New York Mets: Kevin McGowan

Minors 8.18.14: Taijeron drives in five

August, 18, 2014
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OMAHA 9, LAS VEGAS 5: Starter John Lannan allowed eight runs (five earned) on 10 hits and two walks and surrendered homers to Paul Janish and Carlos Peguero in four innings. Bobby Abreu went 1-for-4 with a walk and RBI in his return to Triple-A after being re-signed. The 51s scored three ninth-inning runs. Matt Reynolds contributed a two-run single as part of a 2-for-5, three-RBI night. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, ERIE 4: Travis Taijeron had four hits and matched a career-high with five RBIs to lead Binghamton’s 15-hit attack. The victory trimmed the B-Mets’ magic number

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to clinch a playoff spot to three. Facing Jeff Ferrell for the sixth time this season, the B-Mets jumped on the SeaWolves starter in the second as Jayce Boyd hammered his seventh homer this season. Binghamton stretched its advantage with a five-run third. Brandon Nimmo and Dilson Herrera had back-to-back one-out singles. Brian Burgamy followed with a two-run double. After a strikeout, T.J. Rivera, Taijeron and Xorge Carrillo produced consecutive RBI singles, chasing Ferrell. Erie cut its deficit to 6-2 in the fourth against B-Mets starter Greg Peavey as Steven Moya produced a two-run homer -- his league-leading 31st long ball. A half-inning later, though, Taijeron ripped an RBI double against reliever Joe Mantiply. Two batters later, third baseman Corey Jones fired an errant throw to second on a potential inning-ending force out, allowing another run to score. Peavey’s night ended after 5 1/3 innings. Peavey (10-3) allowed three runs on eight hits. Chase Huchingson took over and stranded a pair of inherited runners. Taijeron capped his monster night with a three-run homer in the ninth. Huchingson ultimately tossed 2 2/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits. Dario Alvarez tossed a scoreless ninth. Box

CHARLOTTE 6, ST. LUCIE 3: Maikis De La Cruz hit a solo homer in the top of the first, but the Stone Crabs tagged St. Lucie starter Kevin McGowan for six runs in the bottom half. The first five Charlotte batters reached. Tommy Coyle doubled and Johnny Field singled. Maxx Tissenbaum followed with a two-run homer to put the Crabs up 3-1. Patrick Leonard then singled and scored on Marty Gantt’s triple. A groundout scored Gantt to make it 5-1. After Jake DePew struck out, Jonathan Quinonez walked. He scored on Juniel Querecuto’s triple. McGowan settled down to keep the Crabs off the scoreboard over the next four innings. Meanwhile, Jared Mortensen retired 10 Mets in a row after serving up the homer to De La Cruz. The Mets finally got to him in the sixth when De La Cruz and L.J. Mazzilli hit back-to-back one-out doubles. Mazzilli scored later in the inning when reliever Marcus Jensen threw a wild pitch. De La Cruz went 3-for-4 and was a triple shy of the cycle. Tim Peterson contributed three scoreless, no-hit relief innings. Box

GREENEVILLE 12, KINGSPORT 3: Greeneville scored a combined 11 runs (seven earned) against Yoryi Nuez and Nicco Blank over the second and third innings. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL CARDINALS 3: Starter Kevin Canelon (1-2) allowed two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings. Dash Winningham and Hengelbert Rojas each went 3-for-5. Winningham drove in two runs. Leading 4-2 in the eighth, Alex Palsha ultimately allowed an inherited runner to score on a pair of wild pitches. However, Edmundo Sosa was caught stealing home to end that inning and Palsha ultimately notched his 10th save. Box

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Minors 8.8.14: Diehl double lifts Clones

August, 9, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 9, ALBUQUERQUE 6: The 51s overcame a two-run deficit with a five-run eighth that was capped by a two-run double from Danny Muno. Andrew Brown and Josh Satin also drove in two runs apiece. Starter John Lannan allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks in four innings. He surrendered two homers. Box

HARRISBURG 2, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left runners on base in each of the final five innings. Dustin Lawley doubled in the first inning against Austin Voth to plate Brian Burgamy, who had been hit by a pitch with two outs. Harrisburg evened the score at 1 in the bottom half against Gabriel Ynoa. Matt Skole reached on a two-out double and stole third base. Kevin Keyes' RBI single then plated him. The Senators took the lead in the second. Drew Vettleson doubled and advanced to third on a groundout. Brian Jeroloman then produced a sacrifice fly. Ynoa (2-1) allowed two runs in six innings but took the hard-luck loss. Adam Kolarek threw two scoreless relief innings. Burgamy extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games. Darrell Ceciliani had a nine-game hitting streak snapped. Box

FORT MYERS 4, ST. LUCIE 0: Brett Lee became the first pitcher this season to go the distance in a nine-inning game against the Mets. Stuart Turner broke a scoreless tie in the seventh with a two-out, two-strike, run-scoring triple that plated Travis Harrison. Turner’s triple was the last pitch thrown by Mets starter Kevin McGowan, who took the loss despite making his best start of the season. McGowan had only allowed two singles to that point. He began the seventh inning by walking Harrison. It was just his second free pass of the game. The Mets had an opportunity to tie the score in the eighth, but with one out and runners on the corners, Jared King grounded into an inning-ending double play for the second time in the game. The Miracle added three runs in the ninth against Paul Sewald. Gavin Cecchini and Jeff McNeil each had two hits. Box

SAVANNAH at AUGUSTA (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 16, BRISTOL 10: Ivan Wilson had a grand slam in a six-run third as the K-Mets built at 8-4 lead. Luis Guillorme went 5-for-6 with three doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. Eudor Garcia had a solo homer as part of a 3-for-4, three-RBI night. Box

BROOKLYN 4, MAHONING VALLEY 2: Starter Corey Oswalt (5-1) allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings. Brooklyn took a 3-2 lead on Jeff Diehl's two-run double in the fourth. Box

GCL CARDINALS 3, GCL METS 2: Waldo Rodriguez surrendered a two-out walk-off RBI single to Magneuris Sierra in the ninth. The Mets had evened the score at 2 a half-inning earlier. Milton Ramos and Enmanuel Zabala each had two hits and scored a run. Box

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Minors 7.26.14: B-Mets' Herrera plates four

July, 26, 2014
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SALT LAKE 5, LAS VEGAS 2: Promoted to Triple-A with Darin Gorski having suffered a broken foot, Princeton product Matt Bowman took a shutout bid into the eighth inning. Things then unraveled. With Vegas leading 2-0, Bowman surrendered a leadoff homer to Ian Stewart. He then surrendered consecutive singles and departed. Zack Thornton entered and allowed both inherited runners to score in what became a four-run frame. Thornton had a throwing error, so Bowman was charged with three runs (two earned). Matt Reynolds' sixth-inning homer against Chris Volstad had staked Vegas to a 2-0 lead. The 51s loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the ninth, but Brandon Allen popped out and pinch hitter Matt den Dekker grounded into a game-ending double play. Box

BINGHAMTON 10, TRENTON 7: Dilson Herrera launched a three-run homer in the fifth to

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stake the B-Mets to a 6-2 lead. Herrera finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Brian Burgamy and T.J. Rivera drove in two runs apiece. Starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed four runs in five innings. Ryan Fraser surrendered three sixth-inning runs as Trenton took a 7-6 lead, but the B-Mets answered with four runs a half-inning later. The damage that frame included a two-run single by Rivera. Manager Pedro Lopez and Darrell Ceciliani were ejected in the seventh. Ceciliani was hit by a pitch in the inning and was tossed after being replaced by pinch runner Travis Taijeron. Box

DAYTONA 6, ST. LUCIE 3
DAYTONA 9, ST. LUCIE 1: In Game 1, the first four batters for the Cubs singled against Kevin McGowan. Kyle Schwarber’s hit scored Jacob Hannemann to tie the score at 1, and Dan Vogelbach followed with a two-run single to put the Cubs ahead. Daytona scored three more runs in the fourth. Hannemann collected another hit with an RBI single. Eudy Pina dropped Marco Hernandez’s fly ball to let in another run. Finally, Julian Hilario walked in a run with the bases loaded to give the Cubs a commanding 6-1 lead. Cam Maron delivered a two-run single in the fifth to cut the deficit to three runs. However, Felix Pena and Stephan Perakslis did not allow another baserunner for the remainder of the ballgame after Maron reached. McGowan was charged with six runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the loss. L.J. Mazzilli hit a pair of doubles, scored a run and drove in a run.

