The Sky Sox finally broke through against Sacramento River Cats, winning the series finale Tuesday night 12-9 behind a season-high seven home runs.
Five of their seven home runs came in the first two innings against River Cats starter Carlos Hernandez. For the second consecutive night Willy Taveras led off the Sky Sox first inning with a solo home run. Brad Emaus would follow later in the inning with a three-run shot, his seventh of the year.
In the second, Cole Garner and Ian Stewart connected on back-to-back solo home runs and one batter later Jacobs would crush his first homer of the night, a solo shot giving the Sox a 7-0 lead.
The lead would stretch to 9-0 after four innings as Garner collected another RBI on a double in the third and Josh Fields hit the sixth Sox home run, a sole shot in the fourth.
The River Cats refused to fold as they battled back to within two runs at 9-7.
Mike Jacobs would seal the game for the Sox with his second solo home run of the night in the ninth to give the Sox a 12-9 lead and Jim Miller got the final six outs for his team-leading sixth save of the year.
The Sox have an off-day on Wednesday but return to action on Thursday against the Reno Aces. Rockies starter Esmil Rogers will make a rehab start for the Sox in game one. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM MT.
- The six home runs allowed by Hernandez set a Sky Sox record for most home runs allowed by a pitcher in a single game.
- The attendance of 8,419 is the second largest June attendance in team history behind only the opening game at Sky Sox stadium (now Security Service Field) on June 18th, 1988.
- The seven total home runs were the most home runs ever hit by the Sky Sox in a single game at home.
- Stewart’s second inning home run gave him 43 in his Sky Sox career and moved him into a tie for ninth all-time in Sky Sox history with Jim Tatum.