The Sky Sox fell 3-1 Thursday night and were greeted by 2010 A.L. Cy Young Award Winner Felix Hernandez as they attempted to bounce back with a win Friday night. Hernandez went toe-to-toe with Wily Peralta in a rematch of an August 11, 2013 matchup at Safeco Field. After three scoreless frames were dealt by both arms, it was Manny Pina who crushed a solo homer with two down in the fourth which gave the Sky Sox the 1-0 lead. However, in the fifth it was Tyler Smith for Tacoma that returned the favor with a two-run homer against Peralta and gave the Rainiers a lead they would not relinquish. D.J. Peterson connected for a two-run single in the eighth, which pushed the lead to 4-1 and that Sox went quietly in the ninth. Hernandez picked up the win, Peralta was dealt the loss, and Donn Roach earned the save with 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
Hitting Notes –
Through the first two games of the series, Colorado Springs has tallied two runs on 10 hits, including the 1-run, 6-hit performance Friday night. Two Sox collected multi-hit games.
Manny Pina gave the Sky Sox a jolt of energy with his fourth-inning solo home run against Hernandez, one of his two hits on the night. He is now hitting .351 with the Sox.
Orlando Arcia tallied a double and a single in the tilt and had the other multi-hit game for Colorado Springs.
Keon Broxton doubled and Eric Young, Jr. singled for the other two Sky Sox hits.
Pitching Notes –
Wily Peralta turned in his best performance as a Sky Sox. He went 4 1/3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 2. The one mistake he made was to Tyler Smith in the fifth inning, likely Peralta’s last batter anyway. Smith took it deep and out of Cheney Stadium for a 2-run homer and the Rainiers never looked back. Peralta threw 71 pitches, 40 of which went for strikes and was hung with the loss which dropped him to 0-3 on the season.
Michael Kirkman and Michael Blazek combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings and combined allowed 2 hits, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts.
David Goforth was the unfortunate recipient of some shoddy defense in the eighth which led to 2 earned runs on 3 hits, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts.
Play of the Game –
Manny Pina stepped in against the King with nobody on and two outs in the fourth inning and did what most thought was impossible. He fell behind 0-2, and then took the next pitch high and deep and gone to left-center field for a solo home run which gave the Sky Sox the 1-0 lead. For Pina it was his fifth blast of the season and I am sure no others were as special as that one which came against fellow Venezuelan Felix Hernandez.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Manager Rick Sweet –
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