The Sky Sox and Memphis Redbirds played a tough, seesaw battle of a ballgame in Colorado Springs’ eventual 5-4 loss in front of 1,900 fans at AutoZone Park on Monday night.
Neither starter was particularly sharp on Monday night, turning in relatively brief and similar outings. With Memphis’ originally scheduled starter Tyler Lyons getting the call to St. Louis to pitch for the big club on Tuesday, Nick Greenwood would take the mound on short notice. In 3.2 innings of work in the spot start the lefty allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out one.
Sox starter Nick Additon would struggle early in his four inning start, allowing three runs in the first inning of work to give Colorado Springs an early hole to climb out of. The former Redbird would settle down over his next few innings, giving up one more run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. The run would knot the ballgame at four after four innings of play. In all, Additon would allow four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four over four innings.
The game would ultimately come down to a battle of the bullpens as both starters would be gone by the fifth inning.
The Memphis bullpen twirled 5.1 innings of scoreless baseball to keep the Redbirds in the ballgame despite giving up seven total hits in that time. A combination of Kurt Heyer(1-1, 2.70), Keith Butler, Dean Kiekhefer and Marcus Hatley were able to limit the damage and keep the game even until their offense broke through in the home seventh.
Already with two innings and three strikeouts under his belt, left-hander Jed Bradley (0-2, 10.03) had also done a nice job keeping his team in the ballgame until a pesky leadoff single caused him trouble in the seventh. Memphis catcher Travis Tartamella’s base knock eventually gave the Redbirds their latest lead of the ballgame as David Goforth would give up a run-scoring Stephen Piscotty double immediately after coming on for Bradley with one out in the inning.
The Sky Sox would not be able to fight back this time as they would be kept off the board for the next to frames by the Memphis bullpen, falling by just one run after a tightly-contested contest which saw the offense pound out a whopping fifteen base-hits. Robinzon Diaz, Ben Guez, Matt Long and Shane Peterson each collected three hits to lead the way.
Tyler Cravy (1-3, 4.91) will look to play stopper to the Sox current two-game slide as he takes the mound for the Sky Sox against Redbirds leftt-hander Tim Cooney (2-1, 3.63) on Tuesday evening in game two of the four-game series in Memphis. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM MDT at AutoZone Park.