New York Mets: Nick Castellanos

Mets 3, Tigers 2: Clark provides winning hit

March, 8, 2014
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Matt Clark delivered a two-run double against Justin Miller in the top of the ninth and Gonzalez Germen produced a save in the bottom half as the Mets rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers, 3-2, Saturday at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Noah Syndergaard had surrendered two runs over the first three innings, but Jacob deGrom, Adam Kolarek, Joel Carreño, Jeff Walters and Germen combined to limit the Tigers to three hits and two walks over six scoreless innings.

Trailing 2-0, the Mets loaded the bases with none out in the sixth against ex-Yankees left-hander Phil Coke -- on Juan Lagares’ single to center, Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ walk and Josh Satin’s trickler down the third-base line for an infield single.

But the Mets came away with only one run that inning. Andrew Brown grounded into a run-scoring double play. And Eric Campbell, who had driven in the game-tying run in the ninth inning Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals was robbed of a potential extra-base hit by diving left fielder Ezequiel Carrera, a former Mets farmhand traded away in the J.J. Putz deal on Dec. 11, 2008.

DeGrom, who is expected to be ticketed for the Triple-A rotation with Syndergaard and Rafael Montero, walked Nick Castellanos in a scoreless fourth. He allowed a one-out double to Ian Kinsler in the fifth, but Kinsler was doubled off second base on Carrera’s ensuing lineout.

“I’m happy with where I’m at right now,” deGrom said. “I’ve just got to work on commanding the ball a little better because today I didn’t really. Luckily, it didn’t cost me."

Eric Young Jr., manning second base for the first time in a 2014 Grapefruit League game, went 1-for-3 with two groundouts to the pitcher. He did have a game-opening bunt single. Terry Collins has asked EY Jr. to bunt more frequently in an attempt to utilize his speed and lift his on-base percentage (.318 with the Mets last season).

“I came into the camp wanting to put the ball on the ground more, use my speed to my advantage,” Young said. “The only way you’re going to get that done is by trying it in the game -- whether you’re successful or not.”

Clark, by the way, signed with the Mets on a minor-league contract Jan. 31. Although the Mets already had three lefty-hitting first basemen coming to camp -- Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and Brandon Allen -- Clark was still a free agent as spring training approached and the Mets decided to ink him. They were enticed by the 25 homers he hit last season for Chunichi in Japan.

What’s next: Zack Wheeler Day! Wheeler opposes Atlanta Braves right-hander Kris Medlen at 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Tradition Field. Carlos Torres, Kyle Farnsworth, Jose Valverde, Jack Leathersich, Jeurys Familia and Ryan Reid also are scheduled to pitch. Evan Gattis, Andrelton Simmons and B.J. Upton are due to make the trip with the Braves to Port St. Lucie.

Around the minors 7.14.12

July, 14, 2012
BUFFALO 8, PAWTUCKET 2: Buffalo grabbed an early 4-0 lead en route to its seventh straight win. With two outs in the second, the Bisons loaded the bases for Fred Lewis, who kept a hot streak alive with a two-run single. An inning later, Matt den Dekker and Zach Lutz drove in runs. In his first start since rejoining the Bisons, Chris Schwinden allowed one run and six hits in four innings. Jenrry Mejia allowed a solo homer to J.C. Linares in 1 2/3 relief innings. First baseman Adam Loewen ripped a two-out double in the first inning and added singles in his next two at-bats en route to a 3-for-5 night. Jason Bay went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts while serving as DH. With a 2-for-5 effort, Josh Rodriguez improved his Bisons batting average to .321. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, ERIE 0: Zack Wheeler faced three over the minimum in his first career complete-game shutout. Wheeler (9-4, 2.39 ERA) scattered six hits and struck out seven in a 106-pitch effort. Reese Havens launched his seventh homer to lead the B-Mets to their third straight victory. Making his third start against Erie, Wheeler got off to a bumpy start by walking Jamie Johnson in the first. The free pass quickly was erased when Niuman Romero bounced into a double play, the first of three twin killings by Erie. Wheeler faced the minimum over his first five frames. Erie’s only threat came in the sixth, when Tony Plagman led off with a double and moved to third on a sac bunt. Wheeler shut the door by striking out James McCann and inducing Jamie Johnson to ground out to second on a strong barehanded play by Havens. Erie starter James Avery kept the B-Mets in check, allowing one hit through five scoreless innings. The success came to an end in the sixth. With one out, Havens sent a solo homer over the left-field wall. Given a one-run lead, Wheeler tossed a perfect seventh and worked around a hit batsman and a single in a scoreless eighth. Wheeler returned for the ninth and induced McCann to ground out to start the frame. Johnson followed by dumping a single into left, but was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double. Romero kept Erie alive with a single, but Nick Castellanos struck out to end the game. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, TAMPA 1: Angel Cuan limited the Yankees to one run in 7 2/3 innings and Adam Kolarek notched his 14th save. Alonzo Harris Jr. tied the score at 1 with a homer in the third. Aderlin Rodriguez and Kai Gronauer added RBIs. Gronauer was playing his first game since landing on the DL with Binghamton on June 21 with a right calf strain. Danny Muno went 0-for-3 with a walk and started at second base in his return from a 50-game suspension for testing positive for what MLB had announced as a positive test for a metabolite of Drostanolone, a performance-enhancing drug. Box

