After a strong starting performance Thursday night by LHP Christian Friedrich, RHP Christian Bergman followed it up with another outstanding performance on the mound Friday to help lead the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to a 8-2 victory over New Orleans.
Colorado Springs (1-1) got off to a quick start in the second game of the year when 1B Ben Paulsen (1) smacked a two-out, two-run home run in the first inning off of Zephyr starter Bryan Evans (0-1), scoring CF Jason Pridie, who led off with a single.
The Sox scored again in the second and third innings with an RBI single by Pridie in the second, and an RBI double by LF Tim Wheeler.
New Orleans (1-1) would get on the board in the second thanks to a lead-off single by LF Kyle Jensen and an RBI double by 1B Justin Bour in the next at-bat. 2B Josh Rodriguez flew out to RF Kyle Parker in the next at-bat, but Bour was able to make it to third, and scored on a sac-fly by SS Juan Diaz to make it a 3-2 game at the time.
However, Bergman (1-0) found a groove and sat down 18 consecutive batters, before being pinch-hit for in the 8th inning by Matt McBride.
In his Triple-A debut, Bergman was effective throwing just 83 pitches in seven innings and allowed just the two runs in the second. The single and double were also the only hits he allowed in the game, and did not allow a walk while striking out four batters.
The Texas native got a lot of run support, which also included a two-run shot by Parker (1) in the fifth inning, driving in 3B Ryan Wheeler, who reached on a single.
In the eighth, McBride hit for Bergman and went to the plate with 2B Paul Janish on first and T. Wheeler on third. McBride, who is in his third season with the Sky Sox, drove in both runners on a double in his first at-bat of the season, but got caught at third trying to stretch it into a triple.
Both Parker and Pridie had a game-high three hits, and were two of nine Sky Sox players to record a hit. T. Wheeler and Janish also recorded multi-hit games, each with two. McBride, Parker and Paulsen each had two RBI in the game.
LHP Boone Logan made another appearance for the Sky Sox in Thursday’s game. Logan, who is on a Major League rehab assignment, faced one batter and struck him out looking. RHP Brooks Brown and RHP Dan Houston also each got a third of an inning in the eighth. Brown walked one, and Houston struck out one.
RHP Chris Martin closed out the game with a perfect ninth, striking out one.
The Sky Sox will look to make it two in a row 5 p.m. Saturday when they face the Zephyrs in game three of the four-game set. LHP Tyler Matzek will make his Triple-A debut for the Sky Sox, while LHP Adam Conley will toe the rubber for New Orleans.