Sky Sox win 6-5 over Zephyrs in late-night game

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Sky Sox bounced back from a disappointing 3-2 loss earlier in the evening with a 6-5 defeat of the New Orleans Zephyrs before a crowd of 4,141 at Zephyr Field on Thursday night.

Colorado Springs jumped out to a quick lead against New Orleans left-hander Justin Nicolino (6-7, 3.55) as Matt Clark drove Luis Sardinas in with the game’s first run with an RBI single in the top of the first. The Sox offense tack three more runs on the Zephyrs starter as Matt Dominguez and Matt Long added RBI knocks in the home third. Nicolino would toss four total innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out three.

Ariel Pena received the spot start for the Sox, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks over three innings of work. The right-hander would exit with his team holding a slim 4-3 lead after three.

The Sky Sox added two more runs in the fifth against reliever Pat Urckfitz on a Matt Long bases loaded, two-run single. The Sox right fielder notched three RBIs on the game to go along with two base hits and two free passes in a perfect night at the plate.

After two scoreless frames from right-handed reliever Rob Wooten (4-1, 5.61), Colorado Springs took the 6-3 lead into the home sixth where the Zephyrs would get to Austin Ross for two runs. Back-to-back singles by game one hero Isaac Galloway and Austin Nola brought Brandon Bantz to the plate with two on and no out. The Zephyrs catcher doubled to drive both runners home, cutting the New Orleans deficit to just one after six innings of play.

Ross recorded one out in the home seventh before being replaced by newest Sox addition Jeremy Horst (S, 1) with one out in what would be the game’s final frame. Horst walked his first batter to put two runners on in a one-run game before the righty settled down to get the next two outs and secure the 6-5 Sox win.

Colorado Springs improves to 42-61 with the win while dropping New Orleans to 49-56 on the season.

The Sky Sox will wrap up their four-game set with the Zephyrs on Friday night in New Orleans as Colorado Springs looks to salvage a series-split. Right-hander Robert Morey (2-2, 3.08) will do his best to thwart the Sox in that goal with first pitch set for 6:00 PM MDT at Zephyr Field.

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