The Sky Sox were rolling through Texas and charging up the division towards the first-place Dodgers, but that came to a screeching halt in the form of a 14-0 loss dealt to them by the Round Rock Express Monday night at Dell Diamond. The Express scored six runs in the third against starter Wei-Chung Wang, three more in the sixth and capped it off with a five-run attack in the eighth inning. The offense was stymied by three Express arms and held to just three hits and four walks. Andy Wilkins led the charge (albeit a feeble one) with a 2-for-4 night at the plate and Eric Young, Jr. picked up the other hit for Colorado Springs. It marks the worst AAA outing for Wang and the best for the Express starter, fellow lefty Victor Payano, who went six scoreless and allowed the three hits whilst walking two and striking out four.
It marks the 11th time the Sox have been shutout and coupled with the OKC shutout win over the Zephyrs, it puts them back to 7.5 games out of first, and the tragic number is now at 7.
Hitting Notes –
Not really much to talk about today in this category today as the Sox were limited to three hits and four walks.
Andy Wilkins had two singles in the loss.
Eric Young, Jr. picked up the other base hit for Colorado Springs.
Kyle Wren was the other Sox player that reached twice (because of course he did) with two walks and Michael Reed tallied the other free pass.
Pitching Notes –
Wei-Chung Wang saw the stellar start to his Triple-A career hit a speed bump. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings and gave up 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. The walk was the first he has allowed in four starts with the Sox. The lefty wasn’t missing many bats and fired off 64 pitches, 44 for strikes in the shortest outing of his season. It marks the first loss of his Triple-A career.
Brooks Hall returned to the Sox bullpen and made his first appearance in AAA since May 3rd. He went 2 1/3 innings and was tagged for three runs on four hits.
Stephen Peterson was seen for the second time this season and he turned in four outs. He himself was not charged with a run, but allowed three inherited runners to score.
David Goforth was the fourth arm used by Colorado Springs and he gave up 5 runs on 6 hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Play of the Game –
Not much to choose from in the Sky Sox department so we will go with Carlos Gomez’s two-run triple in the third inning against Wang.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Eric Young, Jr. –
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