The Morning Report 5.5.2015 | Monell Called Up, Welcome Home Verrett, Time for Flores to Reset, Wright's Return Uncertain.


Transactions | Chris Soto

  • The Mets announced that they will be calling up C Johnny Monell to the MLB club today. With only 2 games in between 2 off days, the club intends on carrying an extra bat that can provide some left handed power to help jump start the offense. Monell has had a really good start in his first month with the Las Vegas 51s, hitting .397/.455/.638 with 4 HRs. 
  • The Texas Rangers announced that Rule 5 draft pick RHRP Logan Verrett has cleared waivers and will be returned to the Mets organization. The front office will reassign Verrett to Las Vegas. It is not immediately know if Verrett will return to the rotation, to replace the recently injured Matt Bowman, or remain in the bullpen.

Patrick Albanesius | Mets 360- In games the Mets have won so far in 2015, they have walked 60 times and struck out an even 100. In those games the team line has been .260/.340/.395 with 13 home runs. In games lost by the Mets, the team has walked just 18 times, and struck out 80. That team batting line is .198/.248/.281 with just four home runs. It’s a complete role reversal from the winning baseball the team was playing, and it’s not even hard to see! If Kevin Long is going to earn his paycheck, he needs to calm the fire before it engulfs the team. Strikeouts are to be expected, as they are a sign of aggressiveness. But if that aggressiveness is causing pitchers to adjust to your team strategy, and you don’t adjust back, you’re dead.

(Chris Soto: Patrick is absolutely right. The past few games I have seen more guys swinging and missing at the first pitch or chasing balls out of the zone. This puts hitters into unfavorable counts and forces them to abandon the team philosophy of "hunting for your pitch." I am hoping that this day off was used to calm everyone down so that we can go into this short Baltimore series and take both games. If there is ever a time to get the offense hot again, it's these next two games against the MLB's 3rd most inefficient starting rotation.)

Kristie Ackert | NY Daily News- There is no hiding that the 23-year old has gotten off to a bad start this season. In 25 games, Flores has more errors (7) than he did in the 51 games he played at shortstop last season (4). As the Mets have struggled recently, the pressure on Flores has grown more intense, especially after his bobbled ball on Thursday cost the Mets a game. “He’s handling it well. He’s a pretty relaxed kid, so it doesn’t look like he needs to talk yet. He just needs a pat on the back,” Cuddyer said. “Eventually, I will tell him I had to get through the same thing. It was 2005 and they had me playing third. It was awful, It just keeps coming at you and you feel like you can’t do anything right...all you can do is go through it. I was not swinging the bat like he can though, so he is going to be fine.”

(Chris Soto: For anyone who still has doubts about why the front office signed Cuddyer, here is an example of why he was signed to be more than just a bat. It was only a week ago when Flores was riding a 8 game hitting streak and was in the Top 5 among MLB SS in batting average and OPS. A 3 day head clearing day is probably exactly he needed as the errors he was committing were just silly under throws and lack of focus plays.)

Zach Braziller | New York Post- David Wright’s return remains uncertain. The Captain, out since April 15 with a hamstring injury, is at the team’s minor-league complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., working to get back, but he’s still not at 100 percent, general manager Sandy Alderson told The Post.
“It’s just hard to say,” Alderson said, when asked about a possible return. “He could be a week away, could be 10 days away. Until he gets into a game situation and feels confident with the leg, we’re not going to know. Once Wright is 100 percent confident in the leg and is running at 100 percent, he would be five days or less away from getting back to Queens.“We haven’t gotten to that threshold yet,” the general manager said.

(Chris Soto: The Mets front office is continuing to be cautious with Wright leg hamstring. Also based on Sandy's comments about getting him into a game situation, it sounds like once Wright feels 100%, he could get send out for a small minor league rehab assignment to get his legs back under him. Don't expect the captain back for at least another 10 days in my opinion.)

Portland 4 - Binghamton 1


A night after scoring 11 runs, the Binghamton Mets were only able to cross home once against the Portland Sea Dogs in the 4-1 loss Monday night at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton went 1-for-10 when batting with men in scoring position, leaving 10 on base in their second straight loss. Defensively, Binghamton committed a season-high three errors.

