The Sky Sox split a double-header against the Iowa Cubs Thursday, winning the first game 11-5 and losing 11-10 in game two.
In game one, every Sox starter had at least one hit while Eliezer Alfonzo and Chris Nelson paced the offense. Nelson hit his second bases loaded double in a week and finished 2-for-4 while Alfonzo smacked a three-run home run, his second of the year, in the sixth inning and finished 2-for-3 with four RBI.
Josh Muecke (2-3, 6.29) picked up the win for the Sox, allowing five runs on ten hits in 5.0 innings of work.
In game two, The I-Cubs jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the fourth inning, and a Sky Sox rally fell short as they fell 11-10.
Josh Fields went 4-for-4 with a three-run home run and three runs scored, while Charlie Blackmon finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored in the losing effort.
At 3:03 game two broke the Sky Sox home record for longest seven-inning game by a minute over the previous record of 3:02 which was set on July 9th, 1989 in game two of a doubleheader against Calgary (the Cannons won that game 17-9). The longest ever seven-inning game for the Sky Sox was 3:15, set on June 3rd, 1988 in the second game of a doubleheader against Edmonton at Jon Ducey Park (Edmonton 10, Sky Sox 1).
The Sox will be looking for a series victory as they take on the I-Cubs in the series finale tonight at 6:05. Claudio Vargas (0-1, 1.93) makes his second start for the Sky Sox against RHP Robert Coello (2-3, 6.75).