New York Mets: Joe Benson

Around the minors 7.23.12

July, 24, 2012
7/24/12
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CHARLOTTE 9, BUFFALO 6: Mike Baxter went 2-for-5 with an RBI while serving as DH in his first rehab game at the Triple-A level. Jeurys Familia's recent string of solid outings was interrupted. Familia allowed seven runs (five earned) on eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. Justin Hampson surrendered a three-run homer to Jim Gallagher in Charlotte's five-run fifth to account for the final two runs charged to Familia. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 1: The B-Mets matched a season high with four homers, including two by Allan Dykstra, and Greg Peavey allowed one unearned run over seven innings to earn his first win since May 20. Dykstra opened the second inning by blasting his first homer of the night, against starter Aaron Thompson. Binghamton loaded the bases on two singles and a missed-tag error by third baseman Deibinson Romero. Juan Lagares then contributed a sacrifice fly. Reese Havens capped the inning with an RBI single. The Rock Cats took advantage of two B-Mets errors a half-inning later. Joe Benson reached when shortstop Sean Kazmar booted a groundball. Benson stole second and moved to third when catcher Francisco Pena’s throw sailed into center. Romero then delivered a sac fly. Dykstra struck again in the third. The DH deposited a 1-2 pitch from Thompson over the left-center wall to give Binghamton a 4-1 lead. It was Dykstra’s third career multi-homer game and first with the B-Mets. Peavey shook off three errors behind him and matched his longest outing this season. He allowed three singles and struck out three and snapped his personal nine-game winless streak. Against New Britain reliever Edgar Ibarra, Eric Campbell led off the eighth with a towering homer. Ibarra walked Dykstra, and Kazmar lined a two-run homer. For the B-Mets, C.J. Nitkowski struck out three in a scoreless eighth. Ryan Fraser supplied a perfect ninth. Box

BRADENTON 10, ST. LUCIE 2: Yohan Almonte was charged with nine runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings while issuing three walks and striking out two. T.J. Rivera had two hits in the series-opening loss. Blake Forsythe had an RBI groundout in the first inning to plate Rivera and give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Bradenton scored two runs in the second inning and never surrendered the lead. Danny Muno recorded two hits while Travis Taijeron finished 2-for-3 with a walk. Bradenton pulled away with a five-run fifth against Almonte. John Church tossed 2 2/3 innings and allowed one run and four hits. Jeff Walters contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

KANNAPOLIS 6, SAVANNAH 3: Gnats starter Logan Verrett was perfect into the fifth inning, but Kannapolis scored four runs in the final two frames for a come-from-behind win. Verrett retired the first 14 batters he faced before Bill Rice singled. A third-round pick from Baylor in 2011, Verrett allowed two unearned runs on three hits in the fifth inning, resulting in a 2-all tie. Verrett recovered to retire the side in order in both the sixth and seventh innings. All told, he set down the side in order in six of his seven frames. Verrett struck out six and did not walk a batter in his seven innings. The Gnats had built a 2-0 lead on a pair of RBI from Dustin Lawley. In the first, Gilbert Gomez doubled and scored on Lawley’s single. In the fourth, Lawley launched a solo homer. After the Intimidators evened the score in the fifth, Savannah retook the lead an inning later, again with Lawley’s help. Lawley walked and ultimately scored on Matt Reynolds’ sacrifice fly. Kannapolis took the lead with a three-run eighth. Joey DeMichele delivered a two-run triple against Savannah reliever Randy Fontanez to put Kannapolis in front. The Intimidators added a run in the ninth against Jared West, who surrendered a homer. Box

ELIZABETHTON 3, KINGSPORT 0: Starter Chris Flexen tossed five scoreless innings, but Elizabethton scored three seventh-inning runs against Robert Gsellman. Box

ABERDEEN 2, BROOKLYN 0: Julian Hilario allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in six innings but remained in search of his first 2012 win. In the fourth, Aberdeen's Christian Walker led off with a single. Torsten Boss then doubled to place two in scoring position. After Hilario struck out Joel Hutter, Will Howard grounded out to Jayce Boyd, allowing Walker to score the opening run. In the sixth, the IronBirds plated their second run. Walker walked and Boss again doubled. Hilario then fielded a sharply hit grounder up the middle by Hutter, forcing Walker to hold at third as he threw to first for the first out. Howard collected his second RBI, though, by lifting a fly ball to left field deep enough to score Walker. After Matt Koch entered in the seventh and retired the first batter, a 54-minute delay ensued. Afterward, Beck Wheeler came into the game and retired Scott Kalush and Anthony Vega to end the seventh. Wheeler and David Wynn combined to close out the remainder of the game without allowing a hit. Box

