Monday was the last day of the minor league regular season; let’s see what happened:
Las Vegas 5, Albuquerque 0
Noah Syndergaard tossed 2 scoreless innings in preparation for a postseason start later in the week. John Lannan was actually good, throwing 3 shutout innings, and Gonzalez Germen got the final 4 outs to complete the shutout. Andrew Brown, Taylor Teagarden, and Cesar Puello all had 2 hits; Teagarden homered. L.J. Mazzilli was 1 for 5 in his AAA debut. The 51s host the first 2 games of their best of 5 series against Reno on Wednesday and Thursday night.
Richmond 12, Binghamton 4
Tim Peterson got the spot start, but allowed 5 runs while recording a single out. Adam Kolarek followed and pitched 2 innings, but gave up 5 more runs. Kyle Johnson, T.J. Rivera, and Dustin Lawley all doubled. Brandon Nimmo did not start, but went 0 for 3 after replacing Darrell Ceciliani early in the game. The B-Mets lose 6 straight to end the season. They will host the first two games of their playoff series against Portland on Wednesday and Thursday night.
Savannah 4, Rome 1
Robert Whalen threw 5 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits. Octavio Acosta followed with 4 strong innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits. Champ Stuart was 1 for 3 with a triple. Dominic Smith was 1 for 4. Luis Guillorme and Stefan Sabol both had 2 hits. Guillorme joined the Gnats from Kingsport a couple of days ago to help in the playoffs. Savannah begins its best of 3 series Wednesday in Ashville.
Brooklyn 3, Staten Island 1
The Cyclones won, but Connecticut came back in the final innings and held on to win its game 9-8 and knock Brooklyn out of playoff contention. Casey Meisner tossed 5 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3. Brad Wieck struck out 3 in 2 perfect innings and Shane Bay saved his 15th game of the season. The Cyclones got the job done with 8 singles. Brooklyn finishes the season 42-34, but a 3-game losing streak the final week of the season cost them after they held a 2-game lead in the wild card race. Expect Michael Conforto and perhaps others to join Savannah for the SAL playoffs.
Tuesday is an off day in the minor leagues, as Las Vegas, Binghamton, and Savannah will all begin their playoff series’ on Wednesday. In the meantime, take a look at these 10 prospects that excelled in August.