New York Mets: Zack Thornton

Minors 7.26.14: B-Mets' Herrera plates four

July, 26, 2014
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SALT LAKE 5, LAS VEGAS 2: Promoted to Triple-A with Darin Gorski having suffered a broken foot, Princeton product Matt Bowman took a shutout bid into the eighth inning. Things then unraveled. With Vegas leading 2-0, Bowman surrendered a leadoff homer to Ian Stewart. He then surrendered consecutive singles and departed. Zack Thornton entered and allowed both inherited runners to score in what became a four-run frame. Thornton had a throwing error, so Bowman was charged with three runs (two earned). Matt Reynolds' sixth-inning homer against Chris Volstad had staked Vegas to a 2-0 lead. The 51s loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the ninth, but Brandon Allen popped out and pinch hitter Matt den Dekker grounded into a game-ending double play. Box

BINGHAMTON 10, TRENTON 7: Dilson Herrera launched a three-run homer in the fifth to

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stake the B-Mets to a 6-2 lead. Herrera finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Brian Burgamy and T.J. Rivera drove in two runs apiece. Starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed four runs in five innings. Ryan Fraser surrendered three sixth-inning runs as Trenton took a 7-6 lead, but the B-Mets answered with four runs a half-inning later. The damage that frame included a two-run single by Rivera. Manager Pedro Lopez and Darrell Ceciliani were ejected in the seventh. Ceciliani was hit by a pitch in the inning and was tossed after being replaced by pinch runner Travis Taijeron. Box

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DAYTONA 9, ST. LUCIE 1: In Game 1, the first four batters for the Cubs singled against Kevin McGowan. Kyle Schwarber’s hit scored Jacob Hannemann to tie the score at 1, and Dan Vogelbach followed with a two-run single to put the Cubs ahead. Daytona scored three more runs in the fourth. Hannemann collected another hit with an RBI single. Eudy Pina dropped Marco Hernandez’s fly ball to let in another run. Finally, Julian Hilario walked in a run with the bases loaded to give the Cubs a commanding 6-1 lead. Cam Maron delivered a two-run single in the fifth to cut the deficit to three runs. However, Felix Pena and Stephan Perakslis did not allow another baserunner for the remainder of the ballgame after Maron reached. McGowan was charged with six runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the loss. L.J. Mazzilli hit a pair of doubles, scored a run and drove in a run.

In Game 2, the Cubs jumped on the Mets early with seven runs on seven hits in the second inning. Billy McKinney started the scoring with an RBI single. Chadd Krist drew a bases-loaded walk and Jordan Hankins drove in a run on a groundout. All that damage came against Matt Koch. After a brief rain delay, play resumed and Tim Peterson took over on the mound. He was greeted by a two-run triple off the bat of Hernandez to make it 5-0. Cubs starter Tayler Scott blanked the Mets over five innings and struck out a season-high eight. He did not issue a walk and allowed five singles. The Mets avoided the shutout when Albert Cordero singled against Tyler Bremmer to plate Mazzilli in the sixth. Koch was charged with five runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings. The Mets have lost a season-high six straight games. Box 1, Box 2

LEXINGTON 1, SAVANNAH 0: Robert Gsellman limited Lexington to one run on six hits and a walk in eight innings, but suffered the tough-luck loss. The game's lone run came on consecutive doubles to open the sixth inning by Kenny Diekroeger and Frank Schwindel. Despite getting no-hit until Victor Cruzado's one-out single in the fourth, the Gnats had runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings thanks to two walks, two hit batters and two steals during that span. Cruzado finished with two of Savannah's three hits. Box

BURLINGTON 5, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Andrew Massie allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Eudor Garcia and Wuilmer Becerra had three hits apiece in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 3, VERMONT 2: Will Fulmer's two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in the second staked the Cyclones to a 2-0 lead. Corey Oswalt surrendered a run the following half-inning, but Brooklyn quickly restored the two-run lead on Tyler Moore's double, which plated Michael Conforto in the third. Conforto finished 1-for-3 with a walk and has hit safely in each of his eight professional games. Oswalt limited Vermont to two runs in six innings. Kelly Secrest contributed two scoreless relief innings. Shane Bay recorded his seventh save with a perfect ninth with two strikeouts. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL MARLINS 7: Wilfredo Tovar went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and played seven innings at shortstop in his second Gulf Coast League game since undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb. Tovar, a 40-man roster member, last played for Binghamton on May 28. Arnaldo Berrios went 3-for-5 with two RBIs as the Mets built an 8-3 lead with a six-run fifth. Nabil Crismatt and Alex Palsha combined for three no-hit relief innings. Palsha earned his fifth save. Box

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Minors 7.24.14: Plaia homer lifts Gnats

July, 24, 2014
Jul 24
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TACOMA 5, LAS VEGAS 4: Danny Muno produced a ninth-inning sacrifice fly to pull the 51s within a run against Todd Coffey, but the Mets left pinch runner Cesar Puello on first base when Juan Centeno lined out. Brandon Allen's two-run homer in the fourth had staked Vegas to a 3-1 lead. The Rainiers scored four sixth-inning runs against starter Logan Verrett. Zack Thornton contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Jack Leathersich surrendered three seventh-inning runs as the Thunder overcame a two-run deficit. Starter Tyler Pill allowed three runs in six innings. Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the loss. Jayce Boyd drove in two runs. T.J. Rivera finished 3-for-4. Rivera's RBI single in the top of the seventh had staked the B-Mets to a 5-3 lead. Box

ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.): The teams will play a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader Friday.

