Sox Scribbles: Crazy Eights

The Sky Sox and Reno Aces complete their eight games in eight days series tonight at 6:05.

The Aces have won five of the first seven games with the Sox this season. However, the Sox captured last night’s game 8-5 behind a six-run eighth inning to erase a 3-2 deficit. They will look to earn a split of the current four-game series with a win tonight.

It’s pretty safe to say Sox pitchers won’t be sorry to see Wily Mo Pena in their rearview mirrors. In six games against the Sox so far this season, Pena is hitting a robust .407 (11-for-27) with four home runs and nine RBI.

However, Sox first baseman Mike Jacobs has been nearly as prolific against Reno. In seven games against the Aces this season, Jacobs is batting .441 (11-for-25) with three home runs, three doubles, seven RBI and three walks. 

At 4-7 and 3.5 games behind Reno in the Pacific Northern Division, the Sox will look to inch closer tonight before heading out to Tacoma for four games with the Rainiers.

Now for a few links:

In case you haven’t noticed, that team in Denver is off to their best start ever and currently own the best record in baseball. ESPN.com and SI.com currently rank them as the number one team in their latest Power Rankings.  ESPN had this to say about the play of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki:

“Owners of baseball’s best record, the Rockies are being driven by the amazing Troy Tulowitzki, who already has seven homers this year. Hits like a young Nomar Garciaparra, fields like a young Cal Ripken.”

The Rockies open up a huge three game set with the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants tonight with Tim Lincecum set to take the bump in game one. Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to make his return from the DL for game two on Tuesday.

Former Sky Sox Jhoulys Chacin has stepped up bigtime in Jimenez’s absence. He’s tied for the league lead with three wins and is tied for seventh in ERA at1.64

Even though it’s only the third week in April, pundits agree that this will be a meaningful series. Here’s some perspective from Fox Sports.com and ESPN’s Sweet Spot Blog.

Other former Sox players making an impact in the Rockies hot start are Jonathan Herrera and Dexter Fowler. Herrera is batting .400 and leads the team with four stolen bases while Fowler leads the Rox with 13 runs scored.

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