Mother Nature, like her counterpart Father Time, remains undefeated and wiped away the Sky Sox and Bees game last night. As a result, the two teams get set to play a twinbill today at Security Service Field. First pitch of game one is at 4 p.m. with gates opening at 3:30 p.m.
Colorado Springs has taken the first the first two games of the series against Salt Lake by one run and come into tonight’s affairs riding a five game winning streak. Saturday night saw the two teams play in a historic 18-inning 2-1 affair and Sunday saw the Sox take the 5-4 tilt with a four run fourth inning. Andy Wilkins has played hero in both games delivering two RBI in the former and the go-ahead RBI single in yesterday’s game. Starting pitching has been great over the two games with Jorge Lopez and Hiram Burgos combining to go 13 innings.
Before we dive into today’s games, the Brewers and Sky Sox announced the following roster move yesterday/today:
ADD: LHP Sam Freeman assigned to Colorado Springs
RHP Jacob Barnes reinstated from the temporary inactive list
DEL: RHP Jim Miller released
C Adam Weisenburger transferred to Rookie Helena.
A pair games await fans at Security Service Field beginning at 4 p.m. It will be the final day of competition between the Sox and Bees this season. Game one will feature RHP Tyler Cravy for Colorado Springs and LHP Nate Smith of the Bees. Lefty Sam Freeman joins the Sky Sox, down from Milwaukee, and is set to make his first career appearance with the club and first start of his career in game two against RHP Kyle McGowin of Salt Lake.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (17-18) vs. Salt Lake Bees (22-15) – 4:00 p.m. – Doubleheader – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Game One Pitching Matchup: RHP Tyler Cravy (0-0, 3.38) vs. LHP Nate Smith (2-1, 3.54)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Tyler Cravy is set to make his fourth appearance and third start with the Sky Sox here in 2016. The righty has amassed a 0-0 record with a 3.38 ERA allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits, 3 walks, and 12 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. Cravy has appeared in six games during two stints with the Brewers in 2016, during which he is 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA. The 26-year old will be making his first appearance at home this season following three appearances on the road. His last outing was his best as he went five innings against New Orleans. Drafted by the Brewers in the 17th round of the 2009 draft, Cravy has compiled a 35-29 record with a 3.72 ERA in 142 minor league games and an 0-9 record with a 5.85 ERA in 20 MLB games.
Last time out: 5/12/16 at New Orleans – Cravy turned in the best performance of his season against the Zephyrs last Thursday with five innings of work. He did not earn a decision and allowed just 2 runs on 1 hit, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. He tossed a season-high 75 pitches, 4 for strikes. The lone mistake Cravy made was a two-run homer off the bat of Dan Black in the third inning. The Sky Sox would go on to win the game 4-2 in 12 innings.
Bees Pitcher: Lefty Nate Smith is set to make his eighth start of the year with Salt Lake tonight against the Sky Sox. The lefty was originally slated to go yesterday, but Zach Nuding took his spot and Smith was pushed to today. Smith is 2-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 40 2/3 innings allowing 18 runs (16 earned) on 38 hits, 9 walks and 35 strikeouts. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .247 against the southpaw. In 67 career appearances (61 starts) in the minors, Smith is 25-17 with a 3.50 ERA. He was selected by the Angels in the 8th round of the 2013 draft out of Furman. The 24-year old is flying around the rumor mill when it comes to the next call-up for the Halos. The lefty throws a Fastball, Slider and Change.
Last Time Out: 5/9/2016 vs. Reno – Smith went five innings against the Aces and allowed 1 run on 4 hits, 0 walks and 4 strikeouts. The one run came on a solo home run hit by Aces 1B Kyle Jensen in the second inning. He tossed a season-low 64 pitches, 44 for strikes.
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Game Two Pitching Matchup: LHP Sam Freeman (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Kyle McGowin (1-1, 3.09)
Sky Sox Pitcher: LHP Sam Freeman joins the Sky Sox from the big-league club and is set to make his 2016 PCL debut tonight. The start will be the first of his career. Freeman made seven appearances out of the Brewers bullpen and compiled a 0-0 record and 12.91 ERA. In 7 2/3 innings he allowed 11 runs on 13 hits, 9 walks, and 8 strikeouts. Opponents in MLB were hitting at a .394 clip against him. Freeman was originally selected by the Cardinals in the 32nd round of the 2008 draft out of Kansas. The Houston, Texas native debuted for the Cardinals in 2012 and has logged 142 appearances in The Show where he’s 3-2 with a 3.87 ERA. In 236 minor league appearances, Freeman is 18-13 with 10 saves and a 2.76 ERA. He has not pitched for the Sky Sox in his career. He was traded to the Rangers in March of 2015 and then to the Brewers in April of this year. Ariel Pena was originally penciled in as the starter so we may see him out of the ‘pen following Freeman.
Last Time Out: 4/28/16 at at Chicago (NL) – Freeman went two innings against the Cubs and allowed a run on a hit, 4 walks, and 2 strikeouts. He threw 48 pitches, 24 of which were strikes. He never went longer than two innings in an outing and threw a total of 179 pitches, 104 for strikes with the Brewers.
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Bees Pitcher: RHP Kyle McGowin is ready to make his third career Triple-A start and first against the Sky Sox in game two of the doubleheader. The 24-year old righty hails from Southampton, New York and has quickly excelled up the Angels’ system after being selected by Los Angeles in the 5th round of the 2013 draft out of Savannah State. He is 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA through his first two AAA tilts and a combined 4-3 with a 4.10 ERA in 7 starts combined between Double-A Arkansas and Salt Lake. Through his first 11 2/3 innings he has allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 13 hits, 4 walks, and 5 strikeouts. This will be his second start on the road in the Pacific Coast League.
Last Time Out: 5/11/16 vs. Albuquerque – McGowin went six innings against the Isotopes and allowed 1 run on 4 hits, 3 walks, a hit batter and 1 strikeout. He earned his first-career Triple-A victory as the Bees held on to win 4-2 last Wednesday. After not throwing over 87 pitches in his first five starts of the year, McGowin has thrown 105 and 93 in his first two starts with the Bees. 59 of his 93 pitches against the Isotopes were in for strikes.
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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 6:35 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets all fired up at 6:00 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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