The B-Mets were held to nine hits, with three coming from Brandon Nimmo and two chipped in by TJ Rivera in his third game back from the disabled list.

Portland struck first, getting on the board in the first inning. Oscar Tejeda attempted to steal second base before the pitch, when an errant John Gant throw to second sailed into the outfield and allowed Jantzen Witty to trot home from third. Gant then stranded the bases loaded, keeping the deficit at one.

Binghamton’s lone scoring attack came in the third inning when Nimmo notched his first hit of the night, a one out double to left field. Rivera then singled to put men on the corners with one out for Jayce Boyd. In his first game back, after missing five with a back injury, Boyd was able to beat out the double play ground ball and allow Rivera to come in through the back door, knotting the game at one. For Boyd it was RBI number 12 in his 19th game of the season.

Portland would take the lead right back in the fourth, starting the frame with a Reed Gragnani single to center, followed by Luis Martinez’s first home of the year, a liner over the left field wall. Martinez has seven RBI, five coming in his last four games. It was just Portland’s eighth home run of the year, and second away from home.

The Sea Dogs would add on later in the inning. Gant issued a walk and a single after the home run, and the two runners were moved into scoring position on Mike Miller’s first sacrifice bunt of the season. One batter later, Carlos Asuaje singled to left to drive in Portland’s fourth run of the game.

Gant (1-2) was saddled with the loss, allowing four runs in five innings pitched. Mike Augliera (1-4) notched his first win of the year, holding Binghamton to one run and six hits over five frames.
The B-Mets (14-9) continue their series with the Portland Sea Dogs Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium, with a 6:35 PMfirst pitch. Binghamton RHP Seth Lugo (1-0, 1.38) gets the ball against RHP Mike McCarthy (2-2, 6.63). 

POSTGAME NOTES: The win snapped Portland’s five game losing streak against Binghamton…Brandon Nimmo has recorded multiple hits in five of his last nine games…Binghamton committed three errors in a game for the first time since opening day, losing both games…Portland recorded their second save in their last 18 games. Team press release

Savannah 6 - Lakewood 3


JC Rodriguez provided the pop to help the Savannah Sand Gnats snap a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Lakewood BlueClaws Monday night at Historic Grayson Stadium. The Gnats finished their seven-game homestead against Delmarva and Lakewood at 2-5.

Rodriguez put the Gnats (8-16) ahead to stay in a three-run fifth inning. With a run home and two outs and the bases empty, and the Gnats down 3-1, DH John Mora drew a walk to restart the rally. Rodriguez followed by blasting a two-run homer over the right field wall for his first homer of 2015 and a 4-3 Savannah lead.

Rodriguez helped the Gnats tack on two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. After Mora walked again, Rodriguez tripled up the right-centerfield gap to score Mora and put the Gnats up 5-3. Rodriguez scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Stefan Sabol to complete the game's scoring.

Lakewood (13-12) scored single runs in the first, second and third innings to take a 3-0 lead. However, Gnats starter Scarlyn Reyes steadied himself and kept the 'Claws off the board in the fourth and fifth before departing with two outs in the sixth. He earned his first win of the year for his 5.2 innings of work.

The Gnats bullpen of Jimmy DuffJosh Smoker and David Roseboom combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. Roseboom has not allowed a run in his last six appearances and has thrown 11.1 consecutive innings without allowing a man to score. Duff has now tossed 10.1 consecutive innings over his last six outings without allowing a run, which started on April 17th.

Rightfielder Wuilmer Becerra extended his season-high six game hitting streak with an RBI double in the fourth inning.

St. Lucie 4 - Palm Beach 0


Robert Gsellman completely dominated the Palm Beach Cardinals in a 4-0 victory for the St. Lucie Mets on Monday at Tradition Field.

In his fifth start of the season, Gsellman took a no hitter into the eighth inning and ended the night allowing just one hit over eight innings. Gsellman walked three, struck out six and got three double play balls.

