New York Mets: Zach Lutz

Farm report: LSU's Moore catching on

June, 18, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Tyler Moore split duties at LSU between catcher, first base and third base. He will have a singular focus as a professional.

The Mets, who have assigned Moore to the Brooklyn Cyclones, have resolved to solely use the sixth-round pick behind the plate. And that’s just fine with the 21-year-old native of Baton Rouge, La.

Moore made his pro debut Saturday, going 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored as the DH in the Cyclones’ season-opening 8-2 win against Staten Island. He started at catcher for the first time Monday.


Courtesy of Brooklyn CyclonesTyler Moore


“I’m definitely looking forward to that -- just really to be precise in catching, really be great at it,” Moore said. “Instead of having to work at multiple positions, now I can just focus on one. It will give me the opportunity to get even better at that position.

“I think my whole life it’s really been something that I loved, even though I didn’t do it all the time. In high school it became a primary position for me. That’s really the first time I was a catcher.”

As for which skills he most wants to hone behind the plate, Moore added: “I think the biggest thing is throwing. Moving into pro ball, calling your own games and getting to know the pitchers as well -- just building some bonds with the pitchers and getting to know their tendencies and what they want.”

Moore grew up less than 15 minutes from the LSU campus and rarely missed a home football game, even before enrolling there. He joked that a big difference in New York for him is no swamps or alligators. (No, he did not grow up on a bayou.)

“I’m not used to taking the subway to the field, stuff like that,” he said. “It’s fun. It’s a new experience.”

Moore had a major role in Stony Brook’s first-ever College World Series berth. In the opening game of that best-of-three Super Regional in Baton Rouge in 2012, Moore -- a freshman -- homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to re-tie the score in what became a 12-inning win for the SEC powerhouse. Stony Brook went on to win the Super Regional in three games.

“It was a school that wasn’t supposed to be there,” Moore recalled. “They just came over there and they acted like it was their stadium and it was their ballgame. That was probably the biggest thing about the Super Regional. They came in with confidence and they played their game and they just flat-out beat us.”

As for his game-tying extra-inning homer, Moore added: “That was definitely one of the best experiences of my college career. It’s definitely up there in the top two or three. It helped my confidence going forward, knowing that I came through in the late innings, and knowing that I could do it in the future.”

Moore had enrolled at LSU after going undrafted out of high school.

“A lot of scouts knew that LSU was in my backyard and I had grown up watching it,” Moore said. “The biggest dream of mine is to play in the big leagues, but another dream was to play at LSU. I talked to a few scouts and told them I wanted to go to school unless the opportunity was there to play pro ball. It would have had to have been a pretty good opportunity to pass up LSU. I’m definitely glad I went there. It was an awesome experience. Now I’m glad that I’m getting my chance and I’m in pro ball.”

Organization leaders

Average: Joe Tuschak, Brooklyn, .375; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .365; Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .356; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .341; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .332; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, .329; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .322; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .307; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .307; Brandon Allen, Vegas, .297.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 13; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 11; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 10; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 10; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 10.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 48; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 47; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 45; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 44; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 44.

Steals: Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 15; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 14; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 14; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 11; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, 9.

ERA: Gaither Bumgardner, Brooklyn, 0.00; Casey Meisner, Brooklyn, 0.00; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 0.00; Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 1.50; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.93; John Gant, Savannah, 2.12; Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 2.14; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 2.21; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.90; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 3.63.

Wins: John Gant, Savannah, 7; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 7; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 6.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 11; Robert Coles, Savannah, 11; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 10; Vic Black, Vegas, 7; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 67; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 65; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 62; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 60; Miller Diaz, Savannah, 59.

Short hops

• With St. Lucie’s first half due to be completed Wednesday, promotions to Binghamton are imminent. Outfielder Brandon Nimmo and left-hander Steven Matz should be on the move to Double-A as soon as the end of the week. St. Lucie would win its first-half title in the Florida State League with a win and Fort Myers loss.

• After considering the rehab route, Jeff Walters underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday for the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Walters, a member of the 40-man roster, set Binghamton’s single-season and career records with 38 saves in 2013.

• The prolonged absence of Dillon Gee demonstrates side-muscle injuries can take a while, but Rafael Montero’s left oblique strain “doesn’t appear substantial,” a team official said. Montero left his last start with Las Vegas after five pitches.

• Outfielder Bradley Marquez will not be joining the Mets this summer. The Texas Tech wide receiver, who was splitting time between the Mets and college football, will remain in Lubbock and take classes this summer, although the Mets have not been informed he officially is giving up on baseball. Marquez, 21, was selected in the 11th round in 2011. He hit .250 with one homer, nine RBIs and three steals in 84 at-bats last season with Kingsport. He has one more season of college football eligibility. (See college football bio here.)

• Brooklyn manager Tom Gamboa offered high praise for two Cyclones standouts:

On 18-year-old Amed Rosario, who signed with the organization two summers ago out of the Dominican Republic for a franchise-record $1.75 million, Gamboa said: “He’s a five-tool player at shortstop. … It’s kind of ironic that his favorite player is Hanley Ramirez, because by the time he’s 21 or 22, that’s probably the type of player that his skill set is going to be. … I was with the Angels twice. In my first tenure I got to manage Erick Aybar at the Double-A level. In my second go-around I managed Jean Segura. And I love both of those guys. And they’re both not only in the big leagues, Segura has already been an All-Star. But Rosario has as much or more talent than both of those guys. And he’s only 18.”

On right-hander Casey Meisner, the Mets’ third-round pick out of high school in Texas last year, Gamboa said: “He couldn’t have possibly had a better spring down in Florida. He’s a young kid, one year removed from high school, but he throws 93 mph. He’s got a very good changeup. And in the spring he developed a pretty good curveball to go with it. So he’s got two real good pitches, and he’s developing the third. And for a youngster he’s got pretty good feel for the strike zone and dominant stuff.

“He reminds me a lot of a pitcher we had in my tenure with Kansas City -- he made the All-Star team one year, a guy name Mike MacDougal. They’re both tall, lanky, red-haired, freckle-faced guys that are blessed with God-given ability. But, fortunately, Meisner has better control than MacDougal ever did.”

