New York Mets: Matt Koch

Minors 9.4.14: Ex-Met Jacobs slams 51s

September, 5, 2014
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RENO 6, LAS VEGAS 0: Reno posted five first-inning runs against Matt Bowman, including a grand slam by ex-Met Mike Jacobs. Bowman ultimately was charged with six runs in four innings as Reno evened the best-of-five Pacific Coast League opening-round series at a game apiece. Reno's Andrew Chafin went the distance, tossing a four-hit shutout. Giancarlo Alvarado and Ryan Reid each contributed two scoreless relief innings in the loss. Noah Syndergaard starts Game 3 for Las Vegas on Friday. Box

PORTLAND 7, BINGHAMTON 0: Starter Greg Peavey was charged with six runs (two earned) in two-plus innings as Portland evened the best-of-five series at a game apiece. He surrendered three of Portland's four homers. Portland posted five runs in the second on two long balls and two B-Mets errors. Former Mets farmhand Stefan Welch hit a solo homer to open the frame. With two outs, Michael Brenly reached on an error by shortstop Wilfredo Tovar. Shannon Wilkerson plated Brenly with a triple and scored when first baseman Brian Burgamy’s throw to third went wide of the bag. Sean Coyle capped the inning with a two-run homer for a 5-0 lead. In the third, Welch again went deep, this time ending Peavey’s night with a leadoff homer. The final run of the rout came in the fifth on Keury De La Cruz's homer against Matt Koch. Portland's Justin Haley tossed seven scoreless innings and stuck out eight. Koch tossed three innings in his Double-A debut. Jon Velasquez, Adam Kolarek and Randy Fontanez each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game. The B-Mets and Sea Dogs play Game 3 of the Eastern Division Championship Series on Friday at Portland. Steven Matz opposes Portland left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Box

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Morning Briefing: No deal

September, 1, 2014
Sep 1
7:10
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MIAMI

FIRST PITCH: The gang is still all here.

The deadline to trade a player and have him eligible for the acquiring team’s postseason roster passed at midnight and the Mets stood pat, as they did at the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. So all the chatter about Bartolo Colon potentially getting dealt can be revisited this offseason, when he has one year and $11 million remaining on his contract.

The Mets open a series at third-place Miami at 1:10 p.m. on Labor Day.

Zack Wheeler, who is 2-0 with a 0.65 ERA in four starts against the Marlins this season, opposes fellow right-hander Henderson Alvarez in the opener.

Read the Mets-Marlins series preview here.

Monday’s news reports:

• The Mets won Sunday’s rubber game against the Phillies, 6-5, to avoid dropping into last place in the NL East. Anthony Recker hit a tie-breaking three-run homer and the Mets held on late despite Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia each surrendering a run.

The Mets went 13-6 in the season series against Philadelphia, matching the most wins against the Phillies in one season in franchise history. It was the Amazin’s most wins against any team in a single season since producing 14 wins against the Montreal Expos in 1991.

Wilmer Flores had a career-high-matching three hits as well as a handful of solid fielding plays at shortstop.

The Mets produced 11 hits. That snapped a streak of 10 straight home games with six hits or fewer, which had tied the 1980 Athletics for a modern-day futility record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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

• The Mets have fired their VP in charge of ticket sales after four years on the job, the Post reported.


Adam RubinErik Goeddel is one of four players due to join the Mets on Monday in Miami as rosters expand.


• With rosters expanding, the Mets summoned four minor leaguers to join the club for the series opener in Miami: infielder Josh Satin, right-handed reliever Erik Goeddel, left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez and catcher Juan Centeno. The Mets’ 40-man roster is now at 39. Alvarez, albeit 25, began the season at low-A Savannah. He was promoted from Double-A Binghamton. He had 114 strikeouts and 17 walks in 73 1/3 innings across three levels. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• The minor-league reinforcements were needed in part because the Mets left a couple of relievers behind in New York with elbow woes. Josh Edgin, who has bone spurs, is due to be examined as soon as Tuesday and may be “down for a while,” manager Terry Collins said. Edgin is unsure if he will require surgery to remove the spurs. Daisuke Matsuzaka's balky elbow also will be examined. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• With St. Lucie having been eliminated from postseason contention on the final day of the Florida State League regular season, several farmhands received promotions to playoff-bound clubs. Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, the son of Lee Mazzilli, is headed to Las Vegas. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, catcher Cam Maron and right-handers Matt Koch and Tim Peterson are headed to Binghamton.

Maron hails from Hicksville, Long Island. He hit .282 with three homers and 50 RBIs and had a .387 on-base percentage in 348 at-bats with St. Lucie.

• St. Lucie was eliminated Sunday despite a 4-2 win against Palm Beach. The FSL club posted a 76-62 record this season. Meanwhile, Brooklyn remained alive for the New York-Penn League’s wild-card berth entering Monday’s regular-season finale by beating Staten Island, 11-3, behind a four-RBI game from Adrian Abreu. The Cyclones need to win Monday and have Connecticut lose to Lowell to qualify for the playoffs. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Mike Puma in the Post names Lucas Duda the MVP and Curtis Granderson the LVP of the Mets for August. The Mets went 12-17 during the month. Granderson, who was 1-for-17 on the homestand, was given Sunday off.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger profiles first-round pick Michael Conforto, who is hitting .340 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 159 at-bats entering Brooklyn’s regular-season finale. “It’s just rare to see that kind of selectivity in somebody that is so young,” Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa told Vorkunov. “Everything we had heard -- he was one of the top college hitters in the country -- has proved to be true in pro ball.”

