New York Mets: Stefan Gartrell

Around the minors 5.18.12

May, 19, 2012
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BUFFALO 5, GWINNETT 3: Slugger Valentino Pascucci and 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey fueled the Bisons' win. Harvey got off to a shaky start, allowing back-to-back homers to Stefan Gartrell and Ernesto Mejia for a 2-0 first-inning deficit. Harvey then began a rally with his bat. In the third, he singled and Corey Wimberly walked. Fred Lewis then also singled to load the bases. A double-play groundout by Vinny Rottino forced in a run. Pascucci then homered off Braves starter Yohan Flande to give the Bisons a 3-2 lead. Rottino went 0-for-5 to lose a 20-game hitting streak. Harvey is now 4-for-10 at the plate this season. In the fifth, with the scored even at 3, Pascucci repeated his impressive strength with a two-run shot. Harvey settled down the rest of the game to strike out a season-high 11 batters. "Striking out batters is definitely a strength for Matt," manager Wally Backman said. The last time a Bisons starter struck out 11 was former Bisons and current Mets pitcher Dillon Gee on Aug. 28, 2010. Pascucci's two homers give him 48 as a Bison, putting him in sole possession of seventh place on the Herd's all-time home run list, passing Ernie Young. Box

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets stranded 10 runners, went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and were shut out for the fifth time this season. Portland starter Billy Buckner worked out of trouble in his first three innings. Binghamton put two aboard in the first, but failed to score when Juan Lagares fanned to end the inning. Lagares stranded two more in the third when he popped out to second. Portland cracked the scoreboard in the fifth against Gonzalez Germen. Jefry Marte opened the door by booting a groundball by Ronald Bermudez to start the inning. After a walk to Derrik Gibson and a sac bunt, Jeremy Hazelbaker bounced a two-run double over the third-base bag. Germen walked two more to load the bases, but escaped further harm by fanning Bryce Brentz. Germen (1-2) made it through six innings before handing off to Armando Rodriguez. Germen gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and struck out six. In the seventh, the Sea Dogs put together three consecutive two-out hits against Rodriguez. Juan Carlos Linares supplied an RBI double and Reynaldo Rodriguez added a run-scoring triple. It was the first time this season Rodriguez has allowed more than one hit in a relief appearance. The B-Mets (19-20) continue their three-game series Saturday as Jenrry Mejia moves from St. Lucie to the B-Mets for the start. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, LAKELAND 2: Starter Chase Huchingson limited Lakeland to one run in five innings and Taylor Whitenton contributed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Alonzo Harris had three hits in the leadoff spot. Rafael Fernandez and Francisco Pena drove in two runs apiece. Box

AUGUSTA 4, SAVANNAH 3: For the second straight night, the Gnats stranded the tying run on second base in the ninth. The Gnats were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Down 4-2 heading to the bottom of the ninth, the Gnats (24-16) rallied. Charley Thurber led off with a triple and scored on Gregory Pron’s RBI groundout. A single from Brandon Brown and a walk to Cam Maron put the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first with one out. However, GreenJackets closer Cody Hall rebounded to strike out T.J. Rivera and Dustin Lawley to end the game. Augusta took a 2-0 lead against Savannah starter Tyler Pill in the second inning on three singles, an error, a sacrifice and an RBI groundout. Augusta added a run in the sixth for a 3-0 lead on a single, a stolen base and an RBI single. Pill allowed three runs, all earned, in six innings with no walks and five strikeouts. All eight hits against him were singles. The Gnats made it a one-run game with single runs in the sixth and eighth innings. In the sixth, Travis Taijeron walked and came home on Brian Harrison’s double . In the eighth, Aderlin Rodriguez, who was 2-for-4, crushed a solo homer. Rodriguez has hit safely in six straight games. Augusta added an insurance run in the top of the ninth that scored on a throwing error by Brown at second base. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 5.15.12

May, 16, 2012
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GWINNETT 6, BUFFALO 1: Gwinnett righty Todd Redmond tossed six scoreless innings despite Buffalo producing a hit in each of those frames. Valentino Pascucci doubled to lead off the fourth, but was thrown out by left fielder Stefan Gartrell trying to stretch it to a triple. In the fifth, Omar Quintanilla reached on his second hit of the game but was picked off by Redmond. "A lot of base running mistakes, miscues hurt us today," manager Wally Backman said. Gwinnett took advantage of its chances, scoring six runs on seven hits. Gartrell hit a two-run homer in the top of the first. In the sixth, Gwinnett scored four more runs on four hits, knocking starter Jeremy Hefner from the game. In between the first and sixth innings, Hefner pitched four innings of no-hit innings. "Hefner struggled in that one inning, which we'll work on for his next start, but aside from that positives can be taken out from his performance earlier in the game," Backman said. Hefner, who entered the game with the second-lowest ERA in the International League, saw his ERA increase to 2.72. The Bisons scored their lone run in the ninth inning, when Fred Lewis led off with a triple and scored on a groundout from Vinny Rottino. Rottino went 1-for-3 with a walk to extend his Triple-A hitting streak to 18 games. Box

