The Sky Sox took notes from Memphis’ early inning success and put it into play over the first three innings of their series opener against the Round Rock Express Saturday night. Colorado Springs scored eight runs over the first three innings and held on late to win 8-5 over the Express in game one of the four-game series. Michael Reed got the scoring going when he took the first pitch he saw in the first inning out of Dell Diamond for a solo shot and the first run of two in the first inning. Round Rock responded with a pair of its own against Hiram Burgos in the bottom of the first courtesy of a Jared Hoying double and a Drew Robinson single.
Orlando Arcia singled home Kyle Wren and was backed up by Texas-native Andy Wilkins who cranked a three-run homer which put the Sox up 6-2 and they never looked back. Jake Elmore greeted Jimmy Reyes with a solo homer in the third, Wren added another triple and scored on a sac fly for the final Sox run of the game. Round Rock did get a homer from Jared Hoying, but had three runners picked off in the game including Kyle Kubitza from second for the final out of the eighth inning. Hiram Burgos took home the victory, his first on the road this season, and Damien Magnifico recorded the four-out save, his 12th save of the season. The win extended the Sky Sox streak to 4 games, marking the third streak of four or more wins on the season.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox scored their eight runs on nine hits and had two multi-hit games in the opener. They banged out three homers in one game for the first time since June 10 against Memphis at AutoZone Park and for the fourth time this season.
Andy Wilkins had the big swing on the night when he deposited a three-run homer as part of the 4-run second inning. The 1B/RF now has 11 homers and 44 RBI this season.
Michael Reed had the solo homer in the first and a sac fly in the third. All told he went 1-for-3 with the homer, two RBI, and two runs scored.
Orlando Arcia went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. He picked his average back up to .279 with his multi-hit performance.
Kyle Wren went 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored. He extended his hitting streak to 11 and is now hitting .393 with the Sky Sox this season.
Jake Elmore hit a solo shot in the third inning marking his second homer of the season and first for the infielder since 4/23 against Omaha.
Yadiel Rivera drove in a run the hard way when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the first inning.
Pitching Notes –
Hiram Burgos took the hill and was staked to a 2-0 lead before he threw a pitch, unfortunately he gave those two runs right back in the bottom of the first, but when all was said and done there was no harm. The righty came soooo close to finishing six innings, but lasted 5 2/3 and gave up 4 runs on 7 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 7. He threw a team season-high 111 pitches, 72 of which crossed the zone for strikes. He added two pickoffs of runners straying too far off the first base bag. Burgos picked up the fourth win of his season, but first on the road.
Ariel Pena was first used by the Sox out of the pen and limited the Express to 1 run on 4 hits, one of which was the Hoying homer, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.
Damien Magnifico wrapped up the save with four scoreless outs. He allowed a hit and walked one en route to his 12th save of the season.
Play of the Game –
The Sky Sox picked up a homer in each of the first three innings. Michael Reed hit one out on the first pitch he saw from Jose Monegro in the first inning. Andy Wilkins took the righty deep for a three-run homer and Jake Elmore finished things off with a solo shot of his own in the third. Following the first third of the game, the Sox were able to hand it over to the defense and pitching en route to the 8-5 win.
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