The Sky Sox salvaged a win in their series finale with Las Vegas Thursday 7-2 behind a strong start by Greg Reynolds, and three hits from Brad Emaus and Willy Taveras.
The Sox took a 2-0 lead in the first as the red-hot Taveras reached base on a single, stole second, went to third on a throwing error and eventually scored on a Dexter Fowler ground out. Brad Emaus would follow with a solo home run, his ninth of the year.
With the score knotted at two in the fourth, the Sox would take the lead for good as Emaus came through again with a two-run double and Mike Jacobs plated a run with an RBI single to make it 5-2.
The Sox would tack on single runs in the seventh and ninth innings, snapping a three-game losing streak to the 51s in the process.
Taveras finished 3-for-5 on the night, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.
Greg Reynolds (4-2, 6.45) picked up the win for the Sox. It was the first victory for a Sox starter since Aaron Cook picked up the W against Fresno on 6/2. Since May 12th, Sox starters have accounted for just four of the team’s 17 wins over that period. It was Reynolds’ first win since May 10th against the Iowa Cubs.
The Sox begin a four-game set with the Tucson Padres tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM MT.
The Sox lost their third game in a row to the Las Vegas 51s Wednesday by a score of 12-6.
Willy Taveras continued his torrid play, going 2-for-5 with a home run, double and three RBI. Over the past 11 games, Taveras is hitting .392 (20-for-51) with four home runs, eight runs scored and nine RBI and is currently in the midst of a 14-game hitting streak.
The Sky Sox dropped their second consecutive game to the Las Vegas 51s 7-2 Tuesday night. The Sox have scored a total of two runs in the two games and could be starting to miss the production of current Rockies Charlie Blackmon, Eric Young Jr., Chris Nelson, and injured outfielder Cole Garner.
Willy Taveras has been doing his best to put the team on his back over the past week. In last night’s loss he went 4-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
Prior to last night’s game, Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler started his rehab assignment with the Sox, going 0-for-4.
The Sox will look to take the final two games of their series with the 51s starting tonight as John Maine takes the hill looking for his second win of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 PM MT.
The Sox dropped game one of their series with the Las Vegas 51s 3-0 Monday night behind a complete game shutout by Brett Cecil.
The Sox were only able to muster four hits against Cecil, including two single by Mike Jacobs.
The loss was the first for the Sox this season against Las Vegas, having previously swept the 51s in a four-game series in Colorado Springs on April 23rd – 26th.
The Sox will look to win game two tonight as Esmil Rogers makes his final rehab appearance before returning to the Rockies. First Pitch is scheduled for 8:05 PM MT.
Links: Former Sky Sox reliever Rex Brothers is mentioned in a recent ESPN article about prospects to keep an eye on in the coming months. Brothers was promoted to the Rockies on June 4th.
The Sky Sox won the final game of their four-game set with the Reno Aces Sunday afternoon 7-6 thanks to a five-run eighth inning.
With the Aces leading 6-2 entering the bottom of the eighth, they removed starter Tom Layne in favor of reliever Kam Mickolio. The Sky Sox had enjoyed little success against Layne as he allowed just two runs on three hits in 7.0 innings. Josh Fields would start the rally with an RBI double, as Mickolio struggled to find his command. A bases loaded walk to Brad Emaus and wild pitch would tie the game at six. Eliezer Alfonzo would give the Sox the lead with a sacrifice fly to center.
The win gave the Sox a series victory over the first-place Aces and moved them closer to the .500 mark on the season with a 30-34 record.
The Sox hit the road for a short four-game set with the Las Vegas 51s starting tonight at 8:05 PM MT. They will return home on the 17th for a four-game series with the Tucson Padres before heading out on a 12-game, 13-day road trip to Tacoma, Salt Lake City and back to Las Vegas.
Outfielder Cole Garner is headed back to the disabled list for the second time this season the Sky Sox announced today. Garner re-aggravated an injury to his left hand during yesterday’s 14-4 loss to Reno while swinging the bat in the first inning. The hand has been an issue for Garner for much of the season.
