New York Mets: John Kuchno

Minors 6.28.14: Pina launches walk-off HR

June, 28, 2014
Jun 28
SACRAMENTO 7, LAS VEGAS 6 (10 innnings): Zack Thornton surrendered a walk-off RBI double to Nick Buss in the bottom of the 10th. Allan Dykstra's ninth-inning solo homer with one out had sent the game to extra innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ALTOONA 7: The B-Mets surrendered six runs in a disastrous seventh inning and nearly blew a seven-lead, but held on for their 15th win in 18 games. Steven

Matz struck out nine over six scoreless innings to collect his first Double-A victory. Dilson Herrera had a career-high five RBIs. Kyle Johnson singled to open the game, moved to third on Herrera's single and scored when Zack Dodson balked. Binghamton took a 2-0 lead in the third when Xorge Carrillo singled, advanced to second on a sac bunt, took third on a groundout and scored when Herrera beat out an infield single. Herrera added a two-run homer in the fifth. His first Double-A long ball gave Binghamton a five-run lead. In six scoreless innings, Matz stranded seven runners while holding the Curve hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

The B-Mets tacked on two runs against Jason Townsend in the seventh. After loading the bases on three straight singles, including one from pinch-hitter Tyler Pill, Binghamton scored on a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice by Herrera. Binghamton nearly threw away its 7-0 lead in the seventh. Reliever Randy Fontanez allowed the first two batters to reach before rebounding with consecutive groundouts. The final out of the inning proved elusive. By the time Adam Kolarek entered, Altoona had cut Binghamton’s lead to 6-4. Following an infield single, Jarek Cunningham then shot a grounder to third baseman Brian Burgamy. Burgamy, who moved to third as part of a double-switch, booted it, allowing a run to score. Kolarek settled down to record the inning's final out, preserving a one-run lead. Altoona resumed its pressure in the eighth with back-to-back one-out singles. With the tying run on third, Cody Satterwhite entered. Stetson Allie chopped his first pitch for an inning-ending double play. With the benefit of an insurance run produced by Burgamy in the ninth, Satterwhite returned for the final inning. He loaded the bases before allowing a run-scoring fielder’s choice to Alen Hanson. Satterwhite survived by striking out Kelson Brown looking to secure his fifth save. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 3: Eudy Pina has been swinging a hot bat in June, but no hit was bigger than Saturday's walk-off homer inside the left-field foul pole. Pina’s rocket came

on a full-count pitch from Robby Rowland to lead off the half-inning. The Marauders protested the homer, arguing it hooked foul. Plate umpire Adam MacKay maintained his original call. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first on Aderlin Rodriguez’s two-out single that scored Jairo Perez. Bradenton answered in the second when Jordan Steranka led off with a solo homer against Gabriel Ynoa. Ynoa otherwise cruised through seven innings. He allowed one run on seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five in a 98-pitch effort. The Mets had two great chances to blow the game open but could not come up with a big hit. They loaded the bases against John Kuchno in the sixth but only scored one run, when Maikis De La Cruz grounded into a double play. With runners at second and third and no outs in the seventh, Ryan Hafner threw a wild pitch that allowed Gilbert Gomez to score, which put the Mets up 3-1. L.J. Mazzilli advanced to third with none out but was stranded. Ynoa was in line for his sixth win in his last six starts. However, Josh Bell doubled home Max Moroff in the eighth and later scored on a groundout to tie the score 3. T.J. Chism took over for Robert Coles with runners on first and second and induced an inning-ending double play. Paul Sewald pitched a scoreless ninth and was credited with the win after Pina's heroics. Pina is hitting .370 with five homers and 18 RBIs this month. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 3: With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Jorge Rivero

stroked a one-out line drive into the left-center gap to plate Champ Stuart with the winning run. Stuart began the Gnats’ ninth-inning rally with a walk. The Braves had tied the score with two outs in the top half. With runners on the corners, Savannah reliever Hunter Carnevale struck out Edison Sanchez on a breaking ball in the dirt. The ball kicked away from catcher Jeff Glenn, allowing Sanchez to sprint safely to first and Johan Camargo to score the tying run. To that point, the Gnats had thrown out Braves baserunners at the plate in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to preserve a 3-2 lead. The most impressive was Stuart’s throw from center to cut down Gerald Chin, which kept the Braves off the scoreboard in the seventh. Box

JOHNSON CITY 8, KINGSPORT 1 (suspended): The game was suspended after three innings. K-Mets starter Yoryi Nuez allowed seven runs (four earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Box

STATEN ISLAND 11, BROOKLYN 5: Starter Carlos Valdez was knocked out with two outs in the first inning. He surrendered five runs. Gaither Bumgardner surrendered another five runs in four innings of relief. Trailing 10-2, Michael Bernal produced a three-run homer for the Cyclones in the seventh. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL CARDINALS 2: Eighth-round pick Dash Winningham produced his first professional homer -- a two-run shot -- and finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Adrian Almeida earned the win with three no-hit relief innings, albeit walking four while striking out six. Luis Mateo completed the game with two scoreless innings in his third appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery. Shortstop Alfredo Reyes also drove in two runs. Box

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LAS VEGAS at TACOMA (ppd.): The teams will play a 4:35 p.m. ET doubleheader Sunday.

