New York Mets: Jesus Valdez

Around the minors 6.7.12

June, 7, 2012
BUFFALO 3, COLUMBUS 2: Bisons starter Garrett Olson pitched five-plus innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits while striking out three. Manny Acosta, Josh Edgin and Fernando Cabrera combined to pitch four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit while striking out seven. Cabrera recorded his 13th save, giving him sole possession of the International League lead. The Bisons scored in the first inning on RBI singles by Valentino Pascucci and Raul Reyes. Corey Wimberly delivered an RBI single in the sixth as the Bisons took a 3-1 lead. Wimberly, Reyes, Sean Kazmar and Dustin Martin all had multi-hit nights. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, HARRISBURG 1: Zack Wheeler allowed one unearned run in seven innings to win his sixth straight start. He struck out seven, walked four and hit a batter in a 104-pitch effort. For the third straight game, the B-Mets grabbed the lead in the first inning. Matt den Dekker lined a single against starter Danny Rosenbaum. It was the first of eight hits the B-Mets collected against Rosenbaum, who had tossed a complete game against Binghamton in May. With two outs, Jefry Marte ripped an RBI double down the left-field line to give Binghamton the lead. The B-Mets added to their lead in the fourth. Josh Rodriguez doubled and scored two batters later on a single by Juan Lagares. Lagares swiped second base and took third when catcher Jeremy Mayo’s throw skipped into center. Rylan Sandoval drove him in by shooting a single through the hole on the right side. The advantage was more than enough for Wheeler. The righty allowed at least one runner in each of the first three innings, but kept Harrisburg off the board. The Senators had runners on the corners in the third and tried to execute a double-steal, but Chris McConnell was gunned down at home. Eury Perez’s single in the third was the final hit Wheeler allowed. Wheeler followed by posting scoreless frames in the fourth and fifth, before the B-Mets stumbled in the sixth in the field. Harrisburg plated its only run without a hit. The B-Mets committed three errors -- all on booted groundballs, which allowed Perez to score. Binghamton plated its final run against Rosenbaum in the seventh. Lagares started the inning by doubling. The right fielder moved to third on a single by Joe Bonfe and came home when Jesus Valdez bobbled the hit in left field. Wheeler came back for the seventh and worked around a leadoff walk to post a scoreless inning. He induced pinch hitter Jimmy Van Ostrand to bounce into a double play to cap his night. Wheeler (6-2) lowered his ERA to 1.66. Adrian Rosario took over for Wheeler and took the game to the finish line. He navigated around two-out singles in the eighth and ninth and posted two scoreless frames. He fanned pinch hitter Stephen King for the final out and earned his second save as a B-Met. Box

CLEARWATER 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Cory Vaughn hit his 11th homer, but St. Lucie mustered only two other hits. The Mets lost only their fifth game at home all season. Blake Forsythe drew a two-out walk in the ninth and represented the tying run at first base. But Francisco Pena flied out to deep center to end the game. Pena finished 2-for-4 with a double. Vaughn ripped a leadoff homer in the fourth to cut the deficit to 3-2. Angel Cuan allowed three runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings while striking out five. Cuan surrendered a two-run homer to Zach Collier in the second inning as the Mets fell behind 3-0. Kyle Allen tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing a hit with a walk and recording one strikeout. Taylor Whitenton pitched two relief innings and surrendered one hit while walking and striking out three. Box

Down 4-0 entering the bottom of the third of Game 2, the Gnats scored five unanswered runs. In the fourth, three doubles -- from T.J. Rivera, Travis Taijeron and Brian Harrison -- helped produce two runs to draw the Gnats within a run. An inning later, Brandon Brown launched a two-run homer. Gnats starter Michael Fulmer fought his way through five innings to earn the win despite allowing four runs on five hits and two walks while fanning four. T.J. Chism induced three groundballs in the ninth to lock up his 10th save in 10 chances. All of the scoring in Game 1 occurred on one swing. In the second inning, Taylor Featherston walked and Brian Humphries followed with a two-run homer against Savannah starter Rafael Montero. Montero worked six innings innings. Asheville's Tyler Anderson shut out the Gnats through six innings. Box 1, Box 2

