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  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • ROOT releases Rockies TV schedule

    Thu, February 13, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoROOT Sports announced its 2014 Colorado Rockies telecast schedule. The network will air 150 Rockies regular season and six spring training games. Coverage begins with a Cactus League matchup between the Rockies and Cubs from Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 19. 

    Regular-season coverage begins with the season opener on Monday, March 31, when the Rockies travel to Miami to face the Marlins at 5 p.m. MT. A special one-hour Pregame Show will begin at 4 p.m. MT. The team will open at Coors Field on Friday, April 4, with the Pregame Show starting at 1 p.m. MT.

    Please see below for the complete Rockies spring training and regular season television schedule.

    Colorado Rockies Spring Training Schedule

    (All Games Listed as MST and Subject to Change)

    Day                    Date                       Opponent                                 Time                

    Wednesday      March 19             vs. Cubs                             7:30 p.m.

    Thursday         March 20             vs. Brewers                         2 p.m.

    Saturday          March 22             vs. Mariners                        2 p.m.

    Sunday            March 23             vs. White Sox                      2 p.m.

    Friday             March 28             at Mariners                          8 p.m.

    Saturday          March 29             vs. Mariners                        1 p.m.

    Colorado Rockies Regular Season Schedule

    (All Games Listed as MST and Subject to Change)

    Date                  Day              Opponent            Time                

    Monday           March 31             at Miami                              5 p.m.

    Tuesday           April 1                 at Miami                              5 p.m.

    Wednesday      April 2                 at Miami                              5 p.m.

    Friday                April 4                    Arizona                                     2 p.m.

    Saturday          April 5                    Arizona                                     6 p.m.

    Sunday              April 6                    Arizona                                     2 p.m.

    Monday             April 7                    Chicago White Sox                 6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            April 8                    Chicago White Sox                 6:30 p.m.

    Friday             April 11               at San Francisco                   8:00 p.m.

    Saturday          April 12               at San Francisco                   2 p.m.

    Sunday            April 13               at San Francisco                   2 p.m.

    Monday           April 14               at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Tuesday           April 15               at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Wednesday      April 16               at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Thursday         April 17               at San Diego                        4:30 p.m.

    Friday                April 18                  Philadelphia                             6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          April 19                  Philadelphia                             6 p.m.

    Sunday              April 20                  Philadelphia                             2 p.m.

    Monday             April 21                  San Francisco                          6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            April 22                  San Francisco                          6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday      April 23                  San Francisco                          1 p.m.

    Friday             April 25               at LA Dodgers                      8 p.m.

    Saturday          April 26               at LA Dodgers                      7 p.m.

    Sunday            April 27               at LA Dodgers                      2 p.m.

    Monday           April 28               at Arizona                           7:30 p.m.

    Tuesday           April 29               at Arizona                           7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday      April 30               at Arizona                           7:30 p.m.


    Thursday          May 1                     NY Mets                                    6:30 p.m.

    Friday                May 2                     NY Mets                                    6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          May 3                     NY Mets                                    6 p.m.

    Sunday              May 4                     NY Mets                                    2 p.m.

    Monday             May 5                     Texas                                        6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            May 6                     Texas                                        6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday      May 7                 at Texas                             6 p.m.

    Thursday         May 8                 at Texas                             6 p.m.

    Friday             May 9                 at Cincinnati                         5 p.m.

    Saturday          May 10                at Cincinnati                         5 p.m.

    Sunday            May 11                at Cincinnati                         11 a.m.

    Tuesday           May 13                at Kansas City                      6 p.m.

    Wednesday      May 14                at Kansas City                      Noon

    Friday                May 16                   San Diego                                 6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          May 17                   San Diego                                 6 p.m.

    Sunday              May 18                   San Diego                                 2 p.m.

    Tuesday            May 20                   San Francisco                          6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday      May 21                   San Francisco                          6:30 p.m.

    Friday             May 23                at Atlanta                            5:30 p.m.

    Saturday          May 24                at Atlanta                            2 p.m.

    Sunday            May 25                at Atlanta                            3 p.m.

