Observations from yesterday’s game: 6-2 Loss in Nashville, Series at 1-1
- RECORD-SETTING RELIEVER: Before he allowed three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning yesterday, the 1-2-3 seventh inning by Colorado Springs reliever Mike Ekstrom set a new Sky Sox record for scoreless innings to start a season at 19.1 innings. The previous record was 18.2 innings, set by Matt Reynolds in 2010.
- TRIPLE-A LEADER McBRIDE: Even though Sky Sox utility player Matt McBride has gone 0-for-9 in the first two games of this series, he continues to lead all of Triple-A with 46 hits this season. McBride’s .359 batting average ranks fifth in all of Triple-A, and also fifth in the PCL. McBride has appeared in every Sky Sox game this season.
- SOX ROTATION TO ROX ROTATION: In back-to-back days, 2012 Sky Sox starters Alex White and Christian Friedrich posted quality starts for the Rockies after being recalled to Colorado in their series with the San Diego Padres. White tossed 6.1 innings and allowed two runs while striking out five, but suffered the loss as the Rockies posted one run of support. In his MLB debut, Friedrich allowed one earned run (two runs) while striking out seven Padres in his six innings of work to notch his first MLB win. Four of the five pitchers in the original Sky Sox rotation have been called up to the Rockies.
- FEW HOMERS FOR SOX AND SOUNDS: Colorado Springs and Nashville have allowed the least home runs in the league, at 18 and 22 respectively. The two teams have also hit the least home runs, with the Sox hitting 21 and the Sounds hitting 18 so far this season.
Tonight’s Sox Starter: Rob Scahill (3-3, 6.00 ERA)
- Team leader in strikeouts with 36, team leader in walks with 16
- Only starter from the original 2012 Sky Sox rotation that has yet to be called up to the Rockies
- Undefeated in his three road starts, with 3.31 ERA compared to his 9.22 ERA at Security Service Field