May 28, 2011 1:09 AM by Lee Douglas/Sky Sox
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox enjoyed their best pitching performance of the season, defeating the Fresno Grizzlies 2-1 Friday at Security Service Field.
Sox starter Billy Buckner (1-1, 6.82) pitched 5.0 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and striking out four while recording his first win of the year for the Sky Sox. The Sox bullpen would follow with 4.0 innings of relief, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out seven Grizzlies over the final 4.0 innings.
The only runs for the Sox came on a Matt Macri two-run double in the fourth inning, scoring Cole Garner and Jordan Pacheco to give the Sox a 2-0 lead.
The Sox would come within one strike of recording their first shutout of the year, but a Thomas Neal solo home run with two outs in the ninth ended the shutout bid. Jim Miller would work around the home run to strike out the side in the ninth, earning his 100th Minor League save in the process.
Charlie Blackmon recorded two hits on the night, finishing 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 15 games. It is the longest hitting streak by a Sky Sox batter this season.
Doug Mathis (0-2, 3.42) took the hard-luck loss, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out eight in 6.0 innings.
With the win, the Sox improve to 20-29 while Fresno falls to 22-27.
Game two of the series will feature Rockies starting pitcher Aaron Cook making a rehab start for the Sox. He'll be opposed by Andrew Kown (6-3, 3.35). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Saturday.