New York Mets: Matt Bowman

Minors 7.19.14: Evans lifts St. Lucie

July, 19, 2014
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First-round pick Michael Conforto reacts after going 1-for-4 in his professional debut Saturday as the DH with Brooklyn.

LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 2: Andrew Brown's three-run homer with two outs in the eighth gave the 51s a 3-2 lead after an error prolonged the inning. Matt Reynolds and Wilmer Flores added RBI singles in the ninth and Brown had a run-scoring groundout to cap the scoring. Flores' ninth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 20 games. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 1: Starter Matt Bowman allowed five runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings in his return after two starts in Triple-A. Binghamton had briefly owned a 1-0 lead on T.J. Rivera's first-inning RBI single. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, BREVARD COUNTY 6: With the bases loaded and the Mets down to their final out and trailing by a run in the top of the ninth, Phillip Evans lofted a shallow fly ball

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that dropped between left fielder Victor Roache and shortstop Brandon Macias, clearing the bases to give the Mets an 8-6 lead. Roache initially broke backward and eventually raced in and slid on the failed attempt. Gavin Cecchini had reached on a one-out single. Gilbert Gomez flied out for the second out. Stephen Peterson then got ahead of Maikis De La Cruz 1-2, but De La Cruz singled to keep the Mets alive. Jeff McNeil followed with an infield single to load the bases for Evans. Beck Wheeler pitched a 1-2-3 bottom half for his seventh save. The Mets fell behind 4-0 in the second and trailed 6-3 in the third, but the bullpen kept the Mets in the game. Jake Kuebler contributed three scoreless innings. Tim Peterson (2-0) retired all six batters he faced. Kuebler, Peterson and Wheeler combined to retire the last 14 Manatees hitters. McNeil finished 3-for-5 with an RBI double, three-run homer and four RBIs. Mets starter Matt Koch gave up nine hits, all singles, and six runs in three innings. McNeil gave the Mets life by hitting a three-run homer, his first with St. Lucie, in the third to make it 4-3. The Manatees scored two more against Koch in the bottom half. Box

LEXINGTON at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The teams will play a noon doubleheader Sunday.

KINGSPORT 3, PRINCETON 0: Yoryi Nuez tossed six scoreless innings and combined with David Roseboom and Ramon Estevez on a six-hit shutout. The K-Mets scored three third-inning runs, on consecutive RBI singles by Oswald Caraballo, Eudor Garcia and Luis Ortega. Box

BROOKLYN 8, WILLIAMSPORT 4: First-round pick Michael Conforto went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his professional debut and Octavio Acosta allowed one run (unearned) in eight innings as the Cyclones snapped an eight-game losing streak. The lone run against Acosta came after shortstop Amed Rosario allowed Robinson Torres to reach on a sixth-inning error. Torres stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Chase Harris' single as Williamsport opened the scoring. Adrian Abreu had a three-run homer in a six-run bottom half as the Cyclones grabbed a 6-1 lead. Luis Mateo allowed three runs in the ninth. Box

GCL CARDINALS 5, GCL METS 3 (11 innings): After recording two outs in the 11th, Mets reliever Waldo Rodriguez surrendered four straight singles, then hit a batter to force in a run in a two-run frame for the Cardinals. The Mets had pulled even at 3 on Dionis Rodriguez's sacrifice fly and Milton Ramos' RBI single in the seventh. Starter Darwin Ramos limited the Cardinals to two unearned runs in five innings. Box

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Morning Briefing: Mets big-game hunters?

July, 12, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets have been giant slayers during their current 6-2 homestand, roughing up Yu Darvish, Julio Teheran and now Henderson Alvarez during that stretch.

That trio of pitchers continues to be ranked in the top 10 in ERA in their respective leagues despite allowing a combined 15 runs in 13 1/3 innings against the Mets.

“We go out every night and try to compete,” Terry Collins said. “No matter who is on the mound, we try to make sure that [the batters] do what we want, and that’s get a good ball to hit and try not to chase.”

The Mets look to keep rolling when they send Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.32 ERA) to the mound opposite Miami Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.98) on Saturday at 4:10 p.m.

Huey Lewis and The News perform a postgame concert at Citi Field.

Saturday’s news reports:

Zack Wheeler allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings, David Wright finished 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and Lucas Duda also had a two-run shot as the Mets won Friday’s series opener, 7-1, against the Marlins. Wheeler improved to 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in five career starts against Miami. He has allowed one run and pitched into the seventh inning in each of his past three starts to head into the All-Star break on a high note.


Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsZack Wheeler limited the Marlins to one run in 6 2/3 innings on Friday.


Alvarez, who had a 1.04 ERA over his previous nine starts and had dominated the Mets this season, allowed six runs in five innings.

“We’ve seen him really, really sharp,” Collins said. “He wasn’t quite as sharp tonight. That’s what you’ve got to do when you get a guy who is not on his best game -- hopefully take advantage of it.”

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

• Read more on Wheeler in the Post.

• Read more on Wright in the Star-Ledger.

• Scott Boras appears to favor a more conservative rehab plan for Matt Harvey than even Sandy Alderson and the Mets. The agent said the optimal rehab time following Tommy John surgery before entering a game is 14 to 16 months. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Daily News.

• First-round pick Michael Conforto officially was introduced at Citi Field on Friday. He is due to begin his pro career with the Brooklyn Cyclones, although he will be eased into games and actually will travel to Los Angeles next week because he is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award. Read more in the Times, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Jeremy Hefner is due to pitch an inning in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday, less than 11 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28, 2013.

• Left-hander Scott Rice has a bone spur in his left elbow that may require surgery to remove, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.

• Matt Bowman earned his first Triple-A win and Allan Dykstra had a three-run triple as Las Vegas beat Albuquerque, 8-1, in Game 1 of a doubleheader Friday. Kingsport routed Elizabethton, 12-0, behind a combined shutout from Yoryi Nuez and Martires Arias. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Michael Salfino in the Journal writes that the Mets have the worst winning percentage in the National League in games in which they score first.

• John DeMarzo in the Post profiles former second-round pick Matt Reynolds, who has been on a tear this season with Binghamton and now Las Vegas as a middle infielder.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear soaks up some Polo Grounds memories on a very nice Citi Field night.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets left-hander Dick Rusteck was born on this date in 1941.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: What is your favorite Huey Lewis song?

Minors 7.11.14: Bowman nets 1st Vegas win

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LAS VEGAS 8, ALBUQUERQUE 1
ALBUQUERQUE 5, LAS VEGAS 2: In Game 1, Las Vegas right-hander Matt Bowman recorded his first Triple-A victory. He allowed one run on seven hits and two walks in six innings. The 51s built an 8-1 lead after four innings. Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Allan Dykstra was 2-for-3 with a three-run triple in the fourth inning. In the nightcap, starter Greg Peavey allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings. Ex-Met Mike Baxter capped the scoring with a solo homer. Box 1, Box 2

ERIE 7, BINGHAMTON 3: Four B-Mets errors led to three unearned runs as a four-game winning streak ended. Erie grabbed the lead against Rainy Lara in the first. Following

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consecutive singles, Daniel Fields sent a potential double-play ball to third. It rolled under Dustin Lawley’s glove for an error. Runner Jamie Johnson collided with Lawley on his way to third and was tagged out after stopping between third and home when he incorrectly thought the play had been ruled dead. With runners at the corners, ensuing batter Steven Moya lifted a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead. The B-Mets flirted with cracking the scoreboard in the fourth against Kyle Ryan. Travis Taijeron pulled a two-out single into left. T.J. Rivera attempted to score from second, but Johnson gunned him down. After surrendering four hits to the first seven batters he faced, Lara settled in. He stranded two in the second, starting a stretch in which he retired 11 of 12. Lara's run ended in the sixth when the SeaWolves loaded the bases. Lara then uncorked a two-out wild pitch, prompting Devon Travis to dash home with Erie’s second run. Catcher Xorge Carrillo’s toss to the plate sailed past Lara and allowed Steven Moya to also scamper home. Dixon Machado capped the three-run inning with an RBI double as Erie took a 4-0 lead.

