New York Mets: Kevin Ahrens

Minors 9.1.13: Flexen wins playoff opener

September, 1, 2013
9/01/13
10:10
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TUCSON 3, LAS VEGAS 2: D.J. Mitchell surrendered a tiebreaking run in the ninth. Greg Peavey returned from Binghamton to start the game, a day after Las Vegas clinched a postseason berth. He allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Robert Carson tossed a scoreless inning in his return to the 51s. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: Allan Dykstra was named Binghamton’s team MVP

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before the game. He was named Eastern League MVP afterward. In between, Dykstra hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning. Facing Marcus Walden, Joe Bonfe started a third-inning B-Mets rally with an infield single. A throwing error allowed him to reach second. Three batters later, Josh Rodriguez delivered an RBI single. Meanwhile, after allowing a leadoff double in the first inning, Logan Verrett retired 12 straight hitters. In the fifth, Ryan Schimpf ended the stretch with a single. After striking out Kevin Ahrens, Verrett gave up a two-run homer to Lance Zuwadski to give New Hampshire a 2-1 lead. Binghamton responded in the sixth. Rodriguez led off the frame with his third hit of the night, and Dykstra gave the B-Mets the lead for good with a two-run shot. The B-Mets added three unearned runs against Chad Beck in the seventh. Verrett left the game after five strong innings. He only allowed three hits. Reliever Jim Fuller tossed two scoreless innings to collect his third B-Mets win. Frank Francisco and Adam Kolarek each threw a scoreless inning to preserve the lead as the B-Mets collected their 86th win. The teams complete the regular season Monday. Box

ST. LUCIE 16, JUPITER 0: St. Lucie completed its season with a 71-60 record, but failed to win either half and qualify for the postseason. After Jeurys Familia tossed a scoreless inning in his first game appearance since June 5 surgery to clean out his right elbow, Domingo Tapia tossed five scoreless innings. Angel Cuan completed the shutout with three scoreless frames to earn his first save. St. Lucie had a five-run third and 10-run fifth. Jayce Boyd went 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Matt Reynolds and Nelfi Zapata also drove in three runs apiece. Kevin Plawecki and Boyd were promoted to Binghamton after the game. Dustin Lawley, already promoted to Las Vegas, won the Florida State League home run title with 25. He finished second with 92 RBIs. Box

GREENVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1: On the regular season's second-to-last-day, Greenville snapped Savannah's five-game winning streak. The Drive (28-40/50-87) scored twice in the third. With a runner at first and one out, Savannah starter Seth Lugo briefly lost home plate, issuing three straight walks to force in the first run. Mario Martinez then lifted a sacrifice fly. Lugo did not allow another runner, retiring the final 11 batters he faced. He tossed six innings, striking out eight and walking three while allowing two runs on two hits. The Gnats (34-34/77-60) got a run back in the sixth. Brandon Nimmo singled, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Nimmo scored on Cole Frenzel’s single. Nimmo finished 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch. Frenzel was 3-for-4 with a double. Savannah’s ninth-inning rally came up short. The Gnats left the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at first when Phillip Evans grounded into a game-ending fielder's choice. Marco Camarena (5-3, 3.42 ERA) starts the noon regular-season finale Monday. The Gnats begin the playoffs Wednesday, at home against second-half division champ Augusta. Box

KINGSPORT 3, GREENEVILLE 1: The K-Mets opened their best-of-three Appalachian League playoff series with a victory against the Astros behind five scoreless innings from Chris Flexen. Persio Reyes limited Greeneville to a seventh-inning run in four innings of relief to earn the save. Kingsport jumped to a 2-o lead in the top of the first. Yeixon Ruiz had a leadoff double and Victor Cruzado walked with one out. Jeyckol De Leon and Joe Tuschak followed with run-scoring singles. The K-Mets opened a three-run lead in the fourth on Ruiz's RBI single. Box

