Sox Scribbles: Welcome Back! Wei-Chung Wang Joins Sox for First Time in ’16, Climbs Hill Tonight Against Omaha

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Wei-Chung Wang made one start with the Sky Sox in 2015 and returns to the mound in the Pacific Coast League tonight in Omaha. (Mike Krebs/MiLB.com)

The Sky Sox pulled out a 3-1 victory in the third game of the four game set against the Storm Chaser, Tuesday night at Werner Park and gained a leg up on Omaha 2-1 in the series. Hiram Burgos gave up one run in six innings of work in the win and Josmil Pinto provided some pop as he hit his third homer in 5 games, a solo shot to left center in the fourth which broke a 1-1 tie. Christian Binford was hung with the loss for the Storm Chasers. Colorado Sprins scored two runs, one in the third, another in the fifth WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF A BASE HIT. Crazy that it not only happened one time, but twice!  The Sox loaded the bases on three straight walks in the third inning and took the lead when Kyle Wren hit into a run-scoring double play. Two separate two-base errors one on a ball hit by Michael Reed, the other on one hit by Eric Young Jr. brought home the third run for the Sox. Tyler Cravy struck out five across two innings and Damien Magnifico struck out two in the ninth and earned his 16th save.

Tonight, the Sky Sox get ready to square off against the Omaha Storm Chasers for the final game of the four game series and road trip at Werner Park in Papillion, Nebraska. The Sky Sox hope to pick up the W, win the series, and continue to improve upon their league-worst road record of 21-35. They enter play two games under .500 at 56-58 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 returning southpaw Wei-Chung Wang to the hill for the first time in Triple-A this season, while Omaha will counter with another lefty, John Lannan. Wang went 6-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 19 starts with Double-A Biloxi, while Omaha’s Lannan is 6-7 with a 4.51 ERA in 21 games (18 starts) in 2016. In 2016 the Sky Sox are 9-6 against the Storm Chasers, they hold an all-time record of 79-115 against them and are 33-62 between the lines at Werner Park.

Today’s Game Notes / Listen Live at 5:30 MDT / Lineups

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (56-58) at Omaha Storm Chasers (51-65) – 6:05 p.m. – Werner Park – Papillion, Nebraska

Pitching Matchup: LHP Wei-Chung Wang (0-0, -.–) at LHP John Lannan (6-7, 4.51)

Sky Sox Pitcher: Lefty Wei-Chung Wang has been called up to the Sky Sox and is ready to make the second Triple-A start of his career. In 19 starts with Biloxi the southpaw went 6-5 with a 3.52 ERA and allowed 45 runs (42 earned) on 102 hits, 7 homes, 1 hit batter, 33 walks, and 91 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings. Opponents were hitting .258 against the Taiwan native. He made one appearance with the Sky Sox last year and did nothing but toss six scoreless innings against the Zephyrs on September 6, 2015. He scattered four hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out five. Wang was signed by the Pirates as a free agent in 2011 and selected by the Brewers in the Rule 5 draft in December 2013. In four professional seasons, Wang has gone 19-16 with a 3.33 ERA in 64 appearances (62 starts) in the Minor Leagues, and is 0-0 with a 10.90 ERA in 14 MLB appearances with the Brewers.

Last Time Out: 8/3/16 at Jacksonville – Wang pitched game one of a doubleheader against the Suns on the road and lasted just four innings. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts and did not record a decision. He threw 70 pitches, 44 for strikes in a game the Shuckers would lose 7-2.

Last 10 Games for Wang:

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Storm Chasers Pitcher: Veteran lefty John Lannan is set to take his 22nd trip to the mound in an Omaha uniform tonight against the Sky Sox. Through his first 21, the southpaw has compiled a 6-7 record and a 4.51 ERA allowing 72 runs (59 earned) on 142 hits, 13 homers, 2 hit batters, 36 walks, and 47 strikeouts in 117 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .303 against him in the Pacific Coast League. In one start against the Sox he is 1-0 and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits, walked 3 and struck out 2 in his start on April 23 at Werner Park. Lannan, 31, was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 11th round of the 2005 draft out of Siena (NY) College. The lefty has pitched 153 games (148 starts) in the majors with the Nationals, Phillies, and Mets. He’s 46-58 with a 4.18 ERA during that stretch and last pitched in the bigs in 2014. In 156 minor league games, he is 46-55 with a 4.51 ERA.

Last Time Out: 8/3/16 at Memphis – Lannan dazzled his last trip to the mound against the Redbirds at AutoZone Park. He pitched into the seventh inning and allowed just 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work. He threw 98 pitches, 67 of which went for strikes in his no-decision. The Chasers would go on to win 6-4 in 10 innings.

Last 10 games for Lannan –

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Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of today’s game from Werner Park at 6:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup off the ground and running at 5:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.

Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,

Dan

@Dan_Acheson

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