Published: August 1, 2014
In the midst of a rough season, the Sky Sox found a disheartening way to lose, and an equally exciting way to win.
About three hours after he struck out with the bases loaded to end Game 1 in a 2-1 loss, shortstop Cristhian Adames hit an RBI single with the bases loaded to lift Colorado Springs to a 1-0 walk-off win in Game 2 before 5,424 thrilled fans at Security Service Field.
"I hit it and I did it," Adames told the crowd.
The Sky Sox defense performed well in Game 2 by recording three double plays. The split lifted Colorado Springs (47-66) to only its fifth win in the past 20 games.
In Game 1, Colorado Springs was unable to score in the bottom of the seventh with no outs and runners at third and second base. An intentional walk loaded the bases, but Drew Garcia and Adames both fell behind in the count 0-2 against Nashville closer Rob Wooten, who struck them out to record his eighth save.
"I thought with runners at second and third and no outs we had a good chance to get the win, but we didn't get it done," Sky Sox manager Glenallen Hill said.
The Sky Sox bullpen let down starter Jair Jurrjens who left after five innings with a 1-0 lead. Jurrjens, 28, set the franchise record by throwing two complete games (six, seven innings) in his first two Sky Sox outings but took losses (1-0, 2-0) in both.
In the sixth, reliever Brooks Brown gave up a leadoff double and two walks before a force out tied the game at 1-1 and deny Jurrjens a chance at his first win as a Sky Sox.
Colorado Springs managed only one run in the first inning despite three walks and an RBI double by cleanup hitter Matt McBride.
Center fielder Jason Pridie left during Game 2, suggesting he may be the latest call-up to the Rockies after Carlos Gonzalez aggravated his right ankle sprain in Detroit. No one could confirm the move Friday night. . Friday was Colorado Day, when the Centennial State was admitted into the U.S. in 1876. The Sky Sox are now 13-12 on the holiday, 7-4 at home. It was the first home game on Aug. 1 since 2003, a 11-10 win over New Orleans.