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Minors 8.18.13: DeGrom dominates Bees

August, 18, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 3: Jacob deGrom took a perfect-game bid into the sixth before

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surrendering a leadoff single to Roberto Lopez. An inning later, deGrom issued a leadoff walk and double and departed with both runners in scoring position. John Church allowed both inherited runners to score as Salt Lake evened the score at 2 and handed deGrom a no-decision. The 51s answered with a four-run eighth that included a sacrifice fly by Lucas Duda, RBI double by Brandon Hicks and a two-run double from Francisco Pena. Robert Carson retired all five batters he faced, three via strikeout, to earn his 11th save. Kai Gronauer earlier contributed an RBI double, in his first game action since July 2. DeGrom now has logged 140 2/3 innings this season, already a jump of 29 1/3 innings from 2012. Box

NEW BRITAIN 5, BINGHAMTON 3: A day after the B-Mets clinched their first postseason appearance since 2004, New Britain scored five fifth-inning runs against Erik Goeddel (four earned). Nate Hanson and Reynaldo Rodriguez produced two-run homers in the frame before Goeddel recorded an out. Goeddel had held New Britain hitless through four innings. Travis Taijeron's second-inning homer had staked the B-Mets to a 1-0 lead. Box

JUPITER 2, ST. LUCIE 1 (10 innings): Randy Fontanez surrendered four straight one-out singles in the 10th in a walk-off loss. The Mets had evened the score in the seventh when Charley Thurber walked and Matt Reynolds tripled. Starter Michael Fulmer tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings. He departed with a potential shoulder injury after fielding a comebacker from rehabbing Casey Kotchman. Box

SAVANNAH 2, AUGUSTA 1
AUGUSTA 7, SAVANNAH 6: Estarlin Morel contributed 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings and

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Beck Wheeler notched his 16th save as the Gnats won Game 1. Savannah grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, on an RBI single by Brandon Nimmo and Nelfi Zapata's sacrifice fly. Trailing 7-0 in Game 2, the Gnats pulled to within a run in the final inning on Nimmo's RBI double. But Nimmo was stranded at third base when Maikis De La Cruz grounded out and Cole Frenzel and Stefan Sabol struck out. Nimmo finished the nightcap 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs. Starter Steven Matz allowed five runs (three earned) in four innings. Box 1, Box 2

BURLINGTON 6, KINGSPORT 0: Starter Andrew Massie was knocked out with two outs in the first inning after surrendering three runs on three hits, two walks and two hit batters. Martires Arias limited Burlington to one run on two hits in six relief innings, but the K-Mets were shut out. Box

BROOKLYN 6, VERMONT 4: Robert Gsellman limited Vermont to one unearned run in seven innings and Gavin Cecchini extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Trailing 1-0 in the third, Matt Oberste doubled, advanced to third on Colton Plaia's single and scored on Anthony Chavez's sac fly. The Cyclones took the lead with a two-run fifth as LJ Mazzilli contributed an RBI double and Jared King plated him with a single. Vermont stormed back with a three-run eighth to take a 4-3 lead. Two of the runs scored on a sacrifice fly that included a throwing error by right fielder James Roche into the stands. Facing Vermont reliever Sam Bragg in the bottom half, King, Roche and Alex Sanchez all singled to load the bases for Oberste with no outs. On a 2-2 pitch, Bragg bounced an off-speed pitch that caromed away from catcher Ryan Gorton, tying the score at 4. Oberste then hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field that plated Roche for a 5-4 lead. Cecchini's hitting streak is one game shy of matching the Cyclones record. Lucas Duda had a 17-game streak in 2007. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.16.13: Forsythe homer lifts B-Mets

August, 16, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 4: Zach Lutz's ninth-inning single against Cory Rasmus plated Eric Campbell with the tiebreaking run. Matt den Dekker then scored on a balk for a two-run cushion. John Church pitched a perfect bottom half for his third save save. Lutz also had produced a solo homer against Tommy Hanson in the second inning. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, NEW BRITAIN 0: The B-Mets took one step closer to the postseason as Blake Forsythe delivered a solo homer and Noah Syndergaard tossed five scoreless

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innings. The B-Mets posted their fourth shutout win in August. Forsythe homered to lead off the third against Cole De Vries. It was his ninth long ball of the season, and his second in two games. Syndergaard dominanted the Rock Cats. He scattered three hits over five innings while earning his sixth B-Mets win. He faced no more than four batters in any inning and matched a career high with 10 strikeouts. In the sixth, Ryan Fraser entered and allowed a single and a walk with one out as New Britain put together its biggest threat of the night. Fraser escaped the jam by forcing Miguel Sano and Reynaldo Rodriguez to fly out. He followed with a scoreless seventh before handing the ball to Chasen Bradford. Bradford retired all three batters he faced, requiring only 10 pitches. Jeff Walters slammed the door with a perfect ninth to earn his 35th save. Box

JUPITER 7, ST. LUCIE 0: Hansel Robles allowed four runs in seven innings and the Mets mustered only four hits. Box

SAVANNAH at AUGUSTA (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 11, BRISTOL 4: Jeyckol De Leon had four hits with a run scored, three RBIs

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and two doubles. Michael Bernal also drove in three runs, capped by a solo homer in the sixth that completed Kingsport's scoring. Eris Peguero had a triple and double. The K-Mets took control in the second inning, plating seven runs on seven hits while sending 13 men to the plate. Seven straight batters reached safely with two outs, a barrage that chased Bristol starter Robinson Leyer after 1 2/3 innings. In his first appearance since a promotion from the Gulf Coast League, Brandon Welch lasted six innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Welch finished strongly, retiring the side in order in his last three innings. Edioglis Villasmil and Tyler Bashlor combined for three innings of scoreless relief. Kingsport (31-23) gained a game on division-leading Greeneville. The K-Mets now trail the Astros affiliate by 1.5 games in the West. The top two games in the Appalachian League make the playoffs. Kingsport is up 2.5 games for second place with 23 games remaining. Box

BROOKLYN 6, VERMONT 4: James Roche went 2-for-4 with two RBIs while homering for the second straight game. After the Lake Monsters capitalized on a botched groundball by LJ Mazzilli to take an early 1-0 lead, Roche picked up his second baseman by connecting on a solo shot. Brooklyn then took the lead with a three-run third. Anthony Chavez singled and Patrick Biondi and Gavin Cecchini walked to load the bases for Mazzilli. He also walked, forcing in the tiebreaking run. Jared King then produced his first RBI since returning to the lineup following an oblique issue, on a sacrifice fly. Roche added an RBI single. Cyclones starter John Gant stumbled in the sixth as the Lake Monsters cut Brooklyn's lead to 5-4. Gant ultimately allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out seven. Gant added to his New York-Penn League-leading strikeout total (68). Later, reliever Johnny Magliozzi inherited in a tough spot, with the tying run at second base and go-ahead run at first in the eighth. He retired the next three batters to escape. Magliozzi also handled the ninth to record his fifth save. Cecchini extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The Cyclones' record is 17, by Lucas Duda in 2007. Box

GCL NATIONALS 5, GCL METS 2: Waldo Rodriguez surrendered four runs, none earned, in the seventh as the Nats overcame a 2-1 deficit. Second basmean Branden Kaupe had two errors. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings. Box

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Farm report: Walters notches saves record

August, 14, 2013
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Right-hander Jeff Walters has produced 33 saves this season, breaking the Double-A Binghamton single-season record, which previously had been set by Jerrod Riggan with 28 in 2000.

