Triple-A Playoffs: 51s Stay Alive with Game 3 Win

Robert Brender, @robertbrender on Twitter

Salt Lake Bees (LAA) 2, @ Las Vegas 51s 3

The 51s received outstanding pitching throughout the night and won a tight 3-2 decision over the Salt Lake Bees in Game 3 of the PCL 51s LogoPlayoffs.

Giancarlo Alvarado got the start for Vegas and found a way to limit the Bees to only one run in 5 2/3 innings despite walking a season-high five batters. Issuing free passes is nothing new to the 35-year-old righty, who managed to pitch around self-inflicted trouble on a regular basis in his 13 starts for the Mets 3A affiliate this season. To be precise, he’s walked 35 in 55 innings, while giving up 72 hits. Despite that, his 3.49 era reflects his ability to get through the rough patches.

Trailing 1-0 in the 5th inning, the 51s tied the game on a sac fly off the bat of Eric Campbell. It was his second RBI in the series after compiling 66 during the regular campaign (3rd most on the team).

Vegas took the lead one inning later on a solo homerun (1) from Dustin Lawley, who continues to hit well in AAA. For the night, the third baseman was 3-4 and now has four extra base hits in nine games with the 51s. Later in the inning, Ruben Tejada singled home Brandon Hicks to make it a 3-1 Vegas lead. Tejada is having a solid postseason so far, going 4 for 10.

Chris Schwinden, who was pitching in relief for the second time this season, ran into trouble in the top of the 7th, surrendering one run before departing with two men aboard and only one out. However, he was bailed out by recently acquired righty Cory Wade who retired the next two batters in succession to get the 51s through the inning with a one run advantage. Wade remained on the hill to pitch the 9th and survived mild trouble to preserve the win.

Notes: Game 4 in the best-of-five series is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Cashman Field.