ABERDEEN 5, BROOKLYN 4: The Cyclones' postseason chances were dealt a critical blow with a second straight loss to the IronBirds, who now lead the divsion by 1 games. Brooklyn (37-35) has three games remaining. Tied at 1 entering the ninth Sunday, Paul Perez was charged with four runs (three earned) in the top half. With one out, Mike Yastrzemski delivered a three-run double to knock out Perez. Juan Urbina entered, and a wild pitch and error by catcher Colton Plaia allowed Aberdeen to take a 5-1 lead. Brooklyn opened the bottom half with singles from L.J. Mazzilli and Jared King. A throwing error on James Roche's grounder to third base allowed one run to score. Alex Sanchez added a run-scoring groundout and Tomas Nido produced a run-scoring single to pull the Cyclones within a run. Ismael Tierjina pinch ran for Nido, but was stranded at first base when Plaia popped out and Anthony Chavez flied out. Box

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Minors 7.8.13: Johnson 3 runs in FSL debut

July, 8, 2013
7/08/13
11:31
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SALT LAKE 7, LAS VEGAS 1: Starter Giancarlo Alvarado left the game in the second inning with an apparent right hamstring injury suffered during a rundown. Ruben Tejada went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in the lone 51s run. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 7, BINGHAMTON 6: The B-Mets produced back-to-back homers in the ninth, but heavy rain terminated play and halted the comeback bid in the final game before

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the Eastern League All-Star break. The rubber-game defeat snapped Binghamton’s 15-series unbeaten streak. Trailing 7-3 in the ninth and with persistent rain falling, Rhyne Hughes had a leadoff double against reliever Alan Farina. Two batters later, Darrell Ceciliani lined a two-run homer over the right-field wall. Richard Lucas followed by crushing a solo homer. After Farina missed with his first pitch to Danny Muno, crew chief Joe Born summoned the tarp. The teams waited 38 minutes before the contest was called. B-Mets started Darin Gorski retired the first 10 Fisher Cats he faced, including five via strikeouts. New Hampshire finally cracked the scoreboard in the fourth, on Brad Glenn's RBI double for a 1-0 lead. Gorski recorded two outs in the fifth and worked ahead of Jack Murphy with a 1-2 count before heavy rain halted play. Chase Huchingson took over after a 68-minute rain delay and retired Murphy to end the frame. Handed a 3-2 lead for the bottom of the eighth, B-Mets reliever John Church walked three of the first four he faced to load the bases. Pedro Feliciano got the call from the bullpen, but could not bail Church out. Ryan Schimpf banged a bases-clearing double off the wall to give the Fisher Cats a 5-3 lead. Kevin Nolan followed with a single and Kevin Ahrens brought two more home with a double down the third-base line. Church (2-4) was charged with three runs while recording two outs. Feliciano suffered his first blown save. The B-Mets (53-33) head into the two-day All-Star Break with the best record in the Eastern League. B-Mets Cesar Puello, Josh Rodriguez, Allan Dykstra, Logan Verrett and Jeff Walters will represent the Eastern Division at the All-Star Game on Wednesday in New Britain, Conn. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, FORT MYERS 3: Kyle Johnson went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in his Florida State League debut after a promotion from Savannah. Johnson was acquired from the Angels in the trade for Collin Cowgill. Kevin Plawecki drove in two runs. Reliever Chasen Bradford was promoted to Binghamton after tossing a scoreless inning. Starter Rainy Lara allowed three runs in five innings. Box

GREENEVILLE 3, KINGSPORT 2: Kingsport's Victor Cruzado, the Appalachian League Hitter of the Week, continued his hot streak with a two-out solo homer as part of a two-hit night. Martires Arias (0-4) allowed all three runs, but lasted seven innings in what was easily his longest outing this season. Chase McDonald struck first for Greeneville, crushing Arias' two-out offering over the wall in left to stake the Astros to a 2-0 lead. Darwin Rivera reached on an error in the preceding at-bat to prolong the inning. Kingsport quickly answered on Cruzado's solo shot in the bottom of the first. Greeneville gained an insurance run in the third, when Tanner Mathis singled home Brett Phillips following his one-out double. Kingsport had a chance to tie or win it in the ninth. A strikeout, wild pitch and single by Pedro Perez put two men on with one out. However, Greeneville reliever J.D. Osborne struck out Michael Bernal and pinch-hitter Jon Leroux to end the game. Cruzado extended his current hitting streak to nine games. He has six multi-hit performances during that span. Cruzado has homered in back-to-back games. Box

