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Rare 1-0 home victory for Sky Sox was full of statistical oddities

Published: May 4, 2014, 2:03 pm, by Brent Briggeman

 If you haven’t heard, Saturday night’s Sky Sox game was full of rarities.

Colorado Springs won 1-0, scoring the final run with two outs in the ninth on a walk-off single from Jason Pridie.

Here are some of the statistical oddities from that game:

  • It was the first time the Sky Sox had won a home game 1-0 since April 27, 1996.
  • The game was only the second at Security Service Field to go into the bottom of the ninth inning scoreless. The other was on June 9, 1995 against the Tucson Toros. The Sky Sox also won that game with two outs in the ninth, on an RBI single from Webster Garrison.
  • Saturday’s starting pitchers each entered the game with ERAs over 6.30 (Sky Sox’s Christian Bergman, 6.35; Memphis’ Scott McGregor, 7.05) before throwing a combined 15 scoreless innings. Bergman’s ERA was down to 4.95 after the game. McGregor’s fell to 5.40.
  • Bergman gave up three hits to the first five batters he faced. Memphis managed just two hits over its final 25 at bats.
  • The first 11 games at Security Service Field had seen an average of 14.8 combined runs.
  • Pridie was the only player to collect two hits.
  • Memphis’ Oscar Taveras, a consensus top-three prospect according to Baseball Prospectus, went 0 for 4.
  • The teams were a combined 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
  • The game saw only one extra-base hit (a double from Memphis’ Shane Robinson), but included three double plays.
  • The game’s only run was unearned, as Paul Janish moved from first to second on a passed ball charged to Memphis catcher Ed Easley.
  • The crowd of 8,885 was the largest May crowd in stadium history and the seventh largest ever for a Sky Sox game (a 1994 exhibition against the Rockies drew more also).
  • The back-to-back crowds on Friday and Saturday (17,670) were the largest on consecutive days in stadium history, beating a previous record set Sept. 1 and 2, 2012.