All good things must come to an end, that’s just the way it goes. After beginning the season 3-0 for just the third time in franchise history, Colorado Springs dropped the series finale 8-3 to the Omaha Storm Chasers Sunday at Security Service Field.
Hiram Burgos took the hill for the first time in 2017 and was greeted by a Whit Merrifield 2-run blast in the first inning, and a Corey Toups RBI double in the second which put the Chasers up 3-0. The Sox returned fire with a three-run third, capped off by another off-field, two-run double by Garrett Cooper which tied the game. But that was all she wrote for the Sox offense as they would tally just one more hit over the final six frames.
Omaha would take the lead for good with a run in the fourth, another in the fifth and three more on a moonshot from Jorge Bonifacio in the sixth.
Hitting notes –
Colorado Springs picked up a season-low five hits over the contest, no one had more than a single knock.
Garret Cooper’s two-run double was the lone extra-base hit for Colorado Springs.
Kyle Wren reached base three times with a hit and two walks from the top spot in the order, but was picked off twice following each of the free passes. He scored one of the three runs.
Nate Orf singled, scored a run, and walked.
Tyler Heineman and Gabriel Noriega had the final two hits in the lineup, Noriega also scored a run.
Ryan Cordell didn’t pick up a hit, but picked up an RBI on a sac fly.
Pitching Notes –
The Sky Sox used five pitchers to maneuver through the nine-inning game and only two pitched scoreless outings. Let it be known that the wind was blowing steadily out to left at 20+ MPH the entire game.
Burgos began his 2017 campaign by allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, while striking out 3 over 3 2/3 innings. He never could get command of the strike zone and finished with 72 pitches, 44 of which went for strikes.
Andrew Barbosa was tagged for two runs (one earned) in his two-inning relief appearance. He allowed the runs on two hits and two walks in his second Sky Sox outing.
Stephen Kohlscheen worked four outs and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout and a homer to Jorge Bonifacio.
Wei-Chung Wang and Rob Scahill combined to throw two scoreless innings at the end of the contest, each allowing a hit and striking out one.
Tonight in Memphis! The Sky Sox traveled to the Bluff City yesterday and get set to open up the 2017 road season with the first of four against the Redbirds tonight at 6:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter –
Josh Hader is ready for round two in 2017 and is set to climb the hill tonight in Memphis. The lefty got the opening day nod and earned the win with five innings of one-hit ball. The only downside was that he walked five, but struck out six. The southpaw is no stranger to AutoZone Park as that was the stadium in which he made his Triple-A debut, back on June 12, 2016. He took the loss, but went SIX one-hit innings and allowed two runs while walking four and striking out nine.
He enters the season rated as the Brewers’ top pitching prospect by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline. BA labels him as the second prospect in the org behind Lewis Brinson and Pipeline tabs him as the third best prospect behind Brinson and Corey Ray, and the 36th prospect in all of baseball. The lefty will make his 16th start in a Sky Sox uniform when he climbs the hill tonight at Security Service Field. The 23-year old is in his 6thprofessional season after originally being selected by the Orioles in the 19thround of the 2012 draft out of Old Mill High School in Millersville, Maryland. The Astros sent RHP Bud Norris to the Orioles in exchange for Hader in July 2013 and the Brewers acquired him from the ‘Stros in the Jul 30, 2015 deal that sent Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to Houston for Hader, Adrian Houser, Brett Phillips, and Domingo Santana. The lefty is 25-24 with five saves and a 3.00 ERA in 116 career outings, 84 of which have been starts in five-plus professional seasons.
Redbirds Righty –
Daniel Poncedeleon gets the call to make both his Triple-A debut and 2017 debut tonight in Memphis. The righty was assigned to Memphis from Double-A Springfield on Monday. A season ago, the righty went 9-8 with a 3.52 ERA in 27 starts with Double-A Springfield. In 151 innings he allowed 71 runs (59 earned) on 128 hits, 56 walks and 122 strikeouts. He gave up 10 homers and hit 15 batters, while opponents hit .231 against the righty from La Mirada, California. Poncedeleon was drafted by the Cardinals in the 9th round of the 2014 draft out of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was his fourth school that he played for, and the Cardinals were the fourth team to draft him, in addition to the Rays, Reds, and Cubs. The righty enters his fourth professional season with a 23-13 record and 2.83 ERA across 59 appearances, 56 of which have been starts.
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers have announced that RHP Tristan Archer has been promoted from Double-A Biloxi and LHP Brent Suter has been added to the Sky Sox roster after being optioned from Milwaukee on April 8th. In a corresponding move, INF Gabriel Noriega has been transferred to Rookie Helena.
ADD: RHP Tristan Archer promoted from Double-A Biloxi
LHP Brent Suter optioned from Milwaukee
DEL: INF Gabriel Noriega transferred to Rookie Helena
Enjoy the Game!