• Kingsport opens its season Thursday. The roster is highlighted by 19-year-old Wuilmer Becerra, the outfielder acquired from Toronto with Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard in the R.A. Dickey trade. Becerra hit .243 with one homer and 25 RBIs in 173 at-bats in the Gulf Coast League in 2013. Players assigned to Kingsport from this month’s draft include power-hitting third baseman Eudor Garcia (fourth round) and right-handers Jim Duff (20th) and Matt Blackham (29th).

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Sources: Zach Lutz headed to Japan

June, 11, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Zach Lutz is headed to Japan to play for the Rakuten Eagles, a sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

The 28-year-old third baseman was hitting .291 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 227 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas this season.

He appeared in 22 games for the Mets in 2012 and '13, producing a combined .226 average and two RBIs in 31 at-bats.

Morning Briefing: Back to work

June, 10, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets will attempt to avoid their first seven-game losing streak since the first month Terry Collins was on the job in 2011 when they host the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.

Although the Mets could have skipped Daisuke Matsuzaka’s start and used a four-man rotation this turn because of Monday’s off-day, the Amazin’s will proceed with Matsuzaka (2-0, 3.21 ERA) opening the series. He opposes right-hander Marco Estrada (5-2, 4.19).

Read the Mets-Brewers series preview here.

Tuesday’s news reports:


Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsHow hot is Terry Collins' seat? It depends which publication you read.


• Mike Puma in the Post writes that Collins’ managerial seat is “sizzling,” while Kristie Ackert in the Daily News reports the manager is “not yet on the hot seat.”

Writes columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post:

My sense is the Mets, who begin a critical homestand Tuesday night against National League Central-leading Milwaukee, would rather keep Terry Collins at least through the duration of the 2014 season. Likewise, I don’t see the Mets players quitting on Collins. If anything, they’re trying too hard to alleviate the pressure.

Which is why it makes sense to give Collins more rope before removing him from his office.

Writes columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News:

You wonder what [Sandy] Alderson or anyone can do to make this team better and give Mets fans at least some hope.

They’ve already fired the hitting coach, which changed nothing. If the team continues to lose like this, Terry Collins’ job could be on the line -- although, that, too, would be nothing more than a “need-a-scapegoat” firing, unless you feel it’s fair to blame all the wild pitches, failure to turn double plays, baserunning blunders, etc. on the manager.

Daniel Murphy visited the White House on Monday’s off-day to take part in the Working Families Summit. Murphy had received talk-radio flak for going on paternity leave to be present for the birth of his first child. Read more in the Times and Star-Ledger.

David Wright has overtaken Nolan Arenado for first place among National League third basemen in the latest voting tally released by MLB for the 2014 All-Star Game. Wright has a 92,718-vote lead over the slick-fielding-but-injured Rockie. Read more in the Daily News and at MLB.com.

Travis d’Arnaud’s demotion resonated with Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada, both of whom have suffered the same fate, writes Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger. "You go down there and it’s more like a humbling," Duda told Vorkunov. "It humbles you. You kind of -- not sulk -- but those first two, three days, you kind of feel bad for yourself. At least I did. ‘Poor me. Why?’ Then when you look at it, it kind of fuels you." Read more in the Daily News.

• Michael Salfino in the Journal writes that, statistically, things do not bode well for d’Arnaud having a bright career. Writes Salfino:

Since 1930, only eight catchers have seen their OPS after their age-25 season improve at least 100 points compared to before, according to Stats, LLC. (A minimum of 250 plate appearances were required through age 25 and 3,000 after, indicating sustained success.)

Of that group, the biggest gainer is familiar to Mets fans. Todd Hundley managed only a .626 OPS through age 25, then improved that by nearly 200 points for the balance of his career. That included a 41-homer season in 1996, one of four post-age-25 seasons for Hundley with at least 24 homers.

Jeremy Hefner plans to make roughly 15 throws off a mound on Tuesday. Those will mark his first tosses off a mound since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28, 2013.

• Marc Carig in Newsday details the Mets’ hitting woes during their six-game losing streak.

Gonzalez Germen inherited two runners with two outs in the sixth and coaxed a groundout from the lone batter he faced in what should be his final rehab appearance with Class A St. Lucie.

• Relief prospect Jeff Walters, who is on the 40-man roster, has a torn UCL in his pitching elbow.

• ESPN’s Keith Law breaks down NL teams’ drafts here (ESPN Insider content). In one part of his Mets review, Law writes:

Eudor Garcia-Pacheco (Round 4) is a third baseman out of El Paso Community College who just turned 20 a few weeks ago; he'll move to first in pro ball but has very quick, strong hands, and power from the left side. Righty Josh Prevost (Round 5) had just 73 innings pitched in total over his first three years at Seton Hall, but threw 116 this year and walked only 20 men, sitting 91-94 with some downhill plane (you'd hope so, since he's 6-foot-8) and an above-average slider in the 79-83 mph range. Tyler Moore (Round 6) of LSU is a solid college catcher but probably a backup in the majors. Dash Winningham (8th round) can't run, which is just a shame.

Their late flier was on Iowa righty Keaton McKinney (Round 28), a strong commit to Arkansas but well worth a seven-figure bonus if the Mets have room for it, and they should have some extra coin left over given the signable guys they took after round three.

Rafael Montero allowed six runs (one earned) in three innings in his second start since returning to Triple-A. Zach Lutz committed two errors behind him and also homered as the 51s lost to Colorado Springs, 11-5. Las Vegas has lost 17 of 22. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Eric Young Jr. (hamstring) will attempt to run the bases on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, the Daily News reports.

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy believes he knows why Zack Wheeler hit Hunter Pence with a pitch Sunday but would not reveal his logic, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Hank Schulman tweets.

John Lannan, who dealt with a personal matter for seven weeks, has rejoined the organization.

• Triple-A outfielder Cesar Puello is interviewed at MetsMinors.

• SNY announced it will televise a slate of “limited-commercial” games beginning Thursday.

BIRTHDAYS: Hofstra product/YES commentator Ken Singleton, who began his major league career with the Mets, turns 67. ... St. Lucie infielder Jairo Perez is 26.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets leave the manager and coaching staff intact?

