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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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Morning Briefing: ROY campaign resumes

September, 3, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: It’s Jacob deGrom Day at Marlins Park as his NL Rookie of the Year campaign continues.

DeGrom (7-6, 2.94 ERA) opposes Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.79) in the 7:10 p.m. rubber game on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins.

The minor-league playoffs also get underway Wednesday.

Rafael Montero starts for Las Vegas against Reno. Tyler Pill starts for Binghamton against Portland. Robert Gsellman starts for Savannah at Asheville.

Wednesday’s news reports:

Juan Lagares went 4-for-4 with a walk and two steals and David Wright went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and his first two extra-base hits in nearly a month as the Mets beat the Marlins, 8-6, Tuesday. Wright said he is finally feeling “dangerous” at the plate. Terry Collins has been pushing Lagares to steal more frequently. Jonathon Niese qualified for the win despite allowing six runs in six innings.

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

• Read more on Niese’s outing in the Post.

• Read more on Lagares’ five steals in his past five games after prodding in the Journal and Newsday.

Chris Young debuted with the Yankees on Tuesday. He struck out on three pitches as a pinch hitter in his first at-bat in pinstripes. Read more in the Daily News.

Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka received cortisone injections in their pitching elbows on Tuesday in New York and are expected to rejoin the Mets for the weekend series at Cincinnati. Read more in the Record.

• Noah Syndergaard fed a lion with his pitching hand.

Matt Harvey made Page Six in the Post.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post says it’s up to the Jets and Giants to rescue New York sports fans. Writes Vaccaro:

And let’s face it: If you are a baseball fan with a team in this city, your summer hasn’t exactly been one for the ages. If you care for the Mets, you saw another season enter its denouement phase before the Fourth. If you are a Yankees fan, you’ve seen a few stops and a few starts and they all left you more frustrated the deeper we pushed into summer.

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post recommends the Mets retain Daniel Murphy for next season, pay him the $8 million he will command and use him as a super utility player. The logic: The Mets aim to contend in 2015. And they do not need the prospects or pitching that a team would be willing to trade for Murphy.

• The Mets finally do not need to rebuild their bullpen this offseason, writes Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger.

• Mark Carig in Newsday revisits the trade last August that brought Vic Black and Dilson Herrera from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Marlon Byrd and John Buck. "You can say we've made some bad signings or whatever," Collins told Carig. "Sandy Alderson's changed what's gone on here. You make the trades he's made and get those guys to the big leagues, he deserves a little credit for that."

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear searches for meaning in what's left of another lost Mets season.

BIRTHDAYS: Minor-league right-hander Corey Oswalt turns 21.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Is David Wright going to be OK?

Morning Briefing: Cellar at stake

August, 29, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: In 2007 and ’08, the Mets and Philadelphia Phillies went down to the wire for the NL East crown.

This year, they are jockeying for the basement.

In fact, the Phillies (61-72) arrive at Citi Field for a weekend series trailing the Amazin’s by only a half-game for fourth place in the division.

Meanwhile, the Mets (62-72) need to run the table over their final 28 games in order to achieve Sandy Alderson’s 90-win goal.


Courtesy of New York MetsDilson Herrera joins the Mets on Friday.

At least there are two things to look forward to on Friday at Citi Field: It’s Jacob deGrom day. And Dilson Herrera is poised for his major league debut.

DeGrom (6-6, 3.13 ERA) opposes right-hander David Buchanan (6-7, 4.21) in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.

DeGrom had a streak of five straight winning decisions snapped when he allowed five runs in six innings at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.

The Mets are 11-5 against the Phillies in 2014.

Read the Mets-Phillies series preview here.

Friday’s news reports:

• With Daniel Murphy landing on the disabled list with a strained right calf, Herrera has been promoted from Double-A, where the 20-year-old Colombian was hitting .340 with 10 homers, 48 RBIs and nine steals in 241 at-bats. If Herrera shows he can succeed in the majors, that could make it easier for the Mets to justify trading Murphy this offseason.

Murphy, who leads the NL in hits at the moment with 159, is due for a healthy raise from his $5.7 million salary this season. He is eligible for free agency during the 2015-16 winter.

Herrera was acquired with Vic Black from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Aug. 27, 2013 for Marlon Byrd and John Buck.

"He's a player that moves this team," Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. "He brings a lot of energy. I think everybody feeds from that. Whenever you have a player like him that is excited to be out there and plays the game the right way, I think everybody else feeds from that."

Herrera joins Wilfredo Tovar in 2013 and Robert Carson in 2012 as prospects who made the jump directly from Double-A to the Mets.

Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Black, who has a herniated disk in his neck, was given a cortisone injection and landed on the DL before Thursday’s game. Daisuke Matsuzaka was activated from the DL.

• Terry Collins told the Daily News that team personnel have engaged in internal conversations about moving Travis d'Arnaud from catcher to left field, although the manager cautioned that it’s not some plan set to be put into action. The motivation would be to keep d’Arnaud’s bat in the lineup and avoid further concussions.

While d’Arnaud may be a capable hitter as a catcher, as an outfielder that production might be considered fairly ordinary. And moving d’Arnaud presumes Triple-A catching prospect Kevin Plawecki will succeed at the major league level.

• Alderson implied there is nothing overly active as another trade deadline approaches Sunday. Players must be dealt by Aug. 31 in order to be eligible for the acquiring team’s postseason roster. Translation: Bartolo Colon looks like he is starting Saturday and will remain a Met at least into the offseason.

“I would say right now there’s a lot less going on than some people speculate,” Alderson said.

David Wright (neck/shoulder) returned to the lineup Thursday and Josh Edgin (elbow) supposedly was available had his services been required. Wright went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and grounded into a double play.

Mike Minor held the Mets without a baserunner until Lucas Duda's leadoff single in the fifth and the Braves ultimately won Thursday’s rubber game, 6-1, at Citi Field. Jonathon Niese kept the deficit at 1-0 until surrendering two runs in the eighth. In his first major league action since July 24, Matsuzaka allowed a pinch-hit two-run homer to Ryan Doumit in a three-run ninth.

The Mets are 4-10 and are hitting .164 at Citi Field in August.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Record, Times, Journal and at MLB.com.

• The Mets extended their player-development agreement with Triple-A Las Vegas through the 2016 season. With no apparent vacancies on the East Coast, the Mets preferred having direct flights from Vegas over pursuing a home in an alternate Pacific Coast League city. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• The Mets worked out lower-tier Cuban free agents Pavel Quesada and Roberto Carlos in the Dominican Republic, the Post’s Mike Puma reported.

Chris Young made his debut with the Yankees organization on Thursday. Young, who signed a minor-league contract this week, started in right field for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts. If Young joins the Yankees after rosters expand, the Mets will save $73,700. That’s the prorated portion of the major league minimum the Yankees would need to pay Young for the final month of the season.

