New York Mets: Jeremy Hazelbaker

Around the minors 8.26.12

August, 26, 2012
8/26/12
10:00
PM ET
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 8.25.12

August, 25, 2012
8/25/12
11:11
PM ET
BUFFALO 5, ROCHESTER 3: With Buffalo down 3-0, Matt den Dekker and Mike Nickeas singled to open the third. Fred Lewis then produced an RBI double in what became a four-run inning. Starter Chris Schwinden allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. Drew Carpenter, Garrett Olson and Fernando Cabrera combined for 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Valentino Pascucci's solo homer in the seventh capped the scoring. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 1: Darin Gorski matched a season high with nine strikeouts while limiting Portland to one run. Reese Havens contributed a two-run homer that snapped his 0-for-21 drought. The Sea Dogs needed a break in the first to score their lone run. With two outs and Jeremy Hazelbaker on first, Bryce Brentz lifted a fly ball to right. Dustin Martin got a late read and the ball landed inside the line for a single, plating Hazelbaker. The B-Mets cracked the scoreboard in the third against starter Drake Britton. Allan Dykstra drove in Wilmer Flores from first by doubling. Dykstra scored the go-ahead run when shortstop Xander Bogaerts booted Jefry Marte's groundball. After allowing a single to Derrik Gibson in the second, Gorski retired 12 straight Sea Dogs. The B-Mets added to their lead and chased Britton in the fourth. After consecutive one-out singles, Britton walked Pedro Zapata to load the bases. Havens then rolled a groundball to shortstop and beat out the potential double play, allowing a run to score. Will Latimer replaced Britton and got the final out of the frame. In the sixth, Havens blasted his 10th homer, kicking Binghamton’s lead to four. Brentz snapped Gorski’s impressive stretch in the sixth with a two-out single. Travis Shaw walked to increase the threat, but Gorski induced Boagaerts to line out. With a runner aboard in the eighth, Gorski racked up his ninth strikeout, painting the outside black against Hazelbaker. Ryan Fraser recorded the final out of eighth and tossed a scoreless ninth. Gorski (9-7) earned his third win in his last four starts, allowing five hits over 7 2/3 innings. Box

CHARLOTTE 2, ST. LUCIE 1 (12 innings): Todd Glaesmann’s leadoff homer against Jeff Walters in the 12th inning proved to the difference. Mets left-hander Chase Huchingson came within one out of a complete-game shutout, before Glaesmann’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth tied the score. Huchingson pitched 8 2/3 innings and allowed one run and three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Adam Kolarek tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and worked around a hit and walk. Walters allowed one run and three hits in two innings. Richard Lucas had scored from third on a wild pitch in the second inning for the lone run by the Mets. Darrell Ceciliani finished 3-for-5 with a walk. T.J. Rivera went 2-for-6. The Mets finished 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 14 on base. Box

ROME 2, SAVANNAH 0
ROME 4, SAVANNAH 1: Rome did all the Game 1 scoring in the fifth inning, on Ross Heffley two-run homer. Rome starter A.J. Holland shut out the Gnats through six innings. Savannah starter Yohan Almonte (0-2) surrendered Heffley’s long ball. In Game 2, the Gnats opened the scoring in the third on Yucarybert De La Cruz's sacrifice fly. The Braves rallied in the sixth against Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis.(4-8). With two outs and the bases empty, three singles evened the score at 1. Robbie Hefflinger then produced a three-run homer against Panteliodis. Rome starter Greg Ross threw a complete-game shutout. Box 1, Box 2

BLUEFIELD 7, KINGSPORT 0: Starter John Gant allowed five runs (three earned) in five innings. Right-handers Brandon Welch (fifth round) and Rob Whalen (12th round) made their professional debuts in relief, each allowing one run in one inning. Kingsport committed five errors, three from shortstop Anthony Chavez. Box

