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Long Night for Sky Sox, Lose to Round Rock, 16-4

May 15, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Colorado Springs Sky Sox News Release

Saturday night was a long one for the Sky Sox, as the home town team dropped their series opener to the Round Rock Express, 16-4.

The starters looked sharp through the first two innings - Round Rock left Polin Trinidad holding the Sky Sox hitless through the first two frames, while Chaz Roe held the Express scoreless before a Jason Bourgeois homer put the visitors up 2-0 in the third.

Colorado Springs followed suit in the bottom half of the inning, as Sox third baseman drove first baseman Paul Lo Duca in from third on a wall-ball triple to right-center with no one out. A Chaz Roe ground out to third kept Metcalf at the corner, while consecutive strikeouts by Jonathan Herrera and Chris Nelson managed to strand the certain run at third.

After cruising through the fourth, Round Rock got to Roe in the top of the fifth. Tiring somewhat, Roe allowed a leadoff single and walk before hanging a slider inside to Chris Shelton, who launched it over the wall in left-center for a three-run home run, putting the Express up, 5-1.

The CoSox answered back in the bottom half of the frame, as the club strung together three hits to plate two runs, shrinking the lead to two, 5-3.

Roe ran into trouble again in the sixth, however, spoiling what was otherwise a very encouraging night. After yielding two singles to lead off the sixth, right-hander Edgmer Escalona entered the game. Yielding an RBI single to Jason Bourgeois to the first batter he faced, Oswaldo Navarro followed up with a three-run bomb halfway up the scoreboard in left to give Round Rock a commanding 9-3 lead.

The Express continued their barrage in the seventh, plating seven runs on seven hits, one walk, a hit by pitch, and an error, going up 16-3.

The Sky Sox would tack on one more in the bottom of the eighth, making the score 16-4 before the game went final.

With the loss, the Sky Sox fall to 18-17, while Round Rock improves to 16-20. The two clubs will face off again tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 PM. The CoSox will send emerging ace Alan Johnson (3-0, 2.33) to the hill to take on Round Rock's Roy Corcoran (1-5, 2.96).

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