Rivercats Rake Three Homers as Sox Fall 10-2June 9, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Colorado Springs starter Carlos Torres (2-3, 3.27 ERA) suffered the loss as he allowed seven runs to the RiverCats in 3.1 innings of work, the first time this season he has allowed more than three runs in a start for the Sky Sox. Torres gave up two-run homers in back-to-back innings, with Sacramento catcher Derek Norris smacking his eighth of the season in the second inning and right-fielder Michael Taylor putting the RiverCats up 4-0 with his fourth of the season in the third inning. Torres had not allowed a home run since his start on April 28 in Fresno, and has now lost three consecutive decisions after winning his first two of the season.
For the second consecutive game a Sacramento starting pitcher held the Sky Sox scoreless through the first six innings, with RiverCats right-hander Tyson Ross (2-1, 2.45 ERA) scattering six Colorado Springs hits to notch his first scoreless start for Sacramento this season. After Ross left the game following six innings of work the Sky Sox avoided the shutout with Colorado Springs outfielders Tim Wheeler and Andrew Brown knocking in two runs on back-to-back RBI doubles with two outs, breaking a streak of 14 innings that Sacramento pitchers had held the Sky Sox without an earned run. Wheeler extended his team-high hitting streak to eight games with two hits in the game, and has collected a hit in every game he has played at Security Service Field.
After the Sky Sox cut the lead to 7-2, RiverCats shortstop Brandon Hicks supplied the knockout punch with a three-run homer in the eighth inning. Five different RiverCats drove in runs in the game, with Sacramento designated hitter Manny Ramirez driving in a run on a RBI single in the fourth inning, his second straight game with a RBI. Ramirez came in to the series with the Sky Sox with four RBI in 11 games with the RiverCats, but has three RBI in his last two games against Colorado Springs.
The Sky Sox will look for the series split with Sacramento in the final game of the series as they send out right-hander Rob Scahill (3-7, 5.76 ERA), who is one of only three pitchers in the Pacific Coast League with at least 70 strikeouts this season. Scahill will match up with RiverCats right-hander Graham Godfrey (4-0, 1.03 ERA), who has allowed more than one run in only one of his seven starts this season, at 1:05 p.m. MT.
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