BROOKLYN 11, STATEN ISLAND 0: Hansel Robles tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out eight. He leads the New York-Penn League with a 1.20 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP. Robles has not allowed an earned run in his last 31 innings, dating to July 28, and has not allowed any run in 22 innings. In the first, Dimas Ponce and Phillip Evans singled and Eudy Pina reached on a throwing error by shortstop Claudio Custodio. With the bases loaded, Kevin Plawecki delivered a sacrifice fly. In the fifth, Yankees starter Gabriel Encinas surrendered another two runs. Jeff Reynolds walked and Julio Concepcion singled. Reynolds scored on Brandon Nimmo's double. Evans' ensuing single scored Concepcion. Brooklyn batted around in an eight-run seventh. Ponce hit a two-run triple. Zach Woods replaced Encinas, but Evans hit his third single of the night to plate Ponce. Pina and Alex Sanchez walked later in the inning. Jeff Glenn contributed a two-run single. Reynolds then blasted his second homer of the season, a three-run shot, to make it 11-0. Logan Taylor and Tyler Vanderheiden each threw an inning of hitless relief for the Cyclones. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.24.12

August, 24, 2012
8/24/12
11:34
PM ET
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 6, BUFFALO 4: The first six batters of the game reached against Jeurys Familia in a four-run first inning, while ex-Met John Maine limited his former organization to two unearned runs in six innings. Chris Dickerson singled and Corban Joseph hit a two-run homer against Familia in the opening frame. Eduardo Nunez followed with a double and later scored on a wild pitch. Two more singles and an error gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had four more consecutive hits to open the second, with Dickerson scoring. Familia did rally. He allowed one hit over his final four innings, but ultimately was charged with five runs on 10 hits in six innings. The Herd scored a pair of runs in the third inning to get on the board. Fred Lewis came around on a throwing error by Maine. Valentino Pascucci later doubled home Lucas Duda for his team leading 58th RBI. Pascucci scored on a wild pitch in the eighth. Before the game, reliever Drew Carpenter joined the Bisons from Binghamton. He pitched an inning of scoreless relief. Armando Rodriguez returned to the B-Mets. Familia struck out seven batters to take over the team lead, with 119. Box

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 3: Wilmer Flores’ two-run homer in the ninth was not enough as the B-Mets’ comeback bid fell short. Sea Dogs starter Brandon Workman baffled the B-Mets, allowing one run over seven innings. Portland broke a scoreless tie in the third against starter Gonzalez Germen. With a runner on first, Jeremy Hazelbaker smacked an RBI triple over Juan Lagares’ head in center. Bryce Brentz followed with a run-scoring single. Workman cruised through five innings, facing one over the minimum. After surrendering a single to Eric Campbell in the second, he retired 13 straight B-Mets. Binghamton scratched out a run in the sixth, a rally ignited by a one-out triple by Pedro Zapata. Lagares then pushed an RBI bunt single down the third-base line. Lagares, representing the tying run, advanced to third on a stolen base and groundout, but was stranded. After allowing six hits over his first three innings, Germen no-hit the Sea Dogs over his next four frames. He got two quick outs in the eighth before allowing back-to-back homers, to Travis Shaw and Xander Bogaerts. Brad Holt entered and recorded the final out of the inning. The cushion factored in heavily. Workman tossed a scoreless seventh before handing a one-run lead to the bullpen. Caleb Clay tossed a perfect eighth, but nearly blew a three-run lead in the ninth. After Lagares singled, Flores blasted a two-run homer. Raul Reyes reached on a two-out single, but Jefry Marte struck out looking to end the game. Germen (7-11) suffered his fifth loss in his last six B-Mets starts. He allowed four runs on nine hits while collecting seven strikeouts. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 5: Cory Vaughn hit his 22nd homer and drove in two runs as the Mets held off Charlotte. Darrell Ceciliani went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Richard Lucas finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Aderlin Rodriguez also had a hit and drove in a run. Jacob deGrom picked up the victory, tossing 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three. Adrian Rosario pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up an unearned run with one walk and one strikeout. Taylor Whitenton tossed 1 2/3 innings and gave up three hits and one run with four strikeouts. Adam Kolarek recorded the final out to preserve the win for his 17th save. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 2: Cam Maron delivered a three-run homer in the first. He finished 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBIs. Carlos Vazquez (6-2) earned the win with four scoreless relief innings. Box

KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 4: Tomas Nido produced a two-run homer in the first inning. Nido then broke a 4-all tie in the fifth when he was hit by a pitch, advanced on another hit by pitch and walk, and scored on a wild pitch. The K-Mets opened a three-run lead an inning later when Branden Kaupe tripled and scored on Gavin Cecchini's single. Cecchini scored on a triple by Joe Tuschak. Nido departed the inning after being struck with the pitch. Juan Urbina (1-0) and Matt Budgell combined for five scoreless relief innings. Budgell earned his first professional save. Box

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 1: A late-inning meltdown wasted a stellar performance from Brooklyn starter Luis Mateo, who tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out six. The Cyclones scored their lone run in the fifth. Eudy Pina and Brandon Nimmo singled. A swinging bunt from Phillip Evans eventually put runners on second and third with two outs. Kevin Plawecki then smashed a line drive too hot for Staten Island third baseman Matt Duran to handle, allowing Pina to score for a 1-0 lead. In the eighth, Craig Hansen failed to record an out. He walked the first batter he faced, then hit a batter before allowing a single to Exicardo Cayones to load the bases with none out. Hansen then also plunked Ravel Santana to force in a run and even the score. Beck Wheeler, who was tagged with Thursday's loss after allowing an 11th-inning homer, once again fell victim to the long ball. Duran greeted him with a grand slam. Despite the loss, the Cyclones remain three games ahead of Batavia in the wild-card race. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.28.12

July, 29, 2012
7/29/12
1:17
AM ET
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 5.20.12

May, 20, 2012
5/20/12
8:23
PM ET
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 5.19.12

May, 20, 2012
5/20/12
12:49
AM ET
BUFFALO 11, INDIANAPOLIS 6: Vinny Rottino blasted three homers and Valentino Pascucci, Jordany Valdespin and Matt Tuiasosopo also went deep. The long-ball barrage gives Buffalo an International League-leading 47 homers, passing Pawtucket (42). The six homers are the most in a game by the Bisons since July 2, 2004. In the third, Rottino and Pascucci crushed back-to-back homers off Indians starter Justin Wilson to push the lead to 4-1. Pascucci's homer was his third in the past two games and 49th in his Bisons career, tying him with ex-Bison Jason Cooper for seventh all time on the Buffalo modern-era home run list. With the score tied at 4 in the sixth, Valdespin -- who began the day in the Mets clubhouse in Toronto -- clobbered a solo homer. Later in the inning, Corey Wimberly and Brad Emaus had consecutive singles, but Emaus would get picked off at first by Indians pitcher Bryan Morris. With Wimberly at second, Rottino produced a two-run blast for a 7-4 lead. Rottino homered again in the eighth with Wimberly on base. More power would follow Rottino's blast. Lucas May singled and Tuiasosopo delivered a two-run homer to increase the Bisons' lead to 11-4. Justin Hampson and Josh Edgin combined to log 4 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Jeurys Familia. Familia was charged with four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out three in 3 2/3 innings. He required 87 pitches despite the modest length. Jack Egbert is scheduled to start in Sunday afternoon's game in place of the promoted Jeremy Hefner. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 5 (10 innings): Pedro Zapata hammered a two-out solo homer over the Maine Monster in the 10th. Zapata’s blast, his first this season, capped a game that saw 10 total runs scored over the final three innings. Trailing 1-0 in the eighth, the B-Mets put up five runs against two Portland relievers to take their first lead of the series. Binghamton sent 10 men to the plate and compiled six hits, highlighted by a two-run homer by Raul Reyes. Portland wasted little time to cut into the deficit. Darin Gorski, in his fifth inning piggybacking Jenrry Mejia's start, allowed back-to-back homers the following half-inning, cutting Binghamton’s lead to one. Reynaldo Rodriguez ripped a two-run shot over the Maine Monster and Bryce Brentz followed with a solo homer. Brad Holt ended the threat by recording two outs, but could not half the Portland comeback in the ninth. Derrik Gibson started the inning with a single and scored two batters later on a sac fly from Jeremy Hazelbaker. After allowing five hits in his first two innings of relief, Will Latimer returned for the 10th and recorded two quick outs before Zapata launched a 1-2 offering over the fence in left field. Adrian Rosario, promoted from St. Lucie on Friday, tossed a perfect 10th inning to collect his first Eastern League save. Mejia navigated the opening three innings in his first start with the B-Mets since August 2010. He allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in every frame and surrendered six hits overall. He struck out three and did not issue any walks. Gorski went 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision, allowing three runs on three hits. Holt (2-0) collected the win after blowing his first save. It was Binghamton’s first win in 18 games this year when trailing after seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, LAKELAND 3: Pedro Beato and Kyle Allen combined for four no-hit, scoreless relief innings. Blake Forsythe produced two RBIs off the bench after replacing Rafael Fernandez in left field. It was Forsythe's first professional appearance in the outfield. Francisco Pena also drove in two runs. Alonzo Harris Jr. is 5-for-10 in two games since taking over the leadoff spot. Box

SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 4: The Gnats overcame a 4-0 first-inning deficit as Brian Harrison reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances, He went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs. In his last 11 games, Harrison is hitting .425 (17-for-40) with five doubles, a triple, a homer and 12 RBIs. Savannah starter Michael Fulmer walked the game's opening batter, who then scored on Fulmer’s own throwing error. After a pair of singles, cleanup hitter Mark Minicozzi’s three-run homer gave the 'Jackets a 4-0 lead before Fulmer had recorded an out. The 29-year-old Minicozzi is 10 years older than the 19-year-old Fulmer. The Gnats (25-16) answered with three runs in the bottom half. After two walks, Aderlin Rodriguez brought home the first run with a double. Harrison followed with a two-run single. Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to seven games. Savannah took a 5-4 lead in the fourth against Kyle Crick. With runners at second and third and two out, Luis Nieves tripled over the head of right fielder Michael Mergenthaler. The Gnats scored in the seventh on Harrison’s two-run double. Fulmer lasted two innings, his shortest outing in seven starts as a Gnat. However, relievers Carlos Vazquez, Chasen Bradford and T.J. Chism combined for seven scoreless, one-hit innings. Vazquez earned the win with four innings of relief work. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 5.18.12

May, 19, 2012
5/19/12
12:39
AM ET
BUFFALO 5, GWINNETT 3: Slugger Valentino Pascucci and 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey fueled the Bisons' win. Harvey got off to a shaky start, allowing back-to-back homers to Stefan Gartrell and Ernesto Mejia for a 2-0 first-inning deficit. Harvey then began a rally with his bat. In the third, he singled and Corey Wimberly walked. Fred Lewis then also singled to load the bases. A double-play groundout by Vinny Rottino forced in a run. Pascucci then homered off Braves starter Yohan Flande to give the Bisons a 3-2 lead. Rottino went 0-for-5 to lose a 20-game hitting streak. Harvey is now 4-for-10 at the plate this season. In the fifth, with the scored even at 3, Pascucci repeated his impressive strength with a two-run shot. Harvey settled down the rest of the game to strike out a season-high 11 batters. "Striking out batters is definitely a strength for Matt," manager Wally Backman said. The last time a Bisons starter struck out 11 was former Bisons and current Mets pitcher Dillon Gee on Aug. 28, 2010. Pascucci's two homers give him 48 as a Bison, putting him in sole possession of seventh place on the Herd's all-time home run list, passing Ernie Young. Box