PORTLAND 9, BINGHAMTON 3: A half-inning after Portland tied the score, Binghamton plated the decisive run in the sixth inning of Game 1 when Matt Clark scampered home on a wild pitch from Henry Owens. Clark had been hit by a pitch and advanced to third on Kevin Plawecki's double. After five scoreless innings from Darin Gorski, Portland had evened the score at 2 in the top of the sixth. Shannon Wilkerson doubled and moved to Mookie Betts' single. After Betts stole second, Travis Shaw delivered a two-run single. B-Mets reliever Chasen Bradford loaded the bases in the seventh, but escaped unharmed and earned his fifth save by inducing Betts to fly out and Deven Marrero to line out. Gorski (2-1) allowed one run on six hits over six innings to earn the win. Binghamton had opened the scoring with a two-run second. Cory Vaughn singled and Jayce Boyd walked. Travis Taijeron and Wilfredo Tovar then produced RBI singles.

In Game 2, Matt Bowman (3-1) was tagged for nine runs on 10 hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. He surrendered two homers. Trailing 5-0, the B-Mets got on the scoreboard in the third inning. Taijeron reached on a throwing error by Portland third baseman Carlos Rivero to start the inning. After Xorge Carrillo singled, Tovar grounded into a double play that moved Taijeron to third. Kyle Johnson then singled to plate Taijeron. The score remained that way until the fifth inning. Marrero led off with a homer in what became a four-run frame. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 1: Luis Cessa limited the Marauders to one run and two hits in five innings as St. Lucie salvaged a doubleheader split. He struck out a season-high six batters. Aderlin Rodriguez plated Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera with a first-inning double. After the Marauders got a run back on a sac fly in the bottom of the fifth, the Mets answered a half-inning later on Rodriguez's run-scoring groundout for a 3-1 lead. Rivera delivered a two-run single in the seventh. Randy Fontanez pitched two scoreless innings to earn his fourth save. After driving in three runs, Rodriguez now leads the Florida State League with 31 RBIs. Rivera went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. He went 7-for-9 in the three-game series and leads the FSL with a .421 batting average.

In Game 1, the Marauders stunned the Mets with a rally in the seventh. With the score tied at 2 and two outs, Ryan Fraser walked the bases loaded. Then, with a two-strike count on Josh Bell, Fraser threw a wild pitch and Raul Fortunato easily scored for the walk-off win. The Mets had a chance to break the game open against John Kuchno in the first. Dilson Herrera, Nimmo and Jairo Perez all reached to start the game. With the bases loaded, Rodriguez grounded out to plate a run. Cam Maron followed with another run-scoring groundout to make it 2-0. Kuchno hit a batter and walked another to reload the bases, but he got Phillip Evans to strike out on three pitches to end the threat. The Mets would only place three more runners on base. Twice runners were erased on double-play balls. The Marauders were able to manufacture two runs against Domingo Tapia. In the third, Tapia got what looked like the third out on a routine grounder to Perez at first. Perez stumbled and had to flip to Tapia covering first base. Tapia was late getting to the bag and Taylor Lewis was safe. Meanwhile, Jonathan Schwind, who started the play at second base, never broke stride and scored to make it 2-1. In the fifth, Tapia gave up a single and a walk to put the tying run at second. After a sac bunt, Lewis grounded out to bring home the tying run from third. Tapia pitched five innings in a no-decision. He allowed five hits and two runs while walking one and striking out two. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 12, ROME 2: Outfielder Jared King proposed to his girlfriend Maggie Watson pregame after she threw out the ceremonial first pitch. She said yes. Once the pitches were real, the Gnats extended their winning streak to five games, matching a season high. The Gnats have outscored their opponents 24-5 in those five games. The 10-run margin of victory was the largest of the year for Savannah. The Braves scored the game’s first run on Victor Reyes' RBI single. The Gnats scored the next 11 runs. Stefan Sabol produced a two-run double with the bases loaded and King scored on a wild pitch in the first to put Savannah up 3-1. The Gnats added a run in the second on L.J. Mazzilli’s RBI single. Savannah made it 7-1 with a three-run third. Jeff Glenn singled home a run and Gavin Cecchini added a two-run single. Cecchini finished 3-for-6 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. He extended his hitting streak to a season-high six games. Glenn finished 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Victor Cruzado and Dominic Smith had run-scoring doubles in a four-run fourth that gave the Gnats an 11-1 lead. Starter John Gant allowed one run on five hits in five innings. King finished 0-4 with a walk and a run scored on his big night. Box

