New York Mets: Logan Verrett

Burning Questions: Who debuts in '15?

October, 1, 2014
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Adam RubinKevin Plawecki, Matt Reynolds and Noah Syndergaard are the most likely prospects to debut in 2015.
This is the first in a series of 10 Burning Questions regarding the Mets.

Noah Syndergaard never did reach the majors this season, but it is only a matter of time before the 22-year-old right-hander debuts. Of course, with the Mets already possessing six established starting pitchers for five slots with Matt Harvey’s return, Syndergaard (9-7, 4.60 ERA with Triple-A Las Vegas) should have to wait until in-season in 2015 for a call-up. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since it will allow the Mets to delay Syndergaard’s free agency until after the 2021 season. It also potentially avoids an extra year of arbitration eligibility.

Here are nine other prospects who may debut in 2015:

Kevin Plawecki, catcher. If the 40-man roster wasn’t already full, Plawecki likely would have been a September call-up instead of Juan Centeno. But Plawecki -- a supplemental first-round pick in 2012 out of Purdue -- does not need to be added to the 40-man roster this winter for Rule 5 protection. He probably opens next season in Las Vegas, with Anthony Recker serving as Travis d'Arnaud’s backup, but Plawecki won’t stay down forever. Plawecki, 23, hit a combined .309 with 11 homers and 64 RBIs in 376 at-bats between Double-A Binghamton and Las Vegas.

Matt Reynolds, infielder. Dilson Herrera needed to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason for Rule 5 protection. Matt Reynolds, a second-round pick out of the University of Arkansas in 2012, did not. So that’s one major reason why Reynolds was bypassed for a call-up after Daniel Murphy landed on the DL in late August with a right calf strain. Reynolds, 23, raised his average 117 points from last season in Class A ball to this season at higher levels. He hit a combined .343 with six homers and 61 RBIs in 478 at-bats between Binghamton and Vegas. He has been manning shortstop and looking passable, although he may project more as a backup middle infielder.

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Cory Mazzoni, right-handed starter. Mazzoni’s season did not start up until late June because of a strained right lat suffered in the final spring-= training game in Port St. Lucie. Although he has been a starter throughout his minor league career, the Mets already were speaking last offseason about using the NC State product in the bullpen in the majors.

Jack Leathersich, left-handed reliever. The 24-year-old southpaw has gaudy career minor league strikeout numbers. He has K’d 334 in 197 ⅓ innings. Leathersich, like Mazzoni, should be added to the 40-man roster this offseason. Before Leathersich reaches the majors, though, he needs to harness his control. He walked 4.6 per nine innings this season, which actually is down from 6.9 in 2013.

Steven Matz, left-handed starter. Matz, who hails from Stony Brook on Long Island, is the top left-handed prospect in the organization. He took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning in Binghamton’s Eastern League championship clincher. Matz should be ticketed to open 2015 in the Triple-A rotation after going 10-9 with a 2.24 ERA and posting 131 strikeouts in 140 ⅔ innings with St. Lucie and Binghamton this season.

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Matt Bowman, right-handed starter. Vegas manager Wally Backman said Bowman is not a sleeper to him and definitely should be a major leaguer. Bowman, a Princeton product with a Tim Lincecum-style delivery, went 10-8 with a 3.21 ERA with Binghamton and Vegas this season. The primary thing that may hold Bowman back is the organization's depth of young, upper-level starting pitching.

Logan Verrett, right-handed starter. Expected to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason, the former third-round pick out of Baylor went 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA in 28 starts for Vegas.

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Brandon Nimmo, outfielder. Nimmo would appear on track for at least a September call-up considering the Mets are light on upper-level outfield prospects, and he will need to be added to the 40-man roster during the 2015-16 offseason anyway. Looking considerably stronger after spending last winter at the IMG Academy bulking up, the 21-year-old Nimmo hit a combined .278 with 10 homers, 51 RBIs, 14 steals and a .394 on-base percentage in 558 plate appearances between St. Lucie and Binghamton.

Jeff Walters, right-handed reliever. Already on the roster, Walters was in big league camp last spring training, coming off posting a Binghamton-record 38 saves in 2013. He underwent Tommy John surgery June 17, so if he appears in the majors next season -- no guarantee -- it probably would not be until September.

Minors 9.6.14: Vegas, Savannah out

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RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 3: The 51s were eliminated with the Game 4 loss. Starter Logan Verrett was charged with five runs (two earned) in five innings. He struck out 11 but uncorked three wild pitches and had a throwing error. Trailing 6-0, Allan Dykstra had a three-run homer in the seventh. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, PORTLAND 4: The B-Mets fended off elimination and set up a winner-take-all Game 5 on Sunday by producing a franchise-postseason-record 11 runs. Gabriel Ynoa will oppose Portland right-hander Luis Diaz in the decisive opening-round game. On Saturday, Portland grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. Mike Miller singled and Sean Coyle doubled against Rainy Lara. With two aboard, Keury De La Cruz sent a bouncer to first baseman Brian Burgamy. He went home with the throw, but Miller slid in safely with the game’s opening run. Binghamton used a two-out rally to break through against Mike Augliera in the third. Brandon Nimmo had an infield single. T.J. Rivera then singled to push Nimmo to third. Burgamy tied the score with a single. The Sea Dogs retook a one-run lead in the fourth on Carson Blair's solo homer against Lara.

