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Gazette Premium Content Christian Bergman, Jason Pridie lead Sky Sox to first 1-0 home victory since 1996

By Brent Briggeman Updated: May 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

It's not that the Sky Sox have never won a home game 1-0, but the last time it happened Christian Bergman was 8 years old.

Bergman, who turns 26 Sunday, threw eight shutout innings against Memphis on Saturday before Nick Masset worked a scoreless ninth and Jason Pridie knocked in the game-winner with two outs and two strikes in the ninth.

"Any time you witness a game that is pitched so well on both sides, that's special," Sky Sox manager Glenallen Hill said. "Especially in this ballpark."

The last time this team won here 1-0 was April 27, 1996.

The Sky Sox welcomed 8,885 spectators on a picturesque evening with fireworks. It was the largest crowd in 10 years at Security Service Field and the game took just 2 hours, 15 minutes to complete.

Colorado Springs players wore special jerseys for military appreciation night. That made things even more special for Bergman, whose buddy Geoff Barr, a Marine, was in attendance.

Bergman had no room for error as Memphis starter Scott McGregor matched him for seven scoreless, two-hit innings. McGregor faced just one over the minimum.

Bergman surrendered just five hits in eight innings. He walked one and struck out three.

"I was locating my fastball tonight," Bergman said. "My off-speed pitches were there. I was trying to make pitches and get guys to put the ball in play early. They were hitting it right at guys. It makes it easier.

"When the other guy is going pitch for pitch with you, you just have to stay on top of it."

The Sky Sox finally mounted a scoring threat in the ninth. Paul Janish pinch hit for the pitcher's spot and singled to right. A passed ball sent Janish to second and a Tim Wheeler bunt put him on third with one out.

Drew Garcia struck out, bringing up Pridie, a 30-year-old veteran who has seen big-league time with the Twins, Mets, Phillies and Orioles.

"When I got down to two strikes, you just try to get the barrel on the ball and put it in play," Pridie said. "You just get in that throw-the-bat-at-the-ball mode, and I got a pitch to hit."

The Sky Sox have won four home games this year, and all four have been in walk-off fashion.

"It was a fun game," Pridie said. "It's a lot different playing in this than playing in 40 degrees with wind. There was a great crowd tonight and 1-0 ballgames don't happen very often in this park."

Notes

The Rockies recalled Sky Sox catcher Michael McKenry before the game. The Sky Sox added Michael Ramirez from Single-A Modesto. . The crowds on Friday and Saturday (17,670 total) were the largest over consecutive games in Sky Sox history.

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