New York Mets: Matt Oberste

Minors 8.22.14: B-Mets' Herrera drives in 4

August, 22, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 8, NEW ORLEANS 7 (11 innings): Noah Syndergaard allowed five first-inning runs, then settled down. He followed with four scoreless frames. In the sixth, Syndergaard allowed consecutive singles to open the inning, then shortstop Matt Reynolds committed an error that loaded the bases with none out. Syndergaard ultimately allowed an unearned run on a one-out groundout to first base by Zack Cox that evened the score at 6. Syndergaard's final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP. Danny Muno had a walk-off RBI single in the 11th. Reynolds finished 4-for-4 with a walk. Box

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BINGHAMTON 12, AKRON 3: A day after clinching a postseason berth, the B-Mets routed the RubberDucks. After B-Mets starter Tyler Pill allowed two runs in the top of the first, Jayce Boyd slammed a three-run homer in the bottom half. Darrell Ceciliani had a two-run homer in the fifth. Dilson Herrera finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, four RBIs, two runs scored and a walk. Ceciliani and Wilfredo Tovar also had three hits apiece. Pill followed the two-run first by blanking Akron for four innings. Box

JUPITER 1, ST. LUCIE 0
ST. LUCIE 4, JUPITER 2:
In Game 1, Luis Cessa pitched a seven-inning complete game, allowing one run on three hits while striking out five and walking one. The lone run for the

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Hammerheads was scored by the Marlins' Derek Dietrich, who is on a rehab assignment. He had tripled with one out in the fourth. Matt Juengel plated him with a groundout. The Mets had a couple of chances late to tie the score. Jairo Perez, off the DL and back in the lineup for the first time since June 29, struck out to end the sixth two in scoring position. An inning later, Sean Donatello struck out Phillip Evans looking to end the game with Eudy Pina at second base. The Mets also stranded Jeff McNeil on third in the first inning and left Jared King on second in the second. Jupiter won despite being out-hit, 5-3. Four Hammerheads pitchers combined for the shutout, beginning with two scoreless innings from rehabbing Dan Jennings. Jennings was struck in the head by a line drive in Pittsburgh on Aug. 7. Jared King went 3-for-3 for the Mets. In his last two starts, Cessa has allowed a combined two runs and four hits in 12 innings, but has won neither.

In Game 2, Domingo Tapia came within one out of going the distance in the seven-inning contest. He gave up two runs on five hits and one walk. Cole Frenzel put the Mets up 2-1 in the second with a two-run double. The Mets extended their lead to two runs 1 in the fifth on Evans' RBI single. That hit scored Gavin Cecchini, who had doubled for the second time. Evans moved to third on Frenzel’s groundout and slid safely into home without a throw when Albert Cordero grounded out to make it 4-1. Tapia did not surrender his second run until there were two outs in the seventh. With a runner at second, Cody Keefer delivered an RBI double. Paul Sewald entered and recorded the final out for his 10th save in 10 chances. Cecchini finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a walk. The walk was his 19th in 21 games this month. Evans scored twice. Box 1, Box 2

GREENVILLE 6 ,SAVANNAH 5: Robert Gsellman surrendered six runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. The Gnats pulled within 6-5 in the sixth on Champ Stuart's run-scoring fielder's choice. But Savannah left Patrick Biondi at third base that inning when Dominic Smith and Matt Oberste flied out. Box

BLUEFIELD 8, KINGSPORT 4 (six innings)
KINGSPORT at BLUEFIELD: Game 1 of a doubleheader was called in the sixth inning because of rain and the nightcap never took place. Andrew Massie was knocked out after two-thirds of an inning. Massie and Audry German surrendered a combined seven runs in the frame. Vicente Lupo had a three-run homer in the third as the K-Mets pulled within 7-4. Box 1

BROOKLYN 7, TRI-CITY 0: Martires Arias walked six and allowed three hits but nonetheless tossed five scoreless innings. He combined with Gaither Bumgardner and Cameron Griffin on the four-hit shutout. Tyler Moore had a sacrifice fly and Michael Bernal had an RBI single in a three-run second. Jhoan Urena and Moore had RBI singles in a four-run third. Shortstop Amed Rosario missed a second straight game with a shoulder injury. Box

GCL NATIONALS 2, GCL METS 0 (suspended): The game was halted in the fourth inning when Mets baserunner Manuel Hilario was kneed in the head while sliding into second base. Hilario lost consciousness and suffered a seizure. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital. Hilario was in "good spirits" and may be discharged Saturday, the Mets announced. Box

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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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Morning Briefing: Five-hit wonders

August, 18, 2014
Aug 18
7:01
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: When will the Mets awake from their hitting doldrums?

For a fourth straight day Sunday, the Amazin’s failed to exceed four hits. If the Mets again fail to do so Monday, they will tie the franchise record. During a pair of Septembers -- in 2004 and 1963 -- the Mets went five straight games with four hits or fewer in each.

Bartolo Colon (11-10, 3.85 ERA) opposes right-hander Kyle Hendricks (4-1, 1.79) in the 12:10 p.m. series finale against the Cubs.

Monday’s news reports:

David Wright looks like he will miss multiple games with a left-shoulder injury that worsened when he was struck by a fastball from Dan Straily in the sixth inning on Saturday.

Mets manager Terry Collins said Straily was not throwing at Wright.

"Somebody thought they might have thrown at him. Why?” Collins told Matt Ehalt in the Record. “It’s a 3-1 game. You just don’t throw at people to throw at people.”

Read more on Wright’s absence in the Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

• Rookie Rafael Montero limited the Cubs to one run in 7 1/3 innings, but the Mets ultimately lost, 2-1, Sunday at Citi Field. Jenrry Mejia surrendered a game-deciding homer to Starlin Castro on the first pitch of the ninth inning. Curtis Granderson had snapped an 0-for-17 drought and evened the score with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.

Montero could be Vegas-bound with Jacob deGrom moving toward returning from the disabled list to face the Dodgers next weekend in Los Angeles. deGrom threw off a mound Sunday for the first time since going on the disabled list.

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

• Read more on deGrom in the Post, Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post suggests that while the Mets and Cubs look like perfect candidates to outsiders for a pitching-for-shortstop swap, it may not happen. That’s because Chicago’s front office knows the value of young hitting and has the resources to buy pitching like Jon Lester. And it’s because Mets GM Sandy Alderson and crew don’t like making equitable trades and don’t seemed inclined to part with their elite talent. Writes Sherman:

Nevertheless, the sense I get currently from the Mets is they would like to protect Harvey, Syndergaard and probably Wheeler and use other elements to solve positional problems. So I could see the Mets shooting a little lower on the shortstop food chain by trying to use Dillon Gee, Niese, Sunday’s starter Rafael Montero or others from their deep trove to see if they could get, say, the White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez or try for an Arizona shortstop -- the Diamondbacks seem much more willing to talk Didi Gregorius than Chris Owings, but while a defensive whiz, Gregorius might not project to hit enough for the Mets.

