The Sky Sox open an eight-game home stand tonight starting with four games against the Iowa Cubs.
Greg Reynolds (2-0, 5.40) takes the hill for the Sox against veteran lefty Doug Davis.
The Sox will be looking to snap a four game losing streak and avenge a four-game sweep against the Cubs from last season.
The Sky Sox lost their fourth straight game to the Sacramento River Cats and eighth straight on the road in a 9-0 defeat Monday afternoon.
Sky Sox starter Alan Johnson (1-2, 4.15) had a rough outing allowing seven runs on nine hits in five innings. A five-run third inning proved to be the pivotal moment in the afternoon. With the game scoreless, a walk and five consecutive hits including two doubles and three singles plated five runs and gave the River Cats a lead they would not relinquish.
The Sky Sox were only able to generate three single on the afternoon on hits by Mike Paulk (2) and Willy Taveras (1). Sacramento starter Travis Banwart (1-3, 3.24) tossed seven shutout innings allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out seven.
The loss dropped the Sox to 13-19 on the year and marked their eighth defeat in a row on the road. The last time that occurred was May 20th-May 27th of last season in consecutive four-game sets against the Iowa Cubs and Omaha Royals.
Since losing Alfredo Amezaga and Ian Stewart to the Rockies at the end of April, the Sox offense has struggled mightily while the team has gone 2-7 in the month of May.
The Sox will look to get back on the winning track as they return to the friendly confines of Security Service Field for a four-game series with the Iowa Cubs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM MT Tuesday evening.
- The Sox were shutout twice in four games with Sacramento, having also been blanked 4-0 on Saturday May 7th. It also marked the third shutout for the Sox in the last eight games, including a 6-0 defeat against Fresno on Monday May 2nd.
- Charlie Blackmon recorded his eighth outfield assist of the season in the fifth inning, throwing out Cardenas at second attempting to stretch a single into a double.
The Sky Sox scored six runs in the eighth inning, overcoming a three run deficit, to win 9-6 over the Fresno Grizzlies Thursday night.
Trailing 6-3 entering the eighth, the Sox would tie the game on a two-run single by Brad Emaus and a pinch-hit RBI single by Matt Pagnozzi. With the bases loaded, Chris Nelson sent a 3-2 pitch down the right field line, clearing the bases and giving the Sox a 9-6 lead. Jim Miller shut down the Grizzlies in the ninth to earn the save and preserve the win for the Sox.
Nelson, 0-for-4 coming into that at-bat, lined the ball just over the first basemans head and just inside the rightfield line.
The Sox had to overcome deficits of 4-0 and 6-3 in the game. The Grizzlies jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings on run-scoring hits by Matt Yourkin, Brandon Belt, and Brett Pill.
The Sox crept within one after Eric Young Jr. tripled in a run and scored as the relay throw missed the cutoff man, and Matt Macri delivered an RBI single to make it 4-3.
Fresno added two insurance runs in the seventh on run-scoring hits by Pill and Conor Gonzalez to temporarily hold the lead 6-3.
Sox starter Greg Reynolds allowed six runs on 11 hits in 6.1 innings while picking up a no-decision.
With the win, the Sox improve to 13-15 on the season while Fresno drops to 14-14 with the loss
The Sox will hit the road for a short four-game series with the Sacramento River Cats beginning tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 PM MT.
The Sox will attempt to salvage a series split with the Fresno Grizzlies tonight in the final game of their four-game series. Greg Reynolds (2-0, 4.24) takes the hill for the Sox against lefty Matt Yourkin (2-2, 5.81). First pitch is about 25 minutes away.
Yesterday, the Sky Sox fell to the Grizzlies 4-3 in front of 6,808 fans at Security Service Field. Most of those in attendance were students from local elementary schools.
Runs were at a premium all afternoon long as the Grizzlies tallied single runs in the second, fourth, fifth and ninth innings. Brad Eldred doubled home the run in the second to make it 1-0. In the fourth, a well executed double steal allowed Edgar Gonzalez to score on a steal of home for a 2-0 advantage. Conor Gillaspie brought in the Grizzlies third run with an RBI double in the fifth inning.
The Sox battle back to get within one run at 3-2 on an Eric Young Jr. sacrifice fly and a Charlie Blackmon RBI single in the seventh.
Gonzalez provided the Grizzlies with some crucial insurance in the ninth with a solo shot off of reliever Jim Miller to make it 4-2.
The Sox would tack on another run in the ninth on a Chris Nelson RBI single, but Mike Jacobs struck out with the tying run on first to end the game.
Sox starter Alan Johnson (1-1, 1.62) took the loss in a solid outing, allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits over six innings while striking out five and walking two.
The top three hitters in the Sox order, Young Jr., Blackmon and Nelson, each finished with two hits and an RBI apiece.
With the loss, the Sox fall to 12-15 on the season while Fresno improves to 14-13 with the win.
- With the loss, the Sky Sox fall to 27-31 all-time in morning games, including a 21-22 record at home.
