Making his second start of the season for the Las Vegas 51s on Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 9,928 at Cashman Field, Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on two hits with five walks and five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of a 17-4 win over the Fresno Grizzlies.
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The 51s pitching staff was lit up early and couldn’t hold a late lead in an 11-10 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies on Friday night before a sellout crowd of 11,007 at Cashman Field that saw plenty of action before the postgame fireworks show.
Matt Reynolds hit a go-ahead three run homer, and Alex Castellanos added a two-run shot to help the 51s top the Sacramento River Cats 7-4 in a Pacific Coast League game Thursday night in West Sacramento, Calif.
The Las Vegas 51s are ranked No. 3 by Baseball America on its list of the top 10 most talented minor league teams to start the season. The Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple A, International League) are ranked No. 1, and the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, are No. 2.
On the eve of the home opener, let’s ponder the fate of the Las Vegas 51s if “Downtown” Tony Hsieh actually had bought the team. No managers?
Brett Jackson’s sixth-inning groundout drove in the decisive run Wednesday in the Sacramento River Cats’ 4-3 win over the 51s in a Pacific Coast League game in West Sacramento, Calif.
Robert Coello allowed two runs on three hits in six innings as the Sacramento River Cats claimed a 3-2 Pacific Coast League victory over the 51s on Tuesday in West Sacramento, Calif. Sacramento scored twice in the first inning to take the lead for good.
Eric Campbell and Travis Taijeron each homered as the Las Vegas 51s opened a road series at Sacramento with an 8-5 victory on Monday night.
Brandon Allen, Darrell Ceciliani and Alex Castellanos homered to back Darin Gorski’s strong pitching and lift the 51s to a 7-2 win over the Fresno Grizzlies in a Pacific Coast League game Saturday at Fresno, Calif.
Preston Tucker’s two-run homer capped the scoring in Fresno’s five-run third inning Friday night, sending the Grizzlies to an 8-4 victory over the 51s in a Pacific Coast League game in Fresno, Calif.
Matt Dominguez’s RBI double in the seventh inning sent the Fresno Grizzlies past the 51s 2-1 in both teams’ Pacific Coast League opener Thursday night in Fresno, Calif. Las Vegas didn’t register a hit until the seventh.
The 51s will feature two hard-throwing pitchers this season in right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who is rated baseball’s No. 11 prospect by Baseball America, and left-hander Steven Matz, who is No. 33. They are the top two prospects of the New York Mets.
New pitch clocks installed in minor league ballparks might — or might not — speed up the game from a snail’s pace to a real fast snail’s pace. It’s being tried experimentally in the bushes, because that’s how baseball does things — it uses its minor leagues as a laboratory whenever it considers changing the game.
Individual game tickets for the 51s will go on sale at noon Monday at the Cashman Field box office. Tickets, which range from $11 to $15, also can be purchased through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com).
Wally Backman returns for a third year as manager of the Las Vegas 51s, after back-to-back 81-win seasons. Frank Viola is back as pitching coach.
It was a little before 2 p.m. Monday at Cashman Field. A man from the grounds crew was spreading fertilizer in the outfield, walking from the Dotty’s casino sign in deepest left-center field to the right-field foul line. Another grounds crew man was working on the pitcher’s mound in the left-field bullpen.
The Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics will play two split-squad exhibition games March 13 and 14 at Cashman Field on Las Vegas’ 25th annual Big League Weekend.
51s outfielder Matt Reynolds was named the Sterling Award winner by the New York Mets as the Most Valuable Player of the organization’s Triple-A club this season.
Las Vegas starter Logan Verrett had 11 strikeouts in five innings Saturday night in Game 4 but also threw three wild pitches and allowed five runs (two earned) to the Aces in a 7-3 defeat before a crowd of 5,420 at Aces Ballpark.
On the final $1 beer night of the season at Cashman Field, Reno left-hander Andrew Chafin crashed the party, silencing the 51s’ bats and the crowd of 3,063 in a masterful performance.
Playoff baseball is not to be taken for granted at any level, its importance felt on the field and at the box office and everywhere in between. The 51s have made it a reality for consecutive seasons.
The son of Lee Mazzilli — who had two key hits for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series — L.J. Mazzilli delivered the decisive hit for the 51s in their 5-4 win over the Reno Aces in their Pacific Coast League playoff opener on Wednesday night before 4,083 at Cashman Field.
Mountain Ridge Little League’s team was in attendance for the first game of the 51s’ best-of-five series with the Reno Aces.
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