The Sky Sox showed signed of life late, smacking two three-run homers in the late frames of last night’s tilt, but it wasn’t enough as the Reno Aces held on to win 9-6 in the second game of a four-game series last night at Greater Nevada Field. Hiram Burgos was called upon for the second time in the second part of the season and couldn’t make it out of the fourth. He allowed a run in the first, three on two homers in the third and another trio of runs in the fourth. Mitch Haniger and Kyle Jensen took him deep in the third, while three straight run-producing hits knocked him out of the game in the fourth.
Shelby Miller took that hill for the Aces fresh off of being optioned down by the D-backs and was unhittable over the first five frames. Nate Orf broke up the no-hit bid with a double off the wall in the sixth inning which sparked a little rally that ended with Josmil Pinto connecting for a three-run homer, which cut the deficit to 7-3. Reno would get another pair in the seventh against Rob Scahill making it 9-3 before the Sox got three more in the ninth. Brandon Macias stepped in with two as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning and crushed a three-run dinger pulling the Sox to within three, but that would be all she wrote. Hopefully a little uncle mo’ will carry over into tonight’s tilt for the Sox.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox had their highest run output of the second half with six tallies on six hits. All six stakes came on the two three-run homers, thus the low hit total. The total for the Sox on the road trip are 14 runs on 34 hits in the six losses thus far. Six different Sky Sox collected a knock last night.
Josmil Pinto continues to perform in an everyday role with the Sox as he belted a three-run homer and got the Sky Sox on the board in the sixth inning. The blast was a no-doubter and the fifth of Pinto’s season to go along with his 40 RBI.
Brandon Macias stepped in via a pinch hit role in the ninth and crushed a three-run homer which made it 9-6. It was his third homer of the season and first career blast in Triple-A.
Nate Orf broke up Miller’s no-hit bid with a double in the sixth inning and went 1-for-5 with a run scored.
Kyle Wren went 0-for-2, BUT walked three times making him the only Sox to get on base three times in the tilt. Not only is he hitting .363, but Wren is also getting on base at a .463 clip with Colorado Springs.
Manny Pina, Yadiel Rivera, and Eric Young, Jr. each knocked a single in the 9-6 loss.
Pitching Notes –
Hiram Burgos turned in a very un-Burgos like night at Greater Nevada Field. He was roughed up to the tune of 7 runs on 10 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. He allowed the two homers to Hanigan and Jensen and left with a 5.20 ERA. He threw 87 pitches, 51 for strikes in his 3 2/3 innings of work and dropped to 5-7 on the year.
Michael Blazek did a very nice job in relief of Burgos and logged 2 1/3 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits, 1 walk and striking out 4.
Rob Scahill made his second appearance with the Sky Sox and gave up a pair of runs in the seventh on two hits and two walks.
Michael Kirkman pitched a scoreless eighth.
Play of the Game –
It wasn’t all offense for the Sky Sox that shined last night. Keon Broxton made an impact and ended the fourth inning with this catch that robbed Carlos Rivero of extra bases.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Aces manager Phil Nevin –
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