Due to yesterday’s rainout this is an updated edition of the Sox Scribbles Blog from Tuesday.
Colorado Springs wrapped up its series in Fresno with…if you can believe it…a TIE…That’s right, the finale of the four game series ended in a 6-6 tie after 10 innings due to the travel day curfew set in place by the PCL. It marks just the second time in franchise history there has been a draw, but get this…there was ANOTHER tie Monday between Tacoma and New Orleans. The first Colorado Springs tie came back in August 1996 as the Sky Sox hosted Calgary in a game that ended 9-9. Monday Jorge Lopez took the hill, went 4 2/3 innings and lowered his ERA to 6.20 after allowing three earned runs. The Sky Sox trailed 3-0 after four, but bounced back in true Sox fashion with a 5-run fifth which was capped off by Michael Reed’s first grand slam. Colorado Springs held a 6-5 lead in the eighth, but Fresno’s Eury Perez tied the game for good with a solo home run against Jay Chapman.
Before we jump into the next series against Omaha, CONGRATULATIONS are in order for outfielder Shane Peterson. Peterson was announced Monday as the PCL’s Player of the Week for the week of May 23-29. In six games, Peterson led Triple-A in batting average (.524), slugging percentage (1.048) and OPS (1.631), while pacing the PCL in total bases (22), extra-base hits (7) and tying for the league lead in runs scored (9). Additionally, the 28-year-old finished second in the PCL in on-base percentage (.583) and stolen bases (3). He recorded the PCL’s third 5-hit game of the season – and the second of his 960-game career – by reaching base six times (2 1B, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB) in the Sky Sox 17-4 rout of Fresno May 27. Earlier in the week, Peterson registered a 4-hit, 4-run game at Sacramento on May 24. Through 15 games this season, Peterson has hit .347 (17-for-49) with three home runs, seven RBI and a 1.122 OPS. Read the full press release HERE.
Also, the Brewers and Sky Sox announced the following roster move prior to today’s games:
RHP Tyler Cravy placed on the disabled list (retroactive to 5/28)
The Sky Sox return home following their 8-game California road trip, on which they went 3-4-1, and are hoping to open up a four game homestand against the Omaha Storm Chasers with a doubleheader at Security Service Field. Game one’s pitching matchup features righty Hiram Burgos for the Sky Sox and lefty Brian Flynn for the Storm Chasers. Burgos has been the veteran leader the Brewers expected him to be at the Triple-A level and has compiled a 2-3 record with a 2.59 ERA in 8 starts. Flynn 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA in 6 games, but just one start for Omaha. Game two will see lefty Brent Suter get the nod for the Sky Sox and former Sky Sox righty Clayton Mortensen for the Storm Chasers.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (21-25) vs. Omaha Storm Chasers (26-23) – 4:30 p.m. – Doubleheader – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Game One Pitching Matchup: RHP Hiram Burgos (2-4, 4.03) vs. LHP Brian Flynn (2-1, 3.94)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Hiram Burgos is set to make his 10th appearance and ninth start with the Sky Sox tonight against Omaha at Security Service Field. Burgos has been the workhorse for the Sky Sox and has compiled a 2-4 record over his first nine outings with a 4.03 ERA allowing 25 runs (20 earned) on 48 hits, 21 walks and 38 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings of work. In the starting role his ERA is 2.59 and at home he’s 2-0 with a 2.11 ERA. The last time out he worked into the sixth and allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits against Sacramento. His one bad outing came out of the bullpen against Omaha which was due to travel issues at Denver International Airport. In that outing, Burgos went three innings and allowed 9 runs (8 earned) on 8 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts on 77 pitches, 44 of which were strikes. Burgos was selected by the Brewers in the 6th round of the 2009 draft and has spent his entire professional career within the Brewers system. In 140 career minor-league games (118 starts) he’s accrued a 39-41 record with a 3.73 ERA. In six big-league starts he’s 1-2 with a 6.44 ERA.
