Powered by a near-cycle from Omar Quintanilla and a no-hit bid from Giancarlo Alvarado (2-2), the Las Vegas 51s rolled to a 9-3 victory against the Sky Sox (28-36) on Tuesday night in front of a packed crowd of 8,021 at Security Service Field.
Quintanilla fueled the 51s’ offense with five RBI and fell just a single shy of a cycle. In the second inning, Las Vegas struck for four runs, including a three-run shot by Quintanilla in his first at-bat off LHP Pedro Hernandez (4-3) The 51s tacked on runs in the third and fourth innings to give Alvarado a comfortable 6-0 lead, which was again aided by Quintanilla and a triple in his second at-bat.
Alvarado was sharp most of the night and carried a no-hitter through five innings, with CF Jason Pridie’s walk in the first frame being the only blemish. With the walk, Pridie now has reached safely in 54 of 59 games this season, and while on the base paths, the 30-year-old swiped his 20th bag of the season — his fifth season of at least 20 steals.
Alvarado retired 15 consecutive batters until 3B Rafael Ynoa snapped the no-hitter with a soft ground ball up the middle.
The Sky Sox attempted a comeback in the seventh when they scored three runs, which included a two-run double from 1B Kyle Parker. They threatened again by loading the bases with two outs, but were unable to capitalize on the opportunity, trailing 9-3.
Alvarado finished the night with six innings, allowing two runs on just two hits, while striking out five and walking two.
Hernandez managed to finish five innings, but allowed six runs on eight hits, while striking out five and walking two.
Parker finished with two of the Sky Sox’ five hits and also had two RBI in Tuesday’s affair, which included his team-leading 18th double of the season.
RHP Manny Corpas tossed 2.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. In his last eight games, Corpas has tossed 13.2 scoreless innings and has not allowed a run since May 7th, lowering his ERA from 7.71 to 4.20, though he has allowed five of nine inherited runs to score.
The Sky Sox will take on the 51s at 12:05 p.m. (MT) Monday afternoon when 41-year-old Brett Tomko (4-3, 3.80 ERA w/ OMA) takes on LHP Darin Gorski (0-1, 5.56 ERA).