The B-Mets answered with 10 runs over the following two frames. In the fifth, Rivera's single plated Wilfredo Tovar with the tying run. Reliever Mike McCarthy eventually took over with the bases loaded and walked Darrell Ceciliani to force in another run. McCarthy capped the inning's scoring by uncorking a wild pitch, which allowed Rivera to dash home as the B-Mets took a 4-2 lead. Binghamton sent 11 men to the plate in a seven-run sixth. The B-Mets produced four hits, cashed in on three walks and walked away from the 38-minute frame with an 11-2 lead. The first seven batters all reached and scored against McCarthy and Pete Ruiz. Lara capped his outing -- the first quality start from a B-Met in the postseason -- with a scoreless sixth. Jon Velasquez surrendered a two-run homer to David Chester in the eighth. Randy Fontanez posted a perfect ninth. Lara allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. Box

ASHEVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1: Savannah's season ended when it failed to rally in the resumption of Friday's suspended game. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth with the tying run at second base and one out when play restarted, the Gnats loaded the bases that inning. Victor Cruzado walked with two outs and Dominic Smith advanced to first base on a wild pitch on a strikeout. However, Amed Rosario grounded out to leave three aboard. The Gnats went down in order in the ninth and were swept in the best-of-three opening-round series. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 9.5.14: Syndergaard bounced in 5th

September, 6, 2014
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RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Noah Syndergaard was knocked out after the first four batters of the fifth reached base in Game 3 of the Pacific Coast League opening-round series. He was charged with six runs on six hits, three walks and a wild pitch in four-plus innings and threw 84 pitches. The big blow against Las Vegas came on a three-run homer by ex-Met Mike Jacobs against Miguel Socolovich in the fifth that staked Reno to a 7-5 lead. Two runners inherited from Syndergaard scored on the play. Vegas trails the best-of-five series, 2-1. Logan Verrett starts Game 4 on Saturday. Box

PORTLAND 6, BINGHAMTON 3: The B-Mets are a game away from elimination after

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dropping Game 3 of the best-of-five series. Portland broke a 3-all tie with a three-run bottom of the seventh against Paul Sewald that included two unearned runs. Sean Coyle contributed a go-ahead single that plated Rusney Castillo from second base. Chase Huchingson took over for Sewald and collected a strikeout before Carson Blair brought home a run with an infield single. Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar compounded the issue and allowed another run to score by forcing an errant throw to first.

B-Mets starter Steven Matz allowed three runs in five innings as the Sea Dogs built a 3-0 lead. Portland starter Eduardo Rodriguez held the B-Mets hitless for 5 1/3 innings In the sixth, Xorge Carrillo finally put the B-Mets in the hit column with a one-out double. Two batters later, Brandon Nimmo plated Carrillo with a double and took third on outfielder Shannon Wilkerson's error. Nimmo scampered home four pitches later on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one run. Binghamton caught a break to even the score in the top of the seventh. Following a two-out walk to Darrell Ceciliani, Travis Taijeron threaded a double inside the third-base bag. Keury De La Cruz overran the baseball in the left-field corner, allowing Ceciliani to score from first base.

Binghamton mustered one last threat against Aaron Kurcz in the ninth. Brian Burgamy walked with one and Jayce Boyd blooped a single inside the right-field line. With the tying run at the plate, Ceciliani and Taijeron flied out, ending Binghamton’s hopes.

The B-Mets look to stave off elimination in Game 4 on Saturday at noon. Rainy Lara opposes right-hander Mike Augliera. Box

ASHEVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1 (suspended): Game 2 of the South Atlantic League opening-round series was suspended due to unplayable field conditions with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, and with the Gnats trailing 2-1 and the tying run on second base. The Gnats are five outs from elimination. The game will resume Saturday at 4 p.m. in Savannah. If the Gnats rally to defeat Asheville, a winner-take-all Game 3 will follow at 6 p.m. On Friday, Gnats starter John Gant allowed one run and struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings. The Tourists broke a 1-all tie in the top of the eighth when Akeel Morris' wild pitch allowed a runner inherited at third base from Dawrin Frias to score. Box

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Minors 8.31.14: St. Lucie eliminated

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ALBUQUERQUE 12, LAS VEGAS 11 (11 innings): Ryan Reid (5-2) surrendered a walk-off sacrifice fly to Roger Bernadina in the bottom of the 11th. Las Vegas had led 8-0 entering the bottom of the sixth. Starter Logan Verrett contributed five scoreless innings. Matt Bowman was charged with five runs and recorded only one out in the sixth. Box

RICHMOND 1, BINGHAMTON 0: Elliott Blair broke a scoreless tie with a two-out RBI single in the eighth and contributed two sparkling catches in center field. The B-Mets were held to three hits and suffered their fifth straight defeat. B-Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa retired six straight batters to open his start. He stranded two in the third when Blair popped out in foul territory to catcher Xorge Carrillo. Richmond threatened again when Angel Villalona led off the fifth with a double. Ynoa responded by retiring three straight. Richmond starter Ty Blach tossed four no-hit innings before surrendering a leadoff infield single to Carrillo in the fifth. Blach erased Carrillo with a double play and ended the frame by retiring Ynoa. Binghamton finally pushed a runner into scoring position when Brian Burgamy ripped his team-leading 32nd double with two outs in the sixth. Blach sidestepped the threat by inducing Jayce Boyd to fly out. Blair had opened the game with a diving catch on the warning track to rob Brandon Nimmo of an extra-base hit. He struck again with an over-the-shoulder basket catch against Travis Taijeron in the seventh.

