Robert Brender, @robertbrender on TwitterFresno Grizzlies (SF) 2, @ Las Vegas 51s 12
The Las Vegas offense pounded out 12 runs on 17 hits on their way to dominating the Fresno Grizzlies 12-2 Tuesday night at Cashman Field. It’s the seventh time in the last nine games the 51s bats have struck for double-digit hits and their highest run total since scoring 12 June 17 vs. Colorado Springs.
Wilmer Flores (pictured) put together one of the best offensive performances of the season for a 51s hitter, posting an impressive 5 for 6 at the plate, including two doubles, one rbi and three runs scored. His batting average went up to .320. The pair of doubles give him 27 and the rbi was his 64th, both of which are best in the PCL. The five hits raise his season total to 104, fourth best in the league. This was the first five-hit game in the 21-year-olds six-year professional career and it extended his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games. His stock is officially going through the roof.
Ike Davis got the scoring started for Vegas, popping a two-run homer off Fresno starter Justin Fitzgerald in the opening inning. It was his sixth long ball since being demoted and first since June 24, a span of six games. He finished the ballgame 1 for 4 with a walk and a strikeout mixed in. Ike has 12 extra base hits (six HR, six 2B) and 12 runs batted in in 20 AAA games.
Ruben Tejada, who was called up to Vegas earlier in the day to continue his road back from a quad injury, was held out of the starting lineup. However, he was given an opportunity to pinch hit in the bottom of the 7th with a pair of men on base and promptly doubled home a run. Tejada ran for himself and was done for the night when the inning concluded.
Brandon Hicks is quietly having one of his best offensive stretches of the season. With three more hits in four at-bats Tuesday, the native Texan has five multi-hit games in his last nine starts and a five game hitting streak. During the streak, he’s 10 for 22 (.454) with five rbi.
Notes: Matt den Dekker was 0 for 2 but walked three times and drove in a run. He’s officially 0 for 7 in two games with Vegas….Juan Centeno had three hits and is now batting .317. He came into the game slugging only .375 despite the high BA….RHP Chris Schwinden got the win, allowing two runs in six strong innings.