Published: May 14, 2013
On the day when the Sky Sox - at the city's behest - began to feel out public interest in building a downtown ballpark, the team did its part to showcase the entertainment value of its product.
In a game that saw six home runs, Colorado Springs put away Omaha on Matt McBride's scoreboard-clearing blast in the ninth as it won 9-5 and completed a series victory over Omaha.
McBride, who caught for the second night in a row, drove in five runs and has six home runs and 17 RBIs in his past eight games.
The team paid no attention to the fact that an online survey had been sent out to gauge interest in a downtown park. A player's time in Triple-A rarely lasts more than a few years, so these guys will likely be long gone by the time ground could be broken.
"I heard somebody maybe mention that they were talking about something like that, but I didn't know today anything happened," McBride said. "I don't think any of us knew that."
They didn't need to know to remain entertaining, and it wasn't just the home runs.
With the Sky Sox leading by a run in the eighth, DJ LeMahieu took care of the insurance run entirely on his own. He singled, stole second with a jump so large he didn't even draw a throw. He then stole third and scored when the throw slipped into left field.
"Going into the season, I challenged all the guys and told them we're going to be aggressive," Sky Sox manager Glenallen Hill said. "I told them I want them to swing 3-0, I want them to steal bases so they can learn what they can and cannot do."
The Sky Sox finished their homestand 6-2 and drew 45,173, the second-most attended eight-game homestand in team history.
Chris Volstad was hit hard in his fourth start with the Sky Sox since a demotion from the Rockies. He allowed three home runs and nine hits over six innings. All the home runs came with no runners aboard and he left the game with the score tied 5-5.
Manny Corpas (2-2) brought calm with three hitless innings in relief to earn the win.
Omaha scored twice in the first on four singles, then added three solo home runs through the fifth. But the Storm Chasers didn't score over the final four innings.
Corey Dickerson blasted a towering home run to right in the sixth, his fourth home run of the season and seventh extra-base hit in the four-game series against Omaha, that put Colorado Springs up for good.
It concluded a week of good baseball for the Sky Sox. It will take a lot more than good baseball to convince the city a new ballpark is needed, but it can't hurt.
"Do I have an interest in it? Yeah," Hill said. "It sounds like it could be something good for the city and I think management here is really entertaining the idea."