Sky Sox Update: Clemson Crush, Chacin Rehabs with Sox, Matzek on a Streak

04_18_023_pkCLEMSON CRUSH: This season, former Clemson Tiger teammates, Ben Paulsen and Kyle Parker (left), have been red-hot with runners on the pond. Combined, the two are hitting .434 (23-for-53) with six doubles, two triples, three long balls and 22 RBI. The rest of the Sky Sox lineup is hitting .257 (56-for-218) with runners on base. As a complete team, their .292 average with runners on is seventh in the PCL. Las Vegas leads the league with a .339 average, while Iowa is at the bottom hitting .227.

CHACIN TO REHAB WITH SOX: RHP Jhoulys Chacin will make his first rehab start with the Sky Sox. The start will be his third on his current rehab stint after he made two starts for Single-A Modesto. In those two starts, Chacin went 0-2 with an 8.59 ERA giving up seven runs on eight hits in 7.1 innings. This will be Chacin’s fourth appearance with the Sky Sox and first since 2012 when he made two rehab starts (1-1, 2.63) for the club. In his career, Chacin is 5-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 13 starts with the Sox.

Sky Sox 2014 home opener at Security Service FieldSHUT ‘EM OUT MATZEK: With his outing Tuesday, Tyler Matzek (left) now has pitched 12.1 scoreless innings dating back to his April 11 outing. In those 12.1 innings, Matzek has allowed just four hits, while striking out 11 and walking six. He also leads the team on the season in strikeouts (24) and ERA (2.18). His ERA also is eighth in the league.

VS IOWA: This will be the first of four series (two home, two away) against Iowa in 2014. The Sky Sox have not lost a home series against the I-Cubs since 2001 and are 6-2 in their last two meetings at Security Service Field (2011 & 2013). The Sky Sox are 42-34 All-Time at home against Iowa, and 71-76 total. In the last three years combined, the Sky Sox are 9-3 versus Iowa.

LAST TIME OUT: Despite trailing much of the game, the New Orleans Zephyrs came up with a big eighth inning to beat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 7-2, on Tuesday in New Orleans and split the four-game series heading into a league off day. The Sky Sox (9-10) built a 2-0 lead after 1B Ben Paulsen hit an RBI-double in the second and an RBI-single in the third. That lead lasted until the seventh thanks to five shutout innings by LHP Tyler Matzek. He allowed just two hits, while striking out five and walking five to lower his season ERA to 2.18. After a shutout inning by RHP Manny Corpas in the sixth, Josh Rodriguez plated Taylor Harbin in the seventh on an RBI groundout. In the bottom of the eighth, with RHP Greg Burke (2-1) pitching, the Zephyrs loaded the bases with two outs when Harbin put New Orleans ahead for good with a single to score Brian Bogusevic and Kyle Jensen.The Zephyrs kept tacking on more runs in the next at-bat when Justin Bour smacked his third homer of the season, a three-run shot to right field. New Orleans would score again to take the 7-2 lead. In the ninth, RHP Chris Hatcher shut the door on a Sky Sox comeback. Zephyr RHP Chaz Roe (1-1) tossed two scoreless innings and struck out four to pick up the win.

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