Home cooking has apparently not been good to the Las Vegas 51s (24-22) on the current homestand as they suffered their fourth straight loss to the Nashville Sounds in a 13-2 drubbing Thursday night.
Seth Lugo made the start and gave up solo home runs in the first and second innings. After that, things really got out of hand. Lugo completed six innings, giving up seven runs, all earned, on ten hits. He walked two and wove in eight strikeouts. Lugo’s ERA increased to 7.86
Jeff Walters started the seventh but only recorded one out, giving up 6 hits and 5 runs in the process. The final run scored on a single given up by Erik Goeddel who came in to relieve Walters. Goeddel managed to close out the 7th and pitch a scoreless 8th. Jeff Glenn, usually a catcher, pitched the ninth inning, giving up one run on two hits and a walk.
The 51s offense consisted almost entirely of Johnny Monell who homered in the fourth, and tripled and scored in the sixth. Vegas managed only four total hits. The other two came from T.J. Rivera and Travis Taijeron. Taijeron’s single drove in Monell from third in the sixth, but then he slipped and got caught in a rundown between first and second before being tagged out.
Rivera was making just his second start of the season in left field and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Brandon Nimmo was given the night off. Before the game, outfielder Roger Bernadina was placed on the 7-day disabled list with an oblique injury, Glenn was activated in the corresponding move. Box score
After beginning the Nashville series in first place in the PCL Pacific Southern, the 51s dropped to third place after the sweep. They were outscored in the series 35-13. Las Vegas will try to right themselves in the weekend series against the Memphis Redbirds starting Friday night. Duane Below will go to the mound.
(photos by Jennifer Nieves)