That error allowed Dineen to cross the plate and give the ValleyCats a three-run advantage. For the Cyclones, Matt Koch tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.18.12

August, 18, 2012
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Bisons third baseman Zach Lutz slides into second base as Pawtucket shortstop Jonathan Hee waits for the ball at Fenway Park on Saturday.
BUFFALO 2, PAWTUCKET 0: Collin McHugh tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Robert Carson, Elvin Ramirez and Fernando Cabrera on a five-hit shutout as the Bisons beat the Red Sox's Triple-A affiliate in Boston's annual prospect showcase at Fenway Park. McHugh also tossed six scoreless innings last season at the historic ballpark, while representing Double-A Binghamton. After Josh Satin walked and advanced to third on Matt Tuiasosopo's double in the second, Brad Emaus' groundout got the Bisons on the scoreboard. Buffalo opened a two-run lead in the sixth when Josh Rodriguez homered over the Green Monster. Box

RICHMOND 4, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets were held to three hits and suffered their 10th shutout loss. They were held hitless over their final 16 plate appearances. Chris Heston (9-5) baffled the B-Mets for seven innings. The Eastern League’s ERA leader surrendered three hits and extended his scoreless streak to 15 2/3 innings. Richmond’s ace helped his own cause in the third against Cory Mazzoni. With Ryan Cavan on first, Heston chopped an RBI double over Wilmer Flores’ head at third to give the Squirrels a 1-0 lead. Johnny Monell added a two-run homer in the fourth. Mazzoni (5-4) settled down after Monell’s blast with three scoreless frames. He allowed three runs on seven hits and racked up a career-high seven strikeouts in seven innings. Armando Rodriguez threw a scoreless eighth. Jeff Kaplan allowed a run on two hits in the ninth. Box

CHARLOTTE 9, ST. LUCIE 8: Danny Muno's single scored Alonzo Harris Jr. in the top of the ninth to give St. Lucie a one-run lead, but Charlotte answered with two runs in the bottom half for a walk-off win. Charlotte's Riccio Torrez had a game-tying double against Hamilton Bennett. First baseman Richard Lucas then committed a fielding error on Cody Rogers' grounder as Steven Tinoco scored the winning run. Adam Kolarek had surrendered three runs in the eighth and also was charged with a blown save. Box

HICKORY 12, SAVANNAH 5: Yohan Almonte and Randy Fontanez combined to surrender 11 runs in five innings. Almonte allowed three homers. Greg Pron and Brian Harrison homered in the loss. Box

KINGSPORT 8, ELIZABETHTON 4: Maikis De La Cruz drove in three runs and Yeixon Ruiz went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Akeel Morris tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box

VERMONT 4, BROOKLYN 1: Facing Cyclones starter Luis Mateo, Vermont pushed across two runs in the third. Kelvin Rojas singled and moved to second on Christopher Bostick's sacrifice bunt. Brett Vertigan then beat out an infield single to shortstop Phillip Evans, allowing Rojas to move to third. John Wooten grounded out to Mateo as Vertigan advanced to second with two outs. Bruce Maxwell followed with a two-run single. Paul Sewald replaced Mateo for the sixth and shut down the Lake Monsters in that frame. An inning later, however, Sewald surrendered his first two runs as a professional. The Cyclones plated their lone run in the eighth, against Tucker Healy. Juan Gamboa led off with a single and moved to third on a single by Jeff Glenn. Julio Concepcion then grounded into a run-scoring fielder's choice. Brandon Nimmo struck out and Dimas Ponce drew a walk, bringing up Evans with two outs. He also struck out, ending the threat. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.14.12

