New York Mets: Miguel Socolovich

Josh Satin signs with Reds

November, 22, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Josh Satin has signed a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

The 29-year-old Satin had become a minor-league free agent after being outrighted off the 40-man roster on Oct. 31.

Satin made his first Opening Day roster in 2014, but ultimately was supplanted by Eric Campbell as a righty-hitting backup corner infielder. Satin was 3-for-35 at the major league level this season. He has a .243 average (61-for-251) in 116 career games.

A September call-up from Triple-A Las Vegas, Satin finished this year with a fracture in his right hand.

Satin originally was drafted in the sixth round in 2008 out of Cal.

• Right-hander Miguel Socolovich, who pitched for Vegas this past season, has signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. ... Right-hander Ryan Reid, also with the 51s in 2014, has signed with the Miami Marlins. ... First baseman Allan Dykstra signed with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Morning Briefing: Five homers!

September, 6, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: On a modest three-game winning streak (and with their run differential sliced to minus-four), the Mets try to keep things rolling in steamy Cincinnati on Saturday.

Dillon Gee (6-6, 3.61 ERA) opposes right-hander Johnny Cueto (16-8, 2.26) at 4:10 p.m.

Cueto’s 16 wins are one shy of matching the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw for the major league lead.

Saturday’s news reports:

Rafael Montero has been promoted to the major league club. Montero, who allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings in the opener of the Pacific Coast League playoffs on Wednesday, should get at least one start down the stretch.

• The man charged with making threats on Twitter against the Mets and Citi Field was handed a 90-day suspended sentence in Milford (Connecticut) Superior Court after pleading no contest to disorderly conduct. He must refrain from contact with Mets personnel, Justin Turner and Turner’s girlfriend and is barred from Citi Field, but is otherwise free to use the Internet.

• The Mets produced five home runs and routed the Reds, 14-5, Friday at Great American Ball Park. It marked the most long balls in a game by the Mets since they also went deep five times on Sept. 30, 2006 at Washington (Ramon Castro, Endy Chavez, Julio Franco, David Wright and Shawn Green). This time, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Curtis Granderson, Dilson Herrera and Lucas Duda did the honors. Granderson’s shot, which came on the day he was dropped to sixth in the order, snapped an 0-for-18 drought. Wright went 4-for-5 before departing the lopsided game.

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

• Jared Diamond in the Journal suggests Granderson looks like a worse signing than Chris Young.

Granderson downplayed the drop to No. 6. “I’ve batted in every spot in the lineup over the course of my career,” he told reporters. “To get moved up, down, middle, out is nothing new to me.” Read more in the Post.

Daisuke Matsuzaka and Josh Edgin rejoined the Mets after getting cortisone shots in their pitching elbows in New York during the Marlins series. Meanwhile, Vic Black (herniated disk) pledged to be ready to come off the disabled list on Monday when he is eligible to be activated. Daniel Murphy (calf) also is making progress toward a potential return early next week. Murphy is eligible to be activated on Tuesday. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Noah Syndergaard was charged with six runs in four-plus innings and Las Vegas is facing elimination after a 7-5 loss at Reno. The big blow came on a go-ahead three-run homer by ex-Met Mike Jacobs against Miguel Socolovich that allowed a couple of inherited runners to score. Portland moved within a game of ousting Binghamton with a 6-3 win. Facing elimination, Savannah’s game Friday was suspended in the eighth inning with the Gnats trailing Asheville, 2-1. Savannah will have the tying run on second base and one out when play resumes. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Matt Harvey will throw off a mound every five days like he is simulating starts this month, but is poised to be shut down within weeks, Marc Carig writes in Newsday. Harvey will have a winter throwing program like any other pitcher, which should include tossing a baseball beginning in early November. He will ramp up in February alongside other pitchers in spring training and face batters then.

• John DeMarzo in the Post names Herrera the standout performer in the minors for the Mets, with Syndergaard the biggest disappointment and Matt Reynolds making the biggest leap.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear salutes the unsung contributions of Buddy Carlyle and Dana Eveland.

BIRTHDAYS: Alex Escobar turns 36. ... Fran Healy is 68. ... Minor-leaguers Maikis De La Cruz and L.J. Mazzilli are 24.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets have left Rafael Montero in Triple-A for the duration of the playoffs?

Minors 9.5.14: Syndergaard bounced in 5th

September, 6, 2014
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RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Noah Syndergaard was knocked out after the first four batters of the fifth reached base in Game 3 of the Pacific Coast League opening-round series. He was charged with six runs on six hits, three walks and a wild pitch in four-plus innings and threw 84 pitches. The big blow against Las Vegas came on a three-run homer by ex-Met Mike Jacobs against Miguel Socolovich in the fifth that staked Reno to a 7-5 lead. Two runners inherited from Syndergaard scored on the play. Vegas trails the best-of-five series, 2-1. Logan Verrett starts Game 4 on Saturday. Box

PORTLAND 6, BINGHAMTON 3: The B-Mets are a game away from elimination after

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dropping Game 3 of the best-of-five series. Portland broke a 3-all tie with a three-run bottom of the seventh against Paul Sewald that included two unearned runs. Sean Coyle contributed a go-ahead single that plated Rusney Castillo from second base. Chase Huchingson took over for Sewald and collected a strikeout before Carson Blair brought home a run with an infield single. Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar compounded the issue and allowed another run to score by forcing an errant throw to first.

B-Mets starter Steven Matz allowed three runs in five innings as the Sea Dogs built a 3-0 lead. Portland starter Eduardo Rodriguez held the B-Mets hitless for 5 1/3 innings In the sixth, Xorge Carrillo finally put the B-Mets in the hit column with a one-out double. Two batters later, Brandon Nimmo plated Carrillo with a double and took third on outfielder Shannon Wilkerson's error. Nimmo scampered home four pitches later on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one run. Binghamton caught a break to even the score in the top of the seventh. Following a two-out walk to Darrell Ceciliani, Travis Taijeron threaded a double inside the third-base bag. Keury De La Cruz overran the baseball in the left-field corner, allowing Ceciliani to score from first base.

