Minors 5.22.13: Wheeler wins in 51s return

LAS VEGAS 9, IOWA 4: After missing a turn in the rotation and receiving a cortisone shot

lastname Wheeler for inflammation in the AC joint in his right shoulder, Zack Wheeler earned a win in his return to Pacific Coast League action. Wheeler surrendered solo homers to Brian Bogusevic and Edwin Maysonet and was charged with three earned runs on five hits, two walks and a hit batter while striking out two in five innings. He threw a conservative 67 pitches (43 strikes). Collin Cowgill's fourth-inning grand slam helped the 51s build an 8-2 lead. Ex-Yankee David Aardsma made his Las Vegas debut in the ninth, walking three but also striking out three in a scoreless frame. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a game-opening homer against Guillermo Moscoso. Omar Quintanilla went 2-for-2 with a triple, two walks and three runs scored. The 51s returned pitching prospect Rafael Montero to Binghamton after the right-hander's spot start Tuesday. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 3: Josh Rodriguez led Binghamton’s 11-hit attack with two run-scoring singles and a double. The Rock Cats sent seven men to the plate in the second inning against starter Erik Goeddel and plated two runs. The righty surrendered

lastname Rodriguez three hits, including an RBI single by Danny Santana, and issued a bases-loaded walk. New Britain starter Alex Meyer faltered in the fourth. After Allan Dykstra (nine-game hitting streak) started the inning with a walk, Binghamton loaded the bases on singles by Cory Vaughn and Darrell Ceciliani. Blake Forsythe put the B-Mets on the board with a sac fly. Richard Lucas followed by rolling a potential inning-ending double play to shortstop. Santana fielded it cleanly, but double-clutched and fired errantly to second. Vaughn scored, tying the game at 2. Wilfredo Tovar and Rodriguez then provided RBI singles. Goeddel settled in. He posted three scoreless innings and retired 10 of 11 Rock Cats before walking Josmil Pinto with one out in the sixth. Danny Ortiz then singled. But with the tying run aboard, Goeddel capped his night by inducing Jordan Parraz to fly out. John Church inherited two runners and defused the situation by inducing Reynaldo Rodriguez to fly out. Binghamton (26-20) scored four more times over the final three innings. Dykstra provided an RBI single in the seventh and Danny Muno had a run-scoring single in the eighth. Bobby Lanigan took over and surrendered an RBI single to Rodriguez and gave up another run on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth. Jack Leathersich struck out three over the final two scoreless innings. Goeddel (4-2) allowed two runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings to collect his third May win. Box

DUNEDIN 5, ST. LUCIE 3: Facing Toronto Blue Jays farmhands from his former

lastname Syndergaard organization, Noah Syndergaard suffered the loss in his return to Dunedin, Fla. The Mets (25-19) had a 3-2 lead entering the fifth, but Matt Newman and Andy Burns had back-to-back RBI doubles against Syndergaard. Syndergaard pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) and seven hits while striking out four and walking two. Gilbert Gomez had an RBI double in the second inning to score Charley Thurber. Thurber ripped a two-run homer to right-center in the fourth to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Jim Fuller pitched 1 1/3 innings and struck out two. He surrendered a two-out homer to Burns in the seventh. Ryan Fraser allowed one hit in a scoreless eighth. Jenrry Mejia will make his second start on a major league rehab assignment for St. Lucie in Thursday's 6:30 p.m. ET series finale. Box

CHARLESTON 4, SAVANNAH 2: Rainy Lara, who has earned two of the past three South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week awards, suffered the loss. Lara (4-2) allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings. His ERA crept upward to 1.42. Savannah (25-19) pulled within two runs in the ninth on Kevin Plawecki's two-out RBI single. But Cole Frenzel lined out to center field to strand two. Box

Compiled from team reports