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Las Vegas 51's Drop Sunday's Game 8-4; Take Series From Sacramento River Cats And Start Season 3-1


The Las Vegas 51′s experienced their first defeat of the new season, thus failing to sweep their opening four game series against the Sacramento River Cats.  After winning the first three games in convincing fashion, Las Vegas dropped Sunday’s contest by an 8-4 score.

Carlos Torres made Sunday’s start.  He departed the game behind 2-0 after 5.2 innings pitched.  Dylan Owen came in from the pen to finish the sixth inning.  Both runs charged to Torres were earned.  He allowed five hits, issued three walks, and struck out three batters.

 

The 51′s finally got on the board in the top of the seventh.  Runs batted in by Zach Lutz and Brian Bixler tied the game at two.  But in the home seventh, Sacramento teed-off on both Dylan  Owen and Armando Rodriguez.  In succession, Dylan Owen issued a walk, allowed a single, and walked another to load the bases.  The next batter hit a grand slam, and the following batter went back-to-back.  Then out went Coach Wally Backman to remove Dylan Owen, and in came Armando Rodriguez.  The second batter he faced went deep, and there went another baseball – the third home run of the inning.  Dylan Owen was charged with the loss.

Two more runs by Vegas in the eighth inning cut the River Cats lead in half.  Omar Quintanilla led off with a walk.  Juan Lagares doubled.  Reese Havens‘ sac-fly scored Quintanilla from third.  Wilmer Flores then singled to drive in Lagares.

In Saturday’s game, Collin McHugh pitched 5.1 strong innings.  He allowed only one run, on four hits.  He walked one and struck out seven batters to earn his first victory of the season.  Robert Carson chipped in with 1.2 scoreless innings.  Greg Peavey pitched two innings to close the game.  He gave up two hits, and struck out two.

Josh Satin homered with two RBI.  While Travis d’Arnaud, Andrew Brown, Jamie Hoffmann, and Eric Campbell all drove in a run apiece in leading Las Vegas to a 6-1 victory.  Hoffmann had three hits in three trips to the plate. Brian Bixler had two hits, and Andrew  Brown was three for four in the game.

On Friday evening, Chris Schwinden picked up his first victory as well.  He pitched 5.2 innings, allowed two runs on five hits, issued no walks, and struck out one.  Three Sacramento errors paved the way for five unearned Las Vegas runs.  Wilmer Flores and Josh Satin each drove in a run.  Andrew Brown had two RBI.  Travis d’Arnaud drew three walks and scored twice in Vegas’ 9-3 win over Sacramento.

Here’s the recap from Thursday’s season opening game, in which the 51′s won by a 10-5 margin.  Zack Wheeler started the game, but was credited with a no-decision.

WHO’S HOT

* Andrew Brown is five for thirteen at the plate, with three doubles, and seven RBI in four games.

* Josh Satin is seven for seventeen, with a home run, and three RBI.

* Travis d’Arnaud is sporting a .600 OBP, batting three for eight at the plate, with six walks.

WHO’S NOT

* Armando Rodriguez – two games, 2.2 innings, four earned runs, six hits, five walks

WHERE DOES LAS VEGAS RANK – Pacific Coast League

#1 – Doubles

#2 – Runs and Walks

#4 – OPS

#5 – OBP and SLG

WHAT’S NEXT

Las Vegas stays in California to play a four game series against the Fresno Grizzlies.  The Grizzlies are 2-2 after splitting a four game series against the Tacoma Rainiers.  Las Vegas will play their home opener this coming Friday against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

TRANSACTIONS

Catcher Kai Gronauer joined the roster.  He split 2012 between Port St. Lucie and Binghamton.  Aaron Laffey‘s contract has been selected by the Mets.  Jeurys Familia has been optioned to Vegas.

 

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