Keon Broxton went 4-for-4 in what the Sky Sox hope to be a breakout effort and Colorado Springs used a six-run seventh to top Memphis 10-5 on Thursday.
Broxton, squeezed out from Milwaukee’s outfield by offseason acquisitions of Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich, raised his average from .235 to .257 in the game that saw him launch a 440-foot home run to center field, steal two bases and score three times.
“He’s been working extra hard, and boy it showed tonight,” Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet said of Broxton, who hit 20 home runs with 20 stolen bases with the Brewers last year.
Sky Sox starter Corbin Burnes, who has dominated on the road with a 2.22 ERA and a 32:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio, continued his struggles at home as he gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings. His ERA at the hitter-friendly Security Service Field is 9.72.
Colorado Springs had 14 hits and stole six bases in the victory over the St. Lois Cardinals’ top affiliate. Among those with two hits was first baseman Ji-man Choi, who learned after the game that he was being called up to Milwaukee to replace the injured Ryan Braun on the roster.