The Colorado Springs Sky Sox lost 17 of their 28 games in July, as they struggled to get any consistent pitching. Some of their starters pitched well, but they had two arms that had earned run averages over 5.00, and that hurt them in the long run. A couple of prospects had big months with the bats, as the team batted a respectable .274 as a team.
Daniel Ortmeier led the way offensively for the Sky Sox, though Matt Miller gave him a run for his money. Ortmeier batted .368 in 23 games, scoring 11 times, while blasting two home runs. The first baseman also has seven doubles, drove in 19, and finished second on the team in hits. Miller led the team in hits, collecting 33 in the month, as he batted .371. He drove in 14 runs, scored 14 times, and had six doubles.
Eric Young was also hot in July, batting .311, while swiping five bags. The second baseman led the team with 23 runs, tied Ortmeier with 32 hits, and was third in runs batted in. Christian Colonel drove in a team-high 21 runs, Mark Bellhorn led the team with four home runs, and Jonathan Herrera batted .300 on the nose.
Adam Eaton led the way in the rotation in July, as he posted a 3.16 earned run average in five starts. Though he did not win a game, Eaton tossed 31.1 innings, while striking out 18. Brandon Hynick also had a good month, posting a 4.20 ERA in his five starts, while striking out 19 in 30.0 innings. No starter had more than one win in the month.
The bullpen pitched well in the month, as some prospects were seemingly unhittable at points. Matt Herges appeared in five games, with a 1.29 earned run average, and Damian Moss led the way with 12 appearances. In those 12 games, including one start, Moss had a 2.20 ERA, and struck out nearly a batter per inning.
Scott Munter struck out 12 batters in ten innings, as he appeared in nine games for the Sox. He also had a 1.80 ERA, and tied for the team-lead with two wins. Matt Belisle was also strong, whiffing 13 in 13.1 innings, while notching a save.
Batter of the Month: Daniel Ortmeier
Pitcher of the Month: Damian Moss
Sky Sox Notes: Eric Young recently set the Sky Sox single-season runs scored record, while Matt Murton recently set the team’s hit streak record. On June 30, Brandon Hynick pitched the first Perfect Game in team history.