New York Mets: Jeff Stevens

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 8.19.12

August, 19, 2012
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PAWTUCKET 4, BUFFALO 1: PawSox starter Billy Buckner allowed one run on three hits in six innings, with the lone damage coming on a solo homer by Zach Lutz. After Will Inman relieved Buckner and pitched a scoreless seventh, Pedro Beato handled the final two innings to pick up the save in his debut with the Red Sox organization after being traded for Kelly Shoppach. Beato tossed a 1-2-3 eighth, striking out Lutz and Josh Satin. In the ninth, Matt den Dekker led off with a single. After striking out Lucas May, Beato walked Fred Lewis, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Beato escaped unscathed. Bisons starter Jeurys Familia walked five in five innings while allowing three runs (two earned) and five hits. Relievers Jeff Stevens and Justin Hampson each pitched an inning of no-hit relief for the Herd before Garrett Olson surrendered a run in the eighth. Lutz (2-for-4) was the only Bison to record a multi-hit game. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, RICHMOND 2: Binghamton packed its scoring into the second and third innings, scoring five runs on five hits, including three doubles. The B-Mets struck for two runs in the second against starter Mike Kickham. After Eric Campbell's double put runners at second and third, Juan Centeno plated a run with a groundout. Wilfredo Tovar followed with a sac fly for a 2-0 lead. An inning later, Kickham hit Juan Lagares with a 2-2 pitch. Lagares scored from first when Reese Havens doubled in his second game after missing a week with back discomfort. Allan Dykstra drove in Havens with a single and Campbell capped the inning with an RBI double. Gonzalez Germen took the five-run lead into the seventh, stranding six runners along the way. Luke Anders then broke the shutout bid with an RBI double. Gary Brown added a sac fly. Germen ended his day by inducing a pair of fly outs, stranding a runner at third. Brad Holt tossed a perfect eighth. Drew Carpenter navigated past a walk and single in a scoreless ninth to earn his first save as a B-Met. It was Carpenter’s second career save. The other came April 9, 2007 as a member of the Clearwater Threshers, Philadelphia's Class A Florida State League affiliate. Germen (7-10) allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings. It was his first win since with the B-Mets since he beat Altoona on July 15. Box

CHARLOTTE 5, ST. LUCIE 4: Jack Leathersich inherited the bases loaded from Jeff Walters in the bottom of the ninth and surrendered a game-ending RBI single to Kevin Kiermaier. St. Lucie had evened the score at 4 in the eighth when Danny Muno singled with two outs and eventually scored on a passed ball. Starter Chase Huchingson allowed four runs on 12 hits and two walks in seven innings. Richard Lucas drove in two runs. Box

HICKORY 5, SAVANNAH 3: Michael Fulmer allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings. Box

ELIZABETHTON 3, KINGSPORT 2: Pitching a fourth inning of relief, Matt Budgell issued a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth and departed. Edioglis Villasmil entered and walked the first batter he faced. The winning run ultimately scored on a fielding error by shortstop Anthony Chavez. Jorge Rivero's two-run homer in the fourth for the K-Mets opened the scoring. Starter Andrew Massie allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four in five innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, VERMONT 0: Catcher Kevin Plawecki, the Mets' supplemental first-round pick from Purdue, had a pair of homers and caught the combined three-hit shutout. Hansel Robles earned his fourth win for the Cyclones, tossing six scoreless innings and giving up two hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Craig Hansen, Beck Wheeler and Tyler Vanderheiden combined for three scoreless relief innings. Vanderheiden allowed one hit and struck out two in the ninth to pick up his ninth save. Jayce Boyd went 2-for-4, while Jeff Reynolds, Stefan Sabol and Edward Rohan also each had a hit. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.3.12

August, 4, 2012
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BUFFALO 13, SYRACUSE 7: Jeurys Familia was roughed up, Kirk Nieuwenhuis suffered a right foot injury and Wally Backman was ejected, but Pedro Beato retired all eight batters he faced in relief and the Bisons had a season-high 19 hits in a win against their Thruway Series rival. Josh Satin had four hits, including his 12th homer. Lucas Duda added a two-run blast and Zach Lutz had three hits and three RBIs. Satin erased a 5-3 deficit in the third with a three-run shot. Mike Nickeas launched a two-run homer in the eighth. Satin also had two doubles to push his team-leading total to 20. Four Buffalo relievers combined to toss 6 1/3 innings. Jeff Stevens was credited with the win after contributing 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Nieuwenhuis left the game with a torn plantar fascia in his foot after grounding out in the first inning. Familia allowed five runs, including a pair of homers, in 2 2/3 innings. He walked three. The Bisons officially added Zack Wheeler to their roster. Dylan Owen was placed on the disabled list with a left ankle sprain. Backman and Chiefs manager Tony Beasley were ejected in the fourth inning for an argument that took place just outside the third-base coach's box. Box

READING 4, BINGHAMTON 1: Reading tagged B-Mets starter Darin Gorski for three homers. Binghamton used the longball to grab the lead in the first against Ethan Martin, who had been acquired four days earlier in a trade with the Dodgers. Wilmer Flores welcomed Martin to the Eastern League with a solo homer. It was Flores’ fourth homer as a B-Met and 14th overall this season. But it was the only damage Binghamton produced against Martin (1-0), who tossed six innings. Martin allowed four hits, struck out six and issued one walk. Reading answered a half-inning after Flores' homer. Darin Ruf homered to even the score. In the fourth, Leandro Castro doubled and scored when D’Arby Myers homered. Reading extended its lead in the sixth, in Gorski’s final inning. Ruf opened the frame by crushing a 1-1 pitch for his 20th homer of the season. Gorski was charged with four runs on five hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out a season-high eight. Gorski (6-6) allowed multiple homers for the sixth time this season. The southpaw has surrendered 10 in his past four games. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 0: Tyler Pill and Hamilton Bennett combined on the three-hit shutout. Pill (6-1) struck out 10, walked one and hit two batters while allowing three hits in 7 2/3 innings. Aderlin Rodriguez homered twice and Cory Vaughn and Rafael Fernandez also went deep. Box

ASHEVILLE 3, SAVANNAH 2: Chasen Bradford allowed a runner inherited from starter Domingo Tapia to score as the Tourists posted two runs in the eighth inning in a come-from-behind win. Tapia was charged with three runs (two earned) on three hits while striking out five in 7 1/3 innings. Box

GREENEVILLE 18, KINGSPORT 2: Corey Oswalt was charged with six runs, while Luis Rengel was charged with nine runs in relief. Box

BROOKLYN 3, CONNECTICUT 0: Stefan Sabol drove in two of Brooklyn’s three runs. Brandon Nimmo doubled to open the first. He was plated on a double by Phillip Evans that cleared left fielder Danry Vasquez. Sabol ultimately hit a two-out, two-run homer to give the Cyclones a 3-0 lead. Brooklyn starter Luis Cessa earned the win, holding the Tigers to two hits in five innings. Cessa retired the first five batters before allowing a single to Tyler Hanover. The Tigers managed their second hit in the following frame -- another single, this time from Bennett Pickar. Connecticut starter Tim Kelley allowed three earned runs on seven hits in four innings. The Cyclones loaded the bases in the fifth and seventh innings, but failed to capitalize on either chance while going 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. After Matt Bowman threw three no-hit relief innings, John Mincone pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his fourth save. Box

Compiled from team reports

Farm report: Relief a sideshow for Nitkowski

August, 1, 2012
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Adam Rubin
Sidearm left-hander C.J. Nitkowski auditioned for the Mets in March, but did not sign until this month.
Ex-Cub Jeff Stevens greeted new teammate C.J. Nitkowski at Double-A Binghamton with relief at being able to pass the torch as oldest player on the Eastern League club.

