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Sky Sox Lineup 7/6 vs 1st Place Reno Aces:
1 – #32 DJ LeMahieu – SS
2 – #17 Tim Wheeler – RF
3 – #41 Ramon Hernandez – C
4 – #12 Andrew Brown – LF
5 – #8 Charlie Blackmon – CF
6 – #28 Chad Tracy – 1B
7 – #29 Brendan Harris – 2B
8 – #23 Brandon Wood – 3B
9 – #45 Nick Schmidt – LHP
Notes from Last Night: 5-1 Loss to Reno, Sox Fall Back in to 2nd Place Tie With Salt Lake
BROWN BATTING RUNS IN: With his RBI double in the third inning of last night’s loss, his ninth RBI in his last four games, Sky Sox slugger Andrew Brown raised his team-leading RBI total to 76, good for second in the Pacific Coast League behind Reno’s Ryan Wheeler (83 RBI). Brown is now two RBI away from the most RBI a Sky Sox player has totaled in the first half of the season since 2005, when Joe Koshansky totaled 78 RBI in the first half during the 2008 season.
EKSTROM EXCELLENCE: Sky Sox reliever Mike Ekstrom totaled three strikeouts in last night’s loss in his two innings of work, the ninth time in his last eleven appearances that he has totaled multiple strikeouts. Ekstrom leads the Sky Sox relievers with 48 strikeouts on the season, trailing only Tucson’s Cory Burns for the most strikeouts for pitchers who have not made any starts this year. Ekstrom leads all Sky Sox pitchers with double-digit appearances in WHIP at 1.14, and has the most appearances in the Pacific Coast League (36) without allowing a home run.
DAY AFTER SOX OFFENSE EXPOLSIONS: In the games after the Sky Sox two largest run totals this season (22 runs against Salt Lake on May 30 and 19 runs in the series opener), Colorado Springs has been held to one run and six hits in both games. One run is the lowest total against a Pacific Northern Division opponent this season. Before being held to six hits yesterday, the Sox had totaled 69 hits in their previous five home games.
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.
Observations from yesterday’s game: 6-2 Loss in Nashville, Series at 1-1
- RECORD-SETTING RELIEVER: Before he allowed three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning yesterday, the 1-2-3 seventh inning by Colorado Springs reliever Mike Ekstrom set a new Sky Sox record for scoreless innings to start a season at 19.1 innings. The previous record was 18.2 innings, set by Matt Reynolds in 2010.
- TRIPLE-A LEADER McBRIDE: Even though Sky Sox utility player Matt McBride has gone 0-for-9 in the first two games of this series, he continues to lead all of Triple-A with 46 hits this season. McBride’s .359 batting average ranks fifth in all of Triple-A, and also fifth in the PCL. McBride has appeared in every Sky Sox game this season.
- SOX ROTATION TO ROX ROTATION: In back-to-back days, 2012 Sky Sox starters Alex White and Christian Friedrich posted quality starts for the Rockies after being recalled to Colorado in their series with the San Diego Padres. White tossed 6.1 innings and allowed two runs while striking out five, but suffered the loss as the Rockies posted one run of support. In his MLB debut, Friedrich allowed one earned run (two runs) while striking out seven Padres in his six innings of work to notch his first MLB win. Four of the five pitchers in the original Sky Sox rotation have been called up to the Rockies.
- FEW HOMERS FOR SOX AND SOUNDS: Colorado Springs and Nashville have allowed the least home runs in the league, at 18 and 22 respectively. The two teams have also hit the least home runs, with the Sox hitting 21 and the Sounds hitting 18 so far this season.
Tonight’s Sox Starter: Rob Scahill (3-3, 6.00 ERA)
- Team leader in strikeouts with 36, team leader in walks with 16
- Only starter from the original 2012 Sky Sox rotation that has yet to be called up to the Rockies
- Undefeated in his three road starts, with 3.31 ERA compared to his 9.22 ERA at Security Service Field
Observations from yesterday’s game: 10-2 Loss to Tucson, Snaps 5-Game Win Streak
- STRIKEOUTS IN LOSS: Sky Sox starter Rob Scahill set a Sky Sox record yesterday for most strikeouts in a losing effort with 11 K’s in his 5.1 innings of work against Tucson. The total was one shy of the home record of 12, set by Nate Minchey vs Tucson on June 4, 1997 and matched by Mike Saipe against Vancouver on May 15, 1998. Also the performances by Scahill and Guillermo Moscoso just two days apart is a new Sky Sox record for time period between two double-digit strikeout performances, breaking the previous record of 10 days apart set in 1998. The last time multiple Sky Sox pitchers had 10 or more strikeouts in a game in the same season was 2002 (Bryan Rekar, Victor Santos, Jason Young).
- NO RUNS RELIEVER: With his 1.1 scoreless innings yesterday, Sky Sox reliever Mike Ekstrom has still yet to allow a run this season. Ekstrom has pitched 9.1 innings on the year, the second most scoreless innings of any pitcher in the Pacific Coast League behind Rob Delaney of New Orleans (11 innings).
- BASES LOADED STRUGGLES: The Sky Sox only managed one run out of two bases loaded situations in yesterday’s loss, and for the season Colorado Springs has only one hit (McBride triple in the ninth inning against Tacoma on April 12) and are batting .091 (1-for11) with the bases loaded this season.
- DOUBLE-DIGIT RUNS: The Sky Sox have given up double-digit runs three times this season, tied for second most in the Pacific Coast League, but are one of four PCL teams that has yet to score double-digit runs this season (Memphis, Nashville, Reno).
Tonight’s Sky Sox Starter: RHP Alex White (0-1, 4.32 ERA)
- Only Sky Sox starter yet to record a win, starter in Sky Sox first home win on 4/14 vs Las Vegas
- Has allowed two earned runs in each of his first two starts
- Made seven starts for the Rockies at the end of last season, going 2-4 with a 8.42 ERA (36.1 IP, 34 ER) with 24 strikeouts and 16 walks