New York Mets: Nathan Baker

Around the minors 7.8.12

July, 8, 2012
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BUFFALO 10, SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 3: Ex-Met John Maine surrendered homers to Matt den Dekker and Josh Satin as Buffalo entered its All-Star break on a four-game winning streak. Maine was charged with six runs on four hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings as his International League ERA swelled to 7.15. Jenrry Mejia left the game after being struck above the right ankle by a comebacker. He likely was due to depart for Josh Edgin at that point anyway with three of the next four hitters due up left-handed, but Mejia figures to be sore for the time being. Adam Loewen added a solo homer in the ninth against Manny Delcarmen. Den Dekker went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Loewen had two hits and two walks and scored three times. Collin McHugh picked up his first Triple-A victory, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. Buffalo hosts the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday. Valentino Pascucci is due to participate in Monday's home run derby. Box

BINGHAMTON 10, ALTOONA 9: The B-Mets pounced on starter Brandon Cumpton in a three-run first with two hits, three steals and a costly error by second baseman Jarek Cunningham. With two outs, Cunningham booted a groundball, allowing two runs to score. The shaky defense continued for Altoona in the third. With runners on first and second, Oscar Tejeda misread a fly ball from Dustin Martin, allowing it to sail over his head for a two-run double. Wilfredo Tovar capped that inning with an RBI single, giving Binghamton a 6-0 lead. The Curve answered a half-inning later against Gonzalez Germen. Altoona took advantage of two walks and collected two hits in a three-run inning. Matt Curry capped the rally with a two-run double. Binghamton restored the lead to six in the fourth with another three-run inning. The first five batters reached against reliever Nathan Baker. Allan Dykstra supplied an RBI single, Jefry Marte walked with the bases loaded and Tovar added a sac fly. After allowing an RBI double to Cunningham in the fourth, Germen (5-6) retired 13 of the next 15 he faced. He tossed a season-high 7 1/3 innings. With the B-Mets leading 10-4, Germen allowed a triple and sac fly before being lifted for Jeff Stevens in the eighth. Stevens allowed all four batters he faced to reach -- on three walks and an RBI double by Jeremy Farrell. Ryan Fraser inherited the bases loaded and induced Robbie Grossman to fly out before surrendering a three-run double to Brock Holt that trimmed Binghamton’s lead to a run. Ex-Mets farmhand Stefan Welch nearly tied the score with a single to center, but Juan Lagares nailed Holt at the plate to end the inning. Bidding for his first save in more than a month, Adrian Rosario allowed a leadoff single to Curry, but was bailed out when Curry was thrown out attempting to steal. Rosario put the tying run back on base with a walk, but struck out Cunningham to secure his third save. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, BRADENTON 3: Rafael Fernandez had a three-run homer in a five-run first inning. T.J. Rivera capped the scoring with a two-run homer in the ninth. Tyler Pill (2-1) allowed one run on two hits and a walk in five innings. Box

CHARLESTON 8, SAVANNAH 4 (13 innings): Aderlin Rodriguez homered for the fourth in his last seven games, but Charleston broke a tie with four runs in the top of the 13th against Savannah reliever Jared West. The Dogs began the decisive inning with three straight singles, culminating in an RBI by Tyson Blaser, which put Charleston ahead 5-4. Blaser finished 4-for-6 with two RBIs. After a Rodriguez throwing error, Casey Stevenson doubled, driving in two to put the ‘Dogs up 8-4. Down 4-0 after two innings, the Gnats steadily ate away until Rodriguez tied the score with a two-run homer in the eighth after Yucarybert De La Cruz reached by walking. In the fifth, Charley Thurber had singled to score Dustin Lawley. In the seventh, Thurber’s RBI groundout brought home Brian Harrison. Rodriguez shot cleared a 16-foot wall in left-center. His 16th homer this season also extended his hitting streak to nine games. Charleston had raced to a 4-0 lead after two innings against Domingo Tapia. Tapia ultimately found his rhythm and retired the final 13 batters he faced while completing seven innings. Box

PULASKI 5, KINGSPORT 3: First-round pick Gavin Cecchini went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a walk in the loss. Akeel Morris dropped to 0-4, after allowing three runs in five innings. Box

JAMESTOWN 5, BROOKLYN 2: Cyclones starter Luis Cessa did not allow a hit until the third, when Juancito Martinez produced a one-out homer. Jammers pitcher Helpi Reyes cruised through four innings, limiting Brooklyn to one hit. In the fifth, Kevin Plawecki and Stefan Sabol had consecutive one-out singles. Jayce Boyd then ripped a single past diving first baseman Viosergy Rosa to score Plawecki and advance Sabol to third. Jonathan Clark walked to load the bases that inning, but Reyes escaped having surrendered the lone run as Juan Gamboa and Brandon Nimmo struck out. The Jammers retook the lead a half-inning later. Cessa walked Yefri Perez. A bunt by Pedro Mendoza that the catcher Plawecki fielded and threw to second was unsuccessful. Rosa then singled, scoring Perez to give the Jammers a 2-1 lead. After a double play and a hit batter, Beck Wheeler entered and halted any further damage. The Jammers tacked on three more runs in the seventh charged to Wheeler. Box

