Aided by strong starting pitching, timely hitting and a fresh look, the Sky Sox (25-33) ended their season-high six-game losing skid with a 5-4 victory over the visiting New Orleans Zephyrs (30-29) on Tuesday night.
Touting tube sock stirrups to mix things up, the Sky Sox were able to avoid their second sweep of the season and tie the season series against the Zephyrs, 8-8, as they head into a league off-day Wednesday.
RHP Christian Bergman (4-4) had another good outing at home extending his home scoreless inning streak to 26.2 innings before giving up a solo-homer to Mark Canha in the third. Bergman finished by tossing six innings, allowing two runs on 10 hits, while punching out five and walking none. Both of his runs were off solo-shots. 3B Zack Cox smacked his second homer of the season off Bergman in the fifth.
Trailing 5-4 in the eighth with men on first and third, 2B Jordany Valdespin tried to bunt in the tying run, but popped it foul to a charging Ben Paulsen from first, who was able to make a magnificent sliding catch to get the out. Originally called a trapped catch, the umpiring crew finally changed the call to an out for the second out of the inning. RHP Wilton Lopez was able to induce a ground out to short in the next at-bat, ending the threat.
The Sky Sox got on the board quickly in the first with 1B Ben Paulsen’s RBI-single to score CF Jason Pridie, who reached base on a walk. Pridie now has reached base safely in 48 of 53 games this season.
The Sox made it 2-0 in the second thanks to back-to-back doubles from Bergman and 3B Rafael Ynoa. The double was Bergman’s second hit of the season.
In the fourth, C Jackson Williams smacked a towering shot to left field for his second homer of the season. The Sox tacked on two more in the sixth thanks to an RBI-triple from SS Paul Janish, and a wild pitch that scored Janish. Janish and Ynoa both had a team-high two hits. Janish finished with a double and a triple.
RHP Alex Sanabia (2-2) got the start for the Zephyrs and tossed five innings giving up three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
RHP Chris Martin picked up his fifth save of the season fanning RF Kyle Jensen to end the game.
The Sky Sox will have an off-day Wednesday before traveling to Iowa for a four-game set to face the I-Cubs. LHP Christian Friedrich (1-6, 8.05 ERA) will face RH Kyle Hendricks (6-3, 3.54 ERA).
· The Sky Sox’ five runs in the game while Christian Bergman was on the mound, marked the first time in 43.0 innings that a run was scored by Colorado Springs while the righty was on the mound, dating back to April 28th.