New York Mets: Pedro Zapata

Morning briefing: One day until opener

March, 31, 2013
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SARASOTA, Fla.

FIRST PITCH: The Mets have landed in New York.

They will hold a player workout today at Citi Field from noon to 2 p.m.

Tomorrow: Opening Day, with Jonathon Niese opposing San Diego Padres right-hander Edinson Volquez at 1:10 p.m.

Monday’s forecast calls for a high of 58 degrees and 10 percent chance of rain.

Sunday’s news reports:

• Terry Collins has decided he will not be employing platoons. His Opening Day, and fairly stable, lineup:


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Terry Collins says he'll go with starters Marlon Byrd and Collin Cowgill and not platoon in the outfield.


Collin Cowgill, cf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Ike Davis, 1b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Lucas Duda, lf
John Buck, c
Ruben Tejada, ss
Niese, lhp

Cowgill won the center-field job outright, although Kirk Nieuwenhuis still will be on the major league roster for a role that includes serving as a defensive replacement for Duda. Jordany Valdespin will be a bat for the bench, with strategic starts against some right-handers.

The Mets have one roster decision remaining. Zach Lutz’s Opening Day roster fate depends upon whether the Mets place Justin Turner (calf) on the DL.

Read more on the roster in Newsday and the Times.

Johan Santana has decided to undergo surgery Tuesday to again repair the torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Team doctor David Altchek will perform the procedure. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Times, Daily News, Post, Newsday and MLB.com.

Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner combined to surrender four homers and the Mets were one-hit in their spring-training finale, a 7-1 loss to the Orioles on Saturday. The Mets finished Grapefruit League play 15-15-3.

• Zack Wheeler is the Opening Day starter for Triple-A Las Vegas, on April 4 at Sacramento.

• Columnist David Lennon in Newsday suggests the Mets ought to have Wheeler start with the major league club and even consider a long-term deal now. Writes Lennon:

If a pitcher of his caliber can be a difference-maker now and help the Mets win immediately and give the impression that Sandy Alderson is not mailing it in this season, there is a compelling argument to start him in Flushing. If Wheeler indeed proves to be the second coming of Dwight Gooden, Alderson can get to work in the not-too-distant future on a long-term contract that makes sense for both sides.

When the Mets first signed David Wright to an extension in August 2006, they bought out three years of arbitration and four years of potential free agency with what became (with the option) a seven-year, $71 million contract. Last April, the Mets gave Jon Niese, who still was a season away from arbitration, a five-year, $25 million extension with two option years that could push the total guaranteed value to $46 million.

• Rusty Staub, who played for the NL pennant-winning ’73 Mets, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Citi Field. Staub turns 69 Monday.

• Left-hander Scott Rice, who was cut at Dodger Stadium on the eve of L.A.’s Opening Day a year ago, will make his major league debut this week with the Mets. "It's kind of funny," Rice told Marc Carig in Newsday. "Full circle. I flew into Sarasota to start my career in the minor leagues. Now, I'm flying out of Sarasota to go to the big leagues … 14 years later." Read more in the Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• In minor league camp, the Mets released major league veterans Corey Patterson, Daniel Herrera, Mike Wilson and Craig Hansen as well as former supplemental first-round pick Brad Holt, Pedro Zapata and Brandon Brown.

• On the outfield, which was mocked this offseason by everyone including the GM, Byrd told Newsday: "Embrace it. We have no reason for anyone to believe different. We have to produce to make everyone believe differently."

• Andy Martino in the Daily News chats with SNY’s Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling.

From the bloggers Mets Police asks if you can tell “Game of Thrones” apart from the New York Mets.

BIRTHDAYS: Right-hander Tom Hausman turns 60.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Which Met deserves the biggest cheer and bigger jeer during pregame introductions Monday?

Mets release Herrera, Patterson from minors

March, 30, 2013
3/30/13
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SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Mets have released seven players from minor league camp: Brad Holt, Daniel Herrera, Craig Hansen, Mike Wilson, Corey Patterson, Pedro Zapata and Brandon Brown.

Herrera was returning from Tommy John surgery and eyed May for a return to games. Patterson is a veteran outfielder. Hansen is the former first-round pick by the Boston Red Sox out of St. John's. Holt was taken by the Mets with a supplemental first-round pick in 2008, when the organization had three of the top 33 picks and also selected Ike Davis and Reese Havens.

Around the minors 9.3.12

September, 3, 2012
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BUFFALO at LEHIGH VALLEY (canceled): The season finale was rained out and will not be made up. In what is expected to be Buffalo's final season affiliated with the Mets, the Bisons finished 67-76. Box

TRENTON 8, BINGHAMTON 5: In the season finale, Binghamton scored a pair of first-inning runs against Trenton southpaw Nik Turley in his Double-A debut. With two on base, Allan Dykstra sent an RBI double off the right-field wall. Eric Campbell added a sac fly. The B-Mets plated a run in the second for a 3-0 lead. Gonzalez Germen retired the first nine Thunder batters before hitting a speed bump in the fourth. Adonis Garcia singled and Ramon Flores cut into Binghamton’s lead with a two-run homer. Trenton added three runs in the sixth to take the lead. The Thunder chased Germen with a four-hit frame, highlighted by an RBI single by Tyler Austin and two-run double by Kevin Mahoney. Armando Rodriguez struck out Rob Segedin to end the inning. Edgar Ramirez posted a perfect seventh, but Trenton tagged Brandon Moore for three runs in the eighth, stretching its lead to five. Binghamton got to reliever Mikey O’Brien in the bottom half with doubles by Campbell and Juan Centeno. Branden Pinder entered with two outs and induced a groundball by Pedro Zapata. Shortstop Addison Maruszak booted it, prolonging the inning. Wilfredo Tovar cashed in with an RBI single. Dustin Martin represented the tying run, but lined out to end the inning. Pinder returned for the ninth and posted a perfect inning. Germen (8-12) allowed five runs on six hits. Box

KANNAPOLIS 5, SAVANNAH 2: John Gant allowed five runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings in the Gnats' season finale. Greg Pron's two-run homer in the fourth accounted for Savannah's runs. Box

BROOKLYN 4, LOWELL 1: Kevin Plawecki went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored as Brooklyn's magic number dropped to one to clinch a fourth straight playoff berth. Two games remain in the regular season. Luis Cessa tossed 8 2/3 innings. He allowed one run on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Tyler Vanderheiden recorded the final out for his 12th save. Trailing 1-0, Brooklyn evened the score in the fourth. Plawecki singled with one out and Nelfi Zapata walked. Lowell starter Francellis Montas then departed. Reliever Francisco Taveras allowed a run-scoring single to Juan Gamboa. The Cyclones took the lead an inning later. After Dimas Ponce drew a one-out walk, consecutive singles by Phillip Evans, Jayce Boyd and Plawecki plated the run. Brooklyn had a chance for more, but left the bases loaded when Jorge Rivero struck out and Zapata grounded out. Brooklyn added two runs in the eighth. Rivero reached on a fielding error by Lowell third baseman Nick Moore. Zapata walked and Richie Rodriguez came in to pinch-run. Gamboa's sacrifice bunt advanced the runners and Maikis De La Cruz was intentionally walked to load the bases. Brandon Nimmo grounded into a fielder's choice at the plate for the second out, but Ponce walked to force in a run. Evans' ensuing RBI single gave the Cyclones a three-run advantage. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 9.2.12

