Colorado Springs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a Keon Broxton’s home run that led off the ballgame, and scored seven runs over the first four frames en route to the 10-3 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs Friday night. Broxton went on to hit two homers, Andy Wilkins chipped in with a blast and Taylor Jungmann not only got the win from the starters role, but picked up a two-run single of his own in the win. Nate Orf fell a homer shy of the cycle and Orlando Arcia tacked another two hits on his resume. The win was the third straight for the Sky Sox creating the first winning streak of three this season.
Before we dive into today’s game, let’s take a peek at the transactions the Brewers and Sky Sox announced prior to today’s tilt
ADD: INF Yadiel Rivera optioned from Milwaukee
C Josmil Pinto activated from the temporary inactive list
DEL: RHP Jacob Barnes placed on temporary inactive list (retro 5/13)
C Parker Berberet transferred to Rookie Helena
The Sky Sox have returned home to the Springs and are set to open up an 8-game, 9-day homestand with the Salt Lake Bees in town for the first four and the Las Vegas 51s for the latter four following the off day on Wednesday. The Angels affiliate is the top team in the Pacific Coast League and enters play tonight with a 22-13 record. This homestand marks the first inter-conference matchups in the PCL this season as the Bees and 51s hail from the Pacific Conference and the Sky Sox the American Conference.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (15-18) at New Orleans Zephyrs (22-13) – 6:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Jorge Lopez (0-2, 7.33) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 5.16)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Jorge Lopez turned in his best performance of the season as he went five innings against the Dodgers on Monday and allowed 1 run on 2 hits, he did walk 5 (tying a season-high) and struck out 5 (also tying a season-high). He looks to build upon that strong outing and continue to improve his 2016 season which has seen him go 0-2 with a 7.33 ERA in six starts. He’s allowed 20 runs (19 earned) on 31 hits, 23 walks, 1 hit batter and 25 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings. Lopez made two starts with the Brewers last season following his stellar year with Double-A Biloxi, which earned him 2015 Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors.
Last Time Out: 5/9/16 vs. OKC Dodgers – Lopez got the start in the series finale against the Dodgers and turned in the best performance of his season as he went the first five innings and allowed just 1 run on 2 hits, 5 walks, and 5 strikeouts. He threw 81 pitches and 45 of those crossed the zone for strikes. He lowered his ERA a full 1.51 runs from 8.84 to 7.33 in his five innings of work.
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Zephyrs Pitcher: RHP Kyle Kendrick gets the call for the Salt Lake Bees and will make his fifth appearance (fourth start) of the season with the Angels top affiliate. Through his first five appearances the veteran righty is 2-1 with a 5.16 ERA allowing 13 runs (all earned) on 23 hits, 5 home runs, 5 walks, and 18 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .264 against Kendrick in the PCL. The 31 year old righty is 81-81 with a 4.63 ERA in 253 Major-League appearances. He looks to return to the bigs for the first time since 2015 where he went 7-13 with a 6.32 ERA in 27 starts with the Colorado Rockies. He spent from his draft year of 2003 through 2014 with the Phillies until he elected free agency following the 2014 season. He elected free agency again after 2015 with the Rockies and found himself in the Braves system during Spring Training until he was released in March. the Angels picked him up April 23. He features a 2-seam fastball, a cutter, splitter, and curve.
Last Time Out: 5/9/2016 vs. Reno – Kendrick came out of the pen and earned the win tossing four frames and allowing 1 run on 4 hits, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. He threw 63 pitches, 40 for strikes in the winning effort. He blew a save chance with the run allowed in the 7th, but his offense picked him up with a three-run 8th.
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Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of the first pitch from Security Service Field at 6:05 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets all fired up at 5:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Brewers Family Roundup
The Brewers scored one run in the first inning and held that margin the entirety of the ballgame defeating the Padres 1-0…Junior Guerra earned the win with six scoreless innings…Wily Peralta gets the start for the Brewers against Luis Perdomo of the Padres in game three of the four-game series…Biloxi won its third straight with a 6-5 walkoff victory over the Jacksonville Suns yesterday…Brett Phillips went deep for the 6th time this season…Javier Betancourt hit the game-winning double in the ninth…Brevard County split a double-dip with the Dunedin Blue Jays 7-5, 2-6…Bubba Derby earned the win for the Sea Cows in the first game…Wisconsin got thumped 13-2 against Cedar Rapids.
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