New York Mets: Preston Tucker

Around the minors 8.21.12

August, 21, 2012
8/21/12
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4, BUFFALO 2: Zack Wheeler cruised into the sixth, when his outing unraveled. The Yankees rallied for three runs in the frame as Corban Joseph, Eduardo Nunez and Kosuke Fukudome all contributed RBI singles. The Bisons had taken a 2-0 lead in the second. Matt Tuiasosopo singled to score Zach Lutz. Oswaldo Navarro then contributed a sacrifice fly. Brandon Laird cut Buffalo's lead to 2-1 in the fourth with a sacrifice fly. Wheeler otherwise cruised early on. He didn't allow a hit until Nunez's blooper over first base in the fourth. He retired the side in order in the fifth. An inning later, though, Chris Dickerson led off with a double and Joseph's RBI single evened the score. Joseph moved to second base on Fred Lewis' throw home, putting him in position to score on Nunez's hit. Two batters later, Fukudome served a Wheeler offering to the opposite field to plate Nunez. Wheeler was charged with four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Greg Peavey fired seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets scored the game’s only run on a fielding error. Peavey struck out a season-high six in Binghamton’s eighth shutout win of the season. It was a contest loaded with missed opportunities as the teams combined to strand 21 men and go 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Binghamton threatened early against Fisher Cats starter Deck McGuire, but stranded seven runners through the first four innings. New Hampshire pressed to break the scoreless game in the fifth. After a one-out double by Jake Marisnick put runners at second and third, Peavey induced Ryan Goins to ground out and intentionally walked Ryan Schimpf to load the bases. The strategy paid off as Brad Glenn struck out to end the inning. Binghamton finally broke through in the bottom half. Dustin Martin led off with single and tried to score on Wilmer Flores’ double, but was gunned down at the plate. Following a groundout that pushed Flores to third, Eric Campbell stroked a groundball to third. The sharp roller bounced through Schimpf's legs, allowing Flores to score. Peavey made the one-run lead stand over his final two innings. He fired a perfect sixth and stranded two runners in the seventh. Over his seven shutout innings, Peavey allowed six hits and left nine men aboard. Jeff Kaplan worked around a two-out single to post a scoreless eighth. Drew Carpenter left the tying run at second base in the ninth to earn his second save as a B-Met. Peavey (7-8) earn his third win in August, the most wins he has had in any month as a B-Met. Box

JUPITER at ST. LUCIE (ppd.)

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 0: The Tourists took a 1-0 lead in the second when David Kandilas fisted a single over Brian Harrison at third base to plate Will Swanner, who had doubled. Asheville added three runs in the seventh. Swanner began the inning by ripping the first pitch he saw from Gnats starter Marcos Camarena over the left-field wall for a solo homer. The Tourists outhit the Gnats 11-2. Both Savannah hits were singles. Asheville starter Ben Alsup was perfect into the fourth inning and took a no-hitter into the fifth, when Gregory Pron singled. The Tourists tacked on two runs in the ninth against T.J. Chism. Box

KINGSPORT 4, BURLINGTON 3 (8 innings)
BURLINGTON 4, KINGSPORT 3: Maikis De La Cruz provided a tiebreaking two-run double in extra innings in the opener. Hunter Carnevale allowed a run in the bottom half, but held on for the win by striking out Alex Hudak to leave two in scoring position. In Game 2, Burlington scored three runs in the sixth against Cristian Chivilli and Edioglis Villasmil to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Box 1, Box 2

TRI-CITY 5, BROOKLYN 2: Nelfi Zapata delivered a two-run homer in the third, but the ValleyCats answered in the fifth and went on to defeat Brooklyn. Cyclones starter Rainy Lara loaded the bases in the fifth with two walks and a hit batsman. He struck out Austin Elkins before surrendering a two-run single to Preston Tucker, which tied the score and knocked him from the mound. Tim Peterson entered and allowed a tiebreaking single to Jesse Wierzbicki. Tyler Heineman then delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. Lara was charged with four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two in his second loss of the year. The Cyclones were in trouble again in the top of the sixth. Reliever Craig Hansen walked Ryan Dineen and hit Dan Gulbransen with a pitch before Joe Sclafani reached on an error by shortstop Phillip Evans. That error allowed Dineen to cross the plate and give the ValleyCats a three-run advantage. For the Cyclones, Matt Koch tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box

