Sky Sox 7/24 Notebook
FIRST SEASON HOME SWEEP IN TEAM HISTORY: With a 9-1 win in yesterday’s series finale against the Tacoma Rainiers the Sky Sox finished the season a perfect 8-0 against the division rival Rainiers, the first time in franchise history the Sox have swept all eight games at Security Service against an opponent in one season. The eight-game home winning streak against Tacoma also set a record for the longest home winning streak all in one season against any PCL opponent in the Sky Sox 25-year history. The Sox took the season series from the Rainiers 12-4 this year.
SOX STREAKING: The Sky Sox are currently riding a six-game winning streak, their longest of the season and tied for their longest win streak since their seven-game streak in the 2007 season. The Sky Sox had six game winning streaks in 2011 from April 21 to April 26 in games against Tacoma and Las Vegas and also in 2008 from August 4 to the first game of a doubleheader on August 10 in games against Omaha and Portland. The Sky Sox longest winning streak in team history is 14 games set in the 1995 season.
BIG MAC: Sky Sox utility player Matt McBride is currently riding a 17-game hitting streak. It is the longest active hitting streak for any Colorado Springs batter, is tied for the longest by a Sky Sox player this season (Tim Wheeler also had a 17-game streak) and is the third longest active streak in the PCL behind Tucson’s Everth Cabrera’s and Omaha’s Johnny Giavotella’s 18-game streaks. During the hitting streak McBride has either scored a run or driven in a run in 16 of the 17 games, and has 20 RBI and 18 runs scored. McBride is currently tied for the third most RBI in the league with Reno’s Jake Elmore at 64, the most of any current PCL players.
HARRIS BRINGING EM HOME: Sky Sox infielder Brendan Harris notched his second 5 RBI game of the season in yesterday’s win by going 4-for-5 with three doubles. Harris led the Sox with 14 RBI during the homestand against Salt Lake and Tacoma, tied with teammate Matt McBride for the most in the PCL since July 16. Harris also led the team with nine extra-base hits in the homestand, tied with Las Vegas’ David Cooper for the most during the time frame, and in his last 28 games Harris has collected 21 XBH (only nine in his 41 games this season).
3-4 THREAT: In the month of July, Matt McBride and Charlie Blackmon have totaled 31 hits and 30 hits respectively, which ranks second and third in the PCL during the month. Blackmon ranks second in the league in July with 20 runs scored behind Albuquerque’s Trent Oeltjen’s 21 runs (with McBride tied for fifth with 18 runs) and McBride ranks third with 20 RBI since the beginning of the month. Since the start of the second half, Blackmon ranks first in the league with 25 hits (while also ranking first with 17 runs scored) and McBride ranks second with 22 hits while also being tied with teammate Brendan Harris for the most RBI in that time frame at 15.