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51s slugger promoted to big leagues

Tue, 11 Aug 2009 23:33:00 -0000

Las Vegas 51s slugger Randy Ruiz could not have asked for a better homecoming.

Ruiz on Tuesday was promoted to the Toronto Blue Jays and is in the starting lineup at designated hitter for a road game at the New York Yankees. Ruiz is a native of the Bronx, N.Y., home of the new Yankees Stadium.

Ruiz took the roster spot of Alex Rios, who was claimed off waivers Monday by the Chicago White Sox.

Ruiz, 31, leads Las Vegas with 25 home runs and 106 RBIs. He made his big league debut last year with the Minnesota Twins, batting .274 in 22 games with one home run.

51s' Snider named PCL Player of the Week

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 20:16:00 -0000

After hitting .538 (14-of-26) over the past week, Las Vegas 51s outfielder Travis Snider was named the Pacific Coast League's Player of the Week on Monday.

The 21-year-old Snider, who spent the early portion of the 2009 season manning left field for the Blue Jays before being sent down, also had 11 runs scored, 7 doubles, 3 homers and 15 RBI in 7 games.

Snider, the 14th overall pick in the 2006 draft, is the fifth 51s player to earn POW honors this season, joining Brett Harper, Jason Lane, Joe Inglett and Kevin Howard.

Snider is hitting .293 with 9 home runs and 30 RBI in 35 games with the 51s.

Pitcher of the Week honors went to Salt Lake's Sean O'Sullivan, who threw the first 9-inning no-hitter in Bees history last Tuesday. He surrendered just one walk and struck out 7 in a 2-0 victory over Sacramento.

The 51s play a double-header with Salt Lake City tonight beginning at 6:05 p.m., which will feature a pair of 7-inning contests. Following an off-day on Tuesday, the 51s play eight straight on the road before beginning an 8-game home stand next Friday.

51s notes: Inglett honored by PCL, Delucci promoted

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 20:20:00 -0000

51s second baseman Joe Inglett, in his second Triple-A stint this season, was honored on Monday as the Pacific Coast League's Player of the Week.

Inglett, who was sent back down for Toronto in late June, went 16-of-25 (.640) in 7 games last week. He hit one home run, 5 doubles and drove in 7 runs in the process.

In 19 games this season with the 51s, Inglett, who hit .297 in 109 games with the Blue Jays last season, is carrying a .364 average.

Dellucci promoted, Adams optioned to Vegas

Outfielder David Dellucci, who the Blue Jays organization recently signed to a minor league contract following his release by Cleveland, was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to a weekend series against the Yankees.

The 35-year-old Dellucci, who was 20-of-63 (.317) in 16 games for the 51s, went 0-for-11 with a walk in the four-game series.

To clear room for Dellucci, the Jays sent down infielder Russ Adams, who is hitting .319 this season with the 51s, with one home run and 9 RBI in 24 games. He went 4-for-20 (.200) in 8 games this season for Toronto.

Attendance strong over holiday weekend

Before heading off for a 9-game road trip on July 4, the 51s had a strong fan showing to kick off the holiday weekend.

Between July 2 and 3, 19,187 fans showed up to see Las Vegas split a pair of games with Reno. For Thursday's 2-0 51s victory, 9,214 fans arrived, while an announced sellout crowd of 9,973 saw the Aces prevail 3-1 on Friday.

For the season, the 51s are averaging 4,885 fans per home game through 43 contests.

51s' Randy Ruiz selected for Triple-A All-Star game

Fri, 03 Jul 2009 07:23:00 -0000

Las Vegas 51s first baseman Randy Ruiz will take his red-hot bat to Portland on July 15, as he was selected to play for the Pacific Coast League squad in the 2009 Triple-A All-Star game.

Ruiz is hitting .322 for the 51s, 15 home runs, 33 doubles and 70 RBI.

In the 11 years since the game took its current format, the PCL holds a 6-5 edge on the International League.

51s' Kevin Howard named PCL Hitter of the Week

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 19:32:00 -0000

After going 12-for-24 with a pair of home runs and 9 RBI in 6 games last week, 51s third baseman Kevin Howard was named the PCL Hitter of the Week on Monday.

Las Vegas went 3-3 over the last week, and plays Sacramento each of the next two nights at Cashman Field to close out a 4-game set.

Since joining the 51s following a trade from the Padres organization, Howard is hitting .287 in 25 games with 4 homers and 25 RBI.

Accardo picks up save in 2009 MLB debut

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 08:40:00 -0000

Former 51s starter Brad Mills was a bit shaky in his major league debut, while fellow call-up Jeremy Accardo picked up his first major league save of the 2009 season as Toronto completed a sweep of Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, 8-7, in interleague play.