In Game 2, the Cubs jumped on the Mets early with seven runs on seven hits in the second inning. Billy McKinney started the scoring with an RBI single. Chadd Krist drew a bases-loaded walk and Jordan Hankins drove in a run on a groundout. All that damage came against Matt Koch. After a brief rain delay, play resumed and Tim Peterson took over on the mound. He was greeted by a two-run triple off the bat of Hernandez to make it 5-0. Cubs starter Tayler Scott blanked the Mets over five innings and struck out a season-high eight. He did not issue a walk and allowed five singles. The Mets avoided the shutout when Albert Cordero singled against Tyler Bremmer to plate Mazzilli in the sixth. Koch was charged with five runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings. The Mets have lost a season-high six straight games. Box 1, Box 2

LEXINGTON 1, SAVANNAH 0: Robert Gsellman limited Lexington to one run on six hits and a walk in eight innings, but suffered the tough-luck loss. The game's lone run came on consecutive doubles to open the sixth inning by Kenny Diekroeger and Frank Schwindel. Despite getting no-hit until Victor Cruzado's one-out single in the fourth, the Gnats had runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings thanks to two walks, two hit batters and two steals during that span. Cruzado finished with two of Savannah's three hits. Box

BURLINGTON 5, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Andrew Massie allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Eudor Garcia and Wuilmer Becerra had three hits apiece in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 3, VERMONT 2: Will Fulmer's two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in the second staked the Cyclones to a 2-0 lead. Corey Oswalt surrendered a run the following half-inning, but Brooklyn quickly restored the two-run lead on Tyler Moore's double, which plated Michael Conforto in the third. Conforto finished 1-for-3 with a walk and has hit safely in each of his eight professional games. Oswalt limited Vermont to two runs in six innings. Kelly Secrest contributed two scoreless relief innings. Shane Bay recorded his seventh save with a perfect ninth with two strikeouts. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL MARLINS 7: Wilfredo Tovar went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and played seven innings at shortstop in his second Gulf Coast League game since undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb. Tovar, a 40-man roster member, last played for Binghamton on May 28. Arnaldo Berrios went 3-for-5 with two RBIs as the Mets built an 8-3 lead with a six-run fifth. Nabil Crismatt and Alex Palsha combined for three no-hit relief innings. Palsha earned his fifth save. Box

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Minors 7.18.14: Gsellman has happy 21st

July, 19, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 7, SALT LAKE 6: Cory Mazzoni allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in his

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Triple-A debut. Mazzoni had been sidelined to open the season because of a right lat strain. Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer in a four-run sixth as Vegas took a 4-1 lead. Josh Satin produced a solo homer the following inning. Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to 19 games. Chasen Bradford surrendered two runs in the bottom of the eighth as Salt Lake pulled to within 6-5, but Danny Muno answered with a solo homer a half-inning later to provide breathing room. The 51s needed the cushion. Bradford also surrendered a run in the ninth and departed with two outs and the tying run on third. Ryan Reid entered and got Luis Jimenez to pop out for the final out. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: The B-Mets surrendered four runs in the seventh inning as a 10-game unbeaten streak in starts by Tyler Pill ended. Dilson Herrera went 3-for-4 with

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three RBIs in the loss. Brandon Nimmo had two RBIs and scored twice. Jake Cave had a game-opening single against Pill and advanced to third on consecutive wild pitches. Tyler Austin followed with an RBI single. The B-Mets answered in the second against Zach Nuding. Travis Taijeron singled and Rylan Sandoval and Kai Gronauer worked back-to-back walks to load the bases for Nimmo. He smacked a two-run single. Herrera followed a two-run double for 4-1 lead. After Pill retired nine straight batters, Rob Segedin doubled to lead off the sixth. He scored on Tyler Austin's double. Trailing 4-2, Trenton did the rest of its damage in the seventh. Ali Castillo singled against Adam Kolarek. After Kolarek walked the next two batters, Jon Velasquez entered. Segedin greeted him with a three-run double that gave the Thunder a 5-4 lead. Austin added an RBI single. The B-Mets trimmed their deficit to one run in the bottom half against Mark Montgomery. Nimmo walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Herrera then had an RBI single. Pill allowed two runs in six innings in a no-decision. Kolarek (1-1) was charged with three runs while recording only one out. Velasquez allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings and suffered his third blown save. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 4, ST. LUCIE 3: Jose Sermo blasted a walk-off homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth against T.J. Chism. The long ball came one inning after the Mets had erased a 3-0 deficit and tied the score in the eighth. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini left the game in the third inning. There was no injury, a team official said. The Manatees scored their first three runs all with two outs. Alfredo Rodriguez singled against Kevin McGowan to plate Cameron Garfield in the fourth. McGowan then held the Manatees in check until he walked the first two batters of the seventh. Julian Hilario entered and recorded two outs, but Michael Reed then singled to drive in both runners. The Mets rallied with two outs in the eighth. Rehabbing designated hitter Taylor Teagarden, Jared King and Cam Maron consecutively singled against Scott Leiser to get the Mets on the board. Mark Williams then entered and walked Phillip Evans to load the bases. Williams followed by plunking Aderlin Rodriguez and walking Jeff McNeil to force in two runs and even the score at 3. The rally ended when Eudy Pina flied out. In the bottom of the ninth, Chism got Brandon Macias to fly out to start the frame, but Sermo smacked a pitch from the lefty over the left-center wall for the win. McGowan was charged with three runs on four hits in six-plus innings. He walked five and struck out one. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 1: Robert Gsellman celebrated his 21st birthday with a

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season-high 10 strikeouts and the win as the Gnats snapped a five-game losing streak. Savannah grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning on sacrifice flies by Colton Plaia and Patrick Biondi. The Legends scored their lone run against Gsellman in the third inning on Elier Hernandez's infield single. Gsellman stranded two runners that inning, then found his groove. He retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced, including eight via strikeout. In the fourth, Champ Stuart singled to plate Biondi. Stuart finished 2-for-5 with a double. Matt Oberste singled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. Box

BURLINGTON at KINGSPORT (ppd.)

JAMESTOWN 12, BROOKLYN 7 (15 innings): Edioglis Villasmil was charged with five runs in the 15th. The Cyclones had forced extra innings with Will Fulmer's leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth. It was the 22nd-round pick's first professional homer. Box

GCL CARDINALS 1, GCL METS 0: With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, the Cards produced the lone run when Frankie Rodriguez had an infield single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch from Adrian Almeida and scored on an errant throw by catcher Darryl Knight. The unearned run was the lone damage against Almeida in 5 2/3 innings. Box

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Morning Briefing: Now don't stumble!

July, 11, 2014
Jul 11
5:37
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Marc Serota/Getty ImagesMiami's Jose Fernandez (left) is recovering from Tommy John surgery, but the Marlins have won the last 10 games started by Henderson Alvarez (right).
NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Mets portray themselves as still part of the NL East race.

If they want to validate a series win against the Atlanta Braves, then they better head into the All-Star break strongly by taking care of business against the Miami Marlins, too.

Zack Wheeler (4-8, 4.07 ERA) opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (6-3, 2.27) in Friday’s 7:10 p.m. series opener. The Marlins have won Alvarez’s past 10 starts. He is 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA since May 22.

