The Colorado Springs Sky Sox split a double header with the Las Vegas 51’s Saturday night at Security Service Field in front of 3,476 fans.
In game one, Sox starting pitcher Adam Eaton (1-0, 0.00) looked stellar in his first game with the club throwing five scoreless innings allowing only three hits and striking out two.
Las Vegas starter Brad Mills (1-8) did not fare as well, however, as he surrendered five runs on six hits in six innings of work. The Sox scored all of their runs off Mills in the first, second and third innings with Matt Miller and Matt Murton recording back-to-back RBI in the first inning giving the Sox an early 2-0 lead. The Sox added one more in the second and two in the fifth as Murton got himself another RBI on a double to left to be followed two at-bats later by Mark Bellhorn who doubled in another run giving the Sox a 5-0 lead after three.
Ben Julianel would relieve Eaton holding the 51’s scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings ending the game at 5-0 Sox.
Game two featured a pitcher’s dual between Sox starter Brandon Hynick (5-5) and 51’s starter Davis Romero.
Romero threw five scoreless innings allowing just three hits while recording five strikeouts. Romero would be relieved by Brian Bullington (3-1) who threw a scoreless sixth inning.
Hynick matched Romero with six scoreless innings of work, but ran into trouble in the seventh as he loaded the bases. Hynick would be replaced by Kurt Birkins, who came in to try and get Hynick out of the bases loaded jam. Unfortunately for Hynick and the Sox, Las Vegas short stop Russ Adams hit a sacrifice fly to right allowing designated hitter David Dellucci to score from third giving the 51’s a 1-0 advantage going into the bottom of the seventh and final inning.
Las Vegas reliever Jeremy Accardo closed out the Sox in order in the bottom of the seventh giving him his eighth save on the season.
Sunday's game between the Sox and the 51’s will have a 1:05 PM start and will feature right-hander Matt Belisle (0-0, 4.61) of the Sox versus lefty David Purcey (1-1, 4.60) of the 51’s.
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