September, 2, 2012
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LEHIGH VALLEY 6, BUFFALO 0: Expected call-up Jenrry Mejia allowed six runs on 11 hits in six innings in his final 2012 Bisons appearance. Buffalo managed only three hits. The season, and likely the Mets' affiliation with Buffalo, concludes Monday at 1:35 p.m. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, TRENTON 4: The B-Mets scored three runs on three Thunder errors in the bottom of the ninth. Trailing 4-2 in the final frame, Francisco Pena singled against Ryan Pope. Wilfredo Tovar then hit a fly ball to the warning track that left fielder Shane Brown dropped. With two aboard, Pedro Zapata pushed a bunt down the third-base line. Catcher J.R. Murphy airmailed a throw to first, allowing Pena to score. Pope’s first pitch to the next batter, Juan Lagares, got past Murphy and rolled to the backstop, prompting Tovar to scamper home and even the score. Zapata moved into scoring position on the wild pitch, setting the table for the final play. After fouling off three pitches with two strikes, Lagares sent a groundball to shortstop. Addison Maruszak fired to third in an attempt to nab Zapata, but David Adams mishandled the toss, allowing the ball to roll toward the Thunder dugout. With the ball loose, Zapata raced home with the winning run. The B-Mets (68-73) conclude their 21st season Monday at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Gonzalez Germen gets the start for Binghamton. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, BRADENTON 1: St. Lucie heads into the postseason on a winning note. The Florida State League club finished the regular season with an 83-52 overall record. St. Lucie plays its best-of-three first-round opener Tuesday at Jupiter. Erik Goeddel limited Bradenton to one run on two hits while striking out eight in seven innings in the regular-season finale. Robbie Shields' fifth-inning solo homer gave St. Lucie a 3-0 lead. Box

SAVANNAH 2, KANNAPOLIS 1: The Gnats overcame an early deficit with a two-run single by Yucarybert De La Cruz in the fifth. Randy Fontanez tossed 4 1/3 scoreless relief innings to earn the win. Carlos Vazquez notched the save with two scoreless innings. Box

STATEN ISLAND 1, BROOKLYN 0: Despite a strong outing by Brooklyn starter Rainy Lara, one blast by the Baby Bombers dropped the Cyclones into a first-place tie in the wild-card standings with three games remaining. Yankees catcher Peter O’Brien hit a solo shot for his 10th homer this season. The Cyclones mustered one hit in the first five frames. In the sixth, back-to-back two-out singles by Phillip Evans and Kevin Plawecki put the tying run on third, but the Cyclones were unable to capitalize as Jayce Boyd flied out. Yankees starting pitcher Andrew Benak earned his fifth win, going five innings and allowing one hit and two walks. Rehabbing Pedro Feliciano and James Pazos combined for three scoreless relief innings. Lara suffered his third loss despite holding Staten Island to one run on four hits in seven innings. He walked two and fanned eight batters. In relief, Logan Taylor threw two innings, allowing one hit and one walk with one strikeout. Evans went 2-for-4 in the loss. The Cyclones begin a three-game series against Lowell on Monday night at MCU Park. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.31.12

August, 31, 2012
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BUFFALO 8, ROCHESTER 5: Buffalo built a 7-0 lead. Fred Lewis doubled and walked three times in five plate appearances while scoring twice. Jordany Valdespin went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. Chris Schwinden (9-9) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in six innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, TRENTON 5: The B-Mets slugged three homers, including back-to-back shots by Wilmer Flores and Allan Dykstra. Dustin Martin had a three-hit night, finishing a double shy of the cycle. Flores capped a red-hot August with his fourth homer in the last nine games. He hit .377 in 28 games in August. After being held to one run over 13 innings in their two previous games against Trenton starter Brett Marshall, the B-Mets tagged the righty for three runs in the first. Wilfredo Tovar singled and Martin plated him with a homer. Flores was hit by a pitch and scored later in the frame on Eric Campbell’s sac fly. In the second, the B-Mets added to their lead with back-to-back doubles by Pedro Zapata and Tovar. Flores and Dykstra trumped that feat with back-to-back homers later in the frame. With Tovar on second, Flores sent a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall for his eighth homer this season. Dykstra blasted a solo shot to dead center, his seventh homer. It was the first time the B-Mets hit consecutive homers this season. Ryan Flannery entered in the sixth for Trenton and allowed a run on two hits. Martin extended Binghamton’s lead to eight with an RBI triple. B-Mets starter Greg Peavey marched through six scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and walked three, but coaxed four double plays. His fortune changed in the seventh when the Thunder produced four runs on five hits, cutting the B-Mets' lead to four. Brad Holt took over in the eighth and surrendered a solo homer to Luke Murton. Ryan Fraser tossed a perfect ninth, capping his fourth save with a strikeout. Peavey (8-8) went at least seven innings for the fourth straight start and collected his fourth win in August. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, BRADENTON 3: St. Lucie matched its single-season record for wins in team history with No. 81 Friday. The 2000 team that included Heath Bell, Endy Chavez and Jason Phillips also reached that total. Chase Huchingson pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs and six hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts. Jeff Walters tossed 1 2/3 innings and gave up one hit and struck out two. Adam Kolarek pitched a scoreless inning and struck out two. Richard Lucas went 2-for-4 with two runs scored with two RBIs. Aderlin Rodriguez finished 1-for-4 with an RBI. Cory Vaughn also had a hit and RBI. St. Lucie has two regular-season games remaining. Box

SAVANNAH 4, KANNAPOLIS 2: Yucarybert De La Cruz's two-run homer in the third staked the Gnats to a 3-0 lead. Alex Panteliodis limited Kannapolis to two runs on five hits in seven innings. Box

