HAPPY EASTER SKY SOX FANS! And thank you so much for making us a party of your Holiday Sunday. Last night the Sky Sox took home their third straight win in 6-1 style in the opener of the three-game series against the Nashville Sounds. They improved to 3-2 on the road trip and for the second time this season have won three straight games.
Due to the quick turnaround from last night we’ll jump right to the Play of the Game!
Mama there goes that man again – Ryan Cordell sparks the offense with his scond homer in as many games.
Pregame Interview –
Dan Karcher caught up with Sky Sox third base coach Ned Yost IV prior to last night’s game. Enjoy! –
Colorado Springs is set to continue the second leg of the Tennessee two-step with the second of three against the Sounds today. Let’s get to the preview!
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (6-3) at Nashville Sounds (3-7) – 1:05 p.m. MST
Sky Sox Starter: Josh Hader gets the call in the Easter Sunday matinee and looks to right the ship after lasting just three innings in his last trip to the hill. He took the loss against the Memphis Redbirds in the road opener. 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. Hader made two starts against the Sounds in his brief time with the Sox last season. He did not record a decision, throwing 11 innings allowing 3 runs on 8 hits, he walked 3 and struck out 17 batters. In his lone start at First Tennessee Park he went 5 innings and struck out 9.
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 25-25 with five saves and a 3.04 ERA in 117 career outings, 85 of which have been starts in five-plus professional seasons.
Last Time Out – April 11 at Memphis – 5-1 Sky Sox Loss
Hader climbed the hill and was greeted by leadoff solo shots in the first, second and third innings, and in a blink his outing was over. He finished the three innings allowing the three runs on five hits, he walked two and did not record a strikeout. He threw 67 pitches, 38 of which went for strikes. It was just the fourth time in 117 outings that he did not record a strikeout.
Sounds starting arm: The Nashville Sounds will counter with righty Chris Smith in the second game of this three-game set. Smith is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA after one start this season. He faced the Round Rock Express on April 10th and recorded two outs in the fourth before he was lifted. The 36-year old Smith is in his second season with the Sounds. He faced Colorado Springs three times last season, twice at First Tennessee Park and once in the Springs. He finished 1-0 and allowed 4 runs on 13 hits in 18 innings across the three outings. He walked two and struck out 11 Sky Sox. On August 3rd he pitched in with six scoreless innings. He advanced to Oakland and appeared in 13 games out of the bullpen giving up 9 runs (8 earned) on 14 hits in 24 2/3 innings.
The righty was originally selected by the Red Sox in the 4th round of the 2002 draft and has pitched in the Boston, Milwaukee, Seattle, San Diego, and Oakland systems. He has made 63 appearances in the Bigs and is 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in 92 1/3 innings. Over his lengthy minor-league career the righty is 54-55 with 61 saves and a 3.91 ERA in 302 career appearances.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of today’s game from First Tennessee Park in Nashville at 1:05 p.m. I will fire up the Sky Sox Warmup machine at 12:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,