Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 1:18 p.m.
Happy Birthday, Collin Cowgill.
The Las Vegas 51s outfielder hit a grand slam Wednesday on his 27th birthday, helping the 51s beat the host Iowa Cubs, 9-4.
Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler surrendered five hits and three runs in five inninsg to earn the win, and four Las Vegas relievers combined to yield one run in the final four innings.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off the game for Las Vegas with a solo home run to give the 51s the lead for good. Francisco Pena clubbed a two-run home run in the second inning.
Nieuwenhuis and Omar Quintanilla each scored three runs for Las Vegas, and Pena had three RBIs.
The 51s return to Cashman Field Friday to take on the Salt Lake Bees to open an eight-game homestand.