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Around the minors 5.9.12

May, 10, 2012
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BUFFALO 4, GWINNETT 1: Zach Lutz's two-out single plated two runs to cap the scoring in a three-run seventh that broke a 1-all tie. The Bisons have taken the first three of a four-game set with the G-Braves. Oswaldo Navarro and Jean Luc Blaquiere singled to start the decisive inning and advanced on a balk. The bases were loaded when Fred Lewis' single scored Blaquiere. Lutz followed with the exclamation point. Buffalo starter Jeurys Familia allowed one run in six innings, the lone damage coming courtesy of Stefan Gartrell's RBI single in the first inning. Familia (3-1, 4.41 ERA) allowed four hits and struck out six. For the G-Braves, starting pitcher Yohan Flande gave up eight hits but was able to avoid trouble until the seventh. Flande struck out six batters as well, and allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 1/3 innings. After the Bisons took the three-run lead in the top of the seventh, the bullpen stepped in to preserve the lead. Justin Hampson pitched a sound seventh but found some trouble in the eighth, allowing singles to Jose Constanza and Gartrell. But with runners on first and second and one out, Elvin Ramirez relieved Hampson and struck out consecutive batters to end the inning. Ramirez retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his first Triple-A save. Lewis went 3-for-5 with an RBI on the night. Box

NEW BRITAIN 5, BINGHAMTON 1: Jefry Marte’s fielding error in the eighth set the table for a four-run inning as the Rock Cats completed a two-game series sweep. With the game tied at 1, Marte booted Joe Benson’s groundball to third to start the eighth. The Rock Cats tagged reliever Erik Turgeon for four hits, including three doubles, and scored four unearned runs to take the lead for good. For the second straight game, the B-Mets grabbed the lead first. In the second, Binghamton collected three consecutive singles against starter Steve Hirschfeld to get on the board. Marte and Raul Reyes started the rally with hits and Juan Lagares gave Binghamton a 1-0 lead with a single. The disastrous eighth overshadowed another strong pitching performance from B-Mets starter Collin McHugh. The right-hander allowed one run on six hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out four. His only blemish was Wilkin Ramirez's solo homer in the seventh. Turgeon (1-3) took over for McHugh in the eighth when things came unglued. Deibinson Romero and Danny Lehmann supplied RBI doubles and James Beresford supplied a run-scoring single. After getting on the board in the second, the B-Mets offense went silent. Binghamton had three hits after the third inning. The B-Mets (14-17) now head to Manchester to start a four-game series against the Fisher Cats on Thursday. Zack Wheeler is due to return from the disabled list for a fingernail issue in the opener. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BREVARD COUNTY 2: Jenrry Mejia pitched five solid innings in his first minor league start since before Tommy John surgery on May 16, 2011 and the Mets pushed across the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Mejia allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and one strikeout. Mejia pitched five games with Triple-A Buffalo last season before the injury. Angel Cuan (3-1) tossed three scoreless innings in relief to pick up the victory. Cuan allowed one hit and struck out two. Adrian Rosario pitched a scoreless ninth inning and recorded a pair of strikeouts for his ninth save. The Mets took their first lead in the eighth. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff double. Danny Muno reached on a bunt single and Robbie Shields followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs. Wilmer Flores grounded into a double play as Tovar scored the go-ahead run. In the ninth, Cesar Puello tripled and scored on an errant throw past third base. The Mets trailed 1-0 entering the third inning, before pushing across a run to even the score. Alonzo Harris singled and reached second on a balk. Tovar delivered an RBI double. In the fourth, Rafael Fernandez ripped his first homer of the season, a game-tying solo blast over the right-field fence. Chris Young is due to throw 75 pitches for St. Lucie at Brevard County on Thursday. Box

