The Sky Sox were silenced to the tune of two hits by Round Rock’s lefty Michael Roth en route to the 7-o loss at Dell Diamond Sunday night. Josmil Pinto broke up the no-hitter with a one-out triple in the eighth inning and Jake Elmore picked up a single in the 9th to cap off the Sox two-hit performance. Wily Peralta gave up four runs in his third outing with Colorado Springs, while Sam Freeman put together 3 scoreless innings against his former team. Round Rock took advantage of Drew Gagnon and plated three more against the righty in the eighth inning. It marked the second time this season the Sky Sox had been held to 2 hits and it put an end to their third inning streak of four games or more.
Tonight, the Sky Sox look to rebound from last night’s 7-0 loss with a win in game three of the four-game series and road trip. In hopes of doing that, the Sky Sox will send top-lefty pitching prospect in the organization Josh Hader to the mound, while the Express will counter with former Sky Sox Austin Bibens-Dirkx. Hader was roughed up for the first time all season his last time out and is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in Triple-A, while Bibens-Dirkx is 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA in two starts with the Express. The Sky Sox and Express have squared off in six games this season between Security Service Field and Dell Diamond with Round Rock winning four of the six matchups. All time the Sox are 32-42 against the Express and 18-22 on the road.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (36-38) at Round Rock Express (40-36) – 6:05 p.m. – Dell Diamond – Round Rock, Texas
Pitching Matchup: LHP Josh Hader (0-2, 6.00) vs. RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-1, 6.48)
Sky Sox Pitcher: LHP Josh Hader is set to make his fourth Triple-A start, his second away from Security Service Field, and his 15th overall between Double-A Biloxi and the Sky Sox. Hader has dropped two of his first three Triple-A starts against Omaha and Memphis (twice faced). Last time out the lefty gave up a season and career-high six earned runs in three innings against the Redbirds, but was erased from the decision by his offense. Hader is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA allowing 10 runs on 16 hits, 9 walks, and 18 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 14 starts combined, Hader is 2-3 with a 2.30 ERA and has allowed 17 runs (16 earned) on 54 hits, 28 walks, and 91 strikeouts in 72 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. What a haul that trade garnered the BrewCrew. The lefty is 23-19 with five saves and a 2.79 ERA in 104 career outings, 72 of which have been starts.
Last Time Out: 6/22/16 vs. Memphis – Hader made his second start at home, and second of the season against the Redbirds and perhaps those factors led to the lefty getting roughed up. Hader was tagged for a season-high 6 runs on 8 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts in 3 innings of work. He gave up the six runs over the first two innings before pitching a scoreless third. He threw 72 pitches, 43 for strikes in a game the Sky Sox would win 10-9 thanks to Rene Garcia’s bunt RBI single.
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Express Pitcher: Righty Austin Bibens-Dirkx takes the hill for Round Rock in the third game of four against the Sky Sox. The former Colorado Springs pitcher was signed by the Rangers on June 17 and has made two starts since his signing. The righty is 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA allowing 6 runs on 9 hits, 3 walks, and 13 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings. His two starts have come on the road against Nashville and Oklahoma City. This will be his first start of the season at Dell Diamond. The Sky Sox got seven relief outings from the righty back in 2012. He went 1-1 with a 13.89 ERA in 11 2/3 innings of work. Bibens-Dirkx had not pitched professionally since last season with Toronto’s Double-A affiliate the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Originally selected by the Mariners in the 16th round of the 2006 draft, the righty finds himself with his six organization, having pitched for Seattle, Toronto, Chicago (NL), and Washington prior to his signing with the Rangers. In 297 MiLB appearances (126 starts) Bibens-Dirkx is 58-49 with a 4.06 ERA in 940.0 career innings.
Last Time Out: 6/22/2016 at Oklahoma City – Bibens-Dirkx went four innings against the OKC Dodgers and took the loss. He allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, including a home run to Corey Brown, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. He threw 85 pitches, 50 for strikes in a game the Express loss 4-1.
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Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of tonight’s game from Dell Diamond at 6:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup off and running at 5:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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