The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (54-48) finished out their second home sweep of the Tacoma Rainiers (41-61) in the 2012 season, with two big innings powering a 9-1 win. The Sky Sox won all eight games against the Rainiers at Security Service Field this year, the first time in team history the Sox have won all eight home games against any team.
Colorado Springs third baseman Brendan Harris led the offensive charge for the Sox with four hits and three doubles to go along with five RBI in the game, his second five RBI game this year and the eighth time this season a Sky Sox player has totaled at least five RBI in a game. Harris put the finishing touches on both of the Sky Sox big innings in the game with multi-RBI doubles in the four-run third and the five-run fifth, and went 11-for-16 in the series with Tacoma. In the nine game homestand against Salt Lake and Tacoma Harris totaled nine extra-base hits and 15 RBI, and leads all of the PCL in RBI during that time frame.
Sky Sox starter Alex White (2-4, 4.10 ERA) notched his first Pacific Coast League win since April 20 against Tucson by tossing seven shutout innings allowing only four hits to outduel Seattle Mariners number one prospect Danny Hultzen in the game. The seven-inning outing tied White’s longest in the 2012 season for either the Sky Sox or the Rockies, with the other seven-inning start coming against the Seattle Mariners, the Rainiers parent club. Both of White’s career PCL wins have been shutout starts.
Sky Sox utility man Matt McBride totaled three RBI on two hits in the game, extending his team-high hitting streak to 17 games. The streak ties the longest for any Sox player this season, with Tim Wheeler setting that mark earlier this season, and is tied for the 19th longest in team history. McBride ended the game tied for the third most RBI in the PCL at 64, and tied for the most of any active player in the league as former teammate Andrew Brown and Reno’s Ryan Wheeler both were called up to the big leagues in the last week.
The eight-game home winning streak against the Rainiers is the longest in team history against a PCL opponent in one season, breaking the previous record of seven games. The Sky Sox totaled 11 hits in the game, the 19th time in their last 24 home games that the Sox have posted double-digit hits. The Sox are now a season-high six games over .500, and have won 31 of their 51 home games this year.
Colorado Springs now heads to Reno for their final series with the Aces, a crucial four-game set with the Pacific Northern Division leader, and the two teams have split their first twelve meetings and their only series in Reno this season. The first game will kick off at 8:05 p.m. MT, and will feature a pitching matchup of the two lefties Edwar Cabrera (3-0, 3.48 ERA) and Reno’s Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 2.45 ERA).