• Columnist Larry Brooks in the Post says Curtis Granderson has been “simply dreadful.”

Rafael Montero allowed eight runs (five earned) in six innings as Albuquerque beat Las Vegas, 10-5. Luis Cessa and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout as St. Lucie remained on the fringe of the Florida State League playoff race with a 2-0 win against Palm Beach. Robert Gsellman contributed to a four-hit shutout as Savannah blanked Augusta, 3-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Marc Carig in Newsday chronicles a glut of hits d’Arnaud has lost because of Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons' fielding prowess.

From the bloggers ... Blogging Mets wonders if the Mets could have gotten Addison Russell from the A's before the Cubs did.

BIRTHDAYS: Anthony Recker turns 31. ... Noah Syndergaard turns 22. ... Henry Blanco is 43.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Would you have preferred Dilson Herrera or Matt Reynolds get the promotion?

Minors 8.28.14: Cessa blanks Palm Beach

August, 28, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE 10, LAS VEGAS 5: Rafael Montero allowed eight runs in six innings. Three of the runs were unearned, but Montero gave up 11 hits. Danny Muno and Brandon Allen hit home runs. Box

NEW BRITAIN 5, BINGHAMTON 3: Dilson Herrera had three hits, including his 10th Double-A home run, and found out after the game that he was being promoted to the big-league team when Daniel Murphy went on the disabled list. Closer Cody Satterwhite had his second blown save in two days, allowing three runs in the ninth inning to deprive Greg Peavey of a win. Peavey allowed two runs on six hits in eight innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, PALM BEACH 0: Luis Cessa and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout. The Mets scored both their runs in the sixth, on Jared King's RBI single and Phillip Evans' sacrifice fly. L.J. Mazzilli had two hits and scored one run. Box

SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 0: Robert Gsellman and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout. Champ Stuart and Jeff Glenn each produced an RBI. Box

ELIZABETHTON 13, KINGSPORT 6: Starter Jimmy Duff pitched five scoreless innings, but the Mets bullpen had a rough night. Second baseman Branden Kaupe had four hits. Catcher Luis Ortega had two doubles and a single. Box

TRI-CITY 4, BROOKLYN 3: Right fielder Michael Bernal's ninth-inning error allowed the winning run to score. Adrian Abreu, Jhoan Urena and Tucker Tharp each had two hits. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 3 (10 innings): The Mets finished the Gulf Coast League season with a 33-27 record, winning their final game on a walk-off error. Raphael Ramirez stole second and third. On the latter steal, Marlins catcher Blake Anderson threw the ball into left field. Ramirez finished the 60-game season with 18 steals. He also had a triple and drove in a run in the final game. Starter Jose Celas allowed three hits in five scoreless innings. Box

Minors 8.22.14: B-Mets' Herrera drives in 4

August, 22, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 8, NEW ORLEANS 7 (11 innings): Noah Syndergaard allowed five first-inning runs, then settled down. He followed with four scoreless frames. In the sixth, Syndergaard allowed consecutive singles to open the inning, then shortstop Matt Reynolds committed an error that loaded the bases with none out. Syndergaard ultimately allowed an unearned run on a one-out groundout to first base by Zack Cox that evened the score at 6. Syndergaard's final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP. Danny Muno had a walk-off RBI single in the 11th. Reynolds finished 4-for-4 with a walk. Box

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BINGHAMTON 12, AKRON 3: A day after clinching a postseason berth, the B-Mets routed the RubberDucks. After B-Mets starter Tyler Pill allowed two runs in the top of the first, Jayce Boyd slammed a three-run homer in the bottom half. Darrell Ceciliani had a two-run homer in the fifth. Dilson Herrera finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, four RBIs, two runs scored and a walk. Ceciliani and Wilfredo Tovar also had three hits apiece. Pill followed the two-run first by blanking Akron for four innings. Box

JUPITER 1, ST. LUCIE 0
ST. LUCIE 4, JUPITER 2:
In Game 1, Luis Cessa pitched a seven-inning complete game, allowing one run on three hits while striking out five and walking one. The lone run for the

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Hammerheads was scored by the Marlins' Derek Dietrich, who is on a rehab assignment. He had tripled with one out in the fourth. Matt Juengel plated him with a groundout. The Mets had a couple of chances late to tie the score. Jairo Perez, off the DL and back in the lineup for the first time since June 29, struck out to end the sixth two in scoring position. An inning later, Sean Donatello struck out Phillip Evans looking to end the game with Eudy Pina at second base. The Mets also stranded Jeff McNeil on third in the first inning and left Jared King on second in the second. Jupiter won despite being out-hit, 5-3. Four Hammerheads pitchers combined for the shutout, beginning with two scoreless innings from rehabbing Dan Jennings. Jennings was struck in the head by a line drive in Pittsburgh on Aug. 7. Jared King went 3-for-3 for the Mets. In his last two starts, Cessa has allowed a combined two runs and four hits in 12 innings, but has won neither.

In Game 2, Domingo Tapia came within one out of going the distance in the seven-inning contest. He gave up two runs on five hits and one walk. Cole Frenzel put the Mets up 2-1 in the second with a two-run double. The Mets extended their lead to two runs 1 in the fifth on Evans' RBI single. That hit scored Gavin Cecchini, who had doubled for the second time. Evans moved to third on Frenzel’s groundout and slid safely into home without a throw when Albert Cordero grounded out to make it 4-1. Tapia did not surrender his second run until there were two outs in the seventh. With a runner at second, Cody Keefer delivered an RBI double. Paul Sewald entered and recorded the final out for his 10th save in 10 chances. Cecchini finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a walk. The walk was his 19th in 21 games this month. Evans scored twice. Box 1, Box 2

GREENVILLE 6 ,SAVANNAH 5: Robert Gsellman surrendered six runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. The Gnats pulled within 6-5 in the sixth on Champ Stuart's run-scoring fielder's choice. But Savannah left Patrick Biondi at third base that inning when Dominic Smith and Matt Oberste flied out. Box

BLUEFIELD 8, KINGSPORT 4 (six innings)
KINGSPORT at BLUEFIELD: Game 1 of a doubleheader was called in the sixth inning because of rain and the nightcap never took place. Andrew Massie was knocked out after two-thirds of an inning. Massie and Audry German surrendered a combined seven runs in the frame. Vicente Lupo had a three-run homer in the third as the K-Mets pulled within 7-4. Box 1

BROOKLYN 7, TRI-CITY 0: Martires Arias walked six and allowed three hits but nonetheless tossed five scoreless innings. He combined with Gaither Bumgardner and Cameron Griffin on the four-hit shutout. Tyler Moore had a sacrifice fly and Michael Bernal had an RBI single in a three-run second. Jhoan Urena and Moore had RBI singles in a four-run third. Shortstop Amed Rosario missed a second straight game with a shoulder injury. Box

GCL NATIONALS 2, GCL METS 0 (suspended): The game was halted in the fourth inning when Mets baserunner Manuel Hilario was kneed in the head while sliding into second base. Hilario lost consciousness and suffered a seizure. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital. Hilario was in "good spirits" and may be discharged Saturday, the Mets announced. Box

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Farm report: Coles goes from Noles to Mets

August, 13, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Robby Coles grew up 15 minutes south of Tallahassee, Fla.