August, 14, 2012
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BUFFALO 6, LEHIGH VALLEY 0: Jeurys Familia tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Robert Carson on the five-hit shutout. Matt den Dekker belted a grand slam in a five-run seventh inning against Joe Savery. Den Dekker became the first Bison to have two grand slams in a season since Chris Clapinski had four in 2004 when Buffalo was affiliated with the Indians. The Bisons had opened the scoring in the fourth when Fred Lewis led off with his 22nd double of the season and eventually raced home on a wild pitch. Familia allowed four hits and one walk while striking out eight in a 94-pitch effort. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 5, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets struck out a season-high 14 times and mustered only five hits against five Fisher Cats pitchers, including rehabbing major leaguer Brandon Morrow. Against B-Mets starter Gonzalez Germen in the fourth, New Hamsphire opened the scoring when Brad Glenn singled, moved to third on two groundouts and came home on Ryan Schimpf’s single. Morrow, making his second rehab appearance with the Fisher Cats, struck out six over 4 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits while issuing no walks. Morrow exited after allowing a two-out double to Francisco Pena in the fifth. Michael Dubee entered the one-run game and struck out Wilfredo Tovar to strand the tying run on base. New Hampshire added to its lead a half-inning later. With a runner aboard, Kevin Howard blistered the first pitch from Germen over the right-field wall. Dubee returned for the sixth and surrendered Binghamton’s only runs. With two outs, Eric Campbell singled and Allan Dykstra blasted a two-run homer to trim the deficit to 3-2. But the Fisher Cats plated two runs in the sixth against Germen. With the bases loaded, Brian Jeroloman dribbled a groundball up the first-base line. Germen fielded the roller cleanly, but his throw home sailed past Pena, allowing two runs to score. Jeff Kaplan closed the inning by getting two outs. He added a scoreless seventh. Edgar Ramirez threw a perfect eighth after getting activated from the disabled list before the game. Germen (6-10) suffered his fourth straight loss with the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, PALM BEACH 8: Kyle Allen and Adrian Rosario combined to surrender six runs in the top of the ninth as St. Lucie squandered an 8-2 lead. But the Mets produced a walk-off win a half-inning later when Blake Forsythe's single scored T.J. Rivera. Cory Vaughn, Robbie Shields and Danny Muno each contributed early homers. Chase Huchingson limited the Cardinals to two runs in six innings and Jack Leathersich tossed two scoreless relief innings as St. Lucie took a six-run lead to the ninth. Box

LEXINGTON 10, SAVANNAH 1: The Legends built a 10-0 lead as the Gnats failed to score until two outs in the bottom of the ninth, when Charley Thurber's single plated Albert Cordero, who had doubled. The Legends began the scoring with two runs in the second inning, added a run in the third, then chased Gnats starter Alex Panteliodis with four runs in the sixth. Panteliodis was charged with seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. The seven runs allowed by Panteliodis were his most in a start since May 16. Matt Reynolds and Cam Maron picked up two hits apiece in the loss. Box

KINGSPORT 4, JOHNSON CITY 2
JOHNSON CITY 4, KINGSPORT 2: Matt Budgell tossed three scoreless relief innings to earn the win in the opener. The K-Mets overcame a 2-0 deficit with a three-run third, which included a two-run double by Yeixon Ruiz. In the nightcap, Kingsport trailed 4-0 entering the bottom of the final frame. Jeyckol De Leon then contributed a two-run double, but Johnson City reliever Ronald Shaban entered and struck out Anthony Chavez and coaxed a game-ending groundout from pinch hitter Jonathan Leroux. Box 1, Box 2