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SAVANNAH 2, AUGUSTA 1: Colton Plaia produced a one-out solo homer in the top of the ninth to break a 1-all tie. Akeel Morris pitched a perfect bottom half for his 10th save. The Gnats had pulled even in the sixth on Victor Cruzado's run-scoring triple. Starter Logan Taylor surrendered only a solo homer Tyler Horan in six innings in a no-decision. Dario Alvarez improved to 7-0 with two perfect relief innings that included three strikeouts. Gnats pitching coach Marc Valdes was ejected in the seventh inning by plate umpire Jon Felczak. Box

KINGSPORT 1, GREENEVILLE 0: Martires Arias limited the Astros to two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings. He combined with Persio Reyes and David Roseboom on the shutout. The lone run came in the sixth inning on Ivan Wilson's one-out homer. Box

BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 2: The Cyclones took advantage of an error to take a first-inning lead against Vermont starter Jose Torres. Amed Rosario hit a routine groundball to first baseman John Nogowski, who misfired throwing to Torres covering first. Rosario wound up on second. He scored when Jhoan Urena singled. Urena extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Michael Bernal made it 2-0 with a solo homer in the second. In the third, Rosario tripled and Urena plated him with a sacrifice fly. Brooklyn starter Scarlyn Reyes did not allow a baserunner until the fourth inning. Vermont produced two runs against Reyes in his fifth and final inning, but the Cyclones took control with a four-run seventh. Tomas Nido walked and advanced to third on Bernal's single. Will Fulmer contributed a sacrifice fly. Adrian Abreu plated Bernal. After Vermont reliever Michael Fagan intentionally walked Urena, Tucker Tharp scored on a passed ball. Aggressive baserunning by the Cyclones allowed Abreu to score from third when the Lake Monsters attempted to pick off Urena at second. Josh Prevost, Kelly Secrest and Paul Paez combined for four scoreless relief innings. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL MARLINS 3: Enmanuel Zabala had a tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh and Dash Winningham followed with an RBI single to cap the scoring. Box

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Minors 7.21.14: Mathieu walk-off HR

July, 22, 2014
Jul 22
12:18
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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

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Minors 6.28.14: Pina launches walk-off HR

June, 28, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 7, LAS VEGAS 6 (10 innnings): Zack Thornton surrendered a walk-off RBI double to Nick Buss in the bottom of the 10th. Allan Dykstra's ninth-inning solo homer with one out had sent the game to extra innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ALTOONA 7: The B-Mets surrendered six runs in a disastrous seventh inning and nearly blew a seven-lead, but held on for their 15th win in 18 games. Steven

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Matz struck out nine over six scoreless innings to collect his first Double-A victory. Dilson Herrera had a career-high five RBIs. Kyle Johnson singled to open the game, moved to third on Herrera's single and scored when Zack Dodson balked. Binghamton took a 2-0 lead in the third when Xorge Carrillo singled, advanced to second on a sac bunt, took third on a groundout and scored when Herrera beat out an infield single. Herrera added a two-run homer in the fifth. His first Double-A long ball gave Binghamton a five-run lead. In six scoreless innings, Matz stranded seven runners while holding the Curve hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

The B-Mets tacked on two runs against Jason Townsend in the seventh. After loading the bases on three straight singles, including one from pinch-hitter Tyler Pill, Binghamton scored on a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice by Herrera. Binghamton nearly threw away its 7-0 lead in the seventh. Reliever Randy Fontanez allowed the first two batters to reach before rebounding with consecutive groundouts. The final out of the inning proved elusive. By the time Adam Kolarek entered, Altoona had cut Binghamton’s lead to 6-4. Following an infield single, Jarek Cunningham then shot a grounder to third baseman Brian Burgamy. Burgamy, who moved to third as part of a double-switch, booted it, allowing a run to score. Kolarek settled down to record the inning's final out, preserving a one-run lead. Altoona resumed its pressure in the eighth with back-to-back one-out singles. With the tying run on third, Cody Satterwhite entered. Stetson Allie chopped his first pitch for an inning-ending double play. With the benefit of an insurance run produced by Burgamy in the ninth, Satterwhite returned for the final inning. He loaded the bases before allowing a run-scoring fielder’s choice to Alen Hanson. Satterwhite survived by striking out Kelson Brown looking to secure his fifth save. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 3: Eudy Pina has been swinging a hot bat in June, but no hit was bigger than Saturday's walk-off homer inside the left-field foul pole. Pina’s rocket came

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on a full-count pitch from Robby Rowland to lead off the half-inning. The Marauders protested the homer, arguing it hooked foul. Plate umpire Adam MacKay maintained his original call. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first on Aderlin Rodriguez’s two-out single that scored Jairo Perez. Bradenton answered in the second when Jordan Steranka led off with a solo homer against Gabriel Ynoa. Ynoa otherwise cruised through seven innings. He allowed one run on seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five in a 98-pitch effort. The Mets had two great chances to blow the game open but could not come up with a big hit. They loaded the bases against John Kuchno in the sixth but only scored one run, when Maikis De La Cruz grounded into a double play. With runners at second and third and no outs in the seventh, Ryan Hafner threw a wild pitch that allowed Gilbert Gomez to score, which put the Mets up 3-1. L.J. Mazzilli advanced to third with none out but was stranded. Ynoa was in line for his sixth win in his last six starts. However, Josh Bell doubled home Max Moroff in the eighth and later scored on a groundout to tie the score 3. T.J. Chism took over for Robert Coles with runners on first and second and induced an inning-ending double play. Paul Sewald pitched a scoreless ninth and was credited with the win after Pina's heroics. Pina is hitting .370 with five homers and 18 RBIs this month. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 3: With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Jorge Rivero

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stroked a one-out line drive into the left-center gap to plate Champ Stuart with the winning run. Stuart began the Gnats’ ninth-inning rally with a walk. The Braves had tied the score with two outs in the top half. With runners on the corners, Savannah reliever Hunter Carnevale struck out Edison Sanchez on a breaking ball in the dirt. The ball kicked away from catcher Jeff Glenn, allowing Sanchez to sprint safely to first and Johan Camargo to score the tying run. To that point, the Gnats had thrown out Braves baserunners at the plate in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to preserve a 3-2 lead. The most impressive was Stuart’s throw from center to cut down Gerald Chin, which kept the Braves off the scoreboard in the seventh. Box

JOHNSON CITY 8, KINGSPORT 1 (suspended): The game was suspended after three innings. K-Mets starter Yoryi Nuez allowed seven runs (four earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Box

STATEN ISLAND 11, BROOKLYN 5: Starter Carlos Valdez was knocked out with two outs in the first inning. He surrendered five runs. Gaither Bumgardner surrendered another five runs in four innings of relief. Trailing 10-2, Michael Bernal produced a three-run homer for the Cyclones in the seventh. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL CARDINALS 2: Eighth-round pick Dash Winningham produced his first professional homer -- a two-run shot -- and finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Adrian Almeida earned the win with three no-hit relief innings, albeit walking four while striking out six. Luis Mateo completed the game with two scoreless innings in his third appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery. Shortstop Alfredo Reyes also drove in two runs. Box

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Morning Briefing: A day to exhale

June, 23, 2014
Jun 23
5:40
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.

FIRST PITCH: The Mets exhale Monday with a day off before opening a brief two-game homestand against the American League West-leading Oakland Athletics (47-29).

