Sky Sox Fall in last Game before All-Star Break

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The Sky Sox dropped the final game of the series and the first half of the season on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Baby Cakes 7-4, still taking the series three games to two.

Despite giving up a double and a single to the Baby Cakes in the first two at-bats of the game, New Orleans didn’t manage to score in the first inning, stranding both runners and sending it to the bottom of the frame. In opposite fashion, the Sky Sox recorded two quick outs in the first two at-bats of the bottom of the first, before scoring twice. Tyrone Taylor drew a two-out walk, advancing to second on a Domingo Santana single. Jett Bandy then doubled to clear the bases and give the Sky Sox an early 2-0 lead.

After a scoreless second, the Baby Cakes would tie the game in the third. With one out on the board Magneuris Sierra hit his second single of the game, but was picked off for the second out of the inning. Eric Campbell then drew a walk and Austin Dean singled to put two on for Tomas Telis. Telis hit an RBI double on the first pitch he saw to score both runners and tie the game at 2-2.

In the top of the fourth, New Orleans extended their lead. Jonathan Rodriguez hit a leadoff double, moving to third on a Peter Mooney single. Braxton Lee then singled to score Rodriguez and put Mooney on third, and a Sky Sox error allowed Mooney to come home to make it 4-2.

In the top of the fifth, the Baby Cakes scored for the third consecutive inning. Telis led off with a single, Christian Adames drew a walk, and Rodriguez hit another single to quickly load the bases for Mooney. Mooney hit into a ground out to score Telis and make it 5-2, but the Sky Sox would escape the inning without further damage.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Sky Sox scored another pair of runs to make it a one-run game. Santana drew a leadoff walk, and Bandy hit his second double of the game to score Santana. Bandy moved to third on a New Orleans error, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Andres Blanco allowed Bandy to trot home to make it a tight 5-4 game.

The score wouldn’t change again until the ninth inning, when New Orleans scored a couple of insurance runs. Sierra led off with his third single of the game, Campbell reached after being hit by pitch, and Dean singled to score Sierra and advance Campbell to third. Telis then hit a sacrifice fly to plate Campbell and make it 7-4 New Orleans. That score would hold, with New Orleans taking game five 7-4, but the Sky Sox taking the series three games to two, thus closing out the first half of the season before the All-Star Break.

The Sky Sox now head into the three-day All-Star Break, and then will hit the road for four more games against the Baby Cakes in New Orleans.