New York Mets: Justin Howard

Minors 8.17.14: Oberste RBI lifts Gnats

August, 17, 2014
8/17/14
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OMAHA 4, LAS VEGAS 0: Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on three hits, three walks and a hit batter in five innings. Syndergaard (8-7) struck out eight in a 96-pitch effort. The damage included a two-run homer by Carlos Peguero in the fourth that opened the scoring. Jack Leathersich allowed two runs in the sixth, including a solo homer by Peguero. The 51s mustered four hits, including two from Matt Reynolds. Box

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.

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Binghamton’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot remained at four. The Fightin Phils cracked the scoreboard in the fourth against Matz. Albert Cartwright had a leadoff double. Matz retired the next two batters, but Jake Fox poked an RBI single into right field. Binghamton finally put a threat together in the fifth after Milner retired the first 13 batters he faced. T.J. Rivera singled and produced his first steal as a B-Met. With two outs, Wilfredo Tovar then ripped a 2-1 pitch up the middle, but second baseman Carlos Alonso made a diving catch to end the inning. The B-Mets flashed their own defensive prowess to hold the deficit at 1-0 in the bottom half. After Matz issued a one-out walk to K.C. Serna, Raywilly Gomez deposited a 2-2 pitch into the left-field corner. Dustin Lawley tracked the ball down and fired to Tovar. In one motion, the shortstop received the throw and fired home, where Juan Centeno tagged out Serna. Milner continued his cruise by posting perfect frames in the sixth and seventh before using a double play to erase a single in the eighth. Binghamton had one last chance in the ninth. Kyle Johnson had a leadoff double, but Milner retired the next three B-Mets. He capped his first career complete game by striking out Dilson Herrera looking. Milner (8-6) issued no walks, struck out five and held the B-Mets hitless in four at-bats with runners in scoring position, including three in the ninth. Matz (5-4) surrendered one run on six hits in seven innings. The loss snapped Binghamton’s seven-game winning streak against the Fightin Phils, which dated to last season. Box

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

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SAVANNAH 3, GREENVILLE 2: Champ Stuart bunted his way aboard and scored on Matt Oberste's double as the Gnats broke a 2-all tie in the sixth en route to a series sweep. The Drive had opened the scoring in the second on Danny Bethea's two-run homer against John Gant. Gant allowed no further damage and struck out nine in five innings. Savannah evened the score with two runs in the third. Dominic Smith plated Stuart with a double to tie the score at 2. Reliever John Mincone picked up the win after producing a scoreless sixth. Akeel Morris converted his 15th save in 16 chances. 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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Minors 8.10.14: Verrett wins No. 10

August, 10, 2014
8/10/14
8:24
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LAS VEGAS 7, ALBUQUERQUE 5: Right-hander Logan Verrett recorded his team-leading 10th victory. The Baylor product, a third-round pick in 2011, allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out two in a 99-pitch effort. Vegas overcame a 2-0 deficit with a six-run fifth. Allan Dykstra (1-for-3, two walks) delivered a two-run double and Taylor Teagarden (2-for-3, walk) hit a two-run homer in the inning. Matt Reynolds finished 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 0: Steven Matz tossed seven scoreless innings and

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combined with Randy Fontanez on the shutout. Matz allowed four hits and two walks and struck out five. Binghamton took a 1-0 lead in the third. Wilfredo Tovar doubled against James Simmons, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Brandon Nimmo's two-out triple. An inning later, Travis Taijeron doubled with one out. He scored on a single by T.J. Rivera. Xorge Carrillo's single placed runners on the corners. Tovar's sac fly then put the Mets ahead, 3-0. Matz (5-3) has allowed one unearned run and no other damage in 13 innings in his last two outings. Fontanez had three strikeouts in two scoreless innings to pick up his first career Double-A save. He had 10 saves for St. Lucie before a promotion. At 72-48, Binghamton is at its high-water mark for the season. Brian Burgamy went 0-for-4, snapping his 13-game hitting streak. B-Met starters have allowed three earned runs in the past eight games, spanning 53 1/3 innings. Box

