The Sky Sox returned to their old ways and gave up seven runs over the first two innings en route to the 11-5 loss to the Memphis Redbirds in the opener of the six-game, four-day sereis last night at Security Service Field. Wily Peralta took the hill and was roughed up to the tune of seven runs over three innings of work. Memphis notched one run in the first and exploded for six in the second. Former Sky Sox catcher Michael McKenry led the charge for the ‘Birds and went 2-for-4 with a two-run single and a two-run homer in the sixth inning that put the game out of reach, making it 9-4. Three Sky Sox tallied multi-hit games and Josmil Pinto extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
You can read the Quick Hits portion of this blog below the doubleheader preview.
Today, the Sky Sox and Redbirds are set to tee it up in the first of back-to-back doubleheaders. Colorado Springs will trot out lefty Josh Hader for the opener and righty Tim Dillard for game two, while Memphis will counter with righties Deck McGuire and Kurt Heyer. Hader will make his third start in a Sky Sox uni and second at home; he’s 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA, and Dillard, who is 4-0 with a 4.25 ERA, will make his third start on the year, second in a row. McGuire tossed 8-scoreless against the Sox a week and a half ago at AutoZone Park and Heyer has not faced the Sox this year. Against Memphis, the Sox are 4-7 this season, 70-84 all-time and 40-35 at home. This series will conclude the 2016 season series between the two teams.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (31-36) vs. Memphis Redbirds (33-36) – 12:35 p.m. – Doubleheader – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Game 1 Pitching Matchup: LHP Josh Hader (0-2, 3.00) vs. RHP Deck McGuire (6-6, 3.81)
Sky Sox Pitcher: LHP Josh Hader is set to make his third Triple-A start, his second in a row at home, and his 14th overall between Double-A Biloxi and the Sky Sox. Hader has dropped his first two Triple-A starts against Omaha and Memphis, but he hasn’t helped out any by the offense because he’s allowed a combined four runs in 12-innings of work. Hader is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, 7 walks, and 15 strikeouts in Triple-A. He gave up allowed 2 runs on 1 hit, 4 walks, and a season-high 9 strikeouts against Memphis in his Triple-A debut on June 12. In 13 starts combined, Hader is 2-3 with a 1.30 ERA and has allowed 11 runs (10 earned) on 46 hits, 26 walks, and 88 strikeouts in 69 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 23-19 with five saves and a 2.69 ERA in 103 career outings, 71 of which have been starts.
Last Time Out: 6/17/16 vs. Omaha – Hader was dealt the loss in his first start at Security Service Field, despite pitching six-solid innings. The lefty allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, 3 walks, and 8 strikeouts. He threw 96 pitches, 58 for strikes in a game the Sky Sox lost 5-2 to the Storm Chasers.
Last 10 Games with the Sky Sox and Biloxi:
Redbirds Pitcher: Righty Deck McGuire gets the call for the Redbirds in first game of the doubleheader today against the Sky Sox. It will mark the fourth start against Colorado Springs for him and the 15th overall in 2016. He’s 6-6 with a 3.81 ERA through his first 14 starts allowing 35 runs (33 earned) on 69 hits, 10 homers, 29 walks, and 59 strikeouts in 78 innings pitched. He’s won his last five starts. In his three previous starts against Colorado Springs, McGuire is 1-1 with a 1.56 ERA and has allowed 3 runs on 9 hits, 5 walks, and 14 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings of work between AutoZone Park and Security Service Field. McGuire was selected by the Blue Jays in the first round of the 2010 draft out of Georgia Tech, was traded to the Athletics for cash in 2014, signed by the Dodgers as a free agent in 2015, before signing with the Cardinals prior to the 2016 campaign.
Last Time Out: 6/17/2016 vs. Nashville – McGuire continued his red-hot pitching and won his fifth straight start with another solid six inning performance against Iowa. The righty allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, 5 walks, and 5 strikeouts. He threw 96 pitches, 55 for strikes in a game the Redbirds won 7-6 over the Cubs.
