Left-hander Nick Schmidt (W, 5-3) only allows one run in 6.2 innings to help propel the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (67-75) to the 4-2 win over the Fresno Grizzlies (67-75).
Fresno jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning when Chris Dominguez hit a RBI double to plate Ehire Adrianza who reached earlier in the inning on a single to center field.
In the top of the second inning the Sky Sox answered when Ben Paulsen and Kent Matthes hit back-to-back singles and Drew Garcia hit a grounder to second to bring home Paulsen. An inning later Grizzlies' starting pitcher, Justin Fitzgerald, gave up a single to Reid Brignac and walked Carlos Gonzalez to put runners on first and second. The next batter, Ryan Wheeler, then singled on a fly ball to center field to give the Sky Sox their first lead of the game.
After giving up a run in the first inning, Schmidt was lights out for the Sox, throwing 5.2 straight scoreless innings. The lefty finished the day only surrendering seven hits while walking three batters and striking out four.
The Sky Sox gave Schmidt a three run lead in the top of the sixth on a solo shot by Ben Paulsen. The home run was Paulsen's team-leading 18th home run of the season. Colorado Springs added one more run to their lead in the top of the eighth inning after Reid Brignac scored on a throwing error by second baseman Ydwin Villegas.
In the bottom of the inning the Grizzlies cut the lead in half on a RBI single by Nick Noonan.
With the score 4-2, Sky Sox closer Logan Kensing came into the game and closed the door on Fresno to clinch the victory and earn his 15th save of the season.
Tomorrow, the team will look to earn the series split in the last game of the season when they send out Armando Galarraga (0-2, 5.93) against Mitch Lively (7-5. 4.81) at 2:05 PM MT.