FSM Essential Recap: Aviators vs Aces – Series 1


Las Vegas Aviators (3-3)  |  Reno Aces (3-3)


Game 6


Aviators vs Aces
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The Las Vegas Aviators and Reno Aces closed out their six-game series on Sunday afternoon at the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin. The series gave the fans exactly what they wanted. It was both high-scoring games and pitchers duels, and Sunday provided a mixture of both scenarios. The Aviators defeated the Aces in come from behind fashion 5-4, to the delight of the 6,998 fans.

Zach Logue got the start for Las Vegas, and he was cruising until the third inning when Dominic Miroglio belted his first homer of the year to give the Aces a 1-0 lead. Reno didn’t stop there in the inning, tacking on two more runs on a Braden Bishop triple that scored Jake Hager. Bishop also scored on the play because of a throwing error by Buddy Reed. Just like that, the Aviators were down 3-0.

In the top of the fourth, Reno continued to do damage when Stuart Fairchild took Logue deep over the left-field wall and gave the Aces a 4-0 lead. But in the bottom of the fifth, Las Vegas‘ Vince Fernandez sent a Ryne Nelson pitch deep over the right-field wall, got the Aviators on the board, and cut the lead to 4-1. In the bottom of the sixth, Shea Langeliers hit a 2-run homer, his second in as many days and third of the year, deep over the center-field wall, which also scored Nick Allen.

The Aviators, who were now down just 4-3, had new life, and that momentum made it a whole new ball game. Later in the bottom of the sixth, Drew Jackson singled in Christian Lopes to tie the ball game up at four apiece. Both teams didn’t score another run until Luis Barrera came up in the bottom of the ninth. With the count knotted at two and with 2-out, Barrera hit a walk-off homer to center field and gave the Aviators a 5-4 win and a series split to the delight of the Las Vegas fans.


Game 6 Box Score

WP: Parker Markel (1-0)

LP: Josh Green (0-1)

HR: AviatorsVince Fernandez (1), Shea Langeliers (3), Luis Barrera (1),  Aces Dominic Miroglio (1), Stuart Fairchild (1)



It’s now a travel day, and the Aviators will be heading out to face the Salt Lake City Bees. The series starts Tuesday, with the first pitch scheduled for 5:35 PM.



Game 5


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On Saturday night, the Las Vegas Aviators ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Reno Aces in front of 7,982 at the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin.

The Aviators got on the board first when shortstop Nick Allen hit a 3-2 pitch over the left-field wall to give Las Vegas a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Then, Shea Langeliers added two more runs after he went yard in the bottom of the 4th inning. It was Langeliers’ second home run of the early season.

The Aces came right back in the next half-inning when Camden Duzenack hit his second dinger of the year, a two-run home run, to cut the Aviators’ lead to 3-2.

Luis Barrera scored when Nate Mondou singled to center field to give the Aviators a 4-2 lead. Then, in the eighth inning, Stone Garrett singled home Alek Thomas to cut the lead to a single run. However, that was it for the scoring as Ryan Castellani came in to record the save, his second of the year, and end the Aviators losing streak. Collin Wiles went six strong innings to record the win, while the Aces Dan Stats took the loss after giving up three runs in 4 innings of work.


Game 5 Box Score

WP: Collin Wiles (1-0)

LP: Dan Stats (0-1)

SV: Ryan Castellani (2)

HR: AviatorsNick Allen (1), Shea Langeliers (2), Aces Camden Duzenack (2)


The Aviators and Aces conclude their six-game series at the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin in a Sunday afternoon showdown. The first pitch is slated for 12:05 pm. Zach Logue will take the mound for the Aviators looking for his first win of the year after taking a no-decision on opening night.



Game 4


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Reno Aces DH Matt Davidson continued his torrid start to the 2022 season, going 3-5 and hitting his third home run of the early season in a 7-1 win over the Aviators. The former Dodgers farmhand is hitting .389, driving in four to go with his three home runs. The Aces also had home runs from Buddy Kennedy and Jake Hanger in the win.

The Aviators’ lone run came off a Christian Bethancourt dinger, his second in as many days. But from the jump, Las Vegas could not contain the Reno, with the Aces scoring three runs in the first inning and a run in the second, third, and fifth innings. The Aviators managed only five hits for the game while striking out 11 times and left five runners in scoring position. The Aces banged out ten hits in the win but also struck out ten times.

