Rockies starter Aaron Cook pitched 7.0 solid innings while picking up a win in his final rehab tune-up as the Sky Sox defeated the Grizzlies 9-3 Thursday night.
With the win, the Sox have now notched consecutive road victories for only the second time this season, with the only other occurrence coming on April 21st-22nd at Tacoma. The victory also marked the second overall road victory for the Sox against a Pacific Southern division team in 2011. They were 0-9 before Wednesday’s 7-2 victory against Fresno, having previously lost consecutive road games against Tucson (4), Sacramento (4), and Fresno (1). The Sox are now 9-18 away from Colorado Springs. Conversely, the Sox have a 12-4 record against the Pacific Southern division at home: Tucson (2-2), Fresno (6-2), Las Vegas (4-0).
Cook (1-0, 5.52) allowed just three runs on five hits in his last start before rejoining the Rockies.
The Sox took a 5-0 lead after the top of the second inning on RBI doubles by Mike Jacobs and Ian Stewart and a sacrifice fly by Josh Fields.
The lead would grow to 7-1 in the fourth as Cole Garner and Stewart each smacked a solo home run.
Garner and Matt Pagnozzi would add RBI singles in the seventh and ninth innings respectively to give the Sox the 9-3 victory, their second in a row and eighth in eleven games against the Grizzlies this season.
Garner finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored in his first game batting leadoff this season. Stewart finished 2-for-4 with three RBI in his first game since returning from the disabled list.
Charlie Blackmon recorded two hits on the night to extend his 2011 PCL best hitting streak to 20 games. Blackmon became the 14th different Sky Sox player to have a 20-game hit streak (15th time a 20-game hit streak has occurred). Neifi Perez is the only one in the group to have two 20-game hit streaks. The last Sky Sox player to have a 20+ game hitting streak was Matt Miller who did it from April 19th to May 13th, 2010, with the streak eventually ending at 21 games. The longest hitting streak in Sky Sox history was 29 games by Trenidad Hubbard from July 5th to August 7th, 1995 and Matt Murton from April 15th to April 27th and June 6th to June 21st, 2009.
The Sox will look to take their second consecutive series from the Grizzlies tonight as John Maine (1-1, 6.46) takes the call against Josh Banks (3-3, 6.62). First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 PM MT.