Aug 21, 2011 8:34 PM by Lee Douglas/Sky Sox
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox dropped game two of their four-game set with the Salt Lake Bees 6-5 Sunday afternoon at Security Service Field.
Alexi Amarista was the catalyst for the Bees offense all afternoon going 2-for-4 and reaching base three times. In the second, he knocked in the Bees second run of the inning with an RBI single as Salt Lake took a 2-0 lead against Sox starter Greg Reynolds (6-7, 6.82).
With the Sox trailing 3-1 in the fifth, Mike Paulk drove in a run with a single and came around to score later in the inning on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3-3.
In the sixth, the Bees took the lead for good as Amarista struck again. After a Freddy Sandoval sacrifice fly put the Bees up 4-3, Amarista came to the plate and lined a ball to right field. Scott Beerer charged the ball but was unable to record the out on a dive as the ball trickled all the way to the outfield wall. Amarista came around to score easily on the inside-the-park home run giving the Bees a 5-3 lead.
Beerer would make up for the misplay with a solo home run in the bottom of the innings, his second of the season. An Efren Navarro solo home run in the eighth proved to be crucial as Willy Taveras brought the Sox within a run in the bottom of the ninth with a sacrifice fly, but Michael Kohn struck out Paulk to end the game, earning his 11th save in the process.
The win went to Tyler Chatwood (1-1, 5.40) who allowed four runs on nine hits in 6.0 innings as the Bees tied the Sox in the standings at 58-71. The Sox will look to return to their winning ways Monday as Edgar Gonzalez (3-3, 4.82) takes the hill against Trevor Bell (2-3, 5.97). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.