Colorado Springs has fallen in six of its last eight games and three of the first four on the eight-game California road trip. In the three losses against Sacramento the Sky Sox mustered three runs on 14 hits. They scored 9 runs on 12 hits in their lone win back on Tuesday evening. The River Cats were on the verge of sending the Sox to Fresno with back-to-back 6-0 shutout losses, but Nate Orf’s sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth in yesterday’s tilt sent the game to a 6-1 final. Hiram Burgos took the loss for the Sox and allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Chris Heston tossed six scoreless against Colorado Springs and sent them to their second-straight loss.
The Sox have made the trek from the capital city of California to the Raisin Capital of the World last night and get set to open up a four-game series against the Fresno Grizzlies. The opener of the series will see the righty Tyler Cravy for the Sky Sox and the right-hander Mike Hauschild of the Grizzlies. Cravy is 0-1 with a 4.60 ERA in four games (three starts) with the Sky Sox in 2016, he last pitched and took the loss against Las Vegas on Sunday at Security Service Field. Hauschild has earned a decision in each of his first eight starts with Fresno this season and has compiled a 3-5 record with a 3.64 ERA in 47 innings. Fresno took home both the PCL Championship and the Triple-A Championship in 2016. The Sky Sox went 1-2 against the Grizzlies last year, are 85-106 overall, and 36-58 on the road against them. Both teams are off to slow starts as the Sky Sox enter play at 19-24 and the Grizzlies come in with a 21-25 record. The Grizzlies return to play tonight after sweeping the OKC Dodgers in a four-game set.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (19-24) at Fresno Grizzlies (21-25) – 8:05 p.m. – Chukchansi Park – Fresno, California
Pitching Matchup: RHP Tyler Cravy (0-1, 4.60) at RHP Matt Hauschild (3-5, 3.64)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Tyler Cravy gets another turn in the rotation for the Sky Sox and hopes to earn the first road win of his season tonight in Fresno. The righty has allowed 9 runs (8 earned), on 13 hits, 6 walks, and 17 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .220 against the righty from California. Cravy went five innings and took the loss against Las Vegas on Sunday, his first loss of the season. He should have three more scoreless innings on his resume, but they came against Salt Lake in a game that was eventually cancelled. Cravy has had two stints with Milwaukee in 2016 and is 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA in six appearances, one of which was a start. He is 35-30 with a 3.75 ERA in 143 MiLB games and 0-9 with a 5.85 ERA in 20 big-league games. Cravy was selected by the Brewers in the 17th round of the 2009 draft.
Last Time Out: 5/22/16 vs. Las Vegas – Cravy took the loss and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts to the league’s second best offense. The righty was roughed up for a pair of runs in the first and two more in his fifth and final frame. He threw a season-high 92 pitches, 53 of which were in the zone for strikes.
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Grizzlies Pitcher: RHP Mike Hauschild will make his ninth start of the 2016 campaign tonight against the Sky Sox. He enters play tonight with a 3-5 record and 3.64 ERA allowing 24 runs, 19 earned, on 47 hits, 11 walks, and 39 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .263 agains the righty who hails from Dayton, Ohio. He was selected by the Astros in the 33rd round of the 2012 draft out of the University of Dayton. Hauschild is still hunting for his call to the bigs, but in 108 minor-league appearances he is 30-27 with a 3.60 ERA. He has not faced the Sky Sox during his Triple-A career, which covers 23 starts with the Grizzlies between 2015 and 2016. Hauschild has twice logged seven innings this season and has only missed the sixth inning in one start this season.
Last Time Out: 5/22/2016 at Memphis – Hauschild took the loss and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts in 6 innings of work against the Redbirds. He threw 86 pitches, 56 for strikes in a game the Grizzlies lost 8-1. He began the outing with five scoreless innings before allowing the three tallies, albeit one earned, in the sixth.
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Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of tonight’s game from Chakchanci Park at 8:05 p.m. I’ll get Sky Sox Warmup get all fired up at 7:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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