Friday, April 4, 2014 | 10:17 p.m.
The Las Vegas 51s won their second straight game to open the season today, using a four-run first inning and pounding out 12 hits in an 11-8 victory against the visiting Fresno Grizzlies at Cashman Field.
Zach Lutz, who hit a grand slam Thursday in the 51s’ season-opening victory, started the scoring in the first today with a two-run single. Cesar Puello and Juan Centeno each added RBI singles in the first.
Lutz went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, and big-league veteran Bobby Abreu came off the bench for a pinch-hit three-run double in the sixth inning.
Fresno plated four runs in the eighth inning, but Las Vegas reliever Josh Edgin struck out the only batter he faced for the last out of the inning to stop the rally. The Grizzlies scored twice in the ninth on a two-run home run by Mark Minicozzi.
Top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard gave up two runs in six innings, striking out five batters to earn the win in his Las Vegas debut.