New York Mets: Jonathan Tucker

Around the minors 8.2.12

August, 3, 2012
8/03/12
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SYRACUSE 2, BUFFALO 0: Carlos Rivero homered in the seventh inning against Garrett Olson to break a scoreless tie and make the southpaw a tough-luck loser. Olson allowed only one other hit -- a game-opening single by Eury Perez -- and a walk in seven innings, but was outpitched by Yunesky Maya. Maya limited the Bisons to two hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings. Robert Carson allowed a ninth-inning run. Josh Rodriguez and Josh Satin had Buffalo's only two hits. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, HARRISBURG 3 (12 innings): Dustin Martin rolled a walk-off single through the hole on the right side to give Binghamton a 12-inning victory. Martin’s hit, Binghamton’s 15th, ended a four-hour, seven-minute contest that saw the teams combine to strand 28 runners. With the game 3, reliever Jimmy Barthmaier issued a one-out walk to Raul Reyes. Sean Kazmar ended the righty’s night and pushed the eventual winning run to second with a single. Southpaw Patrick McCoy entered to face Martin, who fell behind 0-2 before rolling the next pitch weakly to the right side. The grounder evaded first baseman Justin Bloxom and second baseman Jonathan Tucker and rolled into right field untouched. Reyes scored from second to give Binghamton their fourth walk-off win this season. The game was marred my missed opportunities by both teams. The Senators went 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 14 runners, including runners at third in the 10th and 11th innings. Binghamton did not fare much better, leaving 14 aboard. B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni matched a season-high with 10 hits allowed, but battled through seven innings. He surrendered three runs (two earned) and struck out four. The B-Mets bullpen combined for five scoreless innings. Brad Holt and C.J. Nitkowski kept the Senators off the board in the eighth and ninth. Ryan Fraser stranded two runners while blanking Harrisburg in the 10th and 11th. Adam Kolarek (1-0) worked around a leadoff walk in the 12th to post a scoreless frame. He earned his first Double-A win. Box

CLEARWATER 5, ST. LUCIE 2: Jack Leathersich surrendered a tiebreaking three-run homer to Jim Murphy in the eighth. Starter Angel Cuan allowed two unearned runs in six innings. Clearwater's two-run third began with a throwing error by third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez. St. Lucie had evened the score in the fifth on an RBI single by Alonzo Harris Jr. Box

GREENSBORO 5, SAVANNAH 2: The Grasshoppers used a four-run fifth to earn a split of the four-game series. Rain delayed the start of the game by 80 minutes. The Gnats then opened the scoring in the third thanks to singles from Charley Thurber and Matt Reynolds and an RBI single by Gilbert Gomez. Starter Jimmy Fuller made the 1-0 lead hold up until the fifth, when the Grasshoppers took a 4-1 lead. With two outs and the bases empty, six straight Hoppers reached safely. Ryan Goetz plated the first Greensboro run with a single. Fuller then walked consecutive batters to force in the go-ahead run. Reliever Randy Fontanez entered with the bases loaded, and Josh Adams greeted him by lining a single for a three-run advantage. All four runs in the inning were charged to Fuller (3-4). Box

KINGSPORT 7, GREENEVILLE 4: Jorge Rivero had two triples and three RBIs. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini did not play, a day after leaving a game for a pinch runner after getting hit with a pitch in the hand. Box

CONNECTICUT 11, BROOKLYN 3: After Luis Mateo struck out the first four batters of the game, he struggled through the next four innings. He was charged with five runs on 10 hits despite striking out 10 in five innings. Reliever Ernesto Yanez allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.1.12

