• 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.

  • Sunday’s Sky Sox game postponed

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

    t551_main_logoSunday’s game between the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the Round Rock Express was postponed due cold temperatures, rain and snow.

    The game is scheduled to be made up as part of a 4:05 p.m. Monday doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games. The twin bill concludes the home series against the Express (6-4), which have won four of six against the host Sky Sox (5-5).

    Sunday’s tickets can be redeemed for any future Sky Sox 2014 regular season home game, except July 3, by exchanging them at the Security Service Field box office.

    The scheduled starters are: Game 1, Express, LHP Ryan Feirerabend (1-0, 5.87 ERA) vs. Yohan Flande (0-1, 9.00 ERA); Game 2, Express, Nick Tepesch (2-0, 0.69 ERA) vs. Christian Friedrich (0-1, 7.00).

    Tim Wheeler.jogMonday will be the second weather-caused doubleheader between the two teams this season after an April 7 rain-out in Texas.

    On Tuesday, the Sky Sox host Oklahoma City for Game 1 of a four-game PCL American Northern Division series.

    Through 10 games, outfielder Tim Wheeler, pictured, leads the Sky Sox with a .364 batting average and is tied for the team lead in RBIs (8) and home runs (2) with outfielder Kyle Parker. Outfielder Jason Pridie also has two home runs, leads the team with two stolen bases and is second with a .344 average.

  • 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.]

     

     

  • 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

  • Sky Sox schedules singer auditions

    Wed, February 26, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoThe Colorado Springs Sky Sox, in conjunction with The Colorado Springs Conservatory, will host vocalist auditions for the 2014 season on Saturday, March 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at the main stage in Chapel Hills Mall.

    Soloists, duets, trios and quartets are invited to audition for The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America.

    Interested parties who would like to reserve an audition time between noon and 2 p.m. should contact Brian Paneral in the Sky Sox promotions department at 719.597.1449 or bpaneral@skysox.com.

    Open auditions will be on a first-come, first-serve basis from 2-4 p.m. All vocal performances must be a cappella and only traditional renditions of songs will be considered. Singers may sing either The Star Spangled Banner or God Bless America and will be considered for either song.

    The top performances will be determined by a judging panel consisting of Sky Sox staff, Colorado Springs Conservatory curriculum coordinator and opera singer Amber Marek and local DJs.

    Top performers will sing live at Security Service Field during the 2014 Friday, April 11 through Wednesday, Aug. 27. The best performer will sing the National Anthem on Opening Day and an additional performer will sing God Bless America on July 3.

  • 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.