The loss of Garner is a huge blow to a Sky Sox offense that has already absorbed the losses of outfielder Charlie Blackmon and Eric Young Jr. and infielder Chris Nelson to the Rockies. Josh Fields, who went 2-for-4 with two home runs in the loss last night, and Mike Jacobs will be relied upon to keep the offense churning in Garner’s absence.
Taking Garner’s spot on the active roster is utility man Mike Paulk who was activated from the disabled list today.
The Sky Sox are looking to take 3-of-4 from first place Reno today as Alan Johnson (1-3, 6.27) takes the hill against lefty Tom Layne (6-1, 4.62). The Sox are 13-8 overall and 6-3 at home against left-handed starters this sesaon.
- Ryan Rohlinger hit a three-run double and the Sky Sox
pitching staff allowed a season-low three hits in a 6-4 victory over first place Reno.
- Since returning from a three-week stint on the disabled list, outfielder Cole Garner has picked up right where he left off after a scorching April. Garner has a hit in all 14 games since his return and is hitting .431 (25-for-58) over that stretch with four home runs, 16 runs scored and 14 RBI.
- For the first time in three games, Willy Taveras failed to hit a leadoff home run for the Sox. Taveras had previously hit leadoff home runs against Sacramento on 6/6 and 6/7 and in-game one against Reno on 6/9. The home run on the June 6th was the first leadoff home run by a Sky Sox player this season. The three straight games with a leadoff home run are a new Sky Sox record. Clint Barmes leads the Sky Sox with nine total leadoff home runs from 2004-2007 including five in 2004.
- The Sox offense continues to produce despite the loss of offensive catalysts Charlie Blackmon, Chris Nelson and Eric Young Jr. to the Rockies. Garner, Josh Fields and Ian Stewart have more than made up for the lost production as the Sox lead the PCL in average (.317) and runs scored 460. Reno is second in both categories with a .305 average and 415 runs scored.
The Sky Sox defeated the first place Reno Aces 13-6 Thursday night behind a strong start from rehabbing Rockies starter Esmil Rogers and a seven-run eighth inning.
Trailing by a run in the first, Willy Taveras hit his third-straight
leadoff home run, setting a new Sky Sox record for most consecutive games with a
leadoff home run.
Trailing 4-3 in the seventh, Eliezer Alfonzo delivered a pinch hit, three-run home run to give the Sox a 6-4 lead after seven innings.
That lead would balloon to 13-4 thanks to a seven-run eighth inning highlighted by a two-run home run by Brad Emaus and a three run shot by Ian Stewart. The homer was his 44th in a Sky Sox uniform, moving him into sole possession of ninth place on the Sky Sox all-time list.
With the win, the Sox improve to 28-33 with two consecutive wins over the top two teams in the PCL, while Reno drops to 36-25. The Sox are now 8.0 games behind the Aces in the Pacific North division standings.
The Sox will look to take two-straight from the Aces tonight as John Maine (1-1, 6.23) takes the hill against Kevin Mulvey (3-4, 6.78). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM MT.
- Since returning from a three-week stint on the disabled list, outfielder Cole Garner has picked up right where he left off after a scorching April. Garner has a hit in all 13 games since his return and is hitting .426 (23-for-54) over that stretch with four home runs, 15 runs scored and 13 RBI.
Tulsa Drillers outfielder Tim Wheeler is enjoying a tremendous 2011 season. Today he was named the Texas Leagues’ May Topps Player of the Month. Here is the official release from Topps:
Tim Wheeler (23) of Sacramento, Calif., led Texas League hitters with a .389 batting average, 79 total bases, 18 extra-base hits and a 1.169 OPS last month. The Tulsa Drillers center fielder ranked second in the league with 24 RBIs and 25 runs. The Colorado Rockies drafted Wheeler in the first round in 2009 out of Cal. State Sacramento.
Wheeer could be looking at a promotion to the Sky Sox eventually if this production continues.
Rockies starter Esmil Rogers will make a rehab start with the Sky Sox tonight against the Reno Aces. Rogers was 3-1 with the Rockies before hitting the disabled list.
Reno currently leads the Pacific Northern division by nine games over the Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM tonight.