He finally got to realize a dream in 2013, when he pitched one season for Florida State. The Mets then drafted Coles in the 28th round last year, and he turned pro after the lone season as Seminoles closer.

Coles estimated he would go to 10 or 15 FSU baseball games a year while growing up. Attending Seminoles football games were rare, though, because it was hunting season, and the family would just listen to the games while in the woods.


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“If I ever was going to go to a D-I, I was going to go to FSU, no matter what,” he said.

Coles, a 6-foot-right-hander who turns 23 next Wednesday, opened this season with Savannah. He was 11-for-11 in save conversions while going 0-2 with a 1.95 ERA. He had 32 strikeouts and five walks in 27 2/3 innings with the Gnats.

After representing Savannah in the South Atlantic League All-Star game, Coles became part of the mass promotions to St. Lucie. Not the closer with the Florida State League club, Coles nonetheless is 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA and one save in 13 relief appearances. He has walked 12 (one intentional) and hit two batters in 18 1/3 innings.

Cole’s fastball sits at 88-90 mph, although it topped out at 95 mph at FSU. He throws a split-finger, changeup and slider.

Because Coles grew up in the Florida panhandle, his family actually lives closer to Savannah than any of the Florida State League teams’ stadiums.

Coles said the highlight of his lone season at Florida State was pitching a scoreless ninth against the University of Florida in Jacksonville to preserve a 2-1 lead. The game was played in the home of Jacksonville’s Double-A team.

“It was awesome,” Coles said. “I can’t even remember how many people were there. It was like the biggest crowd I ever pitched in front of.”

FSU reached a Super Regional before getting knocked out by Indiana that season.

Although he partially worked as a starting pitcher during his first two college seasons at Chipola Junior College, his preference is closing.

“I started as a closer and then our No. 1 got into some trouble and I ended up getting moved to a starter. So I started the rest of the year my freshman year,” Coles said. “I was a starter at the beginning of my sophomore year and ended up getting pushed to closer.”

Organization leaders

Average: Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .344; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .341; Matt den Dekker, Vegas, .334; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .319; John Mora, Brooklyn, .318; Jean Rodriguez, Kingsport, .316; Enmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .315; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .311; Wuilmer Becerra, Kingsport, .306; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, .300.

Homers: Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 21; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 20; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 19; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 15.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 71; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 70; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 69; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 66.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 23; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 22; Champ Stuart, Savannah, 22; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 16; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 16.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 1.78; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.33; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.34; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.54; John Gant, Savannah, 2.55; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.86; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 3.05; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 3.33; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 3.94; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 3.98.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 10; John Gant, Savannah, 10; Greg Peavey, Binghamton, 10; Logan Verrett, Vegas, 10.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 15; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 13; Cody Satterwhite, Binghamton, 13; Shane Bay, Brooklyn, 12; Robby Coles, St. Lucie, 12.

Strikeouts: Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 119; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 111; Dario Alvarez, St. Lucie, 105; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 105; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 104.

Short hops

Brian Burgamy and Dustin Lawley each have reached the 20-homer plateau with Binghamton. The last time the B-Mets had a pair of players achieve that total came in 2001, when Rob Stratton finished with 29 and Earl Snyder had 20. Burgamy is hitting .346 with six homers and 16 RBIs in 22 games since the Eastern League All-Star break.

• Brooklyn right-hander Martires Arias was named New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week. Combined with his previous work at Kingsport, he has a 22-inning scoreless streak. Arias, 23, became the second Cyclone to win the award this season. Corey Oswalt received the honor for the week ending July 21.

• Shortstop Amed Rosario, who is the fourth-youngest player in the NYPL, is hitting .305 (32-for-105) in his past 24 games. His hit total in that span is the second-most in the league. Overall, Rosario is tied for the league lead with five triples.

• 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith slugged his first homer of the season on Saturday at Augusta.

• Will the Mets be relegated to remaining in Las Vegas for another two years? That’s to be determined, but it’s certainly possible. By rule, the Mets are not permitted to start exploring potential relationships with International League teams until mid-September.

• Savannah’s Robert Gsellman hasn't allowed an earned run in 12 innings over his last two starts. He has struck out nine and walked two during that span. Gsellman, a 13th-round pick in 2011 out of high school in Los Angeles, leads the South Atlantic League with four complete games and ranks second in ERA at 2.34. Teammate John Gant (10-5) is third in the SAL in ERA at 2.55 and leads the team with 102 strikeouts.

• Right-hander Rob Whalen’s unbeaten run to start the season with Savannah ended Tuesday, when he was charged with three eighth-inning runs in a 3-2 loss to Asheville. Whalen had turned over the bases loaded with the score tied and one out in the eighth to Akeel Morris, who allowed one inherited runner to score. Since returning from the disabled list on July 23 following surgery to address a hand infection, Whalen had been 3-0 with the Gnats. He had been 7-0 with a 1.42 ERA in seven starts for the season.

• After hitting .163 in July, 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini has turned things around this month with St. Lucie. Cecchini is batting .364 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 11 games in August. He also has 10 walks, for a .500 on-base percentage this month.

• St. Lucie third baseman Jeff McNeil extended his hitting streak to 11 games Tuesday with a 2-for-3 night that also included a walk and three runs scored.

• Right-hander Domingo Tapia has a 2.86 ERA in six starts since the beginning of July with St. Lucie. He has struck out 24 and walked 14 during that span.

