2014 PCL PACIFIC SOUTHERN DIVISION CHAMPIONS
FACE INTRASTATE RIVAL THE RENO ACES IN
PCL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
BEST-OF-5 FROM SEPTEMBER 3rd – 7th
HOST GAMES #1 & #2 ON WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY
SEPTEMBER 3-4 AT CASHMAN FIELD AT 7:05 P.M.
Mountain Ridge Little League Team at 51s Game (Wed., Sept. 3)
The Las Vegas 51s (81-63, .563) professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, and back-to-back Pacific Southern Division Champions, will open the PCL Conference Championship Series (Best-of-5), against intrastate rival, the Reno Aces (81-63, .563), Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Pacific Northern Division Champions, on Wednesday, September 3 at Cashman Field (9,334) at 7:05 p.m. Game #2 will also be played at Cashman Field on Thursday, September 4 at 7:05 p.m. Games #3, (#4, #5, if necessary) will be played at Aces Ballpark (9,100) in Downtown Reno. Las Vegas and Reno were both tied for the best record in the 16-team PCL.
The first 1,500 fans through the gates on Wednesday will receive a “three-quarter” sleeve 51s T-Shirt and Thursday’s contest will feature Budweiser Dollar Beer Night. Proper identification and wristbands are required for dollar beer night.
The Mountain Ridge Little League team will be at Cashman Field tomorrow evening for Game #1 of the Pacific Coast League Conference Championship Series between intrastate rivals, the Reno Aces vs. Las Vegas 51s.
Mountain Ridge will be involved in pre-game ceremonies on the field. The first pitch to open the Best-of-5 series is at 7:05 p.m.
– The 2014 PCL Playoffs –
Conference Championship Series Schedule (Best-of-5):
Game 1: Wednesday, Sept. 3: Pacific Northern (Reno) at Pacific Southern (Las Vegas)
Game 2: Thursday, Sept. 4: Pacific Northern at Pacific Southern
Game 3: Friday, Sept. 5: Pacific Southern at Pacific Northern
Game 4: Saturday, Sept. 6*: Pacific Southern at Pacific Northern
Game 5: Sunday, Sept. 7*: Pacific Southern at Pacific Northern
Game 1: Wednesday, Sept. 3: American Southern (Memphis) at American Northern (Omaha)
Game 2: Thursday, Sept. 4: American Southern at American Northern
Game 3: Friday, Sept. 5: American Northern at American Southern
Game 4: Saturday, Sept. 6*: American Northern at American Southern
Game 5: Sunday, Sept. 7*: American Northern at American Southern
PCL Championship Series (Best-of-5)
Game 1: Tuesday, Sept. 9: American Conference Winner at Pacific Conference Winner
Game 2: Wednesday, Sept. 10: American Conference Winner at Pacific Conference Winner
Game 3: Friday, Sept. 12: Pacific Conference Winner at American Conference Winner
Game 4: Saturday, Sept. 13*: Pacific Conference Winner at American Conference Winner
Game 5: Sunday, Sept. 14*: Pacific Conference Winner at American Conference Winner
2014 Gildan Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game
Tuesday, September 16: Pacific Coast League Champion vs. International League Champion
At BB&T Ballpark (10,000) in Charlotte, North Carolina (Home of the Charlotte Knights, Triple-A affiliate of the
Chicago White Sox, and will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. (PDT).
51s Playoff Tickets are on sale now 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. Individual single game ticket prices are: $14.00 (Field), $13.00 (Plaza), $10.00 (Reserved) and the Blue Dugout Seats ($25.00).
The 51s, under manager Wally Backman (2014 PCL Manager of the Year), finished the 2014 campaign tied with the best record in the 16-team PCL with an 81-63 (.563). Reno also compiled an 81-63 record (.563) and the 2014 season series against Las Vegas was tied 8-games-to-8. The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, held the best record in the International League (14 teams) and all of Triple-A baseball with a 81-62 (.566) mark.
PACIFIC CONFERENCE SOUTHERN DIVISION CHAMPIONS (2013 & 2014) – Las Vegas will advance to the PCL Playoffs for the 10th time. The 51s had the distinction of being in first place wire-to-wire during the 2014 campaign. Las Vegas finished over the .500 mark for the third consecutive season (2012-14) and it also marked the first time in franchise history (32 seasons, 1983-2014).
LAS VEGAS 80-WIN SEASONS – The Las Vegas franchise has won 80 or more games in a season five times: 85 (2002, franchise best 85-59 record (.590); 83 (1983 inaugural season, 83-60 (.580); 81 (81-63, .563 in 2013); 81 (81-63, .563 in 2014); 80 (1986 PCL champions with an 80-62 mark (.563). Las Vegas has recorded back-to-back 80-win seasons for the first time in franchise history (2013 & 2014).
LAS VEGAS ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECAP
1983 – Albuquerque Dukes defeated Las Vegas 3-to-2
1984 – Hawaii Islanders defeated Las Vegas 3-to-0
*1986 – Las Vegas defeated Phoenix Firebirds 3-to-2
– PCL Championship Series – Las Vegas
defeated Vancouver Canadians 3-games-to-2
1987 – Albuquerque Dukes defeated Las Vegas 3-to-0
*1988 – Las Vegas defeated Albuquerque 3-games-to-0
– PCL Championship Series – Las Vegas
defeated Vancouver Canadians 3-games-to-1
1992 – Colorado Springs Sky Sox defeated
Las Vegas 3-games-to-2
1996 – Phoenix Firebirds defeated Las Vegas 3-to-0
2002 – Edmonton Trappers defeated Las Vegas 51s
2013 – Salt Lake Bees defeated Las Vegas 51s
Las Vegas all-time PCL playoff record: 18-26 (.409) *PCL Champions
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 51s (series tied 8-8, 51s retain trophy)
2014 ATTENDANCE: In 71 dates, Las Vegas’ total was 329,429 for an average of 4,640, which included three sellouts (April 25, May 13, May 23). The Las Vegas franchise has reached the 300,000 plateau in “home” attendance in all 32 seasons (1983-2014). The season-high crowd was 10,163 vs. Sacramento on Military Appreciation Night on May 23. The all-time attendance total now stands at 10,644,209. 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 51s will broadcast all games on Lotus Broadcasting on Sports 920 (AM) The Game, which will carried 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.
Season tickets for the 2015 season and mini-plan packages (11, 22 & 36-game plans) 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.
– Visit the Las Vegas 51s on the Internet at www.lv51.com –
– Visit www.MiLB.com – the official site of Minor League Baseball –