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  • Roster/tickets update headed into New Orleans road series

    Tue, July 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoCatcher/infielder Jordan Pacheco was scheduled to start at first base in his first game with the Sky Sox before Monday’s rain-out. The Pacific Coast League game will be made up in Fresno at a time to be determined Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, the final day of the regular season, if necessary.  

    The game’s tickets are redeemable for any remaining home game this season. Monday was the sixth Sky Sox home game postponed due to weather this season.

    Infielder Charlie Culberson was called up to take Pacheco’s place with the Rockies. It is his second stint in the majors.

    Pitcher Michael Solbach was sent down to Double-A Tulsa.

    The Sky Sox play at New Orleans Tuesday through Friday with another four road games at Oklahoma City. They return to Colorado Springs for an eight-game homestand Aug. 8-15 (Nashville, Memphis).

  • Rain postpones Fresno at Colorado Springs finale

    Mon, July 29, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoThe Fresno at Colorado Springs baseball game was postponed due to steady rain, periodic hail and unplayable field conditions. The Pacific Coast League game will be made up in Fresno at a time to be determined Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, the final day of the regular season, if necessary.

    Monday’s tickets are redeemable for any remaining home game at Security Service Field this season. This is the sixth home game postponed due to weather this season.

    The Sky Sox (55-52) leave Monday night for a Tuesday through Friday series in New Orleans.

  • Pearl Harbor survivor recognized before Sky Sox game

    Sun, July 28, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    sky sox pics 004The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by Jim Downing, 99, who is the oldest-living Pearl Harbor survivor.

    His secret to longevity? Good grandparents – he had a brother and sister live into their 90s — and not letting life’s stresses get to him.

    “That’s how someone my age still has blood pressure in the 120s,” he said. ““I’ve had a full life, a happy life.”

    The 24-year U.S. Navy veteran, who turns 100 next month, drew a standing ovation from the fans who stayed through a 103-minute rain delay.

    The crowd then sang “Happy Birthday” for the retired Navigators’ vice president and chairman of the board, who still travels the country on the ministry’s behalf.

    He was the subject of a Pearl Harbor feature by the Gazette in 2011.

  • Pregame notes: Francis called up; McHugh sent back to Colorado Springs

    Sun, July 28, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

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    The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by the oldest-living Pearl Harbor veteran, who turns 100 next week. I will have more on him later today.

    Right-hander Jeff Manship (5-8, 5.46 ERA) will take on Fresno’s Austin Fleet (0-3, 4.21) on Sunday. Monday’s 12:05 p.m. start is a scheduled match-up between RHP Chris Volstad (5-3, 4.91) and Fresno righty Eric Surkamp (2-0, 4.79).

    Roster shuffle

    The Rockies announced they have recalled left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis from  Colorado Springs. To make room on the active roster for Francis, the club optioned right-handed pitcher Collin McHugh back to the Sky Sox.

    Francis (No. 26) is available for today’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field.

    Francis, 32, began the season on the Opening Day roster. He made 11 starts, going 2-5 with a 6.58 ERA, 17 walks and 43 strikeouts before being optioned to Triple-A  on June 20.

    For the Sky Sox, Francis pitched in nine games, starting six and going 2-2 with a 4.63 ERA, striking out 32 with eight walks. A veteran of nine Major League seasons with Colorado (2004-2010, 2012-13) and Kansas City (2011), Francis has appeared in 216 career games with 215 starts, going 69-78 with a 4.93 ERA (1230.2 ip, 674 er), 365 walks and 813 strikeouts.

    He threw 5.2 innings of relief, all on the road, in the past three appearances, picking up a hold., with eight hits, three earned runs, four strikeouts and two walks.

    McHugh, 26, was recalled prior to yesterday’s start against the Brewers. In his season debut for the Rockies he went 5.0 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits. The Berry College product was acquired from the New York Mets on June 18 for outfielder Eric Young Jr. and has gone 0-2 with a 10.50 ERA in four games, two starts, for the Mets and Rockies. In 12 career Major League games, he’s made six starts and has gone 0-6 with a 8.64 ERA.

