AAA Friday: A Classic PCL Slugfest – Gorski Roughed Up; d’Arnaud & Flores Hit

Once again Robert Brender contributes this from Vegas.

Poor starting pitching put the Las Vegas 51s in a hole they couldn’t dig out of, falling for the 2nd straight night to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 11-6 in front of 5,848 at Cashman Field.

Tonight, Darin Gorski (0-1) was the victim of the hot-hitting Sox, surrendering five runs (all earned) in just two innings, collecting the loss. Gorski had difficulty with command, walking four in his brief outing and throwing 72 pitches, 38 for strikes (53%).

Gorski’s final line: 2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 K. Woof.

As they did Friday night, the Sky Sox (6-3) sent all nine batters to the plate in the opening inning, scoring three times. Back to back doubles from Nolan Arenado and Ryan Wheeler started a run of five consecutive batters to reach in the frame. Nine of the Sky Sox 17 hits went for extra bases.

The Las Vegas bats made a charge in the middle innings, scoring all six runs between the 3rd and 5th. Travis d”Arnaud and Wilmer Flores had two doubles each in the game. d’Arnaud crushed a pair of line drives off the 20’ high wall in left field, coming just a few feet shy of homeruns each time. He drove in two runs on the night and now has six runs batted in this season.

Josh Satin continued his red-hot start, going 2 for 3 with 3 RBI, including a long 2-run homerun in the 5th inning off Colorado Springs starter Drew Pomeranz. Satin has now hit safely in nine of 10 games this season and has a club leading 4 long-balls to go with 12 RBI.

Pomeranz (1-0) was the benefactor of great run support, collecting the win despite allowing six runs (all earned) in five innings.

Trailing 8-6 in the bottom of the 7th inning, the 51s (5-5) loaded the bases with nobody out against Sky Sox reliever Manuel Corpas. However, two shallow fly balls from Zach Lutz and pinch hitter Jamie Hoffmann followed by a Reese Havens strike out got Corpas out of the jam without surrendering a run. The 51s would not get any closer as Colorado Springs tacked on a single run in the 6th and three more in the 8th.

Six Las Vegas pitchers combined to allow 11 runs and 17 hits, the highest total for a 51s opponent in each category this season. Every starting position player for both teams reached base at least once.