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Friday, April 25, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/24: Zach Lutz goes 3 for 3 with 2 HR's in Win, Vegas improves to 16-5

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/24:

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 11, TACOMA 4: In his return to the lineup after leaving Monday's game after 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

Mets AA - 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

Mets High A - 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

Mets A - 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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