Minors 6.9.14: 'D' falters behind Montero

June, 9, 2014
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COLORADO SPRINGS 11, LAS VEGAS 5: Rafael Montero allowed six runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks in three innings in his second start since rejoining Vegas. Third baseman Zach Lutz committed two errors behind Montero. Travis d'Arnaud had a pinch-hit single in his season debut with the 51s. Chasen Bradford allowed three eighth-inning runs in his Triple-A debut. Lutz and Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered in the loss. Vegas has lost 17 of its last 22. Box

AKRON 10, BINGHAMTON 2: Hansel Robles loaded the bases in the first inning but limited the damage to one run, on a fielder’s choice by Tony Wolters. Robles settled down after his bumpy start and held the RubberDucks hitless over the next three innings. That success ended in the fifth when he walked Jordan Smith and surrendered a two-run homer to Tyler Naquin for a 3-0 lead. RubberDucks starter Duke von Schamann silenced the B-Mets through five scoreless innings. Following a walk to open his start, he retired 10 straight B-Mets until Kevin Plawecki singled. Binghamton finally got to the 6-foot-5 righty in the sixth. After Kyle Johnson was thrown out attempting to steal second, von Schamann reopened the door by walking Brian Burgamy with two outs. Plawecki followed with a run-scoring double. Dustin Lawley cut Akron’s lead to 3-2 in the seventh by launching his fifth homer of the season. Akron answered in the bottom half against Chase Huchingson, who was making his first Double-A appearance since before last season's 50-game suspension for a drug of abuse. Jordan Smith reached on an error. Ollie Linton followed with a single. Smith raced from first to third and dashed home when Travis Taijeron’s throw from right bounced off his back and rolled away. Francisco Lindor capped the inning with an RBI single. The RubberDucks then produced a five-run eighth. Wolters launched a two-run homer against Huchingson and Linton tacked on a two-run double against Adam Kolarek. Robles (3-4) was tagged for three runs on three hits over six innings. B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez was ejected in the sixth by home plate umpire Alex Tosi for arguing a foul-ball call. Plawecki notched his team-leading 20th multi-hit game. Box

PALM BEACH 9, ST. LUCIE 5: Domingo Tapia and Hunter Carnevale each surrendered three-run homers. Tapia (2-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. All four runs he gave up came with two outs in the third. Breyvic Valera drove in a run on a comebacker that deflected off Tapia . Two batters later, Alex Mejia clubbed a three-run homer to put the Cardinals up 4-3. That score held until the seventh. Carnevale gave up a hit and walked two to load the bases with no outs. Mejia drove in a run with a groundout. Bruce Caldwell then launched his three-run homer for an 8-3 lead. Mejia added his fifth RBI in the eighth on a single against Alex Panteliodis. The Mets got a couple of runs back against Kyle Barraclough in their half of the eighth. Aderlin Rodriguez drove in T.J. Rivera with a double. Cole Frenzel made it a perfect 4-for-4 night when his single brought in Rodriguez. However, Barraclough got Eudy Pina to pop out to end the threat. In the ninth, Danny Miranda induced a game-ending double-play ball off the bat of Rivera. The Mets scored the first three runs in the second on RBI doubles by Frenzel and Maikis De La Cruz and a run-scoring single by Yeixon Ruiz. However, Ruiz was caught in a rundown and tagged out and Gilbert Gomez grounded out to put the brakes on the inning. Rehabbing Gonzalez Germen entered with two outs and two runners on in the sixth and retired the lone batter he faced. Box

KANNAPOLIS 4, SAVANNAH 2: Starter Kevin McGowan allowed four runs on seven hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered a pair of home runs. Dominic Smith went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the loss. Tim Peterson tossed 3 1/3 no-hit relief innings, striking out six. Box

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Minors 6.3.14: McGowan tames Tourists

June, 4, 2014
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RENO 6 LAS VEGAS 5: Rafael Montero allowed three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings in his return to Vegas. He threw 99 pitches (63 strikes). Kai Gronauer's sac fly in the bottom of the ninth pulled Vegas within a run, but the tying run was stranded on first base when Zach Lutz flied out. Box

BINGHAMTON 15, ALTOONA 6: Matt Clark and Kevin Plawecki had four hits apiece as the B-Mets hammered out a season-high 19 hits and snapped an eight-game road losing

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streak. Plawecki launched his sixth homer and collected four RBIs. The Curve did tag Tyler Pill for three first-inning runs. Meanwhile, Altoona starter Zack Dodson kept the B-Mets in check before unraveling in the fifth. A throwing error by third baseman Jarek Cunningham started the frame. Darrell Ceciliani followed by launching his second homer of the season, cutting Altoona’s lead to 3-2. Two batters later, Matt Reynolds -- returning from a five-game absence for a back issue -- started a hit barrage. Reynolds singled and Plawecki, Dustin Lawley and Cory Vaughn followed with consecutive run-producing hits. Vaughn’s RBI single ended Dodson’s night. Joan Montero took over and allowed both inherited runners to score. Pill put his rocky first inning in the rearview mirror and cruised through his final five innings. Following his two-out walk in the opening frame, he retired 15 of the final 17 batters he faced, including 11 straight at one point. Clark and Plawecki collected RBI singles against Montero in the sixth. Brian Burgamy added a run-scoring single in the seventh against Matt Benedict. Vaughn had an RBI double in the eighth. After Pill departed, Hamilton Bennett tossed a scoreless seventh. The lefty surrendered a three-run homer in the eighth following an inning-extending error by Reynolds at shortstop. The B-Mets teed off against outfielder Andy Vasquez in the ninth after the he was summoned to pitch. Plawecki launched a two-run homer and Vaughn crushed his third homer of the season. Pill (3-5) allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. It was the most runs the B-Mets have scored since they plated 15 against New Hampshire on April 21, 2013. Lawley had been activated from the DL before the game. Box