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Minors 4.27.14: Taijeron HR in big inning

April, 27, 2014
Apr 27
TACOMA 5, LAS VEGAS 4: With two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, Logan Kensing struck out Andrew Brown to end the comeback threat and game. Las Vegas fell to 18-6 on the season. Starter Logan Verrett allowed five runs (three earned) in five innings. The damage included a three-run homer by Jesus Montero in the fifth that staked Tacoma to a 5-3 lead. Montero had homered against Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard earlier in the series. Wilmer Flores, who committed his sixth error at shortstop, departed after three innings with a jammed finger. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, ERIE 6: The B-Mets scored nine times in the top of the fourth, which proved enough to overcome starter Rainy Lara allowing six runs in the bottom half. After Lara and Tommy Collier matched zeroes through three innings, the B-Mets erupted.

Binghamton sent 14 men to the plate in the fourth, pounded out seven hits, and took advantage of an error and two walks. Every B-Mets starter scored in the inning. Kevin Plawecki ripped a bases-loaded grounder through third baseman Francisco Martinez's legs. The gaffe allowed the first two runs to score. Travis Taijeron followed with a three-run homer, his first long ball of the season. Kyle Johnson later lined an RBI single. Brian Burgamy followed by bouncing a run-producing double off the left-field wall to knock out Collier. Matt Reynolds greeted reliever Ryan Robowski by dropping an RBI single into right, kicking Binghamton’s lead to 8-0. The single capped a stretch of 10 straight B-Mets reaching safely. Two batters later, Cory Vaughn singled home Binghamton’s final run. Given a nine-run cushion, Lara struggled. With two aboard, Dean Green put Erie on the board with an RBI double. Martinez and Jamie Johnson followed with run-scoring singles. Lara pitched himself deeper into a hole with a pair of two-out walks, including a bases-loaded free pass to Eugenio Suarez. Aaron Westlake ended Lara’s day, and made it a three-run game, with a two-run single. Jack Leathersich entered and recorded the inning's final out. Leathersich returned for the fifth and slipped into and then out of a jam. The SeaWolves put the first three aboard via an error, hit batter and walk. With the tying run on base, the southpaw wiggled free with a strikeout, a pop out and a groundout. Jon Velasquez (1-2) then posted two perfect relief innings. Cody Satterwhite tossed a scoreless eighth. Chasen Bradford worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Box

BRADENTON 7, ST. LUCIE 6: Josh Bell had a two-run homer against Luis Cessa in the first inning and finished with five RBIs as Bradenton led throughout. Bell's two-run triple in the seventh gave the Marauders a 7-4 lead. St. Lucie's Gilbert Gomez drove a two-run

triple off the left-field wall to make it 7-6 in the eighth, but Gomez was thrown out by first baseman Jose Osuna trying to take home on the play. The throw attempting to get Gomez at third had sailed high. Osuna tracked it down near the Mets bullpen and threw a strike to home to retire Gomez. The Mets drew two walks with two outs in the ninth, but Albert Cordero grounded out to Osuna to end the game. The Marauders jumped to a 5-0 lead against Cessa. An error on right fielder Eudy Pina led to two runs in the third. Cessa eventually did retire nine in a row. The Mets came to life at the plate in the fifth. Phillip Evans doubled and Maikis De La Cruz plated him with a single against John Kuchno. Pina then had a two-run double in the sixth and Cordero followed with an RBI single to slice the deficit to 5-4. Cordero advanced to third on a flyout and stood 90 feet from home as the tying run with one out. He tried to score on Ryan Hafner's wild pitch, but the ball bounced hard off the backstop, right to catcher Jin-De Jhang, who retired Cordero after a rundown. Cessa (0-3) was charged with seven runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings. Box

LAKEWOOD 6, SAVANNAH 5: Gavin Cecchini singled with two outs in the top of the ninth to plate Dominic Smith, but Jeff McNeil then popped out to second base as the Gnats' rally fell a run short. Starter Chris Flexen allowed six runs on four hits and four walks in three innings. He surrendered a pair of homers. Dario Alvarez and Akeel Morris combined for five scoreless relief innings. Cecchini finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. L.J. Mazzilli and Jared King had two RBIs apiece as the Gnats rallied from a 6-0 deficit. Box

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HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
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ERAZ. Wheeler 3.44
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