New York Mets: Matt Tuiasosopo

Rapid Reaction: Tigers 3, Mets 0

August, 24, 2013
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NEW YORK -- There were no “Harvey’s better!” chants Saturday at Citi Field.

In the first-ever meeting of All-Star starting pitchers in a regular-season game that same year, Max Scherzer surrendered only three hits while striking out 11 in six scoreless innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Mets, 3-0.

The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the sixth against Scherzer, but Juan Lagares struck out and John Buck popped out to shortstop on the next pitch to strand three teammates. Scherzer then departed with his pitch count at 118.

Scherzer improved to 19-1, joining Rube Marquard in 1912 and Roger Clemens in 2001 as the only pitchers in major league history to reach that win total in their first 20 decisions of a season.

Harvey surrendered a career-high 13 hits. His previous high had been 10 hits, by the Miami Marlins on June 2.

He departed with the bases loaded and two outs and the Mets trailing 2-0 in the top of the seventh.

Scott Rice entered and narrowly retired pinch hitter Torii Hunter on a fielder’s choice to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard in the frame. Detroit manager Jim Leyland briefly contested ump Ed Hickox’s call at second base, since Matt Tuiasosopo appeared as though he may have beaten shortstop Omar Quintanilla’s throw.

Harvey’s final line: 6.2 IP, 13 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. He had allowed eight hits in the first three innings, including an RBI double to Scherzer in a two-run second, before settling down.

The only other pitchers in Mets history to allow two or fewer runs while surrendering 13 or more hits in a start: Jason Isringhausen in 1995 and Al Jackson in 1962.

The biggest issue for Scherzer: Ike Davis, who went 2-for-2 with a walk against him, including a double as the Mets loaded the bases in what became a fruitless sixth. The Mets' only other hit in the game was a leadoff single by Daniel Murphy in the sixth.

Scherzer walked a season-high four batters. His 11 strikeouts matched Tim Lincecum on July 8 for the second most this season by a pitcher against the Mets. Chris Sale had 13 on June 25.

Scherzer’s second-inning RBI double marked his first hit and RBI since 2009 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had been 0-for-8 since being acquired by Detroit in the three-team trade that also sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees.

What’s next: The Mets try to avoid getting swept when Dillon Gee (9-8, 3.60 ERA) opposes right-hander Rick Porcello (9-7, 4.52) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Series preview: Mets vs. Tigers

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USA TODAY SportsThe Mets face Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello this weekend at Citi Field.
METS (58-67, third place/NL East) vs. DETROIT TIGERS (74-52*, first place/AL Central)

Friday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-8, 3.92 at Triple-A Columbus) vs. RHP Doug Fister (10-6, 3.63), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Matt Harvey (9-4, 2.25) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (18-1, 2.82), 4:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Dillon Gee (9-8, 3.60) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (9-7, 4.52), 1:10 p.m. ET

* plays Thursday vs. Minnesota

Tigers short hops

Max Scherzer and Roger Clemens are the only pitchers since 1919 with 18 wins in their first 19 decisions of a season as a starting pitcher, according to STATS. Clemens went on to go 20-3 with the Yankees in 2001.


Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesMiguel Cabrera is hitting .358 with 40 homers.


Miguel Cabrera leads the American League in batting average (.358), RBIs (123) and on-base percentage (.449) and ranks second in homers (40). The Tigers appeared to dodge an injury bullet with Cabrera, who winced swinging at a slider during a game-ending at-bat on Tuesday night. The slugger has dealt with an abdominal strain for a month.

• Designated hitter Victor Martinez has been working out in catching gear of late in preparation for potentially playing a game behind the plate this weekend in the NL ballpark. Martinez last caught in 2011, when he started 26 games. Alex Avila has been on the DL since Aug. 11 with a concussion and is just due to begin a rehab assignment. Backup Brayan Pena injured a toe fouling a ball off his right foot Tuesday. Bryan Holaday started Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins. Detroit has allowed 16 straight steals, the longest active streak in the majors, according to STATS.

• The Tigers acquired rookie Jose Iglesias from the Boston Red Sox on July 30 to man shortstop in anticipation of losing Jhonny Peralta to a Biogenesis-related suspension. The three-team deal sent Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox to Boston. Peralta will be eligible to return from a 50-game suspension with three games remaining in the season.

• First baseman Prince Fielder ranks fifth in the AL with 87 RBIs.

• Outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo played for the Mets last season, at Triple-A Buffalo. Wally Backman advocated a September call-up for Tuiasosopo, but the Mets instead selected Fred Lewis. Tuiasosopo is the younger brother of former University of Washington football players Marques and Zach Tuiasosopo. Marques went on to attempt 90 passes for the Oakland Raiders from 2001-08 and also belonged to the Jets. Their father, Manu, played for the Seattle Seahawks.

• Second baseman Omar Infante is hitting .323 (10-for-31) since returning from the disabled list Aug. 12. He missed more than five weeks with a left ankle injury. Infante departed last Saturday’s game with lower-back stiffness and a tight quadriceps, but returned to the lineup Tuesday.

• The Tigers released former closer Jose Valverde from Triple-A Toledo on Aug. 7. Valverde had been 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA and had nine saves in 12 chances earlier this season at the major league level before he was designated for assignment on June 21. He subsequently had accepted a minor league assignment. Joaquin Benoit has 14 saves as well as a 2-0 record and 1.21 ERA in his past 30 appearances. He has not blown a save chance this season.

• Detroit bolstered its bullpen by acquiring Jose Veras from the Houston Astros on July 29.

Rick Porcello is a product of Seton Hall Prep in West Orange. He hails from Chester, N.J. Porcello is coming off an outing in which he allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins.

Tigers 3, Mets 2: 'Spin stating case

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LAKELAND, Fla. -- Tyler Collins produced a tiebreaking homer against prospect Cory Mazzoni in the eighth and the Detroit Tigers beat the Mets, 3-2, Friday at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Detroit had pulled even at 2 an inning earlier on an unearned run. Josh Edgin seemingly had coaxed an inning-ending fielder’s choice, but shortstop Wilfredo Tovar errantly dropped a toss from second baseman Reese Havens.

