Observations from last night’s 14-2 win in Las Vegas:
- GRAND SLAM HISTORY: With Matt McBride’s grand slam in the eighth inning to cap the Sky Sox 14-2 rout of Las Vegas, the Sky Sox have hit two grand slams so far in the series with Wil Nieves grand slam on Saturday, the first time the Sky Sox have ever hit multiple grand slams in the same series ion the road in their 25-year history. The 2011 Sky Sox made team history last year by being the first team to hit two grand slams on the same roadtrip, with Eliezer Alfonzo hitting one against Tacoma on June 22, 2011 and Ian Stewart smacking one against Salt Lake on June 26th, 2011.
- CLEANING MAN: Matt McBride’s 4-for-5 performance last night with 5 RBI, a grand slam and two doubles improved his already impressive average at the cleanup spot in the lineup to .462 (18-for-39). On the season McBride is slugging .744 and has an OPS of 1.231 batting fourth, as well as totaling 14 of his 18 RBI and collecting at least a hit in eight of the nine games where he has batted from the cleanup spot. Other Sky Sox players who have hit fourth in the lineup this season (Andrew Brown, Chad Tracy) are batting a collective .226 (7-for-31).
- ONE WITHOUT DOUBLE-DIGIT RUNS: With the 14-run outburst by the Sky Sox last night, the Nashville Sounds are now the only team in the PCL that has yet to score double-digit runs in a game this season.
- SOX STINGY WITH HOMERS: The Sky Sox have allowed only one home run in their last ten games (Travis Snider’s solo home run in the 5th inning of Saturday’s 9-8 loss) and are the only team left in the Pacific Coast League that has not allowed double-digit home runs as a team. During the same stretch of ten games, the Sky Sox have hit nine home runs and six in the last three games.
Tonight’s Sky Sox starter: Rob Scahill (1-2, 8.56 ERA)
- Set a Sky Sox record for strikeouts in a loss, striking out 11 Tucson Padres in the Sky Sox 10-2 loss on April 19th, their only loss in the series with Tucson. Scahill allowed only one earned run in the game, but was saddled with the loss.
- In the 2012 home opener for the Sky Sox Scahill retired the first eight Las Vegas batters of the game, but a two-out rally resulted in a grand slam for 51s outfielder Travis Snider in the 3rd inning. Scahill allowed six hits in the fourth inning before being pulled, and was charged with 10 runs in the start.