The Colorado Springs Sky Sox made things interesting Thursday night versus the Fresno Grizzlies as they pushed the game into extra innings but lost 7-6 in front of 4,148 fans at Security Service Field.
Both starting pitchers held the game close through the first five innings. Fresno struck first in the top of the third as center fielder Eugenio Velez belted a homer to center off Sox starter Greg Smith giving the grizzlies a 2-0 lead.
The Sky Sox didn’t answer until the fourth when Dan Ortmeier blasted a double to right scoring Christian Colonel from second cutting the grizzlies lead to 2-1. The Grizzlies had an answer of their own, however, as they added a run in the top of the sixth and again in the seventh extending their lead to 4-1.
Grizzlies starter Matt Kinney would keep the Sox at bay until the seventh when Kenny Perez smacked a two-run job to right cutting the Grizzlies lead to 4-3. From there it was back and forth between the two teams. Fresno would answer with two more runs in the eighth as left fielder Joe Borchard jacked a two-run dinger to left giving the Grizzlies a 6-3 lead. The Sox would add one in the bottom of the eighth and two in the bottom of the ninth as Matt Murton and Chris Frey each added RBI singles to tie the game at 6-6 and send it to extra innings.
Grizzlies reliever Steve Edlefsen (1-0) did his job for the Grizzlies in the tenth as he held the Sky Sox scoreless. Matt Wilhite (0-1) of the Sky Sox wasn’t so lucky as he gave up a run in the eleventh when Jake Wald doubled to center brining home Brian Horwitz to give the Grizzlies the lead 7-6.
The Sky Sox tried to answer in the bottom of the eleventh but couldn’t as Geno Espineli recorded his 12th save of the season.
Tomorrow night’s game will have a 7:05 PM start and will feature right hander Esmil Rodgers (1-0, 4.50) of the Sox versus righty Steve Hammond (5-8, 5.65) of the Grizzlies.