BROOKLYN 5, STATEN ISLAND 1: Hansel Robles (6-1) collected the win and finished the month with a 4-0 record and without allowing an earned run in August. The Cyclones remained a game ahead of Batavia in the wild-card race. Robles allowed four hits and two walks and hit a batter while surrendering an unearned run in five innings. Entering the game, Robles hadn’t allowed a run since Aug. 4 -- a span of 22.0 innings. He still hasn’t allowed an earned since July 28. His streak without allowing an earned run extended to 36.0 innings, the longest by a Cyclones starter this season. The Yankees did score first. Matt Duran singled with one out and Exicardo Cayones was hit in the leg by a pitch. Jose Rosario then hit a grounder to second baseman Jeff Reynolds, who misplayed it to load the bases. After Robles retired Isaias Tejeda for the second out, Taylor Dugas drew a two-out walk, scoring Duran. Brooklyn struck back in the third when Jorge Rivero led off with a double. Reynolds then grounded out, moving Rivero to third. Maikis De La Cruz walked, bringing up Brandon Nimmo, who was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dimas Ponce's sacrifice fly tied the score at 1. The Cyclones took the lead in the fourth when Kevin Plawecki led off with a towering homer. After the Cyclones added two runs in the fifth, ex-Met Pedro Feliciano entered in a rehab appearance. The first batter Feliciano faced was Alex Sanchez, who homered for a 5-1 lead. This marked the second straight year that a Yankees pitcher on a rehab assignment has given up a home run to a Cyclones player. Last year Phil Hughes gave up a solo homer to Nelfi Zapata. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.30.12

August, 30, 2012
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BUFFALO 10, ROCHESTER 3: Jeurys Familia struck out nine, matching a season high, in seven innings and Fred Lewis and Josh Satin homered as Buffalo snapped a three-game losing streak. Familia's 28 starts will either lead or share the lead in the International League. In fact, only one other Bisons pitcher in the past 17 seasons has started 28 games in a season -- Dillon Gee in 2010. Rochester tallied solo runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but the Bisons never trailed. Lewis' two-run shot opened the scoring in the second. Buffalo blew the game open with a five-run ninth that was highlighted by Satin's three-run shot. Satin's long ball was his 14th of the season and gave him 59 RBIs. He is two behind Valentino Pascucci for the club lead. Lewis extended his hitting streak to nine games, a personal season best. C.J. Nitkowski and Drew Carpenter combined for two perfect innings. The Bisons' record for starts in a season is 29, set by Dave Johnson (1988) and matched by Dorn Taylor (1990) and Tim Wakefield (1994). Box

READING 7, BINGHAMTON 2: The R-Phillies scored six runs in the second inning and the B-Mets never recovered. Darin Gorski capped his otherwise strong season on a sour night, lasting two innings. The inning's damage all came with two outs. With runners on first and second, R-Phils starter Austin Hyatt got Reading on the board by dumping a two-run double into left. Tyson Gillies followed by squirting an RBI double up the third-base line and Cody Asche was hit by a pitch to set the stage for Darin Ruf. He blasted a pitch from Gorski over the left-field fence for his record-setting 38th homer. The Nebraska native surpassed Ryan Howard for the Reading Phillies' single-season homer record while giving the R-Phils a 6-0 lead. Gorski matched his shortest career start, set as a Brooklyn Cyclone in 2009. Edgar Ramirez entered in the third and posted three scoreless innings. Binghamton scratched back with a run in the third off Hyatt. Pedro Zapata doubled and scored on Sean Kazmar’s sacrifice fly. Eric Campbell cut the deficit to four with a solo homer in the sixth, his first longball since July 24. Hyatt took a four-run lead into the seventh and got two outs before being replaced by Jordan Whatcott. The righty induced Kazmar to ground out to end the inning. He posted a scoreless eighth after the R-Phils tacked on a run against reliever Brandon Moore. Whatcott returned for the ninth, but was pulled after loading the bases on three singles. Justin Friend entered with one out and collected his 24th save by getting Kazmar to bounce into a game-ending 1-2-3 double play. Gorski (9-7) ended his first year at Double-A with a 4.00 ERA. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 1: Jacob deGrom pitched six effective innings and struck out six to improve to 3-0 in the Florida State League. He allowed one run and five hits while issuing two walks. Hamilton Bennett tossed two scoreless innings and struck out one. Adrian Rosario pitched a scoreless ninth. Travis Taijeron's solo homer in the fifth tied the score. Danny Muno’s RBI groundout gave the Mets a 2-1 advantage in the fifth. Robbie Shields added an RBI to extend the lead. T.J. Rivera went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Darrell Ceciliani finished 1-for-3 with an RBI single. Aderlin Rodriguez had a hit and drove in a run. Box

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 2: Yohan Almonte surrendered six runs in five innings. Savannah's runs came on a two-run homer in the third by Gilbert Gomez. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 3, BROOKLYN 1: Paul Sewald surrendered a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth to Leonardo Reginatto. The Cyclones had been first on the board, scoring a run in the first. Richie Rodriguez and Maikis De La Cruz hit back-to-back singles before Brandon Nimmo grounded into a forceout. Rodriguez came home on the play to make it 1-0. The Renegades tied the score in the fourth. After throwing three perfect innings, Brooklyn starter Luis Mateo hit Joey Rickard with a pitch. He advanced to second on a groundout. With Ryan Dunn batting, a passed ball by Nelfi Zapata then allowed Rickard to move to third. Mateo walked Dunn and surrendered a run-scoring single to Justin O’Conner. Mateo ultimately surrendered one earned run on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts, including striking out the side in the sixth. Sewald entered to pitch the eighth with the score tied at 1. He gave up a double, followed by a single to put the go-ahead run on third base. But Sewald escaped that jam when he got Shaffer to ground into an inning-ending double play. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.29.12

August, 29, 2012
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BINGHAMTON 6, READING 2: Gonzalez Germen allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings and the B-Mets scored five two-out runs. The B-Mets grabbed the lead in the first against starter Adam Morgan. Juan Lagares stroked a one-out double and scored when Allan Dykstra singled. Binghamton added to its lead in the fourth. Morgan issued consecutive walks and uncorked a wild pitch to put runners at the corners. Jefry Marte then plated Dykstra with a single for his team-leading 57th RBI. Pedro Zapata added an RBI single. Reading plated its only run against Germen in the fourth, when Cody Asche and Tug Hulett doubled. Germen (8-11) retired the next two batters to end the inning, stranding two runners in scoring position. After Hulett’s double, Germen retired 12 of the next 14 R-Phils he faced. The streak and Germen’s night ended when he allowed back-to-back two-out singles in the eighth. Nursing a two-run lead, Ryan Fraser induced Jake Fox to ground out to strand the inherited runners. The B-Mets added three runs in the ninth against Jay Johnson. Sean Kazmar supplied an RBI single and Lagares dumped a two-out, two-run single into right. Fraser returned for the ninth. With one out, Miguel Abreu scorched a groundball to third that Marte failed to field on the shorthop. Jiwan James followed by bouncing a single just out of the reach of Zapata in left field. With two aboard, Troy Hanzawa zipped a groundball that bounced off the mound and sailed over the head of Wilmer Flores and into right field, allowing Abreu to score. Fraser finally shut the door for his third save by inducing Tyson Gillies to ground out. Flores' nine-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-5 performance. Box

JUPITER 2, ST. LUCIE 1: Taylor Whitenton allowed the tiebreaking run to score in the eighth, after Logan Verrett limited the Hammerheads to one run in seven innings. St. Lucie had evened the score at 1 in the seventh on Danny Muno's single, which plated Darrell Ceciliani. Box

