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Iron Matz and Wilfredo Tulovar Lead 51s Over 'topes in

Las Vegas 51s @ Albuquerque Isotopes

May 5, 2015

Game One


Las Vegas


W: Matz (4-1, 2.04 ERA); L: Lannan (0-1, 6.11 ERA)

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The Highlights:


Steven Matz – 6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, BB, 7 SO, 87 Pitches (66 Strikes), 5 GO: 4 FO, (1-3, RBI (1), SO)
Jack Leathersich (2.25 ERA) – 1 IP, SO, 2 GO


Daniel Muno – 1-5, 2 R, 2 SO
Darrell Ceciliani – 3-4, 3 R, 2B (5), BB, SO
Matt Reynolds – 2-5, R, RBI (24)
Brooks Conrad – 3-4, 2B (2), 3 RBI (5)
Dan Rohlfing – 1-3, 2 R, 2B (1), BB
Wilfredo Tovar – 3-3, 2 R, 2 HR (2), 4 RBI (12), SAC


            The Las Vegas 51s cruised to a victory in game one of their double-header in Albuquerque Tuesday night, scoring in 5 of the final 6 innings. Steven Matz was hit around a little more than he has so far in the PCL, but he was great at limiting the damage, and continues to impress. Surprisingly, Wilfredo Tovar, who hit two homeruns in a game for just the second time in his pro career, and Brooks Conrad, who had a 3-hit game, led the offense. Matz probably could’ve been left out there for the complete game, but with higher pitch counts his last two times out, and Jack Leathersich needing an inning of work, Wally made the change for the 7th.

Read on for highlights from the offense, and more on another strong performance from Matz below, and the game two recap should be up soon.

Scoring Highlights

            After Travis Taijeron and Dan Rohlfing reached via walks, Wilfredo Tovar cleared the bases with this two-out bomb in the 2nd, his first of the year.

            Darrell Ceciliani hit a one-out double in the 3rd, and then came around to score on a wild pitch.

            Rohlfing led off the 4th with his first double of the year, and then came home to score on an RBI single from Steven Matz with the infield drawn in. After Danny Muno hit into a force out, which erased Matz, Ceciliani, Reynolds and Conrad hit consecutive singles to tack on another two runs.

Yep, Matz bats righty

            Muno, Ceciliani, Reynolds and Conrad hit consecutive singles leading off the 6th, which led to the first two runs of the innings – Reynolds would come home on a Brandon Allen groundout.

            Tovar hit his second bomb of the game leading off the 9th – welcome to the PCL.

Matz Coverage

            Matz allowed more hits Tuesday night than he had in any of his previous 5 PCL starts, but was overall very good once again. Of the 9 hits, 5 were well struck, including all 3 hits from Wilin Rosario, but the rest of the game featured a good number of weak groundballs and Matz K’s. The leadoff double in the first is a single 99% of the time, but the Isotopes batter was busting it out of the box, and then Darrell Ceciliani slid too far trying to cut off the ball, so his throw was a little late. Albuquerque would steal two bases off of Matz in the 1st inning, but he paid noticeably more attention to them the rest of the way, which stopped the run-game. He nearly had an immaculate inning in the 2nd (3 strikeouts on 9 pitches), but he fell behind the second batter of the inning 1-0. He’d work around a couple of singles in the 3rd nicely, but appeared to lose focus after allowing a run with one out in the 4th – the double he gave up to Ryan Casteel in the 4th was crushed to the hill in CF, just like Rosario’s double. He would walk the next batter, which caused Frank Viola to pop out from the dugout to address any problems before the inning got out of hand. The first pitch after Viola came out was hit weakly to Tovar, starting a 4-6-3 double play to end the frame.

He was featuring a heater I heard ranging from 91-94 MPH, his good curve, and a solid changeup. I don’t have exact numbers, but it seemed like he was throwing his changeup less tonight than the previous two starts. His comfort with the curveball is really encouraging, as he was throwing it in any count tonight, including for several first pitch strikes. Guys are going to get hit, especially in the PCL, but Matz kept his cool (except for the one walk mentioned), and limited the damage from 9 hits to just 2 runs. Yes, it is OK to get excited.

K #1 - Tim Smalling

K #2 - Kyle Parker

K #3 - Ryan Casteel

K #4 - Angelys Nina

K #5 - John Lannan

K #6 - Tim Smalling

K #7 - Kyle Parker

Matz has shown some great fielding skills from the mound this year

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