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets stranded 10 runners, went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and were shut out for the fifth time this season. Portland starter Billy Buckner worked out of trouble in his first three innings. Binghamton put two aboard in the first, but failed to score when Juan Lagares fanned to end the inning. Lagares stranded two more in the third when he popped out to second. Portland cracked the scoreboard in the fifth against Gonzalez Germen. Jefry Marte opened the door by booting a groundball by Ronald Bermudez to start the inning. After a walk to Derrik Gibson and a sac bunt, Jeremy Hazelbaker bounced a two-run double over the third-base bag. Germen walked two more to load the bases, but escaped further harm by fanning Bryce Brentz. Germen (1-2) made it through six innings before handing off to Armando Rodriguez. Germen gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and struck out six. In the seventh, the Sea Dogs put together three consecutive two-out hits against Rodriguez. Juan Carlos Linares supplied an RBI double and Reynaldo Rodriguez added a run-scoring triple. It was the first time this season Rodriguez has allowed more than one hit in a relief appearance. The B-Mets (19-20) continue their three-game series Saturday as Jenrry Mejia moves from St. Lucie to the B-Mets for the start. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, LAKELAND 2: Starter Chase Huchingson limited Lakeland to one run in five innings and Taylor Whitenton contributed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Alonzo Harris had three hits in the leadoff spot. Rafael Fernandez and Francisco Pena drove in two runs apiece. Box

AUGUSTA 4, SAVANNAH 3: For the second straight night, the Gnats stranded the tying run on second base in the ninth. The Gnats were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Down 4-2 heading to the bottom of the ninth, the Gnats (24-16) rallied. Charley Thurber led off with a triple and scored on Gregory Pron’s RBI groundout. A single from Brandon Brown and a walk to Cam Maron put the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first with one out. However, GreenJackets closer Cody Hall rebounded to strike out T.J. Rivera and Dustin Lawley to end the game. Augusta took a 2-0 lead against Savannah starter Tyler Pill in the second inning on three singles, an error, a sacrifice and an RBI groundout. Augusta added a run in the sixth for a 3-0 lead on a single, a stolen base and an RBI single. Pill allowed three runs, all earned, in six innings with no walks and five strikeouts. All eight hits against him were singles. The Gnats made it a one-run game with single runs in the sixth and eighth innings. In the sixth, Travis Taijeron walked and came home on Brian Harrison’s double . In the eighth, Aderlin Rodriguez, who was 2-for-4, crushed a solo homer. Rodriguez has hit safely in six straight games. Augusta added an insurance run in the top of the ninth that scored on a throwing error by Brown at second base. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 4.22.12

April, 22, 2012
4/22/12
6:37
PM ET
BUFFALO 6, SYRACUSE 1
SYRACUSE 1, BUFFALO 0:
Two of the International League's closest rivals split a twinbill as Buffalo took the first game on the strength of a three-hit performance from Omar Quintanilla, then Corey Brown's fourth-inning homer accounted for the only scoring in the nightcap. In both games, the Bisons got solid starting pitching. Jeurys Familia (2-1) earned his second Triple-A win with eight strikeouts in five innings in the opener. In Game 2, Chris Schwinden (2-2) was the hard-luck loser with the team's first complete game of the season. Schwinden allowed one run on three hits and no walks. In the opener, Zach Lutz hit a no-doubt two-run homer to give the Herd a second-inning lead. Josh Satin singled home Jordany Valdespin in the third for a 3-1 advantage. Quintanilla's third hit of the game was a bases-loaded double in the sixth. The lone damage against Familia came on Bryce Harper's first Triple-A homer. Jack Egbert was also solid on the mound, pitching two scoreless innings in relief of Familia. The Bisons had just three hits in Game 2, two by Matt Tuiasosopo, but had their chances to score. Buffalo put the first two men on base in the fifth inning, but Vinny Rottino was thrown out at third on a double steal. Raul Reyes walked to lead off the sixth and reached third base with one out. Chiefs starter Tanner Roark then retired Satin and Lutz to escape that jam. In the seventh, Rottino walked and Tuiasosopo singled to lead off the frame. But a failed bunt attempt by Lucas May and a double play off the bat of Quintanilla ended the contest. Still, combined with the Bisons' win on Friday night, the club picked up its first series win of 2012. Now at 9-9, the Herd will travel to Lehigh Valley for Monday's start to a three-game series. Game 1, Game 2

