Sox Scribbles: Jorge Lopez Seeks First Road Win In Opener vs. OKC

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Jorge Lopez looks for his first road victory on July 4th in OKC. (Bobby Stevens/MiLB.Com)

The Sky Sox wrapped up a four-game homestand Sunday night with a 12-8 loss at the hands of New Orleans. Jeremy Guthrie took home the win despite allowing eight runs on 12 hits in five innings of work. Josh Hader turned in another tough performance at home and allowed a career-high eight runs (seven earned) in four-plus innings. The Sky Sox scored their 8 runs on 14 hits and got 6 multi-hit games from the first six in the starting nine.

Tonight, the Sky Sox have traveled to Oklahoma City and get ready to square off in the opener of the three-game series and road trip against the Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Sky Sox are back to two games above .500 (41-39) and had their five-game winning streak snapped last night at home. In hopes of getting back to their winning ways, the Sky Sox will send righty Jorge Lopez to the hill against fellow right-hander Logan Bawcom. Lopez is 1-5 with a 5.97 ERA in 14 games, 13 starts with the Sox, while Bawcom is 2-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 18 games (2 starts) with Oklahoma City. The Sky Sox are 2-2 against OKC this season 65-87 all time against them and 25-50 on the road.

Tonight’s Game Notes / Listen Live at 5:30 MDT / Lineups 

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (41-39) at Oklahoma City Dodgers (46-36) – 6:05 p.m. – Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Pitching Matchup: RHP Jorge Lopez (1-5, 5.97) at RHP Logan Bawcom (2-3, 2.53)

Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Jorge Lopez gets the start in the opener of the three-game series and road trip and will make his 15th appearance (14th start) of the season. Over his first 14 outings, Lopez is 1-5 with a 5.97 ERA and has allowed 49 runs (44 earned) on 76 hits, 6 homers, 48 walks, 3 hit batters, and 54 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .289 against the righty from Puerto Rico. Lopez took the hill against the Express at Dell Diamond and didn’t record a decision despite pitching into the 6th inning. He went 5 1/3 and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, a homer, 4 walks, and 6 strikeouts. He will make his second start against the Dodgers. He took the home no decision at Security Service Field on May 9 and allowed 1 run on 2 hits in five innings of work.  Lopez is 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA away from SSF and tonight will mark his 8th 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 104 career minor-league outings he is 31-32 with a 4.26 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: 6/28/16 at Round Rock – Lopez did not factor into the decision, but turned in a solid performance against the Express. He allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, 1 homer, 4 walks, and 6 strikeouts. He threw 94 pitches, 49 for strikes in a game the Sky Sox won 5-3 in 10 innings.

Last 10 games with the Sky Sox:

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Dodgers Pitcher: Right-hander Logan Bawcom will make just his third career start tonight against the Sky Sox in the opener of the three-game series. Bawcom enters play 2-3 with a save and a 2.53 ERA in 18 PCL games (2 starts) and is 3-3 with two saves and a 2.41 ERA in 23 games (2 starts) between Triple-A OKC and Double-A Tulsa. In 32 PCL innings, Bawcom has allowed 10 runs (9 earned) on 20 hits, 11 walks, and 25 strikeouts. He has faced Colorado Springs twice this season and has compiled three scoreless against the Sox. Bawcom was originally selected by the Dodgers in the 17th round of the 2010 draft and has played for the Dodgers and Mariners organizations. In 280 career appearances, three of which have been starts, the righty is 24-23 with 87 saves and a 3.40 ERA.

Last Time Out: 6/28/2016 vs. Iowa – Bawcom threw 39 pitches, 24 for strikes in 2 1/3 innings of relief against the I-Cubs. He scattered two hits, waled one and struck out five.

Last 10 Games with Oklahoma City –

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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 Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark at 6:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup off and running at 5:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.

Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,

Dan

@Dan_Acheson

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