New York Mets: Zach Mathieu

Morning Briefing: Who'll stop the swoon?

July, 22, 2014
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SEATTLE

FIRST PITCH: The Mets have stumbled out of the gate since the All-Star break, and now have lost three straight. They are back in fourth place and nine games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals.

Rookie Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.18 ERA) looks to right the ship Tuesday. He opposes right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.58) at 10:10 p.m. ET at Safeco Field.

Bobby Abreu is due to DH the final two games of the series.

Tuesday’s news reports:

Jonathon Niese's streak of 21 straight starts allowing three earned runs or fewer was snapped in his return from the disabled list as the Mets lost to the Mariners, 5-2, Monday.


Adam RubinMariners hitting coach Howard Johnson watches Seattle's early batting practice Monday.


Travis d'Arnaud was robbed of a solo homer by left fielder Dustin Ackley, a converted infielder. D’Arnaud said he immediately thought about his brother Chase d'Arnaud taking away a homer Sunday while playing a Triple-A game for the Indianapolis Indians.

The Mariners, meanwhile, maintained a 2˝-game wild-card lead over the Yankees and Blue Jays, although starter Roenis Elias was forced to leave the game in the sixth inning with left forearm cramping.

Read game recaps in the Seattle Times, Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Times and at MLB.com.

• Left fielder Chris Young departed the game in the eighth inning with a left calf cramp. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

David Wright went 2-for-5 and drove in the Mets’ opening run on the 10th anniversary of his major league debut. Wright’s teammates surprised him by taking him to dinner on Sunday night in Seattle to celebrate the occasion. Read more in the Times, Journal, Post, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to 22 games and rehabbing Taylor Teagarden homered, but Las Vegas lost at Tacoma, 11-8. Zach Mathieu had a walk-off two-run homer and drove in all three runs as Kingsport beat Princeton, 3-1. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Teagarden is not expected to join the Mets when his rehab assignment ends.

• The Mariners adjusted their rotation. Prospect Taijuan Walker may start against the Mets in Wednesday’s series finale. Hisashi Iwakuma, originally listed for that day, instead will get an extra day of rest and miss the Amazin’s.

• Seattle optioned first baseman Justin Smoak to Triple-A after Monday’s game to clear the roster spot for Ramirez’s promotion to start against the Mets on Tuesday. Read more in the Seattle Times and at MLB.com.

Daisuke Matsuzaka in the Daily News weighs in on Masahiro Tanaka's injury.

From the bloggers …Faith and Fear thinks about the strange ways the Mets have lost ballgames in recent years.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets catcher Rob Johnson, who also has a franchise-record 0.00 ERA, turns 32.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you bereave?

Minors 7.21.14: Mathieu walk-off HR

July, 22, 2014
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TACOMA 11, LAS VEGAS 8: Danny Muno's two-run homer in the top of the seventh against Logan Kensing pulled the 51s even at 8, but Zack Thornton surrendered three runs in the bottom half, including a two-run homer to Humberto Quintero. Rehabbing Taylor Teagarden caught a full game and went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs scored. Wilmer Flores went 3-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 22 games. Box

PORTLAND 6, BINGHAMTON 4: Brandon Nimmo erased a two-run deficit with one swing in the seventh. Following a leadoff single by T.J. Rivera, Nimmo blasted the first pitch he

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saw from reliever Mike McCarthy over the left-center wall to even the score at 3. However, Portland broke the tie in the bottom half against the B-Mets bullpen. After allowing the first two batters he faced to reach, Ryan Fraser departed. Sean Coyle greeted Randy Fontanez by sending a chopper off the plate. The ball bounced high enough to prompt Derrik Gibson to score from third, giving Portland the lead for good. The Sea Dogs kicked their lead to two runs when Blake Swihart scampered home on a wild pitch. Brian Burgamy cut the deficit to 5-4 with a solo homer against McCarthy in the eighth. Burgamy’s 18th homer, and his third in two games, lifted him into a tie with Dustin Lawley for the team lead. The Sea Dogs returned serve yet again in the bottom half, though. Following Ryan Dent's double and a walk to Swihart, defensive replacement and ex-Mets farmhand Stefan Welch laced an RBI single against Fontanez. Robby Scott took over in the ninth and erased Rivera’s leadoff single by inducing Nimmo to bounce into a double play. The southpaw then retired Travis Taijeron to lock down his second save. Fraser (2-2) watched both runs on his tab score under Fontanez’s watch and took the loss. B-Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed three runs (two earned) over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision. Rivera went 4-for-4 to lift his average to .348. Box

