New York Mets: John Gant
READING 1, BINGHAMTON 0: Reading southpaw Hoby Milner went the distance in a three-hit shutout to outduel Steven Matz. Milner faced two over the minimum.
BRADENTON 3, ST. LUCIE 0: Pirates top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow mowed down the St. Lucie lineup, striking out eight and allowing one walk and two singles in seven scoreless innings. He required only 80 pitches and retired the final 10 batters he faced. Josh Smith followed with two perfect innings to earn his sixth save. Justin Howard homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the second against Seth Lugo to put the Marauders on the board. Jose Osuna’s two-out solo homer in the sixth against Lugo made it 2-0. Jordan Steranka doubled to plate a run against reliever Ryan Fraser in the eighth. L.J. Mazzilli had both Mets hits. The first came with two outs in the first. The latter came with one out in the fourth. Mazzilli stole second, but then was caught too far off the bag by catcher Jin-De Jhang and was tagged out trying to reach third. From that point, the Mets went 16 up, 16 down the rest of the way. Gilbert Gomez was the only other baserunner for the Mets. He reached on a walk in the third. He was picked off first by Jhang. Glasnow and Smith combined to face one over the minimum. Lugo pitched well in his second start this season. He tossed a season-high seven innings and allowed five hits and the two solo homers. The Marauders won the season series, 10-8, and increased their first-place lead to 6 1/2 games over the Mets with 14 games remaining. Box
KINGSPORT 4, GREENEVILLE 3 (12 innings): Vicente Lupo and Wuilmer Becerra had inning-opening singles and Zach Mathieu followed with a run-scoring groundout as the K-Mets took the lead in the top of the 12th. Ismael Tijerina allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth as Greeneville forced extra innings. Box
BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 3: Michael Conforto had an RBI single and Jhoan Urena had a two-run double in a five-run sixth as the Cyclones overcame a 2-0 deficit. Starter Casey Meisner allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings. Box
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The 6-foot-4 Oswalt, now 20, is 4-1 with a 2.68 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) for the Brooklyn Cyclones this season. He has a solid 1.008 WHIP, with eight walks and no homers surrendered in 43 2/3 innings.
“I just feel healthy now,” said Oswalt, who lost much of last summer because of surgery to repair a torn meniscus. “Last year I was battling some injuries. It’s everything I expected so far.
Oswalt actually committed to UC Santa Barbara primarily as a shortstop and third baseman, positions he played in high school the other two games a week when he wasn’t pitching. He hit over .500 as a sophomore and junior, although he noted he was not much of a power hitter.
“I just hit for average,” he said.
His senior year of high school, the team had quite a pitching tandem. Left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin was selected last year by the Yankees with the 33rd overall pick in the draft.
“When the Mets called me, it was kind of a no-brainer,” Oswalt said. “Paul DePodesta was kind of the guy who drafted me. He came to my house and met with me and stuff. I just felt like it was a good fit.”
DePodesta wasn’t the only high-profile San Diegan visiting Oswalt in high school. Although Oswalt eventually committed to UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State coach Tony Gwynn had visited practices trying to recruit him. Oswalt, a Padres fan, was stung like many by his recent death.
Oswalt trains in the offseason at a facility with Tony Gwynn Jr. as well as ex-Met Aaron Harang and a handful of Padres players, so he had a personal relationship with the family.
“When you grow up in San Diego, he’s the guy you look up to,” Oswalt said. “He’s like Mr. San Diego.”
Oswalt’s uncle Jeff Oswalt, a left-handed pitcher, once was selected by the Montreal Expos in the first round (15th overall) in 1986. He did not end up signing that time, played college ball, and ultimately never rose about rookie-level ball with the St. Louis Cardinals because of an injury.
With Brooklyn, Oswalt throws a four-seam and two-seam fastball. He also has a slider and what he refers to as a circle or two-seam change. His four-seamer sits at 90-92 mph and tops out at 93 mph, although he throws the two-seamer 75 to 80 percent of the time. That pitch sits at 88-91 mph.
Average: T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .346; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .344; Matt den Dekker, Vegas, .331; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .321; Enmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .315; John Mora, Brooklyn, .312; Wuilmer Becerra, Kingsport, .312; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .305; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, .304; Josh Satin, Vegas, .289.
Homers: Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 20; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 19; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 18; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 15.
RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 67; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 66; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 65; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 63; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 59.
Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 23; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 22; Champ Stuart, Savannah, 21; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 16; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 15.
ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 1.27; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.45; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.47; John Gant, Savannah, 2.68; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.68; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.97; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 3.33; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 3.94; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 4.08.
Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 10; John Gant, Savannah, 10; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 9; Greg Peavey, Binghamton, 9; Logan Verrett, Vegas, 9.
Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 14; Robert Coles, St. Lucie, 12; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 12; Cody Satterwhite, Binghamton, 11.
Strikeouts: Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 107; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 106; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 105; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 104; John Gant, Savannah, 102.
• In his last 10 games with Las Vegas, Matt den Dekker is hitting .436 (17-for-39) with eight walks and only five strikeouts. Den Dekker isn’t the only 51s player on fire at the plate. Infielder Matt Reynolds, a former second-round pick from the University of Arkansas, is the reigning Pacific Coast League Player of the Week. In 43 games with Vegas, Reynolds is hitting .329 with three homers and 22 RBIs and has a .390 on-base percentage. He has multi-hit performances in seven of his past 10 games, including going 4-for-5 Sunday at Sacramento.
