New York Mets: Zach Jones

Minors 8.15.13: B-Mets nearing playoff berth

August, 15, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 3, NEW ORLEANS 2: Rafael Montero (5-3) tossed seven scoreless innings. He allowed four hits, issued no walks and struck out eight in a 99-pitch effort that included 65 strikes. Montero retired 14 straight batters from the first through the sixth innings. "Easy 94-96 mph with filthy changeup that makes the fastball play even better," a scout in attendance said. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, READING 3: The B-Mets trimmed their magic number to two to clinch their first playoff appearance since 2004. Binghamton is a franchise-record 30 games over

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.500. Greg Peavey, Hamilton Bennett and Armando Rodriguez combined to retire 18 of the final 19 Reading batters. The B-Mets scored five runs in the seventh. Reading had jumped on Peavey for two first-inning runs. Zach Collier homered. After consecutive singles put two aboard, Anthony Hewitt then hit a sharp groundball to third. Richard Lucas’ throw to second sailed high and allowed Maikel Franco to score, giving Reading a 2-0 lead. Lucas made amends by leading off the next half-inning with a double against rehabbing major leaguer Jonathan Pettibone. Wilfredo Tovar followed with a single. Xorge Carrillo put the B-Mets on the board with a run-producing groundout. Alonzo Harris tied the score with an RBI double. Hewitt pushed Reading ahead with an RBI single in the fourth, but the B-Mets responded against Pettibone in the fifth, in his final inning. Carrillo singled, advanced to third when Harris bounced a single off Pettibone’s foot, and came home on Danny Muno's sacrifice fly. Binghamton (77-47) unloaded against Juan Sosa in the seventh. Carrillo doubled. Following a single by Harris, Allan Dykstra lined a pinch-hit, go-ahead single that plated Carrillo. Muno added a bunt single to third and Darrell Ceciliani kicked the lead to two with a sac fly. Travis Taijeron delivered the final blow against Sosa by lining a two-run single. After Tyler Knigge entered, Tovar capped the inning with an RBI single. Bennett tossed a perfect seventh, then added a quiet eighth after Ceciliani rounded out Binghamton’s scoring with an RBI triple in the top of the inning. Peavey (2-1) departed for a pinch-hitter in Binghamton’s five-run seventh. After allowing Hewitt’s RBI single in the fourth, the righty retired the final nine batters he faced. Box

FORT MYERS 5, ST. LUCIE 3: Fort Myers produced a four-run fifth against Matt Bowman and snapped St. Lucie’s five-game winning streak. The Mets had runners at first and second with two outs in the ninth, but Zach Jones struck out Rylan Sandoval to end the game. The Mets pushed across two runs in the first. Kevin Plawecki singled to score Kyle Johnson and Dustin Lawley had a sacrifice fly to plate T.J. Rivera. Charley Thurber’s RBI single scored Robbie Shields in the second to make it 3-0. Shields finished 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. Rivera and Jayce Boyd each had two hits. Bowman allowed five runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four in 4 2/3 innings. Cody Satterwhite pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Angel Cuan tossed three scoreless innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Box

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 3: Starter Julian Hilario allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Gnats charged back with three eighth-inning runs, but Eudy Pina struck out with the potential tying run on third base to end the threat. Box

BRISTOL 4, KINGSPORT 2: Rob Whalen allowed only one unearned run in a tough-luck loss. The K-Mets nonetheless have a three-game lead over Johnson City for second place in the West Division. The top two teams in each division reach the Appalachian League playoffs. Whalen, the league's WHIP leader, allowed seven hits and struck out seven. Two Kingsport errors in the game resulted in three unearned runs. Reliever Alberto Baldonado allowed only a two-out single in the ninth, marring what was otherwise a flawless two-inning stint. Patrick Palmeiro, the son of former MLB player Rafael Palmeiro, had a hit and two runs scored for Bristol. Thaddius Lowry allowed the first four Kingsport batters in the game to reach base. He retired nine straight after that. A double by Jeff Diehl in the fourth was the only other hit he allowed. Kingsport worked quickly against Lowry, with Yeixon Ruiz legging out a leadoff double. He reached third on a bunt single by Jeff McNeil and scored on Joe Tuschak's base hit. An error on Jeyckol De Leon's grounder helped McNeil score from second. The K-Mets didn't threaten again, leaving five men on base the rest of the way and hitting into double plays to end the eighth and ninth innings. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 6, BROOKLYN 4: Dawrin Frias made his first professional start since 2009, going six innings and allowing two runs on three hits. Brooklyn opened the scoring in the first. Ismael Tijerina and Gavin Cecchini singled, with Cecchini extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Tomas Nido then hit a grounder to second baseman Ariel Soriano, who tossed the ball to shortstop Darryl George covering second. George dropped the ball and all runners were safe. With one out and the bases loaded, James Roche hit a comebacker to pitcher Chris Kirsch. He threw the ball away, allowing Tijerina and Cecchini to score and giving the Cyclones a 2-0 lead. Frias didn’t allow a hit until the fifth, when Hudson Valley came back to tie the score. Reliever Kevin McGowan entered for the seventh and Hudson Valley put up four runs in the inning. James Roche's late two-run homer pulled Brooklyn back within two runs. Box

GCL CARDINALS 12, GCL METS 2: Reliever Christian Montgomery allowed seven runs (five earned) in one inning. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
12 4.01 132 172
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .301
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .834
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.44
SOZ. Wheeler 155