New York Mets: Paul Paez

Minors 9.3.14: Rivera HR lifts B-Mets

September, 3, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 5, RENO 4: L.J. Mazzilli broke a 4-all tie with a RBI single to left field with one out in the eighth inning in the opener of the best-of-five series. Rafael Montero allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision. Kevin Plawecki had a solo homer in the sixth that evened the score at 3. Cory Vaughn earlier went deep. The series continues Thursday with Matt Bowman starting for the 51s. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, PORTLAND 5: T.J. Rivera produced a walk-off three-run homer in the ninth to complete a comeback from a four-run deficit as the B-Mets won the opener of their

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best-of-five Eastern Division Championship Series. Rivera finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs. Binghamton closed the game with seven unanswered runs. With the score tied at 5 in the ninth and one out, Xorge Carrillo reached on third baseman Mike Miller's error. Noe Ramirez then surrendered a single to Wilfredo Tovar. Kyle Johnson pinch ran for Carrillo. After a strikeout, Rivera hammered the first pitch he saw over the left-field wall.

Trailing 5-2 an inning earlier, the B-Mets pulled even. Tovar produced a leadoff double against Robby Scott. With one out, Rivera doubled to plate Tovar. Brian Burgamy then walked to end Scott’s night. Ramirez entered to face Jayce Boyd, who reached on second baseman Sean Coyle's error. Rivera scored on the play and Burgamy advanced to third base. Darrell Ceciliani's sacrifice fly tied the score at 5. Cody Satterwhite (1-0) then worked a scoreless ninth to set up the walk-off win.

After B-Mets starter Tyler Pill retired the first 11 batters he faced, Coyle homered to tie the score at 1. The Sea Dogs appeared to have blown the game open in the sixth. Rusney Castillo single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third. Kuery De La Cruz then had a tiebreaking RBI single. Following a single by Carson Blair, Dave Chester belted a three-run homer for a 5-1 lead. Binghamton inched closer in the bottom of the frame. Rivera doubled with one out. A batter later, Boyd singled home the runner to cut the deficit to 5-2. Pill tossed 5 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on six hits. He has not taken a loss since May 5 (18 appearances).

Hansel Robles contributed 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Tovar finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. It was the first win postseason win for the B-Mets at NYSEG Stadium since Sept. 10, 2004.

The B-Mets and Sea Dogs play Game 2 of the series on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. in Binghamton. Greg Peavey starts for the B-Mets. Box

ASHEVILLE 8, SAVANNAH 3: Starter Robert Gsellman allowed five runs in five innings as Savannah lost the opener of its best-of-three opening-round series. Paul Paez allowed three runs in the bottom of the sixth as Asheville took an 8-2 lead. The game included a two-hour, 13-minute rain delay later in that frame. Champ Stuart had a first-inning solo homer in the loss. First-round pick Michael Conforto went 2-for-5 with a double and RBI in his South Atlantic League debut. The series resumes Friday in Savannah with John Gant on the mound. Box

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Farm report: Taylor tuned out speculation

August, 27, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Mets shipped Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 18 for right-hander Zack Thornton. It took another two months, until the one-year anniversary of Blake Taylor’s signing after the draft, to learn that the southpaw was the player to be named heading to the Mets in the deal.

“There were rumors online and all that stuff. Everyone was saying it was between me or [Neil] Kozikowski or Cody Dickson. There were just a bunch of rumors,” Taylor said. “I was like, ‘I’m not going to believe everything I hear on the internet.’ Once I hear it from the Mets or Pirates organization, I’d believe. … I was just going to keep playing and keep going.


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“The day I found out, I was shocked. But I was like, ‘All right, I’ve got to pack my things. This is baseball. You’re going to play for a different team.’”

Taylor, who turned 19 on Aug. 17, was drafted by the Pirates in the second round in 2013 out of high school in Dana Point, Calif.

After joining the Mets organization in mid-June, Taylor made three appearances in the Gulf Coast League. He allowed two runs, neither earned, on one hit, seven walks and a hit batter while striking out 10 in 10 2/3 innings. He since has moved to the Appalachian League. In seven starts with Kingsport, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Taylor is 2-1 with a 5.16 ERA. He has allowed 39 hits and 22 walks in 29 2/3 innings.

Taylor’s fastball sits at 86-90 mph. He also possesses a changeup and curveball.

“I’m still getting better. I still have a lot more to learn with command and all that stuff,” Taylor said. “But I’ve been progressing this year and throwing my changeup for a strike more than I have been normally. It’s been a very, very educational year for me just to learn. This is my first full season.”

Said Mets VP Paul DePodesta: “We liked Blake a lot leading up to the 2013 draft. We felt he was an athletic left-hander with size and the makings of a plus breaking ball.”

Taylor had signed with the University of Hawaii out of high school, but being taken in the second round (along with a reported $750,000 signing bonus) prompted him to turn pro.

“Going into the draft, I didn’t really want to have high expectations,” Taylor said. “I wasn’t really known, so I kind of accepted the fact that I probably might go to college. It was a big surprise to go in the second round. So I was like, ‘Well, baseball has been my dream. Let me go do it.’”

He arrived with the Mets not knowing anyone beyond having played against Dominic Smith and Andrew Church in the Area Code Games. Still, Taylor said, his new teammates have been “welcoming me with open arms.”

Said Taylor: “Everyone has been really nice and cool and showing me the ropes. Baseball is a fraternity. You go anywhere and it’s the same group of guys, basically.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .352; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .347; Matt den Dekker, Vegas, .334; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .320; John Mora, Brooklyn, .319; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, .310; Jean Rodriguez, Kingsport, .303; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, .297; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .295; Wuilmer Becerra, Kingsport, .294.

Homers: Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 23; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 20; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 19; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 16; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 15.

RBIs: L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 76; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 75; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 74; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 72; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 70.

Steals: Champ Stuart, Savannah, 27; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 23; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 23; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, 19.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 1.56; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.04; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.19; John Gant, Savannah, 2.59; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.67; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 2.88; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 3.63; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 3.98; Casey Meisner, Brooklyn, 4.08; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 4.19.

Wins: Greg Peavey, Binghamton, 12; Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 11; Logan Verrett, Vegas, 11.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 16; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 15; Cody Satterwhite, Binghamton, 15; Shane Bay, Brooklyn, 14.

