The road woes continued to plague the Sky Sox last night as they fell 5-4 in extra innings to the Reno Aces, Wednesday night at Greater Nevada Field. The Sox held a 4-2 lead and needed just three outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to capture their first win of the road trip, but the Aces plated two unearned runs without the benefit of a base hit in the frame and then won it on a walk-off wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning. The Sox have now lost 7 straight games, all on the road, to open the second part of the season.
Wily Peralta started the tilt and was outstanding for Colorado Springs, turning in his second great performance in a row. The Sox gave him a run to work with in the first on back-to-back doubles by Orf and Arcia and then two more in the fourth which made it 3-0. Peralta’s only hiccup of an inning came in the fourth where he allowed a pair of runs, but that was the only blemish on his line as he went on to finish 5 2/3 innings and struck out 11 Aces.
Damien Magnifico took over with the two-run lead in the ninth and the frame began with a walk and then an error committed by Arcia on a tailor-made double play ball which opened the flood gates. A couple of walks and a couple of really close plays later and the game was tied. David Goforth gave up a double and a single to begin his outing and intentionally walked the third batter to load them up. He bounced back to strike out the next two, but bounced a wild pitch which allowed the winning run to score.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox plated their four runs on a road-trip high 10 hits, but left 10 men on base and went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position which added to the toughness of the loss. On a positive note, they did get four multi-hit games out of their starting lineup.
Kyle Wren AGAIN got on base three times last night with two hits and a walk. He is now hitting .367 and getting on base at a .468 clip in 39 games with the Sky Sox.
Nate Orf followed suit and showed flashes of his early season successes and tallied a two hit game with two doubles, two runs scored, and a walk.
Orlando Arcia did commit two errors in the field, but tried to make up for it with a 2-for-5 night at the plate with a double and an RBI.
Keon Broxton gave the Sky Sox another multi-hit game and collected his fifth triple of the season in the fifth inning, which gave the Sky Sox their fourth and final run of the night.
Yadiel Rivera and the pitcher Wily Peralta got into the mix with an RBI single and a single down the line respectively.
Pitching Notes –
Wily Peralta turned in his second straight fabulous performance for the Sox last night. It was the first time he was given the opportunity to go deeper into the game, rather than just facing the opposing lineup two times through. He went on to pitch into the sixth inning and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked just 1 and struck out 11 Aces. He threw 93 pitches, 60 for strikes, was in total command and left in line for his first victory with the Sky Sox.
Michael Kirkman, Austin Ross, and Tyler Cravy were the first three out of the pen for the Sox and they combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.
Damien Magnifico took the hill for the ninth in a save situation, but came up on the short end and didn’t record a save for the third time this season. In the ninth he walked the first man he faced, then the Arcia error, then another pair of walks which plated a run. He induced a lineout to third for the first out, and got a ground ball to Arcia, but it was slowly hit and they couldn’t end the game with a double play and it was tied. The final line on the all-star closer came to be one inning pitched, 0 hits, 2 runs (0 earned) 4 walks, and 1 strike out. He threw 35 pitches in the frame, but only 13 for strikes.
David Goforth took the loss by delivering a wild pitch in the 10th, but boy, did he fight through some adversity before the game came to an end. He gave up a leadoff double, followed by a single, and intentionally walked Dan Rohlfing to load the bases in hopes of a force play at any base. He bounced back to strikeout Sean Jamieson and Jack Reinheimer before the wild one to Ildemaro Vargas gave the Aces the win.
Play of the Game –
Kyle Wren made what was at the time a game-saving play in the ninth. With the bases loaded Vargas ripped a liner to third that was snared by Wren with a diving snag. He then reached for the bag to get the double play, but it was deemed that he was a hair too late and only one out was recorded. Wren was upset and got support of his manager Rick Sweet who came out to argue, but to no avail.
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