The Colorado Springs Sky Sox recorded its best start in franchise history through 12 games, hitting three home runs en route to a 13-4 win over the Memphis Redbirds in front of 2,109 at Security Service Field early Wednesday.
With the win, the Sky Sox (9-3) own a six-game winning streak, which marks the longest winning streak in team history and ties the mark set by the 2012 club, which won six in a row from July 19-25.
Brett Phillips drove in a season-high six runs, cranking a go-ahead grand slam in the third inning and a solo home run during the seven-run seventh inning. Eric Sogard opened the scoring with a solo home run and finished his day with three RBIs on three hits while scoring three runs, while Kyle Wren (two RBIs), Ivan De Jesus and Yadiel Rivera also drove in runs for the Sky Sox.
For the second consecutive game, Memphis (7-7) opened the scoring with three runs in the first two innings. Chad Huffman belted a two-run home run in the first inning and Tommy Pham drew a bases-loaded walk to give the visitors a 3-1 lead after two innings, but Phillips and company exploded at the plate, finishing the day with a combined 27 runs and 31 hits in the first two games of the series.
The comeback started in the third inning. Starter Brandon Woodruff (3-0, 2.20) opened the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Wren. With one out, Sogard walked and Lewis Brinson was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Phillips, who launched his second home run of the season with a shot to dead center field. Sogard singled in Tyler Heineman one inning later to put Woodruff in line for his third win in as many starts.
Colorado Springs sent 13 men to the plate in the seventh inning. With one out, Phillips started the big inning with a solo home run that rode the jet stream out to the scoreboard in left-center field for his second home run of the day and third of 2017. Three batters later, Rivera (3 for 5) hit a Baltimore chop down the third-base line, scoring De Jesus.
After a fielder's choice and a walk loaded the bases, Wren lined a two-run single up the middle to plate Rivera and Heineman. A Sogard single was followed by a Phillips walk and a De Jesus hit by pitch to drive in the final three runs.
On the mound, Woodruff allowed seven hits and four earned runs in five innings, but allowed just a single earned run in his final three innings to make way for the offense to come back. Tristan Archer, Tyler Cravy and Wei-Chung Wang threw four more scoreless innings to increase the bullpen's recent streak of allowing four earned runs in the last 29.2 innings pitched.
The four-game series returns under the lights Thursday for a 6:40 p.m. tilt. LHP Brent Suter (1-0, 0.00) makes his first home start of 2017 after throwing five scoreless innings at Nashville on Saturday night, while Memphis sends Josh Zeid (0-1, 8.31) to the mound. The night is also Thirsty Thursday, when Sierra Nevada Pale Ale will be featured for $3, presented by Rocky Mountain Coors.