New York Mets: Tanner Roark

Series preview: Mets at Nationals

September, 22, 2014
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Getty ImagesThe Mets are due to face Tanner Roark, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister in the final road series of the season.
METS (76-80, third place/NL East) vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (91-64, first place/NL East)

Tuesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (14-12, 4.02) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (14-10, 2.85), 7:05 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Dillon Gee (7-8, 3.88) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-10, 3.74), 7:05 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (11-10, 3.49) vs. RHP Doug Fister (15-6, 2.55), 7:05 p.m. ET

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Ryan Zimmerman returned to the lineup Saturday after missing 55 games with a Grade 3 hamstring strain. He started in left field -- a position at which he debuted June 3. Zimmerman, under contract for five more seasons, could shift to first base in 2015 with Adam LaRoche potentially headed to free agency, despite LaRoche’s production. The Nats and LaRoche have a mutual option for next season at $15 million.

Denard Span has 179 hits -- four shy of matching Cristian Guzman's 2008 total for the most in a season in Nationals history. The Nats intend to pick up a $9 million option on Span for next season.

Gio Gonzalez is 3-1 with a 2.79 ERA in his last six starts. He has struck out 29 and walked seven in 38 2/3 innings during that span.

Doug Fister's 15 wins are a career high, surpassing last year’s total with the Detroit Tigers. His 2.55 ERA ranks fifth in the National League.

• The Nats are the lone NL team with four players with at least 80 RBIs: Ian Desmond, LaRoche, Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon.

• At 4-0 in his career, Tanner Roark has more wins against the Mets than versus any other club.

• The Nats, fresh off a four-game sweep at Miami, own an NL-best 91-64 record and are holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers for home-field advantage.

• The Yankees claimed outfielder Eury Perez off waivers from the Nats on Monday. The Nats claimed shortstop Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

Rapid Reaction: Nats 6, Mets 2

September, 11, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The wild-card dreaming probably can stop now.

Bartolo Colon had an early shower and the Washington Nationals continued their dominance at Citi Field with a 6-2 win against the Mets in Thursday’s series opener. The Amazin’s dropped 6 games behind the victorious Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild-card spot with 15 games remaining.

The Nats have won 12 straight at Citi Field -- the longest winning streak ever by a visiting team in Queens. The Atlanta Braves won 10 straight at Shea Stadium in 1990 and ’91.

Washington is 26-4 at Citi Field since September 2011.

The teams participated in a pregame remembrance ceremony marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Jefferson Crowther threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Crowther’s son Welles saved countless lives in the World Trade Center’s South Tower, including by carrying one woman down 17 flights. He died attempting more rescues.

Uh-oh: The Mets potentially lost two players to injuries during Thursday's game.

Daniel Murphy was hit in the left wrist by a pitch from Matt Thornton in the eighth inning and departed with extreme swelling. X-rays were negative.

Travis d'Arnaud departed the game for the start of the fifth inning and was replaced behind the plate by Anthony Recker. There was no immediate word on the cause.

Recker produced a solo homer in the bottom of that frame to pull the Mets within 6-1, but struck out to leave the bases loaded in the eighth.

Yer out! Colon was ejected in the fourth inning by plate umpire John Tumpane after drilling Jayson Werth in the left side with the first pitch after Anthony Rendon had homered to give the Nats a 6-0 lead. In the first inning, Colon had surrendered a two-run homer to Adam LaRoche, then also hit the ensuing batter, Ian Desmond.

Colon entered the game with three hit batters in 27 starts this season.

Terry Collins also was ejected after confronting Tumpane.

Colon became the first Mets pitcher ejected for what was deemed intentionally hitting a batter since D.J. Carrasco on May 15, 2012 against Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun. It was in that game that Collins pulled David Wright for fear of retribution. Carrasco made an appearance the following day, served up a homer to Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier and was released. He never pitched in the majors again.

Colon’s final line: 3+ IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR. His ERA swelled to 4.14.

Hello again: Daisuke Matsuzaka, who received a cortisone injection in his right elbow nine days ago, entered after Colon’s ejection and contributed three scoreless innings. It marked Matsuzaka’s first appearance since Aug. 30. He allowed one hit and three walks in a 44-pitch effort.