Game tidbits:

‘SPIN CITY: It’s getting hard to fathom Jordany Valdespin not making the Opening Day roster, even if Terry Collins cautioned, “It’s March 8. I’ll wait.”

Making his first spring-training start in the outfield, Valdespin delivered a solo homer in the seventh against right-hander Jose Ortega to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Valdespin is now hitting .333 with two homers in Grapefruit play.

Officially, Collins said he’s “still searching” for the right answers in the outfield.

After exclusively playing second base early in camp, Valdespin relieved Marlon Byrd in center field on Wednesday against Venezuela. This time, Valdespin started in left field.

Because he cannot be viewed as a backup shortstop, Valdespin making the Opening Day roster likely would displace Kirk Nieuwenhuis or Justin Turner. Nieuwenhuis was 0-for-his-last-17 when he suffered a bone bruise in his left knee. Turner, whom Collins likes, is not held in the same regard by the front office.

“He’s played very well,” Collins said about Valdespin. “… He likes to play. He loves to be on the stage. He plays with some flair. There’s nothing wrong with that. But he certainly plays with some energy, too. We need that.”

NO-HIT WONDER: Tigers starter Max Scherzer departed after 2 2/3 no-hit innings, having struck out six and walked three. The Mets put only two balls in play against Scherzer -- both outs by Valdespin.

The Mets have not fared well thus far in spring training against opposing starters -- which is generally more reflective of the caliber of pitching they will face during the regular season.

This spring, opposing starting pitchers have a 2.91 ERA against the Mets, who have produced only 24 hits in 34 innings.

The Mets did not muster a hit Friday until Zach Lutz delivered an RBI single in the fourth against Luke Putkonen.

Putkonen hit three batters during his appearance, including Travis d’Arnaud.

GEE FIZZ: Dillon Gee walked three and struggled to locate his fastball. But buoyed by a double play and a baserunning miscue, Gee limited the Tigers to one run and one hit in four innings. The lone hit came on an RBI double by Matt Tuiasosopo, who played for the Mets’ Triple-A Buffalo affiliate last season.

By one count, only 26 of Gee’s 57 pitches were strikes.

“Other than the walks, though, I felt better out there than I felt in Jupiter,” Gee said, referring to his previous outing against the Miami Marlins, when he tossed three scoreless innings. “Obviously I never want to walk that many guys. But I was talking to Dan [Warthen] about this: I feel like I’m really close. I felt pretty good today.

“I can just kind of tell I’m real close to clicking. Obviously the fastball was up again today most of the time, but I threw some good ones. I was throwing the changeup behind in the count, [and] sliders and stuff like that. Throwing secondary pitches behind in the count and getting the contact that I want in their count is big right now. I don’t know if it’s just a sixth sense, but I can feel I’m pretty close.”


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Bobby Parnell tossed a 1-2-3 sixth inning.


CLOSER CALL: Bobby Parnell tossed a 1-2-3 sixth.

“I love his demeanor on the mound,” Collins said. “He goes after hitters like he knows he’s going to get them out. He doesn’t get caught up if he gives up a hit. And we know he’s still got the good arm if he needs to reach back and have some extra.”

Said d’Arnaud: “Unfortunately he couldn’t locate some of his fastballs, but he kept his composure when he needed to and got a few pitcher’s-best-friend double plays.”

HAWK SIGHTING: Reliever LaTroy Hawkins made his first Grapefruit League appearance. He allowed a pair of singles but no runs in the fifth.

Mets to add 6 from Bisons

September, 3, 2012
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The final wave of call-ups from Buffalo includes (l to r) Jenrry Mejia, Justin Hampson and Jordany Valdespin.
With Triple-A Buffalo's season ending Monday afternoon, the Mets announced their intention to add six players Tuesday in St. Louis: right-handers Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Elvin Ramirez, left-hander Justin Hampson, outfielder Fred Lewis and Jordany Valdespin.

With Matt Harvey capped at two to three more starts because of an innings limit, Mejia should see time in the rotation down the stretch.

Lewis, 31, is hitting .294 with 13 homers, 45 RBIs and 25 steals in 108 games with Buffalo. He played parts of six major league seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds.

The Mets already had added corner infielder Zach Lutz, catcher Mike Nickeas and Collin McHugh.


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Matt den Dekker will not receive a promotion, but should debut in 2013.


The group bypassed for a promotion included Zack Wheeler, 39-year-old left-hander C.J. Nitkowski, outfielder/third baseman Matt Tuiasosopo and center fielder Matt den Dekker.

Tuiasosopo (.242, 12 HR, 57 RBIs) had a champion in Wally Backman.

Den Dekker does not need to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason for Rule 5 protection, since he was drafted in 2010. A strong defensive outfielder, den Dekker hit .340 during the first half at Double-A Binghamton, but struck out 90 times through 295 at-bats in Triple-A, so he needs improvement with his plate discipline.

“His play in the outfield is very, very good. He’s an All-Star caliber center fielder," Backman said. "His power numbers are the same as they were last year. It seems like it takes him half a year to figure it out [at a higher level]. St. Lucie to Double-A, he only hit .235 last year. He leads the league this year in Double-A, hitting .340. So he figured that out. And he’s hitting .220 now. But his outfield play is incredible. He’s a speed guy."

Wheeler hit his innings limit for the season and should make his major league debut at some point in 2013.

The Mets, as expected, did not promote anyone directly from Binghamton. Wilmer Flores, already on the 40-man roster, would have been the primary consideration. He again will play second and third base in winter ball in his native Venezuela with Margarita.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis did not receive a call-up because he is out for the season with a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot.

Mets morning briefing 9.3.12

September, 3, 2012
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Making his first start in a week, Jason Bay delivered his third grand slam as a Met -- a first-inning shot against Mark Buehrle. The Mets went on to beat the Miami Marlins, 5-1, Sunday to sweep the three-game series.

The Mets now play a Labor Day matinee in St. Louis, with Collin McHugh trying to build on the seven scoreless innings he tossed in his major league debut against the Colorado Rockies. McHugh opposes right-hander Joe Kelly (4-6, 3.61 ERA) at 2:15 p.m. ET.

