Sunday, August 19, 2018 vs. Omaha Storm Chasers (KC)
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (64-59) | Omaha Storm Chasers (58-67)
SKY SOX SWEEP STORM CHASERS IN 17-RUN LANDSLIDE VICTORY
Tyrone Taylor Comes Just Short of a Cycle while Domingo Santana Totaled Five Runs Batted In
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Sky Sox completed their second sweep of the season with a 17-5 final game victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers Sunday afternoon at Security Service Field. Outfielder Tyrone Taylor finished a double shy of the cycle on his four-hit, four RBI day while fellow outfielder Domingo Santana slugged two home runs and combined for five RBI.
The matinee scoring got off to a head start in the first inning. Omaha jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after consecutive home runs by leadoff batter Brian Goodwin and Nicky Lopez. However, in the bottom half, the Sky Sox manufactured two runs of their own to tie the game at 2-2 on two consecutive singles by Nate Orf and Dylan Moore mixed with a wild pitch and a groundout.
In the home half of the second, Colorado Springs jumped out to a 6-2 advantage courtesy of Moore's two-RBI double and Taylor's two-run home run - his 18th of the season and third in as many games.
After the Storm Chasers plated two runs on Goodwin's second home run of the day, the Sky Sox broke out with six runs to take a towering 12-4 lead. Moore began the inning with a double while Taylor tripled and Santana homered to combine for three runs. Jett Bandy doubled to restart the inning and after a walk to Rymer Liriano, Andres Blanco connected with his eighth home run of the season -a three-run shot to right field.
Omaha narrowed the lead to 12-5 after an RBI single by Cam Gallagher in the top of the fifth, but again, the Sky Sox broke out with another two runs courtesy of Santana's second home-run of the afternoon, and then another two runs in the bottom of the sixth, making it a 16-5 lead. Orf doubled to plate the first one while Taylor lined a base hit and was thrown out stretching a double, which would have given him the cycle.
The Sky Sox capped off the afternoon with a final 17th run to tie for the most runs in a game this season.
The Sky Sox head into an off day tomorrow and will begin another three-game set with the Iowa Cubs Tuesday to round out their penultimate homestand of 2018. For all information on Sky Sox, follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and visit the team's website at www.skysox.com.
Tuesday's Preview: The Sky Sox head into the first game of the three-game set against the Iowa Cubs, Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, with first pitch scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MST. Iowa righty Luke Farrell will get the nod while right-hander Alec Asher will take the mound for the Sky Sox.
The Hunt For First: The Sky Sox continue the hunt for their second-consecutive playoff run, battling it out with other top contender of the American North - the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Last season, the Sky Sox broke one of the longest postseason droughts in professional sports - taking the American North division for the first time and breaking their 20-year absence. Currently, the Sky Sox trail the Dodgers in the standings with 16 regular season games left in 2018.
Cycle Just Missed: Outfielder Tyrone Taylor came just short of the Sky Sox first cycle of the season after starting the day off with a home run and following up with a triple and single. In his final at bat, Taylor knocked a sharp single to centerfield and tried to stretch a double to complete the feat, but was thrown out at second.
17 Runs: The Sky Sox tied for their most amount of runs recorded in a game. The team set the feat on April 30 against Nashville at Security Service Field. They were just four hits shy of breaking the most hits in a game (20) with 17 total on the day. It marked the first time the Sky Sox have scored 17 runs in a game against Omaha.
Early Scoring: The Sky Sox combined for six more runs in the first two innings Sunday afternoon. Throughout the 2018 season, the team has combined for 81 runs in the first inning and 71 runs in the second inning, totaling 152 runs. The 81 runs in the first inning marks the second-highest scoring total in an inning for the squad. The most frequent is the seventh inning (90).
Sweep: The Sky Sox recorded their second series sweep with a final game victory over Omaha. Their first sweep came back in April with a three-game sweep of New Orleans at Security Service Field.
Orf Alert: With his double in the sixth inning, Nate Orf hit his 75th career regular season double with the Sky Sox, tying him with Matt Miller and Jim Tatum for 8th place on the all-time doubles list. Prior to that double, Orf was in a tie for 10th place at 74 doubles with Garrett Atkins and Ben Petrick. Next up in 7th place: Luis Medina, 79 doubles. With his third AB today, Nate Orf became the 14th Sky Sox player to have at 1,100 regular season at bats with the Sky Sox. Next up in 13th place, Eric Young, Jr. at 1,107 AB. With Orf's one RBI today, Orf has moved into a four-way tie for 21st place all-time in regular season RBI at 152 regular season RBI. Orf has tied Jeff Baker, Clint Barmes, and Jeff Barry at 152 regular season RBI.
Omaha's Back-to-Back: The back-to-back homers by Brian Goodwin and Nicky Lopez in the first inning off of Brandon Woodruff marks the third time where an opponent has hit back-to-back homers to lead off the game against a Sky Sox pitcher. The other two instances: August 5th, 2006 (in Colorado Springs) by Round Rock's Mike Rodriguez and Joe McEwing in top of 1st inning off Sky Sox pitcher Jose Acevedo. Sky Sox won that game, 12-11. July 19th, 2008 (in Portland) by Portland's Brett Dowdy and Peter Ciofrone in bottom of 1st inning off Sky Sox pitcher Sean Smith. Portland won that game, 6-4.
Sweet Makes Franchise History: With the win on Saturday night, manager Rick Sweet's win count improves to 272 total (regular season) with the Sky Sox, surpassing former manager Brad Mills' club record in wins as Sky Sox manager. If you include postseason wins, Sweet is at 274 overall wins, trailing Mills by only two overall wins.