“Man, I was the oldest player until you got here,” Stevens told the 39-year-old Nitkowski.

“How old are you?” Nitkowski asked.

“‘I’m 28,” replied Stevens, who since has been promoted to Triple-A Buffalo.

Said Nitkowski: “To be honest with you, when I first got here, everybody was really young and looked in really good shape. I haven’t been around professional guys in a long time. They all looked kind of big to me. From playing in Asia the last four years, and being around the high school kids the last four years that I’ve been training with, to get here, I was taken aback for a second. But it only takes a couple of days, and then things feel back to normal.”


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C.J. Nitkowski


Nitkowski auditioned for the Mets in spring training, but the organization did not sign him. He struggled to even get tryouts with other major league clubs. So he spent the first half of the season as a volunteer coach at an Atlanta high school along with fellow former major league pitcher Paul Byrd. Nitkowski would throw a few times a week with a neighbor, who happened to be a former University of Hartford catcher. And when he reached out to J.P. Ricciardi again in recent weeks, the Mets finally opted to sign him and assign him to the B-Mets.

Now Nitkowski is a Double-A player for the first time since 1995, a year after he was drafted in the first round out of St. John’s by the Cincinnati Reds.

So far, Nitkowski -- who now sports a sidearm delivery -- has made four relief appearances with Binghamton. In three innings, he has allowed one hit and two walks while striking out six. He had spent 2007 through 2010 pitching in Japan and South Korea, the final two of those years in the latter country as an overhand-throwing starting pitcher.

“I have all the confidence in the world I can be a lefty-on-lefty guy right now,” he said. “But you don’t want to just do one thing. You want to make sure they have confidence in you if they bring a pinch-hitter in or turn a switch-hitter around. The righty stuff, I’m still working on right now. The changeup is actually there. They really like the changeup a lot. It’s got to be on the plate a little more, be more consistent with it. The breaking ball is definitely there. And I’ve got enough movement on my fastball.”

Nitkowski acknowledged, “I’m not lighting up the radar gun anymore.” But he figures a mid-80s mph fastball is more than enough. He has watched and studied Pedro Feliciano, Clay Rapada and Javier Lopez have success in recent years with the dropdown style and without eye-popping velocity. Nitkowski even sought tutoring from former Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson early last year because of Peterson’s success in converting Feliciano to a sidearm delivery with the Mets.

“There were a couple of times it would be real easy to say, 'Hey, look, I’m not going to get any workouts,'” Nitkowski said. “I’m watching and seeing all the reports that so-and-so is looking for a lefty. So I had my agent call and say, 'Can we just get a workout?' No. Not even a workout. It would shock me. I understand they hear my name and probably think I’m joking. But I knew where I was and I went off of what J.P. told me in February, where he was honest with me. He thought there was something there worth looking at. The timing just wasn’t right.

"So I kept pursuing it. But there were times where I was like, 'Maybe it’s not going to happen.' I texted J.P. a couple of weeks ago to check in. Right before I did that, I was starting to make plans to maybe go to independent ball. I was thinking I’d go to independent ball for a month and maybe strike lightning in a bottle, and if not be done with it.”

The fact that the Mets have faded from the wild-card race hurts Nitkowski's chances of appearing in the majors this season for the first time since 2005. After all, there is no need to call up a 39-year-old in September if the team is not in contention.

Still, Nitkowski believes this experience remains worthwhile.

“The goal for me was to come here and test it -- find a place where professional hitters were to test this sidearm out," he said. "So, for me, this way I don’t have to go into full-time baseball retirement without wondering, 'Would I have had a chance? Was it good enough?'

"I’ll be able to get my answer here.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .322; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .315; Cam Maron, Savannah, .295; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, .292; Josh Rodriguez, Buffalo, .288; Josh Satin, Buffalo, .287; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, .286; Juan Lagares, Binghamton, .284; Maikis De La Cruz, Kingsport, .282.

Homers: Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 18; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 17; Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 16; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 15; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 14.

RBI: Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 71; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, 61; Dustin Lawley, Savannah, 58; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 58.

Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 28; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, 18; Juan Lagares, Binghamton, 17; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 16; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 16.

ERA: Hansel Robles, Brooklyn, 2.04; Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 2.08; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 2.35; Michael Fulmer, Savannah, 2.51; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 2.52; Rainy Lairy, Brooklyn, 2.72; Luis Cessa, Brooklyn, 2.78; Gabriel Ynoa, Brooklyn, 2.79; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 2.95; Cory Mazzoni, Binghamton, 3.24.

Wins: Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 10; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 10; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 10; Cory Mazzoni, Binghamton, 9; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 8.

Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 18; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 16; Adam Kolarek, Binghamton, 16; Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 14; Robert Carson, Buffalo, 10.

Strikeouts: Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 117; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 114; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 112; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 105; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 95.

Short hops

• Savannah pitching coach Frank Viola will be excused to head to London this weekend, with minor league pitching coordinator Ron Romanick temporarily filling Viola’s role with the Gnats. Viola’s Olympian daughter Brittany is due to compete in the 10-meter platform diving event Aug. 8 and 9.

Bradley Marquez, the Mets’ 16th-round pick in 2011, is due to head to Texas Tech in coming days. Part of Marquez’s signing arrangement allows him to continue to play college football. Marquez, a 19-year-old center fielder, is hitting .269 (7-for-26) in eight games with Kingsport. Marquez is a wide receiver from Odessa, Texas.

Jenrry Mejia, reverting to a rotation role despite ultimately projecting as a reliever, tossed 57 pitches in three innings in his first start with Buffalo since June 9. Facing Indianapolis, Mejia allowed one run on four hits, three walks and a wild pitch while striking out three.

Lucas Duda has started four games in right field and one game in left field since a demotion to Buffalo. He is hitting .143 (3-for-21) with one RBI in five games. Kirk Nieuwenhuis is 2-for-5 with a double and three strikeouts since joining the Bisons.

• Right-hander Logan Verrett, last year’s third-round pick from Baylor, made his Florida State League debut Sunday with St. Lucie. Verrett limited Lakeland to two runs in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision. He had posted a 3.06 ERA in 11 starts with Savannah.

• Left-hander Steven Matz, the Long Island native whose first pro appearance was delayed until this season because of a slow recovery from Tommy John surgery, has made three straight scoreless starts for Kingsport. Matz has limited opponents to five hits and eight walks while striking out 23 in 18 innings during that span.

Matz, from Stony Brook, isn’t the only Long Island product with a sizable scoreless streak intact. Reliever John Mincone has allowed only one run in 20 2/3 innings with the Brooklyn Cyclones this season. Mincone, who graduated from Half Hollow Hills East High School, has tossed 17 1/3 straight scoreless innings. Mincone, who turned 23 last week, originally was drafted by the Cubs in the 11th round in 2009, but ultimately was released. He pitched in the independent Frontier League last season.

Miguel Batista, who was released by the Mets and signed a minor league deal with the Braves, made his Triple-A Gwinnett debut Saturday at Charlotte. Batista, 41, allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three in a 65-pitch effort spanning five innings.

• Right-handed reliever Erik Turgeon, released from Binghamton with a 7.40 ERA, signed with the Pirates and has been assigned to high-A Brandeton. A University of Connecticut product, the Mets originally drafted Turgeon in the 25th round in 2008.

• B-Mets infielder Michael Fisher retired.