Not him again: Maybe the Mets should pitch around LaRoche. In addition to the two-run homer in the first, LaRoche also had an RBI single in the third. He finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

LaRoche is hitting .361 (13-for-36) with five homers and 14 RBIs in 10 games against the Mets this season. He is fourth among active players in homers against the Mets with 28, trailing only a trio of Phillies -- Ryan Howard (41), Chase Utley (33) and Jimmy Rollins (30).

Brain locks: The Mets had at least three gaffes during the ugly game.

With the lead just 2-0 in the bottom of the second, the Mets placed runners on the corners with none out against Tanner Roark. They came up empty, thanks in part to a mental lapse by d’Arnaud.

First, Curtis Granderson popped out in foul territory to Rendon at third base. Then, Dilson Herrera popped out to second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera. Apparently having lost track of the outs, d’Arnaud broke for second on the pop fly. He was doubled off first base.

A half-inning later, Colon fielded a comebacker off the bat of Desmond and threw to second base to try to get the lead runner. Wilmer Flores and Herrera had some confusion, no one was stationed at the bag and Colon was charged with an errant throw. That led to an unearned run.

Eric Young Jr. was thrown out attempting to go first to third on an errant pickoff throw by Roark in the sixth with the Mets trailing by five runs.

Snapped! Bobby Abreu, in his first at-bat since rejoining the Mets, pinch hit in the eighth and singled up the middle. That snapped an 0-for-22 drought as a pinch hitter in the majors.

What’s next: Dillon Gee (6-7, 3.74 ERA) opposes left-hander Gio Gonzalez (8-9, 3.78) at 7:10 p.m. Friday.

Rapid Reaction: Nats 5, Mets 2

May, 16, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- After getting blanked in consecutive Subway Series games, the Mets did get on the scoreboard at Nationals Park.

It was too little, too late.

Jonathon Niese lasted only four innings -- his shortest start since also going that distance on May 5, 2013 -- and the Mets lost to the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Friday.

With two on and two out in the top of the ninth, Daniel Murphy sent a shot to the wall in right field, but Jayson Werth corralled it to end the game. It's unclear if the baseball otherwise would have cleared the wall.

Niese surrendered five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in an 84-pitch effort.

The Mets’ scoreless streak reached 22 innings before Ruben Tejada's run-scoring ground out in the fifth pulled the Amazin’s within 5-1. Eric Young Jr. added an RBI double later in that frame against Nats starter Tanner Roark.

The scoreless streak ended one shy of matching the season high -- a 23-inning drought that included consecutive shutouts in Miami on May 6-7.

In a three-run first, David Wright failed to handle Anthony Rendon’s grounder for an error. Also in that frame, Daniel Murphy bobbled Tyler Moore’s grounder, and the Mets were unable to turn an inning-ending double play, which allowed the third run to score.

The Mets (19-22) dropped to three games under .500.

Carlos Torres, Jose Valverde and Josh Edgin did combine for four scoreless relief innings, although that required E.Y. Jr. throwing out a runner at the plate.

What’s next: Bartolo Colon (2-5, 5.84 ERA) opposes left-hander Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.97) at 4:05 p.m. Saturday.

Series preview: Mets at Nats

May, 16, 2014
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USA TODAY SportsThe Mets are due to face Tanner Roark, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann this weekend at Nationals Park.
METS (19-21, fourth place/NL East) at WASHINGTON NATIONALS (21-19, second place/NL East)

Friday: LHP Jonathon Niese (2-2, 2.17) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (2-1, 3.65), 7:05 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-5, 5.84) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.97), 4:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.53) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 3.59), 1:35 p.m. ET

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• Injuries have seriously struck the Nats, with five Opening Day starters already having spent time on the disabled list this season.


Nick Wass/Associated PressBryce Harper required surgery to repair a ligament tear in his left thumb after this April 25 slide into third base.


Left fielder Bryce Harper underwent surgery on April 29 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Harper (.289, 1 HR, 9 RBIs in 83 at-bats) is expected to be sidelined until July. He suffered the injury on a headfirst slide while tripling.

