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Bergman, Parker lead Sky Sox to historic victory

May 8, 2014 Updated: May 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm
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Sky Sox pitcher Christian Bergman, shown here throwing during spring training, extended his scoreless innings streak to 16 1/3, eight of which came in Thursday's 1-0 win over Nashville. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The 5,848 fans at the game's start may not have realized they were witnessing Sky Sox history being made. To be fair, none of the players did either.

All the elementary school children at the Thursday Math Day Matinee were long gone by the time the lengthiest scoreless game in Colorado Springs franchise history ended.

Sky Sox right fielder Kyle Parker hit a ground-rule double down the right field line to score Jason Pridie, who reached with a two-out double, for a 1-0 victory in the 13th inning over Nashville.

"I had no idea it was an historic game," Parker said. "We were just trying to score."

The previous lengthiest scoreless contest was a 1-0 New Orleans victory that ended with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning on April 9, 2003. It was also the first game (No. 1,858) in the franchise's 27 years to go into extra innings scoreless at hitter-friendly Security Service Field and the first 1-0 home win for the Sky Sox (16-17) after regulation.

Christian Bergman extended his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings, including 8 1/3 in a 1-0 home win over Memphis on May 3. It was Bergman's second-straight game with eight scoreless innings without a decision. He is 3-1 with a 4.06 ERA.

"He has elevated his game into another dimension," pitching coach Dave Schuler said. "He was hitting his spots and pitches were going from outside into the strike zone. He has a rhythmic delivery and he was able to change things up to confuse the batters."

Bergman benefited from a good performance by his infielders. He faced 25 batters in eight innings thanks to two double plays. A third double play ended a scoring chance for Nashville in the 12th.

Notes

Nashville starter Brad Mills (2-0, 1.72) scattered four hits for seven scoreless innings. This was his 12th career start (4-4 record) against the Sky Sox. ... 1995 was the last time Colorado Springs had two 1-0 wins (one home, one away) during a season and the first time with two at home. ... Thursday was only the third time in franchise history a home game was scoreless through 8 1/2 innings (June 5, 1995, May 3, 2014). Those ended with 1-0 walk-off wins in the ninth for the Sky Sox ... The record for scoreless innings by a Sky Sox starter is 22 2/3 shared by Bryan Rekar (June 14-29, 1995) and Denny Stark (May 15-30, 2004). ... Sky Sox first baseman Ben Paulsen extended his hitting streak to a PCL-leading 15 games.

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