Sky Sox 9/2 Notebook
NEW DOUBLES RECORD: With three doubles in last night’s win, the Sky Sox set a new team single season record for doubles with 342 on the year and counting, passing the previous mark of 340 set in the 2004 season (a team that featured three players with 40+ doubles: Garrett Atkins (43), Clint Barmes (42) and Andy Tracy (42)). With his double last night, Matt McBride became the third player in the league to reach 40 doubles and only the seventh player in Sky Sox history to collect 40 or more doubles in a season. The Sky Sox have a team record five players with 30 or more doubles on the 2012 team, while Chad Tracy’s 38 doubles ranks ninth all-time in team history.
CASTILLO FINISHING STRONG: Sky Sox catcher Wilkin Castillo notched his second three-hit game in his last three starts (and third of the season) in last night’s win while collecting three RBI, and Castillo has 20 RBI in his last 19 starts. Since the start of August, Castillo is batting .318 (22-for-69) with 14 runs scored and nine extra-base hits (including all three of his triples this season) while more than doubling his RBI total after only having 14 RBI in April through July. Castillo has raised his average from .229 at the start of August to .257.
HARRIS’ STELLAR SECOND HALF: Sky Sox third baseman Brendan Harris collected another multi-hit game last night, and since the second half began on the July 12 Harris is batting .364 (60-for-165) which ranks second in the league only behind Adam Eaton’s .376 average during that same span. Harris leads all PCL players with 19 doubles since the All-Star Break, ranks second in the PCL in runs scored with 41 runs (Omaha’s Irving Falu has 42 runs) and has the second most extra-base hits with 25 (Albuquerque’s Scott Van Slyke has 26). Harris is one of three players who have posted an OPS of over 1.000 at 1.019 (the others former Isotopes slugger Jerry Sands and the Sox Charlie Blackmon).
BIG MAN BERGMANN: Sky Sox reliever Jason Bergmann came in with two men on and none out and held on for the Sox win by retiring three of the four batters he faced for his fourth save of the season. In his last 13.2 innings, Bergmann has allowed only one earned run (and two total runs) while totaling 18 strikeouts over those 13.2 innings. Bergmann led all Sky Sox relievers in strikeouts (18) in the month of August and three of Bergmann’s four saves have come in his last ten appearances.