• Anthony McCarron in the Daily News quotes a scout labeling Montero a “solid No. 4 starter.” Read more on Montero in Newsday.

Vic Black takes the 7 train from Manhattan to Citi Field, writes Lisa L. Colangelo in the Daily News.

• Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs in five innings and tossed 96 pitches in Las Vegas’ 4-0 loss at Omaha. Binghamton’s Steven Matz allowed one run in seven innings in a 1-0 loss to Reading. Matt Oberste delivered a tie-breaking RBI double and Savannah beat Greenville, 3-2. Jhoan Urena’s two-run double highlighted a five-run sixth as Brooklyn beat Vermont, 7-3. Read the full minor-league recap here.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets left-hander Pat Misch turns 33.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets exceed four hits on Monday?

Minors 8.17.14: Oberste RBI lifts Gnats

August, 17, 2014
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OMAHA 4, LAS VEGAS 0: Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on three hits, three walks and a hit batter in five innings. Syndergaard (8-7) struck out eight in a 96-pitch effort. The damage included a two-run homer by Carlos Peguero in the fourth that opened the scoring. Jack Leathersich allowed two runs in the sixth, including a solo homer by Peguero. The 51s mustered four hits, including two from Matt Reynolds. Box

READING 1, BINGHAMTON 0: Reading southpaw Hoby Milner went the distance in a three-hit shutout to outduel Steven Matz. Milner faced two over the minimum.

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Binghamton’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot remained at four. The Fightin Phils cracked the scoreboard in the fourth against Matz. Albert Cartwright had a leadoff double. Matz retired the next two batters, but Jake Fox poked an RBI single into right field. Binghamton finally put a threat together in the fifth after Milner retired the first 13 batters he faced. T.J. Rivera singled and produced his first steal as a B-Met. With two outs, Wilfredo Tovar then ripped a 2-1 pitch up the middle, but second baseman Carlos Alonso made a diving catch to end the inning. The B-Mets flashed their own defensive prowess to hold the deficit at 1-0 in the bottom half. After Matz issued a one-out walk to K.C. Serna, Raywilly Gomez deposited a 2-2 pitch into the left-field corner. Dustin Lawley tracked the ball down and fired to Tovar. In one motion, the shortstop received the throw and fired home, where Juan Centeno tagged out Serna. Milner continued his cruise by posting perfect frames in the sixth and seventh before using a double play to erase a single in the eighth. Binghamton had one last chance in the ninth. Kyle Johnson had a leadoff double, but Milner retired the next three B-Mets. He capped his first career complete game by striking out Dilson Herrera looking. Milner (8-6) issued no walks, struck out five and held the B-Mets hitless in four at-bats with runners in scoring position, including three in the ninth. Matz (5-4) surrendered one run on six hits in seven innings. The loss snapped Binghamton’s seven-game winning streak against the Fightin Phils, which dated to last season. Box

BRADENTON 3, ST. LUCIE 0: Pirates top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow mowed down the St. Lucie lineup, striking out eight and allowing one walk and two singles in seven scoreless innings. He required only 80 pitches and retired the final 10 batters he faced. Josh Smith followed with two perfect innings to earn his sixth save. Justin Howard homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the second against Seth Lugo to put the Marauders on the board. Jose Osuna’s two-out solo homer in the sixth against Lugo made it 2-0. Jordan Steranka doubled to plate a run against reliever Ryan Fraser in the eighth. L.J. Mazzilli had both Mets hits. The first came with two outs in the first. The latter came with one out in the fourth. Mazzilli stole second, but then was caught too far off the bag by catcher Jin-De Jhang and was tagged out trying to reach third. From that point, the Mets went 16 up, 16 down the rest of the way. Gilbert Gomez was the only other baserunner for the Mets. He reached on a walk in the third. He was picked off first by Jhang. Glasnow and Smith combined to face one over the minimum. Lugo pitched well in his second start this season. He tossed a season-high seven innings and allowed five hits and the two solo homers. The Marauders won the season series, 10-8, and increased their first-place lead to 6 1/2 games over the Mets with 14 games remaining. Box

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SAVANNAH 3, GREENVILLE 2: Champ Stuart bunted his way aboard and scored on Matt Oberste's double as the Gnats broke a 2-all tie in the sixth en route to a series sweep. The Drive had opened the scoring in the second on Danny Bethea's two-run homer against John Gant. Gant allowed no further damage and struck out nine in five innings. Savannah evened the score with two runs in the third. Dominic Smith plated Stuart with a double to tie the score at 2. Reliever John Mincone picked up the win after producing a scoreless sixth. Akeel Morris converted his 15th save in 16 chances. Box

KINGSPORT 4, GREENEVILLE 3 (12 innings): Vicente Lupo and Wuilmer Becerra had inning-opening singles and Zach Mathieu followed with a run-scoring groundout as the K-Mets took the lead in the top of the 12th. Ismael Tijerina allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth as Greeneville forced extra innings. Box

BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 3: Michael Conforto had an RBI single and Jhoan Urena had a two-run double in a five-run sixth as the Cyclones overcame a 2-0 deficit. Starter Casey Meisner allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings. Box

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Minors 8.14.14: Reynolds homers twice

August, 15, 2014
Aug 15
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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 8.5.14: Montero blanks Sacramento

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6
12:43
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LAS VEGAS 3, SACRAMENTO 0: Rafael Montero limited Sacramento to one hit in eight innings. He struck out 11 and walked two in a 105-pitch effort. Montero has now tossed 14 2/3 scoreless innings and surrendered only four hits in his past two starts. Matt den Dekker singled and scored on Allan Dykstra's sacrifice fly in the first inning. Den Dekker went 2-for-4 with a walk and has six multi-hit performances in his last nine games. Chasen Bradford produced a scoreless ninth for his third save. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, RICHMOND 6: Tyler Pill tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out

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seven and Brian Burgamy went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs. Burgamy's 20th homer, a two-run shot in the fifth, staked the B-Mets to a 4-0 lead. The game turned into a rout in the eighth. Juan Centeno walked and Wilfredo Tovar doubled. T.J. Rivera then pinch-hit for Pill produced a run-scoring groundout. Dustin Lawley's single plated Dilson Herrera later in the four-run frame as Binghamton took a 9-0 lead. B-Mets relievers Randy Fontanez and Ryan Fraser each surrendered three runs in an inning of work as the Flying Squirrels pulled within three runs. Pill hasn’t lost in his last 14 appearances with Binghamton. It was Burgamy’s fourth four-RBI game of the season. Box