Strikeouts: Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 135; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 124; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 121; Greg Peavey, Binghamton, 118; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 117.

Short hops

Manuel Hilario, who was unconscious and suffered a seizure in a second-base collision Friday with the Gulf Coast League Mets, was released from the hospital and is “recovering well,” according to the organization. Hilario, 22, is done for the season with the GCL season ending Thursday.

• The organization placed multiple players on year-end all-star teams. Already announced: Las Vegas’ Matt den Dekker in the Pacific Coast League, St. Lucie’s Cam Maron in the Florida State League and Kingsport’s Wuilmer Becerra in the Appalachian League.

• Several Mets affiliates are playoff-bound as minor-league regular seasons wrap up by Monday:

Triple-A Las Vegas (79-60) has won the PCL Pacific Southern Division.

Double-A Binghamton (83-53) has clinched no worse than a wild-card spot. The B-Mets trail Portland by two games for the division crown with five games remaining.

Low-A Savannah (82-48 overall) won its division in the first half in the South Atlantic League.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn (39-31) has a two-game lead on Connecticut for the New York-Penn League’s wild-card berth with six games remaining. And Kingsport is on the outside looking in right now. The K-Mets trail Johnson City by two games for the second wild-card spot with three games remaining.

• Outfielder Brandon Nimmo, middle infielder Matt Reynolds, right-handers Julian Hilario, Cory Mazzoni, Paul Sewald and Rob Whalen and one position player to be determined will represent the Mets in the Arizona Fall League. Valentino Pascucci, who received rave reviews in his first season as an instructor, will serve as a hitting coach.

Sewald received a promotion to Double-A on the eve of the Eastern League playoffs. The 24-year-old University of San Diego product had posted a 1.73 ERA and 1.038 WHIP in 40 relief appearances with St. Lucie.

• Right-hander Michael Fulmer, who was selected with the 44th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school in Oklahoma, went on Binghamton’s DL after making his Double-A debut. Fulmer has a bone spur in his pitching elbow. He needs to be evaluated by doctors to determine if the spur needs to be surgically removed.

• Left-handed reliever Paul Paez, a 38th-round pick in 2013 out of Rio Hondo College in California, was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. Paez allowed one hit and one walk and struck out nine batters in 6 1/3 innings with Savannah.

• Right-hander Johnny Magliozzi, a 17th-round pick in 2013 out of the University of Florida, underwent Tommy John surgery.

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

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Minors 8.19.14: Muno homer paces Vegas

August, 19, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 10, OMAHA 4: Danny Muno had a three-run homer in a six-run second inning as the 51s took a commanding early lead. Josh Satin went 3-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored. Matt Reynolds and Muno also had three hits apiece. Vegas starter Cory Mazzoni allowed four runs in seven innings. Box

ERIE 7, BINGHAMTON 0: Michael Fulmer was charged with six runs on six hits in his Double-A debut. Fulmer (0-1) struck out one and walked three. The SeaWolves plated six

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runs in the fourth and Wilsen Palacios tossed seven scoreless innings. Binghamton’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot sits at two. Erie jumped on Fulmer in the first. With Jason Krizan on second, Dean Green ripped an RBI double. Fulmer surrendered a single before retiring Corey Jones to limit the damage to one run. Steven Moya started Erie’s fourth inning with his league-leading 32nd homer. Fulmer followed by surrendering back-to-back singles. He then issued walks to Marcus Lemon and Jamie Johnson. The latter forced in a run and ended his night after 3 1/3 innings. Adam Kolarek entered and struggled to put out the fire. Jason Krizan greeted the lefty with a run-producing fielder’s choice. Devon Travis walked to reload the bases and Dean Green delivered a two-run single. Moya capped the six-run inning in which Erie batted around by lacing an RBI single. Binghamton’s only threat came in the third when Brian Burgamy singled. Brandon Nimmo attempted to score from second, but was gunned down by Johnson in center field. Hansel Robles contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

CHARLOTTE 11, ST. LUCIE 8: Trailing 8-2, the Mets scored six eighth-inning runs to pull even. However, the Stone Crabs answered with three runs in the bottom half to retake the lead. Johnny Field scored the go-ahead run when St. Lucie reliever Beck Wheeler threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded. After Wheeler departed, Granden Goetzman hit a two-out, two-run single against Ryan Fraser. In the top of the eighth, L.J. Mazzilli and Cam Maron singled against Nick Sawyer. Gavin Cecchini and Jared King then drew consecutive four-pitch walks to force in Mazzilli and make it 8-3. Jose Molina entered and walked Phillip Evans, also on four pitches, to plate Maron. Gilbert Gomez followed with a two-run double and the Mets trailed 8-6. Eudy Pina delivered an RBI single to pull St. Lucie within a run. Molina then walked Jeff McNeil to load the bases. Ryan Garton was summoned to face Maikis De La Cruz with no outs and the bases loaded. He induced a 4-6-3 double play as Gomez scored the tying run. Garton got the Crabs out of further trouble when Mazzilli flied out to leave Pina on third base. Colton Reavis shut down the Mets in order in the ninth. Angel Cuan, who was demoted to St. Lucie from Binghamton, started for the Mets. He allowed three runs in four innings. Mazzilli and Pina had two-hit games. Maron extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Box

SAVANNAH 11, ROME 3: Victor Cruzado went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. Yeixon Ruiz had a three-run homer in the second as the Gnats took a 5-0 lead. Rob Whalen allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings to improve to 8-1. Paul Paez followed with 3 1/3 no-hit relief innings to earn his first save. Box

GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 4: Starter Andrew Church allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. Zach Mathieu went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in the loss. Box

NYPL NORTH 1, NYPL SOUTH 1: The New York-Penn League All-Star Game ended in a 1-all draw after nine innings at MCU Park in Coney Island. Among Cyclones representatives, Marcos Molina and Corey Oswalt tossed scoreless frames and Shane Bay recorded the final out of the top of the ninth. Amed Rosario, Jhoan Urena and Michael Bernal went a combined 0-for-5. Box

GCL METS 3, GCL CARDINALS 2: Jairo Perez had a run-scoring single and Dash Winningham followed with an RBI groundout in a two-run first. Perez also singled in the third to plate Raphael Ramirez and give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Kurtis Horne, the Mets' 31st-round pick in June out of British Columbia, tossed a scoreless relief inning to pick up his first professional win. Nabil Crismatt notched his first Gulf Coast League save. Box

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Morning Briefing: Wheels up!

