Colorado Springs faltered for the second straight home game and fell 12-7 to the Nashville Sounds Friday night at Security Service Field. The Athletics organization has preached the Moneyball way of playing the game and that translates into taking pitches. A lot of pitches. And that’s what the Sounds did last night walking eight times and cashing six of those free passes in for runs en route to their second straight win in Colorado Springs. The Sox jumped on the board with a three run second thanks to a sac fly and two-run single off the bat of Kyle Wren. Tyler Cravy took the mound in relief of the starter Peralta and gave up five runs in the fourth, Sam Freeman was tagged for four runs in the seventh, and Ariel Pena gave up the final run to the Sounds in the ninth. Josmil Pinto started the Sox 2-run fourth with a solo home run and Lewis Brinson put an RBI double on the board as part of the two-run seventh.
Before we delve into tonight’s affair, the Brewers and Sky Sox have announced the following transactions –
ADD: RHP Ben Rowen claimed off waivers from Toronto and assigned to Colorado Springs
DEL: RHP Ariel Pena released
Tonight, the Sky Sox get ready to face the Nashville Sounds for the finale of the four game series and 16-game season series and the final 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 35-22 in 57 games, despite faltering in their last two. They enter play two games under .500 at 54-56 and still in second place now 8 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 right-hander Aaron Wilkerson to the mound and the Sounds will counter with Young righty Daniel Mengden. Wilkerson is coming off his best start with the Sox as he earned the win against Oklahoma City at home and Mengden is coming off five scoreless against the Zephyrs, which lowered his ERA to 1.25 in the PCL. In 2016 the Sky Sox are 7-8 against the Sounds, they hold an all-time record of 75-86 against them and are 34-49 between the lines at Security Service Field.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (54-56) vs. Nashville Sounds (65-49) – 6:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Aaron Wilkerson (1-3, 5.55) vs. RHP Daniel Mengden (4-1, 1.25)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Aaron Wilkerson is set to make the sixth 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 7-6 with a 2.85 ERA in 22 appearances between Double-A Portland, Triple-A Pawtucket, and Colorado Springs. With the Sox he is 1-3 with a 5.55 ERA allowing 16 runs (15 earned) on 26 hits over 24 1/3 innings in five starts. He’s turned two great starts in over the last few weeks and has compiled 12 innings and allowed 4 earned runs on 7 hits, 3 walks, a 14 strikeouts. He earned the win with six strong innings. 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 59 professional games the righty is 23-10 with a 2.76 ERA, between the Red Sox and Brewers.
Last Time Out: 8/1/16 vs. Oklahoma City – Wilkerson made his second start at Security Service Field and it was a dandy. The right-hander went six innings and allowed just 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 3 and struck out 8, a season-high with the Sox. He threw 101 pitches and pumped in 65 for strikes and earned his first with the Sox and first since June 27th when he was with Pawtucket and beat the Rochester Red Wings.
Last 10 Games for Wilkerson:
Sounds Pitcher: The Nashville Sounds will counter with right-hander Daniel Mengden who is set to make his 13th minor-league start of the season and ninth with the Sounds. The 23-year old has compiled a 4-1 record and 1.25 ERA in the Pacific Coast League and is 6-1 with a 1.10 ERA in 12 starts between Double and Triple-A. He has also pitched in nine games with the Athletics and went 1-5 with a 5.73 ERA in 48 2.3 innings. In 50 1/3 PCL frames he’s allowed just 8 runs (7 earned) on 33 hits, while walking 11 and striking out 44. Opponents are hitting .185 against him. He made his big-league debut with the Athletics against the reds at Great American Ballpark and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, 4 walks, and 5 strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings and took the loss. He brought home the win over the Giants in San Francisco with 7 2/3 frames in which he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits. Mengden was acquired by Oakland in a trade with the Astros on July 23, 2015 that sent Jacob Nottingham and Scott Kazmir to Houston. Mengden was originally drafted by his hometown Astros in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of Texas A&M. In three professional seasons, the righty has pitched in 44 games (35 starts) and is 16-5 with a save and a 2.80 ERA covering 215 innings.
Last Time Out: 8/1/16 at New Orleans – Mengden was again outstanding his last trek to the mound which came against the Zephyrs in the Big Easy. He went five scoreless and scattered 5 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 5. He threw 85 pitches, 55 for strikes in a game he and the Sounds won 7-0.
Last 10 games for Mengden (w/Nashville and Midland) –
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 6:05 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will liftoff at 5:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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