Storm Chasers win 4-3 over Sky Sox

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Sky Sox and Storm Chasers battled their way through a tight contest in Omaha’s 4-3 win before a crowd of 3,611 at Security Service Field on Wednesday night.

Sox starter Josh Roenicke (7-11, 5.72) scattered four runs over six innings of work, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out one along the way. Angel Franco’s RBI groundout plated Casey Kotchman in the Omaha second to give the visiting side an early 1-0 lead.

Colorado Springs took a brief lead after scoring three runs in the home third against Storm Chasers southpaw Chris Dwyer (3-2, 3.98). The Sox collected five hits and a walk in the frame with four of those hits going for extra bases. Michael Reed doubled to lead off the inning before back-to-back one-out RBI triples by Kyle Wren and Matt Long gave the home side a 2-1 advantage. Luis Sardinas promptly plated Long with a run-scoring single to cap the frame’s scoring with the Sox now leading 3-1.

Omaha wasted little time tying the see-saw contest, scoring two runs on two hits and a walk in the very next frame. Jose Martinez cashed in with an RBI single against Roenicke to cut the deficit to one before Kotchman’s run-scoring groundout knotted the game at three after three and a half innings of play. Dwyer would not allow another Sox run, departing after allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out two over five innings of work.

Roenicke walked Brett Eibner to leadoff the Strom Chasers sixth before serving up an RBI double to Jose Martinez, giving Omaha their first lead since the top of the second with the new 4-3 advantage. The right-hander would depart after six with his team trailing by one.

Joba Chamberlain tossed a perfect sixth for the Storm Chasers, striking out two to maintain the slim lead before turning the ball over to right-hander Louis Coleman in the Sox seventh.

The lefty/righty duo of Jeremy Horst and Jim Henderson combined to toss three scoreless innings in relief of Roenicke to keep the contest close in the latter innings. The Sky Sox offense could not capitalize however as they could not get the big hit when it counted against Coleman. The reliable reliever wound up giving his squad a three-inning save to secure the 4-3 win for Omaha. Coleman’s ninth save of the season helped the Storm Chasers improve to 78-61 while dropping Colorado Springs to 60-78 with just 5 games left to play in the 2015 season.

The Sky Sox ultimately outhit Omaha 10-6 as Matt Dominguez, Brandon Macias and Kyle Wren recorded multi-hit games. Unfortunately the home squad could not capitalize with the big hit necessary to take home the win.

Colorado Springs will look to secure a series victory with a win in the final contest of this four-game set against these same Storm Chasers on Thursday night. Sky Sox southpaw Brent Suter (3-0, 3.07) leads the way against Omaha righty Andy Ferguson (6-3, 3.31) with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 PM MDT from Security Service Field.

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