July, 25, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: Zack Wheeler has allowed one run and completed at least six innings in each of his last four outings.

He looks to keep that production going and get the Mets back on track Friday at Miller Park. Wheeler (5-8, 3.78 ERA) opposes right-hander Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.79) at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Friday’s news reports:

• The Mets have told the Colorado Rockies they would want in if the club is willing to trade Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez, Joel Sherman reports in the Post.

Tulowitzki is owed $20 million a season through 2019 and $14 million in 2020. CarGo is signed for $16 million in 2015, $17 million in 2016 and $20 million in 2017.

Of course, John Harper in the Daily News had just written Wednesday why Tulowitzki will NOT be coming to the Mets or Yankees.

Dillon Gee surrendered six runs over the opening three innings and the Mets ultimately lost to the Brewers, 9-1, in Thursday’s series opener. Gee now has a 9.00 ERA in two starts since a prolonged layoff during the All-Star break.

The Mets are averaging 2.1 runs and 5.3 hits per game and have a .168 team batting average in seven games since returning from the All-Star break. Matt Garza, who had been knocked out by the Washington Nationals after recording only one out Saturday, limited the Mets to one run on two hits in eight innings. The lone damage came on a solo homer by Lucas Duda in the seventh.

Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed a pair of home runs in two relief innings and appeared to be injured when he reached the dugout after the seventh, but Terry Collins said postgame that he was unaware of any issue.

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

• Although Ruben Tejada felt fine a day after getting beaned with a 94 mph fastball from Taijuan Walker, the Mets promoted Wilmer Flores and started him at shortstop on Thursday. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was optioned to Las Vegas to clear the roster spot. Tejada should be back at shortstop Friday. Read more in the Journal, Times, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Curtis Granderson returned to the lineup Thursday after missing two games with a flu-like illness.

• Colon Plaia’s ninth-inning solo homer lifted Savannah to a 2-1 win against Augusta. Josh Prevost, Kelly Secrest and Paul Paez combined for four scoreless relief innings as Brooklyn beat Vermont, 7-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Tom Seaver tells the Daily News that Derek Jeter should be the first unanimous Hall of Fame selection.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets closer Billy Wagner turns 43.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you believe the Mets are serious contenders if the Rockies trade Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez?

Minors 7.24.14: Plaia homer lifts Gnats

July, 24, 2014
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TACOMA 5, LAS VEGAS 4: Danny Muno produced a ninth-inning sacrifice fly to pull the 51s within a run against Todd Coffey, but the Mets left pinch runner Cesar Puello on first base when Juan Centeno lined out. Brandon Allen's two-run homer in the fourth had staked Vegas to a 3-1 lead. The Rainiers scored four sixth-inning runs against starter Logan Verrett. Zack Thornton contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Jack Leathersich surrendered three seventh-inning runs as the Thunder overcame a two-run deficit. Starter Tyler Pill allowed three runs in six innings. Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the loss. Jayce Boyd drove in two runs. T.J. Rivera finished 3-for-4. Rivera's RBI single in the top of the seventh had staked the B-Mets to a 5-3 lead. Box

ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.): The teams will play a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader Friday.

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SAVANNAH 2, AUGUSTA 1: Colton Plaia produced a one-out solo homer in the top of the ninth to break a 1-all tie. Akeel Morris pitched a perfect bottom half for his 10th save. The Gnats had pulled even in the sixth on Victor Cruzado's run-scoring triple. Starter Logan Taylor surrendered only a solo homer Tyler Horan in six innings in a no-decision. Dario Alvarez improved to 7-0 with two perfect relief innings that included three strikeouts. Gnats pitching coach Marc Valdes was ejected in the seventh inning by plate umpire Jon Felczak. Box

KINGSPORT 1, GREENEVILLE 0: Martires Arias limited the Astros to two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings. He combined with Persio Reyes and David Roseboom on the shutout. The lone run came in the sixth inning on Ivan Wilson's one-out homer. Box

BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 2: The Cyclones took advantage of an error to take a first-inning lead against Vermont starter Jose Torres. Amed Rosario hit a routine groundball to first baseman John Nogowski, who misfired throwing to Torres covering first. Rosario wound up on second. He scored when Jhoan Urena singled. Urena extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Michael Bernal made it 2-0 with a solo homer in the second. In the third, Rosario tripled and Urena plated him with a sacrifice fly. Brooklyn starter Scarlyn Reyes did not allow a baserunner until the fourth inning. Vermont produced two runs against Reyes in his fifth and final inning, but the Cyclones took control with a four-run seventh. Tomas Nido walked and advanced to third on Bernal's single. Will Fulmer contributed a sacrifice fly. Adrian Abreu plated Bernal. After Vermont reliever Michael Fagan intentionally walked Urena, Tucker Tharp scored on a passed ball. Aggressive baserunning by the Cyclones allowed Abreu to score from third when the Lake Monsters attempted to pick off Urena at second. Josh Prevost, Kelly Secrest and Paul Paez combined for four scoreless relief innings. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL MARLINS 3: Enmanuel Zabala had a tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh and Dash Winningham followed with an RBI single to cap the scoring. Box

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Minors 7.17.14: Syndergaard stumbles

July, 18, 2014
Jul 18
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SALT LAKE 7, LAS VEGAS 6: Noah Syndergaard, who picked up the save in Tuesday's

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Futures Game with a scoreless ninth, allowed seven earned runs in five innings in his return to the 51s. Syndergaard surrendered seven hits, including a two-run homer by Tommy Field, and issued three walks. Vegas stormed back with a five-run eighth that began with triple by Matt den Dekker and also included den Dekker getting hit by a pitch to force in a run. Vegas left the tying run at second base in the ninth when Brandon Allen grounded out. Since returning to Triple-A in mid-June, den Dekker is hitting .411 (35-for-85). Right-handers Cory Mazzoni and Rafael Montero both have joined Las Vegas after recovering from side-muscle injuries. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, TRENTON 4: Dustin Lawley launched a three-run homer in the first inning against Manny Banuelos to highlight a four-RBI game as Binghamton won its fourth