LAKEWOOD 8, SAVANNAH 1: Starter Jim Fuller was charged with eight runs in 3 1/3 innings. Jared West and Randy Fontanez combined for 4 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Savannah's lone run during the first game of its lone New Jersey trip came on third-inning RBI groundout by Charley Thurber. It plated Gregory Pron, who had tripled during a 3-for-3 night. Box

JOHNSON CITY 11, KINGSPORT 3: Persio Reyes (0-4) surrendered five runs in four innings. Reliever Chris Flexen, the Mets' 14th-round pick out of high school in Newark, Calif., was charged with six runs in 1 1/3 innings in his professional debut. Flexen just turned 18 on July 1. Box

BROOKLYN 6, STATE COLLEGE 3: Luis Mateo tossed seven scoreless innings and outlasted opposing starter Clay Holmes to earn his fourth victory. Holmes tossed five scoreless innings for the Spikes, and held the Cyclones to one hit. Mateo allowed one hit, one walk and struck out eight. Against State College reliever Emmanuel De Leon in the sixth, Eudy Pina and Jeff Reynolds singled to place runners on the corners. Dimas Ponce then doubled to plate Pina and advance Reynolds to third, but the Cyclones failed to capitalize. Phillip Evans grounded out to shortstop Jodaneli Carvajal and Alex Sanchez popped out to second baseman Yhonathan Barrios. Jayce Boyd then drew a walk, but Stefan Sabol grounded into a fielder's choice. In the seventh, Brandon Nimmo walked and Jeff Glenn flied out. Pina then reached when Barrios had a throwing error. Nimmo advanced to second, the to third on a single by Reynolds. Josh Smith entered from the State College bullpen. A sacrifice fly by Ponce allowed Nimmo to score for a 2-0 lead. Evans' single scored Pina for a three-run cushion. Sanchez reached on a fielding error by third baseman D.J. Crumlich as Reynolds scored. Brooklyn added two runs in the eighth as Nimmo contributed an RBI triple to score Sabol and Glenn singled. Reynolds went 2-for-5 with a run scored, while Nimmo went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. The Spikes rallied in the ninth, scoring three runs -- twice against Cyclones reliever David Wynn. Tyler Vanderheiden entered with the Cyclones leading 6-2. He allowed a single to Barrios to load the bases, then issued a walk to force in a run. Vanderheiden then struck out Ryan Hornback to secure his fifth save. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.25.12

June, 26, 2012
DURHAM 14, BUFFALO 10: Durham completed the four-game sweep, sending the Bisons to their 11th loss in 12 games. Josh Satin went 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs and Raul Reyes went 4-for-5 with a solo homer in the loss. In a call-up from Binghamton to take injured Dylan Owen's rotation spot, Mark Cohoon allowed seven runs on eight hits, including homers by Luke Scott and Stephen Vogt, in 3 2/3 innings. Reliever Jack Egbert (2-4) followed by allowing five runs while recording only two outs. Scott's second homer came off Elvin Ramirez in the seventh. Of the five Bisons pitchers used Monday, Pedro Beato was the only one to hold Durham scoreless. Valentino Pascucci was the lone Bison to go hitless. Pascucci went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, but did walk twice. He is 1-for-his-last-21, albeit with 10 walks during that seven-game stretch. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, ERIE 5: Zack Wheeler got the win despite allowing five runs, the most in any start since being acquired by the Mets. The B-Mets matched a season-high with 18 hits. Wilfredo Tovar tied a career high with four hits. Erie starter James Avery, who twice had beaten Binghamton this season, was tagged for a career-high 13 hits and surrendered eight runs (seven runs) in 4 1/3 innings. The B-Mets jumped out to a six-run lead over the first three innings. Dustin Martin gave Binghamton the lead by shooting a bases-loaded, two-run single through the hole on the right side in the first inning. Reese Havens crushed a two-run homer in the second. It was his fifth home run of the season; three have been hit at Jerry Uht Park. Tovar made it 6-0 with a two-run single in the third. Wheeler used the healthy lead and cruised through the first three innings, facing the minimum. He hit a speed bump in the fourth. After a walk to leadoff hitter Jamie Johnson, Niuman Romero ripped a run-scoring double. Following a wild pitch, Nick Castellanos cut the lead to four with a sac fly. Binghamton answered in the fifth. Martin tripled. Francisco Pena then doubled and scored two batters later when Pedro Zapata beat out a potential double play. After a scoreless fifth, Wheeler battled through two more innings to cap his night. The righty allowed two runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh, but exited with Binghamton owning an 8-5 lead and having allowed eight hits over seven innings. Box

