For the fourth time at Security Service Field in 2014, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox walked off winners beating the Memphis Redbirds, 1-0, on Saturday night in front of 8,885 fans for Ft. Carson Appreciation night -- the largest crowd since the 2005 renovation.
With a scoreless affair through the entirety of Saturday’s bout, Paul Janish smacked a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth, moved to second on a passed ball and to third thanks to a sacrifice bunt from LF Tim Wheeler.
Then CF Jason Pridie stepped up to the dish with two outs and laced a single to center field off of Sam Freeman (0-1) to score Janish and give the Sky Sox their fourth home win of the season. Pridie was the only player on either team to record two hits in the game.
Saturday’s 1-0 win was the first time in 18 years the Sky Sox have won a 1-0 game at home, and the first 1-0 game they won since 2010.
April 27, 1996 against Vancouver was the last time the Sky Sox won a 1-0 game at home.
Tonight, both teams’ starting pitcher pitched splendidly in game two of the four-game set. RHP Christian Bergman toed the rubber for the Sky Sox tossing eight scoreless innings, allowing just five hits, while fanning three batters compared to just one walk. The eight innings are his most in a game this season.
RHP Scott McGregor also pitched his best game of the season, throwing seven shutout innings, while allowing just two hits and striking out five batters, against zero walks and one hit batter.
Nick Masset (1-0) worked around a lead-off walk in the ninth and picked up his first victory of the season with Pridie’s winner.
The Sky Sox will take on the Redbirds for the seventh consecutive day at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. LHP Pedro Hernandez (1-0, 9.15 ERA) will face off against RHP Boone Whiting (0-3, 4.55 ERA).