Minors 9.4.13: B-Mets drop heartbreaker

September, 4, 2013
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SALT LAKE 4 LAS VEGAS 3: Robert Carson surrendered a walk-off homer to Matt Long into the short right-field corner in the bottom of the ninth as Salt Lake won Game 1 of the best-of-five series. Carson had surrendered a game-tying single in the bottom of the eighth on a run charged to Sean Henn. Ruben Tejada had a misplay to set up that game-tying run. Las Vegas had built a 3-0 lead on Dustin Lawley's two-run single in the first and Eric Campbell's RBI single in the third. Las Vegas blew 20 saves during the regular season. Rafael Montero starts Thursday in Game 2. Box

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TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5 (10 innings): Jeff Walters, who set the Binghamton record for saves in a season and career, failed to protect a two-run lead in the bottom of the 10th. Walters allowed five straight two-out hits as the Thunder stunned the B-Mets in Game 1 of their Eastern League playoff series. Binghamton had grabbed a two-run lead in the top of the inning, on Wilfredo Tovar's sacrifice fly and Josh Rodriguez's RBI single. Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out eight in six innings. He departed with the score tied at 3. Rehabbing Frank Francisco tossed a 1-2-3 seventh. The best-of-five series continues Thursday at Trenton. Darin Gorski starts for the B-Mets, who are in their first playoff series since 2004. Box

SAVANNAH 10, AUGUSTA 2: The Gnats used a six-run fifth to win Game 1 of the best-of-three Southern Division Championship Series. With two outs in the third, Eudy Pina singled,

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Brandon Nimmo walked and Maikis De La Cruz singled to plate Pina for the game's first run. Then, in the six-run fifth, Albert Cordero singled, and Phillip Evans and Pina walked to load the bases. Nimmo's groundout made it 2-0. De La Cruz then stroked an RBI single. After Dilson Herrera walked to reload the bases, Stefan Sabol produced a three-run double for a 6-0 lead. Jeff Reynolds' single scored Sabol to complete the inning's outburst. Gnats starter Gabriel Ynoa faced the minimum 12 batters through four innings. Ynoa blanked Augusta through six innings. He then allowed single runs in the seventh and eighth. He tossed 7 2/3 innings to earn the win. Evans' homer leading off the sixth made it 8-0. The Gnats added two runs, on RBI singles from Sabol and Cordero, in the ninth to complete the game's scoring. Sabol finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs and a run scored. De La Cruz was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Savannah looks for a two-game sweep Friday night at Historic Grayson Stadium. Left-hander Steven Matz (5-6, 2.62 ERA) opposes right-hander Kendry Flores (10-6, 2.73). Box

BROOKLYN 4, TRI-CITY 2: The Cyclones snapped a five-game losing streak in their season finale and avoided the first losing season in the club's 13-year history. Jeurys Familia, who underwent surgery on June 5 to clean out his right elbow, started and allowed one unearned run in one inning. Familia allowed a leadoff single to Jack Mayfield, who advanced to second on an error by Brooklyn second baseman L.J. Mazzilli. Familia retired the next two batters via groundout, but Mayfield came around to score. Miller Diaz took over for Familia in the second and Tri-City put together a two-out rally. Ernesto Genoves walked and Jon Kemmer singled to put runners on the corners. Ydarqui Marte then produced an RBI single for a 2-0 lead. After the first six Cyclones were retired, Juan Gamboa homered to open the third. Facing Tri-City reliever Randall Fant in the fifth, Matt Oberste, Gamboa and Eris Peguero walked to load the bases. Fant subsequently hit Colton Plaia with a pitch to force in the game-tying run. Krishawn Holley entered and retired the first batter he faced, but Ismael Tijerina then produced a run-scoring single. The lead swelled to 4-2 when Holley uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Peguero to score. Kevin McGowan and David Wynn combined for three scoreless relief innings. Johnny Magliozzi tossed a scoreless ninth for his ninth save. The Cyclones (38-37) failed to make the playoffs for only the fourth time in 13 seasons. Brooklyn is one of four teams in affiliated baseball to have posted at least 13 straight non-losing seasons, joining the Arizona League Giants, Elizabethton Twins and New York Yankees. Box

Compiled from team reports
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

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
12 3.82 130 167
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .301
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .837
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.44
SOZ. Wheeler 155