Ronald Castillo broke up the no hitter with one out in the eighth by chopping a single up the middle out of the reach of Jeff McNeil and Amed Rosario. Gsellman got the next batter Juan Herrera to ground into an inning ending double play. It came on his 94th and final pitch of the night.

Gsellman improved to 4-0 on the season and now sports a 1.55 ERA. The Mets are 5-0 in his starts.

The Mets managed to score three runs, one earned, against Alex Reyes who is the No. 3 Cardinals’ prospect. With two outs and two runners on in the second, Jhoan Urena drove a ball to the warning track in right that was dropped by Rowan Wick. Dominic Smith and Victor Cruzado scored on the error.

Champ Stuart led off the third with a double and scored on an RBI single by Michael Conforto to make it 3-0.

The Mets scored their final run in the eighth on a two-out RBI base hit by Urena.

Akeel Morris struck out the side in the ninth to finish the game.

Gsellman had a relatively easy outing. The only hard hit ball against him came in the seventh after he walked two consecutive batters with one out. Carson Kelly ripped a line drive to first base that Smith made a diving catch on. Smith then doubled off the lead runner at second.

Gsellman got 10 ground ball outs and three fly outs.

At the plate, Cruzado went 3 for 4 and Stuart had two hits.

Reyes allowed one earned run (three total) in six innings. He struck out six and walked one.


Binghamton Mets 2015 Game Notes


Binghamton Mets (14-9) vs.
Portland Sea Dogs (9-14)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox)

RHP John Gant (1-1, 3.86) vs. RHP Mike Augliera (0-4, 8.00)

Monday, May 4, 2015  Game #24  Home Game #10
NYSEG Stadium   Binghamton, NY  6:35 PM

LAST GAME: The B-Mets fell in extra innings to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 12-11, in 11 innings at NYSEG Stadium Sunday afternoon. Josh Rodriguez hit two home runs, including a grand slam, while driving in seven. The B-Mets had a 7-3 lead in the eighth inning before the bullpen allowed nine unanswered runs over the final four innings. It was the pen’s first blown save in nine games and first earned runs allowed in 21 innings. Michael Fulmer allowed three runs in five innings pitched in his B-Mets debut this season, but did not factor in to the decision. Beck Wheeler suffered the blown save and his first loss of the year. In total, Rodriguez recorded four hits and was one of five B-Mets to have multiple hits in the game. Binghamton took two of three from the Fisher Cats, as the loss snapped their season-high six game win streak.

BINGHAMTON STARTERRHP John Gant makes his fourth start of the year and first in nine days. Gant shutout the Fisher Cats over seven innings his last time out, allowing just four hits for the win. In Gant’s only other start at NYSEG Stadium, he surrendered three runs in 5.2 innings pitched against Harrisburg to suffer the loss. It will be the 22-year old’s first career start against Portland. He spent 2014 with Savannah (Low-A), going 11-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 21 starts. He was drafted by the Mets in the 21st round of the 2011 draft.

NEW HAMPSHIRE STARTER: RHP Mike Augliera makes his fifth start of the season and second consecutive against Binghamton. In the first go-round, Augliera was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in 3.2 innings pitched against the B-Mets. The righty has been tacked with a loss in all four outings this season. Opponents are hitting .381 against the starter who will be making his second road start of the season. He has allowed 11 runs in the first two innings of games (8 innings total). Righties are hitting at a .435 clip against Augliera. The 24-year old pitched at Binghamton University, setting program bests in wins, innings pitched, starts and complete games. He was drafted by Boston in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. 

TWO FOR THE MONEY: Josh Rodriguez became the first B-Met to home twice in a game this season, when he did so Sunday afternoon. One of the homers was a grand slam, the second by Binghamton this season (Aderlin Rodriguez). The seven RBI, while a season-best for Binghamton, are the second most Rodriguez has ever drive in in a game. J-Rod had nine RBI in a game with Kinston (High-A) in 2007, his second season in minor league baseball. The infielder also hit a grand slam in that game. The seven RBI were the most in a game by a B-Met since Brian Burgamy drove in seven against Akron, June 11, 2014. 

