Quick Hits: Orf Leads Charge, Sky Sox Down Halt Express 6-4

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Nate Orf recorded his first multiple-hit game with a 3-for-4 performance, and was perfect in al 9 chances at shortstop in the Sky Sox 6-4 win over the Express Thursday. (Bobby Stevens/MiLB.com) 

The Sky Sox rallied back with a 3-run 8th and staved off Round Rock’s 9th inning comeback to win 6-4 in the series finale yesterday at Security Service Field. Nate Orf, Keon Broxton, and Will Middlebrooks combined for 8 hits and 4 RBI in the win, while Damien Magnifico pitched through trouble in the ninth and left the tying run at second to end the game. The win marked the first for the Sky Sox since Sunday and just their fourth victory in the last 14 games. Colorado Springs welcomes in the Oklahoma City Dodgers for the first of a four-game series tonight.

Read Full Recap Here

Hitting Notes:

Nate Orf got the start at short giving Orlando Arcia the day off and boy, did he fill in nicely. In just his fifth Triple-A start he went 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI at the plate and played a stellar short that Arcia himself could envy. He had nine chances in the 6 hole and and recorded 7 assists and 2 putouts.

Keon Broxton remained hot and turned in a 3-for-4 performance as well. The centerfielder fell a home run shy of the cycle and picked up an RBI. Brox is now up to .297 and has hit safely in his last four games.

Will Middlebrooks had another great game at the plate for Colorado Springs and turned in a 2-for-4 performance with a double and a solo home run, his second with the Sky Sox. WMB is up to .208 and above the Mendoza Line for the first time this season. He’s got 7 hits in his last 5 games, five of which have gone for extra bases (3 2Bs, 2 HR).

Josmil Pinto followed WMB in the order and in the eighth doubled him home to give the Sky Sox the 5-4 lead.

Pitching Notes:

Hiram Burgos got the start and pitched into the fifth inning for the Sox. The veteran righty gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. The stat still stands as the Sky Sox starters have earned only one win this season, Burgos picked it up against Memphis in April.

Drew Gagnon pitched well for the second straight appearance and worked 2 2/3 innings, allowing a run on a hit, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.

Jaye Chapman made his 2016 debut with the Sky Sox after beginning the season with the Shuckers in Double-A. The righty gave up a run (the first he’s given up all season) on 2 hits, and a walk. He earned the win in relief.

Damien Magnifico earned his sixth save of the season, but it was not easy…The righty retired the first man he faced, but then James Jones reached on an error by the second baseman before Jurcikson Profar stepped in. Profar hit a fly ball down the line in left, which Eric Young, Jr. caught, then crashed into the fence and the ball dropped back on to the field of play. Young quickly got the ball back to the infield, but the umpires awarded Profar second, which put the tying run in scoring position. The feeling of “here we go again” was quickly quelled by Magnifico who induced a weak fly ball to left and a slow grounder to short to end the game.

Play of the Game:

Will Middlebrooks powered up and hit a solo home run in the 6th to pull the Sky Sox within one at 3-2.

Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Former Sky Sox Michael McKenry:

Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,

Dan

@Dan_Acheson

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