It was the same old song and dance for the Sky Sox who saw the Cubs plate six runs over the first four innings last night. Once again the Colorado Springs comeback trail started with a run in the fifth, and two more in the sixth. Leading 6-3, Iowa 3B Jeimer Candelario connected for a two-run triple in the seventh which appeared to be a knock out blow. Down 8-3 in the bottom of the ninth, the Sox had the Cubs right where they wanted ’em. Former Sox righty Joel Peralta climbed the hill and could not get an out and his defense committed two costly errors behind him. Five runs later the game was tied and Eric Young, Jr. won it with a walk-off single in the 10th. Wily Peralta started the game for the Sox, went 3 2/3 innings and fell victim to two Cubs’ HRs before departing.
Tonight, the Sky Sox welcome in the Omaha Storm Chasers for the first of four and the start of the second four-game series on this 14 game homestand. The Sox completed a sweep of the Chasers the last time they were in town (June 1-3) and have taken the last five meetings against the Royals’ top affiliate here in the PCL. Lefty Josh Hader is slated to make the first home start of his Sky Sox career tonight and will face fellow southpaw Jonathan Dziedzic. Hader took the loss in his Triple-A debut but threw six innings and allowed 2 runs on one hit. Dziedzic will make his third start against Colorado Springs and his second of the season at Security Service Field. The Sox are 5-3 this season against Omaha, 44-51 at home, and 75-112 all-time against the Storm Chasers.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (29-33) vs. Omaha Storm Chasers (28-37) – 7:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: LHP Josh Hader (0-1, 3.00) vs. LHP Jonathan Dziedzic (1-6, 5.14)
Sky Sox Pitcher: LHP Josh Hader is set to make his second Triple-A start, his first at home, and his 13th overall between Double-A Biloxi and the Sky Sox. Hader dropped his Triple-A debut in Memphis, but he wasn’t helped out any by the offense because it was silenced in the 5-0 loss. Hader allowed 2 runs on 1 hit, 4 walks, and a season-high 9 strikeouts. In 12 starts combined, Hader is 2-2 with a 1.14 ERA and has allowed 9 runs (8 earned) on 39 hits, 23 walks, and 82 strikeouts in 63 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 23-18 with five saves and a 2.68 ERA in 102 career outings, 70 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, particularly here at home.
Last Time Out: 6/12/16 at Memphis – Hader’s Triple-A debut has been talked about a lot, so I am sure you are aware that he took the loss, but pitched exceptionally well. In 6 innings of work the southpaw gave up a pair of runs on a Tommy Pham double, but that was it. He walked four and struck out nine on 100 pitches, 57 for strikes in a game that the Sox lost 5-0.
Last 10 games with the Brewers:
Storm Chasers Pitcher: LHP Jonathan Dziedzic gets his third start of the season against the Sky Sox and second at Security Service Field. Over his first 12 outings the lefty has compiled a 1-6 record with a 5.14 ERA allowing 45 runs, 36 earned, on 67 hits, 6 homers, 29 walks, and 44 strikeouts across 63 innings. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .275 against him. In two starts against the Sox, Dziedzic hasn’t recorded a decision but has garnered an 11.57 ERA allowing 12 runs on 15 hits, 7 walks, and 5 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings. Homers have plagued the lefty as he has been taken deep at least once in five of his 12 starts. He was selected by the Royals in the 13th round of the 2013 draft out of Lamar and has a career minor-league record of 19-20 with a 3.36 ERA over his first 75 outings. The Houston, Texas native is in his first full season with the Storm Chasers after making one start in May for Omaha last year and getting rocked to the tune of 8 runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings to the Round Rock Express.
Last Time Out: 6/12/16 at New Orleans – Dziedzic didn’t record a decision against New Orleans and tossed five innings against the Zephyrs. He allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, 3 walks, and 2 strikeouts. He threw 90 pitches, 52 for strikes in a game the Storm Chasers lost 7-4.
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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.
Yesterday’s Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Darnell McDonald –
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