VS. PORTLAND: Binghamton has won all three matchups against the Sea Dogs this season, with those taking place at Hadlock Field. The B-Mets outscored Portland 26-11 in the three games, holding the Sea Dogs to a .219 team batting average. Binghamton hit .308 during the three game set. The B-Mets committed five errors, which led to five unearned runs.

HITTING STREAKS: Three different B-Mets are currently riding current streaks of six games or more: Xorge Carrillo (6), Gavin Cecchini (9) and Eudy Pina (10). Pina’s streak is the longest for a B-Met this season.

TAKE THE PEN: The nine runs allowed by Binghamton’s bullpen Sunday were the first in five games. The B-Mets pen had tossed 20 consecutive innings with allowing an earned run. On the other side, The Sea Dogs bullpen has only allowed five runs in their last 23.1 innings pitched, spanning five games.


Mack - Monday Thoughts


I am sure this past weekend left a bad taste in all Mets fans. You give up only two runs over 18 innings against the supposedly best team in the National League and you lose both games, 1-0.

We all knew this was going to be a pitcher based team and, in order to win more games than lose them… with this offense… it would take timely hitting, excellent defense, and a little luck.

The Mets seem to have that for the lion share of April, but then all questionable areas were exposed. The bats developed holes in them. The gloves… bigger holes. And the good luck disappeared.

Where does this leave the Mets?

          16-10  -  7th best record in baseball
          3.01-ERA – 3rd best in NL

And where do the Mets go in May?

Well, they have plenty of quality pitching and they will continue to throw them at their opponents. I see no change in the current rotation unless someone goes down with an injury. We then all know there are two more studs in Las Vegas waiting their turn here.

Regarding the rest of the game that is played, there is no magic solution here. The Mets are thinned out with injuries, thin in offensive talent, and no other team’s GM is going to solve their problem with a trade that takes away existing contracts and replaces them with quality ballplayers.

Lastly, and most importantly. Play these guys out of their funk. You can’t keep looking to Las Vegas to solve your problems. Hitting .300+ at the AAA level means nothing in this league. 

The team (and their General Manager) made the decision early on for Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer to be their corner outfielders and Wilmer Flores to be the starting shortstop. 

I know the Mets system. There is no one currently there that could replace any of these three and do a better job (sic) than they are doing now.


D-Whit - Despite the recent tailspin things are Still looking good in Metsland.


While talking Mets baseball over a couple of beers at the bar this past weekend a friend said, “I really believe the Mets are going to the Series this year.” I didn’t completely agree but I admired his enthusiasm, after this weekend though, I’d say that possibility has taken a hit. Speaking of hit, the Mets could’ve used one to drive in a run or two during back to back whitewashings at Citi Field by Nat hurlers. 

The team has now dropped three straight series, leading to a 3-7 slump, after jumping off to a 13-3 start. There’s nothing wrong with a 16-10 start and we all knew a correction was coming but you can’t let your biggest division rival waltz in and continue its dominance in your home park.  After a horrendous start Washington is just 4 games back and the surprising Braves just 3.5 off the pace. The good news is that in this upcoming short week, after a quick 2 game set at Camden Yards vs the O’s, the Mets travel to Philadelphia to take on one of the worst teams in baseball.  No wins are guaranteed in MLB but if they don’t sweep or take 2 of 3 at Citizens Bank Park something is seriously wrong and it might be time to worry-a little bit. 

After that they play 4 at Wrigley against the upstart Cubs-one of the few NL teams with the bats to match Met arms. The Mets tour of the Midwest continues after that with stops in Milwaukee and St. Louis.  During the Cardinal series New York plays game #40 of the 2015 season. A record of even just 22-18 at that point puts them on pace for an 88 win season. The team should be able to win at least 6 out of their next 14 by beating up on the weak Phils and struggling Brewers. A.550 winning pct. at the quarter pole is respectable but should be the minimum of where the Mets could be at the end of game 40. 

