Observations from last night’s game: 2-0 Shutout of Tacoma

  • The Sky Sox held the Rainiers to three total hits, the first time since Colorado Springs have held an opponent to three hits or less since August 22, 2010 against the Fresno Grizzlies.  The blanking of Tacoma also matched the Sky Sox total for shutouts all of last season (1)
  • Last night’s starting pitcher Christian Friedrich and catcher Wil Nieves were two of the main factors in last night’s win, and did so with performances that were a bit unordinary based on their  career statistics.  In his first Triple-A win of his career Friedrich pitched 7.1 innings, only the second time he had pitched more than seven innings in a game in 78 career starts, and allowed no earned or unearned runs, a feat he had pulled off only twice in his last 52 MiLB starts dating back to the 2009 season.  Nieves, who provided a clutch insurance run with his solo homer in the ninth inning, has only 53 home runs in 3,642 career minor league at-bats (one every 68 at-bats) and had only two home runs in 208 at-bats last season.
  • DJ LeMahieu leads the PCL with five steals in the first six games of the season.  The infielder had nine all of last season in 145 games across three levels with the Chicago Cubs (4 with Double-A Tennessee in 50 games, 5 with Triple-A Iowa in 58 games and none with the Cubs in 37 games).

Tonight’s Sky Sox starter: Guillermo Moscoso

  • Lost first start of 2012, but struck out six Reno Aces and retired 10 of the last 12 batters he faced after giving up two runs in the first inning.
  • Moscoso has faced the Rainiers once in his professional career, last year in the second game of the 2011 season for the Sacramento River Cats.  In that start, the right-hander gave up an early run, the only run he allowed, in the first inning on an RBI triple by Matt Tuiasosopo.  Moscoso allowed only three more baserunners the rest of his five-inning start after the first, getting the no decision in the Rainiers 3-1 win.
  • Has a career Minor League record of 44-29 with a 3.19 ERA (676.2 IP, 240 ER) in 142 appearances and 103 starts.

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