Maybe it was something in the water at Werner Park…Maybe it was something in the weather…Whatever it was the Sky Sox are glad to get out of Omaha and on to Iowa after Tuesday night’s roller coaster ride that ended 11-9 in favor of the Sky Sox. This series had a little of everything, but the final game of the four-game set may have been the most heartburn-inducing one of them all.
After blowing multiple-run leads and losing the first three games of the series, the Sky Sox jumped out to a 10-3 lead at the stretch. Insurmountable, right? Well the Storm Chasers certainly did their best to come back and shaved the deficit to 10-9 with 5 runs in the 7th and another in the 8th, but ultimately yes, the lead was insurmountable and with another insurance run in the 9th the Sox got out of the Cornhusker State with the 11-9 win.
Orlando Arcia has not missed a beat jumping to the Triple-A level here in 2016 and that showed Tuesday as the Brewers’ No. 1 prospect went 3-for-6 with a GRAND SLAM (#PapaSlam) in the 7-run sixth and three stolen bases. The 21-year old is now hitting .313 (21-for-67)/.351/.448 with 4 XBHs, 13 RBI, 5 walks and 3 steals. What a first few weeks for Arcia, he’s reached safely in all but three of the games this season.
Keon Broxton finished his hot series off with a 3-for-5 night at the plate. Two of the hits were doubles, he also scored two runs and plated an RBI. He’s up to .270 in 9 games with the Sky Sox.
Garin Cecchini led the 7-run 6th off with a solo home run to the opposite field for one of his three hits. He capped off the same frame with an RBI single. After his 3-for-5 night at the dish he’s hitting .293. The home run was Ceech’s 29th minor-league blast. His one MLB homer came with the Red Sox in the form of a Monster Shot against the Rays in 2014.
Manny Pina paced the Sox in the extra-base hit department as the catcher went 3-for-5 with all three of his knocks doubles. He’s up to .388 and is currently riding a 7-game hit streak.
Andy Wilkins went 2-for-3 and upped his hitting streak to a modest five games. The first baseman is now above the Mendoza line at .207.
It is with great sadness that we report Michael Reed‘s on-base streak has ended at 27 games. The outfielder went 0-for-5 at the plate and was the lone Sox not to reach in the win.
Brent Suter had a great outing for the Sox as he went 4 1/3 innings and allowed just 3 runs on 8 hits, 0 walks and 2 strikeouts. Limiting the free passes to the potent Omaha lineup was definitely a huge key for the southpaw.
Jacob Barnes earned the win with two-unblemished innings on the ledger. He’s now 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 6.0 innings of work.
Damien Magnifico was called upon for five outs in the win. He allowed an inherited runner to score, but that was all. He earned his fourth save of the season.
Play of the Game:
Orlando Arcia’s GRAND SLAM in the 7-run 6th inning:
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Jake Elmore:
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