The Sky Sox were riding high off of their walk-off win on Saturday night and jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning of Sunday’s game, but Omaha had had enough and scored six of their own in the second inning and never looked back winning 11-3. The Chasers scored their 11 runs on a season-high 19 hits and limited Colorado Springs to 3 runs on 9 hits, two of which were solo homers. Eric Young, Jr. went deep for the second time this season with a solo shot in the second and Will Middlebrooks followed his walk-off grand slam from Saturday with a solo homer in the third, his ninth blast of the season. Brent Suter took the loss and was tagged for seven of the runs on 11 of the hits, while Alec Mills won his Triple-A debut, limiting the Sox to 3 runs on 6 hits.
Before we make our way into tonight’s game, the Brewers and Sky Sox have announced the following transactions:
ADD: INF Nate Orf promoted from Double-A Biloxi
DEL: RHP Jaye Chapman placed on the disabled list
Tonight, the Sky Sox look to even the series and stay ahead in the season series with a win tonight in the finale at Security Service Field. In hopes of doing so, Colorado Springs will send veteran workhorse Hiram Burgos to the mound against righty Christian Binford, who took the loss against the Sox on June 3 here at SSF. Burgos, was a little roughed up by the Cubs in his last start, enters play today 2-5 with a 4.53 ERA, Binford will make his 13th start of the season, 7th with the Storm Chasers. The Sox are 6-5 this season, 45-53 at home, and 76-114 all-time against the Storm Chasers.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (30-35) vs. Omaha Storm Chasers (30-38) – 7:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Hiram Burgos (2-5, 4.53) vs. RHP Christian Bergman (1-4, 5.11)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Hiram Burgos will make his 13th trip to the mound for the Sky Sox and 11th from the starting role tonight against the Storm Chasers. Through his first 12, the righty is 2-5 with a 4.53 ERA allowing 35 runs (30 earned) on 71 hits, 29 walks and 45 strikeouts in 59 2/3 inning. He has faced the Storm Chasers on two occasions and is 0-1 with a 14.63 ERA allowing 14 runs (13 earned) on 16 hits, 5 walks, and 7 strikeouts in eight innings of work. He’s gone at least five innings in each of his last seven outings covering six starts and one relief appearance. Burgos is 1-3 with a 3.66 ERA allowing 16 earned runs over 39 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: 6/15/16 vs. Iowa – Burgos got the call and ran into the buzzsaw that is the streaky Iowa offense. The righty allowed 4 runs on 12 hits, hit a batter, walked a batter, and intentionally walked a batter. He took the loss and threw 74 pitches, 47 for strikes in a game the Sky Sox lost 6-5.
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Storm Chasers Pitcher: Right-hander Christian Binford will toe the slab for the visitors in the series finale. He has made six starts with Omaha this season to the tune of a 1-4 record and 5.11 ERA allowing 24 runs (21 earned) on 40 hits, 8 walks, and 21 strikeouts. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .272 against the righty. Binford has made 12 starts between Omaha and Double-A Northwest Arkansas and is a combined 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA. He has faced the Sky Sox one time this season and took the loss on June 3 allowing 6 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and 3 strikeouts in six innings of work. Binford was selected by the Royals in the 30th round of the 2011 draft out of Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. In his pro career, the Maryland-native is 27-34 with a 3.60 ERA in 91 appearances, 87 starts across four-plus seasons.
Last Time Out: 6/14/16 at Oklahoma City – Binford couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning against the Dodgers and took the loss last Tuesday. The righty went 4 1/3 innings and gave up 5 runs on 8 hits, a homer to Rob Segedin, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. He threw 83 pitches, 51 for strikes in a game the Chasers lost 6-3.
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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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