The Sky Sox are making a habit of falling behind early in games and trailed Las Vegas 4-0 after the top of the first last night, but rallied back to score 14 unanswered en route to the 14-6 win. Jorge Lopez did it all last night with six innings on the mound and two hits and an RBI at the plate. He earned the first Triple-A win of his career. Orlando Arcia, Andy Wilkins, and Manny Pina each tallied three hits, while Yadiel Rivera, Will Middlebrooks, and Shane Peterson jumped in with two hits each. The Sky Sox notched season highs in runs (14) and hits (19) and tied a franchise record with four triples hit in one game. The 51s have outscored Colorado Springs 10-4 in the first inning combined over the two games, but the Sox have rallied to outpace Las Vegas 16-3 in the other innings combined.
Before we get into tonight’s starting pitchers, the Brewers and Sky Sox announced a few roster moves today:
ADD: LHP Michael Kirkman reports to Colorado Springs
DEL: LHP Brent Suter transferred to Rookie Helena
The Sky Sox and Las Vegas 51s get set for the third game of a four-game series tonight at Security Service Field. The Mets top affiliate in the Pacific Coast League is 22-18 on the season and currently sits a half-game out of first place in the Pacific South division. This is the second inter-conference matchup for the Sox after they dismissed the Bees 2-0 on the beginning half of the homestand. The Sox and 51s split a four-game series last year and the all-time series lies 189-170 in favor of the Sky Sox. This will be the only series against Las Vegas in 2016.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (18-19) vs. Las Vegas 51s (22-18) – 6:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Hiram Burgos (2-3, 4.76) vs. RHP Seth Lugo (3-2, 7.91)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Hiram Burgos is slated to make his eighth appearance and seventh start for the Sky Sox tonight against the 51s. Burgos has turned his season around and enters play tonight with a 2-3 record and 4.76 ERA allowing 21 runs (18 earned) on 35 hits, 17 walks, and 30 strikeouts in 34 innings. Opponents are hitting .269 against the righty from Puerto Rico. Burgos made a relief appearance in Omaha on 4/23 after travel issues in Denver and was rocked for 9 runs in 3 innings of work. Since then, in three starts, Burgos has allowed 7 runs (5 earned) on 14 hits, 8 walks, and 14 strikeouts in 18 innings of work. He earned the win with seven strong innings his last time out against Salt Lake. Burgos has six big-league starts under his belt and is hunting to get back to Milwaukee. In those outings he’s 1-2 with a 6.44 ERA. Overall in his MiLB career he’s 39-40, like the Sky Sox looking to get back to .500 with a win tonight, with a 3.76 ERA in 138 games (116 starts). Today is the fourth start at home for Burgos.
Last Time Out: 5/15/16 vs. Salt Lake – Burgos earned the win with a season-high seven innings in which he allowed 4 runs (over the first two innings, of course) on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. He retired the final 10 Bees he faced and the Sky Sox won the game 5-4. Burgos threw 87 pitches, 53 for strikes.
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Las Vegas 51s Pitcher: RHP Seth Lugo takes his eighth turn in the 51s rotation tonight against the Sky Sox. Over his first seven outings, the righty is 3-2 with a 7.91 ERA allowing 34 runs (29 earned) on 50 hits, 9 walks and 25 strikeouts in 33 innings. Opponents are hitting .360 against the Shreveport, Louisiana native. Lugo was originally drafted by the Mets in the 34th round of the 2011 draft out of Centenary College of Louisiana. The righty returns to Las Vegas after making five starts with the 51s last season, none of which came against the Sky Sox. For his career, Lugo is 28-20 with a 4.16 ERA in 81 games, 57 starts.
Last Time Out: 5/15/2016 at Oklahoma City – Lugo lasted just three innings on Sunday against the Dodgers. He allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. He threw a season-low 71 pitches, 45 of which crossed the zone for strikes. After a scoreless first, the Dodgers tagged Lugo for 3 runs in the second and another pair in the third.
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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.
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