Scooter Catalyzes Sky Sox 6-3 Comeback Win
Gennett’s Three Hits and Four RBI Lead Sox Past Omaha In Series-Clinching Victory
The Sky Sox came back in riveting fashion on Tuesday night, stunning the Omaha Storm Chasers with deficit-erasing, five-run seventh on their way to a 6-3 series-clinching win before a crowd of 4,227 at Werner Park.
Scooter Gennett started his productive night early, plating Pete Orr with the game’s first run on a two-out double off of Omaha starter Danny Duffy in the top of the third inning. The left-hander of recent Royals fame allowed one run on the two hits given up in the third while striking out four over the four inning start.
Josh Roenicke (4-2, 4.38) gave the Sox a quality start, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five Storm Chasers over six innings of work. With two on and two out, the right-hander before a up a Moises Sierra RBI single followed by a wild pitch that allowed Pablo Orlando to cross the plate and Omaha the 2-1 lead.
Roenicke left the ballgame with his team trailing 3-1 after six and 2014 Royals late-season hero Brandon Finnegan (0-2, 9.00) on the mound for Omaha. The Sox starter’s night would get a heck of a lot better just a few short minutes later.
With two runners on and after shutting the Sox out for 2.2 innings since taking the mound in the fifth, Finnegan would fail to get through the top of the seventh as he walked Orr with the bases loaded to cut Omaha’s lead to one.
Gennett would come through in a very big way in the next at bat, drilling a bases-clearing, three-run triple to give the Sox a 5-3 lead. The lead-changing knock gave Scooter four RBI on the ballgame as he lead the way offensively. Finnegan and Storm Chasers manager Brian Poldberg would be ejected by home plate umpire Jordan Ferrell immediately following the play.
Scott Alexander finished the inning for Omaha but not before Yadiel Rivera plated Gennett from third with an RBI double off of the left-handed reliever, extending the Sky Sox lead to 6-3.
Ariel Pena and Michael Kirkman combined for two scoreless innings to bridge the gap to newest Sox addition Jaye Chapman took over in the ninth. The right-hander struck out two on his way to nailing down his second Sox save and Colorado Springs’ 6-3 comeback victory.
With the win, the Sox secured their second four-game series victory of the season and improve their record to 24-33. The Storm Chasers fall to .500 once again at 30-30.
After a much-deserved off day on Wednesday, Colorado Springs will continue their road trip, beginning a series with the Iowa Cubs at Principal Park on Thursday night. Drew Gagnon (1-7, 7.91) will get the call for the Sky Sox and will prepare for I-Cubs righty Felipe Paulino (0-3, 6.75) with first pitch set for 6:08 PM MDT.