The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (56-53) lost both games of a doubleheader with the Fresno Grizzlies (57-51), with the Sox dropping the first game 4-3 with the tying run in scoring position in the final inning and the Grizzlies taking the momentum of the first win and blowing out the Sox 9-1 in the final game of the set.
The Sky Sox came in to the games averaging more than seven runs per game in July and led the league in hits in the month, but were held to just four total runs in the two games on 14 total hits. The Sky Sox had totaled at least eight hits in 18 straight games, but the streak ended as the Sox only managed four hits in the 9-1 loss in the final game of the day. The two losses combined with a Reno win against the Sacramento River Cats drops the Sky Sox to eight games back for the lead in the Pacific Northern Division.
Fresno’s starter in the first game was right-hander Yusmeiro Petit (5-3, 3.17 ERA), the Pacific Coast League leader in ERA, and he held the Sky Sox to only one earned run and three total runs as he tossed a complete game. The win for Petit was the third time he has collected the win against the Sky Sox this season in four starts, and in all three of those wins he has allowed only one earned run. Sox starter Edwar Cabrera (3-1, 3.90 ERA) also threw a complete game, the second of the season for Colorado Springs, but suffered his first loss in a Sky Sox uniform as he allowed four runs all on solo home runs. The four homers was the most against the Sox in a game this season, as they lead the league with the least long bombs allowed.
After Cabrera allowed the four homers in the second and third inning, the Grizzlies were held scoreless by the Sox as they attempted to stage a comeback in the final inning and had the tying run on second base with only one out. Pinch-hitter Hernan Iribarren, who was riding a 14-game hitting streak entering the game, came to the plate and grounded in to a double play that ended the longest hitting streak of his Triple-A career and sealed the loss for the Sox. In the second game the Sox jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on outfielder Tim Wheeler’s first homer at Security Service Field this season, but Fresno scored eight runs over the next three innings including three homers to put the game out of reach for the Springs and take the doubleheader sweep.
It was the first doubleheader the Sky Sox have lost out of four doubleheaders played this season, which have all been in Colorado Springs. The two losses give the Sox a 22-27 record against the Pacific Southern Division, the only division the Sox have a losing record against in the 2012 season. The first loss also snapped a season high seven-game winning streak at Security Service Field for Colorado Springs.
The Sky Sox will look to shake off the two losses as they send out right-hander Rob Scahill (8-10, 5.92 ERA) in the fourth game of series to match up with Fresno righty Eric Hacker (11-5, 4.48 ERA), who leads the league in wins, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. MT.