Minors 8.9.14: Lara silences Senators

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LAS VEGAS 8, ALBUQUERQUE 3: Kevin Plawecki contributed a two-run homer and Cory Mazzoni allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Albuquerque committed six errors, leading to four unearned runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 1: Rainy Lara tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings and Brian Burgamy went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and extended his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games. In his return to the lineup three days after suffering a jammed finger on a slide, Dilson Herrera hit a first-inning solo homer against John Simms. The B-Mets added to that total in the third. Lara and Brandon Nimmo, who was starting for the first time since Sunday, hit back-to-back singles to put two on with nobody out. After a fly out, Burgamy smacked a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. Harrisburg finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth against Cody Satterwhite. Jason Martinson made it all the way to third base on an error by right fielder Darrell Ceciliani. Martinson scored on Adrian Sanchez's pinch-hit single. Lara (6-4) has has allowed one run in 14 2/3 innings over his last two starts. Satterwhite notched his 13th save. Binghamton starting pitchers have allowed three earned runs over the last seven games. Nimmo, who had been sidelined with a hand injury, went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 3: Eudy Pina scored on a wild pitch as St. Lucie earned a walk-off win. Pina had worked a four-pitch walk against Bryton Trepagnier to open the frame. Gilbert Gomez bunted him to second, and Pina advanced to third on Jeff McNeil’s groundout. Then, on a 1-1 pitch to Maikis De La Cruz, Trepagnier skipped a fastball wide of catcher Jacob Stallings. The Mets had taken a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Stallings hit a one-out solo homer against Beck Wheeler. Earlier, Jeff McNeil, De La Cruz and L.J. Mazzilli opened the first inning with singles to load the bases. However, the Mets only came away with one run, on Phillip Evans’ bloop single. Mets starter Matt Koch maintained the 1-0 lead into the fifth. That frame, he walked Justin Maffei to load the bases, then plunked Adam Frazier to force in the tying run. With the bases reloaded, Walker Gourley hit a sac fly that gave the Marauders a 2-1 lead. However, the Mets scored two runs in the bottom half to take a 3-2 lead. Cam Maron's single plated McNeil. Evans later beat out a potential inning-ending double play that allowed Mazzilli to score the go-ahead run. Koch went six innings and surrendered two runs. He walked two, hit two and struck out a season-high-matching six. Box

SAVANNAH 9, AUGUSTA 2
AUGUSTA 3, SAVANNAH 1: In Game 1, 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith produced an RBI double in the sixth that evened the score at 2. Jeff Glenn added a three-run triple later in that five-run frame. Smith had a two-run homer in the seventh that capped the scoring. It was Smith's first 2014 long ball. Starter Ricky Knapp contributed a seven-inning complete game to even his record at 6-6. After five scoreless innings from starter Robert Gsellman in Game 2, Augusta posted three runs in the sixth against Bret Mitchell. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 5, BRISTOL 4: Jean Rodriguez had a first-inning homer and finished 3-for-4 as the K-Mets built a 5-0 lead and held on. Rodriguez and Zach Mathieu drove in two runs apiece. Former Pirates farmhand Blake Taylor allowed three runs on six hits and five walks in three innings. David Roseboom converted his second save despite allowing two hits in the ninth. Box

BATAVIA 4, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Marcos Molina, one of six Cyclones All-Star selections earlier in the day, allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out 11 in six innings. Molina's ERA swelled to 1.78. Also chosen for the Aug. 19 game, which will be played in Brooklyn: shortstop Amed Rosario, third baseman Jhoan Urena, right-hander Corey Oswalt, left-hander Shane Bay and outfielder Michael Bernal. Box

GCL CARDINALS 6, GCL METS 2: Starter Darwin Ramos and reliever Joel Huertas allowed three runs apiece as the Cardinals built a 6-0 lead. Dale Burdick, a 40th-round pick out of high school in Tennessee in June, produced his first professional homer in the loss. Box

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Minors 8.2.14: T.J. Rivera lifts B-Mets

August, 2, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: The Rivercats broke a 2-all tie and knocked out starter John Lannan during a five-run seventh. Lannan ultimately was charged with six runs on eight hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings. Taylor Teagarden went 3-for-4 with a ninth-inning solo homer in the loss. Las Vegas rallied for three ninth-inning runs in total, capped by a two-run single by Cesar Puello. The 51s had evened the score in the sixth on Teagarden's RBI single, although Andrew Brown was thrown out at the plate also attempting to score on the play, on a throw from left fielder Shane Peterson. Box

BINGHAMTON 2, BOWIE 1: T.J. Rivera delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. That capped his 4-for-4 night, which extended his hitting streak to 10 games. At

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67-46, the B-Mets are back at their high-water mark for the season. Bowie took a 1-0 lead in the second with three singles against Rainy Lara. Binghamton was held scoreless by Anthony Vasquez into the sixth. That’s when Brian Burgamy singled with one out. He advanced to second on Rivera's single. Darrell Ceciliani then delivered a bloop hit to plate Burgamy and even the score. The B-Mets broke the tie in the eighth against Steven Hensley. Dilson Herrera walked and reached third on Jayce Boyd's single. Rivera laced a single up the middle to bring home Herrera. Lara and Vasquez each gave up one run on six hits in seven innings in no-decisions. Lara struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Jack Leathersich (3-3) pitched a scoreless eighth to pick up his second straight win. It marked the first time Leathersich has appeared in back-to-back games this season. Cody Satterwhite shut the door in the ninth for his 11th save. He is 11-for-12 in save opportunities. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CLEARWATER 3: With the score tied at 3 in the top of the eighth, Gavin Cecchini belted a two-out double off the wall in right that scored Gilbert Gomez. Albert

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Cordero followed with a two-run homer for the three-run margin of victory. Beck Wheeler pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to earn his eighth save. Dario Alvarez, making his St. Lucie debut, inherited runners at second and third with one out in the sixth and walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. However, he got Herlis Rodriguez to line into an inning-ending double play. That kept the deficit at 3-2. The Mets wasted no time tying the score in their next trip to the plate. With Cordero on third base, Maikis De La Cruz hit a slow chopper that was booted by third baseman Harold Martinez. Cordero scored on the error to make it 3-all. J.P. Crawford led off the bottom of the seventh with a double against Alvarez, but Alvarez (1-0) struck out three to finish his appearance. Cecchini, who went 2-for-3 Friday, matched that output Saturday. Both hits were run-scoring doubles with two outs. Cordero went 2-for-4 and is now 9-for-his-last-19 in a six-game stretch. Jared King had two hits for the third straight game. Starter Matt Koch went 5 1/3 and scattered six hits in a no-decision. He allowed three runs (two earned). Box

SAVANNAH 5, HICKORY 2
SAVANNAH 8, HICKORY 0: In Game 2, Robert Gsellman tossed a seven-inning shutout to

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improve to 9-5 and lower his ERA to 2.45. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out five. It was Gsellman's fourth complete game of the seasons. The Gnats put the game away early with a four-run second inning. Colton Plaia provided the key swing with a three-run double into the right-center gap. Savannah, which drew seven walks in the game, added three runs in the fourth and one run in the fifth. In the opener, the Crawdads scored first with a run in the second inning on Ronald Guzman's single against starter Ricky Knapp. However, the Gnats erased that early lead with a five-run fourth inning, capped by a two-run single by Matt Oberste. Knapp held the Crawdads to two runs in his 5 1/3 innings to earn his fifth win. Box 1, Box 2

