Last night in Las Vegas, the 51s were eliminated from the Pacific Coast League playoffs by the Salt Lake Bees.
“It was a very good series and I’m proud of the way the guys played,” Wally Backman said after the loss. “We played hard, but we could’ve played a little bit better.”
Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off the game for the 51s with a home run, but he struck out with the tying run at third base with two outs in the ninth inning to end Las Vegas’ season.
“It’s been a great season, but you don’t want to go out like that,” Nieuwenhuis said. “We played pretty well but it’s tough to be going home. We fought a lot the last month or so, but we couldn’t pull this one out. It’s a bummer.”
Mike Baxter drove in a run with an eighth inning double.
“We won the battle but we didn’t win the war,” Backman said. “We got to the playoffs. We fought. We tried to win. The guys didn’t quit. They deserve a lot of credit for doing what they did.”
Meanwhile, the Savannah Sand Gnats begin their SAL championship series tomorrow at Grayson Stadium in Savannah.
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