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Last night was one of the most amazing baseball experiences that you’ll ever have the good fortune to be witness to. Brandon Hynick’s Perfect Game was truly special to watch and anyone who was there will remember it as just amazing. I’ve seen quite a few special baseball achievements including several cycles (Joe Koshansky’s two in 2009 and Barry Wesson of New Orleans in Nashville in 2002) and the combined no-hitter for the Sky Sox last year (Franklin Morales, Chris George, Matt Daley & Steven Register) but Hynick’s perfecto is by far the best of the best.
Down on the field after the game, Hynick was mobbed by his teammates and inundated by media and fans wanting autographs. Through it all he had the biggest smile on his face that I’ve ever seen. Even though it probably hadn’t sunken in for him yet, he seemed like he was on cloud nine the entire time.
The perfecto was the first ever in the history of Sky Sox baseball and just the ninth in the entire history of the Pacific Coast League’s 100+ years.
For an encore, the Sky Sox welcome into town the Salt Lake Bees for a heated conference battle. Here’s Stu Cole’s lineup for tonight’s game:
Eric Young Jr. – 2B
Mike McCoy – SS
Matt Miller – LF
Matt Murton – RF
Jeff Baker – DH
Dan Ortmeier – 1B
Christian Colonel – 3B
Edwin Bellorin – C
Chris Frey – CF
Jason Hirsh – SP
Three of the top four players in the lineup tonight were name to the PCL’s mid-season All-Star team today. Young Jr., Miller and Murton were all elected as starters to the PCL team with the three elections being the most of any team. A few other teams have three players in the game but not all as starters. McCoy must have been one of the last guys left off the roster but when you’ve only got a limited number of spots to spill someone’s bound to be left off that is more than deserving. McCoy could still be added before the game takes place because there are always injuries and call-ups that could open a spot up for him. For the record, McCoy is ranked among the PCL leaders in average (5th, .340), stolen bases (4th, 26), on-base percentage (2nd, .439) and runs scored (2nd, 64). Those are All-Star numbers.
In the wake of its manager Tom Runnells being promoted to t he Colorado Rockies, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox have turned to a familiar face in Stu Cole to lead the team.
Cole steps in as manager of the Sky Sox after spending the past three seasons, and the first part of this season, as the Tulsa Drillers skipper. Before joining the Sky Sox this season, Cole had the Drillers in second place of the Texas League North Division. In 2006, Cole won the North Division and led the Drillers to a 41-29 record claiming a playoff birth.
Stepping in to the managerial job with the Sky Sox is a reunion of sorts for Cole as he played for the Sky Sox from 1993-1995, winning a PCL championship in the process.
“I haven’t been here in quite a while and know there has been a lot of changes in the city,” Cole said. “It feels good to come back and have people recognize you from when you played and appreciate everything that you did. That’s what makes this game so special whenever you give your all, because people notice that and they never forget you.”
Cole is no stranger to the players he has inherited either, as he has managed many of them on their way up through the Rockies farm system.
“We try to preach to these guys down at the lower level to try and get better to the point where you can be consistent at the higher level,” Cole said. “To see these guys like Miller, Frey and Colonel; they look like stronger and better men because of it, so it’s a joy to see the way these guys develop year in and year out.”
Cole admits he is a very aggressive type of manager, which fits right in with the way the Sky Sox have played this season.
“I like to make guys run and steal bases and hit and run when you have to, just kind of put pressure on the defense,” Cole said.
As far as the players are concerned, they don’t have to worry about being second guessed when making plays on the field as Cole is a very confident and enthusiastic manager.
“I want to let the guys know that they have my support on everything they are going to do out there on the field, and there is not going to be anything that is going to be second guessed,” Cole explained.
When asked what Cole wanted to achieve this season as he inherits a first place club, he was quick to focus on the development of the players.
