The Sky Sox’s woeful road trip continued last night with what was by far the worst loss of the seven. The Sox led 4-2 and needed three outs to pick up their first win of the second half, but couldn’t do it. The Aces rallied for two runs without the benefit of a hit in the ninth and loaded the bases with nobody out in the 10th and won it on a wild pitch. Wily Peralta turned in a great performance striking out 11 over 5 2/3 innings, while Damien Magnifico took home his third blown save and David Goforth took the loss. Four Sox tallied two-hit games in defeat, their seventh loss in a row. The losing streak marks the longest for the Sox since they were a Rockies’ affiliate and lost the final nine games to end the 2014 campaign.
Tonight, the Sky Sox hope to avoid getting swept on this entire road trip and face the Aces in the finale of four at Greater Nevada Field. Colorado Springs returns home to host the Round Rock Express in the first of four on Friday at Security Service Field. The Sky Sox fell for the seventh time in the second half with a 5-4 heartbreaking loss at the hands of Edwin Escobar and the Aces and dropped back to six games below .500 at 44-50. Entering play tonight they sit 9 games out of first place behind Oklahoma City. Hoping to get on the board in the second half with a win in the final game of the road trip, the Sky Sox will send righty Aaron Wilkerson to the hill for the third time in a Sox uniform and the Aces will counter with righty Matt Buschmann. Wilkerson is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA, while Edwin Buschmann is 6-6 with a 5.30 ERA 16 games with the Aces. The Sky Sox are 0-3 against Reno this season, 39-50 all-time against them and 17-28 on the road.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (44-50) at Reno Aces (52-45) – 8:05 p.m. – Greater Nevada Field – Reno, Nevada
Pitching Matchup: RHP Aaron Wilkerson (0-1, 7.36) at RHP Matt Buschmann (6-6, 5.30)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Aaron Wilkerson is set to make the third start of his tenure within the Brewers organization tonight in Reno. The righty was acquired by the Brewers in early July in the deal that sent Aaron Hill to the Red Sox. He is a combined 6-4 with a 2.53 ERA in 19 appearances between Double-A Portland, Triple-A Pawtucket, and Colorado Springs. With the Sox he is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA allowing 6 earned runs on 11 hits over 7 1/3 innings in two starts. He took the loss his last time out against the Rainiers. With the PawSox he went 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in 9 games (8 starts) allowing 18 runs (13 earned) on 41 hits, 11 walks, and 54 strikeouts over 48 innings. He went undrafted out of Cumberland (TN) University and played in the Independent leagues in 2013-14 before the Red Sox purchased his contract. In 56 professional games the righty is 22-8 with a 2.64 ERA, between the Red Sox and Brewers.
Last Time Out: 7/16/16 at Tacoma – Wilkerson made his first road start with the Sox his last trip to the mound against the Rainiers. He set the bar high for himself with four scoreless innings in his debut, but couldn’t back that up and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts across 3 1/3 innings. He allowed a two-run homer to D.J. Peterson in the third inning, and couldn’t make it out of the fourth. He threw 76 pitches, 49 for strikes in a game the Sox lost 7-2.
Last 10 Games for Wilkerson:
Aces Pitcher: Right-hander Matt Buschmann gets the call in the season-series finale tonight at Greater Nevada Field and will make his 17th appearance for the Aces. Through his first 16, Buschmann is 6-6 with a 5.30 ERA allowing 52 runs on 107 hits, 12 homers, 38 walks, and 59 strikeouts in 88 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .308 against the righty who originally hails from St. Louis, Missouri. He has won his last four decisions, coming over the last five games. The righty made his big-league debut against the Cubs at Chase Field on April 10 of this season after toiling in the minor leagues for 296 appearances and 1,408 innings. He pitched a scoreless frame. Buschmann is with his sixth organization and in 10-plus seasons he has accumulated a 90-75 record with a save and 4.17 ERA in 298 appearances, 230 of which have been starts. In three appearances with the D-backs he did not get a decision and accrued a 2.08 ERA allowing 1 run on 2 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Buschmann was originally drafted by the Padres in the 15th round of the 2006 draft and has played in the Padres, Rays, A’s, Reds, Orioles and now D-backs systems.
Last Time Out: 7/16/16 vs. Oklahoma City – Buschmann earned his fourth win in five games with another solid performance against the Dodgers. He limited OKC to 2 runs on 7 hits, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings at home. He threw 92 pitches, 55 for strikes in a game the Aces won 8-3.
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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