• Right-hander Hansel Robles has been reassigned to the bullpen with Binghamton. Mets officials have witnessed an uptick in velocity since the conversion began with a July 19 relief appearance. In one recent game, Robles’ fastball sat at 93-95 mph. Robles, 23, had a 4.97 ERA in 17 starts with the B-Mets this season.
• Omar Quintanilla, who last played with Vegas on July 11, is done for the season. Quintanilla has a meniscus tear.
• The Mets do not plan to name their Arizona Fall League contingent until late this month, but former first-round picks Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini are candidates to participate. Recently drafted Michael Conforto is not a consideration.
• Left-handed reliever Jack Leathersich finally earned a promotion from Binghamton to Las Vegas on Monday after going 3-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 37 relief appearances with the B-Mets. Leathersich struck out 79 and walked 21 in 46 innings in the Eastern League. Lefties actually hit .254 against him, while righties hit .200. Leathersich had control issues late last season after a promotion to Triple-A. The former fifth-round pick out of UMass-Lowell walked 29 in 29 Pacific Coast League innings in 2013.
• Right-hander John Gant has earned his second South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week Award. Gant, who turned 22 on Wednesday, had a perfect-game bid through 6 2/3 innings on Sunday to improve to 10-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 19 starts for Savannah this season.
• Like Matt Clark a few weeks earlier, 26-year-old infielder Rylan Sandoval requested and was granted his release. Sandoval would not have played much with Binghamton after Wilfredo Tovar rejoined the club following thumb ligament surgery. Sandoval, a 30th-round pick by the Mets in 2007, was hitting .262 with one homer and 12 RBIs in 107 at-bats with the B-Mets.
• Left-hander Darin Gorski, who was quietly putting up a solid season, has a fractured foot that will end his season.
• Ismael Tijerina looks like he is making a successful transition from light-hitting infielder to right-handed reliever. Tijerina, 24, is 4-for-4 in save chances and has a 2.03 ERA in 11 appearances with Kingsport this season. Tijerina hit .214 in 84 at-bats last season in Brooklyn. He twice was used out of the bullpen in Cyclones games in 2013 when the team ran out of pitchers and exceeded 90 mph with his fastball.
FIRST PITCH: The season already has pretty much gotten away from the Mets, but they’ll make another last stand during a three-game series in D.C. that opens Tuesday.
Surging Zack Wheeler (6-8, 3.60 ERA) opposes Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (6-7, 3.88) at 7:05 p.m.
Wheeler is 3-0 with a 1.63 ERA in his past six starts. He also is 1-4 with a 4.75 ERA in five career starts against Washington, which occupies first place in the division.
Read the Mets-Nats series preview here.
Meanwhile, although Matt Harvey actually already threw off the slope of a mound Friday at Citi Field, the Mets are billing the ace’s Tuesday afternoon activity in Port St. Lucie, Fla., as the real launch of the mound phase of his return from Tommy John surgery.
“It’s like the official day,” Harvey said.
The procedure was performed on Oct. 22, 2013.
Although Harvey continues to express interest in pitching even an inning in the majors this season, Sandy Alderson suggested the realistic target for a game is the low-intensity fall instructional league that spans late September and early October in Florida. Harvey also may make an appearance in the Arizona Fall League before shutting things down for the winter.
Tuesday’s news reports:
• Jenrry Mejia surrendered a tiebreaking RBI double to Pablo Sandoval in the ninth and the Giants beat the Mets, 4-3, Monday to take three of four games in the series. It marked the first time this season Mejia and Jeurys Familia had allowed earned runs in the same game. Both entered Monday with lengthy scoreless-inning streaks.
Mejia experienced lower-back tightness on his left side during Monday’s appearance, but downplayed the severity.
The Mets went 3-4 on the homestand. At 53-59, the Amazin’s trail the Nationals by eight games and trail a wild-card position by seven games.
“We have to win games,” Terry Collins said after Monday’s defeat. “No, I won’t say that’s a good homestand.”
Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Journal, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.
• Not only is Jacob deGrom the reigning NL co-Player of the Week, he now is the NL Rookie of the Month for July, too. DeGrom went 4-1 with a 1.39 ERA and struck out 38 and walked seven in 32 1/3 innings during the month.
• The Mets designated Bobby Abreu for assignment after Monday’s defeat and will add Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas for Tuesday’s series opener in D.C. Abreu, 40, had been 0-for-his-last-22 as a pinch hitter. He hopes to continue his major league career and plans to play winter ball in Venezuela, but also would be interested in serving as a hitting coach one day. Read more in the Times, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.
• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post wants Chris Young out, too. Writes Vaccaro:
The continuing presence of Young on this roster smacks of contradiction. Alderson has talked tough for years about demanding a culture of accountability on this club. Four months into a season that now sits six games under .500 after Monday’s dyspeptic 4-3 loss to the Giants, Young has plainly shown that his five-year tumble was no aberration, and it should be clear to Alderson that his gamble belongs with the rest of the torn-up tickets at Aqueduct.
• Columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News suggests that while there is promise, the Mets also will have to live with growing pains from young players.
• Hard-throwing lefty reliever Jack Leathersich was promoted from Binghamton to Vegas. John Gant, who took a perfect-game bid into the seventh inning in his most recent start with Savannah, was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week.
