Sky Sox 8, Zephyrs 2
After a 2 1/2-hour rain delay, Colorado Springs scored five runs in the first inning Saturday night at Zephyr Field.
The Sky Sox won for the second consecutive night in taking a 2-1 lead with the final game Sunday.
A two-run double by Matt McBride followed by a double by Kyle Parker staked Colorado Springs to a 3-0 lead with one out. One out later, Drew Garcia singled in Parker and Jackson Williams, who had singled.
Sky Sox starter Tyler Matzek struck out 11 in five innings, allowing two hits.
What: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Where: Zephyr Field, Metairie, La.
When: 1 p.m.
Probable pitchers: Zephyrs RH Elih Villanueva vs. Sky Sox LH Pedro Hernandez
Broadcast: WMTI FM 106.1. MILB.tv.
Colorado Springs right fielder Kyle Parker just seems destined for the Major Leagues.
Parker, 6 feet, 205 pounds, has pop in his bat, as evidenced by his 20 or more home runs the past three seasons in minor league baseball. And, he appears excellent in the outfield, making a shoestring catch of a line drive by the Zephyrs’ Justin Bour in the seventh inning of Friday night’s 8-2 Sky Sox win.
And, Parker, 24, has a relaxed demeanor that suggests he’ll be ready to handle the big time when he gets the call. He is the parent Colorado Rockies’ fourth-rated prospect.
“He’s a good player; he plays loose,” said Sky Sox second-year manager Glenallen Hill. “He has a loose attitude which allow him not to take the game too seriously from day to day, which allows him to make adjustments and focus on what he needs to do. He’s a good hitter.”
The 26th overall player picked in 2010, Parker was Clemson’s starting quarterback for two years. He is the first player in NCAA history to throw for 20 touchdowns and hit 20 home runs in the same year.
The Zephyrs had a combined attendance of 16,624 for the first two games of the season-opening series. … New Orleans got just two hits in each of the first two games. The Zephyrs had two hits or fewer 54 times last season, a franchise record. … Colorado Rockies pitcher Boone Logan began his Major League rehab assignment with the Sky Sox at the start of this series. He has pitched in both games of the series. In Thursday’s opener, he pitched the sixth inning and allowed no runs on one hit and struck out two. On Friday, he pitched to one hitter, getting out Zephyrs third baseman Zack Cox on a called third strike for the second out in the bottom of the eighth. Logan signed with the Rockies in the offseason after four seasons with the New York Yankees.