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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.
BRENDAN ON BASE: Sky Sox infielder Brendan Harris currently ranks fifth in the league in on-base percentage at .410, but in the month of August Harris leads the the Pacific Coast League with a .520 on-base percentage (he and Albuquerque’s Tim Federowicz are the only players above .500). Harris owns the third best batting average in the league during the month of August at .397 (23-for-58, trailing Albuquerque’s Jerry Sands at .435 and Omaha’s Anthony Seratelli at .400), is tied for the fourth most walks at 14 and is tied for the team lead in hits with Tim Wheeler at 23. Harris had an on-base percentage of .429 during July, second on the team to Charlie Blackmon’s league-leading .476 percentage during that month.
DOUBLING UP: Since the start of the second half of the 2012 season, the Sky Sox have five players with double-digit doubles (Brendan Harris-16, Tim Wheeler-14, Charlie Blackmon-13, Chad Tracy-11, Tommy Field-10), the most of any team in the league (Andy Parrino is the only player with at least 10 doubles on the T-Pads). The Sky Sox have the most doubles of any team in the league this year at 317, and the most this month at 58.
SOX FINISH UP DIVISION PLAY: Last night’s loss ended the Sky Sox Pacific Northern Division schedule for the 2012 season with the Sky Sox finishing with a record of 27-21, 17-7 at Security Service Field and 10-14 on the road. The 27-21 mark improves upon the mark of 23-25 the Sox had last season in the first year of the division’s current makeup (Reno being the new addition to replace Portland), and the Sky Sox improved their record against Reno (7-9 this season, 5-11 last season) and Tacoma (8-8 last season, 12-4 this season) while not winning the season series with Salt Lake for the first time since the 2009 season. The Sox batted a combined .313 against the three division rivals and scored an average of 6.9 runs per game in the 48 total contests, their best averages against any division in the PCL.
HOMERS AT A PREMIUM: The matchup between the Sky Sox and the Tucson Padres will feature the two teams that have allowed the fewest homers in the league this season at 100 and 97 respectively. But the matchup also features the two teams that have hit the fewest homers this season, with Tucson hitting 103 and the Sox being the only team in the PCL to not reach 100 homers this season at 97.
NO SHOOTOUT WINS: Last night’s loss drops the Sox to 0-17 this season when allowing ten or more runs in a game. The Sox won six games last season when allowing double-digit runs.
CULBERSON FITTING RIGHT IN: New Sky Sox infielder Charlie Culberson, who was acquired by the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Marco Scutaro nearly two weeks ago, has a hit in all of his first seven games with the Sky Sox since July 31. Since his first game against his former team the Fresno Girzzlies on July 31, Culberson leads the team with 10 hits (tied with Brendan Harris and Tim Wheeler) and is batting .313 (10-for-32). In his last 23 games with the Grizz before the trade, Culberson totaled 14 hits in 90 at-bats.
SOX THE PCL BEST SINCE JULY: Even with last night’s loss, the Sky Sox have won the most games in the Pacific Coast League since the start of July at 22 wins. Unfortunately the team the Sky Sox are chasing down for the Pacific Northern Division crown, the Reno Aces, ranks second in the league in wins during that time frame with 21. Reno holds the best winning percentage at .600 (21-14) since July, barely edging out the Sox at .595 (22-15).
2ND HALF SOX: Since the All-Star Break ended and the second half began on July 12th, a Sky Sox player leads the PCL or is tied for the lead in virtually every offensive category. Sox outfielder Charlie Blackmon leads the PCL since the second half started in batting average (.411), runs scored (32), hits (44), while amassing the most total bases at 69, being the only player with an on-base percentage of .500. Sox infielder Brendan Harris has been an extra-base hit machine with 17 since the break and has the most doubles with 15. Matt McBride is tied for the lead in all of the PCL during that time frame in RBI at 28 (he has not appeared with Sox since August 2).
