The Sky Sox stumbled for the first time in five games to the tune of a 5-4 loss at the hands of the Sounds, Thursday night at Security Service Field. Renato Nunez did a lot of the heavy lifting for Nashville as he plated two runs on a double in the second inning and two more in the fourth on a home run to left field. Both hits came against Sky Sox starter Hiram Burgos. The righty turned in another serviceable outing with five innings, in which he gave up the four runs. The offense for the Sox got going in the sixth, courtesy of a Michael Reed solo homer and in the eighth on an Andrew Susac RBI single. Down 5-2 in the ninth Lewis Brinson drove home a pair (because of course he did) with a single and brought the Sox to within one, but that’s as close as they would get. Jharel Cotton won his debut with the Sounds and limited the Sox to a run over six innings, while striking out five.
Before we delve into tonight’s affair, the Brewers and Sky Sox have announced the following transactions –
ADD: RHP Ariel Pena activated from the disabled list
DEL: C Rene Garcia transferred to Double-A Biloxi
This Friday evening, the Sky Sox get ready to face the Nashville Sounds for the third of four and the seventh game of the eight-game homestand at Security Service Field. The Sky Sox continue to play well at the friendly confines of SSF where they are 35-21 in 56 games. They enter play one game under .500 at 54-55 and still in second place now just 7 games in back of the Dodgers. In hopes of returning to its winning ways and gaining more ground on or keeping pace with OKC, Colorado Springs will send veteran right-hander Wily Peralta to the hill, while the Sounds will counter with tone of their newest arms, lefty Ross Detwiler. Peralta is on a roll and has compiles a 1-3 record and lowered his ERA to 6.34, while Dewiler has found success in the PCL to the notion of a 3-0 record and 2.60 ERA. In 2016 the Sky Sox are 7-7 against the Sounds, they hold an all-time record of 75-85 against them and are 34-48 between the lines at Security Service Field.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (54-55) vs. Nashville Sounds (64-49) – 7:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Wily Peralta (1-3, 6.34) vs. LHP Ross Detwiler (3-0, 2.60)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Wily Peralta takes his ninth trip to the mound in a Sky Sox uniform and his fifth at Security Service Field. The righty is 1-3 with a 6.34 ERA after his nine starts, in which he allowed 29 runs (27 earned) on 52 hits, 5 homers, 15 walks, and struck out 36 in 38 1/3 innings of work. The righty earned his first with the Sox on July 26 against the hill against Nashville. Opponents are hitting .329 against the righty here in the PCL. He went 4 1/3 and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, 1 homer, 1 walk, and struck out 2 against Felix Hernandez and the Rainiers on 7/15. That game was a rematch of the August 11, 2013 game between the Brewers and Mariners at Safeco Field. Peralta was the opening day starter for the Brewers and made 13 starts for the big-league squad before being optioned to Colorado Springs on June 12. He compiled a 4-7 record with a 6.68 ERA and allowed 52 runs (49 earned) on 97 hits, 12 homers, 27 walks and 42 strikeouts in 66 innings. The righty hasn’t been in the minors full-time since 2012 when he made 28 starts with Triple-A Nashville. In 103 MLB games, Peralta is 39-44 with a 4.33 ERA and in 151 MiLB games he is 34-38 with a 4.08 ERA. He was originally signed by the Brewers as an international free agent in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic.
Last Time Out: 7/31/16 vs. Oklahoma City – Peralta was roughed up for the first time in four outings as he gave up 4 runs in 5 2/3 innings. The Dodgers tagged him for 8 hits, he walked 2 and struck out 4. He tossed 101 pitches, 62 for strikes in his ninth outing of the season, a game which the Sky Sox won 9-8 in 10 innings.
Last 10 Games for Peralta:
Sounds Pitcher: The Nashville Sounds will counter with lefty Ross Detwiler in his fourth appearance, third start, with his new team. Over the first three outings he’s logged 17 1/3 innings and allowed 5 runs (all earned) on 14 hits, 3 homers, 2 walks and 18 strikeouts. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .215 against him. He started the season with the Cleveland Indians and went 0-0 with a 5.79 ERA in seven appearances out of the bullpen before being optioned to Triple-A Columbus where he went 2-4 with a 4.60 ERA in 12 starts. The Athletics traded for him and sent cash to the Tribe in return. Detwiler was originally drafted by the Nationals in the first round of the 2007 draft out of Missouri State. He was then traded to the Rangers in December of 2014, was signed by the Braves as a free agent in July 2015, and signed by the Indians in December 2015. In 180 big-league games (76 starts), Detwiler is 21-37 with a save and a 4.21 ERA, while in 95 minor-league games (91 starts) he is 28-27 with a 4.02 ERA.
Last Time Out: 7/30/16 at New Orleans – Detwiler turned in a spectacular outing his last trip to the hill and kept the Zephyrs off the board over 6 1/3 innings. He scattered four hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out 7. He threw 96 pitches, 68 for strikes in a game the Sounds won 2-0.
Last 10 games for Detwlier (w/NAS- Columbus) –
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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