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.12.12

August, 12, 2012
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BUFFALO 9, PAWTUCKET 3: Jenrry Mejia surrendered two runs, both unearned, on six hits and a walk and notched his first winning decision as a starting pitcher this season. Left fielder Lucas Duda went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, the latter against Mark Prior. Duda scored three runs in his return following a three-day absence while requiring a root canal. Josh Rodriguez contributed a solo homer. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, HARRISBURG 2: Juan Centeno and Allan Dykstra drove in three runs apiece as the B-Mets pounded out 15 hits in the rubber game. The B-Mets got to Senators starter Paul Demny in the third. Binghamton started the frame with three straight singles, including Dykstra’s RBI hit. A walk to Jefry Marte loaded the bases. Centeno then produced his second triple this season. Demny issued two more walks to reload the bases. Reliever Brian Broderick entered and induced Sean Kazmar to ground out to end the four-run inning. B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni allowed at least one baserunner in each of his first four innings, but did not surrender a run. That changed in the fifth, when the reliever Broderick singled, took second on a balk and scored on back-to-back singles. Mazzoni walked Tim Pahuta to load the bases, but induced Destin Hood to ground out to end the threat. After Broderick retired nine straight, the B-Mets scored a run on three singles in the sixth. Raul Reyes added a solo homer an inning later for a 6-1 lead. Jeff Kaplan replaced Mazzoni and tossed a scoreless sixth. In the seventh, Adam Kolarek surrendered a pinch-hit homer to Jimmy Van Ostrand. The southpaw nonetheless battled through two innings without allowing another run. Dykstra capped his three-RBI day with a sac fly against Rafael Martin in the eighth, extending Binghamton’s lead to five runs for Ryan Fraser. He struck out two and breezed through a perfect ninth. Mazzoni (5-3) scattered six hits while allowing one run over five innings. Box

ST. LUCIE at FORT MYERS (canceled)

SAVANNAH at GREENVILLE (canceled)

DANVILLE 6, KINGSPORT 5 (13 innings): K-Mets reliever Ramon Estevez surrendered a leadoff walk to Logan Robbins in the 13th. Robbins advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored the decisive run on Levi Hyam's two-out single. Akeel Morris had contributed five scoreless relief innings. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini went 3-for-7 with two RBIs as the DH in his first action since fracturing the tip of his middle finger getting hit by a pitch on Aug. 1. Box

BROOKLYN 10, VERMONT 5: The Cyclones completed the sweep and moved within a game of first-place Hudson Valley. Rainy Lara surrendered more than three earned runs for only the second time this season, while battling through five innings. The Lake Monsters took a second-inning lead when Daniel Robertson doubled and Miguel Marte followed with an RBI single. Vermont made it 2-0 in the fourth, but the Cyclones struck back a half-inning later. Brooklyn batted around in a four-run frame. Dimas Ponce, Phillip Evans and Kevin Plawecki singled to load the bases with no outs. Alex Sanchez then doubled to even the score at 2. Nelfi Zapata delivered a sacrifice fly to score Plawecki and give Brooklyn the lead. After Julio Concepcion walked, Richie Rodriguez singled to score Sanchez and give the Cyclones a two-run cushion. In the fifth, Vermont's Sam Roberts singled and Reynaldo Mateo walked. With runners on the corners after a fielder's choice, Chris Bostick singled to score Roberts and cut the Cyclones' lead to 4-3. Brett Vertigan also singled, tying the game. In the bottom half, Ponce homered -- his first long ball since Aug. 14, 2011. The Cyclones added four runs in the sixth. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.9.12

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

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

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

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

KINGSPORT at BRISTOL (canceled)

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

Compiled from team reports

Farm report: Draft family affair for Sewalds

August, 8, 2012
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Brooklyn Cyclones right-hander Paul Sewald has tossed 19 2/3 scoreless innings as a professional.
Paul Sewald and his 18-year-old brother John are separated by just enough age that they never played together in a sanctioned game.

“One game, when we didn’t have enough guys in a summer-league game, because he was going to the same high school that I was going to, my coach asked if he would come just in case we didn’t have enough players,” Sewald recalled. “But some other players showed up, so we never actually got to play in the same game.”

The brothers now have the distinction, though, of being selected in the same draft.

The Mets drafted Paul, a right-handed pitcher, in the 10th round as a senior out of the University of San Diego. John, a prep outfielder, went in the 34th round to the Orioles -- although the late selection mostly resulted from teams knowing he was seeking significant dollars to forgo playing for Arizona State.

“It was a great couple of days for us,” the 22-year-old Sewald recalled. “My brother would have been drafted higher had it not been for his asking price. It would have been really cool to see my little brother drafted even higher than me. But, either way, it was great to see him drafted. We were trying to see if anyone ever had two brothers drafted in the same draft, because it doesn’t really work that way. You have to be specific ages to be draft-eligible.”

