Sox Scribbles – Opening Day 2011 Recap

The Sky Sox lost their home opener Thursday by the robust score of 18-14. Lets empty the notebook and look at some of the highlights and tidbits from the night that was.

  • The game marked the highest scoring season opener in Sky Sox history (home or away). The previous high was a 13-10 home opening loss to the now defunct Edmonton Trappers on April 6th, 1995.
  • At 3:56 the game fell 6 minutes shy of the all-time high for a nine inning Sky Sox home game and 4 minutes shy of being the fifth 4-hour nine inning home game in Sox history.
  • Two players collected their first ever Triple-A hits and both did it with the long ball. Jordan Pacheco connected on a solo home run in the fourth and Charlie Blackmon smacked a two-run shot off the scoreboard in the fifth.
  • Every Tucson starter had at least one hit in the game and seven had two or more.
  • Every Sox starter except Chris Nelson had at least one hit or reached base once.
  • Tucson second baseman Logan Forsythe, who hit only three home runs in 392 at-bats last season hit two in seven at-bats last night. He also walked four times.
  • The Sky Sox scored at least one run in eight of nine innings.
  • On the night, the two teams combined for 32 runs, 38 hits, 16 walks, and 23 men left on base.
  • The game featured 86 at-bats and 392 total pitches, for an average of 4.6 pitchers per at-bat.

All told, it was a wild way to begin the season. The Sox will try to get in the win column tonight as last season’s wins leader Alan Johnson takes the bump against Tucson’s Wil Inman. First pitch is at 5:05 pm MT.

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