New York Mets: Sean Nicol

Minors 5.5.13: Vegas' Wheeler deals again

May, 5, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 6, SACRAMENTO 2: Zack Wheeler limited Sacramento to three hits and a walk in six scoreless innings. Wheeler struck out four in a 90-pitch effort. It was his second straight strong start. Wheeler (2-1) was coming off an outing in which he allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings at Reno. His ERA has been shaved to 4.00. Las Vegas built a 6-0 lead, capped by a three-run homer by Collin Cowgill in the seventh against Pedro Figueroa. Justin Hampson surrendered a two-run homer to Josh Horton in the bottom half of that inning. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, HARRISBURG 1: The B-Mets launched a season-high three homers and struck out a season-high 15. Third baseman Josh Rodriguez set the tone early. After Danny Muno worked out his team-leading 21st walk in the first against Harrisburg starter Caleb Clay, Rodriguez homered for a 2-0 lead. Binghamton starter Mark Cohoon flirted with danger in his second start, but came out unscathed. He allowed seven baserunners through his first four innings, but used six strikeouts to escape. He capped his day with two strikeouts in a perfect fifth. Binghamton added to its lead in the sixth against Clay. Alonzo Harris started with a bunt single, stole second and came home on a single by Muno. Richard Lucas capped the inning by blistering a solo homer to left-center, his first long ball of the season. Chase Huchingson took over in the sixth and struck out two in a scoreless inning. The southpaw returned for the seventh, but exited after allowing two singles. Sean Nicol greeted reliever John Church with an RBI groundout, cutting Binghamton’s lead to three. Anthony Rendon singled to bring the tying run to the plate in Jerad Head. But Church struck out Head on three pitches. Binghamton produced two more runs in the eighth against reliever Pat McCoy. Harris launched his fourth homer and Cesar Puello extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single. Church posted a scoreless eighth inning. Jack Leathersich fanned three in the ninth. Cohoon (3-0) collected his third win and first as a starter in 2013. The southpaw struck out a season-high eight over five scoreless innings. Cory Mazzoni will return from the DL to start Monday for Binghamton. Box

ST. LUCIE 1, DAYTONA 0: Pinch-hitter Matt Reynolds had a walk-off single that scored Aderlin Rodriguez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Rehabbing Frank Francisco tossed a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. He combined with starter Domingo Tapia (six innings), Jim Fuller and Chasen Bradford on the three-hit shutout. Hansel Robles (upper back) is due to return from the DL and make his first start since April 21 on Monday. Princeton product Matt Bowman, promoted from Savannah, is then due to start Tuesday. He was 4-0 with a 2.64 ERA in five starts with Savannah. Robert Gsellman will move to Savannah's rotation. Box

SAVANNAH at HICKORY (ppd.)

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.11.12

August, 11, 2012
8/11/12
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 5, BUFFALO 1: After surrendering two hits, including Eduardo Nunez's RBI double, in the first inning, Zack Wheeler tossed five n0-hit innings in his second Triple-A start. He issued two walks in the sixth, but departed with his pitch count at 93 and the score tied at 1 after coaxing an inning-ending double play from Nunez. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored four runs against the Bisons bullpen, starting with Brandon Laird's tiebreaking homer off Dylan Owen in the seventh. Ronnier Mustelier clubbed a two-run homer off Fernando Cabrera in a three-run eighth. Buffalo scored its lone run in the fifth. Matt den Dekker doubled and scored on a pair of groundouts. Josh Satin singled in four trips to the plate to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Lucas Duda missed his third consecutive game because of a root canal. Box

HARRISBURG 5, BINGHAMTON 4: The Senators scored five unanswered runs and plated the walk-off winner on second baseman Wilmer Flores' throwing error. The B-Mets mustered three hits after the second inning. Brandon Moore suffered the B-Mets' first blown save since July 19. Ex-Blue Jay Drew Carpenter tossed a scoreless relief inning in his debut with the organization. Facing starter Danny Rosenbaum for the fourth time this season, Binghamton jumped on the lefty for three runs in the first as Jefry Marte and Francisco Pena contributed RBI singles. Wilfredo Tovar capped the output with a sac fly. The B-Mets threatened in the second with three hits and a walk, but settled for one run. Armando Rodriguez started the inning with a double for his first pro hit, and scored on Eric Campbell’s single. The Senators answered in the second. With a man aboard, Sean Nicol launched a full-count offering from Rodriguez into the left-field seats. It was the only blemish for Rodriguez, who went four innings in this third spot start. Brad Holt took over in the fifth, and Justin Bloxom blasted a solo homer to trim Binghamton’s lead to one. Holt retired the next five batters to cap a two-inning relief appearance. Signed by the Mets and added to the roster on Friday, Carpenter fanned two and worked around a one-out single in a scorelesss frame. Carpenter was the only B-Mets reliever who did not surrender a run. Moore watched Binghamton’s one-run lead disappear in the eighth. Tim Pahuta led off by launching the first pitch over the right-center fence to tie the score at 4. After the B-Mets were put down in order in the ninth by Pat McCoy, Moore had more trouble. Jose Lozada led off with a single and moved to second when Jonny Tucker’s bunt attempt was caught by the catcher Pena near the backstop. Brian Goodwin then sent a slow chopper behind the mound. Flores charged from second and made an errant throw to first, which sailed wide. Lozada scored standing up. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, FORT MYERS 0: Jacob deGrom, a ninth-round pick in 2010 out of Stetson, surrendered one hit in seven scoreless innings in his Florida State League debut, after a promotion from Savannah. John Church added two scoreless relief innings for his first save. St. Lucie scored two first-inning runs, on Blake Forysthe's sacrifice fly and Rafael Fernandez's RBI single. Forsythe's sixth-inning fielder's choice plated Danny Muno, who had doubled. DeGrom struck out eight and allowed three walks. Box

GREENVILLE at SAVANNAH (canceled)

DANVILLE 9, KINGSPORT 4: Chris Flexen allowed seven runs (six earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Jonathan Leroux had a two-run homer in the eighth in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 6, VERMONT 3: Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and a walk and 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo returned after a five-day absence. Brooklyn starter Julian Hilario struck out the side in the first. The Cyclones then scored twice in the bottom half. Nimmo, appearing for the first time since he was hit by a pitch on his right shoulder, led off with a walk. Phillip Evans followed with a single. With Jayce Boyd batting, Nimmo scored on a balk by Vermont starter Michael Ynoa. Boyd lined out to second baseman Chris Bostick. However, Evans advanced on a wild pitch. Plawecki's single then scored Evans for a 2-0 lead. Three consecutive singles gave the Cyclones two more runs in the fourth. Eudy Pina produced a two-out hit, stole second and scored on Nimmo's single. Nimmo advanced to second on the throw to the plate and scored when Evans singled. The Lake Monsters got on the board in the fifth. Back-to-back singles by Jacob Tanis and Kelvin Rojas put a runner in scoring position. Addison Russell's forceout moved Tanis to third, and a double by Austin Booker plated him. Vermont had a chance for more, but left the bases loaded when John Wooten lined out. Plawecki gave Brooklyn a four-run advantage with a solo shot -- his fourth homer this season. That lead was cut in half, however, in the sixth. After Wilfredo Solano walked, three Vermont singles made it 5-3. Pina hit his fourth homer of the season in the sixth. Hilario ultimately earned his second win, throwing five innings and allowing one earned run on five hits. Matt Koch surrendered two earned runs on four hits and a walk in an inning. Beck Wheeler pitched a perfect eighth. Paul Sewald threw a hitless ninth and earned his fourth save. 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

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TEAM LEADERS

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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