LHP Pedro Hernandez (91-0, 1.80 ERA) takes on Express righty Justin Germano (0-1, 0.00) at 1:35 today.
Here are some pregame notes form Sky Sox historian Chris Moyer in his own words:
Friday’s game time of 4 hour,s 37 minutes is the 4th longest HOME game in time (tied for 13th longest game overall)
Longest game in innings and time between Express and Sky Sox (since 2005): Previous high in time: 3:33 – May 8th, 2010 (Home) (9-inning game)
Only other extra-inning game between the two teams: May 19th, 2013 (in Round Rock) (10 innings) (Only 3:19)
It was the second home opener to go into extra innings. The other instance: April 14th, 2006 against Tucson. Tucson won that game 9-8 in 11 innings (in front of 6,215).
The crowd of 7,562 is the second largest April regular season home game in Sky Sox regular season history, and third largest home opener. On April 22nd, 1990, the home opener against the Tucson Toros drew 8,913, while the 3rd home opener during the 1988 season, the grand opening of Sky Sox Stadium on June 18th, 1988, drew 8,763. [The Sky Sox started the inaugural 1988 season with the first home series in Yuma, AZ, then at Spurgeon Stadium while Sky Sox Stadium was still under construction.] (Two other Sky Sox exhibitions against the Colorado Rockies in April also drew in excess of 8,000: April 21st, 1994 exhibition drew 8,947, and April 29th, 1996 exhibition drew 8,629.)
While the 7-run deficit is big for the Sky Sox, the largest come-from-behind deficit at home was 10 runs on April 30th, 1996 against Tacoma. (Tacoma led 10-0 after 2½ innings, and the Sky Sox rallied to win that game 11-10.) (4 in 5th, 3 in 6th, 3 in 7th, 1 in 8th)
It was the second grand slam homer hit by a Round Rock player against Sky Sox pitching, first time at Security Service Field. The other instance took place in Round Rock on August 1st, 2007 as Cody Ransom hit in the 5th inning against Mike Esposito.
The last time a Sky Sox pitcher allowed a grand slam homer and the Sky Sox still won the game:
August 1st, 2006 (at Memphis): Memphis’ Derek Wathan hit a 9th inning grand slam off Zach McClellan, but the Sky Sox held on to beat the Redbirds 10-8 at Autozone Park.
The last time a Sky Sox pitcher allowed a grand slam homer at HOME and the Sky Sox still won the game: August 19th, 2001 (home vs. Salt Lake): Salt Lake’s Trent Durrington hit a grand slam off Andy Larkin in the 5th inning. The Sky Sox beat Salt Lake, 18-10.
The last time a Sky Sox player hit a walk-off homer in extra innings: May 25th, 2013 by Ben Paulsen, a 2-run HR off Fresno’s Jamie Dunnington in the 12th, as the Sky Sox beat Fresno, 7-5.
The last time a Sky Sox player hit a walk-off 3-run homer in extra innings: August 22nd, 2011 by Ryan Spilborghs, a 3-run HR off Salt Lake’s Horacio Ramirez in the 10th, as the Sky Sox beat Salt Lake, 9-7. (Spilborghs became the first Sky Sox player to have a lead-off homer and walk-off homer in the same game.)
There have been two other instances in Sky Sox history, where a game ended with the exact scenario of 11-10 in 11 innings, and both situations feature late comebacks:
– June 5th, 1998 vs. Memphis (Home) [Sky Sox led 6-1 after 5 innings, Memphis rallied with one run in the 6th and four runs in the 7th. Tied 6-6 after regulation. Memphis scored 4 runs in the top of the 11th inning, Sky Sox rallied with 5 runs in the bottom of the 11th inning, highlighted by Edgard Clemente's game-winning 3-run double, 11-10 Sky Sox.]
– July 26th, 2012 vs. Reno (Road, at Aces Ballpark) [Reno led 10-4 after 6 innings, the Sky Sox rallied with 3 runs in the 7th and 3 runs in the 9th (from a Matt McBride 2-run double, and Hernan Iribarren game-tying single). Tied 10-10 after regulation. Reno wins in the 11th on a Coty Woods wild pitch allowing Tyler Bortnick score the winning run, 11-10 Reno.]