Sox Scribbles: Sky Sox Head to Music City

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Hiram Burgos went 3-4 with a 3.35 ERA in 15 starts with the Sky Sox last season. He makes his 2016 debut tonight in Nashville (Photo: Bobby Stevens/MiLB.com)

The Sky Sox returned to the win column with a 6-4 win against the Redbirds yesterday at AutoZone Park in Memphis. Following the game the Sox traveled to Nashville and get set to open up their second series of the season with the first of a four-game set against the Sounds at First Tennessee Park.

Today’s Game Notes / Listen Live at 5:00 MDT

Pitching Matchup: RHP Hiram Burgos (0-0, 0.00) at LHP Sean Manaea (0-0, 0.00)

Sky Sox Pitcher: Hiram Burgos enters his eighth professional season and his fifth stint in Triple-A, having pitched for both Nashville and Colorado Springs. The righty is 7-13 with a 3.64 ERA in 34-career starts. The native of Puerto Rico made 15 starts with the Sky Sox in 2015 and went 3-4 with a very modest 3.35 ERA. Prior to Milwaukee’s PDC with Colorado Springs, Nashville was its Triple-A affiliate and Burgos went 4-9 with the team in the Music City.

Burgos made one start against the Sounds last season and took home a no-decision with a four-inning performance on July 2 in which he allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits. He walked two and struck out a pair. According to Brooks Baseball Burgos relies on his 4S-FB, Cutter, Change, and Curve.

Sounds Pitcher: LHP Sean Manaea makes his Triple-A debut tonight against the Sky Sox. MLB.com rates the southpaw as the No. 2 prospect in the Athletics organization. He was traded from the Royals to the A’s along with Aaron Brooks in exchange for UTIL Ben Zobrist and cash on July 28, 2015. Manaea is 14-9 with a 2.94 ERA in 39-career starts across his first two professional seasons. The Indiana-native performed exceptionally in the Arizona Fall League and earned the starting role in the Fall Stars Game, Pitcher of the Week Honors, and a spot on the All-Prospect team for his performances with the Mesa Solar Sox.

Tune in! Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he’ll have the call this evening from First Tennessee Park. Coverage begins with Sky Sox Warmup at 5:00 on XTRA Sports 1300 with me (@Dan_Acheson).

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MLB: Milwaukee Brewers (3-3) at St. Louis Cardinals (3-3)

Tonight’s pitching matchup:

RHP Taylor Jungmann (0-0, 1.80) vs. RHP Michael Wacha (0-0, 8.31)

The Brewers’ starter Jimmy Nelson out dueled reigning AL Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel to the tune of a 3-2 win over the Astros yesterday at Miller Park. The righty worked six strong frames and allowed just two runs on three hits, while striking out nine and walking only four. Offensive support came from RF Domingo Santana (2-for-4, RBI) and 3B Aaron Hill (1-for-4, 2 RBI)

Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers (3-1) vs. Chattanooga Lookouts (1-3) (Twins)

Tonight’s pitching matchup:

RHP Jorge Ortega (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Ryan Eades (0-0, 0.00)

Wei-Chung Wang made his 2016 debut and dazzled pitching into the sixth and allowing just one run on five hits while striking out five in the Shuckers’ 8-5 win over the Lookouts. The Shuckers banged out 14 hits, seven of which were doubles. 3B Nate Orf continues to impress and went 2-for-3 at the dish and is now hitting a cool .500 (7-for-14) on the season. RF Tyrone Taylor had two doubles and three runs scored in four trips to the plate.

High-A: Brevard County Manatees (1-3) at Fort Myers (2-2) (Twins)

Tonight’s pitching matchup:

RHP Bubba Derby (0-0, 0.00) at RHP Felix Jorge (0-0, 0.00)

The Sea Cows were doubled-up 2-1 in the series finale against Daytona at Space Coast Stadium. CF Johnny Davis drove home the lone for Brevard County. Eric Hanhold got the start and performed well going 5 2/3 innings allowing one run on three hits, he struck out seven in his 2016 debut.

Class-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (1-3) at Burlington Bees (1-2) (Angels)

RHP Miguel Diaz (0-0, 0.00) at LHP Ronnie Glenn (0-0, 0.00)

After having their home opener postponed due to SNOW, the Timber Rattlers split a double-dip (4-2, 3-4) against the Beloit Snappers in the first day of baseball up in Appleton, Wisconsin. RHP David Lucroy (brother of Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy) made his 2016 debut and locked down the two-inning save in the first game. The Rattlers scored three runs across the final two innings in the nightcap, but could not complete the comeback.

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,

Dan

@Dan_Acheson

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