Saturday, July 12, 2014 | 10:22 p.m.
The Las Vegas 51s dropped their final game before the all-star break, surrendering three runs in the eighth inning today of a 6-5 loss to visiting Albuquerque at Cashman Field.
The 51s took advantage of two Albuquerque errors in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Wilmer Flores had a RBI single, and Matt Reynolds scored the second Las Vegas run on an error.
Cory Vaughn went 3 for 4 with a RBI to lead the Las Vegas offense, while Brandon Allen and Flores each had two hits, a run scored and an RBI.
On Wally Backman Replica Jersey Night, the Las Vegas manager wasn’t around to see the end of the game. He was ejected in the third inning for arguing a close call at the plate when Albuquerque’s Roger Bernadina scored on a ball hit to right field.
Albuquerque pulled away with three runs in the eighth, including Jamie Romak connecting on his 17th home run of the season.
Las Vegas (56-42) finishes the first half with a 10-game lead in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Southern Division and tied for the most wins in the 16-team PCL. The 51s are the defending league champs.
Designated hitter Allan Dykstra will represent Las Vegas in the Triple-A all-star game, which is Wednesday in North Carolina.
The second half begins Thursday with a four-game series at Salt Lake. The next Las Vegas home game is 7 p.m. July 25, also against Salt Lake.