The Colorado Springs Sky Sox defeat the Round Rock Express, 5-3, to improve to a league best record of 24-14, and win the first game of their eight-game road trip.
In the second inning the Sky Sox carried over their hot hitting from their home stand when they scored the first four runs of the game. Express pitcher Martin Perez (L, 0-1) walked the red-hot Matt McBride to start off the inning. The Sox' designated hitter advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Greg Golson RBI single. Ben Paulsen then singled to send Ryan Wheeler, who reached on a hit by pitch, to third and load the bases. Catcher Lars Davis then lined out, but Tommy Manzella hit a bases clearing double to give Colorado Springs the commanding 4-0 lead.
Round Rock cut into the lead in the fourth inning when they finally managed to get a hit off of Drew Pomeranz (W, 6-0). With two outs in the inning the Express recorded three straight hits get within two.
The Sox would remain up by two until the bottom of the eighth inning. Left-hander Nick Schmidt came on and got the first batter to fly out, but the next two batters reached on a single and a walk. Greg Milcat came to the plate with two outs and singled to Tyler Colvin to bring Round Rock within one run.
Davis came to the plate in the ninth inning and homered to provide a much needed insurance run for the Sky Sox. Releiver Logan Kensing made his ninth appearance in the ninth inning to attempt to earn his second save of the year. Kensing issued a leadoff walk to Engel Beltre, but top Rangers' prospect Jurickson Profar hit into a 3-6-3 double play to clear the bases. Round Rock's Chris McGuiness then hit a grounder to Ben Paulsen to end the game and give Drew Pomeranz his league leading sixth win of the year.
Colorado Springs has now won their sixth straight series opener and will look take their second straight 2-0 series lead tomorrow at 6:05 MT. Right-hander Jeff Manship (1-1) will face off against Ross Wolf (1-0, 1.67).
Sky Sox Notes: Logan Kensing pitched 1.1 scoreless innings tonight and has not allowed a run in 10 innings pitched this season…Lars Davis hit his second home run of the season and is the 10th Sky Sox player to have hit multiple home runs this year…Corey Dickerson went 2-3 and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. The outfielder has now hit safely in 30 out of 32 games.