Aug 28, 2011 7:21 PM by Jordan Mason
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox dropped the series finale with the Tacoma Rainiers 6-5 Sunday afternoon in front of 3,264 fans at Security Service Field.
The Sox took an early 2-1 lead in the third on RBI singles by Scott Beerer and Chris Nelson. However, the Sox defense made some critical errors behind starter Joey Williamson (2-3, 7.31) to give the lead back in the fourth. With two outs and two on, Jose Yepez sent a routine ground ball to Nelson at third base, but his throw to first sailed wide to load the bases. The next batter, Sean Kazmar, doubled to left and went to third as Ryan Spilborghs throw got past Nelson allowing all three runs to score and giving Tacoma a 4-2 lead.
Tacoma would tack on some much needed insurance in the eighth on a Yepez two-run home run against reliever Andrew Graham to take a 6-2 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Sox would close the deficit to 6-4 on a two-run double by Scott Beerer. Things got even more interesting in the ninth as Ryan Rohlinger led off with a single and went to third on an error by the center fielder Michael Saunders. The next batter was Ryan Spilborghs who sent a routine ground ball to the short stop who was unable to handle the ball cleanly, allowing Rohlinger to score. Willy Taveras put runners at first and second with a base hit but reliever Scott Patterson retired the next three batters in order to earn his seventh save of the season while preserving the 6-5 win for Tacoma.
Tacoma starter Chris Seddon (9-6, 6.22) picked up the win, allowing two runs on six hits in 7.0 innings. Williamson picked up the loss for the Sox allowing four runs (one earned) on eight hits in 6.0 innings.
With the loss, the Sox fall to 61-75 while Tacoma falls to 66-70.
Next up for the Sox is their final road series of the year as they travel to Salt Lake for a four-game set with the Bees starting Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM MT.