SOX OFFENSE RED HOT IN JULY: The Sky Sox have totaled 180 runs during the month of July, 17 more than any other team in the PCL, and are averaging 7.2 runs per game this month. The Sky Sox are tied for second in team hits in the month of July with Oklahoma City at 281, trailing only Reno’s 282 hits (who overtook the Sox by outhitting them 11-8 in last night’s Sox win). The Sky Sox have totaled at least eight hits in 16 straight games.
BLACKMON’S HOT BAT: Since returning to the Sky Sox on July 4 from injury, outfielder Charlie Blackmon leads the PCL in runs scored at 25 and is tied for the league lead in hits at 35, tied with Reno’s A.J. Pollock. Blackmon has collected a hit in 18 of the 22 games since returning, and has raised his average from .203 to .306 during those 22 games. Blackmon had just 13 hits and 12 runs in his first 17 games this season for the Sox.
HERNAN STREAKING: Sky Sox infielder/outfielder Hernan Iribarren extended his team-high hitting streak to 14 games with his double as a defensive replacement, continuing his longest hitting streak in his four seasons in Triple-A. This streak has passed his previous career high of 12 games set in 2009 while he was with the Nashville Sounds. The streak is the third longest by a Sky Sox player this season (Matt McBride and Tim Wheeler had 17-game streaks).
Sky Sox 7/28 Lineup in Series Opener with Fresno Grizzlies (San Francisco Triple-A) at Security Service Field:
1 – Jonathan Herrera – 2B
2 – Tim Wheeler – RF
3 – Charlie Blackmon – CF
4 – Matt McBride – LF
5 - Brendan Harris - 3B
6 – Chad Tracy - 1B
7 - Brandon Wood - SS
8 – Wil Nieves – C
9 – Alex White – SP (RHP)
Sky Sox Starter Notes:
- White faced the Grizzlies for the first time in his career on April 26 in Fresno, allowing only two runs over his six innings while striking out a season high six, but received no runs of support in a 3-0 loss for the Sky Sox
- In his last start White earned his first win for the Sky Sox since April 20 (outdueled Mariners number one prospect Danny Hultzen in the game)
- Fewest run support per start at 3.7 runs of any Sky Sox starter this season with more than five starts (3.6 runs in support in his ten starts with the Rockies this season)
- Has allowed two earned runs or less in six of ten starts with the Sky Sox this season (3 ER or less in eight of ten starts)