The Sky Sox and Redbirds were ready to play a doubleheader Monday, but due to the frigid temperatures, the teams only completed one. The Sky Sox won the 7-inning affair 3-1 over Memphis in what ended up being the series finale. Two games were postponed in the series will be made up as doubleheaders when the Redbirds return to Security Service Field in June.
The Redbirds jumped out to the early 1-0 lead two batters into the ballgame, but the Sky Sox plated a pair in the third and added another in the sixth to rally back and win 3-1. The win gave the Sox a series split with Memphis in the abbreviated two-game series. The Sox have split each of the three series they have played thus far in 2016.
OF Keon Broxton joined the Sox after being sent down over the weekend and made an immediate impact. He began the season 0-for-16 with the Brewers and didn’t get a hit in his first plate appearance with the Sox, BUT came through in a big spot in the third. Broxton flared a fly ball to right-center field which fell and plated Manny Pina to tie the game.
OF Alex Presley followed up his four-hit performance from Friday with a 1-for-3 game Monday. He followed Broxton’s RBI single with one of his own two batters later, which gave the Sox the lead for good. Presley is 11-for-32 (.344) with a four XBHs and three RBI in nine games and is putting himself in good position to get a call-up in the near future when the Brewers go back to carrying five outfielders.
2B Hernan Perez tallied an RBI triple to the right-center field gap in the sixth which plated Orlando Arcia.
SS Orlando Arcia was the lone Sky Sox player to reach twice (walk, hit) in the six offensive innings.
RHP Hiram Burgos bounced back from a poor first start and pitched five-strong innings against the Redbirds. He allowed the one first-inning run on four hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out five. All five of his strikeouts came on the nasty breaking ball he was featuring.
RHP Damien Magnifico pitched the seventh in perfect fashion and struck out a pair en route to the third save of his season. He’s 0-0-3 with a 0.00 ERA in four outings and has allowed four base runners (2 hits, 2 walks) in 5 1/3 innings while striking out five.
Play of the Game:
OF Alex Presley drove home the go-ahead and ultimately game-winning run with a single in the third inning. Keon Broxton scored tallied the run in his Sky Sox debut after being sent down from Milwaukee.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Sky Sox OF Alex Presley:
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