COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For the third time during the first home stand of the year, and second in as many nights, the Sky Sox (7-8) walked off winners and beat the Oklahoma City RedHawks, 10-9. Friday night was C Jackson Williams’ turn to play hero. With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Williams laced a full-count pitch to left field to score DH Ben Paulsen to seal the Sox’ second-straight victory over the visiting RedHawks (10-6).
The game started off with OKC scoring first in the second, but the Sky Sox punched back with three runs in the third and fourth innings, and another two in the fifth to take an 8-1 lead.
RF Matt McBride smacked his first homer of the season, a three-run shot in the third, while Williams had a two-RBI double in the fourth, later scoring on a CF Jason Pridie single.
In the fifth, it was newcomer 2B Angelys Nina with a two-RBI hit, a single to center. Nina was transferred from Extended Spring Training earlier in the day.
LHP Pedro Hernandez helped keep the big Sky Sox lead with a very good five innings, before allowing four in the sixth, his final inning.
In his first five innings of work, Hernandez allowed just four hits.
As in the first three games in the series, the RedHawks couldn’t be counted out, retaliating with four runs on two doubles and two singles in the sixth to cut the lead in half.
OKC tacked on another two in the seventh thanks to a homer by C Max Stassi and tied the game in the eighth with an RBI double by SS Gregorio Petit off RHP Greg Burke (2-0).
The RedHawks threatened later in the inning with power hitter 1B Jon Singleton at the dish with Petit on third, but Burke went right after him and struck out Singleton, who had a solo shot in the second.
OKC took the lead in the ninth on another RBI-double but this time by RF Enrique Hernandez.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Sky Sox trailed by one and LF Ryan Wheeler, who entered the game in the fourth after McBride left the game, doubled to right-center field and moved to third on a Paulsen single. 1B Kyle Parker then lined a single to left to score Wheeler. After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Williams stepped up and became the hero of the night.
Seven Sky Sox players had a multi-hit game Friday night with Pridie and Williams leading with three apiece.
The Sky Sox will now travel to New Orleans to face the Zephyrs in a four-game series from Saturday to Tuesday. LHP Yohan Flande (0-2, 10.80 ERA) will start the series opener against the Zephyrs’ RHP Bryan Evans (1-1, 6.00).