The hit parade started early with a Dilson Herrera double to lead off the bottom of the first inning. And it never stopped.
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St. Louis Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes was blowing up the radar gun, but 51s starter Duane Below was the one who picked up the win Friday night, giving up just one unearned run and four hits in his seven innings.
The 51s will welcome Memphis into town looking to snap a four-game series. Here are five players to watch this weekend.
The 51s came into this week’s series against Nashville after a highly successful road trip, winning 6-of-8 and surging into first place. But all that quickly came crashing to a halt as the they ran into an equally-hot team.
Come Saturday, the stands at Cashman Field will be filled with people sporting Wally Backman jerseys. The 51s dugout won’t be.
Entering Thursday’s play, Rivera, who has primarily played third for the 51s, was first in the Pacific Coast League among active players, leading the league with his .369 batting average, 42 RBIs and 59 hits.
The 51s’ Brandon Nimmo got caught between first and second to end the game with T.J. Rivera, the PCL’s leading run producer, in the batter’s box. Las Vegas lost to the Nashville Sounds 5-3 in 12 innings at Cashman Field.
Pitching for the first time since May 14, Sean Gilmartin gave up nine runs in 4 1/3 innings in the Las Vegas 51s’ 10-4 PCL loss to the Nashville Sounds at Cashman Field.
Gabriel Ynoa has been the picture of consistency for the 51s this season. But on Monday, Ynoa was hit around by the Nashville Sounds en route to his first loss of the season.
The Nashville Sounds come to Cashman Field this week for the first time this season to face the 51s. Here are five players to watch in the series:
The top hitter in the Pacific Coast League was called up when Lucas Duda went on the disabled list.
The Las Vegas infielder was named the league’s Player of the Week on Monday after a week in which he went 17-for-28 (.607) with 12 runs driven in.
It might have seemed like an odd match at the time — at least geographically — when the Las Vegas 51s and New York Mets first struck a deal.
When the 51s arrive back at Cashman Field for work on Monday, they’ll do so in first place after concluding a successful 6-2 road trip.
The 51s rallied for three runs in the seventh and one in the ninth to take a 4-3 PCL victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
For the second time in a week, Stolmy Pimentel was thrust into a start on short notice. And again, Pimentel struggled, giving up a four-run lead as the 51s fell 14-6 to the host Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
T.J. Rivera went 4-for-5 and drove in two runs as the Las Vegas 51s held on for a 7-6 PCL victory at Colorado Springs, their fourth consecutive win.
Garin and Gavin Cecchini haven’t shared a field since 2010 when they were teammates at Barbe High School, but this weekend, they’ll finally have a chance to do so again when the 51s visit Colorado Springs.
Ynoa improved to 5-0 while submitting his seventh straight quality start for the 51s, Kelly went 3-for-5 to lift his league-leading average to .413 and Rivera drove in three runs to increase his PCL-best RBI total to 34.
The last time Duane Below started, 51s lead off hitter Dilson Herrera gave the team a lead on the first pitch he saw. Monday, same deal.
Las Vegas starter Rafael Montero was named the Pacific Coast League’s Pitcher of the Week for May 9-15 after giving up no runs and striking out 13 in two starts.
When the Las Vegas 51s take on the Reno Aces on Thursday, June 16 at Cashman Field, the two schools are holding a friendly contest to see which university can draw the most fans to the ballgame.
Come September, Wally Backman is confident his team’s home run leader will be right fielder Travis Taijeron.
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