In the series opener against the Iowa Cubs (30-27), the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (26-33) struck early to ride to a 6-2 victory in the first game of the four-game set in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Sky Sox opened up the opening frame with two runs when 3B Rafael Ynoa led off with double and scored when RF Kyle Parker singled him home. Parker scored when 1B Ben Paulsen singled.
The Sox tacked on three more in the second thanks to a suicide squeeze from Ynoa and a 2-run bomb from 2B Angelys Nina giving LHP Pedro Hernandez (4-2) the early 5-0 advantage.
Hernandez tossed 5.2 solid innings allowing just one run on four hits, while fanning four batters and walking one. His only run was a solo-homer to Arismendy Alcantara in the sixth inning, Hernandez’ final frame of work. The I-Cubs scored another in the seventh, but that was all Iowa would score off the Sky Sox. CF Jason Pridie doubled home the Sky Sox’ final run in the 9th for the Colorado Springs’ sixth run of the game.
RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-4) got the starting nod for the Cubs, and after giving up the five runs in the first two runs, settled down to toss four shutout frames. In total, he tossed six innings allowing five runs on six hits, while fanning five batters and walking three.
RF Kyle Parker finished with three hits on the night, while Nina finished with two hits and two RBI.
The Sky Sox will face the I-Cubs again at 6:05 p.m. (MT) Friday when LH Tyler Matzek (5-3, 4.15 ERA) takes on Iowa’s LHP Chris Rusin (3-7, 3.39).