The season is long and filled with unexpected surprises, disappointments and of course, injuries. But if you break it down into 20 game segments you can usually see a trend or pattern for a team developing. After 20 games New York was 15-5 but no team is going to win 75% of their games. In some ways that unbelievable start created unrealistic expectations for a talented but flawed team. It also gave that team a nice cushion to help them in a future 20 game cycle when they might only win 5 games. By following the Mets record from game 20 to 40 to 60 and so on you can see how many games they’re on pace to win. Even if they only win 27 games between now and the half way point of the season they’d still be on pace for an 86 win season. 

That means all they have to do is go 27-28 between now and then. That’s just around .500 ball over the next 55 games. It certainly seems easy enough and very doable but I would bet getting those 27 wins will be more difficult and take longer than the 16 preceding ones. Still by just breaking even between now and the halfway mark the Mets would only need to continue playing roughly .500 ball the rest of the way after to get 86-87 wins and in all likelihood that would be enough to punch their ticket into the postseason.  If they do a little better, say 29-26 between now and game 81 the Mets would be 45-36 and only have to play a little over .500 ball the rest of the way to win 90. That’s how huge this year’s 13-3 start potentially could be for the 2015 Mets. 

An advantage New York has over most other teams is that they have the depth and talent to be buyers and sellers during trading season. With Syndergaard and Matz waiting in the wings, Colon, Niese, and/or Gee could be moved to a contender for prospects, a shortstop or a power bat. If Herrera produces the Mets could include Daniel Murphy to sweeten any deadline deal. 

Despite the disappointment of losing 3 of 4 to the Nats, the Mets are still atop the NL East and are awaiting the return of the Captain and later d’Araund to bolster the sagging line-up. The effectiveness of the starting 5 makes it difficult for the Mets to go on extended losing streaks. The bullpen has looked solid, and at times spectacular so far too. The latest ZIPS has their playoff odds at only 44.6% but the return of the Wright and d’Araund as well as the two stud pitchers waiting to bust lose down on the farm if a current starter breaks down or gets traded put the Mets in an enviable position going forward.  

Minor League Recap - 5-3-15


Minor League Player of The Night - Binghamton's Josh Rodriguez, with 7 ribbies.

Honorable Mention - Las Vegas' Darin Gorski

AAA - Las Vegas (16-8) 5 - Reno (9-15) 2

    RHSP Darin Gorski -  5.2-IP, 3-H, 0-ER, 4-K, 1-BB, 4.38, 2-1, 1-R, double, .600

    3B Danny Muno - 2-4, 1-RBI, .265

    RHRP Chase Bradford - 1.1-IP, 0-H, 0-R, 1-K, 0-BB, 0.00

10 straight for the Vegas 51's.  AAA Juggernaut.

AA - New Hampshire (13-11) 12  -  Binghamton (14-9) 11

    RHSP Michael Fulmer-  5.0-IP, 6-H, 3-R, 4-K, 2-BB, 5.40

    1B Josh Rodriguez -   4-5, 3-R, 2-HRs (5), 7-RBI,  .333

    RF Brandon Nimmo -  3-6, 1-R, 1-RBI, .287

Fulmer pitched well in this extra inning affair in his start yesterday,but 9 runs were scored in the final inning.  Binghamton only scored 4, so they fell a run short of re-tying the game.  Josh Rodriguez played AAA last year, so his fine numbers yesterday and for the year are not a surprise.

A+ - Bradenton (12-12) 11  -  St. Lucie (12-12) 4

    RHSP Kevin McGowan -  5.0-IP, 7-H, 3-R, 6-K, 2-BB, 6.20

    RF Yeixon Ruiz -  1-4, 1-R, 1-HR, 1-RBI, .176

    SS Amed Rosario - 2-4, 1-R, 2 doubles, .272

 Ricky Knapp got clobbered in 2.2 innings of relief, allowing 9 hits and 6 runs.  After an explosive early start to the season, Champ Stuart now has 30 Ks in 75 oficial at bats.

