COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. Brett Phillips recorded his first four-hit game of the season, but the New Orleans Baby Cakes scored five runs over the final three innings to come out with an 11-10 win in front of 8,195 at Security Service Field Friday night.
New Orleans put up a five-spot in the top of the second inning, but the Sky Sox (69-46) answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the deficit to 5-2. Chris Colabello lined a two-run double to the left-center field gap, easily scoring Phillips and Nate Orf.
The No. 4 and 5 batters teamed up to produce another run in the fourth inning. After Phillips lined his team-tying 10th triple of the season to lead off the frame, Orf skied a RBI double to the base of the center field wall. The starting right fielder would come in to score two batters later, when Rene Garcia launched a deep sacrifice fly to the center field warning track to score Orf and trim the deficit to 5-4.
Colorado Springs took their first lead of the night with a two-run fifth inning on a pair of two-baggers. After Mauricio Dubon stole second base, Ivan De Jesus lined an opposite-field double over the head of right fielder Chad Hinshaw to tie the game. One batter later, Phillips recorded his third hit of the night, blooping a double down the left field line to plate De Jesus and give the Sox their first lead.
The hosts mounted a ninth-inning rally, sending the go-ahead run to the plate during the four-run frame. Nick Noonan led off with a triple and promptly scored one batter later when Perez dropped a Dubon fly ball. Lewis Brinson recorded his first hit of the game by launching a 450-foot two-run home run over the scoreboard to cut the deficit to two. Colabello lined a RBI single to right-centerfield to score Phillips for his third RBI of the night.
The Sox and Cakes begin a stretch of two straight matinees, beginning Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. MT. In honor of the team’s 30th anniversary season, the Sky Sox are giving away Todd Helton bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans through the Security Service Field gates. It is also another 50-cent hot dog afternoon, thanks to Safeway.