For the third straight game, the Sox jumped out to a multiple-run advantage over the Storm Chasers, but could not hold on and fell 9-4 on Monday evening. The loss marks the third in a row for Colorado Springs despite their offense getting the four runs on 8 hits in the tilt. The three-straight losses is the longest streak for the Sox this season and marks the first time in five series that the Sox will not earn a split.
Omaha jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first and held it until the third when the Sox evened it up on Michael Reed’s RBI double that scored Jake Elmore. The Chasers took a 2-1 lead in the next half inning, before the Sky Sox powered up to score their final three runs of the game. Keon Broxton crushed a two-run homer in the top of the 5th that plated Ben Guez and gave the Sox a 3-2 lead. Andy Wilkins capped off the offensive attack with his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the 6th, making it 4-2. The Storm Chasers responded with a 5-run 6th and two more runs in the 7th. Tony Cruz hit two bombs over the two innings and accounted for five of the seven runs plated.
The Sox banged out another 8 hits and upped their total to 60 hits in their last 5 games, during that stretch they are 1-4.
Keon Broxton was the center of a misaligned minor league promotion that took a shot at his defense prior to the game, but he let his play do the talking and crushed his second moe run in as many nights. Broxton is hitting .219 with the Sky Sox this season.
Jake Elmore had the lone multi-hit game for Colorado Springs as he went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. The utility man is 13-of-34 (.382) with a home run and six RBI in 12 games with the Sox.
Andy Wilkins hit his first homer of the season and upped his average to .189 with a 1-for-3 performance. The Sox’s first baseman homered twice for the OKC Dodgers in the 2015 season finale on September 2, 2015.
Josmil Pinto tallied two doubles and scored two of the Sox four runs in the loss.
Michael Reed continues to do Michael Reed things, he doubled, walked, picked up an RBI and extended his on-base streak to 27 games, dating back to August 27, 2015. It’s the longest current streak in the PCL and his OBP is .409 during that time.
Junior Guerra pitched into the sixth inning, but couldn’t make it out against the offense that was seeing him for the third time in the game. His final line was 5-plus, 6 hits, 5 runs, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He took the loss and has upped his ERA to 4.63 in his four starts.
Play of the Game:
Andy Wilkins crushed a solo home run in the sixth inning which put the Sky Sox in front 4-2. It was the first homer of the season for Wilkins and the 112th of his MiLB career, which spans 696 games.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Former Sky Sox Clint Barmes:
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