Rain put a slight damper on a ballgame for the second straight night, this time benefitting Colorado Springs as they took home a 2-1 win in a rain-shortened five and a half inning contest before a crowd of 6,875 at Security Service Field on Tuesday night.
The Sky Sox scored the first run of the ballgame in the bottom of the second, doing so for the second consecutive evening. This time OKC starter Steve Smith would be on the wrong end of first blood as a one-out Logan Schafer double, and eventual move to third on a fielding error by Dodgers right fielder Kyle Jensen, gave Yadiel Rivera a chance to showcase his clutch bat. Rivera saw a whopping 13 pitches in his first and only at-bat against Smith before lining an RBI single into centerfield to score Schafer. Colorado Springs held the 1-0 lead until the fourth inning when both sides would make appearances on the scoreboard.
Making his first start since May 17th against Round Rock, Nick Additon (2-2, 6.36) tossed five very strong innings of one-run ball against a potent Dodgers lineup. The lefty allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out three in impressive start. After allowing a leadoff single to Darnell Sweeney to start the night, Additon would retire nine straight batters before a Buck Britton one out single in the fourth broke the string. Britton single turned out to be a big one as the second baseman eventually scored on a two out single by first baseman Andy Wilkins. Additon worked out of further trouble, getting O’Koyea Dickson on an inning-ending groundout to maintain the 1-1 tie through three and a half innings of play.
The Sox offense answered immediately, plating the go-ahead run in the following frame to retake a one-run lead. Once again, Schafer served as Colorado Springs’ spark plug, doubling off the left field wall to leadoff the Sox fourth against newly implanted reliever Matt West (0-1, 8.03). Rivera followed with yet another lengthy at-bat before ultimately flying out to right, giving Schafer the chance to scurry to third on a close tag play and the Sox a runner 90 feet from home with just one out. Pete Orr came through with a fly ball deep enough to left to plate Schafer with the lead run. The sacrifice fly gave Orr his 28th RBI of the season and Schafer his second run scored of the ballgame.
After a quick 1-2-3 fifth inning, Additon was replaced by Michael Kirkman in the sixth after throwing just 64 pitches. The left-handed reliever promptly gave up a leadoff double to the speedy Sweeney, leaving the Sox in what seemed to be another precarious situation. Kirkman settled down however, retiring the Dodgers 2, 3 and 4 hitters with relative ease to wiggle out of the jam and preserve the 2-1 lead.
The elements again played a factor in the sixth in a game where Déjà Vu was working in Colorado Springs’ favor early. Heading into the home half of the frame, the skies opened to force an hour long rain delay before the game was ultimately called off due to unplayable wet grounds.
Winding up on the right end of the shortened contest, the Sky Sox improve to 26-35 on the season while dropping Oklahoma City to 42-22.
The Sky Sox will look to clinch a series win on Wednesday afternoon in what looks to be a full, nine-inning game. Drew Gagnon (1-8, 7.64) takes the mound against Dodgers lefty Ian Thomas (3-0, 7.11) as the Sox starter looks to lead the Sox to two straight victories against their division rivals. First pitch is slated for 12:35 PM MDT at Security Service Field.
Because the game was past the fifth inning, it is considered an official game and tickets will not be refundable or available for rain checks.