BIRTHDAYS: Left-hander David West turns 50. ... Minor-league infielder Jhoan Urena is 20.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Which starting pitcher should the Mets trade this offseason?

Minors 8.31.14: St. Lucie eliminated

August, 31, 2014
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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

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Cecchini gets promotion to B-Mets

August, 31, 2014
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NEW YORK -- With St. Lucie eliminated from postseason contention in the Florida State League on the final day of the regular season, 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini has been promoted to Double-A Binghamton in time for this week's Eastern League playoffs.

Cecchini, a 20-year-old shortstop, hit .236 with five homers and 31 RBIs and had a .325 on-base percentage in 68 games with St. Lucie after a midseason promotion from Savannah.

Cecchini will take over the spot vacated by Dilson Herrera's promotion to the majors.

Catcher Cam Maron and right-handers Matt Koch and Tim Peterson also received call-ups to Binghamton. Maron is from Hicksville, Long Island.

Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli received a promotion from St. Lucie to Las Vegas.

Minors 8.26.14: Pina double lifts St. Lucie

August, 26, 2014
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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

NEW BRITAIN 5, BINGHAMTON 1
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

Minors 8.20.14: B-Mets' magic number to 1

August, 21, 2014
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NEW ORLEANS 4, LAS VEGAS 0: Matt Bowman allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out nine in seven innings but departed trailing 1-0. The lone run he surrendered came on a two-out RBI single in the first inning by Mark Canha. Ryan Reid surrendered three ninth-inning runs. Josh Satin grounded into a fourth-inning triple play. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ERIE 5: Dustin Lawley drove in three runs as the B-Mets trimmed their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one. Dilson Herrera had a solo homer in the first

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against Josh Turley for his ninth homer as a B-Met. It was his 12th long ball overall this season, setting a career high. Erie's Steven Moya responded in the second by lining his league-leading 33rd homer to even the score against Gabriel Ynoa. Binghamton broke the 1-all tie with a two-out rally in the fourth. Darrell Ceciliani and T.J. Rivera singled. Lawley, 1-for-his-last 21, followed with a two-run triple. Ynoa cruised following Moya’s homer until and getting into a sixth-inning jam. With two outs, Devon Travis singled and Dean Green walked, bringing Moya to the plate. However, Ynoa struck out Erie’s slugger to end the threat and preserve Binghamton’s 3-1 lead. The B-Mets extended their lead against the SeaWolves bullpen in the seventh. Kyle Johnson tripled and scored on Jayce Boyd's single. Ceciliani capped the inning with an RBI single. Binghamton took an 8-1 lead in the eighth after opening the frame with three consecutive doubles. Lawley and Juan Centeno drove in runs with doubles. A throwing error by Francisco Martinez brought home Binghamton’s third run of the frame. Green had a two-run triple in the eighth against Randy Fontanez and Aaron Westlake had a two-run homer against Cody Satterwhite in the ninth. Ynoa (3-1) allowed one run on five hits while striking out four in seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 2: The Mets scored five runs in the seventh inning to erased a 2-1 deficit. Gilbert Gomez scored from third to tie the score on catcher Luke Bailey’s passed ball. Maikis De La Cruz then laced a double against Zach Cooper to score Jeff McNeil and Gavin Cecchini to put the Mets up 4-2. L.J. Mazzilli tripled to plate De La Cruz. Phillip Evans collected his third single of the game to bring in Mazzilli and complete the scoring. Mets starter Matt Koch tossed a season-high seven innings. He allowed six hits and two runs. Koch did not walk a batter and tied his season high with six strikeouts. The only runs the Crabs scored came on Tyler Goeddel’s two-run homer in the second. After Goeddel singled in the fourth, Koch retired 12 of the next 13 batters, including the last seven in a row to complete his night. Paul Sewald recorded the final six outs in a non-save situation. Sewald struck out four of the final five batters. Mazzilli went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to seven games. He is now 14-for-29 in his last seven games. Evans went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Box

ROME 6, SAVANNAH 3: Starter Octavio Acosta allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Matt Oberste went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in the loss. Box

GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 4: Andrew Church allowed six runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Zach Mathieu went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs for the K-Mets. Box

STATEN ISLAND 14, BROOKLYN 4: Scarlyn Reyes surrendered six runs (three earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Adrian Abreu went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Brooklyn committed six errors, leading to 11 unearned runs. The staff also walked nine batters. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL CARDINALS 0: Dash Winningham had an RBI single and Hengelbert Rojas followed with a run-scoring double as the Mets broke a scoreless tie in the eighth. Raphael Ramirez added a two-run triple in the ninth. Tyler Badamo and Adonis Uceta combined on a five-hit shutout. Box

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Minors 8.14.14: Reynolds homers twice

August, 15, 2014
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IOWA 6, LAS VEGAS 5 (12 innings): Matt Reynolds had a pair of solo homers -- in the eighth inning to pull the 51s even and force extra innings, then in the top of the 12th to give Las Vegas a lead. But Chasen Bradford surrendered a two-run homer to Kris Bryant in the bottom half as the Cubs produced a walk-off victory. Reynolds finished 3-for-6 and is hitting .338 since a midseason promotion to Triple-A. Allan Dykstra and Josh Satin also homered in the loss. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed four runs in six innings. Manny Ramirez went 2-for-3 for Iowa. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, ERIE 4: Jayce Boyd went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored and the B-Mets broke a 4-all tie with a four-run seventh en route to the victory. Down 1-0 in

