The Fresno Grizzlies defeated Las Vegas Tuesday evening by a 4-1 score, knotting the series at a game apeice. Zack Wheeler made his second appearance of the season. Although he showed improvement over his first start, Wheeler nonetheless struggled to secure outs for a second straight game. In 5.1 innings pitched, he surrendered eight hits and walked three. Fresno scored four runs off Wheeler, however, only one was earned. Zack Wheeler looked sharp otherwise, demonstrating good velocity in recording six strikeouts.
Josh Satin‘s offensive romp continued with a solo home run in the second inning, giving Las Vegas a 1-0 lead. However, the game turned on Vegas in the home third. Wheeler surrendered a lead-off walk. After securing two outs, Las Vegas had trouble recording out number three. A passed ball, two doubles, a single, and an E-5 all contributed towards three Grizzlies runs. A throwing error by Wheeler contributed to another unearned run in the fourth. Fresno’s Yusmeiro Petit dazzled in six innings pitched. He allowed one run on eight hits, walked none and struck out seven.
On Wednesday, Fresno jumped all over Las Vegas starter Chris Schwinden. A two run home run in the first, a lead-off solo home run in the second, and yet another home run in the third inning put the 51’s behind by a 4-0 score. Two more doubles and a single produced two more Grizzlies runs in the fourth inning, and effectively ended Chris Schwinden’s night. All told, Chris surrendered six earned runs on eight hits. He issued no walks and struck out three batters.
The 51’s started their way back into the game with a run in the fifth. Catcher Landon Powell led off the frame with a home run. In the sixth inning with Wilmer Flores on first, Josh Satin launched his second home run of the game, and his third of the season, to bring the 51’s within three runs of Fresno.
Out of the pen, Gonzalez Germen kept the Grizzlies scoreless through the sixth inning. He struck out three, and allowed no hits. Justin Hampson and Dylan Owen took care of the the seventh and eighth. However, Las Vegas failed to mount any more offense against Fresno pitching. The Grizzlies took the rubber game, defeating the 51’s by a 6-3 final.
Las Vegas’ defensive woes continued, as Wilmer Flores and Chris Schwinden each suffered throwing mishaps in the third inning. The 51’s have now committed seven errors in seven games. Five errors came in their last three games against the Grizzlies, after committing just two during their four game series against Sacramento. Las Vegas now owns a 4-3 record this season.
Opened in 1983, today, Thursday, will be the thirty-first Opening Day at Cashman Field. After beginning the season on a seven game road trip, Las Vegas baseball fans finally get to see their 2013 team up close and in person. This will also be their first opportunity to cheer on Mets prospects, as both clubs agreed to a two year player development contract. Las Vegas’ Opening Day opponent will be the visiting Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Collin McHugh is scheduled to make his second start.
In a related item, the 51’s Executive Vice President, Don Logan told KVVU-TV Las Vegas a sale of the team is imminent. A former pawn shop owner, Steve Mack, is part of a group interested in purchasing the club, and moving them into a new $65 million dollar park in Summerlin.