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  • Vote Sox the Fox for PCL Mascot of the Year

    Tue, July 22, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Sox the FoxThe annual Mascot Mania contest in minor league baseball is underway and Sox the Fox, the lovable acrobat of Security Service Field, is competing for Pacific Coast League Mascot of the Year.

    If Sox the Fox wins, he advances to the championship round (Aug. 4-11) against all the league champions.

    Here is his bio as told to Mike Hobson:  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!

    Click here to vote daily until Aug. 4 for the league round and the championship round later.

  • Sky Sox plan kids fishing pole giveaway

    Mon, April 28, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Sox the FoxThe Colorado Springs Sky Sox will give a free fishing pole to the first 500 children through the gate for its 1:35 p.m. Sunday, May 4 home game against the Memphis Firebirds at Security Service Field.

    The Triple-A baseball club, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Great Outdoors Colorado will give away the equipment. About 50 children will be selected to go out onto the field and practice reeling in their first catch.

    This is the 12th year of the fishing pole event with 6,000 given away so far.  Gates open at 12:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the team web site.

  • Injury brings new face to Sky Sox

    Fri, April 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoInfielder Rafael Ynoa, who hit the RBI single that scored Kyle Parker in the 10th inning on Thursday night, was put on the disabled list with a left calf contusion.

    Extended Spring Training player Angelys Nina, 25, of the Dominican Republic was called up and started at second base on Friday night. The 2007 Rockies free agent signee spent last season with Double-A Tulsa (.280 average, 51 RBIs, 19 stolen bases).

    Notes

    Both Sky Sox home wins have come in walk-off fashion in the 11th inning. … 2013 PCL all-star third baseman Ryan Wheeler sat out for the second straight game after starting the first 13 contests. … The Sky Sox return home for a four-game homestand against new division rival Iowa Cubs April 24-27.

  • Sky Sox juggle line-up for Thursday’s game

    Thu, April 17, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Third baseman Ryan Wheeler took his first day off this season after starting all 13 games so far. He was the only Sky Sox to play the same position all season.

    The lineup juggling ended up giving designated hitter Matt McBride his first start this season in right field.  McBride, who is listed as a catcher on the Colorado Springs roster, also has two starts in left field, one at first base and  and none behind the plate.

    Right fielder Kyle Parker (12 games) gets his first game at first base with usual first baseman Ben Paulsen (12 games) moving into the designated hitter spot usually held by McBride.

     

  • New turf passes first test, faces another tonight

    Wed, April 16, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoSunday’s snow and rain was the first real weather challenge for the new turf at Security Service Field. The new grass passed with flying colors thanks in part to having the snow melt with the arrival of the Monday morning sun.

    That early melt and a stiff breeze, which later produced a wind chill that postponed Game 2 of the scheduled doubleheader that night, also dried the surface quickly. That was in stark contrast to last year’s 10-year-old surface. Here is the original Gazette article about the field work this offseason.

    “It was definitely good to see,” Sky Sox assistant general manager Mike Hobson said.

    The turf will face another challenge with a 90 percent chance of rain on Wednesday night that could allow some surface water to develop. Fortunately, Wednesday’s 11 a.m. matinee should be completed before the rains, which should give the field time to dry out before a 6:35 p.m. game on Thursday.

    The playing surface continues to improve as the new sod grew and took better hold over the past 45 days growing and taking better hold. There is still a small spray of dirst when a baseball hits the turf since sand is used to fill the seams in the sod until the roots grow sideways and fill those gaps in.

    “That’s to be expected any time you have new sod,” Hobson added. “The players seem happy with the field. They are on it all the time and they let us know if there is a divot or any problem that comes up with a new surface.”

    Center fielder Jason Pridie said the field has held up well.

    “It’s been good,” he said. “You have some of the new turf problems but nothing you wouldn’t expect.”

  • Oklahoma City at Sky Sox series preview

    Tue, April 15, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    FriedrichactionOklahoma City RedHawks at Sky Sox

    Schedule: 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Security Service Field

    Tuesday’s scheduled starters: OKC RHP Mike Foltynewicz (0-1, 11.57 ERA) vs. Colorado Springs LHP Christian Friedrich (0-1, 7.00).

    Pacific Coast League ramifications: Colorado Springs can pick up some ground on the PCL American North division leaders.

