The Sky Sox entered the Music City riding an 11-game road losing streak that started way back on July 4th against OKC, but it all came to an end Tuesday night as they picked up the 5-2 win in the series opener against the Sounds at First Tennessee Park. Colorado Springs has now won five straight for the fourth time this season and will look to make it six in a row for the first time in a midweek matinee. Wily Peralta turned in his third straight stellar start with the Sky Sox and limited the Sounds to one run over five innings, while Yadiel Rivera had two hits and three RBI and Kyle Wren chipped in with a ribby triple.
FULL RECAP HERE – Quick Hits from Tuesday’s 5-2 win is below today’s preview
This morning, the Sky Sox have a short time to put the 5-2 win behind them as they get set to tee it up for round two against the Sounds at First Tennessee Park here in 2016. Following eight straight losses to open the second half, the Sky Sox have reeled off five straight wins. They enter play two games under .500 at 49-51 and still in second place 9 games in back of the Oklahoma City Dodgers. In hopes of continuing its winning ways, Colorado Springs will send right-hander Aaron Wilkerson to the hill against Nashville’s righty Raul Alcantara. Wilkerson, like Peralta last night, is in search of his first win in a Sky Sox uniform after going 0-2 with an 8.03 ERA in three starts, while Raul Alcantara is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA after one start with Nashville. In 2016 the Sky Sox are 5-4 against the Sounds, they hold an all-time record of 73-82 against them and are 32-45 between them at First Tennessee Park.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (49-51) at Nashville Sounds (57-47) – 11:05 a.m. – First Tennessee Park – Nashville, Tennessee
Pitching Matchup: RHP Aaron Wilkerson (0-2, 8.03) at RHP Raul Alcantara (0-0, 0.00)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Aaron Wilkerson is set to make the fourth start of his tenure within the Brewers organization today in Nashville. 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 6-5 with a 2.84 ERA in 20 appearances between Double-A Portland, Triple-A Pawtucket, and Colorado Springs. With the Sox he is 0-2 with a 8.03 ERA allowing 12 runs (11 earned) on 19 hits over 12 1/3 innings in three starts. He’s taken the loss his two times out against the Rainiers and Aces. 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 57 professional games the righty is 22-9 with a 2.75 ERA, between the Red Sox and Brewers.
Last Time Out: 7/21/16 vs. Aces – Wilkerson climbed the hill for the second straight time on the road and didn’t fare well against the Aces. He allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits, a homer, a hit batter, a walk, and 6 strikeouts in five innings of work. He threw 104 pitches, 62 of which went for strikes in a game the Sox lost 7-2.
Last 10 for Wilkerson:
Sounds Pitcher: Righty Raul Alcantara readies for the second Triple-A start of his career, this morning in Nashville. He made his debut with the Sounds and hurled seven innings allowed one unearned run on 4 hits and struck out three Storm Chasers. On the season, the righty is 5-6 with a 4.45 ERA in 18 starts between Nashville and Double-A Midland, allowing a total of 53 runs (48 earned) on 104 hits, 11 homers, 27 walks, and 76 strikeouts in 97 innings. Opponents are hitting .277 against Alcantara. He was originally signed by the Red Sox in 2010 and acquired by the Athletics in a trade that sent RHP Andrew Bailey and OF Ryan Sweeney to Boston in exchange for Alcantara, OF Josh Reddick and 1B Miles Head in December 2011. In seven professional seasons the 23-year-old has accrued a 31-32 record with a 3.67 ERA in 116 outings, 106 of which have been starts.
Last Time Out: 7/22/16 vs. Omaha – Alcantara was outstanding in his first AAA start, despite not recording a decision. The righty gave up an unearned run in the second and that was it in the way of damage on the scoreboard. He finished seven innings and allowed the one unearned run on 4 hits, and struck out 3. He threw 92 pitches, 62 for strikes in a game the Sounds won 2-1 on a walk off wild pitch by former Sky Sox Clayton Mortensen.
Game Log for Alcantara –
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 11:05 a.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up and running at 10:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Quick Hits from the 5-2 Win Tuesday night –
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox jumped on the board early with a four-run second inning and never looked back. They tallied their five runs on eight hits and snapped the 11-game road losing streak.
Yadiel Rivera turned in another multiple-hit performance and went 2-for-4 from the number nine spot in the order with a double and three RBI. The multi-hit affair is the second in the last four games for Rivera and he has a hit in four straight, 6 of his last 7. It was also his third 3-RBI game with the Sox this season.
Eric Young, Jr. is making some noise as he continues to play everyday. He collected the other multi-hit game for Colorado Springs with a 2-for-3 performance. He scored two runs and also walked. He’s got seven hits in his last three games and 9 in his last five.
Kyle Wren delivered the other big blow in the second inning with a two-run triple. He didn’t get a hit in all five trips to the plate like Monday, but he did add insurance in the second inning with the three bagger, his lone hit of the game.
Garrett Cooper started his tenure with the Sky Sox by singling and scoring in the second inning. He went 1-for-4 with a strikeout in his debut.
Manny Pina singled and scored a run and Michael Reed picked up a hit as well.
Pitching Notes –
Wily Peralta keeps one-upping himself, and we’re just fine with that. Following 10 innings over two outings where the righty gave up four runs, Peralta limited the Sounds to a run on five hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out four. 15 innings. 5 runs. Outstanding for the Brewers Opening Day Starter in his eighth start with the Sky Sox. He threw 73 pitches, 44 of which crossed the zone for strikes.
Sam Freeman was the first out of the pen for the Sky Sox and he, himself, turned in another fabulous performance with three scoreless innings, in which he allowed 1 hit and struck out 5.
David Goforth cleaned up in the ninth, but allowed a run on a Matt Olson solo shot before his outing came to a close.
Play of the Game –
The two extra-base hits back-to-back in the second inning for the Sox are our plays of the game. Yadiel Rivera stepped in with the base loaded and cracked a ground-rule double, and Kyle Wren picked up two RBI with a triple and the Sky Sox never looked back.
Pregame Interview with Dan Acheson and Nashville 2B Joey Wendle –
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