ELIZABETHTON 4, KINGSPORT 0: Starter Blake Taylor allowed four runs (three earned) in four innings. Taylor (2-1), a former Pirates farmhand, allowed five hits and four walks. Box

BROOKLYN 8, CONNECTICUT 1: First-round pick Michael Conforto produced his first professional homer, had two walks, scored twice and threw out a runner at the plate from left field. Amed Rosario and Adrian Abreu had three hits and two runs scored apiece. Starter Marcos Molina allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out nine in eight innings. Box

GCL METS 6, GCL NATIONALS 4: Dash Winningham went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, walk and three runs scored. The GCL Mets built a 6-0 lead behind five scoreless innings from starter Darwin Ramos and three scoreless relief innings from Joel Huertas. Gabriel Feliz was charged with four runs (three earned) in the ninth. Alex Palsha entered with the score 6-3 and two outs and allowed an inherited runner to score on a single. Palsha then stranded runners on the corners with a strikeout for his sixth save. Box

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Minors 7.26.14: B-Mets' Herrera plates four

July, 26, 2014
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SALT LAKE 5, LAS VEGAS 2: Promoted to Triple-A with Darin Gorski having suffered a broken foot, Princeton product Matt Bowman took a shutout bid into the eighth inning. Things then unraveled. With Vegas leading 2-0, Bowman surrendered a leadoff homer to Ian Stewart. He then surrendered consecutive singles and departed. Zack Thornton entered and allowed both inherited runners to score in what became a four-run frame. Thornton had a throwing error, so Bowman was charged with three runs (two earned). Matt Reynolds' sixth-inning homer against Chris Volstad had staked Vegas to a 2-0 lead. The 51s loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the ninth, but Brandon Allen popped out and pinch hitter Matt den Dekker grounded into a game-ending double play. Box

BINGHAMTON 10, TRENTON 7: Dilson Herrera launched a three-run homer in the fifth to

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stake the B-Mets to a 6-2 lead. Herrera finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Brian Burgamy and T.J. Rivera drove in two runs apiece. Starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed four runs in five innings. Ryan Fraser surrendered three sixth-inning runs as Trenton took a 7-6 lead, but the B-Mets answered with four runs a half-inning later. The damage that frame included a two-run single by Rivera. Manager Pedro Lopez and Darrell Ceciliani were ejected in the seventh. Ceciliani was hit by a pitch in the inning and was tossed after being replaced by pinch runner Travis Taijeron. Box

DAYTONA 6, ST. LUCIE 3
DAYTONA 9, ST. LUCIE 1: In Game 1, the first four batters for the Cubs singled against Kevin McGowan. Kyle Schwarber’s hit scored Jacob Hannemann to tie the score at 1, and Dan Vogelbach followed with a two-run single to put the Cubs ahead. Daytona scored three more runs in the fourth. Hannemann collected another hit with an RBI single. Eudy Pina dropped Marco Hernandez’s fly ball to let in another run. Finally, Julian Hilario walked in a run with the bases loaded to give the Cubs a commanding 6-1 lead. Cam Maron delivered a two-run single in the fifth to cut the deficit to three runs. However, Felix Pena and Stephan Perakslis did not allow another baserunner for the remainder of the ballgame after Maron reached. McGowan was charged with six runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the loss. L.J. Mazzilli hit a pair of doubles, scored a run and drove in a run.

In Game 2, the Cubs jumped on the Mets early with seven runs on seven hits in the second inning. Billy McKinney started the scoring with an RBI single. Chadd Krist drew a bases-loaded walk and Jordan Hankins drove in a run on a groundout. All that damage came against Matt Koch. After a brief rain delay, play resumed and Tim Peterson took over on the mound. He was greeted by a two-run triple off the bat of Hernandez to make it 5-0. Cubs starter Tayler Scott blanked the Mets over five innings and struck out a season-high eight. He did not issue a walk and allowed five singles. The Mets avoided the shutout when Albert Cordero singled against Tyler Bremmer to plate Mazzilli in the sixth. Koch was charged with five runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings. The Mets have lost a season-high six straight games. Box 1, Box 2

LEXINGTON 1, SAVANNAH 0: Robert Gsellman limited Lexington to one run on six hits and a walk in eight innings, but suffered the tough-luck loss. The game's lone run came on consecutive doubles to open the sixth inning by Kenny Diekroeger and Frank Schwindel. Despite getting no-hit until Victor Cruzado's one-out single in the fourth, the Gnats had runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings thanks to two walks, two hit batters and two steals during that span. Cruzado finished with two of Savannah's three hits. Box

BURLINGTON 5, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Andrew Massie allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Eudor Garcia and Wuilmer Becerra had three hits apiece in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 3, VERMONT 2: Will Fulmer's two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in the second staked the Cyclones to a 2-0 lead. Corey Oswalt surrendered a run the following half-inning, but Brooklyn quickly restored the two-run lead on Tyler Moore's double, which plated Michael Conforto in the third. Conforto finished 1-for-3 with a walk and has hit safely in each of his eight professional games. Oswalt limited Vermont to two runs in six innings. Kelly Secrest contributed two scoreless relief innings. Shane Bay recorded his seventh save with a perfect ninth with two strikeouts. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL MARLINS 7: Wilfredo Tovar went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and played seven innings at shortstop in his second Gulf Coast League game since undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb. Tovar, a 40-man roster member, last played for Binghamton on May 28. Arnaldo Berrios went 3-for-5 with two RBIs as the Mets built an 8-3 lead with a six-run fifth. Nabil Crismatt and Alex Palsha combined for three no-hit relief innings. Palsha earned his fifth save. Box

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Morning Briefing: Still rolling

July, 19, 2014
Jul 19
5:41
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SAN DIEGO

FIRST PITCH: The Mets did not cool off during the break.

Now winners of nine of their past 11, they have climbed to four games under .500.

They try to keep the momentum going Saturday, with Dillon Gee (4-1, 2.56 ERA) opposing right-hander Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85) at 8:40 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s news reports:

Travis d'Arnaud continued his solid production since returning from Las Vegas. Playing at the site of his major league debut last August, the rookie catcher finished 3-for-5 and drove in the tiebreaking run against Joaquin Benoit in the ninth as the Mets beat the Padres, 5-4, Friday at Petco Park. The Mets gained a game on the Washington Nationals, but remained seven games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves.

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

• Sandy Alderson said pregame that not much had transpired so far in terms of trade conversations with other teams. The GM also indicated that he did not intend to rent a player who would be a free agent at season’s end. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Record and Newsday.

Jenrry Mejia pulled a Mark Messier and guaranteed to SNY the Mets are making the playoffs … or something like that.

“We’re gonna make it because we believe in ourselves,” Mejia told the network, via the Post. “We’ll be ready, and we’re gonna make the playoffs. We’re gonna be there.”

