The Sky Sox opened the month of July with a resounding 13-7 victory over the Zephyrs Friday night. They extended their home inning streak to five and overall winning streak to four with the six-run victory. Hiram Burgos went the requisite five innings and departed trailing 4-1, but the Sox exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to put the veteran righty in line for his fifth win and third in a row. Will Middlebrooks paced the offense with four hits and reached base all five times. Kyle Wren extended his hitting streak to a team-high 15 games with a two-hit performance. Four other Sox had multi-hit games and Nate Orf drove in a game-high three runs in the win.
This evening, the Sky Sox and Zephyrs get ready to square off in the third game of the four-game series and homestand at Security Service Field. The Sky Sox are two games above .500 (40-38) for the first time this season and the first time since April 8, 2014 when the Sox split a doubleheader with Round Rock and finished the day with a 4-2 record. They can get to three games above .500 for the first times since…that same day when after the game one victory the Sox held a 4-1 record. In hopes of winning their fifth straight and getting to the three-games over .500 mark, the Sky Sox will send righty Wily Peralta to the hill against fellow right-hander Dylan Axelrod. Peralta is 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA in three starts with the Sox, while Axelrod is 5-4 with a 4.18 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) with the Zephyrs. The Sky Sox are 6-4 against New Orleans this season 88-69 all time against the Zephyrs and 41-33 at home.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (40-38) vs. New Orleans Zepyhrs (37-42) – 6:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Wily Peralta (0-2, 10.97) vs. RHP Dylan Axelrod (5-4, 4.18)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Wily Peralta takes his fourth trip to the mound in a Sky Sox uniform and his third between the lines of Security Service Field. The righty is 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA after his three starts, in which he allowed 14 runs (13 earned) on 18 hits, 3 homers, 6 walks, and struck out 11 in 10 2/3 innings of work. The righty took the loss in each of his last two starts, one against Memphis and the other against Round Rock. 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 144 MiLB games he is 33-37 with a 4.06 ERA. He was originally signed by the Brewers as an international free agent in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic.
Last Time Out: 6/26/16 at Round Rock – Peralta tossed three scoreless innings before running into trouble against the Express in the 4th and 5th innings. Catcher Brett Nicholas took the righty deep with a solo shot in the fourth to begin the scoring and the Express picked up another three runs against Peralta in the fifth. He threw 62 pitches, 36 for strikes in a game the Sky Sox lost 7-0.
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Zephyrs Pitcher: Right-hander Dylan Axelrod will take his 14th turn in the rotation and make his 15th overall appearance in 2016 with the Zephyrs tonight. He is 5-4 with a 4.18 ERA allowing 35 runs (33 earned) on 70 hits, 19 walks, and 43 strikeouts in 71 innings. Axelrod has faced the Sox on two occasions and has been outstanding putting together two shutout starts. The Sox have mustered seven hits and three walks, striking out 10 in 11 2/3 innings, both outings have come below sea level at Zephyr Field. He’s 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA in eight starts away from home allowing 28 runs in 39 innings. Axelrod was originally selected by the Padres in the 30th round of the 2007 draft, he’s pitched for the Padres, White Sox, Reds and Marlins organizations. In 221 MiLB appearances he is 50-39 with a 3.41 ERA in 818 1/3 innings and in 59 MLB games he is 9-15 with a 5.27 ERA in 228.2 innings. He most recently pitched for the Reds in 2015 where he went 0-1 with a 7.30 ERA in 6 bullpen appearances.
Last Time Out: 6/26/2016 at Memphis – Axelrod was staked a 2-0 lead in the first against Memphis, but gave one back to the Redbirds in the bottom half. He lasted five innings and gave up four runs on five hits a walk and two strikeouts. He took the loss and threw 84 pitches, 54 for strikes in a game that was 6-4 Memphis.
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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 6:05 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will get off and running at 5:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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