Quick Hits: Chihuahuas Bite Back, Nip Sox 5-3…Wilkerson Returns to Form with 10 Ks

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Garrett Cooper began Colorado Springs’ scoring with a bang and connected for a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning. It marks the second Triple-A blast of his career. (Bobby Stevens/MiLB.com) 

 

Colorado Springs still hasn’t seen the full firepower offense of the Chihuahuas, but they did see some great pitching in the second game of the four game series and fell to the pups 5-3 Wednesday night. Aaron Wilkerson took the mound for the Sky Sox and gave up a run in the first on a Carlos Asuaje double, but the Sox bats picked him up with a pair in the second on a Garrett Cooper solo homer and an RBI infield single by the pitcher himself. In the fifth it was a hit and a walk that sparked a two-run rally for El Paso as Manuel Margot cleaned up with a two-run double, BUT the Sox got another RBI infield hit, this time off the bat of Michael McKenry in the sixth which tied the game 3-3.

Sam Freeman took over for the starter in the seventh and was greeted by two runs on three El Paso hits and one costly error by Domingo Santana in right. Diego Goris reached on a single, but was erased on what turned out to be a 4-6 fielder’s choice. The relay to first was soooooo close, but Margot beat it out and two hits later it was 5-3 in favor of the visitors. Daniel McCutchen pitched as well as Wilkerson and finished six innings allowing just the three runs. Daniel Moskos, Eric Yardley, and Buddy Baumann combined to close out the game in scoreless fashion. Wilkerson struck out 10 over six innings and did not factor into the decision.

FULL RECAP HERE

Hitting Notes – 

For the second straight night the Sky Sox outhit the league’s best offense, this time by a 10-9 margin. All but one starter picked up a hit in the 10-knock attack.

Michael McKenry continues to swing it with the Sky Sox. The catcher picked up another two hits and now has five in three games with Colorado Springs. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Nate Orf had the other multi-hit game for the Sox and now has 10 hits in 6 games on the home stand. He went 2-for-4.

Garrett Cooper started his night with a bang and hit a solo homer in the second inning and walked later in the game. The solo blast was his second in Triple-A.

Aaron Wilkerson put the ball in play and wouldn’t you know it, a good thing happened. He picked up an infield single on a dribbler up the third base line in the second and was credited with an RBI as Josmil Pinto came around to score. He now has 2 professional hits!

Yadiel Rivera doubled in the ninth for his base hit, Kyle Wren had a single, Domingo Santana singled and scored a run, and Josmil Pinto did the same.

Pitching Notes – 

Aaron Wilkerson was carving up the PCL’s best offense like it was nothing. He did allow a run in the first inning, but had 8 strikeouts through the first four innings and finished with 10, one shy of his career-high. He finished with six strong innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, and the 10 Ks. He threw 102 pitches and pumped in 66 strikes. This was a nice return to form for Wilkerson who had lost his last two starts at home. He has made his last four trips to the mound at SSF and has had to face OKC, NAS, ALB, and ELP during that stretch, the murderer’s row of PCL teams.

Sam Freeman took the loss for Colorado Springs as he gave up a pair of runs in the seventh inning, but bounced back to retire the side in order in the eighth. He finished his two innings allowing the 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out 1.

Stephen Peterson made his Triple-A debut with a scoreless ninth. The 28-year old lefty walked one, struck out one and didn’t allow any hits. He threw 16 pitches, 9 went for strikes.

Play of the Game – 

Coopaloop’s solo homer to deep left field got the scoring going for the Sox and is our play of the game. He took an 0-1 pitch from McCutchen and lost it to left field which tied the game 1-1.

Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Garrett Cooper – 

Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,

Dan

@Dan_Acheson

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