Aug 29, 2010 12:40 AM by Jordan Mason
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox took game four of a five game series with a 7-2 victory over the Salt Lake Bees on Saturday evening at Security Service Field in front of 5,426 fans. The fan total pushed the Sky Sox past their all-time, single-season attendance record as the season total now sits at 305,168 which surpasses their 2008 total of 303,048.
Jay Payton was the star of the game for the Sox and he got the club on the board quickly in the first inning. Kaz Matsui and Cole Garner each singled to start the inning and Payton drove them both home on a three-run homer to deep left-center field. The blast was his second in his last two games as he also hit a three-run bomb in last night's contest. Payton extended his hitting-streak to six games and finished the game going 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, three RBI and two runs scored.
Garner pushed the score to 4-0 in the third when he launched his 13th homer of the season, a solo shot, to deep left off starter Matt Palmer (2-3) who ended up taking the loss for the Bees. He gave up four runs on six hits in six innings of work while walking four and striking out four.
In the fifth, Salt Lake cut the lead in half as they plated two runs on two singles, an error and a wild pitch. Both runs, one earned, came off Sox starter Greg Smith who ended up getting a no decision. Smith tossed 4.1 innings before exiting the game with the lead due to reaching his predetermined pitch count.
The Springs bullpen would hold the Bees the rest of the way as newly signed free agent Luis Ayala came on in relief of Smith to pick up the win with 1.2 innings of scoreless ball. Juan Rincon worked 1.1 scoreless innings for his first hold of the season and Scott Rice finished off the game with 1.2 scoreless to notch his third save of the year.
Three insurance runs crossed the plate in the eighth as Chris Nelson delivered a two-run double and later scored on an RBI single by Mike Paulk.
The final game of the five-game series is set for tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 PM in the afternoon as the Sox send out RH Alan Johnson (10-8, 5.58) to face RH Ryan Vogelsong )1-3, 3.67).