Kelly notched 1,000 for his career in the minors and the 51s called for the ball as a keepsake for the 30-year-old.
Betsy Helfand worked for the Las Vegas Review-Journal between March 2016 and November 2018. She previously made stops at the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Minnesota Daily and MLB.com in Minnesota. She was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in journalism.
Jose Lobaton drove in four runs for the 51s and Ty Kelly drove in two.
It opened on April 1, 1983, to fanfare regarding the city’s new minor-league baseball team, the Las Vegas Stars. It hosted the Oakland Athletics for the first 16 home games of the 1996 season because of Oakland Coliseum renovations for, oddly enough, the Raiders.
Gagnon lasted just four innings and surrendered five runs in a 8-2 loss to El Paso at Southwest University Park.
Two three-run home runs from Patrick Kivlehan — one early in the game and one late — were enough to help the 51s salvage the final game of their series against Fresno.
UNLV could play 17 teams that made the postseason last season, including three who reached the NCAA Tournament in Boise State, Duke and Gonzaga.