• Left-handed reliever Robert Carson made his Triple-A debut Friday. He recorded his first International League save two days later. St. Lucie closer Adam Kolarek, an 11th-round pick in 2010 out of the University of Maryland, moved to Binghamton and earned his first Double-A save Tuesday.

Adam Rubin’s farm report appears Wednesdays during the regular season

Around the minors 7.31.12

August, 1, 2012
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BUFFALO 5, INDIANAPOLIS 4 (11 innings): With runners on first and second and one out in the 10th, Bisons closer Fernando Cabrera struck out the next two batters. Buffalo's Zach Lutz then took advantage, launching his second homer of the game in the 11th. Entering the bottom of the ninth, the Herd led 4-2. But Indianapolis' Brandon Boggs, batting with runners on first and second and one out, ripped a line drive into the right-field corner against Cabrera to score two. Cabrera survived the inning from that point, aided by Matt den Dekker's sliding catch on the warning track in right-center that retired the side. After Lutz's 11th-inning heroics, Bisons reliever Jeff Stevens made quick work of Indy, retiring the side in order. Bisons started Collin McHugh tossed six innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Lutz finished 3-for-5 with two homers. Lutz's first homer came on a solo shot in the seventh. Josh Satin also homered for the Herd, with a two-run shot in the fifth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-4. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 2: Entering off two subpar performances, Zack Wheeler produced a season-high 11 of Binghamton's 17 strikeouts in a rebound performance. Wheeler allowed two runs on four hits. The strikeout total was one shy of Wheeler's career high, set last season with the San Jose Giants. The B-Mets scored in the first against starter Danny Rosenbaum (7-8) on a fortunate bounce. With Wilmer Flores at first, Jefry Marte zipped a groundball down the third-base line that struck the tarp and ricocheted back into left field, allowing Flores to score the game’s first run. Harrisburg got on the scoreboard a half-inning later. Zach Walters doubled, took third on a single and scored on Sean Nicol’s sacrifice fly. Tim Pahuta gave Harrisburg a brief lead with a solo homer in the fourth. It was only the second homer allowed by Wheeler this season. Binghamton responded with a run the next half-inning. The B-Mets cracked three hits to start the frame, but a baserunning mistake by Marte forced Flores to get thrown out at home. Francisco Pena made up for the miscue with a game-tying RBI groundout.

The B-Mets took the lead for good in the sixth. Flores walked and took second on a groundout. After Dustin Martin bounced out to the mound for the second out, Pena sent a high chopper to second. Jose Lozada attempted to field the in-between hop, but the ball squirted under his glove. The error allowed Flores to score. Given the lead, Wheeler (10-6) capped his night with two strikeouts in the seventh. He fanned the final four batters he faced before giving way to C.J. Nitkowski. Pinch-hitter Jonathan Tucker greeted the lefty by launching a long fly ball to left, but was robbed of a hit by Pedro Zapata, who made a running catch on the warning track. Frank Francisco needed only 11 pitches to strike out the side in the eighth. In the ninth, Adam Kolarek struck out the first two batters before surrendering consecutive singles. With the tying run on second, Kolarek locked down his first Double-A save by striking out Lozada. The 17 strikeouts are the most collected by the B-Mets since they struck out 19 in a 14-inning game against Harrisburg on July 28, 2011. The total was one shy of a franchise record for a nine-inning game, set against New Haven on April 10, 1995. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, CLEARWATER 2: Rafael Montero struck out 14 while limiting Clearwater to two runs on five hits in six innings. Taylor Whitenton notched his fifth save. St. Lucie broke a 1-all tie in the sixth on T.J. Rivera's RBI single and Blake Forsythe's sacrifice fly. Box

SAVANNAH 2, GREENSBORO 1 (11 innings): Dustin Lawley delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th, scoring Gilbert Gomez. Lawley went 2-for-5 and drove in both Savannah runs. The Hoppers scored their lone run against Savannah starter Jacob deGrom in the first inning. With one out, Austin Barnes doubled and scored on Wilfredo Gimenez’s double. DeGrom completed seven innings and lowered his ERA to 2.37. After stranding the bases loaded in the third inning, he retired 13 of the final 15 batters to face him. In his seven innings, he yielded one run on four hits, walking two and fanning five. The Gnats evened the game at 1 in the fifth. Cam Maron drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Lawley’s single under the glove of Hoppers shortstop Austin Nola. Relievers Estarlin Morel, T.J. Chism and Chasen Bradford combined for four scoreless innings, twice stranding a runner at third. Bradford worked a 1-2-3 11th with two strikeouts to earn the win. Box

KINGSPORT at JOHNSON CITY (ppd.)

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Around the minors 7.28.12

July, 29, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS 6, BUFFALO 0: Indianapolis opened a four-run second inning against Jeurys Familia with four consecutive hits. The inning included a wild pitch and two-run single by Chase d'Arnaud. An inning later, Brandon Boggs ripped a one-out double off Familia, leading to a run that made it 5-0. Jeff Stevens replaced Familia for the fourth. Indians starter Jeff Locke allowed four hits over seven scoreless innings. Bisons manager Wally Backman joined Familia in the clubhouse prematurely. Backman was ejected in the fourth inning. Reliever Pedro Beato did toss two scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out four. Rehabbing Mike Baxter and recently demoted Mike Nickeas each notched a double for the Herd, although Buffalo mustered only five hits. Baxter went 1-for-4 and played a full game in left field. He is hitting .375 during the Triple-A portion of his rehab assignment. Lucas Duda went 0-for-4 and is now 1-for-12 since joining Buffalo. Box

PORTLAND 5, BINGHAMTON 1: Portland pounced on B-Mets starter Greg Peavey as the game's first four batters reached safely. Jackie Bradley walked and Jeremy Hazelbaker gave Portland the early lead with a two-run homer. Marquez Smith followed with a double and scored when Reynaldo Rodriguez doubled. Binghamton responded against Portland starter Jeremy Kehrt in the third. Wilfredo Tovar doubled, took third on Juan Lagares' single and scored when Eric Campbell grounded out. Peavey settled down after allowing an unearned run in the second. The righty retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced and completed six innings. Portland scratched out its final run against him in the fifth. Hazelbaker reached on a bunt single, stole second and third and scored on Smith’s second sacrifice fly. Kehrt ran into trouble in the sixth. His night ended after issuing a pair of two-out walks. Michael Olmsted entered and induced Tovar to bounce into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Peavey (4-7) allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits. He struck out four and gave way to Armando Rodriguez in the seventh. Rodriguez allowed two hits and struck out four over two scoreless frames. Adam Kolarek made his Double-A debut in the ninth, striking out two in a perfect inning. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, LAKELAND 3: Aderlin Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, including a bases-clearing double that gave the Mets a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Robbie Shields then doubled to plate Rodriguez and open a two-run lead. The Mets pulled away with a four-run fifth. Cory Vaughn singled to score T.J. Rivera, and Richard Lucas doubled to score Danny Muno and Vaughn for a 7-2 advantage. Rodriguez followed with an RBI single. Tyler Pill tossed seven innings and allowed two runs and seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. He won his fifth consecutive game. John Church allowed an unearned run in two innings. Rivera went 2-for-5 and scored two runs. Muno went 1-for-1 with two runs scored and three walks. Winners of five straight, St. Lucie again hosts Lakeland on Sunday as Logan Verrett makes his St. Lucie debut. Box

ROME 9, SAVANNAH 8: Randy Fontanez and Chasen Bradford combined to allow six runs in the seventh as the Gnats squandered a 7-3 lead. Dustin Lawley, Gregory Pron and Cole Frenzel drove in two runs apiece in the loss. Box

