New York Mets: Melky Mesa

Around the minors 8.23.12

August, 23, 2012
8/23/12
11:36
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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 7.16.12

July, 17, 2012
7/17/12
12:22
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TOLEDO 4, BUFFALO 2: Jenrry Mejia suffered the loss, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk in two innings. Matt Harvey, auditioning for Saturday's major league start, took a no-hit bid into the sixth. He departed with a 2-1 lead and two runners in scoring position with two out in the seventh, and reliever Justin Hampson allowed an inherited runner to score to hand Harvey a no-decision. Harvey allowed three hits while walking four and hitting a batter. Adam Loewen homered for the Bisons and Zach Lutz contributed a sacrifice fly. Jason Bay went 0-for-2 with two walks in what should be his final rehab game. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Owning a 5-4 lead entering the eighth, the B-Mets turned to reliever Ryan Fraser. But Zoilo Almonte lined a single off the righty’s leg to start the inning and Melky Mesa doubled. After a walk loaded the bases, J.R. Murphy tied the score with a sac fly. Rob Segedin gave Trenton the decisive lead with an RBI single. It was Trenton's first lead since scoring the first run just three pitches into the game. Jose Pirela led off by crushing a triple against starter Darin Gorski. He scored on the next pitch, once catcher Francisco Pena’s pickoff attempt sailed into left. Binghamton responded with a three-run third against Mikey O’Brien. After singling, Wilfredo Tovar stole second and scored on Juan Lagares' single. Reese Havens then launched a two-run homer, his eighth long ball of the season. Trenton countered in the fourth. Addison Maruszak and Almonte started the inning with back-to-back homers to tie the score at 3. It marked the third time this season Gorski had allowed consecutive homers. Binghamton grabbed the lead back without the aid of a hit in the fourth, during O’Brien’s final inning. Allan Dykstra walked, moved to second on an error and scored on consecutive groundouts. Wilmer Flores added an RBI double against reliever Graham Stoneburner in the fifth. Gorski nearly lost the lead in the sixth, his final frame. With two outs, Mesa bashed a solo homer. Luke Murton doubled and tried to score on a single by Murphy, but was gunned down at the plate by left fielder Eric Campbell. Gorski allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits. He struck out five. The three homers allowed matched his career high. Fraser (2-2) suffered his first blown save. Box

BREVARD COUNTY at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The game has been rescheduled for a doubleheader Tuesday.

SAVANNAH 9, LAKEWOOD 8: Dustin Lawley reached in the ninth on a fielding error by Lakewood shortstop Tim Carver and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Lawley then scored the tiebreaking run when second baseman Carlos Perdomo also committed an error. Savannah had taken a two-run lead into the bottom of the eighth, but Estarlin Morel surrendered a pair of runs. Starter Logan Verrett allowed six runs in seven innings. Brian Harrison had three RBIs for the Gnats. Box

KINGSPORT 1, JOHNSON CITY 0
JOHNSON CITY 4, KINGSPORT 1:
John Gant and Shane Bay combined on a four-hit shutout in Game 1. Julio Concepcion provided the lone run with a second-inning homer. In the nightcap, Cristian Chivilli surrendered all four runs (three earned) in three innings. Andrew Massie tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box 1, Box 2

BROOKLYN 7, STATE COLLEGE 4: Hansel Robles surrendered four runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, but the Cyclones swept the Spikes. With two outs in the second inning, Stefan Sabol, Jayce Boyd and Dimas Ponce consecutively singled for a 1-0 lead. State College evened the score in the third as Tyler Gaffney doubled and Dave Valesente followed with an RBI single. A half-inning later, Boyd singled and Ponce walked. Eudy Pina then doubled, scoring Boyd for a 2-1 lead. Poor defense in the fourth cost the Cyclones three unearned runs. Jacob Stallings walked and Chris Diaz sent a grounder to Richie Rodriguez for a potential inning-ending double play. Rodriguez, though, botched the play. Yhonathan Barrios came up with runners on the corners and one out and grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Stallings to score. Jared Lakind walked to place runners on first and second with two outs. With Alex Fuselier batting, Robles threw a wild pitch, advancing both runners. Fuselier then singled, scoring two as the Spikes took a 4-2 lead. In the fifth, hot-hitting Brandon Nimmo led off with a single. After a passed ball, Phillip Evans singled, moving Nimmo to third. Alex Sanchez struck out and Kevin Plawecki walked to load the bases. Sabol grounded into fielder's choice, allowing Nimmo to score and moving Evans to third. The second passed ball of the inning by catcher Dave Valesente allowed Evans to score. Boyd walked to put runners on first and second with two out. Ponce again came through, singling to score Sabol and move Boyd to third. Pina then delivered another RBI single to give the Cyclones a 6-4 lead. The Cyclones bullpen contributed 3 1/3 scoreless innings, surrendering one hit and one walk. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.10.12

