Jun 18, 2014 12:11 AM by Jordan Mason
The Sky Sox (29-42) were headed to their seventh shutout of the year and a one-hitter behind excellent starting pitching from LHP Yohan Flande, but Ty Kelly and the Tacoma Rainiers (32-39) had other plans as they walked off winners, 2-1, Tuesday night.
Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth, RHP Chad Bettis entered his third inning of work after perfect seventh and eighth innings. But after a hit-by-pitch and a costly error by C Michael Ramirez on a sacrifice bunt, the Rainiers loaded the bases with just one out. Bettis buckled down to strike out Jabari Blash before allowing Kelly to rope a two-run double to right field to extend the Rainiers' winning streak to six.
Flande pitched one of the best games of the season with 5.2 no-hit innings before Abraham Almonte smacked a double to left of the Rainiers' only other hit in the game.
He finished with six innings, allowing no runs on one hit, while striking out six and walking three to lower his season ERA to 4.42. His start was his seventh quality start in 13 starts.
The Sky Sox held a 1-0 lead much of the game, scoring first in the second inning when Paul Janish doubled home Drew Garcia, who reached on a force-out after Angelys Nina singled to lead off the inning. For Janish, it was his third double in his past five games. Janish also collected two of Colorado Springs' five hits.
In the seventh, Bettis came into the game and struck out two batters and retired the eighth in order as well, before the Rainiers walked off victorious.
The Sky Sox and Rainiers will match up again at 8:05 p.m. (MT) Wednesday night when LHP Christian Friedrich (1-8, 7.89 ERA) takes on LHP James Gillheeney (2-6, 5.77 ERA)