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Sky Sox record league-best seventh shutout, a surprise for many reasons

Published: June 28, 2014, 9:39 pm, by Brent Briggeman

The Sky Sox recorded their Pacific Coast League-leading seventh shutout of the season on Saturday.

Again, Colorado Springs – which plays in the highest altitude park in the country – leads the PCL in shutouts.

It’s been a strange season.

Keep in mind, the Sky Sox (35-47) have largely struggled during a season in which their roster has seen 84 transactions in 89 days. Included in those moves were the exits of four of the team’s five starting pitchers this month.

Still, thanks to five innings from Brett Tomko and two relief innings from Leuris Gomez and Brooks Brown the Sky Sox were able to put up a gooseegg against an Iowa team that torched them for 16 runs the day before.

“There are always nuggets to be found,” Colorado Springs manager Glenallen Hill said. “This has been a real trying season. We’ve had a lot of injuries, you can see that our roster has changed a lot, as well as a lot of teams. You could see how that has affected us, but we just keep on pushing. Showing up and giving effort.

“So, seven shutouts? That’s nice.”