Colorado Springs 8, Zephyrs 6
COLORADO SPRINGS — The Sky Sox offense erupted, sending nine hitters to the plate in the seventh inning and scoring five unearned runs in Colorado Springs’ 8-6 win over the Zephyrs.
New Orleans starter Dylan Axelrod faced the minimum and had allowed no hits through five innings. The sixth inning opened with three consecutive singles and Axelrod worked through the inning allowing two runs.
The Zephyrs turned to the bullpen in the seventh inning, and with two outs and a runner on second base, the game went to a rain delay. As the tarp was about to come onto the field, the rain lightened up and the game resumed after a three minute delay.
Yadiel Rivera hit a ball to third, and former LSU standout Austin Nola fielded and made a throwing error to extend the inning. Josmil Pinto drilled a run scoring single and the game was tied at 3. Zephyrs pitcher Tyler Kinley then walked the next two hitters on eight pitches and the go ahead run scored. Raudel Lazo entered from the bullpen and allowed a three-run double to Manny Pina and the Sox capped a five-run inning.
The Z’s allowed another run in the eighth. They rallied with three runs in the ninth inning but lost their third consecutive game and seventh in past eight.
Kinley takes the loss and blown save for the Zephyrs (37-43). David Goforth earned the win.
The Sky Sox improve to 41-38.
The Zephyrs are 4-7 on their 12-game, 13-day road trip.
The three-minute rain delay is the shortest in Zephyrs history.
The Zephyrs bullpen has allowed 19 runs on 20 hits and 11 walks in 11.2 innings in the series.
The Zephyrs conclude the trip in Colorado Springs at 8:05 p.m. Sunday before returning home to face Round Rock in a three game series starting July 4.
Who: Zephyrs at Sky Sox
When: 7:05 p.m.
Where: Security Service Field, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Probable pitchers: Zephyrs RHP Jeremy Guthrie (4-5, 6.65 ERA) vs. Sky Sox LHP Josh Hader (0-2, 4.50 ERA)
Radio: WODT-AM, 1280