Oh me, oh my what a night for Hiram Burgos and Lewis Brinson. Colorado Springs kept the must-win tour alive with a 5-0 blanking of the first-place OKC Dodgers Thursday night in the 405. Burgos kept his personal win streak alive and extended it to four with seven shutout frames, while Brinson left the yard TWICE and made an incredible catch in left center to cap off his marvelous night. Andy Wilkins made a great play and went back-to-back with Brinson with a solo homer of his own in the third. Burgos’ seven innings were tremendous as he allowed just one hit and struck out four, Michael Kirkman and David Goforth pitched scoreless innings to round out the ballgame. The shutout marks the third in six games on the road trip for Colorado Springs.
With the win the Sky Sox are now 6.5 games out of first place and they continue to stave off the shrinking of their tragic number, which remains at 5.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox notched their five runs on nine hits and tallied three multi-hit games from the top four guys in their order.
I bet you can’t guess who we’re going to look at first………Just kidding…….
Lewis. Brinson. What a stud. He stepped up in the first inning and went yard. Stepped up in the third inning, and went yard. And in the bottom of the third inning he took away extra bases in the form of a tumbling catch in left-center for a remarkable play. Some guys would take a WEEK like that but for Brinson his weeks have been made up of games like that. He went 2-for-4 with the two homers, two RBI, and two runs scored. He also reached via a walk. In 15 games with the Sox he is hitting .414/.410/.707 with 4 homers and 17 RBI. Against OKC in three games he is 9-12 with 2 homers and 6 RBI. WOW.
Andy Wilkins is swinging a good stick right now and picked up a 2-for-4 performance with a homer, RBI and run scored. He’s got his AAA average back up to .242 with the Sox.
Kyle Wren reached base twice with two extra-base hits, a triple and a double, because of course he did. He scored a run and continues to hit .345 and get on base at an unreal .433 clip.
Yadiel Rivera went 1-for-3 with a triple, walk, and run scored.
Michael McKenry and Garrett Cooper each had a hit and a walk in the win.
Pitching Notes –
Hiram Burgos has been remarkable over his last four outings. Last night he continued that trend with his fourth outstanding start in a row, which covered seven innings of shutout baseball. He allowed just one hit, walked one, and struck out four. He threw 86 pitches, 56 of which went for strikes. With the win he improved for 4-0 over his last four starts (in which he’s given up a combined 3 ER on 13 hits) and has returned to .500 for the season at 9-9, as well as his career at 46-46.
Michael Kirkman kept the one-hitter in tact with a perfect 8th.
David Goforth gave up a hit and walked a batter in the ninth, but preserved the third shutout of the road trip with a double play that ended the game.
Plays of the Game –
It was Lewis Brinson’s night, here’s how it looked –
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