Colorado Springs, CO. -- The Rocky Mountain Vibes were swept by Ogden Wednesday afternoon, dropping game two of the two-game series 12-5. This marked the Vibes' second time being swept at home this homestand.
The Vibes home woes continued Wednesday afternoon, with the Raptors hitting a grand slam in the top of the first inning to go up 4-0 early. Sam McWilliams and Justin Yurchak led off with back-to-back singles, Joe Vranesh drew a one-out walk to load the bases, and Brandon Wulff hit one deep to center for his first home run of the year to give Ogden the early advantage.
In the top of the third inning, Andy Pages wrapped a ball around the left field pole with a solo shot to extend Ogden's lead to five runs. The Raptors went on to score again in the frame to take a commanding 6-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the third, Edwin Sanó singled, advancing to third on Antonio Piñero's seventh double of the season. Bryan Torres then hit a two-RBI single to plate both and make it a four-run affair at 6-2.
In the next half-inning, however, Ogden scored again to make it 7-2. After a scoreless fifth inning, Ogden scored again in the sixth to extend their lead to 8-2. In the eighth, the Vibes walked in a run with the bases loaded full of Raptors to tack on another run to make it 9-2.
In the bottom of the eighth inning the Vibes scored for the first time since the third inning. Torres and Bello hit back-to-back one-out singles to put two on for Ernesto Martinez Jr., who hit into a fielder's choice that scored Torres from third to make it 9-3. Michael Wilson was then hit by pitch to put two on with two out for Luis Avalo, who hit a sharp RBI single to make it 9-4. Jess Williams followed suit with an RBI double to reduce Ogden's lead to just four runs at 9-5.
In the top of the ninth inning the Raptors clubbed their third home run of the game-a three-run blast-to give Ogden a 12-5 lead over the Vibes. That would prove to be the final score for Wednesday's contest as Ogden completed the two-game sweep.
The Rocky Mountain Vibes continue their opening homestand against the Orem Owlz tomorrow, with first pitch set for 6:40 p.m. The game will be available on MiLB.TV as well as on the MiLB TuneIn app. For all information on the Vibes, follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @vibesbaseball and visit the team's website at www.vibesbaseball.com.
Tomorrow's Preview: The Vibes continue their 10-game homestand with the first game of a three-game series against the Orem Owlz. Vibes right-hander Cam Robinson (0-0, 11.42) is set to start for Rocky Mountain, against a to-be-determined pitcher for Orem.
Offense on Display: From 1988 to 2018, there were exactly 100 games at UCHealth Park where both teams scored 10 runs or more in a game, with Tuesday night marking #101 and the first of the Vibes era with the 11-10 loss to Ogden.
MONSTER Inning: The last time a Colorado Springs team scored nine runs or more in the bottom of the sixth inning prior to Tuesday night-when the Vibes scored nine runs-was 6/11/2013 when the Sky Sox were playing the Salt Lake Bees and the Sky Sox scored 10 runs in that frame, with the Sky Sox winning that game 15-9.
First Vibes Ejection: In the sixth inning Tuesday night, Vibes manager Néstor Corredor was ejected for arguing an out call at home plate, becoming the first member of the Vibes to ever be ejected.
History with the Dodgers: Prior to the start of this season, Colorado Springs has had 40 seasons of minor league baseball since 1950 with an affiliated MLB club. From 1950-1958, the Sky Sox were affiliated with the Chicago White Sox in the Single-A Western League. Then in the 31 years in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, the Sky Sox were affiliated with the Cleveland Indians (1988-1992), Colorado Rockies (1993-2014), and Milwaukee Brewers (2015-2018). As the Rocky Mountain Vibes begin their tenure in the Pioneer League, they also begin a series with the Ogden Raptors, the Rookie Advanced affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. When this series began against Ogden, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be the ONLY MLB club to field an affiliated team against a Colorado Springs ballclub in all three eras, during all nine years of Western League affiliation from 1950-1958, all 31 years in the Pacific Coast League from 1988-2018, and this season in the Pioneer League. Below is a win-loss breakdown over the years of Colorado Springs teams vs. a Dodger affiliate:
Single-A Western League
1950-1957 (Brooklyn Dodgers) with Pueblo Dodgers 102-80
1958 (Los Angeles Dodgers) with Des Moines Dodgers 15-6
Triple-A Pacific Coast League
1988-2000 (L.A. Dodgers) with Albuquerque Dukes 109-117 (*)
2001-2008 (L.A. Dodgers) with Las Vegas 51s 40-48
2009-2014 (L.A. Dodgers) with Albuquerque Isotopes 11-12
2015-2018 (L.A. Dodgers) with Oklahoma City Dodgers 34-30
Rookie Pioneer League
2019 (L.A. Dodgers) with Ogden Raptors 0-1
Regular season record: 311-292 (117-86 Single-A, 194-205 Triple-A)
(*) The Sky Sox and Dukes played 14 additional games in the postseason, 5-9 in postseason games against the Dukes in 1989, 1990, and 1994.
The New York/San Francisco Giants were the second closest, not competing in the last two years in the Western League in 1957-1958, fielding a team in all 31 years in the PCL, but they do not have an affiliate in the Pioneer League. The Oakland A's were in the Western League from 1950-1952 only, when the A's were still based in Philadelphia, then fielded a team in all 31 years in the PCL, but do not have an affiliate in the Pioneer League. The Chicago Cubs did have an affiliate for all nine years in the Western League 1950-1958, but the Cubs did not join the Pacific Coast League until 1998, 10 years after the Sky Sox joined the league. The Cubs also do not have an affiliate in the Pioneer League as well.
Opening Weekend Recap: The opening weekend for the Vibes didn't go according to plan. In a three-game series with the Grand Junction Rockies, the Vibes were dealt their first series sweep of the season. The offense cooled off dramatically, hitting just .224 with an on-base percentage of .290 as a unit in the series. As a staff, they compiled an ERA of 6.33 with 31 strikeouts in 27 innings. Their troubles on the mound stemmed from 23 base on balls in the series and a 1.81 staff WHIP.
Fun fact: On Saturday, Miami Marlins (and former Sky Sox) catcher Wilkin Castillo got his first hit and RBI in the majors since June 20th, 2009 (ten years and two days), in the Marlins' 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Back in 2009, while with the Cincinnati Reds, Castillo suffered a season-ending torn right labrum in a game against the Chicago White Sox, and had not made it back to the majors until Saturday. Castillo's long trek back to the Majors included Triple-A stops in Louisville, Gwinnett, Colorado Springs, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and New Orleans, along with several stints in Double-A, the Mexican League, and independent baseball with the Long Island Ducks. Castillo played in 74 games with the Sky Sox in the 2012 season, under the Rockies affiliation, batting .253, with four HR and 34 RBI.
Leg it Out: Julio Carreras of the GJ Rockies legged out an inside-the-park home run in the very first inning Friday night in the Vibes first-ever home game. The last inside-the-park homer hit here at UCHealth Park was turned by Brian Anderson of the New Orleans Baby Cakes, on August 11th, 2017 in the 10th inning off Sky Sox pitcher Tyler Cravy. New Orleans won 6-4 in 10 innings.
This Week's Preview: The Vibes are back in Colorado Springs to face the Orem Owlz in a three-game set starting Thursday, June 27. After that the Vibes will play a two-game set against the Grand Junction Rockies before heading back out on the road on July 2.
NEXT GAME: Thursday, June 27 @ 6:40 p.m. MT vs. Orem Owlz @ UCHealth Park
TBD vs. RHP Cam Robinson (0-0, 11.42) - Broadcast: MiLB TuneIn app
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