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  • Going out with a bang? Ryan Wheeler’s future uncertain

    Thu, July 31, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    wheeler mug sky soxInfielder Ryan Wheeler was designated for assignment to remove him from the Rockies’ 40-man MLB roster and then placed on the 10-day temporary inactive list.

    His future in a Sky Sox uniform may be uncertain, but if Tuesday’s solo home run was his last at-bat, he went out in style with an absolute blast over the right field fence. With the home run, Wheeler, who was traded from Arizona to compete with Nolan Arenado to start at third base for the Rockies, improved to four homers and 20 RBIs this season with that dinger.

    The 2012 and 2013 PCL all-star (Reno, Colorado Springs) and the Sky Sox fans will know in 10 days.

  • Sky Sox comings and goings

    Thu, July 31, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Sky Sox have played only two innings over the past two days, but that doesn’t mean the front office isn’t working. With two doubleheaders in as many days, expect pitcher Jordan Lyles to make a rehabilitation appearance tonight or Friday.

    Veteran righthanded pitcher Brett Tomko is out with a broken left hand after being hit by a pitch on Wednesday.

    Infielder Ryan Wheeler was designated for assignment and placed on the temporary inactive list to make room for first baseman Ben Paulsen and infielder Cristhian Adames.

    Here are the roster moves:

    July 30

    ADD      P             Brooks Brown (No. 23) optioned down by Colorado.

    DEL       P             Rob Scahill recalled by Colorado.

    July 31

    ADD      P             Chad Bettis (No. 45) optioned down by Colorado.

    ADD      INF        Ben Paulsen ( No. 16) optioned down  by Colorado.

    ADD      P             Jordan Lyles (No. 39) begins ML Rehab.

    ADD      INF        Cristhian Adames ( No. 10) optioned down by Colorado.

    DEL       P             Pedro Hernandez selected by Colorado.

    DEL       INF        Ryan Wheeler placed on Temporary Inactive List (designated for assignment)

    DEL       P             Brett Tomko placed on DL with broken left hand.

    The Sky Sox roster now has 24 active players, two on disabled list and one on rehabilitation.

  • Hernandez will start tonight; Scahill sent to Sky Sox

    Thu, July 31, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoThe Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez from Triple-A Colorado Springs. To make room on the active roster for Hernandez, the Rockies have optioned right-handed pitcher Rob Scahill the Sky Sox.

    To make room on the 40-man MLB roster, the Rockies designated infielder Ryan Wheeler for assignment. Hernandez will start today’s Rockies vs. Cubs game at Wrigley Field (12:20 p.m. MDT).

  • Culberson sent down to Sky Sox; Chatwood starts against Giants today

    Sun, April 13, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Culberson MUGThe Colorado Rockies announced that the club has activated right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood from the 15-day disabled list. To create room on the active roster for Chatwood, the club has optioned infielder Charlie Culberson to Triple-A Colorado Springs.  Chatwood (No. 27) is scheduled to make his season debut in today’s game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park (2:05 p.m. MT).

    Chatwood, 24, made his second Opening Day roster before being placed on the disabled list on April 2 with a left hamstring strain (retroactive to March 29). Chatwood made one rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on April 8 at Round Rock and pitched 6.1 innings and allowed one run on five hits, while walking just one and striking out eight. Last year, he started 20 games for the Rockies and went 8-5 with a 3.15 ERA (111.1 ip, 39 er), 41 walks and 66 strikeouts. His eight wins were a season high and his 66 strikeouts were eight shy of matching his season high (74 in 2011). The Redlands, Calif. native made five appearances/four starts in Cactus League play and did not receive a decision (15.0 ip, 15 h, 9 r/7 er, 9 bb, 9 so).

    Culberson, 25, made his first Opening Day roster this year and appeared in nine games for the Rockies, going 2-for-18 with a double and 2 RBI. Last season, he split the year between Triple-A Colorado Springs and Colorado. With the Rockies, he played 47 games and hit .293 (29-for-99) with 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 12 RBI and 12 runs. The 6-foot right-hander has hit .245 (34-for-139) with 6 doubles, 2 home runs, 15 RBI and 12 runs in 62 Major League games.

     The Rockies have a full 40-man roster.

  • Sun still shining for Round Rock at Sky Sox

    Sat, April 12, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoMake sure to catch some baseball before the winter-like weather hits later tonight/Sunday morning.

    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.]

     

     

  • Rockies call up INF Rutledge, send down RHP Lopez

    Wed, April 9, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has recalled infielder Josh Rutledge from Triple-A Colorado Springs. In addition, the club has optioned right-hander Wilton Lopez to Triple-A.

    Rutledge ( No. 14) will be dressed and available for today’s game against the Chicago White Sox at Coors Field at 1:10 p.m. MT.