 A--  Lakewood (13-11) 6  - Savannah (7-16) 4

    RHSP Marties Arias - 6.1-IP, 5-H, 5-R, 4-K, 1-BB, 3.47

    RF Wuilmer Becerra - 2-4, 1-R, 2 doubles, 1-RBI, .256

    SS Patrick Biondi -  2-3, 1-RBI, .317

Martirez Arias gave up 3 of his 4 runs in the 6th and 7th, so his pitching was better than his pitching line appears.  Savannah is really struggling.

GOAT:  Ricky Knapp.


The Morning Report 5.4.2015 | Gee Deserves Better, Flores on the Hot Seat, Murphy on the Trade Block?, Thor the Next Man Up


Bill Madden | NY Daily News- Seems like every time Dillon Gee takes the mound for the Mets he’s looking over his shoulder at Las Vegas, where in case you haven’t heard, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are a combined 5-1, with a 1.86 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 50 innings. It shouldn’t be, however, that Gee should also have to be looking over his shoulder at his own infielders. Gee set a Mets record by turning in his 51st consecutive start of five innings or more, but it was all for naught when the only run he gave up — which came as a result of yet another breakdown by the Mets’ middle infield — proved the difference in the second straight 1-0 loss to the Washington Nationals. 

(Chris Soto: Gee has been fantastic and deserves better run support than he has received the last few times out. That said...Yes an error resulted in a run scoring, but that was not the reason we lost the weekend series with the Nationals. The team scored a total of 6 runs the entire series with 4 of them coming in a Matt Harvey start. While the Mets offense has been excellent the first month of the season a regression was coming and it him them hard this weekend. Hopefully a day off today and another one on Thursday will help reset the club back to their winning ways.)

Rob Piersall | MetsMerized Online- Matt Reynolds is tearing the cover off the ball at Triple-A Las Vegas so far this season, hitting at a vigorous .330/.398/.545 clip. With the Wilmer Flores experiment at shortstop not working, as he has struggled both offensively (.240/.278/.387) and defensively (7 errors; .917 FPCT). and Ruben Tejada batting just .167 this season, could Reynolds finally warrant a call-up? With the Mets already promoting Dilson Herrera to replace Daniel Murphy‘s poor defensive play at second, they should consider promoting Reynolds as well. Is he the answer at shortstop?

(Chris Soto: Flores has had an extremely rough past 10 days. After losing an 8 game hitting streak he's gone 2 for his last 20 AB's watching his AVG/OPS drop from .291/.800 to .240/.665. He's in a slump, it happens to everyone, but for Flores, his slump is magnifying his shortcomings defensively. According to Baseball Info Solutions, Flores is only converting 76% of plays in a normal SS's "zone" and according to Inside Edge Fielding, Flores is only converting 90% of "routine" plays. The MLB average is 98.9%.)

Scot Cohen | Amazin Avenue- Brian Sabean, Giants executive VP, has been seen at Citi Field during the Mets-Nationals series this weekend. The reason for the visit is unknown, but the Giants could be looking to upgrade at third base and the starting rotation, two positions at which the Mets have depth. Current Giants third baseman Casey McGehee is struggling at the plate, hitting just .164 with one home run. San Francisco also has big problems in its starting rotation as Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong have struggled early this season. Matt Cain and Jake Peavy have landed on the disabled list with injuries, as well. The Mets have two top prospects at Triple-A Las Vegas ready to jump to the majors very soon in Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz, which could make Dillon Gee and Jon Niese available.

(Chris Soto: This CANNOT be a coincidence. Eric Campbell was filling in pretty admirably at 3B before he went cold in the Miami series. You honestly had to have been very happy with what Campbell was providing while Wright sat on the DL. I found it very odd that he received such a quick hook from the position when Murphy was moved there but NOW it makes sense. The club feels that Herrera is ready for the MLB after he OPS'd .908 in 20 AAA games. The Giants bullpen is probably the strongest aspect of the team right now so perhaps we may see a swap of Murphy for former closer Sergio Romo?)