Next up for Walters: The all-time B-Mets saves record. Tim Lavigne notched 36 saves with the B-Mets while spending parts of five seasons with the Eastern League club, from 2002 to 2008.

Walters’ save total is the most in all of minor league baseball. The runner-up, Chris Hatcher, has 29 with Triple-A New Orleans (Marlins).


Courtesy of New York MetsJeff Walters


“It’s been really cool,” said Walters, a seventh-round pick in 2010 from the University of Georgia. “I didn’t think that our team would be doing this well, either, you know? When you win 75 games this early in the season, hopefully you get a couple of cracks at some saves. But I’ve been fortunate to be put in that situation. We’ve had some tight games.”

Walters actually had a streak of 20 straight save conversions snapped Tuesday night with only his third blown save of the season. He issued a walk-off wild pitch. It was his first time working in five days. The organization had backed off his usage because of a shoulder issue.

Walters’ fastball sits at 93-95 mph. He has registered 97 mph a couple of times this season, but generally tops out with an occasional 96 mph. He also sports a slider (83-86 mph) and changeup (82-84 mph).

He originally served as a starting pitcher in the minors, including 14 starts for Brooklyn in 2011. He shifted to the bullpen with Savannah and St. Lucie last season, and emerged as Binghamton’s closer this year.

Walters, 25, had familiarity with the relief role. He served in that capacity during most of his junior year with Georgia, before stepping in as a starter at NCAA regional time. He then settled into to a Saturday starting role his senior year with the Southeastern Conference program.

“I’d be in that situation in JUCO as well, before I had gotten to Georgia,” Walters said. “I’ve been back and forth to both spots and am comfortable either way.”

Walters has an unusual distinction. He was drafted five times before signing with the Mets.

He was selected out of high school in Orlando, Fla., by the Giants in the 24th round in 2006, by the Nationals in the 47th round out of St. Petersburg College in ’07, by the Indians in the 30th round in ’08 out of the same junior college, then by the Orioles in the 17th round in ’09 as a junior at Georgia. With no more college eligibility, he signed with the Mets after being drafted in the seventh round his senior year.

As atypical as that is, Walters had a mentor who went through the same experience. His high school pitching coach, Randy O’Neal, also was drafted five times. O’Neal eventually signed with the Tigers as a first-round pick in 1981 out of the University of Florida.

O’Neal went on to make 142 major league appearances (46 starts) over seven major league seasons, with the Tigers, Braves, Cardinals, Phillies and Giants.

“It was awesome,” Walters said about having O’Neal as a coach in high school. “I got to the point where I was learning more about the game than actual mechanics. Most of it at this point [in Double-A] for a lot of pitchers is not mechanical anymore. It’s being able to understand the mental game -- what to do, when to do it, and how to accept defeat as well as how to accept when you do good. I was taught that from very early, and he has helped me with that a lot.”

Next up for Walters, aside from an appearance with the B-Mets in the Eastern League playoffs? Because he was drafted in 2010 as a college senior, Walters needs to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason in order to be protected from Rule 5 draft eligibility.

The recent shoulder issue may have given the Mets too much pause for a September call-up, although it’s not entirely out of the question. Pitchers who clearly should be with the Mets after rosters expand are Greg Burke, Robert Carson and mostly likely Tim Byrdak.

“I can only take care of what I do on the field,” Walters said. “That’s all I’m concentrating on right now is trying to finish out the season strong with this last month, and then hopefully with us going to the playoffs. And then whatever happens in the offseason happens. I’ll take it whatever it is and prepare and come back next year and hopefully get a chance next year.”

Organization leaders

Average: Victor Cruzado, Kingsport, .336; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, .329; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, .326; Yeixon Ruiz, Kingsport, .321; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, .321; Kevin Plawecki, St. Lucie, .317; Jeff McNeil, Kingsport, .314; LJ Mazzilli, Brooklyn, .303; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .298; Jhoan Urena, GCL Mets, .296.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 24; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 20; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 19; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 16; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 15.

RBI: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 88; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 86; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, 76; Kevin Plawecki, St. Lucie, 74.

Steals: Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 28; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 24; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 22; Eudy Pina, Savannah, 18.

ERA: Rob Whalen, Kingsport, 1.72; Octavio Acosta, GCL Mets, 2.28; John Gant, Brooklyn, 2.36; Chris Flexen, Kingsport, 2.39; Noah Syndergaard, Binghamton, 2.54; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 2.55; Carlos Valdez, Brooklyn, 2.58; Miller Diaz, Brooklyn, 2.68; Robert Gsellman, Brooklyn, 2.69; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 2.71.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 13; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 11; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 10; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 10; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 9.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 33; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 16; Beck Wheeler, Savannah, 15; Robert Carson, Vegas,10; Bret Mitchell, St. Lucie, 10.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 126; Noah Syndergaaard, Binghamton, 118; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 117.

Short hops

• Attempting to close out a victory for the NL in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, Brooklyn Cyclones left-hander John Mincone surrendered two ninth-inning runs and the AL won, 4-3, in walk-off fashion. Playing in his home state, LJ Mazzilli came off the bench and went 0-for-1 with a run scored in the game at Norwich, Conn. Starter Miller Diaz allowed one run in one inning. Robert Gsellman tossed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and striking out two.

• A pair of Mets farmhands were named their leagues’ pitchers of the week.

B-Mets left-hander Mark Cohoon earned the Eastern League honor after going 2-0 and allowing one earned run in 13 innings over two starts. Cohoon, a 12th-round pick in 2008, owns the B-Mets’ record for most career innings pitched (371 1/3).

Savannah right-hander Seth Lugo, a 34th-round pick in 2011 out of Centenary College in Shreveport, La., earned the South Atlantic League honor. Lugo, 23, appeared in 11 games (10 starts) after the draft with Kingsport, but did not pitch last year. He missed significant time with a back injury.

• The Mets have not yet named their Arizona Fall League contingent, but team officials indicated players who missed chunks of time during the season because of injury would be prime candidates. Fitting that criteria: Binghamton outfielder Cory Vaughn as well as right-handers Cory Mazzoni, Michael Fulmer and Hansel Robles.

Noah Syndergaard is 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA in nine starts since a promotion to Binghamton. He has allowed 34 hits and 10 walks while striking out 54 in 46 innings.

• 2011 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini took an 11-game hitting streak into the New York-Penn League All-Star break. Cecchini lifted his season average from .214 to .282 with the surge.

Lucas Duda’s last three starts have come at first base with Las Vegas. Duda is hitting .200 (5-for-25) with one RBI and six walks in eight games since joining the 51s.

Minors 8.11.13: Johnson belts walk-off HR

August, 11, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 3: The 51s overcame a 3-0 deficit with two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings. Matt den Dekker had a double and RBI single during that two-inning stretch. Lucas Duda manned first base for the first time since his minor league tour began. Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-2 with two walks. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, ERIE 1: Cory Vaughn drove in four runs and Mark Cohoon allowed one run over six innings. In the bottom of the first, Eugenio Suarez doubled against Cohoon.