BLACKMON’S BACK WITH A VENGENCE: Since Sky Sox outfielder Charlie Blackmon returned to the Sky Sox on July 4 from injury he leads the PCL in runs scored at 35 and in hits at 49, while he is tied for the most total bases in the league during that span with 77. Also during that stretch, Blackmon leads the Sky Sox with .392 batting average (3rd best in the PCL in that time frame), 18 extra-base hits, a .469 on-base percentage and a 1.085 OPS while totaling the most stolen bases on the team with seven. Blackmon has collected a hit in 25 of the 32 games since returning, and has raised his average from .203 to .328 during those 32 games, and his average is the highest among current Sky Sox players. Blackmon leads the Sox with a .408 on-base percentage.
BROWN MATCHES CAREER HIGH: Sky Sox slugger Andrew Brown hit his second home run in as many days yesterday to increase his team-leading total to 22 long bombs this season. Brown has now tied his career high at any professional level with the 22 blasts, matching his total while with the Springfield Cardinals (St. Louis Double-A) during the 2010 season. With his three-run homer yesterday, Brown also equaled his homer total from last year against Omaha while with the Memphis Redbirds when he appeared in nine games against the Storm Chasers.
HARRIS HAULING IN RBI: Sox infielder Brendan Harris has totaled the fifth most RBI on the Sky Sox with 49 on the season, but in his last 23 games since after the All-Star Break Harris has totaled 23 RBI, which is tied for the fourth most in the league during that span and second most on the Sox with Chad Tracy (Former Sky Sox utility player Matt McBride leads all PCL still with 28 RBI since the break). Harris totaled 26 RBI in his first 57 games this season.
HOLDING ON TO LEADS: This season the Sky Sox hold a record of 51-1 when leading after six innings, the only team in the league that has yet to lose multiple games when holding a lead after the sixth. Every other team in the PCL has at least three losses in that situation (Omaha leads the league with 12 losses in that situation). The Sox only loss when leading after six innings came at home to the Fresno Grizzlies on May 4.
The Sky Sox were one of three teams in the Pacific Coast League to post 17 wins during the month of July (Albuquerque and Reno), and the offense led the way for Colorado Springs. The Sox led the PCL in runs scored in the month of July at 206, the only team in the league to top 200 runs in the month, and led the PCL as well in hits with 335. Those break down to averages of 6.9 runs per game to go along with 11.2 hits per game. The Sox posted the second best batting average in the PCL at .315 behind Reno’s .321 average (the Sky Sox also led the PCL in batting average in June with a .309 team average).
But as hot as the Sox were in July, they have been that much more hot since the second half of the PCL season began on July 12. After starting off the second half with only four hits against Tacoma the Sky Sox have had only one game in their final 21 to end the month of July that they did not total at least eight hits in a game (which was a seven inning doubleheader game against Fresno on July 29). Out of those 21 games, the Sox totaled double-digit hits in 15. The Sox also scored at least seven runs in 13 of their final 22 games to end the month.
All of those team statistics since the second half began are impressive on their own, but the Sky Sox individually have been leading the way in the Pacific Coast League since July 12. Since the start of the second half, Charlie Blackmon leads the PCL in batting average at .446 (.026 higher than the next highest average), in runs scored at 26 (seven more than any other player), in hits with 37 with temmate Matt McBride ranking second at 32, total bases at 54 with an other-worldly .535 on-base percentage. McBride leads the PCL with 27 RBI since the break and is currently tied for the league lead among active players with 76 RBI this season, while infielder Brendan Harris has been an extra-base machine with 14 in the 19 games since the second half began, including a league-leading 12 doubles.
ACES TAKE SEASON SERIES: The loss by the Sox in extras last night seals the season series win for the Aces, and in the four seasons the Aces have been in the PCL Colorado Springs has only won the season series in 2010 at 9-7 (Reno took 11 of 16 last season and won the first season series 8-7 in 2009).
SOX AND SWEEPS: The Sky Sox are on the verge of being swept for the first time this season and are one of six teams in the PCL that have yet to be swept (Albuquerque, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Reno, Sacramento). The Sky Sox have been on the verge of a sweep only once this season before tonight’s game, losing the first three games to Oklahoma City at Security Service Field before winning the second game of a doubleheader on May 24. The Sox were swept six times during the 2011 season, including five times on the road.
