Las Vegas is the Pacific Coast League city famous for, among other things, all-you-can-eat buffets. But after two days in town, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox must think Salt Lake is the place to go if you want to feast on pitching.
For the second day in a row, the Sky Sox gorged themselves offensively at Franklin Quest Field, this time during a 15-7 Sunday afternoon blowout over the Buzz. During the past two days Colorado Springs hitters have gobbled up hanging curves and high fastballs to the tune of 27 runs and 34 hits - including seven homers, nine doubles and a triple.It's clear the Sky Sox are enjoying their first visit of the year to Salt Lake City.
"That was not very pretty today," said Buzz manager Phil Roof, one day after calling Saturday night's 12-4 setback against the Sky Sox his team's ugliest outing of the year.
The Buzz are now 27-22, while the Sky Sox improved to 25-23.
Salt Lake would have been embarrassed even worse had it not been for a big day from designated hitter Bernardo Brito, who had three extra-base hits - including his ninth homer of the year - while driving in five runs.
"Bernie (Brito) did his best to keep us in the game," Roof said.
It was a long afternoon for a trio of Salt Lake pitchers. Bill Wissler (now 1-1 with the loss), Dan Naulty and Vince Horsman combined to surrender a season-high 18 hits. They also walked eight batters and combined for five wild pitches. Wissler gave up five runs in three innings in his first start of the year. Naulty was tagged for four runs and seven hits in 4-1/3 innings, while Horsman was hit the hardest, giving up six runs and seven hits in just 1-2/3 innings.
Every Colorado Springs player in the lineup got into the act with at least one hit. Harvey Pulliam, who had a pair of homers Saturday, added a two-run shot Sunday to pull into the PCL season lead with 11. Ty Van Burkleo had a three-run shot and finished with five RBI. Jimmy Tatum hit a dinger as well, while shortstop Craig Counsel went 4-for-4 and scored three runs.
Despite falling behind 6-0 and not getting a hit off Colorado Springs starter John Burke until the fourth inning, the Buzz actually climbed back into the contest. Brito hit a run-scoring double in the sixth and added a two-run triple in the seventh and the Buzz trailed just 6-4 entering the eighth.
"But right then it got ugly," Roof said.
Colorado Springs sent 10 batters to the plate and scored seven runs to put the game away. The Sky Sox added a pair of runs in the ninth for good measure, but Brito got that those two runs back with a homer to dead center in the bottom of the frame.
"We've got a good, solid lineup. Our guys can swing the bats," understated Colorado Springs manager Brad Mills.
The Sky Sox have 59 homers as a team this season, 25 more than Albuquerque, which has the second most in the PCL. Salt Lake has 27 home runs as a team.
The Buzz, meanwhile, will try to rebound from the consecutive lopsided losses tonight. Roof called a team meeting for this afternoon to, "redirect our thinking."
BUZZ BRIEFS: Mike Trombley, on just three days rest, will be on the mound tonight for the Buzz. Trombley, who has been the most consistent starter for Salt Lake this season, is 3-3 with a 4.13 ERA. The Sky Sox will counter with RHP A.J. Sager (2-1, 3.34) . . . Infielder Brian Raabe, who missed three straight games with a bruised heel, didn't start but entered the game as a seventh-inning replacement, going 2-for-2 with an RBI . . . While the 15-run outburst by the Sky Sox was impressive, the Buzz had an even greater offensive showing last season at Colorado Springs when they beat the Sky Sox 28-3 and had 33 hits.