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Minors 8.3.13: Glenn's homer lifts Gnats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Minors 5.9.13: B-Mets no-hit by Nats' club

May, 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS 6, ROUND ROCK 5: Trailing by a run in the bottom of the eighth, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Collin Cowgill delivered consecutive doubles to even the score at 5. Josh Satin then plated Cowgill with an RBI single. Greg Burke pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save. Zach Lutz and Wilmer Flores had contributed early solo homers as Las Vegas built a 4-0 lead. Chris Schwinden took a scoreless effort into the seventh, when he and Gonzalez Germen combined to surrender five runs. Box

HARRISBURG 6, BINGHAMTON 1: Paul Demny and Ian Krol combined to throw the first no-hitter against the B-Mets since Aug. 13 , 2001. Demny hit a batter and walked another in the first inning, but escaped unscathed. He retired seven in a row until walking Allan Dykstra in the fourth. His night ended at 113 pitches after eight innings. Krol threw a

perfect ninth. Cesar Puello went 0-for-3, ending his 15-game hitting streak, which had been the longest active in Double-A. Binghamton scored its lone run in the seventh. After Dykstra led off with his third walk of the game, he moved to third base on a throwing error by Demny. With runners on the corners, Francisco Pena grounded into a run-scoring 3-6-1 double-play. Harrisburg got its offense going right away against B-Mets starter Jacob deGrom. After a throwing error by the catcher Pena on a bunt attempt in the first inning, Anthony Rendon doubled in a run. He came around to score when Jerad Head singled. Harrisburg scored another unearned run in the second, on Dykstra's throwing error. In the sixth, the Senators busted the game open. After Jimmy Van Ostrand doubled and Sandy Leon was intentionally walked, Ricky Hague doubled down the left-field line to knock in both runners. He then scored a batter later when Demny helped himself out with an RBI double. DeGrom’s night ended after 5 2/3 innings. He gave up six runs on nine hits. He is now 0-4 in five Double-A starts. In deGrom’s outings, Binghamton has scored a total of five runs. Box

ST. LUCIE 17, PALM BEACH 1: Noah Syndergaard matched a career high by logging seven innings and struck out seven and Matt Reynolds had three hits and five RBIs as St.

Lucie produced its sixth straight win in a rout. Syndergaard (2-1) retired 15 consecutive batters after allowing a leadoff double in the first. He allowed just two baserunners through six innings. He walked one. T.J. Chism struck out two in two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Gilbert Gomez went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs, while Robbie Shields finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Cam Maron had two hits, two runs scored and three RBIs. Dustin Lawley had two RBIs and reached base twice. The Mets scored four times in the second inning, highlighted by a two-run double from Shields. Reynolds had a bases-clearing double in a five-run third. The Mets also scored six times in the sixth, which included a two-run double by Maron and a two-run double by Gomez. Box

SAVANNAH 3, ROME 1: Down 1-0 in the sixth, South Atlantic League batting-average leader Kevin Plawecki drew a walk to begin what ended up being a three-run frame. A hit-by-pitch and then a single loaded the bases. Plawecki scored on a wild pitch by Braves starter Rafael Briceno to even the score at 1. Greg Pron followed with a walk to reload the bases and chase Briceno. Facing reliever Alex Wilson in his Rome debut, Jeff Glenn lifted a sacrifice fly, scoring Cole Frenzel. The other runners, Maikis De La Cruz and Pron, also tagged. Braves third baseman Carlos Franco's throw to second, in his attempt on Pron, sailed into right field, allowing De La Cruz to score the Gnats' third run. De La Cruz, who was added to the Gnats' roster on Thursday, was 2-for-4. The Braves scored the game's first run on a solo homer by Casey Kalenkosky in the second against left-hander Steven Matz. Matz (2-0, 1.85 ERA) completed six innings for the first time this season. He allowed one run on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk. The Gnats turned double plays behind him in the fifth and sixth innings to help him out of jams. 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo (hand) has landed on the DL. Box

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Minors 5.5.13: Vegas' Wheeler deals again