“I just want these guys to understand that I am coming in here to help them continue to be consistent and continue to get better every single day,” Cole said, “I just want to see the team continue to get better and progress.”
On May 31, 2009, the first game of the Stu Cole era took place at Security Service Field where the Sky Sox pummeled the Tacoma Rainiers into submission by a score of 12-4. When Cole was asked how it felt to get his first victory at the Triple-A level his response was simple.
“It feels good, I mean it’s better than getting a loss,” Cole admitted.
Several people have e-mailed in asking why Matt Miller has missed the past few games when he’s obviously been playing very well. Rest assured that things are fine with Miller and he has only missed the past few games because of some flu-like symptoms. He should be back in the lineup and playing left field again soon.
Our apologize for missing last weeks entry for the Saturday Sox Notes. We’ll make up for it this week by including some notes from last weeks as well.
Saturday, April 25
WHAT A START:With their win last night, the Sky Sox have now matched the best start in team history. Their 10-5 record to begin the season equals the 10-5 start by the 1997 squad that finished that year with a 76-64 record. The ’97 team is also the last Sky Sox team to make the playoffs.
MURTON MASHING: Sky Sox rightfielder Matt Murton has been on a tear. Through the first 15 games of the season, Murton is hitting .413 (26-for-63) with three homers, five doubles, 15 RBIs, 16 runs scored and five stolen bases. He is tied for the Minor League lead with his 26 hits and leads the Sky Sox in hitting, hits, homers and runs scored. Murton has also recorded 10 multi-hit games this.
THICK AS THIEVES:Second baseman Eric Young Jr. is off to a thieving start. Young Jr. has played in 11 games thus far swiping 11 bases to lead all of Minor League Baseball. The Sky Sox record for stolen bases in a single season was set by Wayne Kirby in 1992 with 51. As a team, the Sox have stolen a league-high 26 bags. The team record for stolen bases in a season is 149 set in 2000.
Friday, April 24
TRIPLE TIME: Aces centerfielder Alex Romero had a big game last night going 4-for-5 with two triples, two runs scored and two RBIs to lead Reno past Colorado Springs 8-5. His two triples tied the most ever by an opposing player in Sky Sox history and marked the 13th time an opponent knocked out two, three-baggers. The last player to accomplish the feat was Jon Knott for Portland on June 30, 2006 at Security Service Field.
Thursday, April 23
GONZALEZ GOES OFF:Centerfielder Carlos Gonzalez was an RBI machine in yesterday’s 16-8 thrashing as he finished the game going 2-for-5 with six runs driven in. It was the most RBIs in a single game for the Sox this season and the most since Matt Miller plated six runs on August 12, 2008 against Tucson at Security Service Field.
OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION:That same August 12th game against Tucson last year also featured the last time the Sky Sox scored at least 16 runs and knocked out at least 20 hits as they did yesterday. In the game last year, the Sox outscored the Sidewinders 21-5 runs and registered 24 hits.
Tuesday, April 21
DALEY DOMINANCE: Through his first five outings of the seaons, Sox middle reliever has been very impressive. In five games, the right-hander has tossed 8.0 innings and given up just one run (1.13 ERA) while striking out a team-high 15 batters which ranks third in the PCL. He has also inherited seven runners and not allowed any of them to score.
Sunday, April 19
ORTMEIER ON HIS GAME: Sky Sox first baseman Dan Ortmeier is off to a hot start in 2009. In each of his first seven games, Ortmeier has recorded at least one hit and turned in five two-hit games for a .429 batting average (T-4th in the PCL). He also has two doubles and a triple as well as seven RBIs. Dating back to the end of last season, Ortmeier has put together a nine-game hitting-streak.
Friday, April 17
DOUBLE OUTBREAK:Yesterday, the Sox batters knocked out a season-high seven doubles off Reno pitchers. Despite that high number, the seven doubles fell short of the Sky Sox record of nine that was recorded at home on September 4, 2005 vs. Fresno.
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