CHARLESTON 6, SAVANNAH 2
SAVANNAH 1, CHARLESTON 0: Miller Diaz tossed a seven-inning shutout in the nightcap

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as the Gnats earned a doubleheader split. 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith left Game 2 after five innings. Diaz allowed just three hits, two walks and struck out five to improve to 6-1 with a 2.14 ERA. He did not allow a hit between the first and seventh innings. The Gnats scored the game's only run in the bottom of the sixth. Colton Plaia grounded a single through the left side to plate Nelfi Zapata. In Game 1, the RiverDogs scored four runs in the top of the seventh against reliever Hunter Carnevale to snap a 2-all tie. The Gnats had tied the score a half-inning earlier on a line-drive homer by Matt Oberste. Box 1, Box 2

PULASKI 6, KINGSPORT 5: Starter Yoryi Nuez allowed six runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings as the Mariners built a 6-0 lead. The K-Mets produced a four-run ninth, but pinch hitter Luis Ortega grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL MARLINS 5: Alfredo Reyes drove in three runs and Milton Ramos had three hits and scored twice. 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

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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 7.28.14: Cordero caps comeback

July, 28, 2014
Jul 28
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LAS VEGAS 5, SALT LAKE 3: Kevin Plawecki, who was dealing with vertigo, went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his first game since July 17. John Lannan made his Triple-A season debut after six tune-up starts with St. Lucie. Lannan tossed six scoreless innings. He previously had taken a leave of absence for seven weeks for a "personal issue." The 51s built a 5-0 lead after three innings. Matt Reynolds, Josh Satin and Plawecki had RBI singles in a three-run first. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 5, BINGHAMTON 1: Steven Matz surrendered three first-inning runs and the B-Mets never recovered. Kendall Graveman allowed one run in six innings in his

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Double-A debut for New Hampshire. Jayce Boyd went 2-for-4 in the loss. In the first, Jon Berti walked and stole second. Two batters later, Andy Burns singled to plate Berti for the game's opening run. With two outs, Sean Ochinko homered for a 3-0 lead. In the fifth, Jorge Flores hit a one-out single against Matz and moved to third on a throwing error by first baseman Jayce Boyd. Berti grounded out to score the runner and extend New Hampshire's advantage to four runs. The B-Mets finally broke through in the bottom half. Back-to-back singles by Xorge Carrillo and Rylan Sandoval placed two on with nobody out. Carrillo was forced out at third base on Kyle Johnson's fielder’s choice. Brandon Nimmo then walked to load the bases and T.J. Rivera delivered a sacrifice fly. Matz (4-2) allowed five runs (four earned) on a career-high 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four. Ryan Fraser and Jack Leathersich blanked the Fisher Cats over the final 3 2/3 innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, DUNEDIN 6 (12 innings): St. Lucie snapped an eight-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. The Mets scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Arik Sikula, the Florida State League’s saves leader. Jeff McNeil’s run-scoring groundout made it 6-5, and Wilfredo Tovar singled home Gilbert Gomez with two outs to send the game to extra innings. In the 12th, Gavin Cecchini led off with an infield single and advanced to second on shortstop Emilio Guerrero’s wild throw to first base. Albert Cordero then singled softly into left-center, plating Cecchini with the game-winning run. Cecchini and Cordero each went 3-for-6. It was Cordero’s first three-hit game this season and the second for Cecchini. Paul Sewald pitched a scoreless 11th and 12th to earn the win. Beck Wheeler struck out four over the ninth and 10th innings. He pitched around Kevin Patterson’s leadoff double in the 10th to keep the score tied. Box

LEXINGTON 7, SAVANNAH 0
SAVANNAH 7, LEXINGTON 2: Alex Panteliodis allowed sevens runs (five earned) on 10 hits and a walk in six innings in a loss in the opener. In Game 2, Savannah broke a scoreless tie with a four-run fifth inning that included a three-run double by Matt Oberste. Bret Mitchell (1-0), Dawrin Frias and Akeel Morris combined for 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Box 1, Box 2

DANVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 1: The K-Mets were held hitless until Oswald Caraballo's one-out single in the fourth inning. Box

BROOKLYN 8, LOWELL 5: The Cyclones produced a six-run fifth inning that included a two-run double by Will Fulmer to take a 7-2 lead. Anthony Chavez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Box

GCL CARDINALS 5, GCL METS 3: Starter Eucebio Arias allowed four runs (three earned) in 1 1/3 innings. Milton Ramos' sacrifice fly capped a three-run fourth that pulled the Mets within 4-3. Box

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Minors 7.27.14: Reynolds homer lifts 51s

July, 27, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 5: Matt Reynolds launched a three-run homer against Michael Kohn with one out in the seventh as the 51s overcame a 5-3 deficit. It marked only

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Reynolds' third homer in 337 at-bats this season between Triple-A and Double-A. The Bees had scored three runs in the top half of the inning. The damage included a two-run double by ex-Met John Buck against Gonzalez Germen. Germen had inherited those runners from Miguel Socolovich. Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out eight in five innings. He threw 103 pitches (68 strikes). In his past two starts, Syndergaard has allowed one earned run in 11 1/3 innings. Chasen Bradford tossed a scoreless ninth for his second save despite allowing a leadoff single to Buck. After a sac bunt advanced pinch runner Zach Zaneski to second, Bradford struck out Roberto Lopez and John Hester. Pitching coach Frank Viola was ejected in the fifth inning by plate umpire Scott Mahoney. Box

TRENTON 7, BINGHAMTON 3: B-Mets starter Rainy Lara was tagged for seven runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. The damage included a four-run sixth, capped by Jake Cave's two-run triple that staked the Thunder to a 7-2 lead. Jayce Boyd went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored in the loss. Binghamton had opened the scoring in the third inning against Manny Banuelos. Travis Taijeron walked and moved to second when Kai Gronauer reached on Banuelos' throwing error. Both runners then advanced on a wild pitch. Rylan Sandoval followed with an RBI groundout. Trenton answered in the bottom half against Lara on Cave's solo homer. The Thunder took a 3-1 lead in the fifth. Casey Stevenson produced a solo homer. Back-to-back singles by Ali Castillo and Cave then put runners on the corners with none out. Ben Gamel produced a sacrifice fly. Binghamton got a run back in the sixth against Danny Burawa. T.J. Rivera smacked a one-out single and moved to second on a passed ball. Boyd also singled to plate Rivera and cut the deficit to 3-2. Chase Huchingson and Adam Kolarek blanked Trenton over the final 2 1/3 innings. Banuelos went four innings and surrendered one unearned run. Box