  • Pregame notes: X-Men Night, Sky Sox starting rotation

    Sat, July 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    xmennightIt’s X-Men Night for tonight’s 6:05 p.m. game against Fresno, which scored seven in the top of the ninth to prevail Friday night.

    Right-hander Cory Riordan (4-3, 7.38 ERA) is scheduled to take on Fresno righty Mitch Lively (3-4, 6.00).  There will be postgame fireworks as well and plenty of good seats remain available at Security Service Field.

    Pitcher notes

    Righty Jeff Manship (5-8, 5.46 ERA) will start at 5:05 p.m. Sunday against a Fresno foe to be determined. Righty Chris Volstad (5-3, 4.91) closes out the homestand at 12:05 p.m. Monday. The scheduled time moved up 30 minutes to help the Sky Sox make a flight to New Orleans.  … Righty Mitchell Boggs, 29, was optioned down to Colorado Springs to make room for Rockies’ Saturday starter Collin McHugh. Boggs made two appearances for the Rockies after being acquired from the Cardinals on July 9.  After the trade, he was sent to Double-A Tulsa where he made four appearances converting one save in six innings (1.50 ERA).  The Dalton, Ga. native has in 234 career Major League games with 15 starts and has gone 13-15 with six saves and a 4.13 ERA.

  • Sox the Fox in contention for Minor League Mascot of the Year

    Sat, July 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Sox the FoxColorado Springs Sky Sox mascot extraordinaire  “Sox the Fox” is in sixth place in voting for best minor league baseball mascot, according to the Triple-A franchise..

    You can vote here and in the tradition of democracy (at least in Chicago) you may vote 25 times a day. And if it a slow day at work you can check out all the minor league mascots including some hideous bird-like creatures in the Pioneer League.

    Here is his bio:

    Height: 6,537 feet (when in Security Service Field)
    Weight: 185 before game, 178 after game ends
    Friends: Dinger the Rockies Dinosaur, Air Force Academy “The Bird”, Colorado College Tiger “Prowler”
    Rival(s): Archie (Reno Aces), Bumble (Salt Lake Bees), Rhubarb the Reindeer (Tacoma Rainiers)
    Likes: Warm game days so he can shoot water guns, loud crowds, Sky Sox victories, foxy ladies
    Dislikes: Crying babies, tail pulling, when Smokey Bear can’t visit Sox at the ballpark because he’s out fighting fires
    Bio: Sox the Fox was born in a den behind the outfield wall of Security Service Field. The ballpark always had a special place in his heart because he was named after the Sky Sox Baseball Team. Always hoping to get closer to the action, Sox would sometimes jump the fence and watch the game from the left-field grass hill. One day the Sky Sox GM noticed Sox the Fox leading the crowd in cheers and knew he had the perfect job for him! Ever since, Sox has been the No. 1 mascot in the hearts of all baseball fans!
  • Friday pregame notes and roster moves: Fresno at Colorado Springs

    Fri, July 26, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Two teams looking to reverse recent downturns face off tonight with Fresno, fresh off a road sweep at Salt Lake, facing host Colorado Springs, which went 0-4 at Sacramento.

    Fresno (47-59) is hoping to avoid setting a road losing streak (six) for this season against call-up Sean Gallagher, a righty who went 4-5 with a 3.00 ERA at Class AA Tulsa. He makes his Sky Sox debut tonight. Gallagher has 91 Major League appearances with the Cubs, A’s, Padres and Pirates.

    His opponent is Fresno righty Justin Fitzgerald (1-3, 6.03).

    Roster moves

    Outfielder Corey Dickerson was called up for his second stint with the Rockies. He took the spot of left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz, who went on the 15-day disabled list with left bicep tendinitis (retroactive to July 23). Dickerson has batted .371 (117-for-315) with 21 doubles, 14 triples, 11 home runs, 50 RBIs and 61 runs in Colorado Springs. He leads the Pacific Coast League in average, triples, slugging percentage (.632) and OPS (1.046) and is fourth in on-base percentage (.414). … Right-hander Collin McHugh was called up to the Rockies’  four-man taxi squad, meaning he practices and travels with the big club.  …  Righty Rob Scahill was back in uniform with the Sky Sox after being activated from the temporary inactive list.

