Colorado Springs, COLORADO The Vibes finished the eight-game homestand on a high note Wednesday afternoon, defeating the Voyagers 8-3. The Vibes offense provided eight runs on nine hits, including eight singles, highlighted by a strong afternoon from catcher Nick Kahle (2-for-4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI) with his third home run of the season.
The Voyagers pushed across a run in the first on a two-out RBI single from Lency Delgado. Delgado plated Harvin Mendoza on the single after a triple off the right field wall from Mendoza one batter earlier.
Kahle delivered a solo shot to right center in the bottom of the second, the ball hitting off the top of the wall before bouncing over. The 387-foot homer marked Kahle’s third home run of the season.
The Voyagers regained the lead in the third with a two-run homer to center by Bryan Connell. The two-run lead was quickly erased by a four-run inning from the Vibes offense in the bottom half of the inning. Four hits, including RBI-singles from Antonio Piñero and Edwin Sanó, mixed with a couple of Great Falls errors pushed the Vibes in front after three.
After three scoreless frames, the Vibes offense provided insurance with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. An RBI-single from Luís Avalo followed by a two-RBI single from Kahle help mount the Vibes’ lead to five.
Vibes’ reliever Jackson Sigman sealed the victory with a scoreless inning in the ninth, allowing one walk with a strikeout.
Vibes’ starter Michele Vassalotti earned his third win of the season, posting 5 2/3 innings of work. Vassalotti allowed five hits, three runs (all earned), and two walks with five strikeouts. Reliever Brady Schanuel followed Vassalotti with a dominant 2 2/3 innings of work, allowing no hits, no runs, and two walks with four strikeouts.
The Vibes finished the homestand 4-4 with two wins each against Billings and Great Falls. Sanó led the way offensively, hitting .478 with two doubles, two triples, and an RBI. In the bullpen, relievers Karsen Lindell and Brady Schanuel each made two scoreless appearances along the way. Lindell posted 6 2/3 innings of work, allowing only two hits and no walks with eight strikeouts. Schanuel worked 5 1/3 innings on two hits, three walks, and seven strikeouts.
The Rocky Mountain Vibes are off tomorrow as they travel to Ogden for the opening of a nine-game road trip set to begin Friday. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.