Monday's news reports:

• Bay had only his fourth two-hit game of the season. The Mets' bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in relief of Chris Young and has now limited opponents to one earned run in its past 22 1/3 innings. The Mets swept a series for the first time since June 20, against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. Read game recaps in the Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Daily News and Times.

Jenrry Mejia allowed six runs in six innings in Triple-A Buffalo's 6-0 loss at Lehigh Valley. St. Lucie posted its club-record 83rd victory in its regular-season finale and opens the playoffs Tuesday at Jupiter. Brooklyn lost to Staten Island, 1-0, to fall into a first-place tie in the New York-Penn League wild-card standings with three games remaining. Read Sunday's full minor league recap here.

• Mejia last appeared in the majors in September 2010, before Tommy John surgery. Read about his comeback here. Fellow expected call-up Jeurys Familia may pitch an inning of relief today in Buffalo's finale. The other players expected to join the Mets (along with already promoted Zach Lutz, Mike Nickeas and now McHugh): Jordany Valdespin, Fred Lewis, Elvin Ramirez and possibly Matt Tuiasosopo.

TRIVIA: Against which team was Bay's first grand slam as a Met?

Sunday's answer: Expected call-up Fred Lewis played parts of four seasons for the San Francisco Giants.

Mets morning briefing 9.2.12

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Trailing by two runs entering the ninth after being stymied by Josh Johnson, the Mets rallied for four runs and beat the Miami Marlins, 5-3, Saturday night. Lucas Duda had an RBI single, then Kelly Shoppach cleared the bases on a single that was misplayed by Justin Ruggiano in center field.

The Mets aim for the sweep this afternoon when Chris Young (3-7, 4.64 ERA) opposes left-hander Mark Buehrle (12-11, 3.62).

Sunday's news reports:

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post advocates trading David Wright and R.A. Dickey this offseason. Writes Sherman:

In the coming weeks, general manager Sandy Alderson will present ownership three avenues the Mets could follow this offseason: 1. Go the Dodgers route. Expand payroll greatly to try and purchase your way out of a variety of problems. 2. Extend David Wright and, perhaps, R.A. Dickey on long-term contracts, but essentially follow a similar course to the present: Continue to grow the farm, use about $10 million in available funds in a roughly $90 million-ish payroll to address needs and just keep running out the clock on the horrible contracts of Jason Bay and Johan Santana. 3. Think bigger picture by trading Wright, Dickey and Jonathon Niese to add eight-to-10 prospects and truly begin to address what has long been the Mets’ downfall: Lack of depth up and down the organization. I would pick Door No. 3, because the Mets can’t lie to themselves any longer that they are close to success.

That said, Sherman expects No. 2 -- trying to re-sign Wright with a status quo payroll while biding time until contracts for Jason Bay and Johan Santana come off the books.

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

Zack Wheeler completed his 2012 season by limiting Lehigh Valley to one run in five innings and the Bisons beat the IronPigs, 6-3. St. Lucie posted its 82nd win, breaking a 12-year-old club record. Brandon Nimmo homered and Brooklyn maintained a one-game lead over Batavia in the New York-Penn League wild-card standings. Read Sunday's full minor league recap here.

Mike Nickeas and Zach Lutz joined the Mets on Saturday. Collin McHugh is due to be promoted to face the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday at Busch Stadium. The other September call-ups, who will join the Mets after Buffalo's season ends Monday, are expected to be Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Elvin Ramirez, Jordany Valdespin, Fred Lewis and possibly Matt Tuiasosopo,

Terry Collins believes Dickey is Cy Young worthy. "We've had a tough time scoring runs, especially in the second half of the season, and he continues to win," Collins said, according to Anthony Rieber in Newsday. "We are [eight] games below .500 and he's [13] games over .500. That says a lot. ... I know we've had a collapse in the second half, but when you look at what he's done the entire year, he's racked up numbers against every team in baseball. No matter who he's faced, he's pitched great."

Seth Berkman in the Times looks at Collins' playing career, which included six seasons in Triple-A, but no major league experience. Writes Berkman:

Collins, who as a minor leaguer played shortstop, third base, first base and outfield and even pitched in six games (0-0, 1.00 earned run average, two strikeouts), said he stuck around the minors out of passion more than a belief that he would ever reach the majors. “I had one year where the big club, the Dodgers, had some injuries and I thought maybe, due to the fact that I played all over the place, I had a shot, but I didn’t and that was fine,” he said. “My years in Triple-A, I was not an everyday player. Backup players in Triple-A, you got to be in the right place at the right time.” During his last few years with Albuquerque, in the early 1980s, Collins was a player-coach. The Dodgers had initiated a system for developing older players into managers, who could also fill in for a game or two if a player was injured. Collins was recruited.

TRIVIA: For which major league team did the expected call-up Fred Lewis play for parts of four seasons?

Saturday's answer: Ike Davis had the Mets' first homer at Marlins Park, off Buehrle in the Amazin's first game there, on May 11.

Mets morning briefing 9.1.12

September, 1, 2012
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R.A. Dickey delivered a complete game to pick up his 17th win and Ike Davis produced a two-run homer as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 3-0, Friday night.

Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto, Washington's Gio Gonzalez and Dickey share the major league lead in wins. Dickey's 190 strikeouts rank second in the NL, two behind the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw. The knuckleballer's innings count (191 1/3) also trails only Kershaw (192 2/3) in the league. Dickey's third shutout this season is the most by a Met since David Cone produced five in 1992.

Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 4.65 ERA) opposes right-hander Josh Johnson (7-11, 4.00) today at 7:10 p.m.

It does not quite set up meaningful games in September, but the Mets (62-70) trail Philadelphia (63-69) by a game for third place in the NL East. The Amazin's have opened a three-game cushion on cellar-dwelling Miami (59-73).

Saturday's news reports:

• Catcher Mike Nickeas and corner infielder Zach Lutz are due to rejoin the Mets today in Miami, as rosters expand. Collin McHugh will return to face the St. Louis Cardinals on Labor Day at Busch Stadium. The Mets have not yet announced the remainder of the contingent, but Jordany Valdespin, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Elvin Ramirez would be expected to be promoted after Triple-A Buffalo's season ends Monday at Lehigh Valley. The Mets also could reward a veteran such as Matt Tuiasosopo or Fred Lewis. Wally Backman is expected to join the Mets' coaching staff for the next homestand, which begins Friday against the Atlanta Braves. Read more in the Record.

