The Sky Sox had something going. They had notched a run in each of the seventh and eighth innings and were filling up the bases in the ninth when it started to rain. Lewis Brinson’s single brought home another run to make it 7-4 and then it was tarp time. The game was halted with two on and two down in the final frame and the tying run at the plate. Following the 29-minute delay, Garrett Cooper grounded out 6-3 and the game came to a closed with the Albuquerque Isotopes on top 7-4. The ‘Topes lineup wore out Sox starter Aaron Wilkerson and he was done in the fourth inning. On the other side it was southpaw Harrison Musgrave that dazzled, going six innings allowing a run on 6 hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out 8. Albuquerque notched all seven of its runs over the first four innings against Wilkerson. Three ‘Topes pitchers combined to finish the game with Simon Castro earning the save. Raimel Tapia had three hits, while Stephen Cardullo and Jordan Patterson collected two RBI each for the Rockies top affiliate who won its 6th straight.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox outhit the visitors 15-13, but couldn’t get that big hit when they needed it and never put a crooked number up on the board. Five Sox had multi-hit games, but they went a combined 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left nine men at the plate. They struck out 11 times and did not draw a walk.
Michael Reed had himself quite the night as he went 4-for-4 with three singles, a double, a run scored and an RBI. Unfortunately he made a couple of outs on the basepaths, but lifted his average to .256 with his big night. It marks the fourth time in his career that he has collected a four-hit game.
Kyle Wren returned to his old ways and snapped a skid with a 3-for-5 night at the plate. He picked up an RBI to go along with his three singles.
Lewis Brinson went 3-for-5 with three singles and an RBI as well. He has now hit safely in 9 of 10 games with the Sox since being acquired from the Rangers in the Jonathan Lucroy deal.
Garin Cecchini wore his pant legs down to his shoe tops for the first time this season and it paid off. He went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored and was solid once again defensively at the hot corner.
Brandon Macias was used as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and collected an RBI single in his first AB, stayed in the game at second, and singled and scored a run in the ninth inning. A productive 2-for-2 night with the RBI and run scored for a guy that came off the bench in the late frames.
Garrett Cooper returned to the lineup and went 1-for-5 with a run scored.
Pitching Notes –
Aaron Wilkerson was firing strike after strike, but couldn’t put away the pesky Isotopes hitters early in the game. He lasted 3-plus innings and gave up 7 runs (6 earned) on 8 hits, 3 walks, and 1 strikeout. The righty threw 91 pitches in his outing and 64 went for strikes. It seemed as though every count was going deep and an example of how his night went was when opposing pitcher Harrison Musgrave stepped in and battled for 10 pitches before striking out looking to end the 3rd. He drops to 1-5 with the loss.
Four relievers combined to silence the opposition over the last six innings.
Drew Gagnon went the first two innings scattering three hits, walking one and striking out a pair.
Tim Dillard pitched the sixth and struck out two.
Michael Kirkman faced four hitters in the seventh, three lefties and a righty and gave up a base hit to the right-handed hitter while retiring the three lefties.
Birthday boy Austin Ross pitched the final two innings allowing a hit and striking out two. Happy Birthday Austin!
Play of the Game –
Michael Reed had a monster night for the Sky Sox with his four hits, below is his fourth an RBI double that plated Garrett Cooper and made it 7-3 in the 8th.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet –
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