With last night’s 9-5 victory against Tucson, the Sox are now 9-2 in their last 11 games which is tied with Nashville for the best record in the PCL over that span. During this hot streak, the Sox took four of five games against the Las Vegas 51s from 7/18-7/21, won three of four at Fresno from 7/22-7/25 and won the first two games of their series against Tacoma.
The Sox now have a record of 50-55 on the season, 12.5 games behind first place Reno.
After posting a win in last night’s 6-5 victory over Tucson, Alan Johnson has moved into sole possession of sixth place on the Sky Sox all-time wins list with 24 career victories. Johnson had previously been tied with Tom Kramer and Mike Farmer with 23 career victories. With his next win, Johnson will move into a tie with Rod Nichols for fifth place. The Sox all-time wins leader is Ryan Hawblitzel with 30 career victories. He also moved into sole possession of third place in Sox history for most runs allowed with 291 and moved into a tie for sixth with Mike Saipe on the Sox all-time strikeout list with 240 strikeouts. He had previously been tied with Mike Farmer with 287 runs allowed.
The Sky Sox took the season series from the Las Vegas 51s 9-7 after yesterday’s 11-4 victory. The Sox offense was bolstered by Chris Nelson who hit two three-run home runs, one in the second to give the Sox a 6-1 lead and the other in the sixth to stretch the lead to 11-3. Nelson finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and six RBI on the day. It was the second multi home run game of Nelson’s Sky Sox career while the six RBI were a career-high.
Sox start Alan Johnson continues to climb into the top-ten of many of the Sky Sox career pitching categories. Following last night’s start against Las Vegas, Johnson is now tied for third all time with Mike Farmer in runs allowed at 287. His six walks moved him into seventh place all-time with 135 career walks. He also became the 10th pitcher in to lose 20 games in a Sky Sox uniform. Johnson is currently tied for 6th all-time in Sox history with 23 wins joining Farmer and Tom Kramer.
The Sky Sox have been nearly unbeatable at home as of late. After sweeping yesterday’s twin-bill against the Las Vegas 51s, the Sox have now won seven-straight games at Security Service Field and eight of their last ten overall putting them a season-high eight games over .500 at home. The seven game winning streak is the longest for the Sox since they won seven in a row from 5/20 – 5/26 of 2003 (three games against Iowa and four games against Edmonton). On the season, the Sox are 29-21 in Colorado Springs while posting a record of 15-32 on the road.
In last night’s 12-4 victory over Las Vegas, Eric Young Jr. collected his ninth triple of the year, good for third most in the PCL this season. However, the triple held more significance in Sky Sox history as it moved him into a second place tie with Wayne Kirby for most triples in team history with 20. EY needs five triples to equal the club record held by Trenidad Hubbard (25).
The Sky Sox entered the All-Star break on a high-note by sweeping the Salt Lake Bees in a series that culminated in an Alfredo Amezaga walk-off single on Sunday. The win gave the Sox a record of 41-49 as the team sits in third place in the Pacific Northern Division 12.5 games behind the first place Reno Aces after the first 90 games of the season. The Sox will face the Aces in Reno on Thursday after the All-Star Break.
In case you missed it, Jordan Pacheco’s broken-bat home run became an internet sensation over the weekend. As of 11:00 today, the video has received 1,636,616 views on youtube. The link can be seen here.
In the sixth inning of last night’s 7-6 victory over Salt Lake, Eric Young Jr. and Dexter Fowler hit back-to back solo home runs to tie the game at 3-3. The home runs were the first of the year for both Young Jr. and Fowler with the Sky Sox. Four batters later, Jordan Pacheco hit a two-run home run, his first long ball since Opening Day on 4/7.
What made Pacheco’s blast even more impressive is that he completely broke his bat on impact, sending the barrel into the Bees dugout. Check out the video here.
Alan Johnson picked up the win in his first relief appearance of the season, moving him into sole possession of eighth place on the Sky Sox all-time wins list with 23 wins. He was previously tied with Chris Gissell with 22.
Sox starter Greg Reynolds enjoyed his best start of the season last night, pitching 7.0 scoreless innings while allowing seven hits and striking out seven as the Sox defeated the Salt Lake Bees 2-1. Reynolds is responsible for five of 13 wins by Sox starters this season, posting a 5-2 record with a 6.08 ERA. Without Reynolds, Sox starters have posted a record of 8-28 this season.
Eliezer Alfonzo continued his torrid hitting going 1-for-2 with a solo home run for the Sox. For the season, Alfonzo is hitting .337 (30-for-89) with 12 home runs, 21 runs scored and 37 RBI in just 30 total appearances including 20 starts.
Hey Sky Sox fans. It’s been a rainy couple of days in Colorado Springs as we had to wait out an hour-long rain delay last night. The tarp just came off the field and the grounds crew is working earnestly to prepare the field for baseball. First pitch has been moved from 7:05 PM to 7:15 PM. The Sox will try to snap a three-game losing streak as Greg Reynolds takes the hill.