Binghamton mustered one last threat against Aaron Kurcz in the ninth. Brian Burgamy walked with one and Jayce Boyd blooped a single inside the right-field line. With the tying run at the plate, Ceciliani and Taijeron flied out, ending Binghamton’s hopes.

The B-Mets look to stave off elimination in Game 4 on Saturday at noon. Rainy Lara opposes right-hander Mike Augliera. Box

ASHEVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1 (suspended): Game 2 of the South Atlantic League opening-round series was suspended due to unplayable field conditions with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, and with the Gnats trailing 2-1 and the tying run on second base. The Gnats are five outs from elimination. The game will resume Saturday at 4 p.m. in Savannah. If the Gnats rally to defeat Asheville, a winner-take-all Game 3 will follow at 6 p.m. On Friday, Gnats starter John Gant allowed one run and struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings. The Tourists broke a 1-all tie in the top of the eighth when Akeel Morris' wild pitch allowed a runner inherited at third base from Dawrin Frias to score. Box

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Minors 8.24.14: McGowan flirts with no-no

August, 24, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 6, ROUND ROCK 5: Cory Vaughn's three-run homer in the sixth staked the 51s to a 6-0 lead. Cory Mazzoni took a shutout bid into the eighth, when Round Rock exploded for five runs against him and Miguel Socolovich. Chasen Bradford entered and stranded the tying run at second base by striking out Luis Sardinas.Box

BINGHAMTON 5, AKRON 2: Steven Matz tossed five scoreless innings and struck out six and T.J. Rivera went 3-for-4 as the B-Mets completed a three-game sweep. Matz (6-4) has

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allowed one earned run in his last 25 innings. Binghamton tagged Akron starter Will Roberts for three first-inning runs. Brandon Nimmo led off with a double and moved to third when Dilson Herrera singled. Brian Burgamy walked to load the bases. Jayce Boyd then singled to plated Nimmo for the game's opening run. Darrell Ceciliani's sacrifice fly scored Herrera. The final run of the frame scored on Rivera's RBI single. An inning later, Wilfredo Tovar singled and stole second. Herrera then hit a one-out pitch to deep center. Ollie Linton made the catch, but fell afterward. That allowed Tovar to score from second base for a 4-0 lead. The B-Mets scored again in the fifth on Xorge Carrillo's sacrifice fly. Akron got on the board in the seventh on a leadoff homer by Anthony Gallas against Randy Fontanez. Adam Kolarek surrendered a run in the ninth that capped the scoring. At 81-52, Binghamton achieved a new high-water mark for the season. Ceciliani finished 0-for-2, snapping an 11-game hitting streak. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, JUPITER 2: Mets starter Kevin McGowan took a no-hit bid into the seventh and relievers Ryan Fraser and Paul Sewald worked out of jams. McGowan earned his first

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win since June 30. He allowed three hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings. Albert Cordero had a two-out solo homer in the second against Scott Lyman. Gilbert Gomez followed with a walk and steal. Eudy Pina plated him with a double for a 2-0 lead. McGowan pitched around three errors in the first inning -- two committed by him -- and a fourth error to open the third. After that last miscue, McGowan retired 12 straight batters. Blake Barber broke up the no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the seventh. Cody Keefer followed with a single that advanced Barber to third. Juan Avila's bunt single scored Barber to slice St. Lucie's lead to 2-1. Fraser eventually entered with runners on the corners and got a comebacker from Anthony Gomez. The reliever caught Keefer between third and home for the second out. After a walk loaded the bases, Fraser got Ryan Goetz to ground out. Fraser walked back-to-back batters with one out in the eighth and threw a wild pitch to advance both runners. However, he got a lineout that did not advance the runners and Avila grounded out to strand two in scoring position. In the bottom half, Gilbert Gomez had a bases-loaded infield single and L.J. Mazzilli scored to increase the lead to 3-1. The first two batters of the ninth singled against Sewald. After a sac bunt moved the runners to second and third, Goetz grounded out to plate a run and make it 3-2. Sewald then retired Noah Perio as Jupiter stranded the tying run at third base for the third straight inning. Sewald converted his 11th save in 11 chances. Box

GREENVILLE 8, SAVANNAH 5: Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks in two innings. Champ Stuart had a solo homer in a three-run ninth as the Gnats closed within three runs. Paul Paez contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

KINGSPORT 9, JOHNSON CITY 1: Persio Reyes (1-0) tossed seven scoreless innings for the K-Mets. Oswaldo Caraballo went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Ivan Wilson also drove in three runs. Box

BROOKLYN 10, TRI-CITY 1: Michael Conforto went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Jhoan Urena, Tyler Moore and Michael Bernal drove in two runs apiece. Marcos Molina allowed one run on one hit and five walks while striking out eight in 6 2/3 innings. Box

Compiled with team reports

Morning Briefing: Castro doesn't want to go

August, 16, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: After getting swept in a three-game series at Wrigley Field in June, the Mets began getting some payback Friday against the Chicago Cubs.

Next up: Jonathon Niese (6-8, 3.46 ERA) opposes right-hander Dan Straily (1-2, 4.93) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

Saturday’s news reports:

Zack Wheeler remained unbeaten in his last nine starts and Eric Campbell launched a three-run homer as the Mets beat the Cubs, 3-2, Friday at Citi Field. The Mets rebounded after a disastrous three-game series against the Washington Nationals.

Wheeler wants to go deeper in games, but nonetheless has a 2.02 ERA and is 5-0 since June 25. He struck out 10 and tossed a career-high 120 pitches on Friday. Campbell would be a regular starter if he displayed consistent power, according to Terry Collins. Campbell’s homer is the only hit the Mets have in 21 at-bats with runners in scoring position on the homestand.

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

• Read more on Wheeler from columnist George Willis in the Post.

• Six days after he was designated for assignment, Chris Young officially was released on Friday as the Mets ate what remained on his $7.25 million contract.


Brian Kersey/Getty ImagesStarlin Castro says he wants to remain a Cub.


• Although either shortstop acquisition would be costly in terms of young pitching, the Mets are getting to view two potential trade targets this weekend with the Cubs -- Starlin Castro and Javier Baez. Blocked, the rookie Baez is manning second base.