Ynoa retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. Jon Velasquez (4-4) inherited the scoreless tie in the eighth and fell into trouble immediately by allowing a leadoff single to Myles Schroder. Velasquez retired the next two batters, but then issued a two-out walk to Kelby Tomlinson. Blair made the righty pay by lining a 2-1 pitch into center, plating Schroder with the lone run. T.J. Rivera (0-for-4) had an 11-game hitting streak snapped. The playoff-bound B-Mets (83-57) conclude the regular season on Monday. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, PALM BEACH 2: St. Lucie faced long playoff odds entering Sunday’s finale. The Mets did their part by beating the Cardinals, but Bradenton’s 3-2 victory over Charlotte in Game 1 of a doubleheader eliminated the Mets from playoff contention. St. Lucie completed its season with a 76-62 record. Matt Koch limited the Cardinals to one run in seven innings. He scattered nine hits, induced two double-play grounders and struck out four batters. The Mets scored all four of their runs in the third inning against Tyrell Jenkins. Gavin Cecchini singled and advanced to third on two wild pitches. Gilbert Gomez drove him in with a double. After Maikis De La Cruz singled, L.J. Mazzilli crushed a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. Jared King capped the scoring with an RBI double. Mason Katz hit a solo homer against Jake Kuebler in the eighth to cut the Mets' lead to 4-2. Koch earned his team-high 10th win. Kuebler notched his third save. Mazzilli had three hits and finished the Florida State League season with a .312 average. Box

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 3: Patrick Biondi had a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to pull the Gnats within a run. Stefan Sabol then singled, but Victor Cruzado struck out to the end game. Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed four runs in seven innings. The Gnats complete their regular season Monday. They open the playoffs Wednesday at Asheville. Box

BROOKLYN 11, STATEN ISLAND 3: The Cyclones remained alive entering Monday's final day of the regular season. Brooklyn needs to beat Staten Island and have Connecticut lose to Lowell to claim the New York-Penn League's wild-card spot. On Sunday, Adrian Abreu went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs. Michael Conforto had three hits and a walk and scored twice. Starter Alberto Baldonado allowed one run in five innings. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 8.26.14: Pina double lifts St. Lucie

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LAS VEGAS 9, ROUND ROCK 5: Anthony Seratelli produced a second-inning grand slam and finished with five RBIs as Vegas won its sixth straight game. Logan Verrett recorded his team-leading 11th victory. Verrett allowed two runs on four hits in five innings. Box

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BINGHAMTON 3, NEW BRITAIN 2: Starter Gabriel Ynoa surrendered five runs in a seven-inning complete game as the B-Mets dropped Game 1. Jayce Boyd's two-out RBI single in the first inning gave Binghamton its lone run. In the nightcap, the B-Mets scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning -- on a passed ball and wild pitch -- to take a 3-2 lead. Dario Alvarez earned his first Double-A save by recording the final four outs. Paul Sewald earned the win in relief in his Double-A debut. Box 1, Box 2

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ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 2: The Mets stormed back from a 2-0 deficit with a four-run seventh that included a three-run double from Eudy Pina and RBI single from Jeff McNeil. St. Lucie added a run in the eighth on Cam Maron's sacrifice fly. Maron had been named a Florida State League All-Star earlier in the day. Starter Matt Koch allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings. Ryan Fraser recorded the final four outs for his second save. Box

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 3: John Mincone surrendered a pair of runs in the top of the ninth as Augusta broke a 3-all tie and sent Savannah to its season-high sixth straight loss. The Gnats had evened the score in the seventh on Jorge Rivero's RBI double and Yeixon Ruiz's RBI single, although the Gnats left the bases loaded that inning when Jonathan Leroux grounded into a fielder's choice. Box

JOHNSON CITY 3, KINGSPORT 2: Blake Drake's two-out solo homer in the fifth against Yoryi Nuez broke a 2-all tie. Luis Guillorme and Eudor Garcia each went 3-for-4 in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 8, STATEN ISLAND 2: Brooklyn produced a five-run third inning and maintained a two-game lead in the wild-card race with its victory. Consecutive singles by Michael Bernal, Tucker Tharp and Alfredo Reyes gave Brooklyn a 1-0 lead. After Adrian Abreu produced a run-scoring groundout, Amed Rosario delivered an RBI single. Michael Conforto grounded out, but another string of singles -- this time from Jhoan Urena, Tyler Moore and Pedro Perez -- plated two more runs for a 5-0 lead. Casey Meisner allowed one run on four hits in six innings and struck out 11. Box

GCL CARDINALS 2, GCL METS 1: Juan Marte surrendered a walk-off RBI single to Magneuris Sierra in the ninth. The Mets' lone run came on Dash Winningham's sixth-inning solo homer. It was his fifth long ball of the season -- the most by a Mets farmhand in the Gulf Coast League since Jeff Flagg and Alonzo Harris also had five in 2008. Box

Morning Briefing: deGrom day!

August, 23, 2014
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Matt Marton/USA TODAY SportsJacob deGrom returns Saturday night at Dodger Stadium after a DL stint for rotator-cuff tendinitis.
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FIRST PITCH: Jacob deGrom's NL Rookie of the Year bid, sidetracked by his DL stint, resumes Saturday as the Mets continue their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

DeGrom, who missed two starts with rotator-cuff tendinitis, has been activated and will face Zack Greinke and his balky elbow in the 9:10 p.m. ET game.

