What a night at Security Service Field last night was…The game didn’t end up the way the Sox had hoped as they fell 10-9 in the home opener that took three hours and fifty minutes to complete. The Sox jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first, but that was just the beginning as the lead would change hands four more times throughout the tilt. Memphis’ Matt Williams filled the role of the biggest spoiler as he went 3-for-4 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI and delivered the go-ahead and ultimately game-winning RBI single in the top of the 9th inning.
LF Alex Presley was undoubtedly the best Sky Sox performer in the home opener. He recorded the Sky Sox’s first four-hit game of the season going 4-for-6 with a double, triple, 2 runs scored and an RBI. He fell a home run shy of the cycle. Presley notched a six-hit game last year with Fresno against OKC where he fell a triple shy of the cycle, going 6-for-7 with 3 doubles, a home run, and 5 RBI. NOTE: The last cycle hit by a Sky Sox player was done so by Dexter Fowler against Las Vegas on June 20, 2010 (BOX).
SS Orlando Arcia tallied another two hits in three at-bats, scored a run, and drove in three in Friday’s frigid affair. It was the third 3 RBI game for Arcia in the last two seasons as he had two games of the like last year with Biloxi.
1B Andy Wilkins picked up his first multiple-hit game of the season with an infield single and a double off the wall in center, which juuuuuust missed being a homer by a couple of feet. He went 2-for-4 and scored two runs.
OF Michael Reed had a hit, a walk, and two RBI for the Sox in the 10-9 loss increasing his league-high on-base streak to 21 games dating back to 8/27/15. Omaha’s Whit Merrifield has reached in 20 straight, a streak that started on the same day as Reed’s.
The Sox have faced the Redbirds’ Thomas Lee twice and have collected 10 runs and 20 hits in 9 1/3 innings against him.
RHP Jorge Lopez pitched into the fifth inning last night and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Anthony Garcia hit a homer off of the Brewers top pitching prospect. I am sure that Lopez will be happy he doesn’t have to face the Redbirds the next time he pitches.
It was a tough night for the bullpen too as the arms of Miller, Lambson, and Goforth combined to throw 4 1/3 innings. The trio was tagged for 7 runs (6 earned) on 7 hits, 7 walks and 5 strikeouts.
Play of the Game: 2B Hernan Perez stepped in the box with the game tied 3-3 in the 5th, smacked a two-run double to left-center field and gave the Sky Sox a momentary 5-3 lead.
Sky Sox Warmup Pregame Interview with Sky Sox President and General Manager Tony Ensor:
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