Brothers being selected in the same draft actually is not uncommon.


Courtesy of Brooklyn Cyclones
Paul Sewald


MLB officials reviewed data from the past four drafts for ESPNNewYork.com and believe the Sewalds are the only set of brothers selected this past June. During the previous three drafts, however, an average of six pairs of brothers were selected each year, including Trent and Shane Boras (sons of agent Scott Boras) last year and Bryce and Bryan Harper in 2010.

Sewald’s pro experience so far could not have been scripted much better.

He is appearing in 30-second spots this week on MTV between 3:30 and 6 p.m. with Brooklyn teammates Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki and Phillip Evans, teaching baseball to host Lenay Dunn (photo here). On the mound, Sewald tossed two no-hit innings Tuesday to earn his third save as the Cyclones won at Lowell, 1-0. He has yet to allow a run in 19 2/3 professional innings. Opposing batters are hitting .171. Sewald has issued two walks and hit a batter while striking out 21.

Sewald throws a four-seam fastball that sits at 87-89 mph as well as a two-seam fastball, slider and changeup. Like the pitchers drafted by the Mets the previous year who logged big innings counts in college were handled, including Cory Mazzoni and Tyler Pill, Sewald is working in relief in Brooklyn to limit his innings. He should have a chance to earn a starting role in 2013 when he returns fresh. He has only entered at the start of innings, not with inherited runners.

“I don’t have ‘blow-away’ velocity,” Sewald said. “I have to hit the corners and stuff. I’ve been doing a really good job of that so far. That’s what’s been leading to my success.”

Sewald’s father Mark was drafted as a pitcher out of high school in 1979 in the 16th round by the Red Sox, then again after his junior year at Loyola Marymount, but opted for a job in the business world.

“His claim to fame was that he was drafted six picks ahead of Orel Hershiser,” Sewald said, actually understanding the distance between the picks. (It was 24 picks ahead of Hershiser in ’79.)

As for the brothers, they have combined to lead their alma mater, Bishop Gorman High, to seven straight state titles.

“My sophomore year was the first time in 52 years of school history that we won the baseball state title,” Sewald said. “And then after that we’ve won six more in a row. So my brother or I have been on all seven.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .324; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .308; Cam Maron, Savannah, .304; Josh Satin, Buffalo, .295; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, .293; Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, .290; Josh Rodriguez, Buffalo, .285; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, .281; Juan Lagares, Binghamton, .281.

Homers: Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 21; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 18; Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 16; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 16.

RBI: Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 74; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, 64; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 61; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 60; Dustin Lawley, Savannah, 59.

Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 31; Juan Lagares, Binghamton, 20; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, 18; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 17; Richard Lucas, St. Lucie, 17.

ERA: Hansel Robles, Brooklyn, 1.74; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 2.19; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 2.36; Luis Cessa, Brooklyn, 2.43; Gabriel Ynoa, Brooklyn, 2.45; Jacob deGrom, Savannah, 2.51; Rainy Lara, Brooklyn, 2.56; Michael Fulmer, Savannah, 2.58; Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 2.79; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 3.09.

Wins: Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 11; Zack Wheeler, Buffalo, 10; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 10; Cory Mazzoni, Binghamton, 9; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 9.

Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 19; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 16; Adam Kolarek, Binghamton, 16; Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 14; Robert Carson, Buffalo, 10.

Strikeouts: Zack Wheeler, Buffalo, 124; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 122; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 112; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 110; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 105.

Short hops

• The Mets should be well-represented in World Baseball Classic qualifying, which includes France, Israel, South Africa and Spain competing in Jupiter, Fla., from Sept. 19-23 and Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany and Great Britain competing in Regensburg, Germany, Sept. 20-24.

Rosters are not official, and September call-ups to the majors would trump the WBC, but the Israeli entry should include Josh Satin and potentially Binghamton right-hander Jeff Kaplan, who also is eligible for the Czech Republic squad. Canada has asked for permission to consider Adam Loewen. Other farmhands participating may include catcher Kai Gronauer (Germany) and left-hander Hamilton Bennett (Great Britain). Retired former Mets outfielder Shawn Green plans to represent Israel.

