Sky Sox top New Orleans 2-0 behind Christian Friedrich's strong seven innings

By: News services -News services
April 20, 2014 Updated: April 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Led by a great starting performance by lefty Christian Friedrich and just enough offense, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (7-9) won the second of a four-game set in New Orleans, 2-0.

Friedrich (1-2), who was perfect through five and hitless through six Sunday, got two ground-ball double plays to face the minimum through his seven innings. He allowed just one hit and one walk, while striking out three in his longest start of the season and his longest start since April 16, 2012.

The Sky Sox offense gave Friedrich all the run support he would need in the second inning. The Sox loaded the bases thanks to a walk, error and single, but could only score one when 3B Drew Garcia grounded into a double play, but was able to drive in right fielder Kyle Parker, who led off with a walk.

The Sox tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Parker drove in shortstop Charlie Culberson, who led off the frame with a double.

As a team, the Sky Sox faced the minimum of 24 batters through eight innings, before the Zephyrs threatened in the bottom of the ninth. Juan Diaz and Kyle Skipworth led off the inning with back-to-back singles off righty Brooks Brown and moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Zack Cox. Brown would walk a batter to load the bases before buckling down and striking out the Zephyrs' Nos. 2 and 3 batters, Brian Bogusevic and Jake Marisnick, to pick up his first save of the season.

Righty Adam Conley, who started for New Orleans, also had an excellent outing, but picked up the loss. He went seven innings as well, allowing just one unearned run on two hits, while striking out eight batters against just one walk.

Both teams will square off again Monday evening when RHP Christian Bergman (1-1 9.39 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Sky Sox and RHP Elih Villanueva (0-1, 3.60) will take the mound for the Zephyrs.

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