TAMPA 5, ST. LUCIE 2: Danny Oh’s three-run triple in a four-run fifth against Domingo Tapia put Tampa ahead for good. For the second straight day the Mets scored a run in the first and went quietly the rest of the way. Cam Maron’s sacrifice fly against Rafael De Paula put the Mets ahead 1-0. Tapia blanked the Yankees over the first four innings, but ran into trouble in his fifth. Aaron Judge singled and Tapia mishandled a bunt from Angelo Gumbs. The error put runners on first and second. Tapia followed with a walk to Trent Garrison to load the bases. After Tapia struck out Jose Rosario, Oh tripled over the head of center fielder Gilbert Gomez, who was playing shallow, to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Oh scored one batter later when Cito Culver grounded out. The Yankees added a run in the seventh when Greg Bird's two-out infield single against Julian Hilario brought home Rosario. Gomez tripled to plate Eudy Pina in the eighth to make it 5-2. However, the Mets rally was squashed when Jeff McNeil struck out, L.J. Mazzilli grounded out and Maron struck out against Ramon Benjamin. Tapia (4-7) surrendered four runs (two earned) on four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out three. Mazzilli was the lone player for either side to have a multi-hit game. He went 2-for-4. The start of the game was delayed by one hour, 50 minutes due to rain. Box

LEXINGTON at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The game will be made up in Lexington later this week as part of a doubleheader.

KINGSPORT 3, PRINCETON 1: Zach Mathieu delivered a walk-off two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Mathieu, a 16th-round pick in 2013 from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, drove in all three K-Mets runs. His seventh-inning sacrifice fly had evened the score at 1. Starter Andrew Massie allowed one run on three hits and three walks in six innings. Matt Blackham, Persio Reyes and Ismael Tijerina (1-0) each contributed a scoreless relief inning. Box

BROOKLYN 5, WILLIAMSPORT 2: Marcos Molina surrendered two first-inning runs, then

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tossed six scoreless frames. Relievers Kelly Secrest and Shane Bay combined to retire the final six Crosscutters in order. Bay earned his sixth save. Michael Katz went 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Trailing 2-0 in the third, the Cyclones got on the scoreboard with singles by Tucker Tharp, Adrian Abreu and Amed Rosario. The Cyclones took a 3-2 lead an inning later against Williamsport starter David Whitehead. Michael Conforto had a leadoff double. He advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Katz's bloop single. Tyler Moore's single advanced Katz to third base. Michael Bernal then produced a fielder's choice groundout that plated Katz with the go-ahead run. In the fifth, Abreu and Jhoan Urena singled and Conforto notched his first professional RBI with a single to right-center. Katz then drove in a run with a single down the third-base line. Molina allowed seven hits and a walk and struck out eight in seven innings. Secrest struck out two in a perfect eighth. Box

GCL NATIONALS 8, GCL METS 3: Starter Eucebio Arias allowed five runs (two earned) in two innings. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 7.5.14: Wilmer goes deep, twice

July, 6, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE 11, LAS VEGAS 3
LAS VEGAS 6, ALBUQUERQUE 3:
Wilmer Flores, red hot since the Mets sent him back to the minors, homered in both games of Saturday's doubleheader, giving him five in the last three days. Josh Satin had two hits, including a double, in the 51s' Game 1 loss. Starting pitcher Greg Peavey gave up 11 runs on 14 hits, and now has a 12.21 ERA in five Triple-A starts. Andrew Brown hit his 15th home run of the season in Game 2. Box 1, Box 2