May, 5, 2013
LAS VEGAS 6, SACRAMENTO 2: Zack Wheeler limited Sacramento to three hits and a walk in six scoreless innings. Wheeler struck out four in a 90-pitch effort. It was his second straight strong start. Wheeler (2-1) was coming off an outing in which he allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings at Reno. His ERA has been shaved to 4.00. Las Vegas built a 6-0 lead, capped by a three-run homer by Collin Cowgill in the seventh against Pedro Figueroa. Justin Hampson surrendered a two-run homer to Josh Horton in the bottom half of that inning. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, HARRISBURG 1: The B-Mets launched a season-high three homers and struck out a season-high 15. Third baseman Josh Rodriguez set the tone early. After Danny Muno worked out his team-leading 21st walk in the first against Harrisburg starter Caleb Clay, Rodriguez homered for a 2-0 lead. Binghamton starter Mark Cohoon flirted with danger in his second start, but came out unscathed. He allowed seven baserunners through his first four innings, but used six strikeouts to escape. He capped his day with two strikeouts in a perfect fifth. Binghamton added to its lead in the sixth against Clay. Alonzo Harris started with a bunt single, stole second and came home on a single by Muno. Richard Lucas capped the inning by blistering a solo homer to left-center, his first long ball of the season. Chase Huchingson took over in the sixth and struck out two in a scoreless inning. The southpaw returned for the seventh, but exited after allowing two singles. Sean Nicol greeted reliever John Church with an RBI groundout, cutting Binghamton’s lead to three. Anthony Rendon singled to bring the tying run to the plate in Jerad Head. But Church struck out Head on three pitches. Binghamton produced two more runs in the eighth against reliever Pat McCoy. Harris launched his fourth homer and Cesar Puello extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single. Church posted a scoreless eighth inning. Jack Leathersich fanned three in the ninth. Cohoon (3-0) collected his third win and first as a starter in 2013. The southpaw struck out a season-high eight over five scoreless innings. Cory Mazzoni will return from the DL to start Monday for Binghamton. Box

ST. LUCIE 1, DAYTONA 0: Pinch-hitter Matt Reynolds had a walk-off single that scored Aderlin Rodriguez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Rehabbing Frank Francisco tossed a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. He combined with starter Domingo Tapia (six innings), Jim Fuller and Chasen Bradford on the three-hit shutout. Hansel Robles (upper back) is due to return from the DL and make his first start since April 21 on Monday. Princeton product Matt Bowman, promoted from Savannah, is then due to start Tuesday. He was 4-0 with a 2.64 ERA in five starts with Savannah. Robert Gsellman will move to Savannah's rotation. Box


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Minors 5.4.13: Zurcher has tiebreaking hit

May, 4, 2013
SACRAMENTO 11, LAS VEGAS 7: In his second 51s start, D.J. Mitchell surrendered seven first-inning runs, although only three were earned because of a one-out throwing error by third baseman Eric Campbell. Las Vegas rallied to tie the score at 7 in the fourth on an RBI double by Josh Satin and run-scoring single by Wilmer Flores. Dylan Owen suffered the loss in relief when he surrendered a tiebreaking solo homer to Scott Moore. Collin Cowgill went 1-for-4 with a walk and a throwing error in his Las Vegas debut. Cowgill started in left field, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis remaining in center. Flores finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Campbell had a pair of doubles and two RBIs in three at-bats. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, HARRISBURG 2: The B-Mets broke a tie with a three-run fourth and four pitchers combined to retire the final 19 Senators hitters. Darrell Ceciliani had three hits, drove in three and scored three times. Richard Lucas had three hits and two RBIs. Facing

