The Sky Sox have taken the last two tilts from the Dodgers in 9-8 fashion on Sunday and 9-4 Monday night. It was Aaron Wilkerson who was up to the task on Monday as he limited the Dodgers to 2 runs on 4 hits in six innings, while striking out 8. He was immediately supported by his offense who set him up with a pair of runs in the first on Garrett Cooper’s two-run homer. The Sox would go on to bang out 12 hits in the tilt, 8 of which went for extra bases (5 doubles, 2 triples, and a homer). Wilkerson earned his first win with Colorado Springs, while Michael Reed and Cooper led the offensive attack with three hits apiece.
Before we dive into tonight’s tilt, the Brewers and Sky Sox have been busy and as a result, a number of roster moves have been made:
ADD: OF Lewis Brinson traded from Texas to Milwaukee and assigned to Colorado Springs
C Andrew Susac traded from San Francisco to Milwaukee and assigned to Colorado Springs
DEL: INF Orlando Arcia recalled to Milwaukee
The addition of Susac and Brinson is not really too much of a surprise, but the deletion of Orlando Arcia is a shocking development. The 21-year old was outstanding with the Sky Sox at the plate and of course in the field as well. It’s his time to go, and we hope he make an immediate impact in his debut tonight! Congrats Orlando!
Tonight, the Sky Sox are ready to wrap up their series against the first-place Oklahoma City Dodgers with the finale of a four-game series tonight at Security Service Field. The Sky Sox continue to play well at the friendly confines of SSF where they are 33-20 in 53 games. They enter play two games under .500 at 52-54 and still in second place 9 games in back of the Dodgers. In hopes of continuing its winning ways and gaining more ground on OKC, Colorado Springs will send outstanding southpaw Brent Suter to the hill, while the Dodgers will counter with righty Lisalverto Bonilla. Suter is one of the top pitchers in the PCL and enters tonight with a 4-5 record and a 3.56 ERA through his first 23 games. The Dodgers will counter with righty Lisalverto Bonilla who is 2-2 with two saves and a 5.09 ERA in 18 relief appearances. In 2016 the Sky Sox are 4-6 against the Dodgers, they hold an all-time record of 67-91 against them and are 42-38 between the lines at Security Service Field.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (52-54) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (62-46) – 7:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: LHP Brent Suter (4-5, 3.56) vs. RHP Lisalverto Bonilla (2-2, 5.09)
Sky Sox Pitcher: Lefty Brent Suter is ready to fill the role of starter for the 13th time in 2016 and third time in a row, when he climbs the hill this evening at Security Service Field. Suter is 4-5 with two saves and a 3.56 ERA allowing 37 runs (36 earned) on 107 hits, 3 homers, 13 walks, and 65 strikeouts in 91 innings. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .307 against the southpaw from Cincinnati. The Harvard graduate is 4-2 with a 3.52 ERA in 10 home appearances and 3-5 with a 4.23 ERA as a starter. His last nine outings have been great as he is 2-2-1 with a 1.42 ERA allowing 5 earned runs on 31 hits in 31 2/3 innings. His last start came in Nashville where the lefty went 6 2/3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, while striking out 8. He has faced Oklahoma City on two occasions and is 0-0 with an 1.29 ERA allowing 1 run on 7 hits, 0 walks and 7 strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Suter was selected by the Brewers in the 31st round out of Harvard University. In 113 career minor-league outings, the lefty is 33-31 with 4 saves and a 3.39 ERA covering five seasons.
Last Time Out: 7/28/16 at Nashville – Suter once again dazzled his last time out against the Sounds at First Tennessee Park. He polished off 6 2/3 innings and allowed 2 earned runs on 6 hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out 8. He, like Wilkerson, took the tough loss as the Sky Sox notched only one run and lost 2-1. Suter threw 95 pitches, 66 for strikes.
Last 10 Games for Suter:
Dodgers Pitcher: Righty Lisalverto Bonilla gets the call to start for the first time in an OKC uniform tonight in Colorado Springs. In 18 games with the Dodgers to begin the season he went 2-2 with 2 saves and a 5.09 ERA allowing 21 runs (20 earned) in 35 1/3 innings. He is coming off of seven starts with Double-A Tulsa where he went 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA allowing 15 runs (14 earned) in 37 1/3 innings. All told, Bonilla’s numbers add up to a 3-4 record with 2 saves and a 4.21 ERA allowing 36 runs (34 earned) on 69 hits, 5 homers, 33 walks, and 81 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings. He was originally signed by the Phillies as an International free-agent in 2009, then traded to the Rangers for Michael Young in 2012, and claimed off waivers by the Dodgers in 2015. In 7 seasons (he missed 2015 due to injury), the righty is 30-24 with 17 saves and a 3.24 ERA in 195 career games, 50 of which have been starts. He made his MLB debut with the Rangers in 2014 and has gone 3-0 with a 3.05 ERA in five big-league games.
Last Time Out: 7/28/16 vs. Arkansas – Bonilla made the seventh start of his season and pitched six innings, but failed to record a decision. He gave up 5 runs on 9 hits, a homer, walked 2 and struck out 7 Travelers. He threw a season-high 102 pitches, 74 for strikes in a game the Drillers lost 10-6.
Last 10 games for Bonilla –
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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