Kyle Johnson's two-run single in the seventh pulled the B-Mets within two runs. An inning later, Darrell Ceciliani's RBI double made it 4-3. However, Bryan Augenstein recovered to strike out Taijeron and Angel Nesbitt entered and retired Brandon Nimmo. Erie then took advantage of more defensive misplays in the eighth. A pair of singles and a throwing error by Lawley put runners at second and third. Following a hit batter by Adam Kolarek and a pop out, Johnson sent a potential inning-ending double play ball to short. Rivera failed to field the hop cleanly, allowing a run to score and opening the door for a three-run inning. Lara (5-3) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits while walking four over six innings. He suffered his first loss since May 28. Box

LAKELAND 9, ST. LUCIE 3: St. Lucie took a 1-0 lead in the first on L.J. Mazzilli's sacrifice fly, but Austin Green put the Flying Tigers ahead for good when he blasted a three-run

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homer against Matt Koch in the second. Koch and Lakeland starter Edgar De La Rosa dueled through the middle innings until Lakeland put up four runs in the seventh. The rehabbing Austin Dirks crushed a pitch from Koch off the right-field wall for a double that plated Jared Reeves. Tim Peterson replaced Koch and surrendered a two-out, two-run single to Connor Harrell that gave Lakeland a 7-1 lead. Tyler Hanover singled in a run in the eighth. Peterson’s wild pitch later in the frame scored Reeves to make it 9-1. Mazzilli extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI triple in the eighth. He scored on Reeves’ throwing error on the play to make it 9-3. With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Calvin Drummond struck out Jeff McNeil and got Mazzilli to fly out to end the game. Koch lasted 6 1/3 and was tagged for six earned runs. Entering the seventh he had retired 11 straight batters. Jared King went 3-for-4 for the Mets in his home debut. Box

CHARLESTON at SAVANNAH (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 12, ELIZABETHTON 0: Starter Yoryi Nuez tossed five scoreless innings and combined with Martires Arias on the four-hit shutout. Pedro Perez went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs. Luis Guillorme, Jean Rodriguez and Eudor Garcia had three hits apiece. Box

STATE COLLEGE 4, BROOKLYN 3: Brooklyn scored its three runs thanks to a wild pitch, passed ball and an error. Yet a missed call by the umpires led to the decisive run scoring in the seventh for the Spikes. Cleanup hitter Alex De Leon produced a two-run double against Cyclones starter Carlos Valdez in the first. A half-inning later, Michael Katz, Tomas Nido and Adrian Abreu each singled and Brooklyn had the bases loaded with two outs for Anthony Chavez. A passed ball charged to Spikes catcher Luis Cruz allowed Katz to score. Later in the plate appearance, Chavez was hit by a pitch to reload the bases. With Tucker Tharp at-bat, State College starter Austin Gomber uncorked a wild pitch to plate Nido and even the score at 2. Tharp then hit a slow grounder to third baseman Danny Diekroeger. He uncorked an errant throw that allowed Tharp to reach and Abreu to score as the Cyclones took a 3-2 lead. In the fifth, Robelys Reyes' RBI single evened the score at 3. Brooklyn's Gaither Bumgardner (0-2) found himself in trouble in the seventh, in his second inning of relief. With one out and a runner on first, Diekroger sent a ball own the left-field line that appeared to land in foul territory, just eluding a diving attempt from Katz. However, plate umpire Jacob Metz saw it differently, ruling a ground-rule double. Despite a spirited argument from Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa and a number of Cyclones in the vicinity, the ruling stood and the Spikes had two in scoring position with one out. With a drawn-in infield, De Leon singled to plate the tiebreaking run. Box

GCL METS 3, GCL NATIONALS 3 (suspended): Alfredo Reyes was 3-for-3 with an RBI before the game was suspended in the sixth inning. Box

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NEW YORK -- The Mets received an immediate return from the Aug. 30, 2013, trade of Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates, with Vic Black joining the major league club for the final month of last season. The other piece acquired in that trade is thriving in the minors.

After hitting .307/.355/.410 in the first half with St. Lucie, 20-year-old middle infielder Dilson Herrera ascended to Binghamton during a wave of promotions three weeks ago. The native Colombian is hitting .329 with two homers, 13 RBIs and 10 walks in 17 games since the move to Double-A.

Colombia may not produce the same volume of talent as, say, the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. Of the 224 foreign-born players on MLB rosters on Opening Day, four hailed from Herrera’s native country: then Angel and now Pirate Ernesto Frieri, the White Sox’s Jose Quintana, Marlins’ Donovan Solano and Braves’ Julio Teheran.


Courtesy of New York MetsDilson Herrera


Herrera nonetheless said he grew up playing baseball from a young age -- 3 or 4 years old -- and particularly looked up to Colombia-born Edgar Renteria, who played for 16 seasons in the majors, through 2011.

“Colombia is a big soccer country, but I grew up and never stopped playing baseball,” Herrera said through an interpreter.

As for what he particularly admired about Renteria, Herrera added: “On the field he was a really good player, always clutch, and he always came up big for his team. But what impressed me most was how good of a person he was. That’s what I liked the most about him.”

The Pirates used Herrera exclusively at third base in the Venezuelan Summer League back in 2011, after he first signed. Pittsburgh then only used him at second base for the next two and a half seasons, until last summer’s trade. Herrera continued to exclusively play second base after joining Savannah late last season. He helped the Gnats win the 2013 South Atlantic League championship while manning that position.

This season, he is receiving his first professional exposure to shortstop. With St. Lucie, he appeared in 43 games at second base and 19 games at shortstop during the first half. With Binghamton, the split has been nearly 50/50.

“I grew up playing shortstop,” Herrera said. “With the Pirates they turned me into a second baseman. And now I feel very comfortable at second base. But I can still play shortstop.”

As for the trade that brought him to the Mets, Herrera added: “I was surprised. Obviously I wasn’t expecting it. I was sad about leaving relationships and friendships with the Pirates organization, but was happy for the opportunity. I was excited about the opportunity to come to a new organization.”

Organization leaders

Average: John Mora, GCL Mets, .409; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .358; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .358; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .346; Emmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .340; Luis Guillorme, Kingsport, .333; Jhoan Urena, Brooklyn, .315; Oswald Caraballo, Kingsport, .314; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .313; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .312.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 15; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 15; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 14; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 12; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 11.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 56; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 52; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 49; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 48; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 46.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 18; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 16; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 15; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 12; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 12.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 0.38; Rob Whalen, GCL Mets, 1.71; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.96; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.08; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.20; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.25; John Gant, Savannah, 2.64; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.81; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.91; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 3.56.

