The Sky Sox have shown the El Paso Chihuahuas how to hit in this series, and that continued last night in the form of a 13-5 win for Colorado Springs. Once again they out-hit the league’s best offense 14-11 and picked up nine runs batted in from Garrett Cooper (4) and rehabbing outfielder Domingo Santana (5). The Sox have outhit El Paso in every game of the series to a 41-30 mark and have outscored them 27-13. Drew Gagnon made the spot start for the Sox as Brent Suter got the call to the Show and will make his MLB tonight in Seattle.
The Chihuahuas opened the game with four runs against the righty in the top of the first inning, one on an RBI single by Hunter Renfroe, another two on a triple by Patrick Kivlehan and the fourth on a passed ball by catcher Josmil Pinto. That was just the beginning. The Sox bounced back with FIVE in the next half inning, one on a throwing error, three on an oppo bomb by Cooper and another on a triple and passed ball that scored Pinto. From there, the Sox never looked back. They added four more in the second inning, two on a Santana double and another two on Garin Cecchini’s two-run homer. How about that?! Gagnon gave the Sox four innings on the mound and gave up five runs, but the Sox would cruise to the eight-run victory. Cooper picked up his fourth RBI in the sixth on a single and Santana put the final nail in the coffin with a three-run double in the seventh. Tim Dillard picked up the seventh win of his season with three scoreless in relief.
Hitting Notes –
Colorado Springs picked up its 13 runs on 14 hits and got multi-hit efforts from four guys in the lineup. It was hitters 1-through-3 that really set the tone (as they should) as they combined to go 7-for-11 with 8 runs scored and 5 RBI.
Domingo Santana seems to be feeling just fine. The rehabbing right fielder turned in a 3-for-3 night and reached base five times with two doubles, a single, and two walks. He drove in the five and scored two. He now has five hits in three games with the Sky Sox this season and has 19 hits in 12 career home games at Security Service Field. I’d say he’s ready for another bid in the big leagues.
Garrett Cooper didn’t display much pop in Double-A, but he is swinging a big stick up here and delivered a 2-for-5, 4 RBI performance last night. His three run homer in the first inning was his third in 21 games with the Sox, he came to Colorado Springs with 4 in 92 Double-A games.
Nate Orf picked up two hits, reached on a fielder’s choice and was hit by a pitch thus, he was on base four times and came around to score four runs in the game. He began the scoring in the first when he sprinted from first to third on a wild pitch and scored when the catcher Hector Sanchez threw the ball into left field. It’s the second time Orf has scored four runs in a game with the Sox this year, the first was 7/8 against Iowa.
Kyle Wren had himself a nice 2-for-4 night with a walk and two runs scored. His average remains high at .346 and his OBP with the Sky Sox is still through the roof at .431.
Garin Cecchini left the yard for the fifth time this season with a 2-run homer in the second inning and finished the night 1-for-4 with the homer, a walk, two RBI, and two runs scored.
Josmil Pinto tripled and scored a run, EY, Yadiel Rivera, and Michael Reed each tallied singles in the 13-5 victory.
Pitching Notes –
Drew Gagnon was called upon to make the second start of his season with the Sox and third of 2016, last night in the Springs. He gave the Sox four innings and allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out 1 Chihuahua. He didn’t qualify for the win, only going the four frames, and threw 59 pitches, 38 for strikes.
Tim Dillard picked up the win with three scoreless innings out of the pen and improved to 7-1. He scattered three hits, walked one and struck out a pair. He threw 46 pitches and pumped in 27 for strikes.
Ben Rowen tossed another scoreless inning, allowed one hit and struck out the side in the eighth inning.
David Goforth was the fourth pitcher used by Colorado Springs and he turned in a scoreless ninth with two hits and two Ks.
Play of the Game –
Domingo Santana’s three-run double that served as the final blow for the Sox offense!
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