TRENTON 10, BINGHAMTON 1: The Thunder offense erupted for 16 hits, including nine in an eight-run eighth inning. Trenton starter Shaeffer Hall baffled Binghamton over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon (2-4) had thrown seven strong innings before things unraveled. With the B-Mets trailing by two, the southpaw started the eight, but failed to record an out. The first five Thunder reached safely, highlighted by two-run homers by Corban Joseph and Luke Murton. Erik Turgeon entered in relief, but struggled. He allowed four more hits and watched as the Thunder tacked on four additional runs. In all, Trenton sent 12 men to the plate and set season highs with nine hits and eight runs in the inning. The B-Mets managed five hits against Hall. The southpaw threw a first-pitch strike to the first 22 batters he faced and cruised through six innings before allowing a pair of singles in the seventh. With the Thunder leading by two at the time, manager Tony Franklin called upon Kelvin Perez to get the final out of the frame. The righty struck out Sean Kazmar to end Binghamton’s final threat. Binghamton plated its lone run in the eighth against Perez. Matt den Dekker extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a double. He scored on Juan Lagares’ double. Box

BRADENTON at ST. LUCIE (ppd): Chris Young's scheduled start was postponed by rain. The teams will play a 10:30 a.m. doubleheader Wednesday. Box

SAVANNAH 4, CHARLESTON 3: Brandon Brown had a double and three RBIs and Dustin Lawley homered for the Gnats. T.J. Chism allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth but held on for his third save. Jake deGrom allowed one run (unearned) in six innings while limiting Charleston to two hits. Box

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Around the minors 5.9.12

May, 10, 2012
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BUFFALO 4, GWINNETT 1: Zach Lutz's two-out single plated two runs to cap the scoring in a three-run seventh that broke a 1-all tie. The Bisons have taken the first three of a four-game set with the G-Braves. Oswaldo Navarro and Jean Luc Blaquiere singled to start the decisive inning and advanced on a balk. The bases were loaded when Fred Lewis' single scored Blaquiere. Lutz followed with the exclamation point. Buffalo starter Jeurys Familia allowed one run in six innings, the lone damage coming courtesy of Stefan Gartrell's RBI single in the first inning. Familia (3-1, 4.41 ERA) allowed four hits and struck out six. For the G-Braves, starting pitcher Yohan Flande gave up eight hits but was able to avoid trouble until the seventh. Flande struck out six batters as well, and allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 1/3 innings. After the Bisons took the three-run lead in the top of the seventh, the bullpen stepped in to preserve the lead. Justin Hampson pitched a sound seventh but found some trouble in the eighth, allowing singles to Jose Constanza and Gartrell. But with runners on first and second and one out, Elvin Ramirez relieved Hampson and struck out consecutive batters to end the inning. Ramirez retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his first Triple-A save. Lewis went 3-for-5 with an RBI on the night. Box

NEW BRITAIN 5, BINGHAMTON 1: Jefry Marte’s fielding error in the eighth set the table for a four-run inning as the Rock Cats completed a two-game series sweep. With the game tied at 1, Marte booted Joe Benson’s groundball to third to start the eighth. The Rock Cats tagged reliever Erik Turgeon for four hits, including three doubles, and scored four unearned runs to take the lead for good. For the second straight game, the B-Mets grabbed the lead first. In the second, Binghamton collected three consecutive singles against starter Steve Hirschfeld to get on the board. Marte and Raul Reyes started the rally with hits and Juan Lagares gave Binghamton a 1-0 lead with a single. The disastrous eighth overshadowed another strong pitching performance from B-Mets starter Collin McHugh. The right-hander allowed one run on six hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out four. His only blemish was Wilkin Ramirez's solo homer in the seventh. Turgeon (1-3) took over for McHugh in the eighth when things came unglued. Deibinson Romero and Danny Lehmann supplied RBI doubles and James Beresford supplied a run-scoring single. After getting on the board in the second, the B-Mets offense went silent. Binghamton had three hits after the third inning. The B-Mets (14-17) now head to Manchester to start a four-game series against the Fisher Cats on Thursday. Zack Wheeler is due to return from the disabled list for a fingernail issue in the opener. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BREVARD COUNTY 2: Jenrry Mejia pitched five solid innings in his first minor league start since before Tommy John surgery on May 16, 2011 and the Mets pushed across the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Mejia allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and one strikeout. Mejia pitched five games with Triple-A Buffalo last season before the injury. Angel Cuan (3-1) tossed three scoreless innings in relief to pick up the victory. Cuan allowed one hit and struck out two. Adrian Rosario pitched a scoreless ninth inning and recorded a pair of strikeouts for his ninth save. The Mets took their first lead in the eighth. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff double. Danny Muno reached on a bunt single and Robbie Shields followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs. Wilmer Flores grounded into a double play as Tovar scored the go-ahead run. In the ninth, Cesar Puello tripled and scored on an errant throw past third base. The Mets trailed 1-0 entering the third inning, before pushing across a run to even the score. Alonzo Harris singled and reached second on a balk. Tovar delivered an RBI double. In the fourth, Rafael Fernandez ripped his first homer of the season, a game-tying solo blast over the right-field fence. Chris Young is due to throw 75 pitches for St. Lucie at Brevard County on Thursday. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
10 3.88 106 141
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .296
HRL. Duda 20
RBIL. Duda 61
RD. Murphy 62
OPSL. Duda .872
ERAJ. Niese 3.24
SOZ. Wheeler 125