In a rare pitchers duel in Colorado Springs, the Sky Sox defeated the Grizzlies 2-1 Friday night behind a strong performance from Billy Buckner (1-1, 6.82). With 5.0 scoreless innings, Buckner picked up his first win of the 2011 season. The win also marked the first by a Sky Sox starter since May 12th in game one of a double-header with the Iowa Cubs. Josh Muecke picked up the win in 11-5 Sky Sox victory that day.
The Sox lost the shutout with two outs and two strikes on Thomas Neal, but Jim Miller’s 0-2 pitch was hit out for a solo home run. Miller would end up striking out the side in the ninth to earn his 3rd save of the season and his 100th career save in the Minor Leagues.
The only runs for the Sox came on a Matt Macri two RBI double in the fourth inning to score Cole Garner and Jordan Pacheco.
Charlie Blackmon recorded two hits on the night, finishing 2-for-4 while extending his hitting streak to 15 games. It is the longest hitting streak by a Sky Sox batter this season.
The Sox will look to make it two in a row tonight as Rockies starter Aaron Cook takes the hill in a rehab appearance. Cook is the Rockies all-time leader in wins (69), games started (189), quality starts (105) and innings pitched (1215.1).
First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM MT