Sox Scribbles: Beware of flying objects
The Sky Sox took the series finale against the Iowa Cubs 19-9 behind a prolific performance by the offense.
An eight run third inning, behind four home runs (two-run shots by Chris Nelson (4), Josh Fields (7), and Willy Taveras (4) and a solo homer by Matt Macri) erased a 4-0 deficit. The homeruns by Fields and Macri were back-to-back.
Macri would add a second home run in the fourth inning for his first multi-home run game of the season and the second by a Sky Sox player.
All five home runs came off of I-Cubs starter Robert Coello (2-4, 8.76). It was the first time the Sox have hit four home runs in an inning since July 26, 2007 against these same Iowa Cubs.
Fields and Macri would finish the night 4-for-5 with four runs scored each. Fields had three RBI and moved into a tie with Charlie Blackmon for the team lead in home runs with seven. Young Jr. and Taveras would add three hits a piece and every Sox starter had at least one hit except for starting pitcher Claudio Vargas.
Reliever Edgmer Escalona (1-0, 1.23) picked up the win for the Sox tossing 1.1scoreless innings in relief of Vargas.
With the win the Sox improve to 16-20 and are now 2-1-2 in home series this year. With the loss, Iowa falls to 15-20.
The Sox will welcome the Omaha Storm Chasers to Colorado Springs for a four game series starting tonight. The Storm Chasers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Royals have the top ranked farm system in 2011 according to Baseball America. One of the crown jewels of their system, first baseman Eric Hosmer, was called up to the big league club last week and promptly hit two home runs in the Royals’ series against the Yankees. There is still plenty of talent on the Storm Chasers including third baseman Mike Moustakas.
First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 PM MT. RHP Alan Johnson (1-2, 4.15) will take the hill for the Sox against LHP Mike Montgomery (2-1, 2.84).