The Sky Sox opened the series against the first-place Chihuahuas with an 11-3 victory last night at Security Service Field. Wei-Chung Wang was just outstanding and pitched into the seventh inning for the first time in his Triple-A career. He scattered three runs on eight hits and struck out five over his 6 2/3 innings. He allowed single runs in the second, third, and a homer to Hunter Renfroe in the sixth, but that was all. The offense took over in the second and never looked back. Yadiel Rivera put the Sox on the board with a two-run single, Kyle Wren put the Sox up for good with a sac fly and Nate Orf drove in the game winner with a single making it 4-2. Seven more runs would cross the plate over the next six innings. Josmil Pinto had three doubles, Garin Cecchini had three hits and the two pitchers Wang and Austin Ross picked up base hits in the 17-hit attack.
This evening, the Sky Sox and Chihuahuas continue the four-game set with game two 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 Wednesday’s tilt with a home record of 37-26. They are back to two games under .500 at 59-61 and sit in second place, but now are 9 games in back of the Dodgers. In hopes of gaining more ground on or keeping pace with OKC, Colorado Springs will send righty Aaron Wilkerson to the mound against 33-year old right-hander Daniel McCutchen. Wilkerson has made seven starts with the Sox to the tune of a 1-5 record and 7.09 ERA, while McCutchen is 9-9 with a 6.58 ERA. The Sox are 1-0 against the Chihuahuas here in 2016 and have compiled a 4-5 all-time record against them and are 1-4 at Security Service Field.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (59-61) vs. El Paso Chihuahuas (65-59) – 6:35 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: RHP Aaron Wilkerson (1-5, 7.09) vs. RHP Daniel McCutchen (9-9, 6.58)
Sky Sox Pitcher: RHP Aaron Wilkerson is set to make the eighth start of his tenure within the Brewers organization tonight 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 7-8 with a 3.45 ERA in 24 appearances between Double-A Portland, Triple-A Pawtucket, and Colorado Springs. With the Sox he is 1-5 with a 7.09 ERA allowing 28 runs (26 earned) on 46 hits over 33 innings in seven starts. He’s taken loss his last two trips to the mound out here at home against the Sounds and Isotopes, allowing 11 earned runs in 8 2/3 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 61 professional games the righty is 23-12 with a 3.00 ERA, between the Red Sox and Brewers.
Last Time Out: 8/12/16 vs. Albuquerque – Wilkerson pitched into the fourth inning, but couldn’t get any Isotopes out and left with the bases loaded. He finished his three-plus innings and allowed 7 runs (6 earned) on 8 hits, 3 walks, and 1 strikeout. He fired off 91 pitches, 64 for strikes, but was worn out by the ‘Topes and took the loss in the 7-4 affair.
Last 10 Games for Wilkerson:
Chihuahuas Pitcher: Right-hander Daniel McCutchen will make the 25th PCL start of his 2016 campaign tonight at Security Service Field. The 33-year old journeyman is 9-9 with a 6.58 ERA through his first 24 outings and has allowed 106 runs (94 earned) on 190 hits, 34 walks and 73 strikeouts. Opponents in the league are hitting .350 against the righty from McKinney, Texas. He was selected by the Yankees in the 13th round of the 2006 draft out of the University of Oklahoma. He has pitched in the Yankees, Pirates, Orioles, Rangers, White Sox and Padres organizations over his 11 season professional career. He made his big league debut with Pittsburgh in 2009 and is 8-11 with a 4.81 ERA in 109 MLB games across parts of five seasons. In 238 minor-league appearances he is 75-58 with six saves and a 4.10 ERA.
Last Time Out: 8/12/16 at Oklahoma City – McCutchen returned to a familiar state when the Chihuahuas played the Dodgers on Friday, as he went to high school and college in the Sooner State. He was not welcomed with open arms as the Dodgers roughed him up to the tune of 8 runs (7 earned) on 9 hits, 3 walks, and 7 strikeouts. He threw 96 pitches, 65 for strikes in a game the Pups lost 8-4.
Last 10 Games for McCutchen –
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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