In his first career start with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, right-hander Justin Berg (W, 1-0) threw six scoreless innings to help the team shutout the Tucson Padres 3-0 at Kino Stadium.
The Sky Sox gave Berg the early lead when Charlie Blackmon hit a double to right field to score DJ LeMahieu. Blackmon finished the day 2-for-4 and now leads the team in average at .383.
In the fourth inning Blackmon led off with his second double of the game and advanced to third on a Nolan Arenado ground out. After two straight walks by Padres' starter Tim Stauffer (L, 1-2), second baseman Charlie Culberson grounded into a force out to bring home Blackmon to make it 2-0.
Colorado Springs added one more run in the top of the seventh when catcher Lars Davis went deep for his first career Triple-A home run.
Three runs would be all the cushion the Sky Sox pitching staff would need as Berg, Schmidt and Coty Woods combined to allow zero runs on seven hits. Berg went six innings in his first appearance since being added to the roster from Extended Spring Training and Schmidt struck out four in his first stint as a reliever. Woods came on in the ninth to shut the door on the Padres and tally his second save of the season.
The Sky Sox are now five games over .500 and have a 1.5 game lead over the Salt Lake Bees and Tacoma Rainiers for first place in the Pacific Northern division. Colorado Springs is looking to win its third series of the year when they send Aaron Cook (0-2, 11.68) to the mound against Sean O'Sullivan (1-1, 5.40)
Sky Sox Notes: Corey Dickerson failed to record a hit for this first time this season and ends his hitting streak at 16 games. Outfielder Tyler Colvin has a hit in 10 straight games which is now the longest streak on the team.