Wins: John Gant, Savannah, 9; Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 8.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 12; Robert Coles, St. Lucie, 12; Randy Fontanez, Binghamton, 10; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 8; Vic Black, Vegas, 7.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 94; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 86; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 82; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 82; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 82.

Short hops

Allan Dykstra has been selected to represent the Mets in the Triple-A All-Star Game. He will serve as the Pacific Coast League’s designated hitter in next Wednesday’s game at Durham, N.C.

Dykstra also will participate in Monday’s Home Run Derby. In fact, four of the six participants have passed through the Mets organization during their career. The others who will be competing in the derby: Mike Jacobs, Francisco Pena and Mike Hessman.

• Four Binghamton players were selected to the Eastern League All-Star Game: infielder Brian Burgamy, outfielder Kyle Johnson and right-handers Cody Satterwhite and Jon Velasquez. The 33-year-old Burgamy, 28-year-old Velasquez and 27-year-old Satterwhite all were signed by the Mets out of independent ball. Johnson arrived in the trade with the Angels for Collin Cowgill. The game will be played next Wednesday in Altoona, Pa. Kevin Plawecki and Matt Reynolds clearly merited selection, but already have been promoted to Triple-A.

Wilmer Flores was named PCL Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday. He became the first Las Vegas player to hit six homers in a five-game stretch since Melvin Nieves in 1994, when the club was affiliated with the Padres. Flores had league highs for the week with 13 hits, 12 runs scored and 16 RBIs.

• 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith is hitting .439 (25-for-57) in 14 games since June 24.

• Baseball America ranked three Mets prospects in its top 50 in baseball: Noah Syndergaard at No. 19, Plawecki at No. 40 and Brandon Nimmo at No. 48. Syndergaard and Plawecki will represent the Mets in the Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field in Minnesota.

Jeremy Hefner is due to pitch one inning in a minor-league game Saturday. It will mark his first game action since Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28. Hefner had his procedure performed nearly two months earlier than Matt Harvey had his operation (Oct. 22).

Rafael Montero has thrown live batting practice and is due to enter a game this week for the first time since suffering a left oblique strain and departing a Vegas game after five pitches on June 14.

Dario Alvarez is now a two-time South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. The 25-year-old Savannah southpaw has not allowed an earned run in his past 22 innings, which spans seven appearances. Alvarez is 6-0 with one save and a 0.87 ERA in 16 appearances (six starts) this season.

The Mets credit Alvarez’s success to cleaning up his delivery, which has improved his consistency and allowed him to throw more strikes. Alvarez had been released by the Phillies after spending three years in that organization, and the Mets’ Dominican-based scouts recommended scooping him up.

• 2013 fifth-round pick Jared King returned to action in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday after recovering from a fractured right fibula. King had been sidelined since last appearing for Savannah on May 11.

• Savannah’s winning streak ended at 11 on Tuesday afternoon when Dawrin Frias surrendered a tiebreaking ninth-inning homer to Augusta’s Ryan Jones. Savannah has produced four 11-game winning streaks since 1993, but none has reached a dozen.

Logan Taylor was due to join Savannah after three Gulf Coast League appearances. Taylor, an 11th-round pick in 2012 from East Oklahoma State College, underwent Tommy John surgery last July. He had a 2.67 ERA in seven starts for the Gnats in 2013.

• Princeton product Matt Bowman, whose delivery incorporates Tim Lincecum’s style, made his Triple-A debut Saturday. He allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 64-pitch no-decision.

• Right-hander Cory Mazzoni has moved to Double-A, which should be a temporary stop en route to Las Vegas. Mazzoni is working back from a strained lat muscle suffered when he started the Mets’ Grapefruit League finale this spring training. The 2011 second-round pick out of NC State has now appeared in three games -- one apiece in the Gulf Coast, Florida State and Eastern leagues -- since recovering.

Rob Whalen, who was off to a torrid start with Savannah until developing an infection on his hand that required surgery to clean out, logged an inning Saturday in the Gulf Coast League. It was his first appearance in a game since May 1 with the Gnats. Whalen had been 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four appearances (three starts) with Savannah before the issue arose.

Marcos Molina has tossed 19 consecutive scoreless innings for Brooklyn.

• Left-hander Kurt Horne, the Mets’ 31st-round pick out of high school in British Columbia, is due to make his professional debut Wednesday.
ALBUQUERQUE 7, LAS VEGAS 6 (10 innings): Wilmer Flores' second homer of the game, a solo shot in the top of the 10th, gave the 51s the lead. But after inheriting two baserunners from Chasen Bradford with two outs in the bottom half, Buddy Carlyle walked Walter Ibarra to load the bases. First baseman Brandon Allen then had a fielding error on Carlos Triunfel's grounder as Albuquerque evened the score. Carlyle followed by walking in the winning run. Danny Muno had belted a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth to force extra innings. Starter Darin Gorski allowed two runs in six innings. Flores finished with four RBIs. Right-hander Matt Bowman was promoted to Las Vegas before the game, with Cory Mazzoni joining Binghamton. Box

ERIE 9, BINGHAMTON 6 (16 innings): Ryan Fraser surrendered three runs in the top of the 16th, including a tiebreaking solo homer by Aaron Westlake. Starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings in his Double-A debut. With the B-Mets trailing 6-5, Dustin Lawley had a one-out solo homer in the bottom of the 10th to prolong the game. Brandon Nimmo contributed a second-inning solo homer and finished 2-for-6 with three RBIs. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, JUPITER 1: St. Lucie broke a 1-all tie in the eighth on Phillip Evans' sac fly en

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route to its season-high seventh straight win. Maikis De La Cruz opened the frame with a single against Miguel Fermin. Eudy Pina then walked. Gilbert Gomez's bunt advanced De La Cruz to third, although it forced out Pina at second. Evans then drove the first pitch he saw from Fermin to deep center for a sac fly. T.J. Chism worked a perfect ninth for the save for his second save in three days. The Mets have won 16 of 19. The game had remained scoreless until Jake Esch hung a 1-2 breaking ball to De La Cruz in the fifth. De La Cruz lined it over the left-field wall for his fourth homer. St. Lucie starter Domingo Tapia cruised, retiring 11 in a row at one point and 15 out of 16. He ran into trouble in the seventh after Matt Juengel led off with a single. Tapia rebounded to retire the next two batters, but Josh Adams singled to move Juengel into scoring position. No. 9 hitter Ryan Goetz then tied the score with a single that plated Juengel. Beck Wheeler, activated off the disabled list earlier in the day, faced rehabbing Marlin Adeiny Hechavarria with the tying run at third base. Wheeler won an eight-pitch battle by getting Hechavarria to ground out. Wheeler then pitched around a two-out walk and wild pitch in the eighth to earn the win. Tapia went 6 2/3 innings and gave up one run and six hits. He struck out three and walked one. Box

