The Sky Sox had a triumphant return to Security Service Field and took allllll of their frustration out on the Round Rock Express to the tune of a 10-2 win Friday night. The Sox banged out 19 hits in the eight offensive frames falling one short of their season-high hit total of 20. Brent Suter took total command of the game from the first pitch and went on to spin six scoreless innings for Colorado Springs. The offense jumped on the board with a run in the first and three more in the third. Manny Pina plated the first two with RBI singles in the first frame and third as well. Eric Young, Jr. capped off the scoring with a two-run shot in the 7th inning. Pina and Keon Broxton paced the offense with three hits each, while all of the starting nine tallied a hit and eight of them had multi-hit games.
Tonight the Sky Sox and Express get set for the second of four at Security Service Field, a place where they have won 28 of 47 matchups. Colorado Springs looks to string back-to-back wins together for the first time since July 7-8, when they did it at home against the Cubs. They enter play six games under .500 at 45-51 and still in second place, however now 10 games in back of the Oklahoma City Dodgers. In hopes of continuing its winning ways, Colorado Springs will send lefty Josh Hader to the mound against fellow southpaw Eric Jokisch of the Express. Hader enters play tonight with an 0-3 record and 7.16 ERA, while with Round Rock Jokisch is 0-1 with a 11.57 ERA. In 2016 the Sky Sox are 5-4 against the Express, they hold an all-time record of 35-42 against them and are 15-20 between them at Security Service Field.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (45-51) vs. Round Rock Express (49-51) – 6:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: LHP Josh Hader (0-3, 7.16) vs. LHP Eric Jokisch (0-1, 11.57 w/RR)
Sky Sox Pitcher: Josh Hader is set to make his seventh Triple-A start, his fourth at Security Service Field, and his 18th overall between Double-A Biloxi and the Sky Sox. Hader has dropped three of his first six Triple-A starts which have come against Omaha, Memphis (2x), Round Rock, New Orleans, and Reno. Last time out the lefty couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning in Reno. He is 0-3 with a 7.16 ERA allowing 24 runs on 33 hits, 18 walks, and 37 strikeouts in Triple-A. He allowed 2 runs on 1 hit, 4 walks, and a season-high 9 strikeouts against Memphis in his Triple-A debut on June 12 and tossed five scoreless against the Express on June 27. In 17 starts combined, Hader is 2-4 with a 2.98 ERA and has allowed 31 runs (28 earned) on 71 hits, 37 walks, and 107 strikeouts in 84 2/3 innings of work. He made an appearance in the MLB Futures Game and recorded a strikeout of Josh Naylor of the Marlins system with a 96-MPH fastball. The 22-year old is in his 5th professional season after originally being selected by the Orioles in the 19th round of the 2012 draft out of Old Mill High School in Millersville, Maryland. The Astros sent RHP Bud Norris to the Orioles in exchange for Hader in July 2013 and the Brewers acquired him from the ‘Stros in the Jul 30, 2015 deal that sent Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to Houston for Hader, Adrian Houser, Brett Phillips, and Domingo Santana. What a haul that trade garnered the BrewCrew. The lefty is 23-20 with five saves and a 2.95 ERA in 107 career outings, 75 of which have been starts in four-plus professional seasons.
Last Time Out: 7/18/16 at Reno – Hader climbed the hill at Greater Nevada Field and was greeted by the attack of six runs over the first three innings. Kyle Jensen took him deep for a three-run homer in the first, a run scored in the second and Peter O’Brien doubled home a pair in the third. Back-to-back walks and a hit-by-pitch happened in the fourth before his outing ended. His final line read 3 2/3 innings 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits, 4 walks, and 3 strikeouts. He threw 85 pitches, 43 for strikes in a game the Sox lost 10-1.
Last 10 Games for Hader:
Express Pitcher: Left-hander Eric Jokisch will make his second appearance in a Round Rock uniform after being traded from the Marlins to the Rangers in exchange for Pedro Ciriaco. The oft traveled southpaw has pitched for the Iowa Cubs, New Orleans Zephyrs and now the Express in the PCL this season. He began the year with the Cubs before being claimed off waivers by the Marlins and then traded to the Rangers. In 21 games, between the three PCL teams and one start with Double-A Jacksonville, the lefty is 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA allowing 22 runs, (20 earned) on 51 hits, 17 walks, and 30 strikeouts covering 41 1/3 innings. In one start with the Express he lasted 2 1/3 and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts against Fresno. The southpaw was selected by the Cubs in 11th round of the 2010 draft out of Northwestern and has compiled a 50-42 record with a 3.59 ERA in his first seven professional seasons. He made his big-league debut with the Cubs in 2014 and went 0-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 4 games covering 14 1/3 innings.
Last Time Out: 7/18/16 vs. Fresno – Jokisch hadn’t pitched since July 1st when he took the hill against Fresno on the 18th. He ended up recording 7 outs, but allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, a walk and struck out 3 Grizzlies. He took the loss and threw 53 pitches, 31 for strikes in a game the Express lost 8-1.
Last 10 games for Jokisch –
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 fired up and running at 5:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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