Despite the Iowa Cubs scoring first thanks to Javy Baez’ RBI-single, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox came back to defeat the I-Cubs, 5-1, on Saturday night at Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa.
LHP Yohan Flande (2-8) gave up the I-Cubs’ lone run in third inning, but still tossed six solid innings, allowing just one run on three hits to pick up his fifth quality start this season. Flande also struck out three batters, but did walk four.
Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Rafael Ynoa tied the game with his RBI-single to score Paul Janish who led off the inning with a double.
The following inning, recently promoted Tim Smalling tacked on two more for the Sky Sox with his first hit ever for the Sox, a two-run double with one out off Eric Jokisch (5-5).
Jokisch tossed seven quality innings, allowing three runs on five hits, but the Sky Sox pitching staff locked the game down to pick up the win.
The Sky Sox picked up two insurance runs in the ninth.
RHP Manny Corpas (2.0 ip) and RHP Rob Scahill each tossed scoreless outings in relief for Colorado Springs.
Smalling, Ynoa and 1B Ben Paulsen all had two hits for the Sky Sox in Saturday’s contest.
At 12:05 p.m. (MT) Sunday, the Sky Sox will look to win their first series win against the I-Cubs this season. The currently trail the season series against the I-Cubs, 3-7. LHP Christian Friedrich (1-6, 8.05 ERA) will square off against RHP Dallas Beeler (2-2, 4.67 ERA)