Pedro Hernandez (2-0) turned in his best outing of the season and the Sky Sox bats pounded out 17 hits as Colorado Springs defeated the Oklahoma City RedHawks 8-2 on Saturday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Hernandez started and ended his night by giving up back-to-back doubles, each time the second scored a run, but was stellar in-between as he picked up his second win of the season. He finished the night tossing 8+ innings while surrendering two runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out four. The eight innings worked are a season-high for Hernandez and are just 0.1 inning short of his previous three starts combined (3.1 IP, 2.0 IP & 3.0 IP).
Austin Wates and Robbie Grossman greeted Hernandez with doubles to start the first inning and staked the RedHawks to an early 1-0 lead. However, Hernandez retired the next three batters and turned it over to his offense who quickly took a 3-1 lead in the top of the second off of RedHawks starter Rudy Owens (2-2). Angelys Nina doubled in a pair in the frame and was later plated by Paul Janish who singled him home and the Sox wouldn’t look back.
Two more Sky Sox runs would cross the plate in the sixth to make it 5-1 Sox on an RBI double by Tim Wheeler and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Wheeler. The eighth inning would see three more tallies for Colorado Springs when Jason Pridie doubled home a pair and later scored on a Ryan Wheeler run scoring single.
All that offense was more than enough for Hernandez who cruised through the game and entered the ninth sitting at 87 pitches with a comfortable lead. Grossman and Jon Singleton would each double off of Hernandez though to make it 8-2 and end his night on the mound.
Manny Corpas took over and proceeded to retire the next three in order to end the game and send the Sky Sox home winners in game one of their four-game series in Oklahoma City.
Game two of the series is set for tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 PM (MDT) with the Sky Sox sending out LH Tyler Matzek (1-2, 4,83) to face RH Mike Foltynewicz (3-1, 4.20).
– The Sky Sox turned a double play in the third inning tonight to extend their streak of games with at least one double play to 15 consecutive games.
– All nine hitters in the Sox lineup recorded at least one hit and six of them had multi-hit games led by Ryan Wheeler and Evan Frey with three each.
– Everyone in the Sox lineup either drove in a run or scored a run with the one exception of Kyle Parker.