    Top Astros prospects

    CF George Springer –  The outfielder is Houston’s No. 2 prospect according to baseballamerica.com, which named him as a minor league all-star. He was one of the five finalists for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year award. He became the third Minor Leaguer in 40 years to hit 30 home runs and steal 40 bases, and he finished three homers shy of the first 40-40 season in the minors in at least 50 years.

    RHP Mike Foltynewicz – Tuesday’s scheduled starter is the No.-4 ranked prospect. His fastball (mid to upper 90s) has surpassed 100 mph and makes him a closer prospect down the road.

    1B Jon Singleton – Houston’s seventh-ranked prospect was acquired in a trade for outfielder Hunter Pence and cash on July 29, 2011 with Philadelphia. MLB.com rates Singleton as the top first baseman prospect in the minors.

    RF Domingo Santana — Houston’s eighth-rated prospect, now 21, made his pro debut at age 16 in the Gulf Coast League and was part of the Pence trade.

    This name might ring a bell

    RHP Collin McHugh – Friday’s scheduled starter (0-0, 6.43) is a former Sky Sox player (2-2, 4.63) who came to the Rockies organization in a 2013 midseason trade with Mets.

    Game promotions: $2 Tuesdays; Wednesday, Math Day Matinee; Craft Brew Thursday; Friday Night Fireworks.

  • 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.

  • Sky Sox fall short in season opener, 2-1

    Fri, April 4, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    FriedrichColorado Springs opened the PCL season with a 2-1 loss at New Orleans.

    Lefthander Christian Friedrich got the nod for the Sky Sox (0-1), and started his third consecutive Opening Day and delivered arguably his best start.

    Friedrich tossed five innings, scattering four hits, allowing one run, while striking out nine batters. His only blemish was a solo-homer by Zephyr left fielder Kyle Jenson to lead off the second inning. The nine Ks were the most on Opening Day in Sky Sox history.

    New Orleans starter Brian Flynn protected the Zephyrs’ lead with six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and one walk, while striking out five batters. Flynn is the reigning ERA king in the Pacific Coast League.

    The Zephyrs’ 1-0 lead remained for much of the game until left fielder Tim Wheeler led off the eighth inning with a triple. In the next at-bat, catcher Michael McKenry hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Wheeler and tie the game.

    New Orleans answered immediately in the bottom of the eighth against reliever Manny Corpas (0-1) with a lead-off single by Jensen, followed by a Justin Bour RBI double in the next at-bat. Corpas was able to get out of the inning with two fly outs and a ground out.

    In the ninth, a potential Sky Sox rally began when leadoff hitter and center fielder Jason Pridie singled to start the inning, but was later picked off at first by Zephyr closer Chris Hatcher., who allowed a walk but bounced back with two strikeouts to end the game.

    Zephyr Arquimedes Caminero (1-0) picked up the win with two innings of relief work.

    Sky Sox lefty Boone Logan (Major League rehab assignment) pitched a scoreless sixth inning striking out two, but did allow a single and a walk.

    Righty Rob Scahill also pitched a scoreless frame with one strikeout and one hit, a soft line-drive single.  

    Rutledge and Paulsen were the other two Sky Sox players with hits, both singles.

    The Sky Sox will take on the Zephyrs at 6 p.m. MT Friday night in New Orleans in Game 2 of the four-game series. On the mound will be a pair of righties, Christian Bergman for Colorado Springs and Bryan Evans for New Orleans.

  • Sky Sox owner named to PCL Hall of Fame

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

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Pacific Coast League announced today that Sky Sox owner Dave Elmore will be inducted into its Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014.

    Joining him will be former players Lou Almada, Dave Barbee, and Wally Hood.

    Elmore is just the 11th executive to be inducted into the hall, which was founded in 1942 and is now comprised of 100 members including the 2014 class.

    Elmore has been a major influence in the growth and advancement of the Pacific Coast League since he bought his first franchise in 1981 when it was operating in Honolulu as the Hawaii Islanders.

    That team was later moved to Colorado Springs in 1988 and was renamed the Sky Sox where they have played ever since. He is also founder of the Elmore Sports Group, a sports and entertainment company started in 1969 and, at one point, comprised of seven Minor League Baseball and hockey teams, in addition to companies specializing in facility management, hospitality, special events and concessions.

    It is one of the largest ownership groups in Minor League Baseball, with over a million fans annually visiting their sports franchises. In 33 years of ownership, Elmore teams have made the playoffs 61 times and won 19 championships in five different leagues.

    Elmore has served on the board of directors since 1981 and on the executive committee from 1988 to present.

    The U.S. Olympic supporter was inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

  • 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.