A two-homer performance by Drew Garcia wasn’t enough for the Sky Sox (11-15) as they dropped Thursday’s day game, 7-5, to the Memphis Redbirds (13-14) and split the four-game series.
A three-run eighth inning was the difference for Memphis. A leadoff homer by Audry Perez was followed by back-to-back RBI singles.
The Sox had an opportunity as they put two men on to begin the ninth, but a double play and a strikeout ended the comeback bid.
Garcia’s solo shot with one out in the first inning gave the Sky Sox the early lead.
But Colorado Springs starter Pedro Hernandez had a rough outing, giving up two runs on a hit, two walks and a hit by pitch in the bottom of the first. Hernandez then gave up a third run in the second courtesy of an RBI-single by Stephen Piscotty.
The 25-year-old lasted only two innings, while giving up three runs on three hits, three walks.
Yohan Flande came in relief of Hernandez to start the third inning and was solid through his five innings of work until he gave up two runs in the eighth. He finished his outing allowing five hits, three runs, while punching out three and walking one.
Trailing by two with one out in the fifth, Garcia did it again for the Sox hitting a two-run shot to left to start a big four-run inning for Colorado Springs.
The Sky Sox would hit for the cycle as a team in the inning, thanks to Kyle Parker’s triple, Ben Paulsen’s single and Michael McKenry’s second double of the game.
The Redirds scratched a run out in the bottom half of the inning from a sacrifice fly by Pete Kozma.
Garcia finished with his first three-hit game of the season, and his second three-RBI game of the season.
McKenry, Ryan Wheeler, Parker and Paulsen each had two hits for the Sky Sox.
Drew Garcia’s two home runs Thursday was the third time a Sky Sox player has had multiple long balls in a game this season. Ben Paulsen hit two homers on April 15th against Oklahoma City, and Jason Pridie had two home runs on April 10th against Round Rock.