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2012 SEASON REVIEW: The Sky Sox have already posted the seventh most wins in team history at 75, and the 12th winning season in the Sky Sox 25-year history. The Sky Sox set team records for strikeouts in a season with 1070 and counting, while also setting a new high in team doubles 344 and counting (good for the most in the PCL this season). Andrew Brown (98, tied for 9th most in Sox history) and Matt McBride (87) have combined for the most RBI of any two players on a PCL team with 185 between the two PCL All-Stars (while the Sox will likely be the only team to have three players with 80 or more RBI this season with Chad Tracy’s 81 RBI). The Sky Sox set a new team record with five players with 30 or more doubles this season, and McBride and Tracy became only the second pair of teammates to both collect at least 38 doubles in the same season in Sox history.
SCAHILL THE TRUE SKY SOX: Sky Sox starting pitcher Rob Scahill has been the only pitcher for Colorado Springs that has been on the roster from the start of the 2012 season until today. Scahill set the new individual record for strikeouts in a season with 151 and counting, the first time a Sox pitcher has eclipsed more than 140 strikeouts in a season. Scahill will tie the record of 29 starts set by Joe Skalski in the Sox inauguaral season with today’s outing, and Scahill can become the 23rd pitcher in Sox history to win ten games in a season if he can pull off the win in today’s season finale.
BIG MAC: Sky Sox utility player Matt McBride can become the tenth player in team history to post a season average of .340 or more if he can notch one hit in today’s season finale (even if he goes 1-for-5), and his batting average no matter the outcome of today’s game will be the highest since Garrett Atkins posted the highest average in team history at .366 during the 2004 season. McBride is just the seventh player in team history to collect 40 or more doubles in a season in Sox history. McBride leads the Sox in doubles (40) and is tied for the team lead in triples with Tommy Field (6), and could become only the second player in team history to lead both categories in a season (Geronimo Berroa in 1991).
HUMIDOR REVIEW: The Sky Sox 2012 season started with the installation of the Minor League’s first humidor, and this season the Sox will allow less than 130 homers for the first time since 1995, they could post a top ten team ERA in franchise history (they are currently tenth in team history with a 5.07 ERA). Dating back to the 2005 season, the Sky Sox have given up more than 63 homers at Security Service Field (they are currently at 49 homers allowed at home). The Sox are currently at their fourth lowest homer total in team history at 107.
SOX SET ATTENDANCE RECORDS: With the 8,798 fans in attendance for yesterday’s win, the largest crowd of the season, the Sky Sox have already set a new average attendance record with their 68 total openings this season. The crowds for the last two games, 8,790 and 8,798 respectively, have been the largest back-to-back crowds in team history. Also from 1988-2009 there were a total of 20 games over 8,000, but over the last three seasons there have been 19 games over 8,000 (nine this season, a new team record).
TULO LOVES THE SPRINGS: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki homered for the second time in as many games with the Sky Sox this season with his game-tying solo shot in yesterday’s loss, and in his five at-bats in Colorado Springs this year he has reached base in four (good for an OPS of 2.800 this season for the Sox). Since his first appearance with the Sky Sox in 2008, Tulowitzki has scored a run in five of the six games he has played in Colorado Springs and has a batting average of .500 (8-for-16) with 4 RBI.
SOX STRIKEOUT HISTORY: With Rob Scahill striking out eight River Cats in last night’s loss, the 2012 Sky Sox have now set a new franchise record for team strikeouts in a season with 1,049 on the year. Scahill continues to add to his own personal single season record for the Sky Sox, and became the first player in team history to top 150 strikeouts in a season with his 151 punch-outs this year. The Sky Sox rank fourth in the PCL with their strikeout total, while Sacramento became the first team in the PCL to reach 1,100 strikeouts with their five last night.
CULBERSON CONTINUES HOT STREAK: Sky Sox second baseman Charlie Culberson had two hits in last night’s loss, extending his team-high hitting streak to 11 games (tied with DJ LeMahieu for the fourth longest hitting streak by a Sky Sox player this season). In his 25 games with the Sky Sox this season, Culberson has reached base in 22 games, and his 31 hits in the month of August for the Sox rank second on the team behind Tim Wheeler’s 33 hits. Culberson has 32 hits since joining the Sox, after only having 14 hits in his final 24 games with the Fresno Grizzlies.
RARE LOSS FOR THE SOX: Last night’s ninth inning rally by the River Cats handed the Sky Sox only their second loss of the season when leading after the eighth inning, and only their second home loss this season when leading after the seventh inning. The Sky Sox came in to the game last night with a record of 54-9 when holding their opponent to four runs or less, and it was the first loss for the Sox this year against Sacramento when holding the R-Cats to less than five runs.
