Sox Scribbles: Oh, What A Ninth!
The Sox recorded their third last at-bat victory in the past five games last night, defeating the Albuquerque Isotopes 15-6 thanks to a ten-run ninth inning.
Trailing by a run entering the ninth, the Sky Sox scored ten runs, highlighted by a three-run home run by Charlie Blackmon. A Matt Macri RBI double tied the game at six. Eliezer Alfonzo delivered the go-ahead hit with an RBI single to left to give the Sox a 7-6 lead. Ten straight Sky Sox batters reached base in the inning on eight hits and two walks.
The 10-run inning marks the 15th time in team history that the Sox have scored 10 runs or more in one inning. It is the fourth time they’ve accomplished that feat on the road. The Sox have a 13-1 record in games where they’ve had a 10-run inning, with the only loss coming May 1, 2001 against Memphis as the Sky Sox scored 10 runs in the eighth but fell to the Redbirds 15-14.
With the win, the Sox improve to 19-27 on the year. They will look to win their second straight against the Isotopes tonight as Alan Johnson takes the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM MT.
- In yesterday’s 15-6 victory over Albuquerque, Rex Brothers failed to record a strikeout for the first time in 21 appearances this season. He has struck out at least one batter in 20 of 21 appearances and two or more in 17 of 21.
- Infielder Josh Fields has been on an offensive tear lately. Over the past 14 games, Fields is batting .491 (26-for-53) with three home runs, 23 runs scored and 18 RBI. He’s currently first in the PCL in hitting with a .391 average and tied for first in runs (44), leads the Sky Sox in slugging percentage (.695) and is second on the team with seven home runs. He is currently in the midst of a 13-game hitting streak, one shy of the Sky Sox season high of 14 (Alfredo Amezaga).
- With his 4-for-4 night on Tuesday against the Isotopes, Eric Young Jr. continues to show why he’s the top leadoff hitter in the PCL. He is currently tied for first in the league with 44 runs scored, 4th in the PCL in average (.372) and 2nd in triples (8), OBP (.469), walks (31), and steals (17). This year, EY has moved into a tie for third all-time in Sky Sox history with 19 career triples (Beau Allred) and into second place for career stolen bases with the Sky Sox (85).