The last at-bat magic continued for the Sky Sox, albeit with an assist.
Colorado Springs broke a tie in the eighth inning Sunday with three unearned runs as it won 8-5 to take the first three games of the four-game series at Security Service Field.
The Sky Sox have won seven home games this year on runs in their last at-bat. This one, unlike the others, wasn't in walk-off fashion. Still, it showed the potency of an attack that is relentless enough to, if not necessarily earn everything it gets, put enough pressure on a defense to create some breaks.
"I just feel like everybody is going up there with confidence and knowing we're going to win every game," said second baseman Josh Rutledge, who was playing his second game since a demotion from the Rockies. "That's what I take from it so far."
Ben Paulsen started the eighth inning rally with a ground ball to short that was booted for an error. Charlie Culberson then reached on a ground ball to third that was ruled a hit but was a play that could have been made. The big play then came when Tommy Manzella hit a short ground ball that pitcher Dan Runzler threw away down the first base line, allowing Paulsen and Culberson to score.
Fresno entered Sunday leading the Pacific Coast League with 59 errors before adding four more in the loss.
Two batters later Rutledge delivered an RBI double. It was the second hit for Rutledge, who was also hit by a pair of pitches.
Rutledge went 0-for-6 in his Triple-A debut Friday before missing Saturday's game with a stomach ailment. He had initially bypassed this level on his climb to Coors Field but was demoted after hitting .242 in 43 games.
"It's just part of it," Rutledge said. "You've just got to come down here and get your work in and not think about things like that. Just play."
The playing will likely be made easier with an offense that is rolling. The Sky Sox collected 11 hits on Sunday after entering the day leading the PCL in batting average by 15 points.
The offense was able to pick up Drew Pomeranz, who had a rare rough outing. The lefty gave up 5 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. He walked four, struck out five and surrendered seven hits.
Veteran pitcher Roman Colon was placed on the disabled list on Sunday with a right quadriceps strain. He suffered the injury while running to first base in the second inning on Saturday. Bobby Cassevah was activated from the disabled list to take Colon's place on the Sky Sox roster.