COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The Sky Sox won a second straight game over the Oklahoma City Dodgers Sunday afternoon at Security Service Field with a 4-3 final. Aaron Wilkerson made his first start of 2018 for the Sky Sox since being activated off of the disabled list, tossing five and two-thirds innings while allowing just two runs on six hits with six strikeouts.
Oklahoma City got into the scoring column first in the Mother’s Day afternoon game at Security Service Field. In the second, the Dodgers broke the scoreless game with a solo run thanks to Rocky Gale’s third double of the season with two outs to bring around Jake Peter, who led off the inning with a single. In the third, Oklahoma City plated another run following back-to-back doubles by Alex Verdugo and Kyle Garlick to make it a 2-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the third, the Sky Sox broke into action with a pair of runs to tie things up. Shane Opitz led the frame off with a single followed by a walk by Gabriel Noriega. After Wilkerson sacrificed to move the runners into scoring position, Nate Orf dribbled a groundball to second to plate the first run. Kyle Wren then delivered a two-out single to centerfield to bring Noriega in and tie things up at two apiece.
In the bottom of the sixth, after Brett Phillips knocked a one-out single to get the frame going, a wild throw by second baseman Donovan Solano would send Phillips all the way to third base. After a pop out by Eric Sogard, Tyler Heineman drove in Phillips to make it a 3-2 ballgame.
Tyrone Taylor extended the Sky Sox lead in the bottom of the eighth with his third home run of the season, making it a 4-2 Colorado Springs advantage.
In the ninth, the Dodgers made a final push to rally back from the two-run deficit, plating one run, but ultimately, stranding the tying run on second base to make it a 4-3 final.
The Sky Sox continue into game three of the four-game series against the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Security Service Field tomorrow at 6:40 p.m. Following the four games against the Dodgers, the Sky Sox will welcome to town the Memphis Redbirds, top affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.