CUDDYER RETURNS TO SECURITY SERVICE FIELD FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2002: Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer will start a Major League Rehab assignment with the Sky Sox today, and will be making his first ever appearance for the Sox. Cuddyer last played a minor league game in 2008 when he rehabbed with the Rochester Red Wings for four games. Cuddyer is also making his first appearance in the PCL since he was a member of the Edmonton Trappers during the 2002 season, where he played in four games at Security Service Field against the Sox during that year. Cuddyer has been on the disabled list since August 4 with a strained right oblique and will be making
his first appearance since the injury, and is scheduled to play seven innings tonight and nine innings tomorrow.
BLACKMON’S ON-BASE STREAK: With his two doubles in yesterday’s loss (as well as a walk), Sky Sox outfielder Charlie Blackmon has now reached base in 19 straight games at Security Service Field, and the 19-game home on-base streak is the longest in the league by an active player (Sacramento’s Adam Rosales has a 22-game home on-base streak but is currently with the A’s). During that 19-game streak, Blackmon is hitting .463 (31-for-67) with 23 runs, ten extra-base hits, 16 RBI and 13 walks and has reached base in all but two home games since returning from injury on July 4. The longest home on-base streak for any Sky Sox player this season was 23 games set by Matt McBride from June 13 to July 29.
LIKE PLAYING WITH A DH: Sky Sox starter Rob Scahill is currently batting .346 (9-for-26) in the 14 games he has batted this season, the only pitcher on the Sky Sox this season that has recorded more than two hits. Scahill has recorded a hit in eight of those 14 games as a hitter in the 2012 season. Scahill has a game-winning hit for the Sky Sox this season as a pinch-hitter against New Orleans on May 19 (Scahill singled and the run scored due to a throwing error by the Zephyrs on a throw to home), and Scahill is currently riding a three-game hitting streak. Scahill batted .250 (6-for-24) with 4 RBI last season for the Tulsa Drillers, his only other pro season where he has batted.
Sky Sox 8/14 Lineup vs Albuquerque Isotopes (1st in American Southern Division):
1 – Tommy Field – SS
2 – Charlie Blackmon – CF
3 – Michael Cuddyer – RF
4 – Andrew Brown – LF
5 – Brendan Harris – 3B
6 – Brandon Wood – 2B
7 – Chad Tracy – 1B
8 – Omir Santos – C
9 – Rob Scahill – RHP
Sky Sox starting pitcher Alex White was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 23-29. White led the PCL with 15 innings pitched with a 0.60 ERA in his two starts while striking out a total of ten. White threw two gems for the Sky Sox during the week, the first being seven shutout innings against Tacoma on July 23, the second longest shutout start of the season for the Sox (Christian Friedrich went 7.1 shutout innings against Tacoma on April 10). In his second start of the week White went eight innings against Fresno limiting them to one run while striking out a season high eight, and did not his first hit until the fifth inning. The start against Fresno was the longest by any Sky Sox pitcher this season, and after having only one win in his first nine starts White has put together back-to-back wins.
White being named Pitcher of the Week is the first time a Sky Sox pitcher has been honored with the award since Brandon Hynick won the award in 2009 during the week of June 29-July 5, the week he tossed the only perfect game in Sox history. It is only the third time since the 2005 season a Colorado Springs pitcher has won the award, the other being Sun-Woo Kim for July 3-9 in the 2006 season.
Since 2000, the Sky Sox have had seven total pitchers win the PCL Pitcher of the Week award. Doug Linton and Giovanni Carrara both won the award in back-to-back weeks in May of the 2000 season, Aaron Cook won the award in 2002 and 2004 while with the Sox and Denny Stark also won the award during the 2004 season. From 1988-1999 the Sky Sox had at least one pitcher win the award every season with 18 different pitchers winning the award, including having three different pitchers win in both the 1994 and 1997 seasons.
Sky Sox Lineup 7/30 vs Fresno:
1 – Jonathan Herrera – 2B
2 – Tim Wheeler – RF
3 – Charlie Blackmon – CF
4 – Matt McBride – LF
5 – Hernan Iribarren – SS
6 – Chad Tracy – 1B
7 – Brandon Wood – 3B
8 – Wil Nieves – C
9 – Rob Scahill – SP (Batting .348 in 12 games he has batted in)
HOT SOX AND ACES: The Sky Sox have the most wins of any team in the PCL in the month of July at 14, while owning the second best winning percentage behind Albuquerque who is 13-7 this month, but the Aces have been equally as hot posting a 13-8 record in July. Colorado Springs has the second most hits in the league this month at 248 trailing only Oklahoma City at 252, and Reno ranks third with 237 hits. The Sky Sox and the Aces are one of three teams (the other Las Vegas) who have hit above .300 as a team for the months of June and July.
