Sky Sox 8/22 Notebook
BRENDAN ON BASE: Sky Sox infielder Brendan Harris currently ranks fifth in the league in on-base percentage at .410, but in the month of August Harris leads the the Pacific Coast League with a .520 on-base percentage (he and Albuquerque’s Tim Federowicz are the only players above .500). Harris owns the third best batting average in the league during the month of August at .397 (23-for-58, trailing Albuquerque’s Jerry Sands at .435 and Omaha’s Anthony Seratelli at .400), is tied for the fourth most walks at 14 and is tied for the team lead in hits with Tim Wheeler at 23. Harris had an on-base percentage of .429 during July, second on the team to Charlie Blackmon’s league-leading .476 percentage during that month.
DOUBLING UP: Since the start of the second half of the 2012 season, the Sky Sox have five players with double-digit doubles (Brendan Harris-16, Tim Wheeler-14, Charlie Blackmon-13, Chad Tracy-11, Tommy Field-10), the most of any team in the league (Andy Parrino is the only player with at least 10 doubles on the T-Pads). The Sky Sox have the most doubles of any team in the league this year at 317, and the most this month at 58.
SOX FINISH UP DIVISION PLAY: Last night’s loss ended the Sky Sox Pacific Northern Division schedule for the 2012 season with the Sky Sox finishing with a record of 27-21, 17-7 at Security Service Field and 10-14 on the road. The 27-21 mark improves upon the mark of 23-25 the Sox had last season in the first year of the division’s current makeup (Reno being the new addition to replace Portland), and the Sky Sox improved their record against Reno (7-9 this season, 5-11 last season) and Tacoma (8-8 last season, 12-4 this season) while not winning the season series with Salt Lake for the first time since the 2009 season. The Sox batted a combined .313 against the three division rivals and scored an average of 6.9 runs per game in the 48 total contests, their best averages against any division in the PCL.
HOMERS AT A PREMIUM: The matchup between the Sky Sox and the Tucson Padres will feature the two teams that have allowed the fewest homers in the league this season at 100 and 97 respectively. But the matchup also features the two teams that have hit the fewest homers this season, with Tucson hitting 103 and the Sox being the only team in the PCL to not reach 100 homers this season at 97.
NO SHOOTOUT WINS: Last night’s loss drops the Sox to 0-17 this season when allowing ten or more runs in a game. The Sox won six games last season when allowing double-digit runs.