May 13, 2009
Eric Young Jr. ended a roller-coaster four-hour marathon with a dramatic two-run double in the 10th inning as the Sky Sox rallied for a 16-15 victory Tuesday at Security Service Field.
Young's walk-off double over the left fielder's head scored Edwin Bellorin and Christian Colonel, who had both singled.
And it trumped the late-game heroics of Iowa's light-hitting Matt Camp, who nearly upstaged two of the more feared sluggers in the Pacific Coast League with a two-run homer in the ninth inning to tie the game against Sky Sox closer Steven Register, and a go-ahead two-out RBI single in the 10th.
"I'm numb," said Sky Sox manager Tom Runnells, whose team snapped a three-game losing streak. "How many times did we think it was over and we were going to lose? But I don't panic when we're behind."
Neither did the Sky Sox, who trailed 12-5 before scoring nine runs in the eighth inning to take a two-run lead. Carlos Gonzalez, who had four hits and six RBIs, highlighted that outburst with a three-run homer. Gonzalez is second in the PCL with 37 RBIs.
That negated two homers and five RBIs - plus a single and two walks - by Iowa's slugging first baseman Jake Fox, the PCL leader in homers (14), RBIs (39) and runs (29).
"I was talking to their first baseman when we were down 12-5," said Sky Sox outfielder Chris Frey, who had five hits, "and he said, ‘Anything can happen in this park.'"
Camp proved that. He was hitting less than .200 in 46-at-bats before his home run, the fourth by Cubs, including a two-run shot by Brad Snyder.
Young, ecstatic at game's end, said the comeback was a testament to team character.
"It shows a lot of heart," said the second baseman that will turn 24 on May 25. ""They put us in a hole early but we didn't give up. Winning a game like this can give us a lot of momentum."
After collecting three hits, three walks, three RBIs and three runs, Young signed autographs for appreciate Colorado Springs fans until the last one left.
Young entered the game with just four walks in 30 games, has averaged 58 free passes in the last three seasons.
"EY's a great table-setter and is scoring a lot of runs and stealing bases as advertised," Runnells said. "But there's nothing better for a hitter than getting a game-winner."
It was the first home game since 1994 that the Sky Sox and their visitor both had at least 20 hits.