Lind homers twice, plates six runs

Major League veteran raises batting average to .416 in rout

Adam Lind has 23 RBIs in 22 Triple-A games. (Kevin Pataky/

By Ashley Marshall / Special to | June 11, 2012 9:47 PM ET

The Las Vegas 51s have a potent combination of youth and experience in their lineup right now. On Monday, both the veterans and the up-and-comers joined in the hit parade.

Slugging first baseman Adam Lind homered twice and set the team's single-game record with six RBIs and nine-time big league All-Star Vladimir Guerrero collected four hits in the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s' 13-3 rout of the visiting Tucson Padres.

Not to be outdone by their peers, second-round Draft pick Anthony Gose and 23-year-old Adeiny Hechavarria each recorded two hits, Toronto's top prospect Travis d'Arnaud homered, doubled and plated three runs and Moises Sierra was 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

The youngest player in the starting lineup, Gose --'s No. 50 prospect -- was just 6 years old when Guerrero made his Major League debut as a 21-year-old back in 1996.

But it was the 28-year-old Lind, who recorded four hits in Sunday's 8-7 win in Fresno, who drew the most attention. After grounding out in the first inning and striking out for the second out of the third, Lind took the game into his own hands.

He ripped a bases-clearing double to center field with two outs in the fourth and he slammed a two-run homer to right field off reliever Colt Hynes in the sixth. He completed his big night with a solo roundtripper off new pitcher Erik Hamren to begin the ninth.

The victory gave the 51s their third consecutive win and their 12th triumph in the last 17 games. It also raised Lind's average 11 points to .416.

In 21 games since being sent down to Triple-A, Lind has five homers and 23 RBIs in 22 games. He has hit safely in eight of his last 10 contests, which feature five multi-hit games.

The Indianapolis native was batting .186 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 34 games with the Blue Jays when they sent him to Las Vegas in mid-May following a prolonged slump and lower back stiffness.

Between Lind and Guerrero, the duo have combined for 558 homers and almost 1,800 RBIs in the Majors.

Lind is a career .263 hitter over seven years in the big leagues -- all with Toronto -- while Guerrero, the American League MVP in 2004, sports a lifetime .318 average and eight Silver Slugger awards between five organizations.

The offensive onslaught gave more than enough run support to Las Vegas starter Robert Coello (4-1), who scattered four hits while striking out four batters over five innings in the win.

Tucson starting pitcher Matt Palmer (4-3) yielded six runs on six hits and two walks over 3 2/3 innings in the losing cause. Catcher Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. He was the only Padre to reach base more than once against the 51s.

Ashley Marshall is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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