May 29, 2011 8:11 PM by Jordan Mason
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox tied a team record with 13 runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a Matt Macri Grand Slam, in a 24-6 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies Sunday afternoon in front of 5,275 fans at Security Service Field.
The Sky Sox scored a run in every inning of the game including two runs in each of the first four innings to take a 8-6 lead into the fifth inning. RBI singles by Charlie Blackmon, Matt Macri, Cole Garner and Mike Jacobs started the scoring for the Sox. A two-run double by Jeff Salazar in the third broke a 4-4 tie while a Garner solo home run and Jordan Pacheco RBI single broke a 6-6 tie in the fourth.
In the fifth the Sox erupted for 13 runs while sending 17 batters to the plate. Jacobs and Macri would each collect two hits in the inning, including the Grand Slam by Macri, who finished with six RBI in the frame. The 13 runs tied a Sky Sox record for most runs in an inning.
With the score 21-6, the Sox would tack on single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings for the final margin of 24-6. Going back to last night's 8-7 victory, the Sox have now scored in 14 straight innings.
Jeff Salazar finished the game 2-for-3 with four walks and five runs scored, which tied a Sky Sox record for most runs scored in a game. Other standout offensive performers for the Sox included Macri who finished 5-for-7 with a Sky Sox season-high eight RBI and Jacobs who finished 5-for-7 with three RBI and three runs scored. Every Sox starter except for pitcher John Maine collected at least two hits and two runs scored and six-of-eight position players recorded multi-RBI games.
Claudio Vargas (1-2, 10.18) picked up the win in relief of Maine, allowing two runs on seven hits in 3.0 innings. Aaron King (0-1, 27.00) took the loss for Fresno, allowing five runs (three earned) on three hits in an inning of work. Bruce Billings picked up his first save of the season, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings to end the game.
With the win, the Sox improve to 22-29 while Fresno falls to 22-29 with the loss.
The Sox will look for the series sweep Monday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05PM.