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PCL Playoffs: Reno’s Andrew Chafin tosses 4-hit shutout over Las Vegas 51s; series tied 1-1

By Michael Lecolant

It got late very early Thursday night in Las Vegas for Matthew Bowman and the 51s.

Reno Aces shortstop Nick Ahmed led-off Game Two with a single to left, and advanced to second base on Cesar Puello‘s throwing error.  Las Vegas starting pitcher Matthew Bowman then issued walks to the next two batters.  With the bases loaded, the Pacific Coast League’s 2014 RBI king, first baseman and clean-up batter Mike Jacobs, deposited a Bowman fastball over the left field wall for an opposite field grand slam.  A double by #5 hitter Danny Dorn, and a 1-out single by center fielder Mike Freeman then gave the Aces a quick 5-0 lead.

Sep 8, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Detail shot of the batters box and home plate at Marlins Park before a game between the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

With 1-out in the 4th, Nick Ahmed homered to left for a 6-0 Reno lead.  Matthew Bowman completed the inning, but did not come out for the 5th.  He was relieved by Giancarlo Alvarado.

  • Matthew Bowman‘s Line: 4 innings pitched, allowed 6 earned runs on 9 hits and 2 walks.  He surrendered 2 home runs and fanned 3 batters.  He threw 74 pitches with 47 (63.5%) going for strikes, and was charged with the loss.

For Las Vegas, Ryan Reid entered the game in relief of Giancarlo Alvarado in the 7th.  Zack Thornton entered the game in relief of Ryan Reid in the 9th.

Catcher Kevin Plawecki managed only the third hit off Andrew Chafin in the 8th.  However, all 3 hits were immediately erased by ground ball double plays.

  • Andrew Chafin wound up pitching a 4-hit shutout over Las Vegas to tie the first round series at one.  He faced 3 batters over the minimum, and only one base runner made it beyond second base.  He walked none, fanned 5, hit a batter, and threw 99 pitches with 67 going for strikes.  He struck out the final 2 batters to end the game.  Chafin was also 2 for 4 at the plate.


9/5 Friday, 10:05 (EST) – Game Three: Las Vegas 51s @ RENO ACES

The series now shifts to Reno.  Pitcher Noah Syndergaard will start Game Three for Las Vegas, and will be opposed by Reno’s Bradin Hagens.