The Oklahoma City RedHawks (65-50) scored five runs in the first and three in the second en route to a 24-5 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (56-56) in the first game of their four-game series. The loss sends the Sky Sox to .500 for the first time since April 11th.
In his first game back since going on the disabled list, Sky Sox starting pitcher Armando Galarraga (L, 0-1) gave up two straight singles to begin the game. A fielding error by Josh Rutledge loaded the bases and the RedHawks scored their first run of the day on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Laird. After a walk to Marwin Gonzalez loaded the bases, Jonathan Singleton hit a grand slam to right field to increase their lead to 5-0.
Oklahoma City further increased their lead in the second inning when Brandon Laird belted his 13th homer of the year to make it 8-0.
Down eight runs, the Sky Sox' offense began to wake up in the third inning when Josh Rutledge hit a RBI single to score Tim Wheeler who reached on a lead-off double. An inning later they scored two more runs on a Xavier Nady RBI double and a ground out by Wheeler. They were then able to cut the lead in half when Nady hit a single to drive in his second run of the day.
The RedHawks' abruptly halted the Sky Sox' come back in the bottom of the sixth inning when they again loaded the bases and scored four runs to give them an eight run lead. They continued to expand their lead with five more runs in the seventh and seven runs in the eighth.
Colorado Springs added their final run of the day when Kent Matthes smacked a solo shot for their fifth run of the day.
Tomorrow the Sky Sox will look to rebound from the tough loss and look to win their first game in the series when they send Chris Volstad (5-3, 4.78) to the mound against Jake Buchanan (3-2, 3.08) at 5:05 PM MT.
Updated: 05/20/2013 - Two weekends left to catch one great show!