James Newman | Mets360- Although it has only been one month, and a very small sample size, Syndergaard is hitting his stride in Las Vegas. As of now, Syndergaard is 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA, 26 strikeouts, and 8 walks in 21.2 innings. His past two starts have symbolized what the Mets organization wants in their young pitcher, as he has pitched seven innings of shutout baseball. He struck out nine batters in his third start, and in his last start he struck out 10 hitters. The two walks in his past 14 innings also show how dominant he can be if he locates his pitches. This is the kind of stuff that has been expected of the 22-year-old pitcher.

(Chris Soto: With Rafael Montero now on the disabled list, the club is now looking for a replacement to fill the regular "spot starter" role that they have created to give the rest of the rotation extra rest during stretches of no off days. I initially thought that Bowman may get the first shot to fill the role but he just went onto the AAA disabled list. This leaves only Thor and Matz left and since Matz only has 29 IP above AA under his belt, logic dictates that Syndergaard is next up. After this short 2 game series with Baltimore, the Mets go on a 20 games in 20 days stretch that will require 4 turns through the rotation. Look for Syndergaard to squeeze in a start or two there to take some of the wear and tear off.)

New Hampshire 12 - Binghamton 11


The Binghamton Mets blew a four-run lead and fell to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 12-11, on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. Josh Rodriguez drove in a career-high seven runs, highlighted by a grand slam in the 11th inning, but it was not enough to overcome New Hampshire’s nine-run attack against the B-Mets bullpen. The loss snapped the B-Mets six game winning streak.

Binghamton took a 7-3 lead to the eighth inning before the bullpen allowed nine unanswered runs over the next four frames. They were the first earned runs allowed by the pen in 22 innings pitched. Jake Keubler surrendered three eighth inning runs before the Fisher Cats hung a five spot on Beck Wheeler in the 11th inning. It was Binghamton’s first blown save in nine games.
The B-Mets stroked 16 hits, their most in 15 games, and scored a season-high 11 runs offensively. Josh Rodriguez hit two home runs, including an 11th inning grand slam, and drove in seven. The seven RBI are a career-high for Rodriguez, who became the first B-Met to homer twice in a game this season.

Binghamton scored the first four runs of the game, including two off the bat of Jared King on another two-out base hit in the second inning.

A Michael Fulmer throwing error helped New Hampshire get on the board in the fifth, as they climbed within one run on a Matt Newman two-run homer to right field.

Binghamton would get a run back in the fifth inning on Rodriguez’s first RBI of the day. He later doubled the lead with his first home run of the afternoon, a two run shot to right field.

Leading 7-3 after seven innings, Adam Kolarek gave way to Kuebler who proceeded to allow five of seven batters to reach base. New Hampshire crossed home three times against the reliever, cutting the deficit to one run. Kuebler has allowed eight runs in 1.2 innings pitched against New Hampshire.

The Fisher Cats would tie things up in the ninth on an Emilio Guerrero sacrifice fly to left field against Beck Wheeler, his first blown save of the year. New Hampshire later took the lead on another Guerrero sacrifice fly in the 11th, before a three run homer to right field off the bat of Jack Murphy. The Fisher Cats later tacked on a fifth run in the inning against Wheeler.

The B-Mets wouldn’t go down without a fight, as they loaded up the bases with a walk, base hit and hit batter, against Cory Burns. Rodriguez then got Binghamton within one, on the B-Mets second grand slam of the season, this one to left field. Burns induced a pop up from Aderlin Rodriguez one batter later to hold off the B-Mets, 12-11.

Wheeler (1-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing five runs in 2.2 innings pitched. Blake McFarland (2-0) got the win for New Hampshire, tossing two perfect frames.

Binghamton won the series, taking two out of three from the Fisher Cats.

The B-Mets (14-8) continue their homestand as they welcome in the Portland Sea Dogs for four games beginningMonday night at NYSEG Stadium, with a 6:35 PM first pitch. Binghamton RHP John Gant (1-1, 3.86) gets the ball against RHP Mike Augliera (0-4, 8.00). 

POSTGAME NOTES: Josh Rodriguez’s seven RBI were the most for a B-Met since Brian Burgamy on June 11, 2014…Sunday was the longest B-Mets game this season in terms of innings played…Binghamton is 0-2 in extra inning games this season, both against New Hampshire
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