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Ramon Cabrera gave Erie a lead with an RBI groundout, but that was Erie's lone run of the game. Binghamton took the lead in the third against Erie starter Ramon Garcia. With Danny Muno breaking from first base, Vaughn launched a payoff pitch over the left-field wall. Vaughn’s blast, his third since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 5, gave the B-Mets a 2-1 advantage. Travis Taijeron padded Binghamton’s lead by ripping a solo homer in the sixth. Cohoon sailed through four scoreless innings before facing his biggest challenge in the sixth. Cabrera reached with two outs on an infield single, and Cohoon hit Tyler Collins and walked James McCann to load the bases. The southpaw pitched himself out of trouble, inducing Wade Gaynor to bounce back to the mound. The B-Mets then enjoyed a three-run seventh. Wilfredo Tovar scampered to second when Daniel Fields dropped his fly ball in shallow center. Reliever Justin Souza entered and walked Muno before surrendering an RBI double to Josh Rodriguez. Vaughn capped the inning by lacing a two-run single. Chasen Bradford contributed two perfect relief innings. Cohoon (8-3) struck out three while allowing one run on five hits. He has gone 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his last four starts. Vaughn is hitting .360 (9-for-25) with three homers and 11 RBIs since returning from the DL. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, PALM BEACH 8 (12 innings): Kyle Johnson hit a walk-off homer leading off

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the bottom of the 12th against Iden Nazario to end the 4-hour, 25-minute game. The Mets trailed 7-2 in the fifth before scoring four times in the frame to cut the deficit to a run. Gilbert Gomez had a two-out, two-run double in the seventh to tie the score at 8. Gomez finished 3-for-6 with two RBIs. Johnson was 2-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Dustin Lawley had two hits and an RBI. Jayce Boyd had two hits with two RBIs. Kevin Plawecki went 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Alex Panteliodis allowed seven runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. Shawn Teufel picked up the victory with two scoreless relief innings. Box

HICKORY 2, SAVANNAH 1: Joey Gallo blasted his South Atlantic League-leading 27th homer to break a 1-all tie. Hunter Carnevale (0-3) surrendered the decisive ninth-inning long ball. The Gnats scored their lone run in the first inning. Jorge Rivero reached on shortstop Nick Urbanus' fielding error on a line drive. Rivero scored on Brian Harrison’s single. The Crawdads evened the score at 1 in the fourth against Luis Cessa. Gallo walked with one out and scored on David Lyon's single. The Gnats (68-47) mustered only three hits -- none between the first and eighth innings. Box

KINGSPORT 7, GREENEVILLE 2: Joe Tuschak went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Michael Bernal capped the scoring with a two-run homer in the eighth. Box

BROOKLYN 9, STATE COLLEGE 2: LJ Mazzilli went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the victory. State College had taken the lead in the third in bizarre fashion. Steven Ramos bunted down the first-base line. Starting pitcher Carlos Valdez threw to first and Ramos was called safe. Alex Sanchez thought Ramos was out and went to throw the ball around the infield. His throw went into left field and Ramos broke for second. Left fielder Jonathan Clark retrieved the ball but overthrew Mazzilli covering second. As the ball headed toward the Cyclones dugout, Ramos started toward third. He then noticed nobody was covering home and headed for the plate. Eddie Rohan came up with the ball after it caromed off the front of the dugout and raced home, but Ramos narrowly beat him, giving the Spikes a 1-0 lead. The official scoring: a bunt single and two Cyclones errors. Brooklyn answered in a four-run second, thanks to three hits and two errors. Rohan and Anthony Chavez doubled. Patrick Biondi walked and Gavin Cecchini grounded into a run-scoring fielder's choice. Mazzilli then singled and right fielder Luis Perez allowed the ball to get behind him as Biondi scored. Shortstop Cesar Valera's error on James Roche's grounder extended Brooklyn’s lead to 4-1. In the fourth, Rohan again doubled, and moved to third on a groundout. Biondi then reached on a bunt, scoring Rohan and giving the Cyclones a four-run cushion. State College scored a run in the seventh against David Wynn to pull within 6-2. In a three-run eighth, Cecchini doubled and scored on Mazzilli's single. Sanchez then belted a two-run homer. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.10.13: Montero, Noah toss gems

August, 11, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 1: Rafael Montero limited Oklahoma City to one run on two hits and two walks while striking out nine in seven innings. The only damage came on a first-inning homer by George Springer. Kirk Nieuwenhuis answered with a solo homer in the bottom half of the frame. Travis d'Arnaud, serving as the DH, went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored. Brandon Hicks delivered a two-run single in the sixth to break a 1-all tie. John Church earned his first Triple-A save. Box

ERIE 6, BINGHAMTON 4: Noah Syndergaard tossed five scoreless innings before being pulled to conserve his innings, and the B-Mets squandered a four-run lead. After being held

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to two hits through six innings, the SeaWolves plated six runs on five hits against reliever Armando Rodriguez. Rhyne Hughes had blasted the B-Mets onto the scoreboard in the second with a homer against Drew VerHagen. VerHagen walked Wilfredo Tovar and Alonzo Harris with two outs later in that inning. Danny Muno then delivered a two-run single, stretching Binghamton’s lead to three. Binghamton padded its lead against reliever David Kopp in the fifth. Tovar doubled and Josh Rodriguez plated him by squeaking a groundball single past shortstop Brandon Douglas. Syndergaard faced three over the minimum. He surrendered two hits, walked one and struck out five while throwing 41 of 56 pitches for strikes. Rodriguez took over and posted a perfect sixth before letting Binghamton’s four-run lead slip away in the seventh. The righty walked two to start the inning. Wade Gaynor then put the SeaWolves on the board with an RBI double. With two outs, James Robbins tied the score at 4 with a three-run homer. Against Rodriguez in the eighth, Daniel Fields led off with a single and Ramon Cabrera scorched a line drive to center field. Alonzo Harris misread the drive and had it sail over his head, allowing Fields to come home with the go-ahead run. Erie used a suicide squeeze to tack on another run. Rodriguez (1-1) allowed six runs on five hits over three innings in his first blown save. Box

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ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 4 (10 innings): Rylan Sandoval produced a walk-off infield single that scored Kevin Plawecki in the 10th. Sandoval delivered the game-winning hit on his 26th birthday, on a broken-bat slow grounder to second. Kyle Johnson had three hits and a run scored. Plawecki had two hits and an RBI. Dustin Lawley hit a three-run homer in the third. He now has 24 homers and 86 RBIs, both leading the Florida State League. Hansel Robles pitched six innings and allowed four runs and seven hits, with four walks and four strikeouts. Bret Mitchell pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four. T.J. Chism tossed two scoreless innings and struck out one to earn the victory. Box

SAVANNAH 2, HICKORY 0: Behind seven shutout innings from Seth Lugo in his second South Atlantic League start, the Gnats blanked Hickory. In his first two starts for Savannah, Lugo has struck out 21 batters without issuing a walk in 13 innings. Saturday, the 23-year-old Lugo struck out 11 batters. He retired 10 in a row early on before running into his only trouble in the fifth. That frame, a pair of singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out. However, Lugo struck out the Nos. 8 and 9 batters, Taylor Wrenn and Luis Marte, to keep the game scoreless. Lugo finished strongly, fanning five batters over the sixth and seventh innings. The Gnats (25-20/68-46) scored the game’s opening run in the seventh. Jeff Reynolds doubled and Dimas Ponce walked. Jorge Rivero then lined a single into center field to score Reynolds. Savannah added a run in the eighth for a 2-0 lead. With two outs and the bases empty, Eudy Pina doubled and scored on Greg Pron’s single . The Crawdads (27-22/66-53) struck out 15 times and did not draw a walk against the combination of Lugo and reliever Paul Sewald. Sewald worked the eighth and ninth innings for his fifth save of the year, while Lugo won his first game as a Gnat. Box