• Dickey is now 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA against the Marlins this season. "When he makes his speech for Cy Young Award, make sure he mentions the Marlins, please," Miami manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters postgame. Read Saturday's game recaps in the Post, Times, Star-Ledger, Newsday, Record and Daily News.

Josh Thole went 0-for-3 and is now hitless in his past 28 at-bats. The Mets had recently tried to change Thole's approach at the plate to have him produce more power, but they have abandoned that attempt and instructed Thole to revert to his gap hitting while choking up on the bat. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Post.

Wilmer Flores and Allan Dykstra had consecutive homers as Binghamton beat Trenton, 8-5. St. Lucie notched its 81st win, tying the club record, originally set in 2000 by a team that included Heath Bell and Endy Chavez. Brooklyn's Hansel Robles upped his streak of innings without allowing an earned run to 36 and Alex Sanchez homered off rehabbing Pedro Feliciano in a 5-1 win against Staten Island. The Cyclones remained a game ahead of Batavia for the New York-Penn League wild-card lead. Read Friday's minor league recap here.

Mike Pelfrey, who lives in Wichita, Kansas, is due to visit the Mets during the next leg of their trip, in St. Louis. Pelfrey recently resumed throwing. He underwent Tommy John surgery on May 1. Pelfrey is likely to be non-tendered in December because he is making $5.6875 million this season and is eligible for arbitration. The collective bargaining agreement requires him to make at least 80 percent of that amount if he is not cut loose.

• The Mets spent the most per win in Major League Baseball over the past five seasons, with only the Minnesota Timberwolves and St. Louis Rams less efficient in all of the major sports, according to Business Week.

TRIVIA: Which Met had the team's first homer at first-year Marlins Park?

Friday's answer: Jose Reyes' first hit against the Mets came in his only hit during a 1-for-12 series at Citi Field in April. Reyes singled against Jon Rauch.

Around the minors 8.28.12

August, 29, 2012
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ROCHESTER 10, BUFFALO 4: The 25th season at Coca-Cola Field came to a close in front of 14,697 in downtown Buffalo. The Bisons finish the 2012 season with five road games. The Mets are expected to change affiliations this offseason. The Herd finished the season 32-39 at home. Rochester scored solo runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to erase an early 2-0 Bisons advantage. The fifth-inning tally was compliments of former Bisons catcher Rene Rivera, who homered against Collin McHugh. Rivera also doubled in a run in a two-run eighth. The Wings tacked on five runs in the ninth. Buffalo's four runs came on two swings of the bat. Matt Tuiasosopo hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead. For the team's 2012 Community Service Award winner, it was his 12th homer this season. After being crowned the team MVP before the game, Fred Lewis hit a two-run shot in the ninth. McHugh started for Buffalo but was on a pitch count and allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings before departing. He struck out three and walked two. Prior to the game, the Bisons also announced Matt Harvey as the club's Most Valuable Pitcher. Left-hander Justin Hampson earned the "Hometown Hero" award, his third Bisons award in two seasons. Box

READING 12, BINGHAMTON 8: Wilmer Flores had a three-hit night and finished a homer shy of the cycle in the loss. He extended his hitting streak to nine games and has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games. The R-Phils opened the scoring against starter Cory Mazzoni. In the first, Tug Hulett laced an RBI single and Tommy Joseph lined a run-scoring double. Binghamton answered in the fourth, hanging six runs on starter Ethan Martin. After Flores' leadoff double, Martin walked three straight, including Jefry Marte to force in a run. Francisco Pena then cleared the bases with a double. Juan Lagares contributed a two-run homer. Mazzoni failed to hold the four-run lead in the bottom half. With two outs and runners on the corners, R-Phils reliever Colby Shreve beat out a potential double play, allowing a run to score. The play extended the inning for Tyson Gillies, who cut the deficit to one with a two-run homer. After Cody Asche doubled and Darin Ruf walked, Jake Fox chased Mazzoni with a game-tying RBI. The B-Mets countered with two runs off Shreve a half-inning later. Flores singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored when Raul Reyes singled. Marte brought Reyes home with a triple. Armando Rodriguez (2-3) posted a perfect fifth inning and retired the first two he faced in the sixth before things unraveled. Asche singled and Ruf crushed his league-leading 37th homer to even the score. Fox added a tiebreaking solo shot. Reading tacked on three more runs against reliever Brad Holt, capped by Joseph’s two-run homer. Box

JUPITER 5, ST. LUCIE 4
JUPITER 4, ST. LUCIE 2: Cory Vaughn slugged his Florida State League-leading 23rd homer -- a three-run shot in the sixth -- to stake St. Lucie to a 4-1 lead in Game 1. But Adam Kolarek suffered the loss, allowing a walk-off two-run homer to Marcell Ozuna, who also slugged No. 23 on the season. In the nightcap, Angel Cuan was knocked out in a four-run first inning. It marked the second straight start Cuan failed to get out of the opening frame. Box 1, Box 2

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 5: Domingo Tapia allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings. Trailing 6-2, the Gnats scored three runs in the ninth, but Brian Harrison's groundout left the tying run at third base. Box

PULASKI 5, KINGSPORT 2: Jeffrey Diehl drove in both runs in the loss. Kingsport completed its season at 23-43. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 3 (11 innings): Luis Cessa took a perfect game into the sixth before allowing three runs and Matt Bowman and John Mincone combined for five scoreless relief innings. Dimas Ponce had a tiebreaking two-run double in the 11th. In the fourth, Jayce Boyd homered against Cameron Coffey for a 1-0 lead. An inning later, new arrival Maikis De La Cruz tripled and Brandon Nimmo doubled for a two-run lead. Cessa did not allow a baserunner until the sixth, when Hector Veloz was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Will Howard moved Veloz to second with a single. Anthony Vega doubled with one out, scoring Veloz. Torsten Boss eventually gave Aberdeen the lead, 3-2, with a two-run triple. Brooklyn tied the score in the seventh. Jeff Reynolds singled and De La Cruz walked. With one out, a passed ball from Sam Kimmel advanced the runners. Ponce then hit a fly ball to center field that was deep enough for Reynolds to score. In the top of the 11th, the Cyclones produced three runs. Reynolds walked with one out and reached third when shortstop Joel Hutter committed an error on a grounder by De La Cruz. After Nimmo struck out for the second out, Ponce doubled, scoring Reynolds and De La Cruz. Phillip Evans then walked and Kevin Plawecki singled to score Ponce. Box

