This road trip has been no better than a nightmare for the Sky Sox as they dropped their sixth straight to the tune of 9-6 at the hands of the Reno Aces. Hiram Burgos ran into the Aces lineup that picked up seven runs over 3 2/3 innings against him and Shelby Miller silenced the Sox over the first five innings. Trailing 7-0 in the sixth, Nate Orf got the first Colorado Springs hit with a double off the wall and two batters later it was Josmil Pinto cashing in on a three-run homer. Two more for Reno in the seventh put it out of reach, but Brandon Macias finished the game on a high note with a three-run, pinch-hit home run in the ninth. We can only hope that Uncle Mo joins the Sox in Reno tonight.
This evening, the Sky Sox and Aces get set to fire it up in the third of four at Greater Nevada Field. This is the final series of the road trip before the Sky Sox return home to host the Round Rock Express in the first of four on Friday. The Sky Sox fell for the sixth time in the second half with a 9-6 loss at the hands of Shelby Miller and the Aces and dropped back to five games below .500 at 44-49. Hoping to get on the board in the second half with a win in the seventh game of the road trip, the Sky Sox will send righty Wily Peralta to the hill for the third time on the road and the Aces will counter with lefty Edwin Escobar. Peralta is 0-3 with an 8.18 ERA, while Edwin Escobar has gone 5-2 with a 5.08 ERA in 11 starts with the Aces. The Sky Sox are 0-2 against Reno this season, 39-49 all-time against them and 17-27 on the road.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (44-49) at Reno Aces (51-45) – 8:05 p.m. – Greater Nevada Field – Reno, Nevada
Pitching Matchup: RHP Wily Peralta (0-3, 8.18) at LHP Edwin Escobar (5-2, 5.08)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Wily Peralta takes his seventh trip to the mound in a Sky Sox uniform and his third away from Security Service Field. The righty is 0-3 with a 8.18 ERA after his six starts, in which he allowed 22 runs (20 earned) on 34 hits, 4 homers, 12 walks, and struck out 17 in 22 innings of work. The righty pitched into the fifth inning against Tacoma in his last start and completed four frames for the first time this season. He went 4 1/3 and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, 1 homer, 1 walk, and struck out 2 against Felix Hernandez and the Rainiers on 7/15. That game was a rematch of the August 11, 2013 game between the Brewers and Mariners at Safeco Field. 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 148 MiLB games he is 33-38 with a 4.09 ERA. He was originally signed by the Brewers as an international free agent in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic.
Last Time Out: 7/15/16 at Tacoma –Peralta turned in what was by far his best start in a Sky Sox uniform at Cheney Stadium against the Rainiers. He and Felix Hernandez squared off in a rematch of the August 11, 2013 game at Safeco Field. Although he came up on teh short end, Peralta was very good for the Sox allowing a pair of runs on 5 hits, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. The lone mistake he made was to Tyler Smith in the fifth, when Smith took him deep for a 2-run homer. The righty threw 71 pitches, 40 for strikes in a game he and the Sox lost 4-1.
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Aces Pitcher: Left-hander Edwin Escobar gets the call for the Aces in the third of four tonight at Greater Nevada Field. Escobar is 5-2 with a 5.08 ERA in 11 starts with the Aces and a combined 5-2 with a 4.52 ERA in 14 games, 12 starts between Reno and the Pawtucket Red Sox. In 56 2/3 innings with Reno, the southpaw has allowed 35 runs (32 earned) on 69 hits, 7 homers, 22 walks, and 40 strikeouts. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .308 against the lefty from Venezuela. He is 0-2 with a 15.32 ERA in three starts at home allowing 24 runs (21 earned) on 29 hits, 5 homers, 7 walks, and 9 strikeouts. Escobar was originally signed by the Rangers in 2008, was traded to the Giants in 2010 for Ben Snyder, then sent to Boston along with Heath Hembree for Jake Peavy in 2014, and finally claimed off of waivers by the D-backs in April of this season. In seven-plus professional seasons the lefty is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in 5 MLB games (3 with ARI, 2 with BOS) and 33-47 with a 4.23 ERA in 153 minor-league games. He was most recently optioned down from Arizona on July 18.
Last Time Out: 7/15/16 vs. Los Angeles (NL) – Escobar was the third pitcher used by the D-backs in the July 15 game against the Dodgers. He logged one-third of an inning and gave up 2 runs on 1 hit and a hit batter. He threw 11 pitches, 6 for strikes in a game Arizona lost 13-7 at home.
Last 10 games with Reno –
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of tonight’s game from Greater Nevada Field at 8:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up and running at 7:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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