With the season opening game just two days away, the Sky Sox suited up for their first action of the season as the squad took the field against Colorado State University – Pueblo in a scrimmage at Security Service Field on Tuesday afternoon. Even though the Sky Sox Opening Day roster has not be finalized yet several players saw significant time today. The game started off with both teams putting up a few early runs but the Sox pulled away in the middle and late innings to top CSU Pueblo by the final tally of 17-2.
Here is skipper Tom Runnells’ starting lineup from today’s matchup:
1. Mike McCoy – 2B
2. Carlos Gonzalez – CF
3. Matt Miller – LF
4. Dan Ortmeier – 1B
5. Matt Murton – RF
6. Christian Colonel – 3B
7. Kenny Perez – DH
8. Edwin Bellorin – C
9. Jonathan Herrera – SS
10. Josh Fogg – SP
Sky Sox On the Mound: Fogg started the game and threw one inning while giving up the two CSU tallies on three hits. Right-hander Alan Johnson entered the game in the second and tossed five shutout innings to pick up the win. Johson surrendered just two hits, walked none and struck out three in his first appearance in a Sox uniform. He retired the final nine straight batters he faced before giving way to relievers Scott Munter, Matt Daley and Franklin Nunez who all worked a scoreless frame each.
Sky Sox at the Plate: Overall, the Sox bats cranked out 19 hits and drew seven walks en route to their 15 run victory. Several players turned in solid outings:
Chris Frey: 2-for-4, homer, double, walk, four RBIs
Kenny Perez: 3-for-5, homer, three RBIs
Chrisitan Colonel: 2-for-4, two doubles, walk, three RBIs
Matt Miller: 2-for-5, homer, double, three RBIs
Several questions have already started to roll in and we very much appreciate all of them! Please keep them coming and we’ll do our best to answer them all.
“How soon will the 2009 roster be available?”
As most baseball fans know, the decisions on who will make the Rockies opening day roster have a trickle-down affect for the rest of the minor league system especially at the Triple-A level. Those veteran players and young prospects vying for the open spots on the Major League roster that don’t make it will most likely be sent down to the Sky Sox. Some of the veteran players will have a choice on whether to accept the assignment or become a free agent and some players may be released. So, once the tough decisions are made at the Major League level, the tough choices are then made at the Triple-A level and so on down the line throughout the minor league system. This is why we rarely know our final opening day roster until the day that the team is scheduled to arrive from Tucson which is this Sunday, April 5. If, however, we are giving the roster by the Rockies sooner than that we will certainly make it available to all of you as soon as possible.
Here it is baseball fans! It’s your chance to ask those baseball questions that you’ve always wanted to know the answers to. Ever wondered why the manager decided to bunt or steal in a certain situation or wanted to ask a player what it’s like to hit a towering home run? Submit your questions for our manager Tom Runnells, any of our players or members of the Sky Sox front office and we’ll do our best to get you the answer and post them here. E-mail questions by clicking here.
Welcome to the official blog for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. We’re very excited about all the possibilities for this new blog and we look forward to providing fans of the Sky Sox and Rockies an insight into the world of a Triple-A franchise from the field to the front office. We’ll be bringing you special features from our manager Tom Runnells, our players and members of our front office staff throughout the year and we very much welcome your comments, feedback and questions.
Opening Day is right around the corner, Thursday, April 9th, and the Sky Sox will begin their 2009 campaign with an eight-game home stand against the Las Vegas 51s, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.