Compiled from team reports

September call-up projections

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Likely September call-ups (l to r) should include Collin McHugh, Jenrry Mejia and Mike Nickeas.
PHILADELPHIA -- Major league roster expand Saturday, although many call-ups may wait until after Triple-A Buffalo’s season ends Monday at Lehigh Valley to join the big league club.

Here are ESPNNewYork.com’s projected call-ups from Buffalo in three categories …

YOU MAKE THE CALL: The most probable.

Collin McHugh, rhp. Even had he not been summoned to start in Johan Santana’s place last Thursday, McHugh was a probable call-up, since he needed to be protected for this December’s Rule 5 draft. He’s a no-brainer now, after tossing seven scoreless innings against the Rockies in his major league debut. McHugh starts for Buffalo today. He should be capped at 75 pitches/five innings to ensure he is fresh for his return to the major league rotation.

Jenrry Mejia, rhp. Terry Collins said he expects Mejia to get an occasional start for the Mets in September. Mejia still projects as a reliever, but he has shown far better results in Triple-A this season as a starter. Mejia has a 1.94 ERA and .220 opponent batting average in nine starts with Buffalo. He has a 5.48 ERA and .303 opponent batting average as a reliever.


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Zach Lutz


Mike Nickeas, c. The Mets, like other MLB teams, customarily add a third catcher once rosters expand. And with Rob Johnson (thumb) done for the season, Nickeas is the obvious choice. He’s hitting .317 in 60 at-bats with Buffalo since his demotion.

Jeurys Familia, rhp. Erratic is the right way to describe Familia’s 2012 season with the Bisons, but he’s already on the 40-man roster. Viewed by many scouts as a reliever, he is 8-9 with a 4.78 ERA in 27 starts. Familia has walked 72 in 130 innings.

Zach Lutz, 3b/1b. Lutz was poised for a September call-up a year ago, but suffered his second concussion of the season and had to end his Triple-A season early. Known for offense, not fielding, Lutz is hitting .303 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs in 69 Triple-A games.

Elvin Ramirez, rhp. Ramirez, 24, has a 7.30 ERA in 11 major league relief appearances this season.

CALL ME MAYBE? Bubble players.

Jordany Valdespin, if/of. Probably a little harsh to put Valdespin here, but there are at least some organizational rumblings of considering sending him a message about how to carry himself. The Mets did bypass a September call-up for Valdespin a season ago as a wakeup call. Valdespin is expected to primarily play second base during the final week of the Triple-A season.

Fred Lewis, of. Lewis left Monday’s Buffalo game with an injury, which could further compromise any call-up potential. The 31-year-old former San Francisco Giant is hitting .290 with 11 homers and 24 steals.

Matt Tuiasosopo, of/3b. Hitting .244 with 11 homers with the Bisons. He appeared in 71 games with Seattle from 2008 to 2010.

SEPTEMBER MOURN: While not unfathomable, these call-ups look like longer shots.


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Matt den Dekker


Matt den Dekker, cf. Drafted in the fifth round in 2010 out of University of Florida, den Dekker does not need to be added to the 40-man roster to be protected for the Rule 5 draft, making his odds long for a call-up. A lefty-hitter and lefty-thrower who covers plenty of ground in center field, he hit .340 with eight homers in 238 at-bats during the first half with Double-A Binghamton. Den Dekker has produced extra-base hits since a promotion to Buffalo, but his average is only .218 and he has struck out 86 times in 275 at-bats, suggesting more development time is needed.

Zack Wheeler, rhp. Due to be shut down for the season because of innings limits after a final start Friday for the Bisons at Rochester.

C.J. Nitkowski, lhp. Signed by the Mets in July after spending the previous four seasons in Asia, Nitkowski would be an intriguing call-up at age 39 for lefty-lefty matchups now that Tim Byrdak is done for the season to lessen the burden on Josh Edgin. But the Mets being out of contention puts a major obstacle in Nitkowski’s path for a call-up. After mostly summoning Nitkowski for lefty-on-lefty matchups once he joined Buffalo, the now-sidearmer has been asked to contribute longer stints more recently, with less effective results.

Drew Carpenter, rhp. Appeared in six games in relief for Toronto this season.

Adam Loewen, 1b/of. Loewen may be on the outside looking in, despite competing with Mike Baxter during spring training for a roster spot. He’s hitting .239 with eight homers in 55 games and missed more than two months with a stress fracture in his right foot.

Josh Satin, if. Already off the 40-man roster, Satin is expected to instead play for Israel in World Baseball Classic qualifying.

Around the minors 8.27.12

August, 28, 2012
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ROCHESTER 6, BUFFALO 1: Jenrry Mejia allowed five runs on four hits and four walks in six innings. Zach Lutz went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and scored the Bisons' lone run, on Matt Tuiasosopo's single. Rochester's Wilkin Ramirez drove in four runs -- on a bases-loaded triple and solo homer, both against Mejia. Outfielder Fred Lewis left the game after injuring himself while running out an infield single in the first inning. The Bisons play their final 2012 home game -- and likely last as a Mets affiliate -- on Tuesday. Box

READING 4, BINGHAMTON 1: Phillies top prospect Trevor May surrendered only two hits in eight innings -- a solo homer in the first inning by Wilmer Flores, then a seventh-inning single, also by Flores. Binghamton’s elimination number was cut to one. The R-Phils answered Flores' solo homer with a run in the bottom of the first against Mark Cohoon. Cody Asche singled and scored two batters later when Jake Fox doubled. Reading grabbed the lead in the third after loading the bases on two singles and a walk against Cohoon. Tug Hulett smacked a two-run double for a 3-1 R-Phils lead. Darin Ruf continued his red-hot month in the fifth. The Eastern League's leader in homers blasted No. 36 on the season. It was Ruf’s 18th homer in August. Justin Friend struck out the side in order in the ninth to secure his league-leading 23rd save. Cohoon (8-10) allowed double-digit hits for the second straight start. He surrendered four runs on 10 hits over five innings, in his shortest outing since May 21. Edgar Ramirez supplied two perfect relief innings. Box

ST. LUCIE at JUPITER (ppd.)