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman broke his right thumb while getting picked off diving back into second base on April 12.

Adam LaRoche (.319, 5 HR) landed on the DL on Sunday with a right quadriceps strain.

Three others integral players are back after recovering from maladies:

Catcher Wilson Ramos, who suffered a broken hamate bone in his left hand on Opening Day at Citi Field, returned May 7 after missing 32 games.

Right-hander Doug Fister, acquired during the offseason in a salary dump by the Detroit Tigers, has made two starts since opening the season on the disabled list with elbow inflammation and a lat-muscle strain.

Denard Span spent a week in mid-April on the concussion DL.

Anthony Rendon has shifted from second base to third base in Zimmerman’s absence, with Danny Espinosa handling second base full time. Tyler Moore was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse to handle first base. Moore, who had been demoted basically coinciding with Ramos coming off the DL last week, returned after spending only three days in the minors. Minus Harper, four players have started in left field: Nate McLouth, Kevin Frandsen, Scott Hairston and Zach Walters.

McLouth, who signed a two-year, $10.75 million deal in December to defect from the Baltimore Orioles, is one of the few bench players struggling to handle the larger role. Originally signed as the fourth outfielder, he is hitting .117 with one homer and one RBI in 60 at-bats.

• The Nats have outscored opponents by 38 runs from the seventh inning onward, the best differential in the majors. They have outscored opponents 19-3 in the ninth inning.

• Nats relievers have a collective 2.28 ERA, which ranks third in the majors. Closer Rafael Soriano (1.18 ERA, eight saves) lost a career-best 25-inning scoreless streak Saturday, when he suffered his lone blown save this season, at Oakland. Drew Storen has a 0.568 WHIP -- with six hits and one walk allowed in 12 1/3 innings.

• The Nats signed lefty-hitting Greg Dobbs to a minor-league deal for potential pinch-hitting duty. Dobbs, 35, was released by the Miami Marlins after opening the season 1-for-13 with four strikeouts. Miami ate his $1.7 million contract. Dobbs has not yet been added to the big-league roster.

• After consecutive scoreless efforts (including a rain-shortened four-inning outing opposite L.A.’s Zack Greinke), Jordan Zimmermann allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings at Arizona on Monday while pitching on two extra days of rest. For his career, Zimmermann has a 2.99 ERA on standard rest and 3.89 ERA with extra rest. Zimmermann will have an extra day of rest before facing the Mets on Sunday.

• Subtract a May 3 outing at Philadelphia in which he allowed two homers and seven runs and Tanner Roark otherwise has a 2.45 ERA in six starts this season.

Rapid Reaction: Nats 8, Mets 2

April, 3, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Ninety wins? How about one?

Daniel Murphy committed two errors in his return from paternity leave and the bullpen torched any chance of a late comeback as the Washington Nationals completed a sweep of the Mets with an 8-2 victory Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.

The Mets are 0-3 for the first time since 2005, when the “New Mets” were winless in their first five games, until Carlos Beltran had a late homer against John Smoltz that lifted Pedro Martinez to a victory in Atlanta.

The latest starting pitcher to deserve better: Zack Wheeler, who departed trailing 3-2 after six innings. Wheeler threw 114 pitches, one shy of matching his career high.

The Nats, who started Tanner Roark on short notice after co-ace Jordan Zimmermann was scratched with the flu, scored four seventh-inning runs as soon as Terry Collins went to the bullpen.

Scott Rice allowed two hits -- one a shot off his right shin -- with the only out coming on a sac bunt.

Jeurys Familia then entered and immediately walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Familia became the third Mets reliever in the series to issue a four-pitch walk to the first batter he faced, joining Carlos Torres and Rice on Opening Day.

From there, Adam LaRoche had a two-run single and Ryan Zimmerman had a run-scoring single against Familia. The Nats’ final tally in the four-run frame came home when Murphy errantly threw away a would-be double-play toss to first base. Papa Murph also committed an error on Denard Span’s routine grounder to open the third inning.

Torres loaded the bases and then walked in a run in the eighth.

