What if I told you that the Sky Sox trailed 6-0 after the first three outs and 9-2 after the first three innings? What if I told you they came back, AGAIN…and won the ballgame 13-9 in incredible fashion on Thursday night at Security Service Field. The 30-for-30 documentary comes out later this season…In all seriousness what the Sky Sox are doing is truly incredible. Sam Freeman began the game on the bump and allowed six runs right out of the gate to an Omaha team that was on the wrong end of a doubleheader sweep a day ago. Jonathan Dziedzic was staked the 6-0 lead, and could not do anything with it. He allowed a pair of runs in the first frame and that was just the beginning for Colorado Springs.
Freeman lasted two innings (as expected) and was relieved by Ariel Pena in the third. He also could not make it out of trouble in his first inning of work and allowed a three-run homer to Travis “Lunchbox” Snider which upped the Omaha lead to 9-2, BUT that would be all we would hear from the visitors’ offense for the rest of the game. The Springs squad would score 11-unanswered runs over the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings en route to the 13-9 win, their fourth victory in a row. Will Middlebrooks connected for a two-run triple in the four-run fourth, six runs crossed the plate in the fifth thanks to the aid of four walks and two errors, and Garin Cecchini drove home the final run of the game with a double in the sixth.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox tallied their 13 runs on 12 hits and drew 7 walks in the win. Five Sky Sox batters collected two-hit games and Yadiel Rivera was the lone Sky Sox not to reach base twice in one way or another (hit, FC, error, etc.)
Jake Elmore had a perfect night at the plate and went 2-for-2 with 2 walks, and 2 RBI, the second of which he earned on a bases loaded walk in the fifth and gave the Sky Sox the lead for good at 10-9. With the production of Pina and Arcia, Elmore’s season has flown under the radar as he has his average up to .343 (35-for-102) with 4 XBHs and 17 RBI in 37 games with the Sky Sox.
Will Middlebrooks continued his hot stretch at the plate with another multi-hit performance and went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple, walk, and three runs scored. WMB now has 11 hits over his last 7 games and has his average up to .217.
Manny Pina went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI, extending his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games. In addition to driving home a pair, Pina scored a pair of runs himself in the win. His average is up to .357 and his streak is tied for the current longest in the league alongside Ramiro Pena of Reno.
Orlando Arcia picked up another two hits and has now hit safely in seven straight and 21-of-23. He walked and picked up two runs scored as well.
Garin Cecchini had the high-RBI total on the night with three and now has 21 ribbys on the season. He picked them up on a groundout, fielder’s choice E4 and a double.
Yadiel Rivera extended his hitting streak to seven games with a leadoff double in the bottom of the first inning.
Pitching Notes –
The Sky Sox had lowered their team ERA down to 4.96 and had garnered the 14th spot in the league for the first time all season, however with the nine earned runs allowed the team’s earned run average jumped back up to 5.04.
Sam Freeman began the game and looked like he was facing a recently-awakened sleeping giant. The Chasers jumped out and scored 6 runs on 6 hits in the first inning against the southpaw. Orlando Calixte capped off the inning with a two-run triple and it looked like the lefty’s night had come to an earlier-than-expected end. He was given the second and bounced back to retire the side in order on 10 pitches. His final line read 2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 40 P, 23 S.
Ariel Pena took over in the third and just could not find it out of the gate. He gave up back-to-back singles before recording the first out on a sacrifice bunt. After a fielder’s choice Pena had the count 2-2 on Travis Snider and stepped off twice…The next pitch was a ball…He then assumed the rubber and stepped off three separate times and took a meeting with the catcher Pina before throwing the 3-2 pitch which Lunchbox took over the wall in right for a 3-run homer and upped the Omaha lead to 9-2. Pena settled right down after that and completed a stellar relief outing of 4 2/3 innings allowing just the 3 runs on the homer. He earned the first win of his season.
Play of the Game
The Sky Sox took the lead with a six-run fifth inning, but were helped out considerably by two errors in the inning. With a 10-9 lead, the Sky Sox’s shortstop Orlando Arcia dug in with the bases loaded and hit a fly ball to left where Angel Franco camped under it and did everything BUT catch it. He had it go off his mitt and to the ground for a two-run error. That was the final dagger for the Chasers and the play that helped win the game for the Sox.
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