SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A three-run first inning helped catapult the Sacramento River Cats (55-49) over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (54-49), 5-2, and the Sky Sox are down three games to none in the four-game series.
For the second consecutive night the Sky Sox scored in the first inning. With one out, Josh Rutledge doubled and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. The infielder was then thrown out at home when Corey Dickerson hit into a fielder's choice, but Dickerson ended up reaching third on the play. The outfielder then scored on a double by Ryan Wheeler.
Up 1-0 after the top of the first inning, the Sky Sox again let their lead slip away in the bottom of the inning when Shane Peterson recorded an RBI and Michael Taylor blasted a two-run homer to take a 3-1 lead.
The Sox cut the deficit down to one when catcher Jose Gonzalez grounded out to second base to score Tyler Colvin who led off the second inning with a single. The run would be the last one the Sky Sox would score in the game and the team finished the game stranding five runners on base. So far this series the team has combined for seven runs and is 6 for 31 with runners in scoring position.
After allowing three runs in the first inning, Chris Volstad (L, 5-3) allowed one more run in the bottom of the second on a bases-loaded walk, but settled down and finished the game going 5.1 innings with two walks and four strikeouts.
Volstad ended up having a longer outing than opposing starting pitcher Sonny Gray (9-5), who ended up only allowing two runs in five innings.
Sacramento added one more run in the bottom of the seventh on a home run by Peterson off of lefty Nick Schmidt. That home run ended up being the only hit Schmidt would allow in 2.2 innings of relief.
Thursday, the Sky Sox's offense will look to hit its stride against the league leader in wins, Bruce Billings (10-4, 4.52). Opposing Billings will be Collin McHugh (1-0, 3.18) who won his first game in a Sky Sox uniform in his last start. The final game of the series and the team's eight-game road trip will take place at Raley Field at 8:05 p.m. Mountain.
Sky Sox Notes: The team committed zero errors for the first time in six contests . Charlie Culberson went 0 for 4 tonight to end his hitting streak at 14 games . Tim Wheeler went 2 for 4 and has the longest active hitting streak on the team at 10 games.