Quick Scribbles: Sky Sox Hope to Bounce Back in Mother’s Day Matinee After Tough 4-3 Loss

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Taylor Jungmann looks to right the ship on what has been a rough start to the 2016 season. The righty will face fellow right-hander Sam LeCure and the OKC Dodgers on this Mother’s Day Sunday. (Bobby Stevens/MiLB)

First of all, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the wonderful mothers, we certainly couldn’t have this beautiful game without the beautiful moms! Hope you have a great day!

Last night, Colorado Springs held a 3-1 lead heading to the top of the 9th and called upon their top reliever Jacob Barnes to close out the tilt, but the Dodgers plated three runs in the frame and held on late for the 4-3 win at Security Service Field. The three runs are the first allowed in 9 outings for Barnes and the Sky Sox are still waiting for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Today, the Sky Sox look to return to their winning ways and send righty Taylor Jungmann to the hill where he will face off against fellow righty Sam LeCure in a battle of pitchers looking to get back to the big leagues. Jungmann will make his second start for the Sox after being sent down and LeCure is ready for his sixth turn in the rotation.

Today’s game is Paint the Park Pink presented by Great Clips with Pink Sky Sox jersey auction benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation and a Team Poster Giveaway presented by SSFCU along with Team Autograph signing.. Here are all the great promotions lined up for the next few days at Security Service Field!

Today’s Game Notes / Listen Live at 1:00 MDT / Lineups 

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (11-16) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (15-12) – 1:35 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Pitching Matchup: RHP Taylor Jungmann (0-1, 15.75) vs. RHP Sam LeCure (First Appearance)

Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Taylor Jungmann is slated to make his second start with the Sky Sox here on Mother’s Day. The Sox righty did not fair well in his return to Colorado Springs as he allowed 7 runs on 9 hits, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He looks to bounce back with a great start at Security Service Field today under the natural light of the sun. Jungmann was selected by the Brewers in the 1st round of the 2011 draft and has made 118  appearances within the organization. He made 5 starts with the BrewCrew this season and went 0-4 with a 9.15 ERA in 20.2 innings allowing 22 runs on 27 hits. He’s 9-12 with a 4.56 ERA in 26 big-league starts and 35-30 with a  4.19 ERA in 92 minor league games.

Last Time Out: 5/3/16 vs. Round Rock – Jungmann threw 97 pitches in four innings against Round Rock on Tuesday and took the loss allowing the 7 runs on 9 hits, 2 hit batters, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. Only 49 of his 97 tosses were in for strikes.

2016 Game Log:

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Dodgers Pitcher: RHP Sam LeCure takes his turn in the rotation and make his sixth start of the season with the OKC Dodgers. LeCure, originally drafted  by the Reds in the 2005 draft elected to become a free agent and left the  Reds organization following the 2015 season and was given a minor-league deal and trip to spring training with the D-Backs. That fell through on March 28 when Arizona released him and the Dodgers picked him up and optioned him to OKC on April 7. In 5 starts in the PCL, LeCure is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA allowing 11 runs (10 earned) on 22 hits, 10 walks and 17 strikeouts. His lone decision was a loss to Memphis on April 20. LeCure has made 250 appearances (10 starts) in the bigs, all with the Reds and compiled a 10-16 record with 1 save and a 3.51 ERA. In the minors, the Missouri native is 52-42 with a 3.87 ERA in 179 games, 127 of which have been starts.

Last Time Out: 5/2/16 vs. New Orleans – LeCure did not get a decision but went five innings against the Zephyrs at home allowing 2 runs, 1 earned, on 3 hits, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. He threw 90 pitches, 58 for strikes in the tilt. He continues to make the early-season transition from big-league reliever to minor-league starts and has yet to go more than five innings in an outing.

2016 Game Log:

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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 1:35 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup fires up at 1:00 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.

Quick Hits from last night’s game

Hitting Notes:

Orlando Arcia had another productive day at the plate and turned in a 2-for-4 performance with a triple, RBI, and run scored. His average is back up to .300 through the first 25 games of his Triple-A career. He leads the team with 18 RBI.

Keon Broxton turned 26 yesterday, so happy birthday to him! He also left the yard with a big solo home run to left and went 1-for-3 at the plate with the homer a walk, RBI, and two runs scored. He’s hitting .341 (15-for-44) with 4 homers over his last 10 games.

Nate Orf collected 2 hits in the loss and extended his hitting streak to five games. In seven games with the Sky Sox he’s 8-for-24 (.333) with a double, triple, and 2 RBI.

Will Middlebrooks saw his six-game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-for-4 night at the plate.

Pitching Notes:

Brent Suter was outstanding for the Sox on the bump. The lefty gave up just one run in five innings on 5 hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out a season-high seven hitters. He mowed through the hitters in the 2nd-4th innings striking out five in a row at one point.

Austin Ross and Jaye Chapman combined to throw three scoreless innings allowing 2 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 3 Dodgers.

Jacob Barnes entered the game in a save situation with a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth, but walked the leadoff man. He bounced back to strike out the next hitter, but Jose Tabata took him out deep to center with a two run homer to tie it. Micah Johnson doubled and James Ramsey singled him home with two outs for what was ultimately the game’s winning run. It was the first time in 9 outings that Barnes has allowed a run.

Play of the Game:

In the top of the fourth inning with one out and a runner at first, Brent Suter induced a ground ball off the bat of Alex Hassan which was fielded by Orlando Arcia who flipped it with just his glove to the covering second baseman Nate Orf, who then fired on to first to complete the 6-4-3 inning-ending double play. Just another outstanding play from Arcia, which we are becoming more and more accustomed to.

Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Outfielder Keon Broxton:

Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,

Dan

@Dan_Acheson

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