Angel Ventura shut down the Rainiers and Ivan De Jesus set a new franchise record to lead the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to a 13-4 victory over Tacoma in front of 7,417 at Security Service Field Tuesday night.
Starting his second career game in the Centennial State, Ventura threw six strong innings, allowing one earned run on seven hits while striking out three batters over his 91 pitches to help the Sox increase their lead over Oklahoma City to 7.5 games. The right-hander out of Santo Domingo allowed a single run in a game for the second time in Triple-A, with the first time coming June 16 in Memphis.
The Sky Sox (61-39) capitalized the second time through the lineup against Tacoma starter Casey Lawrence, plating three runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead. After Kyle Wren and Mauricio Dubon singled to lead off the inning, Nick Noonan lined a two-run double to the right-centerfield wall to give the Sox their first lead of the game.
One batter later, Ivan De Jesus lined the fourth straight hit of the inning to center field, setting a new franchise record with a 41-game on-base streak. The mark passed Trenidad Hubbard and Nelson Liriano, who both had 40-game streaks in the 1990s. Noonan would come in to score the third run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to right field by Keon Broxton.
Colorado Springs added another three runs one inning later. Yadiel Rivera launched his fifth home run of the season three-fourths of the way up the batter's eye in centerfield to score Chris Colabello for a two-run home run. After a second Wren single, De Jesus lined a two-out double to left-centerfield to extend the margin to five runs.
Video: Colorado Springs' Colabello belts three-run homer
Colabello would play a role in the sixth inning, launching his second home run with the Sky Sox to right field. The three-run shot scored Nate Orf and Andrew Susac, while doubling Colabello's RBI total in Colorado Springs to six. A pair of two-out, bases-loaded walks drawn by Broxton and Orf completed the five-run inning as both Dubon and Noonan scored.
Susac lined a two-run single against the shift in the eighth inning, capping the night's offense by scoring De Jesus and Broxton. Colorado Springs has had all nine batters in their lineup record at least one hit six times in 2017, with the last time before Tuesday night coming July 5 against Nashville at Security Service Field.
The Sky Sox and Rainiers continue their four-game series with a Wednesday matinee at 12:30 p.m. MT. RHP Taylor Jungmann (5-1, 2.92) squares off with Tacoma RHP Chase De Jong (3-4, 5.67) during Kids' Day, when Security Service Field plays host to a multitude of summer camp groups and families enjoying some midweek day baseball.
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