DAYTONA 6, ST. LUCIE 5: Domingo Tapia walked five while lasting 2 1/3 innings and the Mets issued 10 walks as a staff. Four of the walks issued by Tapia scored. The Mets churned out 11 hits but could never come up with a big inning. In the fourth, the Mets stranded the bases loaded when Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera both popped out. In the eighth, Rivera popped out to the pitcher with the Mets trailing 6-5, two outs and the tying run on second. Tapia walked Pin-Chieh Chen to start the game. Chen came in to score on Dan Vogelbach’s two-out single. The Mets responded in their half when Nimmo doubled and Jairo Perez singled to plate him. All seven batters Tapia faced in the third reached -- four on walks and three on singles. Tapia was lifted for Julian Hilario, who walked Rock Shoulders with the bases loaded to force home Vogelbach. Hilario settled down to get a fly out and a strikeout and get out of the inning down 5-1. Perez drove in Dilson Herrera in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 5-2. In the fourth, Herrera made it 5-3 when he singled against Austin Kirk to drive in Phillip Evans. Vogelbach led off the fifth with a double against Hilario. After a groundout moved him to third, he scored on Jeimer Candelario’s grounder to put the Cubs in front 6-3. Eudy Pina belted a solo homer against Starling Peralta in sixth to make it 6-4. Nimmo drove in Pina in the eighth with a two-out single for the final margin. Hunter Carnevale and Chase Huchingson each pitched two innings of scoreless, no-hit relief. Nimmo went 3-for-5. Perez went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Box

SAVANNAH 3, ASHEVILLE 2: On the day he was selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, Savannah right-hander Kevin McGowan baffled Asheville over 8 1/3 innings.

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The victory pushed the Gnats’ lead over the Tourists for first place to six games with 14 games to play for the Gnats and 13 for Asheville. McGowan retired the first 14 batters, until Jordan Patterson doubled. McGowan held the Tourists scoreless until the sixth, when a single run cut the Gnats’ advantage to 2-1. He struck out three and walked one. The Gnats (38-17) scored their first two runs in the first inning. Gavin Cecchini walked and Jeff McNeil doubled to put two in scoring position. L.J. Mazzilli then sent a chopper to third base that Ryan McMahon threw away, allowing Cecchini and McNeil to score. The Gnats extended their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth, again with the help of an error. This time Mazzilli reached when first baseman Corelle Prime kicked a grounder. Mazzilli came around to score on Jorge Rivero’s single. McGowan began the ninth by giving up a single to Cesar Galvez. He then struck out Ramiel Tapia. At that point, with Galvez at second, McGowan reached his pitch limit and gave way to Akeel Morris. The right-hander induced a pair of groundouts, the first of which scored Galvez, who had gone to third on defensive indifference. Morris picked up his second save. Mazzilli went 0-for-4 to lose a 12-game hitting streak. Box

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Minors 5.30.14: Nimmo idle with pinkeye

May, 30, 2014
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EL PASO 4, LAS VEGAS 3: Josh Satin had a two-out RBI triple in the top of the ninth to pull Las Vegas within a run, but was stranded there when Zach Lutz ultimately grounded into a game-ending fielder's choice. Starter Giancarlo Alvarado (1-2) allowed three runs in five innings. Box

NEW BRITAIN 4, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets struck out 14 times, went hitless after the fourth inning and went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position in their fourth shutout loss of the season. Over the first four innings, Rock Cats starter Sean Gilmartin allowed five hits, walked one and hit a batter, but prevented Binghamton from cracking the scoreboard. He stranded two runners in three straight innings and racked up seven strikeouts along the way. The Rock Cats struck in the fourth against Angel Cuan. Nate Hanson broke a scoreless tie with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. After a walk reloaded the bases, Mike Kvasnicka produced a three-run double. Gilmartin capped his night with two less-taxing frames, retiring seven of the final eight B-Mets he faced. In six scoreless innings, the southpaw allowed five hits, matched a season high with nine strikeouts and held the B-Mets hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. Reliever D.J. Baxendale retired all five batters he faced. Ryan O’Rourke fanned Matt Clark to end the eighth inning. Matt Summers allowed the first two to reach in the ninth before closing out the game with two strikeouts. Cuan (1-2) allowed four runs on five hits over five innings in the loss. He struck out a season-high five and issued three walks. Ryan Fraser closed Binghamton’s pitching tab with two scoreless innings. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 3, ST. LUCIE 1: The Mets had no answer for Austin Ross en route to their fourth loss in five games. The Manatees starter surrendered four hits and one run in seven innings. The lone run came on Eudy Pina's sac fly in Ross' final frame and was set up by Gilbert Gomez’s walk and Cole Frenzel's double. The Manatees scored all the runs they needed in the fifth. With two outs, Cameron Garfield belted a two-run double against Matt Koch. Both runs were unearned. Third baseman Jairo Perez had committed an error to open the frame. After throwing 88 pitches through five innings, Koch returned to start the sixth. He surrendered consecutive singles to Yadiel Rivera and Mike Garza to put runners on the corners. Koch got Jose Sermo to ground into a double play, but Rivera scored to make it 3-0. Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Jose De La Torre struck out the side in the eighth for Brevard County. Mark Williams pitched around a two-out error in the ninth by striking out Pina to end the ballgame. 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo will miss three days after developing pinkeye. Box

ROME 7, SAVANNAH 6: Blake Brown had a tiebreaking two-run triple in the top of the ninth to help the Braves complete a comeback win. The loss snapped the Gnats’ four-game winning streak. In a 5-all game in the ninth with two outs and nobody aboard, Savannah reliever Tyler Vanderheiden walked two batters in front of Brown, who made him pay with a sharp triple into the right-center gap. The Gnats (35-16) got a run back in the bottom of the ninth when Stefan Sabol doubled home L.J. Mazzilli. However, the game ended with the tying run stranded at second as Matt Oberste grounded out. Savannah had taken a 5-3 lead with three runs in a busy bottom of the fifth. Colton Plaia singled to start the inning and scored on a wild play in which the Braves committed two errors and Gavin Cecchini finished at second. Cecchini then scored the go-ahead run on Jeff McNeil’s double. Dominic Smith singled to score McNeil and gave the Gnats a 5-3 lead. The Braves (16-38) cut the Gnats’ lead to 5-4 on Jake Schrader's solo homer in the seventh against reliever Dawrin Frias. An RBI groundout in the eighth evened the score at 5. McNeil was 2-for-5 to lift his season average to .345. Box

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Minors 5.18.14: Reynolds nets RBI in 14th