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 0: Miller Diaz allowed six runs (two earned) in 4 2/3 innings. The Gnats committed five errors, including two apiece by shortstop Yucarybert De La Cruz and third baseman Dustin Lawley. Box

BROOKLYN 7, HUDSON VALLEY 4: Brooklyn rallied in the seventh, scoring four runs to take a 5-2 advantage. A single by Phillip Evans followed by doubles by Alexander Sanchez and Jayce Boyd plated the first two runs of the inning. Jorge Rivero then walked. Nelfi Zapata grounded out, advancing both runners. Maikis De La Cruz then delivered a two-run double. The Cyclones put up two more runs in the eighth when Boyd homered, scoring 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, who was hit by a pitch in his New York-Penn League debut. Justin O’Conner led off the bottom half of the eighth with a single and Joel Caminero reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a throwing error by second baseman Jeff Reynolds. Caminero then moved to third when Marty Gantt flied out and scored on a Joey Rickard single. Rickard later scored on a double off the bat of Leonardo Reginatto. Brooklyn starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa threw five innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. The win went to reliever Logan Taylor, who pitched 2 2/3 innings and surrendered two earned runs. Tyler Vanderheiden pitched a perfect ninth, striking out one, to collect his 11th save. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.25.12

August, 25, 2012
8/25/12
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BUFFALO 5, ROCHESTER 3: With Buffalo down 3-0, Matt den Dekker and Mike Nickeas singled to open the third. Fred Lewis then produced an RBI double in what became a four-run inning. Starter Chris Schwinden allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. Drew Carpenter, Garrett Olson and Fernando Cabrera combined for 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Valentino Pascucci's solo homer in the seventh capped the scoring. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 1: Darin Gorski matched a season high with nine strikeouts while limiting Portland to one run. Reese Havens contributed a two-run homer that snapped his 0-for-21 drought. The Sea Dogs needed a break in the first to score their lone run. With two outs and Jeremy Hazelbaker on first, Bryce Brentz lifted a fly ball to right. Dustin Martin got a late read and the ball landed inside the line for a single, plating Hazelbaker. The B-Mets cracked the scoreboard in the third against starter Drake Britton. Allan Dykstra drove in Wilmer Flores from first by doubling. Dykstra scored the go-ahead run when shortstop Xander Bogaerts booted Jefry Marte's groundball. After allowing a single to Derrik Gibson in the second, Gorski retired 12 straight Sea Dogs. The B-Mets added to their lead and chased Britton in the fourth. After consecutive one-out singles, Britton walked Pedro Zapata to load the bases. Havens then rolled a groundball to shortstop and beat out the potential double play, allowing a run to score. Will Latimer replaced Britton and got the final out of the frame. In the sixth, Havens blasted his 10th homer, kicking Binghamton’s lead to four. Brentz snapped Gorski’s impressive stretch in the sixth with a two-out single. Travis Shaw walked to increase the threat, but Gorski induced Boagaerts to line out. With a runner aboard in the eighth, Gorski racked up his ninth strikeout, painting the outside black against Hazelbaker. Ryan Fraser recorded the final out of eighth and tossed a scoreless ninth. Gorski (9-7) earned his third win in his last four starts, allowing five hits over 7 2/3 innings. Box

CHARLOTTE 2, ST. LUCIE 1 (12 innings): Todd Glaesmann’s leadoff homer against Jeff Walters in the 12th inning proved to the difference. Mets left-hander Chase Huchingson came within one out of a complete-game shutout, before Glaesmann’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth tied the score. Huchingson pitched 8 2/3 innings and allowed one run and three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Adam Kolarek tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and worked around a hit and walk. Walters allowed one run and three hits in two innings. Richard Lucas had scored from third on a wild pitch in the second inning for the lone run by the Mets. Darrell Ceciliani finished 3-for-5 with a walk. T.J. Rivera went 2-for-6. The Mets finished 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 14 on base. Box

ROME 2, SAVANNAH 0
ROME 4, SAVANNAH 1: Rome did all the Game 1 scoring in the fifth inning, on Ross Heffley two-run homer. Rome starter A.J. Holland shut out the Gnats through six innings. Savannah starter Yohan Almonte (0-2) surrendered Heffley’s long ball. In Game 2, the Gnats opened the scoring in the third on Yucarybert De La Cruz's sacrifice fly. The Braves rallied in the sixth against Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis.(4-8). With two outs and the bases empty, three singles evened the score at 1. Robbie Hefflinger then produced a three-run homer against Panteliodis. Rome starter Greg Ross threw a complete-game shutout. Box 1, Box 2

BLUEFIELD 7, KINGSPORT 0: Starter John Gant allowed five runs (three earned) in five innings. Right-handers Brandon Welch (fifth round) and Rob Whalen (12th round) made their professional debuts in relief, each allowing one run in one inning. Kingsport committed five errors, three from shortstop Anthony Chavez. Box

BROOKLYN 11, STATEN ISLAND 0: Hansel Robles tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out eight. He leads the New York-Penn League with a 1.20 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP. Robles has not allowed an earned run in his last 31 innings, dating to July 28, and has not allowed any run in 22 innings. In the first, Dimas Ponce and Phillip Evans singled and Eudy Pina reached on a throwing error by shortstop Claudio Custodio. With the bases loaded, Kevin Plawecki delivered a sacrifice fly. In the fifth, Yankees starter Gabriel Encinas surrendered another two runs. Jeff Reynolds walked and Julio Concepcion singled. Reynolds scored on Brandon Nimmo's double. Evans' ensuing single scored Concepcion. Brooklyn batted around in an eight-run seventh. Ponce hit a two-run triple. Zach Woods replaced Encinas, but Evans hit his third single of the night to plate Ponce. Pina and Alex Sanchez walked later in the inning. Jeff Glenn contributed a two-run single. Reynolds then blasted his second homer of the season, a three-run shot, to make it 11-0. Logan Taylor and Tyler Vanderheiden each threw an inning of hitless relief for the Cyclones. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.24.12

August, 24, 2012
8/24/12
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 6, BUFFALO 4: The first six batters of the game reached against Jeurys Familia in a four-run first inning, while ex-Met John Maine limited his former organization to two unearned runs in six innings. Chris Dickerson singled and Corban Joseph hit a two-run homer against Familia in the opening frame. Eduardo Nunez followed with a double and later scored on a wild pitch. Two more singles and an error gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had four more consecutive hits to open the second, with Dickerson scoring. Familia did rally. He allowed one hit over his final four innings, but ultimately was charged with five runs on 10 hits in six innings. The Herd scored a pair of runs in the third inning to get on the board. Fred Lewis came around on a throwing error by Maine. Valentino Pascucci later doubled home Lucas Duda for his team leading 58th RBI. Pascucci scored on a wild pitch in the eighth. Before the game, reliever Drew Carpenter joined the Bisons from Binghamton. He pitched an inning of scoreless relief. Armando Rodriguez returned to the B-Mets. Familia struck out seven batters to take over the team lead, with 119. Box

