The Sky Sox scored six runs in the eighth inning, overcoming a three run deficit, to win 9-6 over the Fresno Grizzlies Thursday night.
Trailing 6-3 entering the eighth, the Sox would tie the game on a two-run single by Brad Emaus and a pinch-hit RBI single by Matt Pagnozzi. With the bases loaded, Chris Nelson sent a 3-2 pitch down the right field line, clearing the bases and giving the Sox a 9-6 lead. Jim Miller shut down the Grizzlies in the ninth to earn the save and preserve the win for the Sox.
Nelson, 0-for-4 coming into that at-bat, lined the ball just over the first basemans head and just inside the rightfield line.
The Sox had to overcome deficits of 4-0 and 6-3 in the game. The Grizzlies jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings on run-scoring hits by Matt Yourkin, Brandon Belt, and Brett Pill.
The Sox crept within one after Eric Young Jr. tripled in a run and scored as the relay throw missed the cutoff man, and Matt Macri delivered an RBI single to make it 4-3.
Fresno added two insurance runs in the seventh on run-scoring hits by Pill and Conor Gonzalez to temporarily hold the lead 6-3.
Sox starter Greg Reynolds allowed six runs on 11 hits in 6.1 innings while picking up a no-decision.
With the win, the Sox improve to 13-15 on the season while Fresno drops to 14-14 with the loss
The Sox will hit the road for a short four-game series with the Sacramento River Cats beginning tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 PM MT.