The Las Vegas 51s made history in the Pacific League during Thursday night’s game against the Salt Lake Bees when they hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back jacks in the top of the fourth inning.
It all started when Allan Dykstra launched a ball over the right field wall for his fifth home run of the season. Then Zach Lutz followed and hit his fifth, an opposite field shot to right field as well. Taylor Teagarden made it three in a row, when he sent the ball flying over the center field wall for his team leading eighth home run of the season. The final shot, came off the bat of Brandon Allen, when he smashed his second home run of the season and sent it sailing over the right field wall to put all four players into the record books.
“That was crazy. It’s the first time I’ve ever witnessed that, and the first time I’ve been a part of it. It was exciting,” Allen tells Josh Jackson of MiLB.com.
“I’ve never seen it before. It’s impressive. These guys have swung the bat all year long,” Wally Backman added regarding the record breaking night.
At 24-10, Backman has led Las Vegas to the best record in the Pacific Coast League. The 51s are powered by an offense that leads the entire league with 244 runs, 364 hits, 43 home runs, 220 RBI, 574 Total Bases, a .345 On-Base Percentage, and .475 Slugging Percentage.
An impressive night by a team that continues to tear through pitchers in the Pacific Coast League and now are a part of baseball history. Backman is looking to lead his team to the post season for the second season in a row.
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