The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (25-17) committed one costly error and the Albuquerque Isotopes (22-22) took advantage as the Sox fell by the score of 7-3 in game one of a four-game series on Monday night at Isotopes Park.
The Isotopes got on the board in the first inning against newly acquired starting pitcher Roman Colon (0-1) as they scored an unearned run on a double by Tim Federowicz. The run was aided by a pass ball earlier in the inning by Sox catcher Matt McBride but the most costly mistake by the Sox defense would come later in the game.
Colorado Springs would battle back at the plate in the third to take a 2-1 lead as Tyler Colvin smacked a ball to center that Albuquerque centerfielder Nick Buss dove for and missed. The ill-timed dive would score two runs and give Colvin a triple as the Topes were able to get the relay throw in and cut down Colvin at the plate as he attempted an inside-the-park home run.
The slim lead wouldn't last long however as the Isotopes struck for six runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-2 lead. All six runs in the inning turned out to be unearned runs (the final run was a team unearned run) as a throwing error by shortstop Tommy Manzella to start the inning would give Albuquerque the extra life they needed in the frame. Following the error, four Topes singles and three walks would lead to the six runs and chase starter Colon. The veteran righty, who was secured in a trade with Atlanta earlier in the day, ended the night working 3.2 innings while giving up six unearned runs on seven hits.
The Sky Sox plated a run in the seventh to cut the deficit to 7-3 when Manzella tripled to lead off the inning and scored on Hernan Iribarren's pinch-hit RBI groundout but it wouldn't be enough on this night. Albuquerque pitchers ended up striking out 12 Sox batters including six by spot starter Steve Smith who did not factor in the decision after four innings of work. Anthony Ortega (2-2) picked up with win in relief after working three innings and giving up just one run on three hits.
Game two of the three game series is set for tomorrow night at 6:35 PM (MDT) with the Sky Sox sending out LH Drew Pomeranz (6-0, 3.22) to face RH Blake Johnson (3-2, 4.33). Pomeranz will be seeking his PCL-leading seventh win of the season.
Sky Sox Notes: With an infield single in the fifth inning, Corey Dickerson extended his hitting-streak to 17 games... The triples by Tyler Colvin and Tommy Manzella gave the Sox their Triple-A leading 28th and 29th three-baggers of the season