“I don’t want to leave. I want to stay here all my career,” Castro told reporters pregame Friday regarding the Cubs (via Anthony McCarron in the Daily News). “… I know myself. I know I can be a good player and I know a lot of teams can want me. But I’m here and I don’t want to leave here. I feel comfortable here and I want to be a part of this team when we compete, when we win playoffs and stuff like that.”

"The beauty of having shortstops is that they actually can transition into other positions," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said (via Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger). "They’re very athletic. … I don’t think it’s a problem. I think when you have to cross that bridge to make adjustments, you do. Right now I don’t have to really concern myself with it. Starlin’s our shortstop. And Javy is our second baseman. If there’s ever something that ever develops we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it."

• The Mets participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday afternoon to benefit ALS. They challenged the SNY broadcast crew and Mets fan Jon Stewart. Read more in Newsday and at MLB.com.

Daisuke Matsuzaka makes a rehab start Saturday for Double-A Binghamton at Reading. Collins said Matsuzaka’s role upon eventually returning from the DL will be contingent upon Jacob deGrom's timetable for recovery and, potentially, Rafael Montero's performance Sunday. DeGrom is due to throw Saturday for the first time since landing on the DL with rotator-cuff tendinitis. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Despite pitching with a hernia and cranky calf, Jenrry Mejia tossed a perfect ninth inning Friday for his first save in a week. Read more in the Post.

Travis d'Arnaud took a backswing off his left elbow and is expected to protect it with a pad Saturday.

Ruben Tejada will get a start during the Cubs series.

• Joe Lemire in the Journal discusses the travel rigors with having a Triple-A team so far away from New York.

• Will Sammon in Newsday interviews Wilmer Flores.

• Matt Bowman tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings and combined with Miguel Socolovich on the shutout as Las Vegas blanked Iowa, 2-0. Brian Burgamy had a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh and Binghamton beat Reading, 8-7. Jeff McNeil had a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth as St. Lucie beat Bradenton, 10-7. Jon Leroux had a grand slam in Savannah’s 16-4 rout of Greenville. Marcos Molina allowed one hit and one walk and struck out a career-high 12 in seven scoreless innings in Brooklyn’s 7-0 win against Vermont. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• John DeMarzo in the Post catches up with first-round pick Michael Conforto out of Oregon State, who is hitting .320/.415/.440 through 27 games with the Brooklyn Cyclones.

From the bloggers … Blogging Mets takes an early look at the possible Mets payroll for 2015.

BIRTHDAYS: Roger Cedeno turns 40. ... Rick Reed is 50. ... Mike Jorgensen was born on this date in 1948.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you think the Mets can work out a deal with the Cubs for a shortstop this winter?

Minors 8.15.14: Bowman blanks Iowa Cubs

August, 16, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 2, IOWA 0: Matt Bowman limited Iowa to four hits and two walks in 7 1/3

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scoreless innings in his first Triple-A start in three weeks. He combined with Miguel Socolovich on the shutout. The 51s took the lead in the second inning when Taylor Teagarden walked, advanced to second on Kevin Plawecki's single and scored on Cory Vaughn's single. Las Vegas opened a two-run lead in the sixth when Matt Reynolds produced a leadoff double, moved to third on Josh Satin's groundout and scored on Andrew Brown's single. Socolovich stranded two runners inherited from Bowman in the eighth and ultimately retired all five batters he faced to earn his second save. Plawecki started at first base for the first time this season. Manny Ramirez walked as a pinch hitter. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, READING 7: After the B-Mets blew a five-run lead, Brian Burgamy launched his team-leading 23rd homer -- a tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh -- to

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provide an 8-6 lead. The B-Mets sliced their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to six. Binghamton jumped on Reading starter Ryan O’Sullivan with a four-run first. Dilson Herrera opened the inning by launching his eighth Double-A homer. Following back-to-back walks, Darrell Ceciliani flared an RBI single into center. Juan Centeno chased O’Sullivan from the game by lining an RBI single. Wilfredo Tovar greeted reliever Austin Wright with a run-producing single. The B-Mets padded their lead with a solo homer from Brandon Nimmo in the second. However, B-Mets starter Rainy Lara ultimately was charged with five runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings. And Reading tied the score at 6 without a hit in the fifth. Hansel Robles opened the frame with a pair of walks. After a flyout pushed Jake Fox to third, Logan Moore delivered a sacrifice fly. A half-inning after Burgamy's two-run homer, Kelly Dugan cut Reading's deficit to one run with a solo homer against Chase Huchingson. Huchingson recovered to retire the next three batters. Randy Fontanez followed with a perfect eighth. Cody Satterwhite started the ninth inning by surrendering a single to Carlos Alonso, but bounced back with two strikeouts. After two wild pitches, including one during an intentional walk, Satterwhite struck out Aaron Altherr with runners at the corners to notch his 14th save. Satterwhite has converted his last 13 save chances. Huchingson (3-1) allowed one run over two innings to earn the victory. Centeno was ejected by plate umpire Paul Clemons after striking out in the seventh. Daisuke Matsuzaka starts Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, BRADENTON 7: St. Lucie rallied for five runs over the final two innings in a comeback win. Cole Frenzel’s RBI single against Ryan Hafner plated Phillip Evans to tie

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the score at 7. Jeff McNeil followed with a line drive up the middle that went off the tip of second baseman Max Moroff’s glove and trickled into center. Frenzel scored on that play to put the Mets up 8-7. Evans previously had doubled to plate Gavin Cecchini and start the rally. Jared King and Evans provided insurance runs in the ninth with an RBI single and sac fly, respectively. Paul Sewald recorded his second six-out save in the last four days. Robby Coles surrendered a run in the seventh but earned the win. The teams traded blows early. The Mets scored three runs in the fourth, including an RBI double by King and RBI single by Frenzel that gave the Mets a 4-2 lead. However, Mets started Domingo Tapia surrendered a two-out grand slam to Jose Osuna in the bottom half that put the Marauders up 6-4. The Mets battled back to get within a run in the seventh when Eudy Pina scored on a wild pitch. Coles gave the run back up in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by Moroff. But Bradenton’s bullpen couldn’t shut down the Mets and hold a 7-5 in the final two innings. L.J. Mazzilli produced his fourth Florida State League homer, a solo shot in the first. He later doubled. Tapia gave up seven hits and six runs in six innings. The only earned runs he allowed were on the grand slam. He also walked five and hit a batter. Box