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Around the minors 8.15.12

August, 15, 2012
8/15/12
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LEHIGH VALLEY 4, BUFFALO 1: A four-run fourth inning doomed Chris Schwinden, who was charged with four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings. First baseman Adam Loewen had an error in the inning. C.J. Nitkowski, Elvin Ramirez and Garrett Olson combined for four scoreless relief innings. Olson was making his first appearance since clearing waivers and rejoining the Bisons. Loewen had doubled and scored on Matt den Dekker's single as the Bisons took a 1-0 lead in the second. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: Raul Reyes homered and had four RBIs and Darin Gorski allowed two runs (one earned) in seven innings to collect his team-leading eighth win. Reyes got the B-Mets on the board in the fourth against starter Deck McGuire. With a runner aboard, Reyes blasted the first pitch of the at-bat off the batter’s eye in center field. The B-Mets added two more runs in the inning on three additional hits, including Juan Lagares' RBI double. The Fisher Cats took advantage of an error to answer with a run in the fourth. With a runner on first, Wilfredo Tovar bobbled a possible double-play ball, allowing both runners to reach safely. Following a walk to load the bases, Brian Van Kirk delivered a sac fly. Gorski limited the damage by inducing Sean Ochinko to bounce into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Against reliever Matt Daly in the fifth, Reyes produced a two-out, two-run single. Staked to a five-run lead, Gorski held off the Fisher Cats in the sixth. New Hampshire loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. Gorski then got Ochinko to roll into a double play to end the threat. Gorski allowed his only earned run in the seventh, on a two-out solo homer by Ryan Schimpf. Gorski ended his night by retiring Jake Marisnick on an inning-ending groundout. Gorski (8-6) had his second-longest appearance as a B-Met. He went eight innings against Altoona on June 16. Brad Holt and Drew Carpenter combined for two scoreless relief innings. McGuire suffered his league-leading 14th loss, and fourth against the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, PALM BEACH 0: Erik Goeddel tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out eight. He surrendered two hits and walked two en route to his fourth victory. Cory Vaughn drilled a two-run homer in the fourth, his 20th long ball this season. In the fifth, Travis Taijeron ripped a two-run homer to extend the lead to 4-0. Blake Forsythe hit a solo homer and Cesar Puello produced an RBI double in the sixth. Hamilton Bennett tossed two scoreless innings in relief and struck out two. Box

SAVANNAH 8, LEXINGTON 2: Brian Harrison helped power the Sand Gnats, who took two of three from Lexington and finished a six-game homestand at 5-1. Harrison went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and solo homer. The Gnats scored three first-inning runs. With two aboard, Harrison laced a two-run double to put Savannah in front. Harrison scored on Greg Pron’s groundout for a 3-0 advantage. Harrison homered to lead off the third, providing the Gnats with a four-run cushion. Savannah starter Marcos Camarena worked around baserunners in the first three innings. After a 1-2-3 fourth, the Legends broke through for two unearned runs in the fifth, thanks to Harrison's fielding error on a groundball to his right at first base. Camarena departed after five innings. Reliever Randy Fontanez contributed three scoreless innings. The Gnats pulled away with four runs in the eighth. With two outs and the bases empty, Harrison singled and Dustin Lawley doubled to plate him. Albert Cordero singled home Lawley. Charley Thurber completed the scoring with a two-run double. Box

KINGSPORT 14, JOHNSON CITY 4: Maikis De La Cruz went 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Jorge Rivero and Yeixon Ruiz drove in three runs apiece. John Gant surrendered one run, unearned, in six innings. Box

TRI-CITY 6, BROOKLYN 2: Jayce Boyd went 2-for-5 with an RBI, but the Cyclones fell in the first game after the league's All-Star break. St. John's product Craig Hansen, a former first-round pick of the Red Sox, who did not pitch last season, made his organization debut in the eighth. Hansen, 28, allowed a run on three hits and a walk. Tri-City opened the scoring with a two-run fourth. Brooklyn starter Luis Cessa allowed three consecutive singles to load the bases. Jarrod McKinney then hit a groundball to Cessa, who committed a throwing error. Jesse Wierzbicki and M.P. Cokinos scored. The Cyclones placed a runner on third in the fifth, after Juan Gamboa walked and advanced on a fielding error, but were unable to capitalize. The ValleyCats put up another run in the bottom half of the frame. With one out, Neiko Johnson reached on a throwing error by third baseman Dimas Ponce. Preston Tucker followed with an RBI double. Brooklyn's Eudy Pina opened the seventh with a double. Brandon Nimmo then had a bunt single and Phillip Evans reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. With Boyd batting, Tri-City reliever Jeremiah Meiners threw a wild pitch, allowing Pina to score and the runners to advance. Boyd grounded out to the shortstop, but Nimmo came home on the play to cut the ValleyCats’ lead to 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh, Tri-City scored two more runs, charged to reliever Tim Peterson. Box

Compiled from team reports

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.299 9 52 70
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
WB. Colon 11
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
SOZ. Wheeler 148