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the second, Boyd doubled against Wilsen Palacios and ultimately came home on a groundout to even the score. The B-Mets took the lead in the third. Dilson Herrera doubled, advanced to third on Darrell Ceciliani's single and scored on a sacrifice fly from Boyd. In the fourth, Juan Centeno doubled and scored on Wilfredo Tovar's single. Brandon Nimmo advanced Tovar to third with a single. Herrera's sacrifice fly made it 4-1. The SeaWolves rallied in the seventh against B-Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa. Aaron Westlake hit a solo homer in what became a three-run frame. In his Double-A debut in that frame, Dario Alvarez allowed an inherited runner to score on an RBI double by Dean Green that evened the score at 4. But the B-Mets broke out the bats in the bottom half against Slade Smith. Brian Burgamy singled and Ceciliani doubled to put two in scoring position with one out. Boyd plated both runners with a single. Boyd moved to third on a single by T.J. Rivera. A wild pitch made it second and third for Centeno. His single scored two more for an 8-4 lead. Burgamy homered against Jose Valdez in the eighth to cap the scoring. Alvarez (1-0) suffered a blown save, but struck out two in 1 1/3 innings and earned the win. Cody Satterwhite pitched a scoreless ninth. Box

FORT MYERS 9, ST. LUCIE 8: Reliever Beck Wheeler walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. After he struck out Niko Goodrum for the second out, he then plunked Travis Harrison on the elbow to force home the winning run. Phillip Evans had opened the top of the ninth with a hit, but D.J. Johnson ultimately struck out Eudy Pina with Evans at third base to send the Miracle to the plate with a chance to win it. With the Mets trailing 8-6 in the eighth, Gavin Cecchini blasted a two-run homer to even the score. The Mets also rallied from down 6-4 in the sixth when Albert Cordero homered and L.J. Mazzilli plated a run on a fielder's choice. However, Ryan Fraser couldn’t keep it tied in the bottom of the sixth. He got the first two outs but gave up a hit to Adam Brett Walker. Max Kepler followed with a tiebreaking RBI triple and Tyler Grimes added a single to bring in Kepler. The Mets got to Miracle starter Steven Gruver early, scoring four runs in the first two innings. Mets starter Matt Koch allowed 10 hits and six runs in 3 2/3 innings. Pina and Evans had three hits apiece. Mazzilli, Jared King and Cam Maron each had two hits. Jeff McNeil walked twice, but his 12-game hitting streak ended. Box

SAVANNAH 4, GREENVILLE 0: Logan Taylor faced two batters over the minimum through two outs in the ninth. He then walked Jimmy Rider and reached his pitch limit, one out from a complete game. Taylor nonetheless earned his first win of 2014 for his 8 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball that included four strikeouts and one walk. The Gnats did all of their scoring with two outs in the eighth. Patrick Biondi created the first run with his speed, scoring from second on a wild pitch. Matt Oberste plated Dominic Smith with a double to the warning track in left-center. Victor Cruzado's double scored Oberste. Cruzado scored on Nelfi Zapata's single. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BRISTOL 3: Ivan Wilson homered twice, including a solo shot in the fifth that broke a 3-all tie. Box

BROOKLYN 5, LOWELL 1: Corey Oswalt allowed one unearned run in six innings and

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Jhoan Urena homered in the rubber-game victory. The Cyclones jumped to a lead when Tomas Nido produced a two-run single in the first. The only hiccup for Oswalt, who was recently named a New York-Penn League All-Star, came in the fifth. Urena had a throwing error after fielding a grounder, placing Alixon Suarez at second base. Raymel Flores singled to place runners on the corners. The Cyclones then were only able to get one out on Mauricio Dubon's grounder to shortstop Amed Rosario and Lowell pulled within 2-1. Brooklyn's lead grew to 5-1 in the sixth when Michael Conforto singled and Urena produced a two-run homer. Urena extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He is the only player in Cyclones history to have three double-digit hitting streaks in one season. Brad Wieck replaced Oswalt for the seventh and tossed two scoreless frames. Gaither Bumgardner retired the side in order in the ninth. Box

GCL MARLINS 6, GCL METS 5: Waldo Rodriguez and Alex Palsha combined to allow three runs in the bottom of the eighth as the Marlins overcame a 5-3 deficit. Dash Winningham drove in two runs in the loss. Box

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Minors 8.9.14: Lara silences Senators

