Vegas Squeaks Out Win

The Las Vegas 51s made it two straight wins against Tacoma, hanging on for a 7-6 victory on Friday night.

The game was notable for the wind: it was gusting up to 50 miles per hour to straight-away center field.

This made every ball hit in the air an adventure. Many of the hits and runs came as a result of fly balls that would normally be outs. I actually expected the game to be much higher-scoring, considering the conditions.

Supposedly the wind will die down tonight (in fact, the “strong wind advisory” was expected to be called off at 11:00 last night). On the other hand, the temperature is expected to drop into the 50s tonight – you should see these Las Vegans freak out about the “cold,” it’s hilarious!

Jesus Montero continues to swing a hot bat. He went 2-for-4 with an opposite field (and wind-aided; everything was wind-aided last night) home run off top prospect Noah Syndergaard. Montero has a nine-game hitting streak, and he has homered in his last three games.

Montero is also starting to look a little more fluid at first base. Still a long way to go, definitely, but you can see some progress.

Saturday’s game starts at 7:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Chance Ruffin (0-1, 6.08) against Las Vegas RHP Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.57).

Links:

  • Manager Roy Howell talked about the conditions in the Rainiers game story.
  • Justin Smoak saved the day with a clutch hit and a game-saving defensive play in the Mariners win over Texas on Friday night.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes an item on Cole Gillespie‘s call-up.
  • In the PCL, rain hit the Pacific Conference. Salt Lake picked up a 7-1 win at Reno in a game rain-shortened to six innings.
  • Fresno’s home game against Albuquerque was rained out. The Grizzlies signed Federal Way’s Travis Ishikawa.
  • Sacramento waited out the rain before putting a 14-5 beating on El Paso. Outfielder Jeff Francouer pitched another scoreless inning for the Chihuahuas – he’s pitched three times this week!
  • Mike Fiers tossed another gem and Nashville beat Oklahoma City, 5-3. Fiers is 4-0 with a 1.01 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.
  • Good news from Oklahoma City, where they think manager Tony DeFrancesco may be able to return to the team in a month or so. He’s been battling cancer.
  • Memphis shut out Round Rock, 8-0. The Austin paper has a story on the loaded Memphis outfield.
  • New Orleans has been scoring a lot of runs this week, and they trounced Omaha 10-5 on Friday. Carlos Peguero hit two dingers for Omaha.
  • Chris Rusin had his best start of the season and Iowa picked up a 9-2 win at Colorado Springs.

Tacoma has dropped two in a row, and Las Vegas has won five in a row. Let’s see if both streaks can end tonight.

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