The Sky Sox finally broke through against Sacramento River Cats, winning the series finale Tuesday night 12-9 behind a season-high seven home runs.
Five of their seven home runs came in the first two innings against River Cats starter Carlos Hernandez. For the second consecutive night Willy Taveras led off the Sky Sox first inning with a solo home run. Brad Emaus would follow later in the inning with a three-run shot, his seventh of the year.
In the second, Cole Garner and Ian Stewart connected on back-to-back solo home runs and one batter later Jacobs would crush his first homer of the night, a solo shot giving the Sox a 7-0 lead.
The lead would stretch to 9-0 after four innings as Garner collected another RBI on a double in the third and Josh Fields hit the sixth Sox home run, a sole shot in the fourth.
The River Cats refused to fold as they battled back to within two runs at 9-7.
Mike Jacobs would seal the game for the Sox with his second solo home run of the night in the ninth to give the Sox a 12-9 lead and Jim Miller got the final six outs for his team-leading sixth save of the year.
The Sox have an off-day on Wednesday but return to action on Thursday against the Reno Aces. Rockies starter Esmil Rogers will make a rehab start for the Sox in game one. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM MT.
- The six home runs allowed by Hernandez set a Sky Sox record for most home runs allowed by a pitcher in a single game.
- The attendance of 8,419 is the second largest June attendance in team history behind only the opening game at Sky Sox stadium (now Security Service Field) on June 18th, 1988.
- The seven total home runs were the most home runs ever hit by the Sky Sox in a single game at home.
- Stewart’s second inning home run gave him 43 in his Sky Sox career and moved him into a tie for ninth all-time in Sky Sox history with Jim Tatum.
Charlie Blackmon was officially promoted to the Rockies this afternoon, joining former Sky Sox Rex Brothers, Chris Nelson, Eric Young Jr., Clayton Mortensen, and Greg Reynolds on the big league club.
Blackmon had been enjoying a tremendous season with the Sox, leading the PCL in at bats (243) and hits (82), tied for third in extra-base hits (33), fourth in total bases (139), tied for fourth in RBI (49) and tied for fifth in runs (49). He also lead the Sky Sox in home runs (10) and doubles (19). After recording multiple hits in only two of the first seven games, Blackmon recorded 27 multi-hit games in his past 48 games.
He was also leading the PCL in outfield assists with 11, including six runners that he gunned down at home plate.
The Sox will surely miss Blackmon’s production, as they have with EY, Nelson and the others. Let’s hope the young Sky Sox reinforcements can help the Rockies turn their season around.
Adrian Cardenas went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI as the Sacramento River Cats defeated the Sky Sox 12-10 Sunday afternoon.
Entering tonight’s game against Sacramento, the Sox have lost 10 of their last 11 games against the River Cats dating back to July 30th of the 2010 season. Overall the Sox are 5-17 against Sacramento over the past two seasons and have been outscored by the River Cats 170-96 over those 22 games.
The Sox will look to return to their winning ways Monday night as Billy Buckner (1-1, 6.50) takes the mound against Yadel Marti (2-1, 4.86). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM MT.
The Sky Sox dropped game one of their four game series with the Sacramento River Cats Saturday by a score of 5-3.
The Sox missed an opportunity to blow the game open in the first as they loaded the bases with nobody out. Ian Stewart sent a 3-2 pitch screaming down the right field line but it hooked foul at the last second, narrowly missing a potential Grand Slam. Stewart struck out on the next pitch and the Sox managed to score just one run in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Cole Garner.
Back-to-back sixth inning home runs by Scott Sizemore and Matt Carson off of Sox starter Alan Johnson gave the River Cats a 4-2 lead they would not relinquish.
The Sox will look to win their first game against Sacramento this year as they face the River Cats at 1:05 this afternoon. Check back tomorrow for a recap of the game.
The Sox won defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 5-3 Friday night to win just their second road series of the year. The win capped a string of seven wins against the Grizzlies in eight games.
With the score knotted at two apiece in the seventh, Josh Fields delivered a bases loaded double for the winning runs as the Sky Sox won for the ninth time in 12 games against the Grizzlies this season.
The Sox took a 2-0 lead in the third on a two-run home run by Ian Stewart, his seventh of the season.
The win was the third in a row for the Sox on the road, their longest such streak of the season.
Claudio Vargas (2-2, 9.27) picked up the win in relief of Maine, allowing just one hit in 2.0 scoreless innings as the Sox improved to 26-30 on the year. Jim Miller pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his fifth save. Josh Banks took the loss for Fresno allowing five runs on five hits in 4.5 innings as the Grizzlies fell to 23-33.
The Sox return home for an eight-game home stand beginning tonight with a four-game series against the Sacramento River Cats. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM MT.