May, 18, 2014
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EL PASO 10, LAS VEGAS 9: Jace Peterson produced a game-tying homer in the bottom of the seventh against Joel Carreno and Jake Goebbert capped the scoring by homering against Miguel Socolovich later in the inning as Las Vegas dropped to 31-12 on the season. Trailing by a run in the ninth, Andrew Brown had a leadoff double, but Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded out and Brown was also caught on the play advancing to third. Omar Quintanilla then had a game-ending groundout. Allan Dykstra, Quintanilla and Brown all had homered as the 51s built a 7-0 lead in the fifth. Zach Lutz's two-run homer in the seventh had staked Vegas to a 9-8 lead. Brown finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Starter Logan Verrett surrendered six runs in five innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, NEW HAMPSHIRE 8 (14 innings): Kyle Johnson had a one-out double

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and scored on Matt Reynolds' single two batters later as Binghamton took the lead in the top of the 14th. Johnson had advanced to third base on Brian Burgamy's single. John Church tossed a perfect bottom half with two strikeouts for his first save of the season. The Mets had squandered a 7-0 lead. Starter Tyler Pill allowed two runs on six hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. He also tossed two wild pitches. Reliever T.J. Chism was charged with five runs while recording only one out. Binghamton did take an 8-7 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but Jack Leathersich surrendered a run. Reynolds and Jayce Boyd each finished 4-for-7. Darrell Ceciliani contributed a two-run homer in the third inning. Box

LAKELAND 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Lance Durham drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning double against St. Lucie reliever Paul Sewald. With Chad Wright at second base and two outs, Durhman lined Sewald's offering into to left field. Maikis De La Cruz initially broke in, but the ball was hit deep. By the time De La Cruz recovered, it went just beyond his glove and to the wall to score the tiebreaking run. Lakeland reliever Jade Todd had inherited runners on the corners with one out in the seventh in a 2-all game. He struck out Brandon Nimmo and got T.J. Rivera to ground out to preserve the tie. Gabriel Ynoa made his best start of the season for the Mets. He pitched a season-high seven innings and struck out five. Ynoa allowed seven hits and two runs in a no-decision. The Flying Tigers opened the scoring in the third. Wright, Curt Powell and Jeff McVaney all singled against Ynoa with two outs. McVaney’s hit scored Wright to make it 1-0. Dilson Herrera tied the score at 1 in the fourth with a leadoff homer, his second long ball of the year. Eudy Pina gave the Mets a brief 2-1 lead with a two-out RBI single later in the frame. The Flying Tigers tied the score at 2 in the fifth. McVaney lined a full-count pitch from Ynoa off the left-field wall to plate Tyler Hanover. Drew Longley tried to score from first on the play, but the throws from De La Cruz to Phillip Evans and on to catcher Albert Cordero beat him to end the inning. Herrera and Nimmo finished with two hits apiece. Box

CHARLESTON 10, SAVANNAH 3: Charleston third baseman Miguel Andujar homered twice to hand the Gnats a three-game losing streak for the first time this season. The RiverDogs scored the game’s opening run in the third on Mike Ford's double against Savannah starter Chris Flexen. Andujar’s three-run homer against Flexen in the fifth staked Charleston to a 4-0 lead. Trailing 5-0, the Gnats (28-14) scored their lone runs in the sixth. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Dominic Smith, who produced a two-run single through the hole on the right side. The hit snapped the Gnats’ 0-for-20 streak with runners in scoring position in the two games against Charleston. Victor Cruzado followed with an RBI single as the Gnats pulled within 5-3. Andujar hooked a two-run homer down the left-field line against reliever Dawrin Frias in the seventh for a 7-3 lead. The Dogs added three runs against Savannah closer Robert Coles in the ninth, snapping Coles’ scoreless streak at 18 2/3 innings to begin the season. Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 11 straight games. Box

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Minors 5.13.14: 51s win in extras

May, 13, 2014
May 13
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LAS VEGAS 5, TACOMA 4 (10 innings): Designated hitter Allan Dykstra and third baseman Zach Lutz drove in runs as the 51s rallied in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Rainiers. Tacoma had tied the game in the ninth inning off Vic Black (who walked two in the inning), and the Rainiers took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th on a Jesus Montero single off Jeff Walters. Las Vegas starter Logan Verrett only two unearned runs in 7 1/3 innings. Center fielder Matt den Dekker homered for the 51s. Box.

ALTOONA 10, BINGHAMTON 3: Starter Hansel Robles allowed seven runs and didn't make it out of the third inning for the B-Mets. Robles allowed three home runs, all in the third inning, as the Curve batted around. Dustin Lawley homered for Binghamton. Lawley, Matt Reynolds and Travis Taijeron each had two hits. Kevin Plawecki extended his hitting streak to nine games. Box.

TAMPA 7, ST. LUCIE 2: Down 2-1 with two out in the ninth, the Tampa Yankees rallied for six runs to beat the Mets. St. Lucie closer Beck Wheeler, who walked four, allowed three hits and threw a wild pitch, was charged with all six runs. Wheeler entered the game with a 12-inning scoreless streak. The Mets scored their two runs on a wild pitch and an error. First baseman Jairo Perez had three of the Mets' seven hits. Starter Steven Matz allowed one run in five innings, and Seth Lugo contributed three scoreless innings before it all fell apart in the ninth. Box.

SAVANNAH 8, CHARLESTON 4: Down 4-0 after six innings, the Sand Gnats rallied to take the lead with a five-run seventh and then added three more in the eighth. Colton Plaia had a two-run single in the seventh, and Savannah benefited from five walks, two wild pitches and an error in those two innings alone. Patrick Biondi had three of Savannah's eight hits. The big rally took Savannah starter Ricky Knapp off the hook for a loss. Knapp allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Robert Coles got the final eight outs for his eighth save. Box.

