The Sky Sox and Redbirds played their second doubleheader in a row and Colorado Springs bounced back from a 16-4 loss in the second game Wednesday and swept Memphis in Thursdays twinbill with a 9-8 victory in game one and a 7-5 win in the nightcap. Jorge Lopez started the first tilt and gave up four runs in the first inning which just set the table for another remarkable comeback. Trailing 5-0 in the third, the Sky Sox exploded to tie the game with a five run frame. Will Middlebrooks capped off the inning with a grand slam, his third of the season. Memphis regained the lead with a three-run fifth, but Colorado Springs used some shoddy Memphis defense to plate four in the sixth, which gave them the 9-8 lead. Corey Knebel locked it down and picked up his first save with the Sox.
Guess what happened in game two, yep, the Sky Sox fell behind in the first inning. Brent Suter limited the damage to 1 run in the first and then, it took a while, but his offense went to work behind him in the fifth inning and put him in line for the victory with its second five-run frame of the day. Michael Reed connected for a bases-clearing double to cap off the inning and the Sox never looked back. They tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth courtesy of a Josmil Pinto solo homer and Kyle Wren RBI single. Damien Magnifico picked up his 11th save.
Quick Hits from the 9-8 Game 1 Win –
The Sky Sox were out hit 10-7, but used timely hitting and took advantage of a key Memphis defensive miscue en route to the 9-8 win.
Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-4, but the one was a grand slam that tied the game in the fifth inning. It marks the third grand slam for WMB this season…THIRD. GRAND. SLAM. THIS. SEASON. WHAT?! Unreal, some guys go without a granny in their career! He is the first Sky Sox player to hit three in one season and the third Sky Sox player to hit three in their career with the team. In 24 games during the month of June, WMB is hitting 32-86 (.372) with 21 runs scored, 18 XBHs, including 7 homers, and 25 RBI. He was hitting .174 on May 27th and is now at .271.
Andy Wilkins delivered a walk with the bases loaded in the third, and gave the Sox the lead for good with a two-run gift single down the line in right in the sixth. His three RBI were second in the game to WMB’s four.
Kyle Wren had the lone multi-hit game as he went 2-for-2 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored.
Michael Reed went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored in the opener of the double dip.
Jorge Lopez faced Alex Reyes in the third inning and jumped on a first-pitch fastball, hit it to left for a single, and moved to second when the left fielder booted it, which sparked the rally for the Sox.
Pitching Notes –
Jorge Lopez was roughed up to the tune on 8 runs (6 earned) on 9 hits, 5 walks, and 4 strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings of work. David Washington took him deep twice and Carlos Peguero hit a solo shot against him as well. He threw 97 pitches, 48 for strikes in his first start at SSF since May 20th.
Michael Kirkman went 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Lopez to earn the win.
Corey Knebel earned the save with a scoreless seventh.
Quick Hits from the 7-5 win in Game Two –
The Sky Sox fell behind 1-0 and waited until the fifth inning to erupt against the Redbirds. They were once again outhit 11-9, but used timely hitting to get in front and stayed there.
Hitting Notes –
Michael Reed had one of two multi-hit games for the Sky Sox in the nightcap against the Redbirds. He went 2-for-4 with three RBI all of which came on his fifth inning double with the bases loaded. Reed has put together a nice 10-game stretch, over which he’s hitting .405 (15-for-37), mostly from the number 2 spot in the order.
Eric Young Jr. had himself a 2-for-3 night and scored two of the Sox seven runs in the win.
Kyle Wren extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI single, which plated EY in the two-run sixth.
Josmil Pinto got the start in the second game and hit a solo homer, his third dinger of the season. Pinto continues the trend of Sky Sox catchers performing as he is still up above .300 at .323 on the season.
Pitching Notes –
Brent Suter bounced back to form after his tough start against Omaha. He went five innings and limited the Redbirds to a run on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 1 strikeout. He earned the second win of his season and threw 77 pitches, 46 for strikes.
Drew Gagnon ran into a little trouble after Suter left the game. The righty gave up a run in the sixth and another three runs in the seventh. He finished allowing 4 runs on 6 hits, while striking out 3 in 1 2/3 innings.
Damien Magnifico was called upon to get the final out, which he did, and earned his 11th save of the season.
Play of the Doubleheader –
Will Middlebrooks’ Grand Salami –
Pregame Interview with Dan Acheson and Memphis Outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker –
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