SAVANNAH 16, GREENVILLE 4: The Gnats erupted for a season-high 16 runs and tied

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season highs with three homers and 11 walks drawn. Savannah broke the game open with nine runs in the first two innings against Greenville starter Trey Ball, the seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft. Jon Leroux belted a two-out grand slam off the left-field foul pole in the first. The ball bounced back onto the field and initially was ruled a double, but the umpiring crew -- persuaded by Savannah manager Luis Rojas -- conferred and corrected the call. In the second, Victor Cruzado lashed a three-run homer. The Gnats kept the attack going against reliever Sergio Gomez with a four-run fourth and a three-run fifth. Jorge Rivero blasted a two-run homer in the latter frame. The Drive chased Savannah starter Ricky Knapp from the ballgame with three runs in the sixth. Box

KINGSPORT 11, BRISTOL 9: Zach Mathieu and Ivan Wilson homered and Mathieu and Wuilmer Becerra drove in three runs apiece. The K-Mets built an 11-5 lead and survived a four-run ninth. David Roseboom entered with two outs in the ninth and struck out Candon Myles to strand two runners inherited from Nicco Blank. Box

BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 0: Marcos Molina (6-2) allowed one hit and one walk while striking out a career-high 12 in seven scoreless innings. Luis Rengel and Edioglis Villasmil completed the shutout. Tomas Nido went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. Anthony Chavez drove in two runs. Box

GCL MARLINS 3, GCL METS 0: Starter Jose Medina allowed two runs in three innings. Box

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Minors 7.31.14: Nimmo fuels B-Mets

July, 31, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 2, EL PASO 0: Rafael Montero allowed three hits and two walks in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Miguel Socolovich and Gonzalez Germen completed the shutout. Taylor Teagarden's RBI single opened the scoring in the fourth. Matt Reynolds doubled and scored on Andrew Brown's single an inning later for a two-run lead. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, BOWIE 4: Matt Bowman (7-6) surrendered one run and struck out six in seven innings. Brandon Nimmo scored twice and drove in three runs. T.J. Rivera produced

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three hits and extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games. The lone run against Bowman came in the first on Mike Yastrzemski's game-opening homer. Facing Matt Bischoff in the bottom half, Nimmo walked and moved to third on Brian Burgamy's single. Dustin Lawley's RBI double evened the score at 1. In the third, Lawley's 19th homer -- a solo shot -- gave Binghamton the lead for good. The B-Mets took a 6-1 lead with a four-run fourth. Travis Taijeron and Xorge Carrillo had back-to-back singles and Kyle Johnson walked to load the bases with none out. Nimmo then plated all three and chased Bischoff with a triple. Dilson Herrera kept the inning going with a single against Julio DePaula that plated Nimmo. Bowie cut into a 9-1 lead with two eighth-inning runs against Adam Kolarek. Jon Velasquez surrendered a run in the ninth. Box

DUNEDIN 4, ST. LUCIE 3: The Jays broke a 3-all tie with an unearned run in the ninth. With two outs and Pierce Rankin on first, the Mets played their outfielders deep, in a no-doubles defense. Kevin Patterson then hit a routine fly ball to left field, but Jared King couldn’t race up to it fast enough. It dropped for a hit and put runners on the corners. Emilio Guerrero then sent a grounder to second base, but Phillip Evans could not handle it cleanly. Rankin scored the tiebreaking run on the error. King led off the bottom of the ninth with a double against Arik Sikula. However, Sikula got Cole Frenzel to line out, Gavin Cecchini to ground out and struck out Eudy Pina for his 24th save in 26 chances. He had blown a two-run lead in the ninth against the Mets on Monday. The Mets had jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning Thursday. Jays starter Efrain Nieves walked back-to-back hitters with two outs and King singled home Evans. King got caught in a rundown between first and second on the play, allowing Cam Maron to score, too. The Jays answered in the third when Kevin McGowan surrendered a three-run homer to Rankin. With the Mets still trailing 3-2 in the eighth, Wilfredo Tovar drew a walk from Justin Jackson and stole second. Gilbert Gomez advanced Tovar to third with a groundout. After Evans struck out, Tony Davis entered and tossed a wild pitch that allowed Tovar to score. The Mets mustered five hits in the game, including two from King. McGowan struck out three and walked three in six innings. The Mets finished July with a 12-15 record. It was their first losing month this season. Box

HICKORY 10, SAVANNAH 1: Historic Grayson Stadium surrenders very few homers, but it could not hold Travis Demeritte, who went deep twice. Demeritte leads the South Atlantic League with 23 homers. The Crawdads scored twice in the first against Logan Taylor, using an RBI double by Zach Cone and run-scoring single from Jairo Beras. Demeritte drilled a long homer against Taylor in the second to put the Crawdads up 3-0. His second longball came against reliever Hunter Carnevale in the ninth to cap the game's scoring. The Gnats scored their lone run in the third. Yeixon Ruiz singled, stole second and scored on Champ Stuart's single. Hickory padded its lead on Taylor's bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning. The Crawdads scored three times in an eighth inning that was marred by three Savannah errors. Box

ELIZABETHTON at KINGSPORT (ppd.)

