Home sweet home, indeed. The Sky Sox wrapped up their four-game homestand with a 6-5, 10-inning, walk-off win courtesy of a Manny Pina sac fly to right and completed the sweep of the Round Rock Express, Monday afternoon at Security Service Field. With the win the Sox get their third series sweep of the season, all of which have been at home.
Drew Gagnon took the hill and was greeted by Joey Gallo’s two run homer to the opposite field in the first inning. Round Rock would plate another in the second before the Sox responded with a trio of runs in the next half inning, and the back-and-forth affair was well underway. Colorado Springs took a 4-3 lead with a run in the third, but Round Rock hopped back in front with two in the fourth. The Sox tied it with one in the sixth and had to wait until the 10th to win it, when Manny Pina picked up Kyle Wren from third with a sacrifice fly to right field. The win marks the 18th in the last at bat, the 9th extra-inning win and the second walk-off extra-inning win of the series.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox picked up another 17 hits and brought their series total to 61 hits in the four games. The Sox only tallied 53 hits in 8 games on their last road trip. They picked up five multi-hit games from their lineup.
Kyle. Wren. Table. Setter. Holy moly did Wren have a day or what. The outfielder went 5-for-5 with a walk, 2 doubles, and three runs scored. He joins Shane Peterson as the lone other Sky Sox to pick up a 5-hit game this season. Peterson’s led him to PCL player of the Week honors. Wren is now hitting .383 with 57 hits in 44 games. He’s reaching base at a .475 clip…Those numbers are unreal.
Eric Young, Jr. had an outstanding game as well as a historic one. The outfielder went 4-for-5 with 3 singles, 1 double, 2 RBI, 1 run scored and 3 stolen bases. He entered play two thefts behind Trinidad Hubbard’s career mark of 104 stolen bases and left atop the leaderboard himself with 105. You could tell EY really wanted to get this record at Security Service Field, and he did. Congrats EY!
Michael Reed had a 2-for-5 day with two doubles and two runs scored for the Sox.
Garin Cecchini tallied two singles. Nate Orf did too, along with an RBI.
Orlando Arcia and Yadiel Rivera picked up a single apiece with Rivera collecting an RBI.
Pitching Notes –
Drew Gagnon was activated off of the disabled list and made his first start with the Sox yesterday. He allowed the three runs over the first two frames, but pitched a scoreless third to cap off his outing. The righty finished 3 frames and gave up the 3 runs, 2 earned, on 4 hits, and 4 strikeouts. He threw 53 pitches, 37 for strikes in his first appearance since July 3rd.
Tyler Cravy took over for the right-hander in the fourth inning and had himself a solid day as well. He gave up two runs in his first inning of work, but that was it. He finished 4 1/3 innings and gave up the 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, 0 walks, and 6 strikeouts. He threw 58 pitched, 41 for strikes, but didn’t factor into the decision.
Austin Ross was the third and final pitcher used by the Sox as he went the final 2 2/3 innings in scoreless fashion. He scattered three hits and struck out two. He’s lowered his ERA to 3.95 and hasn’t allowed a run over his last five outings spanning 10 1/3 innings.
Play of the Game –
Manny Pina’s walk-off sac fly of course!
Pregame Interview with Dan Acheson and Round Rock Catcher Pat Cantwell –
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