With an offensive eruption and a strong start from their newest call-up, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas 11-3 in front of 4,200 at Security Service Field on Tuesday night.
In his second start since being promoted from Double-A Biloxi last week, Sky Sox southpaw Wei-Chung Wang (1-0, 2.31) pitched six and two thirds strong innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out five to earn his first victory of the season.
Offensively, 10 different Sky Sox recorded at least one hit for a total of 17 to win the series opener against the Chihuahuas.
After El Paso scored the game's first run in the second, the Sky Sox were fast to respond against Chihuahuas starter Michael Kelly (6-2, 5.04). With the bases loaded, Yadiel Rivera singled through the right side of the infield to score a pair of runs. Kyle Wren followed with a sac fly and Nate Orf singled to score another run to give the Sky Sox a 4-1 lead.
After the teams traded single runs in the third, the Sky Sox extended their lead in the fifth. After Milwaukee Brewers rehabber Domingo Santana walked, Garin Cecchini laced a double to score Santana from first. Josmil Pinto then doubled to score Cecchini and extend the Sky Sox lead to 7-2.
In the sixth, Hunter Renfroe homered for El Paso to trim the deficit to 7-3, but Wang made sure they wouldn't get any closer. In the seventh, the Sky Sox turned to Austin Ross out of the bullpen with two outs and a runner on base, ending Wang's night after six and two thirds. Ross induced a groundout from Luis Sardinas to end the inning.
The Sky Sox tacked on more runs against the El Paso bullpen late in the game. In the seventh, Michael McKenry singled to score Pinto from second. Then McKenry came home to score himself on a bases loaded walk from Kyle Wren. Orf capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the eighth, Ross helped himself at the plate with a double to leadoff the inning for his first professional hit. Later in the inning, McKenry doubled with two outs to score Ross and give the Sky Sox an 11-3 lead.
Out of the bullpen, Ross pitched the final two and a third innings, striking out two without allowing a run, to finish the win.
At the plate, Cecchini went 3-for-4, and Pinto also went 3-for-5 with three doubles. McKenry, Rivera, and Orf each recorded multi-hit games. Four Sky Sox starters recorded more than one run batted in. In his first rehab appearance since joining the Sky Sox, Santana went 1-for-3 at the plate with a pair of walks and two runs scored.
In game two of the series on Wednesday night, Aaron Wilkerson (1-5, 7.09) is scheduled to get the start on the mound for the Sky Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Security Service Field.