Quick Hits: Dillard Shines, Sky Sox Sweep Away Storm Chasers

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Tim Dillard picked up his fourth win of the season in his first start. He tossed five scoreless innings and aided the Sky Sox to the 6-1 win in the series finale against Omaha. (Bobby Stevens/MiLB.com)

Tim Dillard does it again! The righty took the mound for his first start in 2016 and shoved. He tossed five scoreless innings and helped set the tone for the Sky Sox in their 6-1 win over the Storm Chasers Friday night. The win marked the fifth in a row for Colorado Springs and they completed the four-game sweep of Omaha, the first sweep at home of four or more games since July 20-23, 2012 where they took five in a row from Tacoma. Dillard earned his fourth win in five outings and tossed the most pitches he’s thrown since 2010. Will Middlebrooks helped get the offense going with the lone multi-hit game. The Sky Sox are now in a three-way tie for first place, which marks the latest they have been in first since 2009.

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Hitting Notes 

The Sky sox racked up six runs on seven hits in their fifth straight win. The scored their first run in the second, three in the third, and two more in the fourth en route to the 6-1 win. For the second game in a row they took advantage of two Omaha miscues in one inning and put up a crooked number.

The bottom of the order, hitters six through nine, went a combined 5-for-12 with three runs scored and two RBI.

Will Middlebrooks tallied another multiple hit game, his sixth in his last eight, and went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI, and run scored. The third baseman broke the ice with an RBI single in the second and scored after his leadoff double in the fourth. He’s now hitting .224 on the season.

Eric Young, Jr. had a complete game from the nine hole and went 1-for-2 with a run scored, and an RBI sac bunt that acted as a squeeze play which plated WMB from third. He also threw out a runner trying to score for the final out of the fifth inning.

Orlando Arcia completed the two-run fourth with an RBI double to left which scored Michael Reed and at the time made it 6-0. He extended his hitting streak to 8 games and now has hit safely in 22 of his last 24 games.

Yadiel Rivera saw his 7 game hitting streak come to an end with a 0-for-3 night and Manny Pina ended his 13 gamer with an 0-for-3, but he did drive home a run with a sacrifice fly.

Pitching Notes

Tim Dillard took the start and pitched for the first time since May 14th, the 18-inning affair at Security Service Field. He was outstanding and tossed five scoreless innings allowing just five hits, walking one, and striking out five. He threw 84 pitches, 55 for strikes. It was the most pitches thrown by the righty since his last outing of 2010.

Austin Ross followed and fell right in line with Dillard, tossing 3 perfect innings, striking out a pair.

Michael Kirkman came on for the ninth and allowed a run on three hits, a walk and one strikeout.

Play of the Game

With two outs Parker Morin and Ramon Torres singled in front of Christian Colon who followed with a single of his own to Eric Young, Jr. in left. EY collected and came up firing home and nabbed Morin at the plate for the third out of the inning, which preserved Dillard’s five scoreless frames and ended his night on the mound.

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Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,

Dan

@Dan_Acheson

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