DAYTONA 4, ST. LUCIE 3
DAYTONA 6, ST. LUCIE 5: After three Gulf Coast League appearances since returning from

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Tommy John surgery, Jeremy Hefner allowed three runs on three hits and four walks in three innings in Game 1 of a Florida State League doubleheader. All three runs against Hefner came in the first inning. St. Lucie evened the score with a three-run fifth that included consecutive RBI doubles by Gilbert Gomez and Eudy Pina. Wilfredo Tovar, who was just assigned to the FSL club as he returns from thumb-ligament surgery, added a game-tying RBI single. The Cubs broke the 3-all tie in the bottom half without the benefit of a hit. Jake Kuebler issued a leadoff walk to Marco Hernandez. Hernandez advanced to third on a wild pitch and passed ball and scored the decisive run on Kyle Schwarber's sacrifice fly. Kuebler (3-2) suffered the loss on the unearned run despite not yielding any other baserunners in three relief innings.

In Game 2, St. Lucie took a 5-4 lead with a three-run fifth inning that included Jared King's tiebreaking RBI double. However, T.J. Chism surrendered a two-run homer in the bottom half to Dan Vogelbach after inheriting a runner from Luis Cessa. Box 1, Box 2

LEXINGTON 5, SAVANNAH 2: Dario Alvarez uncorked a wild pitch in the seventh that allowed a runner inherited from Bret Mitchell to race home and even the score at 2. An inning later, Alvarez surrendered three more runs. He had a throwing error on a bunt attempt as the tiebreaking run scored. The Gnats had taken a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Matt Oberste tripled and scored on a passed ball. Starter John Gant allowed one run on seven hits and four walks in five innings in a no-decision. Box

KINGSPORT 11, BURLINGTON 3: Pedro Perez had a pair of doubles and drove in three runs as the K-Mets overcame an early 2-1 deficit. Starter Blake Taylor allowed three runs in six innings. Box

BROOKLYN 9, LOWELL 3: Michael Bernal went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs off

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the bench after replacing injured first baseman Michael Katz as the Cyclones overcame an early 3-1 deficit. First-round pick Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and walk to lift his average to .412. Conforto has hit safely in all nine games since signing and joining Brooklyn. Starter Marcos Molina allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks in six innings. Katz was injured in the third inning when Danny Mars hit a groundball into the hole between Katz and second baseman Tyler Moore. Moore was able to get to the ball and tried to retire Mars at first base. As Katz tried to catch Moore’s throw he twisted a knee. Box

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Minors 7.23.14: Whalen wins in return

July, 24, 2014
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TACOMA 6, LAS VEGAS 4: Cory Mazzoni allowed six runs (four earned) on five hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings. Wilmer Flores and Allan Dykstra homered in a three-run third as the 51s took a 3-1 lead. Flores finished with three RBIs. With Vegas trailing by two runs, Danny Muno doubled with one out in the ninth and Juan Centeno singled. After Cesar Puello flied out, Matt den Dekker then walked to load the bases. However, Josh Satin flied out for the final out. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, PORTLAND 2: Steven Matz (4-1) limited the Sea Dogs to two runs on

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seven hits and a walk in seven innings and the B-Mets avoided a three-game sweep. Sean Coyle had a solo homer against Matz in the second inning, but the B-Mets responded a half-inning later against Binghamton University product Mike Augliera as Rylan Sandoval had a leadoff homer. It was Sandoval’s first long ball of the season. Binghamton took the lead in the fourth as T.J. Rivera doubled and eventually scored on Jayce Boyd's single. That advantage swelled to 4-1 in the fifth. Dilson Herrera singled and stole second. Brian Burgamy then singled to place runners on the corners. Travis Taijeron followed with a run-scoring double. Rivera skied a sacrifice fly to center to plate Burgamy. Portland cut the deficit to two runs in the sixth as rehabbing Ryan Lavarnway, Michael Almanzar and Dave Chester all singled. Randy Fontanez and Cody Satterwhite each contributed a scoreless frame in relief. Satterwhite notched his ninth save. Burgamy finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored. Portland won the season series over the B-Mets, 11-9. Box

TAMPA 13, ST. LUCIE 6: Gavin Cecchini blasted a three-run homer in a five-run first inning, but the Yankees overcame the deficit to complete a four-game sweep. Mets starter Michael Fulmer cruised through the first three innings, allowing one hit and striking out five. His outing unraveled in the fourth. Greg Bird singled, Dante Bichette Jr. reached on L.J. Mazzilli’s error and Fulmer hit Eric Jagielo on the foot with an 0-2 pitch to load the bases. Fulmer threw a wild pitch that allowed Bird to score and walked Aaron Judge to reload the bases. Angelo Gumbs then singled to make it 5-2. With the bases again loaded, Trent Garrison had a two-run single. Jose Rosario followed with an RBI single to even the score. After Danny Oh struck out and Cito Culver walked, Fulmer was replaced by Jake Kuebler. Bird came up for the second time in the inning and produced a sac fly to put the Yankees ahead. Bichette followed with an RBI single to make it 7-5. Judge finally grounded out to end the fourth. Kuebler stayed in to pitch the fifth, but the Yankees got to him. Kuebler fielded Rosario’s bunt attempt with two runners on but threw the ball over the head of Mazzilli covering first base to allow a run to score. Later in the frame, Gilbert Gomez dropped a fly ball hit to center that allowed two more runs to score as the Yankees took a 12-5 lead. The Mets committed five errors in the game. Fulmer was charged with seven runs (four earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Box

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SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 2: Rob Whalen (5-0) limited Augusta to two runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first South Atlantic League start since May 1. He missed more than two months recovering from an infection in his pitching hand that needed to be surgically cleaned. Miller Diaz tossed three scoreless innings and was credited with his second save. Matt Oberste extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a ninth-inning solo homer. Jonathan Johnson had two RBIs. Victor Cruzado went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Box

GREENEVILLE 6, KINGSPORT 3 (10 innings): Jimmy Duff was charged with three runs (two earned) in the top of the 10th. Third baseman Eudor Garcia had a fielding error in the frame. Box

ABERDEEN 5, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Casey Meisner allowed three runs (two earned) in one inning. Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with a triple and Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a double in the loss. Jhoan Urena drove in two runs. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL NATIONALS 6: Dale Burdick's eighth-inning sacrifice fly broke a 6-all tie. Hengelbert Rojas added a two-run single in the ninth. John Mora, Arnaldo Berrios, Rojas and Burdick had two RBIs apiece. Box

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Farm report: Katz off to quick start

July, 23, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Ninth-round pick Michael Katz out of William & Mary is off to a solid start to his professional career with the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Katz, who turns 22 on Aug. 6, is hitting .299 with 18 RBIs in 137 at-bats.