DAYTONA 4, ST. LUCIE 3 (12 innings):
Starter Angel Cuan allowed five runs (four earned) and lasted only 1 1/3 innings in the opener. Hamilton Bennett (6-1) suffered his first 2012 loss in the nightcap, when he allowed an RBI double in the 12th to Dustin Harrington. Box 1, Box 2

CHARLESTON 3, SAVANNAH 2: The Gnats scored twice in the ninth, but left the bases loaded when Gilbert Gomez lined out to right field. Savannah scored in the final frame on RBI singles by Brian Harrison and Gregory Pron. Box

DANVILLE 10, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Akeel Morris allowed five runs (four earned) in four innings, while reliever Edioglis Villasmil allowed five runs (four earned) in one inning. Box

BROOKLYN 3, HUDSON VALLEY 0: Luis Mateo pitched six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk, while striking out seven. Reliever Paul Sewald added two perfect innings, striking out three batters, while Tyler Vanderheiden earned his second save. The Cyclones got to Hudson Valley starter Taylor Guerrieri in the second. Cole Frenzel singled, advanced to third on a double by Eudy Pina and scored on a balk. Brooklyn added two runs in the eighth on a bases-loaded single by Pina that plated Kevin Plawecki and Frenzel. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.23.12

June, 24, 2012
DURHAM 11, BUFFALO 5: Collin McHugh surrendered three homers and was charged with six runs (five earned) in five innings in his second Triple-A start. Ruben Tejada went 1-for-4 with an RBI before being replaced at shortstop by Oswaldo Navarro with the score 11- 1 in the seventh. Jenrry Mejia continued to struggle since a conversion to relief. He was charged with four runs (three earned) while recording only one out. Before the game, the Bisons placed starter Dylan Owen on the disabled list. Box

ERIE 5, BINGHAMTON 3: Greg Peavey surrendered 10 hits as Niuman Romero and Nick Castellanos had two RBIs apiece to snap Binghamton’s three-game winning streak. After Peavey walked leadoff hitter Jamie Johnson, he retired 10 straight. The stretch included five straight strikeouts, matching Peavey’s season-high for a game. The streak came to an abrupt end in the fourth. With one out, Castellanos tied the score at 1 with a solo homer. Rawley Bishop followed with a single, and James McCann gave the SeaWolves the lead for good by pounding an RBI double. Peavey (3-4) allowed five runs over 6 1/3 innings in the losing effort, extending his winless streak to five. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, FORT MYERS 3: Travis Tajieron homered and went 2-for-4 with four RBIs as the Mets posted a six-run third. In his debut after a promotion from low-A Savannah, Rafael Montero held the Miracle scoreless through six innings. He departed after loading the bases with one out in the seventh. Montero ultimately was charged with three runs while allowing three hits over 6 1/3 innings. Reliever Adam Kolarek allowed all three inherited runners to score. Hamilton Bennett retired the side in order in the ninth. Alonzo Harris Jr. singled to plate Richard Lucas and open the scoring in the third. T.J. Rivera's sacrifice fly scored Robbie Shields to extend the lead. Darrell Ceciliani, in his first game since May 30, and Allan Dykstra each drove in a run to help the Mets pull away. Tajieron delivered an RBI single to score Cory Vaughn and make it 5-0. Juan Torres drilled an RBI double to plate Taijeron and cap the inning. Taijeron ripped a three-run homer in the seventh to give the Mets a 10-3 lead. Harris went 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and RBI. Ceciliani returned from the disabled list and went 0-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Box

AUGUSTA 1, SAVANNAH 0: In a battle of hard-throwing 19-year-old right-handers, Kyle Crick (49th overall pick in 2011) outdueled Michael Fulmer (44th overall). Fulmer struck out a career-high eight batters in six innings. The GreenJackets scored the game’s lone run in the top of the first. With two outs and the bases empty, Shawn Payne drew a walk, then scored on Ben Thomas’ double in the right-center gap. Fulmer allowed one more hit, a single by Thomas in the sixth. Crick did not allow a hit until ZeErika McQueen doubled with one out in the fifth. He walked four and struck out eight in his six innings. Savannah DH Cam Maron was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. That is tied for the second-longest streak in the South Atlantic League in 2012, and one shy of matching Kannapolis' Mark Haddow for the league's longest. Box

In the resumption of a suspended game, Ramon Estevez surrendered three seventh-inning runs to break a 5-all tie. In the regularly scheduled game, the K-Mets had four errors and lost by the same score. Starter Christian Montgomery allowed four runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Box 1, Box 2

BROOKLYN 7, ABERDEEN 1: Purdue product Kevin Plawecki, the 35th overall pick in the draft, produced his first professional homer. Cyclones starter Rainy Lara tossed five scoreless innings. Phillip Evans also homered, while Brandon Nimmo had two RBIs. Box

Compiled from team reports



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