The Sky Sox shook off their series woes and ended the four-game set with a rousing 8-2 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes Monday night at Security Service Field. Hiram Burgos took the hill against former Sky Sox Eddie Butler and outperformed him nicely. Burgos gave up a pair of runs over seven ignnings, marking the second time he’s gone that deep into a ball game this season. He scattered five hits and struck out four. The Sox took their first lead of the series in the first inning as Kyle Wren tripled and Nate Orf singled him home and the 1-0 advantage was theirs two batters into the game. Yadiel Rivera made it 2-0 in the second on a sac fly, but the Isotopes began their comeback in the fourth with a solo homer from the reigning PCL Player of the Week, Stephen Cardullo. Jordan Patterson connected for a sac fly in the sixth which tied the game at 2-2. With Butler out of the game, the Sky Sox did some damage against the ‘Topes pen. Sam Moll was first and gave up a leadoff single to Garrett Cooper, while Josmil Pinto backed that up with a two-run homer and the Sox never looked back. Garin Cecchini had an RBI double in the eighth against Chad Qualls and the returning Michael McKenry belted a three-run blast to cap off the scoring in the frame and game. Burgos got the win for his outstanding performance and the Sox finish the series 1-3 against the Rockies top affiliate.
Hitting Notes –
Colorado Springs collected 8 runs on 10 hits in the series finale and picked up three multi-hit performances from the lineup.
Josmil Pinto went 2-for-4 with two extra-base hits, a double and a two-run homer. The homer marks the 11th of his season and 6th in the last 10 games for the catcher. He now sits at 49 RBI.
Michael McKenry rejoined the Sky Sox for the third time in his career. He made an instant impact too as he caught a great a game thrown by Hiram Burgos and then capped off the night with a three-run homer, his sixth in the PCL and 14th in his Sky Sox career.
Garrett Cooper tallied his second three-hit game with the Sox as he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. All of his hits were singles.
Kyle Wren set the table nicely with two hits, including a triple, his fifth of the season.
Garin Cecchini picked up an RBI double and scored a run and Nate Orf reached base twice, once with an RBI single and another time on a walk.
Pitching Notes –
Hiram Burgos was the star of the game, without a doubt. The workhorse righty went out to the hill at home a dealt. He went seven innings for the second time this season and scattered 5 hits, allowed 2 runs, walked 1 and struck out 4 Isotopes. He was outstanding and earned the 7th win of his season throwing 96 pitches, 66 for strikes.
Michael Kirkman and David Goforth combined for two perfect innings of relief behind Burgos.
Play of the Game –
Josmil Pinto’s go-ahead homer in the 7th inning –
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and former Sky Sox Dustin Garneau –
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