The Mets originally lined up to draw Sonny Gray in Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. opener. Instead, the A’s will delay the 24-year-old Gray’s next start until Saturday in Miami to conserve his innings.

So Scott Kazmir will pitch for the first time in Queens on Tuesday, opposite Bartolo Colon. Kazmir was signed by Oakland for two years, $22 million after Colon departed for a two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets.

Zack Wheeler now faces left-hander Brad Mills on Wednesday. The Mets then head out again for a trip to Pittsburgh and Atlanta.

Monday’s news reports:

• Seven Mets starters had multi-hit games and Jonathon Niese, with unaccustomed run support, won his first game in a month as the Mets beat the Marlins, 11-5, on Sunday. The Mets, who even pulled off a successful suicide squeeze on Niese’s bunt, won three of four games in the series.

Mets players have been celebrating hits by waving towels in the dugout. And the practice has been picking up steam. The team had a season-high-matching 17 hits Sunday.

“We started thinking about it, and it popped right from my memory of the Bulls and their three-peat championship -- Cliff Levingston or Stacey King out there waving a towel all the time,” Curtis Granderson told reporters postgame. “It just popped in my head, and we’ll do that when we get a hit. We started doing it and then a couple other guys did it and now we just needed the guy on the base to do it back. Then it got a little bigger. Now we’ve seen the guys in the bullpen doing it and some of the fans in the stands are doing it.”

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

• The San Diego Padres fired GM Josh Byrnes, and elevated Omar Minaya to an interim position helping lead the baseball-operations department. Read the news story at ESPN.com.

Juan Lagares is due to play with Double-A Binghamton on Monday as his rehab assignment continues. Lagares is expected to be activated later this week.

Travis d'Arnaud, who is expected to be promoted during the Oakland series, struck out as a pinch hitter and Zack Thornton surrendered two runs in the 11th as Las Vegas lost to Memphis, 7-5. Eudy Pina and L.J. Mazzilli had two doubles apiece as St. Lucie beat Jupiter, 10-6, in a rain-shortened game. Brandon Brosher and Ivan Wilson homered in Kingsport’s 5-2 win against Bluefield. Gaither Burmgardner tossed four scoreless relief innings to earn a save as Brooklyn beat Aberdeen, 2-1. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• A team insider told ESPNNewYork.com that team officials were still weighing which catcher -- Anthony Recker or Taylor Teagarden -- would be dropped once d’Arnaud is promoted. Read more in the Daily News.

• Zach Braziller in the Post reviews Nelson Cruz’s accomplishments since the Mets did not sign him this offseason.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear advises taking things one game, one inning and one pitch at a time.

BIRTHDAYS: Right-hander Juan Castillo, who made his only two major league starts for the Mets, was born in Venezuela, on this date in 1970.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Have you forgiven the Mets for trading Scott Kazmir?

Minors 6.22.14: Pina, Maz double doubles

June, 22, 2014
Jun 22
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MEMPHIS 7, LAS VEGAS 5 (11 innings): Randal Grichuk produced a tiebreaking two-run double against Zack Thornton in the top of the 11th. The 51s had rallied from a 5-0 deficit, tying the score with a four-run seventh that was capped by Josh Satin's RBI double. Satin finished 3-for-4 with a walk and three doubles. Recently promoted Matt Reynolds finished 3-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI. Travis d'Arnaud struck out as a pinch hitter in the 11th, dipping his Triple-A batting average to .444. Starter Joel Carreno pitched five innings in a no-decision. He allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out two. Box

BOWIE 2, BINGHAMTON 0: Zach Davies tossed seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets mustered three hits as their five-game winning streak ended. Kyle Johnson doubled on the second pitch of the game. He took third on a groundout, but was stranded after Kevin Plawecki lined out and Matt Clark bounced out. B-Mets starter Matt Bowman stumbled in the third. David Adams singled and K.D. Kang walked with two outs. Niuman Romero then produced an RBI single. Following Johnson’s double, Davies retired 10 straight B-Mets. Binghamton threatened to break through against Davies in the fourth. Plawecki reached after getting hit by a pitch and Clark walked. With two on and one out, though, Jayce Boyd sent a line drive to the right side. First baseman Christian Walker snared the drive in the air and fired to second to double off Plawecki, ending the inning. Kang jumped on the first pitch he saw from Bowman in the fifth and cleared the right-field wall for his sixth homer and a 2-0 lead. Davies did not allow another hit after Johnson’s first-inning double. In fact, he prevented the B-Mets from hitting any balls out of the infield. Binghamton had a final threat in the ninth. Brian Burgamy had a leadoff double against Oliver Drake and Plawecki singled. Drake struck out the next two hitters and induced Darrell Ceciliani to ground out to end the game. Bowman (5-5) allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, JUPITER 6 (8 innings): St. Lucie clubbed 19 hits, one shy of its season high, and won the rain-shortened game. Eudy Pina and L.J. Mazzilli laced two doubles apiece. Pina, Gavin Cecchini and Maikis De La Cruz had three-hit games. Jairo Perez had three RBIs. The Mets tagged Jake Esch for four runs in the second inning. Gilbert Gomez, Pina and Cecchini lined run-scoring doubles in the frame. Jupiter snapped a 39-inning scoreless drought when Domingo Tapia threw a wild pitch that allowed Matt Juengel to score in the second. The Hammerheads cut their deficit to 4-2 on Noah Perio's RBI groundout later in the frame. In the third, De La Cruz put the Mets up 5-2 with his second RBI single. Mazzilli doubled to plate Pina in the fourth and Perez followed with a sac fly to make it 7-2. Mazzilli collected his second RBI double in the eighth, against Brad Mincey. Perez then singled home two runs to put the Mets up 10-4. Colin Moran cut the Hammerheads deficit to four runs with a two-run homer against Seth Lugo in the eighth, but a severe thunderstorm ended any rally chance. Jupiter lost its ninth consecutive game. Tapia (3-6) surrendered three runs on seven hits in five innings. Box

GREENVILLE 7, SAVANNAH 3: Chris Flexen allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings and Paul Paez surrendered four runs (one earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Colton Plaia went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI in the loss. Plaia and Nelfi Zapata each had errors as Greenville posted a combined six runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BLUEFIELD 2: Brandon Brosher and Ivan Wilson each had solo homers in a three-run third inning as Kingsport took a 5-0 lead. Starter Yoryi Nuez allowed one run on one hit and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, ABERDEEN 1: Michael Bernal's solo homer in the fourth broke a 1-all tie. Starter Carlos Valdez allowed one run in five innings. Gaither Bumgardner handled the final four innings, blanking Aberdeen while allowing one hit and one walk and striking out five. Box

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Morning Briefing: Happy Colon Day!

