The Sky Sox have had their road struggles this season and through the first two games of this trip they have collected four runs on 12 hits. Monday night saw the Triple-A debut of Omaha’s righty Jake Junis and Colorado Springs proved to be no match for him as he went seven and allowed just one run on three hits and the Sox fell 3-1. Josh Hader started for Colorado Springs and allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings on just four hits, but walked four and struck out six. Yadiel Rivera got the scoring going with a solo homer in the top of the third, while Omaha manufactured runs in the third and fifth innings, plating two runs on sacrifice flies, and Hunter Dozier capped off the offensive attack with an RBI double in the sixth. Chasers catcher Tony Cruz was the hero for Omaha has he nabbed THREE Sox trying to swipe second base. THREE! As a result, the Sky Sox had just one chance with runners in scoring position.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox notched one run on four hits, although the run was plated on a solo homer by Yadiel Rivera. They had five base runners in the game, and three of them were gunned down trying to steal second and get into scoring position.
Yadiel Rivera is swinging the bat well and has gotten the scoring going in the first two games of the series, Sunday with an RBI single in the third and Monday with a solo homer in the third. The home run was his second of the season and he picked up RBI 35.
Three other Sky Sox tallied singles, Lewis Brinson, Eric Young, Jr., and Michael Reed. Brinson extended his Sky Sox hitting streak to seven games and hits overall hitting streak to 10 games, dating back to his final three games in the Texas league.
Nate Orf was the lone Sox batter to reach twice on a hit by pitch in the first inning and a walk later in the tilt.
Garrett Cooper was hit in the helmet with a fastball from Junis and had to leave the game in the first inning.
Pitching Notes –
Josh Hader took the hill for Colorado Springs and took his fourth Triple-A loss, despite pitching well on the road. He allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 6 Storm Chasers. The lefty threw 96 pitches, 57 for strikes and was tagged for a balk as well.
Tim Dillard entered the ball game with two on and one out in the sixth and got out of the jam unscathed.
Ben Rowan made his Sky Sox debut with a scoreless inning, in which he allowed two hits.
Austin Ross pitched the eight and also gave up two hits, while striking out one.
Play of the Game –
Yadiel Rivera’s solo homer in the third put the Sox on the board and gave them their only lead of the game. Rivera has now hit two homers with the Sky Sox this season and the Sky Sox have homered in their last 10 games!
Sunday’s Interview with Dan Acheson and Omaha IF/OF Hunter Dozier (pt. 2)
Monday’s Interview with Dan Karcher and Sky Sox SS Yadiel Rivera –
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