HOT SOX AND ACES: The Sky Sox have the most wins of any team in the PCL in the month of July at 14, while owning the second best winning percentage behind Albuquerque who is 13-7 this month, but the Aces have been equally as hot posting a 13-8 record in July. Colorado Springs has the second most hits in the league this month at 248 trailing only Oklahoma City at 252, and Reno ranks third with 237 hits. The Sky Sox and the Aces are one of three teams (the other Las Vegas) who have hit above .300 as a team for the months of June and July.
SCAHILL’S SIMILAR STARTS VS RENO: Sky Sox starter Rob Scahill has won both of his two starts against the Aces this season, including earning his first career Triple-A win on April 8 in his first 2012 start. In both starts Scahill has had almost the exact same stat line, and has allowed exactly seven hits and two runs while striking out five. Scahill is 4-1 against the Pacific Northern Division this season with a 3.48 ERA (31 IP, 12 ER) and is 4-8 with a 6.07 ERA (72.2 IP, 49 ER) against all other PCL teams.
TRACY TEARING IT UP: Sky Sox first baseman Chad Tracy only had one at-bat in last night’s loss as a pinch hitter, but still notched his 41st RBI since June 1st in that lone at-bat. Since the beginning of June, Tracy ranks fourth in the PCL in RBI behind RBI machines Andrew Brown (45) and Ryan Wheeler (42) as well as Tucson’s Jedd Gyorko (45) while posting a .340 batting average in the last two months after posting a .209 average in April and May combined. Tracy also ranks second in XBH at 27 and in doubles at 20 since the beginning of June.
McBRIDE AND BLACKMON SHUT OUT: Sky Sox outfielder Charlie Blackmon and utility man Matt McBride went a combined 0-for-9 in last night’s loss after coming in to the game ranking second and third in hits in the PCL in the month of July. It was the first time since Blackmon rejoined the Sky Sox on July 4 that both hitters had been held without a hit in the 17 games they had both been in the lineup this month. Blackmon and McBride have both been held hitless only three times this season when they both have an at-bat in a game. Since Blackmon rejoined the Sox on July 4, the two hitters lead the PCL with 30 hits apiece.
ROX SYSTEM LEADS THE WAY: The Colorado Rockies Minor League system has the highest combined winning percentage of any MLB team’s farm system at .549 (289-237), just ahead of the Houston Astros system which has a combined winning percentage of .546 (301-250). The Rockies system has the sixth most combined wins behind Seattle (326), Houston (301), the Yankees (301), Philadelphia (296) and the Mets (295). Arizona’s system ranks seventh in winning percentage (.525) and in wins (288).