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 3: Wilmer Flores’ two-run homer in the ninth was not enough as the B-Mets’ comeback bid fell short. Sea Dogs starter Brandon Workman baffled the B-Mets, allowing one run over seven innings. Portland broke a scoreless tie in the third against starter Gonzalez Germen. With a runner on first, Jeremy Hazelbaker smacked an RBI triple over Juan Lagares’ head in center. Bryce Brentz followed with a run-scoring single. Workman cruised through five innings, facing one over the minimum. After surrendering a single to Eric Campbell in the second, he retired 13 straight B-Mets. Binghamton scratched out a run in the sixth, a rally ignited by a one-out triple by Pedro Zapata. Lagares then pushed an RBI bunt single down the third-base line. Lagares, representing the tying run, advanced to third on a stolen base and groundout, but was stranded. After allowing six hits over his first three innings, Germen no-hit the Sea Dogs over his next four frames. He got two quick outs in the eighth before allowing back-to-back homers, to Travis Shaw and Xander Bogaerts. Brad Holt entered and recorded the final out of the inning. The cushion factored in heavily. Workman tossed a scoreless seventh before handing a one-run lead to the bullpen. Caleb Clay tossed a perfect eighth, but nearly blew a three-run lead in the ninth. After Lagares singled, Flores blasted a two-run homer. Raul Reyes reached on a two-out single, but Jefry Marte struck out looking to end the game. Germen (7-11) suffered his fifth loss in his last six B-Mets starts. He allowed four runs on nine hits while collecting seven strikeouts. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 5: Cory Vaughn hit his 22nd homer and drove in two runs as the Mets held off Charlotte. Darrell Ceciliani went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Richard Lucas finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Aderlin Rodriguez also had a hit and drove in a run. Jacob deGrom picked up the victory, tossing 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three. Adrian Rosario pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up an unearned run with one walk and one strikeout. Taylor Whitenton tossed 1 2/3 innings and gave up three hits and one run with four strikeouts. Adam Kolarek recorded the final out to preserve the win for his 17th save. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 2: Cam Maron delivered a three-run homer in the first. He finished 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBIs. Carlos Vazquez (6-2) earned the win with four scoreless relief innings. Box

KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 4: Tomas Nido produced a two-run homer in the first inning. Nido then broke a 4-all tie in the fifth when he was hit by a pitch, advanced on another hit by pitch and walk, and scored on a wild pitch. The K-Mets opened a three-run lead an inning later when Branden Kaupe tripled and scored on Gavin Cecchini's single. Cecchini scored on a triple by Joe Tuschak. Nido departed the inning after being struck with the pitch. Juan Urbina (1-0) and Matt Budgell combined for five scoreless relief innings. Budgell earned his first professional save. Box

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 1: A late-inning meltdown wasted a stellar performance from Brooklyn starter Luis Mateo, who tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out six. The Cyclones scored their lone run in the fifth. Eudy Pina and Brandon Nimmo singled. A swinging bunt from Phillip Evans eventually put runners on second and third with two outs. Kevin Plawecki then smashed a line drive too hot for Staten Island third baseman Matt Duran to handle, allowing Pina to score for a 1-0 lead. In the eighth, Craig Hansen failed to record an out. He walked the first batter he faced, then hit a batter before allowing a single to Exicardo Cayones to load the bases with none out. Hansen then also plunked Ravel Santana to force in a run and even the score. Beck Wheeler, who was tagged with Thursday's loss after allowing an 11th-inning homer, once again fell victim to the long ball. Duran greeted him with a grand slam. Despite the loss, the Cyclones remain three games ahead of Batavia in the wild-card race. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.16.12

August, 16, 2012
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LEHIGH VALLEY 5, BUFFALO 2: Zack Wheeler surrendered five runs on eight hits, including a solo homer to Sebastian Valle, while striking out eight and walking none in five innings. Wheeler now has a 4.60 ERA through three Triple-A starts. Justin Hampson and Garrett Olson combined for four scoreless relief innings. Lucas May and Lucas Duda contributed a sacrifice flies in consecutive innings. Brad Emaus and Fred Lewis scored, both after doubling. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 5, BINGHAMTON 2: New Hampshire's John Tolisano launched a tiebreaking three-run homer off Greg Peavey in the fourth inning and the B-Mets stranded 10 runners. Binghamton struck first, plating a run in the second inning against starter Fernando Hernandez. Jefry Marte reached on a one-out walk, took second on a passed ball, advanced on a single and scored when Wilfredo Tovar beat out a double play. The Fisher Cats tagged Peavey for four runs in the fourth. After Jake Marisnick’s leadoff single, Brad Glenn tied the score with a double. Ryan Goins then singled to set the stage for Tolisano, who blasted a 1-0 pitch over the right-field fence. Binghamton threatened, placing two runners aboard in the fourth and sixth, but failed to score in either frame. Sean Ochinko extended the Fisher Cats' lead with a solo homer in the sixth. Binghamton’s struggles with runners on base continued in the seventh. Ronald Uviedo allowed a pair to reach, but struck out Eric Campbell to end the inning. The B-Mets plated their final run in the eighth. Uviedo departed after issuing a leadoff a walk to Raul Reyes. After Marte greeted reliever Chorye Spoone with a single, Francisco Pena rolled into a double play that left Marte as the surviving runner at second. Tovar brought him home with a single. Spoone retired Pedro Zapata to end the inning and handed off to Sam Dyson for the ninth. Dyson threw a perfect frame. Peavey (6-8) went a career-high eight innings, but allowed five runs on eight hits. It was his second complete this season. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, PALM BEACH 5: Angel Cuan limited the Cardinals to one run in seven innings. Palm Beach rallied from a 7-1 deficit with a four-run eighth against Jeffrey Walters. Cory Vaughn launched his 21st homer and Alonzo Harris Jr. also had a two-run shot. Box

SAVANNAH 6, HICKORY 5: Yucarybert De La Cruz produced a three-run homer in the seventh as the Gnats overcame a 4-3 deficit. T.J. Chism picked up his 18th save. Box

JOHNSON CITY 14, KINGSPORT 3: Starter Corey Oswalt allowed seven runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. Box

