Colorado Springs FINALLY got a gift from Mother Nature last night in the form of the shortest game in the history of Security Service Field, which also ended 4-2 in favor of the Sky Sox in the series finale against the Storm Chasers. Tony Cruz took Hiram Burgos deep for a two-run homer in the second inning for Omaha’s two runs. The Sox countered with two, two-run homers of their own in the second and third courtesy of Josmil Pinto and Andy Wilkins. Pinto extended his hitting streak to nine games with the blast and Wilkins upped his own to five games. The latter home run was ultimately the difference in the game as the Sox and Chasers finished after 4 1/2 innings thanks to the rain.
Before we make our way into tonight’s game, the Brewers and Sky Sox have announced the following transactions:
ADD: RHP Corey Knebel optioned to Colorado Springs from Milwaukee
DEL: INF Yadiel Rivera recalled to Milwaukee
Tonight, the Sky Sox welcome in the Memphis Redbirds for the first game in a six-game, four-day series. A pair of veterans get the nod as Brewers opening day starter right-hander Wily Peralta climbs the hill for Colorado Springs and journeyman righty Jerome Williams gets the start for Memphis. Peralta is 0-0 with a 7.36 ERA this season in the Springs and Williams is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA with the Redbirds. Against Memphis, the Sox are 4-6 this season, 70-83 all-time and 40-34 at home. This series will conclude the 2016 season series between the two teams.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (31-35) vs. Memphis Redbirds (32-36) – 7:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Wily Peralta (0-0, 7.36) vs. RHP Jerome Williams (2-1, 1.80)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Wily Peralta climbs the hill for Colorado Springs tonight in the series opener against the Redbirds and will make his second start with the Sky Sox, both have come at home. The righty is 0-0 with a 7.36 ERA after his one start, in which he allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 homers, 3 walks, and struck out 4 in 3 2/3 innings of work. 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. He 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 143 MiLB games he is 33-35 with a 3.96 ERA. He was originally signed by the Brewers as an international free agent in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic.
Last Time Out: 6/16/16 vs. Iowa – Peralta had the tall task of taming the Iowa offense in his debut with the Sky Sox and fared decently well, all things considered. He gave up three runs on 5 hits, 2 homers, 3 walks and struck out 4 over his 3 2/3 innings of work. He threw 75 pitches, 42 for strikes in a game the Sky Sox came back to win 9-8 in 10 innings.
2016 Game Log with the Sky Sox:
Redbirds Pitcher: RHP Jerome Williams will make his fourth start with the Redbirds and second against Colorado Springs tonight at Security Service Field. The well-traveled righty is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA allowing just 4 runs on 16 hits, 3 homers, 4 walks, 1 hit batter, and 13 strikeouts in 20 innings. He silenced the Sky Sox at AutoZone Park to the tune of a complete game shutout and allowed just six base-runners on 5 hits and a hit batter. The righty was signed to a minor-league contract by the Cardinals on June 2nd and made his debut with the Redbirds on June 5th against Iowa. He took the loss and allowed three runs to the I-Cubs in the first start of his 2016 campaign. Williams is a veteran that was originally selected by the Giants in the Compensation round of the 1999 draft. He has pitched for the Giants, Cubs, Nationals, Twins, Dodgers, Athletics, Angels, Phillies, Astros, Rangers and now Cardinals organizations. That’s 11 for those keeping score at home. In the minors he’s 52-57 with a 4.20 ERA in 216 career outings and 52-66 with a 4.57 ERA in 225 big-league games. He last pitched for the Phillies in 2015 and went 4-12 with a 5.80 ERA in 33 appearances (21 starts)
Last Time Out: 6/16/2016 at Nashville – Williams toed the slab in the Music City and limited the PCL’s best team to 1 run, thanks to a solo homer by Ryon Healy, 6 hits, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts over six innings. He threw 99 pitches, 66 for strikes and took home the win in a game the Redbirds won 5-2.
2016 Game Log –
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.
ICYMI: Yesterday’s Interview with Dan Karcher and David Goforth –
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