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straight. Lawley’s blast was his team-leading 17th -- and 13th since June 10. Steven Matz (3-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out four in five innings. Trenton pulled within 3-2 in the third. Mason Williams and Rob Segedin had consecutive one-out singles. Brandon Nimmo bobbled the ball on the latter hit, allowing Williams to score an unearned run. The B-Mets took control with a three-run fifth. Nimmo walked and moved to second on Dilson Herrera's single. Both runners advanced on Brian Burgamy's groundout. Lawley then singled to plate Nimmo. T.J. Rivera added a sacrifice fly. The ball eluded catcher Gary Sanchez on the play, allowing Lawley to take second base. Darrell Ceciliani then singled to plate Lawley for a 6-2 lead. The lead swelled to six runs the following inning against Jairo Heredia. Xorge Carrillo doubled and moved to third on Kyle Johnson's single. Consecutive wild pitches allowed Carrillo to score and moved Johnson to third base. Johnson scored on Herrera's ensuing sacrifice fly. Trenton produced two runs in the seventh against Ryan Fraser. Randy Fontanez and Jack Leathersich each contributed a scoreless frame. Leathersich struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 6, ST. LUCIE 1
ST. LUCIE 3, BREVARD COUNTY 2: After a two-hour, 32-minute delay at the start, the teams split a doubleheader. In the nightcap, Michael Fulmer tossed six scoreless innings

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and struck out a season-high nine. He scattered four singles and walked one. The Mets got to reliever Martin Viramontes in the fifth. He walked Gilbert Gomez and Maikis De La Cruz to start the frame. He ten threw Eudy Pina’s sac bunt over the head of first baseman Alfredo Rodriguez to allow Gomez to score. Later in the inning, Jared King beat out an infield hit with the bases loaded to plate De La Cruz and make it 2-0. Pina’s sac fly in the sixth plated Gavin Cecchini to put the Mets up 3-0. Paul Sewald allowed a two-out, two-run double in the seventh to Jose Sermo. Sewald recovered to get Tyrone Taylor to fly out to end the game with the tying run on third and go-ahead run on second. In Game 1, the Manatees battered John Lannan for four runs on nine hits in four innings. That was plenty of offense for starter Tyler Wagner, who went the distance. Wagner allowed four hits. The lone run he surrendered came on a solo homer by Pina. The Manatees plated two more runs later in the game against reliever Seth Lugo. Box 1, Box 2

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ASHEVILLE 8, SAVANANH 7 (14 innings): The Gnats got a two-run homer in the top of the 14th from Matt Oberste, but Hunter Carnevale and Paul Paez combined to allow three runs in the bottom half for the walk-off loss. Oberste finished 3-for-7 with two homers, three RBIs and three runs scored. He has a 17-game hitting streak, which has lifted his season average to .321. Bret Mitchell, Dario Alvarez and Akeel Morris had combined for seven scoreless relief innings. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BURLINGTON 2: K-Mets starter Martires Arias allowed two runs (one earned) in the first inning, then contributed four scoreless frames. Relievers Bryce Beeler and Ty Williams added two scoreless innings apiece. Williams, a 35th-round pick in 2013, notched his first professional save. Oswald Caraballo and Pedro Perez had third-inning sacrifice flies as Kingsport took a 4-2 lead. Wuilmer Becerra added an eighth-inning solo homer. Box

JAMESTOWN 8, BROOKLYN 6 (10 innings): Cyclones reliever Shane Bay (0-1) allowed two runs in the top of the 10th. Amed Rosario went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs in the loss. Jhoan Urena also drove in two runs. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL CARDINALS 7: Jeremy Hefner allowed one run on two hits and struck out a batter in two innings in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery. John Mora went 5-for-5 with a double, two triples, three RBIs and two runs scored. The Mets broke a 7-all tie in the bottom of the seventh when Mora tripled and scored on Enmanuel Zabala's single. They opened a two-run lead the following inning on Mora's RBI double. Jose Medina had allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings in relief of Hefner. Alex Palsha earned his second save. Box

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Minors 7.16.14: Becerra 5-for-5 in loss

July, 16, 2014
Jul 16
10:33
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INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE 7, PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE 3: Las Vegas' Allan Dykstra, who won the Home Run Derby on Monday, went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the designated hitter for the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game at Durham, N.C. Box

WEST 5, EAST 2: Kyle Johnson started in center field and went 2-for-2 for the East while representing Binghamton in the Eastern League All-Star Game at Altoona, Pa. Third baseman Brian Burgamy struck out in his lone at-bat off the bench. Jon Velasquez allowed an unearned run in the third inning. Cody Satterwhite struck out two of the three batters he faced. The other reached on a fielding error behind him. Box

BREVARD COUNTY at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader Thursday beginning at 4 p.m.

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 3: The Tourists built a 6-0 lead, scoring two runs apiece against Logan Taylor, Dawrin Frias and Paul Paez. Both runs against Taylor were unearned because he dropped a foul pop before surrendering an RBI double to Michael Benjamin. Taylor struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings. The Gnats scored three ninth-inning runs, but left the bases loaded when pinch hitter Nelfi Zapata flied out. Box

BURLINGTON 4, KINGSPORT 3: Starter Gaby Almonte surrendered four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. The K-Mets pulled within a run in the bottom of the ninth on Wuilmer Becerra's RBI single, but left the tying and winning runs on base when pinch hitter Eudor Garcia grounded out. Becerra finished 5-for-5 with two doubles in the loss.Box

JAMESTOWN 5, BROOKLYN 2: Jamestown scored four third-inning runs against Cyclones started Brandon Welch. Brooklyn has lost six straight games. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 1 (5 innings): John Mora went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Audry German was credited with a rain-shortened complete game. He allowed one run on eight hits while striking out two in five innings. Taylor Teagarden went 1-for-3 with a double and two strikeouts and caught the full five innings as his rehab assignment continued. Box