June, 18, 2014
Jun 18
5:45
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ST. LOUIS

FIRST PITCH: The Mets have lost 11 of 14 and are a season-worst nine games under .500.

Now, Bartolo Colon (6-5, 4.14 ERA) will try to avoid the Mets getting swept at Busch Stadium when he opposes St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn (7-4, 3.16) at 1:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s news reports:

David Wright and Lucas Duda homered, but the Mets lost to the Cardinals, 5-2, Tuesday. Jonathon Niese surrendered five runs (three earned) in six innings. Daniel Murphy had a pair of miscues in St. Louis’ two-run sixth.

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

• Terry Collins said it took him 75 minutes to construct Tuesday’s lineup. Wednesday’s lineup will return to the pitcher batting ninth, since Colon is hitless since 2005. Bobby Abreu also is expected to rest in the matinee after starting seven straight games. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

• Wright, in a prolonged slump, had two hits Tuesday, including the homer against Michael Wacha. He told reporters he’s had “sleepless nights” because of his struggles. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Journal and Newsday.

• Mike Puma in the Post writes this about Travis d’Arnaud, who has been tearing things up since he went to Las Vegas:

A club source indicated the changes to d’Arnaud’s mechanics have been minimal. The biggest adjustment is d’Arnaud’s back foot has been moved closer to the plate, allowing him to better reach outside pitches.

“He had no approach,” the source said. “He was going up there and changing his approach per pitch. He’s sticking with the same approach now about hitting. He’s focused on driving the ball through the middle. Whatever approach he takes up to the plate against a certain pitcher, he’s sticking with the plan instead of changing the plan throughout his at-bat.”

• ESPN’s Keith Law calls the Ike Davis trade for Zack Thornton and player-to-be-named Blake Taylor a fair swap. (ESPN Insiders read here.) Writes Law:

Taylor, who won't turn 19 until August, hasn't pitched this year because of a lat strain that kept him in extended spring training. When healthy, he has a fastball that's mostly 89-91 mph with some life, but he was clocked as high as 94-95 in high school. His main feature is a sharp-breaking curveball that should allow him to miss left- and right-handed bats as he fills out and adds a little velocity to the pitch.

At the time of the [2013] draft, I had him as a potential mid-rotation starter, but still with a ton of development ahead of him. He has below-average fastball command and is in need of a changeup.


• Brian Burgamy had a grand slam and Matt Bowman tossed six scoreless innings as Binghamton beat Richmond, 5-1. St. Lucie enters the final day of the first half still alive for a postseason berth after beating Charlotte, 10-5. Corey Oswalt tossed six scoreless innings as Brooklyn beat Hudson Valley, 5-1. Savannah pitchers had a rough time at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Jose Reyes says the Mets should have reached the World Series in 2006, Howie Kussoy writes in the Post.

From the bloggers … Blogging Mets says Curtis Granderson should not bat leadoff.

BIRTHDAYS: Felix Heredia turns 39. ... Sandy Alomar Jr. is 48. ... Ben Johnson turns 33.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Can the Mets halt their freefall?

Morning Briefing: Happy 50 Cent Day!

June, 14, 2014
Jun 14
5:45
AM ET

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images50 Cent has a postgame concert Saturday at Citi Field, but no reprise of his ugly ceremonial first pitch.
NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Matt Harvey may have some flashbacks Saturday.

Former high school teammate Jesse Hahn has been promoted from Double-A San Antonio to step into San Diego’s rotation for the start opposite Zack Wheeler at 4:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Playing for Harvey’s father Ed at Fitch High School, Hahn and Harvey won a Connecticut state championship as sophomores. The team was bounced in the semifinals the following two years, despite having the two future major league pitchers on the prep roster.


Lenny Ignelzi/Associated PressJesse Hahn, Matt Harvey's high school teammate, faces the Mets on Saturday at Citi Field.


“We just couldn’t hit. He was the only one who could hit,” Hahn told Mike Fitzpatrick of the Associated Press, referring to Harvey.

Hahn set a state record with a 0.17 ERA his senior year.

“I don’t know how we didn’t win it three years in a row there. It boggles my mind to this day,” Hahn told the AP. “Like I said, we didn’t hit.”

While Harvey went on to the University of North Carolina, Hahn pitched at Virginia Tech. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth round in 2010 and traded to the Padres this past January in a seven-player swap.

Hahn has one major league appearance on his résumé. He lasted only 3 2/3 innings and surrendered four runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a June 3 start.

Of course, Saturday’s game also features some entertainment. 50 Cent and G-Unit perform at Citi Field postgame.

Saturday’s news reports:

• Not only did Terry Collins get a vote of confidence from Sandy Alderson early this week, the manager also was told by ownership his job was safe, Anthony Rieber writes in Newsday.

• The 40-somethings starred for the Mets on Friday. Bobby Abreu went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Bartolo Colon retired 18 straight batters after surrendering a two-run homer in the second inning to Rene Rivera as the Mets beat the Padres, 6-2. Colon is 4-0 with a 1.83 ERA in his past five starts. The Mets have won six of their past seven games played on Friday the 13th.

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

Jenrry Mejia underwent an MRI on Friday and has continued inflammation and stiffness in his lower back. He is unlikely to be available Saturday. Curtis Granderson (left ankle) is likely at least a day away from returning, Collins indicated.

• The Mets are eyeing Monday at St. Louis for Eric Young Jr.’s return from the disabled list. Young’s rehab appearance Friday with Double-A Binghamton was rained out.

• Harvey alleged Mets pitchers are not doing enough to protect David Wright, although Collins offered an alternate point of view. Read more in the Daily News.

• John Church uncorked a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after inheriting the bases loaded and Zack Thornton surrendered a walk-off homer in the 12th as Oklahoma City beat Las Vegas, 6-5. Travis d’Arnaud had a solo homer in the loss. Brooklyn’s season opener was rained out Friday at Staten Island. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Jason Rubenstein in the Daily News has a Cyclones season preview.

• The Florida State League All-Star Game will be played on Saturday in Bradenton, Fla. St. Lucie has seven players invited: infielders Dilson Herrera and T.J. Rivera, outfielder Brandon Nimmo, catcher Cam Maron, left-hander Steven Matz and right-handers Matt Koch and Randy Fontanez.

