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  • Postgame notes: Chatwood throws well in Tuesday rehab start

    Tue, August 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    chatwood mugRight-hander Tyler Chatwood, pictured, is scheduled to begin his Major League rehabilitation assignment at 6:35 tonight against Las Vegas, which leads the PCL Pacific Southern division.

    Chatwood last played for the Sky Sox on May 12 when he allowed seven runs in five innings against Omaha. His 2-1 record and 3.14 ERA  includes a complete game shutout of Iowa on May 7.

    He threw well with 43 strikes in 71 pitches through 5 1/3 innings with one earned run, two walks, four strikeouts and five hits.

  • Dickerson, Ryan Wheeler named to all-PCL team

    Mon, August 26, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Two current Colorado Rockies players – Corey Dickerson and Ryan Wheeler — were named to the 2013 All-Pacific Coast League Team today, as picked by the league’s field managers and media representatives.

    t551_main_logoThird baseman Ryan Wheeler has now made the PCL Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star teams in each of the last two years.

    Outfielder Corey Dickerson is batting .371 in the PCL this season, but his 75 games played are not enough to qualify him amongst the league leaders in average.

    The other infielders are: Salt Lake’s Efren Navarro at first base, Tucson’s Dean Anna at second and Chris Owings of Reno at shortstop. Anna leads the league with a .333 average while Owings and Navarro are close behind at .331 and .326, respectively. Catcher Stephen Vogt(.324, 13 home runs) and designated hitter Brock Peterson of Memphis (PCL-leading 24 homers).

    The outfielders are Albuquerque’s Nick “Chili” Buss, who leads the league with 94 RBIs. Sacramento’s Michael Choice is second in the league in RBIs (88), and fourth in both runs (89) and hits (147).

    Nashville’s Johnny Hellweg is the leading vote-getter for right-handed starting pitchers while Brian Flynn of New Orleans had the most votes for a left-handed starter. Hellweg, 11-5 with a 3.16 ERA, leads the league with a .226 average against, while Flynn (6-10), leads the league with a 2.86 ERA.

    Chris Hatcher of New Orleans is the All-PCL relief pitcher (league-leading 32 saves, 57 appearances).

    Colorado Springs, New Orleans, and Sacramento have a league-high two representatives each, while Albuquerque, Memphis, Nashville, Reno, Salt Lake, and Tucson each have one.

  • Friday Sky Sox game now part of Saturday doubleheader

    Fri, August 9, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoAfter a 2 hour, 18-minute rain delay, Friday’s game between the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the Nashville Sounds was postponed to 3:30 p.m. Saturday as part of a doubleheader.

    “Mother Nature was not kind to us tonight,” on-field host Jon Eddy told the few hundred at Security Service Field that waited out the downpour that caused serious flooding in other parts of Colorado Springs.

    The Saturday twin bill will consist of two seven-inning games. Friday’s tickets are good for admission to any remaining 2013 home regular-season game, including doubleheaders.

    The scheduled starters for Saturday are Colorado Springs right-hander Chris Volstad (5-4, 4.95 ERA) versus Nashville righty Johnny Hellweg (10-4, 2.44) in Game 1 and Cory Riordon (4-4, 6.75) against Sounds lefty Aaron Laffey (1-2, 5.13) in the nightcap.

    Friday’s starter for the Sky Sox, righty Armando Galarraga (0-1, 9.39), will throw in Sunday’s series finale.

    Due to weather delays, the Sky Sox (56-6) are scheduled to play four doubleheaders, including one at Fresno on Sept. 2, the last day of the regular season.

  • Pregame notes: Galarraga gets Sky Sox start

    Fri, August 9, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Tonight’s schedule starters are Sky Sox righty Armando Galarraga (0-1, 9.39) versus Nashville lefty Aaron Laffey (1-2, 5.13). It is postgame fireworks night as the storm clouds gather.


    The Sky Sox, once on pace to surpass the club record of 74 triples set in 1992 and flirt with breaking the PCL mark of 88 set in 2002 by the Salt Lake Stingers, have not hit for three bases since a Lars Davis triple on July 28 made it No. 68. … Colorado Springs has not held the lead for more than one inning over the past nine games. … The projected starters for Saturday are right-hander Chris Volstad (5-4, 4.95 ERA) vs. Nashville’s Johnny Hellweg (10-4, 2.44). The series finale Sunday pairs host righty Sean Gallagher (0-1, 4.00) taking on Jimmy nelson (2-4, 3.70). … Coming into Friday’s game the Sky Sox have scored seven more runs (315) at home despite playing 10 fewer games than on the road.

  • Manship takes loss in Rockies call-up; Dickerson provides spark

    Thu, August 8, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoStarting pitcher Jeff Manship, who was scheduled to throw for the Sky Sox in Thursday’s home game, was called up to Colorado. He took the road loss Thursday afternoon (five innings, two runs) in a 2-1 loss to the Mets.

    The Sky Sox starter is to be announced later today. Friday’s scheduled starter, right-hander Armando Galarraga, may be moved up a day.

    Corey Dickerson’s solo homer provided the only run for an anemic Rockies offense.

    Jeff Francis was called up on Wednesday. Infielder Drew Garcia was activated by the Sky Sox off the temporary inactive list.

  • Farm report: Tulsa, Grand Junction promotions, hit streak

    Thu, August 1, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Class AA

    Tulsa Drillers starting pitcher Chad Bettis was called up to the big leagues. he will start for the Rockies Thursday at Atlanta. The right-hander, who allowed just two hits and struck out eight in his last outing against the Arkansas Travelers a week ago, will square off with Julio Teheran of the Braves in his Major League Baseball debut.

    Despite missing seven weeks due to a strained oblique muscle, he went 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA in 12 starts with Tulsa. He struck out 68 and walked just 13 in 63 innings.

    Colorado selected Bettis with its second round pick in the 2010 draft out of Texas Tech.

    Class A

    Grand Junction (21-17) clinched its division’s first-half titles, meaning the Pioneer League (short season Single-A) franchise will play in the playoffs this September. The second half began Wednesday.

    The Rockies will be without pitcher Jonathan Gray, the third overall pick in the 2013 Draft, who was promoted to Class A Advanced Modesto of the California League. An improved change-up by Rockies prospect (4.05 ERA, four starts, 15 strikeouts, two walks) helped him move up.

    Grand Junction outfielder Raimel Tapia (league-high .383) has a 28-game hitting streak, four shy of the league record set by Billings’ Chris Valaika in 2006.

  • Special showing of “The Sandlot” is Friday

    Thu, August 1, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    sandlot1The Sky Sox are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of the baseball movie “The Sandlot” with a guest appearance by director/narrator David Mickey Evans and a screening at Security Service Field at 7:45 p.m. Friday.

    Tickets are available here.