Robert Brender, @robertbrender on TwitterLas Vegas 51s 2, @ Nashville Sounds (MIL) 4
The Nashville Sounds completed a four game sweep of the Las Vegas 51s Friday night, beating them 4-2 in Tennessee. The 51s scored just five runs in the four game series on 23 total hits. The four game losing streak is their longest since dropping five straight from 4/21-28 (two games were snowed out 4/22 and 4/23). Vegas had been red hot with the bats coming into this set with Nashville, scoring 30 runs the previous four game series vs. Sacramento before flying east.
Jacob deGrom (3-2) got his ninth AAA start and struggled for the second consecutive outing. The Floridian’s line: 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, 94 pitches/63 strikes. The fact that he pounded the strike zone was a good sign, but he gave up five extra base hits (4 doubles, 1 triple). In his last 9.2IP (2GS), deGrom has allowed 9ER on 17H, with 6BB.
Not much offense to speak of for the 51s with all seven of their hits being singles. Mike Baxter and Wilmer Flores each had a pair. Flores has a hit in eight of his last nine starts and his batting average stands at .320.
Very quietly Baxter has put together a 10 game hitting streak to raise his average to .271. During the streak, he’s 14 for 41 (.341).
Notes: the 51s head to Memphis to start a four game series Saturday….Mike Baxter was summonsed to NY after the game to join the Mets if David Wright is placed on the DL.