Posted by Mike Rice
Courtesy Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Jhoulys Chacin (1-1) tossed six solid innings in his second Major League rehab start with the Sky Sox as Colorado Springs topped the Memphis Redbirds 7-1 on Tuesday evening at AutoZone Park.
Chacin surrendered a run the first inning on a RBI single by Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras but settled down after that to blank Memphis the rest of the way. In his six innings of work, the righty allowed just four hits, walked four, hit one batter and struck out four. He threw 96 pitches, in what could be his final rehab start before rejoining the Rockies, with 53 crossing the plate for strikes.
Sky Sox hitters continued their torrid hitting and gave Chacin more than enough run support on the night. Ryan Wheeler started off the scoring in the first with a solo blast to right giving him a homer in each of the first two games of the series in Memphis. After Memphis tied it up in the bottom of the first, Jason Pridie broke the tie for good with a monster, two-run homer to right off of Memphis starter Boone Whiting (0-3).
It would prove to be all the scoring Colorado Springs would need but the Sky Sox kept it going with three runs in the sixth and a final run in the seventh. Ben Paulsen drove in a pair runs in the sixth with his third triple of the season and later scored on a RBI single by Paul Janish. Kyle Parker would finish off the Sox scoring with a sac fly to score Tim Wheeler in the seventh.
A trio of Sky Sox relievers, Rob Scahill, Brooks Brown, and Nick Masset, combined to blank Memphis over the final three frames and preserve the win for Chacin.
Game three of the four-game series is set for Wednesday night at 6:05 PM (MDT) with the Sky Sox sending out LH Tyler Matzek (1-0, 2.18) to face RH Angel Castro (2-2, 5.50).