New York Mets: Sam Fuld

Series preview: Mets at A's

August, 19, 2014
Aug 19
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USA TODAY SportsThe Mets draw a pair of aces when they face Scott Kazmir and Jeff Samardzija in Oakland.
METS (59-67, fourth place/NL East) vs. OAKLAND ATHLETICS (73-51, second place/AL West)

Tuesday: RHP Dillon Gee (4-5, 3.69) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (13-5, 2.78), 10:05 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (8-8, 3.49) vs. RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-9, 2.96), 3:35 p.m. ET

A’s short hops

• Oakland enters the series on a season-high five-game skid and losers of seven of eight. The A’s were swept by the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field last weekend. Oakland, still comfortably in a playoff position, dropped a half-game behind the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West as a result. On Saturday, the A’s lost sole possession of first place in the division for the first time since April 28. They had been alone atop the standings for 106 consecutive days.

Jon Lester, acquired from the Boston Red Sox on July 31 along with outfielder Jonny Gomes, had been 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA since the trade until allowing four runs (three earned) in six-plus innings on Sunday to suffer his first loss since June 7.


Ed Zurga/Associated PressThe A's have lost a season-high five straight games.


• Since the trade of Yoenis Cespedes in the Lester deal, Brandon Moss has started 10 games, Gomes has started four games and Sam Fuld has started three games in left field. Fuld was acquired at the trade deadline from the Minnesota Twins for left-hander Tommy Milone.

Coco Crisp is batting .118 (9-for-76) with no homers in his past 21 games (20 starts). Fellow center fielder Craig Gentry, who remains on the disabled list with a broken right hand, began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, serving as the designated hitter.

• Oakland acquired Jeff Samardzija along with Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs on July 5 for highly regarded shortstop prospect Addison Russell as well as Dan Straily (who hit David Wright with the pitch Saturday in his Cubs debut), Billy McKinney and a player to be named. Samardzija is 3-2 with a 3.21 ERA in eight starts since the deal. He is under A’s control through the 2015 season.

Scott Kazmir's 13 wins match his career high, also produced in 2007 with Tampa Bay. Kazmir’s 2.78 ERA ranks eighth in the AL. He allowed a season-high seven runs in three innings against the Mets at Citi Field on June 24, including three homers.

Stephen Vogt is hitting .355 (11-for-31) with three homers and eight RBIs in his past nine games (eight starts), while manning first base. He previously had been mired in an 0-for-21 drought. Vogt is one of three catchers on the A’s, but has not appeared behind the plate since July 7 because of a bone bruise in his right foot. He is unlikely to catch again this season.

• Shortstop Jed Lowrie landed on the disabled list Thursday with a hairline fracture to his right index finger. Call-up Andy Parrino and Eric Sogard have shared duty at the position in Lowrie’s absence.

• Oakland has outscored opponents by 161 runs. That’s the most in the majors by a wide margin. The Washington Nationals are second at plus-93. The A’s franchise record is plus-239, in 2001.

• Left-hander Fernando Abad has stranded all 23 inherited runners this season. That’s the most in the majors among relievers who have not allowed an inherited runner to score in 2014.

Minors 6.8.14: Vaughn nets 1st Vegas HR

June, 8, 2014
Jun 8
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LAS VEGAS 5, FRESNO 4: Cory Vaughn went 3-for-4 and produced his first Triple-A home run -- a two-run shot in a four-run first inning. Right-hander Logan Verrett recorded his fifth victory. He allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings. Ryan Reid surrendered two hits in the ninth, but stranded the tying run at second base by getting Travis Ishikawa to line out and Juan Ciriaco to strike out. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, NEW BRITAIN 3: The B-Mets scored four runs in the eighth to break a 3-all tie and snap a four-game losing streak. The Rock Cats got on the board in the second against Tyler Pill. After the first two batters reached, Matt Koch singled. Reynaldo Rodriguez tried to score, but was thrown out at the plate by Travis Taijeron. However, ensuing batter Kyle Knudson also singled, plating Brad Boyer with the game’s first run. Binghamton answered in the third against Taylor Rogers. Taijeron doubled. Following back-to-back walks, Matt Reynolds chopped a potential inning-ending double play to shortstop. New Britain got the force at second, but Eddie Rosario’s throw to first sailed into the stands, bringing home two runs. The Rock Cats responded in the fifth. Sam Fuld and Rosario walked. With one out, Kennys Vargas hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 2. In the bottom half, Taijeron led off with a double. Three batters later, Brian Burgamy brought him home with a single and the B-Mets took a 3-2 lead. The score stayed that way until the top of the seventh. With T.J. Chism in his second inning of relief, Rosario reached on a two-out single. Nate Hanson doubled to put runners at second and third. Vargas responded with a single to even the score at 3. The B-Mets took the lead for good in the eighth against Cole Johnson. Kyle Johnson doubled and Rylan Sandoval following with an RBI single. Following a single and walk, Jayce Boyd golfed an RBI single. Matt Clark scampered home on a wild pitch and Darrell Ceciliani capped the inning's scoring with a sac fly. Cody Satterwhite (3-1) tossed a scoreless eighth to earn the win. Pill allowed two runs on four hits over five innings. Box