Lucas Duda appears to be heating up with Buffalo. After going 3-for-25 in his first six games following a demotion, Duda has a five-game hitting streak during which he is hitting .471 (8-for-17) with two homers. Duda has started the past two games in left field, after manning first base for two games.

• Right-hander Scott Patterson allowed two runs on three hits in an inning in his Buffalo debut Monday, although he had not thrown off a mound for more than a week. Patterson, 33, had asked for his release from the Mariners organization. He had received a recruiting call during the offseason from Terry Collins, but opted to sign with Seattle over Baltimore and the Mets. Patterson had a 2.89 ERA and four saves in 26 relief appearances at Triple-A Tacoma, but was not being considered for a major league promotion with Seattle.

Zack Wheeler’s second Triple-A start is scheduled for Saturday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) in Buffalo.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who turned 25 Tuesday, will not undergo surgery and instead is in Port St. Lucie after suffering a torn plantar fascia in his right foot while running to first base in a Triple-A game.

• All indications are Buffalo will wait until after the season to decide whether to continue as a Mets affiliate or agree to a tie-in with the Blue Jays (or, far less likely, with the Pirates or Brewers).

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Around the minors 8.5.12

August, 5, 2012
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SYRACUSE at BUFFALO (ppd.): Zack Wheeler's Triple-A debut was rained out. The teams will make up the game with a 5 p.m. doubleheader Monday at Syracuse. Wheeler will start Game 1, with Jenrry Mejia handling the nightcap.

READING 5, BINGHAMTON 2: After waiting through an 85-minute rain delay, the B-Mets took advantage of Reading starter Brody Colvin’s wildness in the first two innings. Through the first 10 batters, Colvin issued three walks, hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch. Allan Dykstra gave Binghamton the lead with an RBI single in the first. Francisco Pena scampered home on Colvin’s wild pitch in the second. Colvin (1-0) settled down and retired 12 of the final 13 B-Mets he faced, while working into the sixth inning. He surrendered one hit and struck out five to earn his first Double-A victory. Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, the R-Phils began to turn the tide with one swing against starter Mark Cohoon. With one out, Darin Ruf launched a solo homer. It was his fourth home run of the series and 22nd second of the season, matching the league lead. Another long ball burned the B-Mets in the fifth. A throwing error by Jefry Marte and a single by Miguel Abreu set the stage for Cody Asche. The third baseman squeezed a high-arching, three-run homer over the left-fence wall, giving Reading a 4-2 lead. Cohoon’s night came to an end in the sixth. After D’Arby Myers singled and Brandon Tripp walked, Troy Hanzawa flied out. Myers raced to third on the play and scampered home when Juan Lagares failed to return the ball to the infield quickly. Cohoon (6-8) allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits while striking out seven, a season-high. C.J. Nitkowski, Jeff Kaplan and Brad Holt combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, FORT MYERS 1: Richard Lucas went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as the Mets pounded out 16 hits. Chase Huchingson allowed one run and four hits over six innings to earn his seventh win. Huchingson walked four and struck out five. John Church tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and two walks. Jeff Walters contributed a scoreless inning with a pair of strikeouts. Kai Gronauer finished 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Alonzo Harris Jr. went 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. T.J. Rivera went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Robbie Shields finished 3-for-4, Cory Vaughn went 1-for-4 with an RBI, and Travis Taijeron had an RBI double. Box

ASHEVILLE 5, SAVANNAH 4 (11 innings): Brandon Sage surrendered consecutive one-out doubles to David Kandilas and Ryan Casteel in the 11th as the Gnats suffered a walk-off loss. Savannah had rallied to tie the score in the sixth on two-run homers by Charley Thurber and Matt Reynolds. Box

KINGSPORT 3, PRINCETON 1: Miller Diaz limited the Rays to one run on five hits and a walk in seven innings and Akeel Morris contributed two scoreless relief innings for his first save. The K-Mets broke a 1-all tie on Jeyckol De Leon's two-run homer in the sixth. Box