Last 10 Starts with Memphis –
Game 2 Pitching Matchup: RHP Tim Dillard (4-0, 4.25) vs. RHP Kurt Heyer (0-0, 8.79)
Sky Sox Pitcher: Righty Tim Dillard gets the call for a spot start, his second in a row, in game two of the doubleheader against Memphis. He will climb the mound for the 13th time and make his third start of the year, first against the Redbirds. He has logged 1/3 of an inning in perfect fashion against Memphis this season. Dillard is 4-0 with a save and a 4.25 ERA over his first 12 appearances and has allowed 14 runs on 29 hits, 10 walks, and 29 strikeouts. Opponents in the league are hitting .259 against the side-arming righty. Dillard has made two starts against Omaha and is a combined 1-0 with a 4.66 ERA as a starter this season. He was drafted by the Brewers in the 34th round of the 2002 draft and spent his 14 year career within the walls of the Milwaukee organization. Over that stretch, the righty is 76-53 with 16 saves and a 3.81 ERA in 408 MiLB games and 1-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 73 MLB games.
Last Time Out: 6/18/16 vs. Omaha – Dillard could not make it out of the fifth inning on Saturday night against the Storm Chasers, but did not record a decision. The righty went 4 2/3 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He tied a season-high with 84 pitches thrown, and his 57 strikes were a season-high. The Sky Sox would come back to win the tilt 8-5 thanks to a walk-off grand slam from Will Middlebrooks.
Last 10 Games with the Sky Sox:
Redbirds Pitcher: Righty Kurt Heyer will make his first Triple-A start of the 2016 campaign and the third of his season in game two of the doubleheader. Heyer holds an 0-0 record with an 8.79 ERA in seven appearances with Memphis and is a combined 2-2 with a 5.15 ERA in 19 games (2 starts) with Memphis and Double-A Springfield this season. In 14 1/3 Triple-A innings he’s allowed 15 runs (14 earned) on 22 hits, 3 walks and 10 strikeouts and in 36 2/3 total innings he’s given up 23 runs (21 earned) on 42 hits, 6 walks, and 28 strikeouts. Heyer has faced the Sky Sox four times in his career and is 1-0 in those four outings. He was selected by the Cardinals in the 6th round of the 2012 draft out of Arizona and has pitched his entire career in the system. In 115 games, 57 of which have been starts, the righty is 23-24 with 4 saves in 5 chances and a 4.27 ERA during his minor-league career.
Last Time Out: 6/18/2016 vs. Iowa – Heyer came out of the bullpen and threw one inning against the Cubs. The righty allowed 2 runs on 1 hit and a walk. He threw 15 pitches, 6 for strikes. The ‘birds would hang on to win that game 6-4.
Last 10 appearances with Memphis and Springfield –
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 12:05 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Quick Hits from Tuesday’s 11-5 loss –
Hitting Notes –
Josmil Pinto collected a 2-for-4 night at the plate and extended his hitting streak to 10 games, while also picking up an RBI at the dish. He’s now hitting .331 through 38 games with the Sky Sox.
Nate Orf bounced back from his 0-for-2 return to Colorado Springs with a 2-for-3 night. He also walked and scored a run.
Kyle Wren set the table for the Sox with a 2-for-4 night from the leadoff spot in the order. In 13 games the outfielder is now hitting .306 with Colorado Springs.
Orlando Arcia crushed an RBI triple over the head of the right fielder Carlos Peguero in the third inning. It was the 5th triple of the season for the phenom shortstop.
Pitching Notes –
Wily Peralta started for the Sky Sox and lasted just three innings. He allowed 7 runs (6 earned) on 8 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts in his three frames and was hung with the loss. He threw 52 pitches, 30 for strikes.
Michael Kirkman was the first out of the pen and threw two-scoreless innings.
Play of the Game –
Orlando Arcia stepped in with a runner at second and nobody out in the third inning and crushed a Jerome Williams fastball deep to right field over the head of Carlos Peguero. Reed scored easily and Arcia chugged around to third ahead of the throw and collected his fifth triple of the season.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Nate Orf –
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