HERNAN STREAKING: Sky Sox infielder/outfielder Hernan Iribarren not only forced extra innings with his RBI single in the ninth inning, but also extended his team-high hitting streak to 13 games. It is the longest hitting streak for Iribarren in his four seasons in Triple-A, passing his previous career high of 12 games set in 2009 while he was with the Nashville Sounds. The streak is tied for the third longest by a Sky Sox player this season (Matt McBride and Tim Wheeler had 17-game streaks and Andrew Brown had a 13-game streak).
2ND HALF SOX: Since the beginning of the second half, Sky Sox players rank at or near the top in nearly every major offensive category: Matt McBride, Brendan Harris and Chad Tracy ranked first, second and third respectively in RBI (22, 16, 15). Charlie Blackmon and McBride rank first and second in hits at 28 and 26 respectively. Blackmon and Tommy Field rank first and second in runs scored at 20 and 16. Blackmon and McBride are two of eight players with an average above .400 since the All-Star Break. Harris is tied for the lead in the PCL with 11 XBH since the second half began, and has the second most doubles at nine. McBride is tied for the second most total bases since the break at 40, trailing Round Rock’s Brad Nelson at 44.
FIRST SEASON HOME SWEEP IN TEAM HISTORY: With a 9-1 win in yesterday’s series finale against the Tacoma Rainiers the Sky Sox finished the season a perfect 8-0 against the division rival Rainiers, the first time in franchise history the Sox have swept all eight games at Security Service against an opponent in one season. The eight-game home winning streak against Tacoma also set a record for the longest home winning streak all in one season against any PCL opponent in the Sky Sox 25-year history. The Sox took the season series from the Rainiers 12-4 this year.
SOX STREAKING: The Sky Sox are currently riding a six-game winning streak, their longest of the season and tied for their longest win streak since their seven-game streak in the 2007 season. The Sky Sox had six game winning streaks in 2011 from April 21 to April 26 in games against Tacoma and Las Vegas and also in 2008 from August 4 to the first game of a doubleheader on August 10 in games against Omaha and Portland. The Sky Sox longest winning streak in team history is 14 games set in the 1995 season.
BIG MAC: Sky Sox utility player Matt McBride is currently riding a 17-game hitting streak. It is the longest active hitting streak for any Colorado Springs batter, is tied for the longest by a Sky Sox player this season (Tim Wheeler also had a 17-game streak) and is the third longest active streak in the PCL behind Tucson’s Everth Cabrera’s and Omaha’s Johnny Giavotella’s 18-game streaks. During the hitting streak McBride has either scored a run or driven in a run in 16 of the 17 games, and has 20 RBI and 18 runs scored. McBride is currently tied for the third most RBI in the league with Reno’s Jake Elmore at 64, the most of any current PCL players.
HARRIS BRINGING EM HOME: Sky Sox infielder Brendan Harris notched his second 5 RBI game of the season in yesterday’s win by going 4-for-5 with three doubles. Harris led the Sox with 14 RBI during the homestand against Salt Lake and Tacoma, tied with teammate Matt McBride for the most in the PCL since July 16. Harris also led the team with nine extra-base hits in the homestand, tied with Las Vegas’ David Cooper for the most during the time frame, and in his last 28 games Harris has collected 21 XBH (only nine in his 41 games this season).
3-4 THREAT: In the month of July, Matt McBride and Charlie Blackmon have totaled 31 hits and 30 hits respectively, which ranks second and third in the PCL during the month. Blackmon ranks second in the league in July with 20 runs scored behind Albuquerque’s Trent Oeltjen’s 21 runs (with McBride tied for fifth with 18 runs) and McBride ranks third with 20 RBI since the beginning of the month. Since the start of the second half, Blackmon ranks first in the league with 25 hits (while also ranking first with 17 runs scored) and McBride ranks second with 22 hits while also being tied with teammate Brendan Harris for the most RBI in that time frame at 15.
