Bats stay cold as Tacoma hands 51s third straight loss

A change of scenery couldn’t shake the 51s out of their offensive funk.

Las Vegas managed eight hits Wednesday, but grounded into three double plays and lost 3-1 to the Tacoma Rainiers in a Pacific Coast League game at Tacoma, Wash.

It was the third straight loss for the 51s (73-58), who scored a combined two runs while dropping the final two games of a four-game series at Pacific South Division-leading Sacramento.

Kenen Bailli went 3-for-4 and Chris Woodward 2-for-4 for the 51s, who left six runners on base in the opener of the five-game set at Cheney Stadium.

Las Vegas had a chance for a big inning in the fourth, as Bailli led off with a single and Yan Gomes walked before Ricardo Nanita lined a single to right field that scored Bailli and tied the score at 1. An error on the play allowed Gomes to advance, putting runners at first and third, but Jack Cust was called out on strikes and Woodward hit into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.

The Rainiers (57-75) regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth, as Carlos Peguero singled in Luis Antonio Jimenez, who tripled with one out. Tacoma added another run in the sixth when Alex Liddi scored after an error by 51s starter Sean O’Sullivan (14-6).

Las Vegas threatened in the seventh, as Woodward and Luke Hughes singled with two outs before Rainiers reliever Bobby LaFromboise struck out Tuffy Gosewisch.


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