In the series, the Mets bullpen allowed 12 runs (11 earned) on 15 hits and seven walks in 9 1/3 innings.

There was no shortage of blame to go around. Mets hitters struck out eight times Thursday, upping their total to 39 through three games, on an early pace for the MLB single-season record. They scored a combined four runs after the first inning in the series.

Meanwhile, the first base triumvirate of Ike Davis, Josh Satin and Lucas Duda are now a combined 1-for-12 with three walks, thanks to Davis' two-out single in the ninth. Eric Young Jr. (0-for-9) and Travis d'Arnaud (0-for-9, two walks) remain hitless this season.

As for Wheeler, he allowed a second-inning solo homer to Zimmerman. Then, with the Mets leading 2-1 in the fifth, Wheeler walked leadoff batter Sandy Leon, the No. 8 hitter. Roark bunted Leon to second and Span followed with a game-tying single.

Span took second on the throw to the plate, which ought to have been cut off. He scored the go-ahead run from there on Werth’s two-out single to right-center.

Wheeler’s final line: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.

Grandy man: Curtis Granderson snapped an 0-for-9 drought to begin his Mets career with a first-inning RBI double down the right-field line. That plated Murphy, who had advanced into scoring position when Span lost David Wright’s fly ball and had it drop in front of him in center for a single.

Juan Lagares ultimately plated Wright with a sacrifice fly as the Mets took a 2-0 first-inning lead against Roark. Roark followed with five scoreless innings.

What’s next: The Mets welcome the Cincinnati Reds to Citi Field for the weekend. Jenrry Mejia, selected over Daisuke Matsuzaka for an Opening Day rotation spot, starts opposite right-hander Mike Leake at 7:10 p.m. Friday.

Series preview: Mets vs. Nationals

September, 9, 2013
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USA TODAY SportsThe Mets face (l to r) Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Dan Haren to open a four-game series.
METS (64-77, fourth place/NL East) vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (73-69, second place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Carlos Torres (3-3, 2.89) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.49), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Dillon Gee (11-9, 3.53) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (16-8, 3.30), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (7-4, 3.38) vs. RHP Dan Haren (8-13, 5.23), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: LHP Jonathon Niese (6-7, 3.86) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (5-0, 0.94), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Bryce Harper’s season is in jeopardy because of his latest ailment -- a left hip injury. Harper, who turns 21 on Oct. 16, has been banged up nearly all season. His issues began with crashing into a chain-link fence at Turner Field in Atlanta on April 30 and suffering a bruised left rib cage.


Joy R. Absalon/USA TODAY SportsBryce Harper's latest ailment is a hip injury.


“Ever since I hit the wall, pretty much every day I feel something different,” Harper told Nats beat writer Mark Zuckerman. “Or something will feel better, and then something else hurts. It’s pretty much just the left side of my body. That’s what hurts me right now. Everything on the right side of my body feels great. If the right side of my body felt like the left side of my body, I’d probably just say, ‘Screw it.’ But the last time I probably felt pretty good was that first month.”

Denard Span has a career-high 19-game hitting streak, which is the longest active streak in the majors. He is hitting .397 (31-for-78) during that stretch.

• Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has three homers in the past two days. He has gone deep five times in his last six games, giving him 20 long balls for the season.

• Shortstop Ian Desmond needs one more steal for his second straight 20-homer, 20-steal season. The only other Nationals player ever to reach those thresholds was Alfonso Soriano, who had 46 homers and 41 steals in 2006.

• Right-hander Tanner Roark displaced Ross Ohlendorf from the rotation on Saturday in Miami. After nine relief appearances to begin his major league career, Roark tossed six scoreless innings against the Marlins to improve to 5-0 with a 0.94 ERA. Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round in 2008, Roark was acquired by the Nats on July 30, 2010 with Ryan Tatusko for Cristian Guzman.

Wilson Ramos has started 16 straight games behind the plate. He was limited to 25 games in 2012 because of a torn ACL in his right knee, and has appeared in only 61 games this season because of multiple hamstring strains.

