Last night on the farm, all 3 remaining teams were in action, with Las Vegas and Binghamton facing elimination. Let’s see what happened:
Las Vegas 3, Salt Lake 2
Giancarlo Alvarado started and gave up 1 run in 5.2 innings despite walking 5. Hamilton Bennett got him out of trouble to finish the 6th inning. With the game tied at 1 in the 6th, Dustin Lawley homered and Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled home Francisco Pena, who doubled, putting the 51s up for good. Chris Schwinden and Cory Wade combined for the final 3 innings. Las Vegas is now down 2 games to 1 and will try to fight off elimination today at 3:00.
Trenton 3, Binghamton 0
A brilliant season by the B-Mets ends in disappointing fashion with a quick and fruitless postseason. Logan Verrett gave them a chance, giving up 3 runs over 6 innings. The bullpen did the job as well, including 2 strikeouts in a scoreless inning by Frank Francisco. The B-Mets did rack up 11 hits, but just 1 extra-base hit, but they couldn’t get any runs across. Binghamton was great during the regular season, but they really struggled offensively down the stretch and in the postseason; it’s not all as a result of Cesar Puello’s suspension, but that was a big factor, as the rest of the B-Mets outfield struggled as well.
Savannah 5, Augusta 0
The Sand Gnats earn a 2-game sweep of Augusta to win the South Atlantic Leaguer South Division title for 2013! Steven Matz was masterful to say the least, throwing 7 shutout innings, allowing 1 hit, no walks, and striking out 8. Paul Sewald and Beck Wheeler each threw a scoreless inning to seal the deal. The Gnats scored 1 run in the 3rd inning and then broke the game open in the 4th when Brandon Nimmo hit a 3-run triple. Nimmo ended up going 2 for 3 with a walk. Eudy Pina was 2 for 3 with a triple and 3 runs scored. Maikis De La Cruz tripled and drove in 2 runs. Savannah advances to the South Atlantic Championship Series, which is a 5 game series beginning Monday against the winner of West Virginia and Hagerstown, who play Game 3 today. The Gnats will play games 1 and 2 on the road Monday and Tuesday, and after an off day next Wednesday they will host the final 3 games of the series if necessary. Gabriel Ynao will be set up to pitch on regular rest in Game 1 Monday, while Matz will likely be scheduled for Game 3 at home next Thursday on one extra days rest.