The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (17-11) take advantage of four errors by the Fresno Grizzlies (15-16), and win 9-6 on fireworks night at Chukchansi Park to take a 3-0 series lead.
In the first inning the Sky Sox struck first by scoring three runs and are now 14-5 in games in which they score first. DJ LeMahieu started things off with a single to centerfield. After a strikeout by Charlie Blackmon, Paulsen and Colvin hit back-to-back singles to make it 1-0. The next at-bat later, Lars Davis lined his second double of the year to bring two runs home.
Fresno responded in the bottom of the inning with a run of their own to decrease the Sky Sox' lead to two. After two straight scoreless innings, Tommy Manzella hit a double in the fourth inning to drive in Lars Davis who reached earlier in the inning on a single. Starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz then came up to the plate and helped his own cause by hitting a RBI single off of pitcher Mitch Lively who replaced Yusmeiro Petit in the beginning of the inning.
Pomeranz struggled in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings, allowing a combined four runs including a two-run home run by Roger Kieschnick.
The game remained tied until the top of the seventh inning when the Sky Sox broke the game open. Three errors by the Grizzlies loaded the bases and Charlie Culberson scored when Jake Dunning hit Lars Davis with a pitch. After hitting Davis, Dunning then allowed a bases-clearing triple to Tim Wheeler to make it 9-5 Sky Sox.
The Grizzlies added one run in the bottom of the inning to decease the deficit to three, but Mike McClendon came on in the ninth to shut the door on Fresno to earn his first save of the year.
Justin Berg (1-0, 2.19) will take the mound tomorrow at 1:05 MT against Grizzlies pitcher Chris Heston (2-2, 6.06) to try and lead the Sky Sox to their first series sweep of the season.
Sky Sox Notes: The catcher's interference in the 6th and 7th innings by Fresno catcher Johnny Monell marks the first time the Sky Sox have been involved with catcher's interference twice in the same game. It was also the first time a Sky Sox player has reached on a catcher's interference against a Fresno catcher.