Apr 16, 2014 12:36 AM by Jordan Mason
Some late inning slugging for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox wasn't enough as the Oklahoma City RedHawks held on 11-9 for another slugfest Tuesday night at Security Service Field.
The RedHawks (9-4) rode a strong starting performance by RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-1) and his high-90s fastball, along with a big night from CF George Springer to win their fifth straight against the Sky Sox (5-7), dating back to 2013.
OKC jumped out to a seven-run lead in the first two innings by two costly Sky Sox errors and a Springer grand slam off LHP Christian Friedrich (0-2).
After tacking on another run in the fifth, Colorado Springs started their late inning surge once again. LF Tim Wheeler singled home C Michael McKenry in the bottom of the fifth, who led off the inning with a double.
The following inning, the Sky Sox scratched out two more thanks to a triple by RF Kyle Parker and a RBI-single from McKenry.
Still trailing 9-3, the Sky Sox did some real damage to cut the lead to one thanks to a T. Wheeler two-run shot, followed up three at-bats later by back-to-back long balls from former Clemson teammates 1B Ben Paulsen (two-run) and Parker (solo). However, the RedHawk DH Max Stassi's two-RBI double in the ninth made it too much for the Sky Sox to overcome, despite Paulsen's second homer of the night.
Foltynewicz finished with five innings, four hits, one earned run, while striking out six and walking two.
For Friedrich, he also pitched five innings, allowing eight runs (five earned) on eight hits, while punching out four and walking one.
All nine players in the Sox lineup recorded a hit, while five players had multi-hit games, led by three hits from both T. Wheeler and McKenry. Both T. Wheeler and Paulsen had three RBI as well.
The Sky Sox and RedHawks will be up early tomorrow morning as first pitch is scheduled for 11:05 PM (MDT) at Security Service Field this season. RHP Christian Bergman (1-1, 9.00 ERA) will toe the rubber against RHP Jake Buchanan (0-1, 5.14)