The Sky Sox were able to salvage the series finale in 8-2 fashion over the Albuquerque Isotopes behind a couple of bombs and a great pitching performance from Hiram Burgos. The righty went 7 innings and limited the damage to two runs on five hits while striking out 4. He left with the game tied 2-2, but Josmil Pinto jacked a two-run homer to the opposite field in the next half inning a putting the Sox in front for good and giving the righty his 7th win of the season. Michael McKenry made his triumphant return to Colorado Springs by calling the great Burgos start and capping it off with a three-run homer in the 8th inning. The win was the only victory of the series for the Sox.
Before we dive into tonight’s tilt against the Chihuahuas, the Brewers and Sky Sox announced a couple of roster moves –
DEL: RHP Tyler Cravy recalled to Milwaukee
RHP Damien Magnifico recalled to Milwaukee
Congrats to both of those guys! They both made a relief appearance in game one of the doubleheader at Wrigley. Cravy went two scoreless and Magnifico gave up a run on a walk, a hit batter, a wild pitch and a sac fly in his big league debut.
This evening, the Sky Sox welcome in the El Paso Chihuahuas for the opener of a four-game series at Security Service Field. This is the first time in two years, and the second time as a Padres Affiliate that the Puppies 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 continue their winning ways and come into Tuesday’s tilt with a home record of 36-26. They are back to three games under .500 at 58-61 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 rookie left-hander Wei-Chung Wang to the mound against 23-year old right Michael Kelly. Wang enters play 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA after one starts with the Sky Sox and Kelly comes in 6-1 with a 4.54 ERA in 8 PCL starts. The two teams have yet to square off in 2016, but in 2015 the went 3-1 against them and have compiled a 3-5 all-time record against them and are 0-4 at Security Service Field.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (58-61) vs. El Paso Chihuahuas (65-58) – 6:35 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: LHP Wei-Chung Wang (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Michael Kelly (6-1, 4.54)
Sky Sox Pitcher: Lefty Wei-Chung Wang has remained on the Sky Sox roster and is ready to make the third Triple-A start of his career tonight against El Paso. In one start with Colorado Springs, the southpaw has an unblemished record and ERA thanks to five innings against Omaha in which he allowed just one unearned run. 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 at Security Service Field. 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 3.28 ERA in 65 appearances (63 starts) in the Minor Leagues, and is 0-0 with a 10.90 ERA in 14 MLB appearances with the Brewers.
Last Time Out: 8/10/16 at Omaha – Wang was called up and made his 2016 debut with the Sox his last time out at Werner Park. He was dealing and allowed 1 unearned run on 6 hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out 5 in five innings of work. He threw 94 pitches and put 64 in the strike zone in a game 4-1 the Sox won.
Last 10 Games for Wang:
Chihuahuas Pitcher: Righty Michael Kelly will climb the hill for the 9th time in an El Paso uniform and 24th time across three teams in 2016. He comes in 6-1 with a 4.54 ERA allowing 20 runs on 36 hits, 16 walks and 34 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .247 against the righty from Boca Raton, Florida. In 23 starts he is 9-6 with a 4.17 ERA between Lake Elsinore (A+), San Antonio (AA), and El Paso. His last start came with the Missions against the Arkansas Travelers and he logged five innings allowed one run on two hits while striking out six. His last Triple-A start came on July 28th on the road at Tacoma, he picked up the win with five solid innings. Kelly was selected by the Padres in the COMP A round of the 2011 draft from West Boca Raton Community College. In five professional seasons he is 24-29 with a 5.17 ERA in 110 appearances, 61 starts.
Last Time Out: 8/10/16 vs. Arkansas – Kelly took home a no decision, but pitched very well for the Missions his last time out. He gave up a lone run on two hits, didn’t walk any Travelers and struck out six. He threw 74 pitches, 47 for strikes in a game San Antonio would win 2-1.
Last 10 Games for Kelly –
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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