The Sky Sox came out of Wednesday’s off day and opened up the four-game series with the Iowa Cubs with a 10-5 loss at Principal Park. The Cubs plated a pair of runs in the first inning and jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three with another two runs in the third. The Sky Sox got on the board in the fourth courtesy of a Garin Cecchini BLAST, his second of the season and road trip. Iowa responded with another two runs on a Ryan Kalish triple and GIDP in the next half inning and upped its lead to 6-1.
As has been the case more often than not this season, the Sky Sox were resilient in defeat and notched two runs each in the top of the 5th and 6th innings which pulled them to 7-5. Jake Elmore and Orlando Arcia picked up RBI singles in the 5th and catcher Adam Weisenburger, playing in his first game of the season, crushed a two-run homer to left in the 6th. The Cubs would respond with a dagger in the 8th in the form of an Albert Almora three-run homer.
No one in the Sky Sox lineup had a multiple hit game. This is the first time since April 18 vs. Memphis that this feat has been accomplished. All but two of the Sox in the starting lineup were held hitless, Will Middlebrooks and Jorge Lopez.
Adam Weisenburger was added to the roster prior to the game and made his first start of 2016, catching Jorge Lopez and hitting eighth. He went 1-for-4 at the plate, but the one was a two-run homer in the top of the sixth that chased Eric Young, Jr. home and trimmed the deficit momentarily to 7-5. The blast was just the 13th of Weisenburger’s 6 year professional career and his second in Triple-A as he homered once in 13 games with Nashville during the 2014 season.
Orlando Arcia went 1-for-4 with an RBI marking the 13th of 18 games played this season in which he has gotten a hit. He has reached base safely in all but three games this season.
Keon Broxton had another hit and increased his on-base streak to seven games, during which he has 9 hits and is now hitting .268 in 10 games with the Sky Sox.
Garin Cecchini homered for the second-straight game marking the 30th time he has gone deep in the minors.
The Sky Sox pitchers combined to walk 10 hitters in the loss. Six of the 10 free passes circled the bases and scored. It’s the second time this season that the Sky Sox have managed to walk 10 hitters, 4/15 vs. Memphis being the other.
The Springs’ staff has given up 45 runs (40 earned) through the first five games of this eight game road trip.
Jorge Lopez tossed three innings and took the first loss of his season. The righty gave up 4 runs on 6 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts in his three innings and tossed 81 pitches, 41 for strikes.
Drew Gagnon made his 2016 debut with the Sox following his call up from Biloxi and went two innings allowing 3 runs on 2 hits, 3 walks and 1 strikeout.
Jim Miller pitched two scoreless out of the pen.
Play of the Game:
One of the brightest spots in last night’s game was the Adam Weisenburger 2-run home run in the 6th inning. It’s not easy for anyone to stay fresh without playing, but the catcher stepped into his first game of the season and smacked the homer to left. It’s just the 13th dinger of his career and his first since 7/7/15 against the Montgomery Biscuits during his tenure with Biloxi.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Manager Rick Sweet – Another installment of “Sweet 16”:
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