BRADENTON 2, ST. LUCIE 1: The Marauders took advantage of bouts of wildness from

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Domingo Tapia and T.J. Chism in the seventh to score their only runs. With one out in the frame, Tapia surrendered a double to Max Moroff and walked Justin Howard and Raul Fortunato to load the bases. Chism entered to face lefty Jin-De Jhang. He walked Jhang to force in the tying run. Ashley Ponce followed with an RBI single 65 feet up the third-base line to put the Marauders in front, 2-1. The Mets had scored their lone run in the sixth. Jeff McNeil extended his hitting streak to nine games with a leadoff triple. He scored on Gavin Cecchini’s sac fly. The Mets had runners at the corners with two outs in the eighth, but Fortunato hauled in a deep line drive to center by L.J. Mazzilli. Ponce committed an error at third with two outs in the ninth that allowed Maikis De La Cruz to advance to second. However, Josh Smith got Albert Cordero to ground back to him to end the ballgame. The Marauders took sole possession of first place in the FSL South with the win and are now 4 1/2 games ahead of the Mets. Tapia was enjoying one of his best games of the season before he lost control with the back-to-back walks in the seventh. He went 6 1/3 innings and was charged with both runs on four hits and three walks. The Mets have been held to seven runs in their last four games. St. Lucie mustered three hits Sunday -- the triple from McNeil, a double from Jared King and a single by Cecchini. Box

SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 4 (seven innings): In a rain-shortened game, Stefan Sabol had a game-tying RBI triple in the sixth. He scored for a 5-4 lead on Yeixon Ruiz's single. Jorge Rivero added an RBI double in the seventh. Ruiz finished 4-for-4 with two runs scored. Rivero drove in two runs. Alex Panteliodis allowed four runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Box

KINGSPORT 7, JOHNSON CITY 4: Jean Rodriguez's two-run homer in the fifth got the K-Mets on the scoreboard. Kingsport overcame a 4-3 deficit in the eighth on Zach Mathieu's RBI single and Branden Kaupe's run-scoring groundout. Mathieu finished 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs. Box

BROOKLYN 5, BATAVIA 2: The Cyclones broke a 2-all tie with a three-run ninth. Amed Rosario had a tiebreaking double that plated Pedro Perez and Tyler Moore. Both had walked to open the inning. Adrian Abreu plated Rosario with a sacrifice fly. Box

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Minors 6.4.14: Cessa K's 10 in St. Lucie win

June, 4, 2014
6/04/14
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ALTOONA 6, BINGHAMTON 5: The B-Mets stranded the tying run at second base as their ninth-inning rally fell short. Trailing by two runs against Quinton Miller, Matt Clark earned a

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leadoff walk and Kyle Johnson singled. Matt Reynolds then capped a four-hit game with an RBI single to pull the B-Mets within 6-5. Miller rebounded by retiring Kevin Plawecki on a fly out. He then struck out pinch hitter Rylan Sandoval looking to end the game. Binghamton had opened the scoring in the second against Joely Rodriguez. Jayce Boyd singled, took second on a passed ball and scored on Dustin Lawley’s double. Lawley advanced to third on Darrell Ceciliani’s chopper to first and scampered home when Matt Curry forced an errant throw to Rodriguez covering the bag. Altoona answered in the bottom half. After a single by Justin Howard and double by Willy Garcia, Curry lifted a fly ball to the left-field wall. Johnson jumped and kept the ball in play, but had it kick off his glove for a run-scoring double. Hansel Robles limited the damage to that single run by striking out the final two hitters of the frame.

Robles hit a wall in the fifth and failed to register the final out of the inning. Alen Hanson ripped a two-out, two-run triple, giving the Curve its first lead. Following a walk, Elias Diaz doubled as Altoona took a 5-2 lead. Binghamton used a two-out rally in the seventh against Emmanuel de Leon to get back in the game. Nelfi Zapata had a pinch-hit double and Johnson plated him with a single. Johnson scored three batters later when Plawecki was plunked with the bases loaded. De Leon preserved the 5-4 lead and stranded the bases loaded by inducing Boyd to bounce into a fielder’s choice. The Curve opened a two-run lead in the eighth against Cody Satterwhite. Second baseman Brian Burgamy charged a slow roller, but fired wide of first, putting runners at the corners. Garcia's ensuing sac fly made it 6-4. Robles (3-3) allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out six in 4 2/3 innings. Reynolds is 7-for-11 in two games following a five-game absence due to a back issue. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 3: St. Lucie took advantage of three critical Dunedin errors to produce four unearned runs, while Luis Cessa struck out a season-high 10 over seven

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innings. Gonzalez Germen and Randy Fontanez stranded the tying run on third base in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Aderlin Rodriguez put the Mets in front in the first with a two-out double that plated Brandon Nimmo and Cam Maron. Both runs went as unearned against Taylor Cole because Nimmo had reached on shortstop Emilio Guerrero's throwing error. The Blue Jays scored all three of their runs and had four of their five hits against Cessa in the third. Nick Baligod had a game-tying two-run triple with two outs. K.C. Hobson singled in Baligod to put Dunedin ahead 3-2. Cessa retired nine in a row after Hobson’s single, striking out five during the span, until Phillip Evans’ error. Cessa brushed it off by retiring the final five batters he faced.

