The season's end is near for the Sky Sox and for most, their immediate baseball future is uncertain.
They can only worry about playing their best, especially with Sunday, when the Colorado Rockies active roster expands to 40 players, approaching.
"It's uncontrollable," Colorado Springs right fielder Kent Matthes said before Thursday's home finale, a 10-7 loss to Las Vegas. "It's completely out of all our hands so all we can do is try to play good baseball down the stretch and hope they (the Rockies front office) notice."
The Sky Sox currently on the Rockies' 40-man roster are: relievers Mitchell Boggs and Manny Corpas; outfielders Tyler Colvin (disabled list) and Tim Wheeler; and infielders Josh Rutledge and Ryan Wheeler. Corpas, Colvin, Rutledge and Ryan Wheeler have all played for the Rockies this season, making their call-up more likely.
"What happens, happens," Tim Wheeler said.
"We just need to focus on playing well as an individual and as a team," first baseman Ben Paulsen said.
Sky Sox starter Sean Gallagher struggled to do so before 7,834 fans at Security Service Field. He was roughed up for three home runs in the first four innings as the 51s, batting for a PCL playoff berth, pulled ahead 10-1 on 14 hits.
In contrast, Las Vegas starter Matt Fox kept the Sky Sox batters off balance until the sixth. Then, Matthes clubbed an RBI triple to score Hernan Iribarren (leadoff double). A sacrifice fly on the next pitch by Ryan Wheeler made it 10-3.
The Sky Sox relievers recorded five shutout innings (three hits) to keep the result in question. Matthes hit an RBI single in the ninth and Ryan Wheeler then stroked a three-run homer to make it 10-7. Paulsen flew out to center field to end the game.
It was an example how the Sky Sox (66-73) played hard down the stretch, manager Glenallen Hill said.
"Some of that motivation comes from me and from them," he said. "I have never had to worry about them. They come out each game and play hard."
Colorado College hockey captain Eamonn McDermott threw a ceremonial first pitch. He was joined by teammates Jeff Collett, Alexander Krushelnyski, and Peter Stoykewych for a fan outreach effort when they gave out 350-plus autographed team posters. .. Matthes' triple was No. 71 for the team this season, only three short of the record set in 1992. ... The Sky Sox finished 38-33 at home and enter the final four road games with a 28-40 away record.