- The Sky Sox are now 0-3 in Wednesday games this season, the only day they have yet to record a win on.
- Young Jr. extended his hitting streak to six games with a first inning single.
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 13-5 to snap a season high five-game losing streak Tuesday night.
Four Sky Sox players recorded three hits to pace the Sox offense: Eric Young Jr. (3-for-5, 3R, RBI), Charlie Blackmon (3-for-4, 3R, 2RBI), Chris Nelson (3-for-4, 3R, 3RBI) and Josh Fields (3-for-5, R, 2RBI).
Brad Emaus also contributed with his first home run of the season and finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI.
Sox starter John Maine (1-1, 7.16) settled in after working in and out of trouble in the first four innings to get his first win of the year for the Sox, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits over six innings of work.
With the win, the Sox improve to 12-14 on the year while the Grizzlies fall to 13-13.
Game three of this four game series comes your way at 11:05 AM MT this morning. RHP Alan Johnson (1-0, 0.84) toes the rubber for the Sox. He’ll be opposed by RHP Shane Loux (0-3, 3.76) for the Grizzlies.
- Grizzlies catcher Tyler Latorre pitched the eighth inning for Fresno. It was the first time a Grizzlies position player has pitched against the Sky Sox since Jake Wald did it on June 4th, 2009 in a 16-8 Sky Sox victory.
Sox catcher Jordan Pacheco was out prior to batting practice today, making throw after throw down to second base. Pacheco made between 75-100 throws and many of them were right on the money to the second base bag.
The Fresno Grizzlies stole four bases off of Pacheco and Sky Sox pitchers Clayton Mortensen, Bruce Billings, and Andrew Johnston yesterday. Pacheco has now thrown out 2-of-27 (7.4%) attempted base stealers on the season.
A converted infielder, Pacheco was moved to catcher before the 2008 season, his second season in the Rockies organization. From ’08-’10 Pacheco threw out 72-of-335 (21.5%) potential base stealers so the potential is there for him to improve on his early season numbers.
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox were shutout for the first time in 2011 as the Fresno Grizzlies prevailed 6-0 Monday night. The loss was the fifth in a row for the Sky Sox.
A scoreless pitchers duel was interrupted in the fifth inning when Fresno second baseman Brock Bond worked a 12 pitch at-bat against Clayton Mortensen, culminating in a base hit to put runners at the corners. The lengthy at-bat chased Mortensen from the game as he gave way to reliever Andrew Johnston who allowed four straight hits, three singles and a double, to plate four runs and give the Grizzlies a 4-0 lead.
It would be all the runs they would need as Fresno starter Andrew Kown (3-2, 3.86) tossed seven dominant innings, allowing just three hits while walking two and striking out four in picking up his third win of the year.
Mortensen (0-2, 13.50) took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings of work.
The Grizzlies tacked on runs in the sixth and eighth inning to make the final 6-0.
The shutout was the first for the Sky Sox since June 23rd, 2010 at Reno. The last time the Sox were shutout at home was June 16th, 2010 against Tacoma.
Mike Jacobs led the Sox with two hits including the only extra-base hit and finished 2-for-4. Eric Young Jr. reached base three times in the losing effort on a single and two walks and finished 1-for-2 for the game.
With the loss, the Sky Sox record falls to 11-14 on the season. Fresno improves to 13-12 with the victory.
The Sox will look to get back to their winning ways tonight in game two of their four game set with the Grizzlies. John Maine (0-1,7.89) makes his sixth start for the Sox. He’ll be opposed by righty Josh Banks (1-1, 5.68) for Fresno. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM MT.
Ian Stewart was promoted to the Rockies after last nights game, a move that shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Rockies Manager Jim Tracy told Stewart that his stay with the Sky Sox would be a relatively short one and was meant to help Stewart work on his timing at the plate.
Stewart hit .361 (13-36) with three home runs and 13 RBI in 11 games with the Sox.
The Tucson Padres defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 9-3 Sunday night to complete a four game sweep in front of 1,873 fans at Hi Corbett Field.
The Sky Sox took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Chris Nelson and Brad Emaus.
Trailing 2-1 in the third inning, the Padres erupted for five runs on RBI singles by Anthony Rizzo, Aaron Cunningham, and Matt Clark and an RBI double by Luis Martinez.
The Padres would add to their lead with three more runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Jesus Guzman and a two-run single by Cunningham to make it 9-1.
Billy Buckner (0-1, 8.06) took the loss for the Sky Sox allowing nine runs on nine hits over 3.1 innings. Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 6.04) picked up his first win of the year for the Padres allowing three runs on eight hits in seven innings of work.
The loss drops the Sky Sox to 11-13 on the season as they have now lost a season high four games in a row on the heels of a season best six game win streak.
With the win, the Padres improve to 12-12 on the season.
The Sky Sox will look to returning to their winnings ways as they return home for a four game set with the Fresno Grizzlies starting Monday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM MT tonight.