Brother vs Brother and Another Loss to Omaha for Vegas

By Jennifer Nieves

May 13, 2017 2 Comments

Las Vegas (15-20) lost again to Omaha Friday night, and have dropped five of their last six games. Blake Beavan started for the 51s and gave up five runs, all earned, over six innings, walking three and striking out two.

After six, the 51s were down 5-1, just like Thursday night, again having scored their only run on a solo home run by designated hitter Desmond Jennings. Despite another rough night for the offense, Vegas bats stirred a bit in the bottom of the seventh. First baseman Dominic Smith homered on a high drive over the wall in right. Right-fielder Travis Taijeron followed with a triple, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jennings, bringing the 51s within two.

The seventh inning also brought the AAA debut of Vegas left-hander Alberto Baldonado. He pitched one scoreless inning before running into trouble in the eighth. A wild pitch allowed a batter to reach first on a strikeout, then a sac bunt moved him to second and he scored on a single. With two outs, Baldonado was replaced by Beck Wheeler who had trouble getting the third out and allowed two more runs to score.

The game marked the first time Las Vegas second baseman Gavin Cecchini and his older brother, Omaha third baseman Garin Cecchini played against each other in professional baseball.

The elder, Garin, started by grounding out to his brother in the third, and had a good night, going one for three with a sacrifice fly and three RBI. His two-RBI single in the eighth topped off the scoring for the Storm Chasers.  The final score was 8-3 Omaha.

Gavin went 0 for 4, and is now hitting only .237 for the season.

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Desmond Jennings and Dominic Smith each hit solo homers, the fourth of the season for each player.