August, 10, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 8, ALBUQUERQUE 3: Kevin Plawecki contributed a two-run homer and Cory Mazzoni allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Albuquerque committed six errors, leading to four unearned runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 1: Rainy Lara tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings and Brian Burgamy went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and extended his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games. In his return to the lineup three days after suffering a jammed finger on a slide, Dilson Herrera hit a first-inning solo homer against John Simms. The B-Mets added to that total in the third. Lara and Brandon Nimmo, who was starting for the first time since Sunday, hit back-to-back singles to put two on with nobody out. After a fly out, Burgamy smacked a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. Harrisburg finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth against Cody Satterwhite. Jason Martinson made it all the way to third base on an error by right fielder Darrell Ceciliani. Martinson scored on Adrian Sanchez's pinch-hit single. Lara (6-4) has has allowed one run in 14 2/3 innings over his last two starts. Satterwhite notched his 13th save. Binghamton starting pitchers have allowed three earned runs over the last seven games. Nimmo, who had been sidelined with a hand injury, went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 3: Eudy Pina scored on a wild pitch as St. Lucie earned a walk-off win. Pina had worked a four-pitch walk against Bryton Trepagnier to open the frame. Gilbert Gomez bunted him to second, and Pina advanced to third on Jeff McNeil’s groundout. Then, on a 1-1 pitch to Maikis De La Cruz, Trepagnier skipped a fastball wide of catcher Jacob Stallings. The Mets had taken a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Stallings hit a one-out solo homer against Beck Wheeler. Earlier, Jeff McNeil, De La Cruz and L.J. Mazzilli opened the first inning with singles to load the bases. However, the Mets only came away with one run, on Phillip Evans’ bloop single. Mets starter Matt Koch maintained the 1-0 lead into the fifth. That frame, he walked Justin Maffei to load the bases, then plunked Adam Frazier to force in the tying run. With the bases reloaded, Walker Gourley hit a sac fly that gave the Marauders a 2-1 lead. However, the Mets scored two runs in the bottom half to take a 3-2 lead. Cam Maron's single plated McNeil. Evans later beat out a potential inning-ending double play that allowed Mazzilli to score the go-ahead run. Koch went six innings and surrendered two runs. He walked two, hit two and struck out a season-high-matching six. Box

SAVANNAH 9, AUGUSTA 2
AUGUSTA 3, SAVANNAH 1: In Game 1, 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith produced an RBI double in the sixth that evened the score at 2. Jeff Glenn added a three-run triple later in that five-run frame. Smith had a two-run homer in the seventh that capped the scoring. It was Smith's first 2014 long ball. Starter Ricky Knapp contributed a seven-inning complete game to even his record at 6-6. After five scoreless innings from starter Robert Gsellman in Game 2, Augusta posted three runs in the sixth against Bret Mitchell. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 5, BRISTOL 4: Jean Rodriguez had a first-inning homer and finished 3-for-4 as the K-Mets built a 5-0 lead and held on. Rodriguez and Zach Mathieu drove in two runs apiece. Former Pirates farmhand Blake Taylor allowed three runs on six hits and five walks in three innings. David Roseboom converted his second save despite allowing two hits in the ninth. Box

BATAVIA 4, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Marcos Molina, one of six Cyclones All-Star selections earlier in the day, allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out 11 in six innings. Molina's ERA swelled to 1.78. Also chosen for the Aug. 19 game, which will be played in Brooklyn: shortstop Amed Rosario, third baseman Jhoan Urena, right-hander Corey Oswalt, left-hander Shane Bay and outfielder Michael Bernal. Box

GCL CARDINALS 6, GCL METS 2: Starter Darwin Ramos and reliever Joel Huertas allowed three runs apiece as the Cardinals built a 6-0 lead. Dale Burdick, a 40th-round pick out of high school in Tennessee in June, produced his first professional homer in the loss. Box

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Minors 8.2.14: T.J. Rivera lifts B-Mets

August, 2, 2014
Aug 2
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SACRAMENTO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: The Rivercats broke a 2-all tie and knocked out starter John Lannan during a five-run seventh. Lannan ultimately was charged with six runs on eight hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings. Taylor Teagarden went 3-for-4 with a ninth-inning solo homer in the loss. Las Vegas rallied for three ninth-inning runs in total, capped by a two-run single by Cesar Puello. The 51s had evened the score in the sixth on Teagarden's RBI single, although Andrew Brown was thrown out at the plate also attempting to score on the play, on a throw from left fielder Shane Peterson. Box

BINGHAMTON 2, BOWIE 1: T.J. Rivera delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. That capped his 4-for-4 night, which extended his hitting streak to 10 games. At

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67-46, the B-Mets are back at their high-water mark for the season. Bowie took a 1-0 lead in the second with three singles against Rainy Lara. Binghamton was held scoreless by Anthony Vasquez into the sixth. That’s when Brian Burgamy singled with one out. He advanced to second on Rivera's single. Darrell Ceciliani then delivered a bloop hit to plate Burgamy and even the score. The B-Mets broke the tie in the eighth against Steven Hensley. Dilson Herrera walked and reached third on Jayce Boyd's single. Rivera laced a single up the middle to bring home Herrera. Lara and Vasquez each gave up one run on six hits in seven innings in no-decisions. Lara struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Jack Leathersich (3-3) pitched a scoreless eighth to pick up his second straight win. It marked the first time Leathersich has appeared in back-to-back games this season. Cody Satterwhite shut the door in the ninth for his 11th save. He is 11-for-12 in save opportunities. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CLEARWATER 3: With the score tied at 3 in the top of the eighth, Gavin Cecchini belted a two-out double off the wall in right that scored Gilbert Gomez. Albert

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Cordero followed with a two-run homer for the three-run margin of victory. Beck Wheeler pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to earn his eighth save. Dario Alvarez, making his St. Lucie debut, inherited runners at second and third with one out in the sixth and walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. However, he got Herlis Rodriguez to line into an inning-ending double play. That kept the deficit at 3-2. The Mets wasted no time tying the score in their next trip to the plate. With Cordero on third base, Maikis De La Cruz hit a slow chopper that was booted by third baseman Harold Martinez. Cordero scored on the error to make it 3-all. J.P. Crawford led off the bottom of the seventh with a double against Alvarez, but Alvarez (1-0) struck out three to finish his appearance. Cecchini, who went 2-for-3 Friday, matched that output Saturday. Both hits were run-scoring doubles with two outs. Cordero went 2-for-4 and is now 9-for-his-last-19 in a six-game stretch. Jared King had two hits for the third straight game. Starter Matt Koch went 5 1/3 and scattered six hits in a no-decision. He allowed three runs (two earned). Box