• Out-of-favor infielder Danny Espinosa was snubbed for a September call-up. Espinosa served as the Nationals’ Opening Day second baseman, but was demoted with a .158 average after 158 at-bats. Rookie Anthony Rendon since has taken over at second base, with some contribution from Stephen Lombardozzi. Espinosa hit only .216 with a .280 on-base percentage and struck out 101 times in 313 plate appearances at Triple-A Syracuse.

The Nats’ September call-ups: infielder Zach Walters, outfielders Eury Perez and Corey Brown, utilityman Jeff Kobernus and left-hander Xavier Cedeno.

• The Nats are on the ropes in their attempt to reach the postseason. They trail the Cincinnati Reds by eight games for the second wild-card spot with 20 games remaining.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 11, Nats 3

August, 31, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- Well, the Washington Nationals will not be headed to the postseason either, if that is any consolation.

Zack Wheeler took a scoreless effort into the sixth, Matt den Dekker produced his first major league hit and RBI and the Mets routed Washington, 11-3, Saturday night at Nationals Park.


Joy R. Absalon/USA TODAY SportsZack Wheeler improved to 7-3 as the Mets routed Washington.


The one downside to the evening: The Mets lost Ike Davis to a potentially season-ending right oblique strain. Davis clutched his side as he produced a sac fly in what became a six-run third inning.

Den Dekker’s first major league hit came later in that frame, on a bloop RBI single over shortstop that staked the Mets to a 5-0 lead and chased Nats starter Dan Haren.

Reliever Tanner Roark entered and eventually walked Wheeler with the bases loaded to force in another run.

The six runs and seven hits each matched Mets season highs for an inning in 2013. Their 17 hits for the game set a season high.

Eric Young Jr. and Daniel Murphy each had three hits and two RBIs. Josh Satin also had three hits.

The Nats had entered the weekend having surged to pull within 6 games of the Cincinnati Reds for the second wild-card spot, but now have lost consecutive games to the Mets.

Meanwhile, Wheeler (7-3) held the Nats to two runs on five hits, one walk and a hit batter in 6 2/3 innings.

Washington loaded the bases with one out in the sixth. Jayson Werth then produced a sacrifice fly and Ian Desmond followed with an RBI single that pulled the Nats within 8-2. Wheeler recovered by retiring Adam LaRoche on a lineout to center field.

Wheeler struck out three in a 99-pitch effort. He had retired the game’s first eight Nats batters before surrendering an infield single to Roark.

Golden arm: After shifting to right field to play alongside den Dekker for the first time, Juan Lagares recorded his 12th outfield assist, tying Tsuyoshi Shinjo for the franchise rookie record. The victim: Bryce Harper, who tried to leg out an eighth-inning triple while trailing by nine runs. Harper had received flak for not running out a grounder Friday ... and went a little too far to the other extreme.

What’s next: September baseball, meaningful or not. Left-hander Jonathon Niese (6-6, 3.69 ERA) opposes right-hander Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 2.58) at 8:05 p.m. Sunday on ESPN. The Mets will aim for their first series sweep in D.C. since 2008.

Series preview: Mets at Nats

August, 30, 2013
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Getty ImagedsThe Mets are scheduled to face (l to r) Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren and Ross Ohlendorf this weekend.
METS (60-72, third place/NL East) vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (68-65, second place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Dillon Gee (9-9, 3.69) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (15-7, 3.32), 7:05 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Zack Wheeler (6-3, 3.42) vs. RHP Dan Haren (8-11, 4.66), 7:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (6-6, 3.69) vs. RHP Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 2.58), 8:05 p.m. ET

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• The Nats have moved within 6 games of the Cincinnati Reds for the second wild-card spot by winning 14 of their past 19 games. Washington has 29 games remaining. The Nats were a season-worst six games under .500 on Aug. 7, after getting swept at home by the Atlanta Braves.

Bryce Harper on Thursday clubbed his 41st career homer. That is the third most in major league history before turning 21, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The only with more: Mel Ott (61) and Tony Conigliaro (56). Harper isn’t legally able to drink until Oct. 16. Harper has a career-high 11-game hitting streak. He is hitting .409 (18-for-44) during that stretch.


G Fiume/Getty ImagesJayson Werth was the NL Player of the Month in July.


