The Sky Sox fell behind 2-0 in the first inning which was enough for the 51s as they led wire-to-wire and took home the series finale 6-4. Wyoming’s own Brandon Nimmo collected a pair of two-run doubles across the fifth and sixth innings that proved to be the difference. Colorado Springs drew to within one at 4-3 thanks to a two-run homer off the bat of Michael Reed, his first in Triple-A, but couldn’t overcome Las Vegas’ bullpen in the series finale. They finished the rain-shortened six game stand 3-3, and lost 3-of-4 to the 51s in their lone series of the season.
The Sky Sox offense loved the home cooking they got in the six games at Security Service Field. They banged out another 14 hits in Sunday’s loss bringing their homestand total up to 70 knocks in the six tilts. It marks the 19th time the Sox have out hit their opponent this season and their record now sits at 13-6 when out hitting a foe.
Michael Reed broke out for the first time since returning from the disabled list with a 3-for-5 performance which included a two-run homer to left and a double. The home run was his first Triple-A blast and first round tripper since June 3, 2015 with Biloxi in a game against Birmingham.
Orlando Arcia reached base three times and went 2-for-4 with a walk. His single in the fifth extended his hitting streak to a season and team-high 13 games. The 21-year old is batting .362 (21-for-58) with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 4 RBI, and 4 walks over the last two weeks. He’s been getting on base at a .403 clip. The streak is the second-longest active streak in the PCL behind Alex Dickerson’s 20-game stretch.
Andy Wilkins had his 7-game hit streak snapped with an 0-for-4 on Saturday night, but returned to the hit column with a pair of knocks Sunday. The first baseman doubled and scored in the second and singled in the fourth against the lefty Duane Below.
Hitters 6-7-8 combined to go 6-for-11 with an RBI and run scored. Josmil Pinto upped his average to .323 with a two-hit game. Jake Elmore bumped himself up to .321 and Eric Young Jr. beat some recent bad luck to bang out two hits in the series finale.
Tyler Cravy took the hill and was tagged for two, two-out runs in the first inning. T.J. Rivera began the rally with an infield single, Jonny Monell drove him home with a double and Travis Taijeron capped off the inning with an RBI single. The righty would settle in to deliver three scoreless frames in a row before Nimmo picked up the first of his two, two-run doubles in the fifth. Cravy’s final line read 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO – he threw a season-high 92 pitches, 53 for strikes.
Drew Gagnon was the other victim of Nimmo who touched him up for two runs with one swing of the bat in the 6th, the righty’s lone inning of work.
Play of the Game
With the game 4-1 in favor of the 51s Michael Reed stepped in for the Sky Sox against LAs Vegas’ starter Duane Below. The center fielder fell behind in the count 0-2, fouled the next two pitches off, then took two balls to bring the count even, and fouled another pitch off before connecting on the eighth pitch of the at-bat for a two-run homer to left center. The blast was his first career Triple-A homer and hopefully the first of many for Reed!
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