• The Mets announced the signings of four more draft picks Friday, lifting the total to 21 of 39 already inked.

• Tim Rohan in the Times chronicles the World Cup fever in the Mets clubhouse.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear can see Abreu and Colon emerging from the cornfield "Field of Dreams"-style. ... Blogging Mets suspects SNY is playing favorites when it comes to replays on close plays.

BIRTHDAYS: No one to appear in a major league game for the Mets celebrates a birthday on June 14, but Donald Trump, Boy George and Harriet Beecher Stowe were born on this date.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Are you encouraged by Travis d’Arnaud’s production with Las Vegas (.421, 3 HR in 19 ABs)?

Minors 6.13.14: Wild ending for Vegas

June, 14, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY 6, LAS VEGAS 5 (12 innings): Vegas reliever John Church's wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after inheriting the bases loaded evened the score. Okaloma City then had a walk-off win in the 12th when Gregorio Petit homered against Zack Thornton. Travis d'Arnaud had a first-inning solo homer and finished 2-for-6. Cory Vaughn produced a two-run homer in the fourth. Vegas had taken a 5-4 lead in the seventh on Anthony Seratelli's two-run double. Starter Logan Verrett allowed four runs (two earned) in five innings. Box

ERIE at BINGHAMTON (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday. Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani was placed on the disabled list with a concussion.

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 1: With the score tied at 1 in the sixth, Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis left the bases loaded for reliever Dawrin Frias. After striking out the first batter he faced, Frias walked the next three GreenJackets to hand Augusta a 4-1 lead. Tyler Horan’s lengthy homer against Paul Paez in the seventh capped the scoring. The Gnats (44-21) scored their lone run in the fourth. Jonathan Leroux (2-for-3, walk) drilled a solo homer that had evened the score. Panteliodis was making his first start for Savannah since Aug. 31, 2012. He pitched for high-A St. Lucie in 2013 and made one start with St. Lucie and one start with Double-A Binghamton this season before joining the Gnats on Friday. Box

BROOKLYN at STATEN ISLAND: The Cyclones' season opener was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday.

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Minors 6.6.14: Ynoa Ks 11 in shutout

June, 7, 2014
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FRESNO 10, LAS VEGAS 1: Noah Syndergaard (A/C joint sprain) watched the game from the stands wearing a sling. Pitching coach Frank Viola joined the 51s after recovering from April 2 open-heart surgery. Starter Darin Gorski allowed four runs in five innings. Relievers Zack Thornton, Miguel Socolovich and John Church allowed two runs apiece. Box

NEW BRITAIN 6, BINGHAMTON 3: New Britain first baseman Kennys Vargas produced a grand slam and two-run double to hand the B-Mets their sixth loss in seven games. Before Vargas’ power display, Binghamton opened scoring in the first against New Britain starter Virgil Vasquez. Brian Burgamy worked a one-out walk and moved to third on a single by Jayce Boyd. Darrell Ceciliani laced a two-out single to plate both runners for a 2-0 lead. B-Mets starter Matt Bowman fanned six batters through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. Tony Thomas started a Rock Cats rally with a single. Eddie Rosario then doubled and Bowman walked Nate Hanson to load the bases. That brought Vargas to the plate with none out. He smashed a pitch over the right-field wall to give the Rock Cats a 4-2 lead. The B-Mets got a run back in the bottom half on Matt Clark's solo homer. That would be all Binghamton could produce against Vasquez. At one point, the veteran righty retired 14 of 15 B-Mets batters. Vargas drove in two insurance runs in the seventh against Adam Kolarek. Bowman (3-4) went 5 2/3 innings, gave up four runs and struck out seven. Cody Satterwhite and Ryan Fraser combined to pitch 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings in the loss. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, DUNEDIN 0: Gabriel Ynoa tossed seven scoreless innings and limited the Blue Jays to four hits. He struck out 11, a season high for any Mets pitcher, and did not

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issue a walk. 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo was forced to leave the game after he was hit by Matt Boyd on the right wrist/forearm in the fifth. He initially stayed in the game, but departed an inning later after trying to swing a bat. In the first inning, T.J. Rivera had a two-out single against Boyd. Jairo Perez then drilled a ball to left field. With the sun in his eyes, Dwight Smith Jr. misjudged the ball and it went passed him, allowing Rivera to score. In the sixth, Eudy Pina singled home Perez with the bases loaded to make it 2-0. Albert Cordero crushed his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth, to extend the lead to 4-0. Perez made it a two-hit night in the ninth, driving in Dilson Herrera to cap the scoring. Ynoa surrendered a pair of two-out singles in the first, but Cordero tagged out Marcus Knecht trying to score on a double-steal bid to end the inning. Ynoa retired 18 of the last 20 he faced, including the final seven. Gonzalez Germen, in his fourth rehab appearance, allowed one hit and struck out two in the eighth. Randy Fontanez, voted to the Florida State League All-Star Game earlier this week, struck out two and also stranded two in the ninth to close out the game. Box

SAVANNAH 10, CHARLESTON 4: L.J. Mazzilli and Amed Rosario homered. Jeff McNeil went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and raised his average to .345. Dario Alvarez (4-0), Akeel Morris and Tyler Vanderheiden combined for 4 1/3 innings of scoreless pitching in relief of Robert Gsellman. Box

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Minors 5.23.14: Plawecki sizzling in May

May, 23, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 6, LAS VEGAS 5: Stephen Vogt delivered a go-ahead two-run homer against Buddy Carlyle in the eighth after Carlyle inherited a runner at third base from Zack Thornton. Josh Satin went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in the loss. Matt den Dekker tripled and had an RBI during a two-hit game. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, NEW BRITAIN 2: Kevin Plawecki’s tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth helped Binghamton snap a five-game losing streak. He now has 19 RBIs in May. New Britain

