New York Mets: Kip Wells

Minors 5.26.13: Q, Satin, Kirk homer

May, 26, 2013
LAS VEGAS 13, SALT LAKE 9: Omar Quintanilla had a three-run homer and Josh Satin and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had solo shots as Las Vegas (23-25) pounded out 16 hits. Six starters had multi-hit games: Collin Cowgill (2-for-5), Satin (2-for-4, 1 BB, 2 RBIs), Wilmer Flores (2-for-4, 1 RBI), Jamie Hoffmann (2-for-4, 1 BB), Quintanilla (4-for-4, 3 RBIs) and Francisco Pena (2-for-5, 2 RBIs). 51s starter D.J. Mitchell allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings. Ex-major leaguer Kip Wells surrendered the homers to Satin and Nieuwenhuis. Zach Lutz departed in the fourth with an oblique injury. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 0: Rafael Montero, Chase Huchingson and Jack Leathersich combined on a four-hit shutout. Allan Dykstra and Darrell Ceciliani homered in a three-run eighth to chase knuckleballer Charlie Haeger. The B-Mets had opened the scoring in the first when Josh Rodriguez singled, advanced to second on a hit by pitch and scored two wild pitches later. Rodriguez (1-for-3, 1 BB) also scored in the third on a wild pitch. Montero (5-3) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out a season-high eight in six innings. It was Montero's first start with the B-Mets (28-22) since returning from a spot start with Las Vegas. He escaped a first-inning jam with two runners in scoring position and none out. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, BRADENTON 2: Travis Taijeron went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs, including a two-run single in the fifth that gave St. Lucie a 5-2 lead. Rylan Sandoval (2-for-3, 2 BB) drove in the go-ahead run earlier in the frame. Sandoval also scored twice Sunday. Starter Matt Bowman improved to 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA since a promotion from Savannah. He allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six in seven innings. Bowman is 7-0 in nine starts between the two Class A levels this season. Hamilton Bennett and Ryan Fraser contributed no-hit relief innings for St. Lucie (28-20). Box

AUGUSTA 3, SAVANNAH 1 (12 innings): In his second inning of relief, Hunter Carnavale surrendered two runs in the 12th, including the tiebreaking run on Joseph Rapp's RBI

single. The Gnats had rallied to tie the score at 1 in the eighth when Kevin Plawecki plated Yucarybert De La Cruz with a line-drive single to center. Savannah starter Luis Cessa allowed one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings in a hard-luck no-decision. After a scoreless ninth from Bret Mitchell (1.17 ERA), the Gnats (28-20) nearly posted a walk-off win in the bottom half. Augusta's Mason McVay hit Cole Frenzel with a pitch. Frenzel then departed for pinch runner Eudy Pina. After a walk to Stefan Sabol, Augusta inserted closer Tyler Mizenko. He proceeded to load the bases with none out on Nelfi Zapata's single. But neither Phillip Evans nor Yucarybert De La Cruz could produce the game-winning RBI. Each instead forced runners out at home with groundballs. Mizenko then coaxed an inning-ending groundout from Maikis De La Cruz. Jayce Boyd went 3-for-5 with a walk in the loss to improve his on-base percentage to .430, ranked third in the South Atlantic League. Box

Compiled from team reports

Mets tidbits: Piazza, Wells, Flores

January, 10, 2013
Mike Piazza, whose autobiography "Long Shot" is due to be released Feb. 12, will deny steroid use in the book.

"Anybody who's looking for Mike's answer to PED questions will find it there. ... I believe he's clean," co-author Lonnie Wheeler told Newsday.

• Right-hander Kip Wells has drawn interest from the Mets on a minor league deal, reported. Wells, 35, went 2-4 with a 4.58 ERA in seven starts last season with the San Diego Padres after un-retiring. He made five starts for the Long Island Ducks in 2010, then did not pitch in 2011.

• During a Twitter Q&A, Mets executives indicated prospect Wilmer Flores will not be moved to the outfield and instead will continue to play third base and second base. Flores obviously is, in all likelihood, precluded from reaching the majors at third base now that David Wright is locked up for eight years.

Flores, 21, hit a combined .300 with 18 homers and 75 RBIs in 493 at-bats bewteen Class A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton in 2012 -- in his first year away from his natural shortstop position.

With Maragarita in his native Venezuela this winter, Flores hit .272 with five homers and 20 RBIs in 195 at-bats while primarily playing third base.

• The Triple-A Las Vegas 51s this week confirmed Wally Backman will be joined by Randy St. Claire as pitching coach and George Greer as hitting coach. St. Claire formerly served as pitching coach for the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos. Pedro Lopez is expected to continue managing Double-A Binghamton, while Rich Donnelly is likely to again manage Brooklyn.

