Opening Game Line-Up:
CF- Juan Lagares
DH- Josh Satin 2/3, 3 runs scored
C – Travis d’Arnaud 2/3, four runs scored, 1 rbi, 2 walks
2B – Wilmer Flores 3/3, double, 2 rbi
RF- Andrew Brown 1/2, double, 4 rbi
3B – Zach Lutz 1/4, 1 rbi
LF – Jamie Hoffmann
1B – Eric Campbell
SS – Omar Quintanilla 1/4, triple
*SP – Zack Wheeler
FINAL SCORE – Las Vegas 10; Sacramento 5
Las Vegas kicked off the 2013 regular season Thursday with a resounding victory over the Sacramento River Cats. The 51′s started the game’s scoring right away with two runs in the first inning. Juan Lagares opened the game with a single, but proceeded to get picked-off first, and thrown out at second. Satin drew a walk, then d’Arnaud doubled. Wilmer Flores followed with a single, scoring Satin from third and moving d’Arnaud over. Travis then scored on Andrew Brown’s sac-fly.
With a pair of River Cats on base in the bottom of the second, Wheeler helped move them up ninety feet with a wild pitch. The runner from third eventually scored on a (five to three) fielder’s choice, making it a 2-1 game.
Las Vegas struck for two more runs in the third inning. A single by Satin, and walks to d’Arnaud and Flores loaded the bases for Andrew Brown, who promptly doubled to left, making the game a 4-1 affair. However, in the bottom of the frame, Sacramento picked up a second run, with a double, and single off Wheeler.
The 51′s blew the game open in the fifth. A double by d’Arnaud drove in Lagares with the first of four runs in the inning. Wilmer Flores drove in Satin with a sac-fly. Zach Lutz later doubled with one out to drive in d’Arnaud. Andrew Brown, who reached via HBP, eventually scored on a wild pitch, to give Las Vegas an 8-2 lead.
In the seventh inning, d’Arnaud scored on Andrew Brown’s sac-fly. In the eighth, Omar Quintanilla tripled, and scored on a throwing error, to give the 51′s a 10-2 lead heading into the ninth. Last year’s division champs still had a little fight in them. Sacramento struck for three runs, but no more. Las Vegas won their first game of the season by a 10-5 final score.
Zack Wheeler did not pitch as well as hoped. In earning a no-decision, he pitched 3.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out three. Wheeler gave way to Gonzalez Germen, who pitched 1.2 innings, and picked up the win. Greg Peavey was third in. In 1.2 innings pitched, he allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out one. Justin Hampson was asked to pitch to one batter in the seventh, whom he struck out. After Armando Rodriguez successfully negotiated the eighth inning, Coach Backman let him go out for the ninth. The first three batters he faced touched him for a double, single, and a three run home run. That forced Wally Backman to dip into the bullpen for a fifth time. Robert Carson inherited two runners, then induced his first batter to pop out, and his second batter into a game ending double play.
Tonight, Chris Schwinden will pitch for Las Vegas in game two of their four game series versus the Sacramento River Cats. Game three’s starter is still to be determined, as Aaron Laffey was called up to the big club. Or, Wally could move Collin McHugh and Carlos Torres up a spot, and fill the back end of the rotation with Dylan Owen.
The 51′s home opener at Cashman Field will be next Friday, April 12th, against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.