The Sky Sox got off to a blistering start to the 2009 campaign, as they posted a 14-6 record through the season’s first month. They got some key contributions up and down the lineup, and the pitching was better than advertised. If they continue to hit as a team, this could be a special season in Colorado Springs.
Leading the way offensively was top prospect Carlos Gonzalez, who drove in an incredible 27 runs in only 19 games. This included a six-RBI effort against Reno, and he also batted .325. He scored 20 times, smacked two home runs, and had five triples. He certainly could be in Colorado very soon.
Matt Murton, who was recently promoted to the big league club, batted a ridiculous .411, prompting the team to bring him up when Jeff Baker went on the disabled list. Kenny Perez also has been a pleasant surprise, as he batted .373 through his first 17 games of the new campaign.
Daniel Ortmeier hit .348 in the month, while driving in 16 runs, which was good for third on the team. Matt Miller just continues to hit at any level, as he hit .333 in 19 games. As a team, the Sky Sox batted .322, which would put them at a historical pace for the season.
Eric Young is making his bid to be the Rockies second baseman of the future, as he hit .329 in his first month of Triple-A ball. The speedy two-bagger also swiped 14 bases, and scored better than a run per game. Mike McCoy, who has been a utility infielder for the team, also batted above .300, and showed a keen defensive prowess.
Alan Johnson was the man on the bump for Colorado Springs during the first month of the season, as he won all four of his starts. The right-hander posted an impressive 2.31 earned run average in the Pacific Coast League, and showed the ability to get the groundball when he needed it.
Jason Hirsh won three of his first four starts, though he did struggle at times. Still, he ended the month with a respectable 4.44 earned run average, and showed pinpoint control.
The real story on the mound was the work of the team’s bullpen, which got some gaudy stats from a number of players. Matt Daley appeared in five games for the Sky Sox, posting a 1.13 earned run average, and struck out an incredible 15 batters in only 8.0 innings of work.
Randy Flores was great from the pen, as was Damian Moss, who tied for the team lead in appearances (10), while having an ERA of 1.69. Scott Munter won two games out of the bullpen, also posting an ERA under 2.00, and Joel Peralta (2.25) notched two saves.
As a team, the Sky Sox had an earned run average under 4.00, which, when coupled with their .322 batting average, could spell trouble for the rest of the Pacific Coast League.