AUBURN 14, BROOKLYN 3: Starter Octavio Acosta allowed six runs (four earned) in three innings. Brandon Welch, the first reliever to enter for the Cyclones, allowed eight runs in two innings. Box

GCL NATIONALS 13, GCL METS 10: Milton Ramos and Arnaldo Berrios drove in three runs apiece and John Mora scored four times in the loss. Starter Jose Medina allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. The Nats overcame a 10-9 deficit with a four-run eighth against Waldo Rodriguez. Box

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Minors 7.29.14: Herrera lifts B-Mets

July, 29, 2014
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EL PASO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, but relievers John Church and Miguel Socolovich combined to surrender four eighth-inning runs as El Paso broke a 3-all tie. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed two runs in five innings. Kevin Plawecki had an RBI double and Matt Reynolds produced an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, but the comeback bid stalled when Allan Dysktra struck out. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, NEW HAMPSHIRE 3: Dilson Herrera's walk-off sacrifice fly capped a

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two-run ninth inning. It marked the first time this season Binghamton won when trailing after eight innings. Darrell Ceciliani started the ninth-inning rally with a single against Gregory Infante. Ceciliani stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Travis Taijeron's bloop RBI single tied the score. After Kyle Johnson entered as a pinch runner, Xorge Carrillo walked and Brandon Nimmo singled to load the bases with one out. Herrera came through with the sacrifice fly to right field to plate Johnson. In the eighth inning, Herrera had homered against Tyler Ybarra to cut the B-Mets' deficit to 3-2. Chase Huchingson (2-1) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings to close out the game. B-Mets starter Tyler Pill allowed three runs on six hits and struck out five in 7 2/3 innings. He extended his unbeaten streak to 13 games. Box

DUNEDIN at ST. LUCIE: The teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

SAVANNAH 8, LEXINGTON 3: Rob Whalen improved to 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA in the South Atlantic League by limiting Lexington to two unearned runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter in seven innings. Stefan Sabol had a bases-loaded triple in a four-run fourth as the Gnats took a 4-1 lead. Yeixon Ruiz finished 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. Box

KINGSPORT 6, DANVILLE 2: Starter Martires Arias (4-0) tossed five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and five walks. Eudor Garcia went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Box

BROOKLYN 4, LOWELL 1: Casey Meisner collected his first win in nearly a calendar year as the Cyclones (23-22) completed a three-game sweep and moved above .500 for the first

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time since July 12. Meisner allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out six in five innings. Tomas Nido had a one-out single in the third and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Anthony Chavez followed with a shot down the first-base line that was too hot to handle and Nido scored for a 1-0 lead. With Chavez on second base due to the fielding error, Joe Tuschak doubled to push the advantage to 2-0. Tuschak had been sidelined with a hamstring injury since July 18. Lowell plated its lone run in the bottom half courtesy of Sam Travis' two-out RBI double. Meisner retired the final seven batters he faced to collect his first win since July 30, 2013, when he was pitching in the Gulf Coast League. In the sixth, Tuschak and Michael Conforto walked. Michael Bernal plated Tuschak with a single. Tyler Moore drove in Conforto with a single. Relievers Carlos Valdez and Brandon Welch combined to allow one baserunner in three innings. Shane Bay tossed a scoreless ninth for his ninth save. Conforto's 10-game hitting streak to begin his pro career was snapped. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL METS 5 (six innings): Dash Winnigham had a two-run double in a three-run first and the Mets never looked back en route to a rain-shortened win. Winningham added a third-inning sacrifice fly as the Mets took a 4-0 lead. 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 6.6.14: Ynoa Ks 11 in shutout

June, 7, 2014
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FRESNO 10, LAS VEGAS 1: Noah Syndergaard (A/C joint sprain) watched the game from the stands wearing a sling. Pitching coach Frank Viola joined the 51s after recovering from April 2 open-heart surgery. Starter Darin Gorski allowed four runs in five innings. Relievers Zack Thornton, Miguel Socolovich and John Church allowed two runs apiece. Box

NEW BRITAIN 6, BINGHAMTON 3: New Britain first baseman Kennys Vargas produced a grand slam and two-run double to hand the B-Mets their sixth loss in seven games. Before Vargas’ power display, Binghamton opened scoring in the first against New Britain starter Virgil Vasquez. Brian Burgamy worked a one-out walk and moved to third on a single by Jayce Boyd. Darrell Ceciliani laced a two-out single to plate both runners for a 2-0 lead. B-Mets starter Matt Bowman fanned six batters through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. Tony Thomas started a Rock Cats rally with a single. Eddie Rosario then doubled and Bowman walked Nate Hanson to load the bases. That brought Vargas to the plate with none out. He smashed a pitch over the right-field wall to give the Rock Cats a 4-2 lead. The B-Mets got a run back in the bottom half on Matt Clark's solo homer. That would be all Binghamton could produce against Vasquez. At one point, the veteran righty retired 14 of 15 B-Mets batters. Vargas drove in two insurance runs in the seventh against Adam Kolarek. Bowman (3-4) went 5 2/3 innings, gave up four runs and struck out seven. Cody Satterwhite and Ryan Fraser combined to pitch 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings in the loss. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, DUNEDIN 0: Gabriel Ynoa tossed seven scoreless innings and limited the Blue Jays to four hits. He struck out 11, a season high for any Mets pitcher, and did not

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issue a walk. 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo was forced to leave the game after he was hit by Matt Boyd on the right wrist/forearm in the fifth. He initially stayed in the game, but departed an inning later after trying to swing a bat. In the first inning, T.J. Rivera had a two-out single against Boyd. Jairo Perez then drilled a ball to left field. With the sun in his eyes, Dwight Smith Jr. misjudged the ball and it went passed him, allowing Rivera to score. In the sixth, Eudy Pina singled home Perez with the bases loaded to make it 2-0. Albert Cordero crushed his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth, to extend the lead to 4-0. Perez made it a two-hit night in the ninth, driving in Dilson Herrera to cap the scoring. Ynoa surrendered a pair of two-out singles in the first, but Cordero tagged out Marcus Knecht trying to score on a double-steal bid to end the inning. Ynoa retired 18 of the last 20 he faced, including the final seven. Gonzalez Germen, in his fourth rehab appearance, allowed one hit and struck out two in the eighth. Randy Fontanez, voted to the Florida State League All-Star Game earlier this week, struck out two and also stranded two in the ninth to close out the game. Box

SAVANNAH 10, CHARLESTON 4: L.J. Mazzilli and Amed Rosario homered. Jeff McNeil went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and raised his average to .345. Dario Alvarez (4-0), Akeel Morris and Tyler Vanderheiden combined for 4 1/3 innings of scoreless pitching in relief of Robert Gsellman. Box

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Morning Briefing: Mets change scenery

June, 3, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA

FIRST PITCH: The Mets finally get a change of scenery. After a five-game series in Philly that included consecutive 14-, 14- and 11-inning games, the Mets open a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Zack Wheeler, coming off a dominating performance against the Philadelphia Phillies in which he allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings and struck out nine, starts the opener for the Mets, who look to reach .500. Wheeler (2-5, 4.31 ERA) opposes right-hander Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.20).