ERIE 2, BINGHAMTON 0
BINGHAMTON 4, ERIE 0:
The B-Mets came within one out of getting no-hit in the first game of the doubleheader. Darrell Ceciliani's single with two out in the seventh and final inning was their only hit off Erie's Tommy Collier. Steven Matz, who allowed just two unearned runs in a complete game, was the tough-luck loser for Binghamton. Hansel Robles and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout in Game 2. Brian Burgamy reached base three times and drove in two of the B-Mets runs. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 7, JUPITER 6: John Lannan pitched four innings and allowed two runs on six hits, including a two-run first-inning home run by Viosergy Rosa. Catcher Cam Maron had two hits and drove in two runs for the Mets. L.J. Mazzilli reached base three times, with a double, a single and a walk. The Mets have won eight in a row and are 12-3 in the second half of the Florida State League season. Box

SAVANNAH 2, HICKORY 1: Dario Alvarez struck out eight and allowed just one unearned run in 5 1/3 innings for his sixth win without a loss. Akeel Morris struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save. Shortstop Yeixon Ruiz hit his first home run of the season to give the Sand Gnats a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Box

KINGSPORT 4, GREENEVILLE 2: Martires Arias pitched four innings of scoreless relief as Kingsport held on for the win. Pedro Perez, Zach Mathieu and Branden Kaupe each had two hits. Box

ABERDEEN 18, BROOKLYN 2: Cyclones pitchers combined to allow 18 hits with nine walks. First baseman Jeff Diehl had three of Brooklyn's seven hits. Box
GCL METS 3, GCL MARLINS 1: Rob Whalen, who had started strongly with Savannah before developing a finger infection, tossed a scoreless first inning with two strikeouts. Five Mets pitchers combined on a four-hitter, surviving eight walks. Manuel Hilario hit a two-run home run. Box

Minors 8.1.13: Lawley homers twice in FSL

August, 1, 2013
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NASHVILLE 4, LAS VEGAS 0: Giancarlo Alvarado surrendered one run in 6 1/3 innings. Jack Leathersich was charged with three eighth-inning runs. The 51s (60-51) mustered only four hits against Chris Narveson and three relievers. Box

ALTOONA 2, BINGHAMTON 1 (13 innings): Adam Kolarek suffered the loss in his third inning of relief, on a one-out RBI single in the 13th. B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel had surrendered only one run, unearned, in 6 1/3 innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, TAMPA 4: Dustin Lawley homered twice and drove in five runs. Jon Niese pitched four scoreless innings on a major league rehab assignment. He allowed two hits

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while walking one and striking out four. Niese tossed 50 pitches (32 strikes). Lawley hit a two-run homer in the first to give the Mets the lead. The Mets (58-46) scored five times with two outs in the inning. Matt Reynolds had a bases-loaded two-run single. Robbie Shields added an RBI single. Lawley launched a three-run homer in the second to extend the lead to 8-0. Lawley leads the Florida State League with 23 homers and 82 RBIs. T.J. Rivera went 4-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Lucas Duda went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI double in his fourth game with St. Lucie on a major league rehab assignment. Hansel Robles picked up the win despite allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits in four innings. Cody Satterwhite struck out the side in the ninth. Box

SAVANNAH 4, GREENVILLE 3: Brian Harrison doubled to lead off the top of the ninth and scored the tiebreaking run on Jeff Reynolds' fielder's choice groundout with the bases loaded. Beck Wheeler notched his 12th save. Box

KINGSPORT 6, JOHNSON CITY 3: Chris Flexen allowed two runs in seven innings. Champ Stuart, Jeff Diehl and Zach Mathieu had two hits apiece. Ricardo Jacquez inherited two runners with two outs in the ninth and struck out Ronnierd Garcia to end the game for his fifth save for the K-Mets (25-15). Box

