It was the second night in a row with nearly an hour and a half rain delay, and for the second straight night the Sky Sox (28-38) couldn’t complete the comeback as they lost, 3-1, to Las Vegas (39-28) in the series finale on Thursday night.
The 51s struck early in the top of the first inning when CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off the game with a triple to right and scored on the next at-bat when 2B Daniel Muno singled him home. Four batters later, 1B Brandon Allen laced an RBI-single to right to give Las Vegas the 2-0 lead in the early going.
The Sox scratched out their lone run in the bottom of the first frame when 2B Angelys Nina doubled and scored on a wild pitch later in the inning.
After giving up the two runs early, LHP Yohan Flande (2-9) buckled down and tossed six quality innings, allowing six hits, while striking out four and walking six. It was Flande’s sixth quality start of the season and lowered his season ERA to 4.82 (65.1 ip, 35 er).
The Sky Sox also picked up a season-high five double play balls through the contest, which was the first time since May 3rd, 2007 that the Sky Sox have turned at least five double plays when they turned six against Tacoma.
The 51s added an insurance run in the eighth thanks to RF Cory Vaughn’s RBI-double to right field off of RHP Rob Scahill, who tossed two innings, allowing the one run on three hits with a punchout and a walk.
The Sky Sox will begin a four-game set Friday against the Salt Lake City Bees. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (MT) with LHP Christian Friedrich (1-7, 7.55 ERA) toeing the rubber against RHP Jarret Grube (3-2, 3.93 ERA).