August, 1, 2012
8/01/12
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HARRISBURG 3, BINGHAMTON 2: Harrisburg took the lead in the second inning with a two-out rally against B-Mets starter Gonzalez Germen and never trailed. Justin Bloxom doubled and scored on Devin Ivany's single. Dustin Martin’s bobble in left allowed Ivany to take second, setting the stage for Jonathan Tucker's RBI single. The B-Mets were kept in check through the first four innings by starter Kevin Pucetas, who allowed only two baserunners. Binghamton broke through in the fifth. Wilfredo Tovar doubled, took third on a groundout and scored when Germen singled. Against Germen in the sixth, James Skelton singled and scored on Zach Walters’ two-out triple. Pucetas’ night ended after five innings. Paul Demny posted a scoreless sixth and handed off to Marcos Frias in the seventh. Martin helped the B-Mets scratch within a run after a leadoff single. He took second on a sac bunt and, with two outs and pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores at the plate, scampered to third on a wild pitch. Martin scored when the throw from Ivany, the catcher, sailed past Tim Pahuta. The B-Mets failed to get another runner into scoring position. Juan Lagares reached on a bunt single in the eighth against Hector Nelo, but was thrown out attempting to steal. Reese Havens followed with a walk, but was erased on a double play. Germen (6-8) surrendered three runs (two earned) on six hits in seven innings. Frank Francisco threw a scoreless eighth in his fifth and likely final rehab game with Binghamton. The B-Mets (52-57) will face rehabbing National Chien-Ming Wang on Thursday. Box

CLEARWATER 7, ST. LUCIE 3: Starter Erik Goeddel allowed three runs on five hits and five walks in four innings. Yohan Almonte surrendered four runs (two earned) in three relief innings. First baseman Richard Lucas and third baseman Robbie Shields had errors on consecutive plays in Clearwater's three-run sixth. Alonzo Harris Jr. had a two-run homer in St. Lucie's three-run eighth. Box

SAVANNAH 5, GREENSBORO 2
GREENSBORO 1, SAVANNAH 0:
The Grasshoppers scored the lone run in the top of the seventh inning of Game 2, against reliever Carlos Vazquez. Brent Keys, the South Atlantic League’s leading hitter, flipped a one-out single into left field to score Tony Caldwell. The Gnats collected only four hits in the nightcap, squandering another strong outing from left-hander Alex Panteliodis. He tossed six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and one walk to lower his ERA to 3.20. Panteliodis has struck out 26 batters in his last 19 innings. The Hoppers scored first in Game 1, tallying two runs in the fourth against Savannah starter Michael Fulmer. Wilfredo Gimenez drove in the second run with a double. The Gnats answered in the bottom half with four singles, which led to a three-run frame and 3-2 lead. Brian Harrison and Dustin Lawley each picked up RBI singles before Gregory Pron lifted a sacrifice fly to put the Gnats in front. Fulmer, in his shortest start since May 25, lasted 4 2/3 innings. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out two. Box 1, Box 2

GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 4: 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini was pulled from the game in the sixth inning for a pinch runner. The K-Mets took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh, when Greeneville posted four runs against Andres Perez and Flabio Ortega, who combined to walk four in the inning. Box

BROOKLYN 3, CONNECTICUT 2: Brandon Nimmo singled to open the bottom of the first and Phillip Evans reached on a fielder’s choice. Jayce Boyd then drew a four-pitch walk. Kevin Plawecki followed with a two-run double. The Tigers evened the score at 2 in the fourth. Danry Vasquez led off with a double. Juaner Aguasvivas then struck out swinging before Devon Travis walked. After Tyler Hanover flied out, Patrick Smith doubled, scoring two. Brooklyn retook the lead in the fifth when Boyd reached on a fielding error by third baseman Edgar Corcino. Nimmo started things off with a single and advanced when Evans grounded out. Nimmo, who went 2-for-4, scored on the error on Plawecki's grounder. In his past three games, Nimmo has gone 9-for-15 with seven runs scored, three doubles, one homer and three RBIs. Brooklyn starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa (3-1) allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Matt Koch contributed two scoreless relief innings. Tyler Vanderheiden earned his seventh save. Box