Minors 5.19.14: Montero allows zero hits

May, 10, 2014
May 10
12:31
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LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 3: Rafael Montero pitched 5 1/3 hitless innings for the 51s, before leaving the game because he had already thrown 98 pitches. Montero walked three and struck out five. Reliever Buddy Carlyle gave up a double to Taylor Lindsey, the first Salt Lake batter he faced in the sixth. Danny Muno and Andrew Brown homered for Las Vegas. Brown has six home runs in just 15 Triple-A games this season, along with the one homer he hit for the Mets on Opening Day. Zach Lutz had two hits and drove in two runs. Josh Edgin pitched the ninth for his second save. Box

HARRISBURG 4, BINGHAMTON 3: The B-Mets tied the game on Kevin Plawecki's two-run single in the eighth, but Chasen Bradford allowed a ninth-inning run that gave Harrisburg the win. Cutter Dykstra, the 24-year-old son of ex-Met Lenny Dykstra, scored the winning run after a leadoff single and a stolen base. Plawecki drove in all three Binghamton runs, the other coming on a fifth-inning homer, his first in Double-A. Starter Matt Bowman gave up three runs, two earned, in six innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, PALM BEACH 1: Luis Cessa allowed went eight innings for his second win of the season, allowing one run on four hits. The 22-year-old right-hander from Mexico became the first St. Lucie starter this season to finish the eighth. Shortstop Phillip Evans drove in three of the St. Lucie runs, with a double and two singles, and started a double play after a diving stop behind the second-base bag. Dilson Herrera, Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera also had three-hit nights for the Mets, who had 19 hits in all. Box

SAVANNAH 5, WEST VIRGINIA 1: Miller Diaz won his third straight start for the Sand Gnats, allowing a run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings and lowering his ERA to 2.08. A Jorge Rivero triple was the only extra-base hit for the Gnats, who scored all their runs in the fourth inning. Victor Cruzado had two of Savannah's seven hits. Box

Minors 5.8.14: B-Mets' Boyd drives in 4

May, 9, 2014
May 9
12:20
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LAS VEGAS 16, SALT LAKE 4: Allan Dykstra, Zach Lutz, Taylor Teagarden and Brandon Allen homered in consecutive at-bats against Salt Lake's Jose Alvarez in a five-run fourth. Andrew Brown went deep an inning later, too, as Vegas pounded out 21 hits and improved to 24-10 on the season. Brown went 3-for-4 with two walks and scored five runs. Lutz went 3-for-5 with five RBIs. Campbell also had three hits and scored three runs. Starter Logan Verrett allowed four runs on 10 hits and a walk in five innings. Ex-Met Robert Carson was charged with five runs while recording only one out. Carson allowed a hit and walked four batters. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, HARRISBURG 6: Jayce Boyd collected four RBIs, including on a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth. Starter Darin Gorski (3-1) allowed two runs on

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seven hits and struck out seven in six innings. He also had two hits at the plate. Michael Taylor launched Gorski’s first pitch of the game for a homer. However, Gorski helped his own cause and lifted the B-Mets into the lead in the second. Kevin Plawecki singled and Dustin Lawley and Wilfredo Tovar walked to load the bases. Gorski then jumped on Blake Schwartz’s first pitch, dumping it into shallow left-center. The single, his first hit since July 9, 2012, plated two and gave Binghamton a 2-1 lead. Ricky Hague's solo homer in the fifth briefly tied the score. But in the bottom half, Gorski doubled and Schwartz issued a two-out walk to Matt Reynolds. Boyd then produced his second homer of the season -- and his second homer in three days. Travis Taijeron tacked onto the lead with a solo shot against reliever Brian Dupra in the sixth. The Senators moved to within 6-4 with two runs in the seventh against John Church. The B-Mets responded with two of their own off Dupra in the bottom half. Reynolds supplied an RBI single after Darrell Ceciliani and Brian Burgamy opened the inning with hits. Plawecki made it an 8-4 score with a sacrifice fly. Binghamton added four runs in the eighth, highlighted by Reynolds' RBI triple and Boyd's run-scoring double. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, PALM BEACH 2: Aderlin Rodriguez broke a 2-all tie with a double that plated Cam Maron from first base in the eighth. Maikis De La Cruz then drove in Rodriguez with a

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single for a two-run cushion. Beck Wheeler struck out two in a perfect ninth to record his fourth save. Starters Domingo Tapia and Joe Cuda traded zeroes through the first four innings. The Cardinals struck first in the fifth. Charlie Tilson and Bruce Caldwell singled with two outs and Nick Martini drove them in with a double against Tapia. The Mets evened the score at 2 in the bottom half. With the bases loaded and one out, Dilson Herrera sent a grounder to third base. Bruce Caldwell threw wide of catcher Casey Rasmus, allowing Robbie Shields and Phillip Evans to score. Seth Lugo pitched three relief scoreless innings after replacing Tapia. Lugo allowed one single and one walk and earned his second win. No Cardinal advanced past first base after the fifth inning. Tapia surrendered two runs on five hits in five innings. Rodriguez, T.J. Rivera, Shields and Gilbert Gomez each had multi-hit games. Box

SAVANNAH 5, WEST VIRGINIA 3: L.J. Mazzilli's RBI single in the fifth broke a 3-all tie and Victor Cruzado added a leadoff homer in the ninth. Although Gnats pitchers Dario Alvarez, Dawrin Frias, Tim Peterson and Robert Coles each logged 2 2/3 innings or fewer, the quartet combined to strike out 13 while allowing only one earned run. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini departed after doubling and scoring in the first inning, reportedly with a right-knee issue. Savannah (three) and West Virginia (four) each tied season-high error totals. Savannah (22-9) hopped on the scoreboard in the first inning when Dominic Smith delivered a two-run single against Power starter Dovydas Neverauskas with the bases loaded. Mazzilli then scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0. In the third inning, West Virginia scored its only earned run. Reese McGuire singled against Alvarez to plate Harold Ramirez. Next, McGuire and Erich Weiss scored on a throwing error by Mazzilli, who had moved to shortstop in place of Cecchini. Alvarez tossed 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out three. It was Alvarez's first earned run allowed in 19 1/3 innings this season. Frias (2-0) worked around two walks to complete 2 1/3 hitless relief innings. Peterson then pitched 2 1/3 innings, striking out four. Coles cruised through the last five outs for his sixth save. Savannah has extended its divisional lead to 4 1/2 games. Box

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DENVER -- With the Mets scheduled to face left-handed starting pitchers on Friday and Saturday, Terry Collins indicated Josh Satin will get one or both starts over Lucas Duda.