KINGSPORT 9, BRISTOL 5: 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini belted a grand slam for his first professional homer, opening a 6-1 lead. The two-out rally in the fifth began as Bradley Marquez reached on a fielding error by Bristol shortstop Nick Basto. A single by Eris Peguero and a walk to Maikis De La Cruz loaded the bases. Cecchini and Sox hurler Tyler Kibby then battled to a full count before Cecchini -- batting cleanup for the first time this season -- cranked Kibby's offering over the left-center wall. Kingsport starter Corey Oswalt put together the deepest outing by a K-Met this season. Oswalt went 7 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks. Bristol touched up reliever Christian Chivilli for two runs and had the potential tying run at the plate when Chivilli induced Basto into a game-ending flyout. Marquez made his first start in more than a month, after spending time on the DL with a leg injury. He won't be with the team much longer. Marquez soon reports to Lubbock, where he is a wide receiver on Texas Tech's football team. He went 2-for-4, reached on an error and scored a run while batting leadoff. Box

MAHONING VALLEY 3, BROOKLYN 2: David Wynn surrendered a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth to give the Scrappers the come-from-behind win. After being shut out Friday, Brooklyn's bats continued to struggle. The Cyclones did not collect a hit after the fourth inning. Brandon Nimmo opened the game with a single and scored on Kevin Plawecki's two-out double. The lead was short-lived. Mahoning Valley drew even in the second. Brooklyn starter Hansel Robles surrendered a leadoff double to Richard Stock. Logan Vick's single then put runners on the corners with none out. After a strikeout, Andrew Campbell singled to even the score. In the third, Eudy Pina had a leadoff single and moved into scoring position on a groundout by Phillip Evans. Jayce Boyd's two-out single scored Pina to put Brooklyn in front, 2-1. Robles departed after five innings, having allowed one run on five hits while striking out seven. John Mincone entered and found himself in a jam. Joseph Wendle and Joe Sever started the sixth with singles, but the southpaw worked his way out of trouble. Mincone added a spotless seventh to extend his scoreless streak to 17 1/3 innings dating to June 22. In the eighth, the Scrappers broke through. Wynn allowed a walk and three hits, including the two-run homer by Sever. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.22.12

July, 22, 2012
7/22/12
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CHARLOTTE 10, BUFFALO 8: The Bisons scored the last five runs of the game on Sunday, but their rally fell short in a 10-8 defeat to the Charlotte Knights. Buffalo has now lost three in a row. After being shutout in back-to-back games, the Bisons' offense broke out to score eight runs on 11 hits. However, the team never could gain the lead against the IL South's top team. Charlotte scored four runs in the first inning and built a 10-3 lead after four-and-a-half. The Herd began their rally in the bottom of the fifth as Josh Rodriguez drove home Matt den Dekker for his second RBI of the game. Buffalo plated two runs in the sixth, with the first coming on an unconventional play. Zach Lutz led off the frame and lined a pitch to center. The Knights' Justin Greene broke in on the ball, only to watch it sail over his head. Cutoff man Drew Garcia then threw the ball into the dugout to score Lutz, who credited with a triple. Buffalo got two more in the seventh as Lutz singled home Rodriguez and Adam Loewenscored on Josh Satin's RBI-ground out to pull the club within 10-8. But Lutz was left stranded in scoring position and the Bisons didn't threaten again.The loss to Buffalo went to Garrett Olson, who was filling in for the recently promoted Jeremy Hefner. Jeff Stevens pitched an inning of shutout relief. Box

BOWIE 6, BINGHAMTON 2: Caleb Joseph homered twice to lead the Bowie Baysox past the Binghamton Mets by a 6-2 score Sunday. The B-Mets suffered their sixth loss in the last seven games. For the fourth straight night, the Baysox drew first blood. Rhyne Hughes ripped a double off the right field wall to start the rally in the second against starter Darin Gorski. Joseph capped a lengthy battle by sending the ninth pitch of his at bat over the left field wall for a two-run homer. He followed the round tripper with a solo bomb to lead off the fourth. Things only got worse for Gorski later in the fourth. The lefty issued four walks and allowed another run to score without giving up a hit. The southpaw finished the inning, but did not return for the fifth. He allowed four runs on five hits, struck out five and walked six, a career-high. His streak of quality starts was snapped at five. Binghamton could not get the offense going against Bowie starter Mike Wright. Adrian Rosario kept the B-Mets within striking distance after taking over in the fifth. The righty posted three scoreless innings. Meanwhile, Robert Hinton took over and posted two scoreless innings before the B-Mets offense cracked the scoreboard in the eighth. Juan Lagares started a two-out rally by tripling to right. Reese Havens brought him home by dumping a single to shallow right. With their lead cut to three, the Baysox fought back in the bottom of the eighth against Robert Carson. The lefty walked one and allowed three hits, capped by Ty Kelly's two-run single. Down by five, Binghamton staged a comeback against reliever Clay Schrader. The righty recorded just one out, allowed a single and issued three walks. He was pulled after walking Francisco Pena to force in a run.With Wilfredo Tovar at the plate representing the tying run, Kyler Newby entered from the bullpen. Pitching for the second straight night, the righty induced Tovar to bounce into a game-ending double play to collect his seventh save. Gorski (5-5) suffered his first loss since April 26, while Wright (1-3) collected his first Double-A victory. Mike Baxter went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch in his third rehab game with Binghamton. Box

SAVANNAH 5, ROME 1: Behind an outstanding outing from Domingo Tapia, the Savannah Sand Gnats defeated the Rome Braves 5-1 Sunday to earn a split of their four-game series at Historic Grayson Stadium. Tapia took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and allowed just one unearned run in his seven innings. The Braves (16-14/34-66) scored their only run in the top of the first without a hit. CF Tony Mueller walked, stole second, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on an RBI grounder. The Gnats (13-17/54-43) answered back with three runs in the bottom of the first. RF Gregory Pron evened the game with an RBI single into rightfield and then 1B Cole Frenzel ripped a double down the rightfield line to put the Gnats ahead 3-1. The 20-year old Tapia did not allow a hit through the first six innings. However, Braves’ LF Robby Hefflinger began the seventh by singling cleanly through the left side for Rome’s first hit. Hefflinger was eliminated when the next batter, Kyle Kubitza grounded into a 3-6-1 double play. The Gnats completed the game’s scoring with two runs in the fifth inning on one hit. The runs scored on a fielders’ choice groundout and a wild pitch. Savannah will send RHP Logan Verrett (3-2, 3.43) to the mound Monday. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, DUNEDIN 2: St. Lucie scored four in the first inning to pick up a shortened win against Dunedin. St. Lucie also tacked on two runs in the fifth before the game was stopped after five innings. Cory Vaughn gave St. Lucie a 1-0 lead on an RBI single and Blake Forsythe later cleared the bases on a double to give St. Lucie a 4-0 edge. Dunedin scored a run in the first and second against starter Tyler Pill to slice the lead to 4-2, but St. Lucie quickly got those runs back. Alonzo Harris made it 5-2 with a sacrifice fly and T.J. Rivera drove in the final run of the game with a single. Pill improved to 4-1 with the win, pitching four innings and giving up four hits while striking out three. Jack Leathersich pitched a scoreless fifth inning. Forstythe led the offensive assault with his 2-for-3 day with three RBIs and a run scored. The second game was postponed. Box

