Happy Friday Sky Sox fans, hope you’re ready for game two!
The Sky Sox and RedBirds are set for round two of their four-game series tonight in Memphis. Manager Rick Sweet’s club pulled out the 4-3 win in the opener last night, which you can read about below, and now it’s time to look ahead to tonight’s game.
Pitching Matchup: RHP Junior Guerra (0-0, 0.00) at RHP J.C. Sulbaran (0-0, 0.00)
Sky Sox Pitcher: Righty Junior Guerra is set to make his debut in the Brewers system after he was claimed off waivers from the White Sox in October 2015. The native Venezuelan made three appearances out of the Chicago (AL) ‘pen last year, he did not tally a win or loss, compiled a 6.75 ERA, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits in 4 innings pitched, he walked one and struck out three. Across the White Sox AA and AAA affiliates, Guerra went 4-7 with 7 saves and a 3.13 ERA in 31 appearances (11 starts). Guerra features a mid-90s fastball, accompanied by a cutter, slider, and changeup.
RedBirds Pitcher: Righty J.C. Sulbaran will make his debut in the Cardinals’ system tonight, much like Guerra with the Brewers. The Curaçao native was originally drafted by the Reds in the 30th round of the 2008 draft and played within the Royals system from 2012-2014 before signing a minor-league deal with the Cardinals in December ’15. Sulbaran squared off against the Sky Sox one time during his tenure in AAA with the Omaha Storm Chasers and took the loss at Security Service Field on 8/31/15. He logged 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 10 hits while walking and striking out one.
Tune in! Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he’ll have the call tonight from AutoZone Park. Coverage begins on XTRA Sports 1300 with Matt Pauley (@MattPauleyRadio) and the pre-game show at 5:35 MT.
Quick Hits from Last Night’s Game:
The Sky Sox opened the season with a 4-3 win over the Memphis RedBirds last night at AutoZone Park.
Pitchers: RHP Zach Davies pitched worked into the sixth inning and allowed just one run on four hits, he struck out eight and walked just one. RHP David Goforth earned the win with two-scoreless innings of relief.
Hitters: No one had a multi-hit game last night for the Sox, however four players did reach base twice. EY, Arcia, Reed, and Pina all had a hit and a walk in the tilt.
Jake Elmore pinch-hit in the 8th and delivered the game-tying RBI single.
Garin Cecchini entered the game as part of a double switch in the 6th and made an immediate impact with an outstanding defensive play at 3B and a knocked one-out triple in the ninth. He scored the game-winning run on EY’s fielder’s choice later in the frame.
Play of the Game:
The 21-year old had himself quite a AAA debut as he notched his first hit and made his first of many web gems, not bad for the second-youngest player in the PCL.
Farm Report Roundup:
MLB: Milwaukee Brewers (1-2) vs. Houston Astros (1-2)
RHP Chase Anderson (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Scott Feldman (0-0, 0.00)
Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers (1-0) vs. Chattanooga Lookouts (0-1) (Twins)
RHP Javier Salas (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP D.J. Baxendale (0-0, 0.00)
High-A: Brevard County Manatees (0-1) at Daytona Tortugas (1-0) (Reds)
TBA at RHP Tyler Mahle (0-0, 0.00)
Class-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (0-1) at Beloit Snappers (1-0) (Athletics)
RHP Marcos Diplan (0-0, 0.00) at RHP Boomer Biegalski (0-0, 0.00)
Many thanks to Nick Dobreff and Aaron Cherif (the Sky Sox Media Department) and the Brewers media department for the production of great baseball information, some of which has been and will be applied in this blog all season long.
See you on the radio,