The Sky Sox came into the series losing their last 11 games on the road, but snapped the streak with a 5-2 win in the series opener. In the two tilts since then the Sky Sox have given up only four runs, but have notched just one themselves and are on a two-game skid. Thursday’s game finished in favor of the Sounds 2-1 and in a speedy 2:10 which became Colorado Springs’ quickest game of the year. Brent Suter turned in another great performance, scattering two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He took the tough-luck loss as the Sky Sox offense was only able to muster one run on five hits. Kyle Wren and Orlando Arcia put the Sox on the board with back-to-back doubles in the sixth inning against Nashville’s Chris Smith who won it with six solid frames himself.
This evening, the Sky Sox and Sounds get ready for the finale of a four game series at First Tennessee Park, the final series between the two in The Volunteer State in 2016. The Sky Sox have lost back-to-back games and 13 of their last 14 on the road. They enter play four games under .500 at 49-53 and still in second place 10 games in back of the Oklahoma City Dodgers. In hopes of getting back its winning ways, Colorado Springs will send lefty Josh Hader to the hill against Nashville’s righty Jesse Hahn. Hader returned to form his last time out with the Sox and enters play 0-3 with a 6.42 ERA, while Hahn has been solid as well, turning in a 1-5 record with a 3.63 ERA. In 2016 the Sky Sox are 5-6 against the Sounds, they hold an all-time record of 73-84 against them and are 32-47 between them at First Tennessee Park.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (49-53) at Nashville Sounds (59-47) – 6:05 a.m. – First Tennessee Park – Nashville, Tennessee
Pitching Matchup: LHP Josh Hader (0-3, 6.42) at RHP Jesse Hahn (1-5, 3.63)
Sky Sox Pitcher: Josh Hader is set to make his eighth Triple-A start, his fourth away from Security Service Field, and his 19th overall between Double-A Biloxi and the Sky Sox. Hader has dropped three of his first seven Triple-A starts which have come against Omaha, Memphis (2x), Round Rock (2x), New Orleans, and Reno. Last time out the lefty picked up a quality start with six strong innings over Round Rock. He is 0-3 with a 6.42 ERA allowing 26 runs on 36 hits, 20 walks, and 40 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 33 runs (30 earned) on 74 hits, 39 walks, and 113 strikeouts in 90 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 108 career outings, 76 of which have been starts in four-plus professional seasons.
Last Time Out: 7/23/16 vs. Express – Hader bounced back nicely, at home no less, with a quality start over the Express. Although he did not record the victory, the lefty went six innings and allowed just 2 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. He started his outing by giving up a pair of runs, but finished it by turning in five scoreless innings. He threw 88 pitches, 57 for strikes in a game the Sky Sox would win, 5-4 in walk-off fashion.
Last 10 for Hader:
Sounds Pitcher: The Nashville Sounds will counter with lefty Dillon Overton….ummm…scratch that. Overton is starting for the Athletics tomorrow. In his stead will be veteran righty Jesse Hahn. Hahn enters play tonight at 1-5 with a 3.63 ERA with the Sounds and 2-4 with a 5.53 ERA with the Athletics. In 52-PCL innings he has yielded 25 runs, 21 earned, on 54 hits, 26 walks, and 36 strikeouts. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .267 against the righty who hails from Nowich, Connecticut. He silenced the Sox earlier this season with six scoreless at home on April 13 and gave up a run over 2 1/3 innings in the Springs on April 20. Hahn has been on the Oakland <—> Nashville shuttle all season as he has been called up recalled and optioned three times. His most recent start in the big leagues came against Tampa on July 24. Originally drafted by the Rays in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, Hahn has a career record of 15-14 with a 3.69 ERA in 38 MLB games and a minor-league record of 7-9 with a 2.59 ERA. He has played for the Tampa Bay, San Diego, and Oakland systems.
Last Time Out: 7/24/16 vs. Tampa Bay (w/OAK) – Hahn pitched into the eighth inning against the team that drafted him his last trip to the hill at the O. Co Coliseum. The righty allowed 1 runs on 4 hits, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of work, tossing 90 pitches, 58 for strikes in a game the A’s would win 3-2.
Last 10 games for Hahn (w/Nashville) –
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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