51s beat Reno twice, top .500 for first time in 2018

Two wins will maybe make a 400-mile in a single day bus journey to Fresno, Calif., just a bit bit simpler Sunday evening for the 51s.

The 51s left for a seven-game highway journey late at evening however not earlier than grabbing two victories in opposition to Reno to maneuver over .500 for the primary time all season.

Las Vegas received Saturday’s sport, which was suspended because of the weather, 14-2, after which picked up a 3-1 win within the commonly scheduled sport, which was seven innings, on Sunday evening at Cashman Subject.

“It’s loopy how baseball is. Generally you get a break. Who is aware of what would have occurred if we had continued that yesterday however we went out and continued it as we speak,” supervisor Tony DeFrancesco mentioned. “It was type of robust going on the market at 5:30 (p.m.) however the guys got here by, a pair huge hits after which the second sport, perhaps the momentum carried by.”

Las Vegas (60-59) entered the suspended sport, which they continued within the fifth inning, trailing Reno (61-58) 2-1, two outs away from an official sport.

However the 51s took a lead within the seventh with back-to-back RBI hits from Kevin Kaczmarski and Ty Kelly and fully pulled away within the eighth with their greatest inning of the season. The 51s scored 11 runs within the body, six pushed in by Bryce Brentz, who hit a grand slam within the inning. Brentz completed the sport 4-for-5 with 4 runs scored and 6 RBIs.

The second sport didn’t have the identical offensive output, nevertheless it did have the identical end result.

Starter Drew Gagnon was on cruise management, throwing a seven-inning full sport and placing out 10.

“Drew’s been excellent the final 4 or 5 begins. Pounding the zone, minimizing errors,” DeFrancesco mentioned. “Breaking ball and changeup for strikeouts. His ERA is beneath 5.00 which is excellent after the beginning he had so hopefully he continues to throw properly and will get one other likelihood to pitch up in New York.”

He pitched with a lead for many of the evening because the 51s scored a pair of runs within the first inning with the runs, one on a Peter Alonso RBI single. Alonso additionally hit a house run within the fifth inning.

Gagnon, in the meantime, gave up only one run within the fourth inning on a Christian Walker blast, selecting up his fourth straight win.

“I felt calm all through the entire time however I nonetheless was in a aggressive mode so it’s type of exhausting to elucidate however I didn’t lose focus in any respect,” Gagnon mentioned. “A foul pitch to Walker went proper to his bat and he crushed it however apart from that me and (catcher Colton) Plaia had been on the identical web page, the protection was excellent. Every thing concerning the sport was superior. The tempo was good on and off. We’re on a roll proper now, proper above .500 so hopefully we are able to maintain going.”

The 51s misplaced the primary sport of the season after which pulled even the subsequent day earlier than sliding beneath .500, which they didn’t crack once more till this week.

“After the beginning we had after which the way in which the blokes fought right through, it’s a great feeling as we speak,” DeFrancesco mentioned. “Tomorrow we go to Fresno. The large sequence can be in opposition to El Paso. We’re going to have to come back on the market and play the most effective baseball of the yr in opposition to them on the highway and are available again we’ve received Salt Lake in our division. You by no means know what might occur.”

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