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Around the minors 4.29.12

April, 29, 2012
4/29/12
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BUFFALO 8, ROCHESTER 2: In his second start since entering the rotation, Dylan Owen dominated as Buffalo won its fourth straight and ninth in its past 12 games. Owen needed 78 pitches to complete seven innings. He retired the first seven batters he faced and 11 straight from the fourth inning into his final frame. Owen required only six pitches to retire the Red Wings in the second inning. In the sixth, he struck out former Mets farmhand Drew Butera looking on three pitches, fanned Ben Revere swinging on three pitches and induced Darin Mastroianni into a weak pop out on four pitches. Owen reached a three-ball count only twice. In the seventh inning, the Red Wings finally got a run when Aaron Bates followed Joe Benson's two-out triple with a single. Owen then retired Rene Rivera on a popout to end his outing. Overall, Owen allowed four hits without issuing a walk. He lowered his season ERA from 4.02 to 3.18. The top of the Bisons batting order did the heavy lifting. Bobby Scales, Vinny Rottino and Valentino Pascucci combined to go 8-for-15 with four doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored. Rottino and Pascucci got aboard in the fourth inning to set up RBI hits from Matt Tuiasosopo and Brad Emaus. Scales and Rottino drove in two more runs for a 4-0 lead in the fifth. Pascucci hit a two-rocket off the wall in center field to drive in two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Omar Quintanilla added his third homer in four games with a solo shot in the eighth. Emaus, signed last week, went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a walk in his Bisons debut. Pascucci (13 games), Rottino (11 games), Scales (7 games) and Josh Satin (6 games) all extended their season-high hitting streaks. The Bisons will go for the four-game sweep Monday. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, ERIE 1: In his first game this season, Reese Havens collected three hits, including a two-run home run. The B-Mets pounded out 10 hits, five for extra bases, to make a winner of Zack Wheeler (1-2) for the first time in his Double-A career. Binghamton jumped on Erie starter Mark Sorensen in the first. Matt den Dekker started the attack with a double. Havens, activated from the disabled list before the game, ripped a two-run homer to right field on his first swing of the season. Havens launched six home runs in 58 games with Binghamton last year. An inning later, Pedro Zapata dumped a single to center and was quickly brought home when den Dekker tripled. Rodriguez followed by with a walk to put runners at the corners. With Havens at the plate, Rodriguez forced himself into a rundown and stayed alive long enough for den Dekker to score. Sorensen could not reach the third. Patrick Cooper took over and put up a scoreless frame before allowing a leadoff triple to Zapata in the fourth. The speedy outfielder scored one batter later on den Dekker’s sac fly. Cooper allowed two more runs in the fifth. Eric Campbell singled and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches. Travis Ozga brought him home with a single. Juan Centeno scored later in the frame when Zapata beat out a potential double play. The offensive support was long overdue for Wheeler. In his first four starts, the B-Mets had scored a total of four runs. Eventually working with a seven-run cushion, Wheeler did not allow a hit until the fourth. He surrendered two over his 5 2/3 innings. In the sixth, Wheeler allowed a double to Brandon Douglas before inducing Rob Brantly to fly out. With two outs, manager Pedro Lopez replaced Wheeler with Jeff Kaplan. Wheeler finished with six strikeouts. Jordan Lennerton greeted Kaplan by pounding an RBI double, with the run charged to Wheeler. Kaplan then forced Ben Guez to ground out to end the inning. He worked around a two-out single to put up a scoreless seventh. Armando Rodriguez followed with two scoreless innings. The B-Mets (12-10) head to Akron to start a four-game series Monday. Left-hander Darin Gorski opposes right-hander Steven Wright. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, FORT MYERS 1: Gonzalez Germen limited the Miracle to one run in seven innings. Adrian Rosario entered with two runners on base in the ninth and secured his fifth save by producing a strikeout, then inducing a double play. Cory Vaughn and Juan Torres homered for St. Lucie. Torres was playing his first game this season with St. Lucie. Box

SAVANNAH 9, LEXINGTON 3: Marcos Camarena tossed five scoreless innings to improve to 2-0. Dustin Lawley went 3-for-3 with two walks. Brandon Brown and Aderlin Rodriguez drove in two runs apiece. Box