• Daisuke Matsuaka is headed to the bullpen, although the Mets do not intend to use him there Saturday or Sunday. They first want to be 100 percent sure Jonathon Niese will be able to come off the disabled list on Monday to face the Seattle Mariners. Niese threw a bullpen session Friday at Petco Park and pronounced himself ready for that assignment in Seattle. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Newsday, Record and Daily News.

• Top prospect Noah Syndergaard returned from a save in the All-Star Game and proceeded to allow seven runs in five innings on Thursday for Las Vegas at Salt Lake. Syndergaard now has a 5.74 ERA in 17 Pacific Coast League starts.

He told Jared Diamond in the Journal that most of his issues have been mental, including paying too much attention to the Super 2 deadline. "I was thinking about that almost constantly," Syndergaard said.

Pitch selection, and an overreliance on fastballs, also has been an issue. "I've had a hard time knowing what to throw in certain situations," said Syndergaard, whose fastball comfortably hit 98 mph Thursday.

• Jay Schreiber in the Times notes that the last time the Mets finished with a winning record and the Yankees with a losing record was back in 1990. Could it happen again?

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger lists six surprising stats for the Mets, including Ruben Tejada possessing the third-highest OBP among major league shortstops and the Mets leading the NL in home runs since June 17.

• Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer and Cory Mazzoni earned the win in his Triple-A debut as Las Vegas held on against Salt Lake, 7-6. Robert Gsellman had a 10-strikeout game on his 21st birthday as Savannah beat Lexington, 5-1. Taylor Teagarden’s rehab assignment shifted to St. Lucie, which lost to Brevard County, 4-3. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini was pulled from that game for an apparent disciplinary reason. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• First-round pick Michael Conforto is due to make his professional debut Saturday for the Cyclones as the designated hitter. Brooklyn hosts Williamsport at 6 p.m.

• Closer Huston Street was traded by the Padres to the Los Angeles Angels. Read more in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

• Benjamin Hoffman in the Times writes that San Diego may end up with the worst offense in major league history.

Dan Uggla was released by the Braves despite $18 million remaining on his contract through 2015. Read more in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

• Nick Forrester in the Daily News profiles Cyclones GM Steve Cohen.

From the bloggers …Faith and Fear made it through the All-Star break, but just barely.

BIRTHDAYS: Rick Ankiel turns 35. ... Preston Wilson is 40. ... David Segui turns 48.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets finish with a better record than the Yankees?

Minors 7.18.14: Gsellman has happy 21st

July, 19, 2014
Jul 19
12:25
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LAS VEGAS 7, SALT LAKE 6: Cory Mazzoni allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in his

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Triple-A debut. Mazzoni had been sidelined to open the season because of a right lat strain. Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer in a four-run sixth as Vegas took a 4-1 lead. Josh Satin produced a solo homer the following inning. Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to 19 games. Chasen Bradford surrendered two runs in the bottom of the eighth as Salt Lake pulled to within 6-5, but Danny Muno answered with a solo homer a half-inning later to provide breathing room. The 51s needed the cushion. Bradford also surrendered a run in the ninth and departed with two outs and the tying run on third. Ryan Reid entered and got Luis Jimenez to pop out for the final out. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: The B-Mets surrendered four runs in the seventh inning as a 10-game unbeaten streak in starts by Tyler Pill ended. Dilson Herrera went 3-for-4 with

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three RBIs in the loss. Brandon Nimmo had two RBIs and scored twice. Jake Cave had a game-opening single against Pill and advanced to third on consecutive wild pitches. Tyler Austin followed with an RBI single. The B-Mets answered in the second against Zach Nuding. Travis Taijeron singled and Rylan Sandoval and Kai Gronauer worked back-to-back walks to load the bases for Nimmo. He smacked a two-run single. Herrera followed a two-run double for 4-1 lead. After Pill retired nine straight batters, Rob Segedin doubled to lead off the sixth. He scored on Tyler Austin's double. Trailing 4-2, Trenton did the rest of its damage in the seventh. Ali Castillo singled against Adam Kolarek. After Kolarek walked the next two batters, Jon Velasquez entered. Segedin greeted him with a three-run double that gave the Thunder a 5-4 lead. Austin added an RBI single. The B-Mets trimmed their deficit to one run in the bottom half against Mark Montgomery. Nimmo walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Herrera then had an RBI single. Pill allowed two runs in six innings in a no-decision. Kolarek (1-1) was charged with three runs while recording only one out. Velasquez allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings and suffered his third blown save. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 4, ST. LUCIE 3: Jose Sermo blasted a walk-off homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth against T.J. Chism. The long ball came one inning after the Mets had erased a 3-0 deficit and tied the score in the eighth. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini left the game in the third inning. There was no injury, a team official said. The Manatees scored their first three runs all with two outs. Alfredo Rodriguez singled against Kevin McGowan to plate Cameron Garfield in the fourth. McGowan then held the Manatees in check until he walked the first two batters of the seventh. Julian Hilario entered and recorded two outs, but Michael Reed then singled to drive in both runners. The Mets rallied with two outs in the eighth. Rehabbing designated hitter Taylor Teagarden, Jared King and Cam Maron consecutively singled against Scott Leiser to get the Mets on the board. Mark Williams then entered and walked Phillip Evans to load the bases. Williams followed by plunking Aderlin Rodriguez and walking Jeff McNeil to force in two runs and even the score at 3. The rally ended when Eudy Pina flied out. In the bottom of the ninth, Chism got Brandon Macias to fly out to start the frame, but Sermo smacked a pitch from the lefty over the left-center wall for the win. McGowan was charged with three runs on four hits in six-plus innings. He walked five and struck out one. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 1: Robert Gsellman celebrated his 21st birthday with a

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season-high 10 strikeouts and the win as the Gnats snapped a five-game losing streak. Savannah grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning on sacrifice flies by Colton Plaia and Patrick Biondi. The Legends scored their lone run against Gsellman in the third inning on Elier Hernandez's infield single. Gsellman stranded two runners that inning, then found his groove. He retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced, including eight via strikeout. In the fourth, Champ Stuart singled to plate Biondi. Stuart finished 2-for-5 with a double. Matt Oberste singled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. Box

BURLINGTON at KINGSPORT (ppd.)

