Sky Sox Outlast Storm Chasers in 9-7 Win
Colorado Springs Pounds Out 15 Hits As Bullpen Bests Omaha In See-Saw Battle
The Sky Sox scored early and often in Saturday’s 9-7 win over the defending PCL champion Omaha Storm Chasers before a crowd of 6,321 at Werner Park.
In what would be a see-saw battle for t entirety of the ballgame, Colorado Springs would battle their way to a 6-5 lead heading into the home third. Sox starter Tim Dillard would be tagged for his sixth run in the third, the last he allowed in a four inning start where the usual reliever gave up seven hits and four free passes while striking out two.
The Sox offense got to Omaha starter John Lamb for seven runs (three earned) over his five innings of work thanks primarily to two RBI sacrifice flies by Matt Clark and a two-out, two-run home run by Matt Long in the top of the third.
The Storm Chasers would tie the game at seven in the bottom of the fifth, immediately after the Sox regained it in the top half of the frame, against reliever Wirfin Obispo. The right-hander would work two innings, giving up just the one run on three hits while striking out three to maintain the tie.
The Sox would break the tie for good in the top of the eighth inning against Omaha reliever Brian Broderick (3-2, 2.84) thanks to an Elian Herrera RBI double that scored Scooter Gennet to give the visiting side an 8-7 lead. Colorado Springs tacked on another run in the frame on a Robinzon Diaz double play groundout.
Michael Kirkman (1-0, 3.55) came out of the Sox bullpen, replacing Obispo in hopes of maintain the tier and eventual lead. The left-hander tossed 1.2 innings of one hit ball, striking out three along the way to earning the victory. Recently promoted reliever Jaye Chapman came in to close out the ballgame with a scoreless ninth to earn his first Sky Sox save while helping the team to a great start to the road trip.
The Sky Sox move to 22-32 with their second straight victory as the Storm Chasers fall to 29-28.
After a tough luck loss in an MLB debut that saw him toss seven innings of one-run ball against the powerhouse St. Louis Cardinals, Tyler Cravy (5-4, 4.04) is set to lead the charge against Omaha righty Casey Coleman (0-1, 4.45) in game two of this four-game set on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1:05 PM MDT at Werner Park in Omaha.