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Around the minors 7.2.12

July, 3, 2012
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DURHAM 3, BUFFALO 2: Jordany Valdespin stole four bases and Josh Edgin and Manny Acosta tossed two scoreless relief innings apiece, but the Herd mustered only three hits and lost for the 15th time in 19 games. Valdespin became the first Bison to steal four bases in a game since Albert Hall achieved the feat on July 2, 1989 at Columbus. Edgin improved his scoreless-appearance streak to seven games, spanning 7 1/3 inning. After reaching by getting hit by a pitch in the first, Valdespin stole a pair of bases. He then scored on Fred Lewis' groundout. Buffalo used three walks and Josh Rodriguez's RBI single in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. That would be erased a half-inning later against left-hander Garrett Olson. With the bases loaded, former Bison Jesus Feliciano produced a sacrifice fly, plating Cole Figueroa to even the score at 2. After advancing to third on a steal, Rich Thompson gave the Bulls a 3-2 advantage on Chris Gimenez's sac fly. Olson (3-5) was charged with three runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. Box

ALTOONA 6, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets stranded 10 runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the ninth, while suffering their seventh straight loss. Binghamton matched a season high with four errors, resulting in three unearned runs. Wilmer Flores’ throwing error in the first set the table for a two-run frame. With two aboard, Matt Curry sent a slow roller to third. Flores’ throw skipped past Jefry Marte at first and rolled down the line, allowing a run to score. Roman Cabrera brought in the second run on a groundout. The Curve extended its lead in the third against B-Mets starter Gonzalez Germen as Brock Holt launched a solo homer. Binghamton took advantage of an Altoona error to plate its first run a half-inning later. Juan Centeno reached second when Curry failed to catch a throw from third baseman Stefan Welch. Juan Lagares plated Centeno with a two-out single against starter Gerrit Cole. Trailing 4-1, Eric Campbell led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and scored when Flores doubled. Cole recorded two more outs before being lifted for Nathan Baker, who completed the inning. Cole allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings. Two B-Mets errors led to another Curve run in the seventh, Germen’s final frame. Germen (4-6) surrendered five runs (three earned) and matched a season high with eight hits allowed. Ryan Fraser threw a scoreless eighth before Reese Havens’ error led to an unearned run in the ninth. Binghamton threatened against reliever Hunter Strickland in its final at-bat. With two outs, the B-Mets loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. The rally fizzled when Marte bounced out to end the game. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, FORT MYERS 2: Tyler Pill allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings and Hamilton Bennett and Adam Kolarek combined for three scoreless relief innings. Alonzo Harris Jr. went 4-for-5 with an RBI. Blake Forsythe drove in two runs. Box

SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 3
AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 4 (8 innings):
Second-round Matt Reynolds from the University of Arkansas had a two-run homer -- his first long ball as a professional -- in a five-run fifth and T.J. Chism recorded his 13th save in the opener. In Game 2, Augusta overcame a 4-0 deficit in the final frame against Randy Fontanez and Chasen Bradford after a two-out error by Reynolds allowed the tying run to score and forced extra innings. Augusta salvaged a doubleheader split an inning later when Jose Cuevas delivered an RBI single against Bradford (2-2). Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 5, GREENEVILLE 4: After Greeneville scratched across an unearned run in the top of the first, Kingsport answered with a four-spot in the bottom half. Consecutive singles by Gavin Cecchini and Jeyckol De Leon helped load the bases. Jeffrey Diehl then tripled. Joe Tuschak followed by singling home Diehl for a 4-1 lead. Greeneville pulled within a run before the K-Mets answered. Branden Kaupe walked to lead off the eighth and advanced to third base on a throwing error by Michael Dimock on a pickoff attempt. Maikis De La Cruz plated Kaupe with a sacrifice fly. The Astros again closed with a run on Ariel Ovando's one-out double in the ninth, but K-Mets reliever Luis Rengel struck out the next two batters for his first save. Corey Oswalt (1-0) picked up his first professional win. Steven Matz, the Mets' top pick in 2009, started and lasted until the third inning before having control problems. Matz walked three straight and four of five before Shane Bay replaced him. Catcher Tomas Nido manned the radar gun in the stands one night after getting knocked out of Sunday's game in a plate collision. De Leon, who played catcher, threw out two would-be stealers in the first inning. Box

BROOKLYN 7, HUDSON VALLEY 6 (11 innings): After Kevin Plawecki's homer tied the score at 6 in the bottom of the ninth, Jayce Boyd hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 11th. In his Brooklyn debut, Boyd -- the sixth-round pick from Florida State -- went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple a run scored and two RBIs. The 11th inning began with Plawecki being hit by a pitch. A bloop single by Cole Frenzel and a walk by Stefan Sabol loaded the bases, before Boyd’s game-winning sacrifice fly. Brooklyn reliever John Mincone earned the win. He pitched three innings, allowing two hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Box

SIGNING DAY: The Mets confirmed the signing of 16-year-old Dominican shortstop German Rosario to a $1.75 million contract, the highest international bonus ever paid by the organization, topping the $1.3 million handed to Fernando Martinez in 2005. The Mets also agreed to contracts with Dominican second baseman Franklin Correa and Venezuelan shortstop Miguel Patino. All three will report to the organization's Dominican Republic complex. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Rosario, who bats and throws right-handed, also will participate in the fall instructional league. Rosario participated in an MLB showcase in February. He went 4-for-7 with a double against Venezuela. “Rosario is extremely athletic, very instinctual and highly intelligent,” Paul DePodesta said. “He has the chance to impact the game offensively, defensively and off the field.” Correa, 16, is a right-handed batter who also throws right-handed. The 5-9, 176-pounder grew up in Santo Domingo. Patino, 16, also bats and throws right-handed. The 5-11, 155-pounder resides in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. His brother Alfredo plays in the Royals minor league system.

Compiled from team reports

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.295 9 54 75
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 83
RD. Murphy 75
OPSL. Duda .827
WB. Colon 14
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173