GREENEVILLE 5, KINGSPORT 2: Edioglis Villasmil suffered the loss in relief after allowing three runs in 2 1/3 innings. Jeyckol De Leon went 3-for-4 and drove in both runs for the K-Mets (28-20). Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATE COLLEGE 1: John Gant did not allow a hit through 5 1/3 innings. He ultimately tossed six innings and allowed one run on two hits while striking out seven. The Cyclones got on the board right away. Leadoff batter Patrick Biondi hustled for a double on what looked like a routine single to center field. Gavin Cecchini then moved Biondi to third with a line-drive single. The single extended Cecchini’s hitting streak to 10 games. LJ Mazzilli followed with a sacrifice fly. The Cyclones struck again in the fourth. Ismael Tijerina reached base on a hit-by-pitch and Anthony Chavez walked. Cecchini's second hit of the night was an RBI single. Over his hitting streak, Cecchini is batting .381 (16-for-42). Leading 2-1 with the tying run on second base in the bottom of the sixth and two outs, Gant struck out Mason Katz to get out of the inning. John Mincone added two scoreless relief innings. Johnny Magliozzi then recorded his fourth save. Box

GCL NATIONALS 10, GCL METS 2: First-round pick Dominic Smith had a two-out solo homer in the first inning in the defeat. Starter Andrew Church took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but ultimately was charged with seven runs (six earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Box

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Minors 8.9.13: Huchingson nets 1st pro save

August, 9, 2013
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OKLAHOMA CITY 6 LAS VEGAS 4: Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a walk in his first Triple-A game since breaking his left foot with the 51s on April 17. Brandon Hicks had a two-out solo homer in the ninth, but Kirk Nieuwenhuis struck out to end the game. Box

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split with a nightcap victory. Leadoff hitter Danny Muno homered against Kelvin Perez five pitches into the game. The SeaWolves answered against Logan Verrett in the second as Brandon Douglas blasted a three-run homer. Trailing 3-1, the B-Mets loaded the bases in the fourth. Muno then doubled, plating Travis Taijeron and Wilfredo Tovar to even the score. In the fifth, Rhyne Hughes delivered a go-ahead RBI triple. Reliever Will Clinard took over for Perez and surrendered a two-run homer to Taijeron. The 6-3 advantage did not last. Douglas doubled off Verrett and scored on Jamie Johnson's fifth-inning single. Daniel Fields ended Verrett’s night and tied the score with a two-run homer. With the score tied at 6 in the sixth, Xorge Carrillo singled and took second when Darrell Ceciliani walked. Carrillo scored the go-ahead run when Rodriguez doubled. After B-Mets reliever Chasen Bradford surrendered a double in the seventh, Chase Huchingson entered and plunked Jamie Johnson with the first pitch, putting the potential game-winning run on base. But Huchingson induced Eugenio Suarez and Fields to ground out to secure his first career save. In Game 1, the completion of a suspended game from April 10, the B-Mets mustered one hit after play resumed. The B-Mets began the resumed game with a 1-0 lead. Greg Peavey (1-1) tossed three scoreless innings, but then surrendered the decisive two runs in the eighth. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE at BRADENTON (ppd.)

HICKORY 4, SAVANNAH 1: . The Gnats left 14 men on base and went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. The Crawdads scored the game’s opening run in the fourth. Jorge Alfaro doubled and scored on Nomar Mazara’s single. Savannah starter Steven Matz dealt with runners in each of his five frames, but allowed only one run thanks to nine strikeouts. Hickory added three runs in the sixth against reliever Tyler Vanderheiden. The first four hitters reached base, on three singles and a hit-by-pitch. The Gnats (24-20/67-46) scored their lone run in the eighth. Eudy Pina, who reached base four times, was plunked to start the frame. He eventually scored on Brian Harrison’s single. Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-5, accounting for a third of the Gnats’ six hits. Box

KINGSPORT 6, GREENEVILLE 2: Pedro Perez drove in three runs, including a two-run double in a four-run eighth. Starter Rob Whalen allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision. Alberto Baldonado (2-0) earned the win in relief with 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Box

STATE COLLEGE 4, BROOKLYN 1: Cyclones starter Miller Diaz surrendered a pair of second-inning runs. Mason Katz and Brett Wiley walked. With Alex De Leon batting, Diaz then threw a wild pitch. De Leon followed with a sacrifice fly. Wiley advanced to third on the second wild pitch of the inning. After striking out Jimmy Bosco for the second out, Steven Ramos then singled, scoring Wiley and extending the lead to 2-0. State College added to the lead in the fourth with two runs. Brooklyn scored its lone run in seventh. LJ Mazzilli started the inning by doubling and moved to third on a single by Alex Sanchez. After James Roche struck out for the first out, Matt Oberste produced a sac fly. Box

GCL NATIONALS 6, GCL METS 2: Dan Hermann (0-4) allowed four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings in relief of Brandon Welch as the Gnats broke a 2-all tie. Box

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Farm report: King, of Brooklyn

August, 7, 2013
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Brooklyn Cyclones left fielder Jared King has been switch-hitting since he can remember.

His father Jeff, who played college ball at Ohio State and one season professionally with the Yankees in the New York-Penn League, set up a batting cage in the family’s basement in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, for Jared and brother Jason to learn from a young age.

“He knew you’ve got a better shot if you can swing it from both sides,” Jared said. “He made it a job to try to get us to both be able to do it. And we stuck with it and it’s helped out tremendously.”


Courtesy of Brooklyn CyclonesJared King


Both brothers ended up playing for Kansas State, then getting drafted professionally in early rounds.

Jason, a third baseman, was selected in the fourth round in 2011 by the Tigers and currently is playing in the Midwest League for Western Michigan.

Jared, a fifth-round pick of the Mets two months ago, is hitting .264 with 16 RBIs and a .364 on-base percentage in 42 games with Brooklyn while serving as the regular left fielder. (He suffered a left oblique injury Tuesday and is day-to-day.)

The brothers, three years apart grade-wise and 2 years in age, overlapped for one season at Kansas State because Jared needed to be redshirted his junior year while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

“We’re always talking,” Jared said. “Usually every other day, or every day, we just either text or call each other to see how things are going. He’s always been there to be a support system for me as well as the rest of my family, so it’s been a huge help.”

The family has quite a legacy in Columbus. Jared and Jason’s grandfather Frank Ellwood was a quarterback at Ohio State in 1954 when the program won a national championship. Ellwood went on to be the head football coach at Marshall and an assistant coach with the Buckeyes as well as at Air Force and Ohio University.

Initially it did not seem like the brothers would be able to play together in college.

“We were kind of looking at it that when he’s a true junior, he’s going to be getting drafted. So I’m really not going to be able to play with him again,” said Jared, who played one season of high school varsity with Jeff, when they were a freshman and senior, respectively. “And then he got hurt and was going to be there another year. So it opened another opportunity to be with him. He helped me through that process as well, adjusting from high school to college. It was just a great move for me and the right thing to do.”

The brothers’ experience growing up also was shaped by a tragic event. The day before Jason signed to play at Kansas State, their mother Susan passed away after a battle with colon cancer.

“It was very emotional,” Jared said. “It’s just more motivation for Jason and I to get to where we want to be and follow our dreams.

“When something like that happens, it kind of makes you grow up quicker than you’re supposed to. I really had a clear vision of what I wanted to do with my life, and this is what I want to be doing. The same with him.

“And here we are, still chasing the same dream as when we were five years old.”

