The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (4-2) split Tuesday’s doubleheader with the Round Rock Express (3-3) at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas.
The Sky Sox won game one behind a strong rehab performance from RHP Tyler Chatwood winning, 4-1, but the night cap saw the Express redeem themselves and shut out Colorado Springs, 6-0.
In game one, Chatwood tossed 6.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits, fanning eight batters with zero walks. His only blemishes were a fifth-inning solo-homer by C Brett Nicholas, and a double by SS Andy Parrino in the fourth.
The Sky Sox got on the board in the second when LF Tim Wheeler hit a sharp single to right field that was deflected off 2B Brent Lillibridge to score 1B Ben Paulsen, who reached on a fielding error by Lillibridge.
Three batters later with the bases loaded, CF Jason Pridie grounded into a force out, but RF Kyle Parker was able to score to make the lead 2-0.
The Sox would tack on two more runs in the fifth inning thanks to a two-run shot to right field by 2B Josh Rutledge.
Chatwood made it into the seventh inning, but only recorded an out and surrendered a single, before RHP Chris Martin came in to close the door and pick up his second save of the season. Martin struck out both batters he faced.
RHP Justin Germano got the start for Round Rock and lasted four innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while punching out two batters.
In the second game, it was all Round Rock powered by LF Bryan Petersen who drove in four runs for the Express thanks to a second-inning three-run homer, his second bomb of the year, and a sacrifice fly in the fourth to score CF Jared Hoying.
In the fifth, the Express added to their lead with back-to-back RBI doubles by RF Brad Snyder and Lillibridge off of RHP Dan Houston.
Although they had seven hits, the Sky Sox weren’t able to string any hits together, producing just one hit per inning.
In the final frame, the Sox had runners in scoring position thanks to a T. Wheeler walk followed up by a double from SS Drew Garcia, but RHP Roman Mendez retired the next two batters to end the game.
Pridie was the lone Sky Sox to have two hits in the second game. He finished the day 3-for-8 with a run and RBI.
LHP Yohan Flande (0-1) lasted just three innings in his Sky Sox debut, giving up three hits and three runs, all off Petersen’s three-run shot. He finished with one punchout and two walks.
RHP Manny Corpas came in relief of Houston and pitched a perfect sixth inning in his third appearance of the young season.
Express starter LHP Ryan Feirerabend (1-0) tossed five shutout innings, allowing five hits and striking out four batters.
Both teams will face off once again at 6:05 p.m. MT Wednesday evening in Round Rock. The Sky Sox will start LHP Christian Friedrich (0-0, 1.80 ERA), and RHP Nick Tepesch (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will take the mound for the Express.