It was an offensive showing for both teams on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in Colorado Springs, but it was the New Orleans Zephyrs (29-28) who came out on top, 9-8, against the Sky Sox (24-32).
The offenses started out fast when in the first inning 3B Zack Cox knocked one out of the park for his first homer of the season to give the Zephyrs the lead.Two batters later, 1B Justin Bour hit a RBI-ground out to add another run for New Orleans. The Zephyrs hit another homer in the second thanks to 2B Josh Rodriguez, a two-run shot to left-center.
RF Kyle Parker got the Sox on the board with a sacrifice fly to center, and the Sox tacked on two more in the second courtesy of 1B Ben Paulsen’s third home run in as many at-bats (including Saturday’s game). Then with one out, LF Tim Wheeler singled and proceeded to steal second, and tied the game at 4-4 when he stole third but the throw from C Rob Brantly was misfired allowing Wheeler to score.
The Zephyrs scored one in the fourth, but struck paydirt in the fifth scoring four off of LHP Tyler Matzek (5-3).
After RHP Manny Corpas allowed both of his inherited runs to score, the Sky Sox bullpen shut out New Orleans for the final four frames to allow the offense to make a comeback.
RHP Chad Bettis through two scoreless while RHP Rob Scahill tossed one shutout frame.
The Sox scored two in both the sixth and seventh innings, including a pinch-hit, RBI-double from Angelys Nina and a two-run single from Paulsen, but the Sox couldn’t score any more once RHP Chaz Roe came in and tossed 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits.
Top prospects for both teams took the mound to start the game. The Marlins’ No. 1 prospect, LHP Andrew Heaney (2-0), tossed six innings surrendering six runs (five earned) on 11 hits, while fanning four and walking one. The Rockies’ No. 12 prospect, Matzek, threw 4.1 innings allowing nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits while walking four and striking out two batters.
Five different Sky Sox had multi-hit affairs, led by C Michael McKenry’s three-hit game. Paulsen, T. Wheeler, Ryan Wheeler and Rafael Ynoa all had two hits. Paulsen finished with four RBI.
For New Orleans, Cox finished with three hits, while Josh Rodriguez, Mark Canha and Kyle Jensen each collected two hits. Canha finished with a team-high three RBI.
In game three of the four-game set at 7:05 p.m. (MT) Monday, LHP Yohan Flande (1-7, 5.32 ERA) will take on RHP Elih Villanueva (5-2, 2.48).