It was Jersey Shore night Thursday and Rosenblatt Stadium and yo’ dude – it was awesome! In now way was it a “blowout.” In fact, the Omaha Royals had to rally for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to “bump” off Colorado Springs 3-2, to the delight of 6,923 fans. With two outs in the ninth and the bases full, Scott Thorman delivered a game-winning RBI single off tough lefty Matt Reynolds, as the Royals swept the four-game series and won their fifth in a row. Juan Rincon (2-2) suffered his fourth blown save of the season as well as the loss. Rincon walked Jai Miller with one out in the ninth and uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Miller to take second. Marc Maddox singled through the right side to tie the game at 2-2. After Rincon walked Edwin Bellorin on four straight pitches, Reynolds came on in relief and served up a potential inning-ending double play grounder off David Lough’s bat to second base. But, Lough hustled down the line and just beat the relay throw to first by Sky Sox shortstop Jonathan Herrera. Alex Gordon fell behind in the count no balls and two strikes, before drawing a walk from Reynolds to lead the bases. Thorman lined a 2-1 pitch over the leap of second baseman Chris Nelson to bring the fans to their feet and the Royals onto the field in celebration. It was Thorman’s third hit and second RBI of the contest. Victor Marte (3-1) wound up with the win. He allowed a two-out double to Michael McKenry in the ninth, but notched his second strikeout of the inning when he caught Paul Lo Duca taking a pitch on the outside corner to end the threat. Gaby Hernandez rebounded from two recent tough starts to no-hit Colorado Springs for five-and-a-third innings, before yielding a double to Herrera and a two-out, two-run homer to Brad Eldred. His tenth home run of the season suddenly put the Sky Sox on top 2-1 in the sixth. Omaha had scored a run in the first inning off Alan Johnson on a double by Alex Gordon and Thorman’s first RBI single of the night. Johnson followed with five scoreless frames and rehabbing lefty Franklin Morales had kept the Royals off the scoreboard in the seventh and eighth innings. In his first appearance since coming back from Kansas City, Bryan Bullington blanked Colorado Springs in the seventh and eighth, lowering his ERA with Omaha to 1.64. Omaha (24-21) improved to 6-2 on the 12-game homestand. Colorado Springs (20-25) dropped their eighth straight – all coming on the Sox’ road trip to Iowa and Omaha – and the Sox finish with a 21-47 mark at Rosenblatt. The Royals host Round Rock Friday at 7:05 p.m. The pitching matchup has Express lefty Andy Van Hekken (2-3, 4.15) vs. Royals right-hander Jorge Campillo (0-0, 0.00).
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