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Tyler Matzek keeps strong trend going with strong start for Sky Sox

By: NEAL REID sports@gazette.com
May 17, 2014 Updated: May 17, 2014 at 10:58 pm
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photo - This is a 2014 photo of Tyler Matzek of the Colorado Rockies baseball team.  This image reflects the Rockies active roster as of Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, when this image was taken.  (AP Photo/ Gregory Bull)
This is a 2014 photo of Tyler Matzek of the Colorado Rockies baseball team. This image reflects the Rockies active roster as of Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/ Gregory Bull) 

Tyler Matzek kept a strong trend going for Sky Sox starting pitchers.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound lefty threw five scoreless innings in Colorado Springs' 8-0 win over New Orleans on Saturday at Security Service Field, continuing what has been a great two weeks for Sky Sox starters. Matzek's performance lowered the starting pitchers' ERA to 2.25 over 641/3 innings in 11 games.

Colorado Springs (20-21) is 7-4 during that stretch, and the starters have combined for 48 strikeouts against 20 walks. Matzek (3-2) struck out six and walked four Saturday, lowering his ERA from 4.19 to 3.71.

"We're all just coming together, we help each other out and are trying to bounce ideas off each other," said Matzek, who allowed four hits. "That makes us all better. When you see that, it's more of a team effort, and we know what we expect out of each other and out of ourselves."

The 23-year-old also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second.

"They've got a lot of lefties, so that favors me," he said of his prowess against the Zephyrs. "But they're a good, competitive team, but it just happens they have a lot of lefties. When it's lefty versus lefty, it favors the pitcher."

Sky Sox pitching coach Dave Schuler has been impressed by his starters the last two weeks.

"They're doing what they do best instead of worrying about the hitters, and that makes a big difference," said Schuler, whose pitching staff earned its fourth shutout win of the season. "We've got some good catching here, and we've really been doing an outstanding job with location. We haven't been walking a bunch of guys and starting any (opponents') rallies on our own.

"The guys have been doing the things they need to do, and our communication is good."

Colorado Springs catcher Jackson Williams, has also taken note of the starters' streak.

"I really get the feeling these guys are feeding off each other," said Williams, who drove in a run with a walk in the seventh. "More than anything, it's just about getting ahead (in the count), being aggressive and putting the pressure on the other team to swing the bat. How could you not be impressed?"

Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario went 1 for 2 with a double in three innings. He is expected to rejoin the Rockies on Sunday.

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