The Sky Sox wrapped up their road trip with a come-from-behind 7-5 win over the Nashville Sounds Thursday night and are poised to begin their home season tonight at 6:35 MDT against the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals affiliate). Colorado Springs opened the season in Memphis and bookended the four-game series with victories and departed AutoZone Park with a 2-2 record. Tonight marks the first game of an 8-game homestand which will feature the Nashville Sounds in town four the final four games.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (4-4) vs. Memphis Redbirds (4-4)
Pitching Matchup: RHP Jorge Lopez (0-0, 7.36) vs. RHP Thomas Lee (0-1, 7.20) – A rematch of Sunday’s affair in Memphis.
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Jorge Lopez gets the nod for the Sky Sox in tonight’s home opener. Lopez is rated by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline as the Brewers top pitching prospect. The righty couldn’t make it out of fourth inning on Sunday in Memphis and recorded a no-decision. In 3 2/3 innings he allowed 3 runs (all earned) on 6 hits, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. He threw 84 pitches, 50 of which crossed the plate in his Triple-A debut.
There is no doubt Lopez hopes to improve on that performance and dazzle the home crowd tonight at Security Service Field.
2016 Game Log:
Redbirds Pitcher: RHP Thomas Lee opposed Lopez on the bump Sunday at AutoZone Park and took the loss for the Redbirds. The righty gave up 12 of the 15 hits the Sox picked up in the game. Orlando Arcia, Josmil Pinto, Alex Presley, and Michael Reed each had two hits against the 26-year old Lee in Sunday’s game. The tagged the righty for 5 runs (4 earned) on the 12 hits while he walked 2 and struck out 1. Lee is 28-15 with a modest 3.38 ERA in 99 career games, 36 of which have been starts.
2016 Game Log:
We hope to see you out at the park tonight, but if you can’t make it, tune in! Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, I will be along side him for the home games and we’ll have the call this evening from Security Service Field. Coverage begins with Sky Sox Warmup at 6:00 on XTRA Sports 1300.
THE SOX ARE HOME!!!
The Sox are home tonight through next Friday with four games against the Redbirds and four more against the Nashville Sounds. Here is the full press release highlighting all of the great happenings at Security Service Field: Sky Sox Open 2016 Home Schedule With Action-Packed Promotions
Brewers Family Briefing:
The Brewers couldn’t get out of Busch Stadium fast enough as they were blanked 7-0 and one-hit in the finale of their series with the Cardinals…Former Sox Domingo Santana picked the lone hit against LHP Jaime Garcia who pitched the complete-game shutout…The Shuckers had their game in Mobile postponed due to wet grounds…The two teams are set to play a twinbill this afternoon with RHP Adrian Houser and LHP Wei-Chung Wang on the hill…The Manatees fell in their third-straight game 7-2 to the Ft. Myers Miracle…The Sea Cows managed just four hits in the tilt…The Timber Rattlers shutout the Peoria Chiefs 4-0…Three pitchers combined to four-hit the Chiefs and 2B Tucker Neuhaus had 3 of the team’s 11 hits.
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