What a couple of games we’ve had to begin this series! The Sky Sox broke out the bats to the tune of 17 runs on 20 hits, including two grand slams, en route to the 17-4 win on Friday night before the Grizzlies took home Saturday’s tilt 8-4 thanks to a Danny Worth walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning. Three grand slams in two games is crazy!
Last night the Sky Sox sent Sam Freeman to the mound and he did well making it through the first two innings in scoreless fashion, before running into trouble in the third. He allowed three straight singles to begin the inning, which made it 1-0. He recorded two outs before manager Rick Sweet opted to go to Ariel Pena in the bullpen for the final out of the frame. Pena was greeted by a two-run home run off the bat of reigning PCL MVP Matt Duffy, which upped the Grizz advantage to 3-0. The Sky Sox would come back with two in the fourth courtesy of a Manny Pina home run, and runs in the sixth and seventh tied the game at 4-4. Jaye Chapman came on in the ninth in an attempt to get it to extras, but was plagued by the free pass. He recorded the first two outs with ease, but the next three hitters went double, intentional walk, walk setting the table for Danny Worth. The late-entrant for Fresno came on as a pinch-runner in the eighth and delivered the walk-off blow on a 1-1 pitch from Chapman ending the game and tying the series.
Quick Hits can be found below today’s preview and you can read the Full Recap Here
Today, the Sky Sox look to rebound and regain the advantage in the series with a victory. In hopes of doing so they send RHP Taylor Jungmann to the hill in search of another solid start on the road. He will be opposed by RHP Brad Peacock of the Grizzlies who has not earned a win in 8 starts this season. 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 86-107 overall, and 37-59 on the road against them. Both teams are off to slow starts as the Sky Sox enter play at 20-25 and the Grizzlies come in with a 22-26 record.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (20-25) at Fresno Grizzlies (22-26) – 8:05 p.m. –Chukchansi Park – Fresno, California
Pitching Matchup: RHP Taylor Jungmann (1-2, 12.76) at RHP Brad Peacock (0-1, 45.67)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Taylor Jungmann gets the call for the sixth time with the Sky Sox here in 2016. The righty has amassed a 1.2 record with a 12.76 ERA since his return to Colorado Springs from Milwaukee. Command has been the struggle for Jungmann as he has allowed 22 walks and hit 7 batters in 18 1/3 innings of work at the Triple-A level. In addition to the freebies, the righty has allowed 27 runs (26 earned) on 28 hits, 5 homers, and struck out 16. Opponents are hitting .359 against the Texas native. Before coming down to the Springs, Jungmann made five starts with the Brewers and went 0-4 with a 9.15 ERA allowing 22 runs (21 earned) on 27 hits, 13 walks, 3 hit batters, and 13 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings of work. Today will mark the 97th appearance in the minors for Jungmann, in which he’s 36-31 with a 4.40 ERA. In 26 big league starts he is 9-12 with a 4.56 ERA. The righty was originally selected by the Brewers in the first round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Texas.
Last Time Out: 5/24/16 at Sacramento – Jungmann completed five innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits, 5 walks, a hit batter, and 2 strikeouts against the River Cats on Tuesday. He threw 91 pitches, 45 for strikes in a game that the Sky Sox would go on to win 9-6 with a four-run eighth inning.
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Grizzlies Pitcher: RHP Brad Peacock is slated to make his ninth start of the season with the Grizzlies today at Chukchansi park. Through his first outings of the season the righty is 0-1 with a 5.67 ERA allowing 26 runs (25 earned) on 38 hits, 21 walks, and 44 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .255 against the Palm Beach, Florida native. His last outing was his shortest as he went just 2 2/3 innings and allowed 6 runs on 3 hits, 6 walks, and 3 strikeouts against the Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park. Today will mark his 167th career MiLB outing; he’s 53-50 with a 4.20 ERA in that time. Peacock also has plenty of big-league time as he has pitched in 50 MLB games and compiled a 11-16 record with a 4.69 ERA across four seasons, one with the Washington Nationals and three with the Astros. Peacock was selected by the Nats in the 41st round of the 2006 draft out of Palm Beach State College. He was traded from WAS —> OAK for Gio Gonzalez and Robert Gillam in 2011 and then from OAK —> to HOU for Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez in 2013.
Last Time Out: 5/20/2016 at Memphis – Peacock made the shortest start of his season and ended up on the Disabled List after pitching just 2 2/3 innings against the Redbirds on the 20th. He gave up 6 runs on 3 hits, a season-high 6 walks, and 3 strikeouts. The right threw 86 pitches during the short stint and 42 crossed the strike zone. He did not receive a decision as the Grizzlies erased the early deficit and lost 8-7.
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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 Chukchansi Park at 2:05 p.m. I’ll get Sky Sox Warmup all fired up at 1:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Quick Hits from Saturday
The Sky Sox fell 8-4 thanks to the walk-off grand slam hit by Danny Worth in the 9th inning, but they certainly did not help themselves much along the way. They ran into at least 3 outs on the base paths and walked 9 batters on the bump, those facts along make it extremely hard to come back in any game.
The Sky Sox tallied nine hits in defeat with three guys collecting multiple-hit affairs.
Manny Pina had one of the nine knocks, but it was a big one as he crushed a two-run homer in the fourth inning which got the Sox on the board and pulled them to within one at 3-2. The homer extended his hitting streak to 9-games, during which he’s 13-for-39 (.333) with two homers and 8 RBI. Overall the catcher is hitting .341 with 18 XBHs and a team-high 25 RBI.
Yadiel Rivera tallied another multi-hit game for the Sky Sox and brought his batting average up to .294 with a 2-for-4 night. He rapped a double and triple, and collected an RBI in the loss. It’s his fourth multi-knock game out of the 12 he’s played in with the Sox.
Andy Wilkins continues to swing the hot stick and collected himself a 2-for-4 night at the plate with another RBI to boot. He’s now got 17 XBHs and 21 RBI on the season.
Jake Elmore had two hits in the game as well, but was caught stretching a single into a double and then caught on the back-end of a double play, trying to advance from first to third on a fielder’s choice.
Sam Freeman did well in his second start with the Sky Sox, but ran out of gas in the third inning. He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, didn’t walk anyone, and struck out 3. He threw 37 pitches, 26 for strikes and did not factor into the decision.
Ariel Pena piggybacked Freeman and was greeted by Matt Duffy’s two run homer. The righty lasted 2 1/3 innings and gave up a pair of runs on 2 hits, 5 walks, and 1 strike out. He walked four batters in the fifth which led to a Grizzlies run.
Jaye Chapman took the loss allowing 4 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks. He gave up the grand slam to Danny Worth on a 1-1 pitch with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Play of the Game
Manny Pina stepped in with a runner on two outs in the top of the fourth inning. Facing Tommy Shirley, the catcher took an 0-1 pitch and crushed it deep over the wall in left-center which plated Arcia and cut the deficit to 3-2. The blast was Pina’s 4th of the season. He had 7 with the Toledo Mud Hens in 2015 and now has 54 for his minor-league career.
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