The Sky Sox bounced back from the 8-4 loss on Saturday and earned the 9-8, 10-inning win over the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon at Security Service Field. Orlando Arcia tied the game with a 2-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning and Rene Garcia, fresh off his flight from Biloxi, delivered the game-winning blow, an RBI single that scored Michael Reed and gave the Sky Sox the 9-8 victory. Garcia and Nate Orf had three hits each, the latter collected a solo homer, while Kyle Wren, Arcia, Reed and Rivera all tallied two-hits apiece. Corey Brown had two homers for the Dodgers, Brandon Hicks added another blast and Oklahoma City committed four errors in the loss.
Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone and the Brewers were VERY active, trading Will Smith, Jonathan Lucroy, and Jeremy Jefress. As a result the Brewers and Sky Sox have announced the following roster moves –
DEL: C Manny Pina selected to Milwaukee
RHP David Goforth recalled to Milwaukee
This evening, the Sky Sox continue their series against the first-place Oklahoma City Dodgers for the third game of a four-game series and eight-game homestand at Security Service Field. The Sky Sox continue to play well at the friendly confines of SSF where they are 32-20 in 52 games. They enter play three games under .500 at 51-54 and still in second place 10 games in back of the Dodgers. In hopes of continuing its winning ways and gaining ground on OKC, Colorado Springs will send right-hander Aaron Wilkerson to the hill, while the Dodgers will counter with fellow righty Sam LeCure. Wilkerson has dropped three of his first four starts with the Sox, but is coming off of his best performance with Colorado Springs, while the veteran LeCure is 5-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 20 games, 10 starts with Oklahoma City. In 2016 the Sky Sox are 3-6 against the Dodgers, they hold an all-time record of 66-91 against them and are 41-38 between the lines at Security Service Field.
Today’s Game Notes / Listen Live at 6:30 MDT / Lineups
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (51-54) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (62-45) – 7:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Aaron Wilkerson (0-3, 6.38) vs. RHP Sam LeCure (5-2, 4.30)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Aaron Wilkerson is set to make the fifth start of his tenure within the Brewers organization today in Colorado Springs. 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 6-6 with a 2.85 ERA in 21 appearances between Double-A Portland, Triple-A Pawtucket, and Colorado Springs. With the Sox he is 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA allowing 14 runs (13 earned) on 22 hits over 18 1/3 innings in four starts. He’s taken the loss his last three trips to the hill, pitched four scoreless innings here at home, and is coming off of his best performance yet with Colorado Springs, despite taking the tough-luck loss. 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 58 professional games the righty is 22-10 with a 2.75 ERA, between the Red Sox and Brewers.
Last Time Out: 7/27/16 at Nashville – Wilkerson pitched into the seventh inning his last trip to the mound agaisnt the Sounds in the Music City. He gave up a single run int eh fourth and one more in the seventh before being lifted. He took the tough loss as the offense didn’t get any runs for the righty. Wilkerson’s final line read 6-plus innings, in which he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts and threw 91 pitches, 66 for strikes. He was outdueled by Raul Alcantara who went 7 scoreless.
Last 10 Games for Wilkerson:
Dodgers Pitcher: Right-hander Sam LeCure climbs the hill for the 21st time this season and the third against the Sky Sox. Overall he is 5-2 with a save and a 4.30 ERA with Oklahoma City and 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two games (one start) against Colorado Springs. He’s allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, 1 hit batter, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts in seven innings against the Sox. He earned the win in relief at home on July 6th versus Colorado Springs. LeCure began the season with 10 straight starts and has since made 10 straight appearances out of the bullpen. As a starter he is 2-2 with a 5.26 ERA and 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA as a reliever. LeCure, originally drafted by the Reds in the 2005 draft elected to become a free agent and left the Reds organization following the 2015 season and was given a minor-league deal and trip to spring training with the D-Backs. That fell through on March 28 when Arizona released him and the Dodgers picked him up and optioned him to OKC on April 7. LeCure has made 250 appearances (10 starts) in the bigs, all with the Reds and compiled a 10-16 record with 1 save and a 3.51 ERA. In the minors, the Missouri native is 57-43 with a 3.90 ERA in 194 games, 132 of which have been starts.
Last Time Out: 7/26/16 at New Orleans – LeCure gave up a run on two hits in one inning of work against the Redbirds. He threw 12 pitches, 10 for strikes in a game the Dodgers won 5-2.
Last 10 games for LeCure –
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of today’s game from Security Service Field at 7:05 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will liftoff at 6:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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