The Sky Sox welcomed in the Rockies affiliate with open arms on Friday night and can’t wait to kick them out following the fourth and final game of the series tonight at Security Service Field. The first three have not gone according to plan for the Sox and that included Sunday’s affair which saw them fall 3-1 to the Isotopes. Josh Hader squared off against Jeff Hoffman in a battle of two young stud and it was Hoffman that came out on top with five scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked, one and struck out nine, while Hader gave up three runs on six hits, and struck out six in six frames. Raimel Tapia and Mike Tauchman combined to go 4-for-8 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored for the ‘Topes. Nate Orf picked up a pair of hits and an RBI for Colorado Springs.
Before we delve into tonight’s game, the Brewers and Sky Sox have announced a series of roster moves –
ADD: OF Domingo Santana transferred from Class-A Wisconsin on MLB Rehab
C Michael McKenry acquired from Atlanta in exchange for cash consideration
DEL: OF Lewis Brinson placed on the disabled list
This evening, the Sky Sox and Isotopes are set to wrap up the four game series with the finale at Security Service Field. This is the first time in two years, and the first time as a Rockies Affiliate that the ‘Topes are in town. This will be the lone series between the two teams with the unbalanced schedule in the Pacific Coast League. The Sky Sox enter play looking to get back to their winning ways and come into Monday’s tilt with a home record of 35-26. They are back to four games under .500 at 57-61 and sit in second place, but now are 10 games in back of the Dodgers. In hopes of gaining more ground on or keeping pace with OKC, Colorado Springs will send veteran Hiram Burgos will climb the hill for the 23rd time this season, he will be opposed by former Sky Sox, righty Eddie Butler. Burgos enters tonight’s game with a 6-9 record and a 4.97 ERA, while Butler is 6-2 with a 5.06 ERA with Albuquerque and 2-5 in 12 games with the Rockies. In 2016 the Sky Sox are 0-3 against Albuquerque, they are 148-155 all-time against them and 77-70 versus them between the lines of Security Service Field.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (57-61) vs. Albuquerque Isotopes (56-64) – 6:35 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Hiram Burgos (6-9, 4.97) vs. RHP Eddie Butler (6-2, 5.06)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Hiram Burgos will make his 23rd trip to the mound for the Sky Sox and 21st from the starting role tonight against the Sounds. Through his first 22 appearances, the righty is 6-9 with a 4.97 ERA allowing 68 runs (62 earned) on 135 hits, 50 walks and 86 strikeouts in 112 1/3 innings. He is 1-4 in his last seven outings and has given up 22 earned runs on 46 hits in 37 innings. His last outing came in winning fashion against the Omaha Storm Chasers at Werner Park as he went 6 innings and allowed one run on 5 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 6. At home, Burgos is 4-3 with a 4.53 ERA but has lost his last two starts at Security Service Field. Opponents are hitting .308 against Burgos. He was selected by the Brewers in the 6th round of the 2009 draft out of Bethune-Cookman University and has made 153 minor-league appearances to the tune of a 43-46 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: 8/9/16 at Omaha – Burgos picked up the sixth win of his season with six strong innings against the Royals top affiliate. He gave up a run on 5 hits, walked 3 and struck out 6 Storm Chasers. He threw 99 pitches, 54 of which were in the zone for strikes as the Sox took the game in 3-1 fashion.
Last 10 Games for Burgos:
Isotopes Pitcher: Righty Eddie Butler gets the call for the ‘Topes in the series finale tonight along the Front Range. In 10 games with Albuquerque he is 6-2 with a 5.06 ERA allowing 35 runs (33 earned) on 64 hits, 19 walks and 24 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings pitched. Opponents are batting .276 against the righty from Chesapeake, Virginia. Butler spent the first part of the season in the big leagues and performed to a 2-5 record and a 6.96 ERA in 12 games, 9 of which were starts. In four PCL road starts he is 3-0 with a 3.91 ERA allowing 10 runs in 23 innings. His last two starts have been incredible as he has picked up two wins with 15 innings of 2 run, 7 hit ball. Butler made one start in 2014 with the Sky Sox. He took the loss against the Redbirds at AutoZone Park with 5 1/3 innings in which he allowed 7 runs (6 earned) on 8 hits, walked 3 and struck out 4. Butler was selected by the Rockies in the COMP A round of the 2012 draft out of Radford. He made his MLB debut in June 2014 and is 6-16 with a 6.37 ERA in 31 big-league games, 28 of which are starts. In 82 minor-league games he is 30-24 with a 3.33 ERA.
Last Time Out: 8/9/2-16 vs. Las Vegas – Butler picked up his second win in a row with a complete-game shutout against the 51s. He gave up 3 hits, walked 2 and struck out 3, throwing 110 pitches, 68 went for strikes in a game the ‘Topes took 7-0.
Last 10 Games for Butler –
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of tonight’s game from Security Service Field at 6:35 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will get off the ground and running at 6:00 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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