COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The Sky Sox had few answers for the Memphis Redbirds on Friday night as they fell 9-0 in a one-sided contest before a crowd of 3,852 at AutoZone Park.
The Redbirds jumped out to a fast 3-0 lead against Colorado Springs starter Josh Roenicke (4-4, 5.00) after one inning of play. Dean Anna led off the home first with a single before moving to second on a Roenicke wild pitch. Top prospect Stephen Piscotty drove Anna home with an RBI double in the following at-bat to give the home squad a 1-0 advantage. Dan Johnson drew a walk to give the Redbirds two runners on base without an out. Roenicke would benefit from his own pickoff of Piscotty at third base for the frame's first out. The right-hander couldn't escape further damage however, giving up a two-run home run to Redbirds third baseman Jacob Wilson to cap the first inning scoring at three.
Roenicke would not allow another run in his quality start for the Sox, tossing six total innings of three-run ball on six hits and a walk while striking out six.
Redbirds lefty Nick Greenwood (6-2, 5.93) proved to be just a bit better this evening as he twirled 8.1 shutout innings, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out four Sox batters along the way. Matt Clark collected the Colorado Springs lineup's lone multi-hit game with two singles off of Greenwood in the ballgame.
Sox pitching kept Memphis off the board until reliever Wirfin Obispo struggled to record important outs in a five-run Redbirds seventh. The right-hander gave up four hits, a walk and a big two-run home run to centerfielder Tommy Pham in the inning en route to allowing five earned runs. Memphis would take an 8-0 lead after seven.
The Redbird collected their ninth and final run in the home eighth against righty Rob Wooten. The run was unearned thanks to a throwing error by the normally sure-handed Yadiel Rivera.
Greenwood recorded one out in the ninth before loading the bases, prompting a Redbirds pitching change. Reliever Marcus Hatley came in to nail down the 9-0 win after recording two quick outs to end the ballgame.
The Sky Sox fall to 29-43 on the season with the loss as Memphis improves to 39-36.
The Sky Sox will look to end this current mini two-game skid on Saturday evening as they take on these same Redbirds in the second of a four-game set. Making his second start for the Sox, Hiram Burgos (0-0, 4.50) leads the way against Memphis lefty John Gast (4-4, 4.31) with first pitch set for 5:05 PM MDT at AutoZone Park.
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