SAVANNAH 5, HICKORY 2
SAVANNAH 8, HICKORY 0: In Game 2, Robert Gsellman tossed a seven-inning shutout to

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improve to 9-5 and lower his ERA to 2.45. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out five. It was Gsellman's fourth complete game of the seasons. The Gnats put the game away early with a four-run second inning. Colton Plaia provided the key swing with a three-run double into the right-center gap. Savannah, which drew seven walks in the game, added three runs in the fourth and one run in the fifth. In the opener, the Crawdads scored first with a run in the second inning on Ronald Guzman's single against starter Ricky Knapp. However, the Gnats erased that early lead with a five-run fourth inning, capped by a two-run single by Matt Oberste. Knapp held the Crawdads to two runs in his 5 1/3 innings to earn his fifth win. Box 1, Box 2

ELIZABETHTON 4, KINGSPORT 0: Starter Blake Taylor allowed four runs (three earned) in four innings. Taylor (2-1), a former Pirates farmhand, allowed five hits and four walks. Box

BROOKLYN 8, CONNECTICUT 1: First-round pick Michael Conforto produced his first professional homer, had two walks, scored twice and threw out a runner at the plate from left field. Amed Rosario and Adrian Abreu had three hits and two runs scored apiece. Starter Marcos Molina allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out nine in eight innings. Box

GCL METS 6, GCL NATIONALS 4: Dash Winningham went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, walk and three runs scored. The GCL Mets built a 6-0 lead behind five scoreless innings from starter Darwin Ramos and three scoreless relief innings from Joel Huertas. Gabriel Feliz was charged with four runs (three earned) in the ninth. Alex Palsha entered with the score 6-3 and two outs and allowed an inherited runner to score on a single. Palsha then stranded runners on the corners with a strikeout for his sixth save. Box

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Minors 7.26.14: B-Mets' Herrera plates four

July, 26, 2014
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SALT LAKE 5, LAS VEGAS 2: Promoted to Triple-A with Darin Gorski having suffered a broken foot, Princeton product Matt Bowman took a shutout bid into the eighth inning. Things then unraveled. With Vegas leading 2-0, Bowman surrendered a leadoff homer to Ian Stewart. He then surrendered consecutive singles and departed. Zack Thornton entered and allowed both inherited runners to score in what became a four-run frame. Thornton had a throwing error, so Bowman was charged with three runs (two earned). Matt Reynolds' sixth-inning homer against Chris Volstad had staked Vegas to a 2-0 lead. The 51s loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the ninth, but Brandon Allen popped out and pinch hitter Matt den Dekker grounded into a game-ending double play. Box

BINGHAMTON 10, TRENTON 7: Dilson Herrera launched a three-run homer in the fifth to

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stake the B-Mets to a 6-2 lead. Herrera finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Brian Burgamy and T.J. Rivera drove in two runs apiece. Starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed four runs in five innings. Ryan Fraser surrendered three sixth-inning runs as Trenton took a 7-6 lead, but the B-Mets answered with four runs a half-inning later. The damage that frame included a two-run single by Rivera. Manager Pedro Lopez and Darrell Ceciliani were ejected in the seventh. Ceciliani was hit by a pitch in the inning and was tossed after being replaced by pinch runner Travis Taijeron. Box

DAYTONA 6, ST. LUCIE 3
DAYTONA 9, ST. LUCIE 1: In Game 1, the first four batters for the Cubs singled against Kevin McGowan. Kyle Schwarber’s hit scored Jacob Hannemann to tie the score at 1, and Dan Vogelbach followed with a two-run single to put the Cubs ahead. Daytona scored three more runs in the fourth. Hannemann collected another hit with an RBI single. Eudy Pina dropped Marco Hernandez’s fly ball to let in another run. Finally, Julian Hilario walked in a run with the bases loaded to give the Cubs a commanding 6-1 lead. Cam Maron delivered a two-run single in the fifth to cut the deficit to three runs. However, Felix Pena and Stephan Perakslis did not allow another baserunner for the remainder of the ballgame after Maron reached. McGowan was charged with six runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the loss. L.J. Mazzilli hit a pair of doubles, scored a run and drove in a run.

In Game 2, the Cubs jumped on the Mets early with seven runs on seven hits in the second inning. Billy McKinney started the scoring with an RBI single. Chadd Krist drew a bases-loaded walk and Jordan Hankins drove in a run on a groundout. All that damage came against Matt Koch. After a brief rain delay, play resumed and Tim Peterson took over on the mound. He was greeted by a two-run triple off the bat of Hernandez to make it 5-0. Cubs starter Tayler Scott blanked the Mets over five innings and struck out a season-high eight. He did not issue a walk and allowed five singles. The Mets avoided the shutout when Albert Cordero singled against Tyler Bremmer to plate Mazzilli in the sixth. Koch was charged with five runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings. The Mets have lost a season-high six straight games. Box 1, Box 2

LEXINGTON 1, SAVANNAH 0: Robert Gsellman limited Lexington to one run on six hits and a walk in eight innings, but suffered the tough-luck loss. The game's lone run came on consecutive doubles to open the sixth inning by Kenny Diekroeger and Frank Schwindel. Despite getting no-hit until Victor Cruzado's one-out single in the fourth, the Gnats had runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings thanks to two walks, two hit batters and two steals during that span. Cruzado finished with two of Savannah's three hits. Box

