The Sky Sox had quite the series against the Redbirds and quite the 14 game homestand come to a close the best way possible Friday night, and that was with an 11-6 win. The Sky Sox banged out the 11 runs on 18 hits in the finale and used a seven-run seventh to put away the Redbirds for good. 13 men were sent to the plate, 8 of them got hits, and 7 of them scored in the frame. Tyler Cravy was outstanding on the hill in the return from his suspension. He earned the second win of his 2016 campaign and the first at Security Service Field. The Sky Sox trailed 2-0 early, but took a 3-2 lead with a two-run fourth, and broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the 6th, which put them in front for good. They finished the longest homestand of the season with an 8-6 record, the series with a 4-2 record, and wrapped up the season series with Memphis even, with each team taking home eight wins.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox fell one hit short of a season-high, but banged out 18 knocks en route to the five-run victory. Every position player had at least one hit and seven of the eight tallied multiple-hit games including three three-hit tilts and four two-hit games. The Sky Sox lifted their team batting average three whole points in the 11-6 win.
Yadiel Rivera drove in the most runs with a three RBI night at the plate. The shortstop took home a 3-for-5 night at the plate, which included an RBI double and two RBI singles. He also scored two runs and upped his average to .260 with the big performance.
Kyle Wren extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a 3-for-5 night at the plate. He picked up a double, two RBI and scored two runs. He’s now hitting .515 (17-for-33) in his last 10 games and is 20-for-51 (.392) in his first 18 games with the Sky Sox in 2016.
Josmil Pinto stayed red-hot with another multi-hit, multi-RBI game. The catcher collected the other three-hit game for the Sky Sox and went 3-for-4 with a double, a walks, two RBI, and a run scored. Pinto had his hitting streak come to an end earlier in the homestand, but continues to lift his average. He’s now hitting .336.
Will Middlebrooks remains on a tear in the month of June. He added another two hits to his total last night, going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored. He has his average up to .275 with this amazing stretch he has been on and his numbers in June now read: 25 Games, .378 (34-90) with 19 XBHs (10 doubles, 2 triples, 7 homers) 23 runs scored, 26 RBI, and a .378/.385/.767 slash line. Holy smokes. Those are the highest numbers in the PCL for players that have played 22+ games during the month.
Michael Reed turned in a 2-for-5 performance with a double, two RBI, and a run scored. He entered the 14-game homestand batting .219 and will leave Security Service Field with a .261 batting average. He played in all 14 games on the homestand and had at least one hit in all but two of the games. He collected 20 hits over the 14 games in total.
Pitching Notes –
Tyler Cravy took the mound for the second time on the homestand and the first time since he was ejected, and subsequently suspended, in the second game of the doubleheader back on June 14th against Iowa. The righty put all of that hullabaloo behind him and shoved. He threw six strong innings, which is just what the doctor ordered following the two doubleheaders, and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He left in line for a no-decision, but with the offense scratching across a run in the 6th he fell in line for the win and improved to 2-2 on the season.
Michael Kirkman pitched another scoreless inning and earned his third hold of the season.
David Goforth pitched a scoreless eighth, but ran into the Memphis bats in the ninth and could only record one out in the final frame. He ended up going 1 1/3 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits, 1 walks, and 3 strikeouts.
Austin Ross was called upon to silence the Redbirds and did, by recording the final two outs.
Plays of the Game –
The whole seventh inning is worthy of being the play of the game. The Sky Sox got to the Memphis bullpen and began the frame with back-to-back doubles from Reed and Pinto. Wilkins walked, WMB collected an RBI single before Garin Cecchini was retired for the innings first out. The troops picked right up with another two RBI singles from Rivera and Orf and then the top of the order of Wren and Reed plated three more with back to back singles capping off the 7-run attack.
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