SCAHILL’S SIMILAR STARTS VS RENO: Sky Sox starter Rob Scahill has won both of his two starts against the Aces this season, including earning his first career Triple-A win on April 8 in his first 2012 start. In both starts Scahill has had almost the exact same stat line, and has allowed exactly seven hits and two runs while striking out five. Scahill is 4-1 against the Pacific Northern Division this season with a 3.48 ERA (31 IP, 12 ER) and is 4-8 with a 6.07 ERA (72.2 IP, 49 ER) against all other PCL teams.
TRACY TEARING IT UP: Sky Sox first baseman Chad Tracy only had one at-bat in last night’s loss as a pinch hitter, but still notched his 41st RBI since June 1st in that lone at-bat. Since the beginning of June, Tracy ranks fourth in the PCL in RBI behind RBI machines Andrew Brown (45) and Ryan Wheeler (42) as well as Tucson’s Jedd Gyorko (45) while posting a .340 batting average in the last two months after posting a .209 average in April and May combined. Tracy also ranks second in XBH at 27 and in doubles at 20 since the beginning of June.
McBRIDE AND BLACKMON SHUT OUT: Sky Sox outfielder Charlie Blackmon and utility man Matt McBride went a combined 0-for-9 in last night’s loss after coming in to the game ranking second and third in hits in the PCL in the month of July. It was the first time since Blackmon rejoined the Sky Sox on July 4 that both hitters had been held without a hit in the 17 games they had both been in the lineup this month. Blackmon and McBride have both been held hitless only three times this season when they both have an at-bat in a game. Since Blackmon rejoined the Sox on July 4, the two hitters lead the PCL with 30 hits apiece.
ROX SYSTEM LEADS THE WAY: The Colorado Rockies Minor League system has the highest combined winning percentage of any MLB team’s farm system at .549 (289-237), just ahead of the Houston Astros system which has a combined winning percentage of .546 (301-250). The Rockies system has the sixth most combined wins behind Seattle (326), Houston (301), the Yankees (301), Philadelphia (296) and the Mets (295). Arizona’s system ranks seventh in winning percentage (.525) and in wins (288).
1 – #32 DJ LeMahieu – 3B
2 – #17 Tim Wheeler – RF
3 – #12 Andrew Brown – LF
4 – #40 Matt McBride – 1B
5 – #23 Brandon Wood – SS
6 – #28 Chad Tracy – DH
7 – #29 Brendan Harris – 2B
8 – #6 Brandon Roberts – CF
9 – #38 Wilkin Castillo – C
SP – #34 Rob Scahill – RHP
BROWN WINS PCL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sky Sox outfielder Andrew Brown was awarded the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week yesterday for his offensive onslaught in the week of June 18 to June 24, the first Sky Sox player to win the honor since outfielder Cole Garner won the award in July 12th-18th, 2010. During the week, Brown hit for the “Triple Crown” as he led the league in average (.520), home runs (3) and RBI (14) and his 13 hits and 10 runs scored also topped the PCL. His biggest night came on 6/22 versus the Bees as he had three hits, including a home run for the third night in a row, and six RBIs in Colorado Springs’ 15-5 victory.
SOX STARTER NOTES: Scahill picked up first win at Security Service Field in last start vs Salt Lake (won two straight decisions after losing previous six). Team leader in strikeouts with 84, fourth in the PCL and one of only nine pitchers in the league with at least 70 strikeouts
CURRENT WIN STREAK: Yesterday’s win extended the Sky Sox win streak to five games, equaling their longest streak of the season when Colorado Springs won five straight against Las Vegas and Tucson during the first homestand of the season. During the streak the Sky Sox have outscored their opponents 42-20 and out hit them 58-55.
SOX AND SWEEPS: The Sky Sox will look for their first sweep of the season with a win today, and the Sox are the only team in the Pacific Coast League that has yet to either sweep a team or be swept by a team. Colorado Springs is one of six teams without a sweep (Memphis, Nashville, Round Rock, Tacoma, Tucson) and one of seven teams that has yet to be swept (Albuquerque, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Omaha, Reno, Sacramento).
