Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the San Francisco Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 on Wednesday night in the National League wild-card game.
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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.
It’s been a great season for local baseball fans, who got to watch the Mountain Ridge Little Leaguers and the champion Las Vegas 51s, cheer for hometown heroes Kris Bryant, Joey Gallo, Chris Carter and Bryce Harper, and see Greg Maddux inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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.
Kris Bryant, the former Bonanza High star, was named the 2014 Minor League Player of the Year by USA Today on Wednesday.
The New York Yankees will celebrate Derek Jeter’s career by wearing a special patch on their caps and jerseys during his final few weeks in the majors.
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.
Takeshi Yamasaki tried to hit a mind-blowing heater off a pitching machine on a Japanese game show. He didn’t get the bat off his shoulder.
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.
Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0 and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate.
A baseball fan took up smoking a century ago and with it acquired another habit: holding onto little cards that bore the faces of baseball’s earliest greats.
The struggling Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter and bench coach Dave Trembley on Monday, bringing in Tom Lawless as the interim manager for the rest of the 2014 season.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman temporarily cut short a San Diego vacation to hand the Mountain Ridge Little League kids the keys to the city on the steps of city hall before a parade down the strip on Saturday morning.
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.
Ashton Cave, on the last time he would manage the Las Vegas team, again proved he understood the mission of Little League baseball better than anyone.
Mets, 51s likely to remain partners
Mountain Ridge fell 5-0 to Japan in the third-place game of the Little League World Series on Sunday.