“To go through what we went through, we’re tired,” Terry Collins said. “I’m not going to make any bones about it. This team is tired. We’re going to try to get some guys some days off this week.”

Asked if the firing of Dave Hudgens and release of Jose Valverde may have spurred the 6-1 week against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Phillies, Collins added: “I don’t know. I can’t answer that. We did something that a lot of places do it, a lot of businesses do it. They made a change they thought was necessary. I don’t know what the players thought of it. We haven’t necessarily gone crazy, but I think it got people’s attention, that’s for sure.”

Tuesday’s news reports:

Matt den Dekker robbed Philadelphia of two runs -- reaching over the wall to take away a homer from Ryan Howard and also throwing out Reid Brignac at the plate -- as the Mets beat the Phillies, 11-2, Monday at Citizens Bank Park. Wilmer Flores finished with a career-high six RBIs, capped by a ninth-inning grand slam. Dana Eveland recorded a pair of big outs in his first major league game in two years. The Mets (28-29) took four of five from the Phillies to move within a game of .500.


Drew Hallowell/Getty ImagesBartolo Colon pitched into the eighth inning Monday at Philly.


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

David Wright and Daniel Murphy are scheduled to get days off during the remainder of this road trip, with Wright’s potentially coming in the series opener at Wrigley Field.

• Den Dekker batted No. 1 Tuesday and will get the first chance in the leadoff role. Beyond that, Collins is not sure who he might try. It could even be Kirk Nieuwenhuis, presuming he gets promoted once the Mets shed a relief pitcher and return to a five-man bench. Read more in the Post.

Juan Lagares officially landed on the disabled list Monday afternoon with a strained intercostal muscle on his right side. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Matt Harvey remains on track to throw off a mound Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Oct. 22. Read more in Newsday.

Eric Young Jr. is due to test his strained right hamstring running outdoors Tuesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list. He is not eligible to return until next Tuesday.

Gonzalez Germen (infection) restarted a rehab assignment Monday with Class A St. Lucie.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger writes that the Mets set the single-day cheesesteak consumption record in the visitors’ clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park on April 30 by collectively downing 103 of the Philly delicacies. Of course, bullpen catchers Dave Racaniello and Eric Langill did plenty of the damage. And it came during a rainout in which the Mets spent hours at the ballpark awaiting their flight to Denver. Writes Vorkunov:

Though impressive, perhaps it should not have been surprising. When it comes to eating cheesesteaks, the Mets are the 1961 Yankees, and their bullpen catchers, Dave Racaniello and Eric Langill, are the Mantle and Maris.

Last season, from April 8-10, Langill set the three-game series record by eating 17 cheesesteaks. He broke Racaniello’s record of 14 -- which had stood for years.

The cheesesteak-eating competition is not without rules and calls for prior planning. To viably set a record, cheesesteaks can only be eaten after getting to the ballpark until batting practice, from the end of batting practice until the game begins, and for an hour window after the game has concluded. There are moratoriums during batting practice and the game, likely so that players and coaches can proceed with their day jobs.

• Former Mets executive Dave Howard is out as president of MSG Sports.

• Although the Mets have settled on Jenrry Mejia as the closer, former pitcher C.J. Nitkowski writes at Foxsports.com that the club has an opportunity to test sabermetric theories by not having a specific ninth-inning arm. Writes Nitkowski:

The Mets have an opportunity here to say to their best relievers, we have no closer, be ready from the sixth or seventh inning on because you could be called upon to get the biggest outs of the game. It is a great way to develop these young arms. Pitching in tight spots late in the game only makes you better as those games test your fortitude. If the Mets put their best young relievers in these games regardless of the inning, the result will be a group of battle-tested arms that will be ready to handle any and all situations.

Expensive closer are great when they are consistent, but so few are. Why force someone into the closer role when you don’t really have one? The Mets have some bright young arms both in their bullpen and in their rotation. This is an ideal time to train those relievers differently, both physically and mentally.

• Demoted Rafael Montero is due to start for Las Vegas on Tuesday. Noah Syndergaard (forearm) is penciled in to reenter the rotation Thursday for the Triple-A club.

Andrew Brown and Danny Muno had two-run homers and Miguel Socolovich earned his first save with two scoreless innings as Las Vegas beat Reno, 6-4. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Anthony DiComo at MLB.com previews Thursday’s opening round of the draft. The team web site, like ESPN’s Keith Law, continues to project the Mets selecting University of Hartford left-hander Sean Newcomb.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal calculates where historically the Mets and Phillies playing 57 innings in a series fits.

BIRTHDAYS: Racaniello, the bullpen catcher, turns 36. ... Las Vegas infielder Zach Lutz is 28. ... Ex-catcher Barry Lyons is 54. ... Savannah outfielder Victor Cruzado is 22.