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SAVANNAH 9, HICKORY 7: Matt Oberste went 4-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored. Obserte, a seventh-round pick out of the University of Oklahoma in 2013, is hitting .500 (14-for-28) with three homers and 14 RBIs during his current seven-game hitting streak. The Gnats built an 8-1 lead and held on. Akeel Morris tossed 1 1/3 scorleess innings to record his seventh save. Starter Ricky Knapp allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings. Box

GREENEVILLE 14, KINGSPORT 1: Starter Yoan Gonzalez was charged with five runs and was knocked out with two runs in the first inning. Nicco Blank also allowed five runs in relief. Box

ABERDEEN 3, BROOKLYN 2: The Cyclones scored one run in the bottom of the ninth, but Joe Tuschak flied out with potential tying run Jeff Diehl at third base to end the game. Aberdeen broke a 1-all tie with a two-run eighth against Josh Prevost, although one run was unearned. Rehabbing starter Dillon Gee allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out 10 in six innings. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL MARLINS 1: Starter Audry German allowed one run in five innings. Jose Medina contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

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Minors 6.29.14: Fulmer blanks Fort Myers

June, 29, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 2, LAS VEGAS 1: Nick Buss broke a 1-all tie with a solo homer in the fifth against 51s starter Darin Gorski. Las Vegas' lone run came when Matt Reynolds singled and ultimately scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Matt den Dekker had a leadoff double in the ninth, but was stranded at second base. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, ALTOONA 4: Darrell Ceciliani scored three runs and Jayce Boyd went 3-for-4 as the B-Mets won for the 16th time in 19 games. After Ceciliani and Boyd began a

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second-inning rally with one-out singles, Travis Taijeron ripped an RBI double. Kai Gronauer followed with a run-producing groundout and Matt Bowman helped his own cause by blooping an RBI single. Dilson Herrera capped the four-run frame with an RBI single. An inning later, Ceciliani walked and swiped second and Boyd plated him with a single. Taijeron followed with an RBI double, kicking Binghamton’s lead to six runs. Altoona cashed in on a B-Mets fielding mistake to get on the board in the bottom half. Alen Hanson’s one-out chopper to first base eluded Boyd for an error. Two batters later, Matt Curry had an RBI double. Against reliever Yao-Hsun Yang in the fifth, Ceciliani and Boyd started another rally with singles. Gronauer made it 7-1 with an RBI single. The Curve scratched out one last run against Bowman in the sixth. Following a leadoff single by Willy Garcia, Stetson Allie produced an RBI double. Bowman bounced back by retiring six of the next seven batters, capping his night with a scoreless seventh. Jack Leathersich struck out the side in the eighth. In the ninth, Ryan Fraser allowed two runs before fanning Curry to secure the victory. Bowman (6-5) struck out nine while holding the Curve hitless in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. Box

ST. LUCIE 1, BRADENTON 0: Michael Fulmer tossed seven shutout innings -- allowing three hits while striking out a season-high eight -- in his first action since being struck with

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a line drive in the left forearm in the first inning of his previous start and being forced from that game. In three starts against Bradenton this season, Fulmer is 2-0 and hasn’t allowed a run in 18 innings. Sunday's lone run scored in the second as the Mets opened the frame with four consecutive singles against Jason Creasy. The fourth came off the bat of Albert Cordero and deflected off third baseman Walker Gourley's glove and into left field. Aderlin Rodriguez scored. Gavin Cecchini was thrown out at the plate on the play. Fulmer had struck out Jordan Steranka to end the top of the first with runners on second and third after two errors by the Mets extended the inning. Fulmer only allowed three Marauders to reach between the second and sixth innings -- Jin-De Jhang on a walk, Jonathan Schwind on a throwing error by Jeff McNeil, and via a hit batter. Raul Fortunato led off the seventh with a double, but Fulmer struck out two and got Adam Frazier to line out. Fulmer threw 101 pitches. T.J. Chism got Taylor Lewis to fly out to left to strand the bases loaded in the eighth. Chism recorded the first two outs in the ninth and Paul Sewald struck out Gourley to end the game with the tying run on second. Phillip Evans went 2-for-3 and was the only Met to record a multi-hit game. Box

SAVANNAH 15, ROME 12: The Gnats took control with an eight-run fifth inning, turning a 6-all game into a rout. Matt Oberste's grand slam capped the inning's scoring. It marked

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his first homer of the season and his first professional slam. Oberste finished 4-for-4 with six RBIs and three runs scored. The Braves had scored five times on just one hit in the first inning against Savannah starter Ricky Knapp. Knapp walked three and hit two batters in the frame. Knapp remained in the ballgame and kept the Braves off the scoreboard in the second and third innings before surrendering a run in the fourth. Savannah started chipping away at the Braves' 5-0 lead with two runs in the first, one in the second and one in the third. The Gnats tied the score at 6 with two runs in the fourth. Champ Stuart reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI and four runs scored. Reliever John Mincone earned the win, his first of the year, for his four scoreless innings of relief behind Knapp. The Braves scored six runs in the ninth against reliever Paul Paez. Dawrin Frias recorded the final three outs for his second save. Box

JOHNSON CITY 12, KINGSPORT 6
KINGSPORT at JOHNSON CITY (ppd.): Johnson City won the continuation of Saturday's suspended game. Sunday's regularly scheduled game then was rained out. Leading 8-1 when play resumed, the Cardinals ultimately built a 10-1 lead. The K-Mets answered with five runs over the sixth and seventh innings, highlighted by a three-run homer by Jean Rodriguez. Box

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 4: After Dillon Gee allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings in a rehab start, the teams entered the sixth with the score 1-0. Then, the Baby Bombers posted four runs in the top half against Corey Oswalt. Brooklyn immediately answered with four runs in the bottom half, capped by Jeff Diehl's RBI single, to pull within 5-4. The Cyclones placed two runners in scoring position with two outs in the ninth after a double steal by Amed Rosario and Adrian Abreu, but Tomas Nido struck out to end the game. Box

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Minors 6.22.14: Pina, Maz double doubles

June, 22, 2014
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MEMPHIS 7, LAS VEGAS 5 (11 innings): Randal Grichuk produced a tiebreaking two-run double against Zack Thornton in the top of the 11th. The 51s had rallied from a 5-0 deficit, tying the score with a four-run seventh that was capped by Josh Satin's RBI double. Satin finished 3-for-4 with a walk and three doubles. Recently promoted Matt Reynolds finished 3-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI. Travis d'Arnaud struck out as a pinch hitter in the 11th, dipping his Triple-A batting average to .444. Starter Joel Carreno pitched five innings in a no-decision. He allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out two. Box