Logan Verrett took a shutout bid into the ninth inning and Matt den Dekker with 3-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk as Las Vegas beat Sacramento, 4-2. Maikis De La Cruz went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and also reached over the wall to take away a three-run homer in St. Lucie’s 10-4 win against Clearwater. First-round pick Michael Conforto produced another RBI as Brooklyn beat Connecticut, 4-3. Read the full minor-league recap here.
• Juan Lagares went 11-for-25 (.440) during the homestand. Read more on his performance Monday, which included an outfield assist on a throw to the plate, in Newsday.
• From the bloggers … Faith and Fear offers some thoughts on the Mets' youth movement.
BIRTHDAYS: John Olerud turns 46.
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets look to salvage a split of a four-game series against the wild card-leading Giants in Monday’s matinee finale at Citi Field.
Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.77 ERA) opposes right-hander Tim Hudson (8-8, 2.71) in the 12:10 p.m. game.
Gee has surrendered 15 runs in 16 2/3 innings in three second-half starts.
Hudson is the active wins leader against the Mets with 17 career victories.
Monday’s news reports:
• In his first start since the non-waiver trade deadline passed, Bartolo Colon surrendered six runs in 4 2/3 innings and served up homers to Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt as the Giants routed the Mets, 9-0, Sunday at Citi Field. Madison Bumgarner became the second Giants pitcher in three days to toss a complete-game two-hitter, joining Ryan Vogelsong (on Friday).
The Mets now trail the NL East-leading Nationals by eight games, and are 6.5 games out of a wild-card spot.
The last time two pitchers in the same series tossed complete-game two-hitters or better against the Mets came in 1965, when the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax and Claude Osteen accomplished it, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Colon was bidding to become the third pitcher to notch his 200th win in a Mets uniform. He also was bidding to become the third active pitcher and the third Dominican-born pitcher to reach that plateau.
Orel Hershiser and Pedro Martinez won No. 200 as a Met. Hudson (213 career wins) and CC Sabathia (208) are the lone active pitchers to have reached that total. Juan Marichal (243) and Martinez (219) are the lone Dominican-born pitchers to have reached 200 wins.
Colon’s next crack will be Friday in Philadelphia. He has a 1.45 ERA in his 10 wins this season. He has a 6.91 ERA in his other 12 starts.
Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy and Travis d'Arnaud all were out of Sunday’s starting lineup.
Read game recaps in the San Francisco Chronicle, Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.
• The slumping David Wright insists he feels fine, despite dealing with a balky left shoulder this summer. Wright had one of the Mets’ two hits on Sunday, but is batting .197 in his past 18 games. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Star Ledger and Newsday.
• Matt Harvey's first serious mound session since undergoing Tommy John surgery is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Read more in the Post.
• Read more on Colon in the Daily News.
• Anthony McCarron in the Daily News delves into Terry Collins sitting Duda on Sunday. Collins cited the southpaw Bumgarner’s cross-body delivery as being difficult for a lefty batter, although Bumgarner entered the start with lefties hitting .256 and righties hitting .259 against him this season.
• Cory Mazzoni allowed one run in six innings and Matt Reynolds went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer against ex-Met Philip Humber as Las Vegas beat Sacramento, 7-2, on Sunday. Reynolds drove in three runs. Steven Matz limited Bowie to one unearned run in six innings to shave his Double-A ERA to 2.85, but the BaySox rallied against Binghamton’s bullpen for an 8-2 win. Luis Cessa allowed five runs in six innings and Clearwater beat St. Lucie, 5-1.
John Gant took a perfect-game bid two outs into the seventh inning and ultimately stranded the bases loaded that inning and Champ Stuart delivered an RBI single in the eighth as Savannah edged Hickory, 1-0. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings and dropped to 0-5 as Pulaski blanked Kingsport, 4-0. Michael Conforto’s solo homer accounted for the lone run in Brooklyn’s 5-1 loss to Connecticut.
BIRTHDAYS: '69 Met Cleon Jones turns 72. ... Dallas Green is 80. ... Original Met Joe Pignatano is 85.
