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Sunday, June 02, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/1: Wheeler goes six in win, Montero goes seven in shutout

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/1:

AAA - LAS VEGAS 2, FRESNO 1: Zack Wheeler limited Fresno to one run on three hits and a walk while striking out six in six innings. He threw 95 pitches (62 strikes). Wheeler doubled off the outfield wall and scored on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' fifth homer in his past nine games to give Las Vegas a 2-1 lead in the third. Wilmer Flores was limited to coaching first base a day after being struck in the hand with a pitch, which caused inflammation. X-rays were not required. Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Rafael Montero fired seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets collected a season-high 15 hits. The victory, their third shutout of the season, lifted the B-Mets (32-24) into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Division. Montero has not allowed a run with the B-Mets in his last 16 2/3 innings. Facing New Hampshire starter Ryan Tepera for the third time this season, the B-Mets jumped on the righty early. Danny Muno broke a slump of 24 straight hitless at-bats with a leadoff single in the second. Cory Vaughn plated him with a double. Muno, whose three-hit game was his third of the season and first since May 13, contributed again in the second. With Wilfredo Tovar aboard on a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Ahrens, Muno homered for a 3-0 lead. The run support was more than enough for Montero (6-3), who put together his second straight scoreless performance. The righty effortlessly shut down the Fisher Cats over seven scorelesss frames. He surrendered five singles, walked one batter and struck out four in his longest outing as a B-Met. The Fisher Cats put two aboard and threatened in the first, but Montero induced Kevin Nolan to fly out to begin a stretch of 10 straight retired batters. Chase Huchingson took over in the eighth and posted two scoreless innings. Vaughn had a solo homer in the eighth. Box

A - CHARLOTTE 2, ST. LUCIE 1 (7 innings)
Willie Argo hit a tiebreaking double in the sixth against reliever T.J. Chism as the Stone Crabs defeated the Mets (29-23) in seven innings in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The nightcap was postponed due to rain. The teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday, with two seven-inning games beginning at 3 p.m. Charley Thurber hit a solo homer in the second inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Stone Crabs tied the score in the fifth when Ryan Brett ripped a solo homer against starter Domingo Tapia. Tapia allowed one run over five innings while striking out four and walking one. The Mets had runners at first and second in the seventh, but Nate Garcia struck out Gilbert Gomez looking to end the game. Angel Cuan is scheduled to pitch Game 1, with Matt Bowman on the mound for the Mets in the second game Sunday. Box

A - SAVANNAH 5, KANNAPOLIS 0: Luis Cessa went 7 2/3 innings, striking out 10, walking none and allowing two hits. He combined with Tim Peterson and Tyler Vanderheiden on a five-hit shutout. Savannah (33-22) took a 1-0 lead in the second when Cole Frenzel's double plated Kevin Plawecki. The Gnats tacked on three more runs in the third, highlighted by Brandon Nimmo's RBI double. Yucarybert De La Cruz and Nimmo scored on wild pitches during the inning. Box

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