Mother Nature is most definitely making her presence felt at the end of the season, much like she did in the beginning, but it didn’t faze Hiram Burgos and the Sky Sox Saturday night in Texas. Despite a 64-minute rain delay to start, the Sky Sox turned in their third shutout of the season in 2-0 fashion over the Round Rock Express. It’s the first time a Sky Sox shutout has not been pitched in some way by Brent Suter!
Hiram Burgos started the game and turned in a career night. He tossed six scoreless innings and recorded 11 strikeouts for the first time in his long pro career. He walked one and scattered two hits. Austin Ross, Michael Kirkman, and Damien Magnifico combined to throw the next three innings in scoreless fashion and struck out four, upping the season-high total to 15 strikeouts combined in the game. The lone offensive strike came off the bat of Garrett Cooper in the fourth inning. He extended his hitting streak to five games with a two-run single in the frame against rookie phenom Yohander Mendez.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox picked up two runs on six hits in the travel day game, and that was all she wrote.
Garrett Cooper went 1-for-4 with the two-run single and gave the Sky Sox the lead for good in the fourth inning. He now has 15 RBI in 22 games with Colorado Springs.
Michael McKenry reached base four times, but went 0-for-0 in the box score. He was hit by a pitch and walked traditionally three times! How often do you see that?!
Nate Orf reached twice with a hit and a walk and scored one of the two runs on Cooper’s single.
Kyle Wren also had a single and run scored in the game.
Michael Reed, Andy Wilkins, and Garin Cecchini picked up the other knocks for the Sox.
Pitching Notes –
Hiram Burgos has been the workhorse of this staff for two years now and last night he was rewarded with a career-high in strikeouts. The righty came out of the chute firing BBs and dotting the strike zone. He went six innings and picked up 11 strikeouts. He allowed just three base runners on two hits and a walk and threw 97 pitches, 63 of which went for strikes. He was superb and earned the third win in a row and improved to 8-9 on the season.
Austin Ross was the first out of the pen and he got 5 outs, 3 via the strikeout, while allowing two hits.
Michael Kirkman gave up a walk and got an out in his brief appearance.
Damien Magnifico returned to the Sox following his first two MLB appearances and pitched a scoreless ninth, walking one and striking out one. He earned the 18th save of his season.
Play of the Game –
Cooper’s two-run single in the fourth –
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Pregame Interview with Manager Rick Sweet –
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