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Around the minors 4.28.12

April, 28, 2012
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BUFFALO 4, ROCHESTER 3: Vinny Rottino's RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning drove home Omar Quintanilla with the winning run. Buffalo (13-10) has now won three straight and eight of its past 11 games. The Herd is a season-best three games over .500. Rottino brought a nine-game hitting streak into the contest, but was staring at an 0-for-4 day before getting his chance in the ninth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, he drove an offering from Rochester reliever Esmerling Vasquez back through the middle. Just as Quintanilla crossed the plate, the rest of the Bisons mobbed Rottino at first base. The Bisons loaded the bases for Rottino without hitting the ball out of the infield. Quintanilla was hit by Vasquez to lead off the inning and then sacrificed to second by Andres Torres. Rochester intentionally walked Bobby Scales and unintentionally issued a free pass to Valentino Pascucci to load the bases. Buffalo had built a 3-0 advantage through the first three innings. In his first game against his former team, Dustin Martin hit a solo homer to deep left-center in the second inning. Martin, who signed with the Mets on Wednesday, played 392 games over the past three seasons with Rochester. The Bisons added two runs in the third inning. Red Wings third baseman Ray Chang hit Torres in the back on an attempted force play at home. Matt Tuiasosopo followed with a sacrifice fly. Rochester scored two in the fifth, on Joe Benson's homer, and once in the sixth on Brian Dozier's RBI single. Jeremy Hefner started for Buffalo and worked a Bisons season-best 7 2/3 innings. The righty did not issue a walk and struck out five in his first game since being optioned back from the Mets. Pascucci singled in the seventh inning to increase his hitting streak to 12 games. The stretch is the second-longest active streak in the International League. Torres went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his second game with the Herd. He is expected to travel to Houston on Sunday and be activated from the DL for Monday's series opener. Box

ERIE 3, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets left nine men on base, including the potential tying run at second in the ninth. B-Mets starter Collin McHugh battled low temperatures and command issues in the first two innings, walking four and reaching a full count against five batters. In spite of the difficulties, he managed to escape unharmed with two scoreless innings. After working quick innings in the third and fourth, McHugh ran into a roadblock in the fifth. He allowed his first hit with one out, on an infield single to short by Niuman Romero. After Brandon Douglas sneaked a bunt single to third, both runners moved up an additional base when Jefry Marte uncorked a wild throw to first. Rob Brantly gave Erie the lead by lacing a two-run, opposite-field double. The hit ended McHugh’s day after 4 1/3 innings. He walked a season-high four and struck out four. Kevin Mulvey entered and surrendered an RBI single to Ben Guez, giving the SeaWolves a three-run edge. Binghamton finally plated a run without the benefit of a hit in the seventh. After cruising through six frames, Avery pitched himself out of the game by walking Travis Ozga and Rafael Fernandez. Reliever Michael Morrison replaced him and walked Kai Gronauer and uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Ozga to score Binghamton’s first run. Pedro Zapata flied out to end the inning. The walks continued in the eighth. Morrison was pulled after putting the first three on base, all via base on balls. Marte greeted reliever Kenny Faulk with a bloop single, scoring Matt den Dekker. The single by Marte was Binghamton’s first hit with a runner in scoring position in more than 29 innings. Faulk retired the next three he faced to preserve the one-run lead. Binghamton pushed the tying run to second in the ninth against Faulk, but failed to come through with the big hit. Zapata reached on an infield single and swiped second base with two outs. He was stranded when Oswaldo Navarro struck out. McHugh (3-2) had his three-game winning streak snapped. Zack Wheeler opposes right-hander Mark Sorensen on Sunday. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, FORT MYERS 0: Cory Mazzoni tossed five scoreless innings and combined with relievers Ryan Fraser, Taylor Whitenton and Adam Kolarek on the shutout. Cory Vaughn produced his fourth homer, a solo shot in the fourth inning that opened the scoring. Alonzo Harris went 3-for-4 with a double and scored twice. Box

LEXINGTON 5, SAVANNAH 4 (11 innings): T.J. Chism surrendered a walk-off homer to Drew Muren to lead off the bottom of the 11th. T.J. Rivera belted a three-run homer and drove in all four runs in the loss. Box