Minors 6.29.14: Fulmer blanks Fort Myers

June, 29, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 2, LAS VEGAS 1: Nick Buss broke a 1-all tie with a solo homer in the fifth against 51s starter Darin Gorski. Las Vegas' lone run came when Matt Reynolds singled and ultimately scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Matt den Dekker had a leadoff double in the ninth, but was stranded at second base. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, ALTOONA 4: Darrell Ceciliani scored three runs and Jayce Boyd went 3-for-4 as the B-Mets won for the 16th time in 19 games. After Ceciliani and Boyd began a

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second-inning rally with one-out singles, Travis Taijeron ripped an RBI double. Kai Gronauer followed with a run-producing groundout and Matt Bowman helped his own cause by blooping an RBI single. Dilson Herrera capped the four-run frame with an RBI single. An inning later, Ceciliani walked and swiped second and Boyd plated him with a single. Taijeron followed with an RBI double, kicking Binghamton’s lead to six runs. Altoona cashed in on a B-Mets fielding mistake to get on the board in the bottom half. Alen Hanson’s one-out chopper to first base eluded Boyd for an error. Two batters later, Matt Curry had an RBI double. Against reliever Yao-Hsun Yang in the fifth, Ceciliani and Boyd started another rally with singles. Gronauer made it 7-1 with an RBI single. The Curve scratched out one last run against Bowman in the sixth. Following a leadoff single by Willy Garcia, Stetson Allie produced an RBI double. Bowman bounced back by retiring six of the next seven batters, capping his night with a scoreless seventh. Jack Leathersich struck out the side in the eighth. In the ninth, Ryan Fraser allowed two runs before fanning Curry to secure the victory. Bowman (6-5) struck out nine while holding the Curve hitless in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. Box

ST. LUCIE 1, BRADENTON 0: Michael Fulmer tossed seven shutout innings -- allowing three hits while striking out a season-high eight -- in his first action since being struck with

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a line drive in the left forearm in the first inning of his previous start and being forced from that game. In three starts against Bradenton this season, Fulmer is 2-0 and hasn’t allowed a run in 18 innings. Sunday's lone run scored in the second as the Mets opened the frame with four consecutive singles against Jason Creasy. The fourth came off the bat of Albert Cordero and deflected off third baseman Walker Gourley's glove and into left field. Aderlin Rodriguez scored. Gavin Cecchini was thrown out at the plate on the play. Fulmer had struck out Jordan Steranka to end the top of the first with runners on second and third after two errors by the Mets extended the inning. Fulmer only allowed three Marauders to reach between the second and sixth innings -- Jin-De Jhang on a walk, Jonathan Schwind on a throwing error by Jeff McNeil, and via a hit batter. Raul Fortunato led off the seventh with a double, but Fulmer struck out two and got Adam Frazier to line out. Fulmer threw 101 pitches. T.J. Chism got Taylor Lewis to fly out to left to strand the bases loaded in the eighth. Chism recorded the first two outs in the ninth and Paul Sewald struck out Gourley to end the game with the tying run on second. Phillip Evans went 2-for-3 and was the only Met to record a multi-hit game. Box

SAVANNAH 15, ROME 12: The Gnats took control with an eight-run fifth inning, turning a 6-all game into a rout. Matt Oberste's grand slam capped the inning's scoring. It marked

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his first homer of the season and his first professional slam. Oberste finished 4-for-4 with six RBIs and three runs scored. The Braves had scored five times on just one hit in the first inning against Savannah starter Ricky Knapp. Knapp walked three and hit two batters in the frame. Knapp remained in the ballgame and kept the Braves off the scoreboard in the second and third innings before surrendering a run in the fourth. Savannah started chipping away at the Braves' 5-0 lead with two runs in the first, one in the second and one in the third. The Gnats tied the score at 6 with two runs in the fourth. Champ Stuart reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI and four runs scored. Reliever John Mincone earned the win, his first of the year, for his four scoreless innings of relief behind Knapp. The Braves scored six runs in the ninth against reliever Paul Paez. Dawrin Frias recorded the final three outs for his second save. Box

JOHNSON CITY 12, KINGSPORT 6
KINGSPORT at JOHNSON CITY (ppd.): Johnson City won the continuation of Saturday's suspended game. Sunday's regularly scheduled game then was rained out. Leading 8-1 when play resumed, the Cardinals ultimately built a 10-1 lead. The K-Mets answered with five runs over the sixth and seventh innings, highlighted by a three-run homer by Jean Rodriguez. Box

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 4: After Dillon Gee allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings in a rehab start, the teams entered the sixth with the score 1-0. Then, the Baby Bombers posted four runs in the top half against Corey Oswalt. Brooklyn immediately answered with four runs in the bottom half, capped by Jeff Diehl's RBI single, to pull within 5-4. The Cyclones placed two runners in scoring position with two outs in the ninth after a double steal by Amed Rosario and Adrian Abreu, but Tomas Nido struck out to end the game. Box

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Minors 6.22.14: Pina, Maz double doubles

June, 22, 2014
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MEMPHIS 7, LAS VEGAS 5 (11 innings): Randal Grichuk produced a tiebreaking two-run double against Zack Thornton in the top of the 11th. The 51s had rallied from a 5-0 deficit, tying the score with a four-run seventh that was capped by Josh Satin's RBI double. Satin finished 3-for-4 with a walk and three doubles. Recently promoted Matt Reynolds finished 3-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI. Travis d'Arnaud struck out as a pinch hitter in the 11th, dipping his Triple-A batting average to .444. Starter Joel Carreno pitched five innings in a no-decision. He allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out two. Box

