Jun 20, 2010 7:28 PM by Jordan Mason
Dexter Fowler has hit for the cycle as the Sky Sox blew out the Las Vegas 51s 13-4 Sunday.
The centerfielder Fowler, batting leadoff, hit a solo home run to lead off the first, tripled in the second, doubled in the fourth and singled in the fifth.
With a two-game losing streak in their midst, Sky Sox starter Esmil Rogers looked to end an ugly skid for both himself and the club. Rogers had been the victim of three poor starts coming into Sunday's outing. The stretch beginning on June 4 against Reno, Rogers had surrendered 20 earned runs in his last 10.0 innings, while yielding three home runs.
The first inning didn't go so smoothly for the struggling starter. Though he retired the first two batters with ease, Sky Sox killer Brett Wallace launched a 3-2 offering from Rogers over the left field fence, putting Vegas on top, 1-0.
The Sox wasted no time mounting a comeback, however. Locking in on a 1-0 count, Fowler launched the next offering high over the left field wall to even the score at one. Though the 51s would put up two more in the top of the second, the Sky Sox took the lead, 4-3, with three runs in the inning's bottom half.
Helping the cause, Rogers settled in thereafter, throwing four consecutive scoreless innings before leaving after the seventh.
Meanwhile, the Sky Sox offense continued their unrelenting surge. Scoring runs in each of the first five innings, the Sky Sox blew the game wide open with a four run fifth, taking a 10-4 advantage.
The Sky Sox went up 13-4 in the eighth, then Matt Reynolds closed the game out with a scoreless ninth.
Undoubtedly, the story of the day was Dexter Fowler's extraordinary performance. Completing the cycle with just one out in the bottom of the fifth, Fowler finished the game going 5-for-6 with five runs and three RBI - carrying the team to victory. The five runs also tied a franchise record for runs in a single game. Fowler did have an opportunity to score a sixth run, coming to the plate with one out in the eighth. He hit into a double-play however, the only at-bat on the day in which he was retired.
With the win, the Sky Sox improved to 33-37 while the 51s fell to 31-40.
The two teams will conclude their series Monday before the Sox travel to Reno for a four game set with the Aces. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.