The Mets demoted Rafael Montero to Las Vegas after Friday’s game to clear the roster spot for deGrom. Montero made his first major league relief appearance in the series opener at Dodger Stadium. He surrendered a walk and run-scoring double to A.J. Ellis while recording one out.

Saturday’s news reports:

Wilmer Flores committed two errors in a 6-2 loss to the Dodgers on Friday. Flores’ latter error, which came on a two-out throw to first base on Adrian Gonzalez''s grounder in the seventh, led to three unearned runs scoring and a 5-1 deficit. Flores earlier had suffered a cut to the back of his throwing hand getting spiked by Scott Van Slyke, but Terry Collins said the issue was not serious and X-rays were negative. The Mets originally were charged with four errors, but a scoring change spared David Wright an E-5.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

• Mets farmhand Manuel Hilario lost consciousness and suffered a seizure as the result of getting kneed in the head while sliding into second base while playing for the Gulf Coast League Mets on Friday. Hilario was transported by helicopter to a hospital. The Mets reported later in the day that Hilario was in good spirits and may be discharged Saturday. The game against the Nationals in Viera, Fla., was suspended in the fourth inning after the serious injury.

"The coaches were out there and they were yelling to call 9-1-1," Nats pitcher Matt DeRosier told MiLB.com. "They said he pretty much had a concussion, but it was such a bad concussion that it made him have a seizure. I think he may have lost feelings in his legs -- it was really scary.

"It was a nice, aggressive slide. He hit the ground really quickly, his helmet flew off, it was pretty instant. His head hit the ground, and after his head hit the ground, he was out. He wasn't moving at all. He locked up and started seizing for about 20 seconds. Everybody was around him, and one of our coaches went to the fire station -- he drove a golf cart and got the situation under control. [Hilario] was out for 10 minutes, just unconscious."

• The Mets plan to work out Cubans Roberto Carlos, a 28-year-old shortstop, and Pavel Quesada, a 25-year-old third baseman, on Wednesday at their complex in the Dominican Republic, Mike Puma reports in the Post.

Bartolo Colon rejoined the Mets and was activated from bereavement leave before Friday’s game. Gonzalez Germen was demoted to Vegas to open the roster spot. Colon, whose mother passed away Monday, is due to pitch Sunday against the Dodgers. He is expected to return to the Dominican Republic after that start for his mother’s funeral.


Rich Gagnon/Getty ImagesGarrett Richards' knee injury means the Angels ideally need to acquire a quality starting pitcher.


• With the Los Angeles Angels losing Garrett Richards for the season due to a torn patellar tendon in his left knee that was surgically repaired Friday, there is speculation the AL West club could be a trading partner for the Mets. Colon, though, as of Friday morning reportedly had not yet been placed on waivers. Jonathon Niese reportedly cleared waivers earlier this month and is eligible to be traded to any team as a result.

Writes Bill Shakin in the Los Angeles Times:

The Mets could let Colon go on waivers, sticking the Angels with the entire $12.5 million bill. Of course, since every other team knows the Angels need a starter, all it would take is one team to claim him and block the Angels from getting him. The Oakland Athletics probably would want to keep Colon out of Anaheim -- and, by having the best record in the American League, the Angels get last priority in claiming National League players.

However, if the Mets or any other team decided to engage in discussions about trading a pitcher, the Angels' perilously thin farm system could become an issue. The Angels traded five of their better prospects -- from a system already ranked as the worst in baseball -- to acquire relievers Huston Street and Joe Thatcher.

• Phil Mushnick in the Post labels current spot starter Steve Gelbs the “heir apparent” to Kevin Burkhardt as Mets field reporter on SNY. Writes Mushnick:

Steve Gelbs, heir apparent to Fox-bound Kevin Burkhardt as SNY’s Mets games rover, has been both relaxed and useful. From Oakland, he reported that because the stadium doubles as the Raiders’ field, the pitching mound sits on a large, haul-away pallet. Neat.

• The Las Vegas 51s announced their in-house awards for the season. Matt den Dekker was named the “Mayor’s Trophy” winner in a vote by fans. Andrew Brown was named Most Valuable Player. Logan Verrett was named Most Valuable Pitcher. Brandon Allen received the Community Service Award.

• Noah Syndergaard was charged with six runs (five earned) in six innings and Matt Reynolds went 4-for-4 with a walk for Las Vegas 8-7, 11-inning win against New Orleans. Danny Muno had a walk-off RBI single. Dilson Herrera drove in four runs and Jayce Boyd had a three-run homer as Binghamton beat Akron, 12-3. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Binghamton, which clinched a playoff berth on its off-day Thursday, did the traditional clubhouse celebration after winning Friday’s game. Watch a short video clip captured by Herrera here.

• Marc Carig in Newsday looks into who closes in 2015 -- Jenrry Mejia or Bobby Parnell.

"When Bobby Parnell comes back, he will be pitching during his rehab as if he's the closer, because that's … certainly in our plan when he gets back,” Collins said. “… There's nothing etched in stone because certainly somebody can stand up and show up and say 'OK, I'm going to take that job.’ And when Bobby's ready, we've got a nice problem on our hands. But looking that far ahead, we certainly can't have any idea who is the guy pitching in the ninth."

• The Mets are plus-147 in getting the benefit of strike calls this season, fifth-best in the majors, because of their catchers’ ability to frame pitches, Jeff Sullivan writes at Foxsports.com.

