Tuesday night, the 51s offense pounded out 14 hits but managed only five runs, losing to the Reno Aces 6-5 at Cashman Field. It’s the fourth time in the last five games Las Vegas has collected double-digit hits and the first time in that span they’ve lost when accomplishing the feat.
Wilmer Flores (pictured) had another great game at the plate going 3 for 5 with a double and rbi. The run batted in was his 32nd of the campaign, tying Andrew Brown (currently on the DL) for the most on the squad. The 21-year-old also extended his hitting streak to seven games, during which time he’s 13 for 31 (.419) with five extra base hits. He’s also had four consecutive multi-hit games. It’s a shame Flores plays 2B, one of the few positions currently blocked at the big league level. Maybe he can eventually become a full time first baseman but at the moment he’s still not hitting the ball out of the ballpark with any regularity, having managed just four homers in 182 AB’s this season and one in the last 10 games. Still, he has shown the ability to find the gaps, exemplified by his 17 doubles.
Josh Satin contributed three more hits Tuesday, including a double, and now has hits in six of the last seven ballgames. He played first base again after Brandon Hicks fielded the position Monday. Satin has had the most exposure at 1b on the Vegas roster and would be a candidate to replace Ike Davis if needed. However, it’s important to keep in mind he’s not on the Mets 40 man roster and someone would have to be taken off if he’s promoted. But, with Lutz and Brown both on the AAA DL, Satin might be the best immediate option for a big league shot if the organization wants to promote a corner infielder.
Omar Quintanilla reached base twice with a walk and a single in four at-bats. He entered the game on an incredible run, with seven hits in eight plate appearances the previous two days and now has a season-best eight game hit streak. The El Paso, TX native has his batting average up to .331 thanks to hitting .583 for the last week (14 for 24). Ruben Tejada better start looking over his shoulder.
The 51s are 3-2 through the first five games of their current eight game homestand. They have two more games with Reno before heading back on the road to play Fresno next weekend.