Published: June 11, 2013
A bizarre night took a spectacular turn for the Sky Sox, as they turned an eight-run deficit into a six-run victory Tuesday night.
Yes, the road to this 15-9 victory over Salt Lake was anything but conventional.
Playing with billowing smoke to the north from the Black Forest fire, the Sky Sox found themselves in a 9-1 hole, saw a 9-minute delay when some of the lights went out and then exploded for 10 runs in a sixth-inning rally capped by Ben Paulsen's grand slam.
The big inning was helped along by a pair of errors from the Bees and a run-scoring wild pitch. Charlie Culberson launched a three-run home run that started the scoring before Corey Dickerson had an RBI double, Josh Rutledge added an RBI single and Paulsen hit the shot that climbed just over the wall in right field.
It was the first time the Sky Sox had scored 10 runs in an inning since pulling the same trick against Salt Lake last July, also at Security Service Field.
Salt Lake had scored five times in the top half of the sixth, meaning 15 runs crossed the plate in the inning. That was also the inning that saw the brief power delay.
The power certainly came on after that for both teams.
Charlie Blackmon added plenty of insurance with a three-run double in the eighth.
The massive rally made up for another less-than-inspiring start for Drew Pomeranz.
The 24-year-old lef-thander, who the Rockies would obviously love to be able to call upon as injuries and an ineffective Jeff Francis have left their rotation thin, made it through just four innings with his team trailing 4-0.
Pomeranz failed to throw a first-pitch strike to the first seven batters he faced and found himself facing as many two-ball counts as one-strike counts, with four each.
Efficiency has been his issue throughout the season and it was again. He threw 35 pitches in the second inning - as Salt Lake scored four - and he was pulled after throwing 92 pitches in his four innings. While this was the first time he failed to pitch at least five innings this season, he still hasn't pitched more than 6 2/3 in any of his 13 starts and has averaged just under 5 2/3 this year.
Those numbers in Triple-A aren't going to open any doors for a guy the Rockies would like to see make strides this season.
Instead of Pomeranz, Colorado sent veteran starter Chris Volstad to the big-league club Tuesday to be available for activation if Tyler Chatwood or Jorge De La Rosa need to miss a start while battling what are believed to be minor ailments.
Should the Rockies need bats, however, there are plenty to choose from in Colorado Springs.
Dickerson, Ryan Wheeler and McBride are each batting better than .320 with at least 30 RBIs. Paulson and Cublerson have each driven in more than 35 runs and Rutledge had three hits Tuesday to bring his average to .344 in his short time since being sent down by the Rockies.
The full offense contributed in this one, with every starter reaching safely and scoring.
Any fire evacuees are welcome, free of charge, to Wednesday's and Thursday's games. ...The Rockies called up reliever Josh Outman, who replaces the injured Edgmer Escalona.