BINGHAMTON 7, PORTLAND 2: Rylan Sandoval had four RBIs and Collin McHugh fired six strong innings as Binghamton swept the four-game series. It marked the third time in the series and fifth time in the last eight games the B-Mets have collected 10 or more hits. Juan Lagares started the onslaught in the second with a single off Portland starter Brock Huntzinger. Juan Centeno added a single and Joe Bonfe walked to load the bases. Sandoval then doubled off the right-center fence. The hit cleared the bases and gave Binghamton a 3-0 lead. Matt den Dekker doubled Sandoval home. From there, McHugh cruised to his third straight victory, tying him for the Eastern League lead. He racked up six strikeouts for the third straight game and allowed one unearned run on two hits. After putting up four scoreless innings, Portland finally scratched out a run in the fifth. Ronald Bermudez reached on a throwing error by Oswaldo Navarro at third. He moved to second on a wild pitch and scored two batters later when Jeremy Hazelbaker dumped a ball into left field. McHugh escaped the inning with no further damage and posted a perfect sixth to cap his day. The B-Mets added to their lead in the fourth. Pedro Zapata bunted his way aboard and stole second. After gaining third on a wild pitch, he scored when Sandoval tripled -- his second three-bagger as a B-Met. Den Dekker made it 6-1 with a sacrifice fly. Huntzinger was pulled after surrendering a single to Josh Rodriguez. Binghamton plated its final run on an RBI single by Rodriguez in the sixth. He became the first B-Met to collect four hits in a game since Brahiam Maldonado in August 2011. Armando Rodriguez took the mound and worked around a leadoff single to post a scoreless seventh. He then needed 12 pitches to work a perfect eighth. Edgar Ramirez surrendered a run in the ninth before retiring Hazelbaker on a groundout to first to end the game. The B-Mets (9-7) enjoy an off day on Monday before kicking off a three-game series against New Hampshire on Tuesday at NYSEG Stadium. Zack Wheeler takes the ball for Binghamton. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, FORT MYERS 8: Danny Muno's double scored Wilfredo Tovar in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off win. St. Lucie overcame a 6-0 deficit. Muno had a two-run homer in a five-run fifth that pulled the Mets within a run. Robbie Shields and Muno had three hits apiece, while Tovar scored three times. Box

HICKORY 1, SAVANNAH 0 (5 innings): Hickory won in a game that was called after five innings due to wet grounds at Historic Grayson Stadium. The Crawdads (12-5) swept the four-game series from the Gnats (10-8). Savannah is off on Monday. It begins a seven-game road trip in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday. The Crawdads scored the game’s only run in the third. With one out, Chris Grayson doubled. Ensuing batter Hanser Alberto lined a ball up the middle. Gnats pitcher Michael Fulmer snared the liner on a fly and threw to second base to attempt to complete a double play. However, second base was unoccupied, and the throw went into center field. Grayson headed to third, and scored when center fielder Tillman Pugh’s throw to third bounced away from Savannah third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez and went out of play. Fulmer worked one 1-2-3 inning in the fifth, but took his second loss of 2012 despite allowing only the unearned run. Box

Compiled from team reports

SPONSORED HEADLINES

TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.295 8 42 62
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 19
RBIL. Duda 60
RD. Murphy 62
OPSL. Duda .864
WB. Colon 10
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 125