Ian Desmond produced his 20th homer Thursday, which trails only Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki (22) among National League shortstops. Desmond’s 55 extra-base hits lead that group, as do his 33 doubles. He is two steals shy of his second straight 20-20 season. The only other Nat to reach that plateau in homers and steals in a season: Alfonso Soriano, who had 46 homers and 41 steals in 2006.

• After his Wednesday outing was cut short after two innings and 22 pitches by rain, the Nats considered using Stephen Strasburg on Sunday against the Mets, but passed. Manager Davey Johnson is leaning strongly toward using Ross Ohlendorf. Strasburg experienced back tightness during a 72-minute delay.

Ohlendorf’s rotation security is tenuous. The Nats plan to insert rookie Tanner Roark into the rotation. Although Ohlendorf is 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA in 12 appearances (four starts) this season, he has stalled in the fifth inning in his two starts since returning from the disabled list.

• Right fielder Jayson Werth enters the series one plate appearance shy of qualifying to be listed among the league’s batting leaders (3.1 PAs/team game). Werth would be tied with Chris Johnson at .329 for second in the NL in average, trailing only Yadier Molina (.333). Since July 4, Werth is hitting .405 with 13 homers and 37 RBIs in 48 games. He was the NL Player of the Month for July.

Jordan Zimmermann’s 15 wins are tied with Adam Wainwright for the NL lead. Zimmermann is one of many examples of a successful return from Tommy John surgery. He underwent the procedure in Aug. 19, 2009 and was back pitching in the majors 12 months, seven days later.

• Center fielder Denard Span has a 12-game hitting streak.

• The Nats traded catcher Kurt Suzuki to the Oakland Athletics last Friday for Class A right-hander Dakota Bacus. They also acquired a player to be named from the Tampa Bay Rays for David DeJesus, four days after claiming DeJesus off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

Around the minors 8.4.12

August, 5, 2012
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BUFFALO 1, SYRACUSE 0: Chris Schwinden, Robert Carson and Fernando Cabrera combined on a 10-hit shutout. Lucas Duda's sixth-inning double plated Fred Lewis with the game's lone run. Schwinden worked six innings, scattering eight hits and a walk. After yielding two hits in the fourth inning, Schwinden got Brett Carroll to bounce into a comebacker to end the inning. Syracuse had two doubles in the fifth, but Schwinden threw out the lead runner in between on Tanner Roark's bunt attempt. The Chiefs then had three singles in the sixth, but Schwinden wiggled out unscathed with a strikeout and groundout. Schwinden lowered his ERA to 2.96, the seventh-lowest mark in the International League. Cabrera picked up his IL-leading 19th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Hitting coach George Greer managed the Bisons after the International League suspended Wally Backman for three games. Syarcuse's Tanner Roark allowed one run on four hits in seven innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, READING 2
READING 3, BINGHAMTON 1:
The B-Mets rode a five-run fifth inning and Greg Peavey's second career complete game in the opener. With the bases loaded against starter Julio Rodriguez in the second, Wilfredo Tovar produced an RBI single and Peavey followed with a run-scoring fielder’s choice to give the B-Mets a 2-0 lead. Reading erased the deficit a half-inning later. Leandro Castro doubled and scored on Brandon Tripp's single. After a single put two aboard, Troy Hanzawa sent a chopper to second that had double play potential. The shortstop Tovar recorded the first out, but his low throw to first skipped past Jefry Marte and allowed Tripp to score the tying run. The game remained tied until the B-Mets unloaded on Rodriguez (6-5) in the fifth. Following a one-out walk to Juan Lagares, the B-Mets tagged Rodriguez with three consecutive doubles. Reese Havens drove in Lagares with a two-bagger to left-center and Wilmer Flores added to Binghamton’s lead with a double to the same spot. Eric Campbell made it a three-run lead. Dustin Martin capped the frame by blasting a two-run homer, his third long ball as a B-Met. It extended Martin's hitting streak to nine games. The second inning proved to be the only blemish for Peavey (5-7), who scattered seven hits, induced two double plays and struck out four in his second career seven-inning complete game.

