By the time Drew Garcia’s ninth-inning homer landed, the crowd at Spring Mobile Ballpark still marveled at how far the designated hitter walloped the ball. It traveled so far, it flew past the dining tables in right field and by the ice cream shack.
By that time, the Salt Lake Bees had already been handled by Colorado Springs pitcher Chris Volstad, and Garcia’s two-run moon shot was just icing on the cake, ensuring the Sky Sox wouldn’t be swept in Utah as they defeated the Bees 7-0 Tuesday afternoon.
“You’ve just got to tip your cap to the opponent on a day like that,” said Salt Lake interim manager Bill Richardson.
The Bees did.
A slumbering Colorado Springs offense that scored seven runs in the first three games in Salt Lake City — all losses — matched that in nine innings Tuesday thanks to the emergence of the long ball.
The Sky Sox hit four homers in the rout. Aside from Garcia’s late two-run homer, the other three Colorado Springs homers were solo shots: Tyler Colvin in the fifth, Charlie Culberson in the seventh and Corey Dickerson in the eighth.
“We kind of kept them quiet for the first few and then they got a little contagious at the end,” Richardson said. “That’s a good team.”
And Volstad, all 6-foot-8 of him, had a stellar outing on the mound.
He threw seven shutout innings, allowed four hits, walked one and registered one strikeout. He didn’t overpower the Bees, but was precise and settled down if Salt Lake had a runner reach base early in innings.
“He wasn’t missing very much,” said second baseman Andrew Romine, who had two of Salt Lake’s six hits.
The loss kept the Bees, now 29-31, from reaching .500, but as Richardson said, the team will continue to utilize the good its found during the recent five-game win streak heading into this weekend’s series with visiting Fresno.
“I’m not going to leave here with a sour attitude and I hope they don’t,” he said.
Romine barely acknowledged the daytime skunking.
“In our minds,” he said, “we’re still on a hot streak.”
Colorado Springs 7,Salt Lake 0
O The Sky Sox hit four homers in rout.
• Salt Lake has its five-game win streak snapped, missing out on reaching .500.
• Chris Volstad throws seven shutout innings for Colorado Springs.