Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks Triple A team) Vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies Triple A team)
With the Rockies on their east coast road trip it was time for a baseball fix. It was time for a Rantics field trip to the Rockies Minor League affiliate Colorado Sky Sox. As every Tuesday home game it was $2.00 Tuesday. Robert and Gary X took the trip to the Springs with me. We arrived at Security Service Field about an hour and a half before the start of the game. So like always we headed to the out behind the outfield to try to find Easter Eggs(Baseball randomly waiting to be found). Sometime they are found in plainsite other under bushes, in high grass, or even in the stream that runs behind the stadium and even once in a tree which Robert proved last year. Robert got 4 as did Gary and I got 2. Not a bad take on a minor league game.
Gary X with his take from the Easter Egg hunt!!!!
Then it was time for the Players to come out to the field. So we got a few autosgraphs from Players Eric Young Jr. Signed a bunch of cards for X. I started my Sky Sox Team ball with getting Cole Gardner, Jeff Salazar, Chris Nelson and Manager Stu Coles.
Sky Sox Manager Stu Coles signing autographs
John Maine warming up in the Bullpen with Catcher Jordan Pacheco
Now it was time to play ball !!
Here are the starting line ups.
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The Sky Sox take the field
John Maine Throwing the first pitch to the Aces Colin Cowgill
Gary X laughing at Robert who got exiled to across the isle to drink his beer because our seats were in the Family Section. The next section over wasn’t a family section. So he had to move all the way to the other side of the Isle. This is also my creative BNW for this post to show off my mad photo skillz. Not realy but it made it more fun!!!!!
Sox the Fox mascote of the Sky Sox.
After the Sky Sox 9-2 loss on Monday night the were looking for a little redemption. That did not last long with Reno taking a 3-0 lead in the second inning. They responded with a single run on a Mike Jacobs solo Homerun in the bottom of the 2nd. The game did not look that bad or out of reach for the Sox to comeback. The Aces then added 2 more Runs in the 3rd and 4th. making it 7-1 Aces.
Sky Sox Chris Nelson at bat in the 3rd inning.
A look at Service Security Field During Willie Mo Pena’s at bat in the 7th inning.
Reno scored an additional 4 runs in the 7th. Putting the game well out of reach for the Sky Sox. They did put runners on in the 8th and 9th inning with none resulting in any runs.
Jordan Pacheco getting a hit in the 8th inning.
Stu Coles as 3rd base coach as Cole Gardner rounds second heading for third in the 9th inning. It look promising that the Sky Sox would get a few runs but it did not happen and the final score was 11-1 Reno . It is common in the Minor Leagues for the Manager to Coach 3rd base.
After the game we headed down to the Aces dugout because I wanted to get a few cards signed and knew after a bad loss the Sky Sox would run off the field quickly.
Here is Renos Centerfielder Willie Mo Pena signing a card. Willie Mo was in the majors since 2002 and has played for the Reds, Red Sox, Nationals, Mets and Padres.
Brett Butler Manager of the Reno Aces and former S.F. Giant he played on the 19989 World Series Team and has also wrote a book called “Field of Hope”.
The Next field trip to the Springs will be on April 26, when the Rockies are going to be in Chicago. That night the Sky Sox will be taking on the Las Vegas 51’s
til then see Ya at Coors this home stand when the Rockies take on the Cubs and Giants
Out Take photos:
Sky Sox and local Little Leaguers during the National Anthem
Security Service Field from behind Home Plate
Sky Sox 2nd baseman Matt Macri Catches a pop fly in the 8th inning.