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Around the minors 4.10.12

April, 10, 2012
4/10/12
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ROCHESTER 5, BUFFALO 3: Matt Harvey started for the Bisons and allowed two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four in a 92-pitch effort spanning five innings. Brian Dinkelman's three-run homer in the sixth capped the scoring. The second consecutive loss dropped Buffalo's record to 3-3 on their season-opening trip. The Bisons now head to Coca-Cola Field for Wednesday's home opener against the Yankees. In the sixth, Rochester placed a couple runners on base without the benefit of a hit as Matt Carson reached on third baseman Zach Lutz's throwing error and Ray Chang drew a two-out walk. Dinkelman followed with the three-run blast to right field off former Cub Jeff Stevens (0-1) for the game-deciding hit. The Bisons did their own share of two-out damage early in the game. Valentino Pascucci put the Herd up 2-0 in the first inning with a gigantic home run to center that hit halfway up Frontier Field's batter's eye. Omar Quintanilla's double off the glove of center fielder Joe Benson added a run in the second inning. Pascucci's home run was his third of the season and 41st as a Bison. He is now tied with Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Clark in the modern era. Box

ERIE 6, BINGHAMTON 1: With a persistent, heavy mist battering NYSEG Stadium, the B-Mets were held to three hits, none after the third inning. The B-Mets threatened early against Erie starter James Avery, but failed to break through with a hit with runners aboard. Avery allowed a single and walked a batter in each of the first three innings, but escaped each frame unharmed. Binghamton stranded six runners through the first three innings. The game remained scoreless until the fourth, when the SeaWolves solved B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon. With one on and one out, Bryan Pounds launched a homer through the rain and wind. Avery settled down after his initial bumpy three innings and retired the final seven he faced. He departed after the fifth. The SeaWolves added to their lead in the sixth against Edgar Ramirez. John Murrian reached on fielder’s choice, advanced two bases on consecutive Erie singles, and scored on Corey Jones’ sacrifice fly. Binghamton’s only run came without the benefit of a hit. Leading 3-0, Erie reliever Jared Gayhart took over in the sixth and loaded the bases on three walks. Juan Centeno’s groundout then brought home Allan Dykstra. Pounds added another homer in the eighth, taking Robert Carson deep. Brad Holt allowed three hits and two runs in the ninth. Three SeaWolves relievers combined to retire the final 10 Binghamton batters. Cohoon suffered his first loss. The B-Mets (2-3) wrap up their season-opening homestand and three-game series with Erie on Wednesday night. Right-hander Collin McHugh gets the ball for Binghamton opposite left-hander Jay Voss. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 2: Left-hander Angel Cuan pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed two hits, and the Mets used a four-run eighth to pull away. Cuan struck out four while walking one in his first start with St. Lucie to help the Mets win their fourth straight. The Mets(4-1) had a four-run eighth, highlighted by left fielder Cory Vaughn’s RBI double. Vaughn went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Richard Lucas added an RBI single in the eighth. Third baseman Wilmer Flores had his first multi-hit game of the season, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored. Danny Muno went 1-for-3 with a run scored. The Mets jumped ahead, 1-0, in the second as Alonzo Harris Jr. ripped a double to straightaway center to score Flores. The Mets pushed across a run in the fifth as Robbie Shields tripled to score Harris. The Stone Crabs (3-2) threatened in the eighth after picking up their first run, off reliever Taylor Whitenton. With runners on first and second, Whitenton responded by striking out a pair of batters to end the threat. Whitenton struck out the side in the eighth and worked around two hits and a walk. Adrian Rosario pitched the ninth inning and allowed one run and one walk while striking out one. The Stone Crabs loaded the bases with no outs, before Rosario battled back to close the game. Box

ROME 3, SAVANNAH 1: The Braves scored the game’s first two runs in the top of the fifth inning against Savannah starter Michael Fulmer. Chase Larsson and Felix Marte began the inning with back-to-back doubles, with Marte’s chasing home Larsson. Two outs later, Elmer Reyes singled to score Marte and put the Braves up 2-0, chasing Fulmer from the game. Fulmer, the Mets' supplemental first-round pick in the 2011 draft, finished his Savannah debut with four strikeouts and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. He did not allow a hit for the first four innings. The Gnats picked up a run in the seventh. With Gregory Pron at third base and Travis Taijeron at first, the Gnats executed a double steal. The Gnats eventually loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh while trailing 2-1, but could not find the game-tying hit. Savannah also put the tying run at third base in the eighth, but Larsson reeled in Taijeron’s drive to the warning track to end the threat. The Gnats complete their season-opening seven-game homestand Wednesday. The Gnats will send right-hander Logan Verrett (0-0, 0.00) to the mound against right-hander David Filak (0-1, 1.50). Box

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