The Sky Sox did it again. Yes, they came from behind, albeit they only trailed 3-2 after the first, and they won in extra frames again. This team is just incredible the way they continue to win games. Tuesday saw the Sky Sox jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but Round Rock came back with three of its own in the bottom half to take the lead. A run in the fourth tied it, before Andy Wilkins delivered an RBI double and Nate Orf walked with the bases loaded to give the Sky Sox the 5-3 lead in 10 innings. Brent Suter took over for Corey Knebel in the bottom of the frame and locked down the series-clinching victory with the second save of his season. The Sky Sox got back to .500 (38-38) with the win and have secured a winning month for the first time since 2013.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox picked up five runs on 11 hits and outhit the Express 11-8 in the series finale. They doubled their production from the night before with runners in scoring position by going 2-for-10 and they left 9 men on base.
Kyle Wren is showing no signs of slowing down as he turned in another multi-hit performance. The outfielder went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored and is now hitting .409 (27-66) in 21 games with Colorado Springs this season.
Michael Reed collected the other multiple-hit game for the Sox as he too went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in the tilt. He collected an RBI in the game as well and is now hitting .258 with the Sky Sox.
Andy Wilkins stepped up to the plate and delivered the game-winning hit in the top of the 10th inning. His RBI double was his lone hit in the affair, but he made it count. It was his 16th double of the season and his team-high 45th RBI.
Will Middlebrooks and Nate Orf tallied the other two RBI on the night for Colorado Springs.
Pitching Notes –
Jorge Lopez took the hill in search of his first win on the road and his first in over a month. He was staked to a 2-0 lead after half an inning, but gave it right back in the bottom half as the Express scored three against the righty. Kyle Kubitza delivered the big blow, a two-run homer that put Round Rock in front 3-2. Lopez would settle in to finish 5 1/3 innings and did not allow another run past the first inning. He gave up the 3 runs on 4 hits, 4 walks, and 6 strikeouts. He threw 94 pitches, 49 for strikes.
The bullpen was amazing again last night as four pitchers combined to spin 4 2/3 scoreless innings.
David Goforth got four scoreless outs, Michael Kirkman followed with three outs before Corey Knebel took over and put himself in line for the win with four outs and Brent Suter got his second save of the year with a scoreless bottom of the 10th.
Play of the Game –
Andy Wilkins Go-Ahead RBI 2B
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Ariel Pena –
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