Friday’s news reports:

Bartolo Colon allowed a pair of first-inning runs and that proved enough as the Atlanta Braves snapped the Mets’ season-high four-game winning streak with a 3-1 win Thursday at Citi Field. The Mets fell short of claiming their first four-game sweep against Atlanta in 25 years.

Colon has allowed 18 first-inning runs, trailing only Philadelphia’s Kyle Kendrick (23) in the majors this season. The total matches the most allowed by a Mets pitcher before the All-Star break in the past 40 years, according to STATS. Dwight Gooden in 1993 and Paul Wilson in 1996 also surrendered 18 first-inning runs.

Opponents are hitting .363 against Colon in the first inning this season, compared with .246 the remainder of his outings.

After limiting the Mets to one run in seven innings Thursday, Aaron Harang -- who finished last season with the Amazin’s -- now has held his former club to two runs and six hits in 20 innings this season.

With 70 games remaining, the Mets (42-50) trail the co-division-leading Braves and Nationals by eight games.

Read game recaps in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times, Journal and at MLB.com.

• Columnist George Willis in the Post takes the position that it is best to trade Colon this month. Writes Willis:

Trading Colon and what’s left on his two-year contract worth $20 million should be a no-brainer, but now that the Mets fancy themselves as a contender, general manager Sandy Alderson might decide to wait until they have no chance of making the postseason or wait until a team becomes desperate enough to make him an offer for Colon that he can’t refuse.

Clearly, Collins seems reluctant to move one of his more dependable starters, especially now that Jon Niese is on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. Collins is not only battling to get into a pennant race, but also is trying to keep his job and probably isn’t concerned about the young prospects a Colon trade might bring in return.


Bruce Thorson/USA TODAY SportsFirst-round pick Michael Conforto appears headed to Brooklyn, pending a physical.


• First-round pick Michael Conforto’s long-awaited deal with the Mets is complete pending a physical, a source told ESPNNewYork.com. Conforto, who receives a $2.97 million signing bonus, is expected to be assigned to the Brooklyn Cyclones. The outfielder was a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year at Oregon State.

• The heavy dependence on a handful of core relievers may be using up all of their bullets and leave the Mets in trouble down the stretch. This week, Jeurys Familia's velocity sagged in one outing. Then he had trouble loosening up for his next appearance, although the fastball zip returned. Writes Jared Diamond in the Journal about the relief workload:

Entering Thursday's series finale against the Atlanta Braves, Familia had appeared in 35 games since May 1, the most of any pitcher during that span. He worked more than one inning in 10 of those outings, giving him 46 total innings on the year -- fourth-most among National League relievers. (Famila threw 19 2/3 innings between the majors and minors in 2013 as he recovered from elbow surgery.)

Even more alarming, the leader in that category also plays for the Mets: Carlos Torres, the 31-year-old righty who entered Thursday with 57 1/3 innings out of the bullpen, the most of any reliever in baseball.

David Wright’s jersey is the eighth-most popular in the majors in terms of sales via MLB.com since Opening Day.

• Lloyd Carroll at Latino Sports reviews Sandy Alderson’s press conference from earlier this homestand.

• The Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn UCL in his pitching elbow, but will try to rehab rather than undergo Tommy John surgery. That should sound familiar to Mets fans, who watched Matt Harvey deliberate for two months before ultimately undergoing the procedure. Of course, all partial ligament tears are not created equal, and Tanaka’s tear reportedly is considered small. Read about Harvey’s advice for Tanaka in the Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Although Terry Collins pinch-hit for Ruben Tejada in the eighth inning -- leading Eric Campbell to play his first major league inning at shortstop in the ninth -- Tejada has been producing, Michael J. Fensom writes in the Star-Ledger.

• Colon batted eighth for the first time in his career, Mike Puma noted in the Post. Colon ended up coming to the plate, and striking out, with two runners aboard to end the second inning. Previously, Collins had only used pitchers Jacob deGrom and Jonathon Niese in the No. 8 slot (three times apiece).

• Starter Tyler Pill allowed four runs in the fifth inning in his Triple-A debut on Thursday, but Las Vegas already had staked him to a seven-run lead by that point en route to a 9-4 win against Reno. Brandon Allen homered and produced five RBIs in the 51s win. Travis Taijeron had a three-run homer and Darrell Ceciliani and Xorge Carrillo each had two hits and two RBIs as Binghamton beat Portland, 13-3.

John Lannan allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings, but St. Lucie lost at Bradenton, 4-1. Ricky Knapp was credited with a rain-shortened, seven-inning complete game as Savannah beat Charleston, 4-1. Starter Yoan Gonzalez allowed three runs (two earned) in four innings as Kingsport lost to Elizabethton, 4-2.

Casey Meisner allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings as Brooklyn lost at State College, 4-1. Kevin Canelon allowed two runs in the 12th inning as the GCL Mets lost to the GCL Nats, 7-5. Dash Winningham had two extra-base hits and two RBIs in the defeat.

Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Citi Field is hosting the “Bacon and Beer Classic” on July 26, while the Mets are on the road. Read more here.

• Evan Drellich in the Houston Chronicle writes that the Houston Astros and Nationals are making progress toward becoming spring-training neighbors of the Mets in a shared complex in West Palm Beach, Fla., come 2017.

• Right-hander Kevin McGowan, the Mets’ 13th-round pick in 2013 out of Franklin Pierce University, is featured in The Telegraph of Nashua, N.H.

From the bloggers … Blogging Mets says the Mets must find a way to keep Campbell in the lineup.

BIRTHDAYS: Blaine Boyer turns 33 today. … Minor-league right-hander Greg Peavey is 26. … 11th-round pick Connor Buchmann is 21. ... Donne Wall was born on this date in 1967.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Can the Mets actually make a run in the NL East?

Minors 7.9.14: Montero returns

July, 9, 2014
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RENO 15, LAS VEGAS 4: Starter Darin Gorski allowed eight runs and didn't make it out of the third inning in a late game. Gorski gave up two home runs, including one to Mark Trumbo, who is on a rehab assignment from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Omar Quintanilla pitched the final inning for the 51s. He allowed two runs on three hits and a walk. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 1; BINGHAMTON 1, PORTLAND 0: Angel Cuan pitched five scoreless innings in the B-Mets' Game 1 win. First baseman Brian Burgamy and third baseman Dustin Lawley hit home runs. Second baseman Dilson Herrera had a two-run single. Gabriel Ynoa threw a seven-inning complete-game shutout in Game 2, allowing four hits with no walks and nine strikeouts in just his second Double-A start. Rylan Sandoval's second-inning single brought home the only run of the game. Herrera's hitting streak ended at 11 games. Box 1, Box 2

BRADENTON 6, ST. LUCIE 3: Starting pitcher Kevin McGowan allowed four runs in six innings, and while three of the runs were unearned, that was because McGowan committed an error himself on a bunt attempt. Catcher Cam Maron had two of the Mets' eight hits, but also one of the Mets' three errors. Box

AUGUSTA 7, SAVANNAH 1: Starter Logan Taylor allowed five runs (four earned) in 5 2/3 innings, and the Sand Gnats were held to five hits. Matt Oberste had one of the hits, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Victor Cruzado scored the only Savannah run on a third-inning groundout by Yeixon Ruiz. Box

BROOKLYN 4, STATE COLLEGE 0: Scarlyn Reyes combined with four relievers on a nine-hit shutout. Left fielder Joe Tuschak was the Cyclones' hitting star, with a run-scoring single and a home run. Michael Bernal drove in the other two runs with a third-inning triple. Box

ELIZABETHTON 5, KINGSPORT 2: First baseman Pedro Perez had two doubles and a single for the Mets. Luis Ortega and Jean Rodriguez had two hits apiece. Starter Gaby Almonte went six innings and allowed five runs (four earned). Box