BROOKLYN 8, AUBURN 0 (8 innings): Johan Santana tossed three scoreless innings in a rehab start, allowing one walk and one hit -- a single by Mike McQuillan in the second. Brandon Nimmo opened the bottom of the first by getting hit by a pitch. Phillip Evans then walked and Jayce Boyd grounded out to third. With Nimmo and Evans in scoring position, Kevin Plawecki delivered a two-run single. Plawecki advanced to second on a throwing error by center fielder Narciso Mesa. He scored on Stefan Sabol's double. The Cyclones scored another three runs in the second. Dimas Ponce reached on a fielding error by third baseman Khayyan Norfork. With Nimmo batting, another Auburn error -- this time a throwing error by starting pitcher Brett Mooneyham on a pickoff attempt -- moved Ponce to second. After Nimmo was called out on strikes, Evans homered to give Brooklyn a five-run lead. Boyd walked and advanced to second on Plawecki's single. Boyd scored on a two-out double by Nelfi Zapata, which knocked Mooneyham from the game. After giving up a walk and a hit in the second, Santana pitched a perfect third. He was replaced on the mound by Julian Hilario. Hilario earned the win, tossing five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and three walks while striking out three. The game was called after eight innings due to rain. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.4.12

August, 5, 2012
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BUFFALO 1, SYRACUSE 0: Chris Schwinden, Robert Carson and Fernando Cabrera combined on a 10-hit shutout. Lucas Duda's sixth-inning double plated Fred Lewis with the game's lone run. Schwinden worked six innings, scattering eight hits and a walk. After yielding two hits in the fourth inning, Schwinden got Brett Carroll to bounce into a comebacker to end the inning. Syracuse had two doubles in the fifth, but Schwinden threw out the lead runner in between on Tanner Roark's bunt attempt. The Chiefs then had three singles in the sixth, but Schwinden wiggled out unscathed with a strikeout and groundout. Schwinden lowered his ERA to 2.96, the seventh-lowest mark in the International League. Cabrera picked up his IL-leading 19th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Hitting coach George Greer managed the Bisons after the International League suspended Wally Backman for three games. Syarcuse's Tanner Roark allowed one run on four hits in seven innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, READING 2
READING 3, BINGHAMTON 1:
The B-Mets rode a five-run fifth inning and Greg Peavey's second career complete game in the opener. With the bases loaded against starter Julio Rodriguez in the second, Wilfredo Tovar produced an RBI single and Peavey followed with a run-scoring fielder’s choice to give the B-Mets a 2-0 lead. Reading erased the deficit a half-inning later. Leandro Castro doubled and scored on Brandon Tripp's single. After a single put two aboard, Troy Hanzawa sent a chopper to second that had double play potential. The shortstop Tovar recorded the first out, but his low throw to first skipped past Jefry Marte and allowed Tripp to score the tying run. The game remained tied until the B-Mets unloaded on Rodriguez (6-5) in the fifth. Following a one-out walk to Juan Lagares, the B-Mets tagged Rodriguez with three consecutive doubles. Reese Havens drove in Lagares with a two-bagger to left-center and Wilmer Flores added to Binghamton’s lead with a double to the same spot. Eric Campbell made it a three-run lead. Dustin Martin capped the frame by blasting a two-run homer, his third long ball as a B-Met. It extended Martin's hitting streak to nine games. The second inning proved to be the only blemish for Peavey (5-7), who scattered seven hits, induced two double plays and struck out four in his second career seven-inning complete game.

