The Sky Sox carried a five-game winning streak into Wednesday’s matinee, but for the fourth time this season they couldn’t extend the streak to six games and fell 2-0 at the hands of the Nashville Sounds. Aaron Wilkerson turned in a great performance and pitched into the seventh inning for the first time in a Sky Sox uniform, but it still resulted in his third loss. The righty gave up two runs on three hits over his six-plus innings, but was outdueled by the Sounds’ righty Raul Alcantara who went seven scoreless and earned his first Triple-A victory. The shutout loss marks the 10th dealt to the Sky Sox this season, by far the most in the Pacific Coast League. The best scoring chance for Colorado Springs came in the third inning when Orlando Arcia singled with two runners on, but Brandon Macias was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. The Sounds manufactured a run against Wilkerson in the fourth and seventh innings, but that was all.
Hitting Notes –
Kyle Wren did his thing and reached base three times with two singles and a walk. His average remains high at .382 and his OBP is up to .473.
Arcia, Garrett Cooper, Garin Cecchini, Eric Young, Jr. and Brandon Macias each tallied a single in the affair.
Pitching Notes –
Aaron Wilkerson turned in his best performance as a Sky Sox and pitched into the seventh inning. He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out 6. Despite taking the loss, he lowered his ERA to 6.38. He threw 91 pitches, 66 for strikes.
Michael Kirkman and Rob Scahill cleaned up with two scoreless on the bump allowing 2 hits, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout.
Play of the Game –
The Sky Sox had runners at first and second with two down in the third with Orlando Arcia at the plate. The shortstop hit it hard to right, but Jaycob Brugman fielded it and came up gunning with a strike to home that nailed Brandon Macias at the plate and preserved the shutout for Raul Alcantara. It marked the lone hit with a runner in scoring position for the Sky Sox.
Pregame Interview with Dan Acheson and Athletic Trainer Aaron Hoback Part Two –
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