Four Colorado Springs errors in one decisive inning frustrated the hosts in a 12-4 loss to Sacramento on Sunday.
"It seems like we have that one inning lately where we have a collective (brain lock) and it costs us," Sky Sox first baseman Ben Paulsen said. "We are a talented team that can win the game every night and that is why losses like these are so frustrating."
The four errors, two by catcher Lars Davis, in the sixth helped Sacramento pull away with six runs, all unearned, for the final eight-run margin before 7,951 fans in the second-to-last home series of the season at Security Service Field.
During the sixth, the River Cats loaded the bases for the third inning in a row and batted around the lineup when Andy Parrino loaded the bases again with a two-out walk after leading off the inning with a double.
Sacramento (75-61) loaded the bases with no outs twice against Sky Sox starter Collin McHugh in the fourth, then fifth innings when the River Cats reversed a 3-0 Sky Sox lead into a 6-3 edge.
The Sky Sox rallied with a run in the fifth inning when Drew Garcia hit a double off the left-center field wall to score Kent Matthes from first base to make it 6-4, River Cats.
Colorado Springs (64-69), which lost the series 3-2, would get no closer.
The Sky Sox built a 3-0 lead after Tim Wheeler legged out a drag bunt for an RBI single to make it 2-0. His single scored Garcia, who reached on a throwing error by Sacramento third baseman Daric Barton, who was replaced by Jake Goebbert later.
Colorado Springs second baseman Hernan Iribarren then connected on a wind-aided RBI double. His hit into left-center field fell just short and curved wide of charging center fielder Jemile Weeks to score Wheeler and make it 3-0.
Paulsen collected his 70th RBI when he hit a sacrifice fly to score Wheeler, who led off the first with a double off the bottom of the right-field fence, for a 1-0 lead.
The most home runs by a Sky Sox against an opponent in a single season is nine by Luis Medina against Phoenix in 1988. He finished with 28 that season. . Matthes recorded eight of his 10 homers this season against Sacramento. On Saturday, he became only the third Sky Sox player to record a two-home run game at Security Service Field and on the road against the same opponent. The previous were JR Phillips (1999) and Alan Cockrell (1996). .. The eight strikeouts suffered by the Sky Sox on Sunday increased this year's total to 1,026, a tie for second all-time with the 2007 squad and only seven from matching the franchise mark set in 2008. . The Sky Sox enter their final home series (six games) with a 36-29 record in the friendly confines. They are 28-40 on the road.