New York Mets: Thomas Neal

Around the minors 6.20.12

June, 21, 2012
6/21/12
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NORFOLK 3, BUFFALO 1: Pedro Beato surrendered a tiebreaking solo homer to Nate McLouth in the fifth, while Manny Acosta surrendered the final run, on three hits, in the eighth. Ruben Tejada went 0-for-4 but played a full game at shortstop in his return to the Bisons after two rehab games with Class A St. Lucie. Ronny Cedeño, after five starts at shortstop, shifted to second base and went 1-for-4. Dylan Owen had tossed 71 pitches after four innings, so manager Wally Backman decided to go to the bullpen early, despite Owen having allowed only one run. Meanwhile, 49-year-old Jamie Moyer also logged four innings. Moyer's line: one run on three hits with four strikeouts. The lone run Moyer surrendered was a solo homer to Matt Tuiasosopo. Box

AKRON 2, BINGHAMTON 0
BINGHAMTON 5, AKRON 1:
Zack Wheeler suffered his first loss in two months despite allowing only one earned run in the opener, but Cory Mazzoni led the B-Mets to a doubleheader split with a complete game in his Double-A debut in the nightcap. In Game 1, Binghamton’s shaky defense cost Wheeler in the second. With runners at first and second and one out, Ben Copeland sent a potential double-play grounder to short. Josh Rodriguez flipped to Rylan Sandoval for one out, but the relay to first skipped past Eric Campbell, allowing Thomas Neal to score from second. The defensive missteps continued in the third. With one out and runners at the corners, Chun Chen sent a groundball to third that could have ended the inning. Jefry Marte juggled the baseball and settled for one out as Davis Stoneburner scored to give the Aeros a 2-0 lead. Wheeler (6-3) suffered the hard-luck loss, snapping his six-game winning streak. It was the first time Binghamton had lost behind Wheeler since April 24. The righty allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits over six innings. The Binghamton offense awoke in the nightcap. Marte started a two-out rally in the first against Akron starter Francisco Jimenez with a single. Marte stole second and scored when Campbell doubled. It was the first time in seven games the B-Mets have scored first. The Aeros scratched back against Mazzoni in the first. Juan Duaz doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a single from Nick Weglarz. Akron loaded the bases later in the inning, but Mazzoni wiggled out of damage by inducing Matt Lawson to fly out to center. Kai Gronauer broke a 1-all tie in the fourth by drilling a two-run single that bounced off Jimenez’s back and rolled into centerfield. Pedro Zapata brought home another run by beating out a double-play ball. Reese Havens capped the scoring with an RBI single. Mazzoni (1-0) faced two over the minimum over his final six innings. In total, he allowed one run on five hits over seven innings while collecting four strikeouts. He becomes the third Binghamton starting pitcher to win his Double-A debut, joining Darin Gorski and Greg Peavey, who performed the feat in April. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 6, BRADENTON 2: After a scoreless inning in a rehab appearance by Ramon Ramirez, Tyler Pill limited Bradenton to one run in 5 1/3 innings. Taylor Whitenton then picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. St. Lucie broke a 1-all tie with a five-run ninth that included a two-run double by shortstop Wilfredo Tovar (1-for-3). Tovar as well as Wilmer Flores (1-for-3, one RBI) and catcher Francisco Pena (0-for-4) were promoted to Double-A Binghamton after the game. St. Lucie completed the first half with a 49-19 record. Box

PRINCETON 10. KINGSPORT 7: Long Island native Steven Matz -- the Mets' top pick in the 2009 draft, who had been slowed for most of the past two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery -- allowed five runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings in his first official professional game. Matz had one of five Kingsport errors. Michael Bernal homered and had three RBIs for the K-Mets. First-round pick Gavin Cecchini went 1-for-5 and committed an error at shortstop in his second professional game. Box

BROOKLYN 7, STATEN ISLAND 2: Luis Cessa (1-0) earned the win, going five innings and allowing six hits, two earned runs, no walks and four strikeouts as Brooklyn won its third straight against the Yankees. The Cyclones received a combined three innings of one-hit relief from Ernesto Yanez, who struck out four batters in two innings, and David Wynn, who tossed a perfect ninth. Trailing 1-0, Stefan Sabol singled in the fourth and advanced to second when DH Julio Concepcion walked. Eudy Pina then homered to give the Cyclones a 3-1 lead. The Cyclones added three runs in the sixth. Concepcion reached on a ground-rule double. Pina and Jeffrey Glenn then drew back-to-back walks before Dimas Ponce plated Concepcion with a sacrifice fly. Richie Rodriguez grounded into a forceout at second to score Pina. With Rodriguez at first, Brandon Nimmo doubled on a line drive to left to bring him home. Nimmo advanced to third on a Yankees fielding error and Phillip Evans walked to put runners on the corners. However, Alex Sanchez ended the inning with a pop out to second. Brooklyn produced its final run in the seventh, as Pina doubled to score Sabol, who had also doubled. Box