    Monday           May 26                at Philadelphia                      3 p.m.

    Tuesday           May 27                at Philadelphia                      5 p.m.

    Wednesday      May 28                at Philadelphia                      5 p.m.

    Friday             May 30                at Cleveland                         5 p.m.

    Saturday          May 31                at Cleveland                         TBD


    Sunday            June 1                 at Cleveland                         11 a.m.

    Tuesday            June 3                    Arizona                                     6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday      June 4                    Arizona                                     6:30 p.m.

    Thursday          June 5                    Arizona                                     6:30 p.m.

    Friday                June 6                    LA Dodgers                              6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          June 7                    LA Dodgers                              2 p.m.

    Sunday              June 8                    LA Dodgers                              2 p.m.

    Monday             June 9                    Atlanta                                      6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            June 10                  Atlanta                                      6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday      June 11                  Atlanta                                      6:30 p.m.

    Friday             June 13               at San Francisco                   8 p.m.

    Saturday          June 14               at San Francisco                   2 p.m.

    Sunday            June 15               at San Francisco                   2 p.m.

    Monday           June 16               at LA Dodgers                      8 p.m.

    Tuesday           June 17               at LA Dodgers                      8 p.m.

    Wednesday      June 18               at LA Dodgers                      8 p.m.

    Friday                June 20                  Milwaukee                                6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          June 21                  Milwaukee                                2 p.m.

    Sunday              June 22                  Milwaukee                                2 p.m.

    Monday             June 23                  St. Louis                                    6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            June 24                  St. Louis                                    6:30 p.m.

    Thursday         June 26               at Milwaukee                        6 p.m.

    Friday             June 27               at Milwaukee                        6 p.m.

    Saturday          June 28               at Milwaukee                        2 p.m.

    Sunday            June 29               at Milwaukee                        Noon

    Monday           June 30               at Washington                      5 p.m.


    Tuesday           July 1                  at Washington                      5 p.m.

    Wednesday      July 2                  at Washington                      4 p.m.

    Thursday          July 3                     LA Dodgers                              6 p.m.

    Friday                July 4                     LA Dodgers                              6 p.m.

    Saturday          July 5                     LA Dodgers                              2 p.m.

    Sunday              July 6                     LA Dodgers                              2 p.m.

    Monday             July 7                     San Diego                                 6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            July 8                     San Diego                                 6:30 p.m.

    Friday                July 11                   Minnesota                                6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          July 12                   Minnesota                                2 p.m.

    Sunday              July 13                   Minnesota                                2 p.m.


    Friday             July 18                at Pittsburgh                        5 p.m.

    Saturday          July 19                at Pittsburgh                        5 p.m.

    Sunday            July 20                at Pittsburgh                        11:30 a.m.

    Monday             July 21                   Washington                             6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            July 22                   Washington                             6:30 p.m.

    Friday                July 25                   Pittsburgh                                6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          July 26                   Pittsburgh                                6 p.m.

    Sunday              July 27                   Pittsburgh                                2 p.m.

    Monday           July 28                at Chicago Cubs                    6 p.m.

    Tuesday           July 29                at Chicago Cubs                    6 p.m.

    Wednesday      July 30                at Chicago Cubs                    6 p.m.


    Friday             August 1              at Detroit                            5 p.m.

    Saturday          August 2              at Detroit                            5 p.m.

    Sunday            August 3              at Detroit                            11 a.m.

    Tuesday            August 5                Chicago Cubs                           6:30 p.m.       

    Wednesday      August 6                Chicago Cubs                           6:30 p.m.

    Friday             August 8              at Arizona                           7:30 p.m.

    Saturday          August 9              at Arizona                           6 p.m.

    Sunday            August 10            at Arizona                           2 p.m.

    Monday           August 11            at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Tuesday           August 12            at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Wednesday      August 13            at San Diego                        4:30 p.m.

    Thursday          August 14             Cincinnati                                 6:30 p.m.

    Friday                August 15             Cincinnati                                 6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          August 16             Cincinnati                                 6 p.m.

