*All results from games played on Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (81-63; 1-3)_______________________________________
Double-A - Binghamton Mets (83-59; 3-2)_____________________________________
It was all or nothing for Binghamton. With the series tied 2-2, it was either win or go home. Brandon Nimmo set the tone early, smashing a double into right in his very first at-bat. The B-Mets drew first blood, as Brian Burgamy hit a double of his own two batters later that drove Nimmo in and put Binghamton on top 1-0. Travis Taijeron drove in one more run in the 1st on a bloop single down the left field line, giving Gabriel Ynoa a 2-0 to work with. The Dominican pitcher was unable to keep Portland off the board, but he finished out the inning with the lead still in tact. Much like the B-Mets had done to Sea Dog pitcher Luis Diaz in the top half of the inning, leadoff man Rusney Castillo lined a double into right in his first at-bat, and was driven in a few batters later by first baseman David Chester.
The score stayed tied 2-1 for the next few innings, as both Ynoa and Diaz settled down. In the 4th, Binghamton broke the game open, with six runs coming home in the frame. The team bat around in the inning, chasing Luis Diaz midway through the surge. In total, the B-Mets tallied four singles (Dustin Lawley, Wilfredo Tovar, Brandon Nimmo, and Travis Taijeron), one double (Darrell Ceciliani), and were helped with one walk (Brian Burgamy) and one hit batsman (Jayce Boyd). Tovar, Nimmo, and Taijeron all drove in runners, but Ceciliani's double into left did the most damage, as it came with bases loaded- all three runners who were on base scored.
Once again, Ynoa was unable to keep Portland off the board immediately. Far from allowing six runs, the Sea Dogs chipped away at Binghamton's lead, scoring a run in the bottom of the 4th on a Shannon Wilkerson home run, a run in the bottom of the 5th on an RBI single by Castillo, and a run in the bottom of the 6th on an RBI double off the bat of Jonathan Roof. After Roof's RBI, Pedro Lopez removed Ynoa from the game, in favor of fellow 2012 Cyclones wunderkind Hansel Robles. Robles allowed an inherited runner to score, making it an 8-5 game, but otherwise got out of the inning.
Both teams' bullpens went into lockdown mode after that. The Sea Dogs' Robby Scott threw 2.2 hitless frames, surrendering a double to Darrell Ceciliani in the 9th to end his time on the mound. His replacement, Wilfredo Boscan, hit Travis Taijeron to put men on first and second, but got Dustin Lawley to roll into a weak grounder to second to end the inning. Robles, meanwhile, was also solid, allowing only Portland hit in the 7th and 8th. Cody Satterwhite was brought in to pitch in the bottom of the 9th, with the chance to get his first postseason save and punch Binghamton's ticket to the Eastern League Championship Series. After striking out his first two batters swinging, he allowed a double to Sea Dog second baseman Mike Miller. With a runner in scoring position, Keury De La Cruz hit a Satterwhite offering Tovar, who tossed it over to Brian Burgamy to complete the putout and push the Portland Sea Dogs out of the playoffs.
With the win, the B-Mets will play in the Eastern League Championship Series for the first time in twenty years. The Best-of-Five series opens Tuesday night, against the Richmond Flying Squirrels at The Diamond. Binghamton, fortuitously or not, have played two series' against Richmond in August/September. Binghamton swept their first meeting, which came all the way back in mid-June. They swept the second series between the two teams in early August, but Richmond swept them to end the season in late August/early September. In all, Binghamton has a 6-4 record against them this season. Tyler Pill is set to start Game One for Binghamton, while Richmond has yet to announce their starter.
- LF Brandon Nimmo: 3-5, 2 R, 2B, K
- 2B T.J. Rivera: 1-5
- 1B Brian Burgamy: 1-4, 2 R, 2B, BB, 2 K, RBI
- DH Jayce Boyd: 1-4, HBP
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-4, R, 2 2B, BB, 2 K, 3 RBI
- RF Travis Taijeron: 2-4, 2 RBI, HBP
- 3B Dustin Lawley: 1-5, R, K
- C Xorge Carrillo: 0-2, BB
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 2-4, R, 2B, K, RBI
- RHP Gabriel Ynoa: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, HR; The uptick in strikeouts is nice to see, if the rest of the line isn't
- RHP Hansel Robles: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K
- RHP Cody Satterwhite: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K
Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (36-33 / 76-62)_____________________________________
Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (40-29 / 84-51; 0-2)__________________________________
Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (42-34)__________________________________
Rookie - Kingsport Mets (34-34)__________________________________
Rookie - GCL Mets (33-27)__________________________________
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