BROOKLYN 9, WILLIAMSPORT 4: A five-run rally with two outs in the seventh allowed the Cyclones (21-22) to avoid the sweep. Brooklyn had trailed 4-2 and had only one hit through six innings -- a two-run homer from James Roche. Jonathan Clark finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Brooklyn starter Robert Gsellman (2-2) surrendered a two-run homer in the second inning, although one run was unearned because of one of third baseman Anthony Chavez's two error. The Crosscutters scored again in the third, on Zach Green's RBI single, for a 3-0 lead. The Cyclones clawed back in the fifth on Roche's two-run homer. In the five-run seventh, Colton Plaia's double scored Roche. After Chavez walked, Clark tripled to plate Plaia and Chavez. Gavin Cecchini then singled, scoring Clark. LJ Mazzilli capped the outburst with a run-scoring triple that gave the Cyclones a 7-4 lead. Gsellman entered the game with the third-best ERA in the New York-Penn League, at 1.74. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk in six innings. Ricky Knapp pitched three scoreless innings and struck out five for his second save. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 1: Gaby Almonte (2-1) tossed five scoreless innings. Brandon Welch followed with three scoreless innings. Wuilmer Becerra had a two-run double in the first inning. Box

Compiled from team reports

Mets have top 14 picks signed

June, 19, 2013
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ATLANTA -- First-round pick Dominic Smith began working out in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Wednesday as the Mets confirmed they had signed their top 14 picks and 24 of 41 selections overall.

Rd. 1 (11th overall), Dominic Smith, 1B, Serra (Calif.) HS

Rd. 2 (48th), Andrew Church, RHP, Basic (Nev.) HS

Rd. 3 (76th), Ivan Wilson, CF, Ruston (La.) HS.

Rd. 3 (84th), Casey Meisner, RHP, Cypress Woods (Texas) HS.

Rd. 4 (116th), LJ Mazzilli, 2B, UConn.

Rd. 5 (146th), Jared King, LF, Kansas State

Rd. 6 (176), Champ Stuart, CF, Brevard (N.C.) College

Rd. 7 (206), Matt Oberste, 1B, University of Oklahoma

Rd. 8 (236), Ricky Knapp, RHP, Florida Gulf Coast

Rd. 9 (266), Patrick Biondi, CF, Michigan

Rd. 10 (296), Luis Guillorme, SS, Coral Springs (Fla.) Charter HS

Rd. 11 (326th), Tyler Bashlor, RHP, South Georgia College

Rd. 12 (356th), Jeff McNeil, SS, Cal St. Long Beach

Rd. 13 (386th), Kevin McGowan, RHP, Franklin Pierce

Rd. 15 (446th), Colton Plaia, C, Loyola Marymount

Rd. 16 (476th), Zach Mathieu, 1B, Franklin Pierce

Rd. 18 (536th), Brent McMinn, RHP, Nevada

Rd. 20 (596th), Dan Herrmann, RHP, Christian Brothers College HS (Miss.)

Rd. 23 (686th), Gaither Bumgardner, RHP, South Carolina Upstate

Rd. 25 (746th), Ricky Jacquez, RHP, Central Arizona

Rd. 28 (836th), Robert Coles, RHP, Florida State

Rd. 34 (1,016th), Cameron Griffin, RHP, Santa Ana College

Rd. 35 (1,046th), Ty Williams, RHP, Seminole State (Okla.)

Rd. 38 (1,136th), Paul Paez, LHP, Rio Hondo College (Calif.)

Mazz to Cyclones, Mets sign 11 other picks

June, 14, 2013
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Associated PressDraft picks (l to r) LJ Mazzilli, Patrick Biondi and Colton Plaia are on board with the Mets.
NEW YORK -- LJ Mazzilli, the UConn product and son of ex-Met Lee Mazzilli, will man second base for the Brooklyn Cyclones, who open play Monday.

First-round pick Dominic Smith is expected to sign soon and be assigned to the Gulf Coast League.

