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September 23, 2017

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Bases-loaded walk in ninth inning lifts 51s past Albuquerque

Reese Havens drew a walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday, forcing home the winning run for the Las Vegas 51s in a 4-3 victory against Albuquerque in the first game of a Pacific Coast League series at Cashman Field.

It was the second time this week Las Vegas won in its last at-bat, also defeating Round Rock Tuesday in the ninth inning.

Saturday, Zach Lutz singled to start the ninth inning for Las Vegas with the game tied at 3. He advanced to second when Eric Campbell walked and went to third on a sacrifice from Juan Centeno. After Albuquerque intentionally walked Omar Quintanilla to load the bases, Havens pinch hit and drew the game-ending walk.

Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler had his third straight strong outing for the 51s, striking out seven batters and giving up two earned runs in seven and 1/3 innings pitched. He was credited with a no-decision, however, after the 51s blew the lead in the ninth inning.

The 51s had just four hits, including Campbell connecting on a solo home run. It was the second straight night he’s cleared the fences.

The series continues at 12:05 p.m. Sunday.

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