COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Oklahoma City RedHawks rallied late but came up short as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox held on for a 9-7 Pacific Coast League victory on Tuesday night.
The Sky Sox rolled out to an 8-2 lead after five innings. But Oklahoma City came back, starting in the seventh inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Robbie Grossman was hit by a pitch to drive in a run, then Austin Wates drew a walk to score another. After a pair of strikeouts, Preston Tucker drew another bases-loaded walk to make it 8-5.
In the eighth, Max Stassi scored on an error, and Grossman drove in a run with a single to close the gap to 8-7. But Colorado Springs tacked on a run in its half of the eighth, and Sky Sox closer Brooks Brown closed out the ninth for his sixth save of the season.
Stassi was 3 for 5, and catcher Carlos Perez was 4 for 5 for OKC. RedHawks starter David Martinez (5-6) took the loss, allowing eight runs on 11 hits in four-plus innings of work.
Sky Sox starter Juan Nicasio (2-1) earned the win.
The four-game series continues at 8:05 p.m. Wednesday. Stillwater native Brett Anderson, on a rehab assignment from the Colorado Rockies, will start for the Sky Sox. The lefty, who has been out since April 13 because of a fractured left index finger suffered during an at-bat, will be making his first rehab start since the injury.
Mike Foltynewicz (6-5, 4.40 ERA) will start for the RedHawks.