The Sky Sox weren’t spooked by much of anything on Friday the 13th and downed the New Orleans Zephyrs 10-3 in the series finale in the Big Easy. The win marks the third in a row for Colorado Springs and the first time this season they have extended a winning streak to three games. Keon Broxton led the charge with a leadoff-solo home run in the first inning and from there the rout was on. The Sox plated seven runs over the first four innings and added two more in the 6th and another in the 9th for their 10 runs. Broxton was the hero with two home runs, Andy Wilkins snuck one down the line in left and Taylor Jungmann chipped in with a two-run single. Jungmann went the requisite five innings and earned the win, just the second for a Sky Sox starter this season.
For as much billing as Zephyr Field gets as the league’s worst ballpark to hit in, the Sky Sox certainly did their best to make it a home away from home. They picked up another three home runs and 14 hits in the finale. The six total home runs is the second most in any series this season and collectively through the four games the Sox picked up 23 runs on 42 hits.
Keon Broxton is on a tear, and that’s an understatement. The outfielder went 2-for-5 with two homers, three runs batted in and three runs scored in the win. It was the first two-homer game since Jason Rogers collected a pair of big flies on July 16th, 2015, oddly enough in New Orleans. He extended his team-high hitting streak to 12 games, across which he’s hitting .396 (19-for-48) with 8 XBHs (5 homers) and 11 RBI. He’s got his season average up to .323.
Nate Orf followed up his heroic performance on Thursday with a 3-for-6 outing on Friday. The utility infielder played second, hit second and fell a home run shy of the cycle. He scored a run, drove home a run and is at .303 through his first 12 games with the Sky Sox.
Orlando Arcia collected his 13th multiple-hit game with a 2-for-5 performance, he also walked and scored two runs and made yet another outstanding play in the field defensively. This kid is the real deal.
Taylor Jungmann continued the #PitchersWhoRake movement that has overtaken the Sky Sox clubhouse with a 2-run single. He went 1-for-1 with 2 walks and the two RBI. The hit marked the third game in a row in which a pitcher has picked up a knock dating back to Tim Dillard’s home run.
Taylor Jungmann willed himself through five innings and left in line for the win. The righty maneuvered his way through the five frames allowing three runs (two on a homer by Xavier Scruggs in the second), on four hits, four walks, a hit batter and six strikeouts. He threw 94 pitches, but just 45 for strikes. He still has a lot to improve upon, but the five innings and win were a nice start. Again, it was just the second time this season a Sky Sox started earned the win.
Play of the Game
Keon Broxton steps to the plate with a runner on and two out against Jarred Cosart and duplicates his efforts from the first inning with his second blast of the game, a no-doubter to left field on a 3-1 pitch. Pitcher Taylor Jungmann scored on the home run.
Pregame interview with Dan Karcher and Sky Sox Manager Rick Sweet – another edition of “Sweet 16” –
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