June, 10, 2012
6/10/12
11:22
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BUFFALO 4, NORFOLK 2: Back-to-back singles by Sean Kazmar and Corey Wimberly began a third-inning threat. Brad Emaus then bunted the runners ahead, and Fred Lewis delivered a two-run single. A half-inning later, after a double by Lew Ford, former major leaguer Miguel Tejada had an RBI single that cut the Bisons' lead to 2-1. The Tides tacked on another run in the fifth, courtesy of Bill Hall's solo homer against Dylan Owen. However, after Oswaldo Navarro singled in the bottom of the fifth, Kazmar delivered a sacrifice bunt. And Wimberly followed with a run-scoring double. The Herd tacked on the final run in the sixth, on a solo home run by Rob Johnson. Bisons relievers Justin Hampson, Manny Acosta and Fernando Cabrera combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings. "Our bullpen has been phenomenal lately, especially Cabrera," Wally Backman said. "He's built to be a closer, so to see him deliver the way he is, it's great." Cabrera is a perfect 14-for-14 in save opportunities. Lewis is four plate appearances shy of qualifying for the sixth-highest average (.305) in the International League. Owen is the third straight Bisons starter to last 4 2/3 innings, following Matt Harvey and Jenrry Mejia. Box

TRENTON 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (10 innings): The B-Mets were one out away from securing their first road series sweep of the season, but Shane Brown ripped a two-run single in the bottom of the 10th to give Trenton a walk-off victory. After taking the lead in the top half of the extra frame on a throwing error by third baseman Jose Pirela, the B-Mets looked to Adrian Rosario for the save. The righty recorded two quick outs before Zoilo Almonte dumped a single to right. After Melky Mesa walked, Rosario uncorked a wild pitch, allowing both runners to advance. Brown followed by ripping a 2-0 pitch into left for the game-winner. For the eighth straight game, the B-Mets plated the first run. Matt den Dekker led off the fourth inning with a double against starter Brett Marshall. He moved to third on a groundout and scored when Marshall unleashed a wild pitch. It was the only run Marshall allowed in the game. Binghamton matched a season high by striking out 13 times. B-Mets starter Greg Peavey labored through five innings. The righty dealt with at least one runner in each of his frames. After navigating through four scoreless, Peavey allowed his lone run in the fifth. Jeff Farnham led off with a single and scored three batters later on a sac fly by David Adams. The game remained tied at 1 through nine innings thanks to strong bullpen work. Armando Rodriguez took over for Peavey and struck out four over three scoreless innings. Brad Holt navigated around a one-out double to post a scoreless ninth. Preston Claiborne held the fort down for Trenton in the seventh and eighth with scoreless innings. Lee Hyde pitched a perfect ninth before his defense failed him in the 10th. Juan Lagares started the inning with a single and moved to second on sac bunt. Joe Bonfe followed by sending a chopper to third. Pirela fielded it cleanly, but fired an errant throw to first, allowing Lagares to score from second. Pirela committed another error on the next play, but was bailed out when Pedro Zapata bounced into an inning-ending double play. Rosario (0-1) was saddled with his first loss and first blown save as a B-Met. The runs allowed snapped an 8 1/- inning scoreless streak to start the righty’s Double-A career. The loss snapped Binghamton’s three-game winning streak and dropped them back to one game under .500. Third baseman Jefry Marte, who left Saturday's game after taking a groundball off his right hand, did not play Sunday. He is expected back in the lineup Tuesday. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, CHARLOTTE 3 (14 innings): Hamilton Bennett tossed three scoreless relief innings to improve to 6-0. St. Lucie mustered only one hit through 7 2/3 innings -- on Cory Vaughn's 12th homer this season, in the fourth inning. With two out in the eighth, St. Lucie tied the score at 2 on consecutive doubles by Wilfredo Tovar and Wilmer Flores. The teams traded runs in the 10th inning before the Mets exploded for seven runs in the 14th. Starter Erik Goeddel allowed two runs in five innings in his first. Box

