Series Preview: Tacoma vs Sky Sox
Last Time Out:
Tacoma (5/27): Yesterday the Rainiers defeated the Reno Aces 11-10 to split the four-game series with the defending Triple-A Champions.
Sky Sox (5/27): The Sky Sox offense had a season low three hits and fell to the Fresno Grizzles 8-1. Despite the loss Colorado Springs still took three out of the four games from Fresno.
This will be the first time these two teams have met this season.
This series will mark the first time the Sky Sox have played the Rainiers this season. Tacoma features a high-powered offense that is tied for first in home runs with 57, third in runs with 293 and fourth in triples with 18. Their offense also has the most strikeouts with 507 and is tied for 11th in the league in average at .265. The Rainiers also have a strong pitching staff that has only issued 140 walks which is the least amount in the league and are sixth in ERA at 4.22.
Sky Sox Notes:
TRANSACTION: Today the Colorado Springs Sky Sox released veteran infielder Tommy Manzella. In 32 games with the Sox he hit .190 with 10 RBIs. Replacing Manzella on the roster is infielder Drew Garcia who was traded yesterday from the White Sox organization to the Rockies. Garcia has played in 24 games for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights this season and has a .222 (16-for-72) average with eight doubles and 12 RBIs.
TRIPLE THREAT: Last night Hernan Iribarren hit a pinch-hit triple to increases the team’s PCL leading total to 32. The team’s total is the second highest in Minor League baseball, only trailing the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes who have 39.
COLVIN IS CRUISING: Tyler Colvin was 1-for-3 yesterday and has now reached base safely in 11 straight games. During that span he is 13-for-35 (.371) with two home runs, six RBIs, 12 runs, and three stolen bases.
OFFENSIVE WOES: Yesterday the Sky Sox fell to Fresno, 8-1, and had a season low three hits. The team’s previous low this season was six which they had done six times with the last occurrence being 5/2 against Salt Lake. Yesterday was also the first time this season that a team had an opposing pitcher throw a complete game against them. Grizzlies’ starter Shane Loux went nine innings, only allowed three hits, one run, one walk, and had three strikeouts.
5/28 vs TAC CSP RH Drew Carpenter (0-0, 4.70)
7:05 PM MT TAC RH Jeremy Bonderman (2-4, 4.68)
5/29 vs TAC CSP RH Chris Volstad (2-0, 4.02)
7:05 PM MT TAC RH Andrew Carraway (5-1, 2.98)
5/30 vs TAC CSP TBA
7:05 PM MT TAC LH James Paxton (2-4, 5.01)
5/31 vs TAC CSP LH Drew Pomeranz (6-1, 4.02)
7:05 PM MT TAC RH Blake Leavy (2-2, 3.70)
PCL PACIFIC NORTH STANDINGS
Team W L PCT GB Vs.
SKY SOX 30 19 .612 – -
Tacoma 31 21 .596 -0.5 0-0
Salt Lake 24 28 .462 -7.5 2-2
Reno 20 32 .385 -11.5 4-4