The Sky Sox have had a Jekyll and Hyde series with the Sacramento River Cats thus far and have dropped two of the first three games, including yesterday’s 6-0 affair. In the two losses, the Sky Sox have combined for two runs on nine hits, as opposed to the one win where they collected nine runs on 12 hits. Jorge Lopez took the loss in yesterdays game allowing 6 runs, 4 earned, all in the second inning. Colorado Springs’ offense had no answer against Clayton Blackburn and the River Cats pitching staff, which again included an appearance from Sergio Romo. The Sky Sox will look to leave California’s capital city with a split of the four-game series tonight.
The Sky Sox mustered just four hits and two walks against Sacramento’s pitching staff of Clayton Blackburn, Sergio Romo, Alex Torres, and Jake Dunning. It marks just the fifth time this season that the Sky Sox have had four hits or less in a game. They are 1-4 in those five tilts.
Josmil Pinto tallied two hits and upped his average to .333 on the season.
Nate Orf began the ballgame with a single.
Eric Young, Jr. went 1-for-2 with a walk on his 31st birthday.
Jorge Lopez took the hill and tossed a scoreless first, before running into trouble in the second. The inning began with an error by third baseman Will Middlebrooks and the floodgates opened soon after. Four hits and three walks in the inning equaled 6 runs (4 earned). That was more than enough and all of the runs the River Cats would get the rest of the ballgame. Lopez finished five innings allowed the 6 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He threw 85 pitches, 53 for strikes.
Austin Ross and Jacob Barnes combined to throw three scoreless innings and struck out seven along the way.
Play of the Game
Austin Ross came out of the ‘pen in the sixth inning and struck out the side in order on 19 pitches, 14 strikes. That was one of the few highlights for the Sky Sox in the game yesterday.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Sacramento Manager Jose Alguacil –
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