Published: May 11, 2013
Tough as it may be to believe, Corey Dickerson has had even better nights than this.
On Saturday, Dickerson carried the Sky Sox to a come-from-behind 10-7 victory over Omaha with a home run, a triple, two doubles and five RBIs.
That he's been better before - hitting three home runs and driving in 10 runs in a Single-A game - is even further evidence the 23-year-old left-handed hitter is the real deal.
'He's a natural hitter, ' Sky Sox manager Glenallen Hill said. 'So in his mind he can hit every pitch. '
Dickerson hit nearly everything thrown his way in front of a season-high crowd of 8,759, as he helped the Sky Sox climb out of an early 5-0 hole.
His three-run triple in the fifth inning started the scoring for the Sky Sox, and his two-run home run in the eighth padded what was then an 8-7 advantage.
Matt McBride also stayed hot, homering for the third consecutive game and fourth time in five games. DJ LeMahieu also drove in two and upped his average to .372.
Dickerson is hitting .377. In fact, all of the Sky Sox's top five hitters in Saturday's lineup are hitting .333 or higher for a team that has scored at least five runs in 10 of 11 games in May. With the Rockies in an offensive free-fall - failing to score over their past 26 innings - there's a feeling that Colorado Springs is holding an open audition.
'It does, but also there's a lot of politics in it, ' said Dickerson, one of just two Sky Sox starters Saturday who hasn't had a taste of the major leagues. 'You just have to relax and not think about that stuff because it can affect your game. You just have fun with the guys in this locker room and not think about that stuff. '
Charlie Blackmon was plucked from Triple-A on Saturday, replacing the injured Michael Cuddyer.
The offense didn't skip a beat without him, though it took a while to figure out Omaha's Chris Dwyer, who hadn't allowed more than two runs in a start this season and cruised until the fifth when Tyler Colvin and Lars Davis drew walks around a Charlie Culberson double, setting up Dickerson's three-run triple.
'We've been swinging the bats pretty good all year, ' Hill said. 'At the start of the year it was cold and it was hard for us to get going. Our guys have been working hard and they've stayed pretty focused. '
Manny Corpas earned the victory in relief after striking out four in two innings and Logan Kensing earned his first save of the season for the Sky Sox, who improved to 21-13.
Aaron Cook remains on the Sky Sox roster, but was placed on the disabled list Saturday. The veteran pitcher was scratched from a start Wednesday and manager Glenallen Hill said an elbow injury was detected. 'There's something going on in there, ' Hill said.