May 4, 2014 8:15 PM by Posted by Greg Smith
In the first Sunday home game of the season, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox offense, aided by a three-run home run from 1B Ben Paulsen, gave plenty of run support to the pitching staff to beat the Memphis Redbirds, 8-3. Despite the Redbirds (14-16) jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Sky Sox (13-16) quickly came back to tie and take the lead thanks to RBI singles in the second and third innings by C Jackson WIlliams and RF Kyle Parker. LHP Pedro Hernandez got the starting nod for the Sky Sox just three days after his last start on Thursday, and pitched three innings, allowing just the one run on two hits, while walking two and fanning one. In the fourth, RHP Dan Houston (1-2) took over and went on to toss four solid innings with his only run being a leadoff homer in sixth to LF Joey Butler, his fourth homer of the season. Houston struck out three batters against zero walks. Leading by only one run in the fifth, Paulsen laced his sixth homer of the season to left-center, a three-run shot, off of RHP Boone Whiting (0-4) to give the Sky Sox some extra breathing room. In the seventh, the Sky Sox tacked on another three runs thanks to a couple of walks, an RBI double by SS Drew Garcia, an RBI groundout by 2B Paul Janish and a pinch-hit RBI single by Evan Frey to make the score 8-2. The Redbirds led off the ninth with a double and an RBI single, but a double play and a ground out to second would end the game and give the Sky Sox their second consecutive win over the Birds. Both Parker and Garcia led the Sky Sox with three hits apiece, while C Jackson Williams picked up two hits on the day. Parker smacked two doubles to give him ten on the season, and Garcia also added a double, his fifth. RHP Chad Bettis made his first appearance since being optioned down by the Rockies today. He pitched a perfect eighth inning. He has pitched three innings in two appearances with the Sky Sox. For the Redbirds, LF Joey Butler enjoyed a good game with a solo homer and a double. He went 2-for-3 with two RBI to improve his average to .392, which leads the Pacific Coast League. The Sky Sox and Redbirds will end a stretch of eight consecutive games between each other at 6:35 p.m. (MT) Monday night. LHP Tyler Matzek (1-1, 3.04 ERA) will square off against Memphis RHP Angel Castro (2-2, 4.81 ERA).