Satin enters that opportunity hitting .158 (3-for-19) on the season, including producing an RBI single against Cole Hamels on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, fellow righty-hitting corner infielders are tearing things up with Triple-A Las Vegas.

Eric Campbell, who is not on the 40-man roster, is hitting .348 with three homers and 23 RBIs and has a .430 on-base percentage in 26 Pacific Coast League games. Zach Lutz, who is on the 40-man roster, is hitting .323 with four homers, 21 RBIs and a .458 on-base percentage in 27 games, albeit entirely at third base.

Still, Collins offered no indication Satin is in any danger of losing a big-league roster spot.

The manager suggested Satin may not be as sharp as is optimal because he is playing infrequently. The Mets have faced only five left-handed starting pitchers this season through 27 games -- "far fewer" than in recent seasons. The Mets had faced 12 southpaw starters in their first 27 games last season.

The Mets faced 51 left-handed starters overall in 2013, and 59 the previous year.

Collins noted that if another player were to come up, he would face the same challenge of mostly riding the bench.

“He’s done it. He has a track record here,” Collins said about Satin. “The job he did last year when he played a lot says something. You’re insinuating, ‘Geez, are you going to send Josh Satin down?’ Guys who are going to come up to replace him, guess where they’re going to be? So how good are they going to be? Because they’re used to playing every day, too.”

Minors 5.1.14: Whalen improves to 4-0

May, 1, 2014
May 1
10:24
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LAS VEGAS 19, RENO 2: Jacob deGrom limited Reno to one run on six hits and a walk while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings. He has a 1.89 ERA. Andrew Brown and Zach Lutz each went 4-for-6 with a homer. Brown drove in five runs. The 51s produced 21 hits. They improved their record to 20-8. Box

ST. LUCIE 11, BRADENTON 0: Cam Maron drilled a three-run homer against Chad Kuhl with two outs in the first inning and the clubbing would only continue. Jairo Perez hit two

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home runs -- a two-run shot in the third and a three-run shot in the fifth -- to increase the Mets' lead to 8-0 against Kuhl. T.J. Rivera capped the night with a two-run blast against Robby Rowland in the eighth to make it 11-0. The Mets have hit nine homers in their past four games and lead the Florida State League with 21 long balls. Mets starter Michael Fulmer limited the Marauders to two hits in six scoreless innings. Fulmer has now blanked the Marauders for 11 consecutive innings in his past two starts. Rivera went 4-for-5 with the homer and RBI double. He is now hitting a Florida State League-leading .408. Perez has three home runs -- all against Bradenton -- since coming off the disabled list Friday. Dilson Herrera went 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot and scored twice. The lone Met without a hit was Eudy Pina. Box

SAVANNAH 6, DELMARVA 1: L.J. Mazzilli's first-inning three-run homer gave starter Rob

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Whalen all the runs he needed. Mazzilli's second homer of the season came after Gavin Cecchini walked and Victor Cruzado reached on an error. Savannah added three runs in the third. With the bases loaded, Stefan Sabol plated a run with a walk. Matt Oberste then produced an RBI single. Dominic Smith grounded into a run-scoring double play. Whalen improved to 4-0. He held the Shorebirds to one run in six-plus innings. He struck out seven and walked two and lowered his ERA to 1.80. Savannah pitching allowed one run in 27 innings in the series. Before the game, Savannah placed right-hander Robert Gsellman on the disabled list with a hamstring strain. Box

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Minors 4.30.14: Knapp earns 1st pro win

April, 30, 2014
Apr 30
10:34
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LAS VEGAS 6, RENO 1: Noah Syndergaard limited Reno to one run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven innings. He sliced his ERA to 3.94 with the 96-pitch performance. Juan Lagares went 2-for-4 and was hit by a pitch in what is expected to be his final rehab start. The 51s broke a 1-all tie with a five-run seventh that included run-scoring hits by Zach Lutz and Wilmer Flores. Flores was out of the starting lineup with continued swelling in the finger he jammed Sunday, which makes it difficult to throw. Box

BINGHAMTON at AKRON (ppd).: The game will be made up as part of a June 10 doubleheader at 5:35 p.m.

CHARLOTTE 6, ST. LUCIE 1: Starter Steven Matz allowed two runs on six hits and four walks in five innings. The Stone Crabs added four runs in two innings against reliever Julian Hilario. St. Lucie's lone run opened the scoring in the second inning and was unearned. Leadoff batter Gilbert Gomez walked, advanced to second on a walk to Eudy Pina and scored on an error by Charlotte pitcher Leonel Santiago. Matz's ERA rose to 1.88. Box

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SAVANNAH 1, DELMARVA 0: Ricky Knapp allowed four hits and no walks while striking out six in 7 1/3 scoreless innings. Knapp, an eighth-round pick last year out of Florida Gulf Coast University, earned his first professional win. He combined with Dawrin Frias and Akeel Morris on the shutout. Morris allowed two consecutive singles to open the ninth, but earned his first save. The lone run came in the fifth on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Steven Brault. Victor Cruzado, who had singled to open the inning, scored. Dominic Smith and Colton Plaia each went 2-for-3, including producing consecutive singles in the fifth to advance Cruzado to third base -- Smith's via bunt. Box

Morning Briefing: Time to go Fishing

April, 25, 2014
Apr 25
5:45
AM ET
NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Mets head into the weekend on an upbeat note, having taken three of four from the defending National League champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Next up to complete the homestand: the Miami Marlins.

Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.63 ERA) opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 2.66) in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.

Friday’s news reports:

Bartolo Colon allowed one run in seven innings and the Mets beat the Cardinals, 4-1, Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. Chris Young produced his first Mets homer, a solo shot against Lance Lynn. Lynn had been 12-0 in March/April in his career -- the best record in that time period in MLB history -- before suffering the defeat.


Kathy Willens/Associated PressDaisuke Matsuzaka reacts after completing his first save since 2000 in Japan.


The Mets moved two games over .500 for the first time since April 16, 2013, when they were 7-5. Mets starting pitchers have a 1.84 ERA in the past 10 games.

Scott Rice inherited two runners from heavily used Carlos Torres with two outs in the eighth and retired lefty-hitting Matt Adams on a comebacker to preserve the three-run lead.

