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In last night’s series-opening 8-2 win against the Salt Lake Bees, Sky Sox starter Drew Pomeranz earned his first win since May 18 by holding the Bees hitless through six innings while totaling a season-high eight strikeouts, the longest start of the Rockies top prospects career without allowing a run (Pomeranz went three hitless innings for the Tulsa Drillers on September 5, 2011 in his last minor league start before making his major league debut on September 11). Despite not allowing any hits, Pomeranz did work out of a no-out bases loaded jam in the fifth set up by two walks and a throwing error on a force attempt without a strikeout and a double play in consecutive batters.
Sky Sox reliever Mike Ekstrom took over for Pomeranz and set down Salt Lake in order in the seventh, then Zach Putnam pitched a perfect eighth inning. Putnam returned for the ninth and allowed two Salt Lake batters to reach base on a fielding error and a walk, then Bees third baseman Luis Jimenez blooped a single just out of the reach of Colorado Springs second baseman Brendan Harris to end the no-hitter bid and scored the first run of the game for Salt Lake. The Bees added another hit in the inning which scored a second run, but despite the no-hitter being lost two outs short of completion, the Sox did set a season-best by holding the Bees to just two hits.
The near no-no would have been the fifth in Sky Sox history, and first since the Sox posted two in 2009. 8.1 innings was the third longest in a game the Sky Sox have gone before giving up their first hit, as Colorado Springs lost two no-hitters late in games in the span of eight days in their first year of affiliation with the Rockies in 1993. Ryan Hawblitzel went 9.1 innings against Vancouver on July 27 (and suffered the loss in the extra-inning game) and three pitchers (Mo Sanford, Terry Wells, Keith Shepherd) went 8.2 innings against Calgary on July 19.
The no-hitter would have been the fourth combined no-hitter in team history.
1 – #21 Hernan Iribarren – 2B
2 – #17 Tim Wheeler – CF
3 – #2 Troy Tulowitzki – SS
4 – #12 Andrew Brown – RF
5 – #40 Matt McBride – 1B
6 – #23 Brandon Wood – 3B
7 – #6 Brandon Roberts – LF
8 – #25 Omir Santos – C
9 – #51 Drew Pomeranz – LHP
TULO IN THE SPRINGS: Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will join the Sky Sox for today’s game as part of a Major League Rehab assignment for his injured groin he suffered on May 30 against the Astros. This will be Tulowitzki’s third appearance for the Sky Sox in his professional career, as he has completed rehabs in the 2008 season and the 2010 season. Tulowitzki made the jump from Double-A Tulsa to the Majors in 2006 as a prospect.
TOP PITCHING PROSPECTS: Today’s game features a matchup between the top pitching prospect from the Rockies organization in Drew Pomeranz and the top pitching prospect from the Diamondbacks organization in Trevor Bauer, according to both Baseball America and MLB.com prior to the 2012 season. Both pitchers were top-five picks in their respective drafts, with Pomeranz going third overall in the 2010 Draft to the Cleveland Indians and Bauer selected fifth overall in the 2011 Draft. Both are top-20 prospects in all of baseball according to MLB.com.
WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR THE SKY SOX: Sky Sox outfielder Andrew Brown hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season in last night’s loss, and leads the team with 48 RBI this season. Since May 1st Brown has totaled the most RBI of any player in Triple-A with 41 (Reno’s Jake Elmore ranks second with 37 while Ryan Wheeler ranks third with 36). Brown also leads Colorado Springs in home runs, runs scored (35), total bases (107), at-bats (215) while ranking third in hits with 58 behind Matt McBride (64) and Hernan Iribarren (63).
1 – #6 Brandon Roberts – CF
2 – #5 Tommy Field – SS
3 – #2 Hernan Iribarren – RF
4 – #12 Andrew Brown – LF
5 – #29 Brendan Harris – 3B
6 – #23 Brandon Wood – 2B
7 – #28 Chad Tracy – 1B
8 – #33 Wil Nieves – C
9 – #51 Drew Pomeranz – LHP (2-0, 0.00 ERA)
SOX AND HAWKS IN DOUBLEHEADERS: Colorado Springs and Oklahoma City have both played a doubleheader this season, and both have swept their only twin bill this season. The Sky Sox defeated the Las Vegas 51s on April 16th 2-1 with a walk-off home run by Andrew Brown in the first game, in which Christian Friedrich pitched a complete game allowing only four baserunners, and 3-2 in the second game with Brown accounting for all three runs in the game (2 runs, 1 RBI). Oklahoma City starter Jordan Lyles picked up the win in the first game of their doubleheader in Nashville on April 19th by going 5.2 innings while striking out six, and Redhawks infielder Jimmy Paredes’ provided all four runs in Oklahoma City’s 4-2 win in the second game with his 2-run homer in the 3rd inning and his go-ahead 2-run single in the top of the 7th that broke up a 2-2 tie.
POMERANZ ROCKIES MINOR LEAGUE DOMINANCE: Sky Sox starter Drew Pomeranz tossed 5.2 shutout innings in his debut at Security Service Field on May 18th against the New Orleans Zephyrs, and has yet to allow a run in any start for a Rockies Minor League affiliate in his 25.2 total innings while with the Sky Sox and the Tulsa Drillers in the last two seasons. Pomeranz threw six shutout innings in his Sky Sox debut, also his first Triple-A appearance, a part of the Sky Sox fourth team shutout this season against Memphis on May 13th.
SOX STRIKEOUTS: The Sky Sox enter today’s game leading the PCL in team strikeouts at 369 by posting their twelfth double-digit strikeout performance as a team this season in Tuesday’s loss. The Sky Sox also have posted the highest strikeout per nine inning mark as a team with 8.56 strikeouts per nine innings. In the last nine games, Colorado Springs starters have struck out 60 batters and have only walked nine in a combined 58.1 innings.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz (2-0, 0.00 ERA) not only will put his 11.2 scoreless innings streak since joining Colorado Springs on the line tonight against the Oklahoma City Redhawks, but Pomeranz has another scoreless streak that dates all the way back to August of 2011 that will be in play tonight as well.
Since he was traded from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Ubaldo Jimenez along with 2012 Sky Sox Alex White and Matt McBride last July, Pomeranz has made five starts for the Sky Sox as well as the Tulsa Drillers. In his five starts for Rockies Minor League affiliates, Pomeranz has not allowed a single run in 25.2 combined innings.
The streak began August 17th as the left-hander tossed seven shutout innings for the Drillers against the Midland Rockhounds, and Pomeranz made one other scoreless start for Tulsa lasting three innings last year before making his Major League debut with the Rockies on September 11th. This season Pomeranz made one start for the Drillers on April 10th lasting four innings, and in his three career starts for Tulsa he has totaled 11 strikeouts while allowing six hits and one walk in 14 innings.
After being optioned down from the Rockies to the Sky Sox on May 13th Pomeranz made his Triple-A debut and did not allow a run in six innings of work, a part of the Sky Sox Pacific Coast League-leading fourth shutout of the 2012 season. In his first career start at Security Service Field, he allowed only four baserunners in his 5.2 innings.