The Sky Sox are no strangers to lengthy affairs and had another one last night as they took down the Express 3-2 in a 14-inning 5-hour game last night at Dell Diamond. Kyle Wren gave the Sky Sox the squard their second lead in extra innings with a single that plated Nate Orf from third and Ariel Pena retired the Express in order in the bottom half of the inning to preserve the victory. Josh Hader started the game and went five scoreless innings, and Nate Orf tied the game at 1-1 with a solo homer in the eighth inning, his first in 2016. Eric Young Jr. scored a run in the 12th inning on a missed catch error by shortstop Hanser Alberto and gave the Sky Sox a brief 2-1 lead, but Round Rock charged back to tie it in the next half inning.
Before we dive into tonight’s matchup of arms, the Brewers and Sky Sox have announced the following transactions –
ADD: LHP Brent Suter reinstated from the temporary inactive list
DEL: INF Jake Elmore selected to Milwaukee
Congrats to Jake! He’s starting at 2B for the Brewers tonight.
Tonight, the Sky Sox look to follow up their thrilling 14-inning win from last night with a series clinching victory tonight in the finale of the four-game series and road trip at Dell Diamond. The Sky Sox will send top pitching prospect in the organization Jorge Lopez to the mound, while the Express will counter with long-time big leaguer Kyle Lohse. Lopez is set to make the 14th appearance of his season and 13th start, he’s 1-5 with a 6.05 ERA, while righty Kyle Lohse, who has 455 MLB games under his belt, is slated to go for the Express. The Sky Sox and Express have squared off in seven games this season between Security Service Field and Dell Diamond with Round Rock winning four of the seven matchups. All time the Sox are 33-42 against the Express and 19-22 on the road. The Sky Sox can get back to .500 for the first time since June 3 following their win against Omaha, which put them at 25-25.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (37-38) at Round Rock Express (40-37) – 6:05 p.m. – Dell Diamond – Round Rock, Texas
Pitching Matchup: RHP Jorge Lopez (0-2, 6.00) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (0-1, 6.48)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Jorge Lopez gets the start in the finale of the four-game series and road trip and will make his 14th appearance (13th start) of the season. Over his first 13 outings, Lopez is 1-5 with a 6.05 ERA and has allowed 46 runs (41 earned) on 72 hits, 5 homers, 44 walks, 3 hit batters, and 48 strikeouts in 61 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .295 against the righty from Puerto Rico. Lopez took the hill against the Redbirds in his last start and did not record a decision despite allowing 8 runs (6 earned), on 9 hits, 3 homers, 5 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He will make his second start against the Express. He took the loss at Security Service Field on May 4 and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits in four innings of work. Lopez is 0-4 with a 5.79 ERA away from SSF and tonight will mark his 7th appearance on the road. Lopez was selected by the Brewers in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft out of the Caguas Military Academy in Puerto Rico. In 103 career minor-league outings he is 31-32 with a 4.25 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: 6/23/16 vs. Memphis – Lopez climbed the hill for the fourth time against the Redbirds and could not make it out of the fifth inning. He went 4 1/3 innings and allowed 8 runs (6 earned) on 9 hits, 3 homers, 5 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He threw 97 pitches for the second straight outing, but only 48 were in for strikes in a game the Sky Sox won 9-8.
Last 10 Games with the Sky Sox:
Express Pitcher: Veteran righty Kyle Lohse will toe the slab for the Express in the finale of the four-game set tonight at Dell Diamond. Lohse has been around a looooooooooooooong time, and to be honest that’s probably not enough “Os”. The 37-year old is in his first season within the Rangers organization and is 3-4 with a 5.52 ERA in eight Triple-A starts. He has allowed 31 runs (28 earned) on 49 hits, 11 walks, and 33 strikeouts. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .278 against him in his 45 2/3 innings. Lohse elected free agency and parted ways with the Brewers following the 2016 season and signed with the Rangers on May 14 of this season. He was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 29th round of the 1996 draft. 1996! He made his MLB debut five years later with the Twins and has made 455 MLB appearances (416 starts) in which he is 147-141 with 2 saves and a 4.37 ERA. Over 127 MiLB outings (124 starts) the veteran righty is 42-47 with a 4.24 ERA. Prior to this season, Lohse had not pitched in the minors since 2010 with the Cardinals organization. The Rangers mark his seventh system he’s been a part of; Cubs, Twins, Cardinals, Reds, Phillies, and Brewers being the other six.
Last Time Out: 6/23/2016 at Oklahoma City – Lohse picked up his first win in a month his last trip to the mound. He gave up 5 runs on 9 hits, and 5 strikeouts to the OKC Dodgers, but his offense put him in line for a the win with a good day at the dish. He threw 101 pitches, 64 for strikes in a game Round Rock won 9-6.
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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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