Daisuke Matsuzaka then notched his second professional save with a scoreless ninth. The other save came in 2000 in Japan with the Seibu Lions. Already, four different pitchers have recorded saves for the Mets this season: Jose Valverde, Kyle Farnsworth, Torres and Matsuzaka. Farnsworth remains the primary closer right now when he is available, although Matsuzaka will be a second option, Terry Collins indicated.

Bobby Abreu made his first start since July 15, 2012 and went 1-for-3 before Curtis Granderson replaced him late in right field. Colon and Abreu gave the Mets two 40-something-year-olds in their starting lineup for the first time since that devastating 2007 season finale against the Marlins in which Tom Glavine surrendered seven first-inning runs. Moises Alou also started that game.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and at MLB.com.

Read more on Matsuzaka in the Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Read more on Abreu in Newsday.

• Columnist Steve Serby in the Post goes position by position, getting the starters to comment on Colon’s outing.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal asserts the Mets defy logic being two games over .500 while being outscored by four runs on the season.

• The Mets did not offer any concerns despite the Cards’ Lynn having a dark spot on the bill of his cap. Read more in the Daily News.

• The Mets have a majority of the fans nowhere in New York City according to Facebook, whose analysis is charted in the Times.

Zach Lutz went 3-for-3 with two homers, three RBIs and four runs scored and Rafael Montero allowed three runs in six innings as Las Vegas beat Tacoma, 11-4. Kyle Johnson’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th plated Cory Vaughn as Binghamton produced a 5-4 walk-off win against Portland. Steven Matz tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings, Brandon Nimmo walked four times and Aderlin Rodriguez homered and had four RBIs as St. Lucie beat Palm Beach, 15-5. Victor Cruzado homered and Stefan Sabol had a three-run double as Savannah beat Lakewood, 10-3.

• NYPD officer James Li, who was shot in both legs in February while attempting an arrest, will be honored at Citi Field on Saturday, Matt McNulty writes in the Post. Read more in the Daily News.

• Keith Hernandez is not a big fan of Twitter, writes Charles Curtis in the Star-Ledger.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear considers the long-range forecast where baseball loyalties in the tri-state area are concerned. ... Metsmerized catches up with prospect Dilson Herrera. … Blogging Mets explains how the Mets won the series against the Cardinals.

BIRTHDAYS: Right-hander Luis Cessa turns 22. He is 0-2 with a 4.24 ERA in three starts for Class A St. Lucie this season.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who is the Mets’ best closing option?

Minors 4.24.14: Vegas' Lutz homers twice

April, 25, 2014
Apr 25
2:07
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LAS VEGAS 11, TACOMA 4: In his return to the lineup after leaving Monday's game after

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one inning with cramping, Zach Lutz went 3-for-3 with two homers, three RBIs, a walk and four runs scored. Rafael Montero took a scoreless effort into his sixth and final inning, when he surrendered a three-run homer to Jesus Montero. The 51s improved to 16-5 on the season. Eric Campbell went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two walks. Allan Dykstra went 2-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. He is hitting .417 this season. Recently demoted Andrew Brown made his season debut with Vegas, starting in right field and going 1-for-4 with a double and run scored. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 4 (10 innings): Kyle Johnson’s sac fly in the bottom of the 10th plated Cory Vaughn with the game-winning run. With the score knotted at 4 in extra innings, Vaughn (3-for-4) produced a leadoff double off the right-field wall against reliever Miguel Celestino. Dustin Lawley followed with a walk and Celestino uncorked a wild pitch to push each runner up a base. Johnson, summoned as a pinch-hitter, lifted a 2-2 pitch deep enough to center to drive in Vaughn for Binghamton’s first walk-off win of the season. Chasen Bradford (1-0) worked around singles in the ninth and 10th to post two scoreless relief innings and earn the win. Starter Greg Peavey allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits over a season-best seven innings in a no-decision. Box

ST. LUCIE 15, PALM BEACH 5: The Mets opened a 13-0 lead in the seventh and posted a season high in runs scored. Already up 1-0, the Mets plated seven runs in the second on six hits against Joe Cuda. Aderlin Rodriguez and Eudy Pina each belted a two-out, two-run single. Rehabbing Brandon Allen and Maikis De La Cruz notched RBI singles while Brandon Nimmo drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a run. Nimmo walked four times on the night. The Mets added another run in the third and three more in the sixth, when De La Cruz smashed a two-run double and Nimmo collected another RBI on a double. De La Cruz’s fourth RBI of the night, a groundout in the seventh, made it 13-0. Matt Williams put the Cardinals on the board with a two-run homer in the seventh against Seth Lugo, but Rodriguez got the runs back in the eighth with a towering two-run homer. Starter Steven Matz tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering four singles. He struck out six and departed after throwing 92 pitches. Lugo worked the final 3 1/3 innings and was credited with his first save despite allowing five runs (four earned). Rodriguez also had four RBIs. Allen, Pina and Phillip Evans had three-hit games. Box

SAVANNAH 10, LAKEWOOD 3: The Gnats exploded for 17 hits and starter Rob Whalen (3-0, 1.93 ERA) earned his third win, surrendering two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven in five innings. Savannah struck first, plating a run in the third when Matt Oberste singled, advanced on two wild pitches by Lakewood starter Drew Anderson and scored from third on Patrick Biondi's single. In the fourth, Jeff McNeil led off with a triple -- his league-leading 12th extra-base hit -- and scored on L.J. Mazzilli's single. The Gnats tacked on two more runs that inning to build a 4-0 lead via RBI singles by Oberste and Jeff Glenn. The BlueClaws picked up two runs in the bottom half. Dylan Cozens scored on Jan Hernandez's groundout and Wilmer Oberto produced an RBI single. Reliever John Mincone took over to begin the sixth and worked two scoreless innings to earn his first hold. The Gnats tacked on five runs in the seventh. Stefan Sabol smacked a three-RBI double against reliever Shane Martin. Victor Cruzado added a two-run homer for a 9-2 lead. Cruzado finished 3-for-4 with a double, homer, walk and two runs scored. Dawrin Frias struck out two in a scoreless eighth. Then, for the first time this season, a Savannah pitcher allowed the ball to leave the yard when reliever Tim Peterson gave up a two-out solo homer to Oberto in the ninth. Box

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