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had opened the scoring in the fourth on Daniel Ortiz's RBI single against Tyler Pill. Binghamton answered in the bottom half. Matt Reynolds singled and stole second against Taylor Rogers. Plawecki then doubled to drive in Reynolds. An inning later, Travis Taijeron had a leadoff double. Following a walk to Wilfredo Tovar and a passed ball, the B-Mets had two in scoring position with none out. Kyle Johnson then rolled an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop to bring home Taijeron with the go-ahead run. New Britain came back in the eighth against Binghamton reliever Jon Velasquez. Corey Wimberly produced a two-out single and stole second. Brad Boyer then laced a double past a diving Cory Vaughn in right-center that plated Wimberly to knot the score at 2. In the bottom half, Plawecki homered for the second straight game. He laced Cole Johnson’s 1-0 pitch over the left-field wall for his third long ball this season. Chasen Bradford retired the Rock Cats in order in the ninth for his ninth save. Velasquez (3-2) allowed one run on two hits in two relief innings. He suffered his second blown save, but was credited with the win. Pill allowed one run on six hits over six innings. Reynolds’ fourth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 10 games. It is his second double-digit-game hitting streak this season. Pill has held opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CLEARWATER 2: Dilson Herrera and Brandon Nimmo each had two hits and scored twice and Matt Koch improved to 6-0 as St. Lucie won its fifth straight. Koch took a

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scoreless effort into the sixth. He ultimately was charged with two runs on six hits and one walk in six innings. In the first, Jeb Stefan walked Herrera. Nimmo followed with an RBI double. After T.J. Rivera grounded out to advance Nimmo to third, Jairo Perez produced a sac fly. Rivera launched a double in the the third that plated Herrera for a 3-0 lead. It was Rivera’s Florida State League-leading 41st RBI. The Threshers (9-36) answered in the sixth, but a major mistake cost them a shot at tying the score or taking the lead. K.C. Serna doubled home Angelo Mora to put Clearwater on the board. After a bunt single, Chris Swauger grounded into a double play that forced home a run against Koch and made it 3-2. Art Charles then singled with two outs and Logan Moore doubled to put runners at second and third. However, Mets manager Ryan Ellis reviewed his lineup card with plate umpire David Arrieta and both had Moore batting out of turn. Andrew Knapp was supposed to be batting in that slot. Arrieta ruled Moore out and the rally ended. Phillip Evans capped a three-run eighth with a two-run double. Seth Lugo pitched the final three innings, retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced, to earn his third save. The Mets (29-19) moved a season-high 10 games over .500. Box

LEXINGTON 6, SAVANNAH 5 (13 innings): Humberto Arteaga delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th against Robert Coles to sink the Gnats. After rallying in the seventh to tie the score, the Gnats bullpen combined for seven scoreless innings before Coles surrendered the final run. Savannah starter Robert Gsellman struggled, allowing 10 hits and a season-high five earned runs through 5 1/3 innings. With Lexington leading 5-0, the Gnats charged back in the seventh. Reliever Luke Farrell surrendered consecutive bases-loaded singles to Matt Oberste and Jeff Glenn. With the bases still loaded, Stefan Sabol was forced home when Farrell hit Patrick Biondi with a pitch. Oberste then scored on Gavin Cecchini's sacrifice fly. Next, Glenn capped the scoring in the five-run frame by crossing the plate on L.J. Mazzilli's single. Reliever Tim Peterson followed with two perfect innings, striking out three, to give the Gnats a chance to take the lead in extras. Savannah threatened in the 10th inning when Glenn hit a one-out double against Farrell. Savannah, however, could not plate his pinch runner, Jorge Rivero. Savannah lefty Paul Paez put up two more scoreless frames for the Gnats before Coles stumbled. Jeff McNeil went 0-for-6, snapping his hitting streak at 14 games. Box

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Minors 5.20.14: den Dekker double lifts 51s

May, 20, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 3, FRESNO 2: Matt den Dekker's two-run double in the seventh lifted the 51s from a late one-run deficit. Andrew Brown earlier contributed a solo homer -- his ninth long ball of the season. It was Brown's 60th career homer in the Pacific Coast League, making him the sixth active PCL player to reach that threshold. Buddy Carlyle (1-0), Zack Thornton and Vic Black (seventh save) combined for four scoreless relief innings. Starter Giancarlo Alvarado allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings. Las Vegas improved to 32-13. Box

PORTLAND 2, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded the tying run at third base as the game ended. Binghamton jumped on the board in the second against Portland starter Brian Johnson. Jayce Boyd singled and Cory Vaughn doubled off the top of the “Maine Monster.” With two in scoring position, Dustin Lawley lifted a sac fly. B-Mets starter Darin Gorski opened his eighth start with three scoreless innings, then ran into trouble in the fourth. Blake Swihart erased Binghamton’s lead by blasting a solo homer. Gorski was burned by a shaky defensive stretch later in the frame. With a runner on first, shortstop Matt Reynolds had a bouncing ball squeak under his glove for an error. With runners at the corners, Gorski tossed a pickoff attempt to first. The runner on third, Henry Ramos, broke for home. Matt Clark read the play, but his throw to the plate skipped past Kevin Plawecki, giving the Sea Dogs a 2-1 lead. Portland reliever Matty Ott ran into a jam in the eighth. He walked Travis Taijeron to start the inning. After a single and a flyout put runners at the corners, Reynolds ripped a grounder to third. Taijeron broke for the plate on contact and was gunned down by former Mets farmhand Stefan Welch. Plawecki then flied out to end the threat. Binghamton received one last chance in the ninth when Derrik Gibson dropped Clark’s fly ball to left-center for a two-base error to start the inning. Clark moved to third on a groundout, but was left 90 feet from the plate as Noe Ramirez retired Vaughn and Lawley. Gorski (3-2) allowed two runs (one earned) and fanned six in five innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, CLEARWATER 3: Starter Michael Fulmer allowed one run and five hits in seven innings while matching his season high with seven strikeouts. The Mets knocked

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around Clearwater starter Miguel Gonzalez in the first and reliever Lee Ridenhour in the eighth. Gonzalez, who signed with Philadelphia for three years and $12 million last August, was making his second rehab appearance with the Threshers. The Mets greeted him by loading the bases in the first. With two outs, Eudy Pina drilled a two-run single. Cole Frenzel followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0. Frenzel, who went 3-for-4, smacked a two-run double against Gonzalez in the third to make it 5-0. Gonzalez was lifted after 2 1/3 innings. He walked five and surrendered five runs (two earned). Fulmer retired nine in a row to start the game. The only trouble he ran into came in the fifth, when he walk Casey Serna with two outs and the bases loaded to force in a run. Fulmer recovered by striking out Pete Lavin. The Mets punished Ridenhour for five runs in the eighth. T.J. Rivera poked a two-run single to right and Gilbert Gomez launched a three-run homer to put the Mets up 10-1. Angelo Mora connected on a two-run single with two outs in the ninth against Jake Kuebler to cap the scoring. Brandon Nimmo went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and three walks. Nimmo has 43 walks this season, the most in the Florida State League. The Mets (26-19) have won four of five and remain a half-game ahead of Fort Myers for first place in the FSL South Division. Box