SAVANNAH 1, CHARLESTON 0 (suspended): The game was halted with two out in the bottom of the fourth. Marcos Camarena had tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings. The lone run so far has come on Travis Taijeron's sacrifice fly. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.9.12

June, 9, 2012
6/09/12
11:59
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NORFOLK 5, BUFFALO 0: Forty-nine-year-old lefty Jamie Moyer surrendered one hit and struck out five in five scoreless innings in his debut with the Orioles organization. The last time Moyer pitched in the minors was in 1997 with Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League. His first-ever minor league stint was all the way back in 1984, when he pitched for the Geneva Cubs in the New York-Penn League. The Tides scored all of their runs in the fifth. With the score already 2-0, Bisons starter Jenrry Mejia surrendered the crushing blow. Lew Ford blasted a three-run homer to knock Mejia from the game. Mejia had bobbled a comebacker, allowing the first run to score. All of Norfolk's run were unearned. Mejia is the second straight Bisons starter to fail to finish five innings. Matt Harvey logged 4 2/3 innings Friday. Josh Satin and Pedro Beato returned to the Bisons on Saturday. Beato tossed two no-hit relief innings with three strikeouts. He has retired the last 17 batters he has faced in the International League. Beato has not allowed a run in his past 10 2/3 innings spanning six Triple-A relief appearances. Satin started at first base and went 0-for-2 with a walk. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, TRENTON 0: The B-Mets produced season high 18 hits and four homers and Darin Gorski tossed a career-high eight innings. Binghamton reached .500 for the first time since May 23 with its third straight win. Josh Rodriguez collected five hits, which matched Matt den Dekker's Friday output. The shorststop finished a homer shy of the cycle. Eric Campbell launched two homers and set a career high with five RBIs. For the fifth straight game, the B-Mets plated a run in the opening frame. Rodriguez tripled against starter Shaeffer Hall. Den Dekker plated him by singling. Rylan Sandoval doubled the B-Mets lead with a solo homer in the second. In the fourth, Kai Gronauer and Pedro Zapata started the inning with singles. They were driven home when Rodriguez doubled. Binghamton used the long ball to extend its lead against the Trenton bullpen. Ryan Pope took over for Hall in the sixth. Reese Havens greeted the righty by ripping a solo shot, his third homer this season. Campbell tagged Pope for a two-run homer in the seventh. Gorski faced no more than four hitters in each of his first seven innings. He scattered five hits through the first seven frames and never allowed any Thunder hitter to reach third. Binghamton put the game out of reach in the eighth. Havens reached on a fielding error by Luke Murton to start the inning and scored two batters later when Addison Maruszak booted a groundball. Joe Bonfe, a defensive replacement for Jefry Marte at third in the sixth, followed by ripping an RBI single. Campbell capped the frame by ripping a three-run homer. Gorski’s shutout stretch nearly came to an end in the eighth. After Yadil Mujica reached on an error by Havens at second, the lefty allowed a pair of singles to load the bases. The southpaw escaped unharmed by getting David Adams to line out to short and inducing Melky Mesa to bounce into an inning-ending double play. Gorski (4-3) spread out seven hits over eight innings and struck out three while walking none to earn his second straight win. Erik Turgeon posted a scoreless ninth. Box

CHARLOTTE 6, ST. LUCIE 4: Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. Alonzo Harris Jr. went 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the loss. Box

CHARLESTON 8, SAVANNAH 7: T.J. Chism allowed three ninth-inning runs to suffer the blown save. Starter Alex Panteliodis was charged with five runs on 10 hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings, but Savannah took a 7-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Cam Maron and Gilbert Gomez had three hits and two RBIs apiece. Box

Compiled from team reports

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Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187