The Sky Sox wrapped up the series sweep with a 6-5 walk-off, 10-inning win over the Round Rock Express Monday afternoon at Security Service Field. Three pitchers combined to limit the Express to 5 runs on 11 hits and Austin Ross earned the win with 8 scoreless outs. Kyle Wren had himself a DAY as the outfielder went 5-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, three runs scored and a stolen base. Eric Young, Jr. stole the show and the Sky Sox all-time steals record with three in the game, which gave him 105 in his career with the franchise. He also collected four hits, plated two, and scored a run of his own in the win. Manny Pina ended the game with a sacrifice fly to right in the bottom of the 10th inning, which scored Kyle Wren.
Before we dive into today’s affair, the Brewers and Sky Sox have announced the following transactions:
ADD: INF Garrett Cooper transferred from Double-A Biloxi to Colorado Springs
DEL: C Josmil Pinto placed on the disabled list (retro 7/25)
Cooper joins the Triple-A ranks for the first time in his young career. The Auburn Tiger was hitting .299 with 4 homers and 49 RBI in 92 games with Biloxi at the time of his promotion.
This evening, the Sky Sox have traveled to Nashville get set to open up their second and final four-game series at First Tennessee Park here in 2016. The Sox split a the first four in Nashville back in April and have not faced the Sounds since April 22. Colorado Springs has lost its last 11 road games dating back to a 5-3 win over the Express at Dell Diamond on June 28th. They enter play three games under .500 at 48-51 and still in second place, however 9 games in back of the Oklahoma City Dodgers. In hopes of continuing its winning ways, Colorado Springs will send right-hander Wily Peralta to the hill against Nashville’s righty Chris Jensen. Peralta has turned in two great starts in a row, despite entering play at 0-3 with a 7.16 ERA, and Jensen is 1-3 with a 3.64 ERA during his time with the Sounds. In 2016 the Sky Sox are 4-4 against the Express, they hold an all-time record of 72-82 against them and are 31-45 between them at First Tennessee Park.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (48-51) at Nashville Sounds (57-46) – 6:05 p.m. – First Tennessee Park – Nashville, Tennessee
Pitching Matchup: RHP Wily Peralta (0-3, 7.16) at RHP Chris Jensen (1-3, 3.64)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Wily Peralta takes his eighth trip to the mound in a Sky Sox uniform and his fourth away from Security Service Field. The righty is 0-3 with a 7.16 ERA after his seven starts, in which he allowed 24 runs (22 earned) on 39 hits, 4 homers, 13 walks, and struck out 28 in 27 2/3 innings of work. The righty pitched into the sixth inning against Reno in his last start and completed more than five frames for the first time this season. Opponents are hitting .336 against the righty here in the PCL. 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 149 MiLB games he is 33-38 with a 4.08 ERA. He was originally signed by the Brewers as an international free agent in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic.
Last Time Out: 7/20/16 vs. Zephyrs – Peralta took the hill in the penultimate game of the eight game road trip in Reno and turned in his second straight strong performance. He gave up two runs in the fourth inning and that was it. He scattered five hits across 5 2/3 innings, gave up the pair of runs, walked one, and struck out a season-high 11 Aces. He threw 93 pitches, 60 of which went for strikes in a game the Sky Sox lost 5-4 in heartbreaking 5-4 fashion.
Game Log for Peralta:
Sounds Pitcher: Righty Chris Jensen is slated to take the mound for the Sounds tonight in the opener of the four-game set. Jensen has been up and down between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville within the Athletics organization. He has compiled a 1-3 record with a 3.64 ERA with the Sounds, while in 20 appearances (19 starts) combined, he is 7-7 with a 4.53 ERA. Jensen has held opponents in the PCL to a .259 batting average. The Gilbert, Arizona native will square off against for the first time in his career tonight. He was originally selected by the Rockies in the sixth round of the 2011 draft out of the University of San Diego. Jensen was traded to the A’s along with Drew Pomeranz in exchange for lefty Brett Anderson in December of 2013. In six professional seasons he is 47-37 with a 4.18 ERA in 135 games, 134 0f which have been starts.
Last Time Out: 7/21/16 at Albuquerque – Jensen brought home his third-straight victory between AA and AAA with seven serviceable innings against the Isotopes his last trip to the hill. He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits, 2 homers (one by Dustin Garneau, the other from Jordan Patterson), 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts. He threw 96 pitches, 64 of which went for strikes in a game the Sounds won 8-4.
Game Log for Jensen –
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of tonight’s game from First Tennessee Park at 6:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up and running at 5:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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