BROOKLYN 4, LOWELL 3: Jared King doubled twice, including a shot that produced the go-ahead run in the eighth. Cyclones starter John Gant did not surrender a hit until the sixth inning, on a seeing-eye single that just made it by second baseman LJ Mazzilli. Lowell nonetheless posted a run in the first inning. Gant walked leadoff man Tzu-Wei Lin, who then attempted to steal second. Catcher Colton Plaia’s throw short-hopped Mazzilli and caromed into shallow right-center, advancing Lin to third. Manuel Margot then produced a sac fly. An inning later, poor defense contributed to another Spinners run. Reed Gragnani walked and stole second base. Later in the inning, Gant threw a pitch in the dirt that was smothered by Plaia. Gragnani strayed too far from third and Plaia tried to pick him off. The throw went into left field, scoring Gragnani for a 2-0 lead. Brooklyn responded in the bottom half. King doubled and moved to third on a single by Matt Oberste, which snapped an 0-for-16 slump. Plaia then atoned for his two errors with an RBI double. James Roche then produced the third double of the inning, scoring Oberste and Plaia for a 3-2 Cyclones lead. Lowell tied the score in the eighth. But Patrick Biondi led off the bottom half with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt by Juan Gamboa. After Mazzilli struck out, King hit a soft liner into left-center that caused the center fielder Margot and right fielder Aaron King to collide. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL MARLINS 3
GCL MARLINS 5, GCL METS 2: Scott Atchison pitched one inning in Game 2, in his second appearance since landing on the DL with a groin injury. He allowed one run on two hits while striking out two. Luis Guillorme and Leon Canelon each went 3-for-4 and combined for three RBIs in Game 1. Box 1, Box 2

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Minors 7.5.13: Jeyckol 3-run HR lifts K-Mets

July, 5, 2013
7/05/13
11:30
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TUCSON 3, LAS VEGAS 2: Justin Hampson surrendered a pair of ninth-inning runs as Tucson claimed a walk-off victory. Las Vegas started Matt Fox tossed six scoreless innings. Ruben Tejada was 1-for-3 with a walk. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Fisher Cats second baseman Ryan Schimpf launched a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth to hand the B-Mets (52-31) their first road loss in more than two weeks. Facing reliever Ryan Fraser with two on and two outs, Schimpf produced his league-leading 17th long ball. Fraser (0-1) suffered his first blown save. Darrell Ceciliani and Blake Forsythe had produed consecutive solo homers a half-inning earlier to stake Binghamton to a 5-3 lead and chase New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire. It was Ceciliani's first homer since May 26, snapping a 26-game drought. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon struck out five while allowing three runs on three hits over five innings in a no-decision. In the first, A.J. Jimenez homered against Cohoon. Binghamton tied the score in the second against McGuire on Forsythe's bases-loaded, run-scoring groundout. In the third, Rhyne Hughes forced in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk. Travis Taijeron staked Binghamton to a 3-1 lead with a sacrifice fly. The Fisher Cats broke through in the fifth against Cohoon. After a hit batsman and single, Kevin Ahrens laced an RBI single. Adam Loewen followed with a run-producing fielder’s choice, tying the score at 3. Chase Huchingson struck out three in two scoreless innings to close Binghamton’s pitching tab. Box

JUPITER 4, ST. LUCIE 1: St. Lucie starter Matt Bowman (4-2) surrendered four runs on six hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings. Marlins prospect Christian Yelich produced a solo homer against Bowman in the first inning. St. Lucie's lone run came in the seventh on consecutive doubles by Nelfi Zapata and Charley Thurber. Box

GREENVILLE 8, SAVANNAH 4: Reliever Tyler Vanderheiden (4-1) surrendered four runs while recording only one out in the sixth as Greenville overcame a 4-3 deficit. Eudy Pina contributed a solo homer in the loss. Box

KINGSPORT 5, JOHNSON CITY 3: Jeyckol De Leon produced a three-run homer in a four-run fifth for the K-Mets (5-9). Yoan Gonzalez earned the win in relief, allowing one run in four innings. Robert Coles earned his first save with a scoreless ninth. He allowed a pair of hits, but stranded both runners in scoring position by coaxing a game-ending lineout from Ronnierd Garcia back to the pitcher. Box

ABERDEEN 6, BROOKLYN 5 (11 innings): The Cyclones (6-12) forced extra innings with a four-run eighth, highighted by Anthony Chavez's three-run homer. But Shawn Teufel surrendered a leadoff double to Jared Breen in the bottom of the 11th. Breen scored the winning run when first baseman Alex Sanchez had a throwing error on Kris Richards' ensuing sacrifice bunt. Box

GCL NATIONALS 7, GCL METS 6: Starter Jenrry Mejia, returning from a forearm issue that nagged him since spring training, allowed two runs on five hits and a walk and issued two wild pitches in four innings. Trailing 7-4, the Mets (2-9) got a two-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth from first-round pick Dominic Smith. But after Oswald Caraballo pinch-ran for Smith, Wuilmer Becerra struck out swinging against Michael Boyden to end the game. Mets second baseman Leon Canelon went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and scored twice. Box

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Minors 7.4.13: B-Mets' Muno 2 HRs, 7 RBIs

July, 4, 2013
7/04/13
11:17
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TUCSON 6, LAS VEGAS 5: Jacob deGrom hit his first speed bump in Triple-A, allowing six runs in five innings. The 51s (45-40) clawed to within a run on Brandon Hicks' two-out solo homer in the ninth. Mike Baxter started for the first time since returning from paternity leave. Ruben Tejada went 0-for-5. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, NEW HAMPSHIRE 6: Danny Muno had two homers and a career-high seven RBIs and Cesar Puello ended Binghamton's victory by throwing out the potential tying run at the plate. Muno belted a game-tying grand slam in the fifth and gave the B-Mets the lead for good with a three-run shot an inning later. His RBI total fell one shy of the

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Binghamton-record eight produced by Jorge Toca against Reading on June 25, 1999. It was Muno's first career multi-homer game. B-Mets starter Logan Verrett surrendered four runs (three earned) in the third and departed with two outs in his shortest pro outing. Jim Fuller (2-0) took over and retired all 11 Fisher Cats he faced, including a stretch of six consecutive via strikeout. Fuller retired Ryan Schimpf to start the seventh before handing off to John Church to close out the scoreless frame. The Fisher Cats took advantage of two misplays to scratch out a run in the eighth. Andy Burns reached to start the frame on a dropped third strike by Blake Forsythe and moved to second on a single. After Pedro Feliciano entered with one out, Clint Robinson bounced a potential double-play grounder to second. Muno flipped to Wilfredo Tovar for one, but the relay throw to first skipped away, allowing Burns to score. Feliciano returned for the ninth and struck out Schimpf. Jeff Walters took over with one out and fell into trouble. Brian Van Kirk singled and Jon Talley doubled. Walters bounced back to strike out Adam Loewen for the second out. With the tying run on second, Burns singled into right field. Van Kirk scored easily from third, but pinch-runner Kevin Ahrens was gunned down by Puello to end the game as Forsythe hung on after a collision. Walters earned his league-leading 22nd save. Puello’s outfield assist was his team-leading sixth. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, JUPITER 2: Kevin Plawecki’s go-ahead RBI groundout in the sixth scored Jayce Boyd and the Mets (43-37) held off Jupiter. The Mets pushed across two runs in the

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second to jump to a lead. Matt Reynolds' sacrifice fly scored Dustin Lawley. Charley Thurber’s two-out single plated Plawecki to make it 2-0. The Hammerheads tied the score in the third on Christian Yelich's two-run homer. Hansel Robles allowed two runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings while issuing two walks and fanning five in his return from the disabled list. The Hammerheads had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth before Chasen Bradford retired the final two batters to escape the jam. Bradford tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out two to earn his sixth win. Bret Mitchell added two scoreless innings. T.J. Chism retired the side in order in the ninth with two strikeouts for his 10th save. Box

