The ripple effect of the biggest injury in baseball this season may prove to be a positive for the Sky Sox.
New Orleans lefty Brian Flynn made his third straight scoreless start against Colorado Springs in an 8-2 victory on Thursday night, but now that Jose Fernandez is on the shelf for Miami and slated for Tommy John surgery, there's a shot that the Sky Sox won't have to deal with him any more.
"I'd like to hope so," said Flynn, who gave up two hits in six shutout innings on Thursday. "You never wish for injuries, but I've got to keep putting it together here and getting more consistent."
Flynn has been the picture of consistency against the Sky Sox.
Dating back to last August, he has thrown 19 scoreless innings in three starts against this team. In that span he has struck out 13 and given up just seven hits.
"It was nice in this ballpark especially, because it's the first time I've played here," Flynn said. "You hear horror stories about pitching here, so I just wanted to keep the ball down."
The 6-foot-7, 240-pound Flynn is the No. 6 prospect in the Marlins' organization according to Baseball America. He led the Pacific Coast League in ERA last year (2.80) and would be at the top again this year were it not for an eight-run stinker of a start against Oklahoma City in early April.
"I've got to keep pitching to how the numbers look," he said. "Letting them see with the eye test, not just the stat sheet. I just need to polish some things up."
The eye test didn't leave Sky Sox manager Glenallen Hill particularly impressed.
"I don't know, he seems pretty average to me," Hill said. "I think most guys that tall that are able to throw high fastballs seem to do well. And I think he throws a change-up off that high fastball that seems to be a pretty good pitch for him."
Flynn exited in the seventh inning with a 1-0 lead, but New Orleans quickly blew it open with a five-run inning that chased starter Christian Friedrich from the game.
Friedrich, who faced the minimum through three innings, allowed hits to the first three batters in the seventh, including a two-run triple to Brian Bogusevic.
The Sky Sox offense, which was shut out in its most recent game on Wednesday, produced just two unearned runs.
Kyle Parker and Ryan Wheeler each had two hits, but the rest of the lineup went 1 for 23.
"Not one bit am I concerned about the ups and downs of the PCL," Hill said. "Not one bit. Our guys go out and play hard and they give their best effort."
Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario will join the Sky Sox on Friday for a rehab assignment. He is on the disabled list with a viral infection.