The Sky Sox and Cubs split a lengthy doubleheader yesterday at Security Service Field with Colorado Springs taking the first game 6-5 and the Cubs blasting off in the second game 15-5. Iowa jumped out to 5-2 lead in the afternoon tilt, but the Sox used 8 pitchers on the mound, one on the basepaths and another in right field en route to the 6-5 come-from-behind win. Josmil Pinto tied the game in the fifth with a two-run double and Will Middlebrooks drove home the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning. Damien Magnifico closed down the tilt with a perfect seventh.
Game two saw a similar start as the Iowa Cubs plated three runs in the nightcap, but that’s where the similarities ended. A nine-run second inning began made the score 12-0 in favor of Iowa. John Andreoli had two homers over the first two innings and the club as a whole had five dingers leading to the 12-0 advantage. Dan Vogelbach connected for a two-run homer in the first and was hit by a Tyler Cravy fastball, which led to the righty being ejected, Vogelbach getting upset, and the benches/bullpens clearing to have a rendezvous up the first base line. The Sox would scrape across five runs, including two in the seventh on a WMB double.
After alllllll of that the two teams ended the day right where they started it, one game apart in the standings. However, the kerfuffle from the second inning should make for an interesting few weeks as the two teams not only meet up two more times this week, but six total times prior to the all-star break.
The Quick Hits portion of the blog is below, you can catch the Full Recap of the Doubleheader Here
Before we dive into the matinee, the Brewers and Sky Sox announced the following roster moves:
ADD: C Rene Garcia promoted from Double-A Biloxi
RHP Hiram Burgos reinstated from the disabled list
DEL: C Manny Pina placed on the disabled list
After five hours and twenty minutes of baseball yesterday, the Sox and Cubs are ready to tee it up this morning with a 12:35 p.m. Kids Day Matinee from Security Service Field. The Sky Sox are slated to throw righty Hiram Burgos against the lefty Rob Zastryzny of the Cubs. Burgos enters his 12th appearance and 10th start with a 2-4 record and 4.28 ERA while Zastryzny is 1-1 with a 5.09 ERA in four Triple-A starts with the Iowa Cubs. The Sox and Cubs have played five games this season with Iowa taking three of the five.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (28-32) vs. Iowa Cubs (30-32) – 12:35 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Hiram Burgos (2-4, 4.28) vs. LHP Rob Zastryzny (1-1, 5.09)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Hiram Burgos will make his 12th trip to the mound for the Sky Sox and 10th from the starting role today against the Iowa Cubs. Through his first 11, the righty is 2-4 with a 4.28 ERA allowing 31 runs (26 earned) on 59 hits, 28 walks and 45 strikeouts in 54 2/3 inning. Burgos hops off the disabled list to make this appearance. He’s gone at least five innings in each of his last six outings covering five starts and one relief appearance over that time, Burgos is 1-2 with a 3.15 ERA allowing 12 earned runs over 34 1/3 innings. Burgos was selected by the Brewers in the 6th round of the 2009 draft out of Bethune-Cookman University and has made 142 minor-league appearances to the tune of a 39-41 record with a 3.74 ERA and 6 MLB starts in which he has gone 1-2 with a 6.44 ERA. He has not pitched in the big leagues since 2013.
Last Time Out: 6/6/16 at New Orleans – Burgos did not record a decision, but went five innings and allowed 1 run on 3 hits, 4 walks, 1 hit batter, and 3 strikeouts against the Zephyrs. He came on in relief of rehabbing big leaguer Corey Knebel in the third inning and threw 75 pitches, 46 of which went for strikes in a game the Sky Sox would win 2-1 with a two-run ninth.
Last 10 games with the Sky Sox:
I-Cubs Pitcher: LHP Rob Zastryzny gets the start for the I-Cubs in game three of the four-game series and will make the fifth Triple-A start of his career. With Iowa, the left-handed thrower is 1-1 with a 5.09 ERA allowing 13 runs on 23 hits, 9 walks, 20 strikeouts in 23 innings of work following his call-up from Double-A Tennessee on May 24. In 13 starts combined between AA and AAA the Texas native is 4-3 with a 4.52 ERA in 13 starts. The Cubs selected Zastryzny in the second round of the 2012 draft out of the University of Missouri. In his four professional seasons, the southpaw has compiled a 11-14 record with a 4.72 ERA in 62 appearances, 58 of which have been from the starting role.
