Jun 12, 2011 6:30 PM by Jordan Mason
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox scored five-runs in the eighth inning to rally past the first place Reno Aces 7-6 Sunday afternoon in front of 4,376 fans at Security Service Field.
With the Aces leading 6-2 entering the bottom of the eighth, they removed starter Tom Layne in favor of reliever Kam Mickolio. The Sky Sox had had little success against Layne as he allowed just two runs on three hits in 7.0 innings. Josh Fields would start the rally with an RBI double, as Mickolio struggled to find his command. A bases loaded walk to Brad Emaus and wild pitch would tie the game at six. Eliezer Alfonzo would give the Sox the lead with a sacrifice fly to center.
Jim Miller tossed a perfect ninth for his eighth save of the season as the Sox took three of four games against the division leading aces.
The Sox took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Matt Macri and a Ryan Rohlinger sacrifice fly. Those would be the only runs the Sox would score until the eighth.
A four-run fifth inning gave the Aces a 4-2 lead highlighted by RBI singles by Cole Gillespie, Kyle Greene and Lucas May. They would tack on another run in the fifth on a Cody Ransom RBI double.
Edgmer Escalona (2-1, 4.50) picked up the win in relief of starter Alan Johnson allowing a hit in an inning of work.
With the win, the Sox improved to 30-34 on the season while Reno drops to 37-27. The Sox are now 7.0 games behind the division leading Aces.
The Sox hit the road for a short four-game road trip to Las Vegas to face the 51s. Game one is Monday night with first pitch scheduled for 8:05 PM MT.