Published: May 30, 2013
The Sky Sox can mark off a mental challenge from their ongoing developmental checklist.
Coming off an absolute embarrassment in a 19-run loss Wednesday, Colorado Springs got a leadoff home run from Corey Dickerson, scored nine times in the first three innings and then held on to beat Tacoma 10-8 on Thursday night.
"It was huge for the team to relax and just wash that game away," said Dickerson, who drove in four from his leadoff spot. "It's a long season. We just had to put that behind us."
Generally, players claim that it's not a problem to leave yesterday's woes to yesterday. But most yesterdays don't include a 25-6 shellacking.
"It doesn't really linger that much at all just because of the length of the season," added Dickerson, who went 3-for-3 with two triples and the home run, a no-doubt blast to right field. "It does make us want to come out and compete, because we don't ever want to get shown up like that."
When it comes to mental challenges, no one has faced more this season than Tyler Colvin.
After assuming he'd start the season with the Rockies, where he posted a solid season last year, Colvin has overcome early struggles by going to a more patient approach. He has drawn 13 walks in his past 10 games and his on-base percentage in May is more than 80 points higher than it was in April.
"I tried to do a little too much, and it showed," said Colvin, who drove in three runs. "I've just got to go out there every day and just try to square it up, not try to do too much."
Colvin's two-run home run in the third to straight-away center field scored Matt McBride, started a three-run rally and put the Sky Sox up 9-3.
Tacoma didn't exactly go away, scoring three times in the fourth, once in the sixth and scoring once in the ninth before stranding the bases loaded against Coty Woods. A fly ball from Dustin Ackley to right field ended the threat and the game.
The victory snaps a season-long three-game losing streak for the Sky Sox and puts them back within half a game of Tacoma for first place in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific North division entering Friday's series and homestand finale.
Thursday's game also marked the return to the Sky Sox lineup for Charlie Blackmon, who played center field and batted third, going 0-for-4. Blackmon had spent nearly three weeks with the Rockies before being sent back down Wednesday.
Drew Garcia also debuted for the team after coming to the organization in a trade from the White Sox system earlier this week. Garcia had an RBI single in his first at-bat and finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and two runs.
Dallas Tarleton, who had served as the Sky Sox No. 3 catcher and even pitched Wednesday, was assigned to Rookie League-affiliate Tri-City to make room on the roster for Blackmon.