In Game 2, the B-Mets were held to three singles and had only five batters reach base against Jordan Whatcott, Kyle Simon and Tyler Knigge. After spot starter Armando Rodriguez recorded two outs in the third, Darin Ruf broke the scoreless game with a homer -- his 21st of the season, tied for the league lead. D’Arby Myers added a solo homer in the fourth against Rodriguez. Jeff Kaplan, pitching for the first time since May 20, allowed one run on three hits in the fifth. Brad Holt navigated around a single and a walk in a scoreless sixth. Binghamton’s only threat materialized in the sixth. Simon issued two-out walks to Flores and Raul Reyes. Allan Dykstra then stroked a long fly ball off the base of the right-field wall, plating Flores. The rally ended abruptly as Dykstra was thrown out at second by the right fielder Castro. Box 1, Box 2

FORT MYERS 5, ST. LUCIE 4: Alonzo Harris Jr. went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, but the Mets were unable to hold a late-inning lead as Fort Myers posted a three-run seventh. The Mets committed three errors in that frame -- by Aderlin Rodriguez, Danny Muno and Richard Lucas. The Mets loaded the bases in the eighth, but Michael Tonkin struck out Lucas to end the threat. Rodriguez struck out with the tying run on second in the ninth. T.J. Rivera went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Lucas finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Cesar Puello went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his return from the disabled list. Cory Vaughn went 1-for-3 with a first-inning RBI. The Mets added a run in the second inning on an RBI infield single by Puello. Rivera had a two-run single in the fourth. Logan Verrett tossed six innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Jack Leathersich allowed an unearned run and a hit with a walk and two strikeouts over two innings. Taylor Whitenton pitched a scoreless inning and allowed one hit. Box

ASHEVILLE 9, SAVANNAH 1: Marcos Camarena allowed six runs (five earned) in five innings, including a pair of homers. Cam Maron's sacrifice fly plated Matt Reynolds with the Gnats' lone run. Box

PRINCETON 7, KINGSPORT 5 (10 innings): Working a fourth inning in relief, Robert Gsellman allowed two runs in the 10th and suffered the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 4, AUBURN 1: Hansel Robles allowed an unearned run on three hits, walked none and struck out eight in seven innings. Paul Sewald handled a scoreless eighth and Tyler Vanderheiden notched his eighth save. For the second consecutive game, Brandon Nimmo led off the first inning with a double that was followed by a single by Phillip Evans. With men on the corners and nobody out, Doubledays catcher Spencer Kieboom committed a pass ball, allowing Nimmo to score. The Doubledays took advantage of a defensive miscue by third baseman Dimas Ponce in the sixth. Narciso Mesa sent a grounder to Ponce deep behind the bag, and Ponce threw it over the head of first baseman Jayce Boyd and into the Cyclones dugout. Kieboom bunted Mesa to third. Mike McQuillan then grounded out, plating Mesa to tie the score. In the the seventh, the Cyclones scored three runs. Ponce doubled and moved to third on Richie Rodriguez's bunt. Nimmo and Evans walked to load the bases. Boyd also walked, giving the Cyclones a 2-1 lead. Kevin Plawecki's sac fly scored Nimmo for a two-run cushion. After the fourth walk of the inning, to Stefan Sabol, reloaded the bases, Alex Sanchez beat out an infield single as the third run of the inning scored. Box