JAMESTOWN 12, BROOKLYN 7 (15 innings): Edioglis Villasmil was charged with five runs in the 15th. The Cyclones had forced extra innings with Will Fulmer's leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth. It was the 22nd-round pick's first professional homer. Box

GCL CARDINALS 1, GCL METS 0: With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, the Cards produced the lone run when Frankie Rodriguez had an infield single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch from Adrian Almeida and scored on an errant throw by catcher Darryl Knight. The unearned run was the lone damage against Almeida in 5 2/3 innings. Box

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Minors 7.12.14: Mazzilli scores winner in 10

July, 13, 2014
Jul 13
12:05
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ALBUQUERQUE 6, LAS VEGAS 5: The Isotopes scored three eighth-inning runs against John Church for the comeback win. Jamie Romak hit a solo homer to lead off the inning. Albuquerque tied the score on a wild pitch. Brian Cavazos-Galvez then hit a pinch-hit, two-out solo homer for the lead. Cory Vaughn finished 3-for-5 with a double and RBI in the loss. Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to a 17 games. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, ERIE 3: Jayce Boyd led the B-Mets with three RBIs and notched his fourth homer of the season. The B-Mets opened the scoring with a two-run third against

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Ryan Robowski. Kai Gronauer homered and Dustin Lawley produced an RBI single later in the inning. An inning later, Boyd's solo homer -- his first long ball since June 7 -- upped Binghamton’s lead to 3-0. After retiring 11 of the first 12 batters he faced, B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni opened the door for a SeaWolves comeback with back-to-back two-out walks in the fourth. Corey Jones made him pay with a two-run double, slicing Binghamton’s lead to one. The lead disappeared in the fifth. Francisco Martinez singled off Mazzoni’s mitt and stole second. Marcus Lemon brought him home by lining a two-out single. Binghamton responded with a string of hits against reliever Slade Smith in the sixth. Travis Taijeron ultimately singled to plate Darrell Ceciliani with the go-ahead run. Binghamton turned a one-run game into a blowout by hanging five runs on reliever Jose Valdez in the ninth, highlighted by Boyd's two-run single. Mazzoni (2-0) struck out nine while allowing three runs and five hits over seven innings. Jack Leathersich and Cody Satterwhite each tossed a scoreless relief inning. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, LAKELAND 4 (10 innings): Lakeland’s Austin Green launched a game-tying solo homer against T.J. Chism with two outs and two strikes in the ninth, but the Mets

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recovered to snap their four-game losing streak. L.J. Mazzilli doubled to lead off the bottom of the 10th against Nate Fury and moved to third on Cam Maron’s single. Jared King struck out for the first out of the inning. Fury’s first pitch to Phillip Evans then bounced away from Green, the catcher, and Mazzilli slid safely into home to give the Mets a walk-off victory. Paul Sewald pitched a perfect top of the 10th to earn the win. Maikis De La Cruz had put the Mets ahead, 1-0, in the third with a single. Maron followed later that inning with a two-out, two-run single to make it 3-0. Evans belted his third homer of the season in the sixth to put the Mets up by four runs. Mets starter Luis Cessa cruised for most of the night. After Andy Dirks led off the game with a single, Cessa only allowed one more baserunner until the top of the seventh. In the seventh, Chad Wright led off with a single. Cessa rebounded to get a pop out and a strikeout, but Green extended the inning with a single. That brought up James Robbins, who launched a three-run homer to cut the Mets’ lead to 4-3. Cessa escaped further damage when Maron threw out Jared Reaves trying to steal second. Cessa struck out eight in seven innings. He allowed five hits and one walk. Beck Wheeler struck out three in 1 1/3 relief innings. Mazzilli’s leadoff double in the 10th extended his hitting streak to nine games. Box

CHARLESTON 4, SAVANNAH 1: The Dogs scored a pair of first-inning runs against Savannah starter Robert Gsellman and never looked back. Mike Ford drove in the opening run with a double and eventually scored on second baseman Jorge Rivero's error. Charleston produced its third run, and the second unearned run against Gsellman, in the third on a fielding error by shortstop Yeixon Ruiz. The Gnats committed four errors in the game. Charleston completed its scoring with a bases-loaded walk in the fourth -- one of the four walks issued by Gsellman in four innings. The Gnats scored their lone run in the third as Champ Stuart plated Ruiz with a hard-hit single to third base. Matt Oberste extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a second-inning double. Box

BRISTOL 9, KINGSPORT 8: Bristol scored five first-inning runs and chased Andrew Church before he recorded an out in the second inning. Eudor Garcia went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the loss. The K-Mets pulled within 9-8 with a two-run eighth, but they stranded the tying run in scoring position when pinch hitter Jean Rodriguez struck out. Box

CONNECTICUT 4, BROOKLYN 3: Josh Prevost issued a bases-loaded walk to Garrett Mattlage with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off loss. Michael Bernal's RBI single had given Brooklyn a 1-0 lead in the first. An inning later, Jeff Diehl doubled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored ahead of a throw to the plate on Joe Tuschak's groundball for a 2-0 lead. Cyclones starter Octavio Acosta retired the first 10 batters. He eventually surrendered a sacrifice fly to Joey Pankake in the fourth. The Tigers tied the score at 2 against Acosta in the seventh on consecutive doubles from Ross Kivett and Pankake. Brooklyn regained the lead in the eighth. Jhoan Urena singled and advanced to second when left fielder Rashad Brown bobbled the ball. With one out, Bernal hit a soft groundball through the right side that seemed like it would be enough to score Urena, but right fielder Ben Verlander showed that his brother isn’t the only one in the family with a strong arm. He uncorked a laser throw to the plate to retire Urena and keep the score tied. Bernal did advance to second on the throw, though. After an intentional walk to Tyler Moore, Diehl produced a go-ahead RBI single.

The 3-2 lead would be short-lived. Cyclones reliever Brad Wieck struck out the first two batters he faced, but then walked two batters and uncorked a wild pitch that placed runners on the corners. Wieck then coaxed Pankake to hit a routine grounder to third. However, Urena bounced a throw to first base, allowing the tying run to score. The Cyclones seemed prime to take the lead back in the top of the ninth, placing runners on first and third with one out. But Urena and Michael Katz struck out. Prevost retired the first batter he faced in the bottom half, but then walked two and surrendered a single to load the bases with two outs for Mattlage, who leads the New York-Penn League in walks. Box

GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 3
GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 3: Jeremy Hefner tossed a perfect inning in the regularly scheduled game in his first game action since Tommy John surgery. The Nats then overcame a 3-0 deficit with a four-run eighth against Alex Durham and Dan Hermann. Taylor Teagarden went 0-for-1 with a walk as a DH and was replaced by a pinch runner. Meanwhile, in the resumption of Friday's game, which had been suspended with the score tied at 3, Brent McMinn's balk plated the tiebreaking run in the bottom of the sixth. Box 1, Box 2

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Minors 7.6.14: Flores homers, again

July, 6, 2014
Jul 6
11:26
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LAS VEGAS 12, ALBUQUERQUE 1: Noah Syndergaard allowed just one run in seven innings, with no walks and eight strikeouts. And Wilmer Flores homered again, his sixth long ball in the past four days. Left fielder Cesar Puello hit two home runs in his return from a concussion. Kevin Plawecki had three hits and drove in three runs. Box

ERIE 10, BINGHAMTON 9 (10 innings): Third baseman Dustin Lawley hit his 15th home run of the season in a wild game. Erie tied it when Steven Moya homered off Binghamton's Adam Kolarek in the ninth. The SeaWolves scored twice in the top of the 10th, but Binghamton scored on a bases-loaded walk and then had the bases loaded with nobody out. Kyle Johnson and Dilson Herrera struck out, and Brian Burgamy popped up to end it. Travis Taijeron and T.J. Rivera also homered for the B-Mets. Box

JUPITER at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of an Aug. 22 doubleheader.