- Ian Stewart’s homer in the third inning Friday night gave him his 41st homer in a Sky Sox uniform, moving him into a three-way tie with J.R. Phillips and Ryan Shealy for 10th place on the all-time career HR list. Phillips got all 41 homers during his lone season with the Sky Sox in 1999 (single-season record), while Shealy compiled the 41 homers over the 2005 and 2006 seasons (26 and 15, respectively).
With his win in Thursday’s 9-3 victory over Fresno, Aaron Cook now ranks third for longest amount of time between wins in a Sky Sox uniform. The last time that Cook won a game for the Sky Sox was on July 25th, 2005 in a home game against Tacoma making it 5 years, 10 months, 7 days between wins. The longest duration between wins belongs to Jerry DiPoto who won a game on August 7th, 1992 at Phoenix and didn’t notch his next victory in a Sky Sox uniform until April 7th, 2000 at Tacoma for a duration of 7 years, 8 months between wins.
Rockies starter Aaron Cook pitched 7.0 solid innings while picking up a win in his final rehab tune-up as the Sky Sox defeated the Grizzlies 9-3 Thursday night.
With the win, the Sox have now notched consecutive road victories for only the second time this season, with the only other occurrence coming on April 21st-22nd at Tacoma. The victory also marked the second overall road victory for the Sox against a Pacific Southern division team in 2011. They were 0-9 before Wednesday’s 7-2 victory against Fresno, having previously lost consecutive road games against Tucson (4), Sacramento (4), and Fresno (1). The Sox are now 9-18 away from Colorado Springs. Conversely, the Sox have a 12-4 record against the Pacific Southern division at home: Tucson (2-2), Fresno (6-2), Las Vegas (4-0).
Cook (1-0, 5.52) allowed just three runs on five hits in his last start before rejoining the Rockies.
The Sox took a 5-0 lead after the top of the second inning on RBI doubles by Mike Jacobs and Ian Stewart and a sacrifice fly by Josh Fields.
The lead would grow to 7-1 in the fourth as Cole Garner and Stewart each smacked a solo home run.
Garner and Matt Pagnozzi would add RBI singles in the seventh and ninth innings respectively to give the Sox the 9-3 victory, their second in a row and eighth in eleven games against the Grizzlies this season.
Garner finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored in his first game batting leadoff this season. Stewart finished 2-for-4 with three RBI in his first game since returning from the disabled list.
Charlie Blackmon recorded two hits on the night to extend his 2011 PCL best hitting streak to 20 games. Blackmon became the 14th different Sky Sox player to have a 20-game hit streak (15th time a 20-game hit streak has occurred). Neifi Perez is the only one in the group to have two 20-game hit streaks. The last Sky Sox player to have a 20+ game hitting streak was Matt Miller who did it from April 19th to May 13th, 2010, with the streak eventually ending at 21 games. The longest hitting streak in Sky Sox history was 29 games by Trenidad Hubbard from July 5th to August 7th, 1995 and Matt Murton from April 15th to April 27th and June 6th to June 21st, 2009.
The Sox will look to take their second consecutive series from the Grizzlies tonight as John Maine (1-1, 6.46) takes the call against Josh Banks (3-3, 6.62). First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 PM MT.
The Sky Sox dropped game one of their four-game road series with the Fresno Grizzlies 8-7 Tuesday night.
The Sox were unable to hold a 6-4 sixth inning lead, surrendering three runs in the inning as the Grizzlies jumped ahead 7-6. Mike Jacobs was able to draw the Sox even with a solo hom run in the seventh, his eighth home run of the season.
However, with the game tied at seven in the bottom of the eighth inning, Fresno’s Thomas Neal delivered the game winning hit on an RBI single, scoring Tyler Graham and giving the Grizzlies an 8-7 lead.
Marc Kroon retired Mike Jacobs with the tying run on second base to end the game, earning his 12th save in the process.
Charlie Blackmon finished 2-for-4 on the night, extending his hitting streak to a team-high 18 games.
The Grizzlies are look to exact some revenge after being swept in four games in Colorado Springs over the weekend. Game two comes your way tonight at 8:05 PM MT. Rockies starter Aaron Cook will make his final rehab appearance with the Sox before rejoining the big league club.
The Sky Sox have struggled on the road so far this year, compiling a 7-18 record away from Colorado Springs, but they have particularly struggled against the Pacific Southern division. In nine road games against Tucson (4), Sacramento (4), and Fresno (1) the Sky Sox are 0-9. Conversely, the Sox have a 12-4 record against the Pacific Southern division at home: Tucson (2-2), Fresno (6-2), Las Vegas (4-0).