The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (43-57) registered their eighth shutout of the season as they blanked the Memphis Redbirds (49-50) by the score of 4-0 at AutoZone Park on Sunday evening. The win snapped the Sky Sox' six-game losing-streak, and salvaged a victory in the four-game series. Memphis won the series 3-1, and the season-series 9-7.
Brett Tomko started for the Sky Sox, and tossed five shutout innings to start things off for Colorado Springs. The righty gave up just three hits, walked two, and struck out five, but did not factor in the decision. Nick Masset, on his first rehab appearance of the season, followed him with a scoreless inning while giving up just a lone single.
Christian Friedrich (2-8) took over in the seventh and earned the eventual win by working one and a third scoreless frames. The lefty gave up a hit, a walk, and struck out one. Juan Nicasio notched his first career save by tossing the final inning and two thirds. He surrendered no hits, walked one, and struck out the final two batters of the game.
At the plate for the Sky Sox, the game got off to a dubious start as the team failed to score a run through the first seven and a third innings. That trend ended when Tim Smalling scored with one out in the eighth after Cristhian Adames singled and the left fielder misplayed the ball letting Smalling trot home. With that run, the Sky Sox ended their franchise-record streak of not scoring a run at 29 straight innings.
After the streak was snapped, the Sox continued to put up the runs. Later in the eighth, Matt McBride made it 2-0 with a RBI single that scored Adames. Then in the ninth, Evan Frey led off the inning with a single, and Jackson Williams smacked a two-run homer to left, his third of the year, to give the Springs some insurance runs and a 4-0 lead.
Jorge Rondon (3-3) took the loss for Memphis after giving up the two runs in the eighth.
Jason Pridie and Williams both finished the game with a team-high two hits, while Pridie stole his team-leading 21st base of the season.
The Sky Sox will head to Nashville tomorrow to begin a four-game set with the Sounds. LH Chris Capuano (0-0, 3.52) will take the hill for the Sky Sox opposite RH Donovan Hand (1-6, 5.44) for the Sounds. Game time is set for 6:05 PM (MDT).
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