The Sky Sox dropped the heartbreaker of all heartbreakers 8-5 to the Redbirds in the series opener last night at AutoZone Park. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the ninth, Andy Wilkins stepped in with the bases loaded and one out and crushed a grand slam to right which turned the game around in a blink. Leading 5-2, it was Damien Magnifico’s job to get the final three outs of the game, however three straight singles, a hit batter and a walk later the game was 5-4 with the bases loaded and no outs. Jaye Chapman came on to try and preserve the lead, but Kolten Wong ended the game like he began it, with a home run. His solo shot opened the scoring against Tyler Cravy in the first and his grand slam ended the game against Chapman in the ninth. It marks the second time the Sox have fallen courtesy of a walk-off grand slam this season.
Tonight the Sky Sox hunt for their first win of the series and the second of the road trip as they square off against the Redbirds at 6:05 p.m. from AutoZone Park. Taylor Jungmann gets the nod for Colorado Springs and takes his 1-3 record and 9.57 ERA to AZP for the first time this season. Arturo Reyes will climb the hill for Memphis and face the Sky Sox for the first time with his 5-3 record and 4.10 ERA. The Sky Sox are 13-18 away from Security Service Field and look to improve on the poor first half of this road trip. The Sox and ‘Birds have squared off seven times in 2016 with the Redbirds winning four of the seven tilts. All time, the Colorado Springs is 69-81 against Memphis and 29-47 at the home of the Redbirds.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (26-29) at Memphis Redbirds (24-33) – 6:05 p.m. – AutoZone Park – Memphis, Tennessee
Pitching Matchup: RHP Taylor Jungmann (1-3, 9.67) at RHP Arturo Reyes (5-3, 4.10)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Taylor Jungmann gets the call for the eighth time with the Sky Sox in 2016 after starting the year in the Brewers rotation. Over his first seven outings, the righty is 1-3 with a 9.67 ERA allowing 32 runs (29 earned) on 33 hits, 6 home runs, 32 walks, 7 hit batters, and 22 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .306 against the righty from Texas. Jungmann’s last three starts, and four out of seven, have come away from Security Service Field and the difference is stark. He is 0-2 with a 20.52 ERA and .450 BAA in three home starts, whereas on the road he is 1-1 with a 4.83 ERA and .221 BAA in four starts. The righty was selected by the Brewers in the first round of the 2011 draft and is in Triple-A hoping to figure things out so he can get back to the bigs where he was 0-4 with a 9.15 ERA to begin the season. In 98 minor-league appearances he is 36-32 with a 4.38 ERA and in 26 big-league starts he in 9-12 with a 4.56 ERA.
Last Time Out: 6/4/16 at New Orleans – Jungmann went 3 2/3 innings against the Zephyrs and labored immensely through them throwing 83 pitches, but only 35 of them for strikes (42%). He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits, 5 walks, and 3 strikeouts. The Sky Sox would lose the rain-shortened road-trip opener 3-0 after 4 1/2 innings.
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Redbirds Pitcher: RHP Arturo Reyes is slotted to get the start and make his 11th appearance of the season for the Redbirds. The righty is 5-3 with a 4.10 ERA allowing 31 runs (27 earned) on 55 hits, 20 walks, and 45 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .247 against the Washington state native. He was slated to get the start in the series at Security Service Field, but the final two games of that series were rained out. In 68 minor-league appearances the Gonzaga Bulldog is 21-24 with a 3.51 ERA. He was selected by the Cardinals in the 40th round of the 2013 draft.
Last Time Out: 6/4/2016 at Iowa – Reyes took the loss for the Redbirds allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts in six innings of work at Principal Park. He threw 97 pitches and 66 for strikes in the game the Redbirds lost 4-0.
Last 10 Outings w/Springfield and Memphis –
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of tonight’s game from AutoZone Park at 6:05 p.m. I’ll get Sky Sox Warmup off and running at 5:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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