No one could see this coming. No one. The Sky Sox entered the All-Star Break a game above .500 and they had just taken three of four from the Iowa Cubs and looked forward to the three day spat. When they returned the thought was that they would be able to keep it rolling into the second half, but that didn’t happen. The eight game road trip for the Sox was a night terror that culminated with a 7-2 loss to the Reno Aces last night at Greater Nevada Field. Matt Buschmann fell two outs shy of a complete game and Zach Borenstein crushed a three-run homer for the Aces, while Michael Reed’s oppo taco solo homer got the Sky Sox on the board in the seventh. Aaron Wilkerson gave up three runs in the third, another three in the fifth on the Borenstein homer, and was hung with his second loss in three games with the Sox.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox scored two runs on nine hits in the finale of the series and road trip, bringing the grand total of the trip to 20 runs on 53 hits in the eight games.
Michael Reed went 2-for-3 at the plate with a solo home run to the opposite field in the seventh inning that got the Sox on the board against Matt Buschmann. The homer was his fourth of the season and the first for Reed since June 25 at Round Rock. He also picked up a single and a walk, reaching base three times in the loss.
Keon Broxton had the other two-hit night for the Sox with a pair of singles. He upped his average to .266 with the multi-hit performance.
Garin Cecchini picked up an RBI single in the ninth inning, which pulled the Sox to within five at 7-2 and ended Buschmann’s night two outs prior to a complete game.
Aaron Wilkerson tried to help his own cause and picked up his first hit as a professional, a single in the third inning. With Wilkerson coming over from an American League organization, the righty had never swung a bat in a game until two weeks ago, and picks up a hit in his second career at-bat, pretty cool.
Pinch-hitters Eric Young, Jr. and Brandon Macias each picked up a single in their relief roles. EY scored a run.
Josmil Pinto picked up the ninth hit of the night for the Sox, a single, and he also walked.
Pitching Notes –
Aaron Wilkerson made his third start in a Sky Sox uniform, second in a row on the road and for the second time in a row he was hung with the loss. The righty allowed 6 runs, albeit 5 earned, on 8 hits, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts in five innings of work. He certainly was not helped out in the fifth when Keon Broxton lost a fly ball which turned into a double and then Orlando Arcia committed an error, putting two on for Zach Borenstein who belted a three run shot and put the Aces up 6-0. Wilkerson dotted the zone all night with 104 pitches, 62 of which went for strikes.
Austin Ross was again outstanding in relief as he collected another two scoreless innings on the bump. He hasn’t allowed a run over his last four outings spanning 7 2/3 innings, in which he has allowed just 3 hits, 2 walks, a hit batter, and 10 strikeouts.
Tyler Cravy pitched the eighth and gave up a run on two hits and a walk.
Play of the Game –
For the Sox it was another solo night at the highlight factory, but Michael Reed did provide some pop in the seventh with a two-out solo home run to the opposite field, which got the Sky Sox on the board and ended the shutout bid of Matt Buschmann.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Manager Rick Sweet –
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