Sox Drop 11-2 Series Opener

Nieuwenhuis has three-hit night as division lead shrinks to one game.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis recorded his fourth three-hit game of the season Saturday night against Oklahoma City. (Paat Kelly)

By Robby Veronesi / Colorado Springs Sky Sox | June 17, 2017 11:34 PM ET

Ryan Cordell and Brett Phillips each drove in a run, but the Oklahoma City Dodgers used four home runs to defeat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 11-2, in front of 7,416 at Security Service Field Saturday night. 

Colorado Springs (38-28) scored their two runs in response to two Dodger runs in the third inning. With two outs, Cordell lined a triple over the head of right fielder Max Muncy to score Nate Orf for his 43rd RBI and break up the early shutout. One batter later, Phillips skied a fly ball that the wind dropped in shallow left field to score Cordell for the cleanup batter's 45th RBI of the season.

The Sky Sox and Dodgers continue their four-game series Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. MT, when LHP Brent Suter (3-1, 4.11) faces RHP Trevor Oaks (3-1, 3.84) for a Father's Day matinee, presented by The Navigators.

The first 1,000 kids 12 and under receive a Sky Sox youth glove, while all fans can have a pre-game catch on the field at 12 p.m. Fans also have the chance to meet "Field of Dreams" star Dwier Brown, who will be in attendance for Sunday's game.

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

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