Doug Bernier’s single drove in the decisive run in a four-run eighth inning that carried Colorado Springs to a 10-6 Pacific Coast League victory over the 51s on Saturday night in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Bernier, a .235 hitter brought in as a defensive replacement at shortstop in the fifth inning, also made the game’s pivotal play in the field. Las Vegas (46-44) had the bases loaded and one out in the top of the eighth inning of a 6-6 game when Bernier caught a liner by Rene Rivera and doubled a runner off second base.
Rivera hit his second home run of the season leading off the fifth, and John Lindsey had a two-run double in the inning that tied the score at 5.
Ramon Martinez hit his first homer of the year, a two-run shot in the first, for the 51s.
Jayson Nix and Christian Colonel each went 3-for-5 for the Sky Sox (45-44). Both followed Bernier’s eighth-inning RBI single with run-scoring hits off reliever Greg Miller (2-3), who gave up four runs on five hits and a walk in his lone inning.
Steven Register (4-1), who blew a save when he allowed Wilkin Ruan’s game-tying RBI single in the eighth, got the win with one inning of relief.
Dwayne Pollok started for the 51s and gave up six runs on seven hits in five innings.