Jun 15, 2014 9:44 PM by Posted by Greg Smith
Behind strong pitching and 15 hits as a team, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (29-40) snapped their longest home losing streak since 2008 with a 4-3 win against the Salt Lake City Bees (28-43) on Sunday afternoon.
SS Rafael Ynoa anchored the Sky Sox offense with a season-high four hits, including a double and two RBI, becoming just the second Sox player to collect four hits this season (Michael McKenry, 4/26 vs Iowa).
Along with Ynoa, three more Sky Sox players collected multi-hit games (Kyle Parker 3, Paul Janish 3, Delta Cleary 2) to aid the Sox in snapping a five-game skid.
Both teams scratched out a run in the first inning to get the game started, and Salt Lake would take the lead in the third with a run off of LHP Pedro Hernandez (5-3) when CF J.B. Shuck singled home SS Vance Albitz, who doubled to right.
Albitz finished the game 2-for-2 with two doubles and two walks, giving him seven hits in as many at-bats during the last two games, including three doubles and a triple.
But the Sky Sox briefly tied the game up, 2-2, in the fourth when CF Delta Cleary and Ynoa smacked back-to-back doubles. The Bees would again take a one-run lead in the following inning, with a solo-blast from LF Zach Borenstein (1), before surrendering the lead to Colorado Springs for good in the bottom of the fifth.
After LF Tim Smalling and Janish hit back-to-back, two-out singles, Cleary and Ynoa made it four straight singles for the Sky Sox, each with an RBI as well.
Hernandez tossed five solid innings allowing three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk, before turning the job over to the Sox bullpen.
RHP Brooks Brown (H, 2) and RHP Rob Scahill (S, 1) each tossed two scoreless frames to pick up the hold and save respectively and hand the Sky Sox just their six win in the last 21 outings.
The Sox will look to split the series with Salt Lake at 12:35 p.m. (MT) Monday when RHP Brett Tomko (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his second start for the Sky Sox, and LHP Justin Thomas (3-6, 5.79) will toe the rubber for the Bees.
After drawing three walks on Sunday, Ben Paulsen is now ninth in the PCL in the category with 35, and has seven walks in his last four games alone. In his last 10 games, he has drawn 10 free passes and has struck out just six times.