The Sky Sox once again fell behind 2-0 in the first inning of yesterday afternoon’s game and could not rally back, ultimately falling 6-5. John Andreoli began the Cubs’ attack with a triple on the first pitch of the ball game and the league’s hottest hitter, Willson Contreras, plated him with a single to make it 1-0. Former Sky Sox Matt Murton hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make in 2-0 and the Cubs were on their way. Colorado Springs fell behind 4-0 after the first three innings and picked up its first hit courtesy of Michael Reed’s two out single in the fourth. Yadiel Rivera got the Sox on the board with another single in the inning. Josmil Pinto plated a pair and cut the deficit to 4-3 with a triple. Both teams traded a pair in the 7th and Iowa’s bullpen locked down the one-run win. Hiram Burgos gave up 4 of the 6 runs and 12 of the 15 hits in the loss.
Before we dive into the finale, the Brewers and Sky Sox announced the following roster moves:
ADD: RHP Wily Peralta optioned from Milwaukee
DEL: RHP Jorge Lopez placed on the temporary inactive list (retro 6/14)
The Sky Sox and I-Cubs have three spirited games in the series thus far and are set to wrap it up with a 7:05 start time tonight at Security Service Field. The Sox have dropped two of three, which is probably a direct correlation to the fact that they are getting outscored 22-5 over the first three innings combined over the three tilts. Brewers opening day starter Wily Peralta gets the start tonight and will make his Sky Sox debut against righty Jake Buchanan of the Iowa Cubs. Peralta was 4-7 with a 6.68 ERA in 13 starts with the big-league ballclub, while Buchanan is 5-4 witha 5.02 ERA in 10 PCL games. The Sox are 2-4 against the Cubs in 2016, 83-102 all-time and 47-47 at home.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (28-33) vs. Iowa Cubs (31-32) – 7:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Wily Peralta (Sky Sox Debut) vs. RHP Jake Buchanan (5-4, 5.02)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Wily Peralta climbs the hill for Colorado Springs tonight in the series finale against the Cubs and will make his Sky Sox debut. Peralta was the opening day starter for the Brewers and made 13 starts for the big-league squad before being optioned to Colorado Springs on June 12. Peralta compiled a 4-7 record with a 6.68 ERA and allowed 52 runs (49 earned) on 97 hits, 12 homers, 27 walks and 42 strikeouts in 66 innings. The righty hasn’t been in the minors full time since 2012 when he made 28 starts with Triple-A Nashville. In 103 MLB games, Peralta is 39-44 with a 4.33 ERA and in 142 MiLB games he is 33-35 with a 3.94 ERA. He was originally signed by the Brewers as an international free agent in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic.
Last Time Out: 6/11/16 vs. New York (NL) – Peralta earned the win in his last start with the Brewers and went five innings, allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 homers, 1 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He threw 63 pitches, 41 of which went for strikes in a game the Brewers won 7-4.
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I-Cubs Pitcher: RHP Jake Buchanan will look to clinch a series victory when he climbs the hill for the Cubs tonight at Security Service Field. Buchanan is 5-4 with a 5.02 ERA in 10 starts with Iowa in 2016. He’s allowed 36 runs (32 earned) on 68 hits, 6 homers, 10 walks, and 44 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings. He faced the Sky Sox at Principal Park on April 29 where he we tossed six innings of one-hit ball; he walked two and struck out five, but did not earn a decision in the second start of his season. The Charlotte, NC native was originally drafted by the Astros in the eighth round of the 2010 draft and signed by the Cubs as a free agent in April of 2016. In 156 minor-league games, Buchanan is 43-46 with 4 saves and a 4.14 ERA; he made his big league debut with the ‘Stros in June of 2014 and is 1-3 with a 4.06 ERA in 22 MLB games.
Last Time Out: 6/10/16 vs. Round Rock – Buchanan squared off against the Express’ vaunted lineup last Friday and was tagged with the loss allowing 7 runs on 12 hits, 2 homers (one to Ruggiano and another to Robinson), and 5 strikeouts. He threw 82 pitches, 55 of which crossed the zone for strikes over his four innings of work. The Cubs lost the tilt 11-4.
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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 game from Security Service Field at 7:05 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will get off and running at 6:35 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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