GCL CARDINALS 2, GCL METS 1 (5 inn.): Rafael Montero, who has been on the disabled list at Triple-A Las Vegas, allowed two runs on five hits in four innings. Right fielder Enmanuel Zabala drove in the only Mets run in a game shortened by rain. Box
LAS VEGAS 7, SALT LAKE 3: Greg Peavey, promoted from Double-A before the game, carried a 7-1 lead into the eighth. Allan Dykstra and Brandon Allen homered in the win. Peavey recorded the victory with a season-high eight innings pitched. He allowed eight hits, three runs, issued no walks and struck out three in 99 pitches (67 strikes). It matched the longest outing by a Las Vegas pitcher this season (also Logan Verrett vs. Memphis, June 23). Box

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 3: Dustin Lawley launched his 11th homer and finished

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with four RBIs as Binghamton won its 17th in 20 games. Binghamton loaded the bases in the second against Taylor Rogers. Rylan Sandoval then plated Brandon Nimmo and Travis Taijeron with a two-run single. In the bottom half, Reynaldo Rodriguez blasted a solo homer against Rainy Lara. Binghamton stretched its 2-1 lead with two-out production in the seventh. After Kyle Johnson was plunked with two outs and Dilson Herrera walked on four pitches, New Britain dipped into its bullpen. Jayce Boyd greeted Adrian Salcedo with an RBI single and Lawley capped the inning by ripping a two-run double. Lawley capped the B-Mets night emphatically in the ninth. Following a four-pitch walk to Boyd, the cleanup hitter crushed an 0-1 pitch from Jim Fuller over the left-field wall. Lara (5-2) surrendered one run on five hits over six innings to earn his first victory since May 17. Three B-Mets relievers combined to allow two runs over the final three innings. Lawley’s production capped a month in which he launched seven homers and collected 18 RBIs. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 2: Eudy Pina’s two-run triple in the fourth erased a 2-1 deficit.

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Pina then scored on L.J. Mazzilli’s two-out hit for a 4-2 lead. Pina also provided an insurance run with a single in the sixth that plated Maikis De La Cruz. Pina finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. He batted.375 in June. On the mound, Kevin McGowan took over for John Lannan with two outs in the fourth. McGowan did not allow a run and finished out the last 5 2/3 innings of the game. He only gave up three hits. It was McGowan’s first relief appearance of the season. He started 10 games with Savannah and won his first Florida State League start last week. Lannan cruised until running into trouble in the fourth. He allowed three straight one-out hits, the last a two-run triple by Eric Wood that put the Marauders up 2-1. McGowan entered and struck out Walker Gourley and got a groundout from Taylor Lewis to prevent Wood from scoring. Pirates top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow had trouble with his command in his start. The fireballer needed 70 pitches to get through 2 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five. The Mets had their chances to pounce on Glasnow early, but the only run they managed against him came on Gilbert Gomez's solo homer in the third. De La Cruz went 1-for-3 and scored twice. Gomez went 2-for-5. Box

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SAVANNAH 8, ROME 1: Matt Oberste had his second straight big game for the Gnats. After going 4-for-4 with six RBIs and his first homer on Sunday, Oberste followed that up with a 3-for-3 game Monday that included long ball No. 2. Champ Stuart and Dominic Smith each reached base three times. Stuart singled twice and walked while Smith singled twice and doubled into the left-field corner. Dario Alvarez continued his strong season by blanking Rome for five innings. He earned his fifth win and lowered his ERA to 0.96, with 78 strikeouts against 12 walks. The Gnats improved to 14-2 against Rome this season. Box

KINGSPORT 7, JOHNSON CITY 4
JOHNSON CITY 3, KINGSPORT 2: In Game 1, Oswaldo Caraballo had a tiebreaking two-run homer in a three-run sixth. David Roseboom tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn his first professional win. In the nightcap, K-Mets starter Andrew Massie allowed three runs in four innings. With Kingsport trailing 3-0, Luis Ortega had a two-run single in the fourth. Brandon Brosher is out with a broken fibula. Box 1, Box 2

GCL NATIONALS 3, GCL METS 2: Milton Ramos' single plated Darryl Knight to even the score at 2 in the top of the seventh, but the Nats retook the lead in the bottom half against Darwin Ramos. Former Pirates farmhand Blake Taylor allowed two unearned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He allowed no hits, but issued three walks. Box

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Minors 6.23.14: Taijeron HR paces B-Mets

June, 24, 2014
Jun 24
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LAS VEGAS 8, MEMPHIS 5 (10 innings): Matt den Dekker produced a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. Cesar Puello and den Dekker had raced home on the same wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth as Vegas tied the score at 5 and sent the game to extra innings. After inheriting a runner on first and a one-run lead from starter Logan Verrett in the top of the inning, Scott Rice ultimately surrendered a three-run homer to Scott Moore as Memphis took a 5-3 lead. Travis d'Arnaud flied out in his lone at-bat before being informed he was being called up. Juan Centeno entered for d'Arnaud as a pinch hitter in the fourth inning. A walk to Josh Satin with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth -- the fourth walk of the inning by Memphis -- had given Vegas a 3-2 lead. Satin's fourth-inning throwing error had allowed Randal Grichuk to reach base. Oscar Taveras followed with a run-scoring double against 51s starter Logan Verrett. Trailing 2-0, Vegas evened the score in the sixth on Brandon Allen's two-run single. Verrett limited Memphis to three runs (two earned) on five hits in eight-plus innings. That included one run surrendered by Rice on the homer. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, READING 8: Travis Taijeron launched a three-run homer in a six-run first inning, Brian Burgamy homered twice to increase his team-leading total to 13 and

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Dustin Lawley contributed a solo shot. The B-Mets scored in each of the first six innings en route to their sixth win in seven games. Rehabbing Juan Lagares played all nine innings in center field and went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored. Reading scratched out an early lead against Binghamton starter Rainy Lara. Peter Lavin hit a 1-1 pitch over right-field wall to make the score 1-0. The next batter, Aaron Altherr, doubled and scored on a single by Jake Fox to put the Fightin Phils on top, 2-0. Binghamton cashed in on Jesse Biddle’s wildness in the bottom half. After the southpaw walked three of the first four batters of the frame, Jayce Boyd blooped an RBI single and Darrell Ceciliani threaded a run-producing hit to the right side. Following Lawley's sac fly, Taijeron hammered a pitch to left field to make it a 6-2 ballgame. The B-Mets picked up where they left off in the second inning. Lagares singled to start things off and moved to third on a throwing error by Biddle. Dilson Herrera doubled to plate Lagares. The next batter, Burgamy, hit a two-run shot to extend the lead to 9-2. Lara went 3 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs on six hits in his first game back from the disabled list. Biddle (3-9) gave up 10 runs in three innings and walked three in the loss. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, JUPITER 4: Jupiter put the first two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth against T.J. Chism, but the Brian Schneider-managed Hammerheads opted not to

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have Colin Moran bunt. Instead, Moran flied out to center. Paul Sewald entered and induced Blake Barber to fly out. Sharif Othman then grounded out to shortstop Gavin Cecchini to strand the tying run at second base. The Mets, now winners of nine of their last 10 games, trailed 3-1 in the sixth. Cam Maron blasted a two-run double against Matt Milroy to even the score. Aderlin Rodriguez followed with a two-run single. The Hammerheads scored an unearned run against Tim Peterson in the bottom half to move within a run. Peterson recovered by striking out Terrence Dayleg with the bases loaded to end the inning. Robert Coles pitched a scoreless seventh and recorded two outs in the eighth. Chism came on and got the final out of the frame by striking out Viosergy Rosa with the tying run at third. Kevin McGowan earned the victory in his St. Lucie debut. He gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings. All three runs came in the fifth. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second on Gilbert Gomez's sac fly. That score held until the fifth. Rehabbing Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich drove in Noah Perio to tie the score at 1. Three batters later, Matt Juengel gave the Hammerheads a 3-1 lead with a two-run triple. Maron extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Sewald recorded his second save in two outings. Box

SAVANNAH at CHARLESTON (ppd.)

