May 20, 2012 8:03 PM by Jordan Mason
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (23-20) failed to complete their first sweep of the 2012 season for the second consecutive series, falling to the New Orleans Zephyrs (22-21) in the series finale 5-1 Sunday while totaling a season-low three hits in the game.
New Orleans starter Wade LeBlanc (2-3, 4.11 ERA) shook off a rough beginning to his start and shut down the Sky Sox offense in his eight innings of work, holding Colorado Springs scoreless after the first inning and allowing only one hit in the last 20 batters he faced. The outing was the longest start by an opposing pitcher against the Sky Sox this season.
The Zephyrs broke open a 1-1 tie with three runs on four hits in the sixth inning, including a two-RBI double by first baseman Gaby Sanchez who was making his first appearance with New Orleans this season after being optioned down from the Miami Marlins. Zephyrs right-fielder Scott Cousins accounted for three of the five runs for New Orleans with two runs scored and a RBI single, while third baseman Matt Dominguez added two RBI to up his team-leading total to 25 RBI on the season.
The Sky Sox only managed four total baserunners in the game, with just three players collecting hits in the game. Colorado Springs second baseman DJ LeMahieu notched a single in the sixth inning, the only baserunner New Orleans allowed after the second inning, extending his league-leading on-base streak to 21 games and tying the team-high hitting streak this season of ten games.
With half of the eight-game homestand in the books, the Sky Sox welcome the Oklahoma City Redhawks to Security Service Field for a four-game set. The Sky Sox will send out right-hander Rob Scahill (3-4, 5.79 ERA), who is still searching for his first home win of the season. The Colorado Springs offense will face a left-handed starter for the third straight game in Redhawks lefty Wes Musick, who was originally drafted by the Rockies in the 2009 Draft and was traded to Houston in exchange for Matt Lindstrom in 2010. The series opener will kick off at 6:05 p.m. MT Monday night.