COLORADO SPRINGS -- The Colorado Springs Sky Sox were unable to complete a stunning rally in a 13-10 loss to Memphis that ended the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate’s season.
The Sky Sox scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth with two outs already recorded -- including a two-run homer by catcher Tyler Heineman -- before a diving catch by Redbirds left fielder Nick Martini along the warning track stymied a valiant effort by the hosts.
The Redbirds won twice in a row (11-8 Saturday in 10 innings) to prevail, 3-2, in the best-of-five Pacific Coast League American Conference series. Memphis hosts defending champ El Paso (Padres) on Tuesday to start the PCL championship series.
Memphis recorded three of its four home runs on the afternoon in the first inning for a 5-0 lead against starter Aaron Brooks.
A fourth dinger -- a two-run homer by Wilfredo Tovar in the seventh inning that made it 11-6 -- proved to be the knockout blow Sunday afternoon at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs.
Earlier, Colorado Springs had cut the lead to 8-6 in the sixth on three consecutive hits, , but Memphis answered with three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to get what proved to be valuable insurance.
Memphis connected for nine home runs in the series compared to four by Colorado Springs (Heineman, two).
It was the first Sky Sox postseason appearance since 1997 and the closest the franchise has come to the PCL title since winning it in 1995. The Sky Sox will enter their 31st and final Triple-A season in Colorado Springs next spring.