First Loss For Cowboys As Las Vegas Train Robbers Win 13-7
Cowboy starter Jasper Adams looked okay for the first two innings even as he gave up a run in the first on a double and a follow up single.
There was no panic as the Cowboys scored two in the bottom of the second. Matt Henrickson drew the lead off walk. Anthony Renteria followed with a single to move Henrickson to third. With runners at the corners, Tyler Heck hit into a 6-4 fielders choice that scored Henrickson. Heck stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. He would score when Corey Caswell grounded out to short. Cowboys lead 2-1 for their only lead of the night.
In the top of the third things fell apart for Adams. After getting Carlos Hughes to fly out to right he hit Brett Mendoza with a pitch, gave up a single to Shane Casey and a two run triple to Train Robber center fielder Gary Owens. The next play defies logic as the batter grounded to second and Heck tried to throw out Owens at third instead of taking the sure out at first. With both runners safe, Jerry Simpson popped up to right which should have been the third out. But with two outs Miguel Castano singled to drive in Owens. Joe Quinones walked to load the bases and the Las Vegas pitcher, Rob Swift, singled to drive in two runs. Las Vegas increased their lead to 6-2.
In the bottom of the third, John Hotta and Casanova Donaldson drew walks and Austin Prott made Swift pay for the free passes by slamming a ball off of the yellow stripe and over the wall in left center for a three run home run. That HR closed the gap to 6-5.
The Train Robbers answered with three runs of their own in the top of the fourth as Brett Mendoza scored in front of Shane Sawyer's home run and Gary Owens tripled for the second time and scored on a single by Jerry Simpson. Owens also had a triple in last night's contest.
The Cowboys fought back in the sixth as Tyler Heck drew the base on balls, advanced to second on a balk and reached third on a single by Corey Caswell.
Heck scored on a 4-3 ground out by John Hotta and Caswell scored on a single by Casanova Donaldson. Casanova was thrown out at second trying to stretch his single into a double. Why the first base coach would send him in this situation I don't know. Down 9-7 with two outs doesn't make sense to me. There is an old saying in baseball..."never make the first or third out in an inning trying to stretch a hit".
The Train Robbers would score one run in the seventh and three in the eighth to hand the Cowboys their first loss of the season.
Last night I thought Coach Stevens took Noah Piard out too early and tonight I think he left the starter, Jasper Adams, in too long. Adams was charged with 9 runs and Coach Stevens used five pitchers anyway. The game was out of hand before Adams left for relief pitcher Ryan Robinson in the third. You can't let a pitcher get rocked like this early in the game. Changes should be made before the damage is done. Today the offense, although scoring seven runs, could not overcome the early deficit. The final score was Las Vegas 13 Alpine 7.
The Cowboys have two more games against the Train Robbers at Kokernot Field. A day/night double header tomorrow starting at 3 PM, before heading to Douglas, Arizona for five games against the Douglas Diablos and then three against the Bisbee Blue. They return to the friendly confines of Kokernot Field on Tuesday the 27th of May for a 7 game homestand against the White Sands Pupfish and the Douglas Diablos.
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