Thursday, September 5, 2013
Minors 9.5.13: B-Mets in 0-2 hole in series
By Adam Rubin
SALT LAKE 5, LAS VEGAS 4: For the second straight game, the 51s suffered a walk-off loss with Robert Carson pitching. Las Vegas now trails the best-of-five series two games to none. After evening the score at 4 in the top of the ninth on Francisco Pena's RBI double, Carson surrendered a leadoff single to Andy Marte in the bottom half. Scott Cousins eventually produced a game-winning sacrifice fly. 51s starter Rafael Montero allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a first-inning solo homer. Box
TRENTON 2, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets mustered only two hits and head back to Binghamton trailing two games to none in the best-of-five series. The B-Mets repeatedly threatened against Trenton starter Mikey O’Brien through the first four innings, but failed to break through. They stranded two in each of the first three innings and left seven aboard overall against the Thunder right-hander while failing to capitalize on five walks. Meanwhile, Ramon Flores got the Thunder started in the third by lacing a one-out triple. Zoilo Almonte, playing on major league rehab assignment while recovering from a left ankle sprain, then put Trenton on the board with a sac fly.
Josh Rodriguez put an end to Binghamton’s frustrations in the fifth. After working the count full against O’Brien, Rodriguez homered to even the score at 1. It was Rodriguez’s first homer since July 6. B-Mets starter Darin Gorski preserved the 1-all tie into the seventh. Mason Williams then singled. With two outs and a full count, Ali Castillo doubled as Trenton took a 2-1 lead. Rodriguez’s homer proved to be Binghamton’s final hit. Gorski (0-1) allowed two runs on seven hits over seven innings. Adam Kolarek contributed a perfect eighth in the loss. Facing elimination, the B-Mets continue the Eastern Division Championship Series against the Thunder on Friday at NYSEG Stadium. Right-hander Logan Verrett opposes Trenton right-hander Shane Greene. The two hits were the second fewest ever for the B-Mets in a postseason game. They had one on Sept. 8, 2004 at New Hampshire. Binghamton has left 21 runners on base in the opening two games of this series. Box
Compiled from team reports