Organization leaders

Average: Victor Cruzado, Kingsport, .336; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, .336; Jeff McNeil, Kingsport, .333 Cesar Puello, Binghamton, .328; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, .321; Kevin Plawecki, St. Lucie, .317; LJ Mazzilli, Brooklyn, .302; Joe Tuschak, Kingsport, .297; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, .290; Jhoan Urena, GCL Mets, .290.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 23; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 18; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 18; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 16; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 15.

RBI: Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 86; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 83; Cesar Puello, 73; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, 72; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 70.

Steals: Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 25; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 24; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 22; Eudy Pina, Savannah, 17.

ERA: Rob Whalen, Kingsport, 1.54; Octavio Acosta, GCL Mets, 2.17; Miller Diaz, Brooklyn, 2.34; Chris Flexen, Kingsport, 2.36; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 2.37; John Gant, Brooklyn, 2.47; Noah Syndergaard, Binghamton, 2.67; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 2.68; Robert Gsellman, Brooklyn, 2.74; Carlos Valdez, Brooklyn, 2.75.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 13; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 10; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 10; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 10; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 9.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 32; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 15; Beck Wheeler, Savannah, 14; Bret Mitchell, St. Lucie, 10; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 9.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 117; Noah Syndergaaard, Binghamton, 113; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 111; Luis Cessa, Savannah, 109; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 107.

Short hops

• Although Ruben Tejada officially has been a minor leaguer since completing a rehab assignment and getting optioned to Las Vegas on July 7, he should comfortably qualify for arbitration eligibility during the upcoming offseason.

Even if he were not to return to the majors this year, Tejada already has accumulated 98 major league service days this season, giving him two years, 151 days for his career and making him a clear-cut Super 2.

Depending when Tejada returns to the majors, he could even cross the threshold and have three years of service time, meaning he would be eligible for free agency a year sooner. A full MLB season is granted for 172 days of service time, so Tejada only needs 21 more major league days this year to bypass Super 2 entirely.

• Just like at the major league level with Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, every inning is being counted for Noah Syndergaard at Double-A Binghamton. That is why Syndergaard departed his start Sunday after five innings despite working on a two-hit shutout and with his pitch count only at 66. Syndergaard was pulled from his previous start, when he allowed only one hit and one run in six innings, with his pitch count at 59.

The aim is to keep Syndergaard pitching through the end of the season, which should include the postseason in the B-Mets’ case. Binghamton is 72-43 and has opened a 13-game lead over Trenton for first place in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.

Syndergaard, who has a 1.98 ERA in eight starts since joining the B-Mets, has logged a combined 104 2/3 innings this season between St. Lucie and Binghamton. He had 103 2/3 innings in 2012 while a Blue Jays farmhand. Although there are other factors, a general rule of thumb is capping innings jumps at 30 over the previous season.

Syndergaard, incidentally, was just named as being the best pitching prospect and having the best fastball in the Eastern and Florida State leagues by Baseball America.

• Baseball America’s newly released tools lists by league included several other Mets farmhands:

For the Pacific Coast League, the still-eligible Wheeler was named best pitching prospect and as possessing the best fastball. Now-suspended Cesar Puello was named most exciting player and Pedro Lopez was named best manager prospect in the Eastern League. Savannah’s Gabriel Ynoa was cited as having the best control and Jayce Boyd was named as the best defensive first baseman in the South Atlantic League.

• With 32 saves, Binghamton closer Jeff Walters already has established a new single-season saves record for the Eastern League club. Next up: Walters is closing in on Binghamton’s all-time saves record. Tim Lavigne accumulated 36 saves over parts of five seasons with the B-Mets, from 2002 through ’08. Binghamton has 27 regular-season games remaining.

• 2012 third-round pick Matt Koch was released from the hospital Monday, three days after getting struck with a line drive in the head while pitching for Savannah against Mario Martinez. Koch’s brother picked him up at the hospital in Greenville, S.C., and drove him back to Savannah. Koch has several upcoming doctor appointments and may not pitch again this season, according to a Mets official. Selected out of Louisville last year, Koch is 6-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 18 appearances (15 starts) for the Gnats this season.

• Brooklyn had five players selected to next Tuesday’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game at Norwich, Conn. Right-hander Miller Diaz will start for the National League squad. He will be joined by right-handers John Gant and Robert Gsellman, left-hander John Mincone and second baseman LJ Mazzilli. Mincone, a product of Half Hollow Hills East High on Long Island, is now a two-time All-Star selection in the league.

• Outfielder Cory Vaughn could not have scripted his return to Double-A much better. Vaughn produced six RBIs in Tuesday’s Binghamton doubleheader sweep, after logging nine games in the Gulf Coast League and 12 games with St. Lucie. Vaughn had last played for the B-Mets on June 2, after which he landed on the DL with an elbow strain in his right, throwing arm. Vaughn, the son of ex-big leaguer Greg Vaughn, is hitting .301 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 176 Eastern League at-bats this season.

• With Wilmer Flores in the majors and Jordany Valdespin suspended for 50 games, Las Vegas used an infield Tuesday night of Eric Campbell at first base, Brandon Hicks at second base, Tejada at shortstop and Zach Lutz at third base.

Morning Briefing: D-Day for A-Rod, etc.

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Drew Hallowell/Getty ImagesIt's Biogenesis suspension day for the Trenton Thunder's Alex Rodriguez and others.
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FIRST PITCH: After losing a rubber game to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday to drop to 1-4 since staying intact at the trade deadline, the Mets take a day off Monday.

It’s Biogenesis suspension day, although Alex Rodriguez reportedly will appeal MLB's planned suspension through the 2014 season, allowing him to play tonight at the Chicago White Sox and creating a circus atmosphere.

Cesar Puello, the Mets prospect implicated by “Outside the Lines” as having a connection to Biogenesis, has been held out of the Double-A Binghamton starting lineup for four straight games, although Paul DePodesta would only describe it as a managerial decision.

Puello, a 22-year-old right fielder, is hitting .328 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs in 329 at-bats with the B-Mets. He is on the 40-man roster, so he receives the major league protections specified in the collective bargaining agreement.

The Mets do have some off-day decisions to make:

Bobby Parnell, who has been unable to pitch since last Tuesday, is due for a reexamination of his troublesome neck. Given a 15-day disabled-list stint can be backdated to Parnell’s last usage, DLing Parnell may have to be a consideration.

Of course, that leads to the question: Who would close minus Parnell? David Aardsma blew a save chance Friday, then surrendered a homer in the 12th the following day.

The Mets also have to sort out how to cover third base during David Wright’s absence. Options include: Moving Daniel Murphy to third base (and Eric Young Jr. to second), as well as using Josh Satin or Justin Turner there, or promoting Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas. Flores suddenly has started two straight games at third base for the 51s, after starting there only once earlier in the season (April 15).

Flores, who turns 22 on Tuesday, belted his 15th homer of the season Sunday at Memphis. He is hitting .322 and has a Pacific Coast League-leading 86 RBIs.

Meanwhile, when play resumes Tuesday, the Mets welcome the Colorado Rockies to Citi Field. The pitching probable:

Tuesday: Jenrry Mejia (1-1, 2.08) vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood (7-4, 3.15), 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday: Matt Harvey (8-3, 2.21) vs. RHP Chad Bettis (0-1, 9.00), 7:10 p.m.

Thursday: Dillon Gee (7-8, 3.97) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (10-5, 3.40), 12:10 p.m.

Monday’s news reports:

Marlon Byrd lost two fly balls in the sun, Zack Wheeler had a pair of wild pitches and John Buck had a passed ball in a three-run fifth by the Royals en route to a 6-2 win against the Mets on Sunday. Wheeler lost about 3 mph on his fastball when he got into trouble, potentially from trying to aim the ball. Terry Collins afterward told Wheeler he needed to step up and pick up his teammates after the miscues in right field. The Mets had been 5-0 in Wheeler’s July starts.

