Redbirds beat Sky Sox 9-4

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — An early start lead to early scoring in what would be a wild ballgame as the Sky Sox fell 9-4 to the Memphis Redbirds on Wednesday in front of 6,980 fans at Security Service Field.

After a quick night-to-morning game turn-around, the Sky Sox offense drew first blood, scoring a first inning run without the benefit of a hit. Walks to Logan Schafer and Luis Sardinas opened the frame before Pete Orr’s fielder’s choice groundout left runners on the corners with one out for cleanup hitter Shane Peterson. Peterson would ground into an unconventional double-play but heads up base-running by the outfielder allowed Schafer to score from third before finally being tagged out in the run down.

Sox starter Drew Gagnon (1-3, 5.19) worked a scoreless first before losing the strike zone in the top of the second when he walked three consecutive batters and allowed three base hits, giving up five total runs to the Redbirds offense in the frame.Left-hander Nick Additon came on with two out in the second to retire Stephen Piscotty on a swinging strikeout, avoiding further damage to keep the score at 5-1.

Redbirds right-hander Zach Petrick (1-3, 5.19) picked up his first win of the season, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and four walks while striking out six.

The Sky Sox would tally their second run off of Petrick in the home third. After a throwing error by Memphis third baseman Matt Williams allowed Robinzon Diaz and Logan Schafer to advance to third and second respectively on the attempted fielder’s choice, Luis Sardinas would ground out, plating Diaz in the process.

The Sky Sox bullpen kept the Redbirds offense off the board for six plus innings after the five-run second as Additon, Jim Henderson and Jed Bradley combined for 6.1 shutout innings of work, allowing a combined two hits and one walk while striking out eight. Additon lead the way with five strikeouts of his own without yielding a base hit. In fact, over his last two appearances (both in relief), Additon has allowed just one base runner while striking out 10 in 5.1 innings of work.

The Sox added two more runs in the sixth off of Memphis lefty Justin Wright on the strength of three hits and a walk. Shane Peterson lead off the frame with a walk before Matt Long’s double in the next at-bat gave the Sox two runners in scoring position without and out. Bryan Petersen would score is similarly named teammate from third on an RBI groundout, cutting the Redbirds lead to two. Donnie Murphy immediately followed with an RBI single to right field, plating Long and moving Colorado Springs within one run of tying it up. Unfortunately, the Sox rally would come to screeching halt as Wright worked out of further trouble to maintain the 5-4 lead.

The game got truly wild in the top of the ninth as Ariel Pena came on to keep the game close in hopes of some more late-inning magic at the nation’s most highly elevated ballpark. Pena would struggle, allowing his first, and only, three batters to reach safely on a single and two walks before being pulled in favor of the veteran, side-slinging Tim Dillard.

Dillard would not fare much better, hitting his first two batters faced with pitches to allow two runs to cross the plate. A controversial call would follow as Stephen Piscotty beat out what looked to be a 5-2-3 double-play. Though the Sox nabbed Mike O’Neill at the plate, Manager Rick Sweet clearly thought Piscotty was out at first, earning his first ejection of the season in a heated exchange with first base umpire Adam Schwarz. Dan Johnson followed with a two-run single before Dillard induced an interesting inning-ending 2-5-3 double play off the bat of reliever Marcus Hatley.

Hatley would finish off the Sky Sox in the home ninth despite a one-out Luis Sardinas triple to the left field corner. Hatley earned his second save of the season, helping improve the Redbirds season record to 13-20. With the loss, Colorado Springs falls to 12-21 through 33 games.

The Sky Sox will look to get back in the win column on Thursday morning as Josh Roenicke (2-0, 0.96) faces off with highly-touted prospect, and Colorado native, Marco Gonzales (0-1, 5.89) in game three of the four-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 AM MDT at Security Service Field.

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