KINGSPORT 6, ELIZABETHTON 5: Kingsport held off a late rally by Elizabethton Saturday night. Kingsport took a 6-3 lead after six before Elizabethton scored runs in the seventh and ninth. Kingsport took a 2-0 lead when Maikis De La Cruz doubled in a pair of runs. Jeffrey Diehl homered in the third to make it 3-0 and Gavin Cecchini's sacrifice fly in the fifth boosted the lead to 4-1. After Elizabethton sliced it to 4-2, Anthony Chavez and Jonathan Leroux each plated runs to make it 6-2. The strong offensive showing made a winner of Corey Oswalt, who improved to 2-1 with five innings of two-run ball. Shane Bay picked up his fourth save of the year. Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 1: The Cyclones snapped a five-five game home game losing streak -- the second longest in franchise history -- with a 2-1 walkoff win against the Staten Island Yankees Sunday night. Brooklyn put a run on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Dimas Ponce began the inning with a double, but he tried stretching that into a triple and was thrown out running back to second. Up next, Phillip Evans also doubled on a line drive to left field. Evans moved to third on a groundout by Kevin Plawecki and then scored on a double by Alex Sanchez. Robles retired the first eight batters of the game in order before allowing back-to-back singles in the third. After Claudio Custodio grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the frame, the Yankees failed to get another man on base until the seventh. During that frame, Staten Island knotted the game at 1-1 when Jose Rosario hit a line drive double to left field. Matt Snyder had singled to reach base, and later advanced to second on a single by Exicardo Cayones. When Rosario doubled, Snyder scored and Cayones was tagged out at the plate to end the inning. Robles threw a season-high 8.0 innings, holding the Yankees to one earned run off six hits. He walked none and struck out nine batters. That’s the most he’s fanned in his six appearances this summer.In the bottom of the tenth, Pina led off with a single. Juan Gamboa followed with a sacrifice bunt. Staten Island then tried to double up on Pina, but first baseman Saxon Butler threw the ball into the outfield. Pina moved to third on the error. Yankees reliever Mariel Checo then intentionally walked Ponce and Evans to load the bases with one out. Plawecki hit a fly ball to right field for the second out, however it was not far enough to plate Pina at third. Sanchez grounded out to second to end the Cyclones’ chance. The Cyclones pulled ahead in the 12th. Dimas Ponce hit a one-out single to left before advancing to third on a single off the bat of Plawecki. Sanchez hit a two-out single up the middle to plate Ponce and win the game. Tyler Vanderheiden earned the win for Brooklyn, pitching 1.0 inning, walking two and striking out one. Also working in relief, John Mincone held the Yankees to one hit in three scoreless innings. Box

Around the minors 7.18.12

July, 18, 2012
7/18/12
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TOLEDO 4, BUFFALO 1 (10 innings): Jeurys Familia allowed one run on three hits and two walks in a career-high eight innings and struck out a season-high nine, and the Bisons forced extra innings with a run in the bottom of the ninth, but came up short. Manny Acosta suffered the loss after being charged with three runs in the 10th. Trailing 1-0, Adam Loewen opened the bottom of the ninth with a single. He advanced to second when Chris Bootcheck hit Zach Lutz with a pitch. Loewen scored the tying run on Valentino Pascucci's ensuing sacrifice bunt, when Bootcheck threw away the baseball. With Lutz and Pascucci in scoring position and no out, Josh Satin was intentionally walked. However, Buffalo stranded the bases loaded as Matt den Dekker and Matt Tuiasosopo consecutively struck out and Rob Johnson flied out. Familia has allowed two runs in his past 20 2/3 innings. Box

TRENTON 7, BINGHAMTON 1: The Thunder led wire-to-wire after scoring the game’s first run in the opening inning against starter Cory Mazzoni. Jose Pirela led off with a single and scored two batters later on a double play. Trenton added another run in the second on an RBI double by Jose Gil. Binghamton scratched out its only run in the second off starter Vidal Nuno. Eric Campbell walked, moved to third on Allan Dykstra’s single and scored when Jefry Marte bounced into a double play. The B-Mets loaded the bases later in the inning, but failed to break through. Juan Lagares flied out to end the threat. Nuno faced one over the minimum over his final four innings. He left after allowing one run on six hits over six frames. After allowing Gil’s double, Mazzoni retired 10 straight batters before his day ended. He allowed two runs on three hits over five innings. Trenton blew the game open in the seventh against the B-Mets bullpen. Jeff Stevens and Adrian Rosario were tagged for three runs on four hits, including three doubles. Mazzoni (3-3) had his personal two-game winning streak and a 14-inning scoreless streak end. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 9, ST. LUCIE 7: Mike Baxter went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts as the DH as his rehab assignment continued. Brevard County chased starter Chase Huchingson with two outs in a five-run first inning. Box

BRISTOL 10, KINGSPORT 7: Starter Akeel Morris allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. Box

BROOKLYN 7, HUDSON VALLEY 3: After going 10 games without a homer, the Cyclones connected on a pair of round-trippers. And Rainy Lara improved to 4-1 after allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings. Kevin Plawecki paced the Brooklyn bats with a 3-for-3 performance, including an RBI double. Jeff Reynolds, making only his second start, connected on a leadoff homer in the first -- his first professional long ball. Brooklyn’s lead swelled in the fourth. Dimas Ponce connected on a two-out single and Eudy Pina followed with a homer for a 3-0 lead. In the bottom half, Tommy Coyle answered with a solo homer against Lara. Trailing 4-2, the Renegades cut into the lead in the sixth, taking advantage of a pair of Cyclones miscues. Pina dropped a foul pop that would have been the first out, extending the at-bat for Justin O’Conner, who then singled. O'Conner moved into scoring position on a passed ball that eluded Jeff Glenn and scored on Coyle's single. But David Wynn followed with three scoreless relief innings to preserve the one-run lead. In the ninth, Brooklyn extended its lead courtesy of Brandon Nimmo. Pina had a two-out single and Reynolds walked. Nimmo then plated both with a double. Renegades shortstop Ryan Dunn allowed Nimmo to score with an error. Tyler Vanderheiden pitched a perfect ninth. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.1.12

July, 1, 2012
7/01/12
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DURHAM 12, BUFFALO 6: Jeurys Familia allowed seven runs (six earned) on five hits, three walks and a hit batter in 3 1/3 innings as Bisons pitching allowed 12 runs for the second straight day. Reliever Elvin Ramirez allowed five runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. Jordany Valdespin and Josh Rodriguez committed errors. Pedro Beato did contribute three scoreless relief innings, although Terry Collins said the length of the appearance was not an indication of an organization plan to stretch out the reliever for starting duty. Ex-Met Jesus Feliciano contributed an RBI single in the fourth inning against his former club. Josh Satin had a two-run homer in the seventh and Rodriguez had a pair of hits and scored twice. Matt den Dekker provided another extra-base hit for the Herd, with an RBI double in the third. Since his promotion from Binghamton, 11 of den Dekker's 16 hits have been for extra bases. Box

ALTOONA 7, BINGHAMTON 4: Ex-Mets farmhand Stefan Welch collected four hits, including a pair of two-run homers, as Binghamton lost its sixth straight. B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni was tagged for six runs on nine hits in four innings. After Ramon Cabrera singled to drive in a run in the second inning, Welch blasted his first homer to give Altoona a three-run lead. Welch hit his second long ball in the fourth, part of a three-run inning. Forced to play catchup, Binghamton plated three runs in the fourth against starter Matt McSwain. Eric Campbell and Allan Dykstra singled and Travis Ozga got Binghamton on the scoreboard on a fielder’s choice. Wilfredo Tovar plated another run with a double. Pinch hitter Dustin Martin capped the inning with an RBI groundout. Erik Turgeon took over for Mazzoni in the fifth and posted a scoreless inning before allowing a run in the sixth. Jeff Stevens held the deficit at four with a scoreless seventh. The B-Mets inched closer with a run in the seventh against reliever Jeff Inman. Juan Lagares singled, moved to third on a single and double play and scored on a wild pitch. Binghamton threatened in the eighth and ninth to no avail. Lagares struck out against Vic Black while representing the tying run in the eighth. Ozga lined into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded to cap Binghamton’s eighth straight home loss. Box

