Paulsen Goes Yard Twice, Sky Sox Fall to Zephyrs, 10-3

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Ben Paulsen’s two home run night wasn’t enough for the Sky Sox (24-31) as they dropped their fourth straight game, 10-3, against the New Orleans Zephyrs on Saturday night.

Leading 4-2 through six innings, New Orleans tagged the Sky Sox for six more runs (two earned) off of RHP Brooks Brown, who relieved LHP Pedro Hernandez (3-2). The Zephyrs led off the inning with a double and two singles to score a run followed by a chance at a 4-6-3 double play but an error by Paulsen cost them an out. With two outs, Brown loaded the bases up and hit C Kyle Skipworth to score another run. RHP Greg Burke came in relief of Brown and gave up a bases clearing double to pinch-hitter Zack Cox to make the score 10-2.

The Sky Sox got on the board in the fourth inning when LHP Brian Flynn (6-3) loaded the bases up and walked in Paul Janish. It was the first run Flynn had ever given up against the Sky Sox in 22.2 innings. Flynn finished with a line of six innings, five hits, two runs, four walks and five strikeouts.

Paulsen got a hold of his first home run of the game in the sixth to lead off the inning, and smacked his second homer of the game with one out in the eighth. He now leads the Sky Sox with nine long balls this season.

It was Paulsen’s third two-homer game with the Sky Sox, and his second this season. Prior to Saturday’s game, Paulsen was hitting just .214 (12-for-56) against left-handed pitchers with zero home runs and one RBI. Both of his home runs against the Zephyrs were off left-handed pitchers.

Hernandez started his ninth game of the season and tossed six innings for the Sky Sox, allowing four runs on 10 hits, while striking out three batters and walking none.

RF Kyle Parker collected a team-high three hits for the Sky Sox to improve his batting average to .292 on the season. It was his fifth three-hit game of the season and now leads the team with 18 multi-hit games.

Both teams will be in action at 1:35 p.m. (MT) Sunday when LHP Tyler Matzek (5-2, 3.20 ERA) and LHP Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.82 ERA) duel it out on the mound