    Sunday              August 17             Cincinnati                                 2 p.m.

    Tuesday            August 19             Kansas City                              6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday      August 20             Kansas City                              6:30 p.m.

    Friday                August 22             Miami                                        6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          August 23             Miami                                        6 p.m.

    Sunday              August 24             Miami                                        2 p.m.

    Monday           August 25            at San Francisco                   8 p.m.

    Tuesday           August 26            at San Francisco                   8 p.m.

    Wednesday      August 27            at San Francisco                   8 p.m.

    Friday             August 29            at Arizona                           7:30 p.m.

    Saturday          August 30            at Arizona                           6 p.m.

    Sunday            August 31            at Arizona                           2 p.m.


    Monday             September 1        San Francisco                          2 p.m.

    Tuesday            September 2        San Francisco                          6:30 p.m.

    Friday                September 5        San Diego                                 6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          September 6        San Diego                                 6 p.m.

    Sunday              September 7        San Diego                                 2 p.m.

    Monday           September 8        at NY Mets                          5 p.m.

    Tuesday           September 9        at NY Mets                          5 p.m.

    Wednesday      September 10      at NY Mets                          5 p.m.

    Friday             September 12      at St. Louis                          6 p.m.

    Saturday          September 13      at St. Louis                          5 p.m.

    Sunday            September 14      at St. Louis                          Noon

    Monday             September 15      LA Dodgers                              6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            September 16      LA Dodgers                              6:30 p.m.

    Thursday          September 18      Arizona                                     6:30 p.m.

    Friday                September 19      Arizona                                     6 p.m.

    Saturday          September 20      Arizona                                     2 p.m.

    Sunday              September 21      Arizona                                     2 p.m.

    Monday           September 22      at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Tuesday           September 23      at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Wednesday      September 24      at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Friday             September 26      at LA Dodgers                      8 p.m.

    Saturday          September 27      at LA Dodgers                      7 p.m.

    Sunday            September 28      at LA Dodgers                      2 p.m.

  • Friday Sky Sox game now part of Saturday doubleheader

    Fri, August 9, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoAfter a 2 hour, 18-minute rain delay, Friday’s game between the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the Nashville Sounds was postponed to 3:30 p.m. Saturday as part of a doubleheader.

    “Mother Nature was not kind to us tonight,” on-field host Jon Eddy told the few hundred at Security Service Field that waited out the downpour that caused serious flooding in other parts of Colorado Springs.

    The Saturday twin bill will consist of two seven-inning games. Friday’s tickets are good for admission to any remaining 2013 home regular-season game, including doubleheaders.

    The scheduled starters for Saturday are Colorado Springs right-hander Chris Volstad (5-4, 4.95 ERA) versus Nashville righty Johnny Hellweg (10-4, 2.44) in Game 1 and Cory Riordon (4-4, 6.75) against Sounds lefty Aaron Laffey (1-2, 5.13) in the nightcap.

    Friday’s starter for the Sky Sox, righty Armando Galarraga (0-1, 9.39), will throw in Sunday’s series finale.

    Due to weather delays, the Sky Sox (56-6) are scheduled to play four doubleheaders, including one at Fresno on Sept. 2, the last day of the regular season.

  • Roster/tickets update headed into New Orleans road series

    Tue, July 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoCatcher/infielder Jordan Pacheco was scheduled to start at first base in his first game with the Sky Sox before Monday’s rain-out. The Pacific Coast League game will be made up in Fresno at a time to be determined Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, the final day of the regular season, if necessary.  

    The game’s tickets are redeemable for any remaining home game this season. Monday was the sixth Sky Sox home game postponed due to weather this season.

    Infielder Charlie Culberson was called up to take Pacheco’s place with the Rockies. It is his second stint in the majors.

    Pitcher Michael Solbach was sent down to Double-A Tulsa.

    The Sky Sox play at New Orleans Tuesday through Friday with another four road games at Oklahoma City. They return to Colorado Springs for an eight-game homestand Aug. 8-15 (Nashville, Memphis).