Carlos Torres Rebounds, But Vegas Bullpen Blows Lead In 5-2 Loss


Albuquerque 5, Las Vegas 2

I wonder if I lit a fire under Carlos Torres when I questioned his employment status with the 51s when I covered his last start in disappointment. Torres was actually quite impressive on Monday evening, lasting six innings and allowing just four baserunners over that span. He allowed a run to cross the plate in the first on a ground-out, but was otherwise in control for his time in the game. The bullpen, however, did not experience similar success.

Dylan Owen was in trouble after he loaded the bases with one out and was removed from the ballgame. Justin Hampson took over, but allowed all of them to score. Hampson also allowed an earned run on his own accord, as he allowed two hits and walked a batter of his own without recording an out. Gonzalez Germen and Armando Rodriguez combined to finish the game with 2.2 IP scoreless combined.

Vegas scored their first run off a Zach Lutz home run, and their second on a fielding error on a grounder from Wilmer Flores.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis left the game after being hit by a pitch on his right leg. More on that as it surfaces. And in other 51s’ news, they were sold to a group that plans to move them to a new stadium in Summerlin.

Key Stats

Jamie Hoffmann: 2-for-4, 1 2B

Collin Cowgill: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Zach Lutz: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Omar Quintanilla: 3-for-4, 1 2B

Carlos Torres: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 3 K

Dylan Owen: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 ER, 2 K

Justin Hampson: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 3-3 Inherited runners scored

Gonzalez Germen: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0-2 inherited runners scored

Armando Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB