ROUND ROCK, Texas - Despite a three-run home run from Jason Pridie in the top of the first inning, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (41-51) fell just shy of the second-best start to a month in franchise history, as they fell to the Round Rock Express, 5-4, on the road Tuesday night.
Batting fifth, Pridie got his opportunity with two outs to launch his ninth home run of the season when Carlos Gonzalez smacked a single and Angelys Nina hit his 13th double of the season. Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a run in his second rehab start with the Sky Sox.
The Sox held the 3-0 lead into the third inning behind a couple solid innings from RHP Brett Tomko (2-1). The 41-year-old righty struck out the first batter until the Express rattled off three consecutive singles, including an RBI-base knock from Luis Sardinas. Tomko struck out the following batter, before J.P. Arencibia knocked in a run thanks to his own double, but Sardinas was thrown out at home by left fielder Tim Smalling with a relay throw by shortstop Rafael Ynoa.
Still holding a 3-2 lead, Round Rock took got all the runs they needed in the fifth off Tomko thanks to five straight hits, including back-to-back doubles from Brent Lillibridge and Josh Wilson. Lillibridge and Wilson were two of six Express players to collect two hits in the affair.
While the Round Rock offense was doing its thing, LHP Ryan Feierabend (8-5) was doing his. After allowing the home run to Pridie, the 29-year-old left hander went on to toss five shutout innings and allowed just two baserunners the rest of the way.
Despite being shut in the middle innings, the Sky Sox tacked on one more in the eighth when Drew Garcia drew a walk and scored on a fielding error three batters later. With his walk, Drew Garcia extended his on-base streak to 22 games, which is tied for the longest by a Sky Sox this season and is tied for 10th in the PCL in 2014.
The ninth inning got off to a promising start with a Smalling single with him moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tim Wheeler. However, RHP Ben Rowen locked it down and retired the next two batters to give Round Rock the win on their home turf.
Game three of the four-game series between Colorado Springs and Round Rock will be at 6:05 p.m. (MT) Wednesday. LHP Brian Burres (1-3, 6.75 ERA) will toe the rubber against LHP Robbie Ross Jr. (1-1, 5.73 ERA).
With his two hits in the game, Angelys Nina collected his sixth multi-hit game in the past seven games.