• So Chris Rock is a Mets fan, right? After all, he leads that “Let’s Go Mets!” chant at Citi Field and once professed as much to David Letterman. Well, Rock was shown catching a foul ball and admirably giving it to a young fan at Yankee Stadium this week. And he was wearing a Yankees cap at the time. Watch the video evidence at Mets Police.

• Everett Merrill at Baseball America chronicles Brooklyn’s positive attendance track record.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal looks at innings caps.

BIRTHDAYS: Julio Franco turns 56. ... Ed Hearn is 54. ... Prentice Redman is 35. ... Pat Strange is 34. ... Raul Casanova is 42.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets call up Matt Reynolds to play shortstop in September?

Minors 8.16.14: Lupo swipes home for win

August, 17, 2014
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OMAHA 3, LAS VEGAS 2: Taylor Teagarden's two-run homer in the top of the seventh against Blake Wood broke a scoreless tie. But 51s starter Logan Verrett surrendered a sacrifice fly to ex-Mets farmhand Francisco Pena in the bottom of that inning, then a game-deciding two-run homer to Brian Bocock in the eighth. Verrett (10-5) was credited with a complete game and allowed only four hits and two walks in the defeat. Box

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BINGHAMTON 7, READING 3: Rehabbing Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed six strong innings and also contributed with a run-producing walk . Reading starter Jesse Biddle opened the fourth by issuing walks to Brian Burgamy and Jayce Boyd. Darrell Ceciliani followed with an RBI single. Three batters later, Biddle hit Wilfredo Tovar and walked Matsuzaka, forcing in another run. Mike Nesseth took over for Biddle and recorded the final out of the inning, defusing the threat. Matsuzaka cruised through four scoreless innings, needing only 38 pitches and facing one over the minimum. Reading’s first threat came in the fifth, when Brock Stassi pulled a one-out double down the right-field line. Matsuzaka stranded Stassi by retiring the next two batters. The Fightins cracked the scoreboard in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Peter Lavin doubled over right fielder Kyle Johnson’s head. He took third on a fly out and scampered home with Reading’s lone run when Matsuzaka uncorked a wild pitch. Jon Velasquez tossed a perfect seventh for his first save since 2010 as a Phillies farmhand at high-A Clearwater. Matsuzaka (1-0) allowed one run on three hits in six innings. He threw 69 pitches while walking none and collecting three strikeouts.

In Game 2, the B-Mets plated seven unanswered runs, highlighted by a go-ahead three-run homer from Tovar in the sixth. The Fightin Phils had blasted their way to the lead in the first inning on Aaron Altherr's three-run homer against Tyler Pill. Binghamton responded without needing a hit in the third against Reading starter Adam Loewen. Tovar walked and Pill reached safely when Loewen failed to cleanly field his drag bunt. After a walk loaded the bases, T.J. Rivera ripped a groundball through Jake Fox’s legs at third base, allowing Tovar to score. Burgamy followed with a fielder’s choice to third, plating Pill to cut the deficit to one run. Pill settled down after Altherr’s blast, retiring the final 13 batters he faced. The righty cruised through four perfect innings, striking out five additional batters, to cap his night. Loewen’s fortunes turned quickly when the B-Mets put together a two-out rally in the sixth. The lefty walked Dustin Lawley and hit Xorge Carrillo. Tovar then ripped a 1-0 pitch over the left-center wall. His second homer of the season put Binghamton ahead, 5-3. The B-Mets padded their lead in the ninth on Lawley's two-run double. Pill (8-5) struck out six while issuing no walks over five innings. He remains unbeaten in his last 15 games as a B-Met. Box 1, Box 2

BRADENTON 5, ST. LUCIE 2: In his first start since Aug. 3, Luis Cessa allowed one single

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and one walk in five scoreless innings. He struck out seven, but did not factor in the decision when the bullpen could not hold a 2-0 lead in the eighth. Beck Wheeler surrendered three straight singles to start the frame and was replaced by lefty T.J. Chism to face lefty Adam Frazier. Frazier singled to left to make it 2-1. After Chism struck out Walker Gourley, Jordan Steranka produced a three-run double to put the Marauders ahead, 4-2. Bradenton added one more run in the inning when Jose Osuna’s grounder went through second baseman Phillip Evans' legs and Steranka scored. Yhonathan Barrios pitched around a one-out double by Evans in the ninth to close out the game. Cessa retired the first 11 batters he faced. His no-hit bid ended with two outs in the fourth on a single by Steranka. The only other batter to reach against Cessa was on a walk in the fifth. Cam Maron singled to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Box

SAVANNAH 9, GREENVILLE 3: The Gnats used bases-loaded walks to Victor Cruzado and

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Nelfi Zapata to score twice in the first inning. The Drive pulled within 2-1 in the fourth against Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis as Kevin Mager singled to plate Tzu-Wei Lin. That was the only run Panteliodis allowed before the ninth inning. The Gnats blew the game open with a combined seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings against reliever Oscar Perez. Jeff Glenn and Patrick Biondi drew back-to-back walks to start a three-run rally in the sixth. In the seventh, consecutive singles from Cruzado, Zapata, Jonathan Johnson, Glenn and Biondi led to four runs and a 9-1 Savannah advantage. Cruzado finished 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI. Yeixon Ruiz was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. Biondi was 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Savannah let Panteliodis begin the ninth with an eight-run lead, but he allowed three hits, including two doubles, and reached his pitch limit. He was removed one out shy of his second complete game of the season. He still earned the win to improve to 5-3 with a 3.80 ERA. Box