BOWIE 2, BINGHAMTON 0: Zach Davies tossed seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets mustered three hits as their five-game winning streak ended. Kyle Johnson doubled on the second pitch of the game. He took third on a groundout, but was stranded after Kevin Plawecki lined out and Matt Clark bounced out. B-Mets starter Matt Bowman stumbled in the third. David Adams singled and K.D. Kang walked with two outs. Niuman Romero then produced an RBI single. Following Johnson’s double, Davies retired 10 straight B-Mets. Binghamton threatened to break through against Davies in the fourth. Plawecki reached after getting hit by a pitch and Clark walked. With two on and one out, though, Jayce Boyd sent a line drive to the right side. First baseman Christian Walker snared the drive in the air and fired to second to double off Plawecki, ending the inning. Kang jumped on the first pitch he saw from Bowman in the fifth and cleared the right-field wall for his sixth homer and a 2-0 lead. Davies did not allow another hit after Johnson’s first-inning double. In fact, he prevented the B-Mets from hitting any balls out of the infield. Binghamton had a final threat in the ninth. Brian Burgamy had a leadoff double against Oliver Drake and Plawecki singled. Drake struck out the next two hitters and induced Darrell Ceciliani to ground out to end the game. Bowman (5-5) allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, JUPITER 6 (8 innings): St. Lucie clubbed 19 hits, one shy of its season high, and won the rain-shortened game. Eudy Pina and L.J. Mazzilli laced two doubles apiece. Pina, Gavin Cecchini and Maikis De La Cruz had three-hit games. Jairo Perez had three RBIs. The Mets tagged Jake Esch for four runs in the second inning. Gilbert Gomez, Pina and Cecchini lined run-scoring doubles in the frame. Jupiter snapped a 39-inning scoreless drought when Domingo Tapia threw a wild pitch that allowed Matt Juengel to score in the second. The Hammerheads cut their deficit to 4-2 on Noah Perio's RBI groundout later in the frame. In the third, De La Cruz put the Mets up 5-2 with his second RBI single. Mazzilli doubled to plate Pina in the fourth and Perez followed with a sac fly to make it 7-2. Mazzilli collected his second RBI double in the eighth, against Brad Mincey. Perez then singled home two runs to put the Mets up 10-4. Colin Moran cut the Hammerheads deficit to four runs with a two-run homer against Seth Lugo in the eighth, but a severe thunderstorm ended any rally chance. Jupiter lost its ninth consecutive game. Tapia (3-6) surrendered three runs on seven hits in five innings. Box

GREENVILLE 7, SAVANNAH 3: Chris Flexen allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings and Paul Paez surrendered four runs (one earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Colton Plaia went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI in the loss. Plaia and Nelfi Zapata each had errors as Greenville posted a combined six runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BLUEFIELD 2: Brandon Brosher and Ivan Wilson each had solo homers in a three-run third inning as Kingsport took a 5-0 lead. Starter Yoryi Nuez allowed one run on one hit and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, ABERDEEN 1: Michael Bernal's solo homer in the fourth broke a 1-all tie. Starter Carlos Valdez allowed one run in five innings. Gaither Bumgardner handled the final four innings, blanking Aberdeen while allowing one hit and one walk and striking out five. Box

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Minors 6.13.14: Wild ending for Vegas

June, 14, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY 6, LAS VEGAS 5 (12 innings): Vegas reliever John Church's wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after inheriting the bases loaded evened the score. Okaloma City then had a walk-off win in the 12th when Gregorio Petit homered against Zack Thornton. Travis d'Arnaud had a first-inning solo homer and finished 2-for-6. Cory Vaughn produced a two-run homer in the fourth. Vegas had taken a 5-4 lead in the seventh on Anthony Seratelli's two-run double. Starter Logan Verrett allowed four runs (two earned) in five innings. Box

ERIE at BINGHAMTON (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday. Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani was placed on the disabled list with a concussion.

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 1: With the score tied at 1 in the sixth, Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis left the bases loaded for reliever Dawrin Frias. After striking out the first batter he faced, Frias walked the next three GreenJackets to hand Augusta a 4-1 lead. Tyler Horan’s lengthy homer against Paul Paez in the seventh capped the scoring. The Gnats (44-21) scored their lone run in the fourth. Jonathan Leroux (2-for-3, walk) drilled a solo homer that had evened the score. Panteliodis was making his first start for Savannah since Aug. 31, 2012. He pitched for high-A St. Lucie in 2013 and made one start with St. Lucie and one start with Double-A Binghamton this season before joining the Gnats on Friday. Box

BROOKLYN at STATEN ISLAND: The Cyclones' season opener was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday.

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Minors 5.23.14: Plawecki sizzling in May

May, 23, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 6, LAS VEGAS 5: Stephen Vogt delivered a go-ahead two-run homer against Buddy Carlyle in the eighth after Carlyle inherited a runner at third base from Zack Thornton. Josh Satin went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in the loss. Matt den Dekker tripled and had an RBI during a two-hit game. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, NEW BRITAIN 2: Kevin Plawecki’s tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth helped Binghamton snap a five-game losing streak. He now has 19 RBIs in May. New Britain

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had opened the scoring in the fourth on Daniel Ortiz's RBI single against Tyler Pill. Binghamton answered in the bottom half. Matt Reynolds singled and stole second against Taylor Rogers. Plawecki then doubled to drive in Reynolds. An inning later, Travis Taijeron had a leadoff double. Following a walk to Wilfredo Tovar and a passed ball, the B-Mets had two in scoring position with none out. Kyle Johnson then rolled an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop to bring home Taijeron with the go-ahead run. New Britain came back in the eighth against Binghamton reliever Jon Velasquez. Corey Wimberly produced a two-out single and stole second. Brad Boyer then laced a double past a diving Cory Vaughn in right-center that plated Wimberly to knot the score at 2. In the bottom half, Plawecki homered for the second straight game. He laced Cole Johnson’s 1-0 pitch over the left-field wall for his third long ball this season. Chasen Bradford retired the Rock Cats in order in the ninth for his ninth save. Velasquez (3-2) allowed one run on two hits in two relief innings. He suffered his second blown save, but was credited with the win. Pill allowed one run on six hits over six innings. Reynolds’ fourth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 10 games. It is his second double-digit-game hitting streak this season. Pill has held opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CLEARWATER 2: Dilson Herrera and Brandon Nimmo each had two hits and scored twice and Matt Koch improved to 6-0 as St. Lucie won its fifth straight. Koch took a

