Sisco extends streak with three more hits

Orioles' No. 8 prospect leads South Atlantic League with .353 average

Chance Sisco, who tied a career high with four RBIs, leads the South Atlantic League in batting. (Dano Keeney/

By Mark Emery / | July 13, 2014 10:03 PM ET

You don't need to tell Chance Sisco to let his bat do the talking.

The Orioles' No. 8 prospect went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs on Sunday in Class A Delmarva's 10-4 win at Lakewood. He extended his hitting streak to 14 games and raised his South Atlantic League-leading batting average to .353.

"I feel good," Sisco said. "Just going up to the plate, trying to put good at-bats together."

The 2013 second-round pick laced an RBI single to right in the first inning, doubled to right leading off the seventh and cleared the bases with a three-run double to center in the eighth. He grounded out to the shortstop in the third and was intentionally walked in the fifth.

It was Sisco's 13th game this season with at least three hits, fourth with two doubles and third with four RBIs. All four of the runs he drove in Sunday scored with two outs.

During his hitting streak, the 19-year-old catcher is batting .426 (26-for-61) with five doubles, a triple, one homer and 15 RBIs.

A lead in the league batting race might excite some players, but Sisco isn't one of them.

"I mean, it is what it is. My focus isn't on that. My focus is on getting 'W's' and having good at-bats. So, just doing the best that I can at that," he said.

Nor is the California native particularly titillated by his double-digit hitting streak.

"I can't pay much attention to that. Just, like I said, having good at-bats, doing what I can to get on base and help the team win," he said.

Through 72 games, Sisco has assembled a .353/.414/.482 slash line with four homers and 48 RBIs. Defensively, he's thrown out 21 of 92 would-be basestealers (23 percent).

"I'm just looking to improve every day, at the plate and behind the plate," he said. "Everything's going pretty good."

Eight of Delmarva's nine starters recorded at least one hit. Drew Dosch also went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while Creede Simpson, Conor Bierfeldt and Jared Breen chipped in two hits apiece. Bierfeldt collected three RBIs, while Gregory Lorenzo and Breen each plated one run.

Zach Green, Phillies No. 8 prospect Dylan Cozens and Larry Greene had RBIs for Lakewood.

Shorebirds starter Mitch Horacek (5-8) snapped a personal three-game losing streak, allowing four runs on four hits over six innings. BlueClaws counterpart Tyler Viza (3-13) surrendered five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits across five frames.

Mark Emery is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Emery. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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