“Basically I feel like a freshman in college all over again, just being a rookie and getting accustomed to everything,” the first baseman/left fielder said.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Katz certainly has an athletic pedigree. His father Jim played two seasons of baseball at George Washington University. His mother Laurie played two seasons of college basketball at UNC Charlotte. Both parents then transferred to Virginia Tech to complete their academic careers.


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“My mom likes to brag about that,” Katz said. “She usually says she played at UNC, but she went to UNC Charlotte. A little different.”

Although he played defensive end and linebacker for his high school football team in Virginia, baseball was always first for Katz.

His sophomore season at William & Mary he helped lead the Tribe to its first-ever NCAA Tournament wins, a pair of regional victories against Ole Miss while playing at NC State. He was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year as a junior and also was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award.

Katz hit .363 with 14 homers and a school-record 75 RBIs this past college season. He had a .445 on-base percentage and .646 slugging percentage.

He also developed a reputation for using the whole field and commanding the strike zone, which obviously is consistent with the Mets’ preaching.

“I guess I’ve never really thought of myself as a guy that goes up there intentionally taking pitches or anything like that, trying to work the count,” Katz said. “I pretty much just go up and see a ball that I can hit well and go for it. But I guess just usually being in the middle of the lineup, people will pitch around you, so I will find myself in a bunch of three-ball counts or 3-2 counts or stuff like that.

“When I look at my game, I like to see a lot of pitches. It kind of falls in with what the Mets like -- run producers and on-base percentage and seeing a lot of pitches. I guess it fits perfectly.”

Katz is a natural first baseman. His first real introduction to the outfield came this past college season, when a couple of teammates had labrum issues in their shoulders and William & Mary used him in left field.

“I played first base my whole life, so that’s always been natural,” Katz said. “I played a little bit of right field in like showcase ball in high school. But, other than that, left field pretty much this past spring season was my first real taste of playing outfield in games. I started doing some more here [with Brooklyn]. I can definitely play in the corner outfield. It’s just something I need to work on just to get better at it.”

Katz predicted the final question of an interview with ESPNNewYork.com before it came. It is a question that seems to arise frequently these days, because he was drafted by a New York team and is playing in Brooklyn.

“Oh, I know what’s coming” he lightheartedly said.

No, despite the last name Katz, he is not Jewish.

“I went to Catholic School, kindergarten all throughout high school,” Katz said. “That’s a common misconception. I got a lot of cheers during Jewish heritage night. The fans seem to love me. I’m sure that’s 75 percent of the reason why.”

Organization leaders

Average: John Mora, GCL Mets, .352; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .340; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .338; Oswald Caraballo, Kingsport, .333; Wuilmer Becerra, Kingsport, .325; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .323; Enmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .319; Matt den Dekker, Vegas, .318; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, .310; Jhoan Urena, Brooklyn, .308.

Homers: Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 18; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 18; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 16.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 59; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 59; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 58.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 20; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 19; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 16; Champ Stuart, Savannah, 14; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 13.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 1.26; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.46; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.31; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.38; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.48; Andrew Massie, Kingsport, 2.55; John Gant, Savannah, 2.76; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.77; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 3.33; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 3.41.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 10; John Gant, Savannah, 10.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 12; Robert Coles, St. Lucie, 12; Randy Fontanez, Binghamton, 10; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 9; Cody Satterwhite, Binghamton, 8.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 105; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 92; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 91; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 90.

Short hops

• First-round pick Michael Conforto is off to a quick start at the plate since making his professional debut Saturday with the Cyclones. Conforto is hitting .375 (6-for-16) with two doubles and two RBIs so far in four games. After serving as the designated hitter in his debut, he has started three straight games in left field.

• After going 5-for-8 with a homer and four RBIs in a doubleheader Tuesday at Tacoma, Matt den Dekker is hitting .318/.382/.521 in Triple-A for the season.

Dave LaRoche, a 14-year major league veteran and the father of Adam and Andy LaRoche, will fill in as Brooklyn Cyclones pitching coach. Tom Signore has been dealing with continued symptoms of a head injury suffered when he was struck with a baseball while in the dugout with Vegas. Signore was filling in for Frank Viola earlier this season when the incident occurred.

• Catching prospect Kevin Plawecki has been diagnosed with vertigo and has been out of Vegas’ lineup since Thursday.

Wilmer Flores lost a 22-game hitting streak Tuesday. The Las Vegas record remains 37 games by Joey Cora in 1989, when the Triple-A club was affiliated with San Diego. The longest hitting streak in the organization now belongs to Savannah DH/first baseman Matt Oberste. He has hit safely in 20 straight games.

• Right-hander Chris Flexen, a 14th-round pick in 2012 out of high school, underwent Tommy John surgery. Flexen, 20, had been 3-5 with a 4.83 ERA in 13 starts for Savannah this season.

• Right-hander John Gant, the Mets’ 21st-round pick in 2011 out of high school, is the reigning South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. Gant took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning in his most recent start. He is now 10-5 with a 2.76 ERA in 17 starts for Savannah this season.

• Right-hander Rob Whalen has rejoined Savannah. Whalen began the season 4-0 with a 1.83 ERA in four appearances (three starts) with the Gnats. He then was diagnosed with an infection in his pitching hand that required surgery to clean out.

Andrew Brown had an opportunity to go to Japan earlier this season, but the Mets did not want to lose him and never reached agreement with the Japanese club. Brown is hitting .291/.382/.571 with Vegas this season.

