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The Sky Sox won the final game of their four-game series with the Tucson Padres 12-2 on a blustery Sunday afternoon at Security Service Field.
Cole Garner paced the offense with four hits and three RBI. Willy Taveras (1) and Charlie Blackmon (2) each added a solo home run for the Sox.
The Reno Aces come to town for a four-game series starting tonight at 6:05 PM. The Aces (2-1) come in leading the Pacific Northern Division by a half game over the Sky Sox. It will be crucial to perform well within the division this year and this series will mark the first opportunity for the Sox to face an intra division foe. The Aces and Sox will actually face off in eight straight games as they will travel to Reno for another four gamer directly following the conclusion of this series.
Lefty Josh Muecke will take the bump for the Sox tonight in his first start of the season. He’ll be opposed by righty Matt Torra as the Sox look to move into first place.
Here are a few notes from yesterday’s game:
- With five scoreless innings on Sunday, the Sky Sox bullpen has now thrown 15 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run
- Cole Garner collected his second four-hit game of the season, and pushed his average to .643
- In addition to his second home run of the season, Blackmon also collected his second outfield assist throwing out Jesus Guzman at second in the first inning
- With Eric Young Jr.’s steal, the Sox now have at least one stolen base in every game this season
- The Sox scored 38 runs in the four-game series and currently lead the PCL in runs scored
- The Sox recorded their first errorless game of the season after committing five in the first three games.
Also, check out this story from Jim Reynolds on the All Things Rockies blog about Greg Reynolds’ first start for the Rox this season. Reynolds was scheduled to be the Sox opening day starter before Ubaldo Jimenez landed on the DL. Reynolds, the former number two overall pick for the Rockies in 2006, has struggled with injuries for much of his career but by all accounts is finally healthy and pitching well.
From the ESPN New York blog, an interesting piece on the Rockies struggles in New York against the Mets at Citi Field and formerly Shea Stadium.
Welcome to another season of Sky Sox baseball! The 2011 campaign promises to be an exciting one and we look forward to bringing you a closer look at the happenings in Colorado Springs and beyond.
With the Rockies just a few days away from breaking camp, lets empty the notebook and recap some of the highlights from spring training.
- The surprise (to some) of the spring was catcher/infielder Jordan Pacheco. The budding star was hitting well over .400 for much of camp, finishing at .286 with one homer and 8 RBI, and so impressed the coaching staff that he was one of the final cuts of the spring, despite having never advanced past the Double-A level and playing only 21 games for the Tulsa Drillers last season. His performance has likely earned him the starting nod for the Sky Sox this season.
- The Pacheco situation was fascinating because his presence on the Rockies would have meant they would carry three catchers, a rather rare occurrence for Major League teams.
- Another strong performer from the spring who will begin the year with the Sky Sox is reliever Matt Daley. The decision was a difficult one for Rockies Manager Jim Tracey, who elected to carry a fifth starter instead of an extra reliever. Daley didn’t allow a single earned run all spring over seven appearances and will be a key member of the Sky Sox bullpen.
- The Sky Sox rotation will likely feature a mixture of established Major League veterans and up and coming players. Players with Major League service time including John Maine (Mets), Eric Stults (Dodgers), and Clayton Mortensen (Cardinals, Athletics) will anchor a rotation replete with veteran experience. Mortensen, who won 13 games last season with the Sacramento River Cats, enjoyed a great spring posting a 0.82 ERA over 11 innings.
- Former first round pick Greg Reynolds is rounding back into form after a serious shoulder injury sustained in 2009 and will also begin the season in the Sky Sox rotation.
- Potential outfielders Willy Taveras, Cole Garner and Charlie Blackmon hit .350, .364, and .314 respectively and could prove to be a potent trio for the Sox this season.
- Yesterday, the Rockies acquired third baseman Josh Fields from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. Fields is expected to provide depth at the position for the organization and is slated to be the Sky Sox opening day starter at third.