Z's, Sky Sox each earn wins in late night

Galloway rallies Zephyrs in extras, Sky Sox rebound in nightcap

By New Orleans Zephyrs | July 30, 2015 11:44 PM

A long night at Zephyr Field finally concluded at 12:56 a.m., with the Zephyrs and Colorado Springs each walking away with a victory.

Isaac Galloway capped the Zephyrs' two-run rally in the bottom of the 10th inning with a bases-loaded single to lift New Orleans past the Sky Sox, 3-2 in the conclusion of Wednesday's suspended game.

After Matt Long led off the top of the 10th with a home run to put Colorado Springs ahead 2-1, the Z's capitalized on a throwing error to score twice in the bottom of the frame.

Marcell Ozuna reached base when shortstop Luis Sardinas threw wildly to first base, and a one-out double into the right field corner by Jordany Valdespin put runners at second and third. The Sky Sox elected to intentionally walk Austin Nola to load the bases, but Jaye Chapman hit Jhonatan Solano with a pitch to force in the tying run, and Galloway came off the bench to chop a single up the middle and give the Zephyrs their seventh straight victory.

It was Galloway's second walk-off hit of the season, having also delivered a 13th-inning single to beat Omaha on June 13. He extended his hitting streak to seven games, during which he picked up at least one RBI in each contest.

The teams had endured a two-hour rain delay, then remained scoreless into the seventh inning before Reid Brignac drilled his fourth homer of the year, the Zephyrs' first hit of the game. Kyle Wren homered off Chris Reed in the eighth to draw the Sky Sox even.

Travis Blackley was credited with the win despite serving up Long's home run in the 10th inning. Blackley (3-4) allowed two hits in two innings of relief.

Chapman (2-2) suffered his second blown save and took the loss.

The Sky Sox came away with a 6-5 victory in the nightcap after the teams exchanged the lead three times over the first three innings. Matt Clark's bloop single with two outs in the first was answered by Austin Wates's first home run of the year in the bottom of the inning.

Colorado Springs scored an unearned run on a throwing error in the top of the second, but Z's pitcher Justin Nicolino helped his cause in the bottom half by lacing a two-run double into the right-center field alley. It was Nicolino's first hit in 14 at-bats this season.

Former Zephyr Matt Dominguez evened the score in the third with an RBI single, and Long doubled home the go-ahead run for a 4-3 lead. Two innings later, Long struck again with a two-run single to provide the Sky Sox with needed insurance.

Brandon Bantz ripped a double down the third base line to score two runs in the sixth, bringing the Zephyrs back within a run. Bantz finished 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, his second three-hit game of the year.

Jeremy Horst allowed the potential tying run to get to third base with two outs in the seventh, but struck out Nola to prevent the Zephyrs from winning eight games in a row for the first time since May 1996.

Rob Wooten (4-1) tossed two scoreless innings to earn the victory, while Nicolino (6-7) was charged with four runs - three earned - and was saddled with the loss.

The homestand concludes on Friday at 7 p.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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