The Omaha Storm Chasers completed a four-game sweep of the Sky Sox Tuesday night with their second consecutive 12-9 victory in the series.
It was deja vu all over again as they say. For the second straight game, the Sky Sox took a 4-0 lead after the first inning on two-run home runs by Mike Jacobs and Ian Stewart. It was Stewart’s first at-bat since returning to the Sky Sox.
A Charlie Blackmon solo home run in the third would make it 5-3 Sox.
The score would remain 5-3 until the seventh when Edgmer Escalona surrendered a two-run home run to Paulo Orlando to tie the game at 5.
In the bottom half of the inning the Sky Sox would retake the lead on a two out two-run single by Josh Fields and an RBI single by Mike Jacobs to take a 9-5 lead into the eighth. However, the Sox bullpen was unable to hold the lead as three relievers allowed seven runs in the eighth inning. A three-run pinch hit double by Kila Ka’Aihui and a two-run home run by Manny Pina were the critical hits for the Storm Chasers.
For the second consecutive night, reliever Matt Daley (0-2, 6.28) took the loss for the Sky Sox allowing four runs on four hits without recording an out in the eighth inning.
The Sky Sox have an off-day today before traveling to Texas for a four game set with the Round Rock Express. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM MT on Wednesday.
- This is the third time the Sky Sox have allowed 10 or more runs in four straight games. The other two occurrences were April 24th-28th, 1998 in three games against Fresno and one game against New Orleans and May 19th-22nd, 2000 in four games against Nashville.
- The loss marked the eighth in a row for the Sox against Omaha, having lost all four games against them in 2010
- The sweep marked the first time that Omaha has swept a four-game series in Colorado Springs
The Sky Sox dropped their second straight game to the Storm Chasers Sunday afternoon 12-5 in large part due to the powerful bat of Omaha third baseman Mike Moustakas.
Moustakas went 2-for-5 with a towering two-run home run, two runs scored and three RBI. One of the most highly anticipated prospects in the Royals system, Moustakas showed will be a regular in the Royals lineup for many years to come. He is mentioned in this recent article on the Royals up-and-coming talent from SI.com.
The Sox offense was paced by the hot-hitting Eric Young Jr. who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk. Young is first in the PCL among active players with a .474 on-base percentage. Eric Hosmer, another Royals prospect who was called up to the Majors last week, was leading the PCL with a .525 OBP when he was promoted.
Game three is tonight at 6:05PM MT with Sox starter Andrew Graham (0-1, 8.18) taking the mound against veteran righty Jeff Supan (3-4, 4.93).
- For the first time in five games, the Sox failed to score in double digits. They had previously scored double-digit runs in four games against the Iowa Cubs from 5/10-5/13 and in the series opener against the Storm Chasers on 5/14. It was the first time the Sox had scored double digits in five consecutive games since May 4th-8th, 1993 in three games against the Tucson Toros and two against the Vancouver Canadians. The Sox went 4-1 in those games scoring a total of 63 runs, one fewer then they scored during the most current streak.
- Sox reliever Rex Brothers struck out two batters in an inning of work Sunday. It’s the 14th time in 17 appearances this season that Brothers has recorded at least two strikeouts and he’s recorded one strikeout in every appearance in 2011
The Sky Sox dropped game one of their four game series with the Omaha storm chasers 16-11 Saturday night. Omaha was sparked by Lorenzo Cain’s cycle including a first inning grand slam off of Sox starter Alan Johnson. It was the third slam Alan has given up in a Sky Sox uniform tying him for second most in Sox history.
Eric Young Jr. was the catalyst for the Sox offensive effort, hitting his team-leading sixth triple of the year and finishing 2-for-4 with three runs scored, 2RBI and 2 stolen bases. Mike Jacobs had three RBI for the Sox in the losing effort.
The Sox scored in double digits for the fifth straight game, but are only 3-2 in those games. It’s the first time the Sox have scored in double digits in that many consecutive games in over 12 years.
The Sox currently trail the Storm Chasers in game two 10-2 in the top of the 7th inning. Check back later for updates on the conclusion of this game.
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).
Whether it’s wearing a certain piece of clothing during a hot-streak or not stepping on the foul lines as you enter and exit the field, the list of baseball superstitions is endless. Today marks the 17th game the Sky Sox will play on Friday the 13th. In their previous 16 games on this date, the Sox are 8-8.
