New York Mets: Mike MacDonald

Around the minors 8.23.12

August, 23, 2012
8/23/12
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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 7.27.12

July, 28, 2012
7/28/12
12:13
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LOUISVILLE 3, BUFFALO 1: Mike Baxter went 1-for-4 and played nine innings in left field. Neftali Soto delivered a tiebreaking two-run homer against Dylan Owen after a two-hour, five-minute rain delay. Before the stoppage, Lucas Duda singled to lead off the fifth and advanced to second on Valentino Pascucci's walk. Bats starter Tim Gustafson then threw away Matt Tuiasosopo's bunt attempt, allowing Duda to score. Owen suffered the defeat, allowing two runs in two innings. Newly promoted Robert Carson made his Triple-A debut with two innings of scoreless relief. Starter Garrett Olson allowed an unearned run in four innings, but departed with the delay. Mike Nickeas went 0-for-3 in his first game with the Bisons this season. He is the only player to have appeared in a game in all four years of the club's affiliation with the Mets. Duda went 1-for-4 in his second game with the club this year. Before the game, right-hander Gonzalez Germen was returned to Binghamton and catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere was placed on the disabled list. Box

BINGHAMTON 2, PORTLAND 1
BINGHAMTON 3, PORTLAND 1:
Dustin Martin launched a three-run homer in the sixth to cap a five-hit day and secure Binghamton’s doubleheader sweep. In the opener, Binghamton grabbed the lead in the third against Portland starter Drake Britton (2-4). Juan Lagares tripled and scored when Reese Havens singled past third baseman Marquez Smith. In the fourth, Jefry Marte doubled and scored when Martin threaded a bouncer up the middle. Pitching for the first time since returning from the DL, B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni (4-3) put together six solid innings, allowing one run on four singles while striking out five and walking two. Mazzoni walked two in the sixth, but ended the threat and capped his night by inducing Peter Hissey to pop out. Frank Francisco took over in the seventh in his second rehab appearance with Binghamton. He allowed a double to Ronald Bermudez to start the inning, but retired three straight to secure the save. B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin that Francisco will remain with the Eastern League club for one more rehab appearance Saturday. Through the first five innings of the nightcap, the B-Mets collected six hits and walked six times against starter Mike MacDonald but failed to score. Binghamton bounced into three double plays and had two players thrown out attempting steals. Meanwhile, the Sea Dogs scored their lone run against Darin Gorski (6-5) on Bryce Brentz's second-inning homer. Gorski retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced. With two on base in the sixth, reliever Chris Balcom-Miller entered and recorded two outs before falling behind in the count to Martin with two balls. Martin blasted the next offering inside the right-field pole for his second Double-A homer. Ryan Fraser took over for Gorski in the ninth and worked around a walk and single to earn his first B-Mets save. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 5: T.J. Rivera had three hits and three RBIs and Aderlin Rodriguez hit his second Florida State League homer. A three-run second staked St. Lucie to a 3-2 lead as Kai Gronauer and Rivera had RBI doubles and Cory Vaughn followed with a run-scoring single. Rodriguez ripped a solo homer in the fifth to give the Mets a 4-3 advantage. With the score tied in the sixth, Rivera singled to plate Gronauer and Robbie Shields and give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Jack Leathersich earned his first St. Lucie save. He retired James Robbins on a groundout to first with the tying run at second base in the ninth. Leathersich gave up one run on two hits in two innings and walked two. Angel Cuan tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Taylor Whitenton picked up the victory in relief. He tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Box

ROME 13, SAVANNAH 3: Gnats starter Jim Fuller surrendered 11 runs (nine earned) in three innings. Box

BRISTOL 3, KINGSPORT 1: Eric Grabe and Juan Ramirez produced their first homers of the Appalachian League season to break a 1-all tie and hand reliever Andrew Massie the loss. K-Mets starter John Gant, who entered with a 7.94 ERA, allowed one run while scattering six hits and three walks over five innings. Grabe broke the tie in the eighth, taking a 1-0 offering from Massie over the left-field wall. The K-Mets scored their lone run in the first inning, when Gavin Cecchini's triple off the right-field wall plated Branden Kaupe. Bristol held the K-Mets hitless for the final six frames. The K-Mets sent outfielder Julio Concepcion to Brooklyn before the game and activated Bradley Marquez from the disabled list. Box

BATAVIA 2, BROOKLYN 0: Luis Cessa allowed one run on six hits in five innings in a hard-luck loss. The Cyclones mustered only three hits and walked twice. Batavia's Alex Mejia opened the game with a single and scored on a one-out double by Garrett Wittels. Tyler Vanderheiden entered in the eighth, trying to hold the deficit at 1-0. After Wittels grounded out to first baseman Jayce Boyd, Patrick Wilson reached on an infield single to third baseman Jeff Reynolds. Vanderheiden then struck out Jesus Montero for the second out. David Washington followed with a double, scoring Wilson. It was the first run Vanderheiden surrendered this season. Box

Compiled from team reports

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
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