The Sky Sox returned to the form of old and picked up the 5-4 win in come-from-behind, extra inning fashion Saturday night at Security Service Field. Josh Hader gave up a pair of runs out of the gate, but settled into pitch five scoreless innings to end his six-frame outing. Keon Broxton paced the Sox bats with three extra-base hits, two doubles and a triple, it was his two-run triple that re-tied the game in the 11th inning. Nate Orf plated Yadiel Rivera from third with an RBI single in the bottom of the 12th and sent Colorado Springs home with its 17 last at-bat victory and 8th win in extra frames.
This evening, the Sky Sox and Express get set for the third of four at Security Service Field, a place where they have won 29 of 48 matchups. Colorado Springs looks to string three wins together for the first time since June 30-July 2, when they did it at home against the Zephyrs. They enter play five games under .500 at 46-51 and still in second place, however 10 games in back of the Oklahoma City Dodgers. In hopes of continuing its winning ways, Colorado Springs will send righty workhorse Hiram Burgos to the mound against fellow righty Nick Martinez of the Express. Burgos enters tonight’s tilt with a 5-7 record and 5.20 ERA through his first 18 starts, while for the Express, Martinez is 6-5 with a 4.01 ERA in 13 games. In 2016 the Sky Sox are 6-4 against the Express, they hold an all-time record of 36-42 against them and are 16-20 between them at Security Service Field.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (46-51) vs. Round Rock Express (49-52) – 5:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Hiram Burgos (5-7, 5.20) vs. RHP Nick Martinez (6-5, 4.01)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Hiram Burgos will make his 19th trip to the mound for the Sky Sox and 17th from the starting role tonight against the Express. Through his first 18, the righty is 5-7 with a 5.20 ERA allowing 57 runs (52 earned) on 114 hits, 39 walks and 71 strikeouts in 90 innings. He is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts against Round Rock spanning 10 innings. His last outing came against Reno at Greater Nevada Field and he was roughed up for the first time in a long time giving up 7 runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. It was the first time in 13 outings that he did not go at least five innings. Burgos is pitching very well here at home, and has compiled a 4-1 record and 4.35 ERA in 8 games. Opponents are hitting .317 against Burgos. He was selected by the Brewers in the 6th round of the 2009 draft out of Bethune-Cookman University and has made 149 minor-league appearances to the tune of a 42-44 record with a 3.89 ERA and 6 MLB starts in which he has gone 1-2 with a 6.44 ERA. He has not pitched in the big leagues since 2013.
Last Time Out: 7/19/16 at Reno – Burgos climbed the hill in Reno against the Aces for the first time in his lengthy career and got roughed up for the first time in a while. The righty allowed a run in the first and three in each of third and fourth frames before his night came to an end. Burgos gave up the 7 runs on 10 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings and threw 87 pitches, 51 for strikes. He allowed homers to both Mitch Haniger and Kyle Jensen in the Sox’s 9-6 loss.
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Express Pitcher: Righty Nick Martinez readies for what will be his 14th appearance for the Express and the 13th from the starting role. Over the first 13 the Miami native is 6-5 with a 4.01 ERA allowing 35 runs (33 earned) on 80 hits, 4 homers, 11 walks and 52 strikeouts spanning 74 innings. Opponents in the league are hitting .283 against him. Martinez has made six appearances in the big leagues for the Rangers and is 1-2 with a 6.45 ERA allowing 16 runs on 30 hits in 22 1/3 innings. He picked up the win against the Sox on May 3rd at Security Service Field with 5 innings of solid ball in which he gave up a pair of runs on 7 hits including a leadoff solo homer from Keon Broxton. On the road Martinez is 4-1 with a 5.63 ERA in six starts. The righty was selected by the Rangers in the 18th round of the 2011 draft out of Fordham. In six professional seasons, he is 30-22 with a save and a 3.35 ERA in 95 games and 13-21 with a 4.44 ERA in 59 career big-league games.
Last Time Out: 7/19/16 vs. Fresno – Martinez took the loss his last trip to the hill against the Fresno Grizzlies despite giving up one run in eight frames. He allowed the lone tally on 5 hits, a hit batter and struck out 8. He threw a season-high 107 pitches, 73 of which went for strikes in a game Round Rock lost 1-0.
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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 5:05 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will get fired up and running at 4:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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