Vegas Can’t Overcome Five First Inning Runs In 8-2 Loss



Tacoma 8, Las Vegas 2

For Collin McHugh on Saturday night, it was a tale of the first inning…and the rest of the game. McHugh allowed six hits in a row, three of them extra base hits, in the first inning which led to five earned runs. Remember that the ball tends to carry a little more in Las Vegas before you make a judgment on that. I have openly admitted to being on the “Bring McHugh To Flushing” bandwagon with Joe D. and this start does not change that for me. After the rough go in the first inning, he flipped a switch and went the next six innings allowing only a double and a walk over that span.

So after that horrible first inning, Collin McHugh‘s line was 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 4 K. In fact, after allowing the six straight hits to open the game, he retired the next 16 batters straight before walking Mike Zunino – and proceeded to induce a double play. Of course, we couldn’t remove that first frame from the game no matter how hard we wished, so the 51s were fighting an uphill battle from the start.

Greg Peavey ended up on the hook for three runs in the top of the ninth, but only one of them was earned – and Sean Henn had allowed his two inherited runners to score on Peavey’s account.

The Vegas offense consisted of Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Andrew Brown launching solo home runs. It’s nice to see Kirk settle in already in AAA, while Brown continued to stay hot with a two-hit game. Reese Havens also had a multi-hit game.

Key Stats

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Andrew Brown: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Wilmer Flores: 1-for-4, 1 2B

Reese Havens: 2-for-2, 2 BB

Collin McHugh: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 5 ER, 4 K

Justin Hampson: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 BB

Greg Peavey: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 K

Sean Henn: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K (2-2 Inherited runners scored)