Colorado Springs welcomed in the first-place El Paso Chihuahuas into town last night and made it a rude welcome with an 11-3 win Tuesday night at Security Service Field. Wei-Chung Wang took the hill in his third Triple-A start, his second at home, and was again, outstanding. He limited the Puppies to three runs on eight hits and struck out five. The offense picked him up in a hurry too. Down 1-0 in the second, Yadiel Rivera stepped in with the bases loaded and dribbled a two-run single into right. Kyle Wren followed with a sac fly to make it 3-2 and Nate Orf drove in what turned out to be the game-winning run with a single to center. Garrett Cooper’s RBI groundout made it 5-2 and RBI doubles from Garin Cecchini and Josmil Pinto in the fifth made it 7-2. Hunter Renfroe capped off El Paso’s offensive output with a solo homer in the sixth and that was it for the visitors. Three more runs scored for the Sox in the seventh and Michael McKenry’s RBI double upped the advantage to 11-3. Austin Ross took over for Wang and went 2 1/3 scoreless and picked up a double and run scored at the dish.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox gave the league’s leading offense a taste of their own medicine and scored 11 runs on 17 hits over the 8 frames at the dish. All 11 men sent to the plate reached base at least once, 10 of the 11 picked up base hits, and five had multi-hit games.
Josmil Pinto went 3-for-5 with THREE doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. He continues to roll offensively and now has 19 doubles and 50 RBI on the season. His average continues to climb and now sits at .327.
Garin Cecchini went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI, and run scored. He has eight hits through the first five games of the homestand and has his average a .279.
Michael McKenry backed up his three-run homer from Monday with a 2-for-4 performance that included a double, two runs scored, and two RBI. He also drew a walk.
Yadiel Rivera got the scoring going with a 2-run single in the second inning and finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Nate Orf collected another multi-hit game and now has eight hits on the homestand as well. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Domingo Santana played in his first rehab game with the Sky Sox and picked up a hit, two walks, and two runs scored.
Garrett Cooper went 1-for-5 with an RBI, Brandon Macias had a hit in two trips to the plate and Kyle Wren went 0-for-1 BUT picked up 2 RBI with a sac fly and a walk.
And most importantly…Wei-Chung Wang helped himself out with a single and then it was Austin Ross who crushed a double and scored a run in the eighth inning. It marked his first hit in professional baseball.
Pitching Notes –
Wei-Chung Wang was lights out yet again in Triple-A. He gave up a couple of runs early and a homer to Hunter Renfroe, the league’s leading home run hitter, (who hasn’t) but was as steady as they come through 6 2/3 innings. His longest outing in Triple-A wrapped up after 20 outs were recorded and he allowed just the 3 runs on 8 hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out 5. He has logged 17 2/3 innings in AAA and has yet to allow a free pass. Last night he earned his first win at this level and threw 98 pitches, 68 for strikes.
Austin Ross mopped up with the final seven outs in scoreless fashion, scattering two hits and striking out a pair as well.
Play of the Game –
Austin Ross got a chance to hit for the sixth time this season and 14th time in his career and he made it count! He took the second pitch he saw from Jason Jester and split the gap in right-center for a leadoff double. Just one of the many highlights of the game last night and we love to profile #PitchersWhoRake
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