Harrisburg starter Paul Demny, Alonzo Harris opened the game with a double and scored when Lucas singled. Binghamton took a 2-0 lead on Allan Dysktra's run-scoring groundout in the third. B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel sailed through a pair of innings before laboring through the third. The righty allowed two hits, walked two and surrendered a pair of runs in the 39-pitch frame. Anthony Rendon’s 11-pitch plate appearance ended with a walk and set the stage for Jerad Head’s game-tying two-run single. After Demny walked Goeddel with two outs in the fourth and Rendon misplayed Harris’ chopper, Ceciliani had a two-run single to give Binghamton the lead for good. Lucas tacked on with an RBI double. Head’s hit in the third proved to be Harrisburg’s final baserunner. Goeddel (2-2) retired the final 10 batters he faced. He allowed two runs on three hits and fanned four over six innings to end his four-game winless streak. Joe Bonfe delivered a pinch-hit run-scoring single in the eighth and Ceciliani crushed his first homer of the season, a solo shot, in the ninth. Cesar Puello added a run-producing fielder’s choice. Relievers Adam Kolarek, Josh Edgin and Jeff Walters contributed scoreless frames. The bullpen has retired the last 23 batters it has faced over the three games. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, FORT MYERS 5: Aderlin Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs as the Mets avoided getting swept in the three-game series. Miracle third baseman Miguel Sano hit a three-run homer off St. Lucie starter Robert Gsellman in the first. The Mets answered, loading the bases in the second with no outs. Cam Maron then ripped a bases-clearing double. Rodriguez hit a solo homer in the third to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Dustin Lawley had a sacrifice fly RBI and Rodriguez added an RBI single in the fifth for a three-run cushion. Lawley also had an RBI double in the seventh to make it 7-3. Travis Taijeron launched his second homer of the season in the eighth. Rodriguez had a two-run double in the ninth. Making his second start, Gsellman earned his first Florida State League victory. All three hits he surrendered in five innings came in the first. He walked three and struck out three. Gsellman retired the final seven batters he faced. Hamilton Bennett pitched two scoreless relief innings. Randy Fontanez allowed an unearned run in the eighth and T. J. Chism allowed a run in the ninth before inducing a game-ending double play. Box

SAVANNAH 9, HICKORY 2: Kevin Plawecki went 3-for-5 and capped the Gnats' scoring with a ninth-inning grand slam. He upped his batting average to .416. The score was tied at 1 until the eighth, when Chad Zurcher delivered a tiebreaking two-run single in what became a four-run frame. Eudy Pina, Stefan Sabol and Phillip Evans scored two runs apiece in the win. Starter Rainy Lara improved to 4-1. Lara limited Hickory to one unearned run on four hits and a walk while striking out six in seven innings. Hunter Carnevale handled the final two innings. He allowed a one-out solo homer to Jorge Alfaro in the bottom of the ninth that capped the scoring. Box

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Minors 5.3.13: Syndergaard solid in loss

May, 4, 2013
SACRAMENTO 3, LAS VEGAS 0: Bruce Billings, Hideki Okajima and Dan Otero combined on a three-hit shutout of the 51s. Chris Schwinden took a scoreless effort into the fifth but ultimately was charged with two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five in five innings. Box

HARRISBURG 3, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets stranded the tying run on base in the ninth inning and went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position in the final two innings. One out

shy of suffering their third shutout loss of the season, the B-Mets cracked the scoreboard when Cesar Puello blasted a 1-1 offering from Ian Krol over the left-field wall for his first homer of the season. Krol then walked Francisco Pena and hit Wilfredo Tovar with an 0-2 pitch to put the tying run on base. Aaron Barrett entered and struck out pinch-hitter Joe Bonfe to end the game and earn his fifth save. Harrisburg starter Blake Treinen (3-3) tossed seven scoreless innings. Harrisburg greeted B-Mets starter Jacob deGrom rudely in the first with four consecutive hits. Brian Goodwin produced his league-leading fifth triple. Josh Johnson brought him home with an infield single. Jerad Head followed with another single and Justin Bloxom gave Harrisburg a 3-0 lead with a two-run double. DeGrom (0-3) did cap his fourth start as a B-Met with five additional scoreless frames. After Treinen’s departure, the B-Mets nearly got on the board in the eighth against reliever Neil Holland. Danny Muno led off by shooting a pinch-hit double down the right-field line. He was stranded at second when Holland retired the next three batters. For Binghamton, Chase Huchingson fanned two in a perfect seventh and Jack Leathersich struck out the side in the eighth. Box