FORT MYERS 4, ST. LUCIE 2: Angel Cuan allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk in six innings. St. Lucie had built a 2-0 lead on Joe Bonfe's second-inning RBI single and a fourth-inning run from Juan Torres, after Torres led off the inning by doubling. Adam Loewen went 1-for-3 with two walks and played another full game in right field in his second game since returning from a stress fracture in his right foot. Box

SAVANNAH at AUGUSTA (ppd.): Box

GREENEVILLE 12, KINGSPORT 0: Starter Akeel Morris fell to 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA after allowing four runs in six innings. Reliever Miller Diaz allowed eight runs (six earned) while recording only three outs. The K-Mets mustered only three hits. Box

BROOKLYN 3, HUDSON VALLEY 0: Luis Mateo (3-0) tossed six scoreless innings to continue his New York-Penn League dominance and combined with David Wynn and Tyler Vanderheiden on Brooklyn's third shutout this season. Cole Frenzel opened the second by homering against Renegades southpaw Matt Spann. The lefty-hitting Frenzel had only four hits in 26 at-bats against southpaws last season with the Cyclones, but is hitting .538 (7-for-13) against lefties this season. An inning later, the lead swelled to 3-0 thanks to two errors by Hudson Valley third baseman Felix Gonzalez. Dimas Ponce reached on the first error of the frame. A Phillip Evans walk and plunking of Frenzel loaded the bases. Stefan Sabol then hit a hard grounder that was misplayed by Gonzalez, allowing a pair of runs to score. Brooklyn did not produce a hit after the second inning, but Mateo made it stand up. The 22-year-old right-hander scattered three hits while striking out six. He has allowed one run and seven hits while walking two and striking out 22 in 17 2/3 innings this season. Wynn pitched two perfect innings, striking out three. The Renegades loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth against Vanderheiden, but the sidearmer worked his way out of the jam unscathed for his league-leading fourth save. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.27.12

June, 27, 2012
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BUFFALO 9, LOUISVILLE 4: On the day he officially became one of three Bisons selections to the Triple-A All-Star Game, which Buffalo will host July 11, Valentino Pascucci broke out of a funk in a big way. Pascucci went 3-for-3 with three doubles, five RBIs and a walk as the Bisons snapped a seven-game losing streak. Matt Harvey and closer Fernando Cabrera will join Pascucci as All-Stars. On Wednesday, Josh Satin evened the score at 3 in the third with a single that plated Jordany Valdespin, who had tripled. Rob Johnson then gave Buffalo the lead an inning later with a solo homer. In the fifth, Pascucci doubled to drive in Satin and increase the lead to 5-3. Pascucci's three-run double in the sixth gave Buffalo a six-run cushion. "I've been trying lately to get out of my struggles," said Pascucci, who had been 1-for-22 in his previous six games. "It felt good to get hits, and hit them over the fielder instead of right at them," Pascucci said. Left-hander Garrett Olson tossed 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. Olson notched his first win since June 7. Box

BOWIE 7, BINGHAMTON 3: Bowie wasted little time grabbing the lead, scoring three runs in the first against starter Gonzalez Germen. Antoan Richardson led off with a single, stole second and scored on a double by Josh Barfield, the first of his three RBIs. Two batters later, Manny Machado launched his second homer of the series. After being kept in check by starter Tim Bascom for two innings, the B-Mets produced a two-out rally in the third. Juan Lagares singled, advanced on a walk and scored on Jefry Marte’s single. Wilmer Flores cut the deficit to one by blasting a solo homer, his first long ball in Double-A, in the fourth inning. Germen ultimately allowed four runs on six hits while striking out three. Jeff Stevens took over in the sixth and posted two perfect frames. Trailing by two, the B-Mets threatened in the seventh against reliever Chris Petrini. Lagares walked and Reese Havens supplied a two-out single, but the rally stalled when Marte bounced back to the mound to start an inning-ending double play. After Bowie extended the lead with three runs against Erik Turgeon, Petrini closed things out. His only blemish was an RBI single by Lagares in the ninth. Bascom (4-5) snapped a six-game winless streak, earning his first victory since May 19. Germen (4-5) watched his three-game winning streak end. Box

DAYTONA 12, ST. LUCIE 1: The Cubs pounded out 17 hits and pulled away with a six-run fifth. Blake Forsythe went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the eighth inning to account for the lone run. Rylan Sandoval went 2-for-5 and scored on Forsythe's hit. Yohan Almonte allowed a season-high 11 runs and 12 hits in five innings with one walk and one strikeout. Matt Szczur hit a grand slam off Almonte in the fifth to give the Cubs an 11-0 lead. Taylor Whitenton pitched two innings and gave up one run and four hits and recorded one strikeout. Adam Kolarek tossed a pair of scoreless innings. Box

CHARLESTON 8, SAVANNAH 5: Randy Fontanez was charged with three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth as Charleston completed a comeback. Charleston loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a walk with none out in the frame before left fielder Dustin Lawley and shortstop Ismael Tijerina committed errors. Cam Maron's first-inning homer had staked Savannah to an early lead. Aderlin Rodriguez's three-run shot in the sixth put the Gnats ahead, 5-2. Starter Logan Verrett was charged with five runs in 6 2/3 innings. Box

DANVILLE 8, KINGSPORT 1: Starter Persio Reyes allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. Eris Peguero went 3-for-4 with a double and drove in the lone K-Mets run in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 4, HUDSON VALLEY 1: Starter Hansel Robles tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings and Tyler Vanderheiden notched his third save with a scoreless ninth. The Cyclones built a 4-0 lead behind an RBI groundout from Nelfi Zapata in the second, Phillip Evans' run-scoring fielder's-choice groundout and an error in the third, and Eudy Pina's RBI single in the fourth. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.22.12

June, 23, 2012
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DURHAM 6, BUFFALO 5: Ramon Ramirez was charged with three runs on four hits and a walk while recording only two outs in his first game since shifting a rehab assignment to Triple-A. Jenrry Mejia was charged with two runs while recording only one out in his fourth appearance since a conversion to the bullpen. Ruben Tejada went 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored and played a full game at shortstop. Matt den Dekker went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, ERIE 2: Wilmer Flores doubled, scored two runs and drove in two in a three-hit game. Jefry Marte matched a B-Met season high with three runs scored, while Eric Campbell kept up his hot streak with three RBIs. After a pair of walks and fielder’s choice in the first, Campbell supplied a sac fly and Flores doubled in a run. The B-Mets scored four more runs in the third. Marte started by blasting a solo homer. Following a walk and single, Wilfredo Tovar had a two-run triple for his first hit as a B-Met. Juan Centeno added an RBI single. B-Mets starter Darin Gorski survived two bumpy innings before settling in. No runner reached second base against him after the second. Binghamton blew the game open in the sixth against reliever David Kopp. Campbell drove in two with a bases-loaded double. Flores brought in another run by sending the next pitch into right for a single. Dustin Martin capped the three-pitch barrage by doubling in a run on the first pitch he saw. Centeno kicked the lead to 12 with an RBI single. Gorski (5-4) exited after six scoreless innings. He allowed five hits and struck out four in his third win in June. Jeff Stevens made his B-Mets debut with a scoreless seventh, but ran into trouble in the eighth. He allowed three hits and walked in a run with the bases loaded. Edgar Ramirez entered and retired Bryan Pounds to end the inning. He returned for the ninth and gave up one run on three hits. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, FORT MYERS 7 (5 innings): Rafael Fernandez and Blake Forsythe hit back-to-back homers in a four-run fifth as the Mets rallied in a rain-shortened game called after that half-inning. The Mets trailed, 7-4, entering the bottom of the fifth. In the heavy rain, Fernandez ripped a game-tying three-run shot over the right-field fence with one out. Forsythe followed with a go-ahead solo blast over the right-field fence. Earlier, Cory Vaughn drilled a two-run homer in a three-run first for the Mets. Chase Huchingson allowed seven runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. Josmil Pinto's grand slam highlighted a five-run second inning for the Miracle. Taylor Whitenton earned the victory in relief by recording the final out in the fifth. Travis Taijeron had an RBI double for the Mets in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 7-4. Box

