The Sky Sox were stymied by veteran righty Jerome Williams in Saturday night’s tilt against the Redbirds and fell 2-0, marking the third shutout through the first seven games of this eight game road trip. The Sky Sox’s best opportunity to score came in the first inning when Orlando Arcia tripled, Will Middlebrooks followed with a line out to left and Arcia was nabbed at the plate on a strong throw from Nick Martini. Williams wrapped up the CG SO allowing five hits and striking out three. Jorge Lopez pitched really well and completed six innings for the third time, but came up on the short end of the tilt thanks to zero runs of support.
Before we dive into tonight’s tilt, the Sky Sox and Brewers announced the following transaction:
ADD: LHP Josh Hader from Double-A Biloxi
Tonight, the Sky Sox hunt for their second win of the series and the third of the road trip as they square off against the Redbirds at 5:05 p.m. in the road trip finale from AutoZone Park. Josh Hader has gotten the call from Biloxi and is set to make his Triple-A debut tonight in Memphis. With Biloxi he went 2-1 with a 0.95 ERA in 11 starts covering 57 innings. Deck McGuire will make his 13th start of the season and third against the Sky Sox tonight. He’s 4-6 with a 4.22 ERA in 64 innings over the 12 starts. The Sky Sox are 14-19 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 eight times in 2016 with the each team picking up four wins apiece. All time, the Colorado Springs is 70-82 against Memphis and 30-48 at the home of the Redbirds.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (27-30) at Memphis Redbirds (25-34) – 5:05 p.m. – AutoZone Park – Memphis, Tennessee
Pitching Matchup: LHP Josh Hader (Triple-A Debut) at RHP Deck McGuire (4-6, 4.22)
Sky Sox Pitcher: Lefty Josh Hader is set to make his Triple-A debut tonight in Memphis. The southpaw joins the Sky Sox following 11 starts with the Shuckers in which he went 2-1 with a 0.95 ERA, allowing 7 runs, 6 earned, on 38 hits, 1 homer, 19 walks, 3 hit batters, and 73 strikeouts in 57 innings of work. The 22-year old is in his 5th professional season after originally being selected by the Orioles in the 19th round of the 2012 draft out of Old Mill High School in Millersville, Maryland. The Astros sent RHP Bud Norris to the Orioles in exchange for Hader in July 2013 and the Brewers acquired him from the ‘Stros in the Jul 30, 2015 deal that sent Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to Houston for Hader, Adrian Houser, Brett Phillips, and Domingo Santana. (WOW WHAT A HAUL!!!). The lefty is 23-17 with five saves and a 2.68 ERA in 101 career outings, 69 of which have been starts. It’s unreal what he has done in Biloxi to start the season and we are sure excited to see how his stuff translates to Triple-A.
Last Time Out: 6/6/16 at Montgomery – Hader went six innings in his last Double-A start, marking the fourth time in 2016 that he completed six frames. He earned the win and allowed just 1 run on 4 hits, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts. The southpaw threw a season-high 103 pitches, 67 of which went for strikes in a game the Shuckers won 4-2.
2016 Game Log with the Biloxi Shuckers:
Redbirds Pitcher: Righty Deck McGuire gets the call for the Redbirds in the series finale against the Sky Sox. It will mark the third start against Colorado Springs for him and the 13th overall in 2016. He’s 4-6 with a 4.22 ERA through his first 12 starts allowing 32 runs, 30 earned on 61 hits, 10 homers, 23 walks, and 47 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched. He’s won his last three starts. In his two previous starts against Colorado Springs, McGuire went 0-1 and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, 4 walks, and 7 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings of work between AutoZone Park and Security Service Field. McGuire was selected by the Blue Jays in the first round of the 2010 draft out of Georgia Tech, was traded to the Athletics for cash in 2014, signed by the Dodgers as a free agent in 2015, before signing with the Cardinals prior to the 2016 campaign.
Last Time Out: 6/6/2016 at Iowa – McGuire picked up his third win in a row with five innings of work against the Cubs in which he allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. He threw 71 pitches, 46 for strikes and allowed a home run to Dan Vogelbach in the Redbirds’ won 6-2.
Last 10 starts for McGuire –
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 5:05 p.m. I’ll get Sky Sox Warmup off and running at 4:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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