The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (75-69) ended their 2012 season, a season in which they posted the seventh most wins in their 25-year history, by dropping the series finale to the Las Vegas 51s (79-64) in a closely contested 3-2 ball game with the Sox having the tying run 90 feet from home when the final out was recorded.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made his fifth appearance for the Sky Sox in the span of the last week as part of his Major League rehab assignment, but went hitless for the second straight ballgame. Tulowitzki appeared in six total games for the Sky Sox this season going 6-for-17 in the starts after starting out 5-for-8 in his first three appearances. Tulowitzki will continue his Major League rehab as he travels to join Rockies Double-A affiliate Tulsa for the 2012 Texas League Playoffs.
It was a back and forth affair as the 51s and Sky Sox traded runs in the second inning, then after Las Vegas took a 2-1 lead on a solo homer by outfielder Luke Hughes the Sky Sox tied the game in the fifth on a RBI single by Brandon Roberts. The 51s responded with two-out rally in the sixth scoring on a two-out RBI single by outfielder Danny Perales. The Sox were held scoreless the rest of the game by the Las Vegas bullpen but had the tying run at third base in the eighth and ninth innings but could not get the run across to force extra innings in the ninth as Brandon Wood flew out to centerfield to end the 2012 campaign for the Sox.
In the loss Matt McBride notched two doubles to finish the year with 42 doubles, one of only three players in the PCL to eclipse the 40 double mark this season, and his two-bagger total ranks tied for fourth most in a single season in Sky Sox history while being the most since the 2004 season for any Sox player. McBride also became only the second player in Sky Sox history to lead the team in both doubles and triples, joining Geronimo Berroa who accomplished that feat during the 1991 season. McBride finished with a team-leading .344 batting average, tied for seventh best in team history and one of only ten Sox players who have batted more than .340 in a year for Colorado Springs, while being the leader of the Sox record-setting 348 doubles in the 2012 season.
Sky Sox Rob Scahill tied a team record with his 29th start of the season, evening him with Joe Skalski’s 29 starts he made during the Sox inaugural season in 1988. Scahill collected eight more strikeouts in the start to increase his Sky Sox record-setting total to 159 on the season, which is 23 more punch-outs than any other Sox pitcher has ever recorded in a season. The Sky Sox ended the year with 1,083 team strikeouts, a new team record and 41 more than the previous record set in the 2001 season.
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox season is officially complete, but a handful of Sox players will continue in Rockies organization at various levels. Matt McBride and Rob Scahill will join the Rockies for September call-ups, which will be McBride second appearance with the Rockies this season and Scahill’s Major League debut. Sky Sox reliever Coty Woods will rejoin Double-A Tulsa, where he made 38 appearances earlier in the 2012 season, for the Texas League Playoffs.