SAVANNAH 5, AUGUSTA 1: The Gnats scored three times in the bottom of the first inning against GreenJackets starter Chris Marlowe. Savannah drew two bases-loaded walks in the inning to force in runs -- one by Brian Harrison, the other by Charley Thurber. Starter Jacob deGrom took a scoreless effort into the sixth, when two pop-fly singles and a soft line drive into left chased him from the game. Reliever Chasen Bradford entered with the bases loaded and induced a pair of groundballs, the second of which the Gnats used to turn two to end the frame with just one run scoring. DeGrom struck out five and walked one while improving to 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 46 2/3 innings. T.J. Chism worked around an error to handle the ninth. Savannah added a run in the second on an RBI single by Cam Maron. The hit extended Maron’s hitting streak, the longest by a Gnat in 2012, to 15 games. He is tied for the third-longest hitting streak in the South Atlantic League this season. Box

KINGSPORT 5, GREENEVILLE 5 (suspended): The game was halted after five innings with the score tied. Catcher Tomas Nido was 2-for-3 and had his first professional homer before the stoppage. K-Mets starter John Gant allowed five runs in five innings. Box

ABERDEEN 6, BROOKLYN 1: Brooklyn's Alex Sanchez began the second inning with a double and moved to third on a passed ball. Kevin Plawecki, making his third start, collected his first professional RBI with a groundout to give Brooklyn the early 1-0 edge. The Cyclones, however, managed only one more hit the remainder of the game. Cyclones starter Julian Hilario cruised through the five innings, allowing two hits, before running into trouble. Will Howard started the sixth against Hilario with a single and stole second. After a pair of outs, Torsten Boss connected on an RBI single to knot the score at 1. An inning later, Aberdeen pounced on Brooklyn's bullpen. Dawrin Frias (1-1) allowed four runs, all with two outs, as Aberdeen jumped in front 5-1. Box

Compiled from team reports

Farm report II: Leaders, player notes

June, 20, 2012
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Organization leaders

Average: Eris Peguero, Kingsport, .500; Alexander Sanchez, Brooklyn, .444; Phillip Evans, Brooklyn, .429; Jeffrey Diehl, Kingsport, .333; T.J. Rivera, Savannah, .333; Joe Tuschak, Kingsport, .333; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, .332; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .313; Josh Rodriguez, Buffalo, .300; Cam Maron, Savannah, .296.

Homers: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 13; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 12; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 12; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 11.

RBI: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 44; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 44; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 41; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 41; T.J. Rivera, Savannah, 37.

Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 12; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, 12; Pedro Zapata, Binghamton, 12.

ERA: Matt Budgell, Kingsport, 0.00; Dawrin Frias, Brooklyn, 0.00; John Mincone, Brooklyn, 0.00; Gabriel Ynoa, Brooklyn, 0.00; Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 1.59; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 1.96; Shane Bay, Kingsport, 2.45; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 2.52; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 2.55; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 2.71.

Wins: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 6; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 6; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 6; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 6; Yohan Almonte, St. Lucie, 6; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 6.

Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 15; Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 13; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 12; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 10.

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 81; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 70; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 70; Garrett Olson, Buffalo, 65; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 62.

Short hops

• Right-hander Collin McHugh, compared by scouts to Dillon Gee, had a misleading line in his Triple-A debut Monday. After two walks and a wild pitch in the first inning led to a Norfolk run on a sacrifice fly by veteran Miguel Tejada, McHugh put up zeroes until the sixth inning. That’s when McHugh -- an 18th-round pick in 2008 out of Berry College in Georgia -- allowed a pair of singles and a walk to open the frame and departed with Buffalo leading, 3-1. Left-hander Josh Edgin entered and allow all three inherited runners to score, so McHugh was charged with four runs on five hits and four walks in five-plus innings in his International League debut.

McHugh, who turned 25 on Tuesday, is only the second former Berry College pitcher to reach Triple-A. The other: right-hander Chuck Smith, who actually did so in 2006 with Norfolk, when the Tides were affiliated with the Mets organization.

• Reliever Jeff Stevens, a former Cub, was demoted to Binghamton to clear a Triple-A roster spot for McHugh.

• St. Lucie third baseman Wilmer Flores earned MVP honors at Saturday’s Florida State League All-Star Game. Flores went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk in a 6-3 South victory. The Mets had eight players appear in the game, including late addition Richard Lucas (0-for-3) to man first base. The others: outfielder Cory Vaughn (1-for-2), catcher Blake Forsythe (1-for-2), shortstop Wilfredo Tovar (0-for-2), left-hander Chase Huchingson (0 ER, 1 IP) , right-hander Cory Mazzoni (1 ER, 1 IP) and left-hander Adam Kolarek (0 ER, 1 IP).

• Mazzoni, the organization’s second-round pick in 2011 from NC State, is expected to be promoted to Double-A Binghamton today. He will be part of a six-man B-Mets rotation. Mazzoni went 5-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 12 starts with St. Lucie, allowing 64 hits and 16 walks while striking out 48 in 63 2/3 innings.

• Kingsport, including first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, a high school shortstop from Louisiana, opened its season Tuesday night. The full roster:

Pitchers: Martires Arias, Alberto Baldonado, Shane Bay, Matt Budgell, Christian Chivilli, Miller Diaz, Zachary Dotson, Ramon Estevez, John Gant, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Christian Montgomery, Akeel Morris, Flabio Ortega, Andres Perez, Luis Rengel, Persio Reyes, Carlos Valdez, Edioglis Villasmil.

Catchers: Tyler Carpenter, Jeyckol Deleon, Alex Machillanda, Tomas Nido.

Infielders: Cecchini, Anthony Chavez, Jeffrey Diehl, Branden Kaupe, Pedro Perez, Yeixon Ruiz, Kevin Wiejgerste.

Outfielders: Michael Bernal, Maikis De La Cruz, Bradley Marquez, Eris Peguero, Joe Tuschak.

Cecchini went 0-for-3 with two walks, a caught stealing, run scored and throwing error in his pro debut.

• Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki, a supplemental first-round pick (35th overall), went 0-for-4, was hit by a pitch and had a passed ball Tuesday for Brooklyn in his pro debut.

• Prep right-hander Andrew Massie, the organization’s 24th-round pick, signed a contract Saturday to join the Mets, the Dyersburg (S.C.) State Gazette reported. Fourteenth-round pick Chris Flexen, a high school right-hander from California, reportedly is close to signing as well.

