The Sky Sox can’t buy a win at the moment and that was apparent in the 10-1 loss to the Reno Aces Monday night at Greater Nevada Field. The game started out as a pitcher’s duel between the Sox lefty Josh Hader and the D-backs’ prized righty Braden Shipley, but that was quickly disrupted in the first. Kyle Wren stepped in and kicked off the game with a solo homer on the third pitch from Shipley and Kyle Jensen took Hader deep with a three-run shot in the bottom half. That would be the last we heard from the Sky Sox offense, but not nearly the last we would hear from Jensen and the Aces. They would get another in the second against Hader and Peter O’Brien would chip in with a two-run double in the third. The lefty was lifted 3 2/3 innings of work, but the bullpen didn’t fare much better. Sam Freeman walked the first three men he faced in the sixth and that brought Jenser up with the bases loaded and nobody out. The big first baseman crushed a 1-2 pitch for a grand slam, his second homer of the game and upped his RBI total to 7 on the night. Hader was charged with the loss and Shiley who went seven frames got the win for the Aces.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox scored one run on eight hits in the 10-1 loss. The run total matches their lowest of the trip thus far, but the hit total was their largest of the trip. In the five game losing streak they have tallied 8 runs on 28 hits and have been outscored 31-8. Three Sky Sox did post two-hit games in the defeat.
Kyle Wren once again provided a nice spark at the top of the order with a 2-for-5 night that included his game opening solo homer against Shipley. He picked up a single later in the game. The leadoff blast was the third of the season for the Sky Sox with Keon Broxton going deep the other two times.
Garin Cecchini continued his hot start to the second half with another two-hit game, he also reached on a walk. He’s picked up five hits and reached base six times in his last three games.
Michael Reed picked up the other two hit game for Colorado Springs with a pair of singles.
Orlando Arcia and Manny Pina came up with the other knocks for the Sox.
Pitching Notes –
Josh Hader took the hill in his sixth Triple-A start and retired the first two men he faced before running into trouble and giving up three runs in the opening frame. He couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning and his final line read 3 2/3 innings, 6 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts and 1 homer allowed. He threw 85 pitches, 43 of which crossed the zone. He hadn’t pitched in the PCL since July 3rd due to pitching in the Futures Game and the all-star break. He’s now 0-3 with the Sox.
Brent Suter took over in the fourth inning for Hader and completed the frame as well as the fifth in scoreless fashion.
Sam Freeman gave up the grand slam to Kyle Jensen in the 6th and pitched two innings, with that and three walks being the blemishes on his line.
Damien Magnifico got some work in with a scoreless eighth.
Play of the Game –
Again, it was a thin night offensively for the Sky Sox, but our play of the game was the first play of the game! Kyle Wren’s solo homer on the third pitch of the tilt from Braden Shipley. Unfortunately that would be the lone spark at the plate for Colorado Springs.
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