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Long Night for Sky Sox, Lose to Portland, 12-7

June 27, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Colorado Springs Sky Sox News Release

It was a dreary night tonight for the Sky Sox, who trailed nearly the whole way in their defeat to Portland in the series opener, 12-7.

After a scoreless first for both teams, the Beavers bats woke up in a big way. After a Craig Stansberry single drove home Lance Zawadzki from second, Kyle Phillips launched a two-run shot to right; 3-0.

The Sox fought back in the inning's bottom half, however, stringing together a double and three singles with none out. With two runs already home, the rally quickly faded. Starter Greg Smith would strike out on the next at-bat before Eider Torres finished the threat with an inning-ending double play; 3-2.

Portland wasted no time taking back the two Sky Sox runs. Loading the bases with three singles to lead off the top of the third, a Craig Cooper double-play scored the Beavers' first run. Zawadzki would single again, however, driving home Cedric Hunter from third; 5-2.

Though the Sky Sox would score once in the bottom of the third, Portland broke it wide open with a disastrous four-run fifth. Loading up the bases with no one out, Zawadzki continued to be a thorn in the Sky Sox' side, connecting for a bases-clearing double to center; 8-3. Adding one more before the end of the frame, Portland was now in commanding position with a 9-3 advantage.

While it looked like the Sox would inch back into the game with runs in the fifth and sixth, Portland put the contest firmly out of reach with yet another big inning. Scoring three times in the seventh, they took a 12-5 lead.

Though they mounted offensives with a run in each of the eighth and ninth innings, it was too late for a comeback as Portland eventually took the day, 12-7.

With the loss, the Sky Sox fell to 34-42 while the Beavers improved to 30-46. The two teams will face off again tomorrow for the second match of their four-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM.

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