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scoreless effort into the sixth. He ultimately was charged with two runs on six hits and one walk in six innings. In the first, Jeb Stefan walked Herrera. Nimmo followed with an RBI double. After T.J. Rivera grounded out to advance Nimmo to third, Jairo Perez produced a sac fly. Rivera launched a double in the the third that plated Herrera for a 3-0 lead. It was Rivera’s Florida State League-leading 41st RBI. The Threshers (9-36) answered in the sixth, but a major mistake cost them a shot at tying the score or taking the lead. K.C. Serna doubled home Angelo Mora to put Clearwater on the board. After a bunt single, Chris Swauger grounded into a double play that forced home a run against Koch and made it 3-2. Art Charles then singled with two outs and Logan Moore doubled to put runners at second and third. However, Mets manager Ryan Ellis reviewed his lineup card with plate umpire David Arrieta and both had Moore batting out of turn. Andrew Knapp was supposed to be batting in that slot. Arrieta ruled Moore out and the rally ended. Phillip Evans capped a three-run eighth with a two-run double. Seth Lugo pitched the final three innings, retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced, to earn his third save. The Mets (29-19) moved a season-high 10 games over .500. Box

LEXINGTON 6, SAVANNAH 5 (13 innings): Humberto Arteaga delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th against Robert Coles to sink the Gnats. After rallying in the seventh to tie the score, the Gnats bullpen combined for seven scoreless innings before Coles surrendered the final run. Savannah starter Robert Gsellman struggled, allowing 10 hits and a season-high five earned runs through 5 1/3 innings. With Lexington leading 5-0, the Gnats charged back in the seventh. Reliever Luke Farrell surrendered consecutive bases-loaded singles to Matt Oberste and Jeff Glenn. With the bases still loaded, Stefan Sabol was forced home when Farrell hit Patrick Biondi with a pitch. Oberste then scored on Gavin Cecchini's sacrifice fly. Next, Glenn capped the scoring in the five-run frame by crossing the plate on L.J. Mazzilli's single. Reliever Tim Peterson followed with two perfect innings, striking out three, to give the Gnats a chance to take the lead in extras. Savannah threatened in the 10th inning when Glenn hit a one-out double against Farrell. Savannah, however, could not plate his pinch runner, Jorge Rivero. Savannah lefty Paul Paez put up two more scoreless frames for the Gnats before Coles stumbled. Jeff McNeil went 0-for-6, snapping his hitting streak at 14 games. Box

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Morning Briefing: Montero faces L.A.

May, 20, 2014
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Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsRafael Montero makes his second major-league start Tuesday against the Dodgers at Citi Field.
NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Mets begin a stretch of 20 games in 20 days by hosting the underachieving Los Angeles Dodgers for a three-game series at Citi Field.

Rafael Montero (0-1, 4.50 ERA) makes his second major-league start in Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. opener. The rookie opposes right-hander Josh Beckett (1-1, 2.38).

The series also marks the return of Justin Turner as a visitor. Turner was non-tendered by the Mets on Dec. 2.

Read the Mets-Dodgers series preview here.

Tuesday’s news reports:

• Former Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels, who knows the organization’s intimate secrets, has pitched a book to publishers, sources tell ESPNNewYork.com.

Juan Lagares was in the Dominican Republic during Monday’s off-day because of a death in his family, but is expected back in time for Tuesday’s game against L.A., a team official said.

• Sandy Alderson is not ruling out another outfield-dimension adjustment to Citi Field after the season, Kristie Ackert writes in the Daily News. “That is something we might consider at the end of the season, something I am sure will be taken into consideration,” the GM said. “But right now it is not something we are talking about.”

• Mark Simon at ESPNNewYork.com dissects where David Wright’s power has gone.

• Pitching coach Dan Warthen tells Mike Puma in the Post that Montero may have been tipping pitches in his debut against the Yankees, when he allowed three runs in six innings. “I think we picked up a little something that he might be tipping, so we changed things to see if we can get that rectified,” Warthen said. “Get him back to where he was in spring training with the big glove and not giving away things, and I think we’ll see a better outing.”

• Mets pitchers are 1-for-71 on the season, with Jacob deGrom producing the lone hit. Writes Tim Rohan in the Times on that subject:

One person not amused is John Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball, who suggested the futility of the Mets’ pitchers served as a vivid argument for the designated hitter in the National League.

“When the D.H. was instituted in 1973, I hated it,” he said. “I’m a traditionalist. But watching National League pitchers being unable to lay down a bunt, and preferring to strike out rather than hit into a double play -- this is not baseball. This is not baseball as we grew up with it, when pitchers had some competence at the plate.”


Alex Brandon/Associated PressYasiel Puig is the reigning co-NL Player of the Week.


Yasiel Puig, who visits Citi Field with the Dodgers, was named co-NL Player of the Week along with Arizona’s A.J. Pollock. Puig hit .348 (8-for-23) with three homers and 10 RBIs in six games last week.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post doesn’t mind Citi Field -- dimensions and all. Writes Vaccaro:

There are many things the Mets don’t do well, and don’t do right. You can categorize them any way you like: alphabetically, numerically, fiscally. The Mets, in many ways, are the home office of bad ideas done badly.

But their ballpark isn’t one of them.

Their ballpark, in fact, grows on you the more the years pass. In a time of rampant stadium and arena additions around here, in fact, you could certainly argue that Citi Field is the best of the bunch, at least from an aesthetic standpoint.

• With Travis d’Arnaud on the seven-day concussion DL at least for one final day, Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger looks at the perils of being a catcher. He notes that since the concussion DL was created in 2011, 17 of the 40 players placed on it have been catchers -- 42.5 percent.

Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner, both rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, could throw off mounds for the first time since their procedures during the first week of June, Marc Carig writes in Newsday. The duo should advance to throwing on flat ground at 150 feet soon, up from 120 feet. Harvey previously has mentioned June 10 as a tentative target date for his initial mound session.

• Hansel Robles tossed six scoreless innings and Matt Clark had a three-run homer as Binghamton won Game 1 of a doubleheader against Portland, 5-0. Dilson Herrera drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th as St. Lucie beat Lakeland, 5-4. Kevin McGowan and Paul Paez combined on the shutout as Savannah blanked Charleston, 6-0. Both first-round picks with Savannah, Gavin Cecchini (hand) and Dominic Smith (foot), are banged up. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Puma in the Post quotes a talent evaluator saying about Noah Syndergaard: “He needs more time. His stuff is better than [Zack] Wheeler’s, but his fastball command has been way too inconsistent. You would be afraid of some real big innings if you brought him to the majors.”

• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post says the Mets need to cut out the nonsense and concentrate on winning.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal profiles minor-league outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who was selected by the Mets with the 13th overall pick in 2011. With the next pick, the Miami Marlins selected Jose Fernandez. “He got picked. It happened to be the pick right after me,” Nimmo said. “There’s no escaping that. You face the fact that Jose Fernandez is an amazing baseball player, an amazing talent." Nimmo, 21, is hitting .333 with two homers, 19 RBIs and a .463 on-base percentage in 44 games with St. Lucie.

• Anthony DiComo at MLB.com answers readers’ Mets questions.

• Zach Braziller in the Post discusses 55-year-old Julio Franco’s “comeback” with Mike Marshall, the manager of the independent Fort Worth Cats.

• Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger reviews the Mets’ growing pains.

From the bloggers … The Eddie Kranepool Society suggests Terry Collins does not like to be questioned. … Blogging Mets has its own theory on the increase of Tommy John surgeries.

BIRTHDAYS: Savannah right-hander Ricky Knapp turns 22. ... Former Mets infielder Wilson Valdez is 36.

TWEETS OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the NL just adopt the DH so Mets pitchers don’t have to hit?

Minors 5.19.14: McGowan, Paez blank Dogs

May, 19, 2014
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FRESNO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Greg Peavey allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks in his first Triple-A appearance this season. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 0
PORTLAND 8, BINGHAMTON 2: In Game 1, Hansel Robles tossed six scoreless innings

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and combined with Cody Satterwhite on the shutout. Matt Clark's three-run homer in the fifth opened a 4-0 lead. Matt Reynolds (1-for-2, 2 BB) and Clark scored two runs apiece. Kevin Plawecki and Darrell Ceciliani each had two hits and an RBI. Robles (2-2) allowed six hits and issued no walks while striking out two. In Game 2, starter Angel Cuan surrendered eight runs on 12 hits and a walk in four innings. He allowed two homers. Cuan was making his season debut with the B-Mets. Starter Greg Peavey was promoted to Las Vegas to fill a rotation spot with Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom in the majors. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 5, LAKELAND 4 (11 innings): Dilson Herrera capped a 3-for-6 night by driving in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and Beck Wheeler retired the side in order in the bottom half. The Mets won three of four games against Lakeland and moved a half-game

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ahead of Fort Myers for first place in the Florida State League South Division. Herrera now has nine multi-hit games in his last 10 contests. His go-ahead double came against Tyler Clark with no outs and plated Maikis De La Cruz, who led off the frame with a single. Wheeler struck out the side in the 10th and struck out two more in the 11th to earn the win. Three Mets pitchers -- starter Steven Matz, Seth Lugo and Wheeler -- combined for 19 strikeouts, a season high for the St. Lucie staff. The Mets got on the board in the third inning when Cam Maron delivered a two-out, two-run single. Brandon Nimmo laced an RBI double in the fourth to make it 3-0. That looked like plenty of support for Matz, who cruised through the first five innings, striking out six and allowing three hits. However, the Flying Tigers belted four consecutive hits to start the sixth. Chad Wright's two-run double cut St. Lucie's lead to 3-2. Jeff McVaney then singled and left fielder Gilbert Gomez misplayed the ball, allowing Wright to score and tie the game. McVaney was on third with no outs, but Matz struck out two and induced a groundout to keep the score even. Herrera broke the tie in the eighth with a two-out single against Calvin Drummond that plated Eudy Pina. That lead did not last. Curt Powell provided an RBI single with two outs against Lugo in the bottom half to tie the score at 4. Box

SAVANNAH 6, CHARLESTON 0: Kevin McGowan tossed a career-high seven innings and combined with Paul Paez on the shutout as the Gnats snapped a three-game losing streak.

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McGowan allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four. The Gnats (29-14) produced two runs apiece in each of the first three innings. In the first, Jeff McNeil's double plated Patrick Biondi. Dominic Smith added an RBI single. An inning later, Jorge Rivero produced a two-run homer -- his first long ball since 2012. L.J. Mazzilli, starting at shortstop with Gavin Cecchini missing a second straight game with a hand injury, led off the third with a homer for a 5-0 lead. Later in the inning, Champ Stuart produced his first RBI with the Gnats, on a single that scored Victor Cruzado. Smith left the game after grounding into a double play in the fifth inning. He fouled a ball off his foot earlier in the at-bat. Earlier in the day, Dario Alvarez was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. Box

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Minors 9.3.13: K-Mets eliminated in Appy

September, 3, 2013
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GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 3: One strike away from a first-round playoff victory, the K-Mets surrendered five runs in the top of the ninth and instead were eliminated in a winner-take-all Game 3 in the Western Division title series. Asked to protect a one-run lead, Ricardo Jacquez and Robert Coles combined to allow the damage in the final frame. The K-Mets had taken a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth when Yeixon Ruiz walked and scored on Jeff McNeil's sacrifice fly. K-Mets starter Rob Whalen took a shutout bid and 2-0 lead into the seventh. He ultimately was charged with two runs, although the latter scored after he departed. Kingsport was making its first postseason appearance since 1996. Box

TRI-CITY 6, BROOKLYN 3: The Cyclones' season-ending tailspin continued with a fifth straight loss. Brooklyn (37-37) will enter its season finale Wednesday needing a win to avoid the first losing season in the New York-Penn League team's 13-year history. Last week, John Gant tossed a one-hit complete game against Tri-City. This time, Gant surrendered six runs (five earned) on five hits while walking three and striking out two in two-plus innings. Trailing 2-0, the Cyclones evened the score in the second. James Roche and Matt Oberste had consecutive one-out singles. Eddie Rohan then produced an RBI single and Ismael Tijerina had a run-scoring groundout. But in the bottom half, Tri-City retook the lead. John Gant uncorked a two-out wild pitch with Jake Rodriguez on third base. The ValleyCats took control in the third. Tyler White singled and Conrad Gregor walked. Ronnie Mitchell then had a two-run triple to chase Gant. Cameron Griffin entered and surrendered a sacrifice fly. Oberste's seventh-inning solo homer completed the scoring. The Cyclones loaded the bases for Gavin Cecchini later in the frame, but Tri-City reliever Tyler Brunnemann retired him to end the threat. Griffin, Paul Paez and Ricky Knapp combined for six scoreless relief innings in the loss. Box

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