The 24-year-old Mills, who was 1-8 with a 4.48 ERA in 13 starts with Las Vegas before his promotion to the bigs, lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing 4 earned runs on 6 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 2.

But a Rod Barajas home run in the top of the ninth set the stage for Accardo, who took the place of closer Scott Downs. Downs was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday.

Accardo, who saved 30 games for the Blue Jays in 2007, allowed just one hit while pitching two-thirds of an inning to secure Toronto's 37th victory of the season.

Accardo saved 9 games for the 51s before his call-up, carrying a 3.38 ERA in the process with 22 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched.

51s' Mills to make first MLB start as injuries continue to hit Jays

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 07:40:00 -0000

In the past three days, the Toronto Blue Jays have placed three pitchers -- ace starter and former Cy Young winner Roy Halladay, closer Scott Downs and starter Casey Janssen -- on the disabled list.

That, however, has created an opportunity for 24-year-old Brad Mills, who makes his major league debut on Thursday when the Blue Jays attempt to complete a 3-game sweep of Philadelphia in interleague play.

Mills becomes the third 51s call-up to make his first major league start this season, joining Robert Ray and Brett Cecil on that list.

A fourth-round pick back in 2007, Mills is 1-8 in 13 starts this season with the 51s, carrying a 4.48 ERA. Despite the numbers not popping off the page, he's held opponents to 3 or fewer runs in 10 of his 13 starts.

The lefty's finest outing of the season came on June 7, when he struck out 11 batters while throwing 7 shutout innings in a victory over Tacoma.

Thursday's Jays game begins at 10:05 a.m. PST.

51s avoid sweep in Reno

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:07:00 -0000

Randy Ruiz hit a pair of home runs and Brian Burres pitched a complete game shutout Wednesday afternoon to lift the Las Vegas 51s to a 5-0 victory at the Reno Aces in the final game of the inaugural series between Nevada’s Triple-A affiliates.

Dubbed the Silver State Diamond Challenge, the winning team of the 16-game season series receives the Silver Plate Trophy. Reno took two of three games this week.

Ruiz hit a three-run home run in the first inning and followed with a solo shot in the third to help the 51s take the final game.

The 51s added a run in the seventh inning when Brett Harper plated Buck Coats with a run-scoring single.

Burres (4-5) scattered four hits over nine innings with five strikeouts.

Las Vegas returns home Thursday for a four-game series with the Portland Beavers.

51s drop inaugural game to Reno

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 07:37:00 -0000

Chalk one up for Northern Nevada.

The Las Vegas 51s were defeated 5-3 Monday night at the Reno Aces in the first game of the inaugural Silver State Diamond Challenge.

The North's Reno welcomed Triple-A baseball to Washoe County this April to create a natural rivalry.

The winning team of the 16-game challenge — each franchise hosts eight games as part of the Pacific Coast League schedule — receives the Silver Plate Trophy, a home plate shaped trophy with plenty of room to be engraved annually with the victorious team's record.

"I think this challenge is great for all the baseball fans in the state and I look forward to watching the action on the field," Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said in a press release.

Goodman and Reno Mayor Bob Cashell have embraced the competition. The mayors have a friendly bet on the series — the losing city's mayor will wear the other team's jersey for a full day of city business, including a city council meeting.

Also, the losing mayor will donate $100 per game for the difference in wins to the winning mayor's charity of choice.

Southern Nevadans might be thankful the mayors don't have a similar bet for college football. UNR has beaten UNLV the past four years.

Brett Harper hit his 11th home run of the season for Las Vegas, but it wasn't enough as Reno scored three runs in the second inning and never trailed.

The 51s (26-39) will look to even the series at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.

Pitcher fans nine in 51s victory

Mon, 15 Jun 2009 03:36:00 -0000

David Purcey had nine strikeouts in 7 and 2/3 innings Sunday afternoon to lead the Las Vegas 51s to a 6-4 victory at the Colorado Spring Sky Sox.

Purcey (2-1), who held Colorado Springs scoreless through seven innings, gave up two runs and four hits. Jeremy Accardo recorded the final four outs for his ninth save.

Las Vegas (26-38) scored three runs in the fourth inning, including a RBI single and run scored from J. P. Arencibia, to take the lead for good.

The 51s built their lead to 6-0 through seven innings. Jason Lane doubled and scored on a Kevin Howard run-scoring single in a two-run sixth inning.

The 51s open a four-game series at 7:05 p.m. Monday at the Reno Aces, the inaugural meeting between Nevada’s Triple-A affiliates. Reno is in its first-year of existence.