Series Prevew: Sky Sox vs. Tucson Padres

After having their last two games postponed due to cold weather, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (10-7) will head to Arizona to face the Tucson Padres (9-10) for the second time this season.

Last Time Out:

Sky Sox (4/21): Against the Las Vegas 51s the Sox recorded their fourth walk-off win of the year when Tyler Colvin hit a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the 51s 8-7.

Tucson (4/23): The Padres faced the Fresno Grizzlies on Tuesday and only managed six hits and lost their tenth game of the year, 4-2.  The loss also snapped their six-game winning streak.

Season Series (2-1 Sky Sox):

The two teams first played each other in early April at Security Service Field.  The teams were scheduled to play a four-game series, but only managed to play three games due to snow and cold.  The first game was played on April 8th and only lasted five innings because of high winds.  The Padres managed to get the win in the shortened game by scoring 14 runs.  Shortstop Dean Anna led the way with four RBIs and left fielder Travis Buck added three.

Two days later both teams returned to Security Service Field to play in a doubleheader.  Colorado Springs managed to sweep the doubleheader in dramatic fashion.  In game one the contest was deadlocked at four entering the bottom of the seventh when Ryan Wheeler hit his first home run of the year to give the Sky Sox the 5-4 win.  The Sky Sox had their second walk-off hit in the second game when Charlie Blackmon unleashed a two-run triple to win 4-3.

Scouting Tucson:

The Tucson Padres enter this series ranked tenth in the PCL in average at .279.  Despite their low average the Padres are tied for first in the league in doubles at 49 and have struck out only 117 times which is the lowest amount in the league.

Offensively the team is led by Travis Buck who has a team-high 17 RBIs and eight doubles.  Centerfielder Daniel Robertson is also off to a great start for Tucson.  The 27-year old leads the team in average (.347), runs (18), triples (2) and stolen bases (7).

Reliever Brad Boxberger is also off to a good start.  The righty has a 3.27 ERA, three saves and 17 strikeouts in eight games.

 Sky Sox Notes:

POSTPONED: April 22nd’s and April 23rd’s postponement was the team’s third and fourth postponed games this month. The last time the Sky Sox had this many postponements in April was in 2007, when they had five. 

TRANSACTIONS: On 4/21, the Rockies’ recalled RHP Rob Scahill from Colorado Springs. Scahill has pitched in 12.2 innings for the Sky Sox and is 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA, one save and 13 strikeouts. RHP Justin Berg was added from Extended Spring Training on 4/22 and is expected to join the starting rotation.  On April 24, the Rockies optioned Scahill back down and recalled RHP Tyler Chatwood who was 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA with the Sky Sox. The Rockies also called up INF Ryan Wheeler on April 25, and added OF Greg Golson to the Sky Sox roster from Tri-City.

STREAKIN’: Outfielder Corey Dickerson has started off his first season at the Triple-A level in grand fashion having hit safely in a team-high 15 straight games.  Dickerson’s 15-game hit streak is the longest by any Sky Sox player in team history to start a season.  It is also the longest by any player in their first 15 games as a member of the Sky Sox.  During that span, he has hit .389 (21-for-54) with two homers, three triples, three doubles, 10 runs and seven RBIs. He has also gotten a hit in five different spots in the lineup and has gone 3-for-3 as a pinch-hitter.

 Series Schedule:

4/25 @ TUC        CSP        LH Drew Pomeranz (2-0, 3.31)

7:05 PM MST      TUC           RH Keyvius Sampson (0-0. 3.07)

4/26 @ TUC        CSP          RH Justin Berg (NR)

7:05 PM MST      TUC           RH Tim Stauffer (1-1, 5.09)

4/27 @ TUC        CSP          RH Aaron Cook (0-2, 11.68)

7:05 PM MST      TUC           RH Sean O’Sullivan (1-1. 5.40)

4/28 @ TUC        CSP          RH Chris Volstad (0-0, 6.75)

1:05 PM MST      TUC           RH Thad Weber (2-0, 0.82)

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