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Around the minors 4.22.12

April, 22, 2012
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BUFFALO 6, SYRACUSE 1
SYRACUSE 1, BUFFALO 0:
Two of the International League's closest rivals split a twinbill as Buffalo took the first game on the strength of a three-hit performance from Omar Quintanilla, then Corey Brown's fourth-inning homer accounted for the only scoring in the nightcap. In both games, the Bisons got solid starting pitching. Jeurys Familia (2-1) earned his second Triple-A win with eight strikeouts in five innings in the opener. In Game 2, Chris Schwinden (2-2) was the hard-luck loser with the team's first complete game of the season. Schwinden allowed one run on three hits and no walks. In the opener, Zach Lutz hit a no-doubt two-run homer to give the Herd a second-inning lead. Josh Satin singled home Jordany Valdespin in the third for a 3-1 advantage. Quintanilla's third hit of the game was a bases-loaded double in the sixth. The lone damage against Familia came on Bryce Harper's first Triple-A homer. Jack Egbert was also solid on the mound, pitching two scoreless innings in relief of Familia. The Bisons had just three hits in Game 2, two by Matt Tuiasosopo, but had their chances to score. Buffalo put the first two men on base in the fifth inning, but Vinny Rottino was thrown out at third on a double steal. Raul Reyes walked to lead off the sixth and reached third base with one out. Chiefs starter Tanner Roark then retired Satin and Lutz to escape that jam. In the seventh, Rottino walked and Tuiasosopo singled to lead off the frame. But a failed bunt attempt by Lucas May and a double play off the bat of Quintanilla ended the contest. Still, combined with the Bisons' win on Friday night, the club picked up its first series win of 2012. Now at 9-9, the Herd will travel to Lehigh Valley for Monday's start to a three-game series. Game 1, Game 2

BINGHAMTON 7, PORTLAND 2: Rylan Sandoval had four RBIs and Collin McHugh fired six strong innings as Binghamton swept the four-game series. It marked the third time in the series and fifth time in the last eight games the B-Mets have collected 10 or more hits. Juan Lagares started the onslaught in the second with a single off Portland starter Brock Huntzinger. Juan Centeno added a single and Joe Bonfe walked to load the bases. Sandoval then doubled off the right-center fence. The hit cleared the bases and gave Binghamton a 3-0 lead. Matt den Dekker doubled Sandoval home. From there, McHugh cruised to his third straight victory, tying him for the Eastern League lead. He racked up six strikeouts for the third straight game and allowed one unearned run on two hits. After putting up four scoreless innings, Portland finally scratched out a run in the fifth. Ronald Bermudez reached on a throwing error by Oswaldo Navarro at third. He moved to second on a wild pitch and scored two batters later when Jeremy Hazelbaker dumped a ball into left field. McHugh escaped the inning with no further damage and posted a perfect sixth to cap his day. The B-Mets added to their lead in the fourth. Pedro Zapata bunted his way aboard and stole second. After gaining third on a wild pitch, he scored when Sandoval tripled -- his second three-bagger as a B-Met. Den Dekker made it 6-1 with a sacrifice fly. Huntzinger was pulled after surrendering a single to Josh Rodriguez. Binghamton plated its final run on an RBI single by Rodriguez in the sixth. He became the first B-Met to collect four hits in a game since Brahiam Maldonado in August 2011. Armando Rodriguez took the mound and worked around a leadoff single to post a scoreless seventh. He then needed 12 pitches to work a perfect eighth. Edgar Ramirez surrendered a run in the ninth before retiring Hazelbaker on a groundout to first to end the game. The B-Mets (9-7) enjoy an off day on Monday before kicking off a three-game series against New Hampshire on Tuesday at NYSEG Stadium. Zack Wheeler takes the ball for Binghamton. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, FORT MYERS 8: Danny Muno's double scored Wilfredo Tovar in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off win. St. Lucie overcame a 6-0 deficit. Muno had a two-run homer in a five-run fifth that pulled the Mets within a run. Robbie Shields and Muno had three hits apiece, while Tovar scored three times. Box

HICKORY 1, SAVANNAH 0 (5 innings): Hickory won in a game that was called after five innings due to wet grounds at Historic Grayson Stadium. The Crawdads (12-5) swept the four-game series from the Gnats (10-8). Savannah is off on Monday. It begins a seven-game road trip in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday. The Crawdads scored the game’s only run in the third. With one out, Chris Grayson doubled. Ensuing batter Hanser Alberto lined a ball up the middle. Gnats pitcher Michael Fulmer snared the liner on a fly and threw to second base to attempt to complete a double play. However, second base was unoccupied, and the throw went into center field. Grayson headed to third, and scored when center fielder Tillman Pugh’s throw to third bounced away from Savannah third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez and went out of play. Fulmer worked one 1-2-3 inning in the fifth, but took his second loss of 2012 despite allowing only the unearned run. Box

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