Series preview: Mets at Padres

August, 3, 2012

US Presswire
The Mets face (l to r) Clayton Richard, Edinson Volquez and Jason Marquis this weekend.
METS (52-54, third place/NL East) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (44-63, fourth place/NL West)

Friday: RHP R.A. Dickey (14-2, 2.83) vs. LHP Clayton Richard (7-11, 4.14), 10:05 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (1-4, 5.52) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (7-7, 3.51), 8:35 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Matt Harvey (1-1, 1.59) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (4-6, 4.08), 4:05 p.m. ET

Padres short hops

• Left fielder Carlos Quentin and closer Huston Street signed extensions one week apart before the trading deadline. Street, San Diego’s All-Star representative, agreed to a two-year, $14 million extension, along with a $7 million team option for 2015. Quentin signed a three-year, $27 million deal that includes a no-trade clause.

Quentin made his season debut May 28, immediately after the Citi Field series against the Mets. He had missed the first 49 games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Quentin was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Dec. 31.

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Closer Huston Street signed a two-year contract extension.

Street was acquired from the Colorado Rockies in a Dec. 7 trade. He has made 17 straight scoreless appearances. Opposing batters are hitting .060 (3-for-47) with three walks and 21 strikeouts during that 16-inning stretch. Street is 17-for-17 in save conversions this season.

• Despite significant trade rumblings, third baseman Chase Headley went untraded as Tuesday’s deadline passed. Headley already has established a career high with 13 homers.

Jason Marquis signed with the Padres on May 29, after producing an 8.47 ERA in seven starts with the Minnesota Twins. Marquis and Kip Wells, who had been out of baseball for the past two seasons (aside from five starts in 2010 with the independent Long Island Ducks), are now in San Diego’s rotation. Tim Stauffer currently is on a rehab assignment. Joe Wieland underwent Tommy John surgery.

• Catcher Yasmani Grandal, who made his major league debut June 2, landed on the DL on Monday with a right oblique strain. Grandal, who arrived with Edinson Volquez in the December trade that sent Mat Latos to Cincinnati, had posted a .315 average, five homers and 15 RBIs in 77 at-bats during his brief major league tenure. John Baker has assumed the primary catching responsibilities. Backup Eddy Rodriguez homered in his first major league plate appearance, Thursday in Cincinnati.

• The Daily News reported the Mets turned down a trade of right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson for Daniel Murphy. Gregerson has tossed 11 2/3 straight scoreless innings.

• Shortstop Everth Cabrera is 18-for-18 in steal attempts. That is the franchise record to open a season, topping 12 successful steal attempts by Enzo Hernandez (to open the 1974 season), Rickey Henderson (1997) and Mike Cameron (2006). Cabrera also is 15-for-15 in the minors this season.

• Center fielder Cameron Maybin’s July 2 homer at Arizona was estimated at 485 feet, the longest in the majors this season.

• The Padres are the lone major league team lacking a no-hitter in franchise history.

Last series results

Mets won, 3-1, at Citi Field, May 24-27 (AP game recaps)

Padres 11, Mets 5: Jesus Guzman hit a two-run double in a four-run third to help the Padres rebound from being swept in a three-game series in St. Louis. Everth Cabrera had a career-high four hits and Eric Stults (1-0) pitched five innings to earn his first win with San Diego. David Wright hit a two-run homer off Matt Palmer in the sixth. Jeremy Hefner was making his first big league start -- against the team that drafted and signed him in 2007. Pitching in the rain from the start, Hefner gave up a hit in two innings and the Mets led 1-0 on an unearned run when the rain picked up and the tarp came out. After a 68-minute rain delay, Hefner promptly gave up a double to Cabrera to restart the game. After Stults grounded out, the Padres scored four times on four straight hits. More

Mets 6, Padres 1: Mike Baxter made the play of the game 12 pitches in. The left fielder turned a potential two-run double into an inning-ending double play with a leaping catch of Jesus Guzman’s drive against the wall. Dillon Gee relaxed after that and struck out a career-high nine. More

Mets 9, Padres 0: Johan Santana's four-hitter was his first shutout since returning from shoulder surgery in 2010. Mike Nickeas hit New York's first grand slam of the season, and Scott Hairston and Vinny Rottino also homered for the Mets. Ike Davis got a pinch-hit double in the eighth, giving him hits in four straight games and an RBI in three straight. More

Mets 2, Padres 0: R.A. Dickey struck out 10 to reach double digits for strikeouts in consecutive games for the first time in his career, and the Mets held the Padres scoreless for the second straight day. Tim Byrdak got two outs to finish the eighth and Frank Francisco pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances. Daniel Murphy had an RBI single and Mike Baxter scored on a passed ball as the Mets took advantage of a wild Edinson Volquez (2-5). More

More on Gee's no-hit bid

May, 19, 2011
From the Elias Sports Bureau: Dillon Gee’s no-hitter was broken up with two outs in the sixth inning on a single by Livan Hernandez. The last time a pitcher broke up a no-hit bid that late into a game was Sept. 18, 2003 when Scott Randall of the Reds singled off Kip Wells of the Pirates with two outs in the sixth inning.

Meanwhile, the Mets note this was the second time in 10 career starts Gee went into the sixth inning with a no-hitter against Washington. He tossed five no-hit innings in his major league at Nationals Park on Sept. 7 before now-teammate Willie Harris opened the sixth with a homer.



Bartolo Colon
15 4.09 151 202
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187