Salt Lake 5, Las Vegas 4
It’s tough to be Robert Carson right now. After surrendering a two-out, walk-off home run in Game One to Salt Lake the night before, he was unable to hold a tie yet again when he allowed the game winning run to cross the plate on a sacrifice fly last night. To be fair, he was hurt by a crucial passed ball in a ninth inning that turned a lead-off single in practically a lead-off double. He was forced to issue two intentional walks in the inning and it was a difficult situation to work around. However, these walk-off losses just plain feel deflating and it’s really hard to bounce back from them. The 51s are now down 2-0 in the series.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off the game with a home run for the 51s to put them on top early, and after three straight hits plated two runs for Salt Lake in the third, Rylan Sandoval chased home a pair of runs to put the score at 3-2. Salt Lake would tack on two more runs as the game went on — more importantly, one in the bottom of the eighth — and took a 4-3 lead into the top of the ninth. A clutch double by Francisco Pena tied the game up Las Vegas again, but it was all in vain.
Rylan Sandoval: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Juan Centeno: 1-for-3, 2 SB
Francisco Pena: 1-for-1, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R
Rafael Montero: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 ER, 2 K
John Church: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 1 K