Series Preview: Fresno vs. Sky Sox

Last Time Out:

Fresno (5/22): Starting pitcher Shane Loux went five innings, but allowed seven earned runs to the Oklahoma City Red Hawks.  Red Hawks’ shortstop Jonathan Villar and right fielder Fernando Martinez, each hit a home run to hand Fresno their 21st loss of the season.

Sky Sox (5/22): Matt McBride had 2-HRs to lead the Sky Sox over the Albuquerque Isotopes, 9-1.  McBride finished the day with six RBIs which was two shy of his career high of eight.

 Season Series (3-1):

The Sky Sox and the Grizzlies met earlier this year in May when the Sox traveled to Chukchansi Park.  In that series Colorado Springs took three out of four against Fresno, and outs scored them 27-17. Greg Golson had a stand-out series for the Sox, going 4-10 with a home run, triple, three runs and three RBIs.

Scouting Fresno:

Fresno is currently tied for the PCL lead in HRs with Tacoma.  The Grizzlies have 10 different players with two or more home runs including Brett Pill who has nine dingers.  Pill also leads the league in RBIs with 47.

The Grizzlies’ pitching staff features Chris Heston and Mike Kickham who each have 50 strike outs.  The team is tied for the league lead in strikeouts with 379.

 Sky Sox Notes:

TRANSACTION: Before last night’s game, the Rockies activated RH Coty Woods from the disabled list. In addition, the Rockies announced last night that they have optioned down infielder Josh Rutledge. Rutledge is not expected to join the Sky Sox until the team returns home on Friday.

McBRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN: Last night was another monster game for Sky Sox super utility player Matt McBride. He finished the game 5-for-5 (his first ever five-hit game) with two homers (his second two-homer game of the year), a double, three runs scored and a team season-high six RBI. Since coming off of the D.L. on April 20, McBride has reached base safely in 18 of 20 games. In May, McBride is hitting .403 (25-for-62) with eight homers, a triple, five doubles, 13 runs scored and 26 RBIs in just 15 games. His 26 RBIs are the most in the minors in the month and his eight homers are tied for the most. His other two-homer game of the year was on 5/14 at home against Omaha. Tyler Colvin, who smacked his fifth homer last night, is the other Sox players hit two dingers on 4/14 at Las Vegas.

SIX RBI GAME: Matt McBride’s six RBIs game last night was the first time a Sox player plated that many runs in a game since Brandon Wood did it last season on August 14 against the same Albuquerque Isotopes. McBride’s career-high for RBIs in a game is actually eight which he accomplished on July 31, 2009 against Binghamton while he was a member of the Akron Aeros.

BIRTHDAY BOYS: Yesterday Corey Dickerson turned 24 years old.  Today is Matt McBride’s 28th birthday and Cory Riordan will turn 27 on 5/25.

Series Schedule:

5/24 vs FRE         CSP        RH Chris Volstad (1-0, 3.42)

7:05 PM MT         FRE         RH Boof Bonser (2-3, 4.89)

5/25 vs FRE         CSP        RH Roman Colon (0-1, 0.00)

6:05 PM MT         FRE         RH Mitch Lively (2-1, 9.00)

5/26 vs FRE         CSP        LH Drew Pomeranz (6-1, 3.58)

1:35 PM MT         FRE         RH Chris Heston (5-3, 5.59)

5/27 vs FRE         CSP        RH Jeff Manship (3-1, 6.00)

12:35 PM MT      FRE         RH Shane Loux (4-2, 4.75)

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