Sky Sox lose two to I-Cubs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — 3,464 fans were treated to a long day of baseball at Security Service Field on Tuesday evening as the Sky Sox and Iowa Cubs played two after two consecutive poor weather days in Colorado Springs. A full day of baseball is almost always a great thing, however, the Sox long day would end in bittersweet fashion as they dropped consecutive hard-fought games to Iowa: 7-1 in game one and 6-3 in game two.

Coming off a strong 6.2 scoreless innings performance in his last time out against Round Rock, game one starter Nick Additon (1-2, 6.30) would not experience the same success this time around. After a 1-2-3 first, the left-hander would hit a wall in the second giving up five runs in the frame on six hits, a walk, an error and a wild pitch. While the second was certainly the toughest inning of his night, Additon would give up two more runs before his night was through, allowing a total of seven earned runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out three.

Conversely, Iowa game one starter Donn Roach (2-0, 2.31) would go a strong six innings, allowing just one run on seven hits and three walks while striking out one.

The Sky Sox offense put plenty of traffic on the bases but was unable to produce the same big hits that lead to success in their 7-0 win against the Cubs on Monday evening.

Matt Clark collected two base hits, beating the shift each time to continue his recent string of success at the plate, while Donnie Murphy collected the team’s only RBI (his first of the season) on an RBI single in the sixth.

David Goforth and Tim Dillard would toss three combined scoreless innings in relief of Additon before Cubs lefty Joseph Perez closed the door on the ballgame with a scoreless seventh inning to secure the 7-1 Iowa win.

Game two would be a tight one throughout as both team’s starters allowed three runs in their respective outings before leaving the game’s fate in the hands of the bullpens.

Drew Gagnon got the nod for Colorado Springs in game two, ultimately outpitching his opposing starter, lefty-hander Eric Jokisch. Gagnon would toss 4.2 innings of three-run ball on six hits and two walks while striking out two. Jokisch would last just 3.2 innings before being pulled in the fourth with the Sox threatening to add to their 3-1 lead.

The Sky Sox runs would be scored thanks to the production of the top of the order, plating two in the third inning on singles from Matt Long and Luis Sardinas and a booming double to right-center by Pete Orr.

Gagnon seemed to be in somewhat of a groove heading into the fifth inning with a two-run advantage until a leadoff triple by speedy Cubs right fielder John Andreoli set Iowa up with a chance to chip away. Andreoli would wind up scoring on the very next play as a routine groundout by Jonathan Mota would cut the lead to one. Already with a home run in game one of the double-header, Arismendy Alcantara would drill a mammoth blast (travelling an estimated 445 feet) over the right field wall to tie the ballgame at three.

Iowa would use four relievers to finish out the ballgame as they mixed and matched to keep the Sky Sox off the board the rest of the way. Brandon Kintzler would toss 1.1 scoreless innings before turning the ball over to Corey Knebel (1-1, 4.50). The tall right-hander would not fare as well, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two in the top of the seventh. The three runs would cement the win for the I-Cubs and allow them to escape town with a series split.

The Sky Sox are back at it on Thursday night at Security Service Field as they open a four-game set against the Omaha Storm Chasers. Tyler Cravy (1-2, 5.06) leads the way against left-hander Jonh Lamb (0-0, 3.86) with first pitch slated for 6:35 PM MDT.

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