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Saturday, September 07, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 9/6: Vegas stays alive, Trenton offs Binghamton, Savannah Advances

Mets Minor League Roundup 9/6:

AAA - Salt Lake (2) at Vegas (3) - Salt Lake now leads the best of five series 2-1 as the Las Vegas 51's avoid elimination in the play-offs. Dustin Lawley went 3 for 4 with a solo HR, 1 RBI. Eric Campbell and Ruben Tejada each drove one in each. Giancarlo Alvarado who started the game went 5.2 innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 run, 5 walks, while striking out 4. Hamilton Bennett (1-0) got the win. Cory Wade saved it (1) pitching 1.2 innings, striking out 2. Box Score

AA - Trenton (3) at Binghamton (0) -  The Binghamton Mets were shut out by the Trenton Thunder, 3-0 in game three of the Eastern Division Championship Series on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium. They were swept in the series by the Thunder, and were eliminated from the postseason. After four scoreless innings to start the game, Trenton scored against Logan Verrett in the top of the fifth inning. After retiring the first two batters, Verrett gave up a double to Ali Castillo down the left field line. After a walk, Zoilo Almonte slapped an RBI single into left field which brought Castillo to the plate. The throw from Travis Taijeron in left field was just late, and it allowed the runners to move to second and third. Jose Pirela followed by hitting a ground ball to Wilfredo Tovar deep in the hole at shortstop. His throw brought Rhyne Hughes off of first base, and the Thunder took a 2-0 lead. The final run of the game scored in the top of the seventh. Verrett started the inning and allowed a double and an infield single before being relieved by Jim Fuller. Fuller inherited a first-and-third situation, and got a double-play ball from Ramon Flores in his first at bat. The twin-killing scored Reegie Corona, and gave the Thunder a 3-0 lead. Shane Greene (1-0) picked up the victory after throwing 5.2 innings of shutout baseball. Verrett (0-1) was tagged with the loss and allowed three runs in six innings. Four bullpen members threw the final 3.1 innings to slam the door and put Trenton in the Eastern League Championship Series. Pedro Lopez, Wilfredo Tovar, and Danny Muno were each ejected in the seventh inning...Binghamton was not swept once in the regular season…This was the eighth shutout of the season…the B-Mets won a franchise-record 86 games in 2013. Box Score

A - Augusta (0) at Savannah (5) - Behind a brilliant pitching performance, the Savannah Sand Gnats blanked the Augusta Green Jackets 5-0 to sweep the best-of-three Southern Division Championship Series two games to none. Savannah outscored Augusta 15-2 in the two games. Savannah pitchers recorded 19 strikeouts against just one walk in the two-game sweep. Starter Steven Matz faced one over the minimum in his seven innings in which he retired 21 of the 22 batters he faced. He threw first pitch strikes to 18 of 22 opposing hitters, struck out eight and did not issue a walk. Paul Sewald worked around an infield single in the eighth and Beck Wheeler retired the side in order in the ninth. The Gnats took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Eudy Pina tripled and scored when Maikis De La Cruz hit into a fielder's choice.Savannah broke the game open with a three run third inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, center fielder Brandon Nimmo drilled a triple up the right-centerfield gap to score three runs to put Savannah ahead 4-0. Nimmo was 2-for-3 and 4-for-7 with four RBI in the series. Pina, who was 2-for-3, reached base three times for the second straight game from the leadoff spot. In the seventh, De La Cruz's triple to left-center scored Pina for a 5-0 lead. Four of the Gnats' seven hits Friday went for extra-bases, including three triples. Box Score

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