The Fresno Tacos fell to the Las Vegas 51s on the first Taco Tuesday of the season at Chukchansi Park, the first of a four-game series against the visiting 51s. The loss put Fresno on a five-game losing streak, matching the longest such streak from last season.
Las Vegas took an early 5-0 lead with a nine-batter second frame. Four consecutive singles, a bases loaded walk to Matt Reynolds and a three-run double by T.J. Rivera (2-for-4) did the damage.
Preston Tucker (2-for-4) extended his hit streak to nine games with a single in the second. His streak is only one behind Tyler White's 2017 Fresno-best 10-games (4/6-4/16). Tucker scored on a Jon Kemmer two-out RBI single to put the Tacos on the board 5-1, also extending his own hit streak to six games.
Gavin Cecchini blasted a two-out solo-shot to left in the fourth to extend the 51s lead 6-1. Derek Fisher (2-for-4) looked to start a Tacos rally in the fifth with a two-out double off the centerfield wall, but it proved to be the only hit of the inning for the home team. It was Fisher's third double of the season, tied for the team high with A.J. Reed who also doubled Tuesday.
Keegan Yuhl (1-2) threw 85 pitches in the loss for the Tacos in five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Jordan Jankowski pitched a perfect sixth in relief, and did not allow a run in the seventh either, getting himself out of a bases loaded jam. Reymin Guduan was on the mound in the eighth and James Hoyt in the ninth kept the Tacos deficit to only five runs.
Las Vegas starter Donovan Hand (2-1) pitched six solid innings in the win allowing one run on seven hits, walking one and striking out five. Two 51s relievers combined for only two hits and struck out eight in the final three innings.
Fresno looks to snap the skid when they return to action Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. for the second game of the series and this eight-game homestand against Las Vegas. Probable starters are RHP Tyler Pill for the 51s and RHP Brady Rodgers (2-0, 1.50) for Fresno. It's Pill's first Triple-A start.
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