TRI-CITY 4, BROOKLYN 2: With three Cyclones starting pitchers having appeared in Tuesday's New York-Penn League All-Star Game, Brooklyn leaned on its relief corps. Matt Bowman made his first professional start and tossed four scoreless innings, allowing one hit and a walk while striking out two. Tri-City starter Lance Day matched Bowman until the fifth, when Brooklyn opened the scoring. Jeff Glenn doubled and moved to third on Juan Gamboa's groundout. Dimas Ponce then singled to plate Glenn. Matt Koch replaced Bowman and found himself in a fifth-inning jam. M.P. Cokinos and Jean Batista connected on back-to-back hits that put two in scoring position with one out. After Dan Gubransen's sacrifice fly, Emilio King launched a two-run homer to put Tri-City ahead, 3-1. Brooklyn answered a half-inning later, after a fielding error and a walk put a pair of runners aboard. Kevin Plawecki singled to score Phillip Evans and slice Brooklyn's deficit to one run. In the seventh, the ValleyCats restored a two-run lead, although Logan Taylor limited the damage. After entering with the bases loaded and nobody out, Taylor induced a sacrifice fly and a double play to hold the deficit to 4-2. In the eighth, Jayce Boyd doubled and Plawecki singled, but Stefan Sabol and Glenn struck out to end the threat. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.7.12

August, 8, 2012
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SYRACUSE 4, BUFFALO 3: The Chiefs used a three-run outburst in the fifth to open their first lead of the game, and held on down the stretch. With the loss, Buffalo is seven games back of Scranton in the wild-card race. The fifth was the fateful inning that doomed the Herd and starting pitcher Collin McHugh, and the damage started quickly with a leadoff double by Brett Carroll. The problematic big inning reared its ugly head three batters later, when Mark Teahen ripped an RBI triple that scored two. Next up, Carlos Rivero brought Teahen home with a single. Just like that, a 1-0 Buffalo lead had turned into a 3-1 Syracuse advantage. The Bisons trailed 4-1, but battled back with two runs in the seventh. Matt den Dekker singled, and Valentino Pascucci singled him home two batters later -- with a Mike Nickeas single in between. After Pascucci drove in the run that cut the Chiefs' lead to 4-2, Fred Lewis drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Two batters later, Lucas Duda took advantage with a single that scored Nickeas, pulling Buffalo within a run. With one out, the bases were still loaded, but the Bisons could not come through with the tying run. Zach Lutz was called out on strikes and Adam Loewen grounded out. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, NEW BRITAIN 8
NEW BRITAIN 8, BINGHAMTON 1:
Trailing by two in the seventh in Game 1, the B-Mets started their late rally with two walks. A single by Dustin Martin against Jose Gonzalez brought home pinch-runner Pedro Zapata and cut the deficit to one. Reliever Dakota Watts entered and induced Wilfredo Tovar to ground out, but a botched fielder’s choice allowed everyone to reach safely. With the bases loaded and one out, Juan Centeno sent a chopper to second. Nate Hanson flipped to James Beresford for one, but his relay to first was late. Raul Reyes scored easily from third to tie the score. Martin, running from contact, scored from second to give Binghamton their fourth walk-off win of the season. The B-Mets had fallen into an early deficit after the Rock Cats put up a five-run second against starter Cory Mazzoni. Binghamton started its comeback in the third on a two-run homer by Reese Havens. The B-Mets added two more in the fifth, on an RBI groundout by Centeno and a two-out RBI single by Wilmer Flores. After the Rock Cats plated another run in the sixth, the B-Mets struck back and tied the score with a pair of scores. Centeno delivered another run-scoring groundout and Juan Lagares knotted the score at 6 with an RBI single. Mazzoni survived six innings. He allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits. Adam Kolarek took over in the seventh and failed to preserve the tie. Kolarek (2-0) was taken off the hook and earned his second win of the season thanks to Binghamton’s three-run seventh. The B-Mets failed to carry the magic into the nightcap. They were held to two hits and sent one over the minimum to the plate. Francisco Pena provided the only offense with a solo homer in the sixth. The Rock Cats tagged B-Mets starter Gonzalez Germen for six runs on six hits over five innings. Oswaldo Arcia delivered the game-sealing blow with a grand slam in New Britain’s five-run fifth. Box 1 Box 2

ST. LUCIE 9, PALM BEACH 1: Rafael Montero pitched 7 2/3 no-hit innings before being removed with his pitch count at 110 and St. Lucie lost the no-hit bid with a leadoff double in the ninth. Montero walked three and struck out five while lowering his ERA to 2.13. Alonzo Harris Jr. led the charge with a 4-for-4 night with three RBIs and two runs scored. Richard Lucas added two RBIs, while Daniel Muno, T.J. Rivera and Blake Forsythe each added one. Box

KINGSPORT 8, BRISTOL 3: Kingsport jumped to a 6-0 lead after three innings. The K-Mets scored two in the first inning, on a double by Tomas Nido and asingle by Maikis De La Cruz. In the third, Kingsport scored four as Anthony Chavez cleared the bases with a triple and Joe Tuschak notched a sacrifice fly. The support made a winner of Persio Reyes, who gave up three runs in five innings. Box

BROOKLYN 1, LOWELL 0: Gabriel Ynoa led the Cyclones to their seventh shutout victory of the year as they topped the Lowell Spinners 1-0. Ynoa had his longest outing of the year, tossing 7.0 innings without allowing a run, giving up three hits and striking out eight batters while walking none. Paul Sewald came out of the bullpen and was perfect for two innings to close out the game and collect his third save of the year. Brooklyn pitchers have now allowed just two runs in their last five games. In the fourth inning with one out, Jayce Boyd came up and crushed a hanging curveball over the left field wall for his second professional home run. This would be the lone run of the game as the Cyclones won the first of a three game series 1-0.Paul Sewald pitched the eighth and ninth inning and continued his dominance over the New York-Penn League as he has yet to allow a run in his professional career. This was the 11th game of the season for Sewald, totaling 19.2 innings surrendering only 12 hits and striking out 21 batters. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.31.12

August, 1, 2012
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BUFFALO 5, INDIANAPOLIS 4 (11 innings): With runners on first and second and one out in the 10th, Bisons closer Fernando Cabrera struck out the next two batters. Buffalo's Zach Lutz then took advantage, launching his second homer of the game in the 11th. Entering the bottom of the ninth, the Herd led 4-2. But Indianapolis' Brandon Boggs, batting with runners on first and second and one out, ripped a line drive into the right-field corner against Cabrera to score two. Cabrera survived the inning from that point, aided by Matt den Dekker's sliding catch on the warning track in right-center that retired the side. After Lutz's 11th-inning heroics, Bisons reliever Jeff Stevens made quick work of Indy, retiring the side in order. Bisons started Collin McHugh tossed six innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Lutz finished 3-for-5 with two homers. Lutz's first homer came on a solo shot in the seventh. Josh Satin also homered for the Herd, with a two-run shot in the fifth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-4. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 2: Entering off two subpar performances, Zack Wheeler produced a season-high 11 of Binghamton's 17 strikeouts in a rebound performance. Wheeler allowed two runs on four hits. The strikeout total was one shy of Wheeler's career high, set last season with the San Jose Giants. The B-Mets scored in the first against starter Danny Rosenbaum (7-8) on a fortunate bounce. With Wilmer Flores at first, Jefry Marte zipped a groundball down the third-base line that struck the tarp and ricocheted back into left field, allowing Flores to score the game’s first run. Harrisburg got on the scoreboard a half-inning later. Zach Walters doubled, took third on a single and scored on Sean Nicol’s sacrifice fly. Tim Pahuta gave Harrisburg a brief lead with a solo homer in the fourth. It was only the second homer allowed by Wheeler this season. Binghamton responded with a run the next half-inning. The B-Mets cracked three hits to start the frame, but a baserunning mistake by Marte forced Flores to get thrown out at home. Francisco Pena made up for the miscue with a game-tying RBI groundout.

