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Jun 8, 2011 1:11 AM by Lee Douglas/Sky Sox

Sox hit record 7 homers in win over River Cats

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox tied a stadium record with seven home runs, including two by Mike Jacobs, as they defeated the Sacramento River Cats 12-9 in the series finale at Security Service Field Tuesday night.

Five of their seven home runs came in the first two innings against River Cats starter Carlos Hernandez. For the second consecutive night Willy Taveras led off the Sky Sox first inning with a solo home run. Brad Emaus would follow later in the inning with a three-run shot, his seventh of the year.

In the second, Cole Garner and Ian Stewart connected on back-to-back solo home runs and one batter later Jacobs would crush his first homer of the night, a solo shot giving the Sox a 7-0 lead.

The lead would stretch to 9-0 after four innings as Garner collected another RBI on a double in the third and Josh Fields hit the sixth Sox home run, a sole shot in the fourth.

The PCL leading River Cats refused to fold, as they scored the next seven runs in the game to cut the lead to 9-7. A two run home run by Michael Taylor and a solo home run by Josh Donaldson highlighted the seven-run rally.

The Sox would respond in the seventh on an RBI single by Alfredo Amezaga and a Taveras RBI double to increase the lead to 11-7. However, two more runs by Sacramento in the eighth again cut the lead to only two at 11-9.

Mike Jacobs would seal the game for the Sox with his second solo home run of the night in the ninth to give the Sox a 12-9 lead and Jim Miller got the final six outs for his team-leading sixth save of the year.

Bruce Billings (4-2, 5.31) picked up the win in relief of starter Andy Graham allowing a run in an inning of work. Graham had his best start of the season, with 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three. Hernandez (2-1, 6.65) took the loss for Sacramento allowing nine runs on 11 hits, including the six home runs, in 3.1 innings.

The win is the first of the season for the Sox against the River Cats and improves their record to 27-33 while the River Cats fall to 39-21.

The Sox have an off-day on Wednesday but return to action on Thursday against the Reno Aces. Rockies starter Esmil Rogers will make a rehab start for the Sox in game one. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.




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