Pedro Hernandez (2-0) turned in his best outing of the season and the Sky Sox had 17 hits as Colorado Springs defeated the Oklahoma City RedHawks 8-2 on Saturday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Hernandez started and ended his night by giving up back-to-back doubles, each time the second scored a run, but was stellar in-between as he picked up his second win of the season. He finished the night tossing 8+ innings while surrendering two runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out four.
Austin Wates and Robbie Grossman staked the RedHawks to an early 1-0 lead.
The Sky Sox answered with three runs in the top of the second off of RedHawks starter Rudy Owens (2-2). Angelys Nina had a two-run double before scoring on a Paul Janish single.
An RBI double by Tim Wheeler and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Wheeler in the sixth made it 5-1. In the eighth, Jason Pridie doubled home a pair and later scored on Wheeler's RBI single.
Hernandez entered the ninth sitting at 87 pitches with a comfortable lead. Grossman and Jon Singleton would each doubled to make it 8-2 and end Hernandez's night.
Reliever Manny Corpas retired the next three as the Sky Sox won the opener of their four-game series in Oklahoma City.