Published: June 19, 2013
Tacoma showed why it is the best-hitting road team in the Pacific Coast League during a 16-4 rout of Colorado Springs.
The Pacific North division-leading Rainiers (44-30) connected for 16 hits, including four for extra bases, and pulled away with a decisive six-run fifth inning.
"Tomorrow is a whole new day," Sky Sox left fielder Corey Dickerson said. "We won yesterday and it didn't work out for us today."
A two-run single by Abraham Almonte took advantage of two walks by relievers Michael Solbach and C.J. Fick and capped that six-run rally.
It blew open a 5-2 Wednesday matinee at Security Service Field. Solbach relieved starter Cory Riordan to start the fifth and managed only one out before loading the bases and giving up an RBI walk to Carlos Peguero to start the scoring. Solbach left with the score 7-2 with the bases loaded.
Fick gave up three singles, including Almonte's hit, which ended the inning when he tried to turn it into a double.
"You cannot afford to get behind in the count and become predictable with your pitches," Sky Sox manager Glenallen Hill said. "Guys in this league know how to hit the fastball."
Tacoma entered the game batting .297 on the road while the Sky Sox hit .305 at home.
Colorado Springs (39-32) would get two back on Ryan Wheeler's two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the fifth to make it 11-4.
But that would be the extent of the Sky Sox's comeback. Peguero's three-run triple in the sixth and his two-run double in the eighth made it 16-4.
Earlier, Tacoma took advantage of three errors by center fielder Greg Golson to take a 5-2 lead in the fourth. It was the most by a Sky Sox player at home since Garrett Atkins on April 27, 2003, against Albuquerque.
Golson spent time after the game talking to Hill, who reiterated his faith in the outfielder. He is scheduled to play Thursday. Hill reminded Golson that despite the wind, which caused problems for all outfielders, he must avoid the temptation to use both hands when catching.
"It was a good chance to teach a lesson," Hill said. "I have every faith in his ability to catch. That is his strength."
Tacoma suffered only one strikeout in Tuesday's 4-1 Colorado Springs win. It was the fewest this season by the Rainiers, who average 9.3 punch-outs. Sky Sox pitchers tallied eight strikeouts Wednesday. ... Thursday's game will feature Tacoma starter Hector Noesi (1-1, 7.63 ERA) versus fellow righty Drew Carpenter (1-3, 5.21).