The Sky Sox opened up the series in Des Moines with a bunt base hit on the first pitch of game one and it was the hope that it would bode well for Colorado Springs, but that was not the case as Iowa took home the win in 3-2 fashion. Josh Hader took the hill and lasted just three innings in his final appearance of 2016. Juan Perez took the southpaw deep for a two run homer in the second inning and that set Iowa up in great position. They would add another in the 7th on an Albert Almora, Jr. double, which made it 3-0. Colorado Springs was silenced by the first four pitchers used by Iowa, but rebounded for runs in the ninth against Jose Rosario. Four straight singles by Leiws Brinson, Andy Wilkins, Garrett Cooper, and Garin Cecchini made it 3-1 and an Andrew Susac sacrifice fly made it 3-2 and Cooper took third on the play. However, the Cubs appealed that he left second base too early and that was upheld, thus he was out number two and instead of having runners at the corners (including the tying run at third) it was two outs with a runner at first. Josmil Pinto went down swinging to end the game.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox picked up their two runs on seven hits and had a multiple hit game from one of their starting nine.
Garrett Cooper picked up two hits in four trips to the plate and led the way in the hit column for the Sky Sox.
Garin Cecchini went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in the ninth inning.
Andrew Susac got off the schneid with a single, sacrifice fly and his 38th RBI of the season.
Kyle Wren began the game with a bunt base hit on the first pitch of the game, but went 0-for-3 the rest of the way.
Lewis Brinson and Andy Wilkins each had a hit and a run scored. Wilkins reached twice with a walk.
Pitching Notes –
Josh Hader lasted three innings in his final start of the 2016 campaign and once again ran into high-pitch count troubles. He allowed two runs on the homer to Perez in the second inning and gave up three hits total, he walked four and struck out five. He threw 71 pitches, 41 of which went for strikes. He finishes the year 1-7 with a 5.22 ERA in a Sky Sox uniform.
Brooks Hall turned in a solid 3 1/3 innings and allowed a run on four hits, a walk and two strikeouts. He threw 47 pitches and 32 went for strikes.
Stephen Peterson tossed the final 1 2/3 innings and gave up a hit, walked two, and struck out one in
Play of the Game –
Yadiel Rivera made a great catch on a Tim Federowicz line drive in the fifth and threw to first to double off Jeimer Candelario. Great play by the shortstop.
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