Sunday, June 10, 2018 @ Sacramento River Cats
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (32-29) | Sacramento River Cats (31-33)
SKY SOX FALL IN WALK-OFF FASHION TO RIVER CATS SUNDAY
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sky Sox fell 3-2 in walk-off fashion Sunday afternoon to the Sacramento River Cats at Raley Field. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth in a 2-2 ballgame, River Cats centerfielder Steven Duggar singled down the third base line to complete the walk-off win and his 4-for-5, three-double day.
Brett Phillips highlighted the Colorado Springs offense after going 3-for-4 with a home run and RBI. Right-handed starter Freddy Peralta put together another lights-out performance after six innings of five-hit, two-run ball with just one walk allowed and a Sky Sox season-high 11 strikeouts.
For the second straight day, the Colorado Springs squad struck first on the board. Following a back-and-forth scoreless three frames, Phillips opened things up with his third home run of the season, a solo shot to right field, making it a 1-0 Sky Sox lead.
In the fifth, Sacramento's Chase d'Arnaud sparked the frame with a leadoff double to set up for Trevor Brown's one-out RBI single to tie things up. Then, in the sixth, the River Cats plated the go-ahead run after Ryder Jones knocked a two-out RBI single to bring around Steven Duggar, who also led the frame off with a double.
The Sky Sox rallied back with two outs in the seventh. After consecutive strikeouts to start the half by Shane Opitz and Christian Bethancourt, Nate Orf struck a single to centerfield. Tyrone Taylor collected his second double of the day to tie the game at 2-2.
In the ninth, Sacramento found a rhythm off of reliever Aaron Brooks when pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco singled on a groundball to left field. After Brown's unsuccessful sacrifice bunt, which resulted in a force out at second base, Orlando Calixte singled to put the winning run in scoring position. Kelby Tomlinson's groundball to third base would result in another force out of the lead runner, but Duggar was able to come through with an out to work with on a ground ball single to left field to make it a final 3-2 River Cats victory.
The Sky Sox complete the four-game series against the Sacramento River Cats tomorrow with an 8:05 p.m. MT scheduled first pitch. For all information on Sky Sox, follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and visit the team's website at www.skysox.com.
Tomorrow's Preview: In the final game of the four-game series against the River Cats at Raley Field in Sacramento, the Sky Sox are sending righty Adrian Houser to the mound while seeking his first victory to face fellow righty Tyler Beede.
Business As Usual: Freddy Peralta put together yet another strong outing. In his last 50 batters faced, the 21-year-old has only allowed six hits, four walks, two runs, and struck out 23.
New High: The 11-strikeout appearance marked a season high for Freddy Peralta with the Sky Sox, and the second-best strikeout appearance of the season for a Sky Sox pitcher. The best so far this season was by Corbin Burnes when he struck out 13 Oklahoma City batters in seven innings pitched at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on May 6 (also resulting in a no-decision). The 11-strikeout appearance for Peralta is also the second-most strikeouts in a game against the Sacramento River Cats. Back on July 2nd, 2012, Edward Cabrera struck out 13 River Cats batters in 6 2/3 IP at Raley Field (Sky Sox won 5-3).
Walked Off: The Sky Sox were walked off on for the fourth time in 2018 in the third game at Raley Field against the Sacramento River Cats.
Phillips Goes Deep: Outfielder Brett Phillips knocked his third home run of the 2018 season and his second long-ball of the month. Phillips first home run didn't come until May 23 when on the road in Nashville. In 2017, the Florida native knocked 19 homers throughout the season.
Double-Trouble for Taylor: Tyrone Taylor collected two doubles in Sunday afternoon's contest, marking the first time he has met the feat all season. It was his fifth multi-hit game of the campaign.
Strong Rehab: Eric Thames, who joined the Sky Sox on an MLB rehab assignment Wednesday night, went 6-for-14 over four games on the road trip. In his first game in Fresno, he went 2-for-4 with two singles against the Grizzlies. In game two, he collected one single. On Saturday night, he broke out with three hits, including a home run.
Double Digits: The Sky Sox entered into double-digits on the board in the hits column Saturday night with 12 total. It was the first time Colorado Springs met the feat since June 2 at Security Service Field against Iowa with 15 hits collected.
Taylor's Assistance: Tyrone Taylor came away with two assists Saturday night from the outfield when Chase d'Arnaud was caught stretching a triple in the second inning and when Ryan Hanigan was caught stretching a double on his single in the fifth inning.
Sacrifice: Brett Phillips' two sacrifice flies Saturday night tied the club record for sacrifice flies in a game, marking the 19th time where a Sky Sox player has had two sacrifice flies in a game. The last occurrence took place earlier on this road trip on Wednesday night in Fresno by Kyle Wren.
June So Far: The Sky Sox as a team are batting .245 over nine games so far in June with 13 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs, 39 RBI, and 16 stolen bases. The team is 15-for-80 with runners in scoring position.
Road Stats: Colorado Springs is now 4-11 over their last 15 road games. Over nine games in Tennessee, the Sky Sox only nabbed a single win in each of the series. So far on their California road trip, the Sky Sox are 2-4.
Looking at Fresno Firsts: Thursday night marked the final scheduled meeting between the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the Fresno Grizzlies. The first Sky Sox game against the Fresno Grizzlies came on April 21, 1998, at Security Service Field. The Fresno Grizzlies beat the Sky Sox, 7-3. Jeff Ball went 3-for-5 with an RBI, and Doug Mirabelli went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI for Fresno in the win. The first Sky Sox game in Fresno was on August 15, 1998, at Pete Beiden Field, Fresno Grizzlies beat the Sky Sox, 15-7. Armando Rios belted a grand slam homer, while Jalal Leach went 3-for-5 with a home run and 3 RBI for Fresno in the win.
Orf Snags Another: Nate Orf's stolen base Wednesday night gave him 25 career stolen bases with the Sky Sox (regular season), moving into the Top 25, in a four-way tie for 24th place, joining Neifi Perez, Jeff Salazar, and Juan Sosa. Next, tied for 22nd place with 26 SB: Craig Counsell and Derrick Gibson.
This Week's Preview: The Sky Sox are on the road until Wednesday for their first round of Pacific Coast conference games. The team returns home on Tuesday and starts a seven-game homestand at Security Service Field on Wednesday, June 13.
NEXT GAME: Monday, June 11 @ Sacramento - 8:05 p.m. MT @ Raley Field
RHP Adrian Houser (0-0, 3.60) vs. RHP Tyler Beede (3-6, 6.08) | Broadcast on XTRA Sports 1300
Next Home Game: Wednesday, June 13 vs. Las Vegas - 6:40 p.m.