BURLINGTON 5, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Andrew Massie allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Eudor Garcia and Wuilmer Becerra had three hits apiece in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 3, VERMONT 2: Will Fulmer's two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in the second staked the Cyclones to a 2-0 lead. Corey Oswalt surrendered a run the following half-inning, but Brooklyn quickly restored the two-run lead on Tyler Moore's double, which plated Michael Conforto in the third. Conforto finished 1-for-3 with a walk and has hit safely in each of his eight professional games. Oswalt limited Vermont to two runs in six innings. Kelly Secrest contributed two scoreless relief innings. Shane Bay recorded his seventh save with a perfect ninth with two strikeouts. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL MARLINS 7: Wilfredo Tovar went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and played seven innings at shortstop in his second Gulf Coast League game since undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb. Tovar, a 40-man roster member, last played for Binghamton on May 28. Arnaldo Berrios went 3-for-5 with two RBIs as the Mets built an 8-3 lead with a six-run fifth. Nabil Crismatt and Alex Palsha combined for three no-hit relief innings. Palsha earned his fifth save. Box

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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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Minors 7.11.14: Bowman nets 1st Vegas win

July, 11, 2014
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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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Minors 7.2.14: Leroux scores tiebreaker

July, 2, 2014
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SALT LAKE 10, LAS VEGAS 9: Salt Lake, trailing 9-7, rallied for three runs in the ninth against Ryan Reid. Luis Martinez delivered a two-out, two-run double to give the Bees the 10-9 lead. Las Vegas had built a 7-3 lead after two innings. Josh Satin went 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Vegas right-hander Giancarlo Alvarado pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks. Box

BINGHAMTON at NEW BRITAIN (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader Thursday.

ST. LUCIE 7, CHARLOTTE 6: St. Lucie stunned Charlotte by erasing a ninth-inning deficit for the second straight night. Trailing 6-5, Eudy Pina led off with a single against Casey

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Weathers. Gilbert Gomez followed with a double to place two in scoring position. With L.J. Mazzilli at the plate, Weathers threw a wild pitch that evened the score. After Mazzilli grounded out, catcher Maxx Tissenbaum failed to reel in a high fastball. It went off his glove and to the backstop. Gomez, who had advanced to third on the original wild pitch, slid safely into the plate on the passed ball for a 7-6 lead. T.J. Chism tossed a perfect bottom half with two strikeouts to notch the save. Robert Coles worked a scoreless seventh and eighth and earned the win. The Stone Crabs had jumped on Mets starter Matt Koch with three second-inning runs. However, the Mets responded with four runs in the third. Leonel Santiago walked two batters and committed an error to load the bases. Mazzilli followed with a two-run double. With two outs, Gavin Cecchini laced a two-run single to put the Mets up 4-3. Maikis De La Cruz made it 5-3 in the fourth when he scored from third on a wild pitch from Kevin Brandt. All told, the Mets scored two runs on wild pitches and the decisive run on a passed ball. The Stone Crabs tied the score at 5 on Tissenbaum’s two-run single against Koch in the fifth. They grabbed a 6-5 lead in the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Patrick Leonard against Julian Hilario. Box

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SAVANNAH 7, CHARLESTON 4: Jon Leroux doubled and scored on Jorge Rivero's groundout as the Gnats snapped a 4-all tie in the sixth en route to their sixth straight victory. Earlier, the Gnats twice had taken two-run leads only to watch the Dogs re-tie the score. In the fifth, Champ Stuart laced his second homer of the season -- a two-run shot. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk, stolen base, two runs scored and two RBIs. Gnats starter John Gant fought his way through seven innings, tying a career-high with 10 strikeouts to earn his eighth win. After allowing four runs, Gant now has a 2.79 ERA. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 1, BROOKLYN 0 (suspended): The game was suspended with two outs in the top of the second. It will be completed on Monday at 6 p.m. Hudson Valley scored a second-inning run on three throwing errors in the frame -- one by third baseman Jhoan Urena and two by second baseman Will Fulmer -- before the game was halted. Box

GCL METS at GCL NATIONALS (ppd.)

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Morning Briefing: Kaz in Queens looms

June, 22, 2014
Jun 22
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Ben Margot/Associated PressScott Kazmir is coming to town this week with the Oakland Athletics.
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets will not be home for long, but they will get to head to NYC for a few days after completing a series at Marlins Park on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Jonathon Niese (3-4, 2.67 ERA) opposes rookie right-hander/New Jersey native Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60).

The Mets are off Monday, then host the Oakland Athletics in a two-game series.

Scott Kazmir will pitch in Queens on Wednesday for the first time since he infamously was traded away by the Mets on July 30, 2004. He will be opposite Zack Wheeler.

Those two pitchers actually lined up last September in Cleveland, in Kazmir’s first-ever matchup against the Mets. Kazmir tossed six scoreless innings that day, striking out 12 in an 8-1 win by the Indians.

After the two-game series against the A’s at Citi Field, the Mets ship out to Pittsburgh and Atlanta to complete a stretch in which they will have played 25 of 33 on the road.

Sunday’s news reports:

• In his eighth major league start, rookie Jacob deGrom finally earned his first career win. DeGrom tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia as the Mets shut out the Marlins, 4-0. David Wright went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Lucas Duda added a two-run homer in the ninth.

Wright has a six-game hitting streak and has driven in a run in five straight games. He is hitting .435 (10-for-23) with two homers during the mini-spurt. Mets pitchers have a 1.27 ERA in the past five games.

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

• Read more on Wright in the Daily News.


