It’s nothing but postseason baseball from here on out! Savannah had a travel day, but the two upper level teams were in action, both looking to even up their respective series’ before heading home. Let’s see what happened:
Salt Lake 5, Las Vegas 4
Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off the game with a homer to give the 51s an early lead. Rafael Montero gave up 2 runs in the 3rd inning and another run on a homer in the 5th inning, which tied the game at 3 after Rylan Sandoval drove in 2 runs in the 4th inning. Montero lasted just 4.1 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits. Sean Henn got out of the 5th and John Church pitched a scoreless 6th and 7th inning. In the 8th inning, the 51s had 2 on with 1 out, but Ruben Tejada was thrown out trying to score from 2nd base after Eric Campbell beat out a potential double play at 1st base. In the bottom of the 8th, Justin Hampson and Greg Burke combined to give up a run, putting the 51 behind heading into the top of the 9th. Jamie Hoffman kept the game alive with a 2-out single, at which point Francisco Pena, who had been coaching first base, pinch hit for Juan Centeno and launched a double to centerfield (against a no-doubles defense) to drive in Hoffman and tie the game at 4. But in the bottom of the 9th, Rob Carson loaded the bases, and the winning run scored on a sac fly on a bang-bang play at the plate, as the safe call infuriated both Pena and Carson. Andy Marte, who scored the winning run on that play, was apparently badly injured on the play. Las Vegas now comes home tonight down 2-0, needing to win 3 in a row this weekend. The official starter for Las Vegas hasn’t been announced, but I believe it will be Chris Schwinden.
Trenton 2, Binghamton 1
The B-Mets fall behind 2-0 in the series after a pitiful offensive display. Josh Rodriguez homered to provide their only run of the game, but a single by Wilfredo Tovar was the only other hit of the game for Binghamton. Darin Gorski gave up 2 runs in 7 innings of work, but he took the loss, as the B-Mets wasted another strong performance by their starter, and now they need to win 3 in a row against Trenton at home this weekend. Logan Verrett starts tonight for the B-Mets in a must-win game.
Savannah has a chance to advance to the South Atlantic League championship series with a win tonight; Steven Matz gets the start.