Garcia Gives Sky Sox 9-8 Walk Off Win

Sky Sox score three in ninth to tie, then win in 10th.

Rene Garcia delivered the walk-off hit in the 10th inning for the Sky Sox on Sunday. (Paat Kelly)

By Aaron Cheris / Colorado Springs Sky Sox | July 31, 2016 4:20 PM

Down three in the bottom of the ninth, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox rallied to tie, and then scored the winning run in extra innings to defeat the Oklahoma City Dodgers 9-8 in 10 innings at Security Service Field on Sunday afternoon.

In his first game since being recalled from Double-A Biloxi, Rene Garcia delivered the walk-off single in the 10th inning, scoring Michael Reed from second to give the Sky Sox a thrilling come from behind victory in front of their home crowd.

The game didn't start as well as it ended for the Sky Sox.

The Dodgers got on the board first against Sky Sox starter Wily Peralta (1-3, 6.34). After Zach Walters hit a one-out double, Will Venable followed with a single to right to score Walters with the game's first run. Later in the inning, recently recalled catcher Rene Garcia threw out Venable trying to steal to get Peralta through the frame with just one run scoring.

The Sky Sox got even against Dodgers starter Logan Bawcom (3-3, 2.07) in the third. With two outs, Kyle Wren laced a double to left. The next batter, Orlando Arcia, hit a ground ball to third which looked to be the third out of the inning. But Oklahoma City third baseman Drew Maggi's throw was off the mark for an error, allowing Arcia to reach and Wren to score the tying run.

Leading off the bottom of the fourth, Nate Orf crushed a solo home run, his second of the season, off the scoreboard beyond the left field wall to give the Sky Sox a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Michael Reed doubled and then scored on a single from Yadiel Rivera to put the Sky Sox up by a pair after four innings.

Oklahoma City took the lead in the sixth on a three-run home run by Corey Brown off Peralta to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead after five and a half. Peralta finished his start with four earned runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking two in five and two thirds innings pitched.

In the bottom half, Colorado Springs retook the lead. After a pair of runners reached on errors, Garrett Cooper grounded out to score Orlando Arcia for his first Triple-A run batted in to tie the game. Later in the inning, Orf scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch to give the Sky Sox a 5-4 lead after six.

Austin Ross came in out of the Sky Sox bullpen in the eighth looking to hold the lead. After O'Koyea Dickson drew a leadoff walk, Brown hit his second home run of the game, a two-run shot to right, to give the Dodgers the lead. Brandon Hicks followed with a home run of his own to give the Dodgers a 7-5 lead after eight. The Dodgers added a run off Tim Dillard in the ninth to take an 8-5 lead going to the bottom of the ninth.  

In the bottom half, the Sky Sox quickly loaded the bases off the Dodgers bullpen. Wren then drew a walk to score a run. Arcia followed with a sharp single to left to tie the game at eight going to extra innings.

Damien Magnifico entered in the 10th for the Sky Sox and pitched a scoreless frame. He would earn his sixth win of the season thanks to the late offensive outburst.

Garcia led the way with three hits for the Sky Sox. Four other players had multi-hit games for Colorado Springs.

The series continues on Monday night with 7:05 p.m. matchup at Security Service Field. Sam LeCure (5-2, 4.30) is scheduled to start for the Dodgers against Sky Sox righty Aaron Wilkerson (0-3, 6.38). 

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

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