1 – #5 Tommy Field – SS
2 – #17 Tim Wheeler – CF
3 – #12 Andrew Brown – LF
4 – #40 Matt McBride – 1B
5 – #2 Hernan Iribarren – RF
6 – #23 Brandon Wood – 2B
7 – #28 Chad Tracy – DH
8 – #29 Brendna Harris – 3B
9 – #25 Omir Santos – C
SP – #7 Carlos Torres – RHP
SOX STARTER NOTES: Torres has allowed only seven earned run in his last 16.1 innings with the Sky Sox, and in nine starts with the Sox, he has allowed more than three runs in a game just once (one run or less in six starts). Sky Sox won in Torres’ first four starts this season (2-4 in last six starts). Torres has never faced the Salt Lake Bees in his career, as this is his first season in the Pacific Coast League and Torres was with the Rockies during the first meeting between the Sox and the Bees in late May and early June.
WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR THE SKY SOX: Sky Sox outfielder Andrew Brown led the team with two RBI in last night’s win, upping his team-leading RBI total to 53 on the season and he is just one of seven players in the PCL to hit the half-century mark in RBI this season. Since May 1st Brown has totaled the most RBI of any player in Triple-A with 46. Brown leads Colorado Springs in runs scored (41), doubles (22) and at-bats (240) while ranking third in hits with 64 behind Matt McBride (76) and Hernan Iribarren (71).
HARRIS’ HOT BAT: Sox infielder Brendan Harris had two doubles in yesterday’s win, and has totaled six extra-base hits in his last five games. During his current five-game hitting streak, Harris is batting .444 (8-for-18) with seven RBI, six runs, four doubles and two homers. Harris had nine extra-base hits and 12 RBI in his first 39 games.
SOX STARTERS, RELIEVERS VERY SIMILAR: Colorado Springs starters and relievers have identical 4.70 ERAs this season, even though starters total 343 innings and relievers have totaled 266.1 innings.
1 – #5 Tommy Field – SS
2 – #17 Tim Wheeler – CF
3 – #12 Andrew Brown – LF
4 – #40 Matt McBride – 1B
5 – #2 Hernan Iribarren – RF
6 – #23 Brandon Wood – 3B
7 – #28 Chad Tracy – DH
8 – #29 Brendan Harris – 2B
9 – #25 Omir Santos – C
SP – #51 Drew Pomeranz – LHP
SKY SOX VS SALT LAKE: In their first meeting of the season the Salt Lake Bees took three of four from the Sky Sox, with the lone win for Colorado Springs coming in their 22-8 victory on May 30, and the Sky Sox are still the only team in the Pacific Coast League to score more than 20 runs in a game this season (the 27 hits are also the highest by any PCL team in a game this year). The Sky Sox took 10 of the 16 games with the Bees last season, who finished last in the Pacific Northern Division, and the 10-6 record included taking six of eight games at Security Service Field. The Bees own the edge in the all-time record at 110-130, but the two teams have split 116 games played in Colorado Springs at 58-58.
HOT WHEELZ: Sky Sox outfielder Tim Wheeler extended his team-high hitting streak to 15 games with a 2-for-6 performance in Sunday’s game. The 15-game streak is the longest hitting streak a Sky Sox player has strung together in 2012 and is also the third double-digit Sox hit streak in 2012. His current 12-game home hitting streak is tied for the second longest in the PCL (two other PCL players have 13-game streaks at home). Since returning from a hand injury on June 1, Wheeler has the most hits on the team with 23 in 16 games and has a hit in every game except for the first game on June 1 in Salt Lake. During that span, Wheeler has raised his average from .200 to .304.
HARRIS HOT IN VEGAS: Sky Sox infielder Brendan Harris went to Vegas and cashed in. While in Sin City, Harris recorded a hit in all four games hitting .429 (6-for-14) with two homers, two doubles, four runs and seven RBI. On 6/17, Harris set season-highs with three hits and three runs while tying the Sky Sox season-high with five RBI.