The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (64-58) could not control the bats of the Round Rock Express (55-67) as they put up 13 runs Sunday, pulling away each time the Sox attempted to mount a comeback in the game and totaling the most hits by an opponent this season at Security Service Field at 19.
Former Sky Sox right-hander Greg Reynolds (10-7, 4.90 ERA) was the starter on the hill for the Express, who made 33 starts for the Sox during the 2008, 2009 and 2011 seasons. Reynolds held the Colorado Springs offense to only four runs in seven innings of work, the sixth time this season he has gone at least seven innings for Round Rock. Reynolds came in to the game with a 6.38 ERA in 16 career starts while with the Sky Sox at Security Service Field.
Round Rock had seven different players drive in runs in the game, with five totaling multiple RBI, and all but one player had a hit in the game. The Sox jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a run in the first, but it was the only lead they would have in the game as the Express started to roll with four runs in the third capped by a two-out three-run shot by outfielder Joey Butler. The Sox cut the lead to two runs twice in the game but Round Rock scored nine runs over the last five innings as the Sox were held scoreless in the final four innings to seal the loss. Sox starter Nick Schmidt (4-3, 7.24 ERA) suffered his first loss since July 6 as he tied the most runs he has allowed in his seven starts this year at six earned runs.
In the loss Sox outfielder Andrew Brown still continued his tear since returning to the Sox earlier this month with three RBI in the game, giving him a PCL-leading 94 on the season and 10 RBI in his eight games since being sent down to the Sox from the Rockies. Brown knocked in two of the Sox four runs on a double, his PCL-leading 57 extra-base hit on the year.
The loss drops Colorado Springs' record to 5-6 against teams in the American Southern Division, and the Sox have lost six of their last eight games at Security Service Field to teams from that division. The Sox will look for the series split as they send out right-hander Guillermo Moscoso (8-5, 6.25 ERA), who pitched for the Texas Rangers organization in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Moscoso will face Round Rock left-hander Chad Bell (3-4, 4.56 ERA) at 6:05 p.m. MT.
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