• Buffalo outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo snapped an 0-for-30 skid Saturday.

Jenrry Mejia made his third relief appearance since converting from starting Tuesday. He tossed two scoreless innings. Mejia rebounded from a woeful appearance Sunday, in which four of five batters reached -- via two hits, plus a walk and a hit batter. He has yet to enter mid-inning or inherit runners during a two-week program to ready him for major league consideration.

• With Tuesday’s loss, St. Lucie owns a 48-19 record with one game remaining in its first half. The club narrowly will fall shy of becoming the third team in Florida State League history to win 50 games in a half. The lone teams to accomplish the feat:

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Around the minors 5.31.12

May, 31, 2012
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COLUMBUS 3, BUFFALO 0: Chris Young tossed six scoreless innings, allowing two hits while tossing 87 pitches. Despite Young's efforts, the Bisons bullpen faltered and the Herd fell short of a series sweep. Thursday's game concluded a record 16-game homestand. After posting a 3.18 ERA in three starts for Class A St. Lucie, Young faced a higher-caliber opponent with Buffalo. After Young's departure, left-hander Chuck James had a 7 2/3-inning scoreless streak end. James surrendered a homer to Beau Mills, the first batter he faced. He allowed two more hits before being relieved by Pedro Beato. Columbus added two more runs in the inning. Reliever Jeff Stevens pitched the ninth and allowed no runs, extending his scoreless streak to six innings. Valentino Pascucci extended his International League-high on-base streak to 25 straight games courtesy of a first-inning walk. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, AKRON 1: Zack Wheeler allowed one run and struck out eight over seven innings. Wheeler faced three over the minimum to earn his fifth straight win. Wheeler again got serious offensive support. After going down in order in the first against starter Jonathan Pettibone, the B-Mets offense came alive in the second. Eric Campbell singled and Juan Lagares doubled. Juan Centeno chased both home with a double. Pedro Zapata added an RBI single and scored later in the inning on a fielding error by first baseman Steven Lerud. The B-Mets tacked on a run with a sac fly by Juan Lagares in the third and posted another crooked number in the fourth. Zapata tripled and Wheeler walked to set the table for Josh Rodriguez. The shortstop launched a 1-2 pitch from Pettibone into the left-field seats for his fourth homer of the season, giving the B-Mets an 8-0 lead. The run support was plenty for Wheeler. The righty retired the first nine R-Phils he faced before allowing a single to Miguel Abreu in the fourth. Wheeler shook off the hit and sat down 10 consecutive as he breezed into the seventh. His only blemish came in his final inning when he allowed back-to-back doubles to Darin Ruf and Brandon Tripp. Wheeler (5-2) did not issue a walk for the second time this season. He finished one shy of his season high for strikeouts. Over his last five starts, the B-Mets offense has supplied nearly nine runs per game. Robert Carson added two scoreless relief innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, PALM BEACH 3: Starter Yohan Almonte tossed five scoreless innings. Alonzo Harris Jr. went 4-for-5 with three RBIs, two runs scored, a walk and two extra-base hits. Blake Forsythe also drove in three runs. Box

GREENSBORO 2, SAVANNAH 0: Starter Michael Fulmer allowed one run on four hits and two walks in five innings. Randy Fontanez contributed three no-hit relief innings. The Gnats mustered four hits -- two by T.J. Rivera. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 5.20.12

May, 20, 2012
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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

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 4.14.12

April, 14, 2012
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PAWTUCKET 9, BUFFALO 6: Given new life in the fifth inning, the Red Sox scored five unearned runs to hand Buffalo its third straight loss and fifth in six games. The Herd was nursing a 2-1 advantage until Pawtucket loaded the bases with walks to Alex Hassan and Daniel Nava and an intentional free pass to Ryan Lavarnway. Two batters later, Lars Anderson hit a sharp grounder that made it through Herd first baseman Zach Lutz. The error allowed two runners to score as Pawtucket regained the lead. Two pitches later, top Red Sox prospect Will Middlebrook made the miscue really hurt with a three-run homer off reliever Jeff Stevens. After the Bisons cut the PawSox lead to 6-4, Pawtucket pulled away with three seventh-inning runs. All four hits in that rally were grounders that found their way through the infield. In defeat, Bobby Scales collected four hits for Buffalo and finished a triple away from the cycle. The veteran had a two-run homer in the seventh, during a failed comeback bid. Scales now leads all International League hitters with a .567 on-base percentage. Garrett Olson, who suffered the loss, was charged with four runs (one earned) in 4 1/3 innings. The Bisons bullpen allowed five runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Prior to the game, the Bisons activated catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere. Buffalo had a roster spot as infielder Josh Satin was placed on the Mets' 24-hour taxi-squad list. New in 2012, major league teams can place minor league players on a taxi squad for 24 hours as part of consideration for a promotion. That way, minor league teams can replace that player and play their game at full strength. Chuck James threw two scoreless relief innings to increase his season total to five scoreless frames spanning four appearances. Box

PORTLAND 5, BINGHAMTON 3: The Sea Dogs took advantage of seven walks -- three in the decisive sixth inning, during which Portland scored three runs and broke a tie. B-Mets starter Darin Gorski cruised through three innings. However, the southpaw ran into trouble in the fourth. Following a leadoff walk to Juan Carlos Linares and a wild pitch, Bryce Brentz laced an RBI double. Brentz scored on Oscar Tejeda’s double, giving Portland a 2-0 lead. Binghamton answered against Portland starter Billy Buckner in the fifth. Buckner walked Josh Rodriguez and Juan Centeno singled. Sean Kazmar then lined a two-run double off the left-center wall. The B-Mets nearly cracked a half-inning later. After Heiker Meneses was hit by Gorski, Derrik Gibson pushed a bunt up the third-base line. Gorski cleanly fielded the roller, but his throw to first tailed toward the runner. Gibson ran into Allan Dykstra’s left arm and the ball rolled down the line. When the dust settled, Portland had runners at second and third, Dykstra was pulled from the game and Gorski’s day was done. The southpaw struck out five while allowing two runs over four innings in a no-decision. Kevin Mulvey entered and escaped unscathed. After recording a strikeout, he walked Linares intentionally to load the bases. The gamble paid off when Brentz flied out and Reynaldo Rodriguez grounded out to end the inning. Binghamton threatened in the top of the sixth, but failed to come through against reliever Will Latimer. The lefty allowed the first two batters to reach, and move to second and third, but Latimer battled back to strand both. Mulvey (0-1) then walked the first three batters he faced on 14 pitches to load the bases in the bottom of the sixth. Edgar Ramirez entered and allowed a two-run double to Gibson to break the tie game. In the eighth, Juan Lagares greeted Josh Fields with a double and scored on Oswaldo Navarro’s single to cut Portland’s lead to two. The B-Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Fields caught Eric Campbell looking to end the game. The B-Mets (3-5) look for the series split Sunday. Greg Peavey gets the nod for Binghamton against right-hander Chris Balcom-Miller. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, PALM BEACH 1: Yohan Almonte limited Palm Beach to one run in 5 1/3 innings, while relievers Taylor Whitenton and Jeffrey Kaplan combined to strike out six and yield one hit the rest of the way. Wilmer Flores' sacrifice fly in the fifth broke a 1-all tie. Box

SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 0: Domingo Tapia tossed seven scoreless innings and Marcos Camarena had two no-hit relief innings as the Gnats shut out Augusta for the second straight day. Savannah had a six-run fourth inning that included a two-run triple by T.J. Rivera as well as five walks, a passed ball and two wild pitches. Box

Compiled from team reports

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