In Game 2, the B-Mets were held to three singles and had only five batters reach base against Jordan Whatcott, Kyle Simon and Tyler Knigge. After spot starter Armando Rodriguez recorded two outs in the third, Darin Ruf broke the scoreless game with a homer -- his 21st of the season, tied for the league lead. D’Arby Myers added a solo homer in the fourth against Rodriguez. Jeff Kaplan, pitching for the first time since May 20, allowed one run on three hits in the fifth. Brad Holt navigated around a single and a walk in a scoreless sixth. Binghamton’s only threat materialized in the sixth. Simon issued two-out walks to Flores and Raul Reyes. Allan Dykstra then stroked a long fly ball off the base of the right-field wall, plating Flores. The rally ended abruptly as Dykstra was thrown out at second by the right fielder Castro. Box 1, Box 2

FORT MYERS 5, ST. LUCIE 4: Alonzo Harris Jr. went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, but the Mets were unable to hold a late-inning lead as Fort Myers posted a three-run seventh. The Mets committed three errors in that frame -- by Aderlin Rodriguez, Danny Muno and Richard Lucas. The Mets loaded the bases in the eighth, but Michael Tonkin struck out Lucas to end the threat. Rodriguez struck out with the tying run on second in the ninth. T.J. Rivera went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Lucas finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Cesar Puello went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his return from the disabled list. Cory Vaughn went 1-for-3 with a first-inning RBI. The Mets added a run in the second inning on an RBI infield single by Puello. Rivera had a two-run single in the fourth. Logan Verrett tossed six innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Jack Leathersich allowed an unearned run and a hit with a walk and two strikeouts over two innings. Taylor Whitenton pitched a scoreless inning and allowed one hit. Box

ASHEVILLE 9, SAVANNAH 1: Marcos Camarena allowed six runs (five earned) in five innings, including a pair of homers. Cam Maron's sacrifice fly plated Matt Reynolds with the Gnats' lone run. Box

PRINCETON 7, KINGSPORT 5 (10 innings): Working a fourth inning in relief, Robert Gsellman allowed two runs in the 10th and suffered the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 4, AUBURN 1: Hansel Robles allowed an unearned run on three hits, walked none and struck out eight in seven innings. Paul Sewald handled a scoreless eighth and Tyler Vanderheiden notched his eighth save. For the second consecutive game, Brandon Nimmo led off the first inning with a double that was followed by a single by Phillip Evans. With men on the corners and nobody out, Doubledays catcher Spencer Kieboom committed a pass ball, allowing Nimmo to score. The Doubledays took advantage of a defensive miscue by third baseman Dimas Ponce in the sixth. Narciso Mesa sent a grounder to Ponce deep behind the bag, and Ponce threw it over the head of first baseman Jayce Boyd and into the Cyclones dugout. Kieboom bunted Mesa to third. Mike McQuillan then grounded out, plating Mesa to tie the score. In the the seventh, the Cyclones scored three runs. Ponce doubled and moved to third on Richie Rodriguez's bunt. Nimmo and Evans walked to load the bases. Boyd also walked, giving the Cyclones a 2-1 lead. Kevin Plawecki's sac fly scored Nimmo for a two-run cushion. After the fourth walk of the inning, to Stefan Sabol, reloaded the bases, Alex Sanchez beat out an infield single as the third run of the inning scored. Box