Signings from the draft confirmed by the Mets:

Rd. 6 (176), Champ Stuart, CF, Brevard (N.C.) College

Rd. 8 (236), Ricky Knapp, RHP, Florida Gulf Coast

Rd. 9 (266), Patrick Biondi, CF, Michigan

Rd. 10 (296), Luis Guillorme, SS, Coral Springs (Fla.) Charter HS

Rd. 12 (356th overall), Jeff McNeil, SS, Cal St. Long Beach

Rd. 13 (386th overall), Kevin McGowan, RHP, Franklin Pierce

Rd. 15 (446th overall), Colton Plaia, C, Loyola Marymount

Rd. 16 (476th overall), Zach Mathieu, 1B, Franklin Pierce

Rd. 18 (536th overall), Brent McMinn, RHP, Nevada

Rd. 23 (686th overall), Gaither Bumgardner, RHP, South Carolina Upstate

Rd. 34 (1016th overall), Cameron Griffin, RHP, Santa Ana College

The Mets also have signed third-round picks Ivan Wilson for $624,900 and Casey Meisner for $500,000 and 11th-round pick Ty Bashlor for $550,000, according to Baseball America. Seventh-round pick Matt Oberste has tweeted he has signed and will play with Brooklyn.

Mets draft wrap up

June, 8, 2013
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NEW YORK -- The Mets finished the 2013 Draft on Saturday with their final 30 picks. Over the three-day draft, the Mets chose 18 high school players and 23 college players. The Mets used 24 selections on pitchers and 17 on position players.

Here's the list of players the Mets drafted on Saturday. You can read up on their first-round pick, second-round pick and the second-day choices.

Rd. 11 (326th overall), Tyler Bashlor, RHP, South Georgia College

Rd. 12 (356th overall), Jeff McNeil, SS, Cal St. Long Beach College bio

Rd. 13 (386th overall), Kevin McGowan, RHP, Franklin Pierce College bio

Rd. 14 (416th overall), J.D. Leckenby, RHP, Washington State College bio

Rd. 15 (446th overall), Colton Plaia, C, Loyola Marymount (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 16 (476th overall), Zach Mathieu, 1B, Franklin Pierce College bio

Rd. 17 (506th overall), Johnny Magliozzi, RHP, Florida College bio

Rd. 18 (536th overall), Brent McMinn, RHP, Nevada College bio

Rd. 19 (566th overall), Cody Crouse, RHP, Bloomingdale Sr. HS (Fla.)

Rd. 20 (596th overall), Dan Herrmann, RHP, Christian Brothers College HS (Miss.)

Rd. 21 (626th overall), Morgan Earman, RHP, Desert Christian Academy (Calif.)

Rd. 22 (656th overall), Daniel Procopio, RHP, Central Technical School (Canada)

Rd. 23 (686th overall), Gaither Bumgardner, RHP, South Carolina Upstate College bio

Rd. 24 (716th overall), Matt Brill, RHP, Moline HS (Ill.)

Rd. 25 (746th overall), Ricky Jacquez, RHP, Central Arizona College bio

Rd. 26 (776th overall), Owen Spiwak, C, Cawthra Park SS (Canada)

Rd. 27 (806th overall), Austin Coley, RHP, Belmont College bio

Rd. 28 (836th overall), Robert Coles, RHP, Florida State College bio

Rd. 29 (866th overall), Anthony Kay, LHP, Ward Melville HS (NY)

Rd. 30 (896th overall), David McKay, RHP, Viera HS (Fla.)

Rd. 31 (926th overall), Ben Hecht, RHP, St. Anthony School (Ill.)

Rd. 32 (956th overall), Juan Escarra, C, Mater Academy Charter (Fla.)

Rd. 33 (986th overall), Ryan Chapman, RHP, Santa Ana College (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 34 (1016th overall), Cameron Griffin, RHP, Santa Ana College (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 35 (1046th overall), Ty Williams, RHP, Seminole State (Okl.) College bio

Rd. 36 (1076th overall), Brandon Brosher, 1B, Springstead HS (Fla.)

Rd. 37 (1106th overall), Juan Avena, 1B, Compton CC (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 38 (1136th overall), Paul Paez, LHP, Rio Hondo College (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 39 (1166th overall), Logan Quimoyog, 1B, Mosley HS (Fla.)

Rd. 40 (1196th overall), J.B. Woodman, CF, Edgewater HS (Fla.)

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
9 4.03 100 134
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .287
HRL. Duda 15
RBID. Wright 51
RD. Murphy 57
OPSL. Duda .840
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 112