Posted: May 6, 2012 6:05 PM by Jordan Mason
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (15-16) snapped their five game losing streak by erasing a 5-2 deficit with four runs in the final three innings, including two runs in the ninth inning, to defeat the PCL-leading Fresno Grizzlies (23-8) by a score of 6-5 Sunday. The win moves the Sky Sox in to a tie for first place in the Pacific Northern Division with the Salt Lake Bees.
The Sky Sox entered the ninth inning trailing 5-4 but the first two Colorado Springs batters singled to lead off the final frame, setting up right fielder Andrew Brown's second RBI of the day to tie the game. After a wild pitch by Fresno reliever Dan Otero moved the runners to second and third and an intentional walk to Wil Nieves loaded up the bases, Sox infielder Brandon Wood sealed the first win by Colorado Springs this season when trailing after eight innings with a deep sacrifice fly to center field. The Sox 4-7 hitters totaled all six RBI in the game.
Colorado Springs totaled double-digit hits for the third consecutive game and have amassed 43 hits in the first three games of the series. Every position player starter collected a hit in the game led by Sox catcher Matt McBride's 3-for-5 performance, raising his Triple-A leading hit total to 46 and his team-leading average to .387. McBride also scored the game-winning run on Wood's sacrifice fly, one of his two runs in the game.
Sky Sox reliever Mike Ekstrom did not allow a run in the final two innings of the game, working out of two bases-loaded jams to extend his scoreless innings streak to 18.1 innings to start the 2012 season. The Sky Sox record for scoreless innings to start a season is 18.2 innings, set by Matt Reynolds during the 2010 season.
The Sox will look for a series split as they send out right-hander Cory Riordan, who was called up from the Tulsa Drillers before the start of Sunday's game, who is making his second career start for Colorado Springs. Riordan will match up against Fresno right-hander Eric Hacker (4-0, 2.19 ERA) in the series finale starting at 11:05 a.m. MT Monday.