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BOWIE 8, BINGHAMTON 2: Starter Steven Matz had another good game for the B-Mets, allowing just one unearned run on six hits in six innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Matz handed a 1-0 deficit to the bullpen, and it quickly became an 8-0 deficit, because Adam Kolarek allowed three runs and Jon Velasquez allowed four. First baseman Jayce Boyd and catcher Xorge Carrillo drove in the Binghamton runs. Box
CLEARWATER 5, ST. LUCIE 1: Center fielder Maikis De La Cruz and left fielder Jared King had two hits apiece for the Mets, and King drove in the lone St. Lucie run. Starter Luis Cessa allowed five runs in six innings and took the loss. Box
SAVANNAH 1, HICKORY 0: Starter John Gant carried a perfect game through six innings. Gant lost his perfect game in the seventh, but he finished seven innings with just one hit and two walks, with eight strikeouts. Center fielder Champ Stuart's two-out single in the eighth inning brought home pinch runner Victor Cruzado with the game's only run. Akeel Morris struck out two batters with two on in the ninth to record the save. Box
PULASKI 4, KINGSPORT 0: First baseman Zach Mathieu had three of the Mets' seven hits, including his seventh and eighth doubles of the season. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings. Box
CONNECTICUT 5, BROOKLYN 1: First-round draft pick Michael Conforto hit his second professional home run, but it was the only run the Cyclones could manage as they lost to the first-place Tigers. Conforto had two of Brooklyn's five hits, and is batting .362. Starter Alberto Baldonado allowed five runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Ben Verlander, the younger brother of Justin Verlander, went 3-for-3 for Connecticut. Box
TRENTON 7, BINGHAMTON 3: B-Mets starter Rainy Lara was tagged for seven runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. The damage included a four-run sixth, capped by Jake Cave's two-run triple that staked the Thunder to a 7-2 lead. Jayce Boyd went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored in the loss. Binghamton had opened the scoring in the third inning against Manny Banuelos. Travis Taijeron walked and moved to second when Kai Gronauer reached on Banuelos' throwing error. Both runners then advanced on a wild pitch. Rylan Sandoval followed with an RBI groundout. Trenton answered in the bottom half against Lara on Cave's solo homer. The Thunder took a 3-1 lead in the fifth. Casey Stevenson produced a solo homer. Back-to-back singles by Ali Castillo and Cave then put runners on the corners with none out. Ben Gamel produced a sacrifice fly. Binghamton got a run back in the sixth against Danny Burawa. T.J. Rivera smacked a one-out single and moved to second on a passed ball. Boyd also singled to plate Rivera and cut the deficit to 3-2. Chase Huchingson and Adam Kolarek blanked Trenton over the final 2 1/3 innings. Banuelos went four innings and surrendered one unearned run. Box
DAYTONA 4, ST. LUCIE 3
DAYTONA 6, ST. LUCIE 5: After three Gulf Coast League appearances since returning from
In Game 2, St. Lucie took a 5-4 lead with a three-run fifth inning that included Jared King's tiebreaking RBI double. However, T.J. Chism surrendered a two-run homer in the bottom half to Dan Vogelbach after inheriting a runner from Luis Cessa. Box 1, Box 2
LEXINGTON 5, SAVANNAH 2: Dario Alvarez uncorked a wild pitch in the seventh that allowed a runner inherited from Bret Mitchell to race home and even the score at 2. An inning later, Alvarez surrendered three more runs. He had a throwing error on a bunt attempt as the tiebreaking run scored. The Gnats had taken a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Matt Oberste tripled and scored on a passed ball. Starter John Gant allowed one run on seven hits and four walks in five innings in a no-decision. Box
KINGSPORT 11, BURLINGTON 3: Pedro Perez had a pair of doubles and drove in three runs as the K-Mets overcame an early 2-1 deficit. Starter Blake Taylor allowed three runs in six innings. Box
BROOKLYN 9, LOWELL 3: Michael Bernal went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs off
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Katz, who turns 22 on Aug. 6, is hitting .299 with 18 RBIs in 137 at-bats.
“Basically I feel like a freshman in college all over again, just being a rookie and getting accustomed to everything,” the first baseman/left fielder said.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Katz certainly has an athletic pedigree. His father Jim played two seasons of baseball at George Washington University. His mother Laurie played two seasons of college basketball at UNC Charlotte. Both parents then transferred to Virginia Tech to complete their academic careers.
Although he played defensive end and linebacker for his high school football team in Virginia, baseball was always first for Katz.
His sophomore season at William & Mary he helped lead the Tribe to its first-ever NCAA Tournament wins, a pair of regional victories against Ole Miss while playing at NC State. He was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year as a junior and also was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award.
Katz hit .363 with 14 homers and a school-record 75 RBIs this past college season. He had a .445 on-base percentage and .646 slugging percentage.
He also developed a reputation for using the whole field and commanding the strike zone, which obviously is consistent with the Mets’ preaching.
“I guess I’ve never really thought of myself as a guy that goes up there intentionally taking pitches or anything like that, trying to work the count,” Katz said. “I pretty much just go up and see a ball that I can hit well and go for it. But I guess just usually being in the middle of the lineup, people will pitch around you, so I will find myself in a bunch of three-ball counts or 3-2 counts or stuff like that.
“When I look at my game, I like to see a lot of pitches. It kind of falls in with what the Mets like -- run producers and on-base percentage and seeing a lot of pitches. I guess it fits perfectly.”
Katz is a natural first baseman. His first real introduction to the outfield came this past college season, when a couple of teammates had labrum issues in their shoulders and William & Mary used him in left field.
“I played first base my whole life, so that’s always been natural,” Katz said. “I played a little bit of right field in like showcase ball in high school. But, other than that, left field pretty much this past spring season was my first real taste of playing outfield in games. I started doing some more here [with Brooklyn]. I can definitely play in the corner outfield. It’s just something I need to work on just to get better at it.”
Katz predicted the final question of an interview with ESPNNewYork.com before it came. It is a question that seems to arise frequently these days, because he was drafted by a New York team and is playing in Brooklyn.
“Oh, I know what’s coming” he lightheartedly said.
No, despite the last name Katz, he is not Jewish.
“I went to Catholic School, kindergarten all throughout high school,” Katz said. “That’s a common misconception. I got a lot of cheers during Jewish heritage night. The fans seem to love me. I’m sure that’s 75 percent of the reason why.”
Average: John Mora, GCL Mets, .352; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .340; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .338; Oswald Caraballo, Kingsport, .333; Wuilmer Becerra, Kingsport, .325; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .323; Enmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .319; Matt den Dekker, Vegas, .318; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, .310; Jhoan Urena, Brooklyn, .308.
Homers: Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 18; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 18; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 16.
RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 59; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 59; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 58.
Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 20; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 19; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 16; Champ Stuart, Savannah, 14; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 13.
ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 1.26; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.46; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.31; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.38; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.48; Andrew Massie, Kingsport, 2.55; John Gant, Savannah, 2.76; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.77; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 3.33; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 3.41.
Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 10; John Gant, Savannah, 10.
Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 12; Robert Coles, St. Lucie, 12; Randy Fontanez, Binghamton, 10; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 9; Cody Satterwhite, Binghamton, 8.
Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 105; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 92; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 91; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 90.
• First-round pick Michael Conforto is off to a quick start at the plate since making his professional debut Saturday with the Cyclones. Conforto is hitting .375 (6-for-16) with two doubles and two RBIs so far in four games. After serving as the designated hitter in his debut, he has started three straight games in left field.
• After going 5-for-8 with a homer and four RBIs in a doubleheader Tuesday at Tacoma, Matt den Dekker is hitting .318/.382/.521 in Triple-A for the season.
• Dave LaRoche, a 14-year major league veteran and the father of Adam and Andy LaRoche, will fill in as Brooklyn Cyclones pitching coach. Tom Signore has been dealing with continued symptoms of a head injury suffered when he was struck with a baseball while in the dugout with Vegas. Signore was filling in for Frank Viola earlier this season when the incident occurred.
• Catching prospect Kevin Plawecki has been diagnosed with vertigo and has been out of Vegas’ lineup since Thursday.
• Wilmer Flores lost a 22-game hitting streak Tuesday. The Las Vegas record remains 37 games by Joey Cora in 1989, when the Triple-A club was affiliated with San Diego. The longest hitting streak in the organization now belongs to Savannah DH/first baseman Matt Oberste. He has hit safely in 20 straight games.
• Right-hander Chris Flexen, a 14th-round pick in 2012 out of high school, underwent Tommy John surgery. Flexen, 20, had been 3-5 with a 4.83 ERA in 13 starts for Savannah this season.
• Right-hander John Gant, the Mets’ 21st-round pick in 2011 out of high school, is the reigning South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. Gant took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning in his most recent start. He is now 10-5 with a 2.76 ERA in 17 starts for Savannah this season.
• Right-hander Rob Whalen has rejoined Savannah. Whalen began the season 4-0 with a 1.83 ERA in four appearances (three starts) with the Gnats. He then was diagnosed with an infection in his pitching hand that required surgery to clean out.
• Andrew Brown had an opportunity to go to Japan earlier this season, but the Mets did not want to lose him and never reached agreement with the Japanese club. Brown is hitting .291/.382/.571 with Vegas this season.
Keith Torrie/Getty ImagesDavid Wright made his major league debut in this July 21, 2004 game against the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium. He went 0-for-4.
FIRST PITCH: The captain celebrates an anniversary on Monday.
David Wright made his major league debut on July 21, 2004 against the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium, ending a revolving door at third base for the franchise.
The Mets’ lineup that day?
Jose Reyes, 2b
Kazuo Matsui, ss
Ty Wigginton, 1b
Cliff Floyd, lf
Richard Hidalgo, rf
Mike Cameron, cf
Vance Wilson, c
Jae Weong Seo, rhp
Wright had been drafted by the organization three years earlier with a compensatory pick (38th overall) for losing Mike Hampton as a free agent to the Colorado Rockies.
The Mets open an interleague series on Monday in Seattle at 10:10 p.m. ET. Jonathon Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA) returns from the disabled list to face Cuban rookie left-hander Roenis Elias (7-8, 4.54).
The Amazin’s lone other trip to Safeco Field came in 2005.
The Mariners staff includes ex-Mets Howard Johnson, Chris Woodward and Jason Phillips.
Read the Mets-Mariners series preview here.
Monday’s news reports:
• Odrisamer Despaigne held the Mets hitless until Daniel Murphy produced a two-out double in the eighth. The Mets tied the score that inning on Wright’s RBI single. However, the Amazin’s lost, 2-1, in walk-off fashion when Josh Edgin stumbled on a chopper off the bat of Seth Smith and could not complete the out at first base in time. Zack Wheeler limited his opponent to one run and logged at least six innings for the fourth straight start. The Mets dropped eight games back in the NL East.
Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times, Journal and at MLB.com.
• Read more on Wheeler in the Post.
• With Niese (shoulder strain) coming off the disabled list, Daisuke Matsuzaka is relocating to the bullpen and Buddy Carlyle was designated for assignment. Read more at MLB.com and in the Daily News.
• Although the Mets are receptive to trading Bartolo Colon, the buzz in San Diego was that no scouts were specifically there to see the veteran righty on Friday, signaling limited interest. Writes Mike Puma in the Post:
According to a source, as of Sunday the Mets had not yet received even a nibble on the 41-year-old right-hander, who is expendable because of the club’s starting-pitching depth. Over his last four starts, Colon is 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA. That comes after a strong June in which Colon helped carry the Mets rotation by going 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA.
• Columnist Michael Powell in the Times takes the Mets’ temperature.
• Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to 21 games and Rafael Montero allowed one run in four innings in his return to Triple-A following a left oblique strain, but Las Vegas lost to Salt Lake, 3-0. Brian Burgamy had two homers and Dustin Lawley also went deep in Binghamton’s 5-2 win against Trenton. John Gant took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and Savannah ultimately swept Lexington in a doubleheader. Corey Oswalt tossed seven scoreless innings as Brooklyn blanked Williamsport, 6-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.
• There are no plans to promote Flores to the majors anytime soon, Terry Collins said. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.
