THE “FIRST-PLACE” 51s RETURN TO CASHMAN FIELD
FOR EIGHT-GAME HOMESTAND AGAINST INTRASTATE RIVALS
RENO ACES AND FRESNO GRIZZLIES FROM MAY 31 – JUNE 8
KIDS CARNIVAL (SATURDAY, MAY 31)
51s HAT NIGHT/CLUB RIDE NIGHT (FRIDAY, JUNE 6)
51s T-SHIRT NIGHT (SATURDAY, JUNE 7)
The Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets & 2013 Pacific Southern Division Champions, will open an eight-game homestand on Saturday, May 31 against intrastate rival, the Reno Aces, Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, at Cashman Field at 7:05 p.m. The four-game series against the Aces will conclude on Tuesday, June 3, at 7:05 p.m. The next scheduled off day for the PCL is Wednesday, June 4. The 51s will then host the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, in a four-game series from Thursday-Sunday, June 5-8.
The 51s, under second-year manager Wally Backman, are concluding a brief four-game road trip in El Paso, Texas against the Chihuahuas, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, on Friday evening in the “new” Southwest University Park (9,000) in downtown El Paso. The 51s have the best record in the 16-team PCL and all of Triple-A Baseball (30 teams) with a 34-19 mark (.642). The “first place” 51s lead second-place Albuquerque (24-28) by 9.5 games in the Pacific Southern Division.
2014 ATTENDANCE: In 28 dates, Las Vegas’ total is 139,161 for an average of 4,970. Las Vegas franchise has reached the 300,000 plateau in “home” attendance in all 31 seasons (1983-2013) and the all-time attendance total now stands at 10,453,941. Las Vegas’ season-high crowd, which includes three sellouts, was 10,163 vs. Sacramento on Fireworks/Military Appreciation Night on May 23 at Cashman Field. The 51s organization have the proud distinction of being the longest enduring franchise in the history of professional sports in the state of Nevada.
The series opener on Saturday will feature the Kids Carnival from 4 to 6 p.m. inside the Cashman Convention Hall and the carnival is FREE with a ticket to that night’s game between the 51s-Aces at 7:05 p.m.
Game two of the four-game series on Sunday, June 1 will feature a matinee contest at 12:05 p.m.
“Smith’s Value Menu Monday” will be presented in game three of the series on June 2 at 7:05 p.m. Monday “home” games will feature a “Value Menu” for the sixth straight season. The 51s and Aramark have teamed together for discounted food items on Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Peanuts, Cracker Jacks and Pretzels for just $1.00 per item.
Reno’s roster features two of the top 10 prospects in the Diamondbacks organization, according to Baseball America: Right-handed pitcher Archie Bradley (No. 1) and right-handed pitcher Matt Stites (No. 8).
In 2009, Las Vegas and Reno developed the Silver State Diamond Challenge and the “Silver Plate Trophy” to add to the excitement to the rivalry for the two PCL teams that represent the state of Nevada.
CHAMPION OF THE SILVER STATE DIAMOND CHALLENGE:
2009: Las Vegas 51s (series tied 8-8 and won the “Draw of the Cards” between the two Mayors)
2010: Reno Aces (Reno won series 11-games-to-5)
2011: Reno Aces (series tied 8-8, Aces retain trophy)
2012: Reno Aces (series tied 8-8, Aces retain trophy)
2013: Las Vegas 51s (Las Vegas won series 13-games-to-3)
2014: Las Vegas leads the series 5-games-to-3
Budweiser Dollar Beer Night will be presented in the opener of the four-game series against Fresno on Thursday, June 5 at 7:05 p.m. Every Thursday home game throughout the 2014 campaign will feature “Dollar Beers.” Proper identification and wristbands are required for dollar beer night.
Game two of the series on Friday, June 6 at 7:05 p.m. will feature 51s Hat Night/Club Ride Night, to the first 2,500 fans through the gates, on Rape Crisis Center Night.
51s T-Shirt Night, to the first 2,500 fans through the gates, will then be presented in game three of the series on Saturday, June 7 at 7:05 p.m. on ALS of Nevada Night.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain.
ALS of Nevada Night is dedicated to helping Nevadans afflicted with and affected by ALS to live as full and normal a life as possible. Through equipment loans, ALS specific clinics and home visits staff provide free services to ALS families throughout Nevada.
The finale of the eight-game homestand on Sunday, June 8 will feature a matinee contest at 12:05 p.m.
Fresno’s roster features three of the top 10 prospects in the Giants organization, according to Baseball America: Left-handed pitcher Edwin Escobar (No. 2); right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree (No. 7) and shortstop/second baseman Joe Panik (No. 9).
The 51s will broadcast all games on Lotus Broadcasting on Sports 920 (AM) The Game, which will carry live all 144 regular season games. Also, all games will be available on the 51s website (Major League Baseball Advanced Media, MLBAM) at www.LV51.com. Russ Langer, the nine-time Nevada Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA), is in his 15th season behind the microphone calling 51s baseball.
All 51s games (home & away) will also be broadcast on MiLB.TV via LV51.com.
Following the homestand, the 51s will begin a stretch of 16 straight games against the American Conference (June 9-24). Las Vegas will open an eight-game road trip in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday June 9 against the Sky Sox, Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The four-game series will conclude on Thursday, June 12. The 51s will then travel to Oklahoma City, Okla., to face the RedHawks, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, in a four-game series from Friday-Monday, June 13-16.
Tickets for all 51s home games can be purchased at the America First Credit Union Box Office at Cashman Field. The box office is open Monday-Friday (non-game days) from Noon to 4:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com). Ticketmaster outlets are located at selected Smith’s Food & Drug.
The individual game tickets for the 72-game home season are priced at $10.00 (reserved, $11.00-Day of Game); $13.00 (plaza, $14.00-Day of Game) and $14.00 (field, $15.00-Day of Game) & the blue dugout seats at $25.00. The traditional $2.00 discount for Military personnel is offered on plaza and reserved seats throughout the season except for the “Fireworks Extravaganza” on Thursday, July 3 (all seats are priced at $15.00 for this special event).
Season tickets, mini-plan packages (10 & 10-Game You Pick’em, 20, 33-game plans) and group ticket packages are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825.
Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.LV51.com.