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Rivercats Edge Sky Sox, 3-2

September 5, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL1)
Colorado Springs Sky Sox News Release

The Sacramento RiverCats edged the Colorado Springs Sky Sox by the score of 3-2 on Sunday evening at Security Service Field in front of 4,467 fans.

Colorado Springs got on the board first with a run in the fifth inning. Mike Paulk led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch before Paul Phillips moved him to third on a groundout to second. With Warren Schaeffer up next, RiverCats starter Bobby Cramer threw his second wild pitch of the inning and allowed Paulk to scamper home.

The Sox held their 1-0 lead all the way to the seventh inning when Sacramento scored two unearned runs to take the lead. A fielding error by shortstop Schaeffer allowed Travis Buck to reach base to start the inning and Corey Brown walked to put two runners on. Adrian Cardenas singled home Buck and Corey Wimberly laid down a very nice safety squeeze to plate Brown. Both runs came off Ching-Lung Lo who was making his first appearance at Security Service Field. Lo tossed four innings and gave up just three hits and the two unearned runs but did not factor in the decision.

The Sacramento lead wouldn't last long as the Sox tied it up in the bottom half of the seventh. Paulk once again led off the inning with another hit, this time a double, and came around to score on a single by catcher Paul Phillips. Paulk finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

The score stayed knotted at two until the ninth when Sacramento broke the tie with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Michael Taylor. The run came against Luis Ayala (1-1) who took the loss. Michael Benacka (6-2) picked up the win in relief after tossing a scoreless eighth inning. Fernando Hernandez notched his fourth save of the season after working a perfect ninth.

The final game of the season is set for tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 PM as the Sky Sox send out RH Chaz Roe (8-13, 6.04) to face RH Brett Tomko (2-0, 5.87).

NOTES: Rockies starting pitcher Jeff Francis started for the Sky Sox today as part of a Major League rehab assignment and looked sharp. The lefty tossed three scoreless innings and gave up just one hit and one walk while striking out three. He threw 48 pitches. Sox outfielder Matt Miller moved up the leader board in a couple of Sky Sox career categories. His double in the fourth tied him for 10th on the all-time list with Ben Petrick and Garrett Atkins with 74 and his walk in the sixth tied him for 6th with Jason Bates at 135.

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