M's Farm Report -- Cannons Go Wild In Vegas
The Calgary Cannons' wild Las Vegas batting spree revived echoes from baseball's distant past.
Calgary hammered out 89 hits in a four-game Pacific Coast League series that ended Tuesday at Las Vegas' Cashman Field - 14 hits in a 9-6 loss to the Stars; a total of 75 while winning the last three games by scores of 23-12, 18-3 and 11-1.
Calgary Manager Keith Bodie had no explanation for the base-hit blitz. He said it was "unbelievable. I couldn't describe how incredible it was."
The acme was Sunday's 23-12 romp in which the Cannons set club records for hits (35), total bases (59) and consecutive hits (nine in the second inning, tying a PCL mark).
Outfielder Lee Tinsley led the way with seven hits in eight at-bats, both club records. He had four singles, a triple, two home runs and five runs batted in. First baseman Greg Pirkl was 4 for 5 with six RBI. Tony Manahan and Brian Deak each had five hits, with infielder Dale Sveum, just signed as a free agent, and Quinn Mack getting four apiece.
Calgary's 35-hit total was two shy of the PCL's one-game record set by the San Francisco Seals in a 30-14 victory over the Salt Lake City Bees on May 24, 1924 (the year the Seattle Indians won this city's first PCL pennant).
Tinsley is the third player in 91 seasons of PCL competition - the first in 61 years - to get seven hits in a game. Portland second baseman Emmett McCann did it in 1924. Mission's Dick Gyselman, who later became a fixture at third base for the Seattle Indians and Rainiers, accomplished the feat in 1932.
The Cannons pounded out 26 hits - including a club-record 11 doubles, three by Mack - in Monday's 18-3 win over Las Vegas.
Calgary had 14 hits in the series-ending 11-1 win, but the highlight was Reggie Harris' pitching. The right-hander, recently promoted from the Class AA Jacksonville Suns, gave up five hits, walked one and struck out 10 in his best performance of the season.
The Cannons eclipsed a 41-year-old PCL record by getting at least one hit in 24 consecutive innings (eighth Saturday through fourth Tuesday). The previous mark was 19 by the 1952 Hollywood Stars against San Francisco.
After the series finale, the Los Angeles Times reported, Las Vegas pitcher Denis Boucher burned his cap, glove and spikes. The Stars' manager, Russ Nixon, when asked if there was anything more he might have done to lessen the onslaught, said, "I should have put a screen up in front of the pitchers."
Tuesday's victory ended an eight-game (5-3) road trip on which Calgary hit .397 (133 for 335) and jumped from seventh (.288) to second (.302) in PCL team batting.
Tony Manahan enjoyed the biggest individual boom - 20 for 38, with three doubles, a triple, a homer, 11 RBI and nine runs. He raised his average to .351 and moved up to third place in the PCL batting race.
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