The Sky Sox opened up the series against the Dodgers with a 3-1 win on Air Force Appreciation Night at Security Service Field. For the first time in a while, the Sox put together a complete performance in all three phases of the game: pitching, hitting, and defense. Ariel Pena got the start on four days rest and tossed four solid innings and was followed up by five scoreless innings from the bullpen. The offense came through when they needed to with a run in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th. Colorado Springs has strung back-to-back wins together for just the second time this season.
The Sky Sox were out hit by OKC 7-6, but as we know from the Round Rock series, that means nothing.
Colorado Springs stole 6 bases last night and pulled off a double steal twice in the tilt. The 6 stolen bases at home ties a record previously set three times: August 30th, 1996 against Albuquerque Dukes, May 14th, 1998 against Vancouver Canadians, and May 14th, 2011 against the Omaha Storm Chasers. The team record for SBs is 7 set against the Iowa Cubs May 24, 1999
Will Middlebrooks remained hot and extended his hitting streak to 6 games with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. He tallied a double, single, picked up an RBI and scored a run in the victory. He recorded the lone multiple-hit game of the night.
Manny Pina went 1-for-3 with a double and the other RBI in the win. Pina is now hitting .369 with 10 extra-base hits and 14 RBI in 18 games. He’s hit safely in 14 of the 18 and reached safely in all but three games this year.
Keon Broxton, Nate Orf and Eric Young, Jr. recorded the other hits for the Sky Sox.
Ariel Pena turned in the best performance of his season going four innings and allowing 1 unearned run on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. The righty tossed 72 pitches, 43 of which crossed the zone. He nearly cut his ERA in half from 9.45 where it began to 5.91 at the end of his performance.
The bullpen turned in five scoreless innings following Pena’s performance and allowed just two baserunners, a hit and walk, while striking out 10 Dodgers.
Tim Dillard picked up the win pioneering two-scoreless innings and striking out four.
Jim Miller struck out the side in order in his lone inning of work.
Jacob Barnes was Jacob Barnes yet again and pitched a scoreless 8th. The righty has not allowed a run in 8 outings covering 12 innings. He’s given up four hits and four walks, to go along with his 13 strikeouts.
Damien Magnifico pitched in back-to-back save situations for the second time this season. Thursday’s 9th turned into a nail biter with the tying run being stranded at second to end the game and Friday’s wasn’t a cake walk either. Magnifico retired the first two men he faced, but an error on Arcia kept the game alive for OKC. Magnifico walked the next man, but struck out pinch hitter Rob Segedin to end the game. He picked up his 7th save and pulled even with James Hoyt of Fresno for the league lead.
Play of the Game:
Bottom of the 6th inning with the score tied 1-1 Keon Broxton and Nate Orf pull of a double steal with Orlando Arcia at the plate. It was the first of two in the game and set up the lone multiple-run inning for the Sky Sox. Arcia hit a one-hopper to third, which Austin Barnes threw wide of home on and allowed Broxton to score. Orf scored on Will Middlebrooks’ single.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Manager Rick Sweet:
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