The Sky Sox and Redbirds played five and a half hours of baseball over the course of two games yesterday, and are set to do it all over again today beginning at 5:05 at Security Service Field. The two squads split a pair yesterday with the Sky Sox winning 10-9 thanks to Rene Garcia’s walk-off bunt single in the the 9th (extra) innings of game one and Memphis returned the favor with a 16-4 drubbing in the second of the two tilts. Rene Garcia played the hero in game one as he tied it with the two-run double in the seventh and won it with an RBI bunt single in the ninth. tim Dillard took the brunt of the Memphis attack in the second game and was roughed up for 13 runs (11 earned) on 11 hits over two-plus innings. Orlando Arcia had two homers and five RBI in the twinbill and Will Middlebrooks collected five hits, including two doubles, and an RBI in the two games.
Before we dive into today’s game, the Brewers and Sky Sox have announced the following transactions:
ADD: RHP Jorge Lopez reinstated from the temporary inactive list
DEL: RHP Tim Dillard placed on the temporary inactive list
Tonight the two teams tee it up in the second of back-to-back doubleheaders. Tonight’s two affairs are set to start at 5:05 p.m. from Security Service Field. Colorado Springs will trot out righty Jorge Lopez for the opener and southpaw BrentSuter for game two, while Memphis will counter with righty Alex Reyes and good friend TBA in game two. Lopez will throw for the first time since June 11th when he took on the Redbirds at AutoZone Park and Suter will make his third appearance, second start, of the homestand and second appearance against the Redbirds.For Memphis Reyes is 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA in 6 outings, none of which have come against Colorado Springs. Against Memphis, the Sox are 5-8 this season, 71-85 all-time and 41-36 at home. This series will conclude the 2016 season series between the two teams.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (32-37) vs. Memphis Redbirds (34-37) – 5:05 p.m. – Doubleheader – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Game 1 Pitching Matchup: RHP Jorge Lopez (1-5, 5.56) vs. RHP Alex Reyes (2-0, 3.46)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Jorge Lopez gets the start in the first game of today’s doubleheader and will make his 13th appearance (12th start) of the season. Over his first 12 outings, Lopez is 1-5 with a 5.56 ERA and has allowed 38 runs (35 earned) on 63 hits, 2 homers, 39 walks, 3 hit batters, and 44 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .284 against the righty from Puerto Rico. Lopez took the hill against the Redbirds in his last start and took the loss allowing one run over six innings. Tonight will be the righty’s fourth start against Memphis as the first two of his season came against the Redbirds, one at home and one on the road, and his last did as well. He’s 0-1 with a 4.40 ERA allowing 7 runs on 14 hits, 10 walks, and 9 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings of work. He has not pitched at home since May 20. Lopez was selected by the Brewers in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft out of the Caguas Military Academy in Puerto Rico. In 101 career minor-league outings he is 31-32 with a 4.18 ERA and 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two big-league starts, his win coming against the Padres at Petco Park on September 29, 2015.
Last Time Out: 6/11/16 at Memphis – Lopez pitched six-strong innings against the Rebirds at AutoZone Park his last time to the mound. He gave up a run on 3 hits, 4 walks, and 1 strikeout on a season-high 97 pitches, 53 for strikes in a game the Sky Sox lost 2-0 to Jerome Williams.
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Redbirds Pitcher: Righty Alex Reyes will get the start in the first game of the twinbill for Memphis and is set to make his first appearance against the Sky Sox. He is 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA in six starts with the Redbirds. He’s logged 26 innings and given up 10 runs on 22 hits, 13 walks, and 45 strikeouts over the six appearances. Reyes is the top overall prospect in St. Louis’ organization and was signed by the Cards as a non-drafted free agent in December of 2012. The 21-year old is 20-18 through 61 starts in the minor leagues and has yet to make his big-league debut. He was suspended 50 games for use of a drug of abuse and did not make his first start in 2016 until May 22nd against the Fresno Grizzlies.
Last Time Out: 6/18/2016 vs. Iowa – Reyes could not make it out of the fifth inning against the I-Cubs his last time out and didn’t record a decision. He gave up 2 runs on 7 hits, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. He through a season-high 100 pitches, 64 for strikes in a game the Redbirds won 6-4.
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Game 2 Pitching Matchup: LHP Brent Suter (1-4, 4.70) vs. TBA
Sky Sox Pitcher: Lefty Brent Suter is ready to fill the role of starter for the ninth time in 2016 when he climbs the hill this evening at Security Service Field. Suter is 1-4 with a save and a 4.70 ERA allowing 31 runs on 76 hits, 7 walks, and 40 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .329 against the southpaw from Cincinnati. The Harvard graduate is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA in eight home appearances and 1-4 with a 5.72 ERA as a starter. His last outing was his roughest as he took the loss and gave up 7 runs on 11 hits and a strikeout in four innings against the Omaha Storm Chasers. Suter was selected by the Brewers in the 31st round out of Harvard University. In 105 career minor-league outings, the lefty is 30-30 with 3 saves and a 3.50 ERA covering five seasons.
Last Time Out: 6/19/16 vs. Omaha – Suter, like Dillard yesterday, was ambushed by the Storm Chasers in his last start. He gave up seven runs across four innings on 11 hits and struck out one. He threw 65 pitches, 47 for strikes in a game the Sky Sox lost 11-3.
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Redbirds Pitcher: To Be Announced.
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 5:05 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will get off and running at 4:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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