BOWIE 2, BINGHAMTON 0: Zach Davies tossed seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets mustered three hits as their five-game winning streak ended. Kyle Johnson doubled on the second pitch of the game. He took third on a groundout, but was stranded after Kevin Plawecki lined out and Matt Clark bounced out. B-Mets starter Matt Bowman stumbled in the third. David Adams singled and K.D. Kang walked with two outs. Niuman Romero then produced an RBI single. Following Johnson’s double, Davies retired 10 straight B-Mets. Binghamton threatened to break through against Davies in the fourth. Plawecki reached after getting hit by a pitch and Clark walked. With two on and one out, though, Jayce Boyd sent a line drive to the right side. First baseman Christian Walker snared the drive in the air and fired to second to double off Plawecki, ending the inning. Kang jumped on the first pitch he saw from Bowman in the fifth and cleared the right-field wall for his sixth homer and a 2-0 lead. Davies did not allow another hit after Johnson’s first-inning double. In fact, he prevented the B-Mets from hitting any balls out of the infield. Binghamton had a final threat in the ninth. Brian Burgamy had a leadoff double against Oliver Drake and Plawecki singled. Drake struck out the next two hitters and induced Darrell Ceciliani to ground out to end the game. Bowman (5-5) allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, JUPITER 6 (8 innings): St. Lucie clubbed 19 hits, one shy of its season high, and won the rain-shortened game. Eudy Pina and L.J. Mazzilli laced two doubles apiece. Pina, Gavin Cecchini and Maikis De La Cruz had three-hit games. Jairo Perez had three RBIs. The Mets tagged Jake Esch for four runs in the second inning. Gilbert Gomez, Pina and Cecchini lined run-scoring doubles in the frame. Jupiter snapped a 39-inning scoreless drought when Domingo Tapia threw a wild pitch that allowed Matt Juengel to score in the second. The Hammerheads cut their deficit to 4-2 on Noah Perio's RBI groundout later in the frame. In the third, De La Cruz put the Mets up 5-2 with his second RBI single. Mazzilli doubled to plate Pina in the fourth and Perez followed with a sac fly to make it 7-2. Mazzilli collected his second RBI double in the eighth, against Brad Mincey. Perez then singled home two runs to put the Mets up 10-4. Colin Moran cut the Hammerheads deficit to four runs with a two-run homer against Seth Lugo in the eighth, but a severe thunderstorm ended any rally chance. Jupiter lost its ninth consecutive game. Tapia (3-6) surrendered three runs on seven hits in five innings. Box

GREENVILLE 7, SAVANNAH 3: Chris Flexen allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings and Paul Paez surrendered four runs (one earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Colton Plaia went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI in the loss. Plaia and Nelfi Zapata each had errors as Greenville posted a combined six runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BLUEFIELD 2: Brandon Brosher and Ivan Wilson each had solo homers in a three-run third inning as Kingsport took a 5-0 lead. Starter Yoryi Nuez allowed one run on one hit and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, ABERDEEN 1: Michael Bernal's solo homer in the fourth broke a 1-all tie. Starter Carlos Valdez allowed one run in five innings. Gaither Bumgardner handled the final four innings, blanking Aberdeen while allowing one hit and one walk and striking out five. Box

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Morning Briefing: Happy Colon Day!

June, 18, 2014
Jun 18
5:45
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ST. LOUIS

FIRST PITCH: The Mets have lost 11 of 14 and are a season-worst nine games under .500.

Now, Bartolo Colon (6-5, 4.14 ERA) will try to avoid the Mets getting swept at Busch Stadium when he opposes St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn (7-4, 3.16) at 1:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s news reports:

David Wright and Lucas Duda homered, but the Mets lost to the Cardinals, 5-2, Tuesday. Jonathon Niese surrendered five runs (three earned) in six innings. Daniel Murphy had a pair of miscues in St. Louis’ two-run sixth.

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

• Terry Collins said it took him 75 minutes to construct Tuesday’s lineup. Wednesday’s lineup will return to the pitcher batting ninth, since Colon is hitless since 2005. Bobby Abreu also is expected to rest in the matinee after starting seven straight games. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

• Wright, in a prolonged slump, had two hits Tuesday, including the homer against Michael Wacha. He told reporters he’s had “sleepless nights” because of his struggles. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Journal and Newsday.

• Mike Puma in the Post writes this about Travis d’Arnaud, who has been tearing things up since he went to Las Vegas:

A club source indicated the changes to d’Arnaud’s mechanics have been minimal. The biggest adjustment is d’Arnaud’s back foot has been moved closer to the plate, allowing him to better reach outside pitches.

“He had no approach,” the source said. “He was going up there and changing his approach per pitch. He’s sticking with the same approach now about hitting. He’s focused on driving the ball through the middle. Whatever approach he takes up to the plate against a certain pitcher, he’s sticking with the plan instead of changing the plan throughout his at-bat.”

• ESPN’s Keith Law calls the Ike Davis trade for Zack Thornton and player-to-be-named Blake Taylor a fair swap. (ESPN Insiders read here.) Writes Law:

Taylor, who won't turn 19 until August, hasn't pitched this year because of a lat strain that kept him in extended spring training. When healthy, he has a fastball that's mostly 89-91 mph with some life, but he was clocked as high as 94-95 in high school. His main feature is a sharp-breaking curveball that should allow him to miss left- and right-handed bats as he fills out and adds a little velocity to the pitch.

At the time of the [2013] draft, I had him as a potential mid-rotation starter, but still with a ton of development ahead of him. He has below-average fastball command and is in need of a changeup.


• Brian Burgamy had a grand slam and Matt Bowman tossed six scoreless innings as Binghamton beat Richmond, 5-1. St. Lucie enters the final day of the first half still alive for a postseason berth after beating Charlotte, 10-5. Corey Oswalt tossed six scoreless innings as Brooklyn beat Hudson Valley, 5-1. Savannah pitchers had a rough time at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Jose Reyes says the Mets should have reached the World Series in 2006, Howie Kussoy writes in the Post.

From the bloggers … Blogging Mets says Curtis Granderson should not bat leadoff.

BIRTHDAYS: Felix Heredia turns 39. ... Sandy Alomar Jr. is 48. ... Ben Johnson turns 33.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Can the Mets halt their freefall?

Minors 6.17.14: St. Lucie stays alive

June, 18, 2014
Jun 18
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LAS VEGAS 8, NASHVILLE 7: Cesar Puello had a game-tying RBI double and Cory Vaughn plated Travis d'Arnaud with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. Nashville had taken a 7-6 lead in the top half on Hunter Morris' leadoff homer against Buddy Carlyle. D'Arnaud finished 2-for-5 with a double. He is hitting .395 since his demotion. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, RICHMOND 1: Reigning Eastern League Player of the Week Brian Burgamy launched a grand slam and Matt Bowman fired six scoreless innings. In his last

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six games, Burgamy has produced 13 hits, including four homers, and 13 RBIs. Burgamy kick-started the B-Mets with a one-out double in the first against Ty Blach. He moved to third on Matt Reynolds' single. Kevin Plawecki then put Binghamton on the board with a sac fly, for his 41st RBI. Bowman retired the first eight batters he faced and allowed three hits in six scoreless innings. His biggest challenge came in the sixth when Richmond loaded the bases with two outs. Bowman (5-4) escaped by inducing Devin Harris to bounce back to the mound. The B-Mets came alive in the bottom half, loading the bases against Andrew Carignan. With two outs, Burgamy greeted new reliever Josh Osich by hammering the lefty’s first pitch into the rail yard beyond the left-field wall. His team-leading 11th homer gave Binghamton a 5-0 lead. After Chase Huchingson and Ryan Fraser each tossed a scoreless inning, Jack Leathersich was touched for one run in the ninth. Burgamy’s grand slam was the first by a B-Met since Richard Lucas against Trenton on July 26, 2013. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, CHARLOTTE 5: St. Lucie kept its first-half championship alive in a must-win game. The Mets still trail Fort Myers by a half-game in the Florida State League South Division. It all comes down to the final game of the first half on Wednesday. The Mets need to beat Charlotte and have Fort Myers lose to Bradenton to win the first half and clinch a playoff spot. It looked dicey early for the Mets (40-29) on Tuesday. Charlotte scored two runs in the first and Josh Sale’s RBI double with no outs in the second gave the Stone Crabs a 3-0 lead. Mets starter Luis Cessa would be pulled with two outs in the second inning. But the Mets responded in their half of the second. Maikis De La Cruz and Yeixon Ruiz both hit groundouts that plated runs to cut the deficit to 3-2. The Mets blew the game open in the third with seven runs on five hits. The Stone Crabs helped out by committing two errors. Starter Blake Snell also walked two and threw two wild pitches in the frame. Jairo Perez tied the score at 3 with a sacrifice fly. Then, with runners at first and second, Aderlin Rodriguez grounded back to Snell for what looked like a sure out. With the sun in his eyes, first baseman Patrick Leonard ducked on Snell’s throw and it went over his head. T.J. Rivera scored to give the Mets a 4-3 lead as Brandon Nimmo and Rodriguez advanced to third and second, respectively. The wheels came off for the Crabs. De La Cruz drove in a run on a grounder that was booted by shortstop Leonardo Reginatto, Eudy Pina doubled in a run, Ruiz singled in a run and Dilson Herrera drove in Ruiz with a double. By the end of the third, the Mets led 9-3. Reliever Bruedlin Suero balked in a run in the fourth to complete the Mets' scoring. Meanwhile, Seth Lugo recorded the final out of the second and proceeded to strike out seven over 5 1/3 innings. His only blemish was surrendering a two-run homer to Justin O’Connor that made it 10-5. Julian Hilario recorded the final six outs. Ruiz finished 4-for-5. Box

SAL SOUTH 4, SAL NORTH 4 (10 innings): Gnats closer Robert Coles allowed two runs in the bottom of the 10th for the blown save as the South Atlantic League All-Star Game ended in a draw. Savannah pitchers actually surrendered all four runs scored by the North. Kevin McGowan allowed a second-inning run and Dario Alvarez was charged with a run in the eighth. Gavin Cecchini played a full game at shortstop and went 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored. Box

BROOKLYN 5, HUDSON VALLEY 1: Corey Oswalt tossed six scoreless innings in his season debut, limiting the Renegades to three hits while striking out eight. Scarlyn Reyes earned the save. He allowed one unearned run in three relief innings. Brooklyn scored three first-inning runs. After an error and single, Michael Katz had a two-run triple. Tomas Nido followed with a run-scoring groundout. Joe Tuschak added a solo homer in the fourth for a 4-0 lead. In the ninth, the first baseman Katz mishandled a groundball to his left, allowing Hudson Valley's lone run to score. Box

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Minors 6.12.14: d'Arnaud homers twice

June, 12, 2014
Jun 12
1:32
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LAS VEGAS 14, COLORADO SPRINGS 7: Travis d'Arnaud homered twice for the 51s, in the third game since his demotion from the Mets. D'Arnaud is now 6-for-10 for Las Vegas, after batting just .180 in 39 games for the Mets. Danny Muno, Allan Dykstra, Brandon Allen and Kai Gronauer also homered for Las Vegas, and d'Arnaud, Muno and Allen each had three hits. Ryan Reid pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and got credit for the win. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, AKRON 6: Brian Burgamy hit two three-run home runs to lead the B-Mets past the RubberDucks. Burgamy also had a single and a bases-loaded walk, and finished with seven RBIs. Travis Taijeron also homered for the B-Mets, who have nine home runs in the first four games of their five-game series in Akron. Matt Bowman allowed just two runs in seven innings for his first win since April 26. The two runs Bowman allowed both scored on a double by ex-Yankee Nick Swisher, in Akron on a rehab assignment. Box

ST. LUCIE at JUPITER (ppd.): The two teams will play a doubleheader Thursday afternoon.

SAVANNAH at KANNAPOLIS (ppd.): The Sand Gnats didn't play, but they did celebrate. The rainout took a game off their schedule and meant that they clinched the first-half title in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division. It's the fourth time in five years that Savannah has won the first-half title.

Minors 6.6.14: Ynoa Ks 11 in shutout

June, 7, 2014
Jun 7
1:31
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FRESNO 10, LAS VEGAS 1: Noah Syndergaard (A/C joint sprain) watched the game from the stands wearing a sling. Pitching coach Frank Viola joined the 51s after recovering from April 2 open-heart surgery. Starter Darin Gorski allowed four runs in five innings. Relievers Zack Thornton, Miguel Socolovich and John Church allowed two runs apiece. Box

NEW BRITAIN 6, BINGHAMTON 3: New Britain first baseman Kennys Vargas produced a grand slam and two-run double to hand the B-Mets their sixth loss in seven games. Before Vargas’ power display, Binghamton opened scoring in the first against New Britain starter Virgil Vasquez. Brian Burgamy worked a one-out walk and moved to third on a single by Jayce Boyd. Darrell Ceciliani laced a two-out single to plate both runners for a 2-0 lead. B-Mets starter Matt Bowman fanned six batters through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. Tony Thomas started a Rock Cats rally with a single. Eddie Rosario then doubled and Bowman walked Nate Hanson to load the bases. That brought Vargas to the plate with none out. He smashed a pitch over the right-field wall to give the Rock Cats a 4-2 lead. The B-Mets got a run back in the bottom half on Matt Clark's solo homer. That would be all Binghamton could produce against Vasquez. At one point, the veteran righty retired 14 of 15 B-Mets batters. Vargas drove in two insurance runs in the seventh against Adam Kolarek. Bowman (3-4) went 5 2/3 innings, gave up four runs and struck out seven. Cody Satterwhite and Ryan Fraser combined to pitch 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings in the loss. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, DUNEDIN 0: Gabriel Ynoa tossed seven scoreless innings and limited the Blue Jays to four hits. He struck out 11, a season high for any Mets pitcher, and did not

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issue a walk. 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo was forced to leave the game after he was hit by Matt Boyd on the right wrist/forearm in the fifth. He initially stayed in the game, but departed an inning later after trying to swing a bat. In the first inning, T.J. Rivera had a two-out single against Boyd. Jairo Perez then drilled a ball to left field. With the sun in his eyes, Dwight Smith Jr. misjudged the ball and it went passed him, allowing Rivera to score. In the sixth, Eudy Pina singled home Perez with the bases loaded to make it 2-0. Albert Cordero crushed his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth, to extend the lead to 4-0. Perez made it a two-hit night in the ninth, driving in Dilson Herrera to cap the scoring. Ynoa surrendered a pair of two-out singles in the first, but Cordero tagged out Marcus Knecht trying to score on a double-steal bid to end the inning. Ynoa retired 18 of the last 20 he faced, including the final seven. Gonzalez Germen, in his fourth rehab appearance, allowed one hit and struck out two in the eighth. Randy Fontanez, voted to the Florida State League All-Star Game earlier this week, struck out two and also stranded two in the ninth to close out the game. Box

SAVANNAH 10, CHARLESTON 4: L.J. Mazzilli and Amed Rosario homered. Jeff McNeil went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and raised his average to .345. Dario Alvarez (4-0), Akeel Morris and Tyler Vanderheiden combined for 4 1/3 innings of scoreless pitching in relief of Robert Gsellman. Box

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Minors 5.31.14: Stuart lifts Gnats to win

May, 31, 2014
May 31
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RENO 4, LAS VEGAS 3: The 51s opened a 3-0 lead after two innings on an RBI double by Andrew Brown and two-run double from Omar Quintanilla. However, starter Darin Gorski and John Church combined to surrender four seventh-inning runs, capped by Alfredo Marte's go-ahead two-run homer against Church. Box

NEW BRITAIN 3, BINGHAMTON 2: Despite a career-high 12-strikeout performance from Matt Bowman and 11 hits by the offense, the B-Mets fell to the Rock Cats. The B-Mets

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stranded 13 baserunners. For the first time in four games, the B-Mets cracked the scoreboard first. Kyle Johnson and Brian Burgamy started the game with back-to-back singles against starter Virgil Vasquez. With runners on the corners, Kevin Plawecki ripped a sacrifice fly for his 28th RBI in May. The Rock Cats answered in the third against Bowman. Corey Wimberly started the inning with an infield single and Nate Hanson followed by getting plunked by an 0-1 pitch. Kennys Vargas tied the score with a bloop single. Brad Boyer pushed New Britain ahead by rolling a two-out, RBI single up the middle. Binghamton countered with a two-out rally in the fifth. Matt Clark started the charge with a bloop single. Jayce Boyd followed with an infield single. Darrell Ceciliani tied the score at 2 with an RBI single. New Britain struck right back in the bottom half. Daniel Ortiz ripped a one-out double, took third on a single and scampered home when Bowman bounced an 0-2 pitch in the dirt with Reynaldo Rodriguez at the plate. Given a one-run lead, Vasquez capped his night with a scoreless sixth. Bowman (3-3) allowed three runs on 10 hits over seven innings. He struck out six of the final nine batters he faced in his sixth straight winless start. Johnson and Clark each had three-hit games. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, DAYTONA 3: Jairo Perez broke a 1-all tie in the sixth when he unloaded on a 2-0 pitch from Jose Rosario for a three-run homer to put the Mets up for good. Earlier in

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the inning, T.J. Rivera singled home Maikis De La Cruz to even the score. Daytona staged a comeback in the ninth, but Chase Huchingson ended the ballgame by striking out Pin-Chieh Chen with the tying run at second base. Marco Hernandez plated two runs one batter earlier with a single against Randy Fontanez. Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed an RBI double to Albert Almora in the first but was nearly lights out afterward. He improved to 5-2 by limiting the Cubs to five hits and one run over six innings. He threw 99 pitches. Felix Pena was equal to Ynoa, if not better. The Cubs starter blanked the Mets over five innings. The only hit he allowed came on Cam Maron's double. Pena was replaced by Rosario to open the sixth, despite having thrown only 58 pitches. Rosario surrendered four runs on three hits and two walks in the sixth, the only inning in which he pitched. The Mets entered the game having lost four of five and having scored one run in each of the four losses. They only had five hits against the Cubs on Saturday. Perez also had a triple. Hunter Carnevale pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth. He induced an inning-ending double-play ball off the bat of Almora to finish his outing. Fontanez could not complete the ninth to earn the save, but both runs he allowed were unearned. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 2: Sparked by Champ Stuart’s speed and power, the Gnats scored

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five runs in their final two turns at bat for a come-from-behind victory. Trailing 2-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh, the Gnats needed two batters to take a 3-2 lead. Stefan Sabol led off with a triple. And when the Braves committed an error on the relay throw to third, Sabol hopped up and sprinted home with the tying run. Stuart followed with a homer over the left-field wall for his first long ball as a Gnat and his second as a professional. The Gnats (36-16) added three runs in the eighth. Stuart drove in two with a bases-loaded single up the middle. The final run scored on Patrick Biondi’s bases-loaded walk. Stuart finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBIs. Savannah starter Robert Gsellman (3-3) held the Braves to two runs (one earned) through seven innings. He walked two and struck out four while lowering his ERA to 2.27. The Braves (16-39) had taken a short-lived 2-1 lead on Connor Lien’s RBI double in the top of the seventh. Savannah reliever Akeel Morris struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth. L.J. Mazzilli went 2-for-4 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Box

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Minors 5.27.14: Nimmo injured in FSL loss

May, 27, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 8, EL PASO 5: Omar Quintanilla and Andrew Brown drove in two runs apiece as Las Vegas snapped a six-game losing streak. Starter Dana Eveland (5-1) allowed two runs in five innings. Buddy Carlyle produced a six-out save. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0 (suspended): The B-Mets and Fisher Cats played

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into the bottom of the second inning before heavy rain suspended play. The B-Mets owned a 6-0 lead thanks to a five-RBI performance from Kevin Plawecki. Play resumes Wednesday at 5:35 p.m. A seven-inning contest will follow the completion of the suspended nine-inning game. Against New Hampshire starter Matt Boyd, Kyle Johnson led off the bottom of the first with a single. Matt Reynolds worked a one-out walk. Plawecki then came to the plate and smacked a two-run double. Plawecki moved to third on an error by second baseman Jon Berti. He scored on Cory Vaughn's single for a 3-0 lead. The hot hitting continued in the second inning. Johnson and Reynolds each worked two-out walks. Plawecki then belted a three-run homer. That brought Jayce Boyd to the plate in pouring rain. With a full count to Boyd, the game was suspended. Matt Bowman started for Binghamton and allowed one hit in two scoreless frames. Plawecki’s five RBIs are already the most by a B-Met in a game this season. He has 27 RBIs in May. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 2, ST. LUCIE 1: St. Lucie's ninth-inning rally fell short on a night 2011

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first-round pick Brandon Nimmo suffered what the Mets labeled a sprained left ankle. The center fielder hustled to cut off a double by Nathan Orf in right-center in the third inning and came up hobbling. He managed to get the throw into the infield and continued to jump on one leg to the warning track. Nimmo stretched out his leg near the track and did some light jogging and sprints to test himself. He was removed from the game, but managed to walk off the field under his own power. Jorge Lopez shut down the Mets through eight innings, allowing two hits and two walks. In the ninth, Dilson Herrera led off with a single, advanced to second on passed ball. Gilbert Gomez , who replaced Nimmo, then singled to put runners on the corners. Kevin Shackelford entered and coaxed a run-scoring groundout from T.J. Rivera. He then struck out Jairo Perez and Cam Maron to end the game. The Manatees mustered five hits, but one was a leadoff homer from Jose Sermo against Michael Fulmer in the third. The Manatees loaded the bases with no outs that inning and scored another run on a fielder's choice by Alfredo Rodriguez. Fulmer got a strikeout and double play to stop the bleeding. Fulmer walked four and hit two batters in his five-inning appearance. Hunter Carnevale contributed two scoreless relief innings. Paul Sewald tossed a perfect eighth. Gomez finished with two of the Mets' four hits. Box

SAVANNAH at AUGUSTA (ppd.): The game was postponed due to unplayable field conditions after the night’s rainy weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday in Augusta.

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Minors 5.21.14: Herrera paces St. Lucie

May, 21, 2014
May 21
11:30
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FRESNO 5, LAS VEGAS 4: Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out six and surrendered a pair of homers in an 83-pitch performance. The 51s squandered a 4-3 lead in the eighth when Miguel Socolovich (1-2) surrendered two runs. Omar Quintanilla had a solo homer and Kirk Nieuwenhuis contributed a two-run shot. Box

PORTLAND 5, BINGHAMTON 1
PORTLAND 6, BINGHAMTON 5: In a span of nine pitches to open Game 1, Darrell Ceciliani doubled, took third on Matt Reynolds' single and scored on Kevin Plawecki's

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fielder’s choice. However, the lead evaporated quickly in B-Mets starter Luis Cessa's Double-A debut. Former Mets farmhand Stefan Welch produced a three-run homer in the bottom of the first. Travis Shaw added a solo homer in the third. Cessa (0-1) ultimately was tagged for five runs on seven hits, including five extra-base hits, in 3 2/3 innings. Hamilton Bennett contributed 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Binghamton built a 5-0 lead after two innings in Game 2 as Kyle Johnson contributed an RBI single and Matt Clark added a two-run double. B-Mets starter Matt Bowman’s fortunes took a turn for the worse in the fifth when Portland loaded the bases with one out, trailing 5-1. Welch dumped a two-run single into center. Bowman then exited after walking Heiker Meneses to reload the bases. Mike Brenly greeted reliever Chasen Bradford by threading an RBI single past Reynolds at shortstop. Peter Hissey followed by pulling Bradford’s next pitch into right for a two-run single, giving Portland a 6-5 lead. Bowman (3-2) allowed six runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in the defeat. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 5, CLEARWATER 2: Dilson Herrera broke a 1-all tie with a ground-rule double that plated Eudy Pina. Brandon Nimmo followed with an RBI single and Jairo Perez brought home another run on a double play to make it 4-1 in the fifth.

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Herrera launched his third homer of the season, a solo shot, in the seventh to put the Mets ahead by the final margin of 5-2. Herrera finished 3-for-4. He did not come to the plate again with a chance to triple and complete the cycle. Hunter Carnevale picked up his first win this season. He allowed one run in two innings of middle relief. Ryan Fraser pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth. Randy Fontanez pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save. Mets starter Domingo Tapia labored through four innings. The Threshers only had one hit against Tapia, but in the second inning he walked the bases loaded and threw a wild pitch to give Clearwater a 1-0 lead. Tapia struck out five. T.J. Rivera tied the score in the third. He lifted a bases-loaded sacrifice fly against Ethan Stewart. Stewart walked seven hitters in four innings. He gave up four hits and four runs. Nimmo went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks. He leads the Florida State League with 45 free passes. Box

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Minors 5.16.14: Frenchy pitches vs. 51s

May, 17, 2014
May 17
12:18
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LAS VEGAS 10, EL PASO 2: Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings. He threw 93 pitches (56 strikes). For the third time this season, Jeff Francoeur finished a lopsided game on the mound against the 51s. This time, Frenchy surrendered a ninth-inning three-run homer to Andrew Brown. Francoeur now has a 6.23 ERA in five Pacific Coast League appearances this season. Entering this outing, he had limited opponents to two hits and two hit batters while striking out three in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Matt den Dekker opened Friday's scoring with a leadoff homer in the first. He finished 3-for-5 with two extra-base hits and three runs scored. Josh Satin went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW HAMPSHIRE 6: Brian Burgamy’s go-ahead, three-run double highlighted Binghamton’s four-run eighth. Trailing 6-4 and with Jayce Boyd on first base

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with one out after a walk, Wilfredo Tovar and Kyle Johnson greeted new reliever Dustin Antolin with consecutive singles, loading the bases. Burgamy then lifted a 2-0 pitch into the left-field corner. Jon Berti, playing his fourth career game in the outfield, reached up on the run, but had the drive kick off his glove and rattle off the fence. Three runs scored on Burgamy’s double, giving the B-Mets the lead. Kevin Plawecki tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single. Staked to a 4-0 lead, B-Mets starter Matt Bowman surrendered six runs in the third -- all unearned. Matt Clark booted Peter Mooney’s groundball at first to start the frame. Jon Berti took his place on a fielder’s choice and came home with New Hampshire’s first run when Kenny Wilson tripled off the left-center wall. Bowman then hit A.J. Jimenez, uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Wilson to scamper home and loaded the bases on back-to-back two-out walks. Andy Fermin cashed in on Bowman’s wildness with his first career grand slam, giving New Hampshire a 6-4 lead. Bowman retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced after Fermin’s homer and exited after six innings. After tossing a perfect seventh and benefiting from Binghamton’s four-run eighth, Jon Velasquez (2-2) returned for the bottom half and teamed with Adam Kolarek to post a scoreless inning. Chasen Bradford worked around a two-out single in a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save. Bowman struck out a career-high 12 -- the most by a B-Mets pitcher in one game since at least 2007. Plawecki reached base safely in all five plate appearances -- on three hits and two hit-by-pitches. Kyle Johnson has hit safely in nine straight games. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 4: Luis Cessa limited Lakeland to one run and four hits in six innings to earn his third straight win. Cessa struck out three and did not walk a batter. In

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his last three outings, he has given up three runs in 19 innings while striking out 11 and walking two. The Mets spotted Cessa a 5-0 lead. Cam Maron led off the second with a solo homer and Gilbert Gomez followed with a double. Eudy Pina beat out a double-play ball later in the inning to score Gomez. Brandon Nimmo tripled for the second straight game in the third inning and came home on T.J. Rivera’s groundout. Rivera now leads the Florida State League with 34 RBIs. In the fifth, Phillip Evans and Cole Frenzel hit back-to-back sacrifice flies, plating Maron and Gomez, to increase the lead to five runs. James Robbins got the Flying Tigers on the board with a solo homer against Cessa in the fifth. Jairo Perez got the run back for the Mets in the eighth with his fifth homer, making it 6-1. Ryan Fraser retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth and got the first batter out in the ninth, but the Flying Tigers wouldn’t go quietly. Evans committed a throwing error that would have been the second out of the ninth. Instead, the Tyler Hanover reached. The Flying Tigers laced four consecutive singles, the last by Jared Reaves, to plate three runs and make it 6-4. With the tying run on first and one out, Fraser buckled down to strike out Dixon Machado and Chad Wright looking to end the game. Gomez went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Maron and Dilson Herrera had two hits apiece. In a rehab appearance, Gonzalez Germen (virus) pitched a scoreless seventh. Box

SAVANNAH 11, GREENVILLE 3
GREENVILLE 4, SAVANNAH 1:
The Gnats scored in each of their first five turns at bat in Game 1 to support Miller Diaz. Diaz struck out eight over five scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.74 while earning his fourth win. Jeff McNeil, who had three hits, was one of four Gnats who reached base safely three times in the opener. Gavin Cecchini doubled and walked twice, L.J. Mazzilli doubled and walked twice and Dominic Smith singled twice and walked. The Gnats scored first in Game 2 with a run in the bottom of the first, but did not cross home plate again. On the hill, John Gant cruised through the first three innings, striking out six, but allowed two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings. Box 1, Box 2

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
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