The complete list of results for Sky Sox games on Friday the 13th are listed below:
1988 – May 13th, 1988 vs. Albuquerque (Road) (Lost 10-5) (13,243)
1989 – None during regular season
1990 – April 13th, 1990 vs.Portland (Road) (Won 11-1) (1,394)
1990 – July 13th, 1990 vs.Calgary (Home) (Won 4-0) (2,726)
1991 – None during regular season
1992 – None during regular season
1993 – August 13th, 1993 vs.Edmonton (Home) (Won 4-3) (3,552)
1994 – May 13th, 1994 vs.Calgary (Home) (Lost 12-10 [F/12]) (3,127)
1995 – None during regular season
1996 – None during regular season
1997 – June 13th, 1997 vs.Tacoma (Home) (DH)(L 9-5, G2 cancelled/rain) (4,040)
1998 – None during regular season
1999 – August 13th, 1999 vs.SaltLake (Home) (Won 5-3) (4,543)
2000 – None during regular season
2001 – April 13th, 2001 vs.New Orleans (Home) (Lost 13-4) (3,967)
2001 – July 13th, 2001 vs.Omaha (Home) (Postponed due to rain)
2002 – None during regular season
2003 – June 13th, 2003 vs.New Orleans (Road) (Won 5-0) (8,217)
2004 – August 13th, 2004 vs.Omaha (Road) (Lost 5-3) (7,595)
2005 – May 13th, 2005 vs.Iowa (Home) (Won 4-2) (4,124) (2:06)
2006 – None during regular season
2007 – April 13th, 2007 vs.Tucson (Road) (Won 6-5) (12,113)
2007 – July 13th, 2007 vs.Tucson (Home) (DH) (Won 13-2, Lost 9-4) (5,224)
2008 – June 13th, 2008 vs.Tucson (Road) (Lost 4-3 ) (11,534)
2009 – None during regular season
2010 – August 13th, 2010 vs.Memphis (Road) (Lost 5-2) (5,424)
Jordan Pacheco will make his first start for the Sky Sox since being hit in the head on May 5th against Fresno. Pacheco was held out for the last seven games for precautionary reasons but did not suffer a concussion. He’s catching and batting seventh tonight against the I-Cubs. To make room on the roster, infielder Mike Paulk was placed on the 7-day DL with a left ankle sprain.
In other news, Ty Wigginton is returning to the Rockies after appearing in both games of the Sox doubleheader yesterday. Wigginton went 2-for-7 with a run scored and an RBI in his rehab stint with the Sox.
The Sky Sox split a double-header against the Iowa Cubs Thursday, winning the first game 11-5 and losing 11-10 in game two.
In game one, every Sox starter had at least one hit while Eliezer Alfonzo and Chris Nelson paced the offense. Nelson hit his second bases loaded double in a week and finished 2-for-4 while Alfonzo smacked a three-run home run, his second of the year, in the sixth inning and finished 2-for-3 with four RBI.
Josh Muecke (2-3, 6.29) picked up the win for the Sox, allowing five runs on ten hits in 5.0 innings of work.
In game two, The I-Cubs jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the fourth inning, and a Sky Sox rally fell short as they fell 11-10.
Josh Fields went 4-for-4 with a three-run home run and three runs scored, while Charlie Blackmon finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored in the losing effort.
At 3:03 game two broke the Sky Sox home record for longest seven-inning game by a minute over the previous record of 3:02 which was set on July 9th, 1989 in game two of a doubleheader against Calgary (the Cannons won that game 17-9). The longest ever seven-inning game for the Sky Sox was 3:15, set on June 3rd, 1988 in the second game of a doubleheader against Edmonton at Jon Ducey Park (Edmonton 10, Sky Sox 1).
The Sox will be looking for a series victory as they take on the I-Cubs in the series finale tonight at 6:05. Claudio Vargas (0-1, 1.93) makes his second start for the Sky Sox against RHP Robert Coello (2-3, 6.75).
Rockies third baseman Ty Wigginton is in Colorado Springs for a rehab assignment and is scheduled to start the first game of the Sox doubleheader today against the I-Cubs.
Today’s game against the Iowa Cubs has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled as part of a double-header tomorrow afternoon starting at 4:00 PM MT. Both games will be seven innings each (extra innings if necessary).
The Sky Sox and I-Cubs have played seven double headers in their history with four occuring at Security Service Field and three occuring in Iowa. The last occurence was July 26th, 2004 in Colorado Springs. All-time, the Sky Sox have a 7-7 record in double-header games with Iowa (6-2 at home, 1-5 on the road).
After being shutout in three of their previous eight games, the Sky Sox bats welcomed a return to the friendly confines of Security Service Field. The sox exploded for 13 runs in a 13-6 drubbing of the Iowa Cubs Tuesday night.
Trailing 3-2 in the fourth, the Sky Sox scored six runs highlighted by a Josh Fields bases clearing double to take a 8-3 lead they would not relinquish. Fields would add a solo home run, his fifth of the year, and finished the night 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored.
Greg Reynolds (3-0, 5.83) picked up the win as he gutted through six tough innings, allowing five runs on ten hits.
The Sox will look to make it two in a row as they take on the I-Cubs in a Wednesday matinée starting at 11:05 AM MT. It’s cold and snowing at the moment but we expect to have baseball today as Josh Muecke (1-3, 5.59) takes on Jay Jackson (1-1, 5.31).