There is a trend building in the early going of the 2016 season and it’s that these Sox can comeback. Last night was the epitome of that for the comeback kids as they rallied back from a four-run deficit to tie the game in the 8th and a two-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth.
Manny Pina tied the game 5-5 with a 3-run double in the 8th, Hernan Perez tied the game 7-7 with a two-run double in the ninth, and then Pina delivered the game-winning RBI 1B to win it. The come-from-behind victory marks the Sox’s fourth win of the season where they have trailed after 6 innings. No other team in the PCL has more than one win when trailing after six innings. The Sox finished the homestand 3-3 and improved to 7-7 on the season.
For the second night in a row the Sky Sox scored 8 runs on 14 hits against the Sounds pitching staff. The team is now hitting .260 which is good enough for 7th in the league.
Manny Pina played hero on two occasions last night. First, in the 8th with the game 5-2 in favor of the Sounds, Pina stepped in with the bases loaded and crushed a 3-run double to right field and squared the game up 5-5. An inning later with the game tied 7-7, Pina hit again with the bases loaded and smoked a liner to right which plated Michael Reed and won the game. In his last five games, Pina is 8-for-15 (.533) with 7 RBI.
Hernan Perez had a monster night with a 4-for-5 performance including the game-tying ground-rule double in the bottom of the ninth inning. Perez is 9-for-18 (.500) with 4 RBI in his last five games and 14-for-38 (.368) with a homer and 10 RBI in his last 10.
Michael Reed walked twice and extended his on-base streak to his last 24 Pacific Coast League games.
RHP Jorge Lopez opened the game with two-scoreless innings, but struggled with his command in the third and fourth frames. The righty pitched into the fourth and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits, 4 walks, and struck out 4.
The Sky Sox bullpen logged six-strong innings led by Tim Dillard. The sidearming righty limited the potent Sounds’ offense to one run on one hit and struck out four in three innings of work.
Play of the game: Pina’s walk-off single…Was there any doubt?
Pregame Interview with former Sky Sox OF/C Matt McBride:
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