Maybe Tom Runnells should get thrown out of more games. After the Colorado Springs Sky Sox manager was ejected Monday, his team rallied to win 4-3 on Jeff Baker’s single in the bottom of the ninth inning. In the second game of the modified doubleheader, the Sky Sox lost 9-0 before 1,779 fans at Security Service Field. “I’m happy we split,” said Runnells, who watched the Sky Sox comeback in Game 1 in his office on closed-circuit TV. “The guys did a great job coming back. They scrapped.” The Sky Sox had lost the past 27 times they trailed after seven innings, but rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win the first game, which was the completion of a game suspended May 4 due to fog. Runnells was tossed in the top of the sixth inning of the suspended game after arguing briefly but vehemently with the plate umpire. Tacoma’s Michael Garciaparra — the 23-year-old brother of Dodgers’ first baseman Nomar Garciaparra — had grounded out but the plate umpire reversed his call and said it was a foul ball after Garciaparra sat on the ground, took off his shoe, rolled down his sock and showed the ump where the ball hit off his ankle. Runnells argued the changed call, was ejected and proceeded to kick dirt on the umpire. Runnells wouldn’t talk about the replacement umpires or his ejection, but Sky Sox left fielder Jorge Piedra did. “I didn’t think I’d ever say this, but I’ll be glad when we get the (professional) umpires back,” Piedra said. “This game is a little too fast for the (replacement) guys.” Minor league umpires return to work Monday, after their union signed a new contract May 31. Ryan Shealy broke up the no-hitter of Rich Dorman — who started the game on May 4 — in the bottom of the sixth with a double off the center-field fence. With two outs, Piedra slugged his sixth homer, slicing the Sky Sox deficit to 3-2. They tied it in the eighth on Jayson Nix’s RBI groundout. In the ninth, Luis Gonzalez was hit by a pitch with one out and raced all the way home when Baker’s single was mishandled by center fielder Adam Jones. The last two runs came against Tacoma closer Emiliano Fruto, who suffered his first blown save. In the nightcap, Cesar Jiminez allowed two hits in five innings and improved to 2-5. Both of his wins are against the Sky Sox and Jon Asahina (2-4). Jones and T.J. Bohn both homered, doubled and singled with two runs and two RBIs for the Rainiers. Sean Barker and Dan Conway singled for the Sky Sox. The Sky Sox have been shut out 10 times, five of those by Tacoma. The Sky Sox record for being blanked in a season is 11 times (1989 and 1998).
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