SAVANNAH 8, HICKORY 2: Second baseman Jorge Rivero had three hits and drove in three runs for the Sand Gnats. First baseman Dominic Smith, the Mets' first-round draft pick in 2013, also had three hits and drove in two runs. Starter Robert Gsellman allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings for his seventh win of the season. Box

PULASKI 4, KINGSPORT 1: Catcher Jose Garcia had two of the Mets' four hits and drove in their lone run. Starter Andrew Church allowed just one earned run in six innings, with no walks and two strikeouts. Box

BROOKLYN 7, ABERDEEN 0: Carlos Valdez and Gaither Bumgardner combined on a two-hit shutout. First baseman Michael Katz had two doubles and drove in a run. Third baseman Jhoan Urena had three hits and drove in a run. Box

Minors 6.12.14: B-Mets beat RubberDucks

June, 13, 2014
Jun 13
1:34
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LAS VEGAS 3, COLORADO SPRINGS 1: Joel Carreno allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings for the 51s. Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off the game with a triple and scored the game's first run. Scott Rice pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in his 51s debut. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, AKRON 3: Kyle Johnson, Xorge Carrillo and Rylan Sandoval had three hits apiece, and the B-Mets scored eight times in the seventh inning to break open a close game with the RubberDucks. Greg Peavey allowed two runs in six innings and got credit for his fourth win. Box

ST. LUCIE 12, JUPITER 7
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Dilson Herrera went 4-for-4 as the Mets pounded the Hammerheads in the first game of a doubleheader. 2011 first-round draft pick Brandon Nimmo (wrist) returned to the lineup for the first time since last Friday. Eric Young Jr. had a hit and a walk as he began his minor-league rehabilitation assignment. Cam Maron, Jairo Perez and Cole Frenzel hit home runs. Gabriel Ynoa got credit for the win, despite allowing seven runs in 5 2/3 innings. In Game 2, Eudy Pina went 4-for-4 with a double and two home runs as the Mets completed their doubleheader sweep. Aderlin Rodriguez was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple. Jairo Perez had two doubles for the Mets, who scored eight times in the first inning. The Mets have won three in a row, heading into the Florida State League's All-Star break. St. Lucie has seven players heading to Bradenton for Saturday's All-Star Game. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 2 (8 innings)
SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 0:
Jonathan Leroux's walk-off double in the eighth inning gave the Sand Gnats a win in a game scheduled for seven innings as the first game of a doubleheader. Savannah had tied the game in the sixth with a run that scored on an error, in a rally started by a Gavin Cecchini double. Cecchini also tripled and scored the first Savannah run. Robert Gsellman allowed two runs in eight innings for a complete-game win. John Gant then threw a seven-inning, six-hit shutout to give the Gnats a sweep of the doubleheader. Gant got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to preserve the shutout, lowering his ERA to a league-leading 2.12. Patrick Biondi had two of Savannah's nine hits, and L.J. Mazzilli drove in two runs. Box 1, Box 2

Minors 6.6.14: Ynoa Ks 11 in shutout

June, 7, 2014
Jun 7
1:31
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FRESNO 10, LAS VEGAS 1: Noah Syndergaard (A/C joint sprain) watched the game from the stands wearing a sling. Pitching coach Frank Viola joined the 51s after recovering from April 2 open-heart surgery. Starter Darin Gorski allowed four runs in five innings. Relievers Zack Thornton, Miguel Socolovich and John Church allowed two runs apiece. Box

NEW BRITAIN 6, BINGHAMTON 3: New Britain first baseman Kennys Vargas produced a grand slam and two-run double to hand the B-Mets their sixth loss in seven games. Before Vargas’ power display, Binghamton opened scoring in the first against New Britain starter Virgil Vasquez. Brian Burgamy worked a one-out walk and moved to third on a single by Jayce Boyd. Darrell Ceciliani laced a two-out single to plate both runners for a 2-0 lead. B-Mets starter Matt Bowman fanned six batters through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. Tony Thomas started a Rock Cats rally with a single. Eddie Rosario then doubled and Bowman walked Nate Hanson to load the bases. That brought Vargas to the plate with none out. He smashed a pitch over the right-field wall to give the Rock Cats a 4-2 lead. The B-Mets got a run back in the bottom half on Matt Clark's solo homer. That would be all Binghamton could produce against Vasquez. At one point, the veteran righty retired 14 of 15 B-Mets batters. Vargas drove in two insurance runs in the seventh against Adam Kolarek. Bowman (3-4) went 5 2/3 innings, gave up four runs and struck out seven. Cody Satterwhite and Ryan Fraser combined to pitch 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings in the loss. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, DUNEDIN 0: Gabriel Ynoa tossed seven scoreless innings and limited the Blue Jays to four hits. He struck out 11, a season high for any Mets pitcher, and did not

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issue a walk. 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo was forced to leave the game after he was hit by Matt Boyd on the right wrist/forearm in the fifth. He initially stayed in the game, but departed an inning later after trying to swing a bat. In the first inning, T.J. Rivera had a two-out single against Boyd. Jairo Perez then drilled a ball to left field. With the sun in his eyes, Dwight Smith Jr. misjudged the ball and it went passed him, allowing Rivera to score. In the sixth, Eudy Pina singled home Perez with the bases loaded to make it 2-0. Albert Cordero crushed his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth, to extend the lead to 4-0. Perez made it a two-hit night in the ninth, driving in Dilson Herrera to cap the scoring. Ynoa surrendered a pair of two-out singles in the first, but Cordero tagged out Marcus Knecht trying to score on a double-steal bid to end the inning. Ynoa retired 18 of the last 20 he faced, including the final seven. Gonzalez Germen, in his fourth rehab appearance, allowed one hit and struck out two in the eighth. Randy Fontanez, voted to the Florida State League All-Star Game earlier this week, struck out two and also stranded two in the ninth to close out the game. Box

SAVANNAH 10, CHARLESTON 4: L.J. Mazzilli and Amed Rosario homered. Jeff McNeil went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and raised his average to .345. Dario Alvarez (4-0), Akeel Morris and Tyler Vanderheiden combined for 4 1/3 innings of scoreless pitching in relief of Robert Gsellman. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187