Las Vegas Bows To Salt Lake Bees 4-3; Eliminated From Postseason

By Michael Lecolant

The Las Vegas 51’s bowed to the Salt Lake Bees last night at Cashman Field by a 4-3 final score.  In suffering their third loss of the series against just one victory, the post-season for the Mets AAA affiliate has ended.

Aug 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Baseballs are placed on the field prior to the game between the Texas Rangers and the Milwaukee Brewers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Wally Backman‘s crew took a 1-0 lead in the first on Kirk Nieuwenhuis‘ second home run of the series.  But after the Bees went ahead 2-1 in the top of the fourth, Las Vegas never managed to recapture the lead.  A 2-1 deficit became a 3-2 deficit after five innings, then a 4-2 deficit after seven.

Aaron Harang started for Las Vegas.  He pitched six innings, allowed three earned runs on six hits, walked two and struck out six.  He exited the game with the 51’s trailing by just a run.  The 51’s bullpen suffered mightily throughout this series, and in the seventh inning of Game Four, their misfortune continued.  Robert Carson, Greg Burke and Justin Hampson combined to allow Salt Lake’s fourth run of the game.  The run was charged to Carson, who endured three miserable appearances in the four game series.  That run turned out to be the difference.  Las Vegas scored one more time in the bottom of the eighth on back to back doubles by Ruben Tejada and Mike Baxter, but no more.

The 51’s were a disappointing 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position.  Rylan Sandoval had the 51’s third RBI of the game.  Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who began the game for Las Vegas with a home run, ended it by striking out.

What begins now is a very interesting off-season for manager Wally Backman.  Last week, I summarized his resume and offered my opinion regarding his future with the club, or elsewhere.

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