There were just four total pitchers in Friday night’s contest between the Sky Sox and Round Rock Express before a crowd of 11,769 at Dell Diamond.
The Sky Sox would be held hitless for 8.1 innings by Express starter, and Texas’ #21 organizational prospect, Jerad Eickhoff (1-0, 2.16). The right-hander would strike out eleven batters while allowing just two runs on one hit and two walks while striking out 11 in a dominant performance.
Round Rock’s lineup would fare a bit better against Sox starter Tyler Cravy (1-2, 5.06) in his six innings of work. Cravy allowed five runs on six hits and one walk, striking out a whopping nine Express batters.
The Express would score two in the first and fourth, adding another in the sixth to make the score 5-0.
Left-hander Jed Bradley would come on in relief of Cravy, allowing two runs on four hits over two innings of work.
With a 7-0 lead heading into the ninth inning, Eickhoff would look to secure a no-hitter with just three outs to go. The Sky Sox offense would not oblige, scoring two runs in off of Eickhoff on a walk to Donnie Murphy and two-run home run to Matt Long. The home run was Long’s first of the season and ultimately chased Round Rock’s starter from the game.
Express left-hander Sam Freeman would come on in relief of Eickhoff, closing out the Sox for the 7-2 win.
The Sky Sox are back home at Security Service Field on Saturday night. Taylor Jungmann (0-1, 8.53) looks to lead the Sky Sox to a series-opening victory against Carlos Pimentel (0-2, 14.09) and the Iowa Cubs at 6:05 PM MDT.