Sox Scribbles: Davies Back to the Hill in Music City, USA

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Michael Reed continues to get on base for the Sky Sox. He’s reached safely in his last 17 PCL games, tied for the second-longest streak in the league. (Photo: Jamie Harms/MiLB.com)

The Sky Sox dropped the series opener 7-1 to the Nashville Sounds last night at First Tennessee Park. Much like the Sox offense exploded in Sunday’s affair, the silent Sounds’ opened up with 10 hits, including two homers, en route to the win. Tonight the rotation flips over for both teams as the sixth game of the season is upon us. The Sox will throw RHP Zach Davies against RHP Chris Smith of the Sounds.

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

 

Pitching Matchup: RHP Zach Davies (0-0, 1.80) at RHP Chris Smith (0-1, 7.20)

Sky Sox Pitcher: Zach Davies is set to make his second start of the season and is in search of his first win of the 2016 campaign. The Gilbert, AZ resident earned the Opening Day start for Manager Rick Sweet and pitched into the sixth inning he allowed one earned run on four hits while walking one and striking out eighth Memphis Redbirds. The eight Ks by a starter remain a season-high for the Sky Sox as both Davies and Junior Guerra have achieved that mark.

The ground-ball pitcher has induced 1.50 ground balls per fly out in the minors and in six big-league starts the righty induced 2.22 ground outs for every fly out. As Davies says “It’s hard for ground balls to leave the yard.”

2016 Game Log:

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Sounds Pitcher: RHP Chris Smith gets the nod for the Sounds in game two of the series. The 35-year old journeyman is in his 13th professional season after being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2002 draft out of UC Riverside. Smith made his big-league debut with the Red Sox in June 2008, and is 1-0 with a 5.19 ERA in 50 career games in The Show. The one-time Brewers farm hand pitched parts of two seasons with the Nashville Sounds when they were the top affiliate for Milwaukee.  He spent 2012-13 in the Independent Leagues before getting another shot in affiliated ball with the Padres system in 2014.

Smith is 48-48 with a 3.93 ERA in 280 minor-league games, 131 of which were starts. On Opening Night the righty completed five frames and allowed four runs on four hits; he walked three and struck out six Oklahoma City Dodgers. Rob Segedin took him deep in the first inning of that tilt.

2016 Game Log:

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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).

Sky Sox Transactions: 
ADD:
RHP Ariel Pena reports to Sky Sox and added to the active roster

OF Ben Guez transferred to the active roster

DEL: RHP Tim Dillard transferred to Rookie Helena

INF Will Middlebrooks placed on the disabled list

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MLB: Milwaukee Brewers (3-4) at St. Louis Cardinals (4-3)

Tonight’s pitching matchup:

RHP Chase Anderson (1-0, 0.00) at RHP Mike Leake (0-1, 8.31)

The Brewers helped open up Busch Stadium for the Cardinals and, boy, did St. Louis feel right at home early en route to the 10-1 win. The Redbirds plated nine of their 10 runs across the first three innings against starter Taylor Jungmann and Tyler Cravy. The Cards’ Jeremy Hazelbaker went 4-for-4 at the plate with two singles, a double, and a triple. The outfielder earned high praise from Brewers’ beat writer Tom Haudricourt:

Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers (4-1) vs. Mobile BayBears (1-4) (DBacks)

Tonight’s pitching matchup:

LHP Josh Hader (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Anthony Banda (0-1, 9.00)

Biloxi shucked another opponent last night in its 3-1 win over the Lookouts in the finale of the five-game series. Garrett Cooper’s 2-RBI triple in the seventh inning pushed the Shuckers past the Lookouts, while Jorge Ortega allowed one run on six hits in six innings of work.

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

Tonight’s pitching matchup:

RHP Brandon Woodruff (0-0, 1.50) at LHP Randy Rosario (0-0, 0.00)

The Manatees returned to the win column with a 2-0 win over the Miracle at Hammond Stadium. Bubba Derby made his debut within the Brewers’ system and tossed 5 2/3-scoreless innings and struck out eight Miracle. Pena and Allemand had the RBI for the Sea Cows.

Class-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (1-4) at Burlington Bees (2-2) (Angels)

LHP Jake Drossner (0-0, 0.00) at RHP Jose Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00)

The Timber Rattlers were stung by the Burlingon Bees 4-3 in their series opener. The Bees crossed the plate three times in the ninth inning to take home the walk-off win. Miguel Diaz began the game on the mound for the T-Rats and allowed just 1 run on 4 hits with 3 strikeouts in 5 innings.

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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