Colorado Springs couldn’t get off the ground in Oklahoma City and the Dodgers completed the three-game series sweep with a 3-2 win in the finale Wednesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Sky Sox came back to tie the game 2-2 courtesy of an Orlando Arcia two-run homer in the sixth inning against Jose De Leon. The Sky Sox then loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but could not score. David Goforth allowed a pair of two-out singles in the seventh and then unleashed a wild pitch which allowed Micah Johnson to score the go-ahead and ultimately the winning run. Hiram Burgos was very good for the Sox as he picked up a quality start allowing two runs in six innings of work. De Leon was outstanding for OKC, but did not factor into the decision. The loss marked the fourth in a row for the Sox and dropped them to a game under .50 and seven games out of first place.
Tonight, the Sky Sox welcome in the Iowa Cubs for the first of four at Security Service Field, this marks the final series prior to the All-Star Break. The last time these two teams hooked up tempers flared and ejections and suspensions ensued. The testy times began when Tyler Cravy hit Dan Vogelbach with a pitch and the benches cleared before all was said and done. We shall see how things play out in this series as both squads are in need of a win badly. The Sox come in dropping their last four games and the Cubs their last three. In hopes of getting back to the win column the Sox will send righty Wily Peralta to the hill against Iowa’s right-hander Jake Buchanan. Peralta enters play 0-2 with a 9.42 ERA and Buchanan 7-4 with a 4.23 ERA. The Sky Sox are 3-4 against Iowa this season 84-102 all time against them and 48-47 at home.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (41-42) at Iowa Cubs (40-47) – 7:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Wily Peralta (0-2, 9.42) vs. RHP Jake Buchanan (7-4, 4.23)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Wily Peralta takes his fifth trip to the mound in a Sky Sox uniform and his fourth between the lines of Security Service Field. The righty is 0-2 with a 9.42 ERA after his four starts, in which he allowed 16 runs (15 earned) on 24 hits, 3 homers, 7 walks, and struck out 13 in 14 1/3 innings of work. The righty pitched into the fourth inning against New Orleans in his last start, but has not delivered more than 62 pitches in his last three starts after opening his Sky Sox career with 75 pitches against this Cubs team. He went 3 2/3 and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 homers, 3 walks, and struck out 4 in his debut with the Sox on June 16 against the Cubbies. 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 146 MiLB games he is 33-37 with a 4.07 ERA. He was originally signed by the Brewers as an international free agent in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic.
Last Time Out: 7/2/16 vs. New Orleans – Peralta got two outs in fourth before he was lifted against the New Orleans in his last start. He allowed a season-low 2 runs on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts over his outing. He tossed 60 pitches, 40 of which were strikes in a game the Sky Sox won 8-6.
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Cubs Pitcher: Righty Jake Buchanan will take his 15th trip to the mound for the I-Cubs and make his 14th start of the season. In his first 14 outings, Buchanan is 7-4 with a 4.23 ERA allowing 43 runs (39 earned) on 91 hits, 6 homers, 3 hit batters, 20 walks, and 65 strikeouts. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .279 against the North Carolina native. He made the start against Colorado Springs on June 16 here at SSF and did not record a decision, but picked up a quality start allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, 3 walks, and 2 strikeouts in six innings. On April 29 he tossed another six innings and allowed just one hit to the Sox at Principal Park. The Charlotte, NC native was originally drafted by the Astros in the eighth round of the 2010 draft and signed by the Cubs as a free agent in April of 2016. In 160 minor-league games, Buchanan is 45-46 with 4 saves and a 4.08 ERA; he made his big league debut with the ‘Stros in June of 2014 and is 1-3 with a 4.06 ERA in 22 MLB games.
Last Time Out: 6/27/16 @ Oklahoma City – Buchanan picked up his second-straight win with seven-strong innings against the Dodgers his last trip to the mound. Over the seven frames he allowed 2 runs on 9 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 8. He threw 89 pitches, 61 for strikes in a game the Cubs won 3-2.
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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 7:05 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will get off and running at 7:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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