One day after clinching the PCL Pacific Southern Division crown, the 51s lost to the Tucson Padres 3-2 at Cashman Field. The loss dropped the 51s (81-62) into a tie with Oklahoma City for the best record in the PCL with one game remaining in the regular season. Should the teams finish with the same record, Vegas owns the tie breaker thanks to beating the Red Hawks three of four games August 8-11 in the only head-to-head series this year.
Right-hander Greg Peavey (pictured) made his return to Las Vegas after a five week stint in Binghamton and got the start for the 51s. Although he started five times in the Eastern League, this was his first opportunity to do so in the PCL and for the most part it went well. The 25-year-old gave up two earned runs on five scattered hits in 5 2/3 innings, while striking out five and walking one. His first stint with the 51s had not gone nearly as well, pitching to a 6.00 era in 38 relief outings and surrendering more than one hit per inning.
Peavey was not involved in the decision after Vegas tied the game 2-2 in the 7th inning. D.J. Mitchell (6-6) took the loss in relief, allowing the go-ahead run to cross in the 9th.
The two 51s runs were driven in by Francisco Pena on a single in the 4th and Eric Campbell who smacked a pinch-hit double in the 7th. Rylan Sandoval, Eric Campbell and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had the only extra base hits on the night (all doubles).
NOTES: Rylan Sandoval was promoted back to Vegas from St Lucie before the game and went 2-4 playing 1B....Cory Wade, who spent last season as a reliever with the Yankees, was signed by the Mets as a Minor League free agent two days ago and closed the game Saturday night...Ruben Tejada was given the night off.