It took 13 innings but the Colorado Springs Sky Sox finally came through with a run as they defeated the Nashville Sounds 1-0 on Thursday afternoon at Security Service Field. Dan Houston (2-2) picked up the win after working a perfect 13th inning and Jeremy Jeffress (0-1) took the loss. Christian Bergman, Rob Scahill, Wilton Lopez, and Houston combined on the four-hit shutout as the Sky Sox have won the first three games of the four-game series.
The winning blow came off the bat of RF Kyle Parker who smacked a ground rule double down the right field line to score Jason Pridie who had doubled in the previous at bat. Both hits came with two outs.
Bergman started the game for the Sky Sox and was lights out once again as he threw eight scoreless innings while giving up just two hits and one walk while striking out a season-high seven. It’s Bergman’s second straight start with eight shutout innings and he’s now tossed 16.1 consecutive scoreless innings. Despite his stellar outings, Bergman has not factored in either decision (both Sky Sox wins) because he was pulled after eight innings with the games tied 0-0.
The 1-0 win was the second such victory of the home stand for the Sky Sox which at Security Service Field (6,531 feet above sea level) is an incredible rarity. Before this home stand, the last time the Sky Sox had won a 1-0 home game was 18 years ago when the club accomplished it on April 27, 1996. They’ve now done it twice in the last five days. Both games were started by Bergman.
Sky Sox pitchers dominated the Sounds hitters today as they faced just two batters over the minimum in the 13 inning contest. The only innings that Nashville sent more than three batters to the plate were the fourth and eleventh innings when four batters took their turns. Sox pitchers gave up just four hits and one walk and induced three double plays.
At the dish, Tim Wheeler and Pridie both had three hits with Pridie smacking two doubles. Ben Paulsen also chipped in two hits and extended his hitting streak to 15 games which is the longest active streak in the PCL.
The series finale is set for tomorrow night at 6:35 PM as the Sky Sox go for the sweep. LH Christian Friedrich (1-3, 6.61) will toe the rubber for the Sox against RH Ariel Pena (1-2, 4.30).