The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (64-56) improved their record to a season-best eight games above .500, defeating the Round Rock Express (53-67) by a score of 7-3 behind a stellar start by Cory Riordan while Andrew Brown provided the offensive firepower for the Sox to win their tenth consecutive home series opener.
Sky Sox starter Cory Riordan (1-1, 4.73 ERA) earned his first career Triple-A victory by holding the Express batters to only one run in his 6.2 innings of work, and shut out Round Rock in his first six innings, while allowing just four hits on the night. It was Riordan’s second longest Triple-A outing in six total starts, with his longest coming on the last day of the 2011 season for the Sox as he went seven innings, and in his five starts for Colorado Springs this season he has allowed two runs or less in four.
Sky Sox slugger Andrew Brown continued his offensive tear since returning to the Sox on August 4th as he hit his third homer in the last six games to put the game out of reach while giving him a team-leading 23 bombs on the season, a new career high in homers for Brown in his six professional seasons. Brown totaled three RBI in the game, tied with designated hitter Brandon Wood for the team lead on the night, moving him in to the PCL lead in RBI at 91 on the season which is also a career high. Brown extended his league-leading home hitting streak to 19 games with the homer, the second longest home hitting streak of any PCL player this season.
The ten consecutive home series opener wins ties the Sky Sox record in their 25-year history, with the original mark set all the way back in the 1994 season. The Sky Sox also set a new team record with their seventh crowd of 8,000 plus on the night, breaking the mark of six the Sox amassed just last season. Colorado Springs has won a PCL-leading 24 games since the beginning of July, but have unable to gain much ground on the division-leading Reno as the Aces have virtually matched the Sox win for win in the last month and a half.
The Sky Sox have won seven of their last nine games, and nine of their last twelve home games. The Sox will look to keep their winning ways going as they send out right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (NR) on a Major League Rehab assignment, his first appearance for the Sky Sox since August 10, 2010. Chacin will match up with Round Rock left-hander Zach Jackson (5-12, 4.79 ERA) at 6:05 p.m. MT on Charlie Manuel Bobblehead night.