Josh Roenicke Leads the Way In Strong 5.1 Inning Performance
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — The Sky Sox rebounded nicely on Saturday night with a 3-1 win over the Iowa Cubs in front of 7,614 fans at Principal Park.
Sox starter Josh Roenicke (2-0, 0.96) would impress in his first start of the season, tossing 5.1 innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out six I-Cubs batters.
The Colorado Springs offense would fair a bit better against Iowa starter Eric Jokisch (1-1, 3.38), scoring three total runs (one earned) off of the left-hander on five hits over his six innings of work.
The Sox first run came in the top of the second after Matt Clark’s leadoff double would eventually come around to score on a Shane Peterson two-out single to right-centerfield.
The score would remain 1-0 until the top half of the sixth, when the Sky Sox would add a little insurance thanks to some sloppy I-Cubs defense. New Sox outfielder Logan Schafer lead off the frame with a bunt single down the third base line and would advance to third on a Jokisch throwing error after Pete Orr’s attempted sacrifice bunt. With runners on second and third, with an out yet to be recorded in the inning, Luis Sardinas would smack a ball to shortstop Javy Baez who would not be able to corral the ball, allowing Schafer to score on the error and increase the lead to 2-0. Nevin Ashley would cap the Sox scoring later in the inning with an RBI single to drive home Orr and give his team a 3-0 lead going into the home sixth. In all, the I-Cubs’ two errors in the inning made each of the runs scored unearned.
Iowa would get on the board with a run in the sixth. Roenicke would allow a leadoff double to outfielder Adron Chambers before striking out Javy Baez to end his evening. Left-hander Jed Bradley came on in relief of Roenicke with Chambers on second and one out. Bradley would walk his first batter, Rafael Lopez, before getting Junior Lake to fly out and leaving just Mike Baxter in the way of escaping the inning without any damage. Baxter wouldn’t allow that to happen however, stroking a base-hit to right field to score Chambers and cut the I-Cubs deficit to two.
Bradley would work out of the inning with the 3-1 score intact. The Colorado Springs bullpen would perform strongly as a unit as Michael Kirkman and David Goforth combined for two scoreless innings before turning the ball over to closer Corey Knebel in the bottom of the ninth.
Knebel would retire the I-Cubs side to nail down the 3-1 victory, improving the Sky Sox record to 10-19.
Tyler Cravy (2-3, 4.18) will look to build on his last outing as he strives to keep the Sky Sox on the winning track against Iowa right-hander Carlos Pimentel (1-2, 5.40) and the Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Principal Park. First pitch is scheduled for 12:08 PM MDT.