The Sky Sox returned to their winning ways and earned a series split with 6-4 win over the Memphis Redbirds Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park. The team played a complete game by knocking out 15 hits at the plate, utilizing four Redbird miscues, and making two outstanding defensive plays in the victory.
Hitting Notes: The top three in the order (Presley, Arcia, Reed) went a combined 8-for-13 with a double, two RBI, and four runs scored.
OF Michael Reed went 3-for-4 at the plate and extended his on-base streak to 16 games dating back to 8/27/15. During that stretch he’s hitting .316 (18-for-57) with 6 doubles and 9 RBI.
SS Orlando Arcia also tallied three hits in five trips to the plate in the win. He picked up his first RBI and upped his average to .313 (5-for-16) through his first four games in Triple-A. Arcia is now the youngest player in the Pacific Coast League after the Rangers promoted Round Rock OF Nomar Mazara to The Show. The 20-year old went 3-for-4 and hit his first big-league homer in his debut Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels.
Pitching Notes: RHP Jorge Lopez made his Triple-A debut against the Redbirds and pitched into the fourth inning. He threw a lot of pitches (84, 50 for strikes), but limited the damage to just three runs on six hits; he walked three and struck out five.
RHP Jacob Barnes made his second appearance of the young season and earned his first win out of the ‘pen with two scoreless innings. He struck out four Redbirds en route to the win. His stock is quickly rising within the Brewers system.
Play of the Game: RF Shane Peterson changed the game with an outstanding play in the first inning. The Redbirds had the bases loaded, two down and catcher Mike Ohlman at the plate. He lofted one to shallow right, Peterson picked it up on a hop and fired to first to get the 9-3 out that retired the side and preserved the Sox 3-1 lead.
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