The Mets tied the score in the sixth. With two outs and Nimmo on second, Rodriguez hit a harmless grounder to Guerrero. The shortstop again threw wild to first base and Nimmo scored. In the seventh, Eudy Pina grounded a ball through Hobson’s legs at first base to reach with one out. After Pina advanced to second on Wil Browning’s wild pitch, Dilson Herrera doubled to put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Germen, making another rehab appearance with St. Lucie, stranded runners at the corners in the eighth when Derrick Chung lined out to Herrera at second. In the ninth, Fontanez surrendered a leadoff double to Kevin Patterson. He began to recover by striking out Guerrero. Peter Mooney then grounded out as pinch runner Christian Lopes advanced to third. Fontanez then induced a game-ending groundout to Rodriguez at third. Rodriguez’s throw was low, but first baseman Cole Frenzel made the scoop to seal the win. Fontanez has a team-leading eight saves. Box

ASHEVILLE 12, SAVANNAH 6: Asheville scored seven runs in the third inning to establish an 8-0 lead and chase Savannah starter Ricky Knapp after 2 2/3 innings. The Gnats (38-18) got a run back in the third on Gavin Cecchini's bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Cecchini finished 2-for-4 with two doubles, his 12th and 13th of the season. He drove in another run with a double in a two-run fifth that brought Savannah within 9-3. The Gnats picked up three runs in the seventh, highlighted by Colton Plaia’s two-run homer, to close within 11-6. Box

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Minors 7.30.13: Frenzel double lifts Gnats

July, 30, 2013
7/30/13
11:28
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NASHVILLE 3, LAS VEGAS 1 (8 innings): Rafael Montero (2-3) allowed two runs in six innings. The game was called after a two-hour, 18-minute rain delay. The Sounds had loaded the bases in the home half of the eighth against Armando Rodriguez before Josh Prince drew a walk for his second RBI of the night. The umpires then halted the game. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, ALTOONA 2: Wilfredo Tovar and Blake Forsythe each provided run-scoring extra-base hits and three B-Mets relievers combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

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Binghamton, which produced only five hits, pieced together a pair of singles and received some help from the Curve to get on the board in the first inning. Danny Muno led off with a single against Altoona starter Nick Kingham. Cesar Puello followed by smoking a grounder to third. Adalberto Santos made a diving stop, but errantly fired to second, allowing Muno to move to third. Muno scampered home on a passed ball by Carlos Paulino. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon made the lead stand, posting five scoreless innings to begin his outing. The southpaw stranded the bases loaded in the fourth. Binghamton broke through in the sixth. Darrell Ceciliani had a leadoff single and scored on Tovar's triple. Forsythe added to the lead and ended Kingham’s night with an RBI double for a 3-0 lead. Cohoon (6-3) surrendered two singles to start the sixth and gave way to Ryan Fraser. Justin Howard greeted the righty with a pinch-hit RBI double. Paulino cut Binghamton’s lead to one with an RBI groundout. Fraser bounced back and stranded the tying run at second by retiring pinch hitter Andy Vasquez. Fraser fell back into trouble in the seventh, allowing a one-out double. Chase Huchingson stranded the inherited runner. Jeff Walters recorded the final four outs for his league-leading 30th save. Box

TAMPA 4, ST. LUCIE 1: The Yankees had a three-run first inning against Domingo Tapia and held the Mets to four hits. Kevin Plawecki singled to plate Cory Vaughn with the Mets' lone run, in the second inning. Kyle Johnson had a one-out double in the third, but was stranded. Matt Reynolds had a leadoff double in the seventh, but also was stranded. Lucas Duda went 0-for-4 and played left field in his second game with St. Lucie on a major league rehab assignment. Tapia allowed two hits and one walk and hit a batter while allowing three runs in the first. He settled down and allowed four runs on four hits in six innings with five strikeouts and two walks. Angel Cuan tossed two scoreless innings. Bret Mitchell struck out two and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth. Box

SAVANNAH 9, ASHEVILLE 5: The Gnats scored six runs over the final two innings to erase a two-run deficit. Cole Frenzel had a three-run double in the eighth to stake Savannah to a 6-5 lead. Paul Sewald earned his fourth save with two scoreless relief innings. Box

ELIZABETHTON 7, KINGSPORT 1: Starter Persio Reyes allowed four runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Box