  • Injury prompts pitching shuffle; Rutledge joins Sky Sox

    Tue, July 23, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoNewly acquired starter Armando Galarraga  is now on the disabled list with a right forearm strain. He was replaced by pitcher Cory Riordan, who came off the DL.

    Infielder Josh Rutledge (No. 20) was sent down by the Rockies to the Sky Sox. To make room, Drew Garcia went to the temporary inactive list.

    The Sky Sox return to Colorado Springs for a four-game homestand Friday through Monday.

  • Cook, Golson leave Sky Sox; Galarraga arrives; Francis heads to bullpen

    Fri, July 19, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Cook phillies mugCareer Rockies wins leader Aaron Cook is on the temporary inactive list after he decided to sit out the rest of the 2013 season. He has left the Sky Sox.

    Outfielder Greg Golson was released to make room for starting pitcher Armando Galarraga (No. 33), who joined the Rockies organization as part of a trade with the Reds for minor leaguer Parker Frazier on July 15.

    Francis MUGThe Denver Post is reporting that Jeff Francis will move to the bullpen in Colorado Springs to develop as a reliever.

    Here is more on Galarraga:

    Galarraga, 31, spent the entire season with Triple-A Louisville where he has gone 6-6 with a 2.98 ERA (84.2 ip, 28 er) over 16 starts. He has appeared in 100 career Major League games, 91 were starts, with Texas, Detroit, Arizona and Houston going 26-34 with a 4.78 ERA (542.0 ip, 288 er). In 2008 with Detroit, he went 13-7 with a 3.73 ERA (178.2 ip, 74 er) over 30 games/28 starts and finished fourth in the American League’s Rookie of the Year voting.

  • Sky Sox rally comes up short in ninth versus Bees

    Thu, July 11, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Culberson MUGThere would be no ninth walk-off home win for the Sky Sox on Thursday.

    “The guys did a good job getting a couple hits to start (the ninth) but we couldn’t get it done tonight,” Colorado Springs shortstop Charlie Culberson said after a 4-2 loss to Salt Lake before 8,173 at Security Service Field.

    The Sky Sox mounted a short-lived rally in the ninth when Hernan Iribarren ripped a line drive into the gap, past diving right fielder Kole Calhoun for an RBI triple. That scored Tim Wheeler, who hit a leadoff single, and made it 4-2 with no outs.

    But closer Daniel Stange responded with three straight strikeouts on 10 pitches to secure the PCL Northern Division victory.

    Please go to gazette.com for the rest of the article.


    The Rockies made room for outfielder Dexter Fowler and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki by sending outfielders Tyler Colvin and Corey Dickerson down to the Sky Sox. … Righty Rob Scahill was moved back to the temporary inactive list. … Dickerson, 24, made his Major League debut on June 22 at Washington as he went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. In 15 games with the Rockies, he went 7-for-33 (.212) with four doubles, two RBIs and five runs while appearing in all three outfield positions. … Colvin, 27, appeared in 27 games for the Rockies while hitting .160 (12-for-75) with three home runs, 10 RBIs and eight runs. …  Dickerson promises to be a big offensive boost to the PCL’s best hitting club (.294). He earned the call-up by batting .386 (107-for-277) with 19 doubles, 13 triples, nine home runs, 38 RBIs, and 56 runs. …Colvin hit .293 (56-for-191) in Colorado Springs with eight doubles, four triples, nine home runs, 29 RBIs and 42 runs scored in 55 games. In 384 career Major League games, Colvin batted .241 (259-for-1076) with 53 doubles, 18 triples, 47 home runs, 160 RBI and 148 runs. … Wednesday’s winner, right-hander Jeff Manship, is playing well after his return from the disabled list on July 15. He has a 2.63 ERA in three games (two starts) after recording a 6.33 ERA before July 1.