The Sky Sox (33-45) couldn’t end the eight-game road trip on a positive note, as they fell, 18-4, to the Reno Aces (43-36) on Tuesday afternoon, allowing 25 hits — the most hits given up on the road in franchise history.
The Sky Sox scored first with a run in the first inning, but the Aces came back with five runs in the inning, and scored in each of the first six innings, including a seven-run sixth inning.
Sox starter LHP Brian Burres (0-2) allowed eight runs in three innings of work with no strikeouts and four walks in his third start since joining the Sky Sox. RHP Dan Houston, who was transferred from Tulsa on Tuesday, also had a rough outing allowing nine runs on 13 hits in just two and two-thirds innings.
The Aces’ offense was powered by five hits from shortstop Nick Ahmed and four hits from catcher Bobby Wilson. The entire starting lineup recorded a hit, while all eight starting position players recorded multi-hit games for Reno. Right fielder Danny Dorn had two hits, and had a team-high five RBI.
The Sky Sox had a solid offensive showing Tuesday as Rafael Ynoa (three hits), Ben Paulsen (two hits) and Kyle Parker (two hits) each recorded multi-hit games for Colorado Springs. With his three hits, Ynoa is now hitting .330 (31-for-94) in June with 10 multi-hit games to raise his season average to .276 (51-for-185) after hitting just .220 through May.
Tim Wheeler also pitched in for the Sky Sox offense, blasting his fifth home run of the season — his first homer since April 28th against Memphis (139 at-bats). In his four games since being activated off of the DL with a left ankle sprain, Wheeler is hitting .357 (5-for-14) with two doubles, a homer, four runs and five RBI.
The Sox will head into a league off-day on Wednesday before returning home for a five-game series against Iowa (40-36) beginning with a doubleheader on Thursday. RHP Wilton Lopez (1-2, 4.19 ERA) will take the mound against RHP Kyle Hendricks (8-5, 3.55 ERA). The first game will begin at 5:05 p.m. (MT). The start will be Lopez’s first start since October 4, 2009 when he was a rookie with the Houston Astros.
Prior to Tuesday, the most hits given up by the Sky Sox in a road game was 24 hits on July 26th, 1997 at Burns Stadium in Calgary. Calgary won the game, 22-9. There have been five instances at home where an opponent had 26 or more hits.
Tim Wheeler’s final at-bat of the game on Tuesday marked his 1,000th at-bat in a Sky Sox uniform — the 17th most in franchise history.
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