    Rutledge, 24, began the year with Triple-A Colorado Springs where he has hit .389 (7-for-18) with a double, a home run, 4 RBI and 2 runs in 5 games. Last season, he began the year on the Rockies Opening Day roster as the starting second baseman and spent the majority of the year in the Majors. He played in 58 games with 56 starts at second and owned a .982 fielding percentage, while also playing 14 games at shortstop. In 161 career games with the Rockies, the Birmingham native has hit .254 (143-for-562) with 26 doubles, 6 triples, 15 home runs, 56 RBI and 82 runs.

    Lopez, 30, has pitched in 4 games for the Rockies this season after making the Opening Day roster for the second consecutive year. In those 4 games, he has pitched 6.1 innings and has allowed 8 runs on 18 hits with 4 strikeouts. In 292 career games, Lopez is 16-17 with 11 saves and a 3.54 ERA (305.1 ip, 120 er), 337 hits, 57 walks and 221 strikeouts.

    The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.

  • Friedrich garners record 3rd Opening Day start; updated Sky Sox roster

    Thu, April 3, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    FriedrichactionThe Sky Sox open their season at New Orleans at 6 p.m. MT Thursday with LHP Christian Friedrich as the Opening Day starter for a franchise-record 3rd straight year.  RHP Brian Flynn will get the starting nod for the Zephyrs.

    All games are broadcast on 1300 AM.  The official Opening Day roster for the Sky Sox follows:

    Sky Sox Opening Day roster

    Name, age      2013 clubs

    Pitchers (12)

    Christian Bergman, 25  Tulsa

    Brooks Brown, 28        Indianapolis

    Greg Burke, 32            Las Vegas, N.Y. Mets

    Manny Corpas, 31       Sky Sox, Rockies

    Yohan Flande, 27         Mississippi, Gwinnett

    * Christian Friedrich, 26           Sky Sox

    Pedro Hernandez, 24    Rochester, GCL Twins, New Brittain, Minnesota Twins

    Dan Houston, 27          Tulsa, Sky Sox

    Boone Logan          N.Y Yankees, MLB rehab assignment (added 3 p.m. Thursday)

    Chris Martin, 27           Portland, Pawtucket

    * Tyler Matzek, 23       Tulsa

    * Rob Scahill, 27          Sky Sox, Rockies

    Cole White, 26 NW Arkansas, Tulsa

    Catchers (three)

    Matt McBride, 28        Sky Sox

    Michael McKenry, 28  Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jackson Williams, 26    Fresno

    Infielders (six)

    Drew Garcia, 27           Charlotte, Sky Sox

    Paul Janish, 31  Gwinnett, Atlanta Braves

    Ben Paulsen, 26            Sky Sox

    * Josh Rutledge, 24      Sky Sox, Rockies

    * Ryan Wheeler, 25      Sky Sox, Rockies

    Rafael Ynoa, 26           Chattanooga

    Outfielders (four)

    Evan Frey, 27               Montgomery, Durham, Reno

    * Kyle Parker, 24         Tulsa

    Jason Pridie, 30            Norfolk, Baltimore Orioles

    Tim Wheeler, 26           Sky Sox

    * denotes on Rockies 40-man roster

  • Rockies send two to DL, one to Triple-A

    Fri, March 28, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Colorado Rockies announced that the club optioned right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles to Triple-A Colorado Springs and placed right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (right shoulder strain) and left-handed pitcher Boone Logan (left elbow inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list. The placement of both Chacin and Logan on the 15-day DL is retroactive to March 21.

    The Rockies now have 30 players on the major league Spring Training roster, including 5 non-roster invitees.  The Rockies have a full 40-man roster.

  • Spring training: Sky Sox roster taking shape

    Thu, March 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoThe Rockies optioned catcher Mike McKenry, infielders Josh Rutledge and Ryan Wheeler and reassigned outfielders Jason Pridie and Tim Wheeler to the minors Thursday morning.

    The Rockies have 33 players on the organization’s major league Spring Training roster, including five non-roster invitees.

    Jordan Pacheco is the likely Rockies’ backup catcher at this point while Charlie Culberson madethe big club as an infielder, according to the Denver Post.

    According to radio man Dan Karcher in a 1300 AM Sports Animal interview, the Sky Sox pitching rotation is beginning to take shape. He named Christian Friederich, Tyler Matzek, a 24-year-old Pedro Hernandez and former Double-A Tulsa hurler Christian Bergman as the Nos. 1-4 starters.

  • Rockies send six down to minors

    Sun, March 23, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoSCOTTSDALE – The Colorado Rockies announced that six players were sent to minor league camp. Players with an asterisk next to their name on the 40-man roster, and thus were optioned. All other players were non-roster invitees to Spring Training and were reassigned.

    Right-handed pitchers (3): Brooks Brown, Greg Burke, Rob Scahill*

    Catchers (1): Matt McBride

    Infielders (2): Ben Paulsen, Rafael Ynoa

    The Rockies have 38 players on the major league Spring Training roster, including eight non-roster invitees.