New York Mets: Matt Carson

Around the minors 8.26.12

August, 26, 2012
8/26/12
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BUFFALO 1, ROCHESTER 0
ROCHESTER 11, BUFFALO 9: Zack Wheeler tossed a seven-inning shutout for his first Triple-A win in Game 1. Wheeler allowed three hits and two walks in the complete game. The lone run came courtesy of Matt den Dekker's sacrifice fly, which scored Adam Loewen. In Game 2, Fred Lewis launched a solo homer to open what became a four-run first. The Red Wings answered with three runs the following half-inning, which were charged to starter Dylan Owen. Consecutive walks to begin the inning set the tone. A two-out double by Matt Carson against reliever Jeff Stevens scored a pair to pull Rochester within 4-3. After Valentino Pascucci homered in the third to extend the Buffalo lead to two runs, the Wings responded with three runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth. C.J. Nitkowski was charged with seven runs in 1 1/3 innings. Buffalo clawed back on a two-run homer from Matt Tuiasosopo in the fifth. The Bisons added two runs in the sixth thanks to another blast, this one a two-run shot by Zach Lutz that pulled Buffalo within 10-9. But the Herd couldn't complete the comeback. Box 1, Box 2

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 3: Wilfredo Tovar capped a four-hit day by driving in the game-deciding run with a single in the top of the 10th. With the score tied at 3 in the extra frame, Allan Dykstra walked against Portland reliever Michael Olmsted and was replaced by pinch-runner Juan Lagares. With one out, Dustin Martin dribbled a grounder to first. Olmsted received the toss from Travis Shaw, but failed to step on the bag. The righty followed the error by walking Juan Centeno to load the bases. Tovar then lofted a single into shallow center. Lagares scored easily from third and Martin came home as well after a misfire from center fielder Shannon Wilkerson. Brad Holt made the lead stand with a perfect bottom half. Portland left fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker had launched a 2-2 offering from Greg Peavey for his team-leading 18th homer to open the scoring. The B-Mets responded with a four-hit attack in the second against Portland starter Jeremy Kehrt. Centeno bounced into a run-scoring fielder's choice. Reese Havens gave the B-Mets the lead three batters later with an RBI single. Hazelbaker struck again in the third. With a runner aboard, he produced his second homer of the day, giving the Sea Dogs a 3-2 lead. Binghamton used another four-hit inning to tie the contest in the fourth. With runners at the corners, Havens beat out a potential double-play grounder, allowing Tovar to score. Peavey settled down and retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced, allowing one additional hit. Jeff Kaplan (2-0) bridged the gap to the 10th by allowing one hit over two scoreless innings. Peavey allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings. Box

CHARLOTTE at ST. LUCIE (canceled): The game was called off because of Tropical Storm Isaac and will not be rescheduled.

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 3: Down 4-2, the Gnats rallied for a run the ninth on Albert Cordero’s RBI single. Savannah had the potential tying run at second and winning run at first, but pinch-hitter Dustin Lawley struck out to end the game. The Braves had opened the scoring in the first inning with an unearned run resulting from shortstop Yucarybert De La Cruz dropping a popup in shallow left field. Rome added two runs on four singles in the top of the sixth against Savannah starter Marcos Camarena to establish a 3-0 advantage. Camarena (7-6) completed six innings, allowing three runs (two earned). The Gnats picked up two runs in the sixth. With one out, De La Cruz and Brandon Brown each singled. Gilbert Gomez then delivered a two-run double to pull the Gnats within 3-2. Rome pushed its lead back to two runs in the eighth, when William Beckwith blasted a solo homer off Gnats reliever Randy Fontanez. Box

PULASKI 6, KINGSPORT 4: Pulaski took a 4-0 lead by roughing up Kingsport starter Persio Reyes, who only lasted two innings. In the third, Kingsport got back a pair as Jeffrey Diehl tripled in a run and Joe Tuschak drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Jorge Rivero and Tomas Nido each had RBIs in the sixth as the K-Mets moved within two runs. Carlos Valdez and Luis Rengel threw seven innings of two-run ball in relief. Box

STATEN ISLAND 12, BROOKLYN 2: Cyclones starter Julian Hilario surrendered seven runs (five earned) in the first inning. Back-to-back doubles by Claudio Custodio and Fu-Lin Kuo put the Yankees on the board. Peter O’Brien then singled, before Ravel Santana reached on a fielding error by shortstop Phillip Evans to make it 2-0. Gregory Bird hit a two-run double, but was thrown out at third by second baseman Jeff Reynolds. The Yankees then plated another two runs on four consecutive hits before Hilario was pulled. Tim Peterson entered and got Custodio to ground into a force out, but Daniel Lopez scored. Peterson allowed Bird's solo homer the following inning. The Cyclones ran into more trouble in the fourth. O’Brien hit a two-out single and was plated on a single by Santana. A throwing error by Peterson allowed Santana to advance to second, and he later scored on a single from Bird to give Staten Island a 10-run advantage. Brooklyn plated two runs in the fifth, when Brandon Nimmo homered, scoring Reynolds. Peterson tossed 3 2/3 innings in relief, surrendering three earned runs. Paul Sewald gave up two runs in three innings. Box

