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Sky Sox survive to defeat Memphis, 16-15, take 2-1 lead in PCL playoffs

September 8, 2017 Updated: September 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm
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Nate Orf (6) of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox receives high-fives as he completes a solo home run at the bottom of the second inning as Sky Sox faced off against the Memphis Redbirds at Security Service Field in the third of the best of five game playoffs on Friday September 8, 2017 in Colorado Springs. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

The Sky Sox endured on Friday night at Security Service Field. Yes, endured is the best word to describe the Sky Sox’s 16-15 victory over the Memphis Redbirds in the Pacific Coast League playoffs.

The victory gives the Sky Sox a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. The winner of the series plays for the PCL title next week. The teams will meet for Game 4 of the series Saturday at 4 p.m. at Security Service.

The Sky Sox trailed 5-0 and then jumped to 10-5 and 16-7 leads. The Sky Sox barely hung on for the victory.

“Absolutely, positively one of the craziest games I’ve ever been involved in at such a high-intense level,” said Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet immediately after the victory. “That was a crazy ride.”

Sweet said he was not discouraged by the Sky Sox’s brush with utter collapse. The Redbirds scored seven runs in the top of the 8th, and then a towering home run by elite prospect Tyler O’Neil cut the lead to one run in the top of the 9th.

“We’re in Colorado Springs,” Sweet said, laughing. “That is a Colorado Springs-only score. That’s Colorado Springs at its best, or its worst. It depends on how you look at it.”

Chris Colabello led the Sky Sox with four hits and five RBIs. Most of the crowd of 3,614 stayed for the entire three hours and 45 minutes.

 

 

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