In last night’s 13-9 Sky Sox loss to Tacoma, newly acquired outfielder Joe Mather hit a two-run home run and collected three RBI while finishing 1-for-4 in his Sky Sox debut.
The Sox will look to take the finale of their three-game set with Tacoma tonight as Clayton Mortensen returns to the Sky Sox after spending the last two months with the Rockies. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM MT.
A few notes from today:
- Rockies starter Esmil Rogers, who has been resting a rib cage injury for the last few weeks, looked healthy while throwing a simulated game this afternoon. He routinely hit 94 mph with his fastball and touched 96 mph on a few instances. No word on when Rogers will return to normal action.
- Infielder Chris Nelson, who was optioned down from the Rockies a few days ago, was out early working at second base with Sox manager Stu Cole. Specifically they worked on turning double plays from the second base position.
The Sox snapped a five-game losing streak last night, defeating the Tacoma Rainiers 9-4 behind a home run and four RBI from Mike Jacobs. Jacobs’ home run, an opposite field three-run shot, gave the Sox a 3-2 lead in the first.
In the process, Jacobs took over the team lead with 15 home runs. He had previously been tied with Ian Stewart at 14.
The announced attendance of 8,865 was the seventh largest regular season crowd in Sky Sox history and eighth largest overall. It is the largest attendance since Security
Service field was renovated during the 2004 and ’05 seasons. The one non regular season game was an exhibition game between the Sox and Rockies on April 21st, 2004 with an announced attendance of 8,947.
- In case you missed it, outfielder Cole Garner was called up Monday to replace the injured Carlos Gonzalez and recorded his first Major League at-bat in the Rockies 4-1 loss to Atlanta. Garner flew out to right in the at-bat.
Rockies first baseman and former Sky Sox Todd Helton is one of the candidates for the final roster spot on this years National League All-Star squad. Vote here and help Helton reach his sixth All-Star Game!
Happy Fourth of July from the Sky Sox! We have an overflow crowd expected tonight with the best fireworks in Minor League Baseball!
In case you missed it, there’s been quite a few moves involving the Sky Sox over the past week. Eric Young Jr. and Chris Nelson have returned after extended stints with the Rockies while relievers Joey Williamson has been called up from Double-A Tulsa to replace the loss of Bruce Billings (Oakland) and Edgmer Escalona (Rockies).
Tonight, the Sox begin a three-game series with the Tacoma Rainiers. The Sox are 5-3 against Tacoma this season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM MT.
In last night’s 2-1 Las Vegas victory over the Sky Sox, closer Jim Miller blew his third save of the season and picked up his fourth loss. It was the third time in the last 12 games that Miller has blown a save and taken the loss in the same game, also accomplishing the dubious feat on 6/18 and 6/19 at Tucson. The most recent occurrence comes a day after Miller was announced as the Sky Sox lone representative in the 2011 All-Star Game.