May 31, 2010 1:14 AM
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox were able to capitalize on Kurt Birkins' second straight quality outing, defeating the Beavers 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Security Service Field. .
Pitching was the name of the game. Birkins threw five innings of two-run ball. Portland plated their only runs in the third.
Franklin Morales came on in relief for the top of the sixth, bridging to the ninth with a stellar 3.0 innings that included five strikeouts, one hit, and one walk.
Sox closer Juan Rincon on for the ninth with a one-run lead, a leadoff walk and one-out wild pitch gave the visitors a glimmer of hope. Josh Barfield singling to right, Matt Miller saved the game, throwing out Aaron Cunningham at home for his second assist of the game. Craig Stansberry would ground out to second in the next at-bat to end the game.
With the win, the Sky Sox improved to 22-27, while Portland fell to 19-31. Kurt Birkins (2-3) earned his second victory of the season while Matt Buschmann (0-3) remained winless.
The two teams will face off once again Monday in the series finale. Righthander Chaz Roe (1-7, 7.61) will take the hill for the Sky Sox with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m.