Carlos Torres Tosses Complete Game Two Hitter; Las Vegas To Welcome Latest Arrivals

By Michael Lecolant

In three starts prior to Sunday’s, Las Vegas starting pitcher Carlos Torres was nothing short of excellent.  On May 24th, he pitched seven innings against Salt Lake City, allowed only one earned run, walked none and struck out ten.  Against Reno on May 29th, Torres pitched 6.2 innings, allowed one earned run on just three hits, while walking one and striking out seven.  Then on June 3rd in Fresno, Carlos threw a complete game three hit shutout, walking no batters and striking out eleven.  Over those three games, he pitched to a 0.81 ERA.

Jul 2, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of Rawlings major league baseballs on the field before the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, Carlos Torres continued his recent run of dominance, completing nine full innings against the Tacoma Rainiers, allowing one earned run on just two hits, while walking two batters and striking out four.  He brought a 4.31 ERA into the game, and with today’s performance, lowered it to a 3.91 mark.  Carlos now has a 0.641 WHiP over his last four games as well, and improved his record to 6-3 on the season.

Offensive Highlights

Second baseman Wilmer Flores singled in the first inning to plate Brian Bixler with the game’s first run.  The game stayed that way until the seventh inning, when third baseman Eric Campbell connected on his sixth home run of the season to give the 51’s a 2-0 lead.  Tacoma spoiled Torres’ shutout in the bottom of the frame as the Rainiers pushed a run across on a fielder’s choice.  In the top of the eighth, Las Vegas struck for five more runs, highlighted by Brandon Hicks‘ grand slam, his fourth home run of the season.  Las Vegas defeated the Tacoma Rainiers by a 7-1 final.

Las Vegas News

The Las Vegas 51’s are preparing the arrivals of Ike Davis, Mike Baxter and Robert Carson – all demoted after the Mets sandwiched just one victory over the Washington Nationals in between suffering two series sweeps at the hands of the Marlins within a week.  Ike Davis was batting just .161 with sixty-six strikeouts after fifty-five games and 186 futile trips to the plate.  On Sunday, Ike was 0 for 3, with a strikeout, while only seeing twelve pitches.  The three will be reunited with Collin McHugh, who was returned the Las Vegas Saturday.  Danny Abriano summerized today’s transaction in greater detail.

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