COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Strong pitching kept both teams in the ballgame, but it was RF Matt McBride’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th that gave the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (6-8) a 3-2 win over the visiting Oklahoma City RedHawks (10-5) on a chilly Thursday night.
CF Jason Pridie’s double to lead off the 11th set the table for LF Tim Wheeler who made a perfect bunt down the third baseline to move Pridie over to third and score the next at-bat. McBride’s hard shot to center was deep enough to score Pridie and win the game and end Oklahoma City’s seven-game road winning streak. OKC would have set a new team record with a win Thursday.
The Sky Sox rode a strong starting effort from LHP Tyler Matzek and gave him a 1-0 lead in the first frame.
That’s all Matzek needed while he was on the rubber throwing six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and one walk, while striking out six batters.
The RedHawks tied the ballgame in the seventh when RF Enrique Hernandez drew a walk, stole second and scored on a single by 3B Jonathan Meyer off Sox pitcher Rob Scahill..
Each team would hold the other scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings, before 2B Ronny Torreyes hit a pinch-hit triple to lead off the 10th. Two batters later, SS Gregorio Petit would hit a sacrifice fly to right to give the RedHawks the lead. But RHP Manny Corpas buckled down and retired the next two batters.
Sky Sox 1B Kyle Parker then led the bottom half of the inning off with a double and scored on a two-out single by 2B Rafael Ynoa.
Corpas got two ground outs in the 11th, before giving up a single to Hernandez, but C Michael McKenry caught him stealing to end the side and give McBride his chance to win the game.
Pridie was the lone Sky Sox with a multi-hit affair. He finished with a single and double.
The RedHawks had strong pitching much of the night and retired 18 Sky Sox batters between the third and eighth innings.
Colorado Springs will attempt to split the series in Friday’s finale against OKC. LHP Pedro Hernandez (1-0, 10.00 ERA) will go head-to-head against RHP Bobby Doran (0-0, 6.75 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM (MDT).
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