The streaking Sky Sox have won five straight and enter play tonight in a three-way tie for first place with Oklahoma City and Iowa. They completed the four-game sweep of the Storm Chasers with a 6-1 win last night at Security Service Field. Tim Dillard took the hill in his first start and shoved five scoreless innings en route to his fourth win in his last five outings. Will Middlebrooks tallied two hits and the offense plated its six runs over the second, third, and fourth innings. This marks the latest the Sky Sox have been in first place since 2009 and the sweep was the first sweep at home of 4 or more games since July 2012 when they took five from the Tacoma Rainiers.
Before we dive into today’s game, the Brewers and Sky Sox announced the following transactions –
ADD: OF Keon Broxton optioned from Milwaukee
OF Kyle Wren promoted from Double-A Biloxi
DEL: OF Shane Peterson placed on the disabled list
Colorado Springs has hit the road to the Big Easy where it will open up the second four-game series against the Zephyrs tonight at Zephyr Field. The Sky Sox enter 3-1 against the Marlins affiliate this season. Righty Taylor Jungmann is slated to get the start for the Sky Sox, his third road start in a row. He will be opposed by the righty Paul Clemens who will take his 12th turn in the rotation and first of the year against the Sky Sox. The two teams last squared off in the four game set from May 10 – May 13. The Sox won the final three of the series and went on to win five in a row during that stretch. Colorado Springs has fared well against the Zs and are 85-66 all time and 46-33 on the road.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (25-25) at New Orleans Zephyrs (23-30) – 5:00 p.m. – Zephyr Field – Metairie, Louisiana
Pitching Matchup: RHP Taylor Jungmann (1-2, 10.41) at RHP Paul Clemens (4-4, 4.89)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Taylor Jungmann returns to the field where he picked up the first and only win with the Sky Sox in 2016, Zephyr Field. It will be his third consecutive road start and fourth of seven away from Security Service Field. Overall he is 1-2 with a 10.41 ERA allowing 29 runs, 27 earned, on 31 hits, 27 walks , 7 hit batters and 19 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings. At home he is 0-2 with a 20.52 ERA in three starts while on the road he is 1-0 with a 4.80 ERA. He faced the Zephyrs on May 13 and earned the win, allowed in 3 runs on 4 hits, 4 walks, 2 hit batters, and 6 strikeouts in 5 innings of work. He threw 94 pitches, 45 for strikes. Over his last two outings, the righty has allowed 6 runs (5 earned), on 9 hits, 10 walks, 5 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched, five against Sacramento and Fresno. Jungmann began the season with the Brewers and went 0-4 with a 9.15 ERA in five MLB starts. Drafted by the Brewers in the 1st round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Texas, Jungmann has made 97 MiLB appearances and is 36-31 with a 4.38 ERA. He’s 9-12 with a 4.56 ERA in 26 MLB starts.
Last Time Out: 5/29/16 at Fresno – Jungmann went five innings and allowed 2 runs, 1 earned on 3 hits, 5 walks, and 3 strikeouts in 5 innings of work. He was very efficient and threw 80 pitches, 42 for strikes in a game the Sky Sox eventually won 7-5.
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Zephyrs Pitcher: RHP Paul Clemens is set to make his 12th start of the season with the Zephyrs and is 4-4 with a 4.89 ERA through his first 11 battles on the season. He has allowed 33 runs (31 earned) on 58 hits, 19 walks, and 48 strikeouts in 57 innings. Opponents are hitting .262 against the righty who hails from Columbia, South Carolina. Clemens is in his first year within the Marlins organization after spending 2015 within the Phillies and Royals organization. The righty was originally selected by the Braves in the 7th round of the 2008 draft out of Louisburg College and has pitched within the Astros, Phillies, Royals, and Marlins systems in his nine-year career. In 181 minor-league outings he has compiled a 46-44 record with 9 saves and a 4.62 ERA. He made his MLB debut with the Astros in 2013 and since has gone 4-8 with a 5.51 ERA in 48 big-league outings. He last pitched in the bigs in 2014.
Last Time Out: 5/30/2016 vs. Tacoma – Clemens pitched into the sixth inning at home against the Rainiers and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings before the skies opened up and washed away the rest of the game. The Rainiers and Zephyrs tied the tilt 2-2. He threw 77 pitches and 47 were in the zone for strikes and allowed a home run to Mike Baxter in the second.
Last 10 outings:
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of tonight’s game from Zephyr Field at 5:00 p.m. I’ll get Sky Sox Warmup all fired up at 4:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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