The Colorado Springs Sky Sox took it to the Reno Aces beating them 10-4 in front of 3,720 fans at Security Service Field Thursday afternoon.
The Sky Sox jumped out to an early lead in the first inning thanks to an RBI single given up by Aces starting pitcher Seth Etherton to Sox first baseman Dan Ortmeier. Carlos Gonzalez was the runner that scored on the play giving him his first of three runs scored in the game. Gonzalez had his best game of the year going 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and two walks. Matt Murton also had a huge game scoring two runs on three hits and adding an RBI. The Sky Sox outfield of Gonzalez, Murton and Matt Miller went a combined 8-for-12 scoring six runs with five RBI and four doubles.
Sky Sox starting pitcher Josh Fogg left the game after four innings surrendering four runs on four hits and four walks. The Aces got to Fogg in the top of the third and fourth innings where they scored their four runs. Shortstop Josh Wilson had a two out two RBI single in the top of the third to get things started for the Aces. Right fielder Trent Oeltjen and second baseman Guillermo Reyes accounted for the Aces other two runs in the fourth.
With the game tied at four all after five innings, the Sky Sox took control of the game exploding for six runs in the bottom of the seventh. Mike McCoy started off the inning with a walk and was followed by six straight hits by Gonzalez, Murton, Dan Ortmeier, Miller, Christian Colonel and Paul Phillips en route to the sky sox taking a commanding lead that would prove to be the dagger in the Aces hopes.
Damian Moss (1-0) collected his first win of the season in relief of Fogg throwing one and two thirds shutout innings with one strikeout, while Aces relief pitcher Josh Ellis (0-1) picked up the loss.
The Sky Sox ended up splitting the series with the Aces 2-2. Up next are the Las Vegas 51’s where RH Jason Hirsh (1-0) will take the mound in game one on Monday in Las Vegas versus LH Bradley Mills (0-1, 7.36) at 7:05 PM PT.