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Offense Erupts In 14-3 Series Opener

Sky Sox club four home runs to take first game of homestand.
Ivan De Jesus had a 5-for-5 night Monday, becoming the second Sox batter in 2017 to record a five hit night after Garrett Cooper on May 22. (Paat Kelly)
June 27, 2017

Seven different Sky Sox drove in at least one run as Colorado Springs defeated the Omaha Storm Chasers, 14-3, in front of 2,204 Monday night at Security Service Field.

Seven different Sky Sox drove in at least one run as Colorado Springs defeated the Omaha Storm Chasers, 14-3, in front of 2,204 Monday night at Security Service Field.

Omaha took a 2-0 lead after half an inning, but the Sky Sox (44-30) scored four unanswered runs and put the game out of reach with a five-run fifth inning to take their fourth win over the Storm Chasers in five meetings this season.
Brett Phillips opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, lining a RBI single off second baseman Ruben Sosa to score Lewis Brinson for the opening run. Andrew Susac clubbed a solo shot one inning later for his fourth long ball of 2017 to tie the score at two. The Sox catcher had a two-hit night, snapping a 1-for-20 skid in his last 10 games.
Nate Orf gave the Sox their first lead of the game in the third inning, launching a two-run home run to left field for his first home run of the season and seventh of his professional career. Orf also broke out of an offensive slump, using a two-hit night to break a 1-for-12 skid during the four-game set in New Orleans.
After the Storm Chasers (37-37) scored a run to halve the deficit to a single run, Colorado Springs broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning. Orf lined a double to score Ivan De Jesus for the second time in as many at-bats, and Mauricio Dubón lined a single up the middle for his first Triple-A RBI in his Sky Sox debut. Brinson put an exclamation point on the inning, crushing a three-run shot to left field in his first game back since his tenure in Milwaukee.

De Jesus joined the RBI party in the sixth inning, grounding a two-run double down the left field line to score Garrett Cooper and Phillips. The third baseman drove in another run in the seventh inning to cap his 5-for-5 evening-the second time in 2017 that a Sky Sox batter has recorded a five-hit game.
Cooper completed the offensive attack with the fourth home run of the night, driving in runs No. 63 and 64 with a two-run home run down the right field line, scoring Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the process. The 14 runs marked the first time the Sox have scored in double-figures since the second game of the June 10 doubleheader against Iowa and the 19 hits are the most since back-to-back 21-hit games May 5 and 6 against Oklahoma City and Fresno.
Andrew Barbosa rebounded from his last start in Memphis, allowing two earned runs and striking out two batters in four innings. Wei-Chung Wang (5-0, 2.25) earned the win with two relief innings, while Tyler Cravy and Tim Dillard finished the night with three combined scoreless innings.
Colorado Springs and Omaha square off in a scheduled doubleheader Tuesday night at Security Service Field. RHP Angel Ventura (2-1, 3.00) is scheduled to pitch game one at 4 p.m. MT, with the twinbill nightcap 30 minutes after the end of the first game. The doubleheader is also a $2 Tuesday, with all tickets, parking and Coors products costing $2.