Colorado Springs backed up its 9-8 extra-inning, walk-off win on Sunday with a solid 9-4 performance over the Dodgers Monday night at Security Service Field. The Sky Sox came flying out of the gate with two in the first inning on a Garrett Cooper home run to left, his first in Triple-A. The Dodgers countered with back-to-back homers in the fourth inning and tied the game, but that’s as close as they would get to taking the lead. Three runs on three extra-base hits in the sixth gave the Sox the 5-2 lead. Oklahoma City would notch a run in the seventh and eighth to cut it to 5-4, but the Sox plated another four runs in their half of the eighth to put the game away for good, the big blow being Yadiel Rivera’s bases loaded triple. Aaron Wilkerson turned in a solid performance covering six innings and striking out eight, while the bullpen of the Dodgers gave up seven runs. It was the second win in a row for Colorado Springs over the Dodgers and they now sit 9 games out of first place.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox scored their nine runs on 12 hits, eight of which went for extra bases (5 doubles, 2 triples, and a homer). Hitters 4-7 posted multi-hit games and went a combined 10-for-16 with 7 runs scored, all 8 XBHs, and 8 of the 9 RBI.
Garrett Cooper finally connected at home! One of the newest additions to the Sky Sox crushed a two-run homer in the first for his first home hit in Triple-A, then went on to pick up an RBI double and singled and scored a run in his eighth inning plate appearance. All told the first baseman went 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI.
Michael Reed turned in a great performance in front of some family at Security Service Field. The center fielder went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, two runs scored and an RBI. He also made a great running catch in center in the ninth inning.
Yadiel Rivera tallied two hits, a double and a triple, plated four runs. Rivera is swinging the bat as well as he has all season and has bumped his average up to .243.
Garin Cecchini had two hits, both doubles, and a run scored capping off the multi-hit attack for Sky Sox hitters.
Rene Garcia had an RBI single and Eric Young, Jr. added a single as well.
Pitching Notes –
Aaron Wilkerson climbed the hill for the fifth time since being traded to the Brewers from the Red Sox and the second time at home. He gave up the back-to-back homers to Rob Segedin and O’Koyea Dickson in the fourth inning, but that was it. He completed six innings and limited the high-powered Dodgers’ offense to the 2 runs on 4 hits, he walked 3 and struck out 8. He tossed 101 pitches, 65 of which went for strikes and he picked up his first win with the Sky Sox, and snapped a personal four-game losing streak.
Tyler Cravy surrendered two runs in 1-plus inning of work on four hits and a walk.
Michael Kirkman mopped up the eighth inning in relief of Cravy and allowed one inherited runner to score of a sac fly and picked up a strikeout.
Rob Scahill completed a scoreless ninth and allowed just one hit in his one inning.
Play of the Game –
Garrett Cooper’s first Triple-A homer is our play of the game. Congrats CoopALoop!
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