Minors 7.20.14: Oswalt blanks Cutters

July, 20, 2014
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SALT LAKE 3, LAS VEGAS 0: Caleb Clay went the distance in a three-hit shutout for the Bees. Rafael Montero allowed one run on five hits and three walks in four innings in his first Triple-A appearance since June 14. Montero had been dealing with a strained left oblique. Wilmer Flores went 1-for-4 with a seventh-inning single to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. That is the longest streak by a Las Vegas player since J.P. Arencibia had a 21-game streak in 2010 while Vegas was affiliated with the Blue Jays. The Vegas record is 37 games by Joey Cora in 1989. Erik Goeddel allowed two runs in the sixth. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, TRENTON 2: Brian Burgamy belted a pair of two-run homers and Dustin Lawley contributed his team-leading 18th long ball. With Kyle Johnson on second base,

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Burgamy launched the first pitch he saw from Dan Camarena in the first inning into the rail yard beyond the left-field wall. Burgamy snapped an 0-for-18 drought with the shot. Lawley followed by lining an 0-1 pitch just over the left-field fence, giving Binghamton a 3-0 lead. Burgamy struck again in the fifth. After Dilson Herrera ripped his first triple as a B-Met, Burgamy blistered the first pitch he saw off the message board in left field for his 17th homer and a 5-0 lead. B-Mets starter Greg Peavey retired the first five Thunder batters he faced before surrendering a double to Tyler Austin. Peavey responded by retiring 13 of the next 14 batters he faced. Trenton threatened in the seventh, putting the first two aboard via a hit batter and a single. Peavey rebounded with consecutive strikeouts before Francisco Arcia looped a single to shallow left. Rob Segedin scampered home from second with Trenton’s first run before Gary Sanchez was nabbed at third on the play. The Thunder pulled within three runs in the eighth against reliever Jack Leathersich. After Casey Stevenson advanced to third on a double play, Ben Gamel lined an RBI single. Cody Satterwhite worked around a two-out single in a scoreless ninth to secure his eighth save. Peavey (7-1) allowed one run on four hits while collecting seven strikeouts over seven innings. Box

TAMPA 4, ST. LUCIE 1: The Mets mustered five hits, with their lone run coming on a two-out homer in the first inning from L.J. Mazzilli. Aderlin Rodriguez hit a ground-rule double later in the first, but the Mets ultimately stranded the bases loaded when Miguel Sulbaran got Gavin Cecchini to ground into a fielder's choice. Tampa relievers Jacob Lindgren, Brett Gerritse and Cesar Vargas held the Mets to one hit over four innings. Dante Bichette Jr. gave the Yankees the lead for good with an opposite-field two-run homer over the short porch in right field in the fourth. Eric Jagielo lined a homer just fair in the right-field corner and chased starter Luis Cessa in the sixth inning while making the score 3-1. Cessa pitched 5 2/3 innings and struck out six. Danny Oh added an RBI single against Robert Coles in the seventh. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 0
SAVANNAH 3, LEXINGTON 1: John Gant came within five outs of a seven-inning no-hitter

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in Game 1. He notched his second seven-inning shutout of the season. Gant allowed one hit and one walk while striking out eight to earn his 10th win. With one out in the sixth, Lexington second baseman Carlos Garcia rolled a single through the right side of the infield. The Gnats plated three runs in the third inning. Yeixon Ruiz produced a two-run homer and Nelfi Zapata added an RBI double. In the fifth, Dominic Smith drove in two runs as part of a 3-for-3 game. In Game 2, Smith singled in a run in the fifth to complete the game's scoring. Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis held the Legends to one run in six innings. The lone run he allowed came on a lengthy homer by Legends first baseman Fred Ford. Matt Oberste singled in both games to extend his hitting streak to 20 games, the third-longest streak in the South Atlantic League this season. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 7, PRINCETON 3: Starter Andrew Church limited Princeton to two unearned runs in six innings. Pedro Perez's two-run homer in the sixth gave the K-Mets a 3-2 lead. Oswald Caraballo had a two-run double in a three-run seventh. Box

BROOKLYN 6, WILLIAMSPORT 0: Corey Oswalt tossed seven scoreless innings and

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combined with Scarlyn Reyes on a two-hit shutout. In a two-run first, Amed Rosario reached on an error by Williamsport starter Ricardo Pinto. Jhoan Urena singled to push Rosario to second base. First-round pick Michael Conforto advanced both runners on a groundout. Michael Katz followed with a routine line drive at left fielder Jiandido Tromp. The ball hit off the heel of Tromp's glove and dropped. Two runs scored on the two-base error. The Cyclones upped their lead to 5-0 in the second inning. Tomas Nido contributed an RBI single and Urena had a two-run double. Williamsport’s fifth error of the game came when shortstop Emmanuel Marrero could not track down a two-out grounder by Michael Bernal in the fifth. Conforto, who went 2-for-4 and started in left field in his second professional game, scored from second base on the play. Box

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Minors 7.18.14: Gsellman has happy 21st

July, 19, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 7, SALT LAKE 6: Cory Mazzoni allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in his

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Triple-A debut. Mazzoni had been sidelined to open the season because of a right lat strain. Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer in a four-run sixth as Vegas took a 4-1 lead. Josh Satin produced a solo homer the following inning. Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to 19 games. Chasen Bradford surrendered two runs in the bottom of the eighth as Salt Lake pulled to within 6-5, but Danny Muno answered with a solo homer a half-inning later to provide breathing room. The 51s needed the cushion. Bradford also surrendered a run in the ninth and departed with two outs and the tying run on third. Ryan Reid entered and got Luis Jimenez to pop out for the final out. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: The B-Mets surrendered four runs in the seventh inning as a 10-game unbeaten streak in starts by Tyler Pill ended. Dilson Herrera went 3-for-4 with

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three RBIs in the loss. Brandon Nimmo had two RBIs and scored twice. Jake Cave had a game-opening single against Pill and advanced to third on consecutive wild pitches. Tyler Austin followed with an RBI single. The B-Mets answered in the second against Zach Nuding. Travis Taijeron singled and Rylan Sandoval and Kai Gronauer worked back-to-back walks to load the bases for Nimmo. He smacked a two-run single. Herrera followed a two-run double for 4-1 lead. After Pill retired nine straight batters, Rob Segedin doubled to lead off the sixth. He scored on Tyler Austin's double. Trailing 4-2, Trenton did the rest of its damage in the seventh. Ali Castillo singled against Adam Kolarek. After Kolarek walked the next two batters, Jon Velasquez entered. Segedin greeted him with a three-run double that gave the Thunder a 5-4 lead. Austin added an RBI single. The B-Mets trimmed their deficit to one run in the bottom half against Mark Montgomery. Nimmo walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Herrera then had an RBI single. Pill allowed two runs in six innings in a no-decision. Kolarek (1-1) was charged with three runs while recording only one out. Velasquez allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings and suffered his third blown save. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 4, ST. LUCIE 3: Jose Sermo blasted a walk-off homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth against T.J. Chism. The long ball came one inning after the Mets had erased a 3-0 deficit and tied the score in the eighth. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini left the game in the third inning. There was no injury, a team official said. The Manatees scored their first three runs all with two outs. Alfredo Rodriguez singled against Kevin McGowan to plate Cameron Garfield in the fourth. McGowan then held the Manatees in check until he walked the first two batters of the seventh. Julian Hilario entered and recorded two outs, but Michael Reed then singled to drive in both runners. The Mets rallied with two outs in the eighth. Rehabbing designated hitter Taylor Teagarden, Jared King and Cam Maron consecutively singled against Scott Leiser to get the Mets on the board. Mark Williams then entered and walked Phillip Evans to load the bases. Williams followed by plunking Aderlin Rodriguez and walking Jeff McNeil to force in two runs and even the score at 3. The rally ended when Eudy Pina flied out. In the bottom of the ninth, Chism got Brandon Macias to fly out to start the frame, but Sermo smacked a pitch from the lefty over the left-center wall for the win. McGowan was charged with three runs on four hits in six-plus innings. He walked five and struck out one. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 1: Robert Gsellman celebrated his 21st birthday with a