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Around the minors 7.31.12

August, 1, 2012
8/01/12
12:00
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BUFFALO 5, INDIANAPOLIS 4 (11 innings): With runners on first and second and one out in the 10th, Bisons closer Fernando Cabrera struck out the next two batters. Buffalo's Zach Lutz then took advantage, launching his second homer of the game in the 11th. Entering the bottom of the ninth, the Herd led 4-2. But Indianapolis' Brandon Boggs, batting with runners on first and second and one out, ripped a line drive into the right-field corner against Cabrera to score two. Cabrera survived the inning from that point, aided by Matt den Dekker's sliding catch on the warning track in right-center that retired the side. After Lutz's 11th-inning heroics, Bisons reliever Jeff Stevens made quick work of Indy, retiring the side in order. Bisons started Collin McHugh tossed six innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Lutz finished 3-for-5 with two homers. Lutz's first homer came on a solo shot in the seventh. Josh Satin also homered for the Herd, with a two-run shot in the fifth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-4. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 2: Entering off two subpar performances, Zack Wheeler produced a season-high 11 of Binghamton's 17 strikeouts in a rebound performance. Wheeler allowed two runs on four hits. The strikeout total was one shy of Wheeler's career high, set last season with the San Jose Giants. The B-Mets scored in the first against starter Danny Rosenbaum (7-8) on a fortunate bounce. With Wilmer Flores at first, Jefry Marte zipped a groundball down the third-base line that struck the tarp and ricocheted back into left field, allowing Flores to score the game’s first run. Harrisburg got on the scoreboard a half-inning later. Zach Walters doubled, took third on a single and scored on Sean Nicol’s sacrifice fly. Tim Pahuta gave Harrisburg a brief lead with a solo homer in the fourth. It was only the second homer allowed by Wheeler this season. Binghamton responded with a run the next half-inning. The B-Mets cracked three hits to start the frame, but a baserunning mistake by Marte forced Flores to get thrown out at home. Francisco Pena made up for the miscue with a game-tying RBI groundout.

The B-Mets took the lead for good in the sixth. Flores walked and took second on a groundout. After Dustin Martin bounced out to the mound for the second out, Pena sent a high chopper to second. Jose Lozada attempted to field the in-between hop, but the ball squirted under his glove. The error allowed Flores to score. Given the lead, Wheeler (10-6) capped his night with two strikeouts in the seventh. He fanned the final four batters he faced before giving way to C.J. Nitkowski. Pinch-hitter Jonathan Tucker greeted the lefty by launching a long fly ball to left, but was robbed of a hit by Pedro Zapata, who made a running catch on the warning track. Frank Francisco needed only 11 pitches to strike out the side in the eighth. In the ninth, Adam Kolarek struck out the first two batters before surrendering consecutive singles. With the tying run on second, Kolarek locked down his first Double-A save by striking out Lozada. The 17 strikeouts are the most collected by the B-Mets since they struck out 19 in a 14-inning game against Harrisburg on July 28, 2011. The total was one shy of a franchise record for a nine-inning game, set against New Haven on April 10, 1995. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, CLEARWATER 2: Rafael Montero struck out 14 while limiting Clearwater to two runs on five hits in six innings. Taylor Whitenton notched his fifth save. St. Lucie broke a 1-all tie in the sixth on T.J. Rivera's RBI single and Blake Forsythe's sacrifice fly. Box

SAVANNAH 2, GREENSBORO 1 (11 innings): Dustin Lawley delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th, scoring Gilbert Gomez. Lawley went 2-for-5 and drove in both Savannah runs. The Hoppers scored their lone run against Savannah starter Jacob deGrom in the first inning. With one out, Austin Barnes doubled and scored on Wilfredo Gimenez’s double. DeGrom completed seven innings and lowered his ERA to 2.37. After stranding the bases loaded in the third inning, he retired 13 of the final 15 batters to face him. In his seven innings, he yielded one run on four hits, walking two and fanning five. The Gnats evened the game at 1 in the fifth. Cam Maron drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Lawley’s single under the glove of Hoppers shortstop Austin Nola. Relievers Estarlin Morel, T.J. Chism and Chasen Bradford combined for four scoreless innings, twice stranding a runner at third. Bradford worked a 1-2-3 11th with two strikeouts to earn the win. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187