Sky Sox 7/27 Notebook
ACES TAKE SEASON SERIES: The loss by the Sox in extras last night seals the season series win for the Aces, and in the four seasons the Aces have been in the PCL Colorado Springs has only won the season series in 2010 at 9-7 (Reno took 11 of 16 last season and won the first season series 8-7 in 2009).
SOX AND SWEEPS: The Sky Sox are on the verge of being swept for the first time this season and are one of six teams in the PCL that have yet to be swept (Albuquerque, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Reno, Sacramento). The Sky Sox have been on the verge of a sweep only once this season before tonight’s game, losing the first three games to Oklahoma City at Security Service Field before winning the second game of a doubleheader on May 24. The Sox were swept six times during the 2011 season, including five times on the road.
HERNAN STREAKING: Sky Sox infielder/outfielder Hernan Iribarren not only forced extra innings with his RBI single in the ninth inning, but also extended his team-high hitting streak to 13 games. It is the longest hitting streak for Iribarren in his four seasons in Triple-A, passing his previous career high of 12 games set in 2009 while he was with the Nashville Sounds. The streak is tied for the third longest by a Sky Sox player this season (Matt McBride and Tim Wheeler had 17-game streaks and Andrew Brown had a 13-game streak).
2ND HALF SOX: Since the beginning of the second half, Sky Sox players rank at or near the top in nearly every major offensive category: Matt McBride, Brendan Harris and Chad Tracy ranked first, second and third respectively in RBI (22, 16, 15). Charlie Blackmon and McBride rank first and second in hits at 28 and 26 respectively. Blackmon and Tommy Field rank first and second in runs scored at 20 and 16. Blackmon and McBride are two of eight players with an average above .400 since the All-Star Break. Harris is tied for the lead in the PCL with 11 XBH since the second half began, and has the second most doubles at nine. McBride is tied for the second most total bases since the break at 40, trailing Round Rock’s Brad Nelson at 44.