Last Time Out: 5/26/16 at Sacramento – Burgos took the loss against the River Cats last Thursday pitching into the sixth and allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts across his 5 2/3 innings. He threw 92 pitches, 59 for strikes.
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Storm Chasers Pitcher: LHP Brian Flynn comes back down from the big leagues and enters the Omaha starting rotation for the second time this season. He last pitched for the Storm Chasers on May 2 against Memphis and took home the win with five scoreless innings. In the time since that start, Flynn made five appearances out of the Royals ‘pen and went 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in 7 1/3 innings allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, 4 walks, and 6 strikeouts. His win came against the Boston Red Sox on May 18 in which he threw five pitches, got one out and his first MLB win. Flynn was selected by the Tigers in the 7th round of the 2011 draft out of Wichita State. He was traded to the Marlins in July 2012 for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante and to the Royals from the Marlins in November 2014 for Aaron Crow. Tonight will be his 100th minor-league appearance. Over the first 99 he’s 35-30 with a 3.50 ERA in 537 innings. In 11 MLB outings (five starts) he’s 1-3 with a 7.79 ERA across 32 1/3 frames.
Last Time Out w/Omaha: 5/02/2016 at Memphis – Flynn took home the win in his lone start of the season with the Storm Chasers and went five scoreless innings and allowed 4 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 6. He threw a season-high 66 pitches, 40 of which were for strikes.
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Game Two Pitching Matchup: LHP Brent Suter (0-2, 4.89) vs. RHP Clayton Mortensen (1-1, 4.13)
Sky Sox Pitcher: LHP Brent Suter will make his 11th appearance and 6th start for the Sky Sox in the second game of the twinbill. The lefty has carried a decent part of the workload for the staff as he has accrued a 0-2 record with a save and 4.89 ERA. He’s allowed 23 runs on 52 hits, 5 walks, and 35 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings pitched through his 10 outings. He last pitched against Fresno on Friday and earned the 8th four-inning save in franchise history. In 102 career minor-league appearances (74 starts) Suter is 29-28 with three saves and a 3.48 ERA. He is still in search of his first big-league call up. The southpaw was selected by the Brewers in the 31st round of the 2012 draft out of Harvard. He is literally the quickest worker I have ever witnessed on the mound. Just what the game needs more of! He started against Omaha at Werner Park on April 26th and gave up 3 runs on 8 hits, and 2 strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Last Time Out: 5/27/16 at Sacramento – Suter came out of the pen in the 6th and relieved Tyler Cravy in the 17-4 win Friday night. The lefty polished off the Grizzlies in fine fashion, holding Fresno to 2 runs on 2 hits, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts over his four innings of work. He threw 49 pitches, 35 of which were strikes. It was the third career save for Suter and the eighth four-inning save in Sky Sox history.
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Storm Chasers Pitcher: RHP Clayton Mortensen is set to make the second start of his season and 12th appearance overall for the Storm Chasers in the second of two games today. The righty is 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA allowing 11 runs on 18 hits, 16 walks, and 27 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .212 against the righty who hails from Rexburg, Idaho. He took home the win against his former team on April 25 with two innings of work. The righty allowed one run on a homer to Andy Wilkins, walked a pair, and struck out four. Mortensen was originally selected by the Cardinals in the Comp. A round of the 2007 draft and has spent time in the Cards, A’s, Rockies, Red Sox, and Royals organizations. He is a former Sky Sox pitcher who went 2-8 with a 9.42 ERA in 15 starts during the 2011 season with Colorado Springs. Mortensen has a career minor-league record of 55-52 with 2 saves and a 4.67 ERA and is 6-11 with a 4.68 ERA in 74 MLB outings.
Last Time Out: 5/28/2016 vs El Paso – Mortensen last pitched two innings out of the pen against the Chihuahuas on Saturday and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, a homer, and struck out 3. The blast came off the bat of Padres’ uber-prospect Hunter Renfroe. His lone win came against the Sox, his lone loss came against Tacoma on May 17.
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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 tonight’s games from Security Service at 4:35 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets all fired up at 4:00 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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