Quick Hits: Sox Pitch Well, Can’t Get Big Hit and Fall to Cubs 1-0

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Jacob Barnes turned in another scoreless outing last night and has not yielded a run in 5 outings spanning 8 innings with the Sky Sox this season. (Photo: Jason Wise/MiLB)

For the first time in a while the Sky Sox put together a complete pitching performance, but just couldn’t get the big hit in the 1-0 loss to the Cubs. Hiram Burgos and Jacob Barnes combined for seven-scoreless innings. Damien Magnifico gave up a single to Ryan Kalish in the 8th, Kalish then stole second AND third before scooting home on Logan Watkins’ pinch-hit sacrifice fly. The Cubs used four pitchers to record their third shutout of the season. It was just the second time this season that the Sky Sox were held off the scoreboard 4/9 at Memphis being the other.

Full Recap Here

Hitting Notes: 

There’s not really much to talk about on this front as the Sox picked up four hits on the night, their fewest number of hits since their three-hit attack in a 4-0 loss to the Memphis Redbirds on April 9.

Michael Reed returned to the lineup after getting the day off Thursday and had two of the four hits for Colorado Springs.

Orlando Arcia extended his hitting streak to 6 games and his on-base streak to 7 with a single in the top of the ninth.

Eric Young, Jr. pinch hit in the 8th and whacked a double down the line in right. He was later thrown out at home, trying to score the go-ahead run on Reed’s infield single.

Pitching Notes

The Sky Sox held the Cubs to one run on five hits on Friday night. It marked the second time they have kept an opponent to one run, April 18 vs. Memphis being the other. Colorado Springs has yet to shutout an opponent this season.

Hiram Burgos returned to his normal starters role after his travel debacle a week ago and with that he returned to form. The righty tossed five-scoreless, allowed 3 hits, walked 5 (a Sky Sox season high) and struck out 6.

Jacob Barnes continued his scoreless streak to begin the season with another pair of innings without allowing a run. Barnes hasn’t allowed a run in five outings spanning 8 innings this season and last allowed a run (albeit unearned) on September 7, 2015 with Biloxi.

Play of the Game:

The Cubs had two on with one out in the bottom of the 5th and the league’s best hitter Ryan Kalish at the plate. As the runners went, Hiram Burgos struck out Kalish and Manny Pina fired down to third nabbing Munenori Kawasaki on the back end of the strike em out throw em out double play which ended the inning and kept the game scoreless.

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Dan

@Dan_Acheson

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