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Around the minors 5.20.12

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INDIANAPOLIS 4, BUFFALO 1: The Herd, which had a four-game winning streak snapped, scored its lone run against Rick VandenHurk in the first inning, when Corey Wimberly successfully had a delayed straight steal of home with Valentino Pascucci batting. "I basically told Corey, 'If you think you can steal home, go for it,'" manager Wally Backman said. "It was a success due to the position of the third baseman." It is the first time a Bison has stolen home since Chris Clapinski on May 16, 2004 at Columbus. Said Wimberley: "I told Wally if the pitcher lobs the ball back, I'm going home. I caught them sleeping, so I went for it." Jack Egbert, who started in place of Jeremy Hefner, who was called up to the Mets, allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in two innings. In relief of Egbert, Chuck James tossed three scoreless innings. Backman was ejected in the third inning for arguing a caught stealing call by the third base umpire. The Bisons activated reliever Jeff Stevens and welcomed Edgar Ramirez to the club's roster. In his first Triple-A action since 2009, Ramirez allowed two runs (one earned) in three innings. Chris Schwinden was recalled by the Mets. Infielder Michael Fisher was demoted to Double-A Binghamton. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, PORTLAND 7: The B-Mets collected 12 hits and scored in all but one inning. The rubber-game victory secured Binghamton’s third straight series win and kicked their record above .500 for the first time in May. Binghamton grabbed the lead three batters into the game against Sea Dogs starter Chris Balcom-Miller. Matt den Dekker extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games with an infield single. After advancing to second on a throwing error by third baseman Kolbrin Vitek, the first of four errors for Portland, den Dekker moved to third on a sac bunt and scored on Reese Havens’ groundout. The B-Mets added two runs in the second, when Juan Lagares scored on a wild pitch and Pedro Zapata supplied a sac fly. Raul Reyes lashed an RBI double in the third and den Dekker drove in a run with a single in the fourth, Balcom-Miller’s final inning. The righty was tagged for five runs (three earned) on four hits and walked five in four innings. Binghamton kept the offense rolling against reliever Jeremy Kehrt. Lagares ripped an RBI double in the fifth and Sean Kazmar drove in two with a double in the sixth. Kazmar scored later in the three-run inning on a fielding error by Reynaldo Rodriguez at first. The frame gave Binghamton a 9-2 lead. Portland's Jeremy Hazelbaker got the Sea Dogs on the board in third with a solo homer against starter Greg Peavey and Derrik Gibson added a sac fly in the fourth. Down by seven in the sixth, Portland chased Peavey by getting the first four to reach safely. Ronald Bermudez’s RBI single with the bases loaded ended Peavey’s day. The righty allowed three runs on eight hits over five innings. With the bases loaded and no outs, Kevin Mulvey entered and induced Gibson to bounce back to the mound, starting a double play. Heiker Meneses struck out to end the threat. The seventh was not as smooth for Mulvey. He walked one and hit a batter before serving up a three-run homer to Rodriguez, cutting Binghamton’s lead to three. Jeff Kaplan took over and allowed the first four he faced to reach safely. Gibson ripped an RBI single to center with the bases loaded to make it 9-7. However, Kaplan retired the next two batters to end the inning. He posted a perfect eighth. The B-Mets added runs in the eighth and ninth, highlighted by Jefry Marte's solo homer. Adrian Rosario navigated around two walks to post a scoreless ninth. Peavey (3-1) snapped a five-start winless streak. Box

LAKELAND 2, ST. LUCIE 1: Ryan Fraser allowed two runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief to get tagged with the loss. Starter Angel Cuan limited Lakeland to one hit and two walks while striking out three in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. St. Lucie mustered three hits. The lone run came in the sixth when Cory Vaughn, Richard Lucas and Blake Forsythe all walked, and Vaughn scored on a subsequent Lakeland error. Box

SAVANNAH 5, AUGUSTA 3: Savannah had a comfortable 5-0 lead heading to the ninth, but the GreenJackets scored three times and had the tying run at second with two outs when reliever T.J. Chism induced a comebacker to end the game. The Gnats lost the first two games of the series, each by one run, while stranding the tying run at second. On Sunday, Savannah scored the game’s opening run in the second. Dustin Lawley walked and scored on Brian Harrison’s RBI double over the head of center fielder Carlos Willoughby. Savannah added two runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings. Lawley began the sixth by lining a homer just to the right side of the batter’s eye. Travis Taijeron followed with a triple up the right-center gap and came home on Aderlin Rodriguez’s hustle double on a pop fly into shallow center to put the Gnats up 3-0. T.J. Rivera added a two-run homer in the seventh. In the ninth, making his first Savannah appearance, reliever Randy Fontanez walked two batters and hit one to load the bases. A sacrifice fly trimmed the Gnats’ lead to 5-1. A single reloaded the bases and chased Fontanez. With the tying run at the plate, Chism struck out pinch-hitter Kelby Tomlinson. However, Willoughby dumped a double down the left-field line to drive in two. He raced to second as the tying run. Chism then induced a chopper back to the mound to end the threat and game. Gnats starter Rafael Montero allowed one infield hit in six innings. He faced one over the minimum through five innings. Box

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RBIL. Duda 60
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