Robert Brender, @robertbrender on TwitterLas Vegas 51s 2, @ Nashville Sounds (MIL) 3
After being limited to one run through the first eight innings Wednesday in Nashville, the 51s tied the ballgame 2-2 in the top of the 9th on a homerun from Jamie Hoffmann. The joy from the dramatic blast didn’t last long, however, as Eugenio Velez singled home the winning run for the Sounds in the bottom of the 9th for a 3-2 walkoff victory.
The 51s offense has really struggled since arriving in Music City, scoring three runs the first two nights of the four game series. That’s the fewest runs scored by Vegas in back-to-back games since plating two between 6/13-14 vs. Tacoma and Colorado Springs.
Jamie Hoffmann was the only standout at the plate for the 51s, accounting for both their runs on a pair of solo homers (6). The most impressive part; the 28-year-old outfielder from Minnesota wasn’t even a starter Wednesday. He entered the ballgame as a pinch hitter in the 7th and led off the frame by pulling a ball over the left field wall to get the 51s on the board. After staying in the game to play left field, Hoffmann stepped back up to the dish to start the 9th inning and homered again, tying the game 2-2. Hoffmann has four multi-hit games since July 23 (a span of six games/four starts) to get his average up to .287.
RHP Chris Schwinden started for Vegas, giving up two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings of work. His final line: 4.2IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K. It’s the third straight time the 51s hurler has failed to last five innings.
Notes: Wilmer Flores finished 1 for 3 after going hitless last night….Ruben Tejada was 0 for 4….Jordany Valdespin entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning and singled. He’s batting .463 in AAA….Former Mets reliever Greg Burke gave up the winning run and took the loss.