May 11, 2014 7:31 PM by Posted by Greg Smith
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (18-18) won again on Sunday, defeating the Oklahoma City RedHawks (20-18), 3-2, for their fifth win in the past six game.
The RedHawks' Robbie Grossman led off the first inning with his second homer of the season to right field, and threatened again by putting two men on the base paths but LHP Tyler Matzek (2-2) buckled down and went on retire 12 straight Hawks.
The Sky Sox got on the board in the third when CF Jason Pridie singled home C Dustin Garneau to tie the game off RHP Michael Foltynewicz (3-2). It was the first of two hits for Pridie, who doubled to lead off the sixth inning. It also marked the fifth straight game that Pridie has had at least two hits.
His double in the sixth put him in scoring position and scored in the next at-bat when 3B Ryan Wheeler singled to extend the Sox' lead to 2-0.
Matzek got into some trouble in the seventh inning, his last, when the RedHawks loaded the bases with one out, but got out of it with a fly ball double play. Grossman flew out to Tim Wheeler in right field, and SS Gregorio Petit got thrown out at the plate trying to score.
The Sky Sox added a crucial run in the eight when 1B Kyle Parker smacked his 14th double of the year with two outs to score Pridie, who reached on a fielding error.
The Hawks answered right back when 1B Jon Singleton hit his own double off RHP Rob Scahill to score Adron Chambers. But that was it as Scahill got a pair of ground balls to end the side.
Matzek finished with seven innings, allowing one run on six hits, while fanning four batters and walking one for his second quality start of the season.
RHP Brooks Brown pitched a perfect ninth inning on just seven pitches with one strikeout to pick up his third save of the season.
The Sky Sox will try and win their second straight series Monday. LHP Yohan Flande (1-2, 4.83 ERA) will square off against LH Brett Oberholtzer (NR). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (MT)
Kyle Parker's 14 doubles now ranks second in the entire Pacific Coast League, behind Las Vegas'
With the win, the Sky Sox are back to .500 with a record of 18-18. The last time they had a .500 record was 4/21.
The Sky Sox are now 15-14 on Mother's Day in franchise history. It was just their second win on the day in the past six years.