The New Orleans Zephyrs came up with a six-run eighth inning to beat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 7-2 on Tuesday in New Orleans and split the four-game series.
The Sky Sox (9-10) built a 2-0 lead after 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 left-hander 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 reliever Manny Corpas in the sixth, New Orleans cut the lead to 2-1 on Josh Rodriguez’s RBI groundout in the seventh.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Zephyrs loaded the bases with two outs when Taylor Harbin put New Orleans ahead for good with a single to score Brian Bogusevic and Kyle Jensen.
Justin Bour followed with a three-run homer to right field. The Zephyrs added another run to head into the final inning leading 7-2.
In the ninth, RHP Chris Hatcher shut the door on a Sky Sox comeback.
Tim Wheeler’s fourth-inning double was his eighth of the season. He is now tied for second in the PCL in doubles. He is also tied for third in the PCL in extra-base hits. ... Tyler Matzek now has pitched 12.1 scoreless inning dating back to April 11. In those 12.1 innings, Matzek has allowed just four hits, while striking out 11 and walking six. ... The Sky Sox will return home on Thursday for a four-game series against the Iowa Cubs. RHP Jhoulys Chacin will start his Major League rehab assignment Thursday and will square off against LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2-1, 0.84), who was the PCL Pitcher of the Week on April 14. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.