Writes columnist Larry Brooks in the Post:

It was sunny when the visitors from Kansas City were in the field, too, but Mets manager Terry Collins said: “We unfortunately couldn’t hit the ball that high to get their right fielder involved.”

Seriously, he said that.

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

• Lefty reliever Tim Byrdak, like Pedro Feliciano on the comeback trail, has been promoted to Las Vegas. Byrdak, 39, went 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA in 14 appearances spanning 12 1/3 innings with Class A St. Lucie. He allowed six hits and walked seven. Lefty batters were 1-for-12 with a walk against him. Byrdak underwent surgery on Sept. 6, 2012 to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

• Read more on the third-base options in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record and Newsday.

• Rafael Montero allowed one run in eight innings and Las Vegas beat Cards prospect Michael Wacha at Memphis, 4-2. Jordany Valdespin went 2-for-4 in his return from a three-game suspension. Noah Syndergaard tossed five scoreless innings and combined with Armando Rodriguez and Ryan Fraser on a three- hit shutout as Binghamton blanked Harrisburg, 6-0. Rainy Lara allowed four runs in seven innings and Lucas Duda went 0-for-4 as Clearwater beat St. Lucie, 5-2. Greenville's five-run eighth against Shawn Teufel and Beck Wheeler resulted in an 8-6 Savannah loss. Kingsport was drubbed, 17-1, by Greeneville. Martires Arias and Edioglis Villasmil allowed seven earned runs apiece. Jamestown beat Brooklyn, 9-5, despite LJ Mazzilli's first professional homer.

• The Cyclones had five players selected to the Aug. 13 New York-Penn League All-Star Game at Thomas J. Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn. Right-hander Miller Diaz will start for the National League squad. Also selected: right-handers John Gant and Robert Gsellman, left-hander John Mincone and Mazzilli.

• Brendan Prunty in the Star-Ledger chronicles Feliciano’s three-year journey to return to the majors. Feliciano has retired all four batters he has faced -- all lefties -- since returning Friday.

• Barry Federovitch at NJ.com insists the Mets cannot bring back Ike Davis in 2014.

From the bloggers … Rising Apple suggests that while Davis’ overall numbers are poor, his numbers since his return from Triple-A are fine. … John Delcos at Mets Report offers a plan to use Flores.

BIRTHDAYS: John Olerud turns 45.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: How should the Mets handle third base in David Wright’s absence?

Minors 8.4.13: Montero tosses gem

August, 4, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 4, MEMPHIS 2: Zach Lutz and Matt den Dekker each had RBIs to lead Las Vegas to the win. Starter Rafael Montero picked up the win with eight innings of one-run ball. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, HARRISBURG 0: Binghamton pitched the shutout behind five shutout innings from Noah Syndergaard. Danny Muno hit a homer, and Rhyne Hughes had a pair of RBIs. Box

CLEARWATER 5, ST. LUCIE 2: Lucas Duda went 0-for-4 in St. Lucie's loss. Kevin Plawecki had the lone RBI. Starter Rainy Lara gave up four runs over seven innings. Box

GREENVILLE 8, SAVANNAH 6: Savannah blew a 6-3 lead entering the bottom of the eighth. Dimas Ponce went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Starter Seth Lugo gave up two hits and one run in six innings. Box

GREENEVILLE 17, KINGSPORT 1: A seven-run third inning led to the blowout win for Greeneville. Starter Martires Arias gave up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. Michael Bernal had the lone RBI for Kingsport. Box

JAMESTOWN 9, BROOKLYN 5: Brooklyn blew a 5-2 lead as Jamestown scored the final seven runs. LJ Mazzilli hit his first homer as part of a 2-for-4 day with three RBIs. Box

Minors 8.3.13: Glenn's homer lifts Gnats

August, 3, 2013
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MEMPHIS 4, LAS VEGAS 3: With the score tied at 3, Sean Henn issued a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth and departed. John Church then surrendered a single to Jamie Romak and sacrifice fly to Chad Huffman. Brian Bixler had a leadoff single in the ninth and advanced to second on Juan Centeno's sac bunt, but Francisco Pena and Kirk Nieuwenhuis consecutively were retired to end the game. The 51s had tied the score at 3 in the top of the eighth when Ruben Tejada walked, advanced to third on Wilmer Flores' single and scored on Zach Lutz's groundout. Flores manned third base for the second time this season. Jamie Hoffmann had a seventh-inning solo homer to pull Las Vegas (60-53) within 3-2. Jordany Valdespin completed serving a three-game suspension. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 2: Facing Nathan Karns, Danny Muno opened the game with a single and Travis d’Arnaud blasted a two-run homer. In the third, Muno walked and

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d’Arnaud doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Josh Rodriguez followed with a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead. Logan Verrett won his 10th game. He faced the minimum through 4 2/3 innings and struck out seven of the first 14 batters he faced. That streak ended when Jerad Head reached on a swinging bunt with two outs in the fifth. Brian Jeroloman followed with a line drive deep to left-center. Darrell Ceciliani and Alonzo Harris dove for it. They collided and Jeroloman ended up with an RBI triple. Destin Hood made it three hits in a row against Verrett when he hit a line drive down the left-field line. Ceciliani made another diving attempt, but it tipped off of his glove and Hood sprinted to third base for an RBI triple. Verrett escaped further damage by forcing Karns to fly out and departed the game in line for the victory. Chasen Bradford worked around two singles in a scoreless sixth. He returned in the seventh and worked a 1-2-3 frame. Chase Huchingson retired the first two batters in the eighth before allowing back-to-back singles. With the tying run in scoring position, he got Carlos Rivero to fly out. Jeff Walters posted his 32nd save. Box

ST. LUCIE 11, CLEARWATER 3: Cam Maron and Jayce Boyd had three RBIs apiece. Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored twice and played seven innings in left field. Starter Michael Fulmer (1-2) earned his first Florida State League victory. He allowed three runs in six innings. Angel Cuan and T.J. Chism combined for three scoreless relief innings. Box

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SAVANNAH 6, GREENVILLE 3: The Gnats overcame a one-run deficit over the final two frames. They evened the score at 3 in the eighth when Dimas Ponce doubled and Jorge Rivero plated him with a triple. Jeff Glenn then blasted a three-run homer in the ninth. Beck Wheeler tossed a perfect bottom half for his 13th save. Starter Steven Matz allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings. Box

JOHNSON CITY 5, KINGSPORT 3: Vaughn Bryan's two-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth against Robert Coles accounted for the decisive runs, a half-inning after the K-Mets had tied the score at 3 with a pair of runs. Kingsport (25-17), which won 21 games in July, has lost two straight for the first time since June 30 and July 1. Kingsport struck first with back-to-back singles by Yeixon Ruiz and Victor Cruzado followed by a fielder's choice grounder by Jeyckol De Leon in the first. Johnson City answered in the fifth, with Steve Bean and Devante Lacy tallying back-to-back run-scoring hits against K-Mets starter Rob Whalen for a 2-1 lead. Justin Ringo produced a solo homer in the eighth against Coles to give Johnson City a two-run lead. The K-Mets evened the score at 3 in the bottom half on RBI doubles by Joe Tuschak and Michael Bernal. In the ninth, Johnson City loaded the bases with one out. After Coles then fanned pinch hitter J.J. Altobelli, Bryan hit a flare into right field that bounced past the diving Cruzado for a double. Whalen entered leading the Appalachian League in WHIP (0.88) and ranked third in ERA (1.36). He allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings in a no-decision. Box