• Bobby Abreu is expected to serve as the designated hitter for the final two games in Seattle.
BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets player and manager Mike Cubbage turns 64. He currently is a scout for the Tampa Bay Rays ... Mike Bordick is 49.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
YOU’RE UP: Have the Mets eroded your optimism with their performance in San Diego?
I'll wait until after they blow both series with the Mariners + the Brewers before being convinced this is the typical post ASG slide #Mets— Ken Marston (@NeoBhagwan) July 20, 2014
BINGHAMTON 5, TRENTON 2: Brian Burgamy belted a pair of two-run homers and Dustin Lawley contributed his team-leading 18th long ball. With Kyle Johnson on second base,
TAMPA 4, ST. LUCIE 1: The Mets mustered five hits, with their lone run coming on a two-out homer in the first inning from L.J. Mazzilli. Aderlin Rodriguez hit a ground-rule double later in the first, but the Mets ultimately stranded the bases loaded when Miguel Sulbaran got Gavin Cecchini to ground into a fielder's choice. Tampa relievers Jacob Lindgren, Brett Gerritse and Cesar Vargas held the Mets to one hit over four innings. Dante Bichette Jr. gave the Yankees the lead for good with an opposite-field two-run homer over the short porch in right field in the fourth. Eric Jagielo lined a homer just fair in the right-field corner and chased starter Luis Cessa in the sixth inning while making the score 3-1. Cessa pitched 5 2/3 innings and struck out six. Danny Oh added an RBI single against Robert Coles in the seventh. Box
SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 0
SAVANNAH 3, LEXINGTON 1: John Gant came within five outs of a seven-inning no-hitter
KINGSPORT 7, PRINCETON 3: Starter Andrew Church limited Princeton to two unearned runs in six innings. Pedro Perez's two-run homer in the sixth gave the K-Mets a 3-2 lead. Oswald Caraballo had a two-run double in a three-run seventh. Box
BROOKLYN 6, WILLIAMSPORT 0: Corey Oswalt tossed seven scoreless innings and
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In the bottom half, Lemon struck again, doubling off the fence. Robles then surrendered a game-tying two-out RBI single to Devon Travis. In the fourth, Corey Jones reached safely when B-Mets catcher Xorge Carrillo failed to grab his pop up in front of the plate. Jones took third on Dean Green's single and scored on Francisco Martinez’s two-out single. Binghamton made it 3-all in the sixth when Jayce Boyd used a fielder’s choice to plate Lawley. Erie retook the lead in the bottom half, though. Ryan Fraser walked Jones, who scored thanks to three errors by Lawley at third base in a two-batter span. Trailing for the third time in the game, Binghamton grabbed the lead in the seventh against reliever Guido Knudson. Following Nimmo's one-out single, Herrera lifted a 1-2 pitch into right field, barely clearing the fence for a go-ahead two-run homer.
Randy Fontanez preserved the lead with two scoreless innings. Satterwhite quickly registered two outs in the ninth. He then walked Daniel Fields on four pitches, surrendered a single to Travis and walked Ramon Cabrera to load the bases. With the tying run on third, Jones sent a bouncer up the middle. Shortstop T.J. Rivera dove to his left and smothered the grounder. While rolling onto the outfield grass, he flipped the ball to Herrera at second in time for the out. Fraser (2-1) allowed one unearned run without surrendering a hit in his lone inning. Robles gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits over five innings. Box
LAKELAND at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader Monday at 4 p.m.
CHARLESTON 5, SAVANNAH 0: The Dogs chased Savannah starter John Gant with a four-run second inning during which he threw 37 pitches. Mike Ford led off the frame with a solo homer. Eduardo de Oleo contributed a sacrifice fly. Brandon Thomas and Mark Payton added RBI singles. The Dogs picked up another run in the fourth on Payton's RBI double against Savannah reliever Dario Alvarez. Savannah remained hitless until Jonathan Johnson's two-out single in the fifth. The Gnats finished the game with four hits. Box
BRISTOL 8, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Andrew Massie allowed three runs (two earned) in four innings. Reliever Ramon Estevez surrendered four runs (three earned) in 1 1/3 innings. Oswald Caraballo and Jose Figuera drove in the K-Mets' runs in the defeat. Box
CONNECTICUT 6, BROOKLYN 0: Starter Corey Oswalt allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk in four innings. The Cyclones mustered four hits. Box
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BINGHAMTON 11, PORTLAND 4: Travis Taijeron launched two homers and T.J. Rivera
SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 1: Savannah won its record-tying 11th straight game behind eight strong innings from John Gant. The Gnats also won 11 consecutive games in 1993 (as the Savannah Cardinals), in 2000 and in 2011. The GreenJackets scored their only run against Gant in the first inning, although right fielder Victor Cruzado threw out a runner at the plate to end that inning. After the first inning, Gant allowed only two hits in his next seven innings of work. One runner reached second base during that span. He improved to 9-4 with a 2.64 ERA. Matt Oberste and Dominic Smith accounted for five of the Gnats' nine hits. Oberste finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Smith went 2-for-4 to lift his batting average to .296 in 82 games. Box
KINGSPORT 16, PULASKI 11: Oswald Caraballo and Luis Ortega drove in three runs apiece. After Pulaski broke an 8-all tie with three runs in the top of the eighth, the K-Mets answered with eight runs in the bottom half. Box
HUDSON VALLEY 8, BROOKLYN 4: Jhoan Urena had a two-run homer as Brooklyn built a 4-1 lead, but Hudson Valley scored seven runs over the final four innings. Octavio Acosta allowed five runs (three earned) in 6 1/3 innings. Hudson Valley took a 5-4 lead with a two-run seventh that included a throwing error by shortstop Amed Rosario. Tomas Nido went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the loss. Second baseman Will Fulmer had two of Brooklyn's four errors. Box
GCL METS 6, GCL CARDINALS 2: Blake Taylor, acquired in the Ike Davis trade, tossed four scoreless relief innings to earn the win. Jared King homered and finished 2-for-4 in his third Gulf Coast League game as he returns from a broken right fibula. Manuel Hilario had two RBIs. Box
BINGHAMTON at NEW BRITAIN (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader Thursday.
