Note: Usually Quick Scribbles begins with the pitching matchup for today’s game, but with the historic event of last night, today’s matchup has been pushed to the bottom of the blog. Thanks!
The Sky Sox and Bees opened up their four-game series with a historic 18-inning affair that ended 2-1 in favor of Colorado Springs, Saturday night at Security Service Field. Salt Lake plated a run in the fourth, Andy Wilkins hit an RBI double to the wall in center to tie it in the sixth, and 12 innings later he knocked in Keon Broxton from third with an RBI single to the track in left-center field which gave the Sky Sox the 2-1 marathon victory. Quintin Berry came in from center field to the mound in the 18th inning and took the loss, recording one out and walking a pair before Wilkins’ heroics.The win extended the Sky Sox streak to a season-high four games and ended the Bees’ 7 game winning streak.
Below are all of the Sky Sox records that were set or tied in the game last night according to Sky Sox historian Chris Moyer:
Play of the Game:
Andy Wilkins stepped in with two on and one out in the 11th inning and delivered a walk-off single to the track in left-center.
Pregame Interview – Part two of my conversation with Brewers hitting coordinator Jeremy Reed:
Today’s game is the second in a four-game set between the Brewers and Angels top affiliates here in the Pacific Coast League. I’m not sure how the two teams will be able to top the events from last night, but it will be fun to find out. RHP Hiram Burgos gets the start for the Sky Sox, he’ll go toe to toe with RHP Zach Nuding of the Bees. You can check out all of the great promotions and happenings for the remaining 7 home games on this stand HERE.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (16-18) vs. Salt Lake Bees (22-14) – 1:35 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Hiram Burgos (1-3, 5.00) vs. RHP Zach Nuding (1-2, 7.04)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Hiram Burgos gets the call for the 7th time this season and will make his 6th start of the season. The native of Puerto Rico is 1-3 with a 5.00 ERA. In 27 innings this season Burgos has yielded 17 runs (15 earned) on 30 hits, 14 walks and 27 strikeouts. The righty has turned in three solid performances in a row totaling 16 innings, in which he’s allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, on 12 hits, 10 walks and 17 strikeouts. He’s brought his ERA down from 10.64 to 5.00 during that three game stretch. Burgos will make his 138th MiLB appearance today. He’s 1-2 with a 6.44 ERA in 6 career big-league outings.
Last Time Out: 5/10/16 at New Orleans – Burgos recorded two outs in the seventh inning against the Zephyrs in the opener of the four game series on Tuesday. He allowed one run on five hits, walked two and struck out seven Zs. He threw 84 pitches, 58 strikes and just couldn’t get the final out of the 7th. He wasn’t backed by any run support as the Sky Sox were blanked 1-0.
2016 Game Log:
Bees Pitcher: RHP Zach Nuding takes the place of lefty Nate Smith who was originally slated to get the start today. Nuding is 1-2 with a 7.04 ERA in 6 starts with Salt Lake this season. In 30 2/3 innings he’s allowed 24 runs on 39 hits, 14 walks, and 11 strikeouts. The righty last pitched against Albuquerque on the 10th. Originally selected by the Yankees in the 30th round of the 2010 draft, Nuding spent until 2014 with the Yankees, then 2015 with the Indians, and finds himself within the Halos organization here in 2016. Nuding has yet to make his MLB debut and is 33-32 with a 4.08 ERA in 135 career MiLB outings, 96 of which have been starts.
Last Time Out: 5/10/16 vs. Albuquerque – Nuding did not record a decision, but went a season-high six innings against the Isotopes on Tuesday night. The righty allowed 3 runs on 8 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. He threw 89 pitches, 53 in the strike zone. The Bees won the game 5-3 scoring four runs across innings 6-8.
2016 Game Log:
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 of today’s matinee from Security Service Field at 1:35 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will get going at 1:00 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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