BLUEFIELD 7, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Andrew Church allowed four runs on 10 hits, a walk and two hit batters in four innings. Reliever Ruben Reyes allowed three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He surrendered one hit -- a homer -- one walk and hit one batter. Brandon Brosher had a two-run homer -- his fourth long ball in 15 at-bats this season with Kingsport. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 1, BROOKLYN 0 (10 innings): Corey Oswalt tossed seven scoreless innings, scattering three hits and striking out eight, but the Cyclones fell in extra innings. In the top of the 10th, with Scarlyn Reyes pitching his third inning in relief, Coty Blanchard singled with two outs and stole second. Clayton Henning then doubled to left-center to plate the game's lone run. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL MARLINS 3: Starter Adrian Almeida tossed three scoreless innings. Waldo Rodriguez earned the win with a scoreless fourth. Bret Mitchell completed the game with two no-hit innings. Alfredo Reyes, Manuel Hilario and Gregory Valencia had two RBIs apiece. Box

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Cecchini also promoted in minors shuffling

June, 19, 2014
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MIAMI -- The mass promotions in the Mets organization included a pair of first-round picks:

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While 2011 top pick Brandon Nimmo is headed from St. Lucie to Binghamton, 2012 top pick Gavin Cecchini was promoted from Savannah to St. Lucie.

Cecchini, a 20-year-old shortstop, hit .259 with three homers, 25 RBIs and seven steals in 228 at-bats with low-A Savannah.

Here are the full minor-league transactions:

Las Vegas adds:
Matt Reynolds, IF, from Binghamton

Binghamton adds:
Randy Fontanez, RHP, from St. Lucie
Dilson Herrera, IF, from St. Lucie
Steven Matz, LHP, from St. Lucie
Nimmo, OF, from St. Lucie
T.J. Rivera, IF, from St. Lucie

St. Lucie adds:
Cecchini, SS from Savannah
T.J. Chism, LHP, from Binghamton
Robert Coles, RHP, from Savannah
L.J. Mazzilli, 2B, from Savannah
Jeff McNeil, IF, from Savannah
Kevin McGowan, RHP from Savannah
Tim Peterson, RHP, from Savannah

Savannah adds:
Hunter Carnevale, RHP, from St. Lucie
Alex Panteliodis, LHP, from St. Lucie
Yeixon Ruiz, IF, from St. Lucie
Nelfi Zapata, C, from Binghamton

Also, Binghamton placed Angel Cuan, LHP, on the disabled list with a left knee contusion.

Morning Briefing: Niese Day in St. Louis

June, 17, 2014
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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?

Farm report: Reynolds surges with B-Mets

June, 11, 2014
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NEW YORK -- One year certainly has made a dramatic difference for 23-year-old middle infielder Matt Reynolds, the Mets’ second-round pick in 2012 out of the University of Arkansas.

A year ago, in his first full professional season, Reynolds hit only .226 in 433 at-bats with Class A St. Lucie.

This season, he has a .361 average in 194 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton. Add in 27 walks and Reynolds has a .437 on-base percentage. The batting average is tied for second in all of minor league baseball.

Reynolds indicated his offseason work with Rick Strickland in St. Louis paid big dividends.


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Reynolds’ agent, Jason Wood, sent him to work with Strickland. Another client, the Phillies’ Cody Asche, also had success working with the part-time Mets scout and former Yankees minor leaguer.

“Luis Rivera, our [Binghamton] hitting coach, has been huge with me, too,” Reynolds added. “We’ve just been working on staying through the middle, having a confident approach at the plate, and really just getting a good pitch to drive. And if they don’t give it to me, and I get to two strikes, just battle and find a way to get on base.

“I’m trying to keep a positive attitude, even when things are going bad. So far things really haven’t gone too bad. So it’s pretty easy to keep a positive mental state. But even when things start going bad, just to stay positive and keep working.”

Reynolds missed six days last week with a back issue, but he has come back on fire. He is 11-for-24 in five games since returning.

“It was just muscle tightness,” Reynolds said. “They never really said specifically what it was, but they said if I kept having pain to take time off until I was better. I think I took four days off and felt 100 percent. I feel a lot better now.”

Reynolds “definitely” continues to aspire to be a shortstop, although deficiencies may result in him playing elsewhere. He also sees roughly two games a week at second base with the B-Mets.

“I only played a couple of games in college at second, but I worked there a lot and practiced and everything,” Reynolds said. “I actually played summer ball at second. So I have a little background at second. I just had to get used to it again after playing third and short in college and everything. It’s nothing different to me -- just another position to help my value and to get better.”

Asked what he wanted to still polish in the minors, Reynolds added: “I really want to improve on being able to pull the ball a little bit better, and my defense, obviously. I want to stay at shortstop or even at second base. And I know there are a lot of things that I need to work on, like my hands and footwork, to be able to stay at that position. I know that may not come today or tomorrow, but eventually I feel like I’ll be able to get everything I need to do to play at those positions.”

Reynolds is athletic. A point guard in high school, he indicated he had invitations to walk on to basketball programs at Iowa State, Furman and Butler.

“After my sophomore year [of high school], I was almost for sure that I was going to play basketball in college,” Reynolds said. “I was close to playing basketball in college. And then I had a good junior year. And in the summer of my junior year I was talking to some professional scouts and they said I really had a chance of being a good player in baseball. I sat down with my parents and decided that baseball was probably my best route to go -- better than basketball – because I was a 6-foot guy trying to make it in an NBA where the point guards are 6-8 now. So it would be have been tough for me.”

Organization leaders

Average: Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .361; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .353; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .351; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, .344; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .341; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .327; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .313; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, .304; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .302; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, .299.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 13; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 9; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 9; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 9.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 46; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 45; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 43; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, 40; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 39.

Steals: Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 14; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 14; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 13; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 11; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, 9.

ERA: Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 2.13; Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 2.14; John Gant, Savannah, 2.36; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.81; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 3.24; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 3.45; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 3.99; Luis Cessa, St. Lucie, 4.08; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 4.44; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 4.47.

Wins: Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 6; John Gant, Savannah, 6; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 6.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 11; Robert Coles, Savannah, 11; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 9; Vic Black, Vegas, 7; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 64; Miller Diaz, Savannah, 59; Dana Eveland, Vegas, 58; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 58; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 57.

Short hops

Sandy Alderson indicated the Mets are within days of signing first-round pick Michael Conforto, an outfielder from Oregon State. The GM added that third-round pick Milton Ramos, a prep shortstop from Florida, is even closer to being signed. Other picks already in or en route to Port St. Lucie include Eudor Garcia (fourth round), Josh Prevost (fifth), Dash Winningham (eighth), Erik Manoah (13th), Darryl Knight (14th), David Roseboom (17th), Tyler Badamo (24th) and Matt Blackham (29th).

• Discussing his rationale for the first time for demoting Travis d’Arnaud, Alderson said: “He needs to go down without the pressure of playing every day at the major league level, get his swing back, get his confidence back, and I would expect that he’ll be back -- hopefully -- relatively soon. It’s not unusual. Sometimes we expect that guys will come up and everything will click immediately with a young player and it’s nothing but an upward trajectory. And that doesn’t always happen. I think we have to recognize that and be a little patient. As far as we’re concerned, there’s no reason Travis can’t come back and be a very productive player for us.”

• After seven weeks mysteriously away from the organization, John Lannan threw roughly 45 pitches off a mound at the Mets’ Florida complex on Tuesday morning. In a post-throwing-session interview with the St. Lucie News Tribune’s Jon Santucci, Lannan declined to disclose his whereabouts during his absence. The Mets have labeled it a personal/family matter. Lannan will work as a starter in the minors. He will pitch in the Gulf Coast League or Florida State League to ramp up before being dispatched to Las Vegas.

“Let’s call it a mini-spring training -- just stretch out and see how it goes,” Lannan told Santucci. “I’ve been throwing, so now I’m just going to get back in the swing of things, face some batters and get my pitch count up. My arm feels good. I just have to get back on a five-day rotation and get my pitch count going.”

