New York Mets: Kevin Howard

Around the minors 8.14.12

August, 14, 2012
8/14/12
11:02
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BUFFALO 6, LEHIGH VALLEY 0: Jeurys Familia tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Robert Carson on the five-hit shutout. Matt den Dekker belted a grand slam in a five-run seventh inning against Joe Savery. Den Dekker became the first Bison to have two grand slams in a season since Chris Clapinski had four in 2004 when Buffalo was affiliated with the Indians. The Bisons had opened the scoring in the fourth when Fred Lewis led off with his 22nd double of the season and eventually raced home on a wild pitch. Familia allowed four hits and one walk while striking out eight in a 94-pitch effort. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 5, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets struck out a season-high 14 times and mustered only five hits against five Fisher Cats pitchers, including rehabbing major leaguer Brandon Morrow. Against B-Mets starter Gonzalez Germen in the fourth, New Hamsphire opened the scoring when Brad Glenn singled, moved to third on two groundouts and came home on Ryan Schimpf’s single. Morrow, making his second rehab appearance with the Fisher Cats, struck out six over 4 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits while issuing no walks. Morrow exited after allowing a two-out double to Francisco Pena in the fifth. Michael Dubee entered the one-run game and struck out Wilfredo Tovar to strand the tying run on base. New Hampshire added to its lead a half-inning later. With a runner aboard, Kevin Howard blistered the first pitch from Germen over the right-field wall. Dubee returned for the sixth and surrendered Binghamton’s only runs. With two outs, Eric Campbell singled and Allan Dykstra blasted a two-run homer to trim the deficit to 3-2. But the Fisher Cats plated two runs in the sixth against Germen. With the bases loaded, Brian Jeroloman dribbled a groundball up the first-base line. Germen fielded the roller cleanly, but his throw home sailed past Pena, allowing two runs to score. Jeff Kaplan closed the inning by getting two outs. He added a scoreless seventh. Edgar Ramirez threw a perfect eighth after getting activated from the disabled list before the game. Germen (6-10) suffered his fourth straight loss with the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, PALM BEACH 8: Kyle Allen and Adrian Rosario combined to surrender six runs in the top of the ninth as St. Lucie squandered an 8-2 lead. But the Mets produced a walk-off win a half-inning later when Blake Forsythe's single scored T.J. Rivera. Cory Vaughn, Robbie Shields and Danny Muno each contributed early homers. Chase Huchingson limited the Cardinals to two runs in six innings and Jack Leathersich tossed two scoreless relief innings as St. Lucie took a six-run lead to the ninth. Box

LEXINGTON 10, SAVANNAH 1: The Legends built a 10-0 lead as the Gnats failed to score until two outs in the bottom of the ninth, when Charley Thurber's single plated Albert Cordero, who had doubled. The Legends began the scoring with two runs in the second inning, added a run in the third, then chased Gnats starter Alex Panteliodis with four runs in the sixth. Panteliodis was charged with seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. The seven runs allowed by Panteliodis were his most in a start since May 16. Matt Reynolds and Cam Maron picked up two hits apiece in the loss. Box

KINGSPORT 4, JOHNSON CITY 2
JOHNSON CITY 4, KINGSPORT 2: Matt Budgell tossed three scoreless relief innings to earn the win in the opener. The K-Mets overcame a 2-0 deficit with a three-run third, which included a two-run double by Yeixon Ruiz. In the nightcap, Kingsport trailed 4-0 entering the bottom of the final frame. Jeyckol De Leon then contributed a two-run double, but Johnson City reliever Ronald Shaban entered and struck out Anthony Chavez and coaxed a game-ending groundout from pinch hitter Jonathan Leroux. Box 1, Box 2

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 5.28.12

May, 28, 2012
5/28/12
9:05
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BUFFALO 7, COLUMBUS 1: With the Herd leading 3-1 in the sixth, Jordany Valdespin delivered a three-run homer. Earlier, Matt Tuiasosopo's fourth-inning double scored Fred Lewis. Dylan Owen allowed one run on two hits in six innings. Elvin Ramirez and Justin Hampson combined for seven strikeouts in three innings of scoreless relief. Ramirez pitched the seventh inning and struck out the side in order. He has yet to allow a run in 10 appearances with the Herd this season. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: Collin McHugh set season highs with eight strikeouts and eight innings pitched while limiting New Hampshire to two runs, and the B-Mets erupted after getting no-hit for five innings. After facing one over the minimum through three innings, McHugh hit a speed bump in the fourth. Two singles and a hit batsman loaded the bases, and Kevin Howard delivered an RBI single. Brad Glenn then ripped a sac fly to make it 2-0. Meanwhile, the B-Mets were stymied by New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire for more than half the game. The righty retired the first 15 B-Mets he faced before things unraveled in the sixth. McGuire hit Reese Havens to start the inning and walked Kai Gronauer. A sac bunt set the table for Sean Kazmar, who broke up the no-hitter and got Binghamton on the board with a single. Josh Rodriguez tied the score and ended McGuire’s day with a run-scoring single. Aaron Loup entered and struggled with his command. The lefty hit Raul Reyes with a pitch to load the bases and surrendered an RBI single to Jefry Marte that gave the B-Mets a 3-2 lead. Loup capped his day by issuing consecutive bases-loaded walks to Juan Lagares and Havens. Ronald Uviedo entered and extinguished the flames by striking out Gronauer. McHugh (5-3) easily shook off his difficult fourth inning and capped his day with four scoreless frames, facing one over the minimum during that span. Excluding the fourth, McHugh faced no more than four batters in any inning. The righty gave up five hits and walked one. The B-Mets added their final run on a single by Gronauer in the eighth, then looked to Adrian Rosario in the ninth. The righty walked two, but induced Brad Glenn to line into a game-ending double play to post a scoreless frame. The B-Mets (24-25) play at Reading on Tuesday. Miguel Batista takes the mound in a rehab start. Box

GREENVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 2: Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings. Travis Taijeron's two-run homer in the sixth accounted for the Gnats' scoring. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 4.18.12

April, 18, 2012
4/18/12
9:47
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BUFFALO 4, LEHIGH VALLEY 1: A day after snapping Lehigh Valley's six-game winning streak, the Bisons won again by the same score as Jeremy Hefner (2-1) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. The only blemish on Hefner's line: an unearned run in the first inning on a passed ball. Hefner faced the minimum in innings four through seven. Hot-hitting Zach Lutz doubled home Bobby Scales in the fourth inning to tie the score. In the seventh, Scales provided the clutch hit with a two-out RBI double. Scales then scored along with Jordany Valdespin on Valentino Pascucci's two-run single. With a walk and a double, Scales upped his streak of getting on base twice to 11 straight games. His on-base percentage actually went down on Wednesday to .551 after going 1-for-3 with a walk. Justin Hampson retired all six batters he faced to earn his first save. Hampson's save was the second of his pro career. He earned the first on April 21, 2011 against Rochester. Buffalo will go for the series win Thursday afternoon, with Garrett Olson facing ex-Bison Scott Elarton. Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the series finale. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 2, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets scratched out only two hits and were shut out for the second time this season. The game was a battle of prospects as Zack Wheeler made the start for Binghamton against right-hander Deck McGuire for New Hampshire. With the help of timely Fisher Cats hits, McGuire triumphed. Wheeler turned in a solid performance in his third Double-A start. He struck out six in his first three innings before allowing a run in the fourth. Mike McDade led off the frame by dumping a single to left field. He advanced to second on a groundout and scored on Kevin Howard’s double to right-center. It was the only run allowed by Wheeler in his six innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked two, but got no help from the offense. The B-Mets struggled to put solid contact on the ball against McGuire. The righty had just three strikeouts, but allowed only one hit in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Binghamton threatened with two runners on base with one out in the second, but McGuire struck out Josh Rodriguez and induced Juan Centeno to ground out. Binghamton would not have another scoring chance until the seventh, when Eric Campbell walked to start the inning. Juan Lagares traded places with him on a fielder’s choice, but was quickly erased by catcher A.J. Jimenez on a steal attempt. McGuire’s night ended after he walked Travis Ozga with two outs. Former B-Met Clint Everts entered from the bullpen and allowed a single to Rodriguez, but bounced back to strike out Centeno, stranding both runners. After Everts breezed through the eighth and the Fisher Cats added an insurance run against Edgar Ramirez in the bottom of the inning, Ronald Uviedo took over in the ninth. He issued a pair of walks, but induced Centeno to pop out in foul territory to end the game. Uviedo earned his fourth save. The B-Mets (5-7) head back to Binghamton for a seven-game homestand, starting Thursday night against Portland. Left-hander Darin Gorski opposes right-hander Billy Buckner. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 3
SAVANNAH 2, ROME 0:
In the resumption of Tuesday's suspended game, Savannah rallied with two seventh-inning runs for a comeback victory. Brian Harrison contributed a game-tying RBI double as part of a 4-for-5 game spanning two days. Jack Leathersich earned the save with two no-hit relief innings that included three strikeouts. In the regularly scheduled game, which was limited to seven innings, Rafael Montero and Estarlin Morel combined on a three-hit shutout. Savannah scored both runs in the final frame, all with two out. Charlie Thurber singled. Travis Taijeron walked. Then Gregory Pron and Luis Nieves contributed RBI singles. Box 1, Box 2

Compiled from team reports

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TEAM LEADERS

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David Wright
BA HR RBI R
.316 1 11 9
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 3
RBID. Wright 11
RE. Young Jr. 15
OPSL. Duda .817
WC. Torres 2
ERAJ. Niese 2.84
SOZ. Wheeler 21

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