BROOKLYN 7, JAMESTOWN 4: For the first time in nearly six weeks, the Cyclones (23-22) climbed above .500. John Gant allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks in five innings and earned the win. Gavin Cecchini went 4-for-5. Eddie Rohan had a two-run homer in the second. After Gant surrendered a run in the bottom half, Brooklyn responded with two runs in the third. Patrick Biondi and Cecchini singled and LJ Mazzilli grounded into a run-scoring double play. Alex Sanchez produced a run-scoring double to give Brooklyn a 4-1 lead. Jamestown struck for another run in the sixth because of an error by Gant. In a three-run seventh, Biondi had an RBI single. Cecchini then doubled, advancing Biondi to third. Mazzilli followed with a two-out, two-RBI single to give Brooklyn a 7-2 lead. The Jammers produced two runs in the eighth against John Mincone. Box

GCL NATIONALS 9, GCL METS 5 (6 innings): Starter Yoryi Nuez allowed six runs in one-plus innings in the rain-shortened game. Brandon Brosher had a two-run homer in the loss. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.1.13: Lawley homers twice in FSL

August, 1, 2013
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NASHVILLE 4, LAS VEGAS 0: Giancarlo Alvarado surrendered one run in 6 1/3 innings. Jack Leathersich was charged with three eighth-inning runs. The 51s (60-51) mustered only four hits against Chris Narveson and three relievers. Box

ALTOONA 2, BINGHAMTON 1 (13 innings): Adam Kolarek suffered the loss in his third inning of relief, on a one-out RBI single in the 13th. B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel had surrendered only one run, unearned, in 6 1/3 innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, TAMPA 4: Dustin Lawley homered twice and drove in five runs. Jon Niese pitched four scoreless innings on a major league rehab assignment. He allowed two hits

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while walking one and striking out four. Niese tossed 50 pitches (32 strikes). Lawley hit a two-run homer in the first to give the Mets the lead. The Mets (58-46) scored five times with two outs in the inning. Matt Reynolds had a bases-loaded two-run single. Robbie Shields added an RBI single. Lawley launched a three-run homer in the second to extend the lead to 8-0. Lawley leads the Florida State League with 23 homers and 82 RBIs. T.J. Rivera went 4-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Lucas Duda went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI double in his fourth game with St. Lucie on a major league rehab assignment. Hansel Robles picked up the win despite allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits in four innings. Cody Satterwhite struck out the side in the ninth. Box

SAVANNAH 4, GREENVILLE 3: Brian Harrison doubled to lead off the top of the ninth and scored the tiebreaking run on Jeff Reynolds' fielder's choice groundout with the bases loaded. Beck Wheeler notched his 12th save. Box

KINGSPORT 6, JOHNSON CITY 3: Chris Flexen allowed two runs in seven innings. Champ Stuart, Jeff Diehl and Zach Mathieu had two hits apiece. Ricardo Jacquez inherited two runners with two outs in the ninth and struck out Ronnierd Garcia to end the game for his fifth save for the K-Mets (25-15). Box

BROOKLYN 9, WILLIAMSPORT 4: A five-run rally with two outs in the seventh allowed the Cyclones (21-22) to avoid the sweep. Brooklyn had trailed 4-2 and had only one hit through six innings -- a two-run homer from James Roche. Jonathan Clark finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Brooklyn starter Robert Gsellman (2-2) surrendered a two-run homer in the second inning, although one run was unearned because of one of third baseman Anthony Chavez's two error. The Crosscutters scored again in the third, on Zach Green's RBI single, for a 3-0 lead. The Cyclones clawed back in the fifth on Roche's two-run homer. In the five-run seventh, Colton Plaia's double scored Roche. After Chavez walked, Clark tripled to plate Plaia and Chavez. Gavin Cecchini then singled, scoring Clark. LJ Mazzilli capped the outburst with a run-scoring triple that gave the Cyclones a 7-4 lead. Gsellman entered the game with the third-best ERA in the New York-Penn League, at 1.74. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk in six innings. Ricky Knapp pitched three scoreless innings and struck out five for his second save. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 1: Gaby Almonte (2-1) tossed five scoreless innings. Brandon Welch followed with three scoreless innings. Wuilmer Becerra had a two-run double in the first inning. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.31.13: Ynoa notches 12th win

August, 1, 2013
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NASHVILLE 3, LAS VEGAS 2: Greg Burke surrendered a walk-off RBI single to Eugenio Velez a half-inning after the 51s had evened the score. Jamie Hoffmann's leadoff homer in the top of the ninth had made it 2-2. Hoffmann homered twice off the bench after pinch-hitting for Juan Centeno. Box

ALTOONA 3, BINGHAMTON 2: The Curve scored two runs in the eighth as Adam Kolarek failed to preserve a one-run lead. Kolarek surrendered three hits, including a go-ahead RBI

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single to Alex Dickerson. Binghamton had been 57-0 when leading after seven innings. The damage against Kolarek became the first earned runs allowed by the B-Mets bullpen since July 20 -- a span of 10 games. Travis d'Arnaud went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his first game with the B-Mets. With the B-Mets leading 2-1, Alen Hanson narrowly beat Kolarek to the bag for an infield single. Adalberto Santos tied the score with a double. Dickerson gave Altoona the lead by punching a run-producing single through the left side. Santos scored from second, beating left fielder Travis Taijeron’s throw. In the fourth, B-Mets starter Darin Gorski walked Gregory Polanco. Polanco stole second and moved to third when d’Arnaud’s throw skipped into center. Mel Rojas Jr. executed a suicide squeeze with a bunt up the first-base line, plating Polanco with the game’s first run. Altoona starter Jameson Taillon had a scoreless effort end in the fifth. Wilfredo Tovar singled and stole second. With two outs, Alonzo Harris singled to plate Tovar. Binghamton used more two-out offense to grab the lead in the seventh. Reliever Zack Thornton walked Allan Dykstra to start the inning, then uncorked a wild pitch. Richard Lucas ultimately lined a two-out single, plating Dykstra for a 2-1 B-Mets lead. Gorski struck out a season-high eight and exited after seven innings with the lead. He allowed one unearned run on four hits. Kolarek (2-2) was tagged with his first loss since April 28. Box

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TAMPA 4, ST. LUCIE 1: Dustin Lawley hit his league-leading 21st homer -- a game-tying solo shot in the fourth. But Tampa answered with three runs the following half-inning against Matt Bowman (6-3). Peter O’Brien’s RBI single gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Bowman allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings. Randy Fontanez pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three. Tim Byrdak walked four and struck out two while allowing one hit in 1 1/3 innings. Hamilton Bennett recorded two outs in the ninth to escape a bases-loaded jam. Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-3. Rehabbing Lucas Duda served as the designated hitter and went 0-for-4 in his third game with St. Lucie. Box

SAVANNAH 5, ASHEVILLE 1: Gabriel Ynoa earned his organization-leading 12th win, limiting Asheville to one run in six innings. Tyler Vanderheiden, Shawn Teufel and Beck Wheeler combined for three no-hit relief innings. Eudy Pina went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Box

KINGSPORT 9, ELIZABETHTON 4: Pinch hitter Richie Rodriguez had a three-run double in a six-run fifth. Box