SAVANNAH 2, CHARLESTON 1: L.J. Mazzilli produced a two-out, run-scoring double in the eighth and Dominic Smith followed with a tiebreaking RBI single as the Gnats rallied to improve to 30-14 on the season. Robert Coles tossed a perfect ninth for his ninth save. Starter Ricky Knapp allowed one run on seven hits in six innings. Dario Alvarez (3-0) earned the win and sliced his ERA to 0.33 with two scoreless relief innings. Jeff McNeil, Smith, Victor Cruzado and Champ Stuart had two hits apiece for the Gnats. Box

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Minors 5.17.14: Koch wins 5th straight

May, 17, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 6, EL PASO 4: Brandon Allen homered as part of a 2-for-5 night as Vegas improved to 31-11. Buddy Carlyle, Zack Thornton and Vic Black (sixth save) combined for three scoreless relief innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 5: Travis Taijeron doubled twice and Kevin Plawecki drove in two runs in Binghamton’s fourth straight win. Binghamton broke a scoreless tie in the third against Fisher Cats starter Matt Boyd. Taijeron had a leadoff double and Wilfredo Tovar plated him by bouncing a single off Boyd’s foot and up the middle. Following a wild

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pitch that moved Tovar into scoring position, Brian Burgamy produced an RBI single for a 2-0 lead. Plawecki capped the inning's scoring by singling to right. Burgamy raced home from second, and needed an acrobatic headfirst dive to avoid a tag. B-Mets starter Rainy Lara's scoreless effort ended in the fourth on Ryan Schimpf's solo homer. Lara then retired seven of the next eight batters. Taijeron struck again for the B-Mets in the sixth. With two outs and Jayce Boyd at first, Taijeron smoked a 1-2 pitch from reliever John Anderson off the top of the left-field fence for his second double of the game. Boyd scored from first to give the B-Mets a 4-1 advantage. Schimpf's second solo homer of the game pulled New Hampshire within 4-2 in the sixth. A half-inning later, Binghamton opened a four-run lead. Anderson bounced a pickoff throw to first, prompting Darrell Ceciliani to scamper to second. With the ball still loose, Ceciliani tried for third. Right fielder Matt Newman’s throw hit Ceciliani, enabling him to race home. Cory Vaughn and Plawecki followed by posting back-to-back two-out doubles. Lara was chased from the game in the seventh. With runners at the corners, Peter Mooney stroked an RBI double. Reliever John Church entered and surrendered a run-producing infield single to Jon Berti. Kenny Wilson followed with an RBI groundout, cutting Binghamton’s lead to 6-5. Church intentionally walked Schimpf, then retired A.J. Jimenez. Church added a perfect eighth. Cody Satterwhite struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his first save in affiliated baseball since July 23, 2011, when he was a Gulf Coast League Tiger. Lara (4-1) matched a season high with seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 3: Unbeaten Matt Koch allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings en route to his fifth win in his last five starts. The Mets scored four eighth-inning

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runs to break a 2-all tie. Flying Tigers second baseman Curt Powell booted a ball with one out in the eighth that allowed Maikis De La Cruz to reach safely. Dilson Herrera followed with a double to place two in scoring position. Lakeland intentionally walked Brandon Nimmo to load the bases, but the plan backfired when Florida State League RBI leader T.J. Rivera singled to plate De La Cruz and put the Mets up 3-2. Jairo Perez then drew a bases-loaded walk and Cam Maron lined his third single of the game to plate another run and make it 5-2. Gilbert Gomez capped the frame's scoring on a sac fly. Koch got one out in the bottom of the eighth before surrendering a single and departing. Randy Fontanez recorded the final five outs. The Mets had taken a 1-0 lead in the third when Herrera got caught in a rundown but kept himself alive long enough to allow De La Cruz to score from third. Lakeland made it 1-1 in the fourth when Chad Wright tripled and scored on a wild pitch. James Robbins gave the Flying Tigers a brief lead when he opened the fifth with a homer. The Mets tied the score in the sixth when Herrera doubled and reached home on Perez's two-out single. Herrera went 3-for-5. Maron went 3-for-4. Box

CHARLESTON 3, SAVANNAH 1: The Gnats (28-13) had runners on base in each inning, but finished 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base. The RiverDogs scored a pair of unearned runs in the first against starter Robert Gsellman, in his return from the disabled list after a three-week absence. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini had a game-opening fielding error. Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar collected RBI singles later in the frame. Charleston added a run in the fifth against reliever John Mincone, on Michael O’Neill's RBI single. The Gnats scored their lone run in the ninth. Champ Stuart began the inning by beating out an infield single with a dive into first. He advanced to second on Cecchini’s single and scored on Stefan Sabol’s infield tapper. Stuart, in his second game as a Gnat, finished 2-for-5 with a stolen base. L.J. Mazzilli was 3-for-5 to lift his season average to .250. Box

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LAS VEGAS 7, SALT LAKE 5 (10 innings): Jacob deGrom allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and no walks in five innings. He threw 89 pitches (62 strikes) as his ERA rose to 2.58. The damage included a two-run homer in the first inning by Luis Jimenez. Eric Campbell delivered a tiebreaking RBI double in what became a two-run 10th inning. Vic Black recorded the save, striking out the side. Wilmer Flores, who is expected to be promoted for Friday's series opener against the Phillies, went 3-for-6 with a double and two RBIs. With Las Vegas trailing by two runs and two outs in the top of the ninth, Flores singled to advance Campbell to third base. Allan Dykstra followed with an RBI single to plate Campbell and pull Vegas within a run. Andrew Brown walked to load the bases, and Brandon Allen then walked too to force in the tying run. Anthony Seratelli grounded out to strand the bases loaded with the score tied at 5. Buddy Carlyle, Jeff Walters and Zack Thornton combined for four scoreless relief innings. Cesar Puello was placed on the temporary inactive list by the 51s before the game. Ex-Met Robert Carson faced two 51s batters and walked both. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Greg Peavey tossed his first career nine-inning, complete-game shutout. He allowed only two singles as the B-Mets snapped a four-game