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Around the minors 5.2.12

May, 2, 2012
5/02/12
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BUFFALO 5, SYRACUSE 2: A 23-minute rain delay may have shortened Matt Harvey's second home start, but it didn't come early enough to slow down the Herd attack. The delay came in the bottom of the fourth inning, after the Bisons rallied from an early 2-0 deficit. The Buffalo lineup jumped on first-pitch deliveries from Chiefs starter Erik Arnesen. Rob Johnson led off the third inning with a single and Omar Quintanilla followed with a first-pitch triple to get the Herd on the board. Harvey followed with a 390-foot sacrifice fly to tie the score at 2. It was his fourth RBI this season. Buffalo then struck for three runs in the fourth. Dustin Martin gave the Bisons the lead with an RBI single. Johnson then hit a first-pitch triple for a 4-2 lead. Once the rain delay knocked Harvey from the game, pinch hitter Josh Satin hit the first pitch he saw for an RBI groundout. Harvey struck out three batters over his four innings. While the Bisons had the lead before the rain delay, the righty did not pitch long enough to qualify for his third consecutive win. New Mets minor league policy mandates any starter being removed if he has logged two innings and there is a rain delay. Justin Hampson earned the victory with three scoreless innings. Fernando Cabrera worked the ninth inning for his fifth save. Johnson was activated from the disabled list before the game. He missed five games with a left knee strain. Catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere was transferred from the roster. Vinny Rottino extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a second-inning triple. Box

AKRON 3, BINGHAMTON 1: Akron starter Giovanni Soto struck out nine over seven innings to extend the B-Mets' losing streak to a season-high three games. The Aeros took advantage of an early B-Mets defensive miscue. Davis Stoneburner led off the bottom of the first by shooting a groundball to Rylan Sandoval. Sandoval, in his first game of the season at shortstop, bounced his throw to first base, past Oswaldo Navarro, advancing Stoneburner to second. He moved to third on a wild pitch by B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon and scored on Ryan Rohlinger’s groundout. Akron added to its lead in the fourth. Adam Abraham doubled and scored one batter later on Thomas Neal's double. Kyle Bellows drove Neal home by singling. Given a three-run lead, Soto cruised to his third victory. Cohoon’s night ended after five innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out three. He was replaced by Armando Rodriguez, who supplied three perfect innings. Binghamton got on the board in the sixth. Navarro followed Matt den Dekker’s leadoff walk with a single. Reese Havens collected his third RBI of the season with another single. Soto escaped further damage by striking out Jefry Marte and turning a line drive back to the mound into a double play by doubling off Havens. Nursing a 3-1 lead, Kyle Landis entered from the pen and worked around a walk and a single to post a scoreless eighth. Eric Campbell led off the ninth with a double, but the rally fell short as Landis retired three straight. The win was Akron’s eighth straight. Cohoon (2-3) had his two-game winning streak snapped. The B-Mets (12-13) wrap up their weeklong trip Thursday. Right-hander Collin McHugh opposes right-hander Mason Radeke. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, JUPITER 2: Right-hander Erik Goeddel pitched five scoreless innings and Cesar Puello went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Mets won their sixth straight game. Goeddel allowed one hit and worked around five walks while striking out five. The Mets (22-4) pushed across a pair of runs in the third inning to take the lead. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Robbie Shields delivered a go-ahead single to plate Tovar. Puello hit a two-out infield single to score Shields and make it 2-0. The Mets extended the lead to 3-0 in the sixth. Danny Muno drilled a two-out single to plate Rafael Fernandez. The Mets had all nine starters record at least one hit. Cory Vaughn finished 2-for-2 with a walk. Taylor Whitenton pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and allowed one run on two hits with two walks and a strikeout. Adam Kolarek tossed 1 1/3 innings and gave up one hit with a walk and struck out one. Adrian Rosario pitched the ninth inning for his sixth save. Rosario allowed a leadoff home run to Marcell Ozuna, but battled back to secure the victory. The Mets will look to complete a three-game sweep Thursday with Angel Cuan taking the mound. Box

SAVANNAH 7, DELMARVA 1: Savannah (15-11) opened the scoring in the second. With one out, Brian Harrison doubled. After DH Charley Thurber was hit by a pitch, Albert Cordero singled to score Harrison. The Gnats added to their lead in the fourth on Travis Taijeron’s seventh homer. In the sixth, Aderlin Rodriguez doubled and scored on Cordero’s sacrifice fly to put Savannah ahead, 3-0. Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis shut out Delmarva on two hits and two walks through six innings to earn his third win and lower his ERA to 0.68 (2 ER/26.1 IP). Delmarva (13-12) scored its lone run in the seventh against reliever Carlos Vazquez, on Mychal Givens' RBI groundout. The Gnats added four runs in the seventh, during an inning in which the Shorebirds walked four and committed an error. Cordero drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. He finished 1-for-1 with a walk, two sacrifice flies and three RBIs. T.J. Rivera singled to begin the frame to extend his hitting streak to eight games. The Gnats send right-hander Domingo Tapia (3-1, 0.68) to the mound Thursday against right-hander Parker Bridwell (2-0, 4.05). Box

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187