Published: May 19, 2014
Walk-off wins usually produce an unmistakably chipper vibe.
But the feeling in the Sky Sox clubhouse felt more like guilt.
Christian Bergman ran his scoreless innings streak at Security Service Field to a club-record 24 innings, but because the offense hasn't given him a run over his past 301/3 innings he had to settle for a no-decision as he was pulled long before Kyle Parker singled in the winning run in the 10th for 1-0 victory over Memphis on Monday night.
"I know everyone feels bad about it," said Parker, who also knocked in the game-winner last week when one of Bergman's starts went to extra innings scoreless. "You'd like to go out and throw up some runs for a guy who is pitching like that."
Bergman gave up just four hits, walked two, hit a batter and struck out two over eight innings.
He has given up just one run in his past four starts but is 0-1 in that span.
"I know he has not been rewarded for it with a win, but he has been rewarded for it in terms of his confidence and being consistent in what he's doing," Sky Sox manager Glenallen Hill said. "He can keep it on, as far as I concern. As long as he can keep pitching like that."
Bergman, 26, isn't high on anybody's prospect list despite a 3.61 career ERA and control that was dubbed the best in the Rockies' system according to Baseball America last season. But throw out his second and third starts here in his first Triple-A season and he has posted a 1.26 ERA over 50 innings.
It's getting to the point where you have to wonder what else he can do to earn a look in Denver.
"Well, that's the thing," Bergman said. "There is nothing else I can do but keep going out there every day and helping my team get a win. Hopefully at some point somebody finally takes notice and thinks I can do what I think I can do."
Memphis matched Bergman with a solid start from Zach Petrick, who gave up just three hits in seven scoreless innings.
It's not that the Sky Sox didn't try to be creative with the few baserunners they had. A hit-and-run helped them avoid a double play in the seventh, and in the eighth Jason Pridie stole second and third with two outs.
"You have to be willing to be aggressive in those situations," Hill said. "You kind of break up the rhythm of the pitchers."
The Sky Sox finally broke through after loading the bases with nobody out in the 10th. With the infield drawn in, Parker shot a single through the middle for the team's Pacific Coast League-leading sixth walk-off victory.