• Shortstop Amed Rosario, temporarily with Savannah, is expected to highlight the roster of the Brooklyn Cyclones, who open play Friday at Staten Island. The 18-year-old Rosario signed two years ago for $1.75 million, a franchise record for an international teenager. The Cyclones also will include 2013 third-round pick Casey Meisner, a right-hander out of high school in Texas, as well as infielder Jhoan Urena, catcher Tomas Nido, outfielder Joe Tuschak and right-handers Marcos Molina, Corey Oswalt and Brandon Welch.

Kingsport opens play June 19, with the Gulf Coast League season beginning the following day.

• Vegas reliever Jeff Walters, a 40-man roster member, is debating whether to proceed with Tommy John surgery or to try to rehab after being diagnosed with an ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right elbow. Walters unwittingly had been pitching through the tear this season. He produced an 8.86 ERA in 23 Pacific Coast League relief appearances. He had 38 saves last season with Binghamton.

• 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo remains sidelined since getting struck with a pitch in the right wrist Friday by Dunedin’s Matt Boyd. X-rays were negative, but the wrist remains tender and Nimmo is unable to swing. Also injured with St. Lucie, reliever Beck Wheeler and shortstop Phillip Evans have landed on the DL with right-knee strains.

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Minors 6.9.14: 'D' falters behind Montero

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COLORADO SPRINGS 11, LAS VEGAS 5: Rafael Montero allowed six runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks in three innings in his second start since rejoining Vegas. Third baseman Zach Lutz committed two errors behind Montero. Travis d'Arnaud had a pinch-hit single in his season debut with the 51s. Chasen Bradford allowed three eighth-inning runs in his Triple-A debut. Lutz and Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered in the loss. Vegas has lost 17 of its last 22. Box

AKRON 10, BINGHAMTON 2: Hansel Robles loaded the bases in the first inning but limited the damage to one run, on a fielder’s choice by Tony Wolters. Robles settled down after his bumpy start and held the RubberDucks hitless over the next three innings. That success ended in the fifth when he walked Jordan Smith and surrendered a two-run homer to Tyler Naquin for a 3-0 lead. RubberDucks starter Duke von Schamann silenced the B-Mets through five scoreless innings. Following a walk to open his start, he retired 10 straight B-Mets until Kevin Plawecki singled. Binghamton finally got to the 6-foot-5 righty in the sixth. After Kyle Johnson was thrown out attempting to steal second, von Schamann reopened the door by walking Brian Burgamy with two outs. Plawecki followed with a run-scoring double. Dustin Lawley cut Akron’s lead to 3-2 in the seventh by launching his fifth homer of the season. Akron answered in the bottom half against Chase Huchingson, who was making his first Double-A appearance since before last season's 50-game suspension for a drug of abuse. Jordan Smith reached on an error. Ollie Linton followed with a single. Smith raced from first to third and dashed home when Travis Taijeron’s throw from right bounced off his back and rolled away. Francisco Lindor capped the inning with an RBI single. The RubberDucks then produced a five-run eighth. Wolters launched a two-run homer against Huchingson and Linton tacked on a two-run double against Adam Kolarek. Robles (3-4) was tagged for three runs on three hits over six innings. B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez was ejected in the sixth by home plate umpire Alex Tosi for arguing a foul-ball call. Plawecki notched his team-leading 20th multi-hit game. Box

PALM BEACH 9, ST. LUCIE 5: Domingo Tapia and Hunter Carnevale each surrendered three-run homers. Tapia (2-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. All four runs he gave up came with two outs in the third. Breyvic Valera drove in a run on a comebacker that deflected off Tapia . Two batters later, Alex Mejia clubbed a three-run homer to put the Cardinals up 4-3. That score held until the seventh. Carnevale gave up a hit and walked two to load the bases with no outs. Mejia drove in a run with a groundout. Bruce Caldwell then launched his three-run homer for an 8-3 lead. Mejia added his fifth RBI in the eighth on a single against Alex Panteliodis. The Mets got a couple of runs back against Kyle Barraclough in their half of the eighth. Aderlin Rodriguez drove in T.J. Rivera with a double. Cole Frenzel made it a perfect 4-for-4 night when his single brought in Rodriguez. However, Barraclough got Eudy Pina to pop out to end the threat. In the ninth, Danny Miranda induced a game-ending double-play ball off the bat of Rivera. The Mets scored the first three runs in the second on RBI doubles by Frenzel and Maikis De La Cruz and a run-scoring single by Yeixon Ruiz. However, Ruiz was caught in a rundown and tagged out and Gilbert Gomez grounded out to put the brakes on the inning. Rehabbing Gonzalez Germen entered with two outs and two runners on in the sixth and retired the lone batter he faced. Box

KANNAPOLIS 4, SAVANNAH 2: Starter Kevin McGowan allowed four runs on seven hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered a pair of home runs. Dominic Smith went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the loss. Tim Peterson tossed 3 1/3 no-hit relief innings, striking out six. Box

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NEW YORK -- Right-hander Jon Velasquez has considered retiring from professional baseball at least twice in the past few years, first after playing independent ball for the Rockland Boulders in 2012, then again when he went to winter ball last November to pitch for Santurce in Puerto Rico.

Eight months later, the 28-year-old Bronx native is pitching in Double-A for the Binghamton Mets, where he has a 3-2 record and 3.52 ERA in 19 appearances. He has produced a 0.913 WHIP.

He throws a fastball that sits at 93-94 mph, cutter and changeup while working in relief.


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“I wasn’t in the right state of mind. I thought the game was getting a bit unfair to me,” Velasquez said about his flirtations with walking away. “But I only know myself to play baseball and I knew this is what I wanted to do. Graduating from college and having student loans, it’s hard to deal with. It was getting hard to make ends meet at the time. That was pretty much what it came down to, because I wasn’t making much in indy ball.”

After graduating from Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx, Velasquez played college ball, picking up an associate degree in entertainment and sports promotion management, then a bachelor’s degree in management from Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Undrafted, he signed with the Phillies and rose to the Florida State League. In 2010 with Clearwater, he went 3-9 with a 3.19 ERA in 45 appearances (five starts) for the high-A club.

Velasquez subsequently was released. He pitched for Rockland in the Can-Am League in 2011 and ’12 and was prepared to walk away and get a regular job when his manager, former major league pitcher Dave LaPoint, called with an opportunity to finish the season with Camden in the Atlantic League.

Velasquez enjoyed the experience and returned for 2013.

“I was thinking about retiring and just moving on with life and getting a regular job,” Velasquez said. “My manager, Dave LaPoint, called me up like 12 days after our Can-Am season and asked me if I wanted to go out and play in the Atlantic League. I was like, ‘Sure.’ So I went there and played and had such a great time. I had a newfound love for the game after I went to Camden. They asked me if I wanted to play in 2013.”

Still, though, independent ball can be a difficult way to make a living. And Velasquez still did not get an offer from a major league club to join its farm system, even though he posted a 1.95 ERA in 61 relief appearances last year with Camden.

He resolved to go to winter ball in Puerto Rico to try to draw interest. If that did not work, he was done with pro baseball.

The decision worked out. The Minnesota Twins signed Velasquez less than a month after he arrived in Puerto Rico. Then things got interesting.

Because he had signed only a week or so before the winter meetings, Velasquez was exposed for the minor-league phases of the Rule 5 draft. The Mets selected him. Velasquez, not expecting such a move, found out via Facebook while trying to reach a Spanish-language baseball site’s alert on his phone. Velasquez is of Puerto Rican descent but not perfectly fluent in Spanish.

“I had a notification on Facebook and I clicked on it,” Velasquez said. “Usually they just put things up if I pitched the night before with how I did. I was like, ‘I didn’t pitch yesterday. Why did they tag me?’ And I started reading it. It was in Spanish, and I’m not really fluent. It takes me a little bit to understand. So I was reading through it and I kind of saw something about the Mets. As soon as I was like, ‘Wait, what’s going on?’ my agent called me.”

