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Gazette Premium Content Sky Sox bats spring to life, but Salt Lake is two runs better

By Brent Briggeman Published: June 10, 2013

The Sky Sox bats were clearly happy to be home.

Unfortunately, Salt Lake's bats were even happier to visit.

The Sky Sox had three home runs as part of a 10-hit attack, but the Bees scored runs in the eighth and ninth to secure an 8-6 victory.

Matt McBride launched two of those home runs for Colorado Springs, giving him 13 this season. McBride's first 11 home runs each came in May, as he was named the Pacific Coast League's top hitter for that month.

But the team wasn't able to put anyone on base for McBride in the ninth, and he took a called third strike to end the game.

Salt Lake answered McBride's first-inning two-run home run with a pair of runs in the second on Trent Oeltjen's long blast to right field. The Bees then built a 5-3 lead in the third on Tommy Field's three-run home run.

It took the Sky Sox until the seventh inning to catch up, and after they did the Bees runs on RBIs from Matt Long in the eighth and Kole Calhoun in the ninth proved to be too much.

The offensive showing for the Sky Sox, which included a home run for Ryan Wheeler and an RBI triple from Hernan Iribarren, marked a departure from a mostly low-scoring road trip through Salt Lake and Reno. In eight games on the trip Colorado Springs failed to score more than two runs five times. The team had scored just three runs over its previous three games.

The familiar pitching issues at Security Service Field wasted no time in returning, as Sky Sox starter Mike Solbach failed to make it through the third inning in throwing 51 pitches in 2 2/3 innings while giving up three runs.

Colorado Springs certainly had its chance in the eighth inning when Ryan Wheeler walked and Ben Paulsen singled, but the rally never took off as Tim Wheeler and Lars Davis struck out and Corey Dickerson ended the inning with a ground ball.

Note

The Sky Sox added pitcher Josh Outman on Friday, as the demoted pitcher takes the roster spot that belonged to recently promoted outfielder Tyler Colvin. . Veteran pitcher Aaron Cook will throw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday as he continues to recover from an elbow strain that has sidelined him for a month.

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