Before we dive into the game from yesterday we would be remiss if we didn’t talk about the pregame happenings with Orlando Arcia. The outstanding shortstop received his 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove from MiLB President/CEO Pat O’Conner and Rawlings prior to the game. Congrats Orlando! He backed it up with a barehanded play in the top of the fourth inning that was once again outstanding.
The Sky Sox trailed 3-0 after the first three outs and it looked like the Bees were out for retribution following the 2-1 18-inning loss from Saturday. However, that would not be the case as the resilient bunch that is the Sky Sox bounced back with a run in the first and four more in the fifth. They rode great starting and bullpen pitching to the 5-4 win and upped their season-high winning streak to five games. Andy Wilkins played hero for the second-straight games and drove home the game-winning run with an RBI single in the fifth. Hiram Burgos gave up the four runs over the first two innings, but settled in and retired the final 10 men he faced while David Goforth closed out the game with two, albeit harrowing, scoreless innings.
The Sky Sox picked up seven hits in the 5-4 win and didn’t have a multiple-hit game from any player for the first time since April 28 at Iowa where they recorded eight hits without multiple-hits from anyone in the lineup. e
Andy Wilkins recorded a pair of hits and RBI in the marathon game Saturday, and knocked home the game-winning run on a two-out single in the fifth Sunday. The 1B/OF upped his hitting streak to five games a stretch during which he is 9-for-24 (.375) with 2 homers and 6 RBI.
Ben Guez went 0-for-0 at the plate but recorded three walks and an RBI from the No. 9 spot in the lineup.
Hiram Burgos was tagged for four runs over the first two innings, but that was it as the righty settled in and finished seven innings. He allowed the 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Burgos retired the final 10 men he faced before handing the keys to the bullpen. He tossed 87 pitches, 53 for strikes.
David Goforth took over in the 9th inning picked up where Burgos left off, retiring the side in order. It was not as easy in the as the righty walked the first two hitters. A sac bunt pushed the runners into scoring position before Juan Graterol lined out to second, which Yadiel Rivera turned into the game ending double play with a throw to first. Goforth earned his second save of the year.
Play of the Game:
I believe the play of the game would have to be the game-ending double play I just described. Goforth had the tying run at third, the go-ahead run at second behind him and induced a soft liner to the second baseman Yadiel Rivera who was drawn in along with the rest of the infield. Rivera corralled the liner and caught Kyle Kubitza wayyyy off the bag at third for the double play that ended the game.
Pregame Interview with me and the President of Minor League Baseball Pat O’Conner (Part 1):
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