The Sky Sox trailed by a lone run after the sixth inning, but rallied yet again and took down the Zephyrs 4-2 in 12 innings, Thursday night in the Big Easy. The win marked the seventh of the season for Colorado Springs when trailing after six innings. The Sox were down to their final strike TWICE in the top of the ninth, but Nate Orf connected for a single to tie the game and sent it to extras. Jaye Chapman took the hill in the bottom of the 9th and went on to toss three perfect innings out of the pen and was most definitely the star of the game. Garin Cecchini hit a sacrifice fly with two runners in scoring position and plated Orlando Arcia for the go-ahead run in the 12th and Manny Pina hit a ball to third that was booted which allowed the second run of the inning to score. Damien Magnifico made it interesting, but stranded the tying run at second to end the game.
The Sky Sox collected another 10 hits and bumped their team batting average up to .270 in the win, however left some things to be desired on the bases. They went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base.
Andy Wilkins collected another three hit performance (his first of the season) and went 3-for-6 at the plate with a run scored. He’s now hitting a season-high .219 with 3 homers in his last 10 games.
Orlando Arcia tallied the other multiple-hit game for Colorado Springs and went 2-for-6 with an RBI and run scored. The 21-year old shortstop has now hit safely in his last six games.
Keon Broxton went 1-for-4 with two walks and two strikeouts extending his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games. It’s the longest streak for a Sky Sox player this season and second-longest active streak in the PCL behind El Paso’s Alex Dickerson who has hit in 13-straight games. Over the 11 games Brox is hitting .395 (17-for-43) with 6 XBHs and 8 RBI. He’s walked 8 times and is reaching base at a .469 clip. He’s reached base in 17 of his last 18 games to boot.
Nate Orf found himself in the 2-hole, playing second base and delivered another strong performance including the game-tying RBI single in the top of the ninth. Orf took a 3-1 pitch and deposited it into left, pushing Jake Elmore home and evening up the score at 2-2.
Tyler Cravy continued the #PitchersWhoRake trend with a double off the wall in left in the third inning. He came around to score the first run of the game on Orlando Arcia’s RBI single a few batters later.
Tyler Cravy turned in the best performance of his season with five innings of one-hit ball. Unfortunately the one knock was a two-run homer off the bat of Dan Black, but Cravy kept the game a manageable 2-1 score. He walked two and struck out six before turning it over to the bullpen.
Jaye Chapman took the hill in the ninth and completed three-perfect innings on the mound. He struck out five in the process of getting the game to the 12th and final frame. The only downside to Chapman’s night was the fact that he couldn’t keep the #PitchersWhoRake trend alive as he went 0-for-1 at the plate.
Damien Magnifico had a two-run lead to work with as he entered the bottom of the 12th inning. Back-to-back singles began the affair for Magnifico, but he would bounce back and retire the next three in order, stranding the tying run at second base and locking down his league-leading 8th save of the season.
Play of the Game:
Well…I guess the secret is out…Orlando Arcia can pick it and his 2015 Minor League Rawlings Gold Glove wasn’t a fluke…He continues to make outstanding play after play after play and last night he made two or three of them, but this was his best. A double play started with a backhanded glove flip to Orf at second who barehands it on to first. SIDE NOTE: You can see Orlando Arcia receive his 2015 Gold Glove before this Sunday’s game at Security Service Field.
Pregame interview with Dan Karcher and Sky Sox Slugger Tim Dillard featuring Tim Kurkjian, Fred Dabney, and Harry Caray:
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