Cordell Powers Sox to Opening Day Win

Pitching staff combines to two-hit Omaha

Ryan Cordell recorded his first two RBIs of the 2017 season, knocking in both Sky Sox runs in the Opening Day victory. (Paat Kelly)

By Robby Veronesi / Colorado Springs Sky Sox | April 6, 2017 11:49 PM ET

Ryan Cordell drove in two runs in his Triple-A debut and a quartet of pitchers allowed two hits and one unearned run to give the Sky Sox a 2-1 victory Thursday night in front of 2,273 at Security Service Field.

Ryan Cordell drove in two runs in his Triple-A debut and a quartet of pitchers allowed two hits and one unearned run to give the Sky Sox a 2-1 victory Thursday night in front of 2,273 at Security Service Field.

Playing in his first regular season game within the Brewers organization, the Colorado Springs left fielder opened the scoring on Opening Day by lining a RBI double down the left field line to score Eric Sogard, who had reached on a one out double.

During his next at-bat, Cordell became the first Sky Sox batter to homer in 2017, knocking in his second run of the night via a solo home run to left field off Omaha starter Jonathan Dziedzic (0-1).

Video: Colorado Springs' Cordell belts leadoff homer

The two runs proved to be enough for the Sky Sox pitching staff. No. 2 Brewers prospect Josh Hader (1-0) allowed one hit in five scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season. The Millersville, MD, native struck out six Storm Chasers during his 82-pitch outing.

David Goforth gave the Sky Sox a pair of scoreless relief innings, but Omaha (0-1) threatened in the eighth inning. Catcher Cam Gallagher reached on an error to open the inning and came around to score on the second Sky Sox error of the inning four batters later. With one out, the combination of Damien Magnifico and Rob Scahill (1) retired Peter O'Brien and Jorge Bonifacio to end the threat and hold the visitors to a single unearned run.

The Sky Sox (1-0) look to add on to the win when the two teams square off in game two of the four-game series. Paolo Espino gets the start for Colorado Springs looking for his first win in the Pacific Coast League, while Omaha sends Jake Junis to the mound for the 7:00 p.m. matchup.

Friday night is the first fireworks night of 2017, which a classic baseball-themed show presented by Gray Line. There is also a magnet schedule giveaway, courtesy of Heat Depot.  

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

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