Around the minors 9.8.11

September, 8, 2011
9/08/11
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ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 3 (10 innings): The St. Lucie Mets walked off with the Florida State League’s South Division title. The 10-inning victory over the Bradenton Marauders clinched the best-of-three series, putting the Mets in the championship series for the first time since 2006. The Mets got on the board first with Stefan Welch scoring from third on an errant throw by Marauders catcher Carlos Paulino. The Marauders evened the score in the fourth inning and took a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Pedro Zapata answered for the Mets, belting a solo homer in the sixth to tie the score at 2. With the game turned over to the bullpens in the eighth, Bradenton took a one-run lead, but the Mets battled back, with Wilmer Flores singling in Zapata with the tying run. The game headed to extras where Jeff Kaplan allowed one hit over 2 1/3 innings to set the stage for the late-inning heroics. Travis Ozga drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a two-out walk to Welch, bringing Jefry Marte to the plate. Marte drove the first pitch he saw into right-center, scoring Ozga from second with the game-winning and series-clinching run. Greg Peavey, who got the start for the Mets, was solid through seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six. Zapata led the Mets offensively with three hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Welch added two hits. The Mets will head to Daytona to take on the Cubs in Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-five series. Both teams were the first-half winners of their divisions. The Mets struggled during the regular season, winning only two of eight games against the Cubs. St. Lucie will return home for Game 3 on Sunday night, with Games 4 and 5 also at Digital Domain Park if necessary. Box

STATEN ISLAND 2, BROOKLYN 0: After Tuesday and Wednesday postponements, the weather finally cooperated, but the Cyclones lost Game 1 of their semifinal series. Starting pitcher Marco Camarena struck out nine, walked none and scattered six hits and over six innings of one-run ball. But the Cyclones managed two hits and put two runners in scoring position the entire game. In the top of the first, Camarena allowed a leadoff triple to Mason Williams, but quickly recovered, inducing two strikeouts and a groundout to retire the Yankees without any damage. Staten Island jumped ahead, 1-0, an inning later. Camarena allowed back-to-back singles to Reymond Nunez and Casey Stevenson to open the frame, then recorded two outs. Camarena followed by allowing a single to Nick McCoy on a groundball that squeezed through the left side of the infield. Left fielder Javier Rodriguez had a play on Nunez, fielding the ball just as the slugging first baseman rounded third. However, Rodriguez’s throw was wide and Nunez scored with ease. The right-hander kept the Cyclones in the game, blanking the Yanks in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Camarena even recorded a streak of 10 consecutive batters retired at one point. The Cyclones threatened with two outs in the sixth, putting their first runner in scoring position of the game. After Danny Muno walked, the team’s stolen-base leader swiped second with Charley Thuber at bat. However, Thurber struck out to end the threat. A larger threat came in the seventh, but it too was extinguished without a run. Rodriguez was plunked to lead off the frame and moved to second on a groundout. The next batter, Travis Taijeron, roped a line drive, but it was directed right at Staten Island’s third baseman for the inning’s second out. Brian Harrison then drew a two-out walk to give Brooklyn runners on first and second, but a liner off the bat of Brandon Brown nestled in the glove of the center fielder to end the inning. Staten Island took a 2-0 lead in the eighth. After Benjamin Gamel picked up a two-out single, he stole second and advanced to third on catcher Xorge Carrillo’s throw, which ended up in center field. Tyler Austin then plated Gamel from third on a single. Six consecutive Cyclones were then retired to end Game 1. Game 2 of the NYPL semifinals will be played across the Verrazano Bridge at Richmond County Bank Ballpark on Friday at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Jeff Walters (4-6, 3.32) opposes Staten Island right-hander Bryan Mitchell (1-3, 4.09). Against Staten Island this season, Walters was 1-1 and recorded a 5.02 ERA, but he posted a WHIP of 1.19 and held the Yankee bats to a .209 average against. Box

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Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.287 7 38 57
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 15
RBID. Wright 51
RD. Murphy 57
OPSL. Duda .840
WB. Colon 9
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 112