Posted: Jul 11, 2010 6:09 PM by Jordan Mason
The Sox completed their sweep of the Reno Aces Sunday, winning by a score of 6-4.
The first three innings came and went without incident, as Esmil Rogers scattered two hits and Matt Torra yielded five across three scoreless frames.
The Sky Sox had the best threat of the early going, putting runners on first and second with one out in the third. Though it appeared the home team would break the ice with a Matt Miller hard liner, shortstop Ed Rogers snared the drive while doubling Omar Quintanilla off second to end the inning.
Esmil Rogers subsequently got into a jam in the fourth, allowing two runners to reach base with one out. Edgmer Escalona relieved Rogers, and Ed Rogers promptly singled to center, plating the first run of the game. After a Chris Rahl sacrifice fly advanced Brandon Allen to third, a certain caught stealing of Ed Rogers at second base resulted in the wackiest play of the homestand.
With Rogers caught in no-man's land between first and second, Brandon Allen made a move to score from third. As shortstop Chris Nelson abandoned Rogers to get Allen at home, Allen sidestepped Paul Phillips at the plate, dancing around the tag to safely touch home plate; 2-0. Stu Cole came out to argue the call, as Allen had strayed far inside the baseline to evade the tag, but it was to no avail as the run stood.
But as they have so many times this season, the Sky Sox roared back with a three-run bottom half. Chris Nelson and Mike Paulk each singled to lead off the frame, putting runners on first and second. With Paulk Phillips up, the batter hit a squibber to short, which Ed Rogers tried to parlay into a force out at third. The throw handcuffed third baseman Ryan Roberts, however, allowing Nelson to reach third safely. With Chris Frey singling on the very next pitch, the game was suddenly tied at two with two runners on and no one out.
Greg Smith at the plate to pinch hit for Escalona, the first pitch of the at-bat saw catcher John Hester overthrow second base on a pickof attempt, allowing Phillips to score from second; 3-2.
The lead was short-lived, however, as starter Matt Torra slugged a two-run bomb to left-center off Kurt Birkins to make the score 4-3.
The Sky Sox clawed back again in the inning's bottom half, as a leadoff double by Paul Phillips set up the tying RBI single from Eider Torres; 4-4. After Jay Payton added a two-RBI single later in the inning, 6-4, Torra was pulled for Zack Kroenke.
The pitching settled down thereafter, as both teams went scoreless the rest of the way with Matt Reynolds locking down the save with a scoreless ninth.
The two teams will shut down for the All-Star Break before the Sky Sox head to Portland to begin a four-game set on the 15th. Greg Smith (1-2, 4.91) will start game one for the Sox.