For the third consecutive game the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (29-34) offense was held in check by the Sacramento RiverCats (41-23), as Sacramento starting pitcher Graham Godfrey allowed just one run and five baserunners through eight innings of work to seal the RiverCats second series win against the Sky Sox this season by winning the series finale 8-2.
Godfrey (5-0, 1.05 ERA) allowed just two hits to Colorado Springs to remain undefeated this season for Sacramento, and the only baserunner that the Sky Sox managed in the last five innings of Godfrey’s start was right-fielder Andrew Brown reaching on a fielding error by RiverCats shortstop Brandon Hicks. Godfrey has only allowed more than one run in one of his eight starts this season, and has given up three runs in his last 30 innings.
Sacramento designated hitter Manny Ramirez led the way for the RiverCats with three RBI on the day, plating home the first two runs of the game on a two-out double in the third inning and adding another RBI on sacrifice fly in the sixth. Ramirez came in to the series with the Sky Sox with four RBI on the season and no extra-base hits, but the former Major League slugger collected six RBI and two doubles in three games against the Sky Sox. Sacramento center-fielder Grant Green notched a four-hit game and scored three runs, and Green went 10-for-20 in the series.
Colorado Springs starter Rob Scahill (3-8, 5.94 ERA) lost his sixth consecutive decision as he gave up five runs on five hits and five walks in 4.1 innings. Scahill struck out five upping his team-leading strikeout total to 75 this season in 13 starts, which ranks the right-hander second in the Pacific Coast League behind Albuquerque’s John Ely. The Sky Sox combined to walk ten Sacramento batters for the second consecutive game, a team-high this season, and the RiverCats outscored the Sky Sox 29-6 in the final three games of the series.
Colorado Springs center-fielder Tim Wheeler accounted for both runs in the game for the Sky Sox and was one of only three players to collect a hit, going 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored to extend his team-high hitting streak to eight games. Wheeler missed the first 19 home games due to injury, but in his first eight games at Security Service Field he has a hit in all eight games and is batting .375 (12-for-32).
Colorado Springs has lost five of their last six games, but will have an opportunity to make up ground in the Pacific Northern Division as they welcome in the first place Reno Aces for a three-game series to close out the homestand. In the first game of the series the Sky Sox will send out right-hander Edgar Gonzalez (3-2, 5.31 ERA) against Reno left-hander Patrick Corbin (2-1, 4.00 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. MT.