Organization leaders

Average: Andrew Brown, Vegas, .359; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .356; Eric Campbell, Vegas, .355; Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .352; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .351; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .346; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, .335; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .332; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .331; Wilfredo Tovar, Binghamton, .313.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 13; Taylor Teagarden, Vegas, 8; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 8; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 8.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 44; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 44.

Steals: Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 14; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 13; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 13; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, 9.

ERA: Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 1.66; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 1.73; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.44; John Gant, Savannah, 2.67; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 2.70; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 3.09; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 3.88; Luis Cessa, St. Lucie, 3.98; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 4.02.

Wins: Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 6; Miller Diaz, Savannah, 5; John Gant, Savannah, 5; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 5; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 5.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 11; Robert Coles, Savannah, 10; Vic Black, Vegas, 7; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 7; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 59; Dana Eveland, Vegas, 58; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 57; Miller Diaz, Savannah, 53; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 52.

Short hops

• St. Lucie will have seven players in the Florida State League All-Star Game on June 14 in Bradenton, Fla.: second baseman Dilson Herrera, center fielder Brandon Nimmo, infielder T.J. Rivera, catcher Cam Maron, left-hander Steven Matz and right-handers Matt Koch and Randy Fontanez.

• Savannah placed seven players in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will be played June 16 in Hickory, N.C.: right-handers Kevin McGowan, Miller Diaz, Akeel Morris and Robert Coles, left-hander Dario Alvarez, third baseman Jeff McNeil and shortstop Gavin Cecchini. Gnats manager Luis Rojas will lead the Southern Division team.

Nimmo resumed playing Monday after missing three days with pinkeye. Rivera also just returned from a three-game absence because of soreness.

Frank Viola, who underwent open-heart surgery on April 2, is due to join Las Vegas on Friday as pitching coach. Viola and Mike Piazza first will represent the Mets on the opening day of the draft Thursday at Secaucus, N.J.

• The player to be named in the Ike Davis trade with the Pirates will not be announced immediately after the draft. The PTBN can be announced a year after he signed his first pro contract, not a year after he was drafted. If it does turn out to be Connecticut prep right-hander Neil Kozikowski, which has been speculated, he signed June 21. So the Mets would have to wait until the one-year anniversary to receive him. Kozikowski was selected in the eighth round and signed for an over slot $425,000 in 2013.

Rafael Montero walked four in 5 1/3 innings in his return to Las Vegas on Tuesday night. Combined between the Mets and 51s this season, Montero has walked 33 in 67 innings, or 4.4 per nine innings. That is the highest rate of his career by a wide margin. The rate was 1.6 per nine innings in 2011, 1.4 in 2012 and 2.0 in 2013.

Noah Syndergaaard is due to reenter the Vegas rotation Thursday after dealing with a forearm strain.

Cory Mazzoni, who suffered a lat-muscle injury starting for the Mets in the final Grapefruit League game, is due to pitch an inning in extended spring training on Wednesday for the first time since suffering the injury.

Rob Whalen, who raced to a 4-0 start with a 1.80 ERA through 20 innings with Savannah before developing an infection in his pitching hand, has been cleared to start throwing on flat ground.

Amed Rosario is not yet done with Savannah, even though he was transferred off their roster temporarily to clear a spot. The 18-year-old shortstop still will be joining Brooklyn when the New York-Penn League season opens June 13 at Staten Island. Rosario struck out in all five at-bats in his lone South Atlantic League appearance so far.

Jairo Perez, who missed two weeks in April with a right hamstring pull, now has enough at-bats to qualify for the Florida State League leaderboard. Perez checks in at No. 2, with a .351 average. Rivera, his teammate, is first overall at .356. Nimmo ranks fourth in the league at .332.

Minors 6.3.14: McGowan tames Tourists

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RENO 6 LAS VEGAS 5: Rafael Montero allowed three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings in his return to Vegas. He threw 99 pitches (63 strikes). Kai Gronauer's sac fly in the bottom of the ninth pulled Vegas within a run, but the tying run was stranded on first base when Zach Lutz flied out. Box

BINGHAMTON 15, ALTOONA 6: Matt Clark and Kevin Plawecki had four hits apiece as the B-Mets hammered out a season-high 19 hits and snapped an eight-game road losing

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streak. Plawecki launched his sixth homer and collected four RBIs. The Curve did tag Tyler Pill for three first-inning runs. Meanwhile, Altoona starter Zack Dodson kept the B-Mets in check before unraveling in the fifth. A throwing error by third baseman Jarek Cunningham started the frame. Darrell Ceciliani followed by launching his second homer of the season, cutting Altoona’s lead to 3-2. Two batters later, Matt Reynolds -- returning from a five-game absence for a back issue -- started a hit barrage. Reynolds singled and Plawecki, Dustin Lawley and Cory Vaughn followed with consecutive run-producing hits. Vaughn’s RBI single ended Dodson’s night. Joan Montero took over and allowed both inherited runners to score. Pill put his rocky first inning in the rearview mirror and cruised through his final five innings. Following his two-out walk in the opening frame, he retired 15 of the final 17 batters he faced, including 11 straight at one point. Clark and Plawecki collected RBI singles against Montero in the sixth. Brian Burgamy added a run-scoring single in the seventh against Matt Benedict. Vaughn had an RBI double in the eighth. After Pill departed, Hamilton Bennett tossed a scoreless seventh. The lefty surrendered a three-run homer in the eighth following an inning-extending error by Reynolds at shortstop. The B-Mets teed off against outfielder Andy Vasquez in the ninth after the he was summoned to pitch. Plawecki launched a two-run homer and Vaughn crushed his third homer of the season. Pill (3-5) allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. It was the most runs the B-Mets have scored since they plated 15 against New Hampshire on April 21, 2013. Lawley had been activated from the DL before the game. Box

DAYTONA 6, ST. LUCIE 5: Domingo Tapia walked five while lasting 2 1/3 innings and the Mets issued 10 walks as a staff. Four of the walks issued by Tapia scored. The Mets churned out 11 hits but could never come up with a big inning. In the fourth, the Mets stranded the bases loaded when Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera both popped out. In the eighth, Rivera popped out to the pitcher with the Mets trailing 6-5, two outs and the tying run on second. Tapia walked Pin-Chieh Chen to start the game. Chen came in to score on Dan Vogelbach’s two-out single. The Mets responded in their half when Nimmo doubled and Jairo Perez singled to plate him. All seven batters Tapia faced in the third reached -- four on walks and three on singles. Tapia was lifted for Julian Hilario, who walked Rock Shoulders with the bases loaded to force home Vogelbach. Hilario settled down to get a fly out and a strikeout and get out of the inning down 5-1. Perez drove in Dilson Herrera in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 5-2. In the fourth, Herrera made it 5-3 when he singled against Austin Kirk to drive in Phillip Evans. Vogelbach led off the fifth with a double against Hilario. After a groundout moved him to third, he scored on Jeimer Candelario’s grounder to put the Cubs in front 6-3. Eudy Pina belted a solo homer against Starling Peralta in sixth to make it 6-4. Nimmo drove in Pina in the eighth with a two-out single for the final margin. Hunter Carnevale and Chase Huchingson each pitched two innings of scoreless, no-hit relief. Nimmo went 3-for-5. Perez went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Box

SAVANNAH 3, ASHEVILLE 2: On the day he was selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, Savannah right-hander Kevin McGowan baffled Asheville over 8 1/3 innings.

