Sky Sox Notebook 7/6

Sky Sox Lineup 7/6 vs 1st Place Reno Aces:

1 – #32 DJ LeMahieu – SS

2 – #17 Tim Wheeler – RF

3 – #41 Ramon Hernandez – C

4 – #12 Andrew Brown – LF

5 – #8 Charlie Blackmon – CF

6 – #28 Chad Tracy – 1B

7 – #29 Brendan Harris – 2B

8 – #23 Brandon Wood – 3B

9 – #45 Nick Schmidt – LHP

Notes from Last Night: 5-1 Loss to Reno, Sox Fall Back in to 2nd Place Tie With Salt Lake

BROWN BATTING RUNS IN: With his RBI double in the third inning of last night’s loss, his ninth RBI in his last four games, Sky Sox slugger Andrew Brown raised his team-leading RBI total to 76, good for second in the Pacific Coast League behind Reno’s Ryan Wheeler (83 RBI).  Brown is now two RBI away from the most RBI a Sky Sox player has totaled in the first half of the season since 2005, when Joe Koshansky totaled 78 RBI in the first half during the 2008 season.

EKSTROM EXCELLENCE: Sky Sox reliever Mike Ekstrom totaled three strikeouts in last night’s loss in his two innings of work, the ninth time in his last eleven appearances that he has totaled multiple strikeouts.  Ekstrom leads the Sky Sox relievers with 48 strikeouts on the season, trailing only Tucson’s Cory Burns for the most strikeouts for pitchers who have not made any starts this year.  Ekstrom leads all Sky Sox pitchers with double-digit appearances in WHIP at 1.14, and has the most appearances in the Pacific Coast League (36) without allowing a home run.

DAY AFTER SOX OFFENSE EXPOLSIONS: In the games after the Sky Sox two largest run totals this season (22 runs against Salt Lake on May 30 and 19 runs in the series opener), Colorado Springs has been held to one run and six hits in both games.  One run is the lowest total against a Pacific Northern Division opponent this season.  Before being held to six hits yesterday, the Sox had totaled 69 hits in their previous five home games.

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