Well…here we go again…Colorado Springs has not played a full game since SUNDAY when they downed the Salt Lake Bees 5-4 in the afternoon affair. After that, Mother Nature made her presence felt and washed away Monday’s game which became part of a doubleheader Tuesday. The two teams played three-scoreless innings in the first game Tuesday before the skies opened up and play would not continue the rest of the evening. With the games rained out and it being the lone series against the Bees, the Sky Sox pick up their first series sweep of the season (2-0 vs. SLB) and will now only play 142 games this year.
Before we dive into tonight’s game, the Brewers and Sky Sox announced two transactions today:
ADD: OF Michael Reed activated from the disabled list
DEL: OF Ben Guez released
The Sky Sox welcome in the Las Vegas 51s for the first game of a four-game series tonight at Security Service Field. The Mets top affiliate in the Pacific Coast League is 21-17 on the season, which is tied for fourth-best in the league. This will be the second inter-conference matchup for the Sox after they dismissed the Bees on the beginning half of the homestand. The Sox and 51s split a four-game series last year and the all-time series lies 188-169 in favor of the Sky Sox. This will be the only series against Las Vegas in 2016.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (17-18) vs. Las Vegas 51s (21-17) – 6:35 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Taylor Jungmann (1-2, 11.08) vs. RHP Rafael Montero (2-1, 3.94)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Taylor Jungmann looks to build on the promising performance he had his last trip to the mound against the Zephyrs. Jungmann earned the first win of his 2016 season with five innings of work, in which he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, 4 walks, and 6 strikeouts, more on that outing below. The righty is now 1-2 with a 11.08 ERA in three starts with Colorado Springs. He has allowed 17 runs (16 earned) on 18 hits, 2 homers, 5 hit batters, 14 walks, and 14 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .333 against the Texas-native. Jungmann joined the Sky Sox following five starts with the Brewers after which he amassed an 0-4 record with a 9.15 ERA. In his major-league career Jungmann is 9-12 with a 4.56 ERA through 26 starts, his minor-league career stats have him at 36-31 with a 4.27 ERA in 94 games/91 starts. Tonight will mark his 34 game in the Pacific Coast League.
Last Time Out: 5/13/16 at New Orleans – Jungmann brought home the first win of his 2016 campaign with five solid innings against the Zephyrs last Friday. The righty allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, 1 homer, 2 hit batters, 4 walks, and 6 strikeouts. He threw 94 pitches, 45 were for strikes. The Sky Sox supported their starter with 7 runs over the first four innings and went on to win 10-3 over the Marlins affiliate. Jungmann helped himself out at the dish with a two-run single in the second inning.
2016 Game Log:
Las Vegas 51s Pitcher: RHP Rafael Montero climbs the hill for the 51s in tonight’s game as the Pacific Coast League’s reigning Pitcher of the Week after he made two road starts and did not allow a run in 11 2/3 innings on 6 hits, 5 walks, and 13 strikeouts. On the season, the righty is 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA in six starts with the 51s and 0-0 with a 11.57 ERA in 2 bullpen appearances with the New York Mets. He has logged 29 2/3 innings in the PCL and allowed 15 runs (13 earned) on 32 hits, 2 homers, 13 walks, and 31 strikeouts. The 25-year old has held opponents to a .276 batting average. He’s 37-21 with a save and a 2.80 ERA in his MiLB career and 1-4 with a 4.45 ERA in 17 MLB appearances with the Mets.His lone start against the Sky Sox came on June 9, 2014 at Security Service Field in which he took the loss allowing 6 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits in three innings. Montero was signed by the Mets as an International Free Agent in January of 2011.
Last Time Out: 5/14/2016 at Oklahoma City – Montero was faced with the tall task of going up against the 19-year old phenom Julio Urias of the OKC Dodgers and matched him with six-scoreless innings of work. Montero allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts. He threw 95 pitches, 61 for strikes. The Dodgers plated a run in the 8th and won 1-0.
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 from Security Service Field at 6:35 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets all fired up at 6:00 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Brewers Family Roundup
The Brewers hosted the Cubs in the finale of their three-game series this afternoon at Miller Park and won 5-3…Junior Guerra earned the win with a season-high seven innings and 11 strikeouts…Chris Carter and Kirk Nieuwenhuis went deep for the BrewCrew as they took two of three from their division rivals…Biloxi improved to 24-15 with a 5-4 win over the Lookouts last night…Wei-Chung Wang allowed three runs over five innings and Kyle Wren delivered the 2-run single in the 7th that gave the Shuckers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish…They remain a half-game up in the division standings…Brevard County split a doubleheader with the Bradenton Marauders 3-2/0-8 and now sit 12 games out of first place with a 14-26 record…Wisconsin thumped Burlington 9-1 on a 13-hit attack yesterday…They, like the Sky Sox enter play today a game below .500 at 19-20…Jake Gatewood went deep for the 6th time this season and collected two hits.
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