Last Time Out: 6/9/16 vs. Round Rock – Zastryzny had the tough task of facing the daunting Round Rock lineup and was hung with the loss after hurling 5 2.3 innings. The lefty allowed 5 runs on 5 hits, 1 homer to Joey Gallo, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. He threw 96 pitches, 65 for strikes in a game the Cubs would lose 8-5.
Last 10 games (Tennessee and Iowa) –
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of tonight’s game from Security Service Field at 12:35 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will get off and running at 12:00 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Quick Hits from the Doubleheader –
Hitting Notes – Game One (6-5 W)
Colorado Springs picked up six runs on 11 hits and broke into double figures in the hit column for just the second time in the last 10 games.
Manny Pina led the way with a 3-for-4 game that included two doubles and a run scored. The second of his two-baggers saw him pull up lame into second base, which forced him to leave the game early. He grabbed the back of his right leg and did not return, nor did he compete in the second game.
Garin Cecchini also had three hits in the first game. He picked up a run scored and RBI and upped his average to .289.
Will Middlebrooks not only picked up a double and a run scored, but he drove in a pair of runs with two sacrifice flies in the fifth and sixth innings, the second of which brought in the go-ahead run.
Josmil Pinto came off the bench in the three-run fifth and capped the inning off with a pinch hit two-run single that tied the game at 5-5.
Pitching Notes – Game One (6-5 W)
The Sky Sox used 10 pitchers in the first game, 8 of which threw a pitch, one who pinch ran (Ariel Pena) and another who completed the game in right field (Sam Freeman). The eight pitchers used on the mound tied an overall franchise record and set a home record. The only other time the Sox used 8 pitchers on the bump was back on June 24th, 2003 when they used eight in a 13-inning game in Nashville. They used 8 in a seven-inning game last night.
Michael Blazek began his MLB rehab assignment with one-third of an inning, in which he allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and 1 walk. He threw 22 pitches in the start, but only 10 went for strikes. It was the first time pitching in a game since going on the DL with a right elbow impingement.
David Goforth was arm number two used and he allowed a run his five outs of work on a hit, 2 walks and one strikeout.
Zack Jones was the second big-league rehab assignment that threw in the game and was the third pitcher of the night for Colorado Springs. He did not record an out and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits after walking the first two men he faced. He threw 18 pitches, but just 6 for strikes. He was selected in the Rule-5 draft off the Twins’ roster and landed on the DL before the season started. He showed good life on his fastball, just could not get an out.
Tim Dillard, Brent Suter, Austin Ross, and Drew Gagnon bridged the gap to Damien Magnific, combined for four-scoreless innings, and were the real heroes of the game. Ross recorded an out in the sixth before Mark Zagunis lined a shot that caught the righty FLUSH on the leg and caromed out of play for a ground-rule double. Ross would get up and walk off the field under his own power, but with a significant limp.
Damien Magnifico pitched a perfect seventh and earned the 10th save of his season.
Hitting Notes – Game Two (15-5 L)
The Sox got down 12-0 in the blink of an eye, but in true Colorado Springs fashion they did not lay down, and ended up plating five run on 8 hits against Arvada, Colorado native Pierce Johnson and the Cubs.
Will Middlebrooks was bumped up to the three-hole for the second game and stayed red-hot with a 2-for-3 performance. He tallied another two doubles and drove home a pair with the second one in the seventh inning. Over his last 17 games he’s hitting .394 (26-for-66) with 14 XBH and 19 RBI.
Michael Reed collected the other multi-hit game for the Sox with a pair in the nightcap.
Pitching Notes – Game Two (15-5 L)
Tyler Cravy started the game and was blistered by two John Andreoli homers and a Dan Vogelbach blast in his outing that was cut short when he hit the Cubs’ first baseman Vogelbach with a pitch in the second inning. Cravy was ejected, Vogelbach wasn’t happy, and the benches and bullpens cleared and held a pow-wow up the first base line. Cooler heads did prevail and the game would finish fine, but Cravy’s night ended early. He allowed 9 runs on 6 hits, 3 homers, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. He threw 37 pitches, 22 for strikes.
Ariel Pena was the first out of the bullpen and he was tagged for 5 runs on 6 hits, 2 homers, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. He threw 78 pitches in the 7 outs, 43 of which were strikes.
Play of the Doubleheader –
Will Middlebrooks stepped in with the bases loaded in the sixth inning of game one with the score tied 5-5 and smoked a liner that was caught in left, but allowed Orlando Arcia to score the go-ahead run and give the Sox the 6-5 win.
Pregame Interview with Brewers Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator Tony Diggs –
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