It was Labor Day, and game 144 (of 144) of the Pacific Coast League season was played before only a sunbaked smattering of spectators at Cashman Field. You could hear Beer Man Bruce bellow from foul line to foul line.
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The 51s season ended Monday, and as the franchise looks to the future it's likely to be one that includes changes. Obviously, there will be roster turnover as players annually come and go.
It's over. The 51s, seeking their third consecutive postseason berth, will be on the outside looking after losing to Tacoma 6-3 on Sunday night before a crowd of 3,923 at Cashman Field.
They may or may not make the postseason, but if the 51s don't, it won't be from a lack of effort.
The 51s had one eye on the scoreboard, but they had plenty of focus to take care of the Tacoma Rainiers, winning 9-4 and moving back into first place in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific South division after El Paso lost to Reno 6-5.
Too many long balls. Too many backward steps. That's how the 51s lost their grip on first place in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Southern Division after Thursday night's 10-1 loss to El Paso at Cashman Field.
The line was three people deep outside the Cashman Field box office, and two were typically intelligent Dodgers fans from Oxnard, Calif., searching for a way to make their money last longer than a few hands at the tables. The other person was my Review-Journal colleague, Ron Kantowski.
If there's anything most Las Vegas sports fans can agree upon, it's that Sam Boyd Stadium and Cashman Field stink, and that hopefully there will be places to park at the new hockey arena.
Brett Nicholas' two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning sent the Round Rock Express to a 5-3 win over the 51s in a Pacific Coast League game Sunday in Round Rock, Texas.
Chi Chi Gonzalez pitched six strong innings, and Bishop Gorman product Joey Gallo went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Round Rock Express downed the 51s 4-1 in a Pacific Coast League game Saturday in Round Rock, Texas.
Nick Martinez pitched seven strong innings, and Nomar Mazara went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs to lead the Round Rock Express to a 4-1 win over the 51s in a Pacific Coast League game Friday in Round Rock, Texas.
Johnny Monell had four hits and drove in four runs to help the 51s win for the fifth time in six games with a 10-6 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs on Wednesday in a Pacific Coast League game in Metairie, La.
Dillon Gee pitched seven shutout innings, and Brandon Allen and Darrell Ceciliani homered to power the 51s to a 3-0 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs in a Pacific Coast League game Tuesday in Metairie, La.
Ivan Pineyro pitched eight shutout innings, and Juan Diaz had two hits and two RBIs as the New Orleans Zephyrs blanked the 51s 5-0 in a Pacific Coast League game Monday in Metairie, La.
Seth Lugo struck out 12 in 6 2/3 strong innings and was backed by three RBI doubles as the 51s held off the New Orleans Zephyrs 5-4 in a Pacific Coast League game Sunday in Metairie, La.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a two-run triple and stole home during the 51s' five-run sixth inning, leading Las Vegas to a 9-5 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers in a Pacific Coast League game Saturday at Cashman Field.
Travis Taijeron hit three home runs and drove in four runs to propel the 51s to an 8-3 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers in a Pacific Coast League game Friday at Cashman Field.
J.C. Boscan drew a full-count, two-out, bases-loaded walk off Vic Black to bring home the decisive run in the ninth innnig as the Omaha Storm Chasers rallied for a 5-4 win over the 51s in a Pacific Coast League game Thursday at Cashman Field.
Jose Martinez went 4-for-5 with a triple and a double, one of seven Omaha players with multiple hits Wednesday in the Storm Chasers' 8-7 win over the 51s in a Pacific Coast League game at Cashman Field.
Pinch hitter Dan Rohlfing was hit by the first pitch he saw with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the 51s a 6-5 win over the Iowa Cubs in a Pacific Coast League game Tuesday night at Cashman Field.
Danny Muno came through twice in key situations as the 51s earned a dramatic 5-4 win in 12 innings over the Iowa Cubs in a Pacific Coast League game at Cashman Field on Monday night.
Daniel McCutchen pitched seven strong innings, and a sixth-inning error plated the decisive runs in the El Paso Chihuahuas' 3-2 win over the 51s in a Pacific Coast League game Friday in El Paso, Texas.
In a bizarre, trashy story involving Las Vegas, 51s catcher Johnny Monell jokingly donned a trash can lid in the dugout Wednesday night and it saved him from being hit by a foul ball.
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