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Minors 6.2.14: Brown, Muno homer for 51s

June, 3, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 6, RENO 4: Andrew Brown and Danny Muno contributed two-run homers. Starter Logan Verrett allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Verrett's fourth-inning RBI single broke a 2-all tie and the 51s never trailed again. Miguel Socolovich tossed two scoreless relief innings to earn his first save. Box

DAYTONA 3, ST. LUCIE 1: A ninth-inning rally by St. Lucie fell short when Phillip Evans struck out after Cubs reliever Michael Jensen walked Cam Maron to load the bases. Nathan Dorris needed only 78 pitches to shut down the Mets through 6 2/3 innings. He allowed a leadoff triple to Dilson Herrera in the first and T.J. Rivera’s sacrifice fly two batters later. Mets starter Michael Fulmer labored through five innings. He allowed two runs on eight hits, three walks a hit batter. Chad Krist put the Cubs on the board in the first on a bases-loaded single. Maikis De La Cruz threw out Zeke DeVoss at the plate on Krist’s hit to keep it 1-0. The Cubs broke the 1-all tie for good in the third. Dan Vogelbach led off with a double. With Vogelbach on third base and two outs, Jeimer Candelario hit a ball up the middle that was backhanded by T.J. Rivera. Rivera’s throw to first appeared to be on time, but the one-hopper could not be scooped by Jairo Perez to end the inning. Vogelbach scored to make it 2-1. Fulmer ended up throwing 94 pitches. The Cubs picked up their final run in the sixth against Seth Lugo. Lugo plunked Gioskar Amaya to start the inning and threw a wild pitch to advance him to second. Later in the inning, with runners on first and second, DeVoss hit a grounder. Herrera threw to Rivera at second for one out, but Rivera’s turn to first on the double-play attempt was wide of Perez . The throwing error allowed Amaya to score. Gonzalez Germen pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a rehab appearance. He walked one and struck out two. Herrera and Rivera had four of the Mets' seven hits. Box

ASHEVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1 (10 innings): Asheville's Emerson Jimenez drove in Max White with a triple into the right-center gap in the top of the 10th against reliever Robert Coles. The Gnats (37-17) squandered the best start of the year by Chris Flexen, who struck out a season-high 10. Flexen allowed one run on three hits and a walk in seven innings. The Tourists scored their run against Flexen in the sixth, when 2012 first-round pick David Dahl singled home White. The Gnats tied the score in the seventh. Victor Cruzado doubled and scored on Stefan Sabol’s single. L.J. Mazzilli singled in the 10th inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 straight games. The Gnats put two runners aboard in the 10th, but could not get the game-tying run home. Box

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Minors 5.25.14: Cruzado, Sabol, Rivero HR

May, 25, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 10, LAS VEGAS 1: Starter Giancarlo Alvardo allowed six runs in five innings as Las Vegas (32-18) lost its fifth straight. Allan Dykstra went 3-for-4 and produced a sixth-inning solo homer against Josh Lindblom for the 51s' lone run. Miguel Socolovich allowed three eighth-inning runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, NEW BRITAIN 1: Rehabbing Travis d’Arnaud launched a tiebreaking two-run homer, went 1-for-3 and caught five innings without issue in the first game of a rehab assignment. The Rock Cats jumped on B-Mets starter Angel Cuan with a two-out rally in the first inning. Following a walk to Nate Hanson, Kennys Vargas produced an RBI double. Binghamton responded against Sean Gilmartin in the bottom half. Kyle Johnson doubled and took third on a groundout. Kevin Plawecki followed with a dribbler down the third-base line for a game-tying single. After a leadoff single by Johnson in the third, d'Arnaud launched Gilmartin’s first pitch over the left-field fence. After the first, Cuan contributed four scoreless innings. The southpaw held the Rock Cats hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position. B-Mets relievers added four scoreless frames. Jack Leathersich worked around a leadoff single in the sixth and returned for a perfect seventh. Jon Velasquez breezed through a 1-2-3 eighth. Cody Satterwhite struck out two in the ninth to notch his second save. Cuan (1-1) allowed one run on seven hits over five innings to earn his first career Double-A victory. The game was halted for 18 minutes before the top of the sixth due to a light-bay malfunction. Former B-Met Jim Fuller worked out of a bases-loaded jam to post a scoreless seventh for the Rock Cats. Box

PALM BEACH 4, ST. LUCIE 1: Nick Petree held the Mets scoreless until Brandon Nimmo's eighth-inning solo homer on pitch No. 99. Meanwhile, the Mets surrendered three unearned runs as their six-game winning streak ended. Steven Matz matched Petree until he made a mistake in the fifth. With one out and runners at first and second, Charlie Tilson grounded a ball back to Matz, who tried to initiate an inning-ending double pay. Matz's throw to second baseman Dilson Herrera was high and sailed off the top of Herrera’s glove and into center field. Jesus Montero scored from second to make it 1-0. Luis Perez advanced to third on the error. Alex Mejia followed with suicide squeeze bunt right back to Matz, whose only play was to first base. Perez scored the second unearned run to make it 2-0. Matz only gave up four hits and the two unearned runs in six innings. Julian Hilario surrendered an unearned run in the seventh due to his own throwing error to first on a bunt. Box

SAVANNAH 11, LEXINGTON 6: Starter Chris Flexen enjoyed his best start of the season while Savannah hitters smacked three doubles, a triple and three homers. In the second inning, Victor Cruzado hit his fourth homer to get the Gnats on the board. Stefan Sabol then doubled and scored on Jeff Glenn's sac fly. Glenn doubled home another run in the fourth to put Savannah up 3-1. Lexington starter Luis Rico struck out a season-high eight, but was lifted for Crawford Simmons to open the sixth. Sabol then hit his sixth homer --- a two-out solo shot. Simmons allowed three more runs in the seventh.The Gnats added four runs in ninth against reliever Andrew Edwards, highlighted by Jorge Rivero’s homer. Rivero entered Sunday in a 1-for-16 slump, but the La Habana, Cuba, native broke out, finishing the afternoon 4-for-5 with two runs scored. For the second time in his eight starts, Flexen completed six innings. He allowed three walks and four hits. The only runs against him came on Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado's homer in the third and Chad Johnson's bases-loaded sac fly in the fifth. Dario Alvarez earned the three-inning save despite allowing four earned runs and six hits. Before Sunday, Alvarez had surrendered one earned run in 27 innings. The lefty gave up his first homers of the season -- a pair by Ramon Torres. Box

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Minors 5.21.14: Herrera paces St. Lucie

May, 21, 2014
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FRESNO 5, LAS VEGAS 4: Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out six and surrendered a pair of homers in an 83-pitch performance. The 51s squandered a 4-3 lead in the eighth when Miguel Socolovich (1-2) surrendered two runs. Omar Quintanilla had a solo homer and Kirk Nieuwenhuis contributed a two-run shot. Box

