Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 11 p.m.
The Las Vegas 51s surrendered five runs in the initial two innings at Salt Lake today, falling 7-6 in the first game of the second half of the Pacific Coast League season.
The 51s batted around in the eighth inning to score five runs but couldn’t overcome the rough start by pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who was tagged for seven runs in five innings.
Matt den Dekker tripled and scored for Las Vegas to open the eighth inning. Later in the frame, he was hit by a pitch to force home a run to trim the deficit to one. Still with the bases loaded, Matt Reynolds flied out to end the Las Vegas rally.
Wade LeBlanc earned the win for Salt Lake, striking out 11 Las Vegas batters. Tommy Field had a two-run home run and a two-run double for Salt Lake.
Josh Satin went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for Las Vegas.
The series continues Friday.