PULASKI 5, KINGSPORT 4: Robert Gsellman tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, but Pulaski rallied with five runs over the final two frames. Catcher Jeyckol De Leon and reliever Martires Arias committed errors as Pulaski overcame a one-run deficit in the ninth. Box

BROOKLYN 2, ABERDEEN 1: Rainy Lara collected his league-leading eighth win after tossing six scoreless innings. Lara (8-2) allowed three hits and a walk while striking out four. The Cyclones took advantage of a pair of IronBirds miscues to open the scoring in the third. Richie Rodriguez singled and Julio Concepcion reached safely on Aberdeen first baseman Cameron Edman's error. After Brandon Nimmo popped out for the first out, Dimas Ponce hit into what looked like an inning-ending double play. Instead, Aberdeen second baseman Creede Simpson’s throw to first went wide, allowing Rodriguez to score. Brooklyn took a 2-0 lead in the sixth, on Jayce Boyd's solo homer. The IronBirds avoided the shutout in the ninth and nearly evened the score. Tyler Vanderheiden retired the first two batters before Cameron Edman connected on a two-strike double. Manuel Hernandez then was hit by a pitch. Will Howard followed by singling into left field, which should have loaded the bases. But Concepcion misplayed the ball, allowing Edman to score and moving Hernandez to third base. Vanderheiden responded, striking out Chase Weems to end the game. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.26.12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Around the minors 8.23.12

August, 23, 2012
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4, BUFFALO 3 (11 innings): Melky Mesa's homer opened the 11th inning against C.J. Nitkowski. The score was tied at 3 entering extra innings because of another Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rally. Down by a pair, the Yankees strung together three consecutive hits with two outs in the seventh, capped by Corban Joseph's two-run single against Garrett Olson. Buffalo built a 3-1 lead with solo runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings. Brad Emaus singled after Fred Lewis' double to give the Bisons the advantage two batters into the bottom of the first. Josh Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Matt Tuiasosopo homered in the seventh. Armando Rodriguez allowed just one run in 4 1/3 innings in his Triple-A debut. He was promoted to fill Collin McHugh's Triple-A rotation spot. Box

PORTLAND 14, BINGHAMTON 9: The B-Mets held their only lead after scoring two runs against Mike MacDonald in the second inning. Allan Dykstra doubled, took third on a passed ball and scored on Raul Reyes' single. Juan Centeno added a sac fly. It was all downhill from there as the Sea Dogs tagged Cory Mazzoni for five runs in the bottom half. Portland collected four hits and took advantage of a fielding error by shortstop Wilfredo Tovar to take a 5-2 lead. The Sea Dogs added two more runs in the third, Mazzoni’s final inning. The B-Mets cut the deficit to three with two runs in the fourth. Tovar supplied an RBI triple and Centeno added a run-scoring groundout. It was as close as the B-Mets would get. The Sea Dogs plated two against reliever Brandon Moore in the fourth on two hits, two walks and three wild pitches. Edgar Ramirez tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings before getting tagged for three runs on four extra-base hits in the sixth. Portland capped its outburst with two runs in the seventh against Jeff Kaplan. Wilmer Flores compiled a three-hit night and fell a triple shy of the cycle in the loss. He ripped a solo homer over the Maine Monster in the fifth, provided an RBI single in the seventh and double in the ninth. Box

JUPITER 9, ST. LUCIE 0
ST. LUCIE 8, JUPITER 1: Logan Verrett pitched a complete-game three-hitter and Aderlin Rodriguez homered twice and drove in three in the nightcap as the Mets earned a doubleheader split. Verrett (2-0) allowed one run and three hits while walking one and recording six strikeouts in seven innings. Travis Taijeron went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Cesar Puello hit a solo homer in the sixth. Cory Vaughn went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Alonzo Harris Jr. had two hits and a run scored. The Mets dropped the first game as Angel Cuan was chased in the first inning. He allowed four runs and five hits with two walks and one strikeout. Jack Leathersich tossed 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings with three strikeouts. John Church pitched two scoreless innings with one strikeout. Hamilton Bennett allowed five unearned runs and six hits with one walk and one strikeout. Box 1, Box 2

ROME at SAVANNAH (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 1: Miller Diaz tossed six scoreless innings, limiting the Blue Jays to two hits while striking out six. Gavin Cecchini, who remains at DH, went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Box

TRI-CITY 4, BROOKLYN 3 (11 innings): John Mincone pitched a scoreless eighth, but gave up a run to the ValleyCats in the top of the ninth to blow the Cyclones' lead. Mincone allowed a leadoff single to Jesse Wierzbicki, then got Tyler Heineman to ground out. With Wierzbicki at second, Mike Cokinos singled in the tying run. In the top of the 11th, Wierzbicki hit a two-run homer against Beck Wheeler, giving Tri-City a 4-2 lead. Wierzbicki hit for the cycle. The Cyclones had back-to-back singles to begin the bottom half of the frame. Eudy Pina then grounded out, advancing both runners. Brandon Nimmo also grounded out as Nelfi Zapata scored from third, cutting the ValleyCats' lead to one run. However, Dimas Ponce struck out to end the game. Wheeler suffered the loss for the Cyclones after tossing 1 1/3 innings and allowing two earned runs. In 6 2/3 innings, Gabriel Ynoa held Tri-City to one earned run and five hits. Ynoa walked one and fanned five batters. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.21.12

