By Aaron Cheris
The late Yogi Berra once famously said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox have taken that message to heart early in the 2016 season.
Through the season’s first two weeks, no Pacific Coast League team has been better at making late comebacks than the Sky Sox.
Three times this season, the Sky Sox have trailed after six innings and came back to win. No other team has more than one win in the same situation. Those three wins represent half of the Sky Sox wins so far this season.
The wins have been a testament to the Sky Sox ability to keep the team in games, and the offense’s ability to come back and save the Sox from the brink of defeat.
Here are the three Sky Sox late comeback wins so far this season.
April 7 – Opening Day
The Sky Sox started the season with a bang, but it didn’t come easy. Trailing 3-1 in Memphis going to the eighth, the Sky Sox rallied to tie the game with the Redbirds. Eighth inning hits by Michael Reed, Andy Wilkins, and Jake Elmore tied the game heading into the ninth. In the ninth, Garin Cecchini dashed home from third, sliding under a tag at the plate to give the Sky Sox the lead on Eric Young Jr.’s ground ball. David Goforth was strong in relief, not allowing a run to earn his and the Sky Sox first win of 2016, a 4-3 decision in Memphis. Check out the full recap here.
In the final game of their season opening eight game road trip, the Sky Sox found themselves trailing 5-3 going into the eighth in Nashville. Elmore, Cecchini, and Young Jr. started the rally, and Manny Pina capped it with his first triple in seven years to give the Sky Sox a 7-5 lead. Damien Magnifico came in out of the bullpen and got the final four outs for his second save of the season. The win gave the Sky Sox an even 4-4 record in their season opening eight game road trip. Check out the full recap here.
Down 4-2 to the Nashville Sounds in the first game of a doubleheader, Orlando Arcia came to the plate with a chance to be a hero in the bottom of the seventh, and this happened:
The hit was Arcia’s signature moment as a Sky Sox player so far. Read more here.
Maybe we should start calling them the Cardiac Sky Sox. If they keep up this pace, it will be hard to deny them that title.