The Colorado Springs Sky Sox had no problem dealing with the Omaha Royals Saturday night winning by a score of 9-3 in front of 4,321 fans at Security Service Field.
Striking first in the third inning were the Sky Sox when Mike McCoy tripled home Jonathan Herrera giving the Sox a 1-0 lead. On the very next at-bat Matt Miller hit a sacrifice fly off starting pitcher Bruce Chen (1-2) to left field bringing home McCoy to give the Sox a 2-0 lead. The scoring didn’t stop there, however, the Sox added four more runs in the fourth inning coming by way of back-to-back RBI hits by Chris Frey and Paul Phillips. McCoy came to bat again in the fourth adding two more RBI to his night making the score 6-0 Sox.
The Royals scored two runs in the sixth by way of an RBI double by third baseman Travis Metcalf and an RBI groundout by right fielder Cory Aldridge, but it wasn’t enough as the Royals would only add one more run in the eighth leaving them six runs short of the Sox.
Sky Sox starting pitcher, Brandon Hynick (3-3), collected his first win of the season at home pitching well, surrendering just two runs on seven hits adding five strikeouts.
McCoy had a stellar night for the Sox finishing the game going 4-for-5 scoring three runs with four RBI and adding two stolen bases. McCoy’s four RBI were the most he has recorded in a game this season, his previous high for RBI in a game was one.
Game two of the four-game series between the Royals and Sox will be tomorrow at 1:05 PM and will feature right-hander Alan Johnson of the Sox (4-0, 3.60) versus lefty Lenny DiNardo (2-1, 4.09) of the Royals