The Space Between

Today’s contest will be the first game in three and a half years that Tom Runnells will not have some kind of direct impact on. Even yesterday, the day he was promoted to be the Rockies new bench coach, Runnells actually made out the lineup. It sounds odd, but Runnells had actually filled out the day’s lineup the night before and left it on his desk in his office. After Runnells got the call to head up to Denver the lineup was still used that night. So, technically, last night’s lineup was Runnells’ last as the Sky Sox manager. With new manager Stu Cole not arriving in Colorado Springs until Sunday, today’s lineup was put together by interim skipper Rene Lachemann.

So here’s a look at Lachemann’s lineup for today’s match up with the Tacoma Rainiers in game two of the four-game series:

Eric Young Jr. – 2B

Jonathan Herrera – SS

Mike McCoy – RF

Carlos Gonzalez – CF

Matt Miller – LF

Kenny Perez – DH

Mark Bellhorn – 1B

Christian Colonel – 3B

Sal Fasano – C

An interesting move in the lineup today is McCoy playing in right. It’ll be his first start in the outfield this season but McCoy has played the outfield throughout his career having played 60 total games in the outfield before this season. On the season, McCoy has been an ultra utility player for the Sky Sox. Not only has McCoy been raking at the plate but he’s also played games at second, third, shortstop, designated hitter, pitcher and now outfield.

With McCoy in the outfield, that also makes room to get Colonel in the lineup again today at third which is good to see. Colonel, who has been battling a slump for most of the season, had a break out game last night going 2-for-5 with two runs, two RBIs and his first homer since May 5. An All-Star for the Sky Sox last year, Colonel comes into today hitting a very uncharacteristic .214 with just two homers and 15 RBIs.

2 thoughts on “The Space Between

  1. McCoy is a very good all-around player and certainly has an opportunity to play in the big leagues. Ever since the Rockies acquired him in a trade from the Orioles last season in exchange for Juan Castro, McCoy has been outstanding. He plays all over the field, hits for average and decent gap power and has very good speed. He’s the scrappiest player on the field and hustles every single play. So, if McCoy continues to play well and hit well I certainly think he’ll have a shot at making it to the big leagues.

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