New York Mets: Cody Kukuk

Minors 8.30.13: Gorski blanks Fisher Cats

August, 31, 2013
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TUCSON 3 LAS VEGAS 1: Justin Hampson suffered the blown save. He allowed three ninth-inning runs, including a two-run homer to Mike Wilson. Rafael Montero tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out eight. With second-place Sacramento's loss, Las Vegas' magic number nonetheless was sliced to one with three games remaining. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Darin Gorski tossed seven shutout innings and allowed only two hits. The southpaw faced one over the minimum in his 13th start this

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season with the B-Mets. The only frame he faced more than three hitters was the first, when Adam Loewen produced a two-out double. The only other hit Gorski allowed was a leadoff single by Andy Burns in the fourth. Two batters later, Gorski erased Burns with an inning-ending double play. New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire no-hit the B-Mets through five innings. The B-Mets then produced a five-run sixth. Joe Bonfe led off by bouncing a ball to third base. The throw from Burns went wide and pulled Kevin Ahrens off first base. Alonzo Harris followed with his second walk of the night. Danny Muno bunted both runners ahead. Josh Rodriguez then got ahead in the count, 3-0. After the third ball, catcher Chris Schaeffer elected to intentionally walk Rodriguez to load the bases. Ball four, however, sailed over Schaeffer’s head, allowing Bonfe to score. One batter later, Travis Taijeron delivered Binghamton’s first hit. He lined a 2-1 pitch down the left-field line to score both runners. Gorski struck out five over seven innings. Rehabbing Frank Francisco threw a scoreless eighth. Jeff Walters tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his franchise-record 38th save. Binghamton won despite producing only two hits -- by Wilfredo Tovar and Taijeron. The B-Mets' last win with two hits or fewer came on July 13, 2012, in a 2-0 victory against Erie. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, JUPITER 3: A day after being eliminated from postseason contention, St. Lucie broke a 3-all tie in the sixth as Charley Thurber doubled and scored on Cam Maron's single. An inning later, Kevin Plawecki was hit by a pitch in the head with two outs and departed as a precaution. The Mets opened a three-run lead in the eighth on Gilbert Gomez's two-run single. T.J. Chism earned his 20th save with a scoreless ninth. Box

SAVANNAH 5, GREENVILLE 4
SAVANNAH 5, GREENVILLE 2: Greenville starter Cody Kukuk took a no-hit bid and 2-0 lead into the sixth in Game 2. However, after Dimas Ponce walked, Brandon Nimmo doubled. With runners at second and third, Maikis De La Cruz then doubled to even the score at 2. After Dilson Herrera walked, Stefan Sabol doubled too, scoring De La Cruz. Herrera came home on a throwing error on the play to make the score 4-2. That ended Kukuk’s night. Jeff Reynolds greeted reliever Manuel Rivera with an RBI single. Savannah starter Steven Matz did not work a single 1-2-3 inning, but nonetheless blanked the Drive (27-38/49-85) through five innings. He ultimately logged 5 2/3 innings and was charged with two runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out six. Reliever Wanel Mesa snagged the win, recording the final five outs. In Game 1, the Gnats (32-33/75-59) overcame the Drive’s 2-0 lead with a three-run fourth, keyed by Cole Frenzel’s two-run homer, his seventh long ball of the year. The Drive tied the score at 3 with a run in the fifth, but the Gnats scored twice in the sixth to make it 5-3. The recently acquired Herrera singled, stole second and scored on Frenzel’s double for a 4-3 lead. Gnats starter Tim Peterson lasted six innings to earn the win, his first as a Gnat. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 8, BLUEFIELD 5: Playoff-bound Kingsport broke a 5-all tie with a three-run seventh. Joe Tuschak had a two-run double in that frame. 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two walks in his first Appalachian League start. Box

STATEN ISLAND 9, BROOKLYN 3: Despite the loss, the Cyclones maintained a half-game division lead over Aberdeen. Those two teams face off Saturday and Sunday in Coney Island. Staten Island broke a scoreless tie in the third. Trent Garrison singled and Derek Toadvine walked. Brooklyn starter Robert Gsellman then retired Brandon Thomas on a fly ball and struck out Eric Jagielo. But Staten Island followed with four consecutive two-out hits to score four runs and chase Gsellman, who had entered the outing with a 1.60 ERA in 11 New York-Penn League starts. After Brooklyn pulled within 4-1, Cyclones reliever Ricky Knapp found himself in trouble in the fourth. Jagielo and Mike Ford started a two-out rally with back-to-back singles and Yeicok Calderon connected on his ninth homer of the season as Staten Island’s lead swelled to 7-1. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.301 9 53 73
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .848
WB. Colon 12
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.44
SOZ. Wheeler 155