The Sky Sox offense kept their collective foot on the gas for the second-straight night, collecting 13 hits in a smooth 8-3 victory over the Las Vegas 51s before a crowd of 5,008 at Cashman Field on Thursday night.
Shane Peterson would get the Sox off to another fast start, swatting a two-run shot to centerfield off of 51s starter Matt Bowman (2-6, 6.85) to give Colorado Springs a 2-0 lead before Las Vegas came to the plate.
The Sky Sox tacked on two more in the third on a Matt Clark two-run double that scored Scooter Gennett and Peterson, giving the Sox a 4-0 lead that they would hold until the fourth.
Taylor Jungmann (2-2, 6.49) would make his only real mistake of the night, giving up a two-run home run to 51s centerfielder Alex Castellanos that cut the Sox lead in half at 4-2 in the home fourth. Jungmann would allow just one more run in the ballgame, tossing seven frames of three-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out eight 51s. The right-hander has now recorded consecutive seven-inning starts after not having pitched more than six in his prior eight appearances.
The Sox offense added four more runs before the night was through. Matt Clark added a solo blast to right-centerfield to leadoff the sixth, extending the Colorado Springs lead to 5-2 by the end of six frames in Vegas.
The 51s added their final run of the ballgame in the home seventh to cut the Sox lead to 5-3. Colorado Springs wouldn’t take long to respond, scoring three runs in the top of the eighth on the strength of a Shane Peterson solo homer, his second of the game, a Pete Orr RBI triple and Yadiel Rivera RBI triple. The three-run frame would cap the Sox scoring as the team maintained an 8-3 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.
After tossing a scoreless eighth in relief of Jungmann, Ariel Pena came out once again for the ninth to close out the 51s. The righty reliever would retire the side in order in the ninth, securing an 8-3 Sox victory to earn Colorado Springs a series-split in Las Vegas.
Seven of the nine Sox starters would collect base hits in the 13-hit effort, with five collecting multi-hit games. Clark and Peterson clearly lead the offensive charge as the three, four hitters in the Colorado Springs lineup combined to go 5-for-7 with a walk, three runs scored and a whopping six RBIs.
The Sox improve to 18-28 with the victory while dropping the 51s to 29-19.
The Sky Sox travel back to Colorado Springs to take on the defending world champion San Francisco Giants’ top minor league affiliate in the Sacramento River Cats. Tyler Thornburg (0-2, 4.45) will look to lead the team to it’s third-straight win as he matches up with Sacramento left-hander Ty Blach (4-4, 4.07) in the first of a four-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM MDT at Security Service Field.