Robert Brender, @robertbrender on TwitterColorado Springs Sky Sox (COL) 9, @ Las Vegas 51s 7
Trailing 6-0 in the 8th inning, the 51s offense rallied for six runs on five hits to tie the game. However, the tie was short lived as struggling reliever Robert Carson surrendered three runs in the top of the 9th, eventually taking the loss in a 9-7 Sky Sox victory at Cashman Field.
Chris Schwinden started for the 51s and was awful again: 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 1BB, 3K, 2HR. His era went from 5.97 to 6.18. It’s the sixth time in 14 starts this season the right-hander has given up five or more runs. In many ways, he’s lucky to have an era that low considering the 95 hits he’s allowed in 71 1/3 innings.
Vegas only had three hits on the board until the 8th inning, when they suddenly came alive for five knocks, leading to their six run outburst. No one in the lineup had more than one hit in the ballgame and only Ike Davis and Brandon Hicks were hitless.
Zach Lutz (pictured) finished the day 1 for 3 with a homer (7), three rbi and a pair of walks. His hot stretch since returning from the DL June 11 gets better by the day; 8 for 20 (.400), three homers, two doubles, a triple and nine rbi in five games.
Andrew Brown was 1 for 4 with a homerun (8) in the big 8th inning. He now has 41 rbi, second most on the team behind Wilmer Flores. Brown leads the 51s in BA (.349), OB% (.431), SLG% (.676) and OPS (1.107).
Speaking of Wilmer Flores; he was 1 for 4 with a pair of runs driven in, giving him a PCL best 52 rbi this season. The 21-year-old has collected 13 rbi in the last 10 games, a stretch which has seen him knock in at least one run in seven of those games.