Colorado Springs, COLORADO - The Great Falls Voyagers shut out the Rocky Mountain Vibes Monday night, defeating them 12-0 to take a 2-0 lead in this four-game series. Avery Weems pitched seven scoreless innings for the Voyagers in the shutout, striking out 10 Vibes batters.
Both teams went three up and three down in the first inning, but in the top of the second inning Sam Abbott became the first baserunner of the contest with a single. Two pitches later, Cameron Simmons hit his first longball of the season to give the Voyagers the first lead of the night, 2-0.
Two quick and quiet innings later, Great Falls would score again. Cabera Weaver drew a one out walk, stole second, and then came home on a Luis Mieses single to make it 3-0 Voyagers.
In the top of the sixth, the Voyagers doubled their score with three more runs. Ty Greene reached on a bunt single, advancing to third on the Vibes' sole error of the game. Joshua Rivera then walked, and a Tom Archer single scored Greene to make it 4-0. Weaver followed up with a two-RBI double to make it a 6-0 affair.
In the top of the seventh inning, Great Falls scored for the third inning in a row. Despite two quick strikeouts, Simmons hit his second home run of both the night and the season to make it 7-0.
The Voyagers would score for the fourth consecutive inning in the top of the eighth. Bryan Connell led off with a double, scoring two outs later on a Luis Curbelo triple to make it 8-0.
Great Falls capped off their night by belting a grand slam in the ninth inning to take a dozen lead run over the Vibes. 12-0 would hold as the final score of the game as the Voyagers took a two-game lead over Rocky Mountain in this series.
The Rocky Mountain Vibes continue their eight-game homestand tomorrow with the third game of the four-game series against the Great Falls Voyagers. First pitch is 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 first-ever series against the Great Falls Voyagers with game three of the four-game series. The Vibes are slated to start righty Carlos Luna (1-2, 4.68) against Great Falls' right-hander Jason Morgan (0-2, 6.14). The game will be available on MiLB.TV as well as on the MiLB TuneIn app, with first pitch scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT.
Hit Hard: The two home run game by Great Falls' Cameron Simmons Monday night marks only the second time a player from a Chicago White Sox affiliate belted a two homer game against a Colorado Springs team. The Chicago White Sox affiliates in the Pacific Coast League during the Sky Sox Triple-A tenure was with the Vancouver Canadians from 1988-1992 and the Calgary Cannons in the 1998 season. The only other player from a Chicago White Sox affiliate to homer twice in a game against a Colorado Springs team was by Vancouver's Steve Springer on June 19th, 1989 at Sky Sox Stadium. Vancouver won that game, 3-2. Springer would play 78 games for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox the next season in 1990.
Game One Woes: With the loss to Great Falls Sunday afternoon following the loss to Billings in game one Wednesday night, the Vibes fall to 1-9 in first games of a series this season.
Familiar Face: Wuilder Rodriguez, who was assigned to the Vibes roster on a rehab assignment on 7/12, made his first appearance for the Vibes on Saturday night, Rodriguez became the first Sky Sox alum to pitch/play for the Vibes. With his Vibes debut, Rodriguez will take over as the oldest player to play for the Vibes (26 years, 5 months, 22 days). Steve Pastora is the next oldest player on the team at 24 years old (turning 25 on September 3rd).
First 26: Historically, almost all new Colorado Springs professional teams have struggled in their first few months of existence. In 1901, the first year professional minor league baseball was ever in Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Millionaires team was 12-14 after 26 games, finishing the season at 45-73. In 1950, the original Colorado Springs Sky Sox (first season for minor leagues back in Colorado Springs since 1916, in the Single-A Western League) team was 12-14 after 26 games, finishing that season at 72-82-2. In 1988, the next rendition of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (first Triple-A season, and first season for minor leagues back in Colorado Springs since 1958) team was 10-16 after 26 games, finishing that season at 62-77. In 1993, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (first Triple-A season as a Colorado Rockies affiliate) team was 11-15 after 26 games, finishing that season at 66-75. In 2015 the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (first Triple-A season as a Milwaukee Brewers affiliate) team was 9-17 after 26 games, finishing that season at 62-81. This year, 2019, the Rocky Mountain Vibes (first season as a Rookie level affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers) team was 10-16 after 26 games.
Double-Double-Double-Double-Double-Double: Prior to Friday night, the Vibes had never executed more than two double plays in any game this season. On Friday, the Vibes collected five twin killings through the first six innings. In the top of the eighth inning, they tacked on double play number six, tying the Pioneer League record of six double plays in a game, set back on 9/3/98 by none other than the Helena Brewers. The six double plays turned by the Vibes equals the club record of six double plays turned during the Colorado Springs Sky Sox era (1988-2018), done three times. Those three instances: April 23rd, 1993 vs. Tacoma Tigers (at Sky Sox Stadium, now UCHealth Park) (Turned in 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th innings) (Sky Sox won 11-0); June 4th, 1995 vs. Calgary Cannons (at Foothills Stadium in Calgary) (Turned in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th, and 9th innings) (Sky Sox won 7-2); May 3rd, 2007 vs. Tacoma Rainiers (at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma) (Turned in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 9th innings) (Sky Sox won 12-1).
Bello Bombs: Micah Bello hit a team-leading fifth home run on Thursday night, followed by a team-leading sixth home run on Friday night. After hitting his first four homers in the first six games of the season-including a two-homer, five-RBI performance on June 16 in Orem against the Owlz-Bello went 17 games before adding on homers number five and six, which he did in back-to-back contests.
This Week's Preview: The Vibes are home to host the Great Falls Voyagers for the first time ever for four games. The Great Falls series is set to run through Wednesday, with the Vibes going back on the road to face Ogden on the 19th.
NEXT GAME: Tuesday, July 16 @ 6:40 p.m. MT vs. Great Falls Voyagers @ UCHealth Park
RHP Jason Morgan (0-2, 6.14) vs. RHP Carlos Luna (1-2, 4.68) - Broadcast: MiLB TuneIn app
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