The Sky Sox defeated the first place Reno Aces 13-6 Thursday night behind a strong start from rehabbing Rockies starter Esmil Rogers and a seven-run eighth inning.
Trailing by a run in the first, Willy Taveras hit his third-straight
leadoff home run, setting a new Sky Sox record for most consecutive games with a
leadoff home run.
Trailing 4-3 in the seventh, Eliezer Alfonzo delivered a pinch hit, three-run home run to give the Sox a 6-4 lead after seven innings.
That lead would balloon to 13-4 thanks to a seven-run eighth inning highlighted by a two-run home run by Brad Emaus and a three run shot by Ian Stewart. The homer was his 44th in a Sky Sox uniform, moving him into sole possession of ninth place on the Sky Sox all-time list.
With the win, the Sox improve to 28-33 with two consecutive wins over the top two teams in the PCL, while Reno drops to 36-25. The Sox are now 8.0 games behind the Aces in the Pacific North division standings.
The Sox will look to take two-straight from the Aces tonight as John Maine (1-1, 6.23) takes the hill against Kevin Mulvey (3-4, 6.78). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM MT.
- Since returning from a three-week stint on the disabled list, outfielder Cole Garner has picked up right where he left off after a scorching April. Garner has a hit in all 13 games since his return and is hitting .426 (23-for-54) over that stretch with four home runs, 15 runs scored and 13 RBI.