The Sky Sox and Sounds are set to resume their four-game series tonight with game three at 6:35 tonight. Though the Sox have been home since Friday the 15th, today marks the first time they will play home games in consecutive days. The two teams split the doubleheader yesterday with the fireworks coming from Orlando Arcia and his four RBI, three-run walk-off homer game in game one. Game two went to the Sounds 8-1.
Before we dive into the pitching match up for tonight’s, the Brewers and Sky Sox made a few roster moves prior to tonight’s game…
ADD: RHP Tyler Cravy optioned from Milwaukee to Colorado Springs
C Adam Weisenburger transferred to Sky Sox active roster
DEL: OF Alex Presley selected by Milwaukee from the Colorado Springs roster
OF Shane Peterson placed on the disabled list (retro 4/18)
Congrats to Alex Presley on making it back to The Show! The OFer hit .344 (11-for-32) with 4 XBHs in 9 games with Colorado Springs this season. Presley will join the fourth big-league team of his career as he previously recorded 329 games with the Astros, Twins, and Pirates batting .259 with 23 homers and 80 RBI.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (6-6) vs. Nashville Sounds (6-7) – 6:35 p.m. – Security Service Field
Pitching Matchup: LHP Brent Suter (0-1, 6.30) vs. RHP Zach Neal (1-1, 0.90 ERA)
Sky Sox Pitcher: LHP Brent Suter is the lone lefty starter for the Sox so far in 2016 and just one of two southpaws on the pitching staff (Mitch Lambson the other). The Harvard University graduate is 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA through the first two starts of his season. The lefty faced Nashville his last time out and logged 6 innings allowing 4 earned runs on 9 hits and 4 strikeouts. He last pitched last Thursday at First Tennessee Park thanks to all of the postponements.
Suter will make his home debut of 2016 tonight and third career start at Security Service Field. Last year the lefty went 1-1 with a start against Tacoma and Omaha at home in which he gave up 8 runs (7 earned) on 12 hits, 3 walks, and 2 strikeouts.
2016 Game Log:
Sounds Pitcher: RHP Zach Neal is set to pitch against the Sox for the first time in 2016, his first two came against the OKC Dodgers. Neal is 1-1 with a 0.90 ERA allowing 4 runs (1 earned), on 10 hits and 6 strikeouts; he has hit one batter, but not yet issued a traditional walk. The South Carolina native was selected by the Marlins in the 17th round of the 2010 draft out of the University of Oklahoma, the same school where yesterday’s Sounds starter Dillon Overton attended. The Athletics signed Neal as a free agent in March of 2013.
Neal is 15-18 with a 4.01 ERA in 43 Triple-A games across three seasons. The righty pitched one time against the Sox last year and delivered 7-shutout innings at Security Service Field on July 23. He’s 0-1 in his career against Colorado Springs.
2016 Game Log:
We hope to see you out at the park today, but if you can’t make it, tune in! Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, I’m 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.
Brewers Family Report:
The Brewers fell 8-1 to the Twins in the final game of the four-game series dubbed the “Border Battle”…Ryan Braun picked up the lone RBI with a double in the first that plated Domingo Santana…Alex Presley pinch hit and picked up a single in the loss…The Shuckers won their third straight with a 5-2 win over the Wahoos last night, improving to 10-3…OF Victor Roache went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles, and an RBI…Brevard County dropped is third-straight with a 5-2 loss at the Flying Tigers…SS Angel Ortega went 1-for-4 and upped his average to .340 in 2016…Wisconsin‘s bullpen gave up three runs in the 8th inning and the T-Rats fell 5-2 to the River Bandits…3B Luis Aviles had two of the Rattlers’ five hits (a single and triple) and the 2 RBI.
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