Robert Brender, @robertbrender on TwitterOklahoma City RedHawks (HOU) 3, @ Las Vegas 51s 12
The 51s returned to Sin City after a rough 2-6 road trip to Tennessee and took out their frustrations by walloping the Oklahoma City RedHawks 12-3 at Cashman Field. Vegas had 13 hits in the game and scored in five of their eight turns with the bat. The 12 runs matches their total from the previous three games combined.
RHP Jacob deGrom, who was making only his third start since July 18, had his best outing since that day, throwing 6 1/3 innings for the win. It’s the 20th time in 22 starts this season (at three levels), the Florida native has throw more than five innings. It’s also the seventh time in 11 AAA starts he’s limited his opponents to 3ER or fewer.
Final line for deGrom: 6.1IP, 6H, 3R, 0ER, 1BB, 6K, 1HR. The three runs he allowed in the 6th inning came on a homer from Brandon Laird with two aboard after an error from Brandon Hicks. Aside from the one bad pitch, deGrom was pretty much outstanding.
Although the offense was amazing as a whole, the three former Mets in the lineup, Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Ruben Tejada, were a combined 0 for 11 with five strikeouts. Duda walked four times in his five trips to the plate and struck out the other opportunity. He’s been struck out 18 times in 46 at-bats since returning from his oblique strain.
Matt den Dekker had a breakout night, going 3 for 5, with a triple (3), double (6) and three runs driven in (23). It’s the first multi-hit game for Matt since July 29 (8 games). He also hadn’t had an extra base hit since that day.
Eric Campbell also had a three-hit game, including a double and two rbi. That extended his hitting streak to four games, during which time he’s batting .466.
Brandon Hicks had one of the best offensive games for a 51s player this season. The second baseman was 3-3, homered twice (9), doubled, drove in four runs, walked twice and scored two times. That’s about as good as it gets for a player very few people, including me, pay much attention to.