KINGSPORT 4, GREENEVILLE 3: The K-Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win, capped by Vicente Lupo's game-ending steal of home. Lupo's RBI double earlier in the frame had tied the score at 3. Kingsport starter Persio Reyes tossed six scoreless innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, VERMONT 1: Amed Rosario's two-out double in the third plated John Mora and opened the scoring. The Cyclones opened a 2-0 lead an inning later. Michael Conforto was hit by a pitch and stole second. Tyler Moore followed with an RBI double. Brooklyn starter Alberto Baldonado departed after five scoreless innings. In the eighth, Gaither Bumgardner inherited a runner on first with two outs from Carlos Valdez. A passed ball by Adrian Abreu advanced Max Kuhn to second. Trent Gilbert's RBI single then pulled Vermont within 2-1. In the ninth, closer Shane Bay surrendered one hit but converted his 13th save. Box

GCL MARLINS 9, GCL METS 5: Starter Darwin Reyes surrendered eight runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings. Down 8-0, the Mets produced five fifth-inning runs, highlighted by Alvin Maracaro's two-run double. Maracaro, a third baseman, also committed two of the Mets' three errors. Adrian Almeida contributed three scoreless relief innings in the loss. Box

Compiled with team reports

Morning Briefing: What next?

August, 11, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: After a ninth-inning meltdown capped the squandering of a five-run lead, the Mets now need a victory Monday to avoid a split of their four-game series against the last-place Philadelphia Phillies.

Jonathon Niese (5-8, 3.41 ERA) opposes right-hander David Buchanan (6-5, 4.39) at 1:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Monday’s news reports:

Jacob deGrom will be examined in New York on Monday and has been scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field because of shoulder soreness. DeGrom does not believe the issue is serious.


Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsJacob deGrom's shoulder is due to be examined Monday in New York.


Assistant GM John Ricco suggested Carlos Torres could make a spot start if deGrom is only going to miss one rotation turn, with Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard candidates if deGrom’s absence requires a DL stint. However, Terry Collins suggested Torres may be needed in the bullpen on Monday because other relievers have been heavily used.

Montero, who has produced two straight scoreless appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas and already has appeared at the major league level, would appear more likely among the call-up options. Sandy Alderson did not reply to an inquiry from ESPNNewYork.com.

Read more in the Post, Daily News, Journal, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Jenrry Mejia revealed he has a hernia that will require surgery. He hopes to take medication and pitch with the discomfort for the remainder of the season, but it is possible he is shut down before then and undergoes the procedure sooner. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Daily News and at MLB.com.

• Mejia failed to hold a one-run lead in the ninth and the Phillies rallied for a 7-6 win against the Mets on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets suffered their 11th walk-off loss of the season. No other team has suffered more than eight, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Zack Wheeler produced a quality start, but expressed disappointment with his high pitch count (112 in six innings). Wilmer Flores' failure to throw out Ben Revere on a two-out grounder in the seventh proved costly. Terry Collins explained several managerial moves afterward, including intentionally walking Chase Utley with the count already full to get to Ryan Howard for the walk-off RBI single.

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

• Read more on Flores in Newsday.

• Pitching coach Dan Warthen tells columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post that John Smoltz offered advice to Wheeler during a June 30-July 2 series in Atlanta, which coincided with the beginning of Wheeler’s current streak of eight straight quality starts. “I do give credit to John for a couple of comments he made to him,” Warthen told Davidoff. “[It] really pumped him up. And he’s been outstanding since.”

Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow inflammation) is due to make a rehab start for Class A St. Lucie on Monday. Matsuzaka then should be set to return from the DL.

Jeremy Hefner, who had a forearm issue arise as he returns from Tommy John surgery, is due to be examined in New York.

Bobby Abreu officially has been released by the Mets.

• Logan Verrett notched his 10th win as Vegas beat Albuquerque, 7-5. Steven Matz and Randy Fontanez combined on the shutout as Binghamton blanked Harrisburg, 3-0. Stefan Sabol had a game-tying RBI triple and scored the go-ahead run on Yeixon Ruiz’s single as Savannah beat Augusta, 6-4, in a rain-shortened game. Amed Rosario had a tiebreaking two-run double in Brooklyn’s 5-2 win against Batavia. Read the full minor-league recap here.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear takes note of some unusual Met stability.

BIRTHDAYS: Double-A infielder Wilfredo Tovar turns 23. ... Right-hander John Mitchell was born on this date in 1965.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should Jenrry Mejia shut down his season now and undergo hernia surgery?

Minors 8.10.14: Verrett wins No. 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LAS VEGAS 4, SACRAMENTO 2: Logan Verrett took a shutout into the ninth inning when he allowed a leadoff solo homer and departed. Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and walk. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, CLEARWATER 4: Maikis De La Cruz went 4-for-6 with three RBIs. De La Cruz also reached over the wall to take away a potential game-tying three-run homer from Brandon Short in the eighth. After Clearwater evened the score with three fourth-inning runs against Domingo Tapia, St. Lucie answered the following half-inning to take a 5-3 lead. Jeff McNeil doubled and scored on De La Cruz's ensuing single. After walks to Phillip Evans and L.J. Mazzilli, De La Cruz scored on a sacrifice fly by Gavin Cecchini. Cole Frenzel had a solo homer in a three-run ninth as the Mets put the game out of the reach. Dario Alvarez, T.J. Chism and Paul Sewald combined for 3 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Box

CHARLESTON at SAVANNAH: The doubleheader was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. The teams will play doubleheaders Tuesday and Wednesday.