The B-Mets took the lead for good in the sixth. Flores walked and took second on a groundout. After Dustin Martin bounced out to the mound for the second out, Pena sent a high chopper to second. Jose Lozada attempted to field the in-between hop, but the ball squirted under his glove. The error allowed Flores to score. Given the lead, Wheeler (10-6) capped his night with two strikeouts in the seventh. He fanned the final four batters he faced before giving way to C.J. Nitkowski. Pinch-hitter Jonathan Tucker greeted the lefty by launching a long fly ball to left, but was robbed of a hit by Pedro Zapata, who made a running catch on the warning track. Frank Francisco needed only 11 pitches to strike out the side in the eighth. In the ninth, Adam Kolarek struck out the first two batters before surrendering consecutive singles. With the tying run on second, Kolarek locked down his first Double-A save by striking out Lozada. The 17 strikeouts are the most collected by the B-Mets since they struck out 19 in a 14-inning game against Harrisburg on July 28, 2011. The total was one shy of a franchise record for a nine-inning game, set against New Haven on April 10, 1995. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, CLEARWATER 2: Rafael Montero struck out 14 while limiting Clearwater to two runs on five hits in six innings. Taylor Whitenton notched his fifth save. St. Lucie broke a 1-all tie in the sixth on T.J. Rivera's RBI single and Blake Forsythe's sacrifice fly. Box

SAVANNAH 2, GREENSBORO 1 (11 innings): Dustin Lawley delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th, scoring Gilbert Gomez. Lawley went 2-for-5 and drove in both Savannah runs. The Hoppers scored their lone run against Savannah starter Jacob deGrom in the first inning. With one out, Austin Barnes doubled and scored on Wilfredo Gimenez’s double. DeGrom completed seven innings and lowered his ERA to 2.37. After stranding the bases loaded in the third inning, he retired 13 of the final 15 batters to face him. In his seven innings, he yielded one run on four hits, walking two and fanning five. The Gnats evened the game at 1 in the fifth. Cam Maron drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Lawley’s single under the glove of Hoppers shortstop Austin Nola. Relievers Estarlin Morel, T.J. Chism and Chasen Bradford combined for four scoreless innings, twice stranding a runner at third. Bradford worked a 1-2-3 11th with two strikeouts to earn the win. Box

KINGSPORT at JOHNSON CITY (ppd.)

Compiled from team reports

Farm report II: Leaders, player notes

July, 4, 2012
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Organization leaders

Average: Eris Peguero, Kingsport, .370; Stefan Sabol, Brooklyn, .348; Cole Frenzel, Brooklyn, .329; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .329; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .321; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, .307; Maikis De La Cruz, Kingsport, .302; Josh Rodriguez, Buffalo, .301; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, .301; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, .300.

Homers: Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 15; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 14; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 13; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 13; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 12.

RBI: Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 52; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, 52; Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 52; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 51; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 42.

Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 16; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, 15; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 14; Pedro Zapata, Binghamton, 13.

ERA: Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 0.51; Gabriel Ynoa, Brooklyn, 2.00; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 2.58; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 2.69; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 2.74; Hansel Robles, Brooklyn, 2.87; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 3.03; Luis Cessa, Brooklyn, 3.21; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 3.34; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 3.41.

Wins: Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 7; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 7; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 7; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 7; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 7.

Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 16; Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 13; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 13; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 11; Robert Carson, Binghamton, 7.

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 96; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 90; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 82; Garrett Olson, Buffalo, 77; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 77.

Short hops

• Brooklyn catcher Kevin Plawecki, the 35th overall pick in the draft, took two days away from the Cyclones to attend the Johnny Bench Award presentation in Wichita, Kansas. Plawecki was a finalist for the honor, given annually to the nation’s top catcher. University of Florida product Mike Zunino -- the third over pick in the draft, by Seattle -- won the award. New Mexico’s Mitchell Garver was the other finalist. Plawecki (.171, 2 HR, 4 RBIs in 35 at-bats with Brooklyn) is day-to-day after being struck on the left hand in the 11th inning Monday. X-rays were negative.

• Second-round pick Matt Reynolds has manned shortstop for Savannah since making his pro debut Saturday. He was used at multiple infield positions while in college at Arkansas, but primarily manned third, where he was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference. The temporary position switch is partly a function of a logjam of third basemen in the Mets system, including Aderlin Rodriguez with the Gnats. While Reynolds will get exposure to shortstop this summer, his future home more likely is back at third base. Reynolds led the Razorbacks with a .323 average, seven homers and 45 RBIs during his junior season.

• Brooklyn right-hander Luis Mateo is 3-0 with a 0.51 ERA entering his next scheduled start, Saturday against Jamestown. Mateo, 22, has struck out 22 and walked two in 17 1/3 innings spanning three starts. He originally was signed by San Francisco in 2008, but the $625,000 contract was voided because of bone chips discovered in his pitching elbow.

Mateo has been named New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week. Teammate Cole Frenzel (.412, 1 HR, 10 RBIs in 51 at-bats) was named the NYPL’s Player of the Week. It marked the first time the Cyclones ever swept the weekly honors.

• Outfielder Adam Loewen, who was beaten out by Mike Baxter for an Opening Day roster spot as a lefty-hitting backup outfielder, returned from a 10-week absence Saturday with Class A St. Lucie after a stress fracture in his right foot healed. Loewen is due to rejoin Triple-A Buffalo today.

• The remainder of 2010 New York-Penn League batting champ Darrell Ceciliani’s season may be in jeopardy. Ceciliani, an outfielder selected in the fourth round in ’09, has landed on the disabled list for a fourth time this season with St. Lucie with a hamstring injury. Ceciliani has appeared in no more than four games between any two DL stints this season.

• Right-hander Armando Rodriguez has been added to Binghamton’s contingent for the Eastern League All-Star game next Wednesday. Rodriguez (2-0, 2.89 ERA, one save) will join infielders Eric Campbell and Jefry Marte as the B-Mets’ representatives. Zack Wheeler, who is due to participate in Sunday’s Futures Game along with Wilmer Flores, was selected for the Eastern League event but will not attend because of his participation in the prospect showcase in Kansas City.

• Wheeler will face his former organization for the first time Thursday when he pitches at Richmond, the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Wheeler tweeted that he particularly was eager to oppose friend Chris Heston, who is 6-3 with an Eastern League-leading 1.89 ERA. Wheeler’s 2.74 ERA ranks fourth in the league, despite consecutive rough outings. Having left breaking pitches up over the plate, Wheeler allowed a career-high seven runs (six earned) in 6 2/3 innings Saturday against Altoona.

