For the second consecutive night, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (20-21) came out on top against the New Orleans (18-24), shutting out the Zephyrs, 8-0.
LHP Tyler Matzek (3-2) was on the brink of trouble in the very first frame when the Zephyrs loaded the base paths with zero outs to start the inning. However, the 23-year old lefty settled down to retire the next three batters and end the side unharmed.
For New Orleans, RHP Matt Montgomery (0-4) lasted only three innings, surrendering four runs (three earned) on four hits, while striking out one and walking one.
New Orleans continued threatening throughout the game and had runners on in the next four innings against Matzek, but each inning Matzek stranded Zephyrs on base to throw five scoreless innings, fanning six batters while walking four and allowing four hits. He lowered his season ERA from 4.19 to 3.71, which now leads the Sky Sox in starter ERA.
Though Matzek through shutout ball, it was the offense that busted the game open early in the game.In the first inning, RF Kyle Parker and 1B Ben Paulsen had back-to-back RBIs with Parkers groundout and Paulsen’s single up the middle to put the Sox up 2-0 in the opening frame.
In his second and possibly his final rehab start, C Wilin Rosario went 1-for-2 with a double to left-center field. Rosario was placed on the DL with a viral infection on 5/4 (retro to 5/3) and is able to be activated on Sunday.
The Sky Sox continued to score one run in each of the following three innings, and found themselves leading 5-0 after four innings, thanks to sacrifice flies by Matzek and Paulsen, and an RBI-fielder’s choice by CF Jason Pridie.
For Matzek, it was his first RBI in his career.
The Sox bullpen pitched in quality innings to maintain the Sky Sox’s fourth shutout of the season, which is second-most in the PCL. RHP Manny Corpas (1.0 IP), RHP Wilton Lopez (2.0) and RHP Brooks Brown (1.0) tossed four shutout innings allowing just two hits, while punching out three Zephyrs.
Colorado Springs tacked on three insurance runs in the seventh thanks to an RBI error, RBI-single and an RBI-walk.
3B Rafael Ynoa led the Sox with two hits and was one of three players (Ynoa, Tim Wheeler, and Josh Rutledge) to have two runs scored. Paulsen had a game-high two RBI, while T. Wheeler drew three walks.
The Sky Sox combined to steal four bases (Rutledge 2, T. Wheeler 1, Parker 1).
The Sky Sox will try and win their third series of the season at 1:35 p.m. (MT) Sunday afternoon in the finale versus the Zephyrs. LHP Yohan Flande (0-6, 4.91 ERA) will go up against RHP Elih Villanueva (3-2, 2.44 ERA)