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season-high 10 strikeouts and the win as the Gnats snapped a five-game losing streak. Savannah grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning on sacrifice flies by Colton Plaia and Patrick Biondi. The Legends scored their lone run against Gsellman in the third inning on Elier Hernandez's infield single. Gsellman stranded two runners that inning, then found his groove. He retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced, including eight via strikeout. In the fourth, Champ Stuart singled to plate Biondi. Stuart finished 2-for-5 with a double. Matt Oberste singled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. Box

BURLINGTON at KINGSPORT (ppd.)

JAMESTOWN 12, BROOKLYN 7 (15 innings): Edioglis Villasmil was charged with five runs in the 15th. The Cyclones had forced extra innings with Will Fulmer's leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth. It was the 22nd-round pick's first professional homer. Box

GCL CARDINALS 1, GCL METS 0: With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, the Cards produced the lone run when Frankie Rodriguez had an infield single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch from Adrian Almeida and scored on an errant throw by catcher Darryl Knight. The unearned run was the lone damage against Almeida in 5 2/3 innings. Box

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Minors 7.17.14: Syndergaard stumbles

July, 18, 2014
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SALT LAKE 7, LAS VEGAS 6: Noah Syndergaard, who picked up the save in Tuesday's

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Futures Game with a scoreless ninth, allowed seven earned runs in five innings in his return to the 51s. Syndergaard surrendered seven hits, including a two-run homer by Tommy Field, and issued three walks. Vegas stormed back with a five-run eighth that began with triple by Matt den Dekker and also included den Dekker getting hit by a pitch to force in a run. Vegas left the tying run at second base in the ninth when Brandon Allen grounded out. Since returning to Triple-A in mid-June, den Dekker is hitting .411 (35-for-85). Right-handers Cory Mazzoni and Rafael Montero both have joined Las Vegas after recovering from side-muscle injuries. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, TRENTON 4: Dustin Lawley launched a three-run homer in the first inning against Manny Banuelos to highlight a four-RBI game as Binghamton won its fourth

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straight. Lawley’s blast was his team-leading 17th -- and 13th since June 10. Steven Matz (3-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out four in five innings. Trenton pulled within 3-2 in the third. Mason Williams and Rob Segedin had consecutive one-out singles. Brandon Nimmo bobbled the ball on the latter hit, allowing Williams to score an unearned run. The B-Mets took control with a three-run fifth. Nimmo walked and moved to second on Dilson Herrera's single. Both runners advanced on Brian Burgamy's groundout. Lawley then singled to plate Nimmo. T.J. Rivera added a sacrifice fly. The ball eluded catcher Gary Sanchez on the play, allowing Lawley to take second base. Darrell Ceciliani then singled to plate Lawley for a 6-2 lead. The lead swelled to six runs the following inning against Jairo Heredia. Xorge Carrillo doubled and moved to third on Kyle Johnson's single. Consecutive wild pitches allowed Carrillo to score and moved Johnson to third base. Johnson scored on Herrera's ensuing sacrifice fly. Trenton produced two runs in the seventh against Ryan Fraser. Randy Fontanez and Jack Leathersich each contributed a scoreless frame. Leathersich struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 6, ST. LUCIE 1
ST. LUCIE 3, BREVARD COUNTY 2: After a two-hour, 32-minute delay at the start, the teams split a doubleheader. In the nightcap, Michael Fulmer tossed six scoreless innings

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and struck out a season-high nine. He scattered four singles and walked one. The Mets got to reliever Martin Viramontes in the fifth. He walked Gilbert Gomez and Maikis De La Cruz to start the frame. He ten threw Eudy Pina’s sac bunt over the head of first baseman Alfredo Rodriguez to allow Gomez to score. Later in the inning, Jared King beat out an infield hit with the bases loaded to plate De La Cruz and make it 2-0. Pina’s sac fly in the sixth plated Gavin Cecchini to put the Mets up 3-0. Paul Sewald allowed a two-out, two-run double in the seventh to Jose Sermo. Sewald recovered to get Tyrone Taylor to fly out to end the game with the tying run on third and go-ahead run on second. In Game 1, the Manatees battered John Lannan for four runs on nine hits in four innings. That was plenty of offense for starter Tyler Wagner, who went the distance. Wagner allowed four hits. The lone run he surrendered came on a solo homer by Pina. The Manatees plated two more runs later in the game against reliever Seth Lugo. Box 1, Box 2

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ASHEVILLE 8, SAVANANH 7 (14 innings): The Gnats got a two-run homer in the top of the 14th from Matt Oberste, but Hunter Carnevale and Paul Paez combined to allow three runs in the bottom half for the walk-off loss. Oberste finished 3-for-7 with two homers, three RBIs and three runs scored. He has a 17-game hitting streak, which has lifted his season average to .321. Bret Mitchell, Dario Alvarez and Akeel Morris had combined for seven scoreless relief innings. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BURLINGTON 2: K-Mets starter Martires Arias allowed two runs (one earned) in the first inning, then contributed four scoreless frames. Relievers Bryce Beeler and Ty Williams added two scoreless innings apiece. Williams, a 35th-round pick in 2013, notched his first professional save. Oswald Caraballo and Pedro Perez had third-inning sacrifice flies as Kingsport took a 4-2 lead. Wuilmer Becerra added an eighth-inning solo homer. Box

JAMESTOWN 8, BROOKLYN 6 (10 innings): Cyclones reliever Shane Bay (0-1) allowed two runs in the top of the 10th. Amed Rosario went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs in the loss. Jhoan Urena also drove in two runs. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL CARDINALS 7: Jeremy Hefner allowed one run on two hits and struck out a batter in two innings in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery. John Mora went 5-for-5 with a double, two triples, three RBIs and two runs scored. The Mets broke a 7-all tie in the bottom of the seventh when Mora tripled and scored on Enmanuel Zabala's single. They opened a two-run lead the following inning on Mora's RBI double. Jose Medina had allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings in relief of Hefner. Alex Palsha earned his second save. Box