Adrain Martinez took the loss for the Aviators, going just 2 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, and striking out 2. Ryan Meisinger game in to start the 6th inning and picked up the win in relief to the chagrin of the 7,649 that showed up to the Las Vegas Ballpark on Friday night.


Game 4 Box Score:

WP: Ryan Meisinger (1-0)

LP: Adrain Martinez (0-1)

HR: AviatorsChristian Bethancourt (2), Aces Matt Davidson (3), Buddy Kennedy (1), Jake Hanger (1)


The Aviators and Aces are right back at it Saturday evening at the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 pm, with Collin Wiles taking the mound for Las Vegas and a yet-to-be-determined pitcher for Reno.



Game 3


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On Thursday night, the Aviators and Aces were back at it in the third game of their six-game series at the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin. Like the two games before, another nail-biter had the crowd on the edge of their seats, only to see the Aviators lose 6-4.

Las Vegas got things going early in the game, taking a 1-0 lead after the first inning when Nick Allen scored when Christian Bethancourt grounded into a double play. Bethancourt then homered in the bottom of the 4th to add another run on the board for the Aviators. In the bottom of the 5th Allen scored again, thanks to a Christian Lopes single, to extend the Aviators’ lead to 3-0.

But a half-inning later, Camden Duzenack homered to cut the deficit to 3-1. Later in the inning, Alek Thomas scored on a bases-loaded walk. Finally, the Aces tied it up when Jake Hager scored on a fielder’s choice, and after five innings, we had a tie ball game.

Drew Jackson singled in Shea Langeliers to give Las Vegas a one-run lead after the sixth inning. But Reno tied it up in the seventh inning when Hager scored Duzenack on a sacrifice fly. Grayson Greiner homered to give the Aces the lead for good in the eighth inning. Reno tacked on an insurance run in the ninth inning when Duzenack doubled in Dominic Miroglio to provide the Aces with a 6-4 lead, which is the score they eventually went on to win by.


Game 3 Box Score:

WP: Tylor Holton (1-0)

LP: Chester Pimentel (0-1)

SV: Kevin Ginkel (1)

HR: AviatorsChristian Bethancourt (1), Aces Camden Duzenack (1), Grayson Greiner (1) 


The Aviators and Aces are right back at it Friday evening at the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 pm, with Adrian Martinez scheduled to start for Las Vegas and TBD for Reno.



Game 2


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A day after Aviators fans saw a pitcher’s duel ending in a 3-2 Las Vegas win over the Reno Aces, fans who attended the Wednesday night game at the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin witnessed some fireworks. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Eric Thames singled in Shea Langeliers and Luis Barrera to give the Aviators a quick 2-0 lead. An inning later, Langeliers hit a 2-run homer to extend the Las Vegas lead to 4-0.

But the Aces scored seven unanswered runs from the 5th through the 7th inning. First, Reno’s Matt Davidson homered for the second straight day to push the lead to 7 runs. Then, after the Aces scored another run on a past ball, Thames blasted a 2-run home run over the right-field wall to cut the lead to 8-6. Dalton Kelly then singled in Christian Bethancourt to make it a one-run game, but that was as far as the Aviators could get with the Aces closer Mitchell Stumpo striking out Thames to end the game. 


Game 2 Box Score:

WP: Keynan Middleton (1-0)

LP: Grant Holmes (0-1)

SV: Mitchell Stumpo (1)

HR: AviatorsEric Thames (1), Shea Langeliers (1), Aces Matt Davidson (2)


The Aviators are back at the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin to take on the Aces tonight at 7:05 pm.



Game 1


The Las Vegas Aviators defeated the Reno Aces, 3-2, in the season and home opener before a near-sellout crowd of 8,475 at Las Vegas Ballpark.


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It was opening night for the 2022 Minor League Baseball season Tuesday night at the Las Vegas Ballpark as the Aviators hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces. Fans were excited to get out on a near-perfect night for baseball and do so without wearing masks. The smell of beer, BBQ, tacos, hotdogs, and hamburgers filled the air to the delight of the near-sellout crowd that filled up the crown jewel of Summerlin.

It also marked a rare occasion that the minor league season started before the majors. This is the case this season due to the labor issues Major League Baseball had with their players, which delayed the start of the season. As a result, while some MLB teams remained in camp until Wednesday, they had had to let their minor leaguers break camp to get ready to start their season. In addition, some of the final Spring Traning games were canceled because the big league squads didn’t have enough pitchers to roll out on the last day.

