The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (55-53) tie the game up at two in the bottom of the ninth inning on a Reid Brignac home run, but lose 4-2 to the New Orleans Zephyrs (54-57) on a walk-off home run by Jake Smolinski.
Before Brignac's home run, off of New Orleans' Chris Hatcher, in the ninth inning, the Sky Sox' offense was held off the board by the Zephyrs' pitching staff. Starting pitcher Brad Hand, Zach Phillips and Jonathan Albaladejo combined to allow zero runs and five hits while striking out 11 batters over eight innings.
Sky Sox starting pitcher Chris Volstad also pitched well, but found himself on the wrong side of the pitching duel. The only two runs the righty would allow were off the bat of Kevin Kouzmanoff. The infielder drove in his first run on a RBI double in the first and his second on a RBI single in the third.
Volstad finished the day only allowing two runs on four hits, but did walk five batters. In the seventh Rob Scahill took over for Volstad and struck out the side. Scahill got two more outs in the eighth before Mitchell Boggs made his Sky Sox debut.
Boggs, who was optioned down from the Rockies this past weekend, came back out in the ninth after Brignac's home run that brought home Tim Wheeler and tied the game up at two. The reliever was looking to send the game into extra-innings, but gave up Kouzmanoff's third hit of the day and then the dinger to Smokinski to put the Sky Sox only two games above .500.
Tomorrow, Colorado Springs sends Sean Gallagher (0-0, 2.57) to the mound in his second start with the team. The righty will face lefty Duane Below (5-5, 2.55) at 7:00 PM CT.
Sky Sox Notes: Jordan Pacheco had a walk and single in his 2013 Sky Sox debut…Sky Sox also had three double plays which ties the team's season-high.
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