Chris Bassitt and three relievers teamed to hold the 51s to four hits and no walks in the Nashville Sounds’ 2-1 Pacific Coast League victory Friday in Nashville, Tenn. Las Vegas scored in the fourth on Brandon Allen’s sacrifice fly that plated Matt Reynolds.
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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.
Las Vegas right-hander Rafael Montero starts against Reno Wednesday night as the PCL playoffs start at Cashman Field. “Pitching is always the key,” said 51s manager Wally Backman, who likes the pitching matchups with the Aces.
The Las Vegas 51s wrapped up the Pacifc Coast League regular season with a 5-0 win at Albuquerque on Monday. The 51s will open the playoffs at Cashman Field on Wednesday against the Reno Aces.
The Albuquerque Isotopes erupted for five runs in the eighth inning off 51s reliever Gonzalez Germen and defeated Las Vegas 9-6 on Friday night in a Pacific Coast League game in Albuquerque, N.M.
The first manager in the 51s’ 32-year franchise history to guide the team to back-to-back 80-win seasons, Wally Backman on Friday was named the 2014 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year.
The New York Mets made it official Thursday, announcing they’ve reviewed their contract with the Las Vegas 51s through the 2016 season.
One of baseball’s time-honored traditions, pranks usually are perpetrated on unsuspecting players and coaches out of the public eye. But every now and then, a prank will cross the line — literally — onto the playing field for all to see.
Last season, when the 51s clinched their first Pacific Coast League playoff berth in 11 years, they lost several key players down the stretch to the parent New York Mets before losing their first-round series in four one-run games to Salt Lake.
Mets, 51s likely to remain partners