The New Orleans Zephyrs (18-23) struck first, but it was the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (19-21) that came out on top, beating the Zephyrs, 7-5, on Friday night at Security Service Field.
LHP Pedro Hernandez (3-0) gave up two doubles in the first frame to allow New Orleans to jump out to a 1-0 lead, but buckled down to toss six innings, allowing just the one run early on. In his second consecutive quality start, Hernandez struck out four against zero walk.
In his first ever appearance with the Sky Sox, C Wilin Rosario went 1-for-4. Rosario started his ML rehab with the Sox on Friday after being placed on the 15-day disabled list on 5/4 (retroactive to 5/3) with a viral infection.
The Sky Sox offense got on the board in the second when 2B Angelys Nina smacked a single to score Paulsen, and tacked on another two in the third inning thanks to an error by the Zephyrs and a sacrifice fly to left by SS Josh Rutledge off RHP Bryan Evans (4-2).
Evans tossed five innings allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits, while punching out four and walking three.
In the sixth and seventh innings, the Sox scored a run in each. In the sixth, 1B Ben Paulsen doubled and scored on a suicide squeeze from Nina, while CF Jason Pridie went yard for the sixth time this season.
The Zephyrs threatened with two runs in the eighth when 2B Jordany Valdespin led off with a walk and scored on a Josh Rodriguez double off of RHP Chad Bettis. Rodriguez scored on a ground out to short in the next at-bat.
But a costly error by Rodriguez allowed 3B Rafael Ynoa to reach base and score Paulsen, who singled to lead off the inning. Ynoa scored when Bettis hit a sacrifice fly to right to make the score 7-4.
New Orleans scored again in the ninth, but Bettis retried the final two batters to pick up his first save of the season.
Paulsen, Pridie and Rutledge all recorded two hits on the night. For Paulsen and Pridie, it was their 14th and 13th multi-hit game of the season, respectively. Paulsen also scored three times.
For the Zephyrs, Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI.
The Sky Sox will face the Zephyrs in game three at Security Service Field at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, when LHP Tyler Matzek (2-2, 4.19 ERA) and RHP Matt Montgomery (0-3, 10.13 ERA).
· After going 0-for-4, Kyle Parker failed to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. His 11 straight games with a hit was the longest active streak in the PCL.
· In his last three start, Pedro Hernandez has a 2.25 ERA in 16.0 innings, while fanning nine batters against three walks, including two quality starts.