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River Cats’ offense batters 51s again

For the second straight day, the 51s took a beating at the hands of the host Sacramento River Cats, allowing eight second-inning runs on the way to a 12-5 Pacific Coast League loss Sunday.

Las Vegas (52-42), coming off a 7-1 setback Saturday, had no answer for the River Cats’ second-inning outburst. Starter Scott Richmond sustained all the damage, including a two-run Daric Barton homer and a two-run Kila Ka’aihue double among six earned runs before Richmond was lifted for Clint Everts.

Sacramento (57-38) stretched the lead to 9-0 in the fourth before the 51s finally got on the board, on Yan Gomes’ homer in the sixth to make it 9-1. Anthony Gose had a two-run homer for Las Vegas in the ninth.

FRESNO VS. LAS VEGAS SERIES NOTES

The 51s also will host intrastate rival Reno (56-39), Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in a four-game series Friday through Monday.

Las Vegas trails Sacramento by 4 1/2 games in the Pacific Coast League South.

The Grizzlies feature two of the Giants’ top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America, in right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree (No. 3) and outfielder Francisco Peguero (No. 5), who is on the disabled list.

Pacific North-leading Reno features two of Arizona’s top 10 prospects in left-handed pitcher Tyler Skaggs (No. 3) and outfielder A.J. Pollock (No. 6), who is batting .327. The Aces also feature three of the PCL’s top four hitters in outfielder Adam Eaton (PCL-leading .391), second baseman Jake Elmore (.374) and third baseman Ryan Wheeler (.352). Eaton has 27 stolen bases, Elmore has 25, and Wheeler has 15 home runs and a league-leading 90 RBIs.

51s corner infielder/catcher Yan Gomes is eighth in the PCL in batting with a .339 average. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is hitting .314 and is fifth in the league in RBIs with 58. Center fielder Anthony Gose is batting .293 with a PCL-leading 29 stolen bases.

Las Vegas closer Chad Beck (1-0, 1.36 ERA, 12 saves) was called up by Toronto on Sunday.

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