Zephyrs 4, Sky Sox 3
Colorado Springs, Colo. — Justin Bour hammered two home runs and the New Orleans Zephyrs held off a late rally by Colorado Springs to defeat the Sky Sox 4-3 at Security Service Field. The Zephyrs (30-28) have won 10 of their last 12 games.
The Sox scored a run in the first inning when Ben Paulsen drilled a two-out double to score Jason Pridie and give Colorado Springs a 1-0 lead. The Z’s answered in the fourth on a solo home run to right field by Bour.
The Z’s grabbed a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning as Zack Cox singled and scored on a Kyle Jensen RBI double, and added two more on Bour’s second home run of the game.
Elih Villanueva (6-2) pitched 6.2 innings, allowing five hits, three runs, and had four strikeouts.
The Sox rallied in the seventh inning with three hits off of Villanueva and scored a pair of runs on doubles by Angelys Nina and Drew Garcia. The Z’s called to the pen and Edgar Olmos walked both hitters he faced. Jesus Sanchez entered with two outs and the bases loaded and struck out Rafael Ynoa to end the inning.
Grant Dayton entered the game in the ninth allowed a two-out single and got Pridie to look at a called third strike to end the game. Dayton earned his first career Triple-A save.
Yohan Flande (1-8) allowed four runs in six innings and took the loss for Colorado Springs.
Jake Marisnick extended his hitting streak to a career best fifteen games. ...It is the longest hit streak of the season for any Zephyr. Bour picked up his second career multi-home run game and is tied with Josh Rodriguez for the team lead. ...Villanueva earned his 24th career win as a Zephyr, ties him with Tom Koehler for fourth most in franchise history. He also had four strikeouts moving him ahead of Travis Driskill for second in franchise history with 262.
The Zephyrs conclude their road-trip in Colorado Springs at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday.
The Zephyrs will start RH Alex Sanabia (2-0, 2.87) against Colorado Springs RH Christian Bergman (3-4, 3.91). Radio: WMTI-FM, 106.1.