WILLIAMSPORT 1, BROOKLYN 0: Williamsport scored the lone run in the fourth inning against Seth Lugo. Logan Pierce led off with a double and advanced to third on Jiandido Tromp's single. Lugo then induced a groundball from Sam Dove that resulted in a double play, but Pierce scored. Brooklyn's best chance came in the top of the ninth. Patrick Biondi led off with an infield single and stole second base. After Gavin Cecchini struck out, LJ Mazzilli stepped to the plate. Biondi swiped third, but Mazzilli ultimately struck out, too. Jared King then also fanned as Williamsport snapped Brooklyn’s five-game winning streak. Box

GCL METS 2, GCL CARDINALS 1: Vicente Lupo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to force in the winning run. The ninth began with a leadoff double by Travis d'Arnaud, who went 1-for-4 as the DH. Mets starter Octavio Acosta retired the first 17 batters before allowing a two-out single to Malik Collymore in the sixth. Box

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Minors 6.9.13: Taijeron on tear in Double-A

June, 9, 2013
6/09/13
10:48
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LAS VEGAS 7, TACOMA 1: Starter Carlos Torres contined to resurrect his season. The ex-Rockies/White Sox pitcher tossed a complete game two-hitter. He has produced consecutive complete games and won his past five starts. Since allowing nine runs on May 8 against Round Rock, the right-hander has a 1.65 ERA over six starts. Brandon Hicks contributed a grand slam and Eric Campbell also homered for the 51s (33-28). Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, ALTOONA 2: Travis Taijeron completed a four-RBI night with a tiebreaking three-run homer in the ninth. Taijeron launched a 1-1 offering from reliever Jason Townsend over the right-field fence for his second homer in two games since a promotion. He is 5-for-9 with six RBIs since joining the B-Mets (38-25). Jeff Walters retired all three batters in the ninth for his league-leading 15th save. Justin Howard had

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given the Curve the early lead with a solo homer against B-Mets starter Jacob deGrom. Howard struck again in the fourth with an RBI single. Altoona spot starter Ethan Hollingsworth had a scoreless effort through four innings. Allan Dykstra cut the deficit to 2-1 in the fifth with his eighth homer. Altoona reliever Kenn Kasparek surrendered three singles in the seventh, capped by Taijeron tying the score at 2 by dumping an RBI hit into center. DeGrom returned for the seventh and ended his night with a perfect frame. He allowed two runs on six hits and struck out four over seven innings. Jack Leathersich walked a tightrope with two outs in the eighth. The southpaw walked Adalberto Santos and surrendered a double to Alex Dickerson. With two runners in scoring position, Leathersich preserved the tie and ended the inning by striking out Drew Maggi. Leathersich (2-0) collected the win after Taijeron’s blast in the ninth. Josh Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to an Eastern League-best 21 games with a single in the seventh. Box

JUPITER 2, ST. LUCIE 1 (8 innings)
ST. LUCIE 4, JUPITER 1 (14 innings): In a game suspended from Saturday, Jupiter won in walk-off fashion in the eighth when Brent Keys doubled with two outs and shortstop Matt Reynolds had a throwing error on Austin Barnes' ensuing grounder. St. Lucie (31-29) then won the regularly scheduled game in 14 innings. The Mets loaded the bases with none out in the top of the 14th on Reynolds' leadoff double, Aderlin Rodriguez's walk, a wild pitch, then an intentional walk to Dustin Lawley with first base open. Charley Thurber's ensuing grounder to first base resulted in a forceout at the plate, but catcher Wilfredo Gimenez's throwing error allowed Rodriguez to score. Robbie Shields and Cam Maron followed with RBI singles in the three-run frame. Chasen Bradford tossed a perfect bottom half for his third save. Starter Matt Bowman limited Jupiter to one run in six innings. T.J. Chism, Hamilton Bennett, Carlos Vazquez, Estarlin Morel and Chism combined for eight scoreless relief innings. Box 1, Box 2

ROME 6, SAVANNAH 3: Hunter Carnevale and South Atlantic League All-Star Bret Mitchell combined to surrender six runs over the final two innings as the Gnats (37-25) squandered a late three-run lead. Tied at 3 entering the bottom of the ninth, Mitchell surrendered a three-run walk-off homer to Josh Elander. Mitchell had allowed four earned runs in 25 innings all season, but allowed another four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings Sunday. The defeat spoiled six scoreless innings from Luis Cessa, who allowed seven hits and no walks while striking out six. Savannah had broken a scoreless tie with a three-run seventh that included Brandon Nimmo's RBI double and Jayce Boyd's run-scoring single. Box

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BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
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ERAJ. Niese 3.40
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