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losing streak. It was the first nine-inning shutout by a B-Met since Mark Cohoon blanked Harrisburg on Aug. 10, 2012. Peavey retired the first 11 Fisher Cats he faced before surrendering a two-out single to Andy Burns in the fourth. Peavey (2-1) shook off the hit and posted a scoreless inning. He worked around another two-out single in the fifth. Two innings after Brian Burgamy snapped an 0-for-20 skid, Burgamy also put Binghamton on the board in the third. Following Xorge Carrillo and Kyle Johnson's singles, Burgamy homered against Casey Lawrence for a 3-0 lead. Binghamton added to its lead against Lawrence in the sixth. Jayce Boyd singled. Two batters later, Dustin Lawley bounced a two-out double off the left-field wall, plating Boyd. Given a 4-0 cushion, Peavey continued to cruise. He needed 12 pitches for a perfect sixth, then posted a 1-2-3 seventh. Cory Vaughn padded Binghamton’s lead in the eighth with a two-run homer -- his first long ball of the season, which cleared a 30-foot-high batter’s eye in center. Peavey followed with a perfect eighth. Then, nearing his pitch limit, the righty returned for the ninth. He retired Aaron Munoz on one pitch and fanned Jon Berti for the second out. Kevin Nolan lifted Peavey’s 100th pitch down the right-field line. Vaughn snagged the fly in foul territory, completing Peavey's first career nine-inning performance. Peavey never allowed any Fisher Cat past first base. Carrillo extended his season-opening hitting streak to 10 games with his third-inning single. Box

PALM BEACH 6, ST. LUCIE 1: Thomas Lee limited the Florida State League’s top offense to one run on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. The Mets’ lone run came in the third, after Lee surrendered a leadoff single to Phillip Evans and threw a wild pitch that allowed Evans to advance to second. Maikis De La Cruz followed with a run-scoring single. St. Lucie starter Michael Fulmer's downfall came in a sloppy fourth. He retired the first two hitters but gave up a single and walk and threw a wild pitch to put runners at second and third. Jesus Montero -- younger brother of the Mariners' catcher by the same name -- drove in a run to tie the score at 1 on a dribbling infield single up the third-base line. Ildemaro Vargas then hit a routine grounder to Evans, but the shortstop threw the ball out of Dilson Herrera’s reach at second base on what would have been the final out. A run scored and the inning continued. Charlie Tilson lined a two-run double to make it 4-1. David Washington added a two-run homer in the fifth to complete the scoring. Ryan Fraser and Randy Fontanez each pitched two scoreless relief innings for the Mets. Cam Maron and De La Cruz had two hits apiece. Fulmer was charged with six runs (three earned) on eight hits in five innings. Box

SAVANNAH 9, WEST VIRGINIA 3: 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as the Gnats overcame an early two-run deficit to improve to 21-9.

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West Virginia struck first, scoring runs in the second and third innings, on Wyatt Mathisen's solo homer and Edwin Espinal's groundout. Although Gnats starter Ricky Knapp was tagged for nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, the right-hander limited the damage to three runs and earned his second win. Savannah responded in the fifth when Patrick Biondi singled home Dominic Smith with two outs. Cecchini then tripled home Biondi to tie the score at 2. Things fell apart for the Power in the sixth courtesy of a series of miscues. After allowing a leadoff single to L.J. Mazzilli, reliever Jerry Mulderig set up the disaster, issuing a wild pitch, walk and another wild pitch to put two runners in scoring position. Gnats runners then scored on Stefan Sabol's groundout, a throwing error by West Virginia catcher and Pirates first-round pick Reese McGuire, Matt Oberste's double, then Colton Plaia's single. Reliever Clario Perez then entered and surrendered a two-run homer to Cecchini to cap the six-run sixth. After notching eight extra-base hits -- all doubles -- in 51 games with Brooklyn last season, Cecchini already has 11 extra-base hits through 29 games with the Gnats, including two triples and three homers. Savannah reliever Tyler Vanderheiden recorded the final seven outs to preserve the lead. Box

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Minors 5.2.14: Peavey, Diaz earn wins

May, 2, 2014
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TACOMA 6, LAS VEGAS 4: A half-inning after Las Vegas broke a 1-all tie with two runs in the top of the eighth, Joel Carreno and Zack Thornton combined to surrender five runs in the bottom half. Wilmer Flores homered twice in the loss. Flores (4-for-5, three runs scored) started at shortstop for the first time since jamming a finger on his throwing hand on Sunday. Starter Logan Verrett limited Tacoma to one run on five hits and two walks in seven innings in a no-decision. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 1: Greg Peavey allowed one run over six innings and the B-Mets supported him with five unanswered runs. Peavey, pitching for the third straight time

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against the Sea Dogs, stranded five runners in scoring position to earn his first win of the season. The lone damage came in the first inning on consecutive doubles by Deven Marrero and Travis Shaw. In the third, Kyle Johnson (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) singled to start a rally against Portland starter and former Binghamton University Bearcat Mike Augliera. After a single by Wilfredo Tovar, Darrell Ceciliani advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Brian Burgamy tied the score with a sacrifice fly. An inning later, with Kevin Plawecki and Jayce Boyd on base, Dustin Lawley sent a bouncer back to the mound. Augliera fielded it cleanly, but fired erratically to second, allowing Plawecki to score the go-ahead run. Johnson added an RBI single. Tovar made it a three-run cushion by legging out a run-scoring fielder’s choice. With two outs in the fifth, Portland loaded the bases against Peavey on a double and two walks. Peavey (1-1) avoided harm by inducing Shaw to ground out. The righty worked around a one-out single by Blake Swihart and capped his night with a scoreless sixth. Cody Satterwhite took over in the seventh with a 5-1 lead and posted two scoreless innings. Jon Velasquez worked around two hits in a scoreless ninth. Satterwhite hasn’t allowed a run in nine appearances this season spanning 14 2/3 innings. Box

ST. LUCIE at BRADENTON (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.

SAVANNAH 2, ROME 1: The Gnats improved to a season-high 10 games over .500. Miller Diaz (2-0) held the Braves to one unearned run in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and did

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not walk a batter. In the first, Gavin Cecchini tripled and scored on a balk. With the bases loaded in the sixth, Jeff McNeil was hit by a pitch to force home Colton Plaia for a 2-0 lead. The Gnats had three bases-loaded opportunities and scored one run in those chances. The Braves picked up an unearned run against Diaz in the seventh. He turned the game over to the bullpen with the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second. Reliever Dawrin Frias struck out one and induced a groundout to end the threat. Robert Coles worked a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts for his fourth save. Cecchini went 3-for-4 with a walk. He has hit safely in five straight games. Box

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Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187