The Sky Sox and Storm Chasers were ready to round out their series with a nine-inning affair Monday night, but as has been the case all season long, Mother Nature intervened. Omaha jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a Tony Cruz two-run homer against Hiram Burgos in the second, but Josmil Pinto collected two-run blasts of their own in the home half of the second and third innings respectively to give the Sky Sox the 4-2 advantage. There was no doubt a big storm looming, but play continued through the fourth and into the top of the fifth. With the rain beating down on the playing surface, Burgos got through the top half of the frame with the lead in hand and the tarp came on the field. The umpires waited 1 hour and 12 minutes before ending the game in favor of Colorado Springs.
A couple of interesting notes with the rain-altered affair. The game itself lasted a Security Service Field record 1 hour and 15 minutes and was the first 4 1/2 inning game at home…EVER. In 28 years the Sky Sox had never played a 4 1/2 inning game, they have now played a pair of them THIS MONTH! The first of which came in New Orleans on June 4th.
Hitting Notes –
Josmil Pinto extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games with a two-run home run in the second inning. It was his third homer of the year and his second of the series against the Chasers. Pinto went 2-for-2 with the homer and a double and is hitting 11-for-23 (.478) over the nine-game stretch.
Andy Wilkins followed Pinto’s lead with a two-run blast in the third inning, which gave the Sox the decisive 4-2 margin. Wilkins now has nine homers on the season, extended his hitting streak to five games and is hitting .235 on the season.
Pitching Notes –
Hiram Burgos came in 0-7 with a 7.26 ERA lifetime against the Omaha Storm Chasers, but that all changed last night. The righty had to work quickly, efficiently, and through the to get through the five innings of play. He limited the damage to just the home run by Tony Cruz in the second inning and earned his third win of the season and first-career win over Omaha. He is now tied for second in the PCL with two complete games. His final line read 5 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. He threw 71 pitches, 42 for strikes.
Play of the Game –
Michael Reed started the game with a bang in left field. The speedy outfielder tracked a fly ball off the bat of Rey Fuentes to the gap in left-center field and made a late lunge to grab it with a full-extension dive, AND DID! The tremendous play ended the inning and was another great catch for the Texas native who has made a few highlight reel plays this season.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and David Goforth –
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