But Tuesday night was not about MLB’s labor issues delaying the start of the season, about anything in the world that has been going on for the past couple of years. It wasn’t about the Oakland A’s possible move to Las Vegas. Instead, it was about the start of the baseball season and a talented Las Vegas Aviators team that has a chance to compete for a Triple-A title in 2022. Boy, did they ever get the season started right!


The Aviators made it an exciting game-one because of some timely hitting and pitching. 


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The Aviators battled back to beat the Aces and claim victory on opening night in part due to left fielder Luis Barrera leading the way, collecting three hits, swiping a base, and scoring twice in his team’s one-run victory. Barrera came through big for the Aviators when he doubled and came around to score the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Second baseman Nate Mondou singled him home to notch the game-winning RBI for Las Vegas. Next, third baseman Vimael Machin singled and walked twice, while shortstop Nick Allen drew a walk, singled in a run, and stole a base. Finally, right fielder and leadoff hitter Mickey McDonald singled, doubled, and scored a run for the Aviators.

Starting pitcher Zach Logue allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits, and two walks while striking out 4 in just 2 2/3 innings of work. In contrast, relief pitcher Austin Pruitt pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings to pick up the win, and relief pitcher Ryan Castellani tossed a scoreless 9th to secure the save for Las Vegas.


Here is a look at the 2022 Las Vegas Aviators opening day roster. 


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The opening day 28-man roster for the Oakland A’s Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas Aviators is set. The team currently includes 17 pitchers and 11 position players. But on Monday, the A’s reassigned to Las Vegas five additional position players (catcher Christian Bethancourt and infielders Eric Thames, Dalton Kelly, Christian Lopes, and Drew Jackson) who will not yet be on the active roster for Tuesday night’s opening game. Other moves will have to be made once they are added to the active roster. In 2022, the Aviators will be piloted by skipper Fran Riordan, who returns for his third season at the helm in Las Vegas.

The roster is headlined by 24-year-old catcher Shea Langeliers, who was acquired from Atlanta in the Matt Olson trade. According to MLB Pipeline, the Braves’ 1st-round draft pick in 2019 is currently the A’s 2nd-ranked prospect. He’ll soon be joined in the Vegas catching corps by 30-year-old backstop Christian Bethancourt, who’s appeared in 161 major league games for the Braves and Padres and hit .391 in 14 games for the A’s this spring.

Aside from Langeliers, the most prominent prospect at Las Vegas will be 23-year-old shortstop Nick Allen, the A’s 3rd-round draft pick in 2017 who is currently Oakland’s 5th-ranked prospect. Another notable name in the infield mix is 28-year-old Vimael Machin, who’s appeared in 39 games for the A’s over the past two seasons and should see plenty of playing time at the hot corner and second base for the Aviators. In addition, former big leaguer Eric Thames, who hit 72 home runs for Milwaukee from 2017 to 2019, will soon join them on the squad, likely seeing some time at first base while also serving in the designated hitter role.

Meanwhile, a trio of familiar faces should see most of the playing time in the Las Vegas outfield this season. Luis Barrera, who made his big league debut for the A’s last year while also appearing in 96 games for the Aviators, Buddy Reed, who posted a .354 on-base percentage in 43 games for Las Vegas in 2021, and Mickey McDonald, who hit .333 in 56 games for the Aviators last season are all set for return engagements in Las Vegas in 2022.

Zach Logue will lead the starting rotation. The 25-year-old lefty acquired from Toronto in the Matt Chapman trade is currently the A’s 23rd-ranked prospect. The top candidates on the roster to follow him in the rotation include righties Adrian Martinez, part of the return from the Padres in the Sean Manaea deal, Parker Dunshee and Brian Howard, both making return trips to Las Vegas, and Collin Wiles, a minor league free agent signed in the offseason.

Some notable names in the team’s bullpen include righties Grant Holmes, the former 1st-round draft pick of the Dodgers, and Miguel Romero, along with lefties Sam Selman, claimed by the A’s off waivers from the Angels, and Adam Kolarek. They pitched for both Oakland and Las Vegas last season.


Game 1 Box Score:

WP: Austin Pruitt (1-0)

LP: Matt Peacock (0-1)

SV: Ryan Castellani (1)

HR: Aces- Matt Davidson (1)


The Aviators and Aces continue thier six-game series tonight at the Las Vegas Ballpark, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

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