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.5.12

June, 6, 2012
COLUMBUS 21, BUFFALO 3: The 21 runs scored were one shy of the modern-era record for a Bisons opponent. Oklahoma City defeated the Herd 22-6 on April 21, 1987. The last time an opponent reached the 20-run plateau against Buffalo was a 20-7 loss to Louisville on May 3, 2010. Bisons pitchers had allowed just 20 combined runs in the nine previous games. All three of Buffalo's runs were driven in by Valentino Pascucci, giving him a team-high 40 RBIs. The loss went to Dylan Owen, who was charged with 13 runs as his ERA swelled from 2.95 to 5.32. Catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere allowed three runs in the ninth and became the first position player to pitch for the Herd since infielder Trent Durrington in 2007. Ruben Tejada removed himself from the game after two innings with right quadriceps tightness. Columbus touched Buffalo pitching for five homers. The 21 runs were a record for the Clippers' ballpark, which debuted in 2009. Jared Goedert had two homers and drove in nine runs -- two more RBIs than any opponent had ever produced against the Bisons in a single game. Clipper Ezequiel Carrera, a former Mets farmhand, became the first opponent to score five times in a game in the modern era. The outfielder, who was shipped out by the Mets in the J.J. Putz deal, went 4-for-5 with a homer. Box

HARRISBURG 9, BINGHAMTON 6: The B-Mets took a one-run lead into the seventh inning, but relievers Brandon Moore and Brad Holt combined to allow two runs on two walks, one hit and a hit batter in the decisive inning. Manny Mayorson delivered the big hit -- a two-run single against Holt. The B-Mets jumped on Harrisburg starter Paul Demny in the first inning. Josh Rodriguez laced a one-out double. Jefry Marte followed by blasting a two-run homer -- his fourth long ball of the season. Matt den Dekker added to the lead with an RBI single in the second. The Senators countered against B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon in the third. Chris McConnell singled and scored on a hit by Eury Perez. After Perez was picked off and Mayorson singled, Jesus Valdez ripped a two-run homer to knot the score at 3. After Devin Ivany scored on a wild pitch to give the Senators their first lead in the fourth, the B-Mets answered in the fifth. Den Dekker scored from first on Reese Havens’ double. Valdez broke the tie by bouncing a solo homer off the left-field foul pole to lead off the sixth. It was the final frame for Cohoon. The lefty allowed five runs on seven hits over six innings in a no-decision. Trailing 5-4, the B-Mets refused to go quietly in the seventh. Harrisburg reliever Cameron Selik recorded one out in his Double-A debut, but left due to injury with a 3-2 count on pinch hitter Rylan Sandoval. Pat McCoy came on in emergency relief and completed the walk to Sandoval. After consecutive singles loaded the bases, Jefry Marte ripped a two-run double to give Binghamton a 6-5 lead. It did not stand for long. Moore took the mound in the seventh and issued two walks and hit a batter before being lifted for Holt. Mayorson greeted the righty by smashing a two-run single. Harrisburg tacked on two more runs against Holt in the eighth. The B-Mets failed to muster any threats against the back end of the Harrisburg bullpen. Moore (0-1) was dealt his first loss, while Holt experienced his second blown save. The B-Mets (26-28) continue their series against the Senators on Wednesday, with Collin McHugh getting the start. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, CLEARWATER 2: Right fielder Jonathan Clark ripped a walk-off single to center to score ZeErika McQueen in the bottom of the ninth. Clark, playing in his first Florida State League game, went 2-for-4 with a steal. Tyler Pill also made his St. Lucie debut and allowed two runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Jason Bay went 0-for-3 with a walk in his third and final game on a major league rehab assignment. Alonzo Harris Jr. launched his first homer of the season, a leadoff shot over the left-field fence in the first inning. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff double in the third inning and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Wilmer Flores. Hamilton Bennett pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up one hit while walking two and striking out a pair of batters. John Church tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Ryan Fraser picked up the victory in relief with a scoreless ninth. Box

ASHEVILLE at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The teams are now scheduled to play a doubleheader on Thursday, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Compiled from team reports



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