Published: August 26, 2013
Monday's doubleheader had everything - a pitchers' duel in Game 1 and a slugfest of a finale - but no win for Colorado Springs.
Unfortunately for Sky Sox fans, the hosts suffered their third-straight home loss, falling 10-9 to Las Vegas in Game 2.
Earlier, Colorado Springs lost 2-1 in 10 innings to open the seven-inning twin bill at Security Service Field.
Colorado Springs (64-71) tallied 10 hits but had little to show for them in the opening loss to the 51s.
"We put some hits together but we didn't get them with runners in scoring position," Colorado Springs center fielder Tim Wheeler said after Game 1. "It was just one of those games."
The loss spoiled a strong outing for starter Chris Volstad who went eight innings (99 pitches) and reliever Mitchell Boggs (1-5), who was undone by the unearned run.
"Volstad and Boggsy did an excellent job," Wheeler said. "It's just baseball."
In Game 1, Las Vegas (78-58) scored the winning run in the top of the 10th inning of the scheduled seven-inning twin bill.
A grounder by Ruben Tejada was mishandled by Reid Brignac, allowing Kirk Nieuwenhuis to score from second for a 2-1 lead. Nieuwenhuis had reached on a two-out double against Boggs.
Colorado Springs left Wheeler stranded after he reached on a hit and advanced to second base on a throwing error in the bottom of the 10th.
In Game 2, Las Vegas recorded two home runs off reliever Hisanori Takahashi but could not stave off the Sky Sox, who took advantage of two walks and a hit batter to tie the score at 9-9 in the fifth.
The 51s pushed across the go-ahead run in the sixth after putting two runners on base with no outs.
Two call-ups garner
Two current Rockies players - Corey Dickerson and Ryan Wheeler - were named to the All-Pacific Coast League Team, as picked by the league's field managers and media representatives.
Third baseman Wheeler has now made the PCL mid-season and postseason All-Star teams in each of the past two seasons (Reno, 2012).
Outfielder Dickerson is batting .371 in the PCL, but his 75 games are not enough to qualify him for the league leaders. He has been with the Rockies since early August while Wheeler was called up last week.
Paulsen's home run to tie Game 1 gave him a PCL-leading 56 extra base hits (15 homers, 10 triples, 31 doubles). His homer tied Matt McBride for the team lead although McBride has not played (disabled list) since June 19. ... Iribarren's stolen base was No. 100 for the team this season. . Garcia's strikeout to end the fourth in Game 2 was No. 1,034 this season, a franchise record.