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The victory pushed the Gnats’ lead over the Tourists for first place to six games with 14 games to play for the Gnats and 13 for Asheville. McGowan retired the first 14 batters, until Jordan Patterson doubled. McGowan held the Tourists scoreless until the sixth, when a single run cut the Gnats’ advantage to 2-1. He struck out three and walked one. The Gnats (38-17) scored their first two runs in the first inning. Gavin Cecchini walked and Jeff McNeil doubled to put two in scoring position. L.J. Mazzilli then sent a chopper to third base that Ryan McMahon threw away, allowing Cecchini and McNeil to score. The Gnats extended their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth, again with the help of an error. This time Mazzilli reached when first baseman Corelle Prime kicked a grounder. Mazzilli came around to score on Jorge Rivero’s single. McGowan began the ninth by giving up a single to Cesar Galvez. He then struck out Ramiel Tapia. At that point, with Galvez at second, McGowan reached his pitch limit and gave way to Akeel Morris. The right-hander induced a pair of groundouts, the first of which scored Galvez, who had gone to third on defensive indifference. Morris picked up his second save. Mazzilli went 0-for-4 to lose a 12-game hitting streak. Box

Compiled with team reports
NEW YORK -- Jeff McNeil grew up on a par-three golf course. As a high-school-age golfer, he qualified for the United States Junior Amateur -- “which is kind of like the U.S. Open for anyone under 18,” he noted. He remains a scratch golfer.

So McNeil was looking forward to golfing in college, until his athletic trajectory changed the summer before his senior year of high school in California. In fact, before ever playing in a high school game, McNeil received an offer to play Division I baseball.

McNeil had decided to play scout baseball during the summer before his senior year of high school on a team with his younger brother Ryan, who was entering his sophomore year.


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“Just the way it worked out, I ended up getting seen by a scout from Cal State Northridge,” McNeil said.

McNeil chose to play baseball over golf during his senior year. He graduated and began playing baseball at Long Beach State, because the Northridge coach was dismissed and he was let out of his commitment. McNeil hit .271 as a freshman and .258 as a sophomore in utility roles. He then hit .348 with a .398 on-base percentage his junior season with Long Beach State and was selected by the Mets in the 12th round last year.

Through 42 games with low-A Savannah this season, the 22-year-old McNeil is hitting .329 with two homers and 23 RBIs in 164 at-bats. He has a .403 on-base percentage. He regularly has played third base, after manning second base last year at short-season Kingsport following the draft.

“I was playing national golf tournaments and all that stuff,” McNeil said. “I didn’t really think anything of baseball. It’s just funny how things work out like that and I started playing baseball again and ended up doing extremely well.”

McNeil went homerless through three seasons in college and his first season as a pro. His Savannah teammates were aware. So they razzed him when he finally went deep for the first time since high school with two outs in the ninth inning on April 13 at Rome, Ga.

“I was a little bit in shock -- ‘Hey, it went out,’” McNeil said. “I was pretty excited. My teammates gave me a hard time. They were aware. Two games earlier I hit one off the top of the wall.

“It’s been a while. We play at one of the biggest fields in the nation in Long Beach, so I’ve hit some balls that should have gone out some places. It’s real difficult to hit it out at Long Beach.”

At Long Beach State, McNeil played a lot of second base and left field his first two seasons. His junior year he mostly played center field and right field. He also filled in at shortstop for an injured starter.

“At Long Beach, every game I didn’t know where I was going to play,” McNeil said.

Although two years younger, brother Ryan beat McNeil to professional baseball by a year. Ryan, a right-handed pitcher, was drafted in the third round by the Cubs in 2012. Ryan just passed the one-year anniversary of his May 17, 2013 Tommy John surgery. He is in the Cubs’ extended-spring-training program right now and should break camp with a short-season team within weeks.

As for McNeil’s golf game, he still has occasion to play, including with teammates during spring training. As a scratch golfer, he puts on a show.

“I’ve had some good rounds in spring training,” he said.

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .361; Andrew Brown, Vegas, .355; Eric Campbell, Vegas, .355; Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .351; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .340; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, .336; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .329; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .323; Zach Lutz, Vegas, .317; Wilfredo Tovar, Binghamton, .313.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 10; Taylor Teagarden, Vegas, 8; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 8; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 8.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 42; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 42.

Steals: Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 12; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 11; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 11; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, 8; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 7.

ERA: Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 1.57; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 1.95; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 2.22; John Gant, Savannah, 2.49; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 2.83; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 3.12; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 3.67; Dana Eveland, Vegas, 3.91; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 4.02.

Wins: Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 6; Miller Diaz, Savannah, 5; John Gant, Savannah, 5; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 5.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 10; Robert Coles, Savannah, 9; Vic Black, Vegas, 7; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 6; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Dana Eveland, Vegas, 58; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 57; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 54; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 47; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 47.

Short hops

• Shortstop Amed Rosario was slated to make his Savannah debut on Tuesday, but the game was washed away. The 18-year-old Rosario, who tore up extended spring training, is ticketed for Brooklyn, but is making a cameo in the South Atlantic League en route. He signed for $1.75 million out of the Dominican Republic, a franchise record for an international teenager.

• 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo (.340, 4 HR, 23 RBIs, .468 OBP) departed Tuesday’s St. Lucie game in the third inning with what the team labeled a sprained left ankle.

• With Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero in the majors, Noah Syndergaard now sidelined at least briefly with a forearm issue that requires shoulder strengthening and Cory Mazzoni out since spring training with a lat-muscle issue, the Las Vegas rotation is in flux. After tossing a nine-inning shutout with Binghamton, left-hander Darin Gorski has been promoted to the 51s, swapping spots with Greg Peavey. Also in the rotation at the moment: Logan Verrett, Giancarlo Alvarado, Joel Carreno and Dana Eveland. Las Vegas (33-19) snapped a season-high six-game losing streak Tuesday.

• St. Lucie’s Dilson Herrera, acquired from the Pirates last August with Vic Black, leads all of the minors with 71 hits. Teammate T.J. Rivera, a Bronx native, is runner-up with 70.

• Triple-A catcher Taylor Teagarden (.295, 8 HR, 19 RBIs, .411 OBP) has a June 15 out in his contract if he is not promoted to the majors by that date. The Padres recruited Teagarden heavily last offseason, so that may be an option if he declares free agency.

• Las Vegas outfielder Cesar Puello started Tuesday for the first time in five days. He has dealt with a little soreness, but was healthy enough to play. The decision to hold him out was made by manager Wally Backman, who preferred other outfield options. Although Puello is hitting .264 with one homer and 10 RBIs in 125 at-bats, a team insider said in explaining the playing time: “Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt den Dekker and Andrew Brown are better. Brandon Allen and Allan Dykstra are better. Puello stats don’t even do justice to how bad he has been. Lots of broken bats. Lots of infield hits. His hits have been against bad pitchers. He is overmatched.”

• Binghamton catcher Kevin Plawecki has been unstoppable this month. If you include his still-unofficial stats from Tuesday’s 2-for-2, five-RBI performance in a game that was suspended in the second inning, the Purdue product is hitting .407 (35-for-86) with 10 doubles, five homers and 27 RBIs in May. A workhorse, he has played without a day off for 14 straight days (12 days of catching and two days at DH with Travis d’Arnaud rehabbing with the B-Mets -- albeit with two games off in the nightcap of doubleheaders).

• Left-hander Alex Panteliodis, a ninth-round pick from the University of Florida in 2011, was activated off the St. Lucie DL and earned a win over Clearwater in his first start of the season. He went 6 1/3 innings and allowed two runs.

• Before going hitless in three at-bats Tuesday, St. Lucie catcher Cam Maron had been hitting .429 in a seven-game span to lift his average to .281. The Hicksville, Long Island, native went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and was a home run short of the cycle Saturday.

• Left-handed reliever Chase Huchingson has looked rusty in two appearances since returning from a 50-game suspension for violations involving a drug of abuse. He surrendered three hits and two runs in an inning Thursday, then allowed a run in one inning Saturday.

• Right-hander Kevin McGowan, a 13th-round pick last year from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, has tossed 33 2/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run with Savannah. Another lengthy streak ended this week with the Gnats. Virgin Islands native Akeel Morris allowed his first run Saturday after opening the season with 24 1/3 scoreless innings.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
11 3.85 125 161
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .299
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 70
RD. Murphy 71
OPSL. Duda .834
ERAJ. Niese 3.47
SOZ. Wheeler 148