The Las Vegas 51s are on fire.
Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate won for the seventh time in a row Sunday night, 18-6, over the Salt Lake Bees. During that streak, the 51s have outscored their opponents 66-19, while hitting .329 as a team with 17 home runs and 64 RBIs.
They already led the Pacific Coast League in hits before pounding out another 17 Sunday night. Six of those were homers, including two by Brian Dopirak.
Soon some of these big boppers will get the call to Toronto – several in September and perhaps a couple before that. And Jays management will hope that what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. After all, they could use some of that offense.
Here’s a look at some of the recent big numbers being put up by Jays sluggers in Triple-A …
Travis Snider, who’s likely to be the first to receive a call up to Toronto, has been scorching the baseball lately. Hitting cleanup for the 51s, the 21-year-old has recorded six multi-hit games in his last eight contests, batting .516 (16-for-31) with four homers and 16 RBIs during that span.
Dopirak, who had two homers in a 4-for-5 showing Sunday night, is the owner of a seven-game hitting streak – he’s batting .484 (15-for-31) with five homers and 12 RBIs during that stretch. In 16 games since being promoted to Las Vegas, the 25-year-old is hitting .343.
Randy Ruiz, who sits among the Pacific Coast League leaders in a plethora of offensive categories, launched his 24th home run of the season Sunday night, giving him a league-leading 98 RBIs. His season average sits at .323, and he has a league-best 140 hits and 41 doubles.
Third baseman Kevin Howard went 4-for-4 and belted a grand slam Sunday night. In his last five games, the 28-year-old is hitting .526 (10-for-19). In 56 games with Las Vegas this year, Howard has posted a .333 (72-for-216) average overall.
Longtime minor leaguer Howie Clark has six multi-hit games over his last eight contests, batting .316 (12-for-38) during that span. In the process he’s brought his average back over .300 (.304). On Sunday night he went 2-for-6 with a homer and three RBIs.