Sky Sox fall in walk-off fashion to River Cats

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. The Sky Sox fell 3-2 in walk-off fashion Sunday afternoon to the Sacramento River Cats at Raley Field. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth in a 2-2 ballgame, River Cats centerfielder Steven Duggar singled down the third base line to complete the walk-off win and his 4-for-5, three-double day.

Brett Phillips highlighted the Colorado Springs offense after going 3-for-4 with a home run and RBI. Right-handed starter Freddy Peralta put together another lights-out performance after six innings of five-hit, two-run ball with just one walk allowed and a Sky Sox season-high 11 strikeouts.

For the second straight day, the Colorado Springs squad struck first on the board. Following a back-and-forth scoreless three frames, Phillips opened things up with his third home run of the season, a solo shot to right field, making it a 1-0 Sky Sox lead.

In the fifth, Sacramento’s Chase d’Arnaud sparked the frame with a leadoff double to set up for Trevor Brown’s one-out RBI single to tie things up. Then, in the sixth, the River Cats plated the go-ahead run after Ryder Jones knocked a two-out RBI single to bring around Steven Duggar, who also led the frame off with a double.

The Sky Sox rallied back with two outs in the seventh. After consecutive strikeouts to start the half by Shane Opitz and Christian Bethancourt, Nate Orf struck a single to centerfield. Tyrone Taylor collected his second double of the day to tie the game at 2-2.

In the ninth, Sacramento found a rhythm off of reliever Aaron Brooks when pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco singled on a groundball to left field. After Brown’s unsuccessful sacrifice bunt, which resulted in a force out at second base, Orlando Calixte singled to put the winning run in scoring position. Kelby Tomlinson’s groundball to third base would result in another force out of the lead runner, but Duggar was able to come through with an out to work with on a ground ball single to left field to make it a final 3-2 River Cats victory.

The Sky Sox complete the four-game series against the Sacramento River Cats tomorrow with an 8:05 p.m. MT scheduled first pitch.