FORT MYERS 6, ST. LUCIE 0: Kennys Vargas had a two-out, tiebreaking single to right-center to score Miguel Sano in the sixth inning off Mets starter Noah Syndergaard. The

Miracle pulled away with a five-run seventh against relievers Pedro Feliciano and Chasen Bradford. Syndergaard suffered his first loss as a member of the organization. He allowed one run and eight hits while walking two and striking out five over six innings. Feliciano, working on back-to-back days for the first time with the Florida State League club, surrendered consecutive singles upon entering. He ultimately recorded two outs -- both sacrifice flies -- and was charged with three runs (one earned) on two hits. Third baseman Rylan Sandoval had a throwing error. Bradford allowed three hits and two runs and recorded the final out of the seventh. Wanel Mesa tossed a scoreless eighth. The Mets produced only six hits. Box

KANNAPOLIS 1, SAVANNAH 0 (suspended): The game, suspended after three full innings, will resume May 30 in Kannapolis. Steven Matz surrendered one run on two hits and a walk while striking out four in three innings. Box

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Mets 3, Nats 1: Duda goes deep

March, 23, 2013
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Lucas Duda belted a tiebreaking solo homer on a 90 mph fastball from Drew Storen in the seventh and the Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 3-1, Saturday at Tradition Field.

“He’s getting himself in a much better hitting position,” Terry Collins said. “You can tell he’s got more confidence when he goes up there. He’s taking tougher pitches. There’s been some real positives.”

Duda has four Grapefruit League homers.

Travis d’Arnaud added an eighth-inning RBI single.

Rafael Montero, borrowed from minor league camp for the start opposite Gio Gonzalez, tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

“I saw much better velocity than I saw early, better command of his breaking balls than I did early,” Collins said. “And, actually, I hope he really continues to work hard with his changeup. He has an outstanding change in the making. That’s going to really get [batters] off the fastball.

“You know, this guy is coming with rave reviews. He may not have the fastball [Zack] Wheeler’s got, but I had some minor league people tell me this winter: Don’t be surprised if he’s in the big leagues before Sept. 1. And I will not be, because I trust my minor league people very much. They have a good feel for it. They said the same thing about [Cory] Mazzoni.”

Game tidbits:

KNEE BEND: Kirk Nieuwenhuis, recovered from a bone bruise on his left knee, appeared in his first Grapefruit League in 20 days. Nieuwenhuis struck out against Storen as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, then remained in the game in center field.

Justin Turner, recovered from a sprained right ankle, started at second base and went 0-for-3.

ON EDGE: Josh Edgin surrendered a 1-0 lead in the seventh after first baseman Zach Lutz’s error on a would-be double play allowed the Nats to load the bases with none out. Edgin struck out Roger Bernadina before surrendering a game-tying sacrifice fly to Francisco Soriano.

After Edgin reloaded the bases with a walk to Justin Bloxom, he escaped further damage by fanning Jerad Head.

NO ZIP: Pedro Feliciano entered for Montero with two out in the fifth and plunked the lefty-hitting Bernadina. Feliciano, without showing his fastball, then coaxed an inning-ending fielder’s choice from righty-hitting Danny Espinosa.

The Mets must reach a decision on Feliciano by Tuesday. Given his fastball velocity has hovered in the 82-83 mph range and the Mets would need to free a 40-man roster spot to add him, it may be simpler and more justifiable to just have Robert Carson on the Opening Day roster as a complement to Edgin.

Carson, who is on the 40-man roster, surrendered a double in a scoreless eighth inning Saturday.

“He knows what he’s doing,” Collins said about Feliciano. “Even though his velocity isn’t where he wants it to be, he takes something off each and every pitch. You get one fastball that’s 84 mph, and you’re going to get another one that’s 82. … He has a feel for what he has to do to get guys out.”



Daniel Murphy
.289 9 57 79
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187