I’m not sure if winning leads to more dialogue. Or if larger crowds translate to the opening of minds and doors in and around City Hall. Or if success on a scoreboard means more in a board room.
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Chaparral leadoff hitter Jose Ortiz had quite a day swinging the bat on Tuesday.
Albert Pujols reached 500 homers in a hurry. The Los Angeles Angels’ first baseman hit a pair of shots off Washington Nationals right-hander Taylor Jordan on Tuesday night — a three-run homer in the first inning and two-run drive in the fifth — to become the 26th player in major league history to reach the milestone.
Invited to his first big league training camp this spring with the New York Mets, Eric Campbell wasn’t content just to be there. Named the 51s’ Most Valuable Player by the coaching staff last season, Campbell made a strong bid to make the Mets as a utility man.
Strong pitching has been a constant of late for Basic’s baseball team.
Noted baseball writer Tom Boswell suggests the Las Vegas slugger might have faked an injury to avoid having to bat against the Marlins’ Jose Fernandez.
Add this to the list of bizarre baseball injuries: 51s pitcher Jacob deGrom broke his finger last year helping a neighbor castrate a calf about a week before spring training.
Noah Syndergaard surrendered six runs (four earned) in four innings in his shortest outing of the season for the 51s, who lost consecutive games for the first time this year in a 8-5 defeat to the El Paso Chihuahuas before a crowd of 6,565 at Cashman Field.
It was a case of Las Vegas on Las Vegas baseball crime.
Didi Gregorius’ three-run homer in the 11th inning broke a 7-7 tie as the host Reno Aces defeated the 51s 10-7 on Friday night, snapping Las Vegas’ six-game winning streak and salvaging the final game of the four-game series.