James Darnell homered during a two-run eighth inning to lift Tucson to a 5-3 victory against Las Vegas in front of 5,011 fans Friday at Parkview Field.
Here are the highlights.
Key at-bat: Darnell began the bottom of the eighth with a line drive home run to left field off of reliever Daniel Farquhar to give Tucson a 4-3 lead. It was Darnell's fourth homer in six games with Tucson.
Key out: Wade LeBlanc struck out Jayson Nix with the go-ahead run on second to end the eighth inning. LeBlanc gave up three runs on four hits in eight innings for the victory.
Fort Wayne connections: Here's how former Fort Wayne players did in the game. Darnell 1 for 4, HR, RBI; Matt Clark 0 for 4; Kyle Blanks 1 for 4, single, RBI; Cedric Hunter 1 for 2, BB, one run scored; LeBlanc (W) 8 IP, 3 runs, 4 hits, 6 K; Brad Brach (S) 1 IP, BB, 3 K.
"He threw well against a club that has some good right-handed hitters. … Without him, we're not even close to being what we are."
- Tucson manager Terry Kennedy on LeBlanc, who improved to 9-1