To say Lewis Brinson is making an immediate impact would be a gross understatement. The centerfielder went 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored in his debut with Colorado Springs and then backed that up with a seventh inning go-ahead grand slam in Wednesday night’s tilt, which gave the Sky Sox the 4-1 win. He is 6-8 in two games and 19-for-38 through his first 10 Triple-A games overall. Josh Hader turned in a great performance Wednesday too, allowing one run on 5 hits and 8 strikeouts in six innings of work. He didn’t factor in the win, but collected another quality start. Sam Freeman earned his first win of the season with a scoreless inning and Damien Magnifico locked down his 14th save of the season with two scoreless innings.
Tonight, the Sky Sox get ready to face the Nashville Sounds for the second of four and the sixth game of the eight-game homestand tonight at Security Service Field. The Sky Sox continue to play well at the friendly confines of SSF where they are 35-20 in 55 games. They enter play at an even .500 at 54-54 and still in second place now just 7 games in back of the Dodgers. In hopes of continuing its winning ways and gaining more ground on or keeping pace with OKC, Colorado Springs will send electric veteran workhorse Hiram Burgos to the hill, while the Sounds will counter with their newest arm, Jharel Cotton. Burgos enters play tonight with a 5-8 record and 5.06 ERA in 20 games (18 starts) and for the Sounds, Cotton will make his debut since coming over from the Dodgers where he was 8-5 with a 4.50 ERA. In 2016 the Sky Sox are 7-6 against the Sounds, they hold an all-time record of 75-84 against them and are 34-47 between the lines at Security Service Field.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (54-54) vs. Nashville Sounds (63-49) – 7:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Hiram Burgos (5-8, 5.06) vs. RHP Jharel Cotton (8-5, 4.90)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Hiram Burgos will make his 21st trip to the mound for the Sky Sox and 19th from the starting role tonight against the Sounds. It also marks his 29th birthday – HAPPY BIRTHDAY HIRAM! Through his first 20 appearances, the righty is 5-8 with a 5.06 ERA allowing 63 runs (57 earned) on 124 hits, 46 walks and 79 strikeouts in 101 1/3 innings. He is 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA in one start against Oklahoma City spanning 3 innings in which he gave up 4 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. His last outing came against Oklahoma City at home and he was roughed up a touch, allowing 5 runs on 4 hits, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Burgos is pitching very well here at home, and has compiled a 4-2 record and 4.27 ERA in 10 games. Opponents are hitting .312 against Burgos. He was selected by the Brewers in the 6th round of the 2009 draft out of Bethune-Cookman University and has made 151 minor-league appearances to the tune of a 42-45 record with a 3.89 ERA and 6 MLB starts in which he has gone 1-2 with a 6.44 ERA. He has not pitched in the big leagues since 2013.
Last Time Out: 7/30/16 vs. Oklahoma City – Burgos was roughed up by the Dodgers his last trip to the mound to the tune of 5 runs allowed in 5 innings of work. He gave up the 5 runs (4 earned) on 4 hits, including a homer to Corey Brown, walked 4 and struck out 4. He took the loss and threw 88 pitches, 52 of which crossed the zone for strikes.
Last 10 Games for Burgos:
Sounds Pitcher: The Nashville Sounds will counter with right-hander Jharel Cotton who is set to make his debut with the Sounds and his first appearance as property of the Athletics. The righty was acquired by Oakland with two other pitchers in a deal that sent P Rich Hill and OF Josh Reddick to the Dodgers. Cotton went 8-5 with a 4.90 ERA in 22 appearances with Oklahoma City, 16 of which were from the starting role. In 97 1/3 PCL innings he’s allowed 59 runs (53 earned) on 80 hits, 17 homers, 32 walks, and 119 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting a dismal .219 against the right hander. He has pitched one inning against the Sox this season on May 7 at Security Service Field, it was a scoreless frame and he picked up the win in relief. Cotton was selected by the Dodgers in the 20th round of the 2012 draft out of East Carolina University. He is a native of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. In five professional seasons, Cotton has compiled a 23-24 record with a 3.77 ERA in 94 appearances, 59 of which have been starts.
Last Time Out: 7/28/16 vs. Memphis – Cotton took the hill in a starting role against the Redbirds and tossed five innings. He allowed 4 runs on 6 hits, 0 walks, and 6 strikeout in the five innings. He did not factor into the decision and threw 76 pitches, 57 for strikes in a game that the Dodgers lost 6-5.
Last 10 games for Cotton (w/OKC) –
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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