Robert Brender, @robertbrender on TwitterReno Aces (AZ) 10, @ Las Vegas 51s 12
The 51s sent 14 batters to the plate in the 3rd inning, scoring 10 times on their way to an 12-10 victory over the Reno Aces Tuesday at Cashman Field. Las Vegas managed 13 hits, making it the sixth time in the last eight games and 12th time this month they’ve been in double-figures.
After a five game absence because of a sprained ankle, Wilmer Flores (pictured) returned to the 51s lineup and picked up right where he left off before the injury. The 21-year-old posted a single and a sac fly in five plate appearances, driving in his PCL-leading 76th and 77th rbi of the season in the process. He started defensively at first base and hit 3rd in the lineup before being replaced by Zach Lutz in the 8th inning. Dating back to before the ankle injury occurred, Flores has at least one rbi in seven of his last 10 games.
Jacob deGrom started on the hill for Vegas and had his shortest outing of the season at any level. The Florida native lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits with four walks. It’s the first time since August 18, 2012 deGrom went fewer than five innings in a start (3IP that day for St. Lucie). It’s also just the second time in his last 10 starts he’s given up more than two earned runs, and the four walks are more than the previous three starts combined (3). He was not involved in the decision and his record remained 3-1 in AAA.
Pitching line for deGrom: 3.2IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 6K, 1HR, 102 pitches/59 strikes. His era went from 3.00 to 3.86. The homerun he surrendered to Reno’s Matt Davidson in the 4th inning was the second he’s served up in a 51s uniform.
Righty John Church was first out of the Vegas bullpen and was ultimately awarded his first AAA win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Three more relievers saw action after Church, with Robert Carson recording his seventh save.
Remember Mike Baxter? Yep, he still plays for the 51s, albeit not very well for the last few weeks. The Vegas left fielder entered Tuesday’s game in a 4 for 34 (.118) slump but hopefully turned things around with a pair of hits, including a two-run homer (4) in the 3rd inning.
Notes: Pedro Feliciano was promoted to the 51s early Tuesday but didn’t appear in the game….Jordany Valdespin was 0 for 3 but drove in his 13th run since demotion and walked twice….Ruben Tejada had three more hits, extending his hitting streak to 10 games….Juan Centeno and Jamie Hoffmann each had two-hit games….Only one position player in the 51s starting lineup (Tejada) didn’t have an rbi.