Robbers rock Osos

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Edison Alvarez and the Train Robbers bullpen delivered one of their best pitching efforts of the season Sunday.
But that didn’t mean the ordinarily prolific Las Vegas offense got the night off.

On the contrary, both facets of the team’s game were in top form in a brutal 19-1 rout of the visiting Raton Osos.

Alvarez struck out five Osos and allowed a mere five hits over seven innings. Ryan Wood and Reggie Hochstedler closed out the game with one shutout inning apiece.

The lone Raton run came in the top of the seventh when A.J. Doyle made it home off a Steve Taft single late in Alvarez’s time on the mound.

But Las Vegas had the game well under control by that point. The Robbers amassed 23 hits and got help from four Raton errors.

Eleven Las Vegas players recorded at least one hit as the team moved to 23-15 and stayed in a dogfight with Trinidad (23-14) atop the Pecos League North Division.

Adam Kam hit 4 of 6 with two runs batted in and three runs scored to pace the Robbers. Joey Haskell — switched to seventh in the order from his usual leadoff spot — also had a big game, going 4 for 5 with a walk, three runs and one RBI.

Rickey Brown went 3 for 4 with three RBI and three runs.

Former NMHU slugger Luis Saenz hit 1 of 4 for the Osos.