WILLIAMSPORT 8, BROOKLYN 6: In the eighth inning, a pair of doubles -- including a run-scoring two-bagger from LJ Mazzilli -- as well as a fielding error by Williamsport second baseman Sam Dove led to two runs and trimmed Williamsport's lead to 8-5. An inning later, James Roche doubled and Tomas Nido plated him with a single for his third RBI of the evening. But Ismael Tijerina and Patrick Biondi were both retired when they batted as the tying run as the comeback bid stalled. Box

GCL MARLINS 4, GCL METS 1: Starter Marcos Molina allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.30.13: Frenzel double lifts Gnats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Minors 7.28.13: Noah 1-hits Trenton in 6 IP

July, 28, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 13, SACRAMENTO 4: In the completion of a suspended game from May 6, Wilmer Flores homered twice and had three extra-base hits. Ruben Tejada went 4-for-4 and scored twice. The game was called due to high winds and dust in the bottom of the seventh inning. The regularly scheduled game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Monday. The 51s took a two-game lead on Sacramento for first place in the Pacific Southern Division. Box

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TRENTON 1, BINGHAMTON 0
BINGHAMTON 6, TRENTON 1: Noah Syndergaard allowed one run -- on a two-out solo homer in the first -- and no other hits in six innings as the B-Mets split the doubleheader. Syndergaard struck out eight and walked none. Alonzo Harris was picked off first base to end Game 1. The lone run in the opener came in the second inning against Logan Verrett, on doubles by Andrew Clark and Carmen Angelini. Verrett allowed only three hits in five innings. Box 1, Box 2

LAKELAND 3, ST. LUCIE 0: St. Lucie was held hitless by Thomas Collier and Alex Burgos until Robbie Shields' leadoff single in the eighth. That was the lone hit produced by the Mets. Michael Fulmer (0-2) suffered the tough-luck loss. He allowed one run on seven hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings. Box

AUGUSTA 6, SAVANNAH 1: The teams exchanged runs in the first inning, but Savannah ultimately was denied a four-game sweep. Augusta executed a double-steal with runners at first and third to plate the game’s first run. In the bottom half, Jorge Rivero doubled and scored on Maikis De La Cruz’s sacrifice fly. It was the only run for the Gnats (16-16/59-42). The Jackets took the lead for good with three runs in the third inning against Savannah starter Julian Hilario, who made his first start of the season after 29 relief appearances. Chuckie Jones had a two-run triple in the frame. Five Savannah relievers followed Hilario for an inning apiece. Box

KINGSPORT 9, BRISTOL 2: Rob Whalen (2-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out seven in six innings. Ruben Reyes and Robert Coles combined for three scoreless relief innings. Yeixon Ruiz, Victor Cruzado and Joe Tuschak had three hits apiece. Box

BROOKLYN 4, HUDSON VALLEY 2: John Gant allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks in six innings. In the first inning, LJ Mazzilli singled and scored on Jared King's double for a 1-0 lead. Hudson Valley evened the score at 1 in the third. Ryan McChesney singled off Gant and reached third on a fielding error by third baseman Anthony Chavez. McChesney then scored on John Alexander's single. Chavez redeemed himself in the fifth, launching a two-run homer. In the sixth, the Renegades loaded the bases with one out as Ariel Soriano stepped to the plate. Gant was looking in for the sign and was called for a balk, scoring Alexander as Hudson Valley pulled within 3-2. Gant avoided further trouble, retiring Soriano and Omar Narvaez. Alex Sanchez connected on his first homer since Aug. 31, 2012 to restore a two-run cushion in the seventh. Box

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Minors 7.21.13: 'Spin drives in 5

July, 21, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 15, RENO 8: Jordany Valdespin went 4-for-6 with a homer and five RBIs. Ruben Tejada had three hits and drove in two. Starter Chris Schwinden, who had been a consideration for a spot start against the Nationals on Friday, allowed six runs in four innings as his ERA swelled to 6.00. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, NEW BRITAIN 3: Binghamton produced a season-high seven doubles, beginning with Allan Dykstra's run-scoring two-bagger in the first. The Rock Cats used a

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pair of solo homers to grab the lead against B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel -- by Nate Hanson and Miguel Sano. Binghamton took a 4-2 lead with a three-run third that included doubles by Alonzo Harris, Josh Rodriguez, Cesar Puello and Travis Taijeron. Goeddel bounced back after Sano’s homer with three scoreless innings. In the sixth, Sano ripped a single past shortstop Wilfredo Tovar to start the inning and Daniel Ortiz walked. Dan Rohlfing’s innocent flyout to right proved costly for Binghamton. As Sano tagged up to third, Tovar received Puello’s throw and fired to first in attempt to nab Ortiz. The shortstop’s toss skipped into the seats and allowed Sano to score, trimming Binghamton’s lead to 4-3. But with the tying run on third, Goeddel struck out Jordan Parraz. He then handed the reins to Adam Kolarek. The southpaw struck out Angel Morales looking to end the threat. Kolarek returned for the seventh and worked around a leadoff double by Danny Santana in a scoreless frame.

The B-Mets added an insurance run against Ryan O’Rourke in the seventh. With the bases loaded after an intentional walk to Puello, Dykstra lifted a sac fly. Pedro Feliciano struck out two in a perfect eighth. Closer Jeff Walters surrendered a pair of two-out singles in the ninth, but escaped with his 26th save. Goeddel (9-3) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and matched a season high with eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. He matched teammate Logan Verrett and Akron’s Matt Packer for the league lead in wins. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, DAYTONA 5: Jayce Boyd had a two-run homer in the third to give St. Lucie at 3-2 lead. Dustin Lawley's 20th homer of the season, a solo shot in the ninth, gave the Mets a two-run cushion. Michael Fulmer allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings. Tim Byrdak tossed a scoreless relief inning. T.J. Chism recorded his 15th save. Box

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SAVANNAH 4, DELMARVA 2: Eudy Pina and Jorge Rivero had consecutive RBI doubles in a three-run first. Pina's solo homer in the eighth gave the Gnats (55-40) a two-run cushion. Beck Wheeler hit a batter, then struck out three straight in the ninth for his 11th save. Shawn Teufel and Hunter Carnevale combined for three scoreless relief innings. Steven Matz (4-4) allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in five innings. Box

KINGSPORT 8, PRINCETON 1: Chris Flexen tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out 11. Champ Stuart went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.Victor Cruzado also drove in two runs. Box

BROOKLYN 3, BATAVIA 2 (10 innings): Julio Concepcion's single plated Justin Turner in the 10th as the Cyclones (15-18) notched their fourth walk-off win of the season. Turner, in likely his final rehab game and again playing shortstop, led off the inning with a single. He advanced to second on LJ Mazzilli's single. Jared King then advanced both runners with a sac bunt. After Matt Oberste was intentionally walked to load the bases, Concepcion's single won it. Starter John Gant allowed one run on two hits in five innings. Relievers Cristian Chivilli, Paul Paez and David Wynn combined for five no-hit relief innings. James Roche's second-inning RBI double gave Brooklyn a 1-0 lead. Batavia scored an unearned run in the eighth to take a 2-1 lead, on a bases-loaded walk issued by Paez. Brooklyn evened the score in the bottom half. Mazzilli singled and King reached on a fielder's choice. Alex Sanchez then singled to advance King to third with one out. Concepcion followed with a grounder to shortstop Javier Lopez, who made the flip to second baseman J.T. Riddle. Concepcion beat out the double-play attempt as the Cyclones evened the score at 2. Box

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BA HR RBI R
.287 7 38 57
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 15
RBID. Wright 51
RD. Murphy 57
OPSL. Duda .840
WB. Colon 9
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 112