The calendar turned from June to July, but thank goodness the Sky Sox didn’t know the difference as they thumped New Orleans to the tune of 13-7 in Friday night’s game at Security Service Field. The Sox picked up the 13 runs on 17 hits and did a majority of their damage across the fifth and six innings when they broke out 11 runs and took the lead for good. The Sox trailed 4-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth inning, but exploded for seven runs on seven hits in the fifth and never looked back. Andy Wilkins helped get the scoring going with an RBI double and Garin Cecchini capped off the frame with a pinch-hit RBI triple. A stunned New Orleans squad faltered in the field to the tune of three errors in the inning. Colorado Springs put the game out of reach with another four in the sixth, including two on Nate Orf’s triple. Hiram Burgos started the game and went five frames yet again and earned his third straight victory.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox banged out 17 hits en route to the 13-7 victory and upped their home batting average to .320 and overall team average to .281. Six of the eight starting position players tallied multi-hit games in the victory.
Will Middlebrooks led the charge yet again and picked up four hits and a walk, reaching base all five times. He had another double and drove in a pair while scoring three runs himself. He was named the Sky Sox Player of the Month for June earlier in the day and is already the clubhouse leader for July with his 4-for-4 performance Friday.
Josmil Pinto extended his hitting streak to five games with a 3-for-3 night at the dish. He walked twice and drove in one. He and the rest of the catching continue to perform, but Pinto upped his average to .343 in the win.
Kyle Wren went 2-for-5 with a runs scored and an RBI and extended his hitting streak to a team-high 15 games. Over that period he’s hitting 28-for-55 (.509) with five XBHs and 8 RBI. Outside of Willson Contreras’ 20 game streak, Wren holds the longest active hitting streak in the PCL.
Nate Orf went 2-for-5 with a triple, three RBI and a run scored in the win. He continues to hit well and sits at .322.
Rene Garcia went 2-for-5 from the 8-hole in the lineup with a double, RBI, and two runs scored.
Andy Wilkins tallied the other multi-hit game with two hits in the win.
Pitching Notes –
Hiram Burgos gave the Sox another solid start as he went five innings and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits, 1 walk and struck out 4 en route to his third straight win. Burgos now sits at 5-5 and has a 4.78 ERA. He threw 69 pitches, 46 of which were in the zone for strikes.
Austin Ross was first out of the pen and gave up an unearned run on 2 hits, while striking out one in two innings.
Play of the Game –
I am going to go ahead and deem the whole fifth inning the “Play of the Game.” The Sky Sox took advantage of three defensive miscues from the PCL’s best defense and scored seven runs on seven hits against the PCL’s second-best pitching staff. They sent 11 men to the plate and scored seven of them with one hit after another after another after another. This team is red-hot overall, but especially scorching at home.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and New Orleans Hitting Coach Paul Phillips (Pt. 1) –
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