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Observations from last night’s 14-2 win in Las Vegas:
- GRAND SLAM HISTORY: With Matt McBride’s grand slam in the eighth inning to cap the Sky Sox 14-2 rout of Las Vegas, the Sky Sox have hit two grand slams so far in the series with Wil Nieves grand slam on Saturday, the first time the Sky Sox have ever hit multiple grand slams in the same series ion the road in their 25-year history. The 2011 Sky Sox made team history last year by being the first team to hit two grand slams on the same roadtrip, with Eliezer Alfonzo hitting one against Tacoma on June 22, 2011 and Ian Stewart smacking one against Salt Lake on June 26th, 2011.
- CLEANING MAN: Matt McBride’s 4-for-5 performance last night with 5 RBI, a grand slam and two doubles improved his already impressive average at the cleanup spot in the lineup to .462 (18-for-39). On the season McBride is slugging .744 and has an OPS of 1.231 batting fourth, as well as totaling 14 of his 18 RBI and collecting at least a hit in eight of the nine games where he has batted from the cleanup spot. Other Sky Sox players who have hit fourth in the lineup this season (Andrew Brown, Chad Tracy) are batting a collective .226 (7-for-31).
- ONE WITHOUT DOUBLE-DIGIT RUNS: With the 14-run outburst by the Sky Sox last night, the Nashville Sounds are now the only team in the PCL that has yet to score double-digit runs in a game this season.
- SOX STINGY WITH HOMERS: The Sky Sox have allowed only one home run in their last ten games (Travis Snider’s solo home run in the 5th inning of Saturday’s 9-8 loss) and are the only team left in the Pacific Coast League that has not allowed double-digit home runs as a team. During the same stretch of ten games, the Sky Sox have hit nine home runs and six in the last three games.
Tonight’s Sky Sox starter: Rob Scahill (1-2, 8.56 ERA)
- Set a Sky Sox record for strikeouts in a loss, striking out 11 Tucson Padres in the Sky Sox 10-2 loss on April 19th, their only loss in the series with Tucson. Scahill allowed only one earned run in the game, but was saddled with the loss.
- In the 2012 home opener for the Sky Sox Scahill retired the first eight Las Vegas batters of the game, but a two-out rally resulted in a grand slam for 51s outfielder Travis Snider in the 3rd inning. Scahill allowed six hits in the fourth inning before being pulled, and was charged with 10 runs in the start.
Observations from last night’s game: 2-0 Shutout of Tacoma
- The Sky Sox held the Rainiers to three total hits, the first time since Colorado Springs have held an opponent to three hits or less since August 22, 2010 against the Fresno Grizzlies. The blanking of Tacoma also matched the Sky Sox total for shutouts all of last season (1)
- Last night’s starting pitcher Christian Friedrich and catcher Wil Nieves were two of the main factors in last night’s win, and did so with performances that were a bit unordinary based on their career statistics. In his first Triple-A win of his career Friedrich pitched 7.1 innings, only the second time he had pitched more than seven innings in a game in 78 career starts, and allowed no earned or unearned runs, a feat he had pulled off only twice in his last 52 MiLB starts dating back to the 2009 season. Nieves, who provided a clutch insurance run with his solo homer in the ninth inning, has only 53 home runs in 3,642 career minor league at-bats (one every 68 at-bats) and had only two home runs in 208 at-bats last season.
- DJ LeMahieu leads the PCL with five steals in the first six games of the season. The infielder had nine all of last season in 145 games across three levels with the Chicago Cubs (4 with Double-A Tennessee in 50 games, 5 with Triple-A Iowa in 58 games and none with the Cubs in 37 games).
Tonight’s Sky Sox starter: Guillermo Moscoso
- Lost first start of 2012, but struck out six Reno Aces and retired 10 of the last 12 batters he faced after giving up two runs in the first inning.
- Moscoso has faced the Rainiers once in his professional career, last year in the second game of the 2011 season for the Sacramento River Cats. In that start, the right-hander gave up an early run, the only run he allowed, in the first inning on an RBI triple by Matt Tuiasosopo. Moscoso allowed only three more baserunners the rest of his five-inning start after the first, getting the no decision in the Rainiers 3-1 win.
- Has a career Minor League record of 44-29 with a 3.19 ERA (676.2 IP, 240 ER) in 142 appearances and 103 starts.