ST. LUCIE 7, CHARLOTTE 6: St. Lucie stunned Charlotte by erasing a ninth-inning deficit for the second straight night. Trailing 6-5, Eudy Pina led off with a single against Casey
HUDSON VALLEY 1, BROOKLYN 0 (suspended): The game was suspended with two outs in the top of the second. It will be completed on Monday at 6 p.m. Hudson Valley scored a second-inning run on three throwing errors in the frame -- one by third baseman Jhoan Urena and two by second baseman Will Fulmer -- before the game was halted. Box
GCL METS at GCL NATIONALS (ppd.)
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ALTOONA 3, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets mustered three hits or fewer for the third time in four games. Altoona cracked the scoreboard without the aid of a hit in the first against Hansel Robles. A hit batter, walk and fielder’s choice put runners at the corners. Elias Diaz then sent a grounder to second baseman Brian Burgamy’s left. His spinning throw to second was off target, allowing Drew Maggi to scamper home with the opening run. The B-Mets evened the score at 1 in the second against Joely Rodriguez. Dustin Lawley walked, moved to third on consecutive groundouts and scored when Darrell Ceciliani beat out an infield single. Robles held Altoona hitless in its first nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. The streak came to an end with two outs in the fifth. With two aboard, Keon Broxton threaded an 0-2 pitch into right field to break the tie score and end Robles’ night. Reliever Ryan Fraser inherited runners at second and third and induced Willy Garcia to send a weak bouncer to third. Lawley hesitated before charging the grounder and fired late to first, allowing Diaz to score and giving the Curve a 3-1 lead. Ceciliani’s single proved to be the only blemish for Rodriguez. The southpaw closed his night by posting five scoreless innings. He retired the final 11 batters he faced. Binghamton mustered a threat against the Curve bullpen in the eighth. Following a single by Xorge Carrillo, Brandon Nimmo lined a double against Emmanuel de Leon, putting runners at second and third. With the tying run on second, de Leon struck out Dilson Herrera to end the threat and preserve Altoona’s two-run lead. Robles (5-5) walked three and struck out five over 4 2/3 innings in the loss. Tyler Pill, the originally scheduled B-Mets starting pitcher, was scratched due to illness. Box
FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 2 (suspended): The game was suspended in the fifth inning inning due to thunderstorms. It will be resume at 5:05 p.m. Friday. Cory Mazzoni, in his second minor-league appearance since suffering a side-muscle strain in the Grapefruit League finale, allowed three runs in four innings. The Mets got on the board in the second inning. Gavin Cecchini doubled against Tim Shibuya and moved to the third on Maikis De La Cruz's flyout. With two outs, Eudy Pina then grounded to third baseman Tyler Grimes. He threw off line to first, allowing Cecchini to score. The Miracle answered in the bottom half. With the bases loaded against Mazzoni and none out, Grimes grounded into a fielder's choice that evened the score at 1. Aderling Mejia followed with a run-scoring double, although Grimes was thrown out at the plate on Cecchini’s relay throw to Cam Maron. Mejia advanced to third on the throw home and scored on Niko Goodrum’s infield single for a 3-1 lead. Pina got a run back in the fifth with his sixth homer of the season. After Gilbert Gomez struck out, L.J. Mazzilli came to the plate and had a 1-2 count when the game was delayed. Box
CHARLESTON 9, SAVANNAH 0: Starter John Gant allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits and four walks in five innings. Savannah was held hitless until Nelfi Zapata's leadoff single in the fifth. The Gnats' lone other hit came on Patrick Biondi's eighth-inning single. Box
KINGSPORT 5, PRINCETON 4 (17 innings): Luis Guillorme had a two-run double in the top of the 17th and the K-Mets held on. In the bottom half, Manny Sanchez struck out to lead off but reached second on a throwing error by catcher Jose Garcia. Sanchez eventually scored to pull Princeton with one, but reliever Jim Duff struck out Emmanuel Paulino swinging to strand the tying run at third base. Duff, a Long Island native, earned the win in his professional debut. Box
BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 2: Aberdeen committed five errors and Tucker Tharp, Michael Katz and Jeff Diehl had two hits apiece. Starter Casey Meisner allowed two solo homers but no other damage in six innings. Mike Hepple (2-0) and Brad Wieck combined for three no-hit relief innings. With the score tied at 2 in the seventh, the Cyclones jumped on reliever Brady Adamek. Tharp had a leadoff double. Amed Rosario then hit a grounder up the middle that Aberdeen second baseman Steve Wilkerson snared. However, Wilkerson overthrew first base. The error allowed Tharp to round third and score the tiebreaking run. Aberdeen imploded later in the inning. Michael Bernal was hit by a pitch to place runners on first and second. Tomas Nido then singled to drive in Katz and move Bernal to third. Shortly after, Diehl sent a grounder to third base. Another error allowed a third run to score in the inning for a 5-2 lead. Box
GCL CARDINALS 3, GCL METS 0: After four scoreless innings from starter Audry German, Jose Medina (0-1) allowed three runs in two innings. Erik Manoah, the Mets' 13th-round pick this month, pitched a scoreless inning in his professional debut. Box
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BINGHAMTON 12, BOWIE 4: The B-Mets scored six runs in the first two innings and six more in the final two frames en route to their 10th win in 11 games. Against Bowie starter
FORT MYERS at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The teams will play a 4 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.
