Sox Scribbles: California Dreamin’ Swing Starts in Sacramento with Sam Freeman’s First Career Start


Sam Freeman is set to make the first start of his career tonight against the River Cats. Freeman has two scoreless innings against Las Vegas in his Sky Sox debut. (Billy Hurst/USA Today Sports)

The Sky Sox wrapped up their rain-shortened six game homestand with a 6-4 loss yesterday afternoon and shortly thereafter headed west to open up an eight game, all-California road trip. The first four games take Colorado Springs to the state capital of Sacramento to take on the River Cats, the top affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, while the final four games see the Sox play against the Fresno Grizzlies, the top affiliate of the Houston Astros and the defending PCL and Triple-A champions.

Tonight’s game will feature the first career start for Sky Sox southpaw Sam Freeman as he’ll go toe-to-toe with Sacramento’s righty Joan Gregorio. San Francisco Giants RHP Sergio Romo is slated to make a one-inning, rehab appearance in the ball game tonight, but it has not been announced whether he will start tonight or not. The Sky Sox went 2-2 against the River Cats last year, are 70-110 overall, and 32-61 on the road against them. Both teams are off to slow starts as the Sky Sox enter play at 18-21 and the River Cast come in with a league-worst 17-27 record.

Today’s Game Notes / Listen Live at 7:30 MDT / Lineups

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (18-21) at Sacramento River Cats (17-25) – 8:05 p.m. – Raley Field – West Sacramento, California

Pitching Matchup: LHP Sam Freeman (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Sergio Romo (MLB Rehab)/RHP Joan Gregorio (0-1, 5.40)

Sky Sox Pitcher: LHP Sam Freeman enters play tonight with 379 career appearances between MLB (142) and MiLB (237) and exactly zero of them have been starts. Tonight will mark the second appearance for Freeman in a Sky Sox uniform as he joined the team for the first time after making seven appearances out of Milwaukee’s bullpen to begin the season. In 7 2/3 innings with the Brewers he allowed 11 run on 13 hits, 9 walks, and 8 strikeouts. He’s made one scoreless appearance covering two innings with Colorado Springs. The lefty hails from Houston, Texas and was originally selected by the Cardinals in the 32nd round of the 2008 draft out of Kansas. Freeman is 18-13 with 10 saves and a 2.75 ERA in 237 minor-league games and 3-2 with a 3.87 ERA in 142 big-league games.

Last Time Out: 5/19/16 vs. Las Vegas – Freeman entered the game in the fifth inning and held the league’s second-best offense to 2 hits, 1 walk, and stuck out 1 in two innings of work. He threw 33 pitches, 22 for strikes in his Sky Sox debut.

2016 Game Log:


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River Cats Pitcher: RHP Joan Gregorio is scheduled to get the start for the River Cats in the opener of the four-game series. The righty is set to make his second start with the River Cats; he has compiled a 0-3 record with a 2.81 ERA in 32.0 innings in six starts across Double and Triple-A allowing just 10 runs on 20 hits, 7 walks and 34 strikeouts. He was signed by the Giants as an International Free Agent in March of 2010. In 118 minor-league games (87 start) the 6’7 righty has compiled a 29-27 record with a 3.72 ERA in 471 2/3 innings. He has not pitched since May 12 against Reno at home.

Last Time Out: 5/12/2016 vs. Reno –  Gregorio went five innings in his Triple-A debut and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts to the Reno Aces at Raley Field. He threw 84 pitches, 55 for strikes.

2016 Game Log:

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RHP Sergio Romo is slated to make an appearance for the River Cats as part of his MLB Rehab program. Romo last pitched for the Giants on April 10 at AT&T Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was placed on the disabled list by San Francisco six days later. Romo has dealt with elbow issues throughout his career, even missing some of Spring Training earlier this season. Since being placed on the disabled list, Romo has thrown a number of live innings in Extended Spring Training at the Giants’ Arizona facilities.

Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of tonight’s game from Raley Field at 8:05 p.m. I’ll get Sky Sox Warmup gets all fired up at 7:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.

Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,



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