Robert Brender, @robertbrender on TwitterLas Vegas 51s 0, @ Nashville Sounds (MIL) 4
For the fifth time this season and the first since July 12, the Las Vegas 51s were shutout, dropping Thursday’s game 4-0 in Nashville. The Vegas offense managed just four scattered singles, their lowest hit total since July 5 when they has four against Tucson. They’ve scored three runs in the first three games of the series in Music City and, not so surprisingly, have lost all three. It’s somewhat shocking, considering they posted 30 runs in the previous four game series vs. Sacramento in Sin City. The three game losing streak is their longest since dropping three straight 6/12-14.
One positive note was the performance of starting pitcher Giancarlo Alvarado, who was excellent for 6 1/3 innings. His line for the night: 6H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 3K, 1HR. It’s the first loss of the season for Alvarado, who began the campaign 4-0 in his first six starts. The right-handers era went down to 1.96 from 2.08.
Mike Baxter, Zach Lutz, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Ruben Tejada had the 51s hits. The 1st inning single for Tejada broke an 0 for 16 at the plate.
Notes: the 51s conclude their four game series in Nashville tomorrow night before heading to Memphis to open a four game set Saturday.