Quick Hits: TIM. DILLARD. (Sky Sox win 9-5)

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Tim Dillard was Wednesday’s start of the game as he got the win on the mound and went deep for the third time in his career. (Bobby Stevens/MiLB.com)

The Sky Sox trailed by three after two innings, but scored eight runs over innings 3-5 and capped off the scoring with a two-run homer off the bat of pitcher and fan favorite TIM DILLARD, en route to the 9-5 victory over New Orleans. Dillard did it all as he earned the win with three innings of work on the mound and hit for himself in the fifth, putting a sweet swing on the second pitch he saw and taking it out to left for a two-run homer. The game started slowly (it took over an hour to complete two innings), but settled into a nice groove and ended with the Sox tying the series up 1-1 with the four-run victory.

Full Recap Here

Hitting Notes: 

The Sky Sox used a 13-hit attack to down the Zephyrs in the second game of a four-game series, three of which were home runs in what has historically been the PCL’s toughest ballpark to go deep in.

Keon Broxton went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer which briefly gave the Sky Sox the 5-4 lead in the fourth inning. His two knocks extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games. Over which he’s hitting .410 (16-for-39) with three homers and 8 RBI.

Tim Dillard stepped in to hit for himself in the 5th and took a 1-0 pitch from Hunter Adkins out to deep left field. The bullpen went nuts. The dugout went nuts. Everyone went nuts. Dillard’s homer was the third of his career (first since ’07) and the first for a Sky Sox pitchers since Tyler Cravy went deep last year.

Manny Pina collected the other two-hit game for the Sky Sox going 2-for-4 with 2 walks and a run scored. He’s now hitting .367/.412/.595 with 12 extra-base hits and 16 RBI in 22 games with Colorado Springs.

Eric Young Jr. went 3-for-5 with a double, RBI, and two runs scored. The three knocks are a season high for the outfielder.

Andy Wilkins went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored. The blast was the third of the season for the first baseman/outfielder.

Pitching Notes:

Ariel Pena took the hill for the Sky Sox and labored out of the gate, pitching a lengthy first and giving up four runs in the second inning. He retired the side in order in the third, but that was the end of his outing. He gave up 4 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts in 3 innings of work. He threw 74 pitches, 44 strikes and bumped his ERA up to 7.24.

Tim Dillard came out of the pen for the fourth and yielded the tying run, but backed it up with two-scoreless innings and of course his two-run homer. He picked up the second win of his season.

Austin Ross, Drew Gagnon, and Jacob Barnes combined to throw the final three innings in scoreless fashion and allowed just two hits while striking out four in the process.

Play of the Game

Presented without comment, Tim Dillard’s home run #PitchersWhoRake:

Pregame interview with Dan Karcher and Sky Sox pitching coach Fred Dabney (pt. 2):

Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,

Dan

@Dan_Acheson

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