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VEGAS - In early stages of their Inaugural season in the MiLB, the Las Vegas Aviators have been a fun team to watch over the first two weeks of the 2019 campaign.

Before today's 6-5 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies, the Aviators 9-1 record thru ten games has been the best start in any season in club history. Since the 1983 season when they were called the then Las Vegas Stars, they previously set a club record of 8-2 in the first ten games of that year. 

That same 1983 Las Vegas Stars team had a very successful individual in their lineup that year in catcher Bruce Bochy. Bochy would later climb the ranks in the professional baseball world and eventually managed the San Francisco Giants organization to three World Series titles (2010, 2012, and 2014) that cemented this National League West powerhouse as a Dynasty Franchise.

For the 2019 Las Vegas Aviators, what has been the catalyst that has allowed them to put together the best start in club history?

Let's take a look back at what transpired over the course of those first 10 games of the 2019 season that has made it the best start in club history.

The Aviators opened their 2019 season on the road in El Paso, TX where they played a five-game series against the Chihuahuas. In that five-game series, the Aviators took four of five and outscored El Paso by a 49-37 margin.

In that series against the Chihuahuas, the Aviators received solid pitching from their starting rotation particularly in the first three games where Daniel MengdenJake Buchanan, and Paul Blackburn pitched at least five innings of work. Those three Aviators starters in their starts, combined for 17 strikeouts. 

The high powered offense that factored into taking the opening season series vs. El Paso was led by shortstop Jorge Mateo, left fielder/designated hitter Mark Payton, and right fielder Duston Fowler. These three notable Aviators players put together drove in 17 of the 47 total runs of the series.

After going four of five in West Texas, the Aviators came home to their new state of the art stadium "Las Vegas Ballpark" to open up their first ever home regular-season series in beautiful Summerlin.

This series featured a three-game set against their neighbors to the Northwest in the Sacramento River Cats. The three-game series featured the first-ever regular season sweep in club history and the first-ever home run at "Las Vegas Ballpark" from catcher Sean Murphy, his first homer of the season.

In the series opener in Summerlin, Mengden was solid on the mound for the Aviators where he gave them six very good innings pitched that included nine strikeouts.  At the batter's box, the Aviators outscored the River Cats with 10 runs to their two in game one. Included in their slugfest against Sacramento, Las Vegas also out hit them by a 13 to four margin. The shining stars in that game were Aviators 2nd baseman Franklin Barreto and 3rd baseman Sheldon Neuse who combined for six hits in that contest.

Neuse was the only player on the Aviators roster to score three times in the home opener.

In the second game of the series, Las Vegas defeated Sacramento by a 5-1 final. Their ace in game two was Buchanan who gave the Aviators a solid performance on the hill with six full innings pitched, struck out six Sacramento batters, and recorded his second 'W' of the season.  The Aviators would bookend the final game of the series against the River Cats with an impressive 11-3 victory.

The stars from the Las Vegas Aviators that helped complete this first-ever series sweep at their new home was shortstop Mateo, catcher Murphy, and 1st baseman Seth Brown. Those three Aviators infielders, combined for 11 of the 14 total hits that Las Vegas put on Sacramento.

Mateo was also the only Las Vegas player to cross home plate three times. In the series sweep, starting pitcher Blackburn earned his second win on the season with seven innings pitched.

Vegas would win the next two games at home against the Fresno Grizzlies by a 9-8 and a 6-2 victory respectively before their best season start in club history came to an end.

For the Las Vegas Aviators organization and their fans, this best start will be remembered for years to come.