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Minors 7.12.14: Mazzilli scores winner in 10

July, 13, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE 6, LAS VEGAS 5: The Isotopes scored three eighth-inning runs against John Church for the comeback win. Jamie Romak hit a solo homer to lead off the inning. Albuquerque tied the score on a wild pitch. Brian Cavazos-Galvez then hit a pinch-hit, two-out solo homer for the lead. Cory Vaughn finished 3-for-5 with a double and RBI in the loss. Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to a 17 games. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, ERIE 3: Jayce Boyd led the B-Mets with three RBIs and notched his fourth homer of the season. The B-Mets opened the scoring with a two-run third against

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Ryan Robowski. Kai Gronauer homered and Dustin Lawley produced an RBI single later in the inning. An inning later, Boyd's solo homer -- his first long ball since June 7 -- upped Binghamton’s lead to 3-0. After retiring 11 of the first 12 batters he faced, B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni opened the door for a SeaWolves comeback with back-to-back two-out walks in the fourth. Corey Jones made him pay with a two-run double, slicing Binghamton’s lead to one. The lead disappeared in the fifth. Francisco Martinez singled off Mazzoni’s mitt and stole second. Marcus Lemon brought him home by lining a two-out single. Binghamton responded with a string of hits against reliever Slade Smith in the sixth. Travis Taijeron ultimately singled to plate Darrell Ceciliani with the go-ahead run. Binghamton turned a one-run game into a blowout by hanging five runs on reliever Jose Valdez in the ninth, highlighted by Boyd's two-run single. Mazzoni (2-0) struck out nine while allowing three runs and five hits over seven innings. Jack Leathersich and Cody Satterwhite each tossed a scoreless relief inning. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, LAKELAND 4 (10 innings): Lakeland’s Austin Green launched a game-tying solo homer against T.J. Chism with two outs and two strikes in the ninth, but the Mets

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recovered to snap their four-game losing streak. L.J. Mazzilli doubled to lead off the bottom of the 10th against Nate Fury and moved to third on Cam Maron’s single. Jared King struck out for the first out of the inning. Fury’s first pitch to Phillip Evans then bounced away from Green, the catcher, and Mazzilli slid safely into home to give the Mets a walk-off victory. Paul Sewald pitched a perfect top of the 10th to earn the win. Maikis De La Cruz had put the Mets ahead, 1-0, in the third with a single. Maron followed later that inning with a two-out, two-run single to make it 3-0. Evans belted his third homer of the season in the sixth to put the Mets up by four runs. Mets starter Luis Cessa cruised for most of the night. After Andy Dirks led off the game with a single, Cessa only allowed one more baserunner until the top of the seventh. In the seventh, Chad Wright led off with a single. Cessa rebounded to get a pop out and a strikeout, but Green extended the inning with a single. That brought up James Robbins, who launched a three-run homer to cut the Mets’ lead to 4-3. Cessa escaped further damage when Maron threw out Jared Reaves trying to steal second. Cessa struck out eight in seven innings. He allowed five hits and one walk. Beck Wheeler struck out three in 1 1/3 relief innings. Mazzilli’s leadoff double in the 10th extended his hitting streak to nine games. Box

CHARLESTON 4, SAVANNAH 1: The Dogs scored a pair of first-inning runs against Savannah starter Robert Gsellman and never looked back. Mike Ford drove in the opening run with a double and eventually scored on second baseman Jorge Rivero's error. Charleston produced its third run, and the second unearned run against Gsellman, in the third on a fielding error by shortstop Yeixon Ruiz. The Gnats committed four errors in the game. Charleston completed its scoring with a bases-loaded walk in the fourth -- one of the four walks issued by Gsellman in four innings. The Gnats scored their lone run in the third as Champ Stuart plated Ruiz with a hard-hit single to third base. Matt Oberste extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a second-inning double. Box

BRISTOL 9, KINGSPORT 8: Bristol scored five first-inning runs and chased Andrew Church before he recorded an out in the second inning. Eudor Garcia went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the loss. The K-Mets pulled within 9-8 with a two-run eighth, but they stranded the tying run in scoring position when pinch hitter Jean Rodriguez struck out. Box

CONNECTICUT 4, BROOKLYN 3: Josh Prevost issued a bases-loaded walk to Garrett Mattlage with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off loss. Michael Bernal's RBI single had given Brooklyn a 1-0 lead in the first. An inning later, Jeff Diehl doubled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored ahead of a throw to the plate on Joe Tuschak's groundball for a 2-0 lead. Cyclones starter Octavio Acosta retired the first 10 batters. He eventually surrendered a sacrifice fly to Joey Pankake in the fourth. The Tigers tied the score at 2 against Acosta in the seventh on consecutive doubles from Ross Kivett and Pankake. Brooklyn regained the lead in the eighth. Jhoan Urena singled and advanced to second when left fielder Rashad Brown bobbled the ball. With one out, Bernal hit a soft groundball through the right side that seemed like it would be enough to score Urena, but right fielder Ben Verlander showed that his brother isn’t the only one in the family with a strong arm. He uncorked a laser throw to the plate to retire Urena and keep the score tied. Bernal did advance to second on the throw, though. After an intentional walk to Tyler Moore, Diehl produced a go-ahead RBI single.

The 3-2 lead would be short-lived. Cyclones reliever Brad Wieck struck out the first two batters he faced, but then walked two batters and uncorked a wild pitch that placed runners on the corners. Wieck then coaxed Pankake to hit a routine grounder to third. However, Urena bounced a throw to first base, allowing the tying run to score. The Cyclones seemed prime to take the lead back in the top of the ninth, placing runners on first and third with one out. But Urena and Michael Katz struck out. Prevost retired the first batter he faced in the bottom half, but then walked two and surrendered a single to load the bases with two outs for Mattlage, who leads the New York-Penn League in walks. Box

GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 3
GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 3: Jeremy Hefner tossed a perfect inning in the regularly scheduled game in his first game action since Tommy John surgery. The Nats then overcame a 3-0 deficit with a four-run eighth against Alex Durham and Dan Hermann. Taylor Teagarden went 0-for-1 with a walk as a DH and was replaced by a pinch runner. Meanwhile, in the resumption of Friday's game, which had been suspended with the score tied at 3, Brent McMinn's balk plated the tiebreaking run in the bottom of the sixth. Box 1, Box 2

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BA HR RBI R
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OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .827
WB. Colon 14
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 180