Koji Sasahara/Associated PressWould the Mets actually fork over big money for Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas? That remains to be seen.


• Will the Mets open up their wallets and pursue Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas? Writes Mike Puma in the Post:

General manager Sandy Alderson said it’s too early to say if he will pursue Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas. But Alderson clearly seems intrigued by the 23-year-old.

“A corner outfielder with power?” Alderson said, smiling.

Tomas must establish legal residency and clear hurdles with the State Department before he can sign with a club, according to Alderson.

• Terry Collins has heard that MLB will institute a must-slide rule on contested plays at the plate next season. Read more on plate collisions and the Mets’ Friday dispute in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Juan Lagares (side muscle) played a full game in center field and went 0-for-4 in his second rehab appearance in the Gulf Coast League.

Jeremy Hefner plans to throw breaking balls off a mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery as well as increase his fastball velocity to near-normal levels during a throwing session Sunday at Marlins Park. Hefner, who underwent the procedure last Aug. 28, expects to be available to pitch in the majors this season. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Kaja Whitehouse in the Post wonders if embattled Mets minority owner Steve Cohen will be forced to sell his investment in the club.

• “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO will do a segment featuring Darryl Strawberry on Tuesday at 10 p.m. The program visits Strawberry and his wife Tracy Boulware Strawberry in St. Louis.

The 52-year-old Strawberry is now an ordained minister and founder of a recovery center for substance-abuse users. He discusses losing his entire baseball earnings, drug addiction, two bouts with colon cancer and jail time.

Strawberry tells the program he became a heroin user after his playing career.

“It was like I was completely out of my mind, sittin' there for four or five days, smokin' crack,” he says. “Doesn't matter if you Darryl Strawberry or, you know, you the richest man on earth. When -- if you're addicted, it will take you to places that you could never imagine.”

Strawberry and his future wife met at a Narcotics Anonymous convention, according to the program. She had her demons in check. He did not.

“The clothes are just hanging off of his body. He's sitting in a chair and he's like part of the fabric in the chair. He looks like the walking dead,” Mrs. Strawberry now says. “He told me not to get involved with him. ‘Girl, you have no idea what you're gettin' yourself into.’ He said, ‘You stay with me and I'm gonna take you through.’

“There were several times where he would go out to use and he would call me on the phone and just say, ‘I’m done. I can't do it anymore. I can't get well. I just -- there's no hope for a person like me. I’m tryin’ everything. Nothin’s enough. Love is not enough.’ He said, ‘I’m gonna use tonight until I die.’

“I’m running out and I’m banging down crack-house doors and I’m pulling him outta places that I used to be in.”

The future Mrs. Strawberry resolved at that point to leave Florida and head to her native St. Louis. Recalling how she told her parents, she said: “I call them halfway into the drive, ‘Mom and Dad, I'm coming home.’ And they're ecstatic. They're happy. They're crying. And, ‘By the way … I’m bringing Darryl Strawberry with me.’”

• Noah Syndergaard allowed two homers and five runs in 6 2/3 innings with Las Vegas. Steven Matz allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his Double-A debut, but the B-Mets rallied for a 7-6 win against Bowie. Michael Fulmer was struck with a line drive on the left forearm and departed after three pitches in Game 1 of a doubleheader. St. Lucie lost the opener, but rebounded for a 2-0 win against Fort Myers in Game 2 behind Matt Koch’s 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

Champ Stuart stole the show in the 11th as Savannah beat Greenville, 7-6. Brandon Brosher had two homers in Kingsport’s 9-5 win against Danville.

Cory Mazzoni (lat) and Luis Mateo (elbow) both pitched in their first official games since suffering injuries as the GCL Mets were blanked by the GCL Nats, 8-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Outfielder Luke Bonfield, the Mets’ 21st-round pick, tweeted he will attend the University of Arkansas rather than sign with the Mets. Dale Burdick, the 40th-round pick, tweeted he will sign with the Mets. Fifteenth-round pick Gabriel Llanes, a prep right-hander from California, signed entering the weekend, he tweeted.

Burdick, a high school shortstop selected in the final round, will receive a $150,000 signing bonus to lure him away from attending Mississippi State, Chip Cirillo writes in the Tennessean. Burdick told the newspaper the Mets originally offered $100,000, but decided to give him an extra $50,000 since they had the sum remaining after agreeing to the monetary terms with first-round pick Michael Conforto. An agreement with Conforto has not yet been announced.

• Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin explains how B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez will attempt to juggle his overcrowded roster with the addition of five highly regarded prospects from St. Lucie.

• The St. Lucie Mets have been awarded the 2015 Florida State League All-Star Game. It will be played on June 20 at Tradition Field.

• Terry Collins explained why umpire Gary Cederstrom laughed before ejecting the manager on June 11 at Citi Field.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear decides it could do without most of the current Mets. ... Faith and Fear also noticed the arrival of summer coincided with deGrom's arrival in the win column.

BIRTHDAYS: Former catcher Ron Hodges turns 65. ... Ex-Mets outfielder Willie Harris is 36. ... Binghamton outfielder Darrell Ceciliani, who is just returning from a concussion, is 24. ... Savannah right-hander Miller Diaz (5-1, 2.40 ERA) is 22.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Is a must-slide rule at the plate sensible in Major League Baseball?