Five-Hit Victory: The Sky Sox marked their second 3-2 victory this season when only recording just five hits against them. On April 28, the Sky Sox defeated the Storm Chasers 3-2 at Security Service Field though Omaha out-hit Colorado Springs 9-5. It marked the seventh overall victory this season for the Sky Sox when recording five or fewer hits (4/28 vs. Omaha (5); 6/23 Game 2 @ Iowa (5); 6/24 @ Iowa (5); 7/6 Game One vs. New Orleans (3); 7/12 @ New Orleans (5); 8/14 @ Iowa (5).
Hit 'Em Where It Hurts… and Counts: Down by two runs in the bottom of the seventh, Richie Shaffer stepped up with two outs and collected his first Sky Sox home run to tie the game late at two apiece.
Trailing After Six: The Sky Sox recorded their sixth win of the season when trailing after six innings of play as well as their sixth win after being tied through seven frames.
Swipers Keep Swipin': The Sky Sox combined for four stolen bags on the night in the first game against the Omaha Storm Chasers. The most by the squad in a game this season is seven, which was set on June 2 against Iowa.
Franchise Climb in Steals: The four stolen bases tonight for the Sky Sox gives them 151 stolen bases in a season, which currently ties for the second most stolen bases in a season by a Sky Sox team. The 151 stolen bases match the 2016 squad for the second most stolen bases in a season in Sky Sox history. The single season record is 169 stolen bases, which happened during the 2009 season.
Another Quality from Brooks: Aaron Brooks tossed another quality outing last night, marking his third consecutive quality start and fourth overall in his last six bids. In six and one-third innings, the righty only allowed one earned run with a walk surrendered and two strikeouts.
Taylor's Tremendousness: Outfielder Tyrone Taylor opened up the second-to-last Sky Sox homestand with early fireworks, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored, and four RBI. It marked his 16th and 17th home runs of the season and first four-RBI game for him in 2018. The two-homer game by Tyrone Taylor marks the 15th time a Sky Sox player has had a two-homer game against Omaha. The last instance took place on July 2nd, 2017 by Nate Orf at Werner Park in Papillion. The last two-homer game by a Sky Sox player against Omaha here in Colorado Springs: Matt Clark, on May 1st, 2015.
Berry's Trio: Outfielder Quintin Berry stole three bases for the Sky Sox on Thursday afternoon in the final game against Iowa, marking the first time since June 2 when Dylan Moore met the feat. It was the third time this season where a Sky Sox player stole three bases in a game (Dubon on 5/4, Moore on 6/2).
Davies' Rehab: Zach Davies made his fifth rehab start with the Sky Sox on Thursday afternoon while marking his third losing decision. On Thursday, Davies tossed three and two-thirds innings while allowing four runs on three hits and walked five batters. Overall, he has totaled 17.0 innings while allowing 12 runs on 18 hits with 12 walks and 13 strikeouts.
Three Outs, One Play: The Nashville Sounds completed the first Triple Play in the PCL this season on Sunday the 12th. In the bottom of the sixth with two on and no outs, Dylan Moore grounded right at the third base bag, which resulted in a five-four-three triple play to end the inning. It marked the seventh triple play against the Sky Sox, last happening on July 20, 2015 at home also against Nashville. In the 8th inning that game, with Jason Rogers at second and Matt Clark at first, and both running on the pitch, Matt Dominguez for the Sky Sox lined out to Nashville center fielder Craig Gentry on a diving catch for the first out. Gentry threw to second baseman Joey Wendle to get Rogers for the second out, then Wendle threw to first baseman Anthony Aliotti at first base to complete the triple play. Nashville won that game, 10-5.
Swept: The Sky Sox were swept for the first time this season by the Nashville Sounds this weekend. The Sky Sox now total one sweep against an opponent and one sweep by an opponent with 11 series wins, nine series losses, and 10 series ties.
Extras: The Sky Sox played their 10th extra-inning game of the season on Sunday, falling in their fourth straight. Colorado Springs is now 2-8 in extra-inning contests in 2018. The team is now 0-6 at home in extra innings. Last year was the first time the Sky Sox had lost four at home in extra innings (2-4). The last time the Sky Sox lost eight games in extra innings was in 2003 (1-3 at home, 3-6 on the road).
Red Hot: The Sky Sox could not end the red-hot Nashville Sounds, dropping the fourth straight game of a four-game set with a 9-7 score in extra innings. The Sounds collected their 13th win in a row.
Five or Less: The Sky Sox were held to five or less hits for the 23rd time this season last Friday. It marked the eighth time in 2018 where the Sky Sox were held to four hits exactly.
Heavy Damage: The 18 runs the Sky Sox surrendered last Thursday night marked the most runs they've given up in a game all season. The previous high of 17 runs also came at home in Security Service Field, on 6/19 against the Salt Lake Bees.
Lengthy Evening: The three-hour and 55-minute contest last Thursday night was the longest game the Sky Sox have played all season, unseating the previous long of three-hours and 53-minutes, which came less than a month ago on the road in New Orleans against the Baby Cakes on 7/14. The 3:55 time for the 18-9 game marks the longest nine-inning Sky Sox game (time) against the Nashville Sounds. The previous longest nine-inning game in time between the Sky Sox and Nashville was at 3:47, taking place on April 10th, 2015, where Nashville won that game, 12-8.
This Week's Preview: The Sky Sox are back at Security Service Field for a split seven-day homestand with three-game sets against the Omaha Storm Chasers and the Iowa Cubs.
NEXT GAME: Tuesday, August 21 at 6:40 p.m. MT vs. Iowa Cubs @ Security Service Field
RHP Alec Asher (6-3, 5.51) vs. RHP Luke Farrell (0-4, 4.06) - Broadcast on XTRA Sports 1300
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