By Aaron Cheris
Orlando Arcia is currently one of baseball’s top prospects and the top prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. The shortstop is in the midst of his first season at the Triple-A level, and he hopes to impress in Colorado Springs to earn a trip to Milwaukee.
After popping up to leave the bases loaded in the fourth inning of the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Nashville Sounds, Arcia was hoping for another shot to get his team back in the game.
In the bottom of the seventh, he got his shot at redemption. Since the game was part of a doubleheader, the game was only seven innings. With the tying runs on second and third and nobody out, Arcia stepped to the plate with a chance to be the hero.
See what happened next for yourself:
The blast to left was a no-doubter, and Arcia knew it was gone as soon as it left his bat. His three run homer gave the Sky Sox a 5-4 come from behind win over Nashville, and it was Arcia’s first Triple-A home run and the Sky Sox first home run of the 2016 season.
Read the full game recap here.
The reaction on social media was immediate, with many Brewers fans excited about the potential of their rising star.
WALK OFF HOME RUN! @orlandoarcia9 drills a long 3 run Home Run over the LF wall! Sky Sox win game one 5-4! pic.twitter.com/PHsbm1R6M4
— Sky Sox Baseball (@skysox) April 20, 2016
#brewers top prospect Arcia hits a walk off Homerun for the AAA @skysox team.. the kid is clutch, had multiple walk-offs last yr too
— B-Lite (@Bleiterman) April 20, 2016
Down 4-2 in last at-bat: EY Jr. single, @KeonDDBroxton double, Orlando Arcia walk-off 3-run blast; @skysox win 5-4! Arcia’s 1st AAA HR…
— Jim Goulart (@Mass_Haas) April 20, 2016
Orlando Arcia (@MLB‘s #4 prospect) 2-4, HR, 4 RBI for @skysox today. #1 on @Brewers Top 30: https://t.co/r1DvOxjP2Q pic.twitter.com/zBqI94oNju
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 20, 2016
VIDEO: #Brewers prospect Orlando Arcia’s first HR of 2016 is walk-off blast for @skysox: https://t.co/mERQ7XZuMM pic.twitter.com/qPndF8Ohzh
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) April 20, 2016
— The Brewer Nation (@BrewerNation) April 20, 2016
Future 🐐 @Brewers 🍻🍻 https://t.co/ohlNUVRnfP
— Brett Weinfurter (@BRETTWEINFURTER) April 20, 2016
Team Photographer Paat Kelly got the whole thing on film, from the moment the ball left Arcia’s bat to the moment when the Sky Sox let Arcia free from the celebration at home plate.
Arcia will look to keep his strong play going for the Sky Sox over the final two games of their home series against Nashville and on the upcoming eight game road trip.