Following the excitement of last night’s 8-7 walk-off win, the Sox hit the road and open up a 9-day, 8-game, intra-divisional road trip which takes them to Omaha for four games and then to Iowa for the final four. The Sox will be back at Security Service Field for the first of an 8-game homestand on May 2.
The Omaha Storm Chasers and Sky Sox spilt the 16-game season series 8-8 last year and rekindle their rivalry this weekend at Werner Park. Through the first 16 games of the season, the ‘Chasers are 10-6 and hold a 1.5 game divisional lead over the OKC Dodgers and a 2.0 game advantage over the Sox. This series allows Colorado Springs to gain some ground on the top team in the division if they can scrape up a couple of wins.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (7-7) at Omaha Storm Chasers (10-6) – 6:05 p.m. – Werner Park, Omaha, Nebraska
Pitching Matchup: RHP Hiram Burgos (1-1, 5.63) vs. LHP John Lannan (1-1, 4.02 ERA) – A battle of two veteran pitchers, both with big-league experience under their belt.
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Hiram Burgos gets his third start for the Sky Sox on the young season tonight in Omaha. Burgos, the younger of the two starters, is 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA in two starts; he’s allowed 5 runs on 10 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts in 8 innings pitched. His last outing was much better than his first as he earned the victory and held the Memphis to 1 run on 4 hits, no walks, and 5 strikeouts in 5 innings of work.
The 28-year old righty is 8-14 with a 3.72 ERA in 36 Triple-A starts and 38-38 with a 3.73 ERA in 133 career Minor-League starts. He made his big-league debut with the Brewers in 2013 and went 1-2 with a 6.44 ERA in six starts allowing 23 runs (21 earned), on 38 hits, 11 walks and 18 strikeouts.
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Storm Chasers Pitcher: LHP John Lannan takes his fourth turn in the rotation for Omaha this evening. Through three starts the veteran righty is 1-1 with a 4.02 ERA allowing 7 runs on 17 hits, 7 walks, and 7 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings. Lannan has faced the New Orleans Zephyrs on two occasions and the Round Rock Express on another. The best outing of his 2016 campaign came on April 13 against the Express where earned the win and logged 5 2/3 innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts.
Lannan, 31, was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 11th round of the 2005 draft out of Siena (NY) College. The lefty has pitched 153 games (148 starts) in the majors with the Nationals, Phillies, and Mets. He’s 46-58 with a 4.18 ERA during that stretch and last pitched in the bigs in 2014.
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Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he’ll have the call of the first pitch from Werner Park tonight at 6:05 p.m. I’ll be firing up Sky Sox Warmup at at 5:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
See you on the radio,