SAVANNAH at GREENVILLE (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 20, JOHNSON CITY 4: Pedro Perez homered twice and had seven RBIs. Joe Tuschak went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four runs scored. Box

ABERDEEN 5, BROOKLYN 1: Hector Veloz hit two homers and had four RBIs for Aberdeen. Brooklyn starter Seth Lugo (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing four earned runs on five hits in five innings. In the fifth, Brooklyn mounted its only offensive rally as James Roche and Tomas Nido connected on back-to-back doubles to push across the lone run. Box

GCL MARLINS 10, GCL METS 6: First-round pick Dominic Smith produced his first professional homer, a two-run shot in the fifth, that briefly gave the Mets a 5-3 lead. The Marlins answered with five runs a half-inning later against Ty Williams and Ramon Estevez. Box

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Minors 6.1.13: Wheeler 6 solid IP for Vegas

June, 1, 2013
6/01/13
10:39
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LAS VEGAS 2, FRESNO 1: Zack Wheeler limited Fresno to one run on three hits and a walk while striking out six in six innings. He threw 95 pitches (62 strikes). Wheeler doubled off the outfield wall and scored on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' fifth homer in his past nine games to give Las Vegas a 2-1 lead in the third. Justin Hampson, Gonzalez Germen, Josh Edgin and David Aardsma combined for three scoreless relief innings. Wilmer Flores was limited to coaching first base a day after being struck in the hand with a pitch, which caused inflammation. X-rays were not required. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Rafael Montero fired seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets collected a season-high 15 hits. The victory, their third shutout of the season,

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lifted the B-Mets (32-24) into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Division. Montero has not allowed a run with the B-Mets in his last 16 2/3 innings. Facing New Hampshire starter Ryan Tepera for the third time this season, the B-Mets jumped on the righty early. Danny Muno broke a slump of 24 straight hitless at-bats with a leadoff single in the second. Cory Vaughn plated him with a double. Muno, whose three-hit game was his third of the season and first since May 13, contributed again in the second. With Wilfredo Tovar aboard on a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Ahrens, Muno homered for a 3-0 lead. The run support was more than enough for Montero (6-3), who put together his second straight scoreless performance. The righty effortlessly shut down the Fisher Cats over seven scorelesss frames. He surrendered five singles, walked one batter and struck out four in his longest outing as a B-Met. The Fisher Cats put two aboard and threatened in the first, but Montero induced Kevin Nolan to fly out to begin a stretch of 10 straight retired batters. Chase Huchingson took over in the eighth and posted two scoreless innings. Vaughn had a solo homer in the eighth. Box

CHARLOTTE 2, ST. LUCIE 1 (7 innings)
ST. LUCIE at CHARLOTTE (ppd.):
Willie Argo hit a tiebreaking double in the sixth against reliever T.J. Chism as the Stone Crabs defeated the Mets (29-23) in seven innings in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The nightcap was postponed due to rain. The teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday, with two seven-inning games beginning at 3 p.m. Charley Thurber hit a solo homer in the second inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Stone Crabs tied the score in the fifth when Ryan Brett ripped a solo homer against starter Domingo Tapia. Tapia allowed one run over five innings while striking out four and walking one. The Mets had runners at first and second in the seventh, but Nate Garcia struck out Gilbert Gomez looking to end the game. Angel Cuan is scheduled to pitch Game 1, with Matt Bowman on the mound for the Mets in the second game Sunday. Box

SAVANNAH 5, KANNAPOLIS 0: Luis Cessa went 7 2/3 innings, striking out 10, walking none and allowing two hits. He combined with Tim Peterson and Tyler Vanderheiden on a five-hit shutout. Savannah (33-22) took a 1-0 lead in the second when Cole Frenzel's double plated Kevin Plawecki. The Gnats tacked on three more runs in the third, highlighted by Brandon Nimmo's RBI double. Yucarybert De La Cruz and Nimmo scored on wild pitches during the inning. Box

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