PULASKI 6, KINGSPORT 4: Starter Audry German allowed five runs (four earned) in 2 2/3 innings. Zach Mathieu drove in two runs in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 4, CONNECTICUT 3: Michael Conforto and Michael Bernal had RBI singles in a three-run first inning as the Cyclones grabbed a 3-0 lead. Shane Bay recorded the final four outs for his 10th save. He inherited and stranded the potential tying run at third base in the eighth. Starter Casey Meisner allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings. Before Bay entered, Connecticut had pulled within a run in the eighth. Third baseman Jhoan Urena had a fielding error that led to an unearned run in that frame. Box

GCL METS 2, GCL MARLINS 1 (six innings): Milton Ramos and Dash Winningham had RBI doubles in a two-run fourth inning as the Mets grabbed a 2-0 lead. Starter Kevin Canelon allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings. The game was called in the middle of the sixth due to wet field conditions. Box

Minors 7.30.14: Conforto 3-for-3, 2 RBIs

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EL PASO 8, LAS VEGAS 5: Starter Logan Verrett surrendered four runs in six innings, including homers to Tyler Greene, Cody Decker and Taylor Lindsey. Trailing 7-1, the 51s posted a four-run eighth that included a three-run double by Allan Dykstra. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 7, BINGHAMTON 2: Starter Greg Peavey allowed four first-inning runs, including a two-run homer to Matt Newman, en route to his first Eastern League loss since April 14. Peavey (8-2) followed with five straight scoreless innings. The B-Mets clawed within 4-1 in the second against Casey Lawrence. T.J. Rivera doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Jayce Boyd's sacrifice fly. In the sixth, Brian Burgamy walked and stole second base. After a pair of strikeouts, Darrell Ceciliani produced an RBI double as Binghamton moved within two runs. The Fisher Cats pulled away from there, though. Hansel Robles and Jack Leathersich combined to handle the final three innings. They surrendered a total of three runs -- all unearned -- on a four-error night for the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 3: Michael Fulmer tossed six scoreless innings and Eudy Pina went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Pina's two-run double in the sixth staked St. Lucie to a 4-0 lead. Dunedin pulled within a run with a three-run eighth against Beck Wheeler. T.J. Chism inherited the tying run on second base and, after issuing a walk, coaxed an inning-ending groundout. Chism then tossed a perfect ninth for his fourth save. The intended second game was canceled because rules prohibit three doubleheaders in a seven-day span. Box

KINGSPORT 8, DANVILLE 3: Wuilmer Becerra had a two-run triple and Eudor Garcia followed with an RBI double in a five-run first inning. Box

BROOKLYN 9, AUBURN 4: 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto finished 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs and the Cyclones jumped on Auburn with a seven-run second inning. Tyler Moore began that outburst with a walk and advanced on a wild pitch. Auburn starter James Bourque then plunked Will Fulmer. Joe Tuschak followed with an RBI double. Anthony Chavez had a run-scoring infield single. Chavez ultimately scored on a successful double steal as Amed Rosario swiped second. Conforto's RBI single made it 5-0. A balk during Moore’s second at-bat of the inning plated another run. Moore's RBI double made it 7-0. Box

GCL CARDINALS 10, GCL METS 1: Dash Winningham's ninth-inning solo homer accounted for the lone Mets run. Starter Jose Celas surrendered five runs on seven hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings. Box

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Minors 7.24.14: Plaia homer lifts Gnats

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TACOMA 5, LAS VEGAS 4: Danny Muno produced a ninth-inning sacrifice fly to pull the 51s within a run against Todd Coffey, but the Mets left pinch runner Cesar Puello on first base when Juan Centeno lined out. Brandon Allen's two-run homer in the fourth had staked Vegas to a 3-1 lead. The Rainiers scored four sixth-inning runs against starter Logan Verrett. Zack Thornton contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Jack Leathersich surrendered three seventh-inning runs as the Thunder overcame a two-run deficit. Starter Tyler Pill allowed three runs in six innings. Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the loss. Jayce Boyd drove in two runs. T.J. Rivera finished 3-for-4. Rivera's RBI single in the top of the seventh had staked the B-Mets to a 5-3 lead. Box

ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.): The teams will play a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader Friday.

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SAVANNAH 2, AUGUSTA 1: Colton Plaia produced a one-out solo homer in the top of the ninth to break a 1-all tie. Akeel Morris pitched a perfect bottom half for his 10th save. The Gnats had pulled even in the sixth on Victor Cruzado's run-scoring triple. Starter Logan Taylor surrendered only a solo homer Tyler Horan in six innings in a no-decision. Dario Alvarez improved to 7-0 with two perfect relief innings that included three strikeouts. Gnats pitching coach Marc Valdes was ejected in the seventh inning by plate umpire Jon Felczak. Box

KINGSPORT 1, GREENEVILLE 0: Martires Arias limited the Astros to two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings. He combined with Persio Reyes and David Roseboom on the shutout. The lone run came in the sixth inning on Ivan Wilson's one-out homer. Box

BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 2: The Cyclones took advantage of an error to take a first-inning lead against Vermont starter Jose Torres. Amed Rosario hit a routine groundball to first baseman John Nogowski, who misfired throwing to Torres covering first. Rosario wound up on second. He scored when Jhoan Urena singled. Urena extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Michael Bernal made it 2-0 with a solo homer in the second. In the third, Rosario tripled and Urena plated him with a sacrifice fly. Brooklyn starter Scarlyn Reyes did not allow a baserunner until the fourth inning. Vermont produced two runs against Reyes in his fifth and final inning, but the Cyclones took control with a four-run seventh. Tomas Nido walked and advanced to third on Bernal's single. Will Fulmer contributed a sacrifice fly. Adrian Abreu plated Bernal. After Vermont reliever Michael Fagan intentionally walked Urena, Tucker Tharp scored on a passed ball. Aggressive baserunning by the Cyclones allowed Abreu to score from third when the Lake Monsters attempted to pick off Urena at second. Josh Prevost, Kelly Secrest and Paul Paez combined for four scoreless relief innings. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL MARLINS 3: Enmanuel Zabala had a tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh and Dash Winningham followed with an RBI single to cap the scoring. Box

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LAS VEGAS 6, RENO 2: Cory Vaughn hit a pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning to propel the 51s to victory. Matt den Dekker, Josh Satin, Matt Reynolds and Anthony Seratelli had two hits apiece. Logan Verrett improved to 7-2, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings. Box

BINGHAMTON VS. PORTLAND (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, starting at 5:35 p.m.

BRADENTON 11, ST. LUCIE 5: Starter Michael Fulmer took the loss, giving up six runs (three earned) on 10 hits in six innings of work. Center fielder Gilbert Gomez and right fielder Eudy Pina had two hits apiece. Box

AUGUSTA 6, SAVANNAH 4: The GreenJackets broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the ninth to win it, snapping the Sand Gnats' 11-game winning streak. Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis went 7 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, with five strikeouts and no walks. Designated hitter Dominic Smith, first baseman Matt Oberste and third baseman Nelfi Zapata had two hits apiece. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 3, BROOKLYN 0: In the 1,000th game in team history, the Cyclones managed just two hits -- singles by first baseman Michael Katz and second baseman Will Fulmer. Starter Brandon Welch took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. Box

KINGSPORT 6, PULASKI 4: Left fielder Oswald Caraballo went 3-for-4 with a home run, as did first baseman Luis Ortega, and third baseman Pedro Perez went deep as well on his lone hit of the night. Starter Christian Montgomery went 4 2/3, giving up four runs on five hits, with five strikeouts and four walks, and got a no-decision. Matt Blackham earned a win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL CARDINALS 0: Starter Eucebio Arias pitched five shutout innings, giving up just three hits, to earn a win. Third baseman Alvin Maracaro went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, and first baseman Dash Winningham went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Box

Minors 6.23.14: Taijeron HR paces B-Mets

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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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LAS VEGAS 8, NASHVILLE 2: Logan Verrett allowed two runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Chasen Bradford, Scott Rice and John Church combined for scoreless relief. Travis d'Arnaud had a pinch-hit two-run double in the seventh to lift his Triple-A average to .410. Omar Quintailla went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, RICHMOND 1: Greg Peavey tossed eight strong innings as the B-Mets won for the eighth time in their last nine games. Binghamton hopped on Richmond starter

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Jack Snodgrass in the second inning. Kevin Plawecki and Dustin Lawley hit back-to-back singles. Following a Travis Taijeron walk, Rylan Sandval doubled in two runs. With two outs, Kyle Johnson then singled, plating Taijeron and Sandoval for a 4-0 lead. Brian Burgamy ended Snodgrass's night with an RBI single. The lefty lasted a season-low 1 1/3 innings and gave up a season-high five runs in suffering his first loss in eight decisions this season. Richmond's lone run scored in the fourth. Myles Schroder tripled off Peavey. The next batter, Ryan Lolis, grounded out to plate Schroder. The B-Mets got that run back in the fifth. Matt Clark, Plawecki and Lawley all singled to load the bases with nobody out. Taijeron then singled to plate a run and extend Binghamton's advantage to 6-1. Peavey (5-1) produced his second-longest outing this season. He allowed one run on five hits in the 104-pitch effort spanning eight innings. He struck out five en route to his fifth win in his last six starts as a B-Met. Cody Satterwhite contributed a perfect ninth. Box

CHARLOTTE at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): St. Lucie's final game of the Florida State League first half was canceled due to unplayable field conditions. The washout did not have a bearing on the race for first place in the FSL South Division. Fort Myers defeated Bradenton, 5-0, later Wednesday to finish a full game ahead of the Mets (40-29) in the standings. The Miracle (41-28) clinched the first-half South title and earned a spot in the postseason in September. Had the Miracle lost to Bradenton, the Mets would have won the South because the two teams would have finished with identical records. The Mets won the head-to-head matchup, 5-1, and had the tiebreaker. All 12 teams in the FSL will reset their records to 0-0 when the second half begins Thursday. Five players were promoted to Double-A Binghamton after the half's completion: Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz, Dilson Herrera, Randy Fontanez and T.J. Rivera.

BROOKLYN 4, HUDSON VALLEY 3 (10 innings): In the 10th, a pair of Hudson Valley fielding errors put Joe Tuschak and Amed Rosario on the corners with nobody out. Tyler Moore took advantage of the scoring opportunity, lofting a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to left field that plated Tuschak. Left-hander Shane Bay pitched a scoreless bottom half to collect his first save. Jhoan Urena sent the game to extra innings with a ninth-inning solo homer. Rosario had a solo homer in the first inning. Box

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