The 51s offense smacked around Colorado Springs pitchers for nine runs and 11 hits in the first five innings Monday, on their way to a 12-7 win at Cashman Field. The victory gave Vegas a split in the four game series before they back on the road to start a four game set in Tucson Tuesday.
Although every batter in the Vegas lineup had at least one hit, the unquestionable star of the night was Wilmer Flores. He's reached a point this season in AAA where he's proven just about everything he can with the lumber. Monday's performance was on par with the general daily output for the 21-year-old; 3 for 4 with a single, double, triple, walk, two runs scored and two RBI. The double was his 23rd, which leads the PCL, and the two RBI give him 54, also enough to lead the league. Three additional hits give him 83, moving him two spots higher on the league leader board to third. It was Flores' fifth multi-hit game in his last nine starts and the two extra base hits give him six in the last eight games.
Mike Baxter hit his first homerun since being demoted, launching a solo shot in the 3rd. He's hit safely in all seven games with the 51s (.308 BA). The Whitestone native still profiles to be a good pinch hitter for the Mets or another big league club.
D.J. Mitchell, who was reinserted into the Vegas starting rotation when Collin McHugh was DFA'd and Carlos Torres and Zack Wheeler were promoted, was back to his old self; 5.1IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR. He was credited with the win because the official scorer had to give it to him.
Juan Centeno also had a huge night at the dish with three hits in four trips, including a double and three RBI. He raised his batting average from .275 to .301 and the three runs batted in give him 11 in 24 games at AAA.
Notes: Jack Leathersich made his second AAA appearance and allowed 2ER in 2IP with 4K....Ike Davis was 1 for 3 with a 2B and two BB. He's hitting .192 in AAA....The 51s are 36-33.