GREENVILLE 21, SAVANNAH 1: Starter John Gant allowed 11 runs, but only one earned, on 11 hits and three walks in four innings. Relievers Tyler Vanderheiden and John Mincone were charged with five earned runs apiece. Gnats third baseman Jon Leroux committed four errors. Greenville's Teddy Stankiewicz, who was drafted by the Mets in the second round in 2012 but did not sign, limited Savannah to one unearned run in six innings. He subsequently was drafted by the Red Sox in the second round in 2013 and signed. Box
DANVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 2: The K-Mets were held hitless until Branden Kaupe's one-out RBI double in the sixth. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings. Box
BROOKLYN 7, ABERDEEN 6: Michael Katz's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth plated Tomas Nido with the tiebreaking run. Shane Bay surrendered a walk in a scoreless bottom half for his second save. The Cyclones had pulled even with a two-run eighth that included RBI singles by Tyler Moore and Tucker Tharp. Michael Bernal finished 4-for-5 with a double, two triples and three RBIs. Starter Casey Meisner allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings. Box
GCL METS 7, GCL NATIONALS 1: In the Gulf Coast League opener, starter Logan Taylor (1-0) limited the Nats to one run on five hits while striking out six in five innings. Jose Medina and Nabil Crismatt followed with two scoreless innings apiece. Juan Lagares went 0-for-4 and played seven innings in center field in his first rehab game. Enmanuel Zabala went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs. First baseman Dash Winningham, the Mets' eighth-round pick out of high school in Florida, went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts in his professional debut. Box
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets face another tough task Tuesday at Busch Stadium.
Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.54 ERA) opposes right-hander Michael Wacha (4-5, 2.88) in the 8:15 p.m. ET game.
Tuesday’s news reports:
• Jacob deGrom allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his shortest career start and the Mets lost to the Cardinals, 6-2, Monday. Eric Young Jr. (hamstring) returned from the disabled list and threw out a runner at the plate from left field, but he also struck out to strand the bases loaded in the fourth. David Wright had only his third hit in his last 43 at-bats and afterward said there is no physical ailment hindering him.
Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times and at MLB.com.
• The Mets had their pitcher in the starting lineup batting in the No. 8 slot for the first time in franchise history. Read more in the Star-Ledger.
• In his first appearance since landing on the DL with a left shoulder sprain, Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs in four innings as Las Vegas lost to Oklahoma City, 5-1. Wally Backman was ejected. St. Lucie remained a half-game out in its first-half division title race with two games remaining with a 6-2 win against Charlotte. Read the full minor-league recap here.
• In light of Tony Gwynn’s death potentially being tied to smokeless tobacco, Josh Edgin tells Mike Puma in the Post he may redouble his efforts to quit the product.
“I grew up with it and it’s one of those things for me, it’s a relaxing thing, helps you get unstrung,” Edgin told Puma. “I have attempted to stop, but it’s kind of hard to do it during the season when there’s guys around you doing it. I actually started when I was 16 years old, working in the summer, and it was just there and nothing to do other than work, so ‘Let’s try this.’”
• Read Wright’s thoughts on Gwynn’s passing in the Daily News.
• Travis d’Arnaud will not return Wednesday after spending the minimum 10 days in the minors, but he should be with Vegas less than 20 days, a team official suggested. Read more in Newsday.
• Dillon Gee threw off a mound Monday, while Juan Lagares took live batting practice as both work back from side-muscle injuries.
• Andrew Brown was demoted to clear the roster spot for the return of E.Y. Jr. from the disabled list. A team official said there was not consideration given to releasing Chris Young.
• Daisuke Matsuzaka remained too weak to pitch Monday, a day after getting forced from a start because of intense stomach pain.
• YouTube video purports to show a brawl at Citi Field during Saturday’s 50 Cent concert.
• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post writes why the Mets would have difficulty copying the turnaround of the Kansas City Royals.
• Michael Salfino in the Journal ranks teams based on projected tickets sales compared with market size and won-loss record.
• Savannah will have 10 players in Tuesday’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will be played in Hickory, N.C.: right-handers Kevin McGowan, Miller Diaz, Akeel Morris, Robert Coles, John Gant and Tim Peterson, left-hander Dario Alvarez, infielders Jeff McNeil, Gavin Cecchini and L.J. Mazzilli. Gnats manager Luis Rojas will lead the Southern Division team.
BIRTHDAYS: Shawn Abner, the first overall pick in the draft by the Mets in ’84, was born on this date in 1966.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
YOU’RE UP: Should Jon Niese bat eighth for the Mets on Tuesday?
Anyone else miss the 50 Cent promos? #Mets— DHAP24 (@DHAP24) June 17, 2014