The Sky Sox have continued to sputter out of the all-star break and dropped their fourth straight 7-3 in the finale of the series finale against the Tacoma Rainiers Sunday afternoon at Cheney Stadium. The sweep at the hands of the Rainiers marks the second time the Sox have been swept this year, the first was July 4-6 against the OKC Dodgers on the road. Jorge Lopez climbed the hill for Colorado Springs and was greeted by a five-run first inning which was capped off by Patrick Kivlehan’s two-run homer, the first of his two dingers. The righty’s outing came to a close when he hit Dario Pizzano with a pitch in the fifth and was ejected, Rick Sweet was also tossed. The benches cleared in the eighth inning when Tacoma’s Emilio Pagan threw inside to Josmil Pinto and he took exception to that, but cooler heads did prevail. The Sox scored singular runs in the second, fifth, and seventh innings, but it wasn’t enough against Joe Wieland who earned his seventh win of the season.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox scored 3 runs on 7 hits, their largest offensive output of the series, bringing the total to 7 runs on 20 hits in the four games. The Sox picked up multi-hit games from two of the starting nine.
Garin Cecchini went 2-for-4 with a double against Wieland and a run scored. He has now upped his average to .269.
Kyle Wren collected the other multi-hit game for the Sox, also picking up a double. He continues to fill the leadoff spot perfectly hitting .368 with the club.
Keon Broxton had a full day at the dish reaching twice with a double and a walk and picking up the 22nd RBI of his season.
Michael Reed doubled and scored a run.
Brandon Macias and Eric Young, Jr. had ofers at the plate, but each picked up an RBI.
Pitching Notes –
Jorge Lopez saw the five-run first quickly curtail his ninth road appearance of the season. It began with a bunt single then a couple of walks, a couple of RBI singles and then the two-run homer by Kivlehan. The righty did settle in and pitched a scoreless second and third, before Kivlehan hit a solo bomb in the fourth and D.J. Peterson began the 5th with a homer. Clearly frustrated, Lopez hit Dario Pizzano two pitches later and was ejected. Rick Sweet defended his pitcher and team and was also tossed. The final line on Lopez was 4-plus innings, in which he allowed 7 runs on 9 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. The three homers allowed matches a season high and ups his total to 10 homers in his last five games. He threw 83 pitches, 47 for strikes and dropped to 1-7 with the loss.
The bullpen was again outstanding as Tyler Cravy, Rob Scahill, and David Goforth combined for four scoreless, hitless innings, walking a pair and striking out three.
Play of the Game –
Again, there wasn’t much good popping out of Cheney Stadium for the Sox last night so we have to go to the Rainiers side and Patrick Kivlehan who stole the show. The third baseman not only crushed two homers, but robbed Orlando Arcia of extra bases with a lunging grab at the hot corner. Had it snuck by him it would have giving the Sox another run and put a runner in scoring position for Josmil Pinto.
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