Minors 6.21.14: K-Mets' Brosher two homers

June, 21, 2014
Jun 21
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LAS VEGAS 11, MEMPHIS 5: Noah Syndergaard surrendered a two-run homer to Xavier Scruggs in a three-run first by the Redbirds. Syndergaard dominated for a while after Scruggs' longball, retiring the next 16 batters as Vegas raced to an 8-3 lead. However, Stephen Piscotty singled to open the seventh and Pete Kozma launched a two-run homer with one out in the frame. So Syndergaard ultimately was charged with five runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking none in 6 2/3 innings. Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI and is hitting .453 in Triple-A. Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer in a five-run third. Cesar Puello finished 2-for-3 with a homer, five RBIs and a walk. Ex-Met Pedro Feliciano tossed two scoreless innings in relief for the Redbirds. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, BOWIE 6: Left-hander Steven Matz allowed five runs on seven hits and

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two walks in 5 2/3 innings in his Double-A debut. Relievers Ryan Fraser, Adam Kolarek and Cody Satterwhite then limited Bowie to one run the rest of the way as the B-Mets rallied for their 11th win in 12 games. Trailing 5-3, Binghamton took the lead with a three-run seventh against Anthony Vasquez. Kevin Plawecki deposited an RBI double into the right-field corner, cutting Bowie’s lead to one. Jayce Boyd followed by plating Plawecki with the tying run on a double. Three batters later, Boyd scampered home with the go-ahead run when reliever Steven Hensley uncorked a wild pitch. The B-Mets tacked on a much-needed insurance run in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Kyle Johnson reached safely with a two-out double when his innocent popup behind second fell to the outfield turf. Plawecki brought him home by threading a single into left field. Bowie had one last gasp offensively in the eighth. Rehabbing Oriole Nolan Reimold doubled against Kolarek and his pinch-runner, Johnny Ruettiger, scored on consecutive groundouts to trim Binghamton’s lead to one. Satterwhite took the reins in the ninth and posted a perfect inning, fanning Garabez Rosa to lock down his third save. Fraser (1-0) retired all four Baysox he faced after replacing Matz in the sixth to pick up his first win. Box

FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 0
ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 0: Game 1 starter Michael Fulmer took a line drive off the forearm on his left, glove hand on his third pitch of the game. The baseball was hit so hard

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by Jorge Polanco that it ricocheted into right field. Fulmer did not suffer a fracture, Paul DePodesta said. Julian Hilario took over. Polanco, who was safe at first on the single, scored on Lance Ray’s sac fly later in the inning. Adam Brett Walker scored Fort Myers’ second run on a wild pitch by Jake Kuebler in the fourth. Ray added a two-out RBI double against Kuebler in the fifth. In Game 2, Matt Koch pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and combined with recently demoted T.J. Chism as well as Paul Sewald on a four-hit shutout. Koch (7-2) surrendered a leadoff single in the first inning and issued a one-out walk. He then got Walker to ground into an inning-ending double play. That started a streak of 15 straight batters retired. The Mets scored their opening run in the second inning against Steven Gruver. With one out and runners on the corners, Maikis De La Cruz bunted back to Gruver, who tried to throw home to retire Gilbert Gomez. Instead, Gomez slid in safely. Jairo Perez drove in the second run when his fifth-inning infield single with two outs plated Eudy Pina. Koch ran into trouble in the sixth when he gave up back-to-back hits with one out. He induced Aderling Mejia to fly out. Chism then recorded the final out of the sixth when Nate Roberts grounded out. Sewald pitched around a two-out single in the seventh to earn his first save. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 7, GREENVILLE 6 (11 innings): Champ Stuart walked, stole second, advanced to third on a flyout and scored the go-ahead run on Victor Cruzado's single in the top of the 11th. Akeel Morris issued a two-out walk, then completed a scoreless bottom half to record his fourth save. Nelfi Zapata, Stefan Sabol and Jeff Glenn each went 3-for-5. Glenn drove in four runs. Zapata had three doubles. Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed four runs on 13 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Box

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KINGSPORT 9, DANVILLE 5: Brandon Brosher, a 36th-round pick out of high school in Florida in 2013, had a pair of two-run homers and finished 3-for-4. Eudor Garcia, the Mets' fourth-round pick out of junior college in Texas this month, went 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored. Starter Yoan Gonzalez limited Danville to two runs on five hits and three walks in seven innings. Box

BROOKLYN 3, ABERDEEN 1 (11 innings): Marcos Molina, Edioglis Villasmil and Juan Urbina combined to toss a two-hit shutout with no walks through 10 innings as the game remained scoreless. In the top of the 11th, Brooklyn (7-2) took a 1-0 lead on Stefan Crichton's wild pitch, which plated Tucker Tharp. Michael Bernal had an RBI single and Tyler Moore scored on Jhoan Urena's bunt to complete the three-run frame. Shane Bay surrendered two singles and a sac fly to open the bottom half but nonetheless recorded his third save. Rehabbing Oriole Dylan Bundy, the fourth overall pick in 2011, started for Aberdeen. He limited the Cyclones to two hits and a walk while striking out nine in five innings. Box

GCL NATIONALS 8, GCL METS 0: Cory Mazzoni, who suffered a strained right lat muscle

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in the final Grapefruit League game, appeared in an official game for the first time since suffering the injury as the Mets were prepared to break camp. The former second-round pick out of NC State allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven in four innings. Luis Mateo, a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, relieved Mazzoni and was charged with five runs (one earned) in 1 1/3 innings in his first official game action since the elbow procedure. Juan Lagares went 0-for-4 and played a full game in center field in his second rehab appearance. The Mets produced only three hits -- singles by John Mora, Dionis Rodriguez and Enmanuel Zabala. 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