The sour taste of defeat may linger with the Las Vegas 51s a little longer than usual. And for starter Logan Verrett, perhaps Saturday night may prove even harder to reconcile.
Verrett was electric. He pitched 5 innings, threw 80 pitches with 60 (75%) going for strikes. He allowed 2 earned runs, walked none, and fanned 11 Reno batters.
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
So what went wrong?
Logan Verrett also became his own resistive fault.
After Verret struck out Reno’s Andy Marte to lead-off the 4th, Mike Jacobs fanned on a wild pitch which allowed him to reach first base safely. Another wild pitch allowed Jacobs to advance. With 2-outs, a single by Garrett Weber scored Jacobs.
For Verrett, the 5th inning proved more troublesome. With 1-out, Nick Ahmed reached on an error by shortstop Matt Reynolds. Right fielder Roger Kieschnick followed with a single that advanced Ahmed to third. With Andy Marte at-bat, Verrett unleashed yet another wild pitch allowing Ahmed to score from third. Verrett’s throwing error on the continuing play also allowed Krieschnick to advance to third. Marte then doubled to score Krieschnick. Two batters later, Danny Dorn connected on a 2-run home run to right.
With 3 unearned runs on the board, one can’t help but think how Allan Dykstra‘s 3-run home run in the top of the 7th might have factored differently.
- Logan Verrett: 5 innings, 5 runs/2 earned on 7 hits and no walks. He faced 24 batters and fanned 11. He was also credited with 3 wild pitches and committed a throwing error.
Credit Reno starter Charles Brewer for a fine performance. He logged 6.1 innings for the win, allowing 3 earned runs on 6 hits. He struck out 5 and walked none.
That said, the Las Vegas 51s are eliminated from post-season play.
This marks the second straight year an impressive 81-63 regular season ended in the first round of playoffs, and in the same 3 games to 1 fashion. After winning the opener and dropping Game 2 at Cashman Field, Las Vegas lost 2 straight at Reno’s Aces Ballpark. In 2013, the 51s were eliminated by the Salt Lake Bees.
Pacific Coast League Playoffs:
- The defending champion Omaha Storm Chasers advanced into their 4th straight PCL finals by defeating the Memphis Redbirds, 6-2 in Game 4. They captured the series 3 games to 1.
- The Reno Aces won the 2012 PCL title. Omaha captured the title in 2011. They will square-off for the second time in 3 years.
- The PCL Championship Series kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 9th. Game 1 – Omaha @ RENO.
- Link: Pacific Coast League