By Aaron Cheris
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox have had many roster moves this season.
Players have accomplished their dreams and were called up to the Brewers, and others took the next step toward that dream with a promotion to the Sky Sox from Double-A Biloxi. For many players, Colorado Springs became a place to hone their skills in hopes of an eventual return to the big leagues.
Hiram Burgos hasn’t been a part of any of those moves this season, and he has become one of the Sky Sox most consistent players because of it.
Through the first couple months of the season, Burgos leads the Sky Sox in innings pitched. In each of his last seven appearances, Burgos has pitched at least five innings to give the Sky Sox a chance to win.
Burgos credits his consistency to a simple approach on the mound.
“The main thing is just attacking the strike zone, just trying to get the hitters to put the ball in play,” he said.
When the hitters have put the ball in play, the Sky Sox defense has been there to get Burgos through difficult times.
“Everyone saw the great defensive players behind my back, it saves me a lot of runs,” he said. “Having a defense like that, you always have a chance to win ballgames.”
Behind Burgos on Wednesday afternoon, Sky Sox shortstop Orlando Arcia made an incredible stop to turn an inning ending double play and get Burgos through a tough situation.
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Burgos is grateful to have strong defenders like Arcia behind him, and he knows how valuable it is to him.
“I’m telling you, he has saved a lot of runs for us. He is unbelievable,” Burgos said of Arcia. “We need to take advantage of having him here now, he keeps making unbelievable plays. I know his spot will be in the big leagues.”
The Sky Sox will need more strong defense from Arcia and good pitching from Burgos to break out of their current slump.
“It’s about everything. Pitching, hitting, and defense. When they come together, we will win more ballgames,” Burgos said. “That’s the good thing about baseball, you have games one day after another.”
Before Thursday night’s game against Iowa, Burgos was one of four players who helped lead a youth clinic for local children at Security Service Field. Burgos, naturally, was in charge of the pitching station, and it was an opportunity he loved.
“I love working with the kinds. I know they enjoy being out there and seeing us and working with us,” he said. “It’s a pleasure for me to be out there and help those kids. I can see the smiles and happy faces, and that made me feel good.”
Burgos and the Sky Sox will need the good vibes to continues as they are in the middle of their longest homestand of the season, with key games coming up against the Omaha Storm Chasers and Memphis Redbirds.