Sky Sox, Baby Cakes split Friday Double-Header

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The Sky Sox split Friday evening’s doubleheader with the New Orleans Baby Cakes at Security Service Field. In game one, the Sky Sox were victorious 2-1 through seven frames. In game two, the contest went to extra-innings and the Baby Cakes rallied with two runs in the top of the eighth to win 6-5.

In game one of the doubleheader, New Orleans struck first in the initial frame after Magneuris Sierra sparked the frame with a one-out triple to right field. The Baby Cakes took a 1-0 lead a batter later on Eric Campbell’s RBI single. But, in the bottom half, the Sky Sox struck the board with a solo run of their own to even the game thanks to Jacob Nottingham’s two-out home run to left field, his 10th of the year.

In the fourth inning, the Sky Sox broke out with their first lead and eventual final score of game one with a 2-1 advantage. Nottingham led the frame off with a walk while Domingo Santana added the third and final hit for the Sky Sox to put runners on first and second. Andres Blanco grounded a ball to second, resulting in a force out fielder’s choice at second base and a high throw to first while attempting a double play sailed off the wall to score Nottingham.

The game went the minimum in the final two-and-a-half frames. Starter Alec Asher, in his 10th start with the Sky Sox, notched his fifth win after a stellar six-inning outing while allowing just one run on five hits.
In game two, the Baby Cakes once again struck first in the ballgame with two runs. After Isaac Galloway hit a solo home run, Cristhian Adames restarted the inning with a one-out double and was driven in on Cito Culver’s line drive single.

The Sky Sox retaliated in the bottom of the third to take the lead. Starting pitcher Paolo Espino led the inning off with a single while Brett Phillips and Orlando Arcia knocked consecutive singles after to manufacture the first run. Following a double steal to put both runners into scoring position, Tyrone Taylor cleared the bases on his stand-up triple to right field, giving the home squad the 3-2 lead. The fourth run was tallied after Taylor scored on a back-pick error by ‘Cakes catcher Tomas Telis to bring it to a 4-2 advantage.

In the next inning (4th), New Orleans diminished the lead with one swing after Jonathan Rodriguez homered with two outs and one on (Galloway, double), to even the game.

After four-and-a-half consecutive scoreless frames, the contest went to extras. In the top of the eighth inning, the Baby Cakes took advantage, scoring two runs right off the bat on Rafael Ortega’s leadoff triple and Campbell’s single to take a 6-4 lead. In the bottom half, the Sky Sox were only able to muster a single run on Taylor’s one-out single to score designated-runner Phillips after Arcia moved him to third base on his groundout, falling 6-5 to New Orleans.

The Sky Sox head into game four against the New Orleans Baby Cakes tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m. After the five-game series is complete, the league will enter begin a three-day All-Star Break, and then will hit the road for five more games against the Baby Cakes in New Orleans.