Las Vegas 51s offense firing on all cylinders

The Las Vegas 51s have been tearing the cover off the baseball of late and giving reason for optimism at the Triple-A level with the big league club sustaining several key injuries.

The Mets’ Triple-A squad has been lighting up their opposition after scoring 27 runs in their last two games against the Fresno Grizzlies.

On Saturday, the 51s scored 10 runs in the seventh inning and went on to win by a landslide, 17-4.

Shortstop Matt Reynolds went 4-for-5 including two doubles and two RBIs.

Travis Taijeron is proving himself in his first year at the Triple-A level. He had the team’s only two homeruns of the night and brought in five RBIs.

The team as a whole racked up 19 hits and eight doubles.

The 51s also got a short but great pitching performance by top prospect Noah Syndergaard. He went three shutout innings and only gave up two runs in the fourth.

In Sunday’s game, Las Vegas kept their run total in the double digits taking the final game of the series 10-5.

The 51s were able to score in almost every inning and gathered another high hitting game with 13 total hits.

Brandon Allen started the offense off with a two-out homer in the bottom of the second inning. In the seventh, the 29-year-old added to the scoreboard again, bringing in a run on a sacrifice fly.

Reynolds had another dominant performance driving in four of the 51s 10 RBIs. He went 3-for-5 and brought his batting average up to .348.

Allen, Reynolds and Alex Castellanos all drove in two-out RBIs that were essential to Sunday’s win.

Las Vegas didn’t get much out of their starting pitcher Rafael Montero who went just over two innings giving up an earned run on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

The pitcher that kept the 51s in the game was 23-year-old Steven Matz. He’s in his first year of Triple-A ball, but he managed to only give up one run on three hits through five innings. He earned five strikeouts on the day and owns a 2.93 ERA.

The Vegas defense limited Fresno to just 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Las Vegas’ offense didn’t just start heating up on Saturday. It all started in the team’s 7-4 win over Sacramento on Thursday. Vegas had another high hitting game with 10 total.

On Friday, even though the 51s lost to Fresno, it was still by a score of 11-10 and the team finished with a total of 18 hits.

The majority of the squad’s runs were off a sixth inning rally where they drove in six runs.

The star of the weekend was Reynolds who went 9-for-15 in the Fresno series and drove in nine runs.


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