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Gazette Premium Content Matzek, bullpen get lift in extras

By Joe Paisley Updated: April 17, 2014 at 11:22 pm

It was too bad the evening chill kept most Sky Sox fans home.

They missed a well-pitched baseball game between Colorado Springs and Oklahoma City.

And they would have left Security Service Field happy.

The host Sky Sox found just enough offense over the 10th and 11th innings to eke out a 3-2 win and end a four-game losing streak.

"When the pitchers perform that well, you want to get the win for them," said right fielder Matt McBride, who hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th to score the winning run by Jason Pridie (leadoff double). "Matzek pitched great. This was an important win."

Oklahoma City (10-5) fell one win short of a franchise record eighth road victory with the defeat.

The Oklahoma City pitchers held the typically potent Sky Sox hitters to a single by Paul Janish in the third and another by Pridie in the ninth.

The RedHawks broke through for the tying run in the seventh against reliever Rob Scahill that led to extra innings.

The Colorado Springs bullpen did their job. The relievers - Scahill, Brooks Brown, Nick Masset and Manny Corpas - allowed only one more run over the next four innings to keep the Sky Sox (6-8) in the PCL American North division game.

Corpas gave up the go-ahead run when Gregorio Petit hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score pinch hitter Ronny Torreyes, who led off the 10th with a triple, to make it 2-1.

But Colorado Springs would tie the game at 2-2 when Rafael Ynoa singled home Kyle Parker, who led off the 10th with a double. Corpas held Oklahoma City to a two-out single in the 11th to set the stage for the walk-off victory.

"We just battled," McBride said. "Kyle Parker made a big hit there to keep us in it."

Matzek threw six shutout innings, using his fastball and off-speed pitches to hold the OKC batters to two hits. He allowed one walk and struck out six to increase his team-high strikeout total to 19.

Former Sky Sox starter Collin McHugh was almost as good for the RedHawks. He scattered three hits over five innings and struck out three Colorado Springs batters while walking none in five innings. The hosts only had a 1-0 lead when Matzek left to start the seventh.

Scahill then allowed two walks, including an RBI single into center field that was deflected by shortstop Drew Garcia.

The Sky Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when McBride hit a two-out infield single.

Two pitches later, designated hitter Ben Paulsen hit a double to center field that fell short of a diving attempt by center fielder Austin Wates. McBride raced home, beating the throw.

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