August, 21, 2012
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4, BUFFALO 2: Zack Wheeler cruised into the sixth, when his outing unraveled. The Yankees rallied for three runs in the frame as Corban Joseph, Eduardo Nunez and Kosuke Fukudome all contributed RBI singles. The Bisons had taken a 2-0 lead in the second. Matt Tuiasosopo singled to score Zach Lutz. Oswaldo Navarro then contributed a sacrifice fly. Brandon Laird cut Buffalo's lead to 2-1 in the fourth with a sacrifice fly. Wheeler otherwise cruised early on. He didn't allow a hit until Nunez's blooper over first base in the fourth. He retired the side in order in the fifth. An inning later, though, Chris Dickerson led off with a double and Joseph's RBI single evened the score. Joseph moved to second base on Fred Lewis' throw home, putting him in position to score on Nunez's hit. Two batters later, Fukudome served a Wheeler offering to the opposite field to plate Nunez. Wheeler was charged with four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Greg Peavey fired seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets scored the game’s only run on a fielding error. Peavey struck out a season-high six in Binghamton’s eighth shutout win of the season. It was a contest loaded with missed opportunities as the teams combined to strand 21 men and go 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Binghamton threatened early against Fisher Cats starter Deck McGuire, but stranded seven runners through the first four innings. New Hampshire pressed to break the scoreless game in the fifth. After a one-out double by Jake Marisnick put runners at second and third, Peavey induced Ryan Goins to ground out and intentionally walked Ryan Schimpf to load the bases. The strategy paid off as Brad Glenn struck out to end the inning. Binghamton finally broke through in the bottom half. Dustin Martin led off with single and tried to score on Wilmer Flores’ double, but was gunned down at the plate. Following a groundout that pushed Flores to third, Eric Campbell stroked a groundball to third. The sharp roller bounced through Schimpf's legs, allowing Flores to score. Peavey made the one-run lead stand over his final two innings. He fired a perfect sixth and stranded two runners in the seventh. Over his seven shutout innings, Peavey allowed six hits and left nine men aboard. Jeff Kaplan worked around a two-out single to post a scoreless eighth. Drew Carpenter left the tying run at second base in the ninth to earn his second save as a B-Met. Peavey (7-8) earn his third win in August, the most wins he has had in any month as a B-Met. Box

JUPITER at ST. LUCIE (ppd.)

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 0: The Tourists took a 1-0 lead in the second when David Kandilas fisted a single over Brian Harrison at third base to plate Will Swanner, who had doubled. Asheville added three runs in the seventh. Swanner began the inning by ripping the first pitch he saw from Gnats starter Marcos Camarena over the left-field wall for a solo homer. The Tourists outhit the Gnats 11-2. Both Savannah hits were singles. Asheville starter Ben Alsup was perfect into the fourth inning and took a no-hitter into the fifth, when Gregory Pron singled. The Tourists tacked on two runs in the ninth against T.J. Chism. Box

KINGSPORT 4, BURLINGTON 3 (8 innings)
BURLINGTON 4, KINGSPORT 3: Maikis De La Cruz provided a tiebreaking two-run double in extra innings in the opener. Hunter Carnevale allowed a run in the bottom half, but held on for the win by striking out Alex Hudak to leave two in scoring position. In Game 2, Burlington scored three runs in the sixth against Cristian Chivilli and Edioglis Villasmil to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Box 1, Box 2

TRI-CITY 5, BROOKLYN 2: Nelfi Zapata delivered a two-run homer in the third, but the ValleyCats answered in the fifth and went on to defeat Brooklyn. Cyclones starter Rainy Lara loaded the bases in the fifth with two walks and a hit batsman. He struck out Austin Elkins before surrendering a two-run single to Preston Tucker, which tied the score and knocked him from the mound. Tim Peterson entered and allowed a tiebreaking single to Jesse Wierzbicki. Tyler Heineman then delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. Lara was charged with four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two in his second loss of the year. The Cyclones were in trouble again in the top of the sixth. Reliever Craig Hansen walked Ryan Dineen and hit Dan Gulbransen with a pitch before Joe Sclafani reached on an error by shortstop Phillip Evans. That error allowed Dineen to cross the plate and give the ValleyCats a three-run advantage. For the Cyclones, Matt Koch tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.20.12

August, 20, 2012
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 7, BUFFALO 5: With the score knotted at 2, Chris Schwinden fanned Scranton/Wilkes-Barre second baseman Corban Joseph for what looked like the third out of the fifth inning. But the ball hit the dirt and skipped past catcher Mike Nickeas, allowing Joseph to reach first base safely. The Yankees jumped on the extra chance and took control of the game. After a second wild pitch moved Joseph to second, Eduardo Nunez singled for the 3-2 advantage. Nunez then stole second and scored on a single from Brandon Laird. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tacked on two more runs an inning later as Chris Dickerson and Nunez drove in runs for a 6-2 cushion. That rally capped six unanswered runs by the Yankees that followed Matt Tuiasosopo's two-run homer in the second. Buffalo pulled to within 6-3 with a Josh Satin sacrifice fly in the seventh. The Herd scored two more in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate. Former Bisons reliever Ryota Igarashi retired Fred Lewis on a sharply hit lineout to center to end the contest. Schwinden allowed four runs in five innings. He struck out eight batters, giving him 216 for his Bisons career. The total is the sixth most in the Buffalo modern era. Prior to the game, the International League named Collin McHugh its pitcher of the week. The righty allowed one run over two starts and picked up the win with seven shutout frames Saturday at Fenway Park. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 3, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets struck out 14 times for the second time in a week and the Fisher Cats took advantage of shaky glove work by first baseman Jefry Marte to break a scoreless tie in the fourth. With one out and the bases loaded, Brian Jeroloman chopped a potential double-play ball to Marte. Playing in just his fifth game at first, Marte bobbled the grounder, allowing a run to score. The Fisher Cats plated another run one batter later when Marte dropped a throw from third baseman Wilmer Flores that would have ended the inning. Binghamton answered against New Hampshire starter Sean Nolin in the fourth. Flores doubled and scored when Allan Dykstra also doubled. It was the only run Binghamton managed against the southpaw in his Double-A debut. Reliever Marcus Stroman took over in the sixth, walked the first two batters, uncorked a wild pitch and surrendered a game-tying sac fly to Eric Campbell. The tie score did not last for long. Darin Gorski loaded the bases in the seventh on two hits and a walk. John Tolisano then worked the count full and took ball four low to force in the go-ahead run. Gorski (8-7) struck out a season-high nine, but allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks over seven innings. Ryan Fraser closed Binghamton’s pitching tab with two scoreless innings. Box

