Sox Scribbles: Walk-Off Edition
Jeff Salazar, starting only his second game in the leadoff spot in the Sox lineup due to the departure of Eric Young Jr. to the Majors, hit two home runs, including a walk-off solo home run, as the Sky Sox defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 8-7 Saturday night.
Salazar’s blast came two innings after he hit an almost identical shot to bring the Sox within a run in the eighth at 7-6. In the ninth, Matt Macri nearly ended the game with a game-tying double that just missed clearing the wall in left-center field. The Sox were unable to bring in Macri and the game went to extra innings tied 7-7. Aft Jim Miller pitched a scoreless tenth, Salazar greeted Fresno Reliever Geno Espineli with a blast down the right-field line, sending a raucous crowd into a wild frenzy and setting off a mob scene at home plate.
Fresno had a commanding lead for much of the game, taking a 5-0 lead into the sixth. However, with the offensive firepower on this Sox team, no lead is safe.
Colorado Rockies starter Aaron Cook allowed six runs on eight hits in 7.2 innings of work on a rehab assignment for a broken finger on his pitching hand suffered in spring training.
Game three comes your way in 30 minutes as John Maine makes his first start since May 3rd.
- Prior to today’s game, infielder Chris Nelson was called up to the Rockies.