• After a two-week stint playing American League affiliates and using a DH, the B-Mets returned to facing NL affiliates this week. That means pitchers hit. And that has created an infield logjam. With the third baseman Flores’ promotion from St. Lucie and first baseman Allan Dykstra returning from a fractured left forearm, Campbell has been pushed to left field from first base. And Flores and Marte, also a third baseman, now each have started at first base for the first time in their pro careers during the regular season. The infield-heavy B-Mets are not as congested in the outfield with Pedro Zapata landing on the DL with a right hamstring strain.

• Infielder Zach Lutz, a member of the 40-man roster, is due to begin playing with Class A St. Lucie after recovering from surgery to remove a broken hamate bone in the base of his hand. Lutz was hitting .307 with three homers and 13 RBIs and had a .413 on-base percentage in 27 games with Buffalo before landing on the DL in mid-May. Center fielder Cesar Puello returned to St. Lucie’s lineup on Monday after undergoing the same surgical procedure, which cost him nearly six weeks.

• The Bisons’ Valentino Pascucci will be one of six competitors in the home run derby Monday at the Triple-A All-Star festivities in Buffalo. Pascucci will go head to head with former Mets farmhand Mike Hessman, who is the active leader in career minor league homers with 354. Pascucci ranks second with 244.

• Seventeenth-round pick Stefan Sabol extended his hitting streak to nine games Tuesday with Brooklyn.

Adam Rubin’s farm report appears Wednesdays during the regular season

Around the minors 6.25.12

June, 26, 2012
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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 7, ST. LUCIE 3
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 6.24.12

June, 24, 2012
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DURHAM 4, BUFFALO 3: Matt Harvey allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six in five innings. Harvey threw 93 pitches in the no-decision. Buffalo has now lost 10 of 11 to drop to 38-39. Fred Lewis went 3-for-3 with two solo homers in the loss. Lewis' fourth-inning homer evened the score at 1. Josh Rodriguez also homered, which tied the score at 2 in the sixth. A half-inning later, though, Justin Hampson (4-2) surrendered two runs. Matt Mangini gave Durham the lead with a leadoff homer. Jeff Salazar doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Lewis pulled the Bisons within a run in the eighth with his second homer. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, ERIE 5: Robert Carson capped a five-out save by striking out Jordan Lennerton to strand the tying run on base. Wilmer Flores drove in two runs in a four-hit game. Nick Castellanos gave Erie a first-inning lead with a solo homer off Armando Rodriguez. Rodriguez filled in for scheduled starter Mark Cohoon, who was promoted to Buffalo. The B-Mets responded against Jared Wesson in the second. Flores doubled and scored when Francisco Pena also doubled. Pedro Zapata gave Binghamton the lead with a two-out RBI single. Erie tied the score at 2 in the bottom of the frame. Tony Plagman reached on an infield single, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored when Rodriguez uncorked a wild pitch. Binghamton used another two-run inning to take the lead for good in the third. After Wesson loaded the bases by allowing a single and issuing two walks, Flores stroked his second double, driving in two and giving Binghamton a 4-2 edge. Lennerton had a solo homer in the third. But Jefry Marte scored in the fifth on Cesar Carrillo's wild pitch. Zapata greeted Michael Morrison with a homer in the sixth. Reese Havens capped Binghamton’s scoring with a solo homer off Robbie Weinhardt in the eighth. Erik Turgeon and Ryan Fraser (1-0) combined for four scoreless relief innings. Adrian Rosario then took a four-run lead into the eighth. He paid immediately for walking Jamie Johnson when Niuman Romero laced an RBI double. After a single and walk loaded the bases, Carson entered. With the tying run on first, the southpaw induced Plagman to fly out and struck out Brandon Douglas to end the inning. In the ninth, Luis Sanz singled and Johnson reached on a fielding error by Havens at second. Castellanos cut the deficit to two by lining a two-out, run-scoring single. Lennerton then struck out on three pitches. Fraser earned his first win as a B-Met. Carson collected his sixth save. The B-Mets (35-38) complete the series Monday as Zack Wheeler pitches. Box

DAYTONA at ST. LUCIE (ppd).: Postponed because of inclement weather, the game will be made up as part of a 4 p.m. doubleheader Monday.

AUGUSTA 2, SAVANNAH 1: Augusta no-hit the Gnats into the seventh inning and then held on late. Savannah’s Cam Maron went 0-for-4, snapping his hitting streak at 16 games, tied for the second-longest in the South Atlantic League in 2012. Left-hander Jimmy Fuller made his first Savannah start since Aug. 1, 2010. He finished that season with St. Lucie, but missed last year following labrum surgery. In the second inning, Joe Staley blooped a two-out single into shallow right field and scored on Brett Krill’s double. Augusta opened a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Wes Hodges doubled to chase Fuller, who had reached his pitch limit. Garrett Buechele followed with an RBI single against Randy Fontanez, who otherwise tossed three scoreless innings. Augusta left-hander Adalberto Mejia was pulled with a no-hitter intact through six innings because of a pitch limit. The Gnats broke through for their first hits and only run in the seventh against reliever Andrew Berger. Dustin Lawley drew a one-out walk. Aderlin Rodriguez then rolled a swinging bunt up the third-base line that stopped in fair territory for the Gnats’ first hit. Gregory Pron followed with a clean single into right field to drive in Lawley. After a botched rundown, Rodriguez advanced to third and Lawley, as the potential go-ahead run, followed the play into second. However, 2011 14th-round pick Xorge Carillo, in his first Savannah start, struck out to strand the runners in scoring position. Box

KINGSPORT 8, GREENEVILLE 3: Right-hander Robert Gsellman, the Mets' 13th-round pick in 2011, allowed only one run, unearned, in six innings. Maikis De La Cruz went went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs. Gavin Cecchini had two RBIs. Box

BROOKLYN 10, ABERDEEN 5: Gabriel Ynoa (1-0) had a scoreless effort through six innings, while Alex Sanchez went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Brandon Nimmo worked a one-out walk in the first and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Sanchez then singled to plate Nimmo for a 1-0 lead. In the fourth, consecutive singles by Sanchez, Nelfi Zapata and Cole Frenzel loaded the bases. Eudy Pina then delivered a two-run double. The lead swelled to 6-0 in the fifth. Richie Rodriguez and Nimmo walked and advanced on a groundout. Sanchez drove in his second run with a single and later scored on a two-RBI hit from Frenzel. In the sixth, Phillip Evans plated Jonathan Clark with a single. An inning later, Zapata’s solo homer made it 8-0. Ynoa allowed a walk and a single to open Aberdeen's half of the seventh inning before giving way to Ernesto Yanez, who walked a batter to load the bases. Yanez then served up a grand slam to Doug Bream. John Mincone pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game and collect his first save. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

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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