ASHEVILLE 5, SAVANNAH 2: The Gnats took a 2-0 lead two batters into the bottom of the first inning. Brandon Brown led off with a single and Matt Reynolds homered off the left-field foul pole to put the Gnats up 2-0. Reynolds' seven-game hitting streak is his longest as a professional. Asheville had runners aboard in three of the first four innings against starter Alex Panteliodis, only to break through in the fifth. With two outs, two singles followed by a three-run homer from Sam Mende gave the Tourists a 3-2 lead. Panteliodis made it through 5 2/3 innings before hitting his pitch limit. He was charged with his seventh loss. The Tourists added two unearned runs on a throwing error on Brown in the ninth. Box

BURLINGTON 5, KINGSPORT 4 (12 innings): Carlos Valdez failed to protect a lead in the 11th for a blown save, then suffered the loss an inning later when he surrendered a game-ending RBI single to Fred Ford. The K-Mets had taken the 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th when Jorge Rivero singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 2: Eudy Pina and Stefan Sabol each connected on his fifth homer this season and Julian Hilario (3-3) tossed six scoreless innings. In the second inning, Juan Gamboa reached on an error and Nelfi Zapata followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Pina then connected on a homer to center, clearing the 405-foot mark with ease, to give Brooklyn a 3-0 lead. Brandon Nimmo kept the rally going, beating out an infield single and stealing second. Phillip Evans singled to plate Nimmo. The combination of Nimmo and Evans again led to a run in the sixth. Nimmo walked for the second time in the game and scored when Evans' single was misplayed by right fielder John Wooten, giving Brooklyn a 5-0 advantage. Hilario scattered five hits and three walks while striking out four. He is now 3-0 with a 0.56 ERA in August. With Hilario out of the game in the seventh, Vermont got on the scoreboard. Jacob Tanis welcomed reliever Logan Taylor by reaching on a fielding error. Taylor made quick work of the next two batters, but Brett Vertigan connected on a two-out triple to score Tanis and slice Brooklyn's advantage to 5-1. The unearned run is the only blemish through the first 13 2/3 innings of Taylor’s pro career. The Cyclones tacked on a run in the ninth on Sabol's solo homer. The Lake Monsters scored another unearned run in their half, but Tyler Vanderheiden limited the damage. Box

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Around the minors 8.18.12

August, 18, 2012
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Bisons third baseman Zach Lutz slides into second base as Pawtucket shortstop Jonathan Hee waits for the ball at Fenway Park on Saturday.
BUFFALO 2, PAWTUCKET 0: Collin McHugh tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Robert Carson, Elvin Ramirez and Fernando Cabrera on a five-hit shutout as the Bisons beat the Red Sox's Triple-A affiliate in Boston's annual prospect showcase at Fenway Park. McHugh also tossed six scoreless innings last season at the historic ballpark, while representing Double-A Binghamton. After Josh Satin walked and advanced to third on Matt Tuiasosopo's double in the second, Brad Emaus' groundout got the Bisons on the scoreboard. Buffalo opened a two-run lead in the sixth when Josh Rodriguez homered over the Green Monster. Box

RICHMOND 4, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets were held to three hits and suffered their 10th shutout loss. They were held hitless over their final 16 plate appearances. Chris Heston (9-5) baffled the B-Mets for seven innings. The Eastern League’s ERA leader surrendered three hits and extended his scoreless streak to 15 2/3 innings. Richmond’s ace helped his own cause in the third against Cory Mazzoni. With Ryan Cavan on first, Heston chopped an RBI double over Wilmer Flores’ head at third to give the Squirrels a 1-0 lead. Johnny Monell added a two-run homer in the fourth. Mazzoni (5-4) settled down after Monell’s blast with three scoreless frames. He allowed three runs on seven hits and racked up a career-high seven strikeouts in seven innings. Armando Rodriguez threw a scoreless eighth. Jeff Kaplan allowed a run on two hits in the ninth. Box

CHARLOTTE 9, ST. LUCIE 8: Danny Muno's single scored Alonzo Harris Jr. in the top of the ninth to give St. Lucie a one-run lead, but Charlotte answered with two runs in the bottom half for a walk-off win. Charlotte's Riccio Torrez had a game-tying double against Hamilton Bennett. First baseman Richard Lucas then committed a fielding error on Cody Rogers' grounder as Steven Tinoco scored the winning run. Adam Kolarek had surrendered three runs in the eighth and also was charged with a blown save. Box

HICKORY 12, SAVANNAH 5: Yohan Almonte and Randy Fontanez combined to surrender 11 runs in five innings. Almonte allowed three homers. Greg Pron and Brian Harrison homered in the loss. Box

KINGSPORT 8, ELIZABETHTON 4: Maikis De La Cruz drove in three runs and Yeixon Ruiz went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Akeel Morris tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box

VERMONT 4, BROOKLYN 1: Facing Cyclones starter Luis Mateo, Vermont pushed across two runs in the third. Kelvin Rojas singled and moved to second on Christopher Bostick's sacrifice bunt. Brett Vertigan then beat out an infield single to shortstop Phillip Evans, allowing Rojas to move to third. John Wooten grounded out to Mateo as Vertigan advanced to second with two outs. Bruce Maxwell followed with a two-run single. Paul Sewald replaced Mateo for the sixth and shut down the Lake Monsters in that frame. An inning later, however, Sewald surrendered his first two runs as a professional. The Cyclones plated their lone run in the eighth, against Tucker Healy. Juan Gamboa led off with a single and moved to third on a single by Jeff Glenn. Julio Concepcion then grounded into a run-scoring fielder's choice. Brandon Nimmo struck out and Dimas Ponce drew a walk, bringing up Evans with two outs. He also struck out, ending the threat. Box

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