The Sky Sox played 68 games at home and they won 41 of them. 41! How about that! The most wins at home since 2005 when the Sox picked up 41 as well. It all culminated in the form of a three-hit, 4-0 shutout over the New Orleans Zephyrs, Thursday night at Security Service Field. Drew Gagnon took the hill in his fourth AAA start this season and tossed 5 2/3 innings of two-hit ball. He was outstanding and the three relievers that followed were as well. Sam Freeman, Michael Kirkman, and Tim Dillard combined to allow one hit over the final 3 1/3 innings and struck out five. Josmil Pinto and Andy Wilkins connected for back-to-back RBI doubles in the second and made it 2-0, while Garrett Cooper blasted his second majestic two-run homer of the series in the eighth and capped off the scoring at 4-0. A fitting way to end the home season in the altitude, with a shutout, the second at home this season.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox capped the home season off with four runs on five hits and finished the year with a .325 home batting average, their highest since 2011 when they hit .335 in 73 home games.
Garrett Cooper blasted his second two-run homer in as many nights in the eight inning and put the home team up 4-0. It was another majestic shot to center off the bat of the gentleman who manager Rick Sweet says has the most raw power in the organization. The homer was Cooper’s fifth with the Sky Sox and he went 2-for-4 with the two RBI and two runs scored.
Josmil Pinto got the scoring with an RBI double in the second inning and plated Cooper for the game’s first and ultimately winning run!
Andy Wilkins backed Pinto up and plated him with an RBI double in the same frame.
Nate Orf picked up the fifth hit for the Sox with a single and reached twice thanks to a walk.
Pitching Notes –
Drew Gagnon is a starter by trade, but was put in the bullpen for a majority of the year, until Brent Suter was called up, and made his final audition of the 2016 season a dandy. He threw strike after strike, ground ball after ground ball and ended going 5 2/3 scoreless inning. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out one as well. He threw 71 pitches and 42 crossed the zone for strikes. He earned the second win of his season and first from the starting role with the Sox.
Sam Freeman wrapped up his home season with 2 1/3 scoreless innings. He allowed three baserunners with two walks, one hit, and struck out four.
Michael Kirkman tossed two-thirds of the ninth and Tim Dillard struck out the lone man he faced to wrap up the game.
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