1 – #5 Tommy Field – SS
2 – #17 Tim Wheeler – RF
3 – #12 Andrew Brown – DH
4 – #40 Matt McBride – 1B
5 – #2 Hernan Iribarren – LF
6 – #23 Brandon Wood – 3B
7 – #24 Jimmy Cesario – 2B
8 – #6 Brandon Roberts – CF
9 – #38 Wilkin Castillo – C
SP – #34 Rob Scahill – RHP
HIT PARADE: The Sky Sox racked up 12 hits in a losing effort last night, their seventh time the team has totaled double-digit hits in their last nine games (4-3 in those seven games), and the eleventh time this month the Sox have reached the double-digit hit mark. Colorado Springs has totaled 191 hits in June, which is tied with Omaha for third most in the PCL during the month and only trails Reno’s 219 hits and Las Vegas’ 199 hits, who are the only two teams with team batting averages above .300 this season in the Pacific Coast League.
MULTI-HOMERS MISSING: The Sky Sox have yet to have a player this season go deep more than once in a game this season, the longest Colorado Springs has gone in to a season without that feat in franchise history. The previous record was 64 games back in the 2004 season until Andy Tracy hit two bombs on June 15, 2004. The Sky Sox have went yard only 41 times this season, the least in the PCL.
1 – #5 Tommy Field – SS
2 – #17 Tim Wheeler – CF
3 – #12 Andrew Brown – RF
4 – #40 Matt McBride – 1B
5 – #2 Hernan Iribarren – 2B
6 – #29 Brendan Harris – 3B
7 – #24 Jimmy Cesario – DH
8 – #6 Brandon Roberts – LF
9 – #4 Dallas Tarleton – C
SP – #34 Rob Scahill – RHP
SOX STARTER NOTES: Scahill is the team leader in strikeouts with 70, which ranks third in the PCL and one of only three pitchers in the league with at least 70 strikeouts. Earlier this season, he became 4th Sky Sox to have two double-digit strikeout performances with 10 K’s vs OKC on 5/21, first ever to accomplish feat both times at home. Only starter from the original 2012 Sky Sox rotation that has yet to be called up to the Rockies at some point this season.
BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLE-DIGITS: The last two losses for the Sky Sox have been the first time this season that they have given up double-digit runs in back-to-back games (Colorado Springs has given up ten or more runs in six games this season).
STRIKEOUT SHOWDOWN: The Sky Sox and Rivercats are the two top teams in the Pacific Coast League in team strikeouts, with Colorado Springs becoming the first team in the league to reach 500 strikeouts with their nine strikeouts in last night’s loss. Sacramento also struck out nine batters in last night’s game, and their total strikeouts now sits at 495.
Even though the Sky Sox lost their second straight game and fell out of first place in the Pacific Northern Division, Colorado Springs starting pitcher Rob Scahill made Sky Sox history last night with his ten strikeout performance. It was Scahill’s second double-digit strikeout start already this season at home, with the right-handed Rockies prospect fanning 11 Tucson Padres on April 19th, making Scahill the FIRST player in Sky Sox history to have two 10-strikeout appearances at Security Service Field. Prior to last night, 16 different pitchers had a 10-strikeout game at home, but Scahill is the first to repeat the feat.
Scahill is also now the third pitcher in Sky Sox history to have at least two 10-strikeout games in a season. Mike Saipe was the first notch two double-digit strikeouts starts, with 10 K’s in 7 IP at Tucson on May 5th, 1998 and 12 K’s in 9IP home vs. Vancouver ten days later on May 15th, 1998. The other pitcher was former Sky Sox Pitching Coach Doug Linton, who did it three times in the 2000 season. Linton struck out 12 batters in 9 IP on May 14th, 2000 at Nashville, then had 10 strikeouts at home vs. Calgary on July 4th, 2000, then struck out 11 batters in 9 IP in New Orleans on August 15th, 2000. One other Sky Sox pitcher, Jason Young, had two 10-strikeout games,b ut over the span of two seasons. Young had a 11-strikeout game in 6 IP at home vs. Iowa on August 29th, 2002, then the next season, Young struck out 10 batters in 6 IP at Autozone Park in Memphis on July 24th, 2003.
The performance by Scahill also marks the third time already this season that a Sky Sox starter has notched a double-digit strikeouts, with Guillermo Moscoso striking out ten April 17th vs. Tucson. The only other season where there were three 10-strikeout games at home in the same season was in 2002, and all were at home just like this season. Bryan Rekar had a 10-strikeout game in 7 1/3 IP vs. Omaha on July 14th, 2002, then Victor Santos had a 11-strikeout game in 5 IP on July 26th, 2002 against Iowa, then Jason Young had a 11-strikeout game in 6 IP vs. Iowa on August 29th, 2002. Scahill and Moscoso also set a Sky Sox record with their strikeouts performances against Tucson earlier in the season being only three days a part, breaking the previous record of ten days set in 1998.
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