The El Paso Chihuahuas (65-71) rallied to score five runs in the seventh inning to come back and defeat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (53-83) by the score of 9-7 on Sunday evening in front of 8,808 fans.
After the Sky Sox scored five runs of their own in the sixth inning, the Chihuahuas returned the favor in the seventh. In the inning, Adam Moore had a RBI single, Alex Castellanos had a sac fly, and Jeff Francoeur tripled in two more to put El Paso back in front 8-7. Rico Noel added an insurance run with a RBI single.
The Sky Sox couldn’t muster any further offense after the sixth as a trio of El Paso relievers kept the Sox off the board the rest of the way. Donn Roach worked the seventh, Chris Rearick threw the eighth, and closer Jerry Sullivan tossed a perfect ninth to notch his 11th save of the season.
El Paso got out to an early 3-0 lead after the first two innings, but the Sky Sox rallied to make it 3-2 with two solo homers. Jackson Williams launched one in the third and Ben Paulsen smacked his in the fourth. For Paulsen, it was his fourth bomb in the last two games after hitting three on Saturday night.
The Chihuahuas increased their lead to 4-2 in the sixth on a Moore solo homer, but the Sox battled back with their five run frame. The club batted around in the inning and got RBI hits from Angelys Nina, Jason Pridie, and pitcher Josh Roenicke before Kyle Parker capped it off with a two-run single.
Chris Smith (2-1) picked up the win for El Paso despite giving up two runs in one inning of work. Roenicke (0-1) took the loss for the Sky Sox after giving up six runs on eight hits in 2.1 innings of work.
Game two of the four-game series is set for tomorrow night at 6:35 PM. The Sky Sox will send out LH Brian Burres (1-6, 6.91) to face RH Matt Wisler (8-5, 4.91).