PORTLAND 5, BINGHAMTON 1
PORTLAND 6, BINGHAMTON 5: In a span of nine pitches to open Game 1, Darrell Ceciliani doubled, took third on Matt Reynolds' single and scored on Kevin Plawecki's

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fielder’s choice. However, the lead evaporated quickly in B-Mets starter Luis Cessa's Double-A debut. Former Mets farmhand Stefan Welch produced a three-run homer in the bottom of the first. Travis Shaw added a solo homer in the third. Cessa (0-1) ultimately was tagged for five runs on seven hits, including five extra-base hits, in 3 2/3 innings. Hamilton Bennett contributed 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Binghamton built a 5-0 lead after two innings in Game 2 as Kyle Johnson contributed an RBI single and Matt Clark added a two-run double. B-Mets starter Matt Bowman’s fortunes took a turn for the worse in the fifth when Portland loaded the bases with one out, trailing 5-1. Welch dumped a two-run single into center. Bowman then exited after walking Heiker Meneses to reload the bases. Mike Brenly greeted reliever Chasen Bradford by threading an RBI single past Reynolds at shortstop. Peter Hissey followed by pulling Bradford’s next pitch into right for a two-run single, giving Portland a 6-5 lead. Bowman (3-2) allowed six runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in the defeat. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 5, CLEARWATER 2: Dilson Herrera broke a 1-all tie with a ground-rule double that plated Eudy Pina. Brandon Nimmo followed with an RBI single and Jairo Perez brought home another run on a double play to make it 4-1 in the fifth.

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Herrera launched his third homer of the season, a solo shot, in the seventh to put the Mets ahead by the final margin of 5-2. Herrera finished 3-for-4. He did not come to the plate again with a chance to triple and complete the cycle. Hunter Carnevale picked up his first win this season. He allowed one run in two innings of middle relief. Ryan Fraser pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth. Randy Fontanez pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save. Mets starter Domingo Tapia labored through four innings. The Threshers only had one hit against Tapia, but in the second inning he walked the bases loaded and threw a wild pitch to give Clearwater a 1-0 lead. Tapia struck out five. T.J. Rivera tied the score in the third. He lifted a bases-loaded sacrifice fly against Ethan Stewart. Stewart walked seven hitters in four innings. He gave up four hits and four runs. Nimmo went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks. He leads the Florida State League with 45 free passes. Box

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Minors 5.18.14: Reynolds nets RBI in 14th

May, 18, 2014
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EL PASO 10, LAS VEGAS 9: Jace Peterson produced a game-tying homer in the bottom of the seventh against Joel Carreno and Jake Goebbert capped the scoring by homering against Miguel Socolovich later in the inning as Las Vegas dropped to 31-12 on the season. Trailing by a run in the ninth, Andrew Brown had a leadoff double, but Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded out and Brown was also caught on the play advancing to third. Omar Quintanilla then had a game-ending groundout. Allan Dykstra, Quintanilla and Brown all had homered as the 51s built a 7-0 lead in the fifth. Zach Lutz's two-run homer in the seventh had staked Vegas to a 9-8 lead. Brown finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Starter Logan Verrett surrendered six runs in five innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, NEW HAMPSHIRE 8 (14 innings): Kyle Johnson had a one-out double

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and scored on Matt Reynolds' single two batters later as Binghamton took the lead in the top of the 14th. Johnson had advanced to third base on Brian Burgamy's single. John Church tossed a perfect bottom half with two strikeouts for his first save of the season. The Mets had squandered a 7-0 lead. Starter Tyler Pill allowed two runs on six hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. He also tossed two wild pitches. Reliever T.J. Chism was charged with five runs while recording only one out. Binghamton did take an 8-7 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but Jack Leathersich surrendered a run. Reynolds and Jayce Boyd each finished 4-for-7. Darrell Ceciliani contributed a two-run homer in the third inning. Box

LAKELAND 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Lance Durham drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning double against St. Lucie reliever Paul Sewald. With Chad Wright at second base and two outs, Durhman lined Sewald's offering into to left field. Maikis De La Cruz initially broke in, but the ball was hit deep. By the time De La Cruz recovered, it went just beyond his glove and to the wall to score the tiebreaking run. Lakeland reliever Jade Todd had inherited runners on the corners with one out in the seventh in a 2-all game. He struck out Brandon Nimmo and got T.J. Rivera to ground out to preserve the tie. Gabriel Ynoa made his best start of the season for the Mets. He pitched a season-high seven innings and struck out five. Ynoa allowed seven hits and two runs in a no-decision. The Flying Tigers opened the scoring in the third. Wright, Curt Powell and Jeff McVaney all singled against Ynoa with two outs. McVaney’s hit scored Wright to make it 1-0. Dilson Herrera tied the score at 1 in the fourth with a leadoff homer, his second long ball of the year. Eudy Pina gave the Mets a brief 2-1 lead with a two-out RBI single later in the frame. The Flying Tigers tied the score at 2 in the fifth. McVaney lined a full-count pitch from Ynoa off the left-field wall to plate Tyler Hanover. Drew Longley tried to score from first on the play, but the throws from De La Cruz to Phillip Evans and on to catcher Albert Cordero beat him to end the inning. Herrera and Nimmo finished with two hits apiece. Box

CHARLESTON 10, SAVANNAH 3: Charleston third baseman Miguel Andujar homered twice to hand the Gnats a three-game losing streak for the first time this season. The RiverDogs scored the game’s opening run in the third on Mike Ford's double against Savannah starter Chris Flexen. Andujar’s three-run homer against Flexen in the fifth staked Charleston to a 4-0 lead. Trailing 5-0, the Gnats (28-14) scored their lone runs in the sixth. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Dominic Smith, who produced a two-run single through the hole on the right side. The hit snapped the Gnats’ 0-for-20 streak with runners in scoring position in the two games against Charleston. Victor Cruzado followed with an RBI single as the Gnats pulled within 5-3. Andujar hooked a two-run homer down the left-field line against reliever Dawrin Frias in the seventh for a 7-3 lead. The Dogs added three runs against Savannah closer Robert Coles in the ninth, snapping Coles’ scoreless streak at 18 2/3 innings to begin the season. Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 11 straight games. Box

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