COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The Sky Sox won in walk-off fashion over the Oklahoma City Dodgers Saturday night at Security Service Field after two wild pitches in the ninth inning gave Colorado Springs the 2-1 game one victory.
After a scoreless four innings in the Saturday night pitching duel, the Sky Sox found a way to break the rhythm entering the fifth frame. Leadoff Gabriel Noriega sparked the half with the Sky Sox fifth hit of the contest while reliever Tim Dillard placed him into scoring position with his first at-bat of 2018 and first sacrifice at the plate since 2014 while with Double-A Huntsville. Nate Orf, who just ended his 20-game hitting streak in last night’s final game against Nashville, restarted with an RBI single to bring Noriega around and make it a 1-0 Colorado Springs advantage.
In the eighth, the Dodgers broke the Sky Sox 1-0 lead after pinch hitter Kyle Garlick slugged the fifth hit for Oklahoma City – a solo home run to right-center field – to tie it up.
In a 1-1 game heading into the bottom of the ninth, Tyrone Taylor drew the Sky Sox second walk of the night to represent the winning run. Dodgers’ reliever Ariel Hernandez, who was traded to the Dodgers by the Cincinnati Reds on April 17, surrendered a wild pitch that was sent to the backstop, allowing Taylor to stretch all the way to third base with one out. With Noriega at the plate, another wild pitch by Hernandez would send home the winning run to end the Sky Sox night in winning fashion.
The Sky Sox combined for four pitchers after scheduled starter Freddy Peralta was scratched prior to game one. Tristan Archer started the contest with three perfect innings on short notice (0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K). Tim Dillard added two innings of his own, surrendering just two hits but not allowing a run. Southpaw Mike Zagurski allowed the Dodgers’ only run of the night in way of a home run in the eighth inning while Radhames Liz shut down Oklahoma City with one and one-third innings of one-hit shutout ball.
The Sky Sox continue into game two of the four-game series against the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Security Service Field tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Following the four games against the Dodgers, the Sky Sox will welcome to town the Memphis Redbirds, top affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.