Observations from yesterday’s 3-4 Loss in Series Finale at Fresno:
- STELLAR STARTERS: Sky Sox starters have given up two earned runs or less in 18 of the 24 games this season (and only ten combined earned runs in their last six games). Christian Friedrich, Carlos Torres and Alex White all have made at least four starts (with Torres making five starts) and in those starts they have all given up less than 10 earned runs.
- PITCHING PROWESS: The Sky Sox pitching staff continues to be the story of the Sox 13-11 start, with Colorado Springs becoming the first team in the PCL to reach 200 strikeouts (currently totaling 204 coming in to tonight’s game) giving up the least home runs at 11 while also being tied for the most shutouts as a team with three and the fewest walks issued at 62. The Colorado Springs staff has also allowed the fifth fewest earned runs at 88 (Sacramento has allowed the four fewest earned runs at 87).
- PACHECO’S HOT STARTS WITH SKY SOX: In his first twelve games with the Sky Sox this season catcher/infielder Jordan Pacheco has collected a hit in ten of the twelve games he has started (including eight multi-hit games) and is hitting .438 (21-for-48) with two doubles, two home runs and seven runs scored. During the 2011 season, Pacheco also collected a hit in ten of his first twelve games with the Sky Sox as well as scoring seven runs during those twelve games last year.
- SERIES STREAK ENDS: The Sox had not lost a series this season until losing three of four to Fresno over the weekend, and now the only PCL teams yet to lose a series in 2012 are Fresno, Omaha and Sacramento.
Tonight’s Sky Sox starter: Rob Scahill (2-2, 7.11 ERA)
- Has won both of his road starts for the 2012 season, allowing only two earned runs in each start.
- Collected his first Triple-A win his first Triple-A start, the only Sky Sox starting pitcher to win their first start of the 2012 season.
- Set a Sky Sox record for strikeouts in a loss, striking out 11 Tucson Padres in the Sky Sox 10-2 loss, their only loss in the series with Tucson. Scahill allowed only one earned run in the game, but was saddled with the loss.