Dodgers defeat Sky Sox with 4-3 walk-off win

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Oklahoma City gave the Sky Sox a dose of their own medicine to avenge Wednesday’s ninth inning loss as the Dodgers defeated Colorado Springs 4-3 in walk-off fashion before a Thursday night crowd of 7,826 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Kyle Wren and Elian Herrera got the Sox off to yet another quick start as the 1-2 hitters swatted back-to-back singles through the middle of the infield, leaving Dodgers starter Eric Surkamp in a precarious situation to start his day. With Matt Clark batting, Wren stole third base to give Colorado Springs runners on the corners. Clark followed with a sacrifice fly left to give the Sox an early 1-0 advantage.

Sox starter Tyler Thornburg would work eight strong innings against the Dodgers lineup, allowing just two runs on five hits and three walks over that span. The right-hander allowed his first run on a Chris Heisey third inning RBI single that scored Darwin Barney to tie the ballgame at one. He would not allow his next until serving up a leadoff home run to Darnell Sweeney in the home eighth.

Colorado Springs tagged Surkamp for two more in the top of the fifth thanks to the help of first inning catalysts Wren and Herrera and Logan Schafer’s clutch bat. Herrera followed a Wren leadoff double with a base hit to give the Sox two in scoring position without the impediment of an out. The Dodger lefty would knuckle down, getting Clark and Matt Dominguez with a groundout and lineout respectively before facing Schafer with two out. The speedy outfielder would beat out a single to Barney deep in the second base hole, allowing both runners to score on the two out play. Colorado Springs now held a 3-1 lead that they would take with them into the eighth.

Matt West, Dustin Richardson and Josh Ravin (3-0, 2.14) combined for four shutout innings in relief of Surkamp to keep the Sky Sox off the board the rest of the way. The OKC starter finished his evening having allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk over five respectable innings of work.

Now holding a 3-2 lead after the Sweeney home run in the eighth, Sox closer Jaye Chapman (0-1, 2.00) came on to close out the ballgame and send the Sox off with a series victory.

Unfortunately, things would not go as scripted for the visiting squad as Chapman struggled for the first time of his young Sox career. The righty allowed a single and sacrifice bunt to open the frame, putting infielder Andy Wilkins on second with one out. Scott Schebler followed at the plate and made his first hit of the night count, driving home Wilkins on an RBI triple to knot the ballgame at three. OKC third baseman Buck Britton followed suit, using his first knock of the night to drive Schebler home with the game’s winning run and give the Dodgers a 4-3 walk-off victory.

The Sky Sox recorded 11 hits in the ballgame with Wren, Herrera and Schafer collecting multi-hit nights as they fall to 29-42 on the season. The win improves Oklahoma City to 48-24.
Colorado Springs will look to get back to start fresh with a win in a new city on Friday night.

Josh Roenicke (4-3, 5.06) leads the charge for the Sox as they begin a four-game series against Nick Greenwood (5-2, 6.88) and the Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM MDT.

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