The Sky Sox actually hopped out to an early lead Friday night, but couldn’t hold on and ultimately fell 5-2 to the Omaha Storm Chasers in the series opener Friday night at Security Service Field. The Sox rode the left arm of Josh Hader, who turned in another solid six innings, but the offense was limited to just two runs on 10 hits. Omaha’s lefty starter Jonathan Dziedzic pitched well, like Hader and picked up the win. Hader went six full innings and allowed a pair of runs on seven hits, three walks and six strikeouts, while Dziedzic tied up the Sox to the tune of two runs on six hits, two walks, and two strikeouts over six-plus innings. He pitched to two batters in the seventh before he departed the game. Omaha was happy to see Hader leave the game and immediately added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh and another in the ninth.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox racked up double-digit hits, but only plated two runs. They hit into three double plays, went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base.
Andy Wilkins picked up a two-hit game and went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the loss. He’s got his average back up to .230 and now has 33 RBI with the Sky Sox.
Orlando Arcia recorded a two-hit performance with a double and a single as well as he continues to try to get back to the .300 plateau. He sits at .290 entering play today.
Rene Garcia, the newbie, started for the second straight night and picked up the third multi-hit game for the Sky Sox with two hits in four trips to the plate.
Yadiel Rivera played short, batted eighth, and went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Josmil Pinto extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single in the later frames.
Michael Reed was one of four Sky Sox to reach twice as he walked, hit a single, and scored one of the two runs for Colorado Springs in the loss.
Pitching Notes –
Josh Hader was not fazed by his home debut. The altitude didn’t bother him. He pitched another six strong innings. The southpaw went the six innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. He again was not helped out by his offense, but threw 96 pitches, 58 for strikes in the loss. He’s 0-2 in Triple-A, but has allowed just 4 runsin 12 innings of work. The way he went fearlessly in to righties and sawed them off was impressive and he induced three double plays off the bats of the Chasers’ hitters.
Austin Ross wrapped it up on the mound and recorded the final out of the top of the ninth.
Play of the Game –
Orlando Arcia stepped in with a runner at first and one out in the first inning and laced a high fly ball down the line in right. The ball continued to carry and caromed off the wall on the fly narrowly missing an opposite field home run. Arcia cruised into second, Michael Reed to third, which set the table for the Sky Sox to score their first run thanks to an Andy Wilkins ground out.
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