The Sky Sox continue to steamroll opposing pitchers and that continued last night as they picked up an 11-3 win over New Orleans Wednesday night at Security Service Field. Hiram Burgos stole the show, despite the prolific offensive production. The right-hander went another six strong innings and allowed 1 run on 5 hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out 5 en route to his 10th win of the season. He has put together five remarkable starts in a row and becomes the franchise’s first 10-game winner since 2010 when Alan Johnson recorded double digit wins. Offensively it was the heart of the order, batters three and four, Lewis Brinson and Garin Cecchini. Those two gents combined for seven hits and seven RBI in the 8-run drubbing. Burgos even chipped in with an RBI single! With the win the Sky Sox pull to one game under .500 and have a chance to get even with a win in the series finale, which would complete the sweep against the Zs.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox picked up 11 runs on 15 hits marking the sixth straight home game in which they have collected more than 10 hits and the fourth time in five games they have put up more than 10 runs at home. They. Are. Rolling. At Security Service Field and have been all season, leading to their 40-27 home record.
Sweet Lew Brinson was back at it again with a 4-for-5 performance that included two doubles, two runs scored and three RBI. In 19 games with the Sky Sox he is hitting .425 with 4 homers and 20 RBI. AT HOME he is batting .500 (18-for-36) with a homer and 13 RBI in 9 games. W.O.W. What an addition.
Garin Cecchini followed Brinson up with three hits in five trips to the plate, all of which combined to drive in four runs. He has his average up to .273.
Garrett Cooper began the scoring with a majestic two-run homer in the second inning, and I mean it was majestic. It looked like a nice fade off of the third tee as it curled from center to right-center and left the yard. He went 2-for-4 with the blast, two RBI, and two runs scored.
Yadiel Rivera put together another multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 performance that included a run scored.
Nate Orf went 2-for-3 with 2 walks, 2 doubles, and 2 runs scored.
Hiram Burgos helped his own cause with an RBI single in the fifth inning. It marked the first hit for the pitcher all season.
Kyle Wren rounded out the hit parade with a 1-for-5 night and two runs scored.
Pitching Notes –
Hiram Burgos was great again. He went the six innings and allowed the one run on five hits and struck out five. He’s lowered his ERA to 4.23 and over his last five outings he is 5-0 with a 1.13 ERA allowing four earned runs in 32 innings. (WHAT?!!!!) He threw 77 pitches, 57 of which went for strikes and improved to 10-9 on the year, becoming the Sox first 10-game winner since Alan Johnson in 2010.
David Goforth has a perfect seventh inning.
Damien MAgnifico was called upon for six outs, but the righty got five and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, 1 walk and struck out two.
Michael Kirkman was the fourth and final pitcher used by Rick Sweet and he struck out Don Kelly lookin’ to end the game.
Play of The Game –
The night belonged to Hiram Burgos. His outstanding performance on the mound was overshadowed by hit RBI single in the fourth inning. He had two hits for Colorado Springs last year and Wednesday’s knock marked the first of 2016 for the righty. Congrats Hiram!
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and New Orleans Pitching Coach Storm Davis –
Thanks for Reading – See you on the Radio,