PALM BEACH 4, ST. LUCIE 3: Aderlin Rodriguez launched a two-run homer with one out in the ninth against Cardinals starter Thomas Lee to cut the deficit to one run, but the Mets could not score again. Chris Thomas entered and got Gilbert Gomez to ground out and Albert Cordero to strike out to end the game. For 8 1/3 innings, Lee was a force on the mound. He needed 81 pitches to get through the first eight innings. He induced three double-play balls. Of the four hits he surrendered over the first eight innings, three were infield singles. Before Rodriguez’s ninth-inning shot, the only run the Mets scored was unearned. It came in the second inning on Gomez's groundout. Mets starter Michael Fulmer flirted with trouble for most of his five innings. He surrendered a run-scoring groundout with the bases loaded in the second to open the scoring. In the third, Fulmer loaded the bases with no outs but only gave up a sac fly to Bruce Caldwell. It appeared Fulmer had settled down, but with two outs in the fifth Caldwell launched a two-run homer to give the Cardinals a 4-1 lead. Fulmer was charged with four earned runs on eight hits in five innings while striking out three. Seth Lugo pitched four innings of scoreless relief and struck out four to keep the Mets in the game. Box

SAVANNAH 11, CHARLESTON 6: Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith drove in three runs apiece. L.J. Mazzilli went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Patrick Biondi also had three hits. Box

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Minors 6.7.14: Gnat Gant blanks RiverDogs

June, 7, 2014
Jun 7
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FRESNO 7, LAS VEGAS 2: Right-hander Joel Carreno suffered the loss. He pitched six innings and allowed six runs. Allan Dykstra went 3-for-3 with a homer in the loss. Box

NEW BRITAIN 6, BINGHAMTON 4: The B-Mets have lost four straight and seven of their last eight games. B-Mets starter Greg Peavey surrendered a game-opening double to Sam Fuld and a single to Eddie Rosario. Nate Hanson drove Fuld in with a single. Two batters later, Reynaldo Rodriguez produced a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead. Binghamton got on the board in the second against Pat Dean. Jayce Boyd blasted a 2-0 pitch over the left-center wall to cut the deficit to 2-1. It was his first home run since May 8. In the fourth, Boyd reached on a fielder’s choice and Darrell Ceciliani singled to put two on with one out for Travis Taijeron. He doubled to plate both runners and give the B-Mets a 3-2 lead. After a groundout, Kyle Johnson tripled to extend Binghamton’s lead to 4-2. New Britain came right back in the fifth. Jairo Rodriguez singled. That brought up Rosario, who tied the score at 4 with a two-run blast. The Rock Cats took a two-run lead in the seventh against Jack Leathersich. Kennys Vargas worked a two-out walk and moved to second on Reynaldo Rodriguez's single. Brad Boyer then tripled. Leathersich (1-2) allowed two runs on four hits over 2 1/3 innings, matching his longest appearance of the season. Peavey was tagged for four runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings. Box

DUNEDIN 4, ST. LUCIE 2: K.C. Hobson broke a 2-all tie in the third when he doubled against Steven Matz to score Dalton Pompey and Marcus Knecht. Dunedin's Chad Girado pitched out a jam in the sixth when he loaded the bases with one out. He fell behind Cole Frenzel 3-1, but rallied for a strikeout. Girardo then got Eudy Pina to ground out. Matz surrendered four runs and eight hits in six innings. It was the first start in which Matz allowed more than two earned runs this season. Dunedin struck for two runs in the first inning. Knecht grounded out to score Dwight Smith Jr. from third. Hobson followed with an RBI single. The Mets answered with a run in the second. Frenzel doubled to score Jairo Perez, who had tripled. Cam Maron briefly tied the score at 2 in the third when he doubled to plate Maikis De La Cruz. The Mets went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Perez went 2-for-4 in the loss. He has multi-hit performances in four straight games and has upped his league-leading average to .360. Gonzalez Germen allowed a hit and two walks in a scoreless inning in his latest rehab appearance. Box

SAVANNAH 4, CHARLESTON 0: John Gant limited Charleston to three hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings. Gant (6-2, 2.36 ERA) combined with Tim Peterson and Robert Coles on the shutout. L.J. Mazzilli went 3-for-5 with a walk and two RBIs. Patrick Biondi and Jeff McNeil each went 2-for-5 with an RBI. McNeil is now hitting .346. Dominic Smith also had two hits for the Gnats, who improved to 40-19. 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