Robert Brender, @robertbrender on TwitterSalt Lake Bees (LAA) 6, @ Las Vegas 51s 3
RHP Jacob deGrom (pictured) made his second start for Las Vegas since being called up from Binghamton June 17, and he was fantastic. The Florida native shutout Salt Lake for six innings but was not involved in the decision after the bullpen blew the lead, with an assist from the 51s defense. Thanks to four runs in the 8th inning, the Bees came from behind to beat the 51s 6-3 at Cashman Field.
Pitching line for deGrom: 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 4BB, 7K. He threw 98 pitches (60 strikes). In 11.2 innings since his promotion, deGrom has limited his two opponents to one run with 10 strikeouts. It’s a remarkable improvement, considering he was 2-5 with a 4.80 era in 10 starts with Binghamton. The main concern is his control; 28 walks in 83.2IP at both levels this season (6BB in 11.2IP at AAA).
With Vegas ahead 2-1 in the top of the 8th inning, left-hander Sean Henn (1-3) was summonsed from Wally Backman’s bullpen. Henn had limited opponents to one earned run in his previous nine appearances, but Sunday provided very different results. The lefty started the frame by walking the leadoff man, Andrew Romine. He than attempted to pick Romine off at first base and threw the ball beyond the reach of Rylan Sandoval covering, allowing Romine to go all the way to 3rd. One uneventful out later, Kole Calhoun tripled home Romine tying the game.
With two out in the innings, 3b Eric Campbell made an errant throw to first on a groundball that would have ended the inning. Instead, the error allowed the go-ahead run to score for the Bees. Henn was relieved by Greg Peavey, who promptly gave up a two-run homer to the first batter he faced making it 5-2 Salt Lake. Sandoval homered for the 51s in the bottom of the inning, but Salt Lake got the run back in the top of the 9th and went on to win 6-3.
Wilmer Flores continues to rake for Vegas, going 2 for 4 Sunday, in the process extending his hitting streak to five games. He’s also hit safely in eight of his last nine starts with 12 hits in 38 at-bats over that span.
Notes: Ike Davis got the day off Sunday after making 11 straight starts in AAA….Mike Baxter was 0 for 5 and is now hitting .208 since his demotion….With Lutz, Brown and Satin all in the big leagues, Francisco Pena hit cleanup and was the DH Sunday….Vegas is now 39-36 this season.