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Around the minors 4.10.12

April, 10, 2012
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ROCHESTER 5, BUFFALO 3: Matt Harvey started for the Bisons and allowed two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four in a 92-pitch effort spanning five innings. Brian Dinkelman's three-run homer in the sixth capped the scoring. The second consecutive loss dropped Buffalo's record to 3-3 on their season-opening trip. The Bisons now head to Coca-Cola Field for Wednesday's home opener against the Yankees. In the sixth, Rochester placed a couple runners on base without the benefit of a hit as Matt Carson reached on third baseman Zach Lutz's throwing error and Ray Chang drew a two-out walk. Dinkelman followed with the three-run blast to right field off former Cub Jeff Stevens (0-1) for the game-deciding hit. The Bisons did their own share of two-out damage early in the game. Valentino Pascucci put the Herd up 2-0 in the first inning with a gigantic home run to center that hit halfway up Frontier Field's batter's eye. Omar Quintanilla's double off the glove of center fielder Joe Benson added a run in the second inning. Pascucci's home run was his third of the season and 41st as a Bison. He is now tied with Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Clark in the modern era. Box

ERIE 6, BINGHAMTON 1: With a persistent, heavy mist battering NYSEG Stadium, the B-Mets were held to three hits, none after the third inning. The B-Mets threatened early against Erie starter James Avery, but failed to break through with a hit with runners aboard. Avery allowed a single and walked a batter in each of the first three innings, but escaped each frame unharmed. Binghamton stranded six runners through the first three innings. The game remained scoreless until the fourth, when the SeaWolves solved B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon. With one on and one out, Bryan Pounds launched a homer through the rain and wind. Avery settled down after his initial bumpy three innings and retired the final seven he faced. He departed after the fifth. The SeaWolves added to their lead in the sixth against Edgar Ramirez. John Murrian reached on fielder’s choice, advanced two bases on consecutive Erie singles, and scored on Corey Jones’ sacrifice fly. Binghamton’s only run came without the benefit of a hit. Leading 3-0, Erie reliever Jared Gayhart took over in the sixth and loaded the bases on three walks. Juan Centeno’s groundout then brought home Allan Dykstra. Pounds added another homer in the eighth, taking Robert Carson deep. Brad Holt allowed three hits and two runs in the ninth. Three SeaWolves relievers combined to retire the final 10 Binghamton batters. Cohoon suffered his first loss. The B-Mets (2-3) wrap up their season-opening homestand and three-game series with Erie on Wednesday night. Right-hander Collin McHugh gets the ball for Binghamton opposite left-hander Jay Voss. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 2: Left-hander Angel Cuan pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed two hits, and the Mets used a four-run eighth to pull away. Cuan struck out four while walking one in his first start with St. Lucie to help the Mets win their fourth straight. The Mets(4-1) had a four-run eighth, highlighted by left fielder Cory Vaughn’s RBI double. Vaughn went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Richard Lucas added an RBI single in the eighth. Third baseman Wilmer Flores had his first multi-hit game of the season, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored. Danny Muno went 1-for-3 with a run scored. The Mets jumped ahead, 1-0, in the second as Alonzo Harris Jr. ripped a double to straightaway center to score Flores. The Mets pushed across a run in the fifth as Robbie Shields tripled to score Harris. The Stone Crabs (3-2) threatened in the eighth after picking up their first run, off reliever Taylor Whitenton. With runners on first and second, Whitenton responded by striking out a pair of batters to end the threat. Whitenton struck out the side in the eighth and worked around two hits and a walk. Adrian Rosario pitched the ninth inning and allowed one run and one walk while striking out one. The Stone Crabs loaded the bases with no outs, before Rosario battled back to close the game. Box

ROME 3, SAVANNAH 1: The Braves scored the game’s first two runs in the top of the fifth inning against Savannah starter Michael Fulmer. Chase Larsson and Felix Marte began the inning with back-to-back doubles, with Marte’s chasing home Larsson. Two outs later, Elmer Reyes singled to score Marte and put the Braves up 2-0, chasing Fulmer from the game. Fulmer, the Mets' supplemental first-round pick in the 2011 draft, finished his Savannah debut with four strikeouts and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. He did not allow a hit for the first four innings. The Gnats picked up a run in the seventh. With Gregory Pron at third base and Travis Taijeron at first, the Gnats executed a double steal. The Gnats eventually loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh while trailing 2-1, but could not find the game-tying hit. Savannah also put the tying run at third base in the eighth, but Larsson reeled in Taijeron’s drive to the warning track to end the threat. The Gnats complete their season-opening seven-game homestand Wednesday. The Gnats will send right-hander Logan Verrett (0-0, 0.00) to the mound against right-hander David Filak (0-1, 1.50). Box

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187