Sky Sox win 6-2 over Dodgers

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Sky Sox snapped a four-game skid with a series-opening 6-2 win over the Oklahoma City Dodgers before a crowd of 4,257 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Wednesday night.

Starter Zach Davies made a strong first impression in his Sky Sox debut, allowing just one run on six hits and three walks while striking out seven Dodgers en route to picking up the win. OKC would pick up their lone run against the right-hander in the home fifth on an RBI single by top prospect Corey Seager. Davies would depart after six with the Sky Sox holding a then 6-1 lead.

The Colorado Springs offense was held scoreless through two by a righty/lefty combo of Carlos Frias and Daniel Coulombe before breaking through for the game’s first run in the third against Joe Wieland (7-5, 5.30). Pete Orr plated Yadiel Rivera with an RBI single after the shortstop led off the frame with a double.

The Sox would tag Wieland for three more runs in the fourth, stringing together four consecutive base hits to plate two before Rivera grounded into a run-scoring double play to extend the Sox lead to 4-0 in the fourth. Matt Dominguez’s double and Juan Centeno’s single accounted for the frame’s RBIs.

Wieland surrendered two more runs before his night was through on a fifth-inning RBI triple by Domingo Santana who scored two batters later when Dominguez reached on a fielding error by OKC third baseman Andy Wilkins. Santana celebrated his 23rd birthday with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, scoring two runs and driving in one. The right-handed Wieland would depart after the seventh having allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and a walk while striking out five over five innings of work.

The Dodgers scored their final run in the home seventh against Sox lefty Jeremy Horst. The reliever got two quick outs in his first inning of work before Jose Peraza singled to extend the frame. Seager doubled in the next at-bat to send the speedy outfielder home, cutting the OKC deficit to 6-2 after seven.

Horst and Jaye Chapman would close out the contest with scoreless eighth and ninth innings to send the Sky Sox to a 6-2 road win in Oklahoma City, improving their season record to 44-65. The Oklahoma City Dodgers fall to 67-44 with the loss.

The Sky Sox are back at it on Thursday night in game two of this four-game set with the Dodgers. Josh Roenicke (5-8, 5.38) will look to lead Colorado Springs to their second straight win as he matches up with right-hander Trevor Cahill (0-2, 6.27) at Chickasaw Bircktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. First pitch is set for 6:05 PM MDT.

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