The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (64-69) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but committed four errors in the sixth inning en route to a 12-4 loss to the Sacramento River Cats (75-61) in front of 7,591 fans at Security Service Field.
In the first inning things started off positive for the Sky Sox’ offense, as Tim Wheeler led off the bottom of the inning with a double to right field. Second baseman Hernan Iribarren followed that up with a bunt single down the first base line to put two runners on. With one out in the inning, Xavier Nady walked to load the bases and Ben Paulsen proceeded to hit a sacrifice fly to score the team’s first run of the day.
Colorado Springs continued to build up their lead in the second inning when Drew Garcia began the inning by hitting a grounder to third base that was mishandled by Daric Barton for the River Cats’ first error of the day. Garcia advanced to second on the error and then took third on a sacrifice bunt by Jaron Shepherd. The infielder then scored on a bunt single by Tim Wheeler, who later scored on a double by Iribarren.
In the fourth inning the River Cats clawed their way back into the game against righty Collin McHugh (L, 2-2) when they loaded the bases with no outs in the inning. Sacramento then tied the game up on a RBI single by Michael Taylor, a fielder’s choice RBI by Anthony Aliotti and a sacrifice fly by Hiroyuki Nakajima. In the fifth inning, the River Cats again loaded the bases with no outs and again scored three runs to take a 6-3 lead.
In the bottom of that inning Garcia smacked a RBI double off of River Cats’ starter Carlos Hernandez (W, 1-2) to bring the Sox within two runs. Hernandez would finish the day going six innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out four batters.
Up by two runs Sacramento would put the game out of reach of the Sky Sox in the top of the sixth inning. Reliever Steven Hensley came back out for the Sky Sox in the sixth and gave up a lead-off double to Parrino. Jemile Weeks then reached on the Sky Sox’ first of four errors of the inning. The team’s first run of the inning crossed the plate a throwing error by Lars Davis and two more scored on a miss catch error by Davis. Sacramento finished the inning scoring six unearned runs to take the 12-4 lead. Mike McClendon came on to finish out the inning and combined with closer Logan Kensing to shutout the River Cats the rest of the way.
The four errors by the Sky Sox is the second most they have committed this season with the most coming on August 3, when they committed five against the Oklahoma City RedHawks.
Tomorrow, the team will look to put this loss behind them when they welcome in the Pacific South Division leading Las Vegas 51s for their last home series of the season. The six-game series begins tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at 4:35 PM. Right-hander Chris Volstad (7-5, 4.67) will take the mound in game one against righty Chris Schwinden (6-9, 5.92) and an unannounced Sky Sox starter will face off against righty Mitch Talbot (NR) in game two.