Different day, same result for the Sky Sox as they dropped the third game of a four-game series 6-5 to the Express Wednesday morning into the afternoon. The Sox have lost 8 of their last 10 and 10 of their last 13, they are 3-6 at Security Service Field. Yesterday they jumped out to the 1-0 lead in the first, but as has been the case in the series, the Express picked up five runs over the next two innings and gained a lead they would not relinquish. Jake Elmore pulled Colorado Springs to within one at- 6-5 in the ninth, but that was as close as they would get.
Today, the Sky Sox look to Hiram Burgos in hopes of stopping the three-game losing streak, and early-inning domination by Round Rock, who has now scored 17 runs in the first three innings over the first three games. Burgos has the lone win for a Sky Sox starter this season in the final of the four-game series against Round Rock today at 11 a.m.
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Colorado Springs Sky Sox (9-15) vs. Round Rock Express (15-10) – 11:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Hiram Burgos (1-2, 7.31) vs. RHP Luke Jackson (0-0, 4.38 ERA)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Hiram Burgos will climb to the hill for the 5th time this season today against Round Rock. The righty has started three games and made one appearance out of the bullpen due to a tough day at Denver International Airport. In 16 innings he’s allowed 14 runs (13 earned) on 21 hits, 9 walks and 16 strikeouts and compiled a 1-2 record with a 7.31 ERA. Burgos has the Sky Sox’s lone win by a starter this season. After yesterday’s loss the starters have a 1-8 record, while the bullpen arms are 8-7 on the season. Burgos’ best outing came in his lone start at home where he picked up the win against the Redbirds. He went 5 innings and allowed 1 run on 4 hits, 0 walks and 5 strikeouts. Burgos was selected by the Brewers in the 6th round of the 2009 draft out of Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Last Time Out: 4/29/16 at Iowa – Burgos had a great start in Iowa and tossed 5-scoreless innings, but walked five in the process. He scattered 3 hits and struck out six in a game the Sky Sox lost 1-0. He threw a season-high 89 pitches, 49 of which crossed the zone.
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Express Pitcher: RHP Luck Jackson is set to make his 10th appearance and first start of the season with the Express. The righty is 0-0 with a 4.32 ERA in his first nine, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. He has pitched once in the series already and tossed 2/3 of an inning allowing a hit, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. He has not logged more than an inning in any outing this season. Jackson began his career as a starter, but began his transition to a reliever in 2015. Overall he is 37-25 with a 4.29 ERA in 144 minor-league games and 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA in 7 big-league appearances, he made his MLB debut with the Rangers in September 2015. The Ft. Lauderdale, Florida native was selected by the Rangers in the COMP A round of the 2010 draft as compensation for losing Free Agent Ivan Rodriguez.
Last Time Out: 5/2/16 at Colorado Springs – Johnson made a relief appearance in the first game of the series, which ended up 11-10 in favor of Round Rock. The righty struck out the first two men he faced in the 8th, but gave up a single to WMB and walked both Cecchini and Reed before he was pulled for Carlos Fisher the closer.
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Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will both have the call of the first pitch from Security Service Field at 11:05 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup fires up at 10:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Quick Hits from yesterday’s 6-5 loss to the Express
The Sky Sox outhit the Express 10-9, but for the second time in the series, it didn’t matter as they lost the ballgame 6-5.
Ben Guez had the most efficient day at the yard, turning in a 2-for-2 performance with a sac fly, RBI, double, and walk. The left fielder barely missed a two-run homer in the sixth, as a towering fly ball hit of the top of the wall in left and ended up being a double.
Orlando Arcia tallied another two hits after his 8-game hitting streak was halted on Tuesday night. The shortstop bumped his average back to .304 with a 2-for-5 day at the dish. He also drove home one of the five Sox runs.
Jake Elmore had two hits from the no. 2 spot in the lineup and pulled the Sox to within one at 6-5 with an RBI single in the 9th inning.
Jorge Lopez began the game with a scoreless first inning, but gave up five of his runs (four earned) on 6 hits, a season-high 5 walks, and 4 strikeouts. The righty took home his second loss of the season and tossed 87 pitches, 45 for strikes.
Austin Ross delivered the longest outing of his season and did his part to save a taxed bullpen with three innings of relief. The Express got him for 1 run on 2 hits and 1 walk, but Ross struck out 5.
Jacob Barnes turned in another great performance with two-scoreless frames. He extends his scoreless-innings streak to 11, in which he’s allowed 4 hits, 4 walks and struck out 12.
Play of the Game:
There were a number of defensive highlights in yesterday’